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Why does Firefox still ask where to save a downloaded item?

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Under Options > Downloads, where it gives you two options, either to automatically download into a particular directory or to ask where to save the item, I have the first selected. And yet every time I download something, it always still asks me where to save the file.

Under Options > Downloads, where it gives you two options, either to automatically download into a particular directory or to ask where to save the item, I have the first selected. And yet every time I download something, it always still asks me where to save the file.

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Is it Firefox that is asking, or Flash Video Downloader ?

Go to the Mozilla Add-ons Web Page {web link} (There’s a lot of good stuff here) and search for what you want.

There are several add-ons that can sort your downloads into different folders depending on file type, downloaded from, and other choices.

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It's Firefox, as far as I can tell; the selection dialog is the standard Windows dialog window.

Also, thank you; I'll keep addons in mind for patching this issue. However, I already have plenty of addons, and a not-too-modern computer, so if I can fix this issue without addons, I would prefer to.

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Start Firefox in Safe Mode {web link} While you are in safe mode;

Type about:preferences#advanced<Enter> in the address bar.

Under Advanced, Select General. Look for and turn off Use Hardware Acceleration.

Poke around safe web sites. Are there any problems?


InlineDisposition 2 {web link} InlineDisposition 2 changes the disposition of Content-Disposition response headers from attachment to inline.

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Also, what's that about something called InlineDisposition 2 or something? :/

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SarahofGaia said

Also, what's that about something called InlineDisposition 2 or something? :/

Sometimes a web site does not label a file being downloaded to the browser. This add-on is suppose to fix the issue.


Start your Computer in safe mode with networking. Then start Firefox. Try Safe web sites. Is the problem still there?

Starting The Computer In Safe Mode;
Free Online Encyclopedia

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Okay. Yeah, I'm not interested in yet another addon. Thanks, though.

And what do you mean safe mode with networking? I know how to put Firefox into safe mode ("restart with addons disabled"), but with networking? I don't even know what networking is in this context.

Also, should I re-enable Hardware Acceleration? (What is this anyway?)

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SarahofGaia said

what do you mean safe mode with networking?

In most computers, there are several type of Safe Mode. The primary ones used most are;

  • 1 Safe Mode: Only programs that came with the computer are started. No other programs will be started unless the user starts them.
  • 2 Safe Mode with Networking: Same as above but the network drivers (internet) will also be running.

This is a way to test if one of the other programs on the computer is causing the issue.

should I re-enable Hardware Acceleration? (What is this anyway?)

Hardware Acceleration is a way for Firefox to run better. But so many users have issues with it, one of the first steps is to turn it off.

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Wait, back up a second. :/

You were saying I should put my computer into safe mode and try to do the links?

First off, I'm pretty sure internet connectivity is disabled when in safe mode.

And second, I thought you were saying to try the links with FIREFOX in safe mode.

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Also, what are some of the issues faced with Hardware Acceleration, and what exactly does it do? (Sorry if I'm treating you like an encyclopedia. Lol.)

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SarahofGaia said

Sorry if I'm treating you like an encyclopedia. Lol.

That's why we are here.

You were saying I should put my computer into safe mode and try to do the links? I thought you were saying to try the links with FIREFOX in safe mode.

Firefox in Safe Mode is one test, to see if the problem is a user setting or an add-on that is causing the problem.

Placing the Computer in Safe Mode does the same but for the computer.

I'm pretty sure internet connectivity is disabled when in safe mode.

Please re-read https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1039420#answer-706872

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FredMcD said
SarahofGaia said

Sorry if I'm treating you like an encyclopedia. Lol.

That's why we are here.

Okay. Haha. Thanks for being understanding.

FredMcD said:
SarahofGaia said:

You were saying I should put my computer into safe mode and try to do the links? I thought you were saying to try the links with FIREFOX in safe mode.

Firefox in Safe Mode is one test, to see if the problem is a user setting or an add-on that is causing the problem. Placing the Computer in Safe Mode does the same but for the computer.

Oh. Okay. Well two things:

1. Unfortunately, I might've f**ed up my computer so it no longer can boot up, so it hardly matters anymore. Haha. xD

2. Before my computer tanked, Firefox was actually no longer prompting me, which is weird. This happened before, and it seems almost like it takes a delay or something for the browser to get the message not to prompt. Thoughts? Lol.

FredMcD said:
SarahofGaia said:

I'm pretty sure internet connectivity is disabled when in safe mode.

Please re-read https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1039420#answer-706872

Oh. Haha. Oops. Sorry about that. Yeah, it makes sense to me now. Lol.


Also, if it's alright, I have a few more questions, though they are minor:

1. What is this new thing at the bottom of every reply I try to type on this forum lately that says, "I am providing the requested information"?

2. Is it just me, or does the font weight of text on this forum, both during after typing it, seem a bit...how do I say this?...screwy? It's pretty weird. Capital letters have greater weight than lowercase letters, so much so that they look emboldened even when they're not.

3. Maybe it's something unique to HTML—I don't know—but why is it when I type a <p> (paragraph) tag between an <hr> (horizontal rule) tag (see example below), it doesn't actually add in a line between the horizontal rule and the text? I'm pretty sure it should. Am I misunderstanding something about HTML?

For example:

<hr>

<p></p>

blah blah blah sixteen digits of apple pi

blah blah blah more blahs

becomes


blah blah blah sixteen digits of apple pi

blah blah blah more blahs

and what I want it to be is


 

blah blah blah sixteen digits of apple pi

blah blah blah more blahs

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SarahofGaia said

I might've f**ed up my computer so it no longer can boot up

Start your computer. As it is starting, press the <F8> key repeatedly. Do Not hold it down. When an options menu comes up, see if one of them is to repair the computer. There may also be a restore option. If you don't get this, or you are not sure what to do, go to a tech.

Before my computer tanked, Firefox was actually no longer prompting me

I don't know without knowing what the prompt was. It could have been Firefox, or something else.

What is this new thing at the bottom of every reply I try to type on this forum lately that says, "I am providing the requested information"?

Don't worry about it. Its the web designer trying something new.

does the font weight of text on this forum, both during after typing it, seem a bit......screwy?

You may have an issue with your Fonts.

Type about:preferences#content<enter> in the address bar. Across from fonts and colors, press the Advanced button. On the bottom, turn on Allow Web Sites To Choose Their Own.

why is it when I type a <p> (paragraph) tag between an <hr> (horizontal rule) tag,

Sorry, but I don't know that type of coding well. If what you are trying to do is a new sentence, type < b r > without the spaces.

This is line one < b r > this is line two.

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Start your computer. As it is starting, press the <F8> key repeatedly. Do Not hold it down. When an options menu comes up, see if one of them is to repair the computer. There may also be a restore option. If you don't get this, or you are not sure what to do, go to a tech.

Already tried that. Nothing worked. For some reason, the winload.exe file is corrupt, so I'm just going to have to reinstall Windows.

Thanks, though.

I don't know without knowing what the prompt was. It could have been Firefox, or something else.

The prompt we've been talking about, silly. :P How it was prompting me to designate where to save a file, as in the window that pops up showing all your directories and stuff. It wasn't doing that anymore. It's like it requires a delay or something; after all, that happened in the past to me, too, not just just now.

What is this new thing at the bottom of every reply I try to type on this forum lately that says, "I am providing the requested information"?
Don't worry about it. Its the web designer trying something new.

So should I leave it checked or uncheck it? Because it's checked by default.

You may have an issue with your Fonts. Type about:preferences#content<enter> in the address bar. Across from fonts and colors, press the Advanced button. On the bottom, turn on Allow Web Sites To Choose Their Own.

Thanks. Once I get my Windows reinstalled and set up, I'll have to check and get back to you on that.

Sorry, but I don't know that type of coding well. If what you are trying to do is a new sentence, type < b r > without the spaces. This is line one < b r > this is line two.

No, what I want to do is have a horizontal rule (that'd be <hr>) followed by an entire line that's blank followed by the new paragraph starting on the line following that.

I think I figured it out, though. If I understand correctly, the <p> tag, although a Paragraph tag, is not used to designate a space in between the two paragraphs, but merely a new line. I suppose there may be more elegant ways of doing it, but until I know that info, using <nbsp> will have to do, i guess... :/

Also, what exactly does the <br> tag do? Is it similar to the <nbsp> ("non-breaking space") tag?

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Adding the < br > in a line starts a new line at that point.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Wiki_markup

http://wikimarkup.wikia.com/wiki/Text_Format

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Adding the < br > in a line starts a new line at that point.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Wiki_markup

http://wikimarkup.wikia.com/wiki/Text_Format

Okay, thanks.

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SarahofGaia said

I tried right-clicking > Save Image As on an image on each of 15 different websites (URLs below), and for 2 out of those 15 I also tried doing Save Page As. Every single time a Windows dialog box asking me where to download it popped up.

I get the same behavior using Save Image As and Save Page As: Firefox displays a dialog pointed at the default downloads folder set in Options.

I can't help thinking this is by design: the word "As" in "Save As" generally implies having the option to rename the file or save it to a different location. What it sounds like you are looking for is a Save Image or Save Page command that simply uses the actual file name. I'm not aware of any built-in feature like that...

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jscher2000 said
SarahofGaia said

I tried right-clicking > Save Image As on an image on each of 15 different websites (URLs below), and for 2 out of those 15 I also tried doing Save Page As. Every single time a Windows dialog box asking me where to download it popped up.

I get the same behavior using Save Image As and Save Page As: Firefox displays a dialog pointed at the default downloads folder set in Options.

I can't help thinking this is by design: the word "As" in "Save As" generally implies having the option to rename the file or save it to a different location. What it sounds like you are looking for is a Save Image or Save Page command that simply uses the actual file name. I'm not aware of any built-in feature like that...

Ah. Okay, well, that makes sense, yeah, but then why does it usually work even if I click Save Image As, but only after a significant delay (~1wk)?

And thanks for the input.

FredMcD said

See if this helps; http://kb.mozillazine.org/Unable_to_save_or_download_files

This doesn't really help. In fact, I have no idea how that even is relevant; I can download things just fine; it's just that if I save an image, there's a pretty significant delay (~1wk) between the time I change to "Save to a default folder" and the time it actually starts doing that.

Thanks, though?

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By ~1wk do you mean "approximately one week"?

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