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Why is it that the higher the Firefox rev. number goes the fewer add-ons are compatible? Many of my favorites are now disabled with Firefox 6. Each time Firefox is "improved" the situation is worse.

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Aardvark, Add to Amazon Wish-List Button, Google Toolbar for Firefox, Norton Toolbar, Print Edit, PrivacyChoice TrackerWatcher, and others are disabled.

Aardvark, Add to Amazon Wish-List Button, Google Toolbar for Firefox, Norton Toolbar, Print Edit, PrivacyChoice TrackerWatcher, and others are disabled.

Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

Firefox was revised to rev. 5, and then 6.

Installed Plug-ins

  • Garmin Communicator Plug-In 2.9.3.0
  • Winamp Application Detector
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 10.1.0
  • Shockwave Flash 10.3 r181
  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.5
  • CANON iMAGE GATEWAY Album Plugin Utility Module
  • Garmin Communicator Plug-In 2.8.3.0
  • GEPlugin
  • Picasa plugin
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_24 for Mozilla browsers
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Yahoo Application State Plugin version 1.0.0.7
  • 4.0.60531.0
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • Google Updater pluginhttp://pack.google.com/
  • Google Update
  • Version 1.1.4, copyright 1996-2010 The VideoLAN Teamhttp://www.videolan.org/
  • Nitro PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • DRM Netscape Network Object
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:6.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/6.0

More Information

Helper7677 165 solutions 1653 answers

Firefox 6 beta was just released a couple of days ago.

  • The beta versions are for final testing and the testing could go on for weeks before a final release.
  • Only experienced testers should be using the beta versions and you must be prepared for possible problems when using a beta version of any software.

Many/most developers of add-ons have not had an opportunity to test their add-ons and update the information contained in the add-ons that indicate with which Firefox versions the add-ons are compatible.

NOTE: I do not know about your other add-ons, but Google Toolbar for Firefox and Norton Toolbar have not yet been updated by Google and Norton for Firefox 5.

You can go back to Firefox 5 or you can try this add-on that tries to force compatibility with the version you are using; some may be compatible without changes and work properly and some may not.

A little background on add-on compatibility
Included with every Firefox extension is a file named install.rdf. In that file is a parameter "em:maxVersion" which indicates the maximum Firefox version with which the extension has been tested and approved by the developer. Only the developer is responsible for changing that parameter. Firefox enforces that parameter.

That said. developers know where to find the Firefox release schedule for new versions and where to find the test versions (beta) to use to test their product. The location of the release schedule and the beta versions is no secret. Firefox 5, and all other versions, underwent several weeks of beta testing, during which third-party developers had an opportunity to do their testing and make necessary changes to make their product(s) compatible.

Firefox 6 beta was just released a couple of days ago. *The beta versions are for final testing and the testing could go on for weeks before a final release. *Only experienced testers should be using the beta versions and you must be prepared for possible problems when using a beta version of any software. Many/most developers of add-ons have not had an opportunity to test their add-ons and update the information contained in the add-ons that indicate with which Firefox versions the add-ons are compatible. NOTE: I do not know about your other add-ons, but Google Toolbar for Firefox and Norton Toolbar have not yet been updated by Google and Norton for Firefox 5. You can go back to Firefox 5 or you can try this add-on that tries to force compatibility with the version you are using; some may be compatible without changes and work properly and some may not. *'''''Add-on Compatibility Reporter''''': https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/add-on-compatibility-reporter/ '''<u>A little background on add-on compatibility</u>'''<br /> Included with every Firefox extension is a file named install.rdf. In that file is a parameter "em:maxVersion" which indicates the maximum Firefox version with which the extension '''<u>has been tested and approved by the developer</u>. Only the developer is responsible for changing that parameter. Firefox enforces that parameter. That said. developers know where to find the Firefox release schedule for new versions and where to find the test versions (beta) to use to test their product. The location of the release schedule and the beta versions '''is no secret'''. Firefox 5, and all other versions, underwent several weeks of beta testing, during which third-party developers had an opportunity to do their testing and make necessary changes to make their product(s) compatible.

Modified by Helper7677