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I have firefox for several years on my Ubuntu operating system, and i tried and failed to update it, dont know how my ex friend put originally put on firefox, ?

Please help a desparate man, smile. A computer tech, , put ubuntu on my computer and installed firefox several years ago. Now when I try to update it to the new version,… (read more)

Please help a desparate man, smile. A computer tech, , put ubuntu on my computer and installed firefox several years ago. Now when I try to update it to the new version, it wont update. I do see a note on the firefox instructions that if linus was placed on my computer with a distribution package, I think it said, whatever a distribution package is, I have to wait for an updated version, I think it said. I dont know if the tech who installed it used a distrution package and he is gone elsewhere and I cant ask him. I am a computer imbecile so thats all I know, and I cant get to many sites now because they only take updated firefox, PS I dont see any word help to click, where is this word located if I ever need to use it? Also lately after I tried to update firefox, not before, when I try to download anything to view that thing that starts with a p, three letters, like a medical article, it wont take me there, I merely get a box saying I am trying to dowload it, maybe that is linked to me not having an updated version of firefox. Please remember in your answer, I know almost nothing about computers. Thanks a lot. .

Steve Lord

Asked by stevelordesq 5 years ago

Last reply by the-edmeister 5 years ago

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How to turn off upgrade nagging?

I am among MANY people who want CHOICE in whether or not to upgrade software on THEIR machines. After following many threads about this, all the statements say upgrade, … (read more)

I am among MANY people who want CHOICE in whether or not to upgrade software on THEIR machines. After following many threads about this, all the statements say upgrade, no matter what the questions actually asked. Realize the FINAL WORD about our machines is ours. WE OWN THEM, NOT THE SOFTWARE MANUFACTURERS. This makes the bottom line OUR choice. If we don't want to upgrade, it's OUR FINAL word, not the software manufacturers. This is in response to the question of getting rid of upgrade nagging. The thread has always been closed without any answer to the question as asked. Invariably, when an upgrade occurs, there are incompatibilities which are left for the user to sort out, many times taking hours to days, some not ever being fixed and therefore must be lost. This is ridiculous. The customer, end user, loses time and money they can't afford, debugging these errors, when, on the user end, nothing appeared wrong (Seldom are any of the issues described in these updates actually seen by the end user). What ever happened to the customer being right? There is the ol expression "If it ain't broken, don't fix it!" "Broken" is what is perceived broken, not what actually is broken, so you can't tell a marginally computer literate person - who OWNS the business for which you are working, that something is needed, especially when this something costs time and money, that cannot be shown or seen on the spot, overriding what they are telling you they want. The consensus is to wait "til I get this problem" then fix it. Most times they don't get the described problem for which the upgrade is intended at all. Again if it ain't broke . . . ! Many end users see all these patches and updates as just more ways to extract money, upgrading products that need to work better in their present versions, no matter how well intended the manufacturer says it is or how good the patch or upgrade is, instead of being upgraded to some new version with new problems.

My prime example of un-needed upgrades is a business that uses a 1980s DOS program to do its cash registers and bookkeeping. When the program breaks, it's easy to fix. It is so simple new employees can use it in minutes. It satisfies the IRS! When approached about the latest suite for this kind of business, the question of what the improvements were, naturally, came up. Overall there were not enough solid reasons to spend the $3000 package price, even though it was a bargain, for something that would be difficult to learn and do no more than the old DOS program. Plus when it broke or had problems, they were difficult, time consuming, and costly to fix. Their company had to be called for a fee. The old program could be fixed at any time by lots of street alcoholics who knew DOS, for a 12 pack (It is a liquor store POS program). The upgrade was seen for what it actually was, an expensive step backward.

Personally I have to keep a computer that is not connected to the internet at all - with the network card disabled - in order to stop automatic upgrades that can't easily be turned off. I run old software that works fine. In particular there is an old program (Windows 98 vintage) that works fine on XP SP1 but not SP2. Upgrading that program costs over $1000!!! What you get in the new version requires cloud backbone and won't operate at the independent desktop level period- not an improvement at all - a downgrade for a much higher price. It is the only program that does this job in this manner and the new version is unusable. It can be run in a virtual partition.

Realize too that as a technician, the final word comes from those who pay the money. From experience, it is seen that the owner has final say, no matter what the manufacturer suggests, no matter what you tell them works. Most individuals and small businesses use the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy. Argue with them and lose the business ($$$). No matter what the internet would like to see, the reality is what people actually do. And especially, you can't convince an end user the upgrade you installed is "better" when you have to spend hours to days getting it to work with their stuff and invariably, lose some functionality or especially, perceived, functionality. The internet has attempted to produce an atmosphere where the customer is never right. When you hit the streets, in this environment, the customer is still right - They pay the money!

What is needed are answers to these questions as asked, and not ridicule or thread closure, for having perfectly valid reasons for not wanting to upgrade.

Viva Freedom of choice!

Asked by bbhank 6 years ago

Last reply by the-edmeister 6 years ago

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I need to upgrade my version and can't find help or any other way

I got a message saying I was using an old and insecure version of firefox. I was directed to click on help. I can't find help. When I clicked the free download a mess… (read more)

I got a message saying I was using an old and insecure version of firefox. I was directed to click on help. I can't find help. When I clicked the free download a message said it didn't exist. Try another version. I have been having problems with viruses and would like to clean firefox or load a new version while keeping my homepage. I keep hearing firefox is known for not protecting users from viruses.

Asked by dlhill53 7 years ago

Last reply by user633449 7 years ago

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how do I know if I am upgraded from mozilla firefox version 3.6.11 ?

When I click help about mozilla firefox it tells me version 3.6.11. When I go into troubleshooting information it tells me on extensions Ubuntu Firefox Modifications vers… (read more)

When I click help about mozilla firefox it tells me version 3.6.11. When I go into troubleshooting information it tells me on extensions Ubuntu Firefox Modifications version 0.9rc2. What does that mean, do I still have 3.6.11 ? I would like to run firefox 20 ! I don't see anywhere that I am running 20, how can I tell if I got firefox 20, tried installing 20 seems it's not upgrading ?

Asked by jamesgolian 7 years ago

Last reply by James 7 years ago

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Foxit Reader is not opening pdf files online

I am using Firefox 3.6.11 and Foxit Reader 4.2. I have no problem opening pdf files that I have saved. But when a website wants me to open a pdf file, I get a blank page.… (read more)

I am using Firefox 3.6.11 and Foxit Reader 4.2. I have no problem opening pdf files that I have saved. But when a website wants me to open a pdf file, I get a blank page.

Asked by Entwistles 9 years ago

Answered by Kenno 9 years ago

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mailto function does not work

Whenever I click on a mailto: link, either nothing happens or, in some instances, a new blank tab will appear. I have Outlook set as my email client, and the program is … (read more)

Whenever I click on a mailto: link, either nothing happens or, in some instances, a new blank tab will appear. I have Outlook set as my email client, and the program is running. Other browsers, IE and Chrome, link out to Outlook just fine, only Firefox (3.6.11) has this problem.

Asked by jpmcgrath729 9 years ago

Last reply by D'Arcy Cain 7 years ago

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How does a plugin become "known" by Firefox?

Firefox "knows" about a number of plugins. By what means can a plugin become known to Firefox and have automated updating? I could understand (not like) the fact that Mi… (read more)

Firefox "knows" about a number of plugins. By what means can a plugin become known to Firefox and have automated updating?

I could understand (not like) the fact that Microsoft might not be eager to make their products any easier to use with Firefox. But, I would think that Google and Real Networks would.

RealPlayer(tm) HTML5VideoShim Plug-In (32-bit) RealPlayer(tm) HTML5VideoShim Plug-In Unknown plugin Research

WPI Detector 1.1 wpidetector Unknown plugin Research

Windows Live? Photo Gallery NPWLPG Unknown plugin Research

Microsoft Office Live Plug-in for Firefox Office Live Update v1.5 Unknown plugin Research

Dimdim NPRuntime Plugin for Netscape browsers 6.2.0.0 Unknown plugin Research

Google Update Google Update Unknown plugin Research

RealJukebox NS Plugin RealJukebox Netscape Plugin Unknown plugin Research

RealPlayer Version Plugin 6.0.12.732 Unknown plugin Research

Microsoft SharedView Plugin npsharedview Unknown plugin Research

Google Talk Plugin Video Accelerator Google Talk Plugin Video Accelerator version:0.1.43.3 Unknown plugin Research

Google Talk Plugin Version 1.4.2.0 Unknown plugin Research

ActiveTouch General Plugin Container ActiveTouch General Plugin Container Version 105 Unknown plugin Research

Garmin Communicator Plug-In Garmin Communicator Plug-In 2.9.2.0 Unknown plugin Research

Asked by Paul Watson 9 years ago

Last reply by cor-el 7 years ago

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Yahoo Search has taken over my browser, How do you get rid of it?

firefox updated itself, evidently with the version with Yahoo Search. I think Yahoo Search is inferior to my old favorite good one and have not been able to rid myself of… (read more)

firefox updated itself, evidently with the version with Yahoo Search. I think Yahoo Search is inferior to my old favorite good one and have not been able to rid myself of the Yahoo search.....

All search engines have been eliminated except for my old favorite good one.....still yahoo

Reinstalled firefox from download several months old....all search engines eliminated except my old favorite good one. .... still yahoo.

Wrote hate mail to Yahoo called them everything but white, they reckoned they'd won and thought I should start with firefox after all it's their browser.

How does one go about getting rid of Yahoo Search? tnx 73's p

Asked by rrhett53 9 years ago

Answered by andrewgfirefox 7 years ago

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I don't have live bookmarks as an option on rss feeds

When I click the subscribe to rss feed I don't get the subscribe using live bookmarks screen the tutorials shows. I get a loading message then nothing and no bookmark of… (read more)

When I click the subscribe to rss feed I don't get the subscribe using live bookmarks screen the tutorials shows. I get a loading message then nothing and no bookmark of any type is added and there is no live feed.

If I look at my bookmarks there are no live feed bookmarks and no category of "live feed" exists.

Asked by skipbales 9 years ago

Answered by cor-el 9 years ago

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PLEASE PLEASE HOW CAN I UNINSTALL SPEED DIAL?

I desperately want to get rid of the Speed Dial feature which I find extremely irritating. Nowhere in Firefox's drop-down menus is there an uninstall facility Can anyone … (read more)

I desperately want to get rid of the Speed Dial feature which I find extremely irritating.

Nowhere in Firefox's drop-down menus is there an uninstall facility

Can anyone help me? If Firefox can't help. I'll simply change to another internet service.

Des Evans

Asked by desevans 9 years ago

Last reply by jous 8 years ago

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how to limit the number of tabs in the tabs bar

I would like to know if it is possible to limit the number of tabs that can be in the tabs bar. The reason is to reduce bandwidth use by any single user on my home networ… (read more)

I would like to know if it is possible to limit the number of tabs that can be in the tabs bar. The reason is to reduce bandwidth use by any single user on my home network. Is there a way to set a max limit (under 10) in FF? If not is there an add-in that is capable of this task?

Also can FF be set to only open one copy of the program at a time?

Asked by tecnomage2017 9 years ago

Last reply by boscharun 8 years ago

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How do I turn off mouse button browsing backwards and forwards?

I want my mouse button four and mouse button five to do something outside of Mozilla Firefox. How can I make it so when browsing with Firefox, my mouse buttons do NOT br… (read more)

I want my mouse button four and mouse button five to do something outside of Mozilla Firefox. How can I make it so when browsing with Firefox, my mouse buttons do NOT browse backwards and forwards? Is there a way to turn this feature off?

Asked by kingjd7 9 years ago

Last reply by portaadonai 8 years ago

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why is firefox asking for administrator password or it wont open

I installed firefox 3.6.11 today on a Windows 7 Laptop and everytime I attempt to open it it keeps asking to log on as administrator and wanting my admin password … (read more)

I installed firefox 3.6.11 today on a Windows 7 Laptop and everytime I attempt to open it it keeps asking to log on as administrator and wanting my admin password

Asked by Arkiebear 9 years ago

Last reply by John99 8 years ago

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Error msg: "there was a problem sending the command to the program" when using a FireFox shortcut

This happens only when I use a shortcut to invoke Firefox. I am running Windows 7 professional. The Firefox window opens after the error message occurs, so I would classi… (read more)

This happens only when I use a shortcut to invoke Firefox. I am running Windows 7 professional. The Firefox window opens after the error message occurs, so I would classify this as an annoyance. Several help postings mention removing "ddeexec" from Firefox registry entries. This worked for a while (it seems to be related to Firefox updates) but now no longer works: ddeexec is removed but the error message still occurs.

Asked by pmcvay 9 years ago

Answered by JimHenrySB 8 years ago