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Installing Mozilla Firefox 0.8

Posted on February 10, 2004 at 11:37 PM in Web/Tech | Permalink

A quick note for those upgrading Mozilla Firebird to Firefox 0.8.

Before you run the installation program, (yes there's finally an installer for the windows version), you have to disable all the extensions that you've installed in Firebird, as they're not compatible with Firefox 0.8. (Update: Dunstan has found that it may just be the Tabbrowser Extensions that causes the problem) If you don't, you'll probably get an error message saying something like Error Launching Browser Window: No XBL Binding For Window when you try to run Firefox after it installs. This got me, and a few other people I know. If you have got this error, don't worry, just follow the instructions below.

To do this, in Firebird go to Tools -> Options -> Extensions and select each extension listed there and press the Disable Extension button. You can then exit out of Firebird and run the Firefox installation. I uninstalled Firefox before I did this, but this may not be necessary.

This information is listed on the Firefox Install instructions page, but who reads instructions? Considering the useless nature of the error message, I think it probably would have been better either to put this info on the download page for Firefox (Update: They have now done this!) or to have the installer automatically disable extensions, and then tell you what to do about it (i.e. Update your extensions) once it's finished.

Just my 2 cents.

Other than that, the new version is good. A few new features & bug fixes. My favourite new feature is the new download interface, which lists all your downloads on one screen and doesn't require you to have multiple download dialog screens open like earlier versions (and most other browsers).

One more note: texturizer (Firefox/Thunderbird helpfiles, extensions & themes) and mozillazine (Mozilla discussion forums) have been hit hard with the new release and are both down for now (as at 1:30 AM GMT)

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Ah thanks, maybe I can get mouse gestures to work with this release. BTW Glenn do you know if there's any way to import your mozilla bookmarks into firebir.. err firefox?

# Posted by: luke ( at Feb 10, 2004 12:52:23 PM

Well, there's which shows how to share the bookmarks between the two, but if you just wanted to import from Mozilla, in Firefox you can go to Bookmarks -> Manage Bookmarks and select Import and pick the bookmarks.html file in your Mozilla profile directory.

I think that should work.

# Posted by: Glenn Slaven ( at Feb 10, 2004 12:59:58 PM

Hey Glenn - I haven't heard anything from you in a while. Good to see you're still around! I like the name/logo change and all the features are great! All I need is the Mozilla Spell-Check extension to work in FireFox.

Luke - you can export and import bookmarks under Bookmarks/Manage Bookmarks/File--Import or Export

# Posted by: Joel ( at Feb 10, 2004 1:02:49 PM


Long time no read :) I've installed it but everytime I try to install an extension it craps out on me. The thing just literally disappears from my deaktop :(

# Posted by: liza ( at Feb 18, 2004 6:29:43 AM

Hi Liza, you could try just un-installing & then re-installing firefox. I've not heard of that happening, you might want to try checking out the mozillazine firefox forums to see it they have an answer.

# Posted by: Glenn Slaven ( at Feb 19, 2004 2:04:03 PM

Hi, I am a new convort to Mozilla/Firefox, and I know about the importing and exporting of Bookmarks/Favorites, but I am having a dickens of a time getting them just right. I have mastered them in IE, but have given up IE for Mozilla. Any really good documentation on the bookmarks? I have over 4000. and like to import /export every week. They just don't seem to go where I think they should.



# Posted by: marc ( at Mar 23, 2004 9:27:09 AM

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