Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mozilla Firefox Will Not Play Web Page Background Music/Sounds, Firefox QuickTime plugin has crashed, WMP Plugin


There is nothing worse than installing the latest version of a program, namely a browser and having all sorts of problems. When you go back to the previous version you find once again that there were none. With firefox 3 you get that damn inbuilt nag window saying there is a new version. Yes, a new version with problems.

The creators also changed the design: Who wants the black at the top to become transparent when the window is "normal" i.e, half size anyway?

A standard problem with version 10 and later of Mozilla Firefox is that when you go to a website that has background sound you get a warning message saying there is something wrong with the QuickTime Plugin. This is absolutely incorrect. QuickTime is perfectly okay. There is something wrong with your Windows Media Player Plugin.

If you go to "Tools", then "Add-ons" you will probably not see "Microsoft Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin" in there. Furthermore, if you click on "Get Add-ons" you will not find it on the internet either! Firefox creators don't tell you what to do if the standard installation fails to install it. I have installed Firefox 10 on a laptop and on a PC. The WMP Plugin was in the laptop "Add-ons" folder, but not in the PC "Add-ons" folder. Firefox like internet Explorer is becoming a strange monster.


When you install Firefox 10.0 and above, sometimes you get a Plugins folder, sometimes you don't. It is a wonder how it runs without such a folder, but it does. If you cannot see a Plugins folder in the Mozilla Firefox 10 and higher program folder make one
Go to the Program Files folder. Cursor down to the Mozilla Firefox folder. Double click it. Pull the vertical bar on the right side of the open folder down to the bottom. Put the point of the cursor just below the bottom file. Right click. Choose New, and Folder. You will see a new folder named "New Folder". Right click on the "New Folder" and rename it "Plugins". Make sure you use an upper case "P".


Download the Firefox Media Player Plugin from here.

Close all the Firefox browsers you have open and install it.

Open Firefox 10 again and check the "Add-ons" again.

You will probably still not see "Microsoft Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin".

Download the needed dll files from here.

Open the RAR file and copy all of the files there into your new Plugins folder of Firefox 10.

Two or three of the files will already be there if a Plugins folder was installed. Just skip over them.

Close Firefox 10 or indeed version 27.0.1. and check "Add-ons". Again. You will see "Microsoft Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin" in the list.  If Windows Media Player is not on the list this is because the latest version of Firefox has hidden it away.

Enter "about:config" in the Firefox address bar and click the little arrow on the right.  Click "OK" to the message that pops up "This might void your warranty".  There is no warranty anyway.  A list will appear.  Find "plugins.load_appdir_plugins" on this list.  Double click it and the "false" will change to "true"

WMP will be in add-on now!

Restart Firefox.

Go to a web page you know has background sound and you find it will play with no warning messages.  If you still have problems download these extra three dll files from here.  Put them in the Plugins folder as well.

Good luck surfing the Internet.