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Here's a good 'un! Installed Firefox3 and lost ALL my add-ons to FF2 ...

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Here's a good 'un! Installed Firefox3 and lost ALL my add-ons to FF2 ...

OldER Mycroft
I installed Firefox3 to another hard drive then found I couldn't add any add-ons. The Firefox install routine runs to the end then reports 'Failure To Install' - Error 228. The error console is filled with bits of readable type and a lot of gibberish.

Firefox2 still has all its add-ons listed as being there - but none of them are evident onscreen. I can't even uninstall any of them.

All the errors are pointing to a discrepancy with the Firefox XPI. So before I go rooting around in the registry has anyone got a quick solution?

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Asus P5N-E SLi, E6800 dual core 3.16GHz, 2GB RAM,
1.25TB HDD, Nvidia 8800GT, XP Pro SP2


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    Recovering Your Firefox Bookmarks

    This is documented elsewhere, but perhaps comes across as too nerdy for some. If you?re using Windows XP, recovering from a crash or whatever, and find that your Firefox bookmarks (and bookmarklets and bookmark toolbar) have disappeared, here?s what to do:
    Close Firefox if it's running.
    Find your profile in c:\Documents and Settings\[your XP user name]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles
    There should be a subfolder there called bookmarkbackups. Find the most recent bookmarks html file in there (usually with a date after the ?bookmarks? bit.
    Copy it to somewhere safe and rename the existing one bookmarks.html.
    Copy it to the default profiles folder (up one level from the bookmarkbackups folder, deleting the existing bookmarks.html file.)
    Close Firefox if it?s running and launch it. Your old bookmarks should be restored.
    (And, while I'm at it, here's a solution if your Firefox browser refuses to remember any of your changed settings in toolbars etc when you close it, resetting everything back to what it was before. The same bug -- likely to be fixed soon -- also deletes your search engines in the search box to the right of the address box. This fix will fix both problems:
    Locate the localstore.rdf file in the same place as above.
    Delete it.
    Restart Firefox. You should be good to go.

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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    TheChas

    Hello,

    Firefox is not designed to allow you to have 2 different versions running on the same computer.

    This is because most of your personal setup, Bookmarks, and other user data is stored in the same folder inside the Windows Documents and Settings folder. It does not matter where you install Firefox, your user data and extensions are stored in the Documents and Settings folder.

    This does have the advantage of automatically bringing in your Bookmarks, Extensions and Settings when you install a new version of Firefox.

    What happened is that FF3 disabled all extensions that were not compatible with it. For others, a new version was installed that may not work with FF2.

    About the only way to run 2 different versions of Firefox on one system would be to create a second Windows user account to log in with so that the Firefox program settings are stored in a different user folder under Documents and Settings.

    As to how to fix what you have now, you basically need to start over with Firefox.

    Uninstall BOTH Firefox 2 and 3.

    Browse to the Firefox Application Data folder:

    C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{string}.default

    You can back up the files and folders if you want to.

    For a clean start, delete everything but the bookmark.xxx files.

    At a minimum, delete the Extensions.xxx files and the Extensions folder.

    I have not experimented with it, but you might be able to get FF2 working again by just deleting the Extensions.xxx files in the default root folder.

    Still, I would do a clean install once you have had problems.

    Chas

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    normhaga

    are not compatible with FF3 and are either deleted or disabled.

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    The problem with playing around with Firefox 3 is (by default) you can?t run both Firefox 2 and 3 at the same time since they both insist on using the same profile and insist on running only 1 copy of Firefox at any one time.
    Want to get in on checking out the new features but still want good old Firefox 2? Here?s how:
    First, you should create a new profile just for testing Firefox 3. You should do this to keep your precious Firefox profile safe from any problems in Firefox 3. Otherwise, Firefox 3 will use your current Firefox 2 profile by default. You can create a new profile easily with the Profile Manager, which you can access by running:
    /path/to/firefox -profilemanager -no-remote
    (Thanks to Jeff for pointing out that there is no need to close Firefox first before creating a new profile.)

    Create a new profile (I gave it an obvious name, ?minefield?, which is the codename of the current Firefox trunk). If you get confused, the official Firefox website has more detailed instructions on how to create a new profile.
    Now, you should already have one of the Firefox nightly builds. If not, you can download the latest nightly build from the Firefox nightly build directory. You can start up Firefox 2 normally (just so you can see Firefox 2 and 3 running side by side). For Firefox 3, we?re going to start it differently.
    We?re gonna run Firefox 3 using our newly created profile. I?d written earlier on how you can run two Firefox profiles at the same time, and you can still do the same with Firefox 3:
    /path/to/firefox3 -P minefield -no-remote &
    The ?minefield? in the command is the name of the profile we created earlier. Windows users should leave out the ?&? (on UNIX-based systems, this just runs Minefield in the background so that you can exit your terminal).
    Firefox 3 should start up with your new clean profile!

    Andy Croll (who works at Bezurk too) has written a convenient little AppleScript so you don?t have to repeat these steps.
    If you?re on a Mac (let?s face it who isn?t) you can run it from your AppleScript menu, instead of having to go to the command line.
    First of all go and do what Chu Yeow says, he did write the book after all. Done that? Good.
    Make sure you?ve enabled the Script Menu, using the AppleScript Utility (in Applications/AppleScript folder). Otherwise the menu won?t appear ? no menu, no script.
    Now open Script Editor from your Applications/AppleScript folder.
    Paste in the following command:
    do shell script "/Applications/Minefield.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox -P minefield -no-remote &"
    Save the script in your ~/Library/Scripts folder, perhaps with a clever name such as ?Firefox 3?. And you?re done. Easy.
    Come to think of it if you?re suffering through Windows you could probably create a shortcut on your Desktop to the Minefield application and append ? -P minefield -no-remote? and it might work?
    http://blog.codefront.net/2007/08/20/how-to-have-firefox-3-and-firefox-2-running-at-the-same-time/

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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    OldER Mycroft

    Cannot get rid of old add-ons and cannot install any FF3 add-ons. I get error messages like:

    "Firefox could not install the file at

    https://services.addons.mozilla.org/downloads/file/25150/jeteye-1.6.1.20080314105222-fx.xpi

    because: Download error

    -228"

    Any ideas ?

    BTW - all the bookmarks didn't uninstall and were then picked up by FF3.


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    And delete anything related with Firefox, but make sure you copied your profiles of firefox to your hdd.

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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    50THZ

    use RevoUninstaller to uninstall the version you have, then install the new version; Revo cleans the registry properly for you (if you follow the prompts). I've been using it exclusively for uninstalls for over a year and it's solid. Also includes some other useful tools.

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    nepenthe0

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    Tig2

    I will personally report this as abuse if it continues.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    and the next thing you do is post one. Have you no freaking sense?

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    TheChas

    I don't think you need to clean out the registry as has been suggested.

    You DO need to clean out the profile folder for Firefox under Documents and Settings.

    Make a backup of this folder on a different drive.

    You should be able to leave the bookmarks and formdata files intact. That way you will not loose either your bookmarks or your saved site user names and passwords.

    Chas

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    OldER Mycroft

    Although I managed to backup and restore all my links <shudders with relief> FF3 objected when I tried to login to TR. - No Password retention.

    Could I remember my TR password?

    Had to finally capitulate and admit to the system that I couldn't. Hence the delay in awarding a well-deserved Thumb.

    Everything I'd read online today, suggested surgical precision to alter many different registry fields, but you proved them all wrong!

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    Recovering Your Firefox Bookmarks

    This is documented elsewhere, but perhaps comes across as too nerdy for some. If you?re using Windows XP, recovering from a crash or whatever, and find that your Firefox bookmarks (and bookmarklets and bookmark toolbar) have disappeared, here?s what to do:
    Close Firefox if it's running.
    Find your profile in c:\Documents and Settings\[your XP user name]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles
    There should be a subfolder there called bookmarkbackups. Find the most recent bookmarks html file in there (usually with a date after the ?bookmarks? bit.
    Copy it to somewhere safe and rename the existing one bookmarks.html.
    Copy it to the default profiles folder (up one level from the bookmarkbackups folder, deleting the existing bookmarks.html file.)
    Close Firefox if it?s running and launch it. Your old bookmarks should be restored.
    (And, while I'm at it, here's a solution if your Firefox browser refuses to remember any of your changed settings in toolbars etc when you close it, resetting everything back to what it was before. The same bug -- likely to be fixed soon -- also deletes your search engines in the search box to the right of the address box. This fix will fix both problems:
    Locate the localstore.rdf file in the same place as above.
    Delete it.
    Restart Firefox. You should be good to go.

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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    TheChas

    Hello,

    Firefox is not designed to allow you to have 2 different versions running on the same computer.

    This is because most of your personal setup, Bookmarks, and other user data is stored in the same folder inside the Windows Documents and Settings folder. It does not matter where you install Firefox, your user data and extensions are stored in the Documents and Settings folder.

    This does have the advantage of automatically bringing in your Bookmarks, Extensions and Settings when you install a new version of Firefox.

    What happened is that FF3 disabled all extensions that were not compatible with it. For others, a new version was installed that may not work with FF2.

    About the only way to run 2 different versions of Firefox on one system would be to create a second Windows user account to log in with so that the Firefox program settings are stored in a different user folder under Documents and Settings.

    As to how to fix what you have now, you basically need to start over with Firefox.

    Uninstall BOTH Firefox 2 and 3.

    Browse to the Firefox Application Data folder:

    C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{string}.default

    You can back up the files and folders if you want to.

    For a clean start, delete everything but the bookmark.xxx files.

    At a minimum, delete the Extensions.xxx files and the Extensions folder.

    I have not experimented with it, but you might be able to get FF2 working again by just deleting the Extensions.xxx files in the default root folder.

    Still, I would do a clean install once you have had problems.

    Chas

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    normhaga

    are not compatible with FF3 and are either deleted or disabled.

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    The problem with playing around with Firefox 3 is (by default) you can?t run both Firefox 2 and 3 at the same time since they both insist on using the same profile and insist on running only 1 copy of Firefox at any one time.
    Want to get in on checking out the new features but still want good old Firefox 2? Here?s how:
    First, you should create a new profile just for testing Firefox 3. You should do this to keep your precious Firefox profile safe from any problems in Firefox 3. Otherwise, Firefox 3 will use your current Firefox 2 profile by default. You can create a new profile easily with the Profile Manager, which you can access by running:
    /path/to/firefox -profilemanager -no-remote
    (Thanks to Jeff for pointing out that there is no need to close Firefox first before creating a new profile.)

    Create a new profile (I gave it an obvious name, ?minefield?, which is the codename of the current Firefox trunk). If you get confused, the official Firefox website has more detailed instructions on how to create a new profile.
    Now, you should already have one of the Firefox nightly builds. If not, you can download the latest nightly build from the Firefox nightly build directory. You can start up Firefox 2 normally (just so you can see Firefox 2 and 3 running side by side). For Firefox 3, we?re going to start it differently.
    We?re gonna run Firefox 3 using our newly created profile. I?d written earlier on how you can run two Firefox profiles at the same time, and you can still do the same with Firefox 3:
    /path/to/firefox3 -P minefield -no-remote &
    The ?minefield? in the command is the name of the profile we created earlier. Windows users should leave out the ?&? (on UNIX-based systems, this just runs Minefield in the background so that you can exit your terminal).
    Firefox 3 should start up with your new clean profile!

    Andy Croll (who works at Bezurk too) has written a convenient little AppleScript so you don?t have to repeat these steps.
    If you?re on a Mac (let?s face it who isn?t) you can run it from your AppleScript menu, instead of having to go to the command line.
    First of all go and do what Chu Yeow says, he did write the book after all. Done that? Good.
    Make sure you?ve enabled the Script Menu, using the AppleScript Utility (in Applications/AppleScript folder). Otherwise the menu won?t appear ? no menu, no script.
    Now open Script Editor from your Applications/AppleScript folder.
    Paste in the following command:
    do shell script "/Applications/Minefield.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox -P minefield -no-remote &"
    Save the script in your ~/Library/Scripts folder, perhaps with a clever name such as ?Firefox 3?. And you?re done. Easy.
    Come to think of it if you?re suffering through Windows you could probably create a shortcut on your Desktop to the Minefield application and append ? -P minefield -no-remote? and it might work?
    http://blog.codefront.net/2007/08/20/how-to-have-firefox-3-and-firefox-2-running-at-the-same-time/

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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    OldER Mycroft

    Cannot get rid of old add-ons and cannot install any FF3 add-ons. I get error messages like:

    "Firefox could not install the file at

    https://services.addons.mozilla.org/downloads/file/25150/jeteye-1.6.1.20080314105222-fx.xpi

    because: Download error

    -228"

    Any ideas ?

    BTW - all the bookmarks didn't uninstall and were then picked up by FF3.


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    And delete anything related with Firefox, but make sure you copied your profiles of firefox to your hdd.

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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    50THZ

    use RevoUninstaller to uninstall the version you have, then install the new version; Revo cleans the registry properly for you (if you follow the prompts). I've been using it exclusively for uninstalls for over a year and it's solid. Also includes some other useful tools.

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    nepenthe0

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    Tig2

    I will personally report this as abuse if it continues.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    and the next thing you do is post one. Have you no freaking sense?

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    TheChas

    I don't think you need to clean out the registry as has been suggested.

    You DO need to clean out the profile folder for Firefox under Documents and Settings.

    Make a backup of this folder on a different drive.

    You should be able to leave the bookmarks and formdata files intact. That way you will not loose either your bookmarks or your saved site user names and passwords.

    Chas

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    OldER Mycroft

    Although I managed to backup and restore all my links <shudders with relief> FF3 objected when I tried to login to TR. - No Password retention.

    Could I remember my TR password?

    Had to finally capitulate and admit to the system that I couldn't. Hence the delay in awarding a well-deserved Thumb.

    Everything I'd read online today, suggested surgical precision to alter many different registry fields, but you proved them all wrong!