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Old 9th April 2009   #1
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Firefox won't open PDF files


I never had a problem before but lately when I attempt to open a PDF file it won't open in FF 3.0.8.

Acrobat is installed and to get the PDF to open I have to change to the IE tab I have installed in FF. Then the file opens just fine.

Is there something I perhaps changed without realizing it or is this a problem in this latest version of FF?

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Cannot install plugin


I have the same problem, as you can see I am a newbie and have have been trying to open a plug in that affects all programs.It is a auto plugin which just asks to click. I thoroughly checked my clicker!!!!!!! OK but after two days without out sleep several gallons of coffee, a particularly fine bottle of 18yr old single malt scotch . I found this site( even a blind pig can find an acorn sometimes) by good luck. I believe it is Adobe flash reader. The conflict seems to between mozilla /firefox and explorer??? as this was all I changed.
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I THINK I may have found the answer.

I had installed FoxIt reader and had allowed my PDF files to be associated with that program. Last night I went into Windows Explorer and associated PDF files with Acrobat reader which is what I previously used.

So far I think that solved my problem.

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I use Foxit & have found it to be superior to Acrobat. It loads much quicker.
I think Acrobat is way too bloated with useless 'enhancements'
Try re-loading Foxit. When you install, allow it to make all associations.
From what you seemed to describe, there was some problem with your associations.

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Well, originally I didn't have any problems while using FoxIt and that's why I "associated" the opening of PDF files with it. But I started not being able to download and open PDF files on several sites I knew something was wrong.

I also use an IE tab in Firefox and could open those files by using the IE tab which is essentially the IE browser. Right now everything seems to be working by NOT using FoxIt. I don't know what else the problem could be.

Do you have any problems opening various websites using FoxIt?

Another thing I had noticed with FoxIt was how slow it was opening PDF files that I have on my hard drive.

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I have found FoxIt to be much faster on systems I admin & superior to Acrobat.
I have never encountered any problems opening pdf's online or from HD w/FoxIt. They open faster w/FoxIt.
Our experience apparently differs.

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I'll keeping plugging around with it.Perhaps it's something else.

Thanks for your input.

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I am using FF3.0.8 and Foxit reader version 3 build 1506. When I go to a pdf on my hard drive, it opens almost instantly. Also I have foxit plugin for mozilla in my add on/plugins window.

If you have the same things, maybe a re install of Foxit and/or FF is in order?

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I don't think that uninstalling Firefox should be necessary. Maybe the addon should be looked at. It must have some properties to change. Is this what "vegaspat" did?

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I enabled it again but will NOT be re-installing FF.

It's just strange that I started having problems all of a sudden with downloading and viewing PDF files on line until FoxIt was enabled.

I also have noticed another issue.

I have NEVER used IE. Started with Netscape and moved on with FF. But there are several sites that I can't hear background music on or open a fully functional screen unless I open the IE tab I have installed on FF. I learned to work around those issues and the same with this one.

I did my income tax and had to download a lot of forms and publications. I found FoxIt to be VERY slow since all of the IRS forms are in the PDF format.

Maybe I just need to use FoxIt when browsing and leave the Windows association with Acrobat?

Anyway, thanks for all the help.

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this cwhonda I have still not resolved my plug in problem . Has any one uninstalled both fire fox and mozilla completely. as this I believe stared my problem. I am getting to the point when all I did was completely reboot and completely reinstall. Of course that was in the "good old days"
I am going to keep reading you guys but have an appmt nxt tues from a tech with a guarranteed cleaned up solution for $30.00 (cheaper than 18yr old Scotch)
Seriouslly thks for all help

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cwhonda. I unistalled firefox and mozilla all plug ins work and every thing else does too.
when mozilla can refrain from its godzilla attitude maybe I will try again. as ano nothing i back to getting mail seeing pictures I am feeling very satisfactoryly bovine.
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I'm with Bill and John. I've found Adobe's Acrobat Reader to be bloatware of the worst sort, and would advise anyone who asked to uninstall it and install Foxit Reader instead. I would not use the two together. Foxit v3 is a major improvement over v2, and opens even large PDF files on the hard drive within just a few seconds.

For PDF files on the web, I recommend the PDF Download extension, which gives one several options including opening the file, downloading it, or viewing it as HTML.

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Cwhonda joining this board is a great experience. However as everything is working , I am not doing anything else. I gave up taking risks when I left the Parachute Regiment.
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