-=PCTechTalk=- Re: Firefox error

Hi Terry,
    While nothing in particular jumps right out at me, I am very aware of a 
Flash issue that is causing numerous problems for folks under varying 
conditions and your situation may be related.  I'll provide details on it 
below the rest of this reply.

    Other than the Flash issue below, I can only imagine you have at least 
two extensions that are not getting along well.  Have you recently added any 
extensions to Firefox or was there an update to any of them just before this 
problem started?  If so, try disabling them all and then enabling just one 
at a time until the problem returns.  Once that happens, disable all but the 
last one that brought back the problem and then see if it causes it by 
itself.  If not, start enabling one at a time until the problem returns 
again.  When it does, you'll know that the first and last extensions are the 
ones not cooperating and may need to seek a replacement for at least one of 
those.  Of course, if the replacement causes the issue again, you'll want to 
try replacing the other instead.  Yes, it's a lot of work and you'll have to 
try surfing to a page that you know will bring up the problem between each 
extension you enable, but the end result is worth the effort.

    If there were no extension updates or installs just prior to the first 
time this issue started, then it may be related to an add-on.  The Firefox 
community uses the term add-on to describe browser extras like Media Player, 
Shockwave and Flash.  These are not so much toolbar helpers as much as they 
are web page object enablers.  If a web page calls for a multimedia file, 
these add-ons are called so that the object can be 'played'.  If there's a 
problem with an add-on, all sorts of things can go bad and some of them will 
not seem related to the function of the add-on at all.  Since you just 
updated Media Player and Shockwave, I would start by redoing that, just to 
make sure one of them wasn't somehow corrupted, either during the install or 
afterwards.  If that still doesn't help, I would hope that the next 
paragraph brings your browser back to normal.

Here's the info for getting Flash working optimally.
(formerly made by Macromedia; now owned by Adobe)
Well, all browsers use a multimedia add-on called Flash whenever a Flash 
oriented object is called by the page that's displaying.  As new versions of 
Flash are released, the add-on will eventually update itself whenever newer 
Flash objects are called.  In other words, if the  object was made with 
Flash 6, your browser will first check to see if you already have version 6 
or above.  If not, it'll first download the newer flash, install it and then 
finally render the object.  The problem that's recently come up is that the 
newer versions will replace and files that are being updated, but it never 
removes any that are no longer needed.  For whatever reason, version 8 (the 
latest one) is having problems doing what it does with at least one of the 
older files still hanging around.  The only cure for this is to download a 
special Flash uninstaller that wipe out everything ever related to Flash, 
reboot and then install the latest version again.  While I cannot say with 
any certainty that this will fix your issues, it will certainly fix any 
issues that are a direct result of this Flash problem.  The links for 
downloading the two files are below.

Uninstaller
http://tinyurl.com/ngqro

Adobe Flash Player 8
http://tinyurl.com/2w264l

Both of the links above are from this Adobe page
http://tinyurl.com/ple8f

    If none of this helps, give us a yell and we'll look for another angle 
of attack.         :O)

Peace,
GMan
http://reddit.com
"The only dumb questions are the ones we fail to ask!"

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Terry from Montana" <wannalearn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2008 3:41 PM
Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- Firefox error


> Hi,
> I'm running XP Media Center version 2002, Service pack 2 and have
> recently updated Media player in Firefox version 2.0.0.11.  Also updated
> Shockwave.
> Now I keep getting an error message, which used to appear sometimes when
> starting Firefox with tabs from the last session.  Now it happens
> everytime I open Firefox, open a new tab/window or just click a link.
> There are two error messages that appear each time, and possible some
> other times that I cannot identify.  These are the two messages:
> TypeError: Fields(name) has no properties
> TypeError: fild_name has no properties
> Does anyone know what caused this or better yet, how to fix it? I'm
> tired of having to ok these messages with every new page.
>
> Thanks for your time,
> Terry from Montana
>
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