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    Default Firefox closes instantly on BBC iPlayer Real Converter page

    I'm using Firefox 3.0.12-0.1.2-i586 from the update repo on openSuSE 11.1

    I am trying to see if I can get Firefox to play audio from web-pages, instead of having to install Real Player. For example this page:

    iPlayer Real Converter - Audio on Demand

    but as soon as I click on any of the audio links on this page Firefox exits immediately, closing all tabs.

    Is this a known problem?
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    Default Re: Firefox closes instantly on BBC iPlayer Real Converter p

    How many plugins/addons do you have in Firefox ? Sometimes they can interfere with each other.

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    Default Re: Firefox closes instantly on BBC iPlayer Real Converter p

    I thought I had 1 plug in, but after loading codecs etc for viewing web-based videos, I notice that Firefox now has 9 plug-ins, including mplayer. I have no idea how this happened.

    Actually there appears to be 3 mplayer plugins. One is 3.55, labelled mplayerplug-in 3.55, describing itself as a Video Player plug-in for QuickTime. The next is QuickTime Plug-in 7.45, also describing itself as mplayer 3.55 Video PLayer Plug-in for QuickTime. The last is labelled 'Real Player 9', also describing itself as Mplayer 3.55, a Video Player plug-in for QuickTime.

    No, wait, now that I look closely, 6 of the 9 plug-ins are mplayer 3.55, but all with different titles or labels.


    Makes no sense to me.
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    Default Re: Firefox closes instantly on BBC iPlayer Real Converter p

    I found that vlc will open it. When you click the link and it says 'open with' go to /usr/bin and try kaffeine or vlc.
    You need somthing that will handle i-player formats. There may be a plug-in/codec for mplayer.

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    Default Re: Firefox closes instantly on BBC iPlayer Real Converter p

    The BBC iPlayer plays in Konqueror without any problems - both video and audio.

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    Default Re: Firefox closes instantly on BBC iPlayer Real Converter p

    Quote Originally Posted by john_hudson View Post
    The BBC iPlayer plays in Konqueror without any problems - both video and audio.
    Quite possibly - but that doesn't really tell me why it crashes so quickly in Firefox, nor increase my understanding of how to experience these data in Firefox.
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    Default Re: Firefox closes instantly on BBC iPlayer Real Converter p

    try running firefox from the command-line i.e. open a console & type firefox & press enter. when it crashes,it will have some form of answer as to why it crashed there.

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    Default Re: Firefox closes instantly on BBC iPlayer Real Converter p

    More accurately, on testing Konqueror against a selection of 14 of the links, in every instance Konqueror invokes VLC which plays OK for about 90 seconds. At that point there is a break in the programme that was originally transmitted. About 10 seconds later the stated programme begins in the form of total gibberish - as if 2 of these tracks were being played together at double speed.

    So neither Firefox nor Konqueror works on my system on this web-site
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    Default Re: Firefox closes instantly on BBC iPlayer Real Converter p

    Quote Originally Posted by deltaflyer44 View Post
    try running firefox from the command-line i.e. open a console & type firefox & press enter. when it crashes,it will have some form of answer as to why it crashed there.

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    Not on my system it doesn't. I am immediately returned to the command prompt after typing 'firefox' and hitting enter. An instance of firefox is invoked, displaying the home page. When I browse to the iPlayer Coverted site and click on a link all firefox windows close immediately, but there is no information in my terminal session.
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    Default Re: Firefox closes instantly on BBC iPlayer Real Converter p

    Quote Originally Posted by deltaflyer44 View Post
    try running firefox from the command-line i.e. open a console & type firefox & press enter. when it crashes,it will have some form of answer as to why it crashed there.

    Andy
    I get exactly the same result (immediate close to FF) as the OP, when clicking a link on referenced website/page. Running from command-line gave this message:
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    /usr/bin/firefox: line 126:  5475 Segmentation fault      $MOZ_PROGRAM "$@"
    BTW, FF 3.0.12, KDE 3.5.10, opensuse 11.1 32bit.

    Hope that helps.

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