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    Default Media player won't start from Firefox 3

    I installed 11.0 recently as a clean install, and tried to use it to listen to an online program while I did some other work on the computer last night. I had firefox 3 up as the browser, and had previously used the one click restricted format installer from the opensuse-community.

    When I clicked on the icon on the webpage, a player won't start to play the windows media player selection. I looked back at the one click install and wasn't sure if it actually linked anything to a particular player like in 10.3. I then set a preference for mms protocol in firefox as follows:

    1. Go to about:config
    2. Right click and select New>Boolean
    3. Enter "network.protocol-handler.external.mms" without quotes, and clicked ok.
    4.I selected true for the value, and clicked ok.
    5. I right clicked again, and selected New>string
    6. I entered "" and clicked ok
    7. I found "" in the list and right clicked on it.
    8. I selected New>String
    9. In the box I typed /opt/kde3/bin/kaffeine and clicked ok

    When I click on the icon on the web page to start the media player for windows player, nothing happens. If I click on the icon to start the same media with real player, nothing happens. I tried it on another website, and had the same result.

    I opened konqueror to /opt/kde3/bin/ and clicked on the kaffeine gear, and the program opens. I can open kaffeine from the application menu as well. Once kaffeine is open, I can copy and paste the url from the website media that I want to hear to kaffeine, and it will play the media.

    Seems like a problem with something in firefox, anybody have any ideas how to get this working normally?

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    Default Re: Media player won't start from Firefox 3

    We have a forum policy of one post per problem. Is this the same problem you reported here:
    Media won't play - openSUSE Forums

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    Default Re: Media player won't start from Firefox 3

    no, this is a differant problem. Please read the posts carefully.

    On this one the media player programs (Kaffeine or Real Player) won't open when I click on the icon which should open the player and the link.

    On the other post, when I click on an icon to open the link, the player opens but immediately shuts off and won't play.

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    Default Re: Media player won't start from Firefox 3

    one more piece to this puzzle is this post refers to Opensuse 11.0 that I installed on my home desktop.

    I recently upgraded FF2 to Firefox 3 on my laptop, which has Opensuse 10.3 installed. I used one click restricted format installation when I originally installed 10.3. With the totem package that it installed I could click on the icon and launch an mms audio stream. Immediately after upgrading to Firefox 3, the icon on the webpage stopped responding and wouldn't launch Totem anymore.

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    Default Re: Media player won't start from Firefox 3

    Sometimes the Media Player Connectivity plugin works for firefox for users in trying to play streaming from "stubborn" sites.
    see above quote from a link oldcpu gave you
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    Default Re: Media player won't start from Firefox 3

    my omission in response to OldCPU's suggestion. When I read his original post I immediately installed the media connectivity plugin. There was no change, the problem still persists.

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