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Help. Clicking on a BOOKMARK in PFF results in XPCOM_CORE.DLL Error.

I've been running PFF 2.0.0.8 in Win98SE with no major problems up until today when PFF hung 3 times in rapid succession. This motivated me to upgrade to PFF v3, which would not start at all. So I reinstalled PFF v.2.0.0.8 and it did start. However, while it does start, and the "about:config" entered in the address bar works and, from that address, I can click on the HOME button (an html page I created that is stored in a directory in the Firefox directory) and that page comes up. But when I click on a Bookmark to an online address I get an error message stating: Firefox has performed an illegal operation and will be shutdown. DETAILS: "FIREFOX caused an invalid page fault in module XPCOM_CORE.DLL at 0167:6039fc4e". And of course the only option at that point is to click close.

Since PFF v2.0.0.8 worked just fine before the install of version 3 it appears to me that something was added to my system with the install of v3 that the reinstall of v2 did not overwrite, which disables the ability for PFF to access the internet.

Note: I use no anti-virus or firewall. I connect wirelessly to a cable modem.

And so it appears I am back to IE6, which is how I managed to get online now.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Bob

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XPCOM_CORE.DLL Error

After some googling, seams that this DLL file is linked to a ActiveX plugin for Firefox, that isn't quite compatible with some versions of FF.
Removing such plugin should resolve your issue.

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XPCOM_CORE.DLL and ActiveX plugin

After reading your post, I did some googling and found the name of the ActiveX plugin to be npdsplay.dll. Looking in the plugins directory of PFF I find it is NOT installed. Searching my system I found it in the Media Player directory. On the off chance this might be what you were referring to, I temporarily renamed it to disable it but that also had no affect. The problem persists.

Since I have the drive space I took a break from this post and did a completely fresh install of PFF v2.0.0.8 and it ran perfectly fine with no problem accessing the web. This proves to me that PFF v3 is incompatible with Windows 98.

Thanks for your help and sorry to cause you to spend time googling trying to come up with a solution. Hopefully this information will be of use to others.

Thanks again,
Bob

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Firefox 3 Dropped Win9x Support

Firefox 3 itself dropped all support for Windows 95, 98 and Me joining Sunbird, GIMP and other apps that have. Thunderbird 3 and OpenOffice.org 3 will also drop Windows 9x support.

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Firefox 3 Dropped Win9x Support

When I first discovered PortableApps I was completely blown away by the concept; applications that could be installed on a USB stick, Flash Card or CD that would run universally on any Windows OS that was USB capable. So when I saw PFF v3, understanding your definition of PortableApps, I did not bother checking the system requirements. It seems to me that restricting the operating systems that PortableApps will run on defeats the purpose. Of course I may be wrong.

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Mystified Please reread

Mystified

Please reread John's post,

Firefox 3 itself dropped all support for Windows 95, 98 and Me

Mozilla Firefox has dropped support for those systems, there is nothing we can do about it.

We can't make a program run much differently than the programmers did, we just make it portable when we can.

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Not Us

As Tim said, it's not us. Firefox itself no longer supports Windows 9x. Same with Sunbird. And the other upcoming apps.

The stuff we do (platform, menu, launchers, backup utility, installers, etc) supports Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Linux with Wine, Mac OS X with Wine and (I think) Mac OS X with Crossover Office. But if the app itself (Firefox in this case) doesn't work on Windows 98... we can't do anything about that.

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Thank you for the clarification. I now understand. Your mission is not "applications that could be installed on a USB stick, Flash Card or CD that would run universally on any Windows OS that was USB capable". Your mission is to make the latest versions of certain open source software portable. I get it.

Guess I confused my dream with yours.

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Partially

Well, the mission of "applications that could be installed on a USB stick, Flash Card or CD that would run universally on any Windows OS that was USB capable" is partially our mission. We do everything we can to help things run on older Windows operating systems including providing directions when there is a "hack" that works and including both ANSI and Unicode versions so they work with all languages and still work with Windows 9x with an automatic switcher in the launcher (Miranda IM and WinDirStat do this).

But with some apps, they just don't work on Windows 9x anymore. Most corporations and open source projects have decided that the positives (supporting older PCs) don't outweigh the negatives (inability to support certain languages, extra development time, etc). Quite honestly, I think once Firefox and OpenOffice.org fully drop Windows 9x support later this year, it'll be the end for the old operating systems.

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Windows 9x

I myself have an old computer at home, unable to run Windows XP. So I picked my favorite flavor of Linux, and now my kids can use it to browse the Net with FF3 when I'm busy on mine.
But I understand the need of having an FFP compatible with old OS, since many companies (including the governmental ones) are still using them.

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