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roryks
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Shockwave plug-in blues

Off the bat, I assure you that I have followed the instructions carefully on installing the shockwave plugin...but still I am having no joy. At no point does it give me the option of choosing the browser. Now, shockwave is installed on my laptop but it is not recognized by firefox - only IE. I am running Windows XP.

Any suggestions?

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If Updated

It's possible they updated it so it no longer asks... but that's kinda dumb. If all else fails, your best bet is to install it into a local copy of Firefox and then copy the DLL over. After you install it locally, you'll have a copy of np32dsw.dll in your C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\Plugins directory. Copy that to:
PortableFirefox\firefox\plugins

That's the fallback manual way, but it works.

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Man alive! So I opened a

Man alive!

So I opened a local version of Firefox and went throught the shockwave setup. It looked very convincing. It told me that shockwave was successfully installed, then bounced back to the page to view the shockwave video...and it said I needed to install the plug-in!! I could've gone through that in a circle umpteen times and still not install the plug-in.
Shockwave is installed on my PC but I can't for the life of me find np32dsw.dll.

The caveat I will apply is this: I don't have Firefox loaded locally. I only use PortableFirefox; but when I open Firefox from something like Thunderbird, a generic version of Firefox opens without all my personal settings. With this I tried to install shockwave. Whatever I did, it wasn't having any of it.

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You need it

LOCALLY installed to install Shockwave. If you don't, you can't install it.

This is not the fault of FF or Portable FF, it's Macromedia's poor installer.

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Thank-you, Mr Haller. I

Thank-you, Mr Haller. I wonder whether it was worth it just to install shockwave. Pesky Macromedia!

You're help - and subtle sympathy - appreciated.

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Actually

Thanks to a resourceful italian, there is a utility that you can run BEFORE running the installer that will enter the keys in the registry that it looks for, here.

Simply extract the program in the .zip file to the same directory as your portable firefox, run the program, give it the location of your firefox.exe and plugins directory (don't bother changing the Key Name), and click on the "Install Key" button. Now, minimize this window (it'll make things easier if you DON'T close it).

Now, launch shockwave's installer, and it'll giev you the option to install to browse to Portable FF's plugins directory.

After the installer finishes, close the Browser window (could be either MSIE, FF, or Opera, depending on the system's default browser). Now, restore the minimized MozRegKey window, and click the "Uninstall Key" button, and close the window.

Now enjoy the portable Shockwave goodness...

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Confused now

I'm having the same problem. I noticed the np32dsw.dll file I copy over is only 48kB. If I need Shockwave locally installed to install on PFF, do I also need it locally installed to run on PFF? Same sort of problem as with Java?

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Yup

Yup. The shockwave plugin is just a stub that connects to a locally-installed player.

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Shockwave 10 install made easy

I made this installer by extracting the Shockwave Installer and moving the files manually into my Portable Firefox Plugins folder.

My reason for making this installer is so that users without Administrative Privileges can install the plugin hassle free.

You can download the installer from

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It is verified virus free and adware free

[MODERATOR NOTE: MODIFYING AND/OR PEPACKAGING CLOSED SOURCE SOFTWARE LIKE SHOCKWAVE IS ILLEGAL AND IS NOT PERMITTED HERE. PLEASE DO NOT DO IT AGAIN.]

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