More problems with Firefox

There's another problem with Firefox 0.9. If you have it set as your default browser and enter a URL in the "Run..." dialog in the start-menu, you should see something like this:

Unfortunately, this one affects SharpReader as well because it opens URLs in the default browser using the same mechanism and therefore also reports an error. There's a thread here that discusses this problem that contains a workaround.

A slight alteration of this workaround that worked on my system is:

  1. Open Explorer
  2. Select Tools and then Folder Options
  3. Select the File Types tab
  4. Select Extension: (NONE), File Type: URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol
  5. Click Advanced toward the bottom of the window
  6. In the Edit File Type window, select open and click Edit
  7. Clear the DDE message box (which for me contained "%1",,-1,0,,,,)
  8. Click OK, Click OK
  9. Repeat for File Type: URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol with Privacy

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I can not reproduce your errors. I have been using Firefox 0.9 for a few days now with out any problems. Specifically, Start --> Run --> opens the website in Firefox 0.9 just fine. I do not get the above error message. Also, SharpReader has worked just fine for me as well. When I click on "Open in a Separate Window" or press Ctrl+S, it does just that; I have yet to experience any problems. Nor have I made any special settings. These are the default settings that came with the install. Could it be that you did not use the installer?

On a side note, I think it would be great if someday SharpReader could use the default browser (Firefox in my case) when it displays sites internal to the program instead of wrapping around IE. Just something from my wish list.

Posted by Ben at June 18, 2004 11:54 PM

Looks like you lucked out - I ran into this bug on two different systems myself, and have gotten about 20 SharpReader bug-reports from others that ran into this issue since they installed Firefox 0.9

Posted by Luke Hutteman at June 19, 2004 12:10 AM

From the bug it sounds like it's your own damn fault (well, you knew that had to be, right?) for having had something other than Firefox as the default browser. Sounds like the installer is so astonished by that that it just can't concentrate on clearing out all the DDE junk left behind.

Posted by Phil Ringnalda at June 19, 2004 12:54 AM

So you're suggesting I respond to any future SharpReader bug-reports about this issue with "it's your own damn fault!" ?

btw, I don't know about your windows-install, but mine actually came with something other than Firefox being the default browser initially...

Posted by Luke Hutteman at June 19, 2004 1:07 AM

Certainly not! You've got a much better reply than that, right in your lap: "Phil says Mozilla says it's your own damn fault." (And if you dig deep enough in Bugzilla, it turns out that anything involving the letters D, D, and E is completely the fault of Adobe.)

As to other browsers, I don't really remember: I know I've got that one for Windows Update, what's it called?, Windows Update Explorer? When I made Phoenix 0.2 my default, I probably had to do it by editing the registry itself. In those days, we had to walk uphill in the snow to get a zip file, and carry it home uphill in the snow, and we were happy to have it, too...

Posted by Phil Ringnalda at June 19, 2004 1:55 AM

In regards to Firefox (FF) 0.9 and SharpReader (SR), there is one new improvment that I am happy about. Up through the 0.8 release, when I clicked "Open in Separate Window" from SR, that window would open up in an existing FF window if there was one already. Often I am purposely keeping a window or two open for later reading, reference etc. (Of course it is easy to hit the back button and return to it though, but not desired.) However, now with FF 0.9, when I try to open in a separate window, they are always openened in a new window even if there was a previously opened FF window. This is a much more desired action for me. I hope that the situation remains the same with future versions of SR and FF.

Posted by Ben at June 19, 2004 4:28 AM

I have a somewhat different problem since installing Firefox 0.9. When I right click on a link in SharpReader and choose 'Openen in nieuw venster' which translates as 'Open in Separate Window' both Firefox and IE6 will start up (if not already running) and open the same page. Previously it would just start up Firefox or IE6 depending on which one was set up as the deault browser.

Before installing Firefox 0.9 I removed 0.8 including my User Profiles. So I started with a 'clean' installation.

Posted by Hessel Klinkhamer at June 19, 2004 7:58 AM

By the way, the solution provided here did also solve the problem described in my posting above. It seems that these are related.

I don't know why I didn't get an error message but instead Firefox and IE opened simultaneously, as my DDE message box also contained "%1",,-1,0,,,,

Thank you very much Luke for mentioning your problem and this solution, as I can now enjoy you're RSS reader to the full extent again. I got a bit annoyed by this new behaviour SharpReader got after installing Firefox 0.9 last thursday.

Posted by Hessel Klinkhamer at June 19, 2004 8:24 AM

I actually see this with old NS browsers, so I enclose Process.Start with try/catch whenever I open URLs. Firefox may be able to fix in future releases, but nobody can't fix already released versions.

Posted by Koji Ishii at June 19, 2004 11:59 AM

re: Firefox. Independent point of view.

Trackback from Anatoly Lubarsky Blog at June 19, 2004 3:46 PM

I notice behavoir that sometimes the 'Open in new window' opens in IE, but most of the time opens in firefox when firefox is the default browsers. A more pressing problem is that while the page will open in firefox just fine it will sometimes cause sharpreader to hang. User on the second 'Open in new window' command.

Posted by Jonathan Porter at June 20, 2004 8:02 PM

the suggested fix here worked like a charm...nice one

Posted by Patrick H. Lauke at July 1, 2004 3:26 PM

Thanks for this fix... I love Firefox, but this weird DDE message thing is obviously a bug in their 0.9 release. Anyway, things are working great again.

Posted by Preston at July 5, 2004 3:48 PM

I had this problem initially with Firefox 0.9.1 (I was using 0.8 for some time). However, I cleared out the problem as follows (Win2000):

1. Run "Set Program Access and Defaults" utility
2. Set default back to IE
3. Open some sites with IE
4. Run "Set Program Access and Defaults" utility again
5. Set default back to Firefox
6. Open sites and it works fine.

I have no idea why exactly that works - it probably forces Windows to rewrite the file associations.

Posted by Brad Price at July 13, 2004 10:10 AM

This last tip by Preston worked for me too. Thanks!

Posted by Jesse Savage at July 13, 2004 7:15 PM

Whoops!....I meant the last tip posted by Brad Price.

Posted by Jesse Savage at July 13, 2004 7:16 PM

thanks, i've been having problems with this myself, but for different reasons. luckily this helped me track it down. in my case it was 'my own damn fault' for turning off short urls, meaning that the C:\PROGRA~1\MOZILLA FIREFOX\FIREFOX.EXE -url "%1" in the app box became greek to XP.

Posted by dirtyepic at July 17, 2004 11:03 PM

I had the same problem with firefox-I opened my yahoo mail account, then saved it onto my desktop and created a system tray icon

had the problem til I read your fix-minor annoyance, since it usually opened yahoo after the error message-but, your fix worked!



Posted by vin at July 18, 2004 9:42 PM

Good to see I'm not the only one getting this error!

Also, while we're talking about this stuff... any idea why I can't get the "Sort by Name" option to actually sort by name?

Posted by Jake at July 27, 2004 10:01 AM

FYI, this bug should be fixed in the next release of Firefox.

bug 246078

Posted by Ted Mielczarek (luser) at July 28, 2004 2:41 PM

If you prefer your links from external apps to open within the current instance of Firefox there's another trick you can do. If you delete everything in the "DDE Message" box except "%1" it will work as intended. (ie: replace "%1",,-1,0,,,, with "%1" ) This is the same for many apps that reuse their windows rather than opening a new instance of the program.

Posted by Clay at August 15, 2004 10:27 AM

Well, Clay's fix finally worked for me. I've been trying all the fixes above, but none seem to help. My machine at home has been working fine, but the same installation at work has shown this problem. Placing just "%1" in DDE Message: seems to fix it for me. Thanks.

Posted by jdh at August 16, 2004 2:27 PM

Another way to fix this is just to clear the Use DDE checkbox.

Posted by AKX at August 18, 2004 11:56 AM

Hey, thanks for the fix. I just recently started using FireFox and I love it... but the pesky message coming up just before the browser actually opened the internet URL was very annoying. I installed FireFox on four machines - two with Windows XP home and two with Windows 2000 professional. All four machines suffered from this same error. All four, thanks to you, no longer have this problem... Thanks again!

Posted by Brian J. Burzynski at August 24, 2004 1:21 AM

What worked was this: the control panel
2.folder options
3. file types
4(none) url hypertext or N/A url hypertext
5. click advanced
6. highlight open
7. click edit
8. change Application from IExplore to firefox
9. click ok all the way back and do the same for url hypertext with privacy

Once I changed this, firefox worked perfect on my windows 2k and xp installs.

Posted by Ryan Dunn at September 11, 2004 6:02 AM

Hey Luke thanks for your solution to my browser problem. Your fix worked for me even though I'm not using Firefox as my browser, I use IE.


Posted by Rich at September 30, 2004 1:48 AM

Used Firefox for about a year. Whenever it came up with recommended procedures or updates I just naturally went along with it. However, 3 times it came up with a request to set up a new preference list, or user profile, or some such. When I agreed it deleted all my browser favorites and preferences and I had to start all over. After the 3rd time this happened I deleted Firefox and returned to IE6.

Posted by Todd Rockwell at May 24, 2005 1:03 PM


I was hoping for some insight, or direction. I had installed a version of Firefox some time ago. Although I don't believe I actively (intentionally) did so, it became my default browser. This wasn't a serious problem, except in a few situations where I wanted to be able to click on a link or icon and have IE be the browser of choice. I tried to find a place within Firefox to decline the default browser status, but found none. I then thought if I uninstall it, then reinstall, I might be able to overcome this issue, but found I was mistaken. I uninstalled as completely as I could, but even with it uninstalled, when I click on a link, absolutely nothing opens. Is there an obvious registry edit to clean this up? I would like to reinstall Firefox, but be able to use a number of browsers for different instances. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Posted by drjawn at June 15, 2005 3:22 PM

If you open your Control Panel and go to "Add or Remove Programs", there should be an icon on the left for "Set Program Access and Defaults". Click that, open up "Custom", and then you should see an option to set your default Web browser (with IE being one of the options)

Posted by Luke Hutteman at June 16, 2005 12:09 AM

The first workaround worked immediately for me. I had moved directly from IE to Firefox. In previous versions of Firefox I dont' remember having this problem previously, however, when I installed FF 1.0.6 it started happening.

The fix worked like a champ and was very simple.

Posted by LilBambi at August 20, 2005 11:38 AM


is there a possibility to change the internal browser of sharpreader to use firefox instead of IE?

Posted by Pash at December 20, 2005 5:00 AM
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