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  1. #1
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    Volvogga is offline Senior Member Always Around
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    Default Firefox, Vista, and Windows Media Player

    I got a PM from a member asking for help getting WMP running from within Firefox on Windows Vista. Turns out there is a decisive lack of plugin by default in Vista... I guess. I thought this was some good info for the Firefox lovers out there who have decided to take the plunge into M$'s lasted and greatest(?) OS.

    Missing plugin

    A version of Windows Media Player is included with most Windows installations and the WMP plugin files needed for certain webpage content are normally included. In some cases the plugin files may be missing, however, and Windows Vista installations do not include the WMP plugin files [1]). Users may receive a message similar to Unknown plugin (application/x-mplayer2) or may be incorrectly directed to reinstall the WMP program, which is not a solution since reinstalling or updating Windows Media Player does not add the missing plugins [2]). To check for the WMP plugin, type about:plugins into the location bar. There should be an entry for Windows Media Player Plug-in Dynamic Link Library (File name: npdsplay.dll) and two entries for Microsoft® DRM (File name: npdrmv2.dll and File name: npwmsdrm.dll). If you do not see these files, follow these steps:
    1. If some or all of the files are missing, you can download the individual files from and place them in the Windows Media Player directory (usually C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player):
    2. Reopen your browser and see if the WMP plugin is now working. If it isn't, follow these additional steps (Windows Vista users, go to the last step):
    3. A Windows Media Player Plug-in for Netscape Navigator installer (not supported on Windows Vista) can be downloaded here and should resolve the issue [3] but the included files are older versions. After running the installer, copy the more recent versions of npdsplay.dll, npdrmv2.dll and npwmsdrm.dll from to the Windows Media Player directory, if they were replaced by older versions.
    4. If the Windows Media Player plugin still does not work, copy the npdsplay.dll, npdrmv2.dll and npwmsdrm.dll files to the installation directory plugins folder; for example, to the C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins folder in Firefox.
    Alternative solution

    Instead of restoring the missing WMP plugin, an add-on such as the MediaPlayerConnectivity Firefox extension can be installed to launch embedded media on a webpage in an external player [4] (a version for SeaMonkey is also available).

    *thumbs up*

    thanks to Silverwmoon!

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    loca93 is offline Senior Member Always Around
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    New York


    Yeah thanks for helping me out yesterday. grr. It is somewhat disappointing this OS is suppose to "WoW" and yet it doesn't ahve something as simple as this...


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    flash is offline Senior Member Community Builder
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    Mar 2006


    Nice info Vol,

    btw, for anyone using FireFox, I recommend to check out these plugins, which you guys probably already know:
    -Session Fix, Save your session
    -Session Manager, manage your saved session
    -FavLoc, faster "save link as" management
    -Foxmarks, remote/online bookmark synchronizing, much easier than




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