I cannot view or open Windows Media streaming videos in Mozilla, be it in the same window or in a seprate javascript pop-up window




14 years ago
12 years ago


(Reporter: Derek, Assigned: Peter Lubczynski)


Windows 98

Firefox Tracking Flags

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14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win98; en-US; rv:1.4) Gecko/20030624
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win98; en-US; rv:1.4) Gecko/20030624

When Mozilla tries to open a Windows Media Video, one of two things happens:

1. If it is just a regular link that ends in a .wmv file, it opens it up in the
same window, but merely as a text-type page filled with a lot of gibberish
characters like this "^ˆ7#Å®XHcÆ)añJ%ÈfM¡m" (that's just a small examples, in
reality it's a whole page of that).

2. If it is a link designed to open up in a separate javascript window (i.e. a
javascript link that's something like this "javascript:NewMediaWin" and then the
name or number of the Windows Media file), it actually DOES open up in a new
javascript window, and doesn't give em gibberish. However, it then proceeds to
keep dispalying the Windows Media Player symbol and doing nothing else, even
when the clip is done loading (I have checked it with both long and short
clips...same results). It used to say that a plugin was required, but I
downloaded Windows Media Player 9 as the required plugin, and now I have the
abovementioned problem; DESPITE the fact that in the "about:plugins" section of
Mozilla, it shows Mozilla as having every MIME type plugin for Windows Media
files (asf, asx, wma, wmv, wax, wm, wvx) and shows that they are all enabled.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Attempt to play a streaming WMV or any other Windows Media file by clicking on it
2.Watch as one of the abovementioned two things happens.

Actual Results:  
It either gave me a page full of gibberish characters, or opened it in a
javascript windows (if it was a Windows Media file that streamed and played in a
javascript window), then only showed the Windows Media symbol (the four litlle
windows boxes with the word "Windows Media" in front of it) and did nothing else.

Expected Results:  
Played the streaming WMV file

Comment 1

14 years ago
Problem 1 is a server problem, not a Mozilla problem.  The server is saying that
the file is a text/plain mime type, so Mozilla treats it as a text file and
tries to display it on screen.  The fix is for the server administrators to
correct the server setting.

Comment 2

14 years ago
Problem #2:
perhaps you want to try http://plugindoc.mozdev.org/windows.html#ActiveX
Read about it at the links, and the decide to install, or not.
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