Are you sick and freaking tired of Firefox crashing and burning when you merely look at a page that contains an embedded Windows Media Player movie? I am. Today I got annoyed enough about it to do something drastic. I was trying to look at news on GTA IV, and two pages in a row had WMP plugin content, and crashed Firefox twice in a row.
Crashing software makes Ben an unhappy camper.
Unfortunately, fixing this is not easy. What I wanted to do was just disable the WMP plugin entirely. Sounds simple, doesn't it? You'd think there'd be some kind of dialog box under the Tools menu to manage plugins, but noooooooo... So it was time to pull out the chainsaw and tear into the guts of this dumb beast. Here are my notes as I went:
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So, that was pretty pathetic. Though I got it to work, the only truly good thing to come of it is that in the process I found a cute tweak to make acrobat PDF reader load way faster, and quit bugging me about updates.
Oh yeah - I was worried that this might screw up YouTube or Google Video. Now, it shouldn't, because both of those use Flash, not WMP. And I'm happy to report no problems with either one post-change.