Windows XP - Firefox

Compaq / Evo d500
May 7, 2017 at 13:58:57
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3, Intel Celeron 1.30GHz
I have Windows XP Pro (SP3) on my Compaq desktop, but often use Firefox. There are a couple dozen favorites icons on my Windows desktop and they all work fine. If I'm not online, I just click one of the desktop favorites and it automatically dials up my ISP and gets me online and goes to the sight.

BUT, if I am not online and click the Firefox icon, a box comes up with a "Server Not Found" message. To get to Firefox I first have to get online with one of the Windows icons, and once there, go back to the desktop and click the Firefox icon again, and Firefox works ok then.

If I'm not online and click the Firefox icon on the Windows desktop, is there a way to set it so it will go to Firefox and avoid the "Server Not Found" mesage?


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#1
May 7, 2017 at 14:30:55
Being that it's a "web browser", it generally has to connect to the internet to work. If you click on one of the Firefox icons when you're offline, what would you want it to display? Do you want it to trigger the dial up like IE does?

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/k...


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#2
May 7, 2017 at 15:54:27
Can I assume that your favorites icons on the desktop open Internet Explorer?

[Note that in general use Internet Explorer on XP is less secure than Firefox which is only just ending support]

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#3
May 7, 2017 at 17:53:57
Good point about security. IE should no longer be used with XP, neither should Chrome. Firefox is good until Sept 2017.

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#4
May 7, 2017 at 18:02:16
Yep. Even when all updates stop for browsers which run on XP, there is still some advantage in using whichever one that was last updated. IE hasn't had a security update since April 2014.

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#5
May 7, 2017 at 20:29:26
Your dialup ISP is getting you online. Start it as soon as windows loads. It should have its own icon on your desktop. If it doesn't then create an icon for it. After you sign on, minimize it and forget about it. Then every site will open in whatever browser you're using and you don't have to go through the silliness you're doing now to get online.

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#6
May 8, 2017 at 01:50:25
Seems to be an inherited attribute of an IE setting. Firefox author groups don't seem to have any other clue about it either followed quickly by wholesale Windows bashings.

Control Panel | Internet Options | Connections tab

Set one up to select 'Dial whenever a network connection is not present'
You might have better luck with 'Always dial my default connection' with the proper connection selected as the default. Of course I have no idea what you have there already, mine is blank as I'm DSL modem with enable/disable network connection as my method to the interwebby. But at one time I did do dial up at a blistering 21.9k IIRC and I remember having to stomp around in there some.

Lee


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#7
May 8, 2017 at 23:06:32

@JWR243

FireFox -> Options -> General
Chage "When FireFox Starts : " to "Show A Blank Page".
Restart FireFox.
Done. FireFox Will Not Show "Server Not Found" message.

Good Luck.



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