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Firefox & Sound

by MarDel53 / January 24, 2006 8:22 PM PST

I created a website on using IE. Everything works fine when viewing website with IE but I just happened to use Firefox browser and noticed no sounds are heard on any of my html sites where I have background music files. Is it me or is it firefox? Do I have to insert certain html language in order for firefox browsers to hear the sounds?

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Re: firefox and sound
by Kees Bakker / January 24, 2006 9:28 PM PST
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Please post the url of your site and post the relevant piece of the html-code you created.

If the code was generated by some html-editor program, also tell which one that was. It could be that program just generates non-standard code, and then you might need to contact the author of that program. If you typed all html involved yourself, you're the only one who can make the necessary changes.

By the way, are you sure it's not a setting in your Firefox to suppress background music? That would be another possible cause for this behavior (I don't know if such a setting exists; in fact, IE has one in Tools>Options>Advanced).


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(NT) (NT) Firefox lacks the option, but it's possible to do.
by John.Wilkinson / January 25, 2006 1:54 AM PST
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Can you explain this little riddle?
by Kees Bakker / January 25, 2006 3:47 AM PST

Something in about:config, maybe? Anyway, if Mardel had done so, she would remember, I think. It wouldn't happen by accident.

So I suppose it's "something" in an html-generating program on That's the only way I can interpret "I created a website on using IE". Personally, I use Notepad+ to maintain a website, and I know people using Dreamweaver or Frontpage. My ISP offers a 'build your own website' feature (choose from 20 templates) on its website, and only then I should IE to build it, I think.

We'll wait and see.


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Firefox and sound...
by John.Wilkinson / January 25, 2006 9:21 AM PST

Firfox does not give the user an option to disable sound like IE and Opera do, nor is there an option in about:config. The only ways to do this are to either download/use an extension such as Stop Autoplay or, to permenently disable sound, modify the file userContent.css in the user's Firefox profile. Thus, like you said, it wouldn't have happened by accident, so it must be something between the code and Firefox.


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Thanks, and one sometimes wonders ...
by Kees Bakker / January 26, 2006 7:31 PM PST
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why people post a problem, and then just don't answer the most easy and reasonable questions about providing more information to help to solve it. Giving a link to a page with a problem and telling how it was made should be within everybody's reach. And it's really necessary to give an answer.



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trouble with sounds and webpages
by lakegalnky / February 11, 2006 1:03 AM PST

I was reading this post and I have the same issues. I have tried it all. I have IE and my site works fine for sounds that are embedded and so do other browsers. Here is my site url . If you would like to help me with this issue I would appreciate that. I really like using firefox for my default browser but when I want to go to my webpages I have to go thru IE. Gets a bit frustrating.
Thanks, Lakegal

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Good and bad news...
by John.Wilkinson / February 11, 2006 2:09 PM PST
First, the good: I know why the music isn't playing in Firefox:
Your code uses <bgsound src=''sound.wav''>, but ''bgsound src'' is a Microsoft's not an HTML standard, and thus not supported by Firefox. What I would suggest is using both ''bgsound'' (IE-based browsers) and ''embed'' (Netscape-based browsers) so that if the first is not accepted by the browser, the other will be.

The bad news: I found another problem:
I'm not sure why, but going to a particular page of your site crashed Firefox every time on two different computers. It worked fine in Internet Explorer and Opera, but Firefox began loading the script from lycos then froze completely. The page in question is

Hope this helps,
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reply to my site crashing
by lakegalnky / February 11, 2006 9:44 PM PST
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Well ding dang it.. I don't know is doing that.. Hmmm...ty for alerting me to this problem..My sisnlaw helps me with the Java..Do you think that is the problem? When the Java loads is that when it crashes?
Thanks for your advice and information

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by lakegalnky / February 11, 2006 9:45 PM PST
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I just opened that page up in Firefox and had no issues with it...hmmm...other than no sounds...{smiles}...

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Appears to be a security setting...
by John.Wilkinson / February 12, 2006 4:27 AM PST
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I have customized the security settings and added extensions to all of my computers, so I tried it on another one with the standard setup and the page loaded properly. Thus, I'm assuming it's an issue with the script being partially blocked for some odd reason. In any case, have fun with it and hope you get the sound working. Happy


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by lakegalnky / February 12, 2006 7:22 AM PST

Just one more thing to tinker with on this puter..Thanks for your advice..have a good day..

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<embed> for Netscape - <object> for IE
by Andrea B. / January 26, 2006 8:09 PM PST
In reply to: Firefox & Sound

could it be as simple as this???

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thanks to the ones that posted
by lakegalnky / February 12, 2006 1:59 AM PST

Thank you for your information..

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