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Old 09-07-2009, 05:06 AM   #1
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Question Firefox update


I want to update Firefox so I get the latest version and the latest version of Flash as I want to play some games on Facebook but I need to update Flash to do so but the 'check for updates' is greyed out in Firefox. I did'nt put my OS in as the shop where I bought the Acer Aspire 1 from put it in because it was a display model and customers had been putting things on it tc. I am running Linux Lite and have Firefox 2. Which is the most stable version of Firefox and how can I get the 'check for updates' not to be greyed out. I have no idea if any password was put in and I don't use a password when I put the netbook on. How do I find a password if I need one?
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:15 AM   #2
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Latest stable firefox is 3.5.2. Most probably you could find it in your package manager.

btw, what distro are you using?

You need to manually get the flash player. Checkout synaptic(or your package manager)

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Old 09-07-2009, 05:15 AM   #3
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The latest version of firefox is 3.5.something. And 3 is also there. You can install it manually. If check for update is greyed out then probably it is the one that came with your os and is customized for it.
You can still update it from package manager. But if you have FF2 I recommend you get the latest 3.5.
 
Old 09-07-2009, 06:12 AM   #4
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Yes, FF2 came with the operating systwm. I have downloaded a Flash plugin but it is asking me for a password. How do I get into my package manager?
Sorry but this is so confusing for me.I am using Linux Lite that came with the netbook.
 
Old 09-07-2009, 08:06 AM   #5
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You may not be able to get the latest version of firefox through your package manager, as Linpus Linux Lite apparently has trouble with many packages. You could just try the ordinary Mozilla binaries, but that might be somewhat difficult to get into your launch screen thingy. Anyway, you can get the binaries from www.mozilla.com. First, you have to become root, you may have to reset a password to do that, then unpack the .tar.bz2 thing to /usr/local. Then, you need to change the Web Browser in the application launcher to point to /usr/local/firefox/firefox instead of where it is now. I can give you step-by-step directions for the commandline, if you want.
 
Old 09-07-2009, 10:32 AM   #6
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Would it be possible for you to give me step by step instructions from start to finish includimg how to find the password and change it so that I can get my daughter to print them off for me please?
 
Old 09-07-2009, 12:57 PM   #7
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I had problems getting the latest version of Firefox myself. I downloaded the latest one for Linux, but couldn't install. Anyway, in your package manager, there should be an abranded or unbranded one for your distro. You should be able to download and install from there.
 
Old 09-07-2009, 03:29 PM   #8
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I have no idea how to get to my package manager
 
Old 09-08-2009, 12:08 AM   #9
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At the top of your screen you should have three options, applications,places and system. As I remember, choose System and there should be several options. Choose Synaptic package manager,and you will be presented with lots of options.
 
Old 09-08-2009, 12:10 AM   #10
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Google says that Linpus Lite is based on Fedora 8. And the package manager for it is same as Fedora i.e. yum.
You can install firefox using yum. Or try to update it using yum.
man yum for more details.
 
Old 09-08-2009, 05:22 AM   #11
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I don't have any options at the top of my screen and I have no idea what yum is sorry. How do I do it through yum please?
 
Old 09-08-2009, 05:31 AM   #12
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Quote:
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I don't have any options at the top of my screen and I have no idea what yum is sorry. How do I do it through yum please?
yum (Yellowdog Updater, Modified) is the update manager used by fedora.

To install softwares use: 'yum install firefox' , 'yum install vlc' etc.
 
Old 09-08-2009, 06:33 PM   #13
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Okay, here goes... (Sorry about the delay, I was offline a while)
NOTE: Anything within 'single quotes' is something you type.
A. These are the directions to follow to update firefox.
  1. First, download the latest Firefox from www.mozilla.com, and put it in the folder /home/user.
  2. Press ALT-F2
  3. In the Run dialog that shows up, enter 'xterm'
  4. In the rather ugly window that appears, type 'su' and press Enter, this gives you admin privileges until you close the xterm window.
  5. Next, type 'cd /home/user' and press enter, this tells the computer that we want to work win the files in that folder
  6. Now, type 'bunzip2 firefox.tar.bz2', this uncompresses the archive, so we can extract the contents.
  7. Now, type 'rm /usr/share/firefox/*' ,this deletes your old firefox.
  8. Now, type 'tar -xvf firefox.tar /usr/share/', this actually installs Firefox.
  9. Now, try to start Firefox in the usual way, if it works, then you have successfully installed Firefox! If it doesn't work, try to make the menu item point to /usr/share/firefox/firefox instead of where it points now, there should be an option for this in the settings. If you did not understand any of that, I can explain further.
NOTE: If you cannot get the launcher working, and you need to use Firefox for something, you can start it by pressing ALT-F2 and entering /usr/share/firefox/firefox.

If you need to reset your administrator password, there are several ways to go about it:

If you get a boot menu when you start the machine, do the following:
  1. Reboot the machine.
  2. At your boot menu, type '1' on the boot line, you may have to press the 'e' key first, this tells the system to forget about the password and simply give you a command prompt.
  3. It should boot to a command prompt, if it asks for a password, I can post another list of directions.
  4. At the prompt, enter 'passwd' and follow the prompts to set your password.
  5. Reboot the machine by entering 'reboot'

NOTE: I can always elaborate on something on request.

Last edited by Oldlaptop321; 09-12-2009 at 08:59 AM. Reason: Too many list things
 
Old 09-09-2009, 10:20 AM   #14
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Thank you so very much. I have sent the instructions to my daughter to print off and I will have a go at doing it this weekend. Thank you very much for taking the time to help me out, very much appreciated
 
  


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