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Firefox local preview issues

Posted 06 Aug 2006 21:58:28
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06 Aug 2006 21:58:28 Matt Mr. posted:
Hello all!

OS X 10.4.7
Dreamweaver 8.0.2

I am having a problem previewing my pages in Firefox. The issues stems from the local path being defined in the browser. The page will preview just fine in Safari. I figured out the issue, I just don't know where to go to fix it.

Here is the beginning of the path when previewed with Safari


But in Firefox...

file:///<font color=red>Macintosh%20HD/</font id=red>Users/username/Sites/mysite

If you remove the <font color=red>Macintosh%20HD/</font id=red> the page will actually display. I was just wondering if any one knew where I could define/change the beginning of the path so that it won't contain the <font color=red>Macintosh%20HD/</font id=red>.

Any help is appreciated! Thanks. <img src=../images/dmxzone/forum/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Replied 12 Sep 2006 21:01:52
12 Sep 2006 21:01:52 Lincoln Barr replied:
OS X 10.4.7
Dreamweaver 8.0.2

I (and my whole office) am having a similar problem. We all work directly from files on our osx server. When working in Dreamweaver and trying to "Preview in browser" with Firefox 1.5 we get a "File not found" error. The problem seems to be stemming from the path lacking the "Volumes" part of the directory.

For example:

When I preview in Safari the path is shown as:

file:///Volumes/Server_HD/Website_Folder/index.html (this works)

But on Firefox or Mozilla I get:

file:///Server_HD/Website_Folder/index.html (this does not work)

This problem did not occur in previous versions of Firefox. Due do this problem, I have virtually eliminated Firefox as part of my workflow in favor of Safari. I would love to return to Firefox can anybody please help me!?<b></b><b></b>
Replied 08 Mar 2007 01:35:27
08 Mar 2007 01:35:27 John Sparrow replied:
Hi both

Having spent a day of frustration with this same problem, I think I might have a potential answer to your problem.

I unwittingly changed the name of my hard disk, and it sent Dreamweaver crazy. I changed back, and Firefox's problems started. Have you changed your disk name at all?

Turns out Firefox was looking at the wrong location. In my root folder (just macintosh hd) there was another folder - automatically created by OS X - called Macintosh HD! This was empty, and therefore all references to it were giving the errors. I trashed the folder and everything is back to normal.

If you have changed your HD name, change it back, and I'd suggest a permissions repair too. For good measure, I also trashed the firefox preference file in USERNAME/Library/Preferences. I'm not sure if this was necessary - trashing that stupid folder did it for sure.

Hope that works for you.

Best wishes

Replied 16 Dec 2007 14:06:50
16 Dec 2007 14:06:50 Andrea BCN replied:
hi guys, maybe is quite late, but I avoid that annoyng issue putting the local folder of my website OUTside my user folder. I don't know why, the second time firefow substitutes the first part of the root...
first preview:

second preview:

Replied 07 Jan 2008 17:44:14
07 Jan 2008 17:44:14 Jarod Gibson replied:
Hi everyone.
Same problem here: no preview in FireFox. Also, when I published my site to the web, it looked correct in Safari but was wrong in FireFox. All rollovers when clicked displayed a dashed bounding box and all thumbnail images displayed either a blue or purple stroke around them. Also, when I returned to a page with a rollover it was stuck in it's second state until I touched it again with my cursor, etc etc....Anybody have any ideas?


Replied 10 Jan 2008 08:27:05
10 Jan 2008 08:27:05 Hugh Mobley replied:
my problems with firefox are the text and or buttons are off compared to IE, always down a few pixels, what can be done about this!
Replied 17 Apr 2008 05:03:50
17 Apr 2008 05:03:50 Lee Gillentine replied:
Hey, this solution to Firefox preview issues in Dreamweaver CS3 is a bit late, but this thread is one of the first things that show up on Google.

Anyway, I'm running a mac, and I was having the problem where the address for browser preview was wrong (it was missing "Volume". I'm working on a site that stored locally, so I went into the Manage Sites... dialouge and removed the site. Then I set it up again, and where it said local root folder, I was sure to type in "Volumes" so it looked like this:

"Volumes:LaCieX:around website sandbox

instead of

"LaCieX:around website sandbox"

Good luck!
Replied 21 Apr 2008 10:27:14
21 Apr 2008 10:27:14 Emily Makinson replied:
Hey Guys,
This seems kind of related to a problem I have been having. I have created a webpage in MS Publisher 2007 (I am very new to wesite design) and for some reason when I go to preview the page in Firefox it does not work giving me the message - operation cancelled due to restrictions in place on this computer. Please contact the administrator.
BUT I am the administrator, and I have not had problems with this before - only recently since some FF updates were downloaded (I think!!)
I ahve the same issue when trying to connect to the online help through MS Word 2007.
Any help would be very much appreciated - it is worrying me slightly!

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