Installed Firefox, keeps disappearing on reboot!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by belsokar, Nov 4, 2005.

  1. belsokar macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2005
    I am new to Mac, so please excuse me...

    I downloaded and installed Firefox. I then added it to my quicklaunch bar (or whatever its called, still new to all this). After shutting down and rebooting, and selecting the icon from my quicklaunch bar, it just flashes a question mark and nothing happens. I found I had to go back to the .dmg file and re-run that, and then it seems to mount a "firefox" drive on the desktop, and then my Firefox link on my quicklaunch bar works.

    Its all new to me, but shouldn't it act like a normal application?

    thanks in advance
  2. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Did you copy the firefox file to your applications folder? See Installing Applications in Mac OS X.
  3. therevolution macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2003
    The guide article looks pretty good. I'll try to supplement it with a short explanation specific to your situation:

    Downloading and double-clicking a .dmg (disk image) file is not enough to install an application. As you have discovered, an opened disk image is only temporary. You need to copy the program inside the disk image to your hard drive to have it available to you permanently. Generally, the "Applications" folder is the best place for this.
  4. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I'm not sure about the production version of Firefox but the latest Disk Images for the beta have visual instructions to drag the application to the Applications folder, as you can see by the attachment. They want you to look for the Applications folder icon in the sidebar and put it there.

    Attached Files:

  5. belsokar thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2005
    thank you all very much,....I will give that a try...

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