I'm trying to use FoxBox without success

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23 Sep, 2016 02:50 AM

I have downloaded the FoxBox application. It opens and immediately closes without opening a new special window. What am I doing wrong and what questions do I need to answer to provide the right information to help solve my problem?

Thanks, Neal Lewis

  1. 1 Posted by SPearl on 07 Oct, 2016 12:04 PM

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    I had this problem at first and it was simple to fix. The FoxBox app needs to be in the same Applications folder as TenFourFox to start with. And then (my mistake) was to move both TenFourFox and FoxBox into another directory (folder on my Mac). It refused to start (exactly as you described). I moved it back into the Applications folder and it worked fine. I also copied over the 'recommendation' files to see how it worked. i am using an old Mac running 10.4 PPC and it just works rather well. However plug in are not enabled so It may be a little less secure as i normally use DoNotTrack and uBlock and then there is the Quicktime enabler which might not work.

  2. 2 Posted by wnlewis on 19 Dec, 2016 05:47 AM

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    Sorry to be so late on reply.

    No one replied to my initial requests so I just gave up.

    I was going through old Emails and ran across your response.

    If you are put out with my slowness, I would like to try to learn how to
    do FoxBox correctly.


    Neal Lewis

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 19 Dec, 2016 07:46 AM

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    Neal, let's start with this: what site would you like to have put in a fox box?

    Is TenFourFox in your Applications folder?

  4. 4 Posted by wnlewis on 19 Dec, 2016 06:57 PM

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    I would like to be able to get eBay to work a little more quickly -
    that's probably asking a lot isn't it?

    TenFourFox is in the applications folder.

    I am running 10.4.11 on an upgraded G4.

    Machine Name: Power Mac G4 (AGP graphics)
    Machine Model: PowerMac3,1
    CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (2.1)
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    CPU Speed: 1 GHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 256 KB
    L3 Cache (per CPU): 2 MB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 100 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 4.2.8f1
    Serial Number: SG9460FLHM1

    Neal Lewis

  5. 5 Posted by SPearl on 20 Dec, 2016 12:36 PM

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    Well. I am not sure how to reply to all circumstances on the FoxBox. I have a bog standard Mac PPC G4 running 10.4 . I don't use FoxBox very much as it ignores all the FireFox plug-ins you may have. It sort of bypasses all that for full flat-out speed increase. Its a trade off security v speed. It does speed up everything.
    The first thing you should look at is the FoxBox app start up as if in the opening 'Preferences' dialogue box and set that to the url of whatever site you want. In my case I changed it from Google to site specific 'gmail', and then hit 'create' to make a new Fox box. It really is that easy. Keep it alongside the Ten4 Browser application (not in another folder or anywhere else). If it does'nt work then its kinda hard to figure out why. We all run the same PPC Mac system and if 104Fox browser works, then so will FoxBox.

  6. 6 Posted by wnlewis on 21 Dec, 2016 11:27 PM

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    I put the FoxBox application in the folder with the TenFourFox application.

    However, when I try to run FoxBox (with TenFourFox running) it gives me
    this error message: Couldn't find / Applications / TenFourFox7450.app!

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks for the help.

    Neal Lewis

  7. 7 Posted by SPearl on 22 Dec, 2016 12:28 AM

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    Neal - FoxBox has to be in APPLICATIIONS folder (nowhere else) and it has to be beside (next to) the TenFourFox Browser to work. If it isn't - then it can't find it. Effectively they need each other to work.

  8. 8 Posted by wnlewis on 22 Dec, 2016 01:25 AM

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    I did get it to work.

    After I experimented a while with it, I realized that the TenFourFox
    application had to be /only/ in the Application Folder; by itself. It
    could not be in a TenFourFox folder in the Application folder.

    Likewise, the FoxBox application had to be by itself in the Application

    Even if the two were together in the TenFourFox folder in the
    Application folder the FoxBox application would look only in the
    Application folder and not in the TenFourFox folder in the Application

    Would it be possible to give the FoxBox application more capability to
    find the "parent" application?

    Now to learn how to use FoxBox.

    Thank you for sticking with me on this.

    Best wishes,

    Neal Lewis

  9. Support Staff 9 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 22 Dec, 2016 12:00 PM

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    Although I considered this, the problem is that there are many other places to put the application and it would not be feasible to have the system look for TenFourFox in every possible location (plus, if it came up with multiple hits, then I'd have to figure out how to disambiguate on top of that).

    Thanks, SPearl, for helping out since I'm out of the country for the next couple weeks.

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