Links don't open

Jake Lauer jake.lauer at
Mon Dec 10 13:49:24 EST 2012


I have attempted to fix the problem by switching my default browser between
a few of the ones I have installed, but the problem persists. I have tried
re-installing, but it seems as though Pidgin remembers something about
previous installs... is there a way to fully uninstall and reinstall?

Jake Lauer

On Sun, Dec 2, 2012 at 9:46 AM, Daniel Atallah <datallah at> wrote:

> On Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 7:58 PM, Jake Lauer <jake.lauer at> wrote:
> > Hi guys,
> >
> > I've been using Pidgin for a long time, but recently a problem has
> cropped
> > up. I think it might be related to the fact that I switched to Windows 8
> > from Windows 7 recently. Anyway, now, whenever I click on a link of any
> kind
> > in Pidgin, nothing happens. The link turns red/purple like it's active,
> but
> > the browser doesn't open. I have to copy the link and paste into a
> browser
> > to get it to work. Any ideas?
> There's unfortunately quite a bit of misinformation in the responses
> you've gotten so far.
> The browser usage has never been configurable on Windows; Pidgin
> simply uses the system browser (and this is known to work on Windows 8
> - there are a few issues with SSL links not opening correctly, but
> that's a different issue than what you're reporting).
> The solution to the type of problem that you're seeing is almost
> always to reset your default browser in Windows (the best way to do
> this is to switch the default browser to another browser and then
> back).
> The only other possibility that I can think of is that you're running
> Pidgin as a different user than your desktop session (one common way
> that this can happen is if you launch Pidgin using the checkbox on the
> last step of the installer (the ability to do this has now been remove
> to avoid this, and other problems).
> -D
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