autodl is a great program that automates the downloading of torrent files from IRC channels. I use it all the time for downloading media and linux iso’s ;).
This morning I woke up and installed this month’s round of Windows updates on my server. Upon restarting the computer, autodl would fail to check for updates or download new torrents.
The following error message would appear every time:
I tried many solutions; downgrading firefox, downgrading autodl, even upgrading firefox didn’t do the trick. In the end I fixed the issue. It took literally 12 hours to come up with this!?
How to Fix autodl (Windows)
- Backup and uninstall your current Firefox installations.
- Install old xulrunner 18.104.22.168 — Be sure to get this old version.
- Download old chatzilla 0.9.86.1 — NOT the latest version, it will not work properly.
- Place the chatzilla zip file in the xulrunner directory. Run the following commands in the xulrunner directory:
xulrunner --install-app chatzilla-0.9.86.1-xr.zip
That’s all. Now you should have chatzilla installed in Program Files. Simply run the latest installer for autodl and it will work fine.
Lesson of the day: Don’t upgrade unless you have a reason to.