Exclamation mark on the icons of Firefox Add-ons

hi FF experts

i have noticed that all the icons of my FF Add-ons (Extensions, Themes, and Plugins) have a *red exclamation mark* at the left-lower corner when i open the window from Tools/Add-ons. what does the exclamation mark mean? see the attached screenshot please.

because of the early version of FF that i am still using?

FYI - i do *not* want to upgrade my FF due to performance and compatibility considerations (mainly for the add-ons i use). i tried the latest version before and it was slow and crashed.

any clues?

thanks,
bbao
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Nenad RajsicCommented:
I think that it's telling you there are newer versions available but they won't run on your version of Firefox
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
actually all the add-ons are running very well on my version of FF, and all add-ons are updated to the latest version...
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
BTW, i believe that exclamation mark is put on the existing add-on icons by FF, as apparently it is impossible for all 3rd party add-ons to follow the same way to alter their icons...
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Marc ZCommented:
According to http://kb.mozillazine.org/Extensions.checkCompatibility  you must have set it to Not Check for compatibility.

Do not check compatibility. Incompatible add-ons will be marked in the Add-ons Manager - its icon will have an exclamation mark over it and when the add-on is selected, the text Not compatible with <application and version> appears below the extension description. In addition, while the preference is set to false there will be an alert bar at the top of the Add-ons Manager saying that add-on compatibility checking is disabled and that you may have incompatible add-ons, with a button to re-enable it.
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
> when the add-on is selected, the text Not compatible with  appears below the extension description.
> In addition, while the preference is set to false there will be an alert bar at the top of the Add-ons Manager saying that add-on compatibility checking is disabled

as you can see from the screenshot above, the manager does not show any alert though the exclamation marks do appear over the add-on icons. :-(
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Marc ZCommented:
Yes, sorry, sometimes the Knowledge base is based on one OS version only.  I don't have my MAC up and running at the moment, however, let's take another look, shall we?
In the Address bar type
about:config
and hit enter
Say "I'll be careful. I promise" to the warning.
and in the Filter bar, type
checkCompatibility

How many results do you get? And are ANY of the Values set to False?
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Marc ZCommented:
Now that I rethink this, I believe, but I'll have to dig around, that Firefox has an update Available and your extensions May not work on the newer version,

Can you please take a look at it also in the Default Theme?  Things might look different and maybe we can figure out what's going on.
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Marc ZCommented:
It's your Theme,Noia causing the Exclamation point and the blue circle.

You don't have any issues, or worries.  It is  simply the Theme you are using.  Why it shows up like that, is the Theme designers choice.

If it worries you, test out a couple different Themes.

I didn't have time to check out the Noia 2.0 eXtreme Opts which seem to let you set options, so you could look at those if you desire.
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
@mtz1of4

> It's your Theme,Noia causing the Exclamation point and the blue circle.

thanks for your comments. i have changed the theme to the default one, the boring exclamation marks are now gone! beautiful. see the screenshot below please.

> How many results do you get? And are ANY of the Values set to False?

FYI - nothing appeared when i typed "checkCompatibility" at the Filter bar of "about:config".

anyway, since those exclamation marks are false alerts so i no need to worry about this issue. however, i am going to get a better theme now. :))

kind regards,
bbao
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
@mtz1of4, thank you for your effort and time.

BTW, how did your rethinking tell you it was caused by a theme? just a bit curious. :))
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
FYI - the new theme does not tell me anything surprised with my add-ons though its cool interface does surprise me... :-))
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Marc ZCommented:
I always liked the Walnut theme.
Glad to help.

I actually installed version 3.0.19 and took a peek, and nothing jumped out at me, but when I noticed your
Noia 2.0 eXtreme Opts, I recognized the Theme name of Noia, and
I installed the Theme and saw the similar results.

I've seen themes change icons before, that's why I looked.  Testing with Default settings, including Default themes, is something I recommend to troubleshoot.

If you are interested in adding additional info to your Add-ons window,  try the MR Tech's Toolkit add-on, under their Manager Hacks->Layout->Add-ons Items you can add info such as Date Added, or Applications Compatibility
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
no wonder you got the solution as you duplicated the problem. good approach.

thanks for sharing the useful tips.
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