HP TouchPad

A tablet developed by HP in 2011 running the webOS platform. Boasts a 9.7" display, and is available in 16 or 32 GB. Repair is straightforward, but requires time and persistence.

42 Questions View all

How to mime repair

When I try to download certain information I, get the error message of mime. I don't know what this is or how to fix it. And it was not in this guide.

Answer this question I have this problem too

Is this a good question?

Score 1
Add a comment

7 Answers

Most Helpful Answer

lindabell1007, here is what I got. MIME type errors are going to show on the device anytime you are trying to access (download) a file that is not supported by the device. "MIME allows the Web browser to handle file types that are not web pages (audio, video, documents, etc). It does that by using MIME handlers. A MIME handler is a link to a seperate application that is dedicated to that type of content (for example, the Video player installs a MIME handler for Video content). This error occurs when the Web browser tries to access content that does not have a MIME handler (for example, if you try to access a .wmv video. .wmv videos are not supported by the TouchPad Video app and will generate this error)." you can try and fix it by "Find a webOS application (through App Catalog or through Preware) that supports the type of content you are trying to access and install it on your TouchPad." there is plenty of information about this on here. Hope this helps, good luck.

Was this answer helpful?

Score 2
Add a comment

Hi oldturkey03-

Basically, the difference is that you are saying that the TP won't open the file because the relevant application is not installed. That may be the case sometimes. But the TP also has a more fundamental fault in that often it will also not open files for which it does have the relevant file installed. For instance, it oftens happens when trying to access pdfs when Adobe Acrobat is installed and .doc files when Quick Office or a.n.other is installed.

As you correctly say a file extension (.doc, .pdf etc) is associated with a file type, so that your browser knows how to work with it. But with the TP is will often download the file with an .aspx extension instead of interpreting the file correctly. The .aspx (Active Server Page Extended) file extension stores script and source codes that allow web browsers to translate and open web pages. Virtually all web browsers can 'decode' the script and then use the correct application to open the file. The TP browser fails to do so. Instead it just downloads the .aspx and just goes 'huh, what am I supposed to do now?' and gives you the MIME error.

Currently there are only two real solutions:

1) Install Preware on your TP and then install 'Internalz' - a file management application. You then download the document you want to open. Navigate to the document using Internalz and alter the file extension from .aspx to whatever it should be (.pdf, .doc etc). Then choose to open it and - hey, it works.

2) Install Android and your TP and forget about WebOS.

Finally Devwithoutpower on WebOS Nation has created a solution apparently - see http://forums.webosnation.com/native-app...

However, I have tried it and it won't work for me. There's some confusion as to whether it works since the 3.0.5 WebOS update, which I run. So personally - I just use Android now.

Was this answer helpful?

Score 1

Comments:

I do realize that you are right with what you are saying and that you are most certainly on to something. But, unless you know for sure which file extension the OP is dealing with, and if this error happens all the time, my original answer is not "unfortunately that is not the answer" but most certainly, a possibility. Just like your answer is another possibility. There is always more than one way to achieve the goal, unless one has more information to narrow it down. BTW great answer.

by oldturkey03

Add a comment

oldturkey03 - unfortunately that is not the answer. On the HP Touchpad there is an issue whereby the browser will not open some files that is DOES support and generates the MIME error. For example .pdfs. Most of the time .pdfs do open, but fairly often the MIME error results. The browser doesn't recognise the file type (even though the same file from the site will open no problem on other devices). The only way to then open the file is to browse to it using Internalz and add the correct file extension. Then click and it will open.

Basically the Touchpad is not fit for purpose.

Was this answer helpful?

Score 0

Comments:

Hi safetygeek, so does that hold true for all MIME errors? Are you suggesting that it is not the MIME handler causing this error? How does "Internalz" manage those errors and "add the correct file extension"? How is this different from the part in my answer "Find a webOS application (through App Catalog or through Preware) that supports the type of content you are trying to access and install it on your TouchPad."?

by oldturkey03

Understand what you are saying. Your answer could be correct - so worth checking that first before referring to my answer. Many thanks.

by safetygeek

Add a comment

Ya se puede instalar Android en nuestros equipos y soluciona muchos problemas que tiene Webos. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthre...

Was this answer helpful?

Score 0
Add a comment

When I try to download certain information I, get the error message of mime. I don't know what this is or how to fix it. And it was not in this guide.

Was this answer helpful?

Score 0
Add a comment

cannot open mime

Was this answer helpful?

Score 0
Add a comment

it does work to change the extension in Internalz if you know what the extension should be. Most of the time you know what file you were trying to download. I did this with an mp3 and it worked fine after adding the extension.

Was this answer helpful?

Score 0

Comments:

didn't work with a pdf though - still got "an error has occurred with this file" with choices support or OK. Support won't work because QuickOffice doesn't help Touchpad community

by ScarletSpider

Add a comment

Add your answer

lindabell1007 will be eternally grateful.

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 12

Past 7 Days: 49

Past 30 Days: 204

All Time: 17,110