Installing Fireboard in Joomla 1.5

Fireboard is a forum application that integrates with Joomla. It works without any problems in Joomla 1.0, but when you try installing it in 1.5, you get the following error (the folders may be different on your installation):

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 8388608 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 58368 bytes) in /var/www/joomla15/libraries/joomla/installer/adapters/component.php on line 548

What’s happening here is that PHP is running out of memory and more needs to be allocated for the installation to succeed. There are two ways you increase the memory.

  1. Modify php.ini
    If you are using your own server, find the php.ini file (on Linux, type locate php.ini) and add the following command:memory_limit = 12M
    If this command already exists, the increase the memory to 12M.
  2. Modify .htaccess
    Chances are that you won’t have access to php.ini if you are on a shared hosting plan. The alternative is to edit the .htaccess in the root folder of your Joomla installation. The default installation of Joomla has the file named as htaccess.txt. You will need to rename it to .htaccess before adding to it. Add the following command to the .htaccess file:php_value memory_limit 12M

If the memory problem persists, increase the value until it works.
As a side note, you need to have the System – Legacy plugin activated before you can install Fireboard. The application was written for Joomla 1.0 and won’t run natively in 1.5. You can find the plugin through the Extensions menu, and then select Plugin Manager.

11 thoughts on “Installing Fireboard in Joomla 1.5”

  1. Hi,
    Wonder if you have any suggestions re: a rather huge problem I have been having trying to integrate fireboard with Joomla… was supposed to be quick and easy but not so.
    Fireboard may or may not add a user registered through Joomla to its list, but the great problem is that it does not seem to recognize the user as registered and doesn’t give access to the message board when it is set to “registered users”.
    Hope I made the problem clear.
    I initially had CB installed along with UddeIM but have since uninstalled those components as the system didn’t seem to integrate one with the other, particularly fireboard which picked up that a user was registered, but did not give access to the categories/forums. A newly registered user saw an empty message board and when ‘view latest post’ was selected got an Error 403 message.
    The problem persists now that I have fireboard as the only component.
    You mentioned elsewhere, do you suppose this would be a fix for this situation? Thanks for any ideas you may have on the matter.

  2. I had problems installing Fireboard as well. I got it to work when I did a clean install with the latest version of Joomla and Fireboard.
    I haven’t tried installing Community Builder, but it seems like an interesting application. I’ll try it and write about the results.
    If you need help installing Fireboard, I could give you greater assistance if you can let me know what type of web host your using and how you installed each application.

  3. How should I install fireboard, should i install from joomla or should i upload it to my server with ftp and do it from there, help me pls.

  4. Fireboard is small enough so that you can install it from Joomla. You’ll have to uncompress the Fireboard zip file and install the file in a subfolder in the Versions folder. Don’t try installing the main zip because it won’t work.

  5. Thx Johan, I did it so easily in the end, thx for you help any ways.
    Unlike Joomla , fireboard seems confusing, i have used ipb,invision and v-bulletion but this one seems very confusing. Will I be able to create a forum similar to invision.

  6. Hi magnum. You can create a custom theme in Fireboard that matches the Invision forum layout.
    You might consider using phpBB. Eventually, there will be a bridge between Joomla and phpBB.

  7. whats your take on IPB 1.3 vs. phpbb 3.0, I am still not happy with phpbb and fireboard,eventhough i have installed all the three, i want to keep only one of them.
    I am seriously confused. I once had a great forum with IPB 1.3, but once my server crashed i was unable to recover any details, your help on choosing 1 among the forums will be appreciated, ofcourse i will make the final decision but i am just collecting advices from everybody before making the final move.

    • I think it would be best to use phpBB. There will be a bridge for Joomla soon, and its one of the best forum applications in spite of certain problems that it has.

  8. Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the pictures on this
    blog loading? I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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