Quick, hopefully easy question

preface: flash neophyte. bear with me.

anyway, im playing around making a small site and i seem to be ok with loading external movie files into the main one on command, but when i do, the features don’t seem to work – i have a quote generator in the external file and though the button to generate a new quote does roll over, it doesn’t actually function in retrieving a new quote.

ps, in flash 8 actually.