Frustrated with incompatability !!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by umdjb, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. umdjb macrumors regular

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    How come I cannot view Yahoo! Sports videos using my Mac? I am so sick of not being able to view certain videos online with my Mac. Isn't Apple supposed to be a pioneer in the online digital media revolution offering the best software/hardware for viewing pictures and videos, yet, I am constantly beleaguered by issues of incompatability. For instance I have a hard time viewing videos from google, yahoo and mtv. I also do not want to mention the difficulities I came across when trying to view my .avi's when making the switch. Although, I do not spend much time viewing them and make a regular habit of it I would like the option to do so.

    Can anyone else empathize with me?!? If Apple wants to increase their market share and lure Windows users they better get their act together and allow users the same functionality with a Mac versus a PC. In retrospect, this makes me reconsider switching in the first place...
     
  2. ahunter3 macrumors 6502

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    Blame Yahoo, not Apple. If media and website code both obey standards set and agreed upon by the various consortia, the Mac will nearly always utilize it properly.

    MS is known for creating nonstandard dev tools and apps that uniquely execute the products thereof, so as to try to marginalize non-MS apps. The history of MS Front Page and MS Internet Explorer is a prime example thereof.
     
  3. thegreatluke macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm... what kind of Mac do you have? What browser are you using?

    Do you have Flash installed?
    Quicktime (I'm imagining is installed)? Microsoft Windows Media Player?

    I can view it fine on my MacBook Pro, which is weird because it might be in Windows Media Player format, which would be slow on my computer due to Rosetta.

    But, looking at it now, it appears to be a Flash-based viewer. Do you have the NEWEST flash?
     
  4. alexstein macrumors 6502a

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    Like stated above it's not your Mac's fault. However make sure that you have all available and up to date plugins in your browser.

    This should not be a reason to ditch your mac Do a little research on the different plugins and you will be fine.
     
  5. umdjb thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am using a 1.5ghz PB 12''. How do I make sure I have all the latest plug-ins for my browser? I just downloaded the newest flash player 8 for OS X and it still doesnt work....

    Any other ideas?
     
  6. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    Try a search in MR as I had posted this more than a few times but this will work, read my sig.
    It's pretty simple - all you really need to do is download http://formymac.com/MR/plugins.zip, unzip it (it'll unzip to a folder named "Internet Plug-Ins", so don't unzip it in your Library folder, else it'll replace your "Internet Plug-Ins" folder), and copy the "Flash Player.plugin" file from that unzipped folder into your "Macintosh HD/Library/Internet Plug-Ins" folder.

    You might or might not want to save the new Flash plugin you'll be replacing, but I doubt it.
    I'm using Studio 8 (it has Flash 8 and so on) and this runs just fine as stated. Try going to www.versiontracker.com for media players as well as you can find a really good amount for the Mac :cool:
     

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