Hrm, ive asked asimilar question, but now its a kinda new problem

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  1. Decahedron macrumors regular

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    okay soooo for both snes9x and firefox, the file i downloaded wass a .dmg. so anyway i opened it up and copied the file to my applications folder. then i could trash the .dmg file which came up as what looked like a removable drive. So i did that, but now whenever i open them it comes up on the desktop agian.
    how do i prevent this?


    edit: addtionally firefox seems to randomly go back and forward to pages ive visited...how do i prevent this? im not toching anyhing, fingers are just on the trackpad to scroll down o_O
     
  2. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    Did you copy the .dmg file or drag-n-drop the application to the folder?
     
  3. Decahedron thread starter macrumors regular

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    well there as like an actual .dmg file and then the one that came in that thing hta tlooked like a drive.

    i opened up the drive looking one and drag and dropped it over.
     
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  5. emw macrumors G4

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    Make sure you "eject" the virtual drive that is created when double-clicking the .dmg file, and also delete the .dmg file. After copying the application out of the "drive" of course.

    That should fix it.
     
  6. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    The way Macs handle .dmg files is definitely stupid. If you drag the .dmg into the trash, it should unmount the virtual drive. Also, why do so many apps download as .dmg files when there's only one file in the disk image? Why not just download the file directly, or use a .zip file if it needs to be compressed?
     
  7. .:*Robot Boy*:. macrumors 6502

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    This thread has instructions on how to stop page navigation with the trackpad in FireFox ;)
     
  8. emw macrumors G4

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    Apps download as .dmg files because in OS X, a single app is not a single file. That's just how the interface displays it. Ctrl-click on an app and click "Show package contents" to see what I mean. ZIPping the file isn't as reliable as creating a disk image.
     
  9. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Good to know. I didn't know that. But still, dragging a .dmg to the trash should automatically unmount the disk image.
     
  10. Decahedron thread starter macrumors regular

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    I got lost somewhere in here.

    here's what i did: took out contenst of the virtual drive and put them in applications. deleted .dmg and ejected virtual drive.


    what should i have done/do i need to do now>?
     
  11. emw macrumors G4

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    Hmm. Okay, one thought here. Did you originally open the application directly from the virtual drive? If so, did you use that icon in the Dock and subsequently access the application via that icon? If so, remove that icon and replace it with the one in your Applications folder.

    If not, then, well, I'm at a loss. Except perhaps to start from scratch - delete the files and re-download and install and see if you get the same problem.
     
  12. Decahedron thread starter macrumors regular

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    i think that actually is what i did

    okay i deleted firefox completely... and redownloaded it. now i will open the disk image ande copy the firefox icon there toa pplications, delete the dmg and virtual drive and be set>
     
  13. Decahedron thread starter macrumors regular

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    please help with this last part so this topic can die and i can be all satisfied :)
     
  14. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    You can setup the mouse, I think on powerbooks, to make it to where if you move it a certain way it executes a command. I think you set it up in your System Preferences or in the FireFox preferences. Try that.
     
  15. Decahedron thread starter macrumors regular

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    oh i fixed the firefox scrolling problem :)
     
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  17. Decahedron thread starter macrumors regular

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    is bumping your post frowed upon/a bannable offense?
     
  18. emw macrumors G4

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    Well, probably not bannable, but 2 hours for a non-fatal issue might be a little quick on the draw for the bump. What happened between you fixing the problem and apparently having the problem again?

    Why not use Safari?
     
  19. Decahedron thread starter macrumors regular

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    i have nothing super against safari, ive just heard lots of good about firefox and like it tooo.

    i havent fixed the issue with the virtual drive, only the scrolling->forward and back issue.
     

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