Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nick96ss, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. nick96ss macrumors member


    May 26, 2006
    i tried getting aim, i get on my desktop ,when i try to open it excel tries to run it but it is expired and i don't want to renew it. how else can i open and run there another way i can go aout this......oh forgot when i do hit open it brings me a screen that says STUFFIT i have no idea when i hit save to disk brings me again to excel.....please help
  2. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2005
    The town without George Bailey

    Some websites don't know how to handle disk image downloads, and your disk image that you're trying to download gets encoded with ASCII instead of MIME/application-type. So you end up seeing a bunch of gibberish text in a browser window.

    In your case, you're seeing this in Excel.

    Stuffit Expander is a free download, just google it. It's a decompressor for archived files, like .zip. Lots of mac apps come in Stuffit .stx files. Instead of clicking directly on the aim installer file, right click and specify to download to desktop. Then double click it, but download stuffit expander first to 'unzip' it.

    EDIT: It's not the website you're downloading it from in this case... it's that you don't have stuffit. So when you click the installer file, it's trying to open it in excel, and will end up displaying text gibberish.
  3. nick96ss thread starter macrumors member


    May 26, 2006
    THANK YOU worked great.....sooner or later i'll get this mac thing

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