incoming attachments display as strange text

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  1. nickcassell macrumors newbie

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    Bought my 1st Mac after 12 years on supersimple WebTV. NIB Rev 2 MBA SSD for $2K from eBay vendor 4 months ago. Facinated by it's capabilities, luminous screen and magazine-like form factor. Why can't I open many email attachments? They display as funny looking text.
     
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  3. nickcassell thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. n0de macrumors 6502

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    I assume you are using the normal Apple Mail application, right?

    The first thing you need to understand about attachments is that you need the right software to open them (e.g. if someone sends you a Microsoft Word document, you need Microsoft Word to open it). The WMV file you mention as an example is a Microsoft Media Video file.

    Since your MBA is so new you probably have not installed the viewer for that type of file yet.

    Go here to download the player. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/wmcomponents.mspx

    Once you install this you will not have to install it again, so from now on you will not have any problems with this kind of file.
     
  5. nickcassell thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the wonderful advice. I will attend to it. The instructions say the download takes an hour.
     
  6. n0de macrumors 6502

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    An hour to download, only if you are on dial-up. Assuming you have any sort of high-speed it will actually only take a few minutes. :)
     
  7. nickcassell thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How great is this? My dilemma totally solved on MacRumors Air Forums by nOde. His link took a minute and now I am opening 4 months of saved wmv files.
     

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