Problems downloading firefox

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by TERZI, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. TERZI macrumors newbie

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    I am trying to download firefox (explorer now), but every time I try, a screen pops up asking me how to open it. I am a newbee, or maybe just an idiot. Still not sure what I am doing when I try to download from the internet. Please help!! TERZI
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    You're using Explorer to download Firefox... is this a Mac or a Windows PC? Are you sure you're downloading the right version of Firefox?

    Schematically, without knowing what kind of computer you have...

    1) Go to http://getfirefox.com

    2) Click to download (will automatically choose the compatible version)

    3) SAVE the file on the desktop -- don't run it from inside the browser.

    4) Close the browser and run the file that's on your desktop.

    5) Follow the prompts (Windows) or drag the Firefox icon from the window that comes up into your Applications folder (OS X), then drag the white disk icon on the desktop to the trash and run the Firefox icon that's in your Applications folder.
     
  3. TERZI thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    How old? What version of OS X?
     
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  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    :confused:

    Do you mean 10.5? I.E. Leopard? In that case, how old your computer is pretty irrelevant... although I wonder how you got Explorer on Leopard? If you mean 10.1.5, then only a very old version of Firefox, if any, will run on it, and you'll have to dig for a back version. Otherwise, on Leopard, just follow my original directions. If you're having trouble following them in Explorer, use Safari. For that matter, use Safari anyways instead of Explorer. :p

    We have a guide explaining how to download and install software, too:

    http://guides.macrumors.com/Installing_Applications_in_Mac_OS_X
     
  7. TERZI thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, my os is 10.1.5....(puma?)..Which browser do you recommend?
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Hmmm, you're going to have trouble...

    - Any recent version of Safari requires at least Tiger.
    - Firefox 2.x requires 10.2 or greater, and I think Firefox 3.x requires Tiger. Mozilla doesn't even host downloads of Firefox older than 2.0 anymore. So the newest version of Firefox you can use is going to be a 1.x version... I don't even know where you're going to find Firefox 1.x. There are some sites like this:

    http://mac.oldapps.com/firefox.php

    To download 1.5...

    Egh, wait, even 1.5 doesn't support OS X 10.1.x....

    Hmmm...

    - It looks like your best bet for the closest thing to a modern browser is Opera 7. Opera 8 requires 10.2 and 9 requires 10.3, but it looks like Opera 7 supports 10.1. I would personally guess it's more like a modern browsing experience than anything else.

    You can get the last 7.x build here:

    http://arc.opera.com/pub/opera/mac/754u2/en/om_en_7.54u2.dmg

    or here:

    http://mac.oldapps.com/opera.php

    So for now, follow the first link, click to SAVE the file somewhere, e.g. desktop, and then follow the guide to install it.

    Now... aside. Is there a specific reason you're running OS X 10.1? At this point, you can upgrade to at least Panther for... no more than $20USD, and probably Tiger for a little bit more (might need a RAM update) and then could run a relatively modern browser.... or for that matter, I guess, run PPC Linux.
     
  9. TERZI thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks a bunch. I will see what I an do with these links. As a Windows user, I am more than likely going to drive you guys crazy with questions! Thanks again..
    TERZI
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    You're honestly going to have more trouble getting help from us with the fact that you're using Puma than with the fact that you came from Windows... most of us use Windows (in fact, I'm typing on Windows right now, and of three computers I have at home, only one runs OS X). I, for purposes of full disclosure, have never used OS X Puma more than maybe playing with it for 30 seconds at the store.
     

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