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  1. jturk12 macrumors newbie

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    just bought a used mac leopard, 10.5X, i have never used a mac before so i am at a loss. i do not have boot camp on my finder to install any windows. is it possible to download it seperatly form a web site to use? when i do try to download different exe programs, and open them all i get is a small box with gibberish in it. it does not execute like in windows. also on the safari/firefox internet screen, how do i make it full page??? that little box is hard for me to read! last question i hope, i want to transfer my kodak pictures and music from my old vista to the new mac. i guess i would use a 2.0 usb cable since my vista is 64X and nothing works with it. but does mac just use I tunes for all music and pictures or does it have seperate music, pic, video folders like vista??? please be gentle on me, i was pretty much illiterate on the vista and totally illiterate here.
    thanks guys
    jturk12
     
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    exe programs are Windows Executables. They will not run on Mac OSX. You need to install Windows via Bootcamp or virtualisation software like Parallels or VMWare Fusion. They might run in a WINE based emulator like crossover.

    You cannot download Bootcamp: it is copyrighted software. If for some strange reason the Bootcamp Assistant is not on your machine you should be able to restore if from the restore DVDs.
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    1. .exe files are only meant for Windows, so they won't run on Mac OS X.
    Boot Camp should be in Applications / Utilities. If not, look onto the gray restore DVDs that came with your Mac, if they are not existing, you can get a Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard DVD for 25€.

    2. Safari is the name of the browser to surf the world wide web (www), which is only part of the internet. On every application window in Mac OS X, there are three little knobs on the upper left side. Red is for closing the window, yellow is for minimizing a window to the Dock, and green is maximizing the window, but not like in Windows. Click on all of them to see how they work.

    3. To transfer your data from your PC to the Mac, either use a LAN (Ethernet) cable or a wifi connection (wireless LAN), as USB might not work. But you can give it a try.

    4. iTunes is for music and video, and for apps management and playing. iPhoto is for photos.

    5. You have one user folder located in Users /. In there is a folder named after the account you have created, example:
    username: fred lain
    folder name: fredlain > Users/fredlain.

    As you can see for yourself, there are several folders inside, with names like Music, Movies, Pictures, Documents.


    Also have a look at the following links, as the information presented there might be helpful in your future endeavours into Mac OS X and could clear up initial confusion and may even prevent harm to your system or your files.

    http://www.apple.com/support/switch101/ - text
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/ - videos
    http://www.apple.com/support/mac101/ - text
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1343 - keyboard shortcuts
     
  5. jturk12 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks a million

    thanks guys, between the vidios and your answers i have a lot better hold on it now. wish me luck in the world of macs...
     

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