6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 24, 2008 8:04 PM by VIDI0T
VIDI0T Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My iMac is a little over two years old now. Today I decided to try to install MSN messenger but I have had no luck yet. It keeps telling my that my browser does not support messenger.

I tried the same thing with Firefox but I got the same message.

Any insights and opinions is greatly appreciated.

IMac
  • Rachel R Level 6 Level 6 (18,700 points)
    I think you're looking at MSN Web Messenger, which is apparently a web-based way to use the MSN messaging service.

    The standalone application, Microsoft Messenger for Mac 7.0.1, should work just fine with Mac OS X. This is an actual application that works independently of your web browser.

    However, if I were you I'd consider using Adium instead. As their page says, it's a "free instant messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more." It's a great program, well written for Mac OS X, with lots of features, and it lets you chat on many chat networks at the same time. I don't use it for the MSN network but I do use it for AIM/iChat and Yahoo messaging and I like it very much.
  • much wiser now Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)
    Hi Rachel.

    Not to detour from, but I just downloaded Adium. Now I've got it in my 'Finder' apps and on my desktop. What do I do now? I have 2 icons on the desktop. 1 is a white HD (?) with a duck on it (Adium X 1.2.7) and the other is a piece of paper with a HD on top (1.2.7.dmg)

    Is this something I should drag to my dock? And if so, how?

    Thank You In Advance.

    mwn
  • Rachel R Level 6 Level 6 (18,700 points)
    much wiser now wrote:
    Hi Rachel.

    Not to detour from, but I just downloaded Adium. Now I've got it in my 'Finder' apps and on my desktop. What do I do now? I have 2 icons on the desktop. 1 is a white HD (?) with a duck on it (Adium X 1.2.7) and the other is a piece of paper with a HD on top (1.2.7.dmg)

    Is this something I should drag to my dock? And if so, how?


    The .dmg file is the disk image that you downloaded.

    The disk image was expanded (either because you have the Safari preferences set to open "safe" files and Safari expanded the disk image for you, or because you double-clicked on the disk image) and created a virtual disk on your desktop, which looks like a little white hard drive icon with a duck on it.

    Double-click on that disk image (with the duck on it) and you'll see what to do next. As Adium's instructions try to explain in pictures, drag the Adium application (the green duck) into your Applications folder, which they have made handy by placing an alias of the Applications folder right next to the duck.

    .dmg files are one of the most common methods to provide software downloads these days, so you'll become used to this in time.

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  • much wiser now Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)
    I appreciate your patient guidance Rachel

    One last quick (I think) question.

    For access, can I/should I drag it into my dock? It's already in my Apps folder.

    mwn :o)
  • Rachel R Level 6 Level 6 (18,700 points)
    much wiser now wrote:
    I appreciate your patient guidance Rachel

    One last quick (I think) question.

    For access, can I/should I drag it into my dock? It's already in my Apps folder.


    Not a problem.

    That's really up to you. I put things in the Dock that I want to use frequently. If an application is something I'm just trying out or don't expect to use often, I don't put it in the Dock. And I might change my mind down the road if I realize I'm using it differently than I originally expected. It's all whether or not you want or need easy access.
  • VIDI0T Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you rachel!