8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 15, 2007 10:44 AM by mecklists
timreaper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I can't seem to figure out why my mac wont read most cd-roms I have. I have a bunch of movie editing software and my mp3 player cd-rom(which is suppose to work with mac OS X 10) and yet I can't get it to read them. I have tried downloading everything I could think of but they all have the same issue. It all has an icon of a blank page and when I try to open it it says.....Unable to read the dictionary of the application or extension because it is not scriptable........ Can anyone out there help me???? PLEASE!!?!!?!?!?!?!

Powerbook g4, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Benjamin Winnick Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
    It sounds like your computer IS reading the CD-ROM, if it shows a file icon. It just doesn't know what program to use to open the file. What kind of file is it?
  • timreaper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    well it keeps trying to open it with script editor and I have tried to open it with everything else I could find on my comp but I have had no sucess
  • Benjamin Winnick Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
    Okay, but do you know who made the CD-ROM and what program they intended it to be used with? Are they video files? If so, in what format? What is the filename extension (the part after the ".") ?

    MacBook   Mac OS X (10.4.9)  
  • timreaper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    well I'm not sure on all of them but I know they were made on a comp with windows xp home. um......like my mp3 cd-rom is I guess for windows media but I can't even get that for Mac....the version made for mac does the same thing the rest of my files do. I tried to download a few diffrent versions of it made for mac too. I'm not really smart when it comes to comps but I've tried everything I can think of. One of my editing softwares is windows movie maker 2 and I have sony vegas 7.0 but neither one is scriptable right now
  • Benjamin Winnick Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
    Can you see the file extension on any of the files you're trying to open? Look for the last three letters of the name of the file, after the dot (.) character.
  • timreaper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    it say's .exe
  • rajindia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    it say's .exe


    The big joke
    ".exe" files not supported natively
    you can try parralels or crossover

      Mac OS X (10.4.9)  
  • mecklists Level 4 Level 4 (1,795 points)
    Those .exe files are Windows applications, which can not run natively on Mac OS X. Likewise, Mac OS X applications won't run on Windows.

    The only way you'll be able to use those Windows applications on your PowerBook G4 is to use Microsoft VirtualPC <http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/virtualpc/virtualpc.aspx?pid=virtualpc>. This is a Mac OS X application that emulates Intel PC hardware. With that you'll be able to install Windows and then you'll be able to run most Windows applications.

    VirtualPC is not ideal for graphics or video intensive applications. It's very slow to begin with and can't emulate a high end graphics card.

    You may be better off purchasing low-end Windows PC or replacing your PowerBook for a MacBook or MacBook Pro, which will allow you to run Parallels <http://www.parallels.com> or Apple's Boot Camp <http://www.apple.com/bootcamp>. These are much better at running Windows.

    Hope this helps! bill

    1 GHz Powerbook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.9)