can't download this software

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July 2, 2009 at 17:53:44
Specs: Windows Me, 633 Mhz/191Mb
Hi. I went to http://www.cs.sjsu.edu/faculty/ruck... When I did I tried to download John Walker and Rudy Rucker's Cellular Automata Labaratory software (free). I got a RUNDLL Error loading message saying The system cannot find the file specified. Is there another way to download this software? I figure there should be because its from about 20 years ago. Thank you

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#1
July 2, 2009 at 22:37:09
I had no trouble downloading it on my 98 machine with IE 6

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#2
July 3, 2009 at 11:09:29
Nor did I on my 96se partition using IE6. It also downloaded fine on the XP partition using IE8.

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#3
July 3, 2009 at 14:36:25
And I had no problem with XP / IE7.

It seems to me you downloaded the software...the error is when you attempt to install it?


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#4
July 3, 2009 at 16:38:29
I can save it to my desktop but when I double click it all I get is a whole lot of files and no matter which one I open all I see is its notepad with a bunch of numbers or just little black boxes.

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#5
July 3, 2009 at 18:21:10
The download I got was cellab2.zip. When I extracted the files from the archive, there are 216 files. Cellab.exe seemed to run just fine on XP.

We on the same page here? How many times have you tried the download?

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#6
July 3, 2009 at 23:04:26
Yeah, it's a zip file so if you double click on it winzip or whatever you use to extract should open up.

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#7
July 4, 2009 at 07:45:07
1st you have to unzip it, then open the folder with all the files in it, then click on the executable file. Do you have the file extensions turned on so you can see which file is the .EXE?

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#8
July 5, 2009 at 10:05:47
How do you turn on file extensions. My download says cellab2 compressed folder. I don't see any exe in it

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#9
July 5, 2009 at 12:29:28
Open 'my computer', then VIEW--FOLDER OPTIONS--VIEW. Under 'files and folders' uncheck 'hide file extensions for known file types'. (that's on my 98, should be pretty much the same for ME)

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#10
July 5, 2009 at 12:56:37
I went to MY COMPUTER>view>tools>view then clicked on 'show hidden files and folders. I get about 216 files but none of them has exe. Jam said first unzip it. Maybe thats the problem. How do I do that?

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#11
July 5, 2009 at 15:27:39
"I get about 216 files but none of them has exe"

Did you uncheck 'hide file extensions for known file types' as suggested by DAVEINCAPS?

"Jam said first unzip it.....How do I do that?"

You've got ot be kidding? Then how do you know there's 216 files in the zipped file?

http://www.filehippo.com/search?q=zip


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#12
July 5, 2009 at 16:13:37
It's not 'show hidden files and folders'. It's 'hide file extensions for known file types' and that needs to be unchecked.

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#13
July 8, 2009 at 17:25:08
I unchecked 'hide file extensions for known file types'.I guess it unzips automatically. I do see an RC.EXE file . When I double click it I can extract all the files. The result is a whole lot of files but most of them take me to a window that says 'open with.....' I don't know what to open those files with . Whichever one I try comes up with nothing. The files that do show something show very little. I guess I'm still not doing something right. I opened up the read me and I read it. It says things that lead me to believe I still don't have the lab functioning. When I click on CELLAB.EXE all I get is a green and black spotted picture with the option of changing the pictures dimensions. I'm ready to give up on it. What should I be getting?

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#14
July 8, 2009 at 18:10:31
"all I get is a green and black spotted picture"

Exactly. Are you sure you're even capable of learning how to use such a program?

http://www.cs.sjsu.edu/faculty/ruck...


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#15
July 8, 2009 at 18:40:22
Thanks for showing me that web sight. I see what you mean when you ask if I can use this software. What about all those files that give me the ' open with'.....window? What do i put in for 'description for files of this type' and what program do I use to open with?

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#16
July 8, 2009 at 18:48:28
Generally those are files used by the main EXE program. You probably don't open them separately. Unless the readme file says differently just run the main program and let it do its thing.

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#17
July 9, 2009 at 09:48:07
I downloaded it & played around with it for a few minutes. I suppose if you read the manual & figure out all the steps, you could probably get it to do whatever it is you want it to do but it seems pretty complicated. What DO you want to do with it?

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#18
July 9, 2009 at 12:13:21
Personally, I wanted to change the green and black spotted picture to anything else; and did.

Next, I wanted to exit the program; and did.

This for a school assignment?

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#19
July 9, 2009 at 17:07:35
"Personally, I wanted to change the green and black spotted picture to anything else; and did.

Next, I wanted to exit the program; and did."

LOL. I basically did the same thing.


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