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M Tunes: Tips and help for downloading songs and games

If you have problems downloading or running M Tunes songs and games, you should be able to find the solution here.

1. Before you start |2. Minimum system requirements | 3. Downloading the M Tunes resources | 4. Opening the files online5. Troubleshooting tips

Anchor Point:11. Before you start

Before running M Tunes resources on your PC OR Mac, make sure that:

  • The computer and monitor meet the minimum system requirements as shown below.
  • The computer and monitor are both switched on.
  • Headphones or speakers are connected to the computer and the volume is adjusted to a suitable level.
  • No other programs, such as word processors or spreadsheets, are running.
  • The Windows screen saver feature is switched off.

Anchor Point:22. Minimum system requirements

Compatibility for PC and Mac users should be as follows:

  • QuickTime 7 or higher installed.

(Windows)

  • Intel Pentium II 450MHz or faster processor
  • At least 128MB of RAM
  • Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 or XP or Vista

(Macintosh)

  • 400 MHz Power PC G3 or faster or Intel Macintosh computer
  • At least 128MB of RAM
  • Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later

Anchor Point:53. Opening the files online

If you're having problems opening the files online, please try adjusting the settings in your browser. Select 'Tools' on the top navigation bar; then go to 'Internet Options' and click on the 'Advanced' tab. Scroll down the options to the security settings and make sure that the box for 'Allow active content to run in files on My Computer' is checked.

Internet options screenshot

Anchor Point:34. Downloading the M Tunes resources

M Tunes songs and activities are designed to be downloaded from www.onestopenglish.com to a PC or Mac and to run locally.

(Windows)
Right click on the file link and select 'Save Target As...', then browse to the location where you want to save the file. Once saved, the zip file can be extracted. The songs consist of a Quicktime .mov file, which will run in Quicktime. To install Quicktime, go to www.apple.com/quicktime/download. The activities consist of a Flash executable (.exe) which will run automatically on double-clicking. It is not necessary to have Flash installed as the activities include an integrated Flash player.

(Macintosh)
Click on the file link and the Quicktime movie (song) or Flash file (activity) will automatically download and extract on to the desktop. It can then be run from there or saved elsewhere.

Anchor Point:45. Troubleshooting tips

Problem: Files take ages to download
Possible cause: This could be because you have a slow Internet connection. It is estimated that a 30MB file will take about 1 hour 15 minutes to download using a 56K modem connection, compared to 2 minutes using a typical (1MB) broadband connection.
Solution: Download the files when you're away from your desk, or download using a broadband connection.

Problem: Songs or activities run slowly
Possible cause: This could be because other programs are running.
Solution: Make sure no other programs are running. For optimum performance, quit any programs that are running before running the M Tunes resources.

Problem: The songs don't play properly in Quicktime 7
Possible cause: There is a known issue in Qucktime 7.1.3 which does not play certain elements of Flash unless a setting is optimized.
Solution: Change Quicktime's system preferences as follows: System Preferences->QuickTime->Advanced-(check box to enable) Flash. Alternatively, install a more recent version of Quicktime.

Problem: Graphics freeze or text boxes appear blank
Possible cause: Graphics card acceleration too high.
Solution: Right-click on "My Computer". Click on "Properties" and then on the "Performance" tab. Click on the "Graphics" button. Click and drag the hardware acceleration slider to "None". Finally, restart your computer.

Problem: Graphics do not load or are poor quality
Possible cause: There is not enough memory available.
Solution: Quit any other programs that may be running.

Problem: Graphics do not load or are poor quality
Possible cause: The computer's display settings may need adjustment.
Solution: Make sure that the monitor's Display Properties are set to 1024x768 screen resolution and 32-bit color.

Problem: There is no sound
Possible cause: The speakers or headphones are not correctly connected to the computer's soundcard.
Solution: Make sure that the speakers or headphones are plugged in to the correct speaker connection on the computer's soundcard.

Problem: There is no sound
Possible cause: The computer's volume control is set too low.
Solution: Check that the volume control is turned up on external speakers and that the Windows volume control slider is also adjusted correctly.

Problem: There is no sound
Possible cause: The sound card is not set up to be SoundBlaster compatible.
Solution: Try to change the soundcard settings to make them SoundBlaster compatible (refer to the relevant soundcard manual for details of how to do this).

Copyright
© Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2007
These M Tunes songs and activities are copyright and unauthorized copying is illegal.

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