Trying to set up modem or router on a Mac, but installation software won't auto-run. →
We're trying to get the GF hooked up to the tubes in her apartment. There is apparently a hard-wired internet connection in the apartment. We just need to get her Macbook to talk to it. (My assumption was that if the line was actually active, like the owners say it is, plugging a Cat5 cable into the wall and into the computer would get her online. That, however, has not been the case. She also, frustratingly, has not asked them for info on the ISP or anything like that. She keeps saying "They say it should work. The last people who lived here were online." Which, from my perspective, is absolutely no help. And which I should stop repeating in my head, because it's making me grumpy. But anyway.)
Anyway, first problem is that when you insert the installation CD for the modem, the setup program won't auto-run. This has been true for two installation disks. Both say they're mac-compatible. You insert the disk, though, and nothing happens. Going into Finder to start the setup.exe program manually gets an error message along the lines of "There is no default application to run this program. Would you like to choose one?" Duh. There's no default app because it's an .exe file. *I* know that, computer. Why don't you?
Any advice on how to get setup to set up? (I don't have the computer in front of me, and will probably have to print any instructions out so that I can follow them later, off-line. So please, be detailed and pretend that I'm a mac-idiot, because I am!)