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Hi. I'm pretty computer illiterate. I want to run this program. I don't know how. This website   http://www.mathworks...aughnessey_v5.m     gives me a "script", I don't know what that means. Please help! Thanks!"
  

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Hi joseph :)

You are supposed to open .m files with the program "Matlab", which is an "IDE" for the Mathlab programming language.

http://www.mathworks...roducts/matlab/

You need to open the program, then run the file inside it.
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Thanks Aura for the quick response! I really didnt understand your answer. I'm a real rookie:) Can you please give more details?


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Let's start from the beginning :) To run this script, you'll need the program "Matlab".

http://www.mathworks...roducts/matlab/

Do you have this program? It's a paid program, and only a trial is available for free.
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thanks:) No i dont have that program. I guess ill download the trial...


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Alright, once this is done, here's a little documentation that might help you understand what to do with the Matlab program that .m file you are trying to run.

http://www.mathworks...b/ref/open.html - To open the file
http://www.mathworks...ab/ref/run.html - To run the file
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wait its not so simple to just download trial:( Website says a "A product specialist will contact you to evaluate your needs and assist you through the process". Ill try anyway. But is this the only way to run this program?


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Apparently, there's a free open-source software that can also run .m scripts and it's Scilab:

http://www.scilab.org/en/scilab/about

The download page is here:

http://www.scilab.or.../download/5.5.1

If you have Windows 32-bits, you'll download Scilab 5.5.1 - 32-bit Windows, else if you have Windows 64-bits you'll download Scilab 5.5.1 - 64-bit Windows.
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sweet. ok in middle of downloading Scilab 5.5.1 - 64-bit Windows.........


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Finished! ok now what?


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Right-click on the .m file, and select Open with... then click on Select default program. From there, browse to the Scilab executable file and select it to open the file with Scilab.
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problem as i set up a different default program already by mistake. How do i change this?


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If you follow the instructions I gave you in the precedent post, you'll be able to change the default program for .m files to Scilab :)
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ok got it. but when I did that  "scilab console" window pops up and nothing really happens... just says "Startup execution: loading initial environment"


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It's loading the environment for the program to open. Depending on your computer specs, it can take a few minutes so give it time :)
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