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    Mathletics asking for IE update

    Hi All,

    To start off, all the computers in the school have Internet Explorer 6 and Firefox 3.6 with the latest flash installed (10.0.45.2). The reason we have stayed with IE6 is that the WA Department of Education use an Oracle webmail program to centrally manage all staff and student emails instead of each school having its own exchange server. The Idea is good in theory allowing people to move schools without changing their email address and so on. But it does have a few issues, one of the major ones being that it only works properly with IE6 and as such we are not allowed to upgrade to IE7 or 8.

    Any way after a recent updated on the mathletics website (mathletics.com.au) now when students click to sign in they get an error saying:

    “Mathletics has detected that you are using Internet Explorer 6 as your web browser. Microsoft no longer supports Internet Explorer 6. To continue using Mathletics, please upgrade your web browser.

    Please click on OK to upgrade your browser.”

    “Ok” takes them to the MS download page for IE8 and “Cancel” just dose nothing. They get this error even when using Firefox 3.6. I tried calling their helpdesk and they were not available, I have sent an email as well but I thought I would post this here and see if any one has a salution.

    Is there any simple way of “fooling” mathletics to think we have IE8 and allow students to log in? A nasty registry hack or something? Or am I going to have to upgrade the maths lab to IE8 and just say no email in that lab?
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    You could possibly try a user agent switcher, but there is probably a reason that they removed IE6 (apart from being a crappy outdated browser that should be dead already....).

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    Yeh try changing the user agent. The issue though is that all sites will think your IE7/8 from then on which could make js scripts do strange things.

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    If you have Firefox 3.6 use Mathletics with that, it works fine. Navigate to:

    C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox and create a shortcut from firefox.exe to your desktop.

    Right click the shortcut and choose Properties.

    Change the Target path so it reads:

    Code:
    "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" http://scs.mathletics.com/signIn.asp
    Rename the shortcut to Mathletics then copy/move the shortcut so it appears on pupil desktops (such as Folder Redirection, controlled Desktops).

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    I am getting the same message on some of our CC3 workstations, even though we have IE7 installed on the machines

    Any ideas?

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    Thumbs up Workaround to Mathletics using Internet Explorer 6

    I have the same problem; I emailed customerservice@3plearning.co.uk who sent the following in reply to my protests about the lack of notice to paying customers:

    "My Tech Support team have told me that users can login by going directly to [url=http://scs.mathletics.com/] but that some functionality may not work correctly by doing it in this way so it would be advisable to download IE8 at your earliest convenience.

    Kind regards,
    Customer Services UK
    Tel: 0117 370 1990"

    It works. You can create a shortcut with that URL, or put it in the CDROM Player database. Let me know if you need help doing either.

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    Thats briliant, I think I will put a shortcut to that url on the desktop for all users in the maths lab, I also emailed support but never got a usefull reply just one that said they would get back to me next business day.

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