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The_Man
Aug 14, 2005, 06:57 PM
Tomorrow FedEx is supposed to get my iBook to me around 10:30 and I can barely wait. I have some (stupid) questions concerning iBook Maintanence and other things a stupid neophyte would ask.

1. What should I do when I first get my iBook. Hardware Tests, charging, etc. (This has been asked before, but I thought it would be alright if I did grouped with these other questions)

2. What is your program/schedule/routine for maintaining and keeping your iBook quick and clean.

3. Do you use programs like Macjanitor and Onyx? Which ones do you recommend and what do they do?

4. How often should I reset the PRAM, if at all. Also, am I right in thinking that the PRAM holds some system information like time, startup volume, and time zone settings?

5. How often should I repair permissions, and what exactly does it do?

6. What are the effects of the built-in early morning maintenance programs? If you are using the computer while it is running, what will you notice different?

7. Do you know of a free icon changing application for OS X?

Thanks for taking the time to read these questions. I realize some of these may have been asked before and apologize if it is obnoxiously redundant. I will most likely post more questions as time goes on.



mad jew
Aug 14, 2005, 07:06 PM
1. Just use it. Check for dead pixels if you want to but I don't recommend it since ignorance is pretty bliss (does that make my 'tar ignorant?).

2. Calibrate the battery every few weeks. That's about it for me.

3. Haven't bothered. They have a multitude of functions, none of which I deem necessary for me.

4. Only reset the PRAM if you're told to on these forums because something has gone wrong. You shouldn't need to be doing it regularly. I've never done it on my iBook nor my iMac.

5. Repair permissions after being asked for a password by an app or installer if you're feeling keen. If there's a small problem with your Mac, repair permissions and it sometimes fixes the problem.

6. The early morning scripts are called maintenance scripts and although I'm not fully sure what they do, I know you can run them manually through Terminal or with a program like Onyx. You won't notice any major change to your computing experience while they run at 3:00AM (or whenever) assuming you are using the Mac and it is not asleep. They run in the background.

7. Sorry, I change all my icons manually (which is free). :)

I hope this helps a little. Congratulations on the iBook, they're the l33test!

persianpunisher
Aug 14, 2005, 07:10 PM
If I may ask, when did you order your iBook?

The_Man
Aug 14, 2005, 07:27 PM
I ordered it on August 6th. It would have gotten to me on saturday but they dont deliver then.

persianpunisher
Aug 14, 2005, 08:02 PM
did you pay standard shipping?

The_Man
Aug 14, 2005, 08:18 PM
yup and I live in florida if that helps

Lucky8
Aug 14, 2005, 11:02 PM
Sorry, I change all my icons manually (which is free). :)
I have changed some of my icons manually.
How do I change them back to factory icons?

virus1
Aug 15, 2005, 12:09 AM
I have changed some of my icons manually.
How do I change them back to factory icons?
i hate it when i do that. on my old powerbook, I screwed up all my folders, and replaced them with my cheap photoshop ones. got sick of them in 20 minutes. i don't know what there is to do about that.

for #7, use candybar

About once a year, I backup all my data and reinstall the os and everything. it keeps it snappy and is a good way to clear everything up.

Chundles
Aug 15, 2005, 12:30 AM
i hate it when i do that. on my old powerbook, I screwed up all my folders, and replaced them with my cheap photoshop ones. got sick of them in 20 minutes. i don't know what there is to do about that.

for #7, use candybar

About once a year, I backup all my data and reinstall the os and everything. it keeps it snappy and is a good way to clear everything up.

Just bring up the "get info" window for the icon you don't like anymore, ie, control-click on the icon and then click "get info." Then click on the icon at the top so that a blue halo surrounds it and press delete.

Goes back to the factory settings like "pow!"

JDOG_
Aug 15, 2005, 12:41 AM
Yeah just use the damn thing. All of this high-tech stuff only comes of use if you run into problems. That and enjoy your new machine...they last suprisingly long!

After G
Aug 15, 2005, 01:20 AM
1. Upon getting your iBook:
- be awed by the awesome packaging design of Apple.
- Get that iBook out and start using it (plugged in with battery)
- When the battery is charged, calibrate it:
* Run the battery down until it goes to sleep
* Plug in the adaptor and recharge the battery to 100%

2. The only routine I have is to discharge and recharge the battery completely once a month. I just go through all the other things whenever I feel like it. I also leave my computer on so it can do automated tasks in the crontab at night.

3. I do, I recommend MainMenu. Nice and hidden in the menu bar.

4. Reset PRAM when you have problems that can't be solved through permissions repair. That being said, haven't had to use it yet.

5. Permissions control who can access what. Repairing them makes sure only the proper people can access things like system binaries. That being said, it's not necessary to do it that often. Once a month is fine for me.

6. The built-in maintenance keeps log files clean and such. You won't notice anything really, maybe higher processor usage if doing something intensive.

7. Change icons for free:
- Highlight object with desired icon; Press Command - I
- Highlight the icon with a click; Press Command - C to copy
- Highlight object whose icon you want to change; Press command - I
- Highlight the icon you want to change; Press Command-V to change
This works for most things. It's really simpler to do than it is to explain.

Use Candybar for system-level icons. Forget if you have to pay for it though ... I got over changing system icons rather quickly.

Really, system maintenance is optional. Nothing too bad happens if you forget about it. Mac OS X takes care of itself pretty well. It does things like automatically defragment all files 40 MB or smaller, move more used files to the front of the disk (for faster access), cleans its own logs every night if you leave your computer on ... now if only it could do permissions repair by itself. I haven't had to turn my iBook off since I've gotten it. Just put it to sleep when I'm not using it, reboot on update, and it's been fine.

Have fun with your new computer!

iEdd
Aug 15, 2005, 02:18 AM
A good program is 'icon compo' or 'icompo', (one of them is right :D). It can change colours of a folder, and put a picture on it, change sizes of the picture and transperancies. It's shareware I think..

The_Man
Aug 15, 2005, 10:08 AM
I got my iBook and i have a few questions.

It makes a fairly loud whirring noise when I start it up or wake it up from sleep. Also, how do I connect to my internet. it is not wireless and I plugged it in, I just can't find how i can select or connect to it. One more thing, how do I bring up activity monitor?


Edit: Also, I charged my iBooks with the screen closed, and the charging status light on the charger only wen green when I opened up the iBook. Is this normal?

thanks

stridey
Aug 15, 2005, 10:11 AM
I got my iBook and i have a few questions.

It makes a fairly loud whirring noise when I start it up or wake it up from sleep. Also, how do I connect to my internet. it is not wireless and I plugged it in, I just can't find how i can select or connect to it. One more thing, how do I bring up activity monitor?

thanks

I'll take the easy one. Activity Monitor lives in /Applications/Utilities. You can open it from there.

Also, don't worry about the whirring noise. It's just the optical disk drive spinning up.

Chundles
Aug 15, 2005, 10:47 AM
I got my iBook and i have a few questions.

It makes a fairly loud whirring noise when I start it up or wake it up from sleep. Also, how do I connect to my internet. it is not wireless and I plugged it in, I just can't find how i can select or connect to it. One more thing, how do I bring up activity monitor?


Edit: Also, I charged my iBooks with the screen closed, and the charging status light on the charger only wen green when I opened up the iBook. Is this normal?

thanks

Are you using dial-up or broadband?

If it's dial-up, then internet connect is inside your applications folder.

If it's broadband from a router that is set to assign IP addresses via DHCP (it should be, most of them do this as default) then you should be already connected to the net, your iBook will sense all the info and connect you straight away.

If it's broadband straight from a modem that is already set up to connect to the internet then see the above advice, if you haven't configured the modem then do it through safari following hte instructions provided by your ISP.

On the charging light issue, it will go green when it is charged although I have noticed that sometimes it takes a little "nudge" to do it, as long as your battery monitor is right I wouldn't worry about it.

If you have a disc in the drive then that would explain the whirring noise.

The_Man
Aug 15, 2005, 11:14 AM
I have a cable modem. I tried using network diagnostics but that didnt work. does anyone know what could be he problem?

GilGrissom
Aug 15, 2005, 11:40 AM
7. Sorry, I change all my icons manually (which is free). :)
I've been wanting to know how to do that myself! Thought I could just drag and drop icons into the get info panel, but can't! I've managed to do it though finally! It's a shame it won't show .png files etc, only icon files. I have some real nice "icon" images in .png format. Here comes another play with GraphicConverter!

Also, I've seen that some people have got different icons up on the top menu bar (where the wireless, bluetooth, volume, spotlight, battery indicators are etc) some other strange icons and things to go along with the system default ones, such as iCal etc, how does one get those?

The_Man
Aug 15, 2005, 11:47 AM
I got on my iBook and noticed there is an available wireless internet (I dont have wireless). So i join it and i find out that it is my neighbors. Will he be able to see that I am using the wireless network and how do I avoid joining it automatically?

Thanks

GilGrissom
Aug 15, 2005, 11:52 AM
I got on my iBook and noticed there is an available wireless internet (I dont have wireless). So i join it and i find out that it is my neighbors. Will he be able to see that I am using the wireless network and how do I avoid joining it automatically?

Thanks
If they are a guy that monitors there network and keeps an eye out on there router then yes they will know. The router will give a list of all attached devices. Pretty bad for them not to at least put MAC address filtering on, if not encryption. Be careful they don't find out! Legality n all!

To stop joining it automatically go into system preferences>network>Airport and change the "By default, join" drop down box so it is not automatic, that should do it. Not sure if anyone else has any better ways!

ph0rce
Aug 15, 2005, 12:15 PM
Some guy has a Belkin router near me and my iBook keeps connecting to that and not my network (that is encripted etc.) tis quite annoying. but oh well.

The_Man
Aug 15, 2005, 12:40 PM
I got my wired internet working by calling comcast. they told me to unplug the modem turn off my computer then plug the modem back in, then turn on my computer. This actually worked.

Now I have another question. I am trying to create a network between my windows xp machine, and my iBook. i am using a ethernet cord, but when I connect the two, my iBook can't see my pc. Any suggestions as to how to recognize my PC?

persianpunisher
Aug 15, 2005, 12:48 PM
I got my wired internet working by calling comcast. they told me to unplug the modem turn off my computer then plug the modem back in, then turn on my computer. This actually worked.

It solves alot of internet problems, solves alot of mine on teh PC.

The_Man
Aug 15, 2005, 02:22 PM
As of now, I have no problems with my iBook and everything is good. I figured out the network issue and now have 1/3 of my music transferred. I will probably have a lot more questions as the day goes on and thanks to everyone who already responded to my troubles.

Thanks

The_Man
Aug 15, 2005, 02:29 PM
I thought of three questions.

1. I was using my iBook, and the battery got down to 9 percent, I thought it was supposed to automatically go to sleep at 10 percent

2. I have a bunch of JPG's and I am trying to add them to iPhoto, but when I do, i get the message "the following files could not be imported (they may be an unrecognized file types or the files may contain invalid data." Do you know how I can add these files.

3. Will media players like VLC play video files from the internet that normally using WMP?

Thanks.

The_Man
Aug 15, 2005, 11:25 PM
Can anyone answer these questions?

The_Man
Aug 16, 2005, 08:40 PM
I have yet some more questions concerning my new iBook.

1. I have a bunch of JPG's and I am trying to add them to iPhoto, but when I do, i get the message "the following files could not be imported (they may be an unrecognized file types or the files may contain invalid data." Do you know how I can add these files.

2. Also, I need help understanding the file system on OS X. For example, there is a library under "Macintosh HD" and there is also a library under the system file. There is also another library under my user name. What is the difference between these libraries. Also, there is a folder called applications under Macintosh Hd as well as a applications folder under my user name. Are these the same folders, or do they contain different information. Also, what files are kept under the folder "system" and what is kept in the folder "library"

3. I use adium, and on my contacts list where my screen name would normally be, it is my full name. Is there a way that I can just have my AIM screen name displayed in my contacts list and not my full name?

jdechko
Aug 17, 2005, 07:30 AM
Not sure about 1 and 2, but the answer to 3 should be 'yes'. VLC is a great piece of software, and it plays just about every multimedia file you will come across.

GilGrissom
Aug 17, 2005, 07:36 AM
3. I use adium, and on my contacts list where my screen name would normally be, it is my full name. Is there a way that I can just have my AIM screen name displayed in my contacts list and not my full name?
I've never used adium so cannot be sure, but have you tried clicking on your name? I know in some programs like iChat it will scroll through the different ones available, such as your proper name and screen name. Im not sure if it changes what appears on everyone elses screen. Just a hopeful helpful thought! Worth a try.

mad jew
Aug 17, 2005, 07:45 AM
I'll give them a whirl:

I was using my iBook, and the battery got down to 9 percent, I thought it was supposed to automatically go to sleep at 10 percent


I haven't ever seen anything about 10% so I wouldn't be worried. So long as it gives you a warning and then falls asleep on you, everything should be fine. Apple's notebook battery page (http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html) is pretty comprehensive and I still couldn't find anything about 10%.


I have a bunch of JPG's and I am trying to add them to iPhoto, but when I do, i get the message "the following files could not be imported (they may be an unrecognized file types or the files may contain invalid data." Do you know how I can add these files.


That's tricky. I'm not much of an iPhoto junkie. Sorry I can't help, but I've never run into similar problems. Just out of interest, how are you adding them and from where do they come?


Will media players like VLC play video files from the internet that normally using WMP?


I find that VLC doesn't act as the greatest browser plug in when it comes to WMP. I'd recommend downloading WMP even if you never actually open it. However, VLC has much more luck with movies actually downloaded (rather than seen in the browser) for some reason. So maybe get VLC to be your default movie player but keep WMP to play streams in Safari/Firefox or whatever browser you use.


Also, I need help understanding the file system on OS X. For example, there is a library under "Macintosh HD" and there is also a library under the system file. There is also another library under my user name. What is the difference between these libraries. Also, there is a folder called applications under Macintosh Hd as well as a applications folder under my user name. Are these the same folders, or do they contain different information. Also, what files are kept under the folder "system" and what is kept in the folder "library"


I'm not sure about this third source of folders but I know that there's a distinct difference between the System's (Macintosh HD) files and the User's files. The stuff in the Macintosh HD's area is accessible to everyone whilst obviously the stuff in your specific area is only accessible to you (ideally).


I use adium, and on my contacts list where my screen name would normally be, it is my full name. Is there a way that I can just have my AIM screen name displayed in my contacts list and not my full name?


Sorry, I don't use Adium much either so I can't help there. :(

Hopefully this was a little bit useful and I haven't got too much wrong. Good luck with the iPhoto and Adium problems. :)

stridey
Aug 17, 2005, 07:49 AM
I have yet some more questions concerning my new iBook.

1. I have a bunch of JPG's and I am trying to add them to iPhoto, but when I do, i get the message "the following files could not be imported (they may be an unrecognized file types or the files may contain invalid data." Do you know how I can add these files.

2. Also, I need help understanding the file system on OS X. For example, there is a library under "Macintosh HD" and there is also a library under the system file. There is also another library under my user name. What is the difference between these libraries. Also, there is a folder called applications under Macintosh Hd as well as a applications folder under my user name. Are these the same folders, or do they contain different information. Also, what files are kept under the folder "system" and what is kept in the folder "library"

3. I use adium, and on my contacts list where my screen name would normally be, it is my full name. Is there a way that I can just have my AIM screen name displayed in my contacts list and not my full name?

Ok. No idea about 1. But:

2. The three libraries each have a distinct and seperate purpose. The library in your user folder holds things specifically related to you: screen savers you've installed, your preferences for apps, etc. The root libary (/Library) holds similar information, but for all users. System fonts, screen savers and preference panes that have been installed for all users, etc. The System Library holds important info for making OS X do its stuff. *do not* change anything in the System folder unless you're sure you know what you're doing. You could seriously bugger up your system. I don't know why you have a user applications folder in addition to the root applications folder. I've never seen that before.

3. There is a way, and it's in the preferences. However, it doesn't really matter, because only you are seeing your full name. Everybody you have contact with sees your screename only. In case you still want to change it, I believe you do it like this. Preferences->Accounts. Hit the edit button, and on the sheet that pops up: Personal-> Delete whatever it says in "alias"

mad jew
Aug 17, 2005, 07:53 AM
The three libraries each have a distinct and seperate purpose. The library in your user folder holds things specifically related to you: screen savers you've installed, your preferences for apps, etc. The root libary (/Library) holds similar information, but for all users. System fonts, screen savers and preference panes that have been installed for all users, etc. The System Library holds important info for making OS X do its stuff. *do not* change anything in the System folder unless you're sure you know what you're doing. You could seriously bugger up your system. I don't know why you have a user applications folder in addition to the root applications folder. I've never seen that before.


Listen to stridey. I've been getting the System Library confused with the Root Library, sorry. :o

The_Man
Aug 17, 2005, 12:18 PM
Thanks everybody for your replies.

I have figured out the adium thing, the option is under preferences<advanced<address book<import names from adress book.

I also understand the file system better, thanks for your replies.

But I still have the iPhoto question. the photos are stored in pictures<iPhoto library<John's Pictures<(then the pictures are divided into like 12 different folders. and inside those folders are the pictures).

"I have a bunch of JPG's and I am trying to add them to iPhoto, but when I do, i get the message "the following files could not be imported (they may be an unrecognized file types or the files may contain invalid data." Do you know how I can add these files."

The_Man
Aug 17, 2005, 01:42 PM
I have another question.
I am using the album art widget, and one of the options on the diet is to save the artwork to itunes. So everytime I click on the song it shows the artwork. I was just wondering where it saves the artwork. If for some reason it doesn save the artwork on my HD, how can I do this. Does anybody use this widget who can explain this to me.

I did a search on artwork and people suggested going to amazon and just dragging it over. If you do this, where does it save the artwork? I want to be able to add the artwork to my iPod and it seems like I wont be able to do this if it is not saved on the hardrive. Anybody know>

stridey
Aug 17, 2005, 01:46 PM
I have another question.
I am using the album art widget, and one of the options on the diet is to save the artwork to itunes. So everytime I click on the song it shows the artwork. I was just wondering where it saves the artwork. If for some reason it doesn save the artwork on my HD, how can I do this. Does anybody use this widget who can explain this to me.

It's saving the artwork to the music file. Just like the file can be given text information ID3 tags (Artist, Album, Year, etc), it can be given an image file.

After G
Aug 17, 2005, 02:11 PM
1. I was using my iBook, and the battery got down to 9 percent, I thought it was supposed to automatically go to sleep at 10 percentMaybe you were thinking ten minutes. If you set the battery indicator to indicate how much time you have remaining, it should give you a warning when you have ten minutes left on the battery. At least this is what happens for me.

After G
Aug 17, 2005, 04:09 PM
I have a bunch of JPG's and I am trying to add them to iPhoto, but when I do, i get the message "the following files could not be imported (they may be an unrecognized file types or the files may contain invalid data. Do you know how I can add these files.Have you tried opening them in another application besides iPhoto? Maybe if you open them in Preview, and then re-export them, they will set themselves right? Not sure, as I haven't had this problem. But it's worth a shot.

iEdd
Aug 17, 2005, 04:15 PM
Awwww. Three libraries??? :confused: Now I will be more confused when someone tells me to look in application support :D
That. Would be the mac hd library I hope.

GilGrissom
Aug 17, 2005, 04:21 PM
"I have a bunch of JPG's and I am trying to add them to iPhoto, but when I do, i get the message "the following files could not be imported (they may be an unrecognized file types or the files may contain invalid data." Do you know how I can add these files."
Out of curiosity, where abouts are you currently storing the photos and opening them from? Where did you get them from or get them onto your Mac? (e.g.: mem stick, CD, downloaded etc)

The_Man
Aug 17, 2005, 04:52 PM
Out of curiosity, where abouts are you currently storing the photos and opening them from? Where did you get them from or get them onto your Mac? (e.g.: mem stick, CD, downloaded etc)

I transferred them to my mac via ethernet connected to my Pc. The photos work in preview so i dont know what is going on.

And I though of more questions. When the artwork is saved onto the actual music file. How much bigger does the file get? Basically, if I have a cd that is normally 50MB, and then i ad artwork to each of the say 20 songs, how big will the cd become?

Also, I download VLC player and 2 things appeared on my desktop "vlc-0.8.2" and vlc-0.8.2.dmg what are these and what should I do wih them?

GilGrissom
Aug 17, 2005, 04:58 PM
I transferred them to my mac via ethernet connected to my Pc. The photos work in preview so i dont know what is going on.

And I though of more questions. When the artwork is saved onto the actual music file. How much bigger does the file get? Basically, if I have a cd that is normally 50MB, and then i ad artwork to each of the say 20 songs, how big will the cd become?

Also, I download VLC player and 2 things appeared on my desktop "vlc-0.8.2" and vlc-0.8.2.dmg what are these and what should I do wih them?
Where abouts are you currently storing them on your Mac?

The .dmg is like the downloaded installer file. It can get a bit confusing (especially explaining them) when you're used to normal Windows file format. It should create like a removable drive on your desktop which holds the files.
Hope that helps!

The_Man
Aug 17, 2005, 05:05 PM
I am keeping my pictures under Pictures<iPhoto Library< John's Pictures<various folders<jpg.s

I just moved one of the pictures out of my previous folder and moved it just under pictures, and for some reason it worked (although it did create a seperate folder under iPhoto Library entitled 2003 and made a copy of the piture, i dont really want a copy of the picture but, i guess i can just delet duplicates). I guess ill just delete all of my photos and connect my mac to my pc again, then just import them straight from my PC so that they will go in the right location. Will this work?

GilGrissom
Aug 17, 2005, 05:12 PM
I am keeping my pictures under Pictures<iPhoto Library< John's Pictures<various folders<jpg.s

I just moved one of the pictures out of my previous folder and moved it just under pictures, and for some reason it worked (although it did create a seperate folder under iPhoto Library entitled 2003 and made a copy of the piture, i dont really want a copy of the picture but, i guess i can just delet duplicates). I guess ill just delete all of my photos and connect my mac to my pc again, then just import them straight from my PC so that they will go in the right location. Will this work?
That is the reason for you're problems. If you manually place the files in the iPhoto folders and try and import them it will give you this error. Got me when I first faced it aswell! You need to just keep them in the normal Pictures folder inside the Documents folder or somewhere like that then import. Once all your photos are imported to stop duplicates you can then clear your Pictures folder.

I didn't particularly like the iPhoto filing system at first, but decided to let it do its thing. I can do everything I need to do from the folders in iPhoto so there was no point in me using the folders like I did in XP, I just let iPhoto handle it all.

Hope this helps.

The_Man
Aug 17, 2005, 08:48 PM
Where abouts are you currently storing them on your Mac?

The .dmg is like the downloaded installer file. It can get a bit confusing (especially explaining them) when you're used to normal Windows file format. It should create like a removable drive on your desktop which holds the files.
Hope that helps!


So what should I do with these files?

Also, I tried to play a .wmv file and it wouldnt let me. It said some errors but now i can't get them to come back up. When i click to play the video, it can only play the audio and yet I dont see and media player up on the screen. It just starts playing the music and there is no place for me to click pause stop are anything lilke that.

The_Man
Aug 17, 2005, 08:54 PM
One more thing, i just downloaded windows media player for mac and whenI did, i just got this one file that came up on the desktop called windows media.sitx. what do i do with this file and can i get windows media player to work.

Sry guys, i realize that I am just filled with millions of questions, thank you all for helping me get started.

stridey
Aug 17, 2005, 09:18 PM
One more thing, i just downloaded windows media player for mac and whenI did, i just got this one file that came up on the desktop called windows media.sitx. what do i do with this file and can i get windows media player to work.

Sry guys, i realize that I am just filled with millions of questions, thank you all for helping me get started.

Don't worry about the multiple questions. You seem to really want to fully understand what's going on, which is kind of refreshing (sometimes people just want a quick-fix answer from us). :D

Here's the deal. sitx is a compressed file, which needs Stuffit Expander. I'm not sure, but I think Apple isn't including stuffit as part of the default install anymore (which is a bit counterproductive methinks). Do a Spotlight search for it. If you've got it, great. If not, here's (http://www.stuffit.com/mac/expander/download3.html) a link where you can download it. With stuffit installed, double click on .sitx (or .sit, or .tar, or basically any other compressed file you can think of) and Stuffit will expand it.

A brief word on the .dmgs: here's the deal. A dmg file is like a virtual volume. Double-clicking it will mount the "volume" (your browser might do this automatically), revealing it as a white drive on your desktop, containing the app. You can install most apps simply by dragging the app to your /Applications folder. After that's done, "eject" the volume (drag to trash), and trash the original dmg.

Why do we do it this way? The volume is in RAM, which makes for faster copying, and also, installers suck. ;) I like dmgs because you can see and choose exactly what gets installed on your drive. That way I can get new software, read the readme (i know, I'm weird) and then eject the mounted dmg knowing that the only thing it left on my hard disk is the application that I copied. [/rant]

OK, I'm not sure exactly if those last two paragraphs read as English to anybody other than me, so here's the short explanation of dmgs: 1. Double click on dmg to mount (may already be done by browser). 2. Copy application from mounted volume (looks like white hard disk) to applications folder. 3. Eject volume and trash dmg.

And I though of more questions. When the artwork is saved onto the actual music file. How much bigger does the file get? Basically, if I have a cd that is normally 50MB, and then i ad artwork to each of the say 20 songs, how big will the cd become?

It all depends on how big your image files are. It's a cop-out answer, but for 20 songs the most I can imagine the images adding is around 3MB (figures based on pure imagination).

The_Man
Aug 17, 2005, 10:15 PM
how do i eject the volume?
nvm, i figured it out.
So do i basically just drag just the one file over and leave the other ones in the drive? And when I eject it, does it disapear completely and then i only trash the dmg?

The_Man
Aug 17, 2005, 10:29 PM
Earlier in this thread i asked about a whirring noise. Now that i think about it, its really not a whirring. It sounds more a like a remote control car, like the tyco ones. kinda like a scuffing. It happens when i boot it up, or wake it from sleep. is this still normal?

stridey
Aug 17, 2005, 10:56 PM
how do i eject the volume?
nvm, i figured it out.
So do i basically just drag just the one file over and leave the other ones in the drive? And when I eject it, does it disapear completely and then i only trash the dmg?

Usually. Sometimes the volume contains an installer file, which wants to be double clicked. But generally, yeah, just drag the one file over, unless anything else there looks interesting.

As for the scuffing noise, it's probably the optical drive spinning up (and is normal).

The_Man
Aug 17, 2005, 11:01 PM
Thanks stridey for answering to this thread so quickly, i just hope you'll stick around.

Of course, i have another question. is there a way i can get WMP to play directly in the browser and not pop up in a seperate window.?

just to clarify, i am going to reimport mypictures onto my mac and start over, so if i just connect to my pc, and add them directly from my PC Hard drive into iPhoto will it work? also if it does, i was wondering how i can delete albums in iPhoto, for example i had albums like 2003, 2004, etc and i wasnt able to delete it, im sure there is a way, i just dont know how.

thanks for reading.

mad jew
Aug 18, 2005, 02:57 AM
Okay, well I usually find that some WMVs play inside the browser whilst others do not - it seems to depend entirely on the coding of the site in question but I don't know enough about this sort of thing to be any more helpful than that, sorry.

As for reimporting your pictures, I think that'd be a great idea. To delete an album, simply right click on it and select Delete. Right click can be replaced with CONTROL-CLICK at your whim. :)

Steve1496
Aug 18, 2005, 03:58 AM
The_Man,
For WMV files to play in the browser, I use Flip4Mac WMV Player ( http://flip4mac.com/wmv.htm ). Basically, it adds a plug in to Quicktime Player that allows you to play WMP in Quicktime. It costs $10 to buy, but there's a free trial (be warned, though, that the free trial will only play the first half of movies). Honestly, it was worth the $10 because it's so much simpler than Microsoft's version of WMP for Mac. I've tried VLC, but it was a bit confusing and wasn't good for browser plug-ins.

-Steve

The_Man
Aug 18, 2005, 12:29 PM
Okay, well I usually find that some WMVs play inside the browser whilst others do not - it seems to depend entirely on the coding of the site in question but I don't know enough about this sort of thing to be any more helpful than that, sorry.

As for reimporting your pictures, I think that'd be a great idea. To delete an album, simply right click on it and select Delete. Right click can be replaced with CONTROL-CLICK at your whim. :)

I made a mistake, it wasnt the album that i couldnt delete, but the things under library called 2002, 2003, etc. The little symbol to left of it looks like a calendar, is it possible for me to delete these?

rosalindavenue
Aug 18, 2005, 12:44 PM
This is a great thread (my ibook arrived on Monday). Here's a question-- I downloaded firefox and thunderbird. I opened the diskimage, then I opened the volume. Then I dragged the applications into my application folder, and finally onto my dock. Then I dragged the white "volumes" to the trash. Everything is fine (for some reason Mail wont communicate with my ISP; thats for another thread some time). The only problem: every time I open the apps (Firefox and Thunderbird) the "volumes" (the white things) reappear on the desktop (top right under the hard drive). Why? I trashed/ ejected them after installing the programs. The apps are in their proper place. What do I do to make the "volumes" go away?

EDIT: Ah-- I force quit the apps; emptied the trash; all gone.

mad jew
Aug 18, 2005, 06:22 PM
I made a mistake, it wasnt the album that i couldnt delete, but the things under library called 2002, 2003, etc. The little symbol to left of it looks like a calendar, is it possible for me to delete these?


What happens when you click the calendar? Do they disappear into the bottom of the window?

rosalindavenue, at a guess, did you drag the apps from the disk image, straight to the dock and then to the Applications folder? Also, once you trashed the disk images, could you still access the apps from the dock or did you have to ditch the icon and drag another one onto the dock?

The_Man
Aug 18, 2005, 08:03 PM
When I click on the calendar, normally the photos would show up, according to the year i took the photo. I dont know exactly what it is or why its there.


On another note, can anyone else confirm that this 'remote control car sounding scuffing noise' that I hear when I wake my computer from sleep or turn it on is normal?


-In windows, I can use the 'delete' key to delete text in front of the curser, how do i do this on my mac?

Thanks

rosalindavenue
Aug 18, 2005, 09:02 PM
rosalindavenue, at a guess, did you drag the apps from the disk image, straight to the dock and then to the Applications folder? Also, once you trashed the disk images, could you still access the apps from the dock or did you have to ditch the icon and drag another one onto the dock?

I think that you have described what I did-- I went from the disk image to the dock first, then to the apps folder-- thus starting the apps from the dock were bringing the volume back. I ditched the icons and dragged new ones from the applications folder-- now I'm fine-- Thanks for your help madjew.

mad jew
Aug 18, 2005, 10:33 PM
When I click on the calendar, normally the photos would show up, according to the year i took the photo. I dont know exactly what it is or why its there.


I've attached a photo of what I think you're talking about however it may be slightly different depending on your settings. Does clicking on the light blue button make it disappear though?


On another note, can anyone else confirm that this 'remote control car sounding scuffing noise' that I hear when I wake my computer from sleep or turn it on is normal?


My iBook makes minimal noise apart from when I use the optical drive. Hopefully you're just more sensitive about this than me but if it gets worse or starts clicking, that could be a dead drive in which case you should back everything up and take it to a store. However, this is extremely unlikely in your case. :)


-In windows, I can use the 'delete' key to delete text in front of the curser, how do i do this on my mac?


I assume you mean use the DELETE key to delete forwards, right? At last check, it deleted text in front of the curser by default. Try typing FN-DELETE where FN is the key in the bottom left hand corner from memory to delete text to the right of the curser. :)

The_Man
Aug 18, 2005, 10:34 PM
When I click on the calendar, normally the photos would show up, according to the year i took the photo. I dont know exactly what it is or why its there.


On another note, can anyone else confirm that this 'remote control car sounding scuffing noise' that I hear when I wake my computer from sleep or turn it on is normal?


-In windows, I can use the 'delete' key to delete text in front of the curser, how do i do this on my mac?

Thanks

This is such a Nub question but...... when i install something, i get a volume (white hard drive lookin' thing) and the .dmg file. Just to clarify the .dmg contains the volume thing (white hard drive thing), right? Also, when i eject the volume, does that dissapear completely? then i trash the .dmg and then all the things would be gone correct? (except for the app)

The_Man
Aug 18, 2005, 10:37 PM
Mad jew, that is not the thing i am talking about, but thanks for trying. How can i take a screen shot of just a certain area of the screen to show you.

mad jew
Aug 18, 2005, 10:39 PM
That's right. Drag what you want to use (generally just the app into the Applications folder) out of the white disk and then drag both the .DMG and the white disk to the trash. :)

The_Man
Aug 18, 2005, 10:41 PM
That's right. Drag what you want to use (generally just the app into the Applications folder) out of the white disk and then drag both the .DMG and the white disk to the trash. :)

but when I eject the white disk it dissapears.

mad jew
Aug 18, 2005, 10:44 PM
How can i take a screen shot of just a certain area of the screen to show you.


COMMAND-SHIFT-4 and then drag out a box. Convert it in Preview to a .JPG by Saving it As...s o that you can post it properly on here. :)

mad jew
Aug 18, 2005, 10:45 PM
but when I eject the white disk it dissapears.


That's the same as dragging it to the trash. You don't have to manually eject it if you don't want to but rather just drag them both off to the trash.

The_Man
Aug 18, 2005, 10:47 PM
Here it is (its really no big deal, but it just making me angry)

mad jew
Aug 18, 2005, 10:50 PM
You can uncheck the last two in the Preferences but I don't know how to delete the others, sorry. However, clicking the arrow will make them disappear. :)

The_Man
Aug 18, 2005, 10:50 PM
Thanks Mad Jew, im just wondering if you can describe the noise your iBook makes as best you can when it starts up, this is the only thing about my iBook that is bothering me. I feel that its too loud and scuffy sounding.

mad jew
Aug 18, 2005, 10:55 PM
It makes an initially relatively loud noise as the hard drive starts spinning itself up (or whatever it does) but then it sort of hums for a little while I suppose as the OS loads but it's practically silent during normal usage. Of course, it's an 800MHz model and I imagine it would therefore run quit a bit quieter so I'd probably get less fan noise than you do (at the expense of speed :p ).

The_Man
Aug 18, 2005, 11:13 PM
It makes an initially relatively loud noise as the hard drive starts spinning itself up (or whatever it does) but then it sort of hums for a little while I suppose as the OS loads but it's practically silent during normal usage. Of course, it's an 800MHz model and I imagine it would therefore run quit a bit quieter so I'd probably get less fan noise than you do (at the expense of speed :p ).


Yah, i know the noise is not fan noise. Its sounds like the hard drive or the optical drive. Its fairly loud, and i just want to make sure that it is not going to fail on me anytime soon.
Other than this litle noise, my iBook has been perfect, it is the most amazing computer i have ever used. I am so happy i bought it I just have to get the normal newbie kinks worked out.

discoforce
Aug 19, 2005, 08:14 AM
Regarding noises during startup:Do you have a CD/DVD in your optical drive during startup?

My powerbook makes quite a bit of noise with a disk in the optical drive but not otherwise. I don't think your optical drive should be making sustained noises if there's no disk in there, but I don't know how different iBooks and powerbooks are about that. :confused:

gwuMACaddict
Aug 19, 2005, 08:18 AM
the drives make noise when they're checking for cd's on startup, it's probably not a problem