First mac coming tomorrow...what to do first?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by awluter, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. awluter macrumors newbie

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    My 20" iMac is being delivered tomorrow. What are the most important things to do? Should I reinstall the OS...what settings should be changed...etc. Basically, what are the first things you do/change when you get a new mac? There may already be a thread addressing this (if so, please accept my apologies and point me in that direction; I could not find it). Thanks. Can't wait to become a mac user.
     
  2. Aniej macrumors 68000

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    first thing to do is call in sick because you are going to have so much ***** fun! enjoy.
     
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    I usually do a clean reinstall without installing all the languages and printer drivers I'm unlikely to use. Then the first thing I do is to get teh intraweb working for installing updates and then set up all email accounts.

    Only then do I install apps, downloading and installing updaters for each one in turn.
     
  4. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a

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    You won't have to reinstall the OS with a new mac. It doesn't come with all that crap that windows XP does.

    Getting on the internet is a snap. Just plug in the ethernet before starting it the first time, and if you're on a wireless network, it'll most likely detect it easily. Sharing is not on by default, so you might have to turn on sharing in the Preferences pane if you plan to start moving files from a windows computer to the mac. Check out the macrumors networking guide under the 'Guides' tab.

    EDIT: Oh yeah, of course if you're planning on being low on space, or if you only speak English, getting rid of extra languages and un-needed printer drivers will save you a good few gigs.
     
  5. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    Open one of the iLife apps and start having fun?

    Seriously, unless you want to save some hard drive space, you don't need to reinstall or delete anything.

    The first things I do when I get a new computer, or have just reinstalled the OS (rare), is customize it to my liking... change what's in the Dock, get some fresh wallpapers, cool icons, etc. Check out Iconfactory.com, Pixelgirlpresents.com, Interfacelift.com, dlanham.com for some good stuff.
     
  6. tjcampbell macrumors 6502a

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    Simply enjoy yourself. A new mac is a stress-free, exciting experience. No need to reinstall the OS, she'll purr right out of the box. Internet will be a snap and it will walk you through the connection right away.

    Cheers! Tom
     
  7. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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  8. iKwick7 macrumors 65816

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    First thing to do:

    Take a shower to clean off all that windows use that you have been sobjected to.

    Then, have fun! :)
     
  9. savanahrose macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah do that if you can. I didn't and I really do regret it. There is sooooo much that I still don't know about my mac, I just don't have the time. But now that the holidays are over, i just might get the time.

    Have fun with your imac. That is what I have and so far I just love it. I have had it for about 5 weeks now. I just wished I would have done it years ago.
     
  10. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

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    I usually go to Apple Menu > Software Update to get all the latest software and get that out of the way. Then I download my favorite apps and install them (Firefox, Thunderbird, Adium, Toast 7 etc.) Mostly though, just enjoy!
     
  11. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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  12. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816

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    Yeah. I didn't calibrate the battery on my iMac, and it crashed three times in rapid succession. Let this be a warning to you.
     
  13. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Probably a faulty magsafe adapter. ;)

    Anyway, get a copy of Mac OS X Tiger Killer Tips. Well worth the money, and easy to read in small doses.
     
  14. savanahrose macrumors 6502a

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    There's a batter on the imac? no can't be. Have I missed something?
     
  15. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    iMacs have no batteries.
    Don't bother with a fresh install (unless you're super-nerd status which many of us are).
    Calling in sick is a bit overkill.
    Do System Updates (there will be quite a bit to download).
    Start transferring media data.

    Do a dance.
     
  16. savanahrose macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't think so, I first took it as a joke. It should have just stayed that way in my mind. Sorry, had a brain fart. Old age will do that to ya,.
     
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  18. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    Open the box first. :)

    And you can use DeLocalizer to remove the languages you don't need. It still works in Tiger.
     
  19. Film Divine macrumors newbie

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    If you have purchased Apple Care, make sure that it is activated.
     
  20. Mac'Mo macrumors 6502a

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  21. simontarr macrumors 6502

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    I believe he was being sarcastic :p

    Someone said you need to calibrate your battery when the original OP clearly said he was getting an iMac.
     
  22. spork183 macrumors 6502a

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  23. tominated macrumors 68000

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    go into the system preferences and setup the mouse to act like a two button mouse.
     

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