ibook...arriving in 1 HR! Help !

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  1. dylomel
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    Hi, I am waiting for my 14" first mac---ibook . But I have never really operated any new macs, so I do not know what to do with the battery . I searched the forum, some said drain the battery into deep sleep first, but some said charge the battery to full....what should I do? It's the latest ibook on the site right now...Any help would be appreciated thanks !! :D

    I am getting excited....but a little worried too :confused:
     
  2. mjstew33
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    Ok, charge the battery to full. and then drain it. What I did when I got my 14", I put in a DVD on full brightness. Kills the battery rather quickly.

    Do that!
     
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    He's right. Full charge-->Full drain to sleep-->plug in, wake up from sleep, full charge again.

    Do this once a month.
     
  4. dylomel
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    Thank you for the tips ! Will it matter if I charge it when the ibook is On, or better charge it when it is off ? THanks!!! :p
     
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    Ah yes, the perfect battery drainer. That, or running folding@home.

    Enjoy your new iBook G4! :)
     
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    Not sure which one is "better".
    But charging the battery with the iBook off will go faster.
     
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    Could you by chance post some pics when your iBook G4 arrives? :)

    We all love checking out pics of Macs! :)
     
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    See above for battery care tips.

    I just use my iBook as I see fit, if I want to use it on my lap sometimes I'll plug it in, sometimes I won't. But I do make sure once a month I let it run down then charge back up to full.

    Charging your iBook when it's on is fine, it just takes a little longer. I presume when you said "off" you meant when it's in "sleep"? You'll very rarely need to turn the iBook off. But yes, charging it in "sleep" mode takes less time.
     
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    Off = faster. Sleep = fast, not as fast as off. On = charges slower.

    Doesn't matter. ;)

    GOOD LUCK! I know that feeling when waiting for your precious iBook... :D
     
  10. dylomel
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    I GOT the ibook!!! I will definately upload some pics by tomorrow night, because I do not have the camera with me now ! thx ;)
     
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    Cool, will look forward to seeing some pics! :)
     
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    Congrats on the iBook! I just got an iBook today too. :) 12" though. But very exciting stuff!
     
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    I happen to think that the 12" iBook G4 is the perfect size.

    Congratulations to you as well jmufellow! :)
     
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    Congrats :D
     
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    Go to the supermarket and grab some Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
     
  16. MacDaddy951
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    Hi i'm new to the mac world and can't wait to get my new apple ibook :D ... but why do u do this once a month? Also why don't u ever turn it off?
     
  17. Chundles
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    Doing this keeps the battery in top condition and allows the OS to ensure that the battery management processes are running properly.

    I'm not saying don't ever turn it off but Mac OS X is very stable and doesn't suffer long-term slow down and as such doesn't need to be turned off regularly - I only really ever do it after an update that requires a restart. Whenever I travel with it I just close the lid and put it to sleep.

    It's great to just pop the lid open and it's up and running straight away.
     
  18. MacDaddy951
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    k thanks i'll keep that in mind when i get my ibook!!!!!!!! :D
     
  19. dylomel
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    PICS ARRIVED!

    ok,,, sorry for the delay...Here are the pics
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    however, i do have a problem with my camcorder,Panasonic GS 55. I tried using the firewire already, but the mac doesnt sense it ! what should I do ?? :confused:
     
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    I think you need to be running an application that can do something with the camcorder feed.

    Turn the camcorder on, check its outputting via the firewire, (read the manual), plug in the firewire and startup iMovie.

    Imovie has two modes, record and edit - check you're in record..

    hopefully you will get an image on screen.

    xoxo

    RedTomato
     

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