iBook Newbie, Some Questions.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by The_Man, Aug 14, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2005
    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.
  2. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    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!
  3. macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2005
    If I may ask, when did you order your iBook?
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2005
    I ordered it on August 6th. It would have gotten to me on saturday but they dont deliver then.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2005
    did you pay standard shipping?
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2005
    yup and I live in florida if that helps
  7. macrumors regular


    May 18, 2005
    I have changed some of my icons manually.
    How do I change them back to factory icons?
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2004
    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.
  9. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    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!"
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
    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!
  11. macrumors 68000

    After G

    Aug 27, 2003
    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!
  12. macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2005
    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..
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2005
    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?

  14. macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2005
    Massachusetts, Connecticut
    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.
  15. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    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.
  16. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2005
    I have a cable modem. I tried using network diagnostics but that didnt work. does anyone know what could be he problem?
  17. macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2005
    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?
  18. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2005
    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?

  19. macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2005
    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!
  20. macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2005
    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.
  21. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2005
    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?
  22. macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2005
    It solves alot of internet problems, solves alot of mine on teh PC.
  23. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2005
    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.

  24. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2005
    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?

  25. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2005
    Can anyone answer these questions?

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