My first iBook should arrive tomorrow....

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by antto, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. antto macrumors newbie

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    ....and before I start using it....anything you recommend that I do before I start using it?

    I'm not that familiar to Mac's, but I am a pretty "heavy" user...a lot of graphics and photo handling...at least a lot of people recommended a ibook.

    Opinions?

    Regards

    Antto / New Mac-user from Finland
     
  2. maya macrumors 68040

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    Hope you opted for the 60GB HDD option, its worth it.

    and max out the ram from here:

    http://shop4.outpost.com/product/4158153

    PC2700 or PC2100 as long as its is SO-DIMM it will work, double check the numbers though. :)

    Turn WiFi off if you are not using it when you are running off the battery.

    Other than that, enjoy that you got yourself some good computing power for a bargain. :)
     
  3. wPod macrumors 68000

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    be prepared to slap yourself. . . for not switching sooner!! you should enjoy the experience. be prepeared to spend a little time with the OS and getting used to it. It wont take you long to start enjoying it though.
     
  4. antto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys!

    Feels really good to finally have taken the step and ordered a ibook. Let's now hope that the possibility to use access and foxpro databases works :)

    If not else that with a little help from VirtualPC...

    //Antto
     
  5. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    I just got a new iBook too... did the 60GB, no question.

    Ho crap! :eek: That's a good price on a 1GB SODIMM! Hm, I already bought and received my 512MB chip from a 3rd party, wonder if I can return it... dang!

    Update: Done! Ordered my 1GB SODIMM, overnight shipping + tax only came to $182.03. That's excellent!! Thanks for the tip maya!! :) :) :)
     
  6. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    Great Price on Ram

    Got my new 14" iBook 60gb HD and will get my Ram from Outpost tomorrow. Good thing cause my ram I had went bad Sunday so a quick return with that and now just the wait :cool: It will be great to have over 1g of ram. Thanks for that link :D
     
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  8. panda macrumors regular

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    very good

    congrats on your new ibook.

    you will love it for sure.

    a brilliant machine at a great price. :)
     
  9. bigpumbaa macrumors member

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    That memory you linked... its PC2700... does that work with the iBook G4? I'm feeling pretty humbled right now, but all the official Apple stuff says PC2100 mem.
     
  10. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    Yes, PC 2700 DDR RAM is backwards compatible with PC 2100. But of course it will only run at PC 2100 speeds... the important part is that it's 200-pin SODIMM.
     
  11. wdlove macrumors P6

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    It's a very good computer for the price. I'm sure that you will have hours of enjoyment.
     
  12. destroyboredom macrumors 6502

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    Great laptop for the price. Especially if you opt for the 1GB RAM module. I had a G3 800mhz with 640MB RAM and it was fantastic. (up until logicboard issues but thats a whole other story)

    Good luck and enjoy! Congrats on the switch. You'll never look back.
     
  13. lacrossegoalie4 macrumors member

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    Will doing the RAM upgrade yourself void any warranty stuff? Also, with the new iBooks that have "built-in" RAM, will this replace the basic 256, or add onto it? Just want to be sure... Sorry for the "Mac-amateur" questions :~)

    THanks!
     
  14. wwooden macrumors 68000

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    just so you know...

    I bought that exact ram from Frye's and have had no problems with it. You will notice a huge different in system performance. EVERYTHING is faster, including start up and simple navigation of the computer, it just really likes ram. Stuff like iPhoto run like they were designed to run. Definitely the best investment you can made for the computer.
     
  15. deebster macrumors 6502

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    Adding RAM yourself will not void your warranty, but do remember to either use an anti-static wrist strap, or discharge any static from your hands before you begin.

    And the 256MB base RAM is soldered to the logic board so is not removable. The second slot is what you install to and will take up to 1GB on a G4 iBook.

    It's good practice to fully charge your new iBook upon arrival, and then run it on battery until it automatically puts itself into sleep mode (it will have warned you first), then recharge and use as normal. It's called calibrating your battery and you can read more about it in Apple's Knowledge base on their site.

    Have fun with your new baby, and welcome to the light side ;)
     
  16. AmigoMac macrumors 68020

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    Terve antto, ;) , http://www.apple.com/batteries/ <<< Learn to manage your battery, good choice, as an iBook user, it's amazing, you will fall in love... ;), Congratulations ...
     
  17. stevep macrumors 6502a

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    ..wash your hands! It gets dirty very quickly.
     
  18. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    That's what I like to hear! :) Thanks for the reassuring comments! If all goes well, I should be receiving my 1GB today... fingers crossed!

    P.S. Thanks for the link, AmigoMac! Very informative.
     
  19. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    Ahhhhh.... the most beautiful sight in the world!! :D (On an iBook, that is...)
     

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  20. iBunny macrumors 65816

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    I just got my first iBook about 3 weeks ago. And I love it.

    It was my first mac and now it is my Only Computer.

    I got the 14', 768MB Ram, 60GB HDD

    Congrats
     
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  22. dav macrumors 6502

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    Is this a one time thing? I hear some people calibrate regularly
    :confused:
     
  23. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    Depends partly on your usage. Check out this page that AmigoMac linked to above:

    http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html

    And no, you're not stupid for opting for the 80GB! If you have a need for it, and don't mind spending an extra $75 over the 60GB to gain 20GB more of space, more power to ya!

    So antto, did your iBook arrive? :) Fill us in!
     
  24. maya macrumors 68040

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    Now stop making us envious in regards to that screen shot. :p :)
     
  25. AmigoMac macrumors 68020

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    **** << wrong place where I wanted to post... :(
     

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