new emac today, but what about the preloaded os?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by cait-sith, Apr 27, 2004.

  1. cait-sith macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2004
    WHEE! eMac got delivered today!!! i'm a switcher. can't wait to take my lunch break to go play on it.

    wondering about the preinstalled os though.. should i wipe the disk and reinstall myself? or just leave it as is? would i "lose" anything by wiping?

    i just need to do my own installs to feel clean.

    p.s... how do you "install" mac software? just open a dmg and drag it into the apps folder? wow, i am new.
  2. tomf87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 10, 2003
    I always reload the OS. There are some factory apps, so I always take a look to see what is there before wiping.

    As for software installation, some have you drag the app to the Applications folder while others run an installer. When you open the DMG or CD, it will clearly have directions.
  3. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    meh, you don't have too. It usually has factory installed stuff, but that can be easily removed by dragging to the trash. If you're new I'd suggest play around with it for a while.
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Uninstallation of MOST apps is simple, too - just drag the application package/folder to the trash, then go into your library, open the preferences folder, and trash its preference file. Uninstalling command-line apps (like Timidity++) is harder, but still doable. You'll need to find where the executable file(s) live(s) and delete it/them, and the same for its configuration file(s). Uninstalling apps that install traps or system services (such as Norton Utilities for Macintosh, which has been discontinued) requires you to use the uninstaller that is part of the install program you used originally. Just choose "Uninstall" as the install type, follow the directions, and wait while the app removes itself. After this is done you will need to restart your Mac.
  5. g30ffr3y macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    buffalo ny
    sorry to hijack the thread, but...

    my gf got her emac yesterday and i noticed that it has
    an OS 9 applications folder as well as an OS 9 system

    there is no OS 9 startup disk... and she has no use
    for OS 9... so i deleted the OS 9 apps folder...

    but when i tried to delete the system folder it
    errors and says that the folder is needed by
    the system...

    ive managed to delete everything in the folder... its
    just the empty folder itself that wont go...

    how can i delete it???

    the emac also came with tony hawk, world book encyclopedia, appleworks and some other nonsense...
  6. bokdol macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2002
    i think if you get info onto the system folder then change the permissions to you you maybe able to deleate it. but you might have to run disk utilities to fix permissions.... or if you reinstall osx. just dont install any classic funtions.
  7. parrothead macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2003
    Edmonds, WA
    Dont delete it! OSX has a feature called Classic. Classic is used to run non OSX applications. Correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty darn sure that you NEED that OS9 system folder to run classic.
  8. josh_joshbond macrumors newbie


    Mar 11, 2004
    Carmel, CA
    parrothead, I'd say the deeds been done...if he already deleted the os 9 applications folder and all of the items in the os 9 systems folder...well :)
  9. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    I don't think most switchers will have much of a need to run Classic apps.
  10. g30ffr3y macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    buffalo ny
    ive loaded only panther into my powermac and powerbook... that doesnt install any OS 9 stuff... i dont recall if ive ever used classic though... but regardless... i know she wouldnt even think to know what classic/OS9 is was...

    i did try going to get info and enabled read&write... but it still wont go away... ive just moved the folder to an obscure location for the time being...

    isnt there a way in terminal to delete those nasty folders that wont go away???
  11. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    sudo rm -rf /path/to/folder
  12. g30ffr3y macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    buffalo ny

    ill admit i dont know doo da about terminal except to check my uptime and cpu frequency...

    so lets say i put the folder on the desktop... what would the command be...

    thanks... sorry im such a n00b as this... ive always meant to
    learn more about terminal but have yet to see the weekend
    extended to 5-6 days... : )
  13. dragula53 macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2003
    using terminal to remove

    if you put it into the desktop folder, the syntax is going to be something like this:

    sudo rm -r ~/Desktop/<folder name>

    if you want, since terminal uses the Bourne Again Shell (BASH) you can type it out like this:

    sudo rm -r ~/Desktop/ Then hit the first letter of the file name, then <tab> and it will auto complete, or if there are multiple file names that start with that letter, you can hit tab twice, and it will list all of them.. then just hit letters till it is the only one

    god bless bash and the tab key.
  14. g30ffr3y macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    buffalo ny
    thanks dragula... ill try that as soon as i get to the machine...

    the new emacs are nice... ive got to say... i spent a good portion
    of last evening setting it up for my gf... it only has 512 ram though
    which i think is pulling the performance down a bit... it didnt feel as
    fast as i think it could...

    neither the emac, nor my powerbook seem to compare to my
    933 quicksilver though... : )
  15. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Those factory bundled apps are included on the Install/Restore CD/DVD. After you install the OS, you can run the Software Restore app from the HD or the CD/DVD and re-install those apps.

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