New Mac User...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by ajcannon, Mar 3, 2005.

  1. ajcannon macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2005
    Wow, I am impressed. I ordered my Mac Mini a couple of weeks ago and I got an email yesterday morning saying that it had shipped from China. It arrived at my house in Columbia, SC in less than 24 hours from the time that I received the notice of shipping. It just arrived and I am about to set it up now. I have been a PC user for years and have honestly never really used a Mac before. What are some things that I need to know and some things that I need to look out for? Any software that I must have? THanks for all of your help - I am sure that I will be back to ask many more questions shortly.

  2. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    congrats! just plug it in and go. it's *really* that easy. :D
  3. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    ajcannon, congrats!
    Just have fun with the iLife apps. and I'm sure from there you'll have plenty of Q's for everyone along with the "fun" part that may have been missing :)
  4. FightTheFuture macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2003
    that town east of ann arbor
    congrats on your purchase! hopefully your mac will give you a new fun experience that you'll want to share it with your friends and family!

    one piece of advice i can give you is that windows media player for os x is terrible, if you want to decode anything pre-windows media 7 use mplayer osx or VLC. download it at or

    people on this forum can be really helpful but they can also be very rude if you don't do a search first. so try doing a search beforehand. other than that, enjoy your os x experience!
  5. whocares macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Congrats :)

    For the software try these 2 threads (you may also search for other/more specific threads):

    Thread 1

    Thread 2
  6. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    There are a couple of good sites for downloading freeware/shareware that you might want to check out:

    They're very similar in content, so it's kind of a preference thing. But there are definitely some cool "toys" to play with, such as:

    - WeatherPop, which displays the weather for different cities in your menu bar

    - MenuMeters, which displays various system-related information in your menu bar

    and many more. I'd encourage you to explore for fun things. There are also a couple of threads on "must have applications" for OS X around here if you do a search.

    Welcome to Mac!

    Edit: Sheesh we're helpful. And fast. Everything I said was already covered! I guess I'm a slow typer.
  7. ajcannon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2005
    Thanks for your help. I am in class right now and I cant wait to get out to start playing with my new mac. I'll search, and then post more questions if I cant find the answers before hand. Thanks in advance.

  8. vtprinz macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2004
    I guess apple was certainly right in their decision to make the mini. We've had a flurry of new converts posting on here since the announcement, all running mini's as their first macs.

    Congrats! You won't be disappointed!
  9. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Congrats on the mini! i also have one. A great thing about Macs is they come with just about everything you need. By the way your just a stones throw away from Beaufort. Our kids live in Columbia. Anyways this is the place to ask questions so welcome.
  10. ajcannon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2005
    Beaufort is a beautiful place and I get down there every chance that I get. I am a student at USC right now, originally from Florence. Anyways, thanks again to everyone for your help. I am looking forward to using the Mac Mini more and more, and I will likely replace my Gateway laptop when the new PowerBook G5 comes out (whenever that may be - I am not in a hurry at all since my Gateway is only a couple of months old). Have a great weekend everyone!

  11. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Welcome to the light side of computing!

    Linkety to a thread I made that may help you here on the forums.

    Did you upgrade the RAM? That is something that is very important to do on Macs... (but 3rd party RAM is cheaper and not at all hard to install)
  12. munkle macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane
    Here's a little article about switching that you might find useful. The best thing to do though is just to play around and get a feel for the OS, it's amazing how quickly you can pick it up. Enjoy! :)
  13. Passante macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2004
    on the sofa
    Congratulations on your mini purchase. You have a ton of software already installed on your machine. Check out the untilities folder. Use the Disk Utility to repair permissions. I always have the activity monitor open to see what my machine is doing. Grab us a great utility for taking screen shots/

    I this photoshop elements is a must have although you can try to get by with iPhoto for editing
  14. ajcannon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2005
    I bought the 1.42GHz model with a gig of Ram, internaly bluetooth and airport. I didnt get the superdrive because I already have an external 16x dual-layer DVD burner for my laptop and it is Mac compatable so I will just use that when I need to, although I still havent used it once for my PC. Honestly, most of what I do is on the internet. I am an eBay Powerseller and most of the things that I use my computer for are online applications that will work with both PC and Mac, but I really appreciate all of the suggestions made here. I had to leave to go out of town shortly after I got out of classes yesterday so I still havent had but about 10 minutes of time on the Mini. I will be sure to post more questions as they come along, but until then, thanks for everyones help.


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