OS X - reinstall?

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  1. maradong macrumors 65816

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    Do you think , when you get a new computer in my case a powerbook, you should reinstall the os as soon as your batteries are conditioned?
    I read so many times of users complaining that their operating system has not been properly configured during installation, and so on.
    What do you think, and why .
     
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    I'm on my first Mac, and I formatted and reinstalled the day I got it :) And I haven't had to reinstall since, except for when I accidentally deleted the HFS+ partition :eek:
     
  3. maradong thread starter macrumors 65816

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  4. slowtreme macrumors 6502

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    I dont get this, why would you have to format and reinstall a new computer?
     
  5. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    I always do it.
    Just for the simple reason that when you get an "out of the box" installation (restore), all the languages are installed.... Takes up a lot of space, and I only use English anyway.
     
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    I didn't have to, my iBook just asked me to configure and register my system, and viola!
     
  7. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030

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    search versiontracker.com for "monolingual". this little app will nicely remove all those other languages that you can't speak! pick and choose which ones to keep and all.
     
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    Tnx!

    I'lll use that. :)
     
  9. ZenPirate macrumors newbie

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    I did it to my iBook. Got rid of classic support (it's my first Mac, doubt I'll miss it...) Dumped the additional printer drivers and languages, and the two stupid games.
     
  10. maradong thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i heard it would be necessary as often the installation as it comes to you hasn t really been done propperly...
    I really don t know. I m just asking you.

    => would it be possible with the cd s that come with the powerbook when you buy one ? I mean with the restore cd s .. can you do a fresh install, from scratch, formating the drive and everything ?
     
  11. CmdrLaForge macrumors 68040

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    Thanks

    Hi

    thanks - that was a good tip

    Cheers
     
  12. maradong thread starter macrumors 65816

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    should i now do it ( reinstall ) or not.
    just give me a short yes ( reinstall ) no ( don t do so ) or explain your decision. I really don t know.
    tia
     
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    If it's a new system and you haven't put anything on it then go for it - you've got nothing to lose.
     
  14. maradong thread starter macrumors 65816

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    thx.
    so all i ll do is:
    condition the battery, and than, reinstall the os.
    will that be possible with the cd s that ship with the PowerBook ?
    tia
     
  15. jethroted macrumors 6502a

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    The first thing I do any time I get a new compuer of any kind, especially a pc, is reformat. Computers come preloaded with all kinds of crap and settings that you probably won't use, so why let them take up all that space? I like to have it set up exactly as I need it, not the general user. I find the more garbage you have on your computer (especially pc's) the more unreliable it becomes. All the apps start playing with your computers settings, one thing leads to another and 30 apps later, they are fighting for resources, and screwing up the system. You will not see this as much from apple, but if you buy a dell, hp, compaq, any of those brands come with so much resource crushing software, that when you format, it feels like you just bought an upgrade for your computer.
     
  16. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    I'm using my 15" PowerBook that I bought a few months ago and I didn't reinstall and have had no problems. However, I do think that if you see ANY problems, you should reinstall without thinking, instead of trying to fix it some other way.
     
  17. ddohnggo macrumors member

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    i just got the 17" powerbook, i'm thinking of reinstalling the os. does the os disc do all the reformating for you? and also regarding the battery, do you condition it by just letting it run out once and then it's set? or should you use it more often, because after it's been drained once, my powerbook has been hooked up to the power strip. is this bad for the battery?
     
  18. MOFS macrumors 65816

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    Where are the extra language files kept and what should I delete, considering I still have the original disks that came with my iBook?

    Oh yeah. PS...

    "Viola"? Please say you meant the deliberate mistake where you said the equivalent of "slightly larger and deeper version of a violin" instead of voila!
    :rolleyes: :p
     

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