Teaching my mom about os x?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by thebiggoose, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. thebiggoose macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2006
    I ordered my mom a 1.5 ghz Solo Mac Mini because my dad dicked up our peecee. She will mainly be using it for web browsing, mail, maybe some photo and music. What apps should I introduce her to first, and are teher any other tips for a beginner? I've used an iBook a fair amount doing work for my church and I'm saving up for a MacBook (I'm 14 almost 15).
    Thanks In Advance,
  2. thehuncamunca macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2003
    i just gave my mom my old ibook, she previously hadn't used Mac OS
    i gave her a 5 minute talk on how to power it up, how to use the web browser and word, and told her just to fool around with everything else and she picked up on mac OS X very quickly and with no major problems

  3. pknz macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2005
  4. Foggy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2006
    London, UK
    I just hope he didnt burn himself or get it trapped in the CD tray ;)
  5. wako macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005
    those ports on the back of the pc, tempt me to do some data transfer of my own all the time.
  6. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Only show her what she needs to do at the time.

    Write up a few basic instruction guides for the things she might need to do that have a series of steps - burning a CD, mailing photos

    Put a link to Mac101 on the Apple support site on her Safari bookmarks called 'Help me!' so that if she gets stuck and you're not around, she can get some easy to read help.
  7. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    I hope so to.

    I know what you mean. A few years back i had a tablet pc that i gave my friend to use while he was travling, a month later he comes back and hands me the laptop telling me its not working anymore. It took me 5 mins to start it up, 2 mins to load IE, about 1 min closing the 50 windows it poped-up and another 4 mins trying to close the pop-ups that poped-up when i closed one pop-up.

    Took me a endless hours trying to fix it but then i ended up re-installing windows. He now uses a g3 ibook and as far i as i know he has 0 problems.
  8. Patch^ macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2005
    Great Britain

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