What do I do to maintain my MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tsice19, Feb 22, 2008.

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    tsice19

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    I am going to be buying a MacBook soon. I would like to know how to maintain OS X and the Exterior of the MacBook.

    What I'm saying is, on XP, I maintain it by regularly running CCleaner to remove caches, internet history, and to clean up the registry. I also use McAfee to "clean up my PC"... and although I'm not sure what it does it makes it fast.

    Also, I'm assuming my MacBook will get grimy from use, so can I just take some windex to it?

    Thank in advance.
     
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    OS X runs daily, weekly and monthly self-maintenance, which pretty effectively covers most system cleanup tasks. You can also run those scripts manually if you want. I recommend Onyx or Maintidget for doing so. Onyx will also let you adjust hidden settings and perform other maintenance if you want, though it's not really necessary and you should do so with caution. You can clear internet history and caches in Safari and Firefox from within the browsers. OS X doesn't have a direct equivalent to the Windows registry, though you can clear PRAM on occasion (like annually or less) if you're noticing system slowdowns. Google or some forum searches will find you more info on any of the things I mentioned as starting points.
     
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    tsice19

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    OK. I'm wondering how long of OS X it will take for me to get out of thinking Windows. OS X is kind of like rehab for Windows users....
     
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    MacDann

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    This is true, however, I believe the system is set to do this at some obscure time, like 3:30 am. If the computer is not on at that time, the maintenance tasks don't run.

    Onyx, Maintidget or Cocktail will all do it, although I believe the first two are freeware or donationware.

    And while maintenance is good, it's not a good idea to be overzealous about it. The code gurus chose these intervals and systems files/logs for a reason, and being overly judicious about it can result in problems.

    MacDann
     
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    djejrejk

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    Maintenance 3.8 works very well for everything you computer does not take care of automatically. Link
     
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    You're right that it's an arbitrary time, and I think it is something like 3:30am. You can actually change that through the terminal or some of the maintenance programs, though, in case you always sleep/turn off your computer overnight...there have been directions for that on TUAW and/or MR forums that I've seen before. Maintidget is useful for monitoring that too since it's right on your dashboard, and if you see that one or more of the scripts hasn't been run as recently as it ought to have been you can just have it run them.
     
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    You mentioned the macbook will get grimy, I use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser periodically and let me tell you, you'd believe it actually is magic. My Macbook looks as good as the day I bought it, and while others can't get the black wrist spots out, the Magic Eraser can.

    (wtf? I sound like an infomercial!)
     
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    forafireescape

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    I also recommend Onyx for keeping everything clean and updated.
     
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    I've used Maintidget before as well. It works great!
    However, I currently use Cocktail on my MB. It's payware, but I really like it.
    YMMV.
     
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    khunsanook

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    I second the Magic erasers! They're really the only way to keep your white MacBook white. Just don't use 'em on the shiny exterior or screen since they're mildly abrasive and will scuff the glossy surfaces.
     
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    steve31

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    Cocktail or onyx are all you need to keep your mac as fast as the first day. When I fist switched to mac I was amazed that this was all I had to do. Mine still is as fast as day 1. Enjoy!! :DThen go out and spread the word!;)
     

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