Will buy macbook tomorrow, suggestions please

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  1. NsK macrumors member

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    I will go to apple store and buy the c2d macbook 2ghz white tomorrow at the apple store...I would like to know your suggestions of what to do as soon as I get it...stuff like, charging full battery??? reformat??? im completely new to mac so I just wanna know in advance what should i do first when i get my hand on my macbook...thanks...im sick of waiting for next update or whatever so I decide I will go buy it tomorrow even without iLife07 which we don't even know when it will be out
     
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  4. Reel1 macrumors member

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    Good question what is calibrating the battery? I just charged mine.

    A very good suggestion is to read the manual, then set up your preferences as you like (my .02 cents) :)
     
  5. allisonv7 macrumors 6502

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    Info on calibrating battery: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86284

    I did it to my macbook that I received for Christmas.....does anyone know how much of a difference this make?

    I downloaded coconut battery as well and have noticed the "Current battery capacity" is larger than the "original batter capacity" what does that mean? And how is that possible?

    **hope I'm not hijacking the thread, I just figured you'd probably be interested as well!**

    allison.
     
  6. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    As you already know, it is obviously not possible.

    It is probably a side effect of the inaccuracy in the charging circuit that resulted in your better than normal battery.

    Don't worry! It is a Mac!
     
  7. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    Best thing i can recommend is to put the install CDs in and re-install OS X, and only install the things that you need ie printer drivers for printers that you have, may use at someone's house or may get in the future, languages that you speak, etc. It's a really easy process, and shouldn't take you too long :)

    The standard install of OS X is around 15GB, and re-installing it can save several GBs. I brought my install down to about 7-8GB by re-installing only the things that I need.
     
  8. myshoeshurt macrumors regular

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    One of the first things I did (as was suggested by the helpful folks here at Macrumors), was install and run Monolingual. While this isn't necessary, it will free up a surprising amount of hard drive space used by OSX. Tiger installs a massive number of foreign language resourses that you will never ever need. Running Monolingual lets you choose the languages you want to keep, and removes the rest -- usually giving hundreds of megabytes of HDD space back to you. It's quick, easy and free.

    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/7758
     
  9. e12a macrumors 68000

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    I heard the use of monolingual can screw up some apps or the installation of the former...forgot which ones.
     
  10. maceleven macrumors 6502

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    yes upgrade to 2 gb of ram.

    upgrade to 2 gb of ram tell them to give you the online price $175 and make sure they dont scratch it up when installing the ram they scratched mine up and they replaced it with a new one.
     
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    Don't use Monolingual to remove architectures. Rosetta depends on those architectures being there.
     
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    Explain to me how it's not possible.

    These batteries are built to a specified capacity, but of course there are variances in the manufacture. Sometimes, you'll get cells that hold more than the specified capacity.

    When I bought a new battery several months ago for my iBook G3, after calibration, Coconut battery reported a capacity over factory specification. I also recall getting excellent run times. It has since slowly dropped, currently at 97%.
     
  14. other macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't buy a MacBook unless I really liked incredibly annoying high-pitched buzzing sounds.
     
  15. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

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    My MacBook has none of the noises you mention
     
  16. Twenty1 macrumors member

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    2 cents...

    Congrat's on getting a Mac.

    Here's my thoughts (hopefully I won't get flamed.)

    I wouldn't really tinker with it too much right off the bat. The great thing about Mac's is that they really do work great right out of the box. Unlike PC's, there's not a lot of extra third party software you may need to uninstall. I certainly wouldn't go as far was reinstalling the OS or anything like that.

    I'm not a battery expert or anything, but I wouldn't worry too much. You may notice initially that you don't get as long of a charge as you like. Again, don't worry. Most of the time people will say, "I only got 2 hours!" - well, they have the screen on full brightness and were playing DVD's. Sometimes batteries are like engines (or a comfortable chair), they take a little time to get warn-in.

    I agree with everyone on RAM. 2GB is great if you can afford it.

    Congrats again, welcome to Apple.
     
  17. other macrumors 6502

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    I have a hard time believing that. I've had two C2D MacBooks (three different logic boards), and they all whine. Other users have reported having owned more MacBooks which all have the noise.
     
  18. caligula357 macrumors member

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    would you format the hard drive first, like for windoze, then boot the os x disc?
     
  19. gavd macrumors 6502a

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    This isn't really that good an argument though is it. I know you've had problems and it sounds like you know others that have as well, but that doesn't mean that every C2D MacBook does have...
     
  20. NsK thread starter macrumors member

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    ya cause people who never have problem with their c2d macbook will never report it here on how happy they are...so I don't worry too much about it....I'm not able to afford the 2gig ram yet...but I guess 1gig is enough for now...
     
  21. other macrumors 6502

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    But this problem most likely exists due to a faulty logic board design, so it should affect all MacBooks, right?

    But due to my experience with the MacBook, I am very sceptical towards people who claim they have a silent MacBook. I believe they can't hear the whine, and I will do that until I actually hear a silent MacBook myself.
     
  22. gavd macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure I believe that everyone who thinks their C2D MacBook is fine can't hear the whine... seems a little far-fetched to believe that.

    I also think that if ALL MacBooks were affected then none of them would have got past QC.
     
  23. Caris macrumors 6502a

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    whats this whine about cuase im gonna get a Macbook tomorrow.
     
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