2 questions about reinstalling OSX (saving space from languages).

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ryuukumori, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. Ryuukumori macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2008
    So first off, I study Japanese. I would have Japanese and English back- to- back on a computer. So my questions arise as I might be a future MBP owner.

    1. If I reinstall OSX, can I choose what languages I want/ don't want?

    2. If I am left with no other supported languages other than English and Japanese, will I get little square boxes that cover the unsupported languages if I happen to run into them on the internet or any program?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007

    Not necessarily. The boxes come when you don't have appropriate fonts installed, I believe. As long as you have the fonts, you should be fine. I only have the Romance languages on my Macbook, but I can still read kanji, hiragana, etc. when passing the odd Japanese text.
  3. scott9s macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2008
  4. matperk macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2004
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  5. AliensAreFuzzy macrumors 68000


    May 30, 2004
    Madison, WI
    Those language files that you can choose on install are localizations. Meaning that they are translations and such for menus, system settings, etc. The stuff online, like heatmiser said, is just a different font. You should still be able to see that.
  6. gelatin macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2006
    can anyone tell me how i go about doing this?
    im getitn a new mbp soon
  7. sjb macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2007
    WOW! Monolingual is still running on my machine, but it has already reclaimed over 4g of disk space!

    We were just talking about this at work today too, and I was like "Ahh, I don't care about a couple hundred megs"... but a few gigs.. Awesome!
  8. marykay9507 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2008
  9. sjb macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2007
    I just ran it on Leopard and so far, I haven't had a problem (although only going on about 20 minutes)
  10. PowerBookRelic macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2008
    How long does the language removal take?
  11. gelatin macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2006
    just used monolingual on my ibook g4 osx 10.3.9
    i saved 780 mb :cool:
  12. gelatin macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2006
  13. bamf macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2008
    I freed up ~3GB of space in about 15 minutes on my Penryn MBP. Very, very nice utility there...
  14. ruinfx macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2008
    id be careful using monolingual on an intel mac, there have been problems reported.

    if you are going to use it make sure you understand what it is doing.
  15. comptr macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2007
  16. jd637 macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2010
    I would not recommend monolingual. It can cause a lot of problems. I used it and now I can't open finder! And I have a foreign language on my fonts. I have a big mess here!

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