A few Macbook Pro (13 inch) questions

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  1. marclondon macrumors regular

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    I've just bought a base level 13 inch Pro for my son for his birthday and he's delighted with it. I'm an experienced Mac user but mainly on desktop pre-Intel models (still using a G5 and a Cube...) A few questions:

    Battery - we've charged it up fully but is it best to cycle the battery down and up a few times at the start rather than leave it on mains charge?

    RAM - is there a spare slot or do I have to take out the existing 2GB to upgrade?

    Windows - yes I caught him trying to port some of his freebie apps from his old Asus laptop and explained they wouldn't work and to look on the net for Mac apps such as a guitar tab program. But assuming he'll want a few Windows apps what's the most cost effective way to run them if need be?

    Older Mac software - I haven't looked but do the current Macs comes with a PPC emulator as I have a copy of Office 2004 I can give him. Also, will this still be supported under Snow Leopard?

    Thanks!
     
  2. AnotherFanBoy macrumors regular

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    Bootcamp with a copy of Windows would most likely be the best option. However, if he wants to run Windows while he is using OSX, something like crossover or vmware would be best.

    I believe it's 2 x 1GB sticks, so you would need to remove them both and put in 2 x 2GB.

    I would have a look at this for more information:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1490

    Hope this helps
     
  3. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Yes it's best to cycle through the battery a few times when you first get it.

    I believe apple uses 2 SODIMMS so you need to remove the 2GB to upgrade.

    Older mac software will work just fine apple developed Rosetta just for this purpose.
     
  4. marclondon thread starter macrumors regular

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    Damn - I've ordered a base level Mac Mini for myself, and 2 x 2GB ram from Crucial. I presume that the 1GB in the Mini is redundant then and can't be added to the Macbook. I guess I can upgrade both the Mini and the Macbook to 3GB - is that possible?
     
  5. Arn1499 macrumors member

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    If you're looking for windows to run a guitar tab program, then you should look at Tux Guitar (http://www.tuxguitar.com.ar/)

    I use it all the time. It's open source and runs perfectly on OS X, no need for windows :D
     
  6. Harmless Abuse macrumors regular

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    There's nothing wrong with upgrading both to 3GB, though I'm running on a 2GB machine and it really runs perfectly fine. I had a 1GB Mini for a few months and it worked just fine for light browsing and homework.
     
  7. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    It's possible but graphics performance may be reduced because both the MBP 13" and the Mac Mini use a portion of the system RAM for video RAM. When two sticks of equal size are installed, they are used in dual-channel mode, which offers greater memory bandwidth. That's why Apple installs memory in pairs from the factory.
     
  8. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Office '04 will run fine. I actually prefer it to '08. Don't forget to load all the updates.
     
  9. mls64 macrumors member

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    Ditto, me too.
     
  10. marclondon thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's interesting - do you have a reference/details on performance effects?
     
  11. Brandon Heat macrumors regular

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    if i remember correctly, the ram upgrading info is in the manual...
     
  12. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    For guitartabs, try GuitarPro 5.3!

    Works great for mac, but it costs $59.
     

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  14. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Don't bother cycling the battery. The only people that bother with this are the ones that use a notebook as a desktop. Tell him (OP's son) to just use the computer, charge when need to be and run off battery whenever he wants. Apple cycles the battery a few times before any Mac notebook comes out of the factory. Just use it, it's got 1000 cycles before the battery degrades. Even 1 cycle (charge to 100%, then discharge to 0%) a day will give you about 3 years or so.

    The 13" MBPs have 2x1GB sticks, so you need to remove both of them to upgrade.

    Boot Camp is the easiest way to go, but you can always try and find free Mac alternatives for software he uses.

    Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) has an optional Rosetta package that can installed from the disc or from Software Update. This allows you to run PPC apps.
     
  15. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

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    I have no idea what guitar tabs are, but on the off chance no one else thought of it, would Garageband work for it?

    Garageband certainly does something with guitars! :)
     

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