Another Convert, Love my Macbook, but have a couple of questions...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by taskmaxter, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. taskmaxter macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2007
    Well, the last Apple I have ever owned was one of the first Apple II+ systems (many many years). I've been using Windows systems and have a pretty nice quad CPU desktop, but I needed a new notebook. I had been looking at Mac's now for a while and decided to pull the trigger on a refurbished Macbook 2.4ghz system. Wow, once you get the feel of Leopard and use the trackpad, I want to use my Macbook all the time now. I was going to load XP or Vista on it but I'm not sure if I'll even bother!

    I do notice a couple of things you guys might help to answer.

    1) The battery shows it has been cycled 7 times already though I've never ever run it down. What does this mean?

    2) Using wireless in my house (older Linksys G router) I get a lot of the following messages:

    "The wireless network appears to have been compromised and will be disabled for about a minute"

    I'm finding this rather annoying. I've seen some threads on this by googling it but no definitive resolution. I'm using standard WPA because when I tried to use WEP I was having problems getting the Macbook and Linksys to talk.

    Any thoughts on the above would be great. I'm going continue to enjoy my Macbook and frequent these forums.

  2. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    1. maybe the the machine was returned or Apple forgot to reset the battery before it left the factory/testing place
    2. can you take a screenshot of the message (apple+shift+3)? i wonder what produces such a message
  3. Buskape macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
    NGC 4889
    You bought it refurbished so it's probably been used by someone and then returned, that's why the battery indicates 7 cycles ;)
  4. taskmaxter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2007
    Yeah, thats sort of what I was thinking as well. What constitutes a "cycle"? Is it running the battery all the way down to sleep mode?
  5. taskmaxter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2007
    Thanks for the quick reply. I am going to need to download a image tool I guess so I can save a screen shot section as a jpg file. I'm still learning and I don't see a paintbrush type of tool within Applications folder.

    Also, can anyone one tell me how you "right click" using the track pad? I notice that words are underlined in Safari when they are spelled wrong and in Windows if I right click on the word it will give me a selection to replace it with. Is it the same here?
  6. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    To generate a "right click" or officially called a Sub menu just hold 2 fingers on the trackpad and click the button or you can do 2 finger tap which you have to adjust in System Preferences-Trackpad.
    Safari has Spellcheck. When you right-click it's in the sub menu.
    When your battery is fully discharged to a point where it remains in sleep mode then you recharge it fully it is considered a cycle. Even if you discharge it half and then recharge it that counts as a half cycle.

    Mac OS X has a built-in image editor. When you open up a jpeg it opens in Preview which is Apple's PDF/Jpeg reader. In the Menu Bar you can find the tools to fully edit the image like paint.
  7. taskmaxter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2007
    Oh, very cool. Thanks for the tips. I have opened preview and it looks like it will do the trick. I'll post a picture of the wireless error message next time it pops up for comments.
  8. taskmaxter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2007
    This is the occasional error message I get from Airport. I think it has something to do with WPA security I'm using.

    Attached Files:

  9. mlts22 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    I don't know about Macs specifically, but I do know that part of the WPA protocol is, if it detects spurious packets being injected that belong to either the AP or the laptop, to stop all network transmission for 60 seconds.

    More info here or here.

    This doesn't happen with WPA2, as it uses a different protocol to make a session key.
  10. ehotwill macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2008
    I'm a newbie too so this is a very stupid question. How or where do you go to see how many times the battery has been calibrated or reset? I went to Preference, but it just has setting I can adjust.
  11. therealdt macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2008
    northeast region

    a widget called istat is what I used
  12. erstwhilepo macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2009
    Click on the :apple:

    select "about this mac"

    Then select more info

    select power
  13. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Someone might have broken into your wireless network. Might want to change encryption to WPA2 or WEP (I would go with the first than the latter) and also change your passwords.

    If it does keep doing that, contact Linksys about it. Other than that, Apple Phone support could shed some light behind that message.
  14. therealdt macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2008
    northeast region


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