Any thing I should know?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by jaeshellz, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. jaeshellz macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2004
    Whats good peoples, its me the newbie wit a fresh new apple powerbook, just switched from pc first time mac user lol. well i just wondering as most of ya are probaly pros on macs are there anything i should know about mac or about my powerbook? I also wanted to know where can I buy a cool bag for the laptop. I'm goin back to college in septmeber and iw ant something that i could hold the mac and probaly 1 or 2 books lol (not gonna carry too much now) . well any info will be greatly appreciated, thanx alot fam!! Holla at ya boy!
  2. King Cobra macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    It's a smart idea to ask for advice as to how to keep your Powerbook working safely for a while, but it's a better idea to ask for specifics. I'll get you started with some Dos and Don'ts about your Powerbook:

    Update your Powerbook to the latest version of OS X, and keep it running the latest version of OS X until Apple releases something newer. Currently, this is the latest version - 10.3.4.

    Similarly, keep all your Apple software up to date. That includes: Quicktime, iTunes, and Mac OS X, as mentioned straight above. Also, check for updates every so often. If you're on a low-speed connection (such as I am), keep all of your downloaded software organized and in folders of their own.

    Do not install alpha or beta software if you don't need it, or unless you're feeling really lucky. One of the fastest ways to "screw up" any computer is by installing too much buggy software, or software that hasn't been fully tested and debugged properly.

    Do not use Software Update (located in: System Preferences > Software Update (third row)) to update your software. Software Update sometimes has problems connecting to the Apple server, and it sometimes deletes downloaded packages on you. Instead, go here to download the latest Apple software. Get to know that link, and keep it memorized it after you have typed it in enough times. But if Apple has announced new software that is available via Software Update but not the downloads page, then use Software Update.

    Do not allow your Powerbook's battery to run all the way down to zero! That will hurt your Powerbook's battery life. Keep it charged and above 10% at all times, or you might lessen the capacity of the Li-ion battery. If it happens once in a while, that's fine, but constantly draining your Li-ion battery is not recommended.
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    dont be afraid to keep your book on all night, it wont harm it at all, its actually better because Mac OS X runs some matinence late at night, but if you let it sleep or whatever at might there are other ways to make sure that this matinence gets done with progams like MacJanitor or OnyX.

    There are a lot if different bags that you can get for your book. Shop around online and look at the apple store for some ideas. and MacUpdate are two awesome resources for shareware, demos, freeware, ect ect.

    Feel free to ask questions here if you have problems (look around the site for answers because most of the time doing a quick search might turn up your answer).

    Enjoy your powerbook and OS X.

  4. Riot_Mac macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2003
    i think it is ok to use the software update in os x... i have had problems when it trys to install the package for me, so i always use the download only option and then install the package myself. works everytime.
  5. jaeshellz thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2004
    thanx alot guys esp. cobra. Yea i need lil info like that. Like i thought leaving the pb on sleep all night might mess it up but it seems like it does the opposite if anything. I didn't know about the update stuff thanx again.

    I'm a real newbie so u'll be hearing me ask more questions thanx again for ur help, u guyz are cool.
  6. MacFan26 macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2003
    San Francisco, California
    I've never had any problems with software update, Apple recommends using it anyway. If you download something from the downloads page, half the time it tells you to use software update anyway.
  7. BenRoethig macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2002
    Dubuque, Iowa
    Invest the $30-40 on a notebook cooling pad. Improves airflow and keeps the machine cool.
  8. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    Unless your machine has specific problems (like, being behind a nasty firewall or something), there is absolutely no reason not to use software update. It's faster and it can be run automatically, instead of having to remember to go check for updates... Why not let it do it's job, rather than forget to go look for weeks or months, and potentially miss an important update.

    Set it to check for updates weekly or daily. It's handy.

    I agree with the beta software assessment, I've seen a lot of people screw up computers with the most useless beta crap. Most of it winds up being aesthetic enhancements, etc. BTW, 3rd-party aesthetic enhancements are also a good way to screw up your system, because when you upgrade to a new OS, all sorts of nasty things can happen...

  9. evil macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2003
    chicago ex-toronto
    my wife has a real cool bag for her 12 inch powerbook. i think the name of the brand is macally.
  10. King Cobra macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    From memory, here is what I know I've used the downloads page for:

    [1] 10.2.4 combo update
    [2] 10.2.8 original (before it was removed, though it worked fine for me)
    [3] 10.2.8 updated version
    [4] iPhoto 2.0.x
    [5] Security Update 04-08-2004 I think is the name
    [6] 10.3.2
    [7] 10.3.3
    [8] 10.3.4
    [9] 10.3.4 combo

    Out of those 9 items, none of them told me to use Software Update. For programs like Quicktime or iTunes, you need to fill out a short form before downloading.

    The other advantage to the downloads page is the browser accepts the file. That means I can tell how long it will take before a file has finished downloading (big help for dial-up users, such as myself), the elapsed time and time remaining (again, handy), and pause the download to restart it later if I want.
  11. m.r.m. macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2003
    i have a waterfield vertical sleeve for my 12" pb. fits like a glove and protects is from australopithecines to zebra stampedes. it doesn't take up much extra space in my backpack either (yes, it's a sleeve, so it isn't a carrying bag by itself though it could be, if you order the model with straps). simply an elegant and robust solution imho. not too cheap though.
  12. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    I never had any problems with Software Update. Maybe if you still use 56k or something, it may be annoying when you get disconnected, but you're going to college anyway, and there's broadband there most likely (if not, switch colleges! :p)
  13. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    I've also never had any problem with Software Update. I understand it might not be so great for those not on broadband. For the rest of us, though, it's simple and it checks automatically. I set mine to check daily and to download important updates in the background.

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