Bought my girlfriend an MBP and she's afraid to use it :)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Thomas Davie, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. Thomas Davie macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2004
    Bought my gf a 13.3" 2.26 ghz/2gb/160gb hdd MBP last friday, she upgraded it to the 4gb/250/2.53 ghz model, and bought Parallels for her.

    Got everything installed (Parallels, Win XP, Civ 3, Office 2008, Onyx, VLC, Firefox, Thunderbird, etc).

    And other than email and ebay, she won't use it because she's afraid of damaging it/it's too different

    What's the best way to ease someone into using their own Mac; that is....someone who is coming from a life long PC use pattern? She has a one to one appointment with a Mac Genius for video editing, and I'm hoping that will spark things, but can anyone think of anything else? Are there any good freeware photo editors out there that can work with iphoto libraries?

    thanks for any advice

    (seeing all of these icons on the dock kinda freaks her out)
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Web browsing/Word processing.

    Anyone can do that. Safari really is nothing more than a location bar (well the way I have it setup). After that she'll start to get curious.

    By this time next week she'd have hacked it and will engage in dual booting/virtualization and advanced unix. :p
  3. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    I'd go back to the 2.26 model and use the extra money for SSD.

    Also, Safari works a lot better on OS X than Firefox. Firefox has resource usage issues.
  4. Blinkwing macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2009
    New Zealand
    Firefox works fine on all the Macs I've used, actually much better than Safari.
  5. MasterDev macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    Eh, if she is afraid of using it, take it away and enjoy it for yourself.

    Usually people who are afraid of breaking something are either not to bright or do actually break things quite often.

    Yes, I'm an *******.
  6. EndlessMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2009
    It sounds like your girlfriend is just afraid of messing something up. The best cure for that is to ease her into it by getting her to do everything on her own with either you or someone else there showing her the correct and wrong way of doing things. You have to teach her all the basics. For the most part Mac is pretty similar to Windows. If you walk her through everything then she will become familiar with it and it won't be new to her.

    If she doesn't mind reading you can also buy her a Mac learning book and there are classes at community colleges to teach her the basics if she is willing to do that. Unless you have time to teach her then taking classes is probably the best way for her because she sounds rather timid when it comes to learning new technology. The self taught or trial and error method doesn't seem like something she is willing to do. There are also a lot of guides on the internet too but it sounds like she will need someone to hold her hand and walk her through everything until she gets comfortable with Macs.
  7. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
  8. fr4c macrumors 65816


    Jul 27, 2007
    Hamster wheel
    Consider yourself a lucky man. I had to pry my laptop from mine because she kept using my MBP instead of her HP. I think it was a ploy for me to buy her one, and which in this case she won.... :p
  9. EndlessMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2009
    Women are sneaky like that. It starts when they smile at you...but we are getting off topic now. ;)
  10. Thomas Davie thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2004
    I made the mistake of installing iStat menu and she's getting fixated that the temperature will rise by 1 or 2 degrees C, or that the rpm of the fans will increase (I also installed fan Control). We've got Canadian remeberance day on Wednesday so think I'll try to run imovie and idvd by her and see what happens.

    One positive note; she is very impressed that she is not (as of this current date) not needing to run anti virus/malware proggies. Thats kind of what sold her on the Mac, and although she didn't beileve it at first, it's starting to sink in.

    She's got a few thousand photo's on her HP laptop so I'll have her import them into iphoto and see what happens

    thanks everyone

  11. sehnsucht77 macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2008
    the hell?

    you got suckered eh? tsk tsk

    ROFL. epic.
  12. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    After I found the CPU/GPU to be normal -- i deleted iStat, less worry that way since any problems would be covered by Apple Care anyhow.
  13. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    She is probably afraid of damaging it. My daughter was scared when she dropped an MBP that I had just given her. I told her it was fine and showed her it still ran perfect except it had a dent in the corner that added character. She loves it now and isn't afraid of dropping or damaging it anymore. Maybe you should drop it and dent the corner... or maybe not. The point is stuff happens and it's far easier to just enjoy it rather than fearing damaging it.
  14. trungthiendo macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    direct her over to the apple website and have her watch those videos, after 2 or 3 she'll start to tinker on her own and google on how to do stuff
  15. chill. macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2008
    just have her hold it and play with it for a while to get comfortable so she realizes she doesn't have to be so gentle and can get a little rough and it won't break

    wait are we still talking about laptops?
  16. kroeks macrumors regular

    My girlfriend also has her own MBP.
    She started with the 101 and by watching me play with it.
    (ok there we go 18+)

    ooooh my dirty mind started playing in that first line.

    My girlfriend also has her own MBP.
    She started with the 101 and by watching me play with it. :eek:
    (ok there we go again)

    No seriously. first programs like photobooth and front row make her feel comfy :)
  17. Jisuo macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Get time machine up and running and show her that everything is backed up! It won't matter if she deletes something by mistake, it can simply be restored with time machine in a few clicks. Should make her feel a bit more safe. :)
  18. n19htmare macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2009
    I don't get the point of this thread? IF all she needs to do on a comp is read email and browse the web, then that's all she needs to do and that's all she does.

    What are you saying when you say "afraid to use it". For an average consumer, to be honest, there isn't much you can do with a Mac lol. I have one, hardly use it.

    Is she a Web developer? Artist? Photographer? Video editor? Developer?

    If not, then she IS using the macbook to do what she WANTS to do. You can't force her to do stuff just because she has a mac now.

    Maybe someone can enlighten me.
  19. Thomas Davie thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2004
    I'll enlighten you since I'm the OP. She's been using computers for a number of years and does the usual; Office, surfing, downloading, listening to music and watching vids. etc. I bought her a MBP because her PC laptop was getting long in the tooth. So, it's setup, has all the programs installed that she would 'normally' be using on a PC, and she is *afraid* to use it. I'm not trying to force her to use it, never said that. I am asking for help on how one could ease someone into OS X. The point is, I want her to be able to enjoy using it as opposed to enjoying looking at it.

    I hope that clarifies things?

  20. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Just show her how to use it. Play with skype / iChat. Photobooth, iMovie.

    Those people think computers are hard to use an unintuitive due to windows.
    Takes awhile to switch user abused by MS to use a new system.

    Oh and maybe show her celebrity with Macs
    or apple's video tours
  21. Frosties macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2009
    Have her swing by the apple support website and look through the "show and tell" movies for switchers and everyone else. They explain quickly and fun how to use the mac-
  22. harperjones99 macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2009
    She is probably afraid of damaging it physically or messing up some settings. I know I treat mine with kid gloves for fear of a bump taking out the hard drive or knocking it off the table. Amazing how it was so much easier to fling around my 800 dollar plastic laptop...but this thing is just so damn sexy and cost so much I have some anxiety over it. I read some article where this lady was writing to Steve and complaining because she broke the screen basically and they wouldnt fix it free...she starts by saying "I could just buy another one I could afford it easily"...wanted to slap her.
  23. bmstrong macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
    Spend some time with her and show her around the machine. Win, win in my book.
  24. ozzyg007 macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2009
  25. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    My wife turned the MBP I gave her into a full screen VMware Fusion Windows machine. She just did not want to learn how to use Word, Excel & PP on OS X. She has two degrees and a bunch of certifications in her field so it's not too difficult. She said everything was too different and stayed in Windows the entire time. I eventually sold the MBP and gave her a HP 17" with Blu-ray and 1440x900 screen. She loves it and vows never to have a Mac.

    My daughter & I (both Mac users) wish her well. Some people have a comfort zone and they will not leave it w/o being highly motivated. She had no real reason to leave Windows since I have to clean up any problems associated with her Windows PC.

    If your GF wants to learn the new stuff she will in her own time, either that or she will live a lot in Parallels.


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