First macbook, some questions

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Ryvius819, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. Ryvius819 macrumors member

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    I will be buying my first macbook within a few days, and I got a few questions:

    1) What kind of common physical defects of the new macbook should I look out for?
    2) For those who tried the SL beta, does the 9400M provide good enough power for the new functions?
    3) What program should I install to keep regular maintainance for the macbook (battery, fan/heat, etc)?
    4) Do I really not need any anti-virus/firewall at all even if I download a lot and use it for online purchases?
     
  2. King Luis macrumors 6502

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    1) What kind of common physical defects of the new macbook should I look out for?
    screen quality and discolouration, battery and hdd hanging, slanted keys.

    2) For those who tried the SL beta, does the 9400M provide good enough power for the new functions?
    don't know.

    3) What program should I install to keep regular maintainance for the macbook (battery, fan/heat, etc)?
    i have istat loaded as a widget. as for maintenance, don't know. its more of just monitoring.

    4) Do I really not need any anti-virus/firewall at all even if I download a lot and use it for online purchases?
    i'm not running any firewall or anti-virus for about 9 months now...not a problem. but if i was going to install an anti-virus, avast is free and great.
     
  3. timestoby macrumors 6502

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    im new to macs aswell and i dont have any anitvirus etc and i download torrents and use rapidshare. for maintenace get onyx and istat to monitor ur cpu usage etc.
     
  4. MPHL macrumors regular

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  5. MPHL macrumors regular

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    download SMC fan control as well...istat works well too
     
  6. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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    1.) Dead pixels mainly. If something seems off, it probably is.
    2.) No idea
    3.) Use the programs posted above
    4.) I find them pointless, it's rare for a Mac to get a virus
     
  7. dckj95 macrumors member

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    as an answer to question 4, no.

    for a mac to get a virus is like striking a lottery. anyway if a mac does get a virus, its simple. just bring it down to a genius and they'll get it fixed.

    dont waste your precious money on a mac antivirus cuz you most probably wont need ever in ur mb's lifetime.
     

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