Hesitation on opening my new toys! WTH!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nutsnbolts, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. nutsnbolts macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2008
    Wow, I must say, I have always considered myself a tech head and to some degree always have the latest and greatest of gadget wizardry.

    Yes, it's ironic that I'm posting something like this because I must've fell off somewhere, where I am actually completely stumped.


    I finally got my 24" ACD and 17" MBP, custom with the latest CPU, 4gig, 7200rpm 500gig drive and here I am, I have had the two "devices" for ONE WEEK and I have not yet opened it.

    We'll let me be a bit more truthful. I powered up my MBP, went through the welcome screen and upon landing on the "desktop", I was like like, uhhh. Where do I go from here???

    I know that the best way to learn is to obviously just play around but even then I literally just shut it down, packaged it back up and carefully, slid it back in the comfort of it's box.

    As I am writing this, I'm actually laughing. I'm actually intimidated. The MBP is so beautiful that I don't want to even put a fingerprint on it.

    Don't get me wrong, I think...

    I know enough of getting myself around the OS but if anyone is out there that can help me first break into this please do tell.

    From a brand new PC laptop perspective, oh, I know exactly where to go, what settings to change, etc. etc. etc. to get everything back up and running and onto my network.

    For a mac, I'm lost. I know...I should just dive right in but wow I can't believe I'm actually hesitating.
  2. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

    Unspoken Demise

    Apr 16, 2009
    Maybe get a case/ skin for the laptop so you feel better that its protected? Then you can go from there and just dive in! Seriously. I know its what you're hesitatnt towards, but you have a great machine. Make use of it! :)
  3. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    get the wireless keyboard , mighty mouse and a laptop stand.

    use. enjoy.
  4. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000


    Nov 14, 2008
    perhaps a therapist is in order? Intimidation from an inanimate object cant be normal.
  5. XP Defector macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2006
    Embrace the inevitability of the beginning of its demise, otherwise leave it under the bed!

    I already scratched mine and its 3 hours old. I'm over it already ;)
  6. prodigee macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I am willing to rid you of this problem, send them to me, and then you will not have to worry!:p

    There really is only one way around this, and that is to sack up it and love your new toys. You paid way too much for them, to never be used.
  7. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    Don't worry sometimes it's best to let products acclimate to their new home before you start using them otherwise they might go into shock. ;)
  8. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    What is there to learn? Clicking icons and using menus?
  9. splitpea macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2009
    Among the starlings
    Well, first off, is it able to connect to the internet and your network?

    Secondly, a good place to start with settings and customizing your environment to be just the way you like it is System Preferences, which is under the Apple menu in the top left of your screen. Just open it up and click around.

    Another thing you could do is fire up iTunes and import your music and video library. Fire up iPhoto and import your photo library.

    Open Safari and start surfing your favorite sites. If you find you're not happy with the browser, download Firefox and start installing the plugins you like to use.

    How's that?
  10. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    Also mess with Garageband. That's a nice fun thing to play. If you are going to import photos, play with iPhoto. Music, play with iTunes. If you are going to edit your own movies, play with iMovie.

    Also, Apple has some great sites for beginners.


    Hope this helps!
  11. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    You could always RTM.

    Seriously, select your network from the wifi dropdown. Then start using it.
  12. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...it sounds like you want to wait for the i5 or i7 27" iMac to come out, return those before your 14 days are up quick:p
  13. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    Something ain't right with this thread. Who the hell spends this kind of money and is totally clueless as to what he got?

    Sorry but I think we're getting played.
  14. nutsnbolts thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2008
    Hahahaha, thanks for the encouragement. Seriously though, I was completely lost. Knowing what to get spec wise versus using the actual device are two different things. I just have to dive in and start clicking around. I guess I know that there are so much things to learn that I'm waiting for that great opportunity to lock myself in the room and just start making mistakes.

    Anyway, I guess I wanted to see what everyone's first approach was when they got their toy.
  15. Rampant.A.I. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2009
    I've had 3 Mac laptops. It's OK to baby them, they'll last longer that way :D

    It's also a good idea to get a case, or at least a one of the clear armor sticker covers.

    You should also get a keyboard protector if you're going to eat or drink around it. Throw the cover on whenever you're going to close the clamshell, or drink near the machine. It may be pretty dorky, but it can save a lot of heartache.

    Other than that, just enjoy it. The best way to acquaint yourself with your new Mac is by using it. ;)

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