I need answers & opinions please!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bigkito, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. bigkito macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2006
    First off, this whole Leopard thing has me a little confused...I understand you can use either Operating Systems but will all your files and the way theyre organized be the same in both Windows and OS X? to be completely honest I would probably use Windows more simply becuase Im so used to it

    another thing.....im getting a macbook in the next few weeks but im a little upset about one thing.....theres no backlight on the keyboard??!?!!! Thats the one thing I love about the Pro but I dont think paying an extra $500 is worth a backlight....I knwo this may sound stupid but is there any possible way i can get myself a damn keyboard backlight on a regular MacBook? :mad:
  2. amiga macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2006
    I'm no expert but I don't believe there is a way to get a back light on the MB. Its a 'Pro' feature. Another thing to distinguish between the MBP and the MB.

    OSX and Windows live on separate partitions on your hard drive. I don't have an Intel Mac so I can't install windows and I wouldn't want to. Yes Mac OS is different to windows but you are buying a Mac. Give it a try for a while, it really is cool. I do use PC's too at work.

    Leopard is the up-coming version of Apples OS and should be released sometime in the first half of next year.

  3. bigkito thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2006
    im open for trying but windows vista seems very cool as well...would be nice if i could choose them both for the simple fact of their looks yet have a great running computer like a mac...so ur concluding that files wont be the same on each? and im still mad about that damn keyboard :mad:
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Leopard hasn't been released, so I'm gonna guess you mean Tiger. A beta of a program called BootCamp is available from Apple which allows the user to create a dual-boot machine. OS-X and Windows. Part of the installation creates a new partition. If it's 32GB or larger, it needs to be formatted as NTFS. OS-X can read from either type of Windows partition format, but can only write to the FAT32 partition. So, you ability to directly share files through a shared harddrive partition can be limiting.

    From either OS-X or Windows, you can setup shared network folders/volumes.

    Have you worked with OS-X? You're buying a Mac so, well - it's there. There are too many threads already out there about why you should go with OS-X as your main OS, so I won't get into that much here. But, aside from anything else, I can say: stable & secure. OS-X is based on an inherently more secure OS architecture. That's about it for the OS.

    Another option is Parallel's virtualization solution. With this, you run Windows "along-side" OS-X, so you don't need to re-boot. You can run it within a window or full sreen and switch to another app normally. The negitive is mostly the lack of full hardware graphics acceleration. If you're running 3D games in Windows, you'll want BootCamp's dual-boot solution.

    As for the lack of keyboard light: It's a mostly marketing product tier thing. Also, the keyboard and keys are totally different than the MBP's. Don't see it happening unless there is something else to take it's place in MBP's feature set. The $500 gets you a lot more than just a keyboard light, though.

    Integrated, less capable, graphics GPU w/ 64MB of shared RAM, higher res screens, ExpressCard/34 expansion slot, FW800 lower res screen, larger harddrives, faster burners. Think I got most of them. Oh yea, the same ambient light sensor which controls the keyboard light ALSO controls the screen brightness. More included RAM.

    Hope this helps sort things out. Enjoy your Mac - also, you will enjoy the Mac OS.
  5. DVNIEL macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2003
    If you really need that backlit keyboard, I suggest that you forget a MacBook and get a refurbished MacBook Pro Core Duo. For $1399, you can get a MacBook Pro 1.83gHz with 128MB VRAM, a bigger screen with either glossy or matte and a backlit keyboard. There isn't much of a difference with the 1.83gHz CD and C2D. Get a refurb in my opinion.
  6. richard4339 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2006
  7. vi2867 macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2006
    Eastvale, CA
    As for using Windows more, I was in the same boat. When I first got my iMac, the first thing I did was download bootcamp and installed Windows XP.

    I thought I needed it to work on, but over time I rarely use Windows XP now. I only use Windows to back up my DVD's, that's about it...and that's because I haven't found a mac software to do this...;)
  8. deadpixels macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2006
    MacTheRipper is your friend, and its free :D there is also Fast DVD Copy but its not free , hope this helps you stay away from the darkside :D
  9. bigkito thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2006
    ok I know it may sound stupid to some of you but when I get an apple I want to run Windows majority of the time.....my question is, should I buy a MacBook with Parallels or Bootcamp? what do you think is better? and also, will I be able to run Windows Vista when its released?
  10. atomicfuze macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2006
    Poulsbo WA
    Bro forget about windoze. Come over to a OS X and start spending your time creating things with your computer instead of fixing it.

    Read some reviews of Vista, it isn't going to come close to OS X's features.

    If you want to play games on windoze cool but other than that there is nothing OS X can't do better.

    BTW Handbrake is the way to go for ripping DVDs in OS X.

    There is something to the fact that you won't see any microsoft bumper stickers :rolleyes:

    Bottom line is you want to spend your time on your computer being productive and OS X lets you do that instead of spending your time removing viruses or getting hardware to play nice.

    Have fun and remember this is just one man's opinion :D
  11. deadpixels macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2006
    HandBrake rips to mpeg4, since the guy mention he wanna backup DVD's, i supposed he wanna make copies :D
  12. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Then why buy a Mac?

    Arguably, most people buy a Mac for OS X, not for Apple hardware. If you don't plan on using OS X, then there's no point in spending the extra $ to buy a Mac.
  13. atomicfuze macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2006
    Poulsbo WA
    Your probably right but I'm lovin' Handbrake so much right now. I'm ripping all my dvd's right now getting ready for iTv or whatever it's called.

    I believe the hardware is awesome. I had firewire back in the day before my pc friends even knew what it was. The design is second to none. Apple is a hardware innovator.

    It's a myth that Mac's cost more. Compare what you get and you'll see.

    For example my Dad just switched and he had no idea what you get for the money. All he could talk about was buying a computer for Vista. I brought him to an apple store and he couldn't believe the beauty of the iMac. Just that alone was worth the so called "extra $" but then I showed him all the software it came with, the built-in isight and then I showed him the OS. I told him you don't even have to "activate it". To say the least he was amazed and that's just the tip of the iceberg. He was publishing his own web site in a few days with absolutely no experience.

    So i say fooeey to the "extra $" and hurray for the extra stuff.

    Again just one man's enthusiastic opinion :D

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