I thought these things were idiot-proof?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mcmac17, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. Mcmac17 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2009
    Location:
    London
    #1
    OK, it's my first mac, just out the box and setting it up nicely. Then I remember seeing a thread about screen brightness. I go into settings and try reducing the brightness a tad to see what effect it has. Because I'm still getting used to the trackpad, my finger slips. It turns the brightness to zero. ie black, very, very black. I cannot see anything to turn it back up :eek:

    I don't know any mac shortcut keys! Panic sets in. I try escape and ctrl-z to no avail. Have I just bought a very expensive paperweight?

    I'm too embarrassed to log in with my pc to ask for help.

    Fortunately after several very long minutes of frantic squinting I eventually manage to make out enough on the screen (beyond my own glossy reflection natch) to find the cursor and locate the adjustment bar and after a few attempts I manage to turn the brightness back on. Phew.

    I guess it's not as idiot-proof as I need :)

    Apart from that, it's going well so far :D
     
  2. lixuelai macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2008
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
  4. Mcmac17 thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2009
    Location:
    London
    #4
    I should have said...First mac AND first laptop. Brightness keys on a keyboard, what panicking desktop owner would think to look for those :D
     
  5. Ploki macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
  6. sehnsucht77 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2008
    #6
    wow. did you pay attention at all to the keyboard?

    macs aren't idiot proof. no computer is. the way to navigate around a mac is much simplified than it is on PC , however...reminds me of a fisher price toy with nice big buttons, only it costs a cr@pload more.
     
  7. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

    kastenbrust

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2008
    Location:
    North Korea
    #7
    Just wait until you accidentally invert the colours.... :D
     
  8. fangirlzab macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2009
    #8
    This reminds me of a coworker who put a mini-CD in the front loading slot... who then proceeded to shake it vigerously in an attempt to get the CD out. I think he banged it on a table before we could stop him. :rolleyes:

    Just when you think something is idiot proof, they build a better idiot. *laughs*
     
  9. Mcmac17 thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2009
    Location:
    London
    #9
    Nah, I was pretty much staring fixedly in horror at the screen.

    I'm sure I would have found them eventually...

    But I thought you might all like a laugh at my expense.
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #10
    Hey! Don't knock Fisher-Price! They build a damn nice computer! With bells and lights and everything! And the only virus protection you need is to disinfect it every once in a while! :D
     
  11. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

    Patriks7

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2008
    #11
    Have you thought about looking at the manual? You know, that little booklet inside the box that says "Everything Mac" (if I remember correctly). It has quite a few useful things :rolleyes:
     
  12. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

    mikes70mustang

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2008
    Location:
    US
  13. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

    winninganthem

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2008
    #13
    ^-- :D

    When in doubt, look for the most simple solution :p
     
  14. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2006
    #14
    the friend that got me to convert to a mac had to look up on the internet how to shut a Vista machine down
     
  15. SHADO macrumors 6502a

    SHADO

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2008
    Location:
    Beach
    #15
    Hehe sounds like he needs you to do the same for him.
     
  16. percival504 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2009
    #16
    Wow -- give the OP a break; its funny

    it takes a whole h*ll of a lot of courage to make fun of yourself like that and the guy's clearly trying to make friends in the Apple community. Way to welcome him... and for those geniuses who refer to the OP as an idiot -- can you tell me what block size HFS+ uses?
     
  17. Floris1994 Guest

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2009
    #17
    I doubt you are an idiot. I think you just didn't look at your keyboard;)
     
  18. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
  19. ajohnson253 macrumors 68000

    ajohnson253

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2008
  20. piimaPAKK macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2008
    #20
    If you pay little attention you will notice the OP started it.
     
  21. mcpryon2 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2008
    #21
    When I got my first XPS laptop I was blown away by how fast Vista started and shutdown. Then after a few weeks I realized that the "brown power button" on the menu was actually the sleep button.

    When I got my first Mac I couldn't believe that I needed a wireless connection to register my computer before starting the OS for the first time. After waiting a while because I didn't have a connection I found the "register later" option.

    I think we've all been there at some time...some even in this thread.
     
  22. peskaa macrumors 68020

    peskaa

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2008
    Location:
    London, UK
    #22
    512 bytes for a logical block, allocation blocks vary.
     
  23. Mcmac17 thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2009
    Location:
    London
    #23
    Thanks for the support Percival.

    At the risk of putting back gender relations by several decades, I do have to fess up to being a burd (and, yes, my hair is blonde-ish)

    <sigh> I'm honestly not a stereotype :)
     
  24. Consultant macrumors G5

    Consultant

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2007
  25. Abstract macrumors Penryn

    Abstract

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2002
    Location:
    Location Location Location
    #25
    Your hand slipped from the trackpad up to the screen brightness button at the top of the keyboard, where it was left for 3 or 4 seconds until the brightness of the screen went down to zero?


    Ok, Macs aren't THAT idiot-proof. :p
     

Share This Page