Just bought my first Mac

prophet621

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Jul 31, 2005
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I went to an Apple store that recently opened not far from my house and walked out with a 14" ibook.

Can't give much of an opinion on it yet since it's only about a half hour old and all I've done it update it, ordered 1 gig of memory from Crucial and now typing this.

One thing I've noticed is that it's slower than I had expected but i have no doubt that the extra memory will help in that area.

It's always exciting to have a new computer and a new OS to learn and play with.

Anyway, thank you to everyone who has answered any of my questions while I considered this purchased. These forums have been incredibly helpful for me and many others. Thank you again.

Now it's time to scour the forums for software recomendations. :)
 

powerbook911

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Mar 15, 2005
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Congratulations on a great purchase. You're going to love your Macintosh!

In the energy saver, go to custom, and then select "options." Set your processor performance to "Highest." They are usually default to "automatic," which makes things feel slower.
 

GilGrissom

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Mar 13, 2005
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Great news on the iBook purchase. I hope you love it. Welcome fellow Apple computer owner! :)

Powerbook911, thanks for that info!! Gosh we all learn something new everyday! Hehe! Glad I stopped by!
 

macdon401

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Jul 9, 2005
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powerbook911 said:
Congratulations on a great purchase. You're going to love your Macintosh!

In the energy saver, go to custom, and then select "options." Set your processor performance to "Highest." They are usually default to "automatic," which makes things feel slower.
Hi, sometimes you just stumble across some great information in this forum,
I have my new G5 and I love it, I had a HD failure a couple weeks ago and that was a nightmare but Apple searched their worldwide database, found a drive and overnight expressed it to the retailer and I had my Mac back the next day! My point is I just read your advice to the new Mac person on changing the default performance from automatic to Highest...my Mac was screaming fast before...but now it's howling ...my question is this just my imagination or is it REALLY going even faster???
R
 

macdon401

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Jul 9, 2005
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A new thread...?

mad jew said:
I know iMac G5s exhibit quite a massive performance gain going from Automatic to Highest so it's probably true for the Power Macs too. :)
Hi, do you think I should make a new thread with this information on the settngs, I have not heard it before and my first Mac was an LC !!!!!
I think it is a worthwhile bit of info for new and older users alike ...
comments?
R
 

ajampam

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Jul 31, 2005
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mad jew said:
I know iMac G5s exhibit quite a massive performance gain going from Automatic to Highest so it's probably true for the Power Macs too. :)
Hey thanks for that....I forgot that the default setting would not be the fastest....anyways, I just changed the processor speed to highest....... :D
 

scarlco

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Aug 2, 2005
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I learned about this tip when working in GarageBand. I was trying to play with a lot of seperate tracks, and the audio kept stopping. A pop-up informed me that I should try the 'highest' setting - it it helped SO much. I don't keep it that way, though - for general web and email, I go back to automatic so the imac runs cooler.
 

GilGrissom

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Mar 13, 2005
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macdon401 said:
Hi, do you think I should make a new thread with this information on the settngs, I have not heard it before and my first Mac was an LC !!!!!
I think it is a worthwhile bit of info for new and older users alike ...
comments?
R
Yes I think thats a grand idea. Whoever sets it up, could you please post a link in this thread for easy transfer? Thanks. :)
 

DJY

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Dec 20, 2003
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welcome to the club mate!
I still very much remember the day I got mine!

I'm still very proud, I still show it off and talk about it at every opportunity, and encourage mates to "see the light as well!"

Have a read about How to look after your battery - from the Apple site.
Calibrating it initially - then approximately once a month - should mean you will get the most out of it for a very long time!
 

powerbook911

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Mar 15, 2005
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macdon401 said:
Hi, sometimes you just stumble across some great information in this forum,
I have my new G5 and I love it, I had a HD failure a couple weeks ago and that was a nightmare but Apple searched their worldwide database, found a drive and overnight expressed it to the retailer and I had my Mac back the next day! My point is I just read your advice to the new Mac person on changing the default performance from automatic to Highest...my Mac was screaming fast before...but now it's howling ...my question is this just my imagination or is it REALLY going even faster???
R
Thank you! :) I'm glad I put something out there that was helpful (I don't think I succeed in doing that very often). Good to hear about your result. Glad your machine is even faster now!
 
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