Just switched... advice before I open the box

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jgrahamc, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. jgrahamc macrumors newbie

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    I've finally switched. My OS history is something like CP/M -> DOS -> Windows 3.0 -> Windows 3.1 -> Windows 95 -> Windows 2000 -> Windows XP -> Ubuntu Linux -> Mac OS X. The Intel Mac means I can run Mac OS X as my main OS (and I can drop into Linux and Windows when I need to).

    My new MBP 17" high-resolution, 160Gb 7200 RPM is due on Monday, before I open the box what advice do the experienced people have for me? I've heard about battery calibration. Anything else I should do with my new machine?

    Cheers,
    John.
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    Battery calibration is after opening the box :)

    Take in that new mac smell...its brillopads...

    Check for dead pixels. If you need the HD space, reinstall without languages and printer drivers.
     
  3. JasonMac macrumors regular

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    Choose a good login name, cause its hard to change once you set it.

    Enjoy the fast boot up!!!

    Dont freak out when your 160 GB drive only has 130 GB of free space cause the apps within OSX like Ilife 06 takes up alot of space but it is for sure worth it!!!

    Welcome to the mac world and congrats on the macbook!!!
     
  4. Samwise592 macrumors regular

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    Definitely reformat and don't install the things you know you wont use. keep 'em if you want to try them though, some of them come in handy sometimes.
     
  5. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    1. Open the box
    2. Check it out for any damage.
    3. Switch it on and check it starts OK
    4. Check for dead pixels.
    5. Calibrate the battery.
    6. Enjoy for years to come ... :)
     
  6. kolax macrumors G3

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    I don't see what is hard about going to Accounts in System Preferences, entering your password and entering a new name.

    But then, different brains have different capacity's :p
     
  7. JasonMac macrumors regular

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    It is known to cause problems if you go in and change the macbook short name itself!!! Which is the name of the macbook itself!!! Not the users name which I'm sorry if you got confused on that. :)
     
  8. kolax macrumors G3

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    I don't follow.

    I only remember entering a username when I first opened my Mac and that is the same thing I can edit in the Accounts panel of System Pref's.
     
  9. JasonMac macrumors regular

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    open the little system preference icon in the dock at the bottom of the macbook and go to accounts and then password and you see the field underneath your user name that says "short name" thats the name of your macbook itself for like network use etc... and its hard to change it once its set without reformatting everything.
     
  10. elppa macrumors 68040

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    Ouch.
     
  11. beginner0 macrumors member

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    Can't you make a new admin account with a new shortname, and delete the first one? You might lose some preferences and files though..
     
  12. eluk macrumors 6502a

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    That is the account short name. The machine name is changeable from the 'sharing' tab.
     
  13. psychofreak Retired

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    Its just that many people try renaming the Home folder like any other, and then find out all their stuff is gone...
     
  14. 2hondas macrumors regular

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    Dead pixels... how do we check for that? Is that a big problem or something?:confused: My Macbook should be coming in today!!
     
  15. blackstone macrumors regular

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    A dead pixel is just a pixel that fails to light up properly. Some people get incredibly freaked out about them (just watch the forums for a few days and you'll see). But unless you have one in the middle portion of the screen, it's hard to notice a single dead pixel unless you're actively looking for them -- each pixel is only about the size of a dust grain, after all.

    To look for dead pixels, just open up a blank browser window and make sure that everything in the window is white, rather than having any black specks.
     
  16. sfisher macrumors regular

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    Welcome to the Mac world! I've been through all of your operating systems except CP/M :eek:. Being familiar with Linux, you'll enjoy the shell prompt, though it is hard to find at first (go to Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal).

    MacOS X has an Apple version of the Mach kernel, FreeBSD userland and the traditional (though vastly improved) MacOS GUI.

    You will probably want to install programs that are traditionally available on Unix systems. This can be done with MacPorts (formerly DarwinPorts) or Fink (I prefer MacPorts myself).

    Install X11, which should be on the DVD that comes with the computer along with developer utilities which not only gives you Xcode (Apple's IDE) but also the the typical Unix programming tools.
     
  17. jgrahamc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's good advice, thanks. I probably can't live without emacs :)

    As for CP/M... you didn't miss much.

    John.
     
  18. deadpixels macrumors 6502a

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    if he had miss all these
    he still wouldn't have missed much :D
     

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