Lots of questions for a newbie!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by digital150, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. digital150 macrumors newbie

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    Hey Guys,

    I just purchased a MacBook Pro (mid-2010, didnt want to spend a tonne of money if i can't use/dont like it for a new one.) and I have a lot of questions to ask.

    1) What is the biggest differences i'm going to notice between OS X and Windows.

    2) Does it take long to learn/get used to OS X?

    3)Is it worth me upgrading the 4GB of ram to 8/16GB will I notice a difference?

    4)Are there any known problems with this model?

    5) It is going to come with a clean install of OS X ML, is it worth me upgrading to Mavericks straight away?

    6) It comes with a 250GB hard drive, will this be enough for an average user?

    Thanks in advance and if there is anything else I should know, feel free to post them for me :)
     
  2. drsox macrumors 65816

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    1 Software stability and integration
    2 1 month
    3 Depends on your work profile. 8GB maybe - 16Gb unlikely
    4 No
    5 Yes, Yes
    6 More than enough

    Do some Googling of your own and learn by doing
     
  3. digital150 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. digital150 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    another

    Another question I forgot to ask, I have a lot of .wmv files.

    1)Can a MacBook play them
    2) If not am I better to convert the files or download a piece of software that supports .wmv files?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  5. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    Could you post a little bit about what you used your old PC for? That will help us give you better advice regarding RAM, HD space and maybe a few tips & tricks.

    I would say that you should install Mavericks as soon as you can. You're already making one transition.
     
  6. digital150 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    re

    My old PC was used for web-surfing, watching videos, photoshop, work documents etc :)
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    [[ 1) What is the biggest differences i'm going to notice between OS X and Windows. ]]

    I'll guess
    - Application installation
    - Mounting/dismounting drives and volumes
    - Folder creation and file management

    [[ 2) Does it take long to learn/get used to OS X? ]]

    Just go along, you'll pick it up quickly.

    [[ 3)Is it worth me upgrading the 4GB of ram to 8/16GB will I notice a difference? ]]

    I have an "April 2010" MacBook Pro. It's still running just fine on 4gb of RAM. My advice is, use it as it comes for the time being -- it may be all you need. You can always add RAM later on.

    [[ 4)Are there any known problems with this model? ]]

    Mine had a problem where it stopped recognizing that it had a firewire port. Apple replaced the motherboard under warranty, and the firewire port worked again, but then it stopped working a second time. However, I upgraded the system software, and the port sprang back to life, with nothing but a software update! So, I'm guessing there was some problem with a file that prevented the OS from knowing it had a firewire port at bootup (and thus loading the required drivers). It's been fine since.

    Don't let this put you off in any way. I believe it was a software driver problem localized to my particular MacBook Pro. But you asked, so I answered.

    [[ 5) It is going to come with a clean install of OS X ML, is it worth me upgrading to Mavericks straight away? ]]

    My advice is -- use whatever version of the OS it comes loaded with for a period of time during which you become familiar with the Mac OS in general. Then you can think about upgrading.

    IMPORTANT: if you DO decide to spring for an OS upgrade, create a BOOTABLE CLONE of your old OS using CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper. That way, you can always "go back" easily if there's a problem.

    [[ 6) It comes with a 250GB hard drive, will this be enough for an average user? ]]

    250gb has been fine for me -- lots and lots of free space left yet. But I don't use it to collect dozens of gb's of audio or video files...
     

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