MBP on FedEx Truck

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LifeCerealRocks, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. LifeCerealRocks macrumors member

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    Alright guys, my MBP is in the city of Houston on a Fed Ex truck (meaning it's bound to be here any minute) what should I do the first time (i.e. calibrate battery, and what not) I boot up? Also (I've asked this before, but I can't find the thread) any [free] sweet apps I should d/l? Thanks guys, I can hardly contain my excitement :D
     
  2. scott85213 macrumors member

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    First thing I did was re-install and removed all the languages and other crap I didn't need/want.
     
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  4. mynameisshawn macrumors member

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    First thing, plug in the AC ;)

    Here's a list of free stuff I use:
    iStat Pro - a helpful dashboard widget.
    coconutBattery - is a great battery app.
    Seashore - a lesser Photoshop better MSPaint program
    Sentui - gets songs from iPods to you MBP
    MacTheRipper - rips DVDs
    iSquit - the free version of VirtualHub, it converts files so your iPod could read it
    Transmission - Bittorrent client
     
  5. NotFound macrumors 6502a

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    First things first I would be looking over the exterior looking for imperfections and then when turning on looking for bad pixels on the screen. Second I would be removing language packets from the install. Pop your OS X disc in and reinstall it. Congratulations on your purchase.
     
  6. mrwizardno2 macrumors 6502a

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    Ewww no! Firefox on Windoze only. I'm a Safari purist. :D
     
  7. Cadium macrumors member

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    What I did when I first got my MacBook Pro was make sure everything was working (all of the hardware features, etc) under the default system software installation, and then laid down a new Mac OS X 10.5 installation using erase and install, making sure to uncheck the printer drivers and translations that I did not need.
     
  8. LifeCerealRocks thread starter macrumors member

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    Sweet, all of those were really awesome. Thanks.
     
  9. tmelvin macrumors 6502

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    I agree with the apps. Not sure I think it's necessary to wipe/reinstall on a brand new system. I guess I can some some small advantages of not having the additional drivers and language files, but I doubt it's going to make your system run any faster, or that you'll yield significant disk space from not having them on...MHO...
     
  10. pinktank macrumors 6502

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    quicksilver and onyx are free apps that you shouldnt be without
     
  11. LifeCerealRocks thread starter macrumors member

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    I've got a software question,

    I was wondering if there's a mac version of powerIso (or something similar) and are there any free video file converters out there? Thanks
     
  12. bobmacgolf macrumors newbie

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    For video watching, Flip4Mac and Perian comes to mind. Also Office suite (NeoOffice).

    Have fun...
     
  13. LifeCerealRocks thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright, so I've noticed one minute defect. Near where the current charge of the battery there's a slight light blue smudge, is this normal? I mean I don't really care, but I was wondering if this could possibly lead to something more severe? Thanks guys, all of you have been really helpful.
     
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  15. Bobioden macrumors 68000

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    There is a free program called Monolingual which removes all the languages without having to reinstall.

    http://monolingual.sourceforge.net/


    Spend the day enjoying your new toy. You are going to love it. Congrats.
     
  16. Jabberwocky246 macrumors member

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    If you don't want to reinstall OSX, download and install Monolingual (http://monolingual.sourceforge.net/), a small application that deletes unused language packs. It won't help with getting rid of unnecessary printer drivers, but it does free up TONS of space and you won't need to reinstall the operating system.
     
  17. Bobioden macrumors 68000

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    Hey Jabberwockey246, great minds think alike. Just like the Olympics, I bet you by seconds :)
     
  18. LifeCerealRocks thread starter macrumors member

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    Hey guys is there anything equivalent to spyware/adware for Macs? I just noticed that a good portion of my memory is being used up but I'm only running firefox...seems kind of odd.
     
  19. jetlife2 macrumors regular

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    Check Activity Monitor

    Could it be Spotlight indexing? This is a one time thing on a new install. Click on the spotlight icon and see if it says "indexing". Or open Activity Monitor and sort by CPU usage. I think the Spotlight process is named 'mds". Anyway you will be able to identify the culprit that way.

    BTW nobody mentioned the migration process...on a clean system that utility is extremely helpful to move apps and stuff from another unit.
     
  20. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    Skip Mactheripper, its 3 years out of date. We use Handbrake now.

    Enjoy the computer. They sure are great.
     
  21. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

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    Perian and Flip4Mac are useful apps to have, too.
    Vidalia (tor) is something you may want, too.
     
  22. Bobioden macrumors 68000

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    Actually Mactheripper 3.0 R14m is the best ripping program out there. For me I can never get a consistent rip using Handbrake.
     
  23. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    I was not even aware there was a version 3. According to their site, they haven't updated since 2006.
     
  24. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    I'd say send it back!! And wait for the new mbp without the nvidia gpu. :D
     
  25. Next Tuesday macrumors 6502a

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    First thing u should do is send it back beofre your NVIDIA card messes up your laptop. lol Apple needs to fix that crap.
     

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