New switcher questions

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by operastarlet, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. operastarlet macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Hi, I just got my new Ibook last week, switched from a pc.
    I've got a couple of questions and wondered if anyone could help me?

    1. Should I or Should I not leave my Ibook on all time?
    (i've read some things about leaving it on to let diagnostics run and such?)

    2. Is there a way to rename the macintosh HD on the desktop?

    3. are there any sites for more keyboard shortcuts?

    4. will my ibook scratch badly? Is there anything I can do to prevent them, and which scratch remover is better? icleaner/novous plastic polish/ice creame

    5. Is there anything i need to do manually to ensure the best performance from my ibook?

    Please also include any other tips or suggestions for me, if you would like.

    thank you in advance.

  2. laserbeahm macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Central Valley, CA
    Congratulations on your new iBook. To answer your questions:

    1. If you need to leave your iBook on all the time, go for it. It actually wakes from sleep very quickly. It's also very convenient how when you close and open the lid it automatically goes to and wakes from sleep.

    2. To rename the Macintosh HD, click over it and wait until the label turns into a text box. From there you can type in a new name.

    3. I don't know of any sites that offer keyboard shortcuts, but just pay attention to the pull down menus. They offer most of they keyboard shortcuts you need.

    4. I think that the AL books scratch a lot easier than the new iBooks. I would just suggest getting a good case or backpack for transporting it.

    5. To get the best performance, I would keep your iBook plugged in when possible and max out the RAM.
  3. kuyu macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2003
    Welcome to the light.

    You don't really need to turn off your mac. I leave mine on all the time, but it sleeps all night. You might restart it every few weeks though.

    To rename the HD, click on the name once and type in the new name.

    Most keyboard shortcuts are mentioned next to their respective commands in the bar at the top of the screen. One tip, in safari preferences, turn on tabbed browsing. Then push apple-t. You'll see what I mean.

    Once every 3-12 months, you should repair permissions. This is REALLY easy. Open applications/utilities/disk utility and select check or repair permissions.

    TIP: If you can't figure something out, you're probably trying to windows your way through it. Stop, and think about how it should work. Odds are that's exactly how it's done.

    To install apps, drag the icon from the "disk" into the folder you want it in. That's it. Good luck.
  4. laserbeahm macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Central Valley, CA
    "Mac OS X: The Missing Manual" by David Pogue has a whole section in the back that converts the Windows way of doing things into the Mac way. I would imagine it would be pretty helpful is you're new to the Macintosh OS.
  5. abhishekit macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    akron , ohio
    Most of the points have been answered.
    Regarding 4th point, I would suggest that you keep that foam (which came with the pack) between the screen when you close it. Because the keys may scratch the screen. I keep my ibook in my backpack, so it gets wobbled all the time. Thats why I take that precaution. If you have a laptop bag, then probably you dont need to put anything.
    ..and yes, do repair permissions when you feel some strange things are happening, like slowing down,applications quitting on their own, not remembering your prefrences..blah blah..
    coz many times intallers can screw up permissions...
    hope you will have a wonderful experience..
  6. operastarlet thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2004

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