Setting up your MBP for optimal performance

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dbit, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. dbit macrumors regular

    May 2, 2006
    I have a question that I've asked three times here in various places and have still not recieved a good suggestion, so I'll ask one more time.

    Does anyone know of any good links for comprehensive prepping of a new MBP for optimum performance for both windows and osx? I'm talking about things like partitioning, power conditioning, account setup, etc?

    For instance, I learned recently something that I never knew, that you shouldn't use your administrator account for your primary account. I never knew this perviously.

    Any good links for prepping a MPB for optimum long term performance would be GREATLY appreciated.

    Thanks in advance for any help!

  2. Temujin macrumors 6502a


    Oct 1, 2005
    Why is that?
  3. gcrowell macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2006
    Bad practice in the UNIX world to use the administator (or root) ID for anything other than admin-type tasks. Thus the ability to su to root in a term session in UNIX.

    Makes if far less likely you will totally hose your machine. Might goof up you ID, but likely that's all.
  4. mleary macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2006
    OS X forces you to sudo for root privilages from accounts with "Administrator access" by default. Theres no reason to have a seperate account.
  5. thenewguy macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2006
    So no need to set up another account? is that what the "shortname" indicates?

    I'd love to hear all other optimization tips. In windows I'm used to running a host of programs that rearrange boot sectors and turn off disk indexing, etc. etc. anything like that for osx?
  6. Regaj macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2006
  7. hkk macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2006
    In Windows however, its definitely a very good idea to have your primary user account not have administrator rights. And then only switch over to the admin account if you need to install some new software or such.
  8. dbit thread starter macrumors regular

    May 2, 2006
    So for the handful of windows applications I need to run do I need to learn all about the technical aspects of the OS? I know how to use it and poke around various aspects of it, but I mean, if I only go there for certain tasks do I really need to take on the responsibility of learning its intricacies?

    (sorry, just b*tching lol)
  9. Hockeypuck macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2006
    No, I'm a long-time Windows user. You don't need a separate account to act as admin, as long as you don't plan on getting into places you don't know what you're changing.

    Just set yourself up as the only account. It's easy to install and run programs in Windows without knowing everything about it. Your "poking around" :D knowledge will be plenty for the tasks you probably need to accomplish. :cool:

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