Snow Leopard runs amazingly wonderfultastically on the Air

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  1. uberamd macrumors 68030

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    I installed Snow Leopard, latest developer preview, on my RevA Macbook Air (80GB/1.6GHz), and it runs FAST. Install was ~6GB in size, took about 25 minutes, and was even easier than installing leopard (I didn't think that was possible). So far, I am loving what I see. Great work Apple.
     
  2. timsutcliffe macrumors 6502

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    Cool

    That's good to know. I'm looking forward to handing over my £18ish when the time comes.
     
  3. uberamd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Some timings:

    Shut down: 4 seconds
    Start up: 42 seconds
     
  4. ayeying macrumors 601

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    Thats amazing. It takes 2 minutes to boot for me due to all the files/programs I have installed/on the drive
     
  5. darkmeton macrumors member

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    is it stable enough to work on?? (what am I asking.. it is Leopard.. always stable) Are there any compatibility issues with programs? What about the new quick time? how long does it take to convert a video to a iphone format??
     
  6. uberamd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It seems very stable. I have used the iPhone 3.0 Snow Leopard SDK with success already, and have had no crashes or hangs. I have not done video conversion, but the quicktime interface is great. I like how the borders go away so its just a floating video. Also, playing video from the thumbnail is quick, and pretty sweet. Useless, but sweet.
     
  7. ayeying macrumors 601

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    Can you test Mail.app? I had a problem with earlier builds in which Mail.app wont remember the size of the window I set. Everytime i exit the app or minimize it, it changes the window size back to default
     
  8. uberamd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It loads the previous window size on every launch, looks like they fixed your bug.
     
  9. italiansauce88 macrumors newbie

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    How is flash video on youtube, etc.

    How about video chats via iChat?

    Heat/Performance/Coolbook thoughts?

    Thanks!!
     
  10. uberamd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Sitting idle here the CPU is at 110(F). 165 degrees after watching a 5 minute youtube with the fan at 2500 RPM. When using skype video chat and watching a quicktime movie, temps maxed at 170 degrees, then the fan kicked up and they went down to ~165.
     
  11. aaquib macrumors 65816

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    CoolBook isn't compatible. This is my only gripe with Snow Leopard. I'm simply browsing the web and the machine is running at 6200RPM and 70 degrees Celsius. Quicktime stutters quite often now, too. CoolBook was really a godsend.
     
  12. EmperorDarius macrumors 6502a

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    How about little information about third party program compatibility?
     
  13. uberamd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I haven't used much as far as 3rd party apps yet. Skype works fine, Office 2008 seems to be working fine, and obviously the included Safari 4 is working great. I am going to install my 3rd party arsenal when I get home.
     
  14. King t. macrumors regular

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    this is really great to hear. I can't wait until I get my MBA 2,13ghz :D
     
  15. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Man I am stoked about that! That's the only machine I questioned!
     
  16. cheapa55 macrumors 6502a

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    how about hulu.com and maybe hd clips from youtube or hulu. does it improve the stuttering at all? or make it worse? I'm so tempted to sell my MBA revA because of the stutter.
     
  17. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    I think the good news is that it will run wonderfultastically on all Macs that Leopard ran decently on. What kind of speed bumps are you seeing?
     
  18. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Is this a new scale? Snappyness -> wonderfultastical -> Zippymondo -> ?

    Presumably the 43 second start up and 4 second shut down are smaller for MacBooks and MacBook Pros? Or are the MacBooks range giving similiar values?
     
  19. ncbill macrumors regular

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    Can you sort by size in search results?

    That option was in Tiger, but was taken out in Leopard.
     
  20. dannster macrumors regular

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    I've just upgraded, didn't do a clean install. Should I have done?
     
  21. tigres macrumors 68040

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    I did a clean install on my rev B SSD, and this puppy flies.

    I am really liking exchange integration, and you can set up more than one which is even better than outlook, LOL MS.

    Shutdown is SICK, like 1-2 sec, and it's off, at first i thought it died LOL.

    Nice so far.

    My Office 08 is running fine, as is my 3rd party apps thus far.

    Speedy little bugger, off to test HD with HULU.
     
  22. TheRiseofTheFal macrumors regular

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    You beat me to it!! I did it earlier today and I must say this may be the update that turns the air around. It runs great even on the Rev. A, 1.6 80gb. I went from ~43gb to 55 somehow, without doing a clean install. I have this much space because I stream music from an external because I had been originally running out of space, but I may throw it back on now :D. I really must say how much this is a great update and I'm glad I pulled the trigger. I'm running youtube HD trailers and they look good for me without any annoying fan or heat issues. Hmmm... maybe this MBA still has a few tricks up its sleeve and we just may see its lifeline expand or apple uses the architecture in place and creates a truly amazing mobile device. To be honest I am now finally very happy I went with the MBA... I don't think I could trade this portability and function for anything else now and this is coming from a Rev. A second month owner :) bravo apple
     
  23. uberamd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Question it no more :)
    Hulu ran good after a slight stutter when switching from windowed to full screen.
    Everything seems snappier, even for a fresh install. Even seems to sleep faster. No real hiccups anywhere right now.
    I haven't put it on my pro yet but when I do I will report back. It is much faster than my leopard install for booting however.
    Yes, you can sort by size.
    Probably, its the best way to see a non-hindered example of the initial OS speed.
     
  24. dannster macrumors regular

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    I've not heard of anyone first upgrading then doing a clean install and if there's any difference, so I'll do it later and report back :)

    After upgrading I can't tell any major changes to be honest! :cool:

    From what I've noticed so far:

    Trash takes longer to empty
    Sound is improved over iTunes
    Shuts down faster
    More space on my SSD
     
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