So many questions here

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Rolanddes, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. Rolanddes macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2011
    Hello everyone. After so many years of being a Windows user, finally I'm in the club. I recently bought a Macbook Pro 15" with 750 GB HDD, 2.2 GHZ cpu, 4 GBs of ram and a HD6750 graphics card. This is my first encounter with Mac OS so off course I have thousands of questions. Here are first 19 :)

    1- Does MacBooks disable battery usage when battery is full? What should I do if I do not want the device to constantly fill/empty the battery?

    2- There's no boss key plugin (one that lets you chose the key combination) for safari or firefox?

    3- cmd w minimizes windows to dock. cmd q quits them completely. Red x minimizes most quits some of the bundled software. Cant we make macbook pro quit when red x is pressed no matter what? Some people told me to use Path Finder which is supposed to be better than Finder. What do you say to that?

    4- There was this magnify software bundled with windows os's which created a section in screen with zoomed version of where your mouse hoovers. I could not find an equivalent for Mac OS. I know cmd wheel up zooms in, but I'm in my bed trying to read and all I have in my hand is a mouse. Cant cmd wheel up with only a mouse. What should I do?

    5- Ok. Quicktime is ****** like every app that makes you do extra stuff to get it to the thing that it should already be doing in the first place. So I gave a chance to VLC player that was talked highly off every Mac conversation I heard before. But it creates a playlist that contains the file I just played. As I play files it keeps adding them to the playlist. When I hit next it plays the first file I played in that occasion. That's a bummer. Because imagine I played a movie, then I started to play a tv show's episode 6 for instance. Halfway through I realize that I already had watched the 6th episode. So I hit next button to see the 7th episode. But I see the already played movie in front of me.

    So what I want is just a player that does not create a playlist and cleans all files listed when I start a new video, and creates one if there are multiple video files named like each other residing in the same folder. I could not find that option in VLC player. What do you say?

    6- Does remote management work like Logmein or teamvier? They are pretty user-friendly. Is default remote management work like those software? From a browser window and what not?

    7- My room is pretty hot nowadays. Its 30 celsius degree. But does that justify a yesterday-bought, "doing nothing but writing this" "no extra software" "has only been on for like half an hour" notebook to be running at 50 celsius degree?

    8- What menubar temperature utility do you use?

    9- I'm awaiting for cloud. And am not a member of Do you think I should enroll to it?

    10- I just wanted to try that bootcamp to see if it's user friendly like everything in mac. It asked me to download windows support files. I said yes. It downloaded them. Wanted me to keep them in an image file in an external drive or burn them on disk. I said ok to burning. It did. Then It asked me to resize my 750 gbs unpartitioned macintosh disk to create a windows partition. I quit right at that moment because I was afraid that It might delete my whole hard drive. Would it? Would it want me to get my windows installation disk after? Can it be an image file of windows os? Does it have to be a dmg file? I do not want to use windows 7 as bottcampped OS. I want to use XP. Mainly because I own an xp but not a win 7. So how much disk space should I spare for XP and 2-3 games worth of 20 GBS?

    11- I'm a risk manager specialist in a bank. So I'm highly dependent on Office Excel 2010. I use elaborate formulas, tables and macros. Are there any difference between Office in Mac OS and Office in Windows? If there are I'm gonna keep using my own Office by installing it in bootcampped windows.

    12- How does safe upgrade/install (or was it called something else?) work? Does it keep my users and applications folders when installing a new version of Mac OS? That is howmost of you guys keep going without partitioning your drives?

    13- When I'm viewing my pictures why I cant move between them with next and previous buttons even if there are tons of pics in that folder?

    14- I use a logitech mouse (nx nano) Downloaded appropriate software for it from Logitech site. Works flawlessly except that it does not move forward/backwards between Finder windows with its Forward/backwards buttons. I works in safari and firefox but not in Finder. Checked the options but not a solution.

    15- cmd tab moves between opened apps. But why does it show me apps that are minimized to dock with the red x button. Because I cannot reach them even if I pull my fingers when I'm on them while cmd-tabbing. I have to click on them on dock to get them back. Then why cmd tab makes me see them for christssake?
  2. Saberon macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2008
    1)Not quite sure what you mean. If you are plugged into AC power it will not use your battery. People often get too freaked out about batteries on these forums, just use your laptop normally and it will be fine.

    6-Teamviewer/Logmein work great on a mac if you are connecting to another PC, or connecting from another computer to your Mac. No problems there.

    7-Yes that's totally normal for a notebook CPU, don't worry.

    8- I don't use any.

    9- No, just wait for iCloud; it's about a month away and Mobileme is a waste of money!!

    10- I believe 2011 macs HAVE to be Windows 7

    11- I barely use excel but from what I can tell it's almost identical.
  3. treestar macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2010
    1. From what I know, when the battery is around 98-100% it stops charging. When the MagSafe light is green it is not charging. You want the battery to be in a state of charge or discharge, though -- it's healthiest for the battery. Never run off of the power adapter for week long periods.

    2. System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts

    3. No. Command-W closes windows. Command-M minimizes. Command-H hides. The red X is supposed to close windows, not quit applications, but some applications will quit this way. Learn the new way. Command-Q is a lot faster to do than click.

    4. System Preferences > Universal Access > Seeing

    5. If you start media from the playlist it will go to the next. If you start media from Finder I think you get your problem.

    7. 50 oC is very chill for a computer. If you think it is running hot or the fans are running frequently than you must be doing something taxing. It is usually people's web browsing habits. Flash is very inefficient.

    8. I don't use anything. I've got better things to pay attention to.

    9. If you use an iPhone and iPad. If you don't have other Apple devices then no.

    10. You can make the new partition safely. It won't erase anything. I'd say 10 GB for your OS, and you want 20 GB for your games, so anything from 30-50 GB. You can use a normal Windows boot disk.

    12. Yes, that's the way it works. No need to partition ever.

    13. If you are using Quick Look, then you use Up and Down. If you are using Preview you have to open all the pictures first, then Up and Down. To use Quick Look hit the spacebar.

    15. Think of it this way: an application is identified by its menu bar. It can have many separate windows. If a window is minimized, it stays minimized, but you still switch the menu bar when you do Command-Tab. Try Command-H from now on to hide. It will come back that way when you do Command-Tab.
  4. Rolanddes thread starter macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2011
    1- Here is my experience: I used to use that laptop, CBox with plugged in all the time to AC. I was thinking that when battery is full any connection to it is disabled. But it was being in use all the months that I used it plugged in :) So one day I found out that my brand new notebooks battery only had 20 minutes of life in it in a full charge. That's what I'm afraid of..
  5. treestar macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2010
    Yes. Exactly what you are going to do to this battery if you run off AC the entire time. You need to use the battery. You need to drain the battery to 0% frequently. It needs to be utilized. DO NOT STAY ON AC.
  6. bb426 macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2011
    Not so much the case with Macs, but you should still use the battery. Just follow some advice here and here and for future reference, GGJstudios's handy battery guide.
  7. Rolanddes thread starter macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2011
  8. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    1. If the MBP is plugged in and fully charged the battery will not be used, nor will it be overcharged. Moreover, if the battery is still above 97% and you plug it in, the battery will not be charged to avoid unnecessary charge cycles.

    2. I believe there's an option to assign shortcuts in System Preferences > Keyboard

    3. Cmd+W closes the application (equivalent of pressing red X) but does not quit it. Cmd+Q quits the application. Some applications quit when closed. Others have to be told to quit, specifically.

    4. Mac OS has zooming built in. Press and hold Control key while sliding two fingers upward on a trackpad - it will zoom in; hold Control and slide two fingers down the trackpad to zoom out. Alternatively in System Preferences > Universal Access there's an option to "zoom in window"; if checked, the above gesture will zoom in in a small rectangular window like a magnifying glass.

    5. Install Perian for Quick Time - it'll make it much more useful.

    6. Yes. Apple Remote Desktop is excellent. It is smooth and very easy to use. I don't know whether it's worth $70 though.

    7. Um, 50C is not very hot. I have a bunch of laptops that idle (i.e. are just on with no programs opened or running) at 60C. My HP TX2z idles at 65C and it's made of plastic which doesn't conduct heat nearly as well as aluminum. MBPs may seem hotter because they're made of aluminum that conducts heat better.

    8. I use iStatPro dashboard widget. There's also iStatMenus that sits in your menubar, but it's not free.

    9. No. MobileMe is dead. No point of climbing aboard the ship that is destined to be sunk. Just wait a little more. I know how you feel, the waiting is killing me too. ;)

    10. No, partitioning the hard drive will not erase anything from it as it does not require formatting the drive. You can safely allow Bootcamp to partition the drive. You then would be able to install Windows from a DVD. If you have a Windows .iso, mount it (drag and drop into sidebar of) Disk Utility, insert a DVD and burn. Then Use it in Bootcamp.

    11. From what I know, but don't quote me on this, is that MS Office fro Mac has most of the features of MS Office for Windows. iWork is a great alternative to MS Office but, from what I've heard, Numbers (spreadsheet application in iWork Suite) has nothing on Excel.

    12. Yes, totally safe, or as safe as can be. I have upgraded to Lion directly and it kept all my files and application settings. I would recommend setting up backup, however. IMO, when it comes to dealing with all things computer, you can never be too safe.

    13. :confused: You can. If you're using Quick Look however, use Up and Down arrows instead.

    14. Yeah, I've tried Logitech software for my M305 mouse. Some of the gestures did not work with certain applications. Try moving Fwd/Bkwd by tilting the scroll wheel instead; that worked for me.
  9. Rolanddes thread starter macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2011
    Thanks man. But I hope you get that by 50-55 celsius degree I mean the temperature of one of the cores in cpu. Not the heat of the case. Did you guys answer accordingly to that?
  10. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    1. Yes, use the thing, don't worry about it, there's a computer chip on the battery that is there to worry about it for you.

    2. There is probably a plugin available somewhere, I'm not aware of one as I work when I'm at work.

    3. Cmd-W closes the window, it doesn't minimize it. It keeps the application your window was using open though. There is no way around that, you'll just have to kick your windows habits out the door.

    4. Cmd+2 finger scroll does the same thing. You don't need to have a mouse plugged in.

    5. I've never had VLC make me a playlist, you probably have some kind of setting turned on that I don't. I can't help you there.

    6. No idea, don't use it.

    7. Your temps are perfectly normal, MBP's idle anywhere between 40-65C depending on the generation. They can reach upwards of 105C too, don't worry about it, just use it.

    8. I use iStat, it's fine and free.

    9. Don't bother. I personally use DropBox. I might switch to iCloud depending on what it offers once it rolls out.

    10. No, it won't erase anything. But you'll need to run windows 7, XP and Vista are no longer supported by bootcamp since this generation MBP came out.

    11. The user interface and the keyboard shortcuts are completely different, but the functionality is there. I don't think excel for mac supports macros.

    12. Yeah, that's about it. It allows you to install the OS without touching the documents and applications.

    13. You can with quickview, click on a picture and press space.

    14. I don't think finder supports third party input devices. I have a magic mouse and it won't go back and forward between windows either, neither does my trackpad, this is normal(but unfortunate) behaviour.

    15. There is no equivalent to the good old alt-tab in windows in OS X, you'll have to live with that unfortunately. Don't buy a mac expecting it to be exactly the same as your PC, you'll be disappointed.
  11. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    The CPU cores are usually of the highest temperature - higher than HDD, heat sink or the enclosure. As said above, my HP TX2z idles at 62C (at its 2 cores), so temps in mid 50s aren't out of the ordinary when doing basic tasks.
  12. Rolanddes thread starter macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2011
    Again thank you guys all. I really apreciate you answers.
  13. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    1- Don't do that. Just leave it plugged in when you can. Leaving it plugged in past when the charger turns green doesn't do any damage, and it's better for the battery because you're not constantly cycling it.

    7- your computer has enough power to heat steam for a nuclear reactor. 50 is perfectly acceptable.

    8- iStat (or iStat pro if you want it on the dashboard

    11- I like office for mac better, personally.

    15- cmd-tab cycles between open programs, not windows. if you havre another window of the same program open, it won't pull the one off the dock. that's been an annoyance for a while, and it used to be you could use expose (F3 button on keyboard or 3 finger swipe up) and it would show minimized windows. But, in 10.7 Lion, with mission control, it doesn't do this anymore. which drives me nuts, and i hope apple fixes it with an update.

    Welcome to OSX :cool:
  14. Rolanddes, Sep 4, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2011

    Rolanddes thread starter macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2011
    I really am welcome. Other than a few annoyances for a long time win user, mac os is pretty easy and cool

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