Steps To Take When SR MBP Comes

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by toenexx, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. toenexx macrumors member

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    I was wondering what steps I should take when I first get my new MBP. First of all, I wanna use BootCamp and Parallels. WHich one should I do first? SHould I install Mac software before that? Or install WinXP? Should I do something else before I install ANYTHING? Will I need to reformat? ANy tips concerning great steps in making my first EVER Mac a good experience would be helpful. :)
     
  2. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

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  3. martinelli macrumors newbie

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    I'll also be getting my first Apple computer soon - tomorrow, actually.

    I think the idea went over your head a little (just kidding. ;)). OSX keeps it simple - do whatever you want, it will work out.

    However, let's make a list:

    1) Unbox - marvel at design
    2) Setup OSX, get the base configuration down, get a _few_ programs up and running.
    3) Install bootcamp (although, Parallels v3 looks darn good for opengl. did I read correctly that the 8600m is DX10?!)

    One question for you guys. Should I format right after I get it?

    Regards,
    John
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Install UNO as soon as possible because brushed metal is evil and wants to eat your babies.
     
  5. toenexx thread starter macrumors member

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    Yea, I would like to know too.
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    There's not much point in reformatting a new machine other than to maybe do a customised install and omit some of the printer drivers and languages. Of course, these can easily be removed with a fresh install anyway. :)
     
  7. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    No need to reinstall to clean up your hard drive. I recommend the following steps:

    - use OmniDiskSweeper (not free) or my personal favorite WhatSize (free) to determine what all is taking up room on your HDD and where it is
    - remove GarageBand and iDVD if you do not need them - that should free up around 6 GB right there
    - check out /Library/Printers/ - 2 GB of printer drivers that you may or may not need
    - use Monolingual to remove the unnecessary language resources from your Mac*. Another option is to use Delocalizer
    - lastly, you could always use AppZapper (not free) or uApp (free) to ensure that when you uninstall any programs that all those pesky sub-folders, etc. are deleted

    That should just about do it. :cool:

    * a note about Monolingual. If you are not careful this can seriously screw up your Mac if it is Intel-based. Basically, leave the Architectures settings alone. If you delete G3, G4, G5 then anything which is PPC-based which will try to run under Rosetta, won't. Otherwise, Monolingual is great. ;)
     
  8. MGLXP macrumors regular

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    Yes, the 8600M GT is fully DirectX 10 compliant.
     

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