Struggling :(

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jamin., Mar 12, 2008.

  1. jamin. macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2008
    I love my new MacBookPro and I love Leopard..I do, I really do but I struggling a bit.

    I had previously been using Windows for about 10 years, prior to switching to MAC, I knew just about everything there was to the Windows OS but I still hated it and longed for a MacBookPro and the sexy OS that came with it.

    I now have the MBP and the sexy OS but I find myself just sitting there looking at the screen and doing nothing because I get stuck or I am always googling questions and hassling MR without noob questions which I hate doing.

    However when I do find a solution to my problems, I am amazed at how simple it is and pinch myself for trying to make something so simple, so complicated.'

    Leopard is amazing and I do love it but yeah theres so many things I just don't know.

    For instance:

    Keyboard Shortcuts,
    What good programs are available out there etc.
    How to secure my MBP
    Mouse Configurations
    CALIBRATING SCREENS: This is something MR has failed to explain well for the everyday NOOB, no one has told me how to do it yet. No one has showed me how to apply color profiles, how to get a good one.

    Just simple things that I wouldn't of had to think twice about on my PC, I have numerous pages of recommended applications but yeah, thats just another thing to not know how to use.

    I am enjoying the learning experience, its exciting but occasionally frustrating. For pittys sake I don't even know how to right click on the MM, and no one has told me how to enable it in the mouse configurations.

    I love Leopard and my new sexy MAC but yes I am struggling a bit.

  2. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    Explore your mac and try to enjoy it. Maybe buy a book.

    In Spotlight start typing Color... the first choice is Colorsync Utility. Launch it and it will walk you through it, or you can use its Help menu. Why do you need to calibrate your screen?

    In Spotlight type Mouse... You'll see System Preferences - Mouse & Keyboard. Launch it and there's a Help button.

    In the Finder click on Help and type Keyboard. You'll find loads of options.
  3. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    Keyboard & mouse

    Security there are no known Mac Viruses in the wild ( make sure your firewall is on ) if you feel you need a av try clamxav

    calibrate screen system pref>display>color>calibrate ( or paid alternatives such as spyder2 )

    And here is a load of useful stuff

    Oh and enjoy your Mac ( Not MAC ) & always feel free to ask
  4. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    Hiya jamin,

    I hope the differences doesn't put you off, or make you give up. I can understand where your coming from and therefore sympathise with you and others like you. Your not alone in making the switch.. there are many new comers to those forums every single day. And believe me... Whatever question you could possible ask, has probably been asked a hundred times before but in different ways. ;) This doesn't mean you shouldn't ask... Please feel welcomed! Post your equerries, thoughs and bugs.. In helping you, I think we'll end up helping others too!

    I think and believe, the user's thinking and logics between Windows and OSX is alot different... but in MacOSX there's a really useful tool - the "HELP" menu - you can ask your OS anything at all it'll never be tired of your questions.. ALSO, most of us on MR won't either! So don't be afraid.

    I'm pretty sure we're a friendly bunch.

    UltraNEO* :)
  5. jamin. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2008

    Never will I be put off by MacOSX, it is amazing! It beats Windows anyday! I love it!

    Why do i NEED to calborate? cOZ i HAVE AN exteneral screen? and my mbp WELL THE colors looked washed and ewww...
  6. amanda kathryn macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2008
    i was in your boat, i was LOST without the concept of right clicking or F5 not refreshing the page, simple things like that. went in and enabled the two finger click, discovered command+R, and all is well.

    the mac commands seems foreign at first, but become natural just like windows commands were. i use a PC at work and find myself trying to use mac commands all the time. i was working on my mom's toshiba the other night and had a hell of a time right clicking now that i'm used to the two finger click.
  7. jamin. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2008
    2 finger click?

    mmm i guess your referring to trackpad, I havn't even used the MBP keyboard or trackpd yet.
  8. amanda kathryn macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2008
    yes, on the trackpad. the absolute FIRST thing i did when it came out of the box was to enable tap to click, i hate using the button.
  9. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    Yeah, I almost never use the button. Near everything that needs doing can be done through the trackpad.
  10. chriscl macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2008
    Stuttgart, Germany
    If you fancy cracking a good book on Leopard, I can recommend "Mac OS X - The Missing Manual" the author (David Pogue) has written several "Missing Manual" books, and from looking at your list of questions, you would probably find your answers there!

    Here's the (Amazon US) link:

    (I'm in the UK so got mine there); but if you're not in the US or UK, the ISBN numbers are:

    # ISBN-10: 059652952X
    # ISBN-13: 978-0596529529

    So you could get any bookshop to order it. Well worth a read!
  11. sjb macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2007
    In regards to color profiles, try this one:

    Worked great on my 15in Penryn with matte screen. Search these forums for icc files and just try them until you get one that looks great on your screen. You can also use the built in calibration utility, but I had trouble making my whites look 'white' and not blue.

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