Windows issue on Mac and restore question

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  1. pb1300 macrumors 6502a

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    So I run bootcamp, and switch over to Windows to watch some streaming videos. The issue am having is that when the windows media player opens the link, I get perfect sound, but the stream is mostly blue. Anyone have any thoughts on that?

    The second thing is...can I back up all the apps I have installed on my Mac before I do a restore, or do I have to reinstall everything? Thanks for the help!
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    The problem is probably that Windows Media Player doesn't support the video codec. Does it work with other video streams? Is it up-to-date?

    That varies from app to app. Most Mac apps are installed by dragging the file into /Applications, and those can be backed up by copying them wherever you like. Applications with their own installers probably can't.

    However, if you elect to run an archive & install with the "preserve users and network settings" option selected, all of your data will be carried over unaffected —*including your applications.
     
  3. pb1300 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly, I never tried it with other streams. I just tried it with myp2p, to watch MLB games here in Europe.

    The reason I want to do the restore is because Im getting some reaccuring freezes once in a while, requiring me to restart my iMac. I figured that if I time machine my iMac, I will get the problems still, so I was thinking about a restore to give it a fresh start. I just didnt know the procedure about keeping my apps.
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    If you're going to reinstall, try archive & install before you do anything more drastic. It's a lot easier, and if you still have problems, you can still wipe the slate clean.
     
  5. pb1300 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You know what guys...I have photoshop and some other programs installed on my iMac, but I dont really use them all that much. I have one of the early 06 iMacs (max 2gb ram one), and I have been having many problems lately. Like I said it earlier, the computer will freeze on an average of once a day, and I get some horizontal lines on the screen, and some picture distortion as well. I am hoping that a full restore will fix the problem. I have a late 08 13" UMB, so I can use that for photoshop and whatnot, and I can just use my iMac for pics/music/surfing and stuff like that. I just need to make sure that I can save my files, favorites, and most of the apps I want, so that is where I was looking for help.

    So regarding iphoto and itunes, I can just go into the preferences and change it to my external drive, then back them up there right? And if I back it up that way, and restore both apps when I restore my imac, will all my "top rated" songs still be there, or do I have to do that all over again? And will I have any issues with syncing my iphone?

    One other question...should I wait till Snow Leopard comes out, go through that update, and see if any positives come out from it, or do the archive & install now, and deal with the Snow Leopard upgrade later?

    Thanks for the reply so far guys!
     
  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    I hate to say this, but that sounds like a hardware problem to me.

    Regardless, try an archive & install first before you do something more extreme.
     
  7. pb1300 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I figured that is the problem. I dont think the a&i will fix the video issue, but I am hoping that it will take care of the freezing.
     
  8. donuttakedonuts macrumors regular

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    Probably a hardware problem. iMacs have MAD hardware problems because of heat issues.
     

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