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Old 04-01-2008, 01:35 PM   #1
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Default Macbook Pro Users Chime In!!!!

I just got a macbook pro yesterday!

so far, i love it...it's this model right here with the new multitouch

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...MBxMD6J/2.?p=0

I am a total noob when it comes to Macs so I just wanted to ask everyone...

What are the best/most useful accessories to get for the MBP?

so far i'm planning to pick up a wireless mighty mouse, invisibleshield, and i already picked up a 22" viewsonic lcd

also planning to get a 200gb 7200 HD ( i have the 250gb 5200rpm)
and 2 more GB of ram to make it 4GB of ram

What are the best/most useful programs to get?
planning to get microsoft xp and microsoft office and photoshop

It came with Leopard I think, and I want to run Dual Boot...anyone know how i can set that up?

Anyone know Mac "secrets"?

Thanks guys
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:41 PM   #2
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mr.wong, what kind of work do you do? that would help in program recommendations.

for dual boot just download and burn boot camp, boot with boot camp, follow directions. id also skip out on the mighty mouse.
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:47 PM   #3
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I'm going to be getting one in the next couple weeks. As a new mac user and photographer, I'm pretty interested in where this thread goes as well...
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:50 PM   #4
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mr.wong, what kind of work do you do? that would help in program recommendations.

for dual boot just download and burn boot camp, boot with boot camp, follow directions. id also skip out on the mighty mouse.
well it's not really for work, i'm an administrator at kaiser permanente and about to be a project manager....

this is more for light gaming (i'm an old school diablo ii player)
photoshop
video editing
maybe some music stuff with ac!d

stuff like that...

where can i download bootcamp?

and why skip out on the mighty mouse?

thanks again guys!
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:57 PM   #5
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:waves:

I have one that I dual boot, using Vista on it about 90% of the time. Core 2 Duo, 2.17ghz, 3GB memory. I love it.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:00 PM   #6
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I have one that I dual boot, using Vista on it about 90% of the time. Core 2 Duo, 2.17ghz, 3GB memory. I love it.
i don't know whether to get vista or xp, but i'm leaning towards xp
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:01 PM   #7
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I'd thought Boot Camp had come with Leopard (so maybe you can find it on the install cd as an optional install)?

As for software, I'm a little biased since I work for them, but I like VMware Fusion (instead of rebooting into Windows you can run Windows (or Linux or most other OSes) at the same time you're in your Mac OS session.

I like Adium X for chat

VLC (www.videolan.org) for general video

Chicken of the VNC for VNC use

QuickSilver for easy access to applications / files

I hate iPhoto though and use Picasa in a Windows virtual machine in Fusion for photo management.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:01 PM   #8
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I have one that I dual boot, using Vista on it about 90% of the time. Core 2 Duo, 2.17ghz, 3GB memory. I love it.
Yeah, I can't wait to get a hold of mine... running CS2, Bridge, and anything else at the same time is killing my current PC laptop.

But mostly, I can't wait to actually have a good screen, especially compared to the piece of ****, fading 4 year old LCD screen I have now.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:07 PM   #9
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As for nifty things you can do:

Hold Ctrl+2-touch scroll to zoom in / out of your screen

You can take screenshots of your desktop / windows with a Command+3 or Command+Shift+3 (puts it on your desktop).

There are 2 kinds of Expose - one for the currently active app (to choose windows within in the app) and one for all apps - choose any window (ok this isn't much of a secret)

Yeah ...
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:13 PM   #10
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good stuff! let's keep it goin!

i know a lot of PC users are curious about this cuz a lot of them are interested in goin MAC!
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:15 PM   #11
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good stuff! let's keep it goin!

i know a lot of PC users are curious about this cuz a lot of them are interested in goin MAC!
Dude, calm down. Both are fine options, no reason to start that debate in an otherwise interesting thread...
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:18 PM   #12
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Oooh fun! Ihave a 1st gen MBP(problem free!) that I'm about to drop a 250GB 5400 RPM drive and more RAM into. I'm just getting into DJing and production so that stuff will come in handy!
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:19 PM   #13
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Yeah, I'm planning on upgrading the ram in mine when it shows up... figure I'll go ahead and throw 2 more GB into it to make it 4GB total. Should be a nice improvement over the 512 MB I have now...
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:28 PM   #14
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Here's some sound advice. Find your receipt and return the laptop.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:28 PM   #15
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Yeah, I'm planning on upgrading the ram in mine when it shows up... figure I'll go ahead and throw 2 more GB into it to make it 4GB total. Should be a nice improvement over the 512 MB I have now...
Did you get the 2GBx1 chip or 1GBx2 chips? Because the MBP only has 2 banks for RAM.

Also, everything I've really ever needed comes with the Mac. The only things I've downloaded that I use on an almost daily basis is:

Flip4Mac (makes it so you can play .wmv's)
Firefox
Office 2008
Photoshop

Thats about it. Boot Camp is already on the computer so I don't need that, and iCal is too.
Basically everything you need is in it already.

Oh yeah, and the mighty mouse's scroll ball gets dirty and stops working, if you don't mind cleaning it to get minimal functionality then by all means use it.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:28 PM   #16
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Oooh fun! Ihave a 1st gen MBP(problem free!) that I'm about to drop a 250GB 5400 RPM drive and more RAM into. I'm just getting into DJing and production so that stuff will come in handy!
you got serato? i'm planning to pick it up too!
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:31 PM   #17
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http://www.mactricksandtips.com/2008...lications.html

There are some good programs on here.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:32 PM   #18
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if you have some experience with linux or FreeBSD, i would recommend macports is like gentoo portage.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:38 PM   #19
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Did you get the 2GBx1 chip or 1GBx2 chips? Because the MBP only has 2 banks for RAM.
Yep, I got 2x2GB chips to replace the 2x1GB chips that I believe are in there. I'll either sell the old ones on Ebay or do something with them...

But, thanks for the heads up either way.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:40 PM   #20
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if you are going to use bootcamp, make sure you do it asap before you go mucking up your hard drive. Otherwise it will not partition correctly. mine wouldn't do it so rather than format the hard drive I just dropped in a 320gb drive and did it what that!

Mplayer is a good media player


also, if anyone is interesed I have a 8gb Lexar ssd express card that goes in the side of the MBP. its like having a fast thumbdrive inside at all times. pm me if interested.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:42 PM   #21
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mr.wong, what kind of work do you do?
He buys used car parts, uses them for 2 weeks, then decides to resell it.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:54 PM   #22
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I forgot

- Handbrake - for dvd ripping and video encoding

- MacFuse to be able to write to NTFS partitions ...
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Anyone know where I can see a list of all the little kick ass commands/shortcuts? (I'm sure a 10 second Google search would find it...)
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:27 PM   #24
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Anyone know where I can see a list of all the little kick ass commands/shortcuts? (I'm sure a 10 second Google search would find it...)
google, use i gogole to get even More INfO!
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:29 PM   #25
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Anyone know where I can see a list of all the little kick ass commands/shortcuts? (I'm sure a 10 second Google search would find it...)
http://www.dailytechnobabble.com/mac...r-macbook-pro/
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