Getting Started with a Macintosh Laptop

Macintosh Laptop Setup Guide for MacBook and MacBook Pro

Got a new MacBook or MacBook Pro? If the answer is yes or even if you are just setting up a used Mac laptop here are some pointers to keep in mind. I setup new Macs on a daily bases and have my own new MacBook Pro 17-inch. The most important thing to remember after getting your new Apple laptop is setting it up properly. Before you get to far past the packaging here area few tips to keep in mind as you set up your new laptop.

Unpacking and Preparing
Carefully removed your new Apple Portable from the box place it on a sturdy work surface and near a power supply. You will want to locate the power adapter and connect it to the appropriate MegaSafe or adapter insert on your laptop and plug in the adapter portion into a wall outlet. Your connector should have a indicator light to let you know that the battery is charging. Connect your laptop to the internet by Ethernet, phone, tethering or have Airport connection info handy. To maximize the life of your battery please refer to my MacBook Calibration instructions.

Recalibrating MacBook Battery

Powering On and Setup
If you don’t already have your laptop open, open it. The latest MacBook line doesn’t have a latch button it will simply just open. Press the power button on the top right corner of the keyboard. Once on the Setup Assistant will appear and walk you through how to set up the basics for your Account. Setup your primary account and please for me, setup a password. I can’t tell you how much trouble that causes when someone brings in their machine with a corrupt or failed system and the password is missing. If you have another Mac and are planning on transferring information from it to your new laptop you can use the Migration Assistant. If you want to do this later you can find it in under Applications > Utilities > Migration Assistant. Once complete repair permissions.

Up and Running!
Once you are up and running check out my tips and tricks to learn more about Mac OS 10.5 and Mac OS 10.6. If you are a brand new users Follow my weekly Mac OS X QuickTips on Twitter or my audio based Mac OS X QuickTips. Hope you have fun using your new MacBook, MacBook Pro or other Apple portable!

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