"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-02-2009, 11:26 AM   #1
Everymom
 
Alix's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 23,184
MacBook questions

This is my first laptop so I have all kinds of truly stupid questions. Hope y'all don't mind and will be patient.

#1. When I am working on it, should I leave it plugged in if I can? Or should I let the battery run down a bit sometimes?

#2. Is it normal that my screen is darker when I'm working on battery power?

#3. Do I need to do a cookie clean out on this? How would I do that?

#4. Should I run a spyware removal on here? Is there one as a free download for a Mac?

__________________

__________________
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams
Alix
Alix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2009, 11:45 AM   #2
Chief Eating Officer
 
GB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alix View Post

#1. When I am working on it, should I leave it plugged in if I can? Or should I let the battery run down a bit sometimes?
Yes if you can leave it plugged in then do. Apple recommends recalibrating the battery every 2 months or so. This is more important when you leave it plugged in. To recalibrate, what you do is every 2 months let the battery run down until it goes to power save mode. then shut the computer down for 5 or 6 hours. After that you can plug it back in and use it as normal. These directions are from memory so you may want to do a search on apples site, but I think that is pretty close if no spot on.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alix View Post
#2. Is it normal that my screen is darker when I'm working on battery power?
Yes that is normal. It is a setting that you can change. I am not at my Macbook right now, so I can't tell you exactly where it is, but there is some energy savings setting or something under the settings icon where you can change that if you like.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alix View Post
#3. Do I need to do a cookie clean out on this? How would I do that?
I only do that if I have problems. I have not had a single problem with my Macbook so I have needed to do this. I am pretty sure this is in the settings icon as well though.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alix View Post
#4. Should I run a spyware removal on here? Is there one as a free download for a Mac?
No need. You own a Mac. you can relax
__________________

__________________
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2009, 11:47 AM   #3
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,390
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alix View Post
This is my first laptop so I have all kinds of truly stupid questions. Hope y'all don't mind and will be patient.

#1. When I am working on it, should I leave it plugged in if I can? Or should I let the battery run down a bit sometimes?

#2. Is it normal that my screen is darker when I'm working on battery power?

#3. Do I need to do a cookie clean out on this? How would I do that?

#4. Should I run a spyware removal on here? Is there one as a free download for a Mac?

Congrats on the MacBook. Which one did you get?

You can leave it plugged in. No need to discharge the battery.

The screen is darker on battery to extend battery life. You should be able to change that in your settings menu so it's at full brightness all the time (or some other setting).

Don't know how to clean cookies on a Mac.

You shouldn't need spyware on the Mac.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2009, 11:48 AM   #4
Everymom
 
Alix's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 23,184
Thanks GB. That was succinct and just what I needed. You da MAN.
__________________
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams
Alix
Alix is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.