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Mac Specs: Imac 20", 2.16GHz,2Gb Ram, 256MB Graphic card. 80Gig Ipod

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Hello this is what I purchased Imac 20-Inch 2.16GHZ / 2 Gb SDRAM / 250 GB / ATI X1600 256MB / with final cut express. Should get here next thursday. few questions
1. Once out of the box what next. I know is going to be alot of fun. Do I need anything in order to set up the computer.?? (i keep hearing partition ? not much around virus protection!!)
2. Do i need any software for virus protection
3. Any other set up for system and configuration.

My Mac/SE is a very good computer, plug in add software and have fun.
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I think we have all asked the same questions. We have a FAQ section for us switchers.
I had almost the same questions as yourself when thinking Virus. I found it difficult to get my head around the fact that you can surf and read mail without anti virus.

Well I*ve been doing it since day 1 with my iMac (OCT 06) without problems.Everyone I've asked tells me that I won't need it. However with Mac becomming more popular there may come a day I will invest. It's just that the programs available at the moment tend to slow your iMac down some . The guy at the Apple store here likened it to infecting your own Machine.

You should have no problems . As for other tips Browse this forum. It's one way to pick up tips.

Good luck and Congrats with the new iMac
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Welcome aj34! You'll have plenty right of the box to keep you busy for a bit. Lots of adds could come later to fit your needs as you already know. Glad to have you on the forums. Have fun with your new machine.

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aj84, to answer your questions more or less in order:

1/ No need to do any partitioning. Your Mac is just fine as it arrives. I have never done any thing like to my Mac.

2/ No antivirus is needed unless you are really cautious and want to prove to yourself that no virus protection is needed.

3/ Generally, I would recommend that you pick up OnyX, a free system maintenance app and run all of its cache and log clean up routines about once a week. This will keep your Mac running like a charm.

For other apps of interest, see the Critical Apps section of my Linux to Mac Switchers Guide. Even though it is in a Linux oriented guide, the Critical Apps section applies to everyone. You can find my guide at:

Enjoy your Mac!!!

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