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    Macbook Pro Care
    Hi,

    I currently have owned my Macbook Pro Lion for about a year and I'm still relatively new to Mac products previously being a heavy Windows user.

    What I'm asking is, "what can I do to prolong the entire life of my Mac?" Generally speaking, I'm wanting to know what things will help my laptop last longer.

    Some things I do are turn it off at night rather than leaving it on standby, removing the charger when it's fully charged, having a hard case for the outside etc.

    Rather than Googling 'macbook pro lion care' and getting hit with a bunch of products I should buy, I figured that I should post here and ask the experts.

    Thanks ahead of time.

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    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    Suggestions:

    1. Download and use Onyx for OS X.7. Version 2.4.7 is the go:-

    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/11582/onyx

    2. Avoid MacKeeper like the very plague.

    3. Safe browsing practices overcome malware and in Safari Preferences > General make doubly sure the 'Open safe files' is not selected.

    4. Use Adblock or similar to keep those pesky pops at bay.

    5. If you run Windows on your MBP download Microsoft Security Essentials, a free program.

    6. If you must run an AV program download CLAMXav also freeware.

    Most senior members here do not run any form of AV software on their Macs as there are no Mac OS X viruses.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blayloch View Post
    ...having a hard case for the outside etc.
    Out of everything you mentioned...getting some sort of external protection is the only thing I see that would have an impact...and this impact would mostly be on the cosmetic condition of the computer...rather than something that would impact the "life" of the computer.

    Although...under the proper conditions...a hard shell case could offer some protection from liquid spillage or drops/falls.

    Protecting the computer from cosmetic damage would be the most beneficial when selling the computer...since most folks don't like buying a used computer (especially MacBook Pro's) that are all full of dents, dings, scratches, etc.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    As above all stated. Keep it away from all liquids! Plus I have a Speck case(satin black) on my MBP. Should the day arise, someone will be one fortunate buyer.
    Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
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    Great! I really appreciate the advice!

    I downloaded OnyX and Adblock, both seem to come in handy. harryb2448, any tips with OnyX?

    Definitely some cosmetic damage to the thing after a year, so I think I will invest in a hard case.

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    A hard case is almost a must in my opinion. I sold my 2008 White MacBook for top dollar primarily because it was in spotless condition and covered by a hard case during the 4 years I owned it.

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    Got my wife a used 2010 MacBook Pro (upgraded from a white 2009 MacBook) a couple weeks ago. The previous owner always had it in a hardshell case (looked pristine)...which is VERY difficult to say for almost any of the MacBook Pro's after 2 years (that haven't been protected).

    On about day 3 of ownership we ordered a hardshell case. It's now been installed...and so it's protected again!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Just run the Onyx programs once a month.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    MacKeepr and AV
    Hello, I was using MacKeeper and made me a caos in my MacBook. The program mentioned above Onyx is for cleanning my Mac from garbage? such as Clean MyMac? I did not understan if I must have or not en AV, and in case i should have one, which is the Best.I shall apreciate your response. Regards to every one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgaing View Post
    Hello, I was using MacKeeper and made me a caos in my MacBook. The program mentioned above Onyx is for cleanning my Mac from garbage? such as Clean MyMac? I did not understan if I must have or not en AV, and in case i should have one, which is the Best.I shall apreciate your response. Regards to every one.
    Get rid of Mackeeper...and use ONYX.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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