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Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

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I have my new MacPro up and running, but......... it is a whole new world out there. For 21 years I have learned the windows system and I am lost with OS X. Is there a place to go, or buy a book that would have comands converted for the PC to Mac? Like with the PC I can go to My Computer and find all of my drives listed there and how big each drive is and the free space. A book that would give the PC comand and then where to go on the Mac to get the same results would REALLY help me.
Any direction you can advise will be appreciated.
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There is a new Leopard book out Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual

Also check out the stickies on the switchers forum,

http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/switcher-hangout/

and come here for anything else
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When I started out with my Mac, these two sites were of great help:

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I bought an iMac a few weeks ago.

Here's a book I don't recommend: Max OS X 10.5 Leopard by Robin Williams. It's not in depth enough for an experienced computer user.
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Having been around when IBM launched it's very first pc (I had one of the 'up-market' ones with TWO 5 1/4" floppy drives!) I changed to my imac just a few months ago. The move has been almost too smooth to believe. I hung around here reading the stickies and checking out the posts for a few weeks. At first it was like learning a foreign language but once my mac arrived everything just fell into place. Sure there are things I'm not doing as slickly as I think I should be able to so one day I'll buy the Missing Manual book but for now I'm just loving it and would never go back.

I'm too much of a newbie to offer any great meaningful advice but I would say just enjoy the new experience and don't get too hung up on pc ways of doing things.

Happiness is not getting what you want, but wanting what you get.
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^^ I agree, just get your feet wet.

Unlike PCs you are VERY unlikely to mess anything up on MacOS, so just experiment and post a problem here if it pops up (if you cannot find the answer already posted ).

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Try using BootPicker with BootCamp
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It takes a little time and patience, just like it did when you were first learning to operate in a Windows environment. But it will come. The operating system is very intuitive. For me, learning the ins and outs a little at a time is part of the fun. The help features are fantastic.

For me, the biggest habit that I have to change is putting my Mac to sleep, rather than shutting everything down at the end of the day.


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When I got my MBP last July, I didn't need a book. I just got on it and was surprised at how easy it was to use and do things. Like when I used a PC, I still don't use half the stuff on my MBP but that's ok. Just use your MacPro. If I don't know how to do something, I google it, always been able to find an answer. I even found out how to format a DVD using terminal. Very cool stuff.

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thanks to all for the info. It may take awhile but i will get there.
I just put in 4 gb of memory and 750 gb of hard drives and all seem to be going OK
Al
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If you have any questions you can not find the answers to, feel free to ask here and we will all do our best to help.
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There is a new Leopard book out Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual

Also check out the stickies on the switchers forum,

http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=8

and come here for anything else
Good book. I got it yesterday. B & N did not have it in the store a week ago even. Good stuff in this book.
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