is not a Leopard Mac. Leopard is the Operating System that runs on your Intel iMac.
I don't see the Day, Date and Time as being a question, so moving right along to Question 2.
Are you saying that you are running windows XP on your Mac? To do what you are suggesting would require two separate computers, one monitor and one keyboard. THe Belkin USB device is probably a KVM switch that would route the output from either of the computers to the monitor. Note, not both at once.
If you are running Boot Camp then Time Machine will not work when you are in Windows. If you are running Parallels or VM Fusion to run Windows at the same time as you are running OS X, then you do not need the switch.
Maybe I have not understood the question.
#3. No, Time machine is not used quite like that. Using time machine you can go back and recover a deleted file, or files, but it is not a System Restore program.
Time Machine cannot be used for a complete system restore.
#4 The DVD on the iMac, Leopard or not, is neither HD or Blu-Ray. It is usually just a regular, Dual Layer DVD\CD reader & writer. A SuperDrive.
Of course, that depends on which iMac you purchased. The bottom end machine does not come with a DVD burner.
#5 Don't worry too much about de-fragging your drive. This is taken care of by the system. Remember that UNIX uses a completely different file system than Windows.
Enjoy your new machine
If you have any further questions, feel free to post them here
Now that I have discovered Mac forums as a new Mac owner I would appreciate any help on these questions:
The first question I was advised that it was not possible by a technician from Mac in Australia. However, Lifehacker gave instructions as detailed below on doing this. I have tried this but cannot get the whole date to appear, and find the dragging / paste part not that clear? Currently I have the day and time, but no date.
Display Day, Date, and Time:
In System Preferences, open International and go to the Formats tab.
Next to Dates, click the Customize button. Arrange your date in the format you want to appear on your menubar. Use the down arrows on each element to choose between formats (January, Jan, 01, 1, etc.) I chose [Oct 29], as shown.
Now, select the entire date format and copy it to your clipboard (Cmd+A, Cmd+C). Hit OK.
Hit the Customize button next to Times. Choose the "Medium" format.
Paste the date format on your clipboard next to the time format, and hit OK. You're done!
Note that the day of the week (like "Mon") will appear next to your date and time by default. To turn that off, in System Preferences, go to Date and Time, and uncheck "Show the day of the week." Thanks, Snowmoon!
Easily add the date to the menubar [macosxhints.co
2nd question. I propose to purchase a BELKIN USB instrument that with one flick can shift between Apple and Windows, it's operated with one monitor and keyboard, and no drivers are required. My reason for this is because I have two separate hard drives on my XP windows - not partition. My plan is to use the smaller hard drive to back up, and the larger hard drive in unison with Time Machine for every day " Complete Backup ." - Would this work?
3rd Question. With Time Machine is there any way I can create System Restore like Windows XP? On XP Windows I used a lot and found it very quick to rectify any blunders on my part. I understand that I have Mac Recovery Discs, just like most new PC's, but from my preliminary reading, and limited knowledge they will not carry out a quick System Restore to say, the day before.
Any information on this would be appreciated?
4th Question. On the Leopard Mac is the DVD Player HD or Blu-Ray? I don't know much about either.
I am a great one for house-keeping, and on XP Windows carried out Defrag with Diskeeper Lite, deleted Cookies, Temporary Folders and History every month, and performed a complete ReFormat every six months. I presume Caches is like Temp. Files.
Thanking all who can contribute with answers.