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by insane192 / August 5, 2007 12:48 PM PDT

I?m from the uk but I decided to post here because of the larger forum base.

I?ve been looking at medium spec of the macbook pro ? 15inch screen, 2.4ghz core 2 duo, 2gb ram, 160gb hard drive, super drive and NVIDIA geforce 8600m gt 256mb and I?ve got a few questions about it that I need answered before I commit to it.
1. I was looking at 4gb of ram from crucial ? I will be using the computer for video editing, gaming and general usage ? is it worth it for

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Umm... I can help
by tleMega / August 5, 2007 2:25 PM PDT
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I can tell you some stuff about Macs.

First of all, I am using the 2nd Generation of the MacBook Pro, the 2.16Ghz, not the new 2.2Ghz. I have had it for many months now, and I can tell you, it is great for video editing and gaming (gaming works as long as the Halo servers work LOL) as well as everything else. I have done it all with the MBP, so if you decide to buy one, you should not regret it.

I have 2GB of RAM in mine, and I have had no problems whatsoever. Video editing and gaming require a lot of power, but 4GB is a lot unless you are running too many programs at once. I live in the States, so I don't know how much 140 pounds is. Here, 4GB is also expensive, so the 2GB standard should do well. However, if you need more than 2GB, but can't afford 4, buy a 2GB singles memory stick from a third-party vendor and replace one of the 1GB sticks in the MBP. They should be somewhat cheap. Then you get 3GB for nice performance.

Now I don't understand why your current MacBook would overheat and "throttle back". My MBP occasionally heats up on the bottom, but performance never suffers. You could download the iStat widget from Apple's website which monitors all your computer's functioning parts. When my laptop heats up, the fans start to do their part, but iStat tells me how I'm doing. Even if one app takes a lot of power, my MBP still can handle at least two other apps alongside one. For instance, I occasionally use iTunes and iMovie so that I can jam out while editing my movies. I also run Safari to download video and audio clips to add in to the movie, so I end up running 3 apps easily. The third version of the MBP should work even better for your needs, so don't fret.
If your MacBook messes up like that, maybe you should take in to your local Apple Store. I heard from one of my friends who works at my Apple Store that a guy ruined his MacBook by attempting to run the new Final Cut Studio suite on it. MacBooks are designed for more casual use and users, unlike us.

MacBook Pros come with a VGA to DVI adapter. I keep my 17 inch HP monitor hooked up for mirroring so that when someone comes into my office, I can show them what they need on a separate screen, and control what they see. This however, would only mirror your MBP. It would change your screen resolution to match the external screen, and display the same image on both.

If you mean that one image is shared between the two screens, then I do not really know. I haven't tried that yet. I just use this to have a separate display for my clients so that they do not have to look over my shoulder when I show them my videos. And resources? I'm not sure what you mean, but you don't need anything extra to mirror screens and power and performance are still going to be good.

I prefer glossy on my laptops just because the colors come out better on my games and my videos. Sure, light can affect it in certain areas, but I tend to use my laptop in preferred conditions. Matte reduces glare and such, also reducing vibrance, but if glare really bothers you, try matte.

I've heard rumors of a 12 inch MBP coming out later this year (though I kind of doubt it). I've also heard that Apple may introduce a new line of laptops and iPods in December after Leopard comes out. My advice is to know exactly what you want before getting it. I bought mine a month before the new revised MBP's came out, but that;s because I needed it. If you need it now, go ahead and it get it, but just be warned: Apple releases new products much quicker than most companies, so these rumors of new laptops may be true.

I hope you figure out what you need from this. And since you're from the UK, tell Paul and Ringo that THE BEATLES ROCK and that I love the new album (LOL). Yeah, I love THE BEATLES and all bands associated with them. Check my profile, it's funny.

Hope you like your MacBook Pro.

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Sound advice
by insane192 / August 6, 2007 1:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Umm... I can help

Thanks for the advice I think provided I can get myself a monitor solution I will try and gather up the cash to buy the MPB.

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I thought that the MBP
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 6, 2007 5:05 AM PDT
In reply to: Umm... I can help

could utilize the "extended desktop" protocol and not just mirror the desktop.

I could be mistaken, I'll check on it


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Yep, Extended Desktop is possible
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 6, 2007 5:14 AM PDT
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on the Macbook Pro and some even say it is available on the Macbook line.

The DVD to VGA is supplied to get you started. There is also a DVI to DVI connector available for those with digital montiors laying around


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by insane192 / August 6, 2007 7:34 AM PDT

Thanks mrmacfixit.

I'm much obliged to you.

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Extended Desktop protocol?
by tleMega / August 6, 2007 10:08 AM PDT
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You said that this is possible.

Explain please.

I probably have stuff for it somewhere on this huge silver genius machine, but I lack the patience to go through all my files.

Glad to help you guys out.


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It should be a setting in
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 6, 2007 12:05 PM PDT

the Monitors control panel when two monitors, the laptops and the external.

Almost all the Mac's, before OS X, could run two monitors using extended desktop. There were exceptions.


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Aha! Found it.
by tleMega / August 6, 2007 12:42 PM PDT

I found what you are talking about. It works fine; I read the instructions and theoretically, you can choose displays to show different types of info.

You can have one display with just the desktop showing (extended desktop, meaning you only see the background picture, such as the Tiger background most Mac users have come to love). You can assign the menu bars to one display with the arrangement feature as well. If you have three or more displays, you can have two displays mirroring each other while the last one just has the extended desktop.

You'd need some kind of hub to hook up multiple (as in more than 2 displays) screens, but some displays actually have that. My 17 inch HP monitor has a type of "hub" itself. It has the power cord, what appears to be 2 USB Hubs for plug-in-play (if you have a plug-in-play monitor), another USB outlet that my Photosmart printer uses for plug-in-play, and then there are the 2 normal screen plug-ins that most screen will use on PCs.

Technically speaking, if I had a dozen cables and monitors of the same type, I could hook all of them up to my one display that is connected to my MBP and they could all be configured to whatever the user wants.

You can't cross a single image on two screens though. I know that at some basketball arenas, they have moving screens with graphics on many screens that act as one screen with one image. I tried and the newer OS's can't do that.

You don't really have to even open up the display preferences. If you plug in a screen and turn it on, it will automatically turn into an extended desktop display. If you activate mirroring, the external monitor gets the full display while the MBP screen will shrink its screen in proportion to it.

Hope you find what you're looking for, insane.


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