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Received a New MacBook Pro and Have a Few Questions...

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NObodE Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 29, 2013 7:32 PM

I am not as up-to-date as I should be with the MBP. I did just receive a new one that I purchased from I noticed it did not come with any DVDs for the operating system, Pages, iLife, etc. like my last one came with.  What do I do if I need to reinstall the OS and I do not have a disk?


what is the latest OS version I should have on the new MBP?


I also got an Airport Express that is working great. I heard about Air Play. I know nothing about it.  How can I learn more about Air Play and how to use it?


I would like to have 16 GB of RAM, and it came with 8 GB. I beleive I will have to swap out the 8 Gb for 2, 8 GB sticks. A good company or online store someone can recommend?


Finally, if anybody can recommend a solid and protective MBP (neopreme type) sleeve protector to carry my MBP in please let me know.  I would prefer a recommendation rather then telling me where to find them. The most important qualitites I would like to have (for my new 15" MBP) are that it is thick or made of a thinner material that will Protect when carrying the MBP around from my office to another floor, from my office to home, etc. I also would like one that has high quality, meaning that the zipper will most likely hold up, it will last and not fall apart, simply put, it just holds up well and protects the laptop, things like this.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,955 points)

    OS X (Lion/Mountain Lion)- About OS X Recovery


    A variant of Mountain Lion 10.8.2.


    About AirPlay and Airplay Mirroring


    AirPlay Mirroring requires a second-generation Apple TV or later, and is supported on the following Mac models: iMac (Mid 2011 or newer), Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer), MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer), and MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer). For non-qualifying Macs you can try using Air Parrot.


    Several Apple Articles Regarding AirPlay


    Apple TV (2nd and 3rd gen)- How to use AirPlay Mirroring

    How to set up and configure AirPort Express for AirPlay and iTunes

    About AirPlay Mirroring in OS X Mountain Lion

    iTunes 10- About playing music with AirPlay

    Troubleshooting AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring

    Using AirPlay


    Thanks to the $15 Beamer, AirPlay streaming is still possible on Macs  that do not support Airplay and mirroring.

    Another solution is the Air Parrot.

    OWC is an excellent source of RAM upgrade kits along with tools and tutorials.


    Personally, I would not recommend covering the computer with anything that might impede heat dissipation.

  • Kalob Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    Congrats on the new MBP.


    Software is now being accessed online through the Mac App Store. So if you ever run into a situation where the OS needs to be reinstalled, all you need is an Internet connection. If your main installation of Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8.2) becomes unusable (and you have a backup of your data on another drive), you can boot to the Recovery HD (a hidden partition on your Mac) by holding OPTION during startup and choosing it. From there, you have some tools at your disposal: Disk Utility, reinstall OS X, etc.


    For the iLife apps, you'll need to be connected to the Internet and then open the Mac App Store. Under the Purchases section, you should see the ability to "Accept" the iLife apps and then be prompted to enter your Apple ID. This will connect them to your Apple ID and allow you to install (and reinstall) them onto this and other Macs through the MAS. Any issues with accepting the iLife apps can be resolved by contacting AppleCare.


    I'm unsure if you can still swap out RAM on your MBP. I have a retina MBP and the RAM is final (no changing it). Crucial is a decent company to consider buying RAM through. I've had success with them in the past and they're price point is great.


    In terms of a protective case, I wish I had a good option. I use a clear skin on my retina but that's not going to protect your Mac should you drop it. It helps fend off scuffs from sliding it on surfaces and, once removed for reselling, keeps it looking great.


    Best of luck.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)

    Hey NObodE, good to see you back...


    No, none of the late 2011-through 2012 models shipped with any discs. The way you recover your OS, now, is over the Internet. To simply replace the System, you'd boot to your Recovery partition, holding down the Command and R keys whilst booting. For a 'clean' install, you'd hold down the Command, option and R keys whilst booting and use the complete Internet recovery mode to erase your drive and reinstall the system anew.


    You should be running OS X 10.8.2 - that's the latest version available. If you select Software Update from System Preferences and have it run automatically daily, you should be in good shape.


    To take full advantage of AirPlay, you'll need an Apple TV unit - I don't have one as my receiver has AirPlay built-in and I only stream music... no video.


    As for RAM, I prefer Crucial - go to their website and click the System Scanner tab - you can download a small app that will send information about your model to Crucial and the website will point to the upgrades that are right for your system.


    I purchased a new neoprene case from Amazon when I got my new MBP - it's made by Case Logic: nthing fancy but the computer fits well and it has good zippers. Not a hard shell case, but then it lives in my backback when 'we' go out.


    Good luck!



  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,955 points)

    By variant I mean it's a special build of 10.8.2 designed to work with the new hardware. The computer will not work with the build of 10.8.2 that is sold via the App Store.


    I don't use any type of sleeve which is why I did not attempt to answer that question.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)

    I would buy the RAM from Crucial - but use the installation videos from OWC or the hundreds on YouTube. The woman at Crucial was just an idiot.



  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,955 points)

    Don't worry about it. Should you need to reinstall, when you do the Apple servers will deliver the version for your computer. One less thing to worry about.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)

    I bought a Booq backpack years ago - it was around $300 then, and I just had a look at their website and they're even more now! But it's lasted me for over seven years. Nah, mine just hangs on back of my wheelchair (I'm wheelchair bound now and my actual backpacking days are long over). I would think that just about any 'real' backpack maker would have a good notebook backpack - Lowe, Osprey, North Face, etc.


    And I love my SuperDrive - use it at least twice a week, if not more often!



  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)

    I use my my SuperDrive primarily for back-ups - although I do buy CDs USUALLY instead of buying digital music (I just rip it to iTunes). I have over 600 backup DVD's now... I keep them all cataloged using DiskTracker, which has been around for years. I just couldn't do without my SuperDrive.


    This is the closest thing that Booq sells from what I purchased over 7 years ago. It's really a 'technology' pack... some of the other major backpack makers also offer such models. Just do an Amazon search for "notebook backpacks" and you'll se just how many there are!


    Continuing good luck,



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