5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 29, 2010 1:32 PM by Rocknrollsoul
Rocknrollsoul Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello. Apologies for trying to cover a lot of ground with one question. I hope someone will be able to help me. I've just bought a secondhand Macbook Pro to replace our old desktop iMac before the screen finally dies. Can you tell me …

1. How I de-authorise ir and register it as mine, ie, wih my Mac ID and login. It's supposedly had a clean install of the OS; does that mean it's already de-authorised?


2. How do I move my Photos and iTunes music library into iLife? Is it complicated by the fact it's the newer version of iLife?

3. How do I make it my chosen machine for syncing with my iPhone? Will I lose anything in migrating the iPhone to a different machine?

4. How do I migrate my iWeb pages, so that the new machine uploads to my website?

5. How do I get to keep all my Firefox bookmarks and Address Book contacts?

6. What settings do I need to copy from Mail to get my email started?

Once again, sorry for so many questions. I just want to gt it all set up in one quick hit; can't stand having to work everything our piecemeal.

G5, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • S.U. Level 6 Level 6 (8,360 points)
    Did you get the system and other software discs with the Mac? If so, you might want to just start out by doing an erase and install from disc so that you can set it up fresh. If you do so, you will get the Setup Assistant and the opportunity to put in all your information and register the Mac in your name.

    Are you wanting to migrate Data from a PowerPC iMac? If so, you might want to look at Kappy's guide for this:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=435350&tstart=0

    There is also Migration Assistant, but some people have reported problems when migrating from a Power PC Mac.

    Which iMac do you have and which OS is it running? That would be helpful information for anyone wanting to make more specific recommendations.

    If you didn't get the system discs and other software from the seller, you should request them.

    Good luck!
  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 Level 9 (50,745 points)
    Starting with a used machine is tricky. I think the best way to do that is to totally re-install OS X and start over as if it's brand new machine. You will need the original Install Discs that came with the machine or a Snow Leopard upgrade disc. If you don't have either you were ripped off, you need to get one or the other.

    1. How I de-authorise ir and register it as mine, ie, wih my Mac ID and login. It's supposedly had a clean install of the OS; does that mean it's already de-authorised?



    The best way to do this is by doing a clean install. You need the original Install discs or the Snow Leopard upgrade disk to do this safely. There are many articles on this, here is a Youtube video I located that shows how to do it using the SL upgrade disc.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0K-mD8rAyA&feature=related


    2. How do I move my Photos and iTunes music library into iLife? Is it complicated by the fact it's the newer version of iLife?


    Impossible to say without knowing where they are now. If you have an old Mac the best way to do this is using Startup Assistant which will work when you do a clean install of OS X. Again refer to the video.

    3. How do I make it my chosen machine for syncing with my iPhone? Will I lose anything in migrating the iPhone to a different machine?


    Assuming you do a clean install and migrate from your old Mac this will not be an issue, using Startup Assistant it will move all your data, libraries, applications etc over to the new machine.


    4. How do I migrate my iWeb pages, so that the new machine uploads to my website?


    Same answer as #3.

    5. How do I get to keep all my Firefox bookmarks and Address Book contacts?


    Same answer as #3.


    6. What settings do I need to copy from Mail to get my email started?


    Same answer as #3.

    Roger
  • Rocknrollsoul Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the replies, guys. Mixed news so far.

    The Macbook didn't coe with the system discs but I managed to use Terminal to get back to the Setup Assistant.

    After connecting via firewire, this spent three hours copying files from my old Mac (PowerPC G5, since you ask).

    After filling in the registration for Apple and supplying my Wireless password, I though I was nearly there.

    Howevr, although certain items of software have copied across (Airfoil, Music Rescue) which would never have ben on the new machine, there's no sign of the photos and music which were the main pint of the excercise.

    Am Ijust mising something? Surely hving spent three hours copying files they must be there somewhere, right?


    And if not, what's the best way to get them into ihoto and iTunes?
  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,775 points)
    "...And if not, what's the best way to get them into ihoto and iTunes? "

    Copy the following items from your old Mac to the new Mac:

    In your /Home/ folder: Documents, Movies, Music, Pictures, and Sites folders.
  • Rocknrollsoul Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just thought I'd let you know that I fished around and got the answer from elsewhere. I had to log out as the existing user and login using my old user profile. Everything then was ust like my old Mac.

    Which only leaves one question: will it be my same old operating system in the background (Tiger)? The laptop was sold as having Snow Leopard on, but I can't see any appreciable difference.