Buying macbook this week...What should I tweak?

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Post by touring » Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:48 pm

Removing the kext will not make your macbook run at full speed, it will run au 1.67 GHz fixed I think. The only way I have found to run my macbook at 2 GHz fixed is with coolbook (www.coolbook.se). It's nice because you can change the speed whenever you want to whatever you want.

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Post by fatrabbit » Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:57 pm

I'd like to know what Widgets Terekith is using too..

Most people have probably got the stat one - iStat Pro..

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Post by nobbystylus » Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:59 pm

i find for live gigs i like to turn off networking, in system preferences.. particularly Airport, but thats about it really..

Extra Ram does most of the job for you really...
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Post by build_a_huge_bear » Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:26 pm

always tweak the warranty setting before you buy!

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Post by zappen » Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:33 pm

sqook wrote:There's at least one tweak worth performing, and that's removing /System/Library/Extensions/IOPlatformPluginFamily.kext. This will disable speedstepping on your mac, meaning that it will always run at the full CPU clock speed.

Of course, this will effect your battery power, but if performance is more important to you, then that doesn't really matter...
sppedstep is made to increase the cpu frequency on demand, what you think to gain by disabling it?

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Post by huffcw » Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:56 pm

I am not currently using a Mac for audio, but, just as you would on a Windows machine, I would expect that you should turn off any devices you are not using (e.g., wireless networking, bluetooth, ethernet, iSight camera, etc.) to free up system resources that may get diverted to those devices and avoid potential conflicts with your audio hardware.

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Post by Tarekith » Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:26 pm

One is from BigBlueLounge.com, and the others are here:

http://www.henrybourne.co.uk/widgetSite/

I got the guitar chord one via Apple's widget site, I don't remember what it's called and there's no website info on the back.

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Post by touring » Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:01 pm

zappen wrote:sppedstep is made to increase the cpu frequency on demand, what you think to gain by disabling it?
Speedstep is not perfect and has its side effects. By disabling it you gain stability, no unexpected clicks and pops due to a sudden increase in cpu (a new track starts and has lots of plugs...) And also, you actually get to know how much processing power you have left.

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Post by freqn » Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:27 pm

Awesome. You've all been helpful. It looks like I will be getting it on Friday. Feels nice to finally be able join the apple ranks. Keep posting.

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Post by john gordon » Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:31 pm

radialson wrote:Awesome. You've all been helpful. It looks like I will be getting it on Friday. Feels nice to finally be able join the apple ranks. Keep posting.
congrad!!!!! :wink:

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Post by kcp » Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:08 pm

I love my MB C2D. Be sure to enable two-finger scrolling/click in sys prefs. It rocks in general, but especially so in Live. Expose is way cool too.

If you want to recover some disk space eaten up by the OSX default install, you can get rid of about of gig of iDVD templates and Garageband loops (unless you want to keep those for Live!) You can also use a utility called Monolingual to delete tons of foreign langugage localizations and unwanted printer drivers.

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Post by Pitch Black » Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:50 pm

Get SoundSource, a free app that sits in your menu bar and allows one-click switching between your Mac's built-in audio ins and outs and your external soundcard (without having to delve into system prefs) Very handy!

http://www.rogueamoeba.com/freebies/
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Post by krank » Thu Feb 08, 2007 12:09 am

Not meaning to do a thread hijack, but does anyone know if frequent (2-3 x daily) restarts will wear a Macbook out?

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Post by aisling » Thu Feb 08, 2007 1:56 am

Tarekith wrote:One is from BigBlueLounge.com, and the others are here:

http://www.henrybourne.co.uk/widgetSite/

I got the guitar chord one via Apple's widget site, I don't remember what it's called and there's no website info on the back.
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Post by womoma » Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:29 am

Tarekith wrote:One is from BigBlueLounge.com, and the others are here:

http://www.henrybourne.co.uk/widgetSite/

I got the guitar chord one via Apple's widget site, I don't remember what it's called and there's no website info on the back.
Cheers!

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