Follow these guidelines when unpacking the Macbook:

  • Check thoroughly for damages.
    It's quite unlikely that a box arrives from Apple distributor with major shipping damage, but occasionally you'll hear horror stories from Macbook buyers. Check all surfaces and corners before opening the box. If you find substantial damages, take a few photographs (just in case).
  • Check for all the parts and cables.
    When you’re removing those chunks of foam, be sure that you’ve checked all foam blocks for the little parts snuggled therein or taped.
  • Store all packing materials.
    You shouldn’t throw away those packing materials and the box. Keep them for at least one year, until the regular Apple warranty expires. If you must ship your Macbook to the Apple service center, the original packing and the box are needed to make your machine fly again. Savvy computer owners store their boxes for more than one year. If you move across the country or sell your Macbook, for example, you’ll need that box.
  • Keep the invoice for safekeeping.
    The invoice is a valuable document, Store your original invoice inside a plastic bag, keep it with Macbooks’s original software and manuals, and of course other assorted hoo-hah. Put the bag on a shelf or stored safely in the work desk, and you'll enjoy some peace of mind.
  • Study the Mac’s manual.
    It may contain updated or new instructions. Don't worry, Apple manuals are usually thinner than a normal restaurant menu.  You can always check the latest updated documentation for Macbook from Apple’s Web site in electronic format. (The PDF format is the standard format for digital documents in Macworld, and Leopard can run PDF documents, using the Preview application.) You should keep the PDF version of the manual in your hard drive, just in case.

Powering Up Your Macbook

Your Mac’s power switch is found on the right side. Press it gently to switch on your Mac, and you shall hear the pleasant startup tone that has been a hallmark of Apple machines for so many years. You shouldn't be alarmed if you don’t quickly see anything on your screen because it takes a couple of seconds for the Apple startup logo to appear.

Occasionally a simple quick push of the power button on a few Macbook series just doesn’t do it. Rather, it is necessary to hold the power button down for a second or two before it turns on.  However, if the Macbook ever locks up tight (or perhaps you can’t quit a disobedient application), the power button offers you one more option: Just hold it down for 3-4 seconds, and the Mac shuts off - even if it is locked up tight.

When the Apple logo appears, you'll see a circular, twirling high-tech progress indicator that seems like something from a sci-fi movie. That is the sign that the Mac is loading the Leopard and examining the internal drive for potential problems.  Sometimes that twirling circle may take a bit longer to go away. As long as the circle is twirling, though, a few good things are happening.  Next, Leopard reveals the soon-to-be-quite-familiar background dominated with Aqua Blue color (yup, that’s the name) while it opens certain printing, networking, and file sharing components (and such). Now, you get a more conservative looking progress bar, but it is actually the same. Just wait for about 10-15 seconds.  At last, after a short (but neat) video, you'll enter the Leopard Setup Assistant.

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