Consider the new MBP with Retina ! Need expert advice.

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  1. mydave

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    Hi all,

    I know this is the iPad forum, but I am certain that there are many MBP experts around. Beside, I'm much reluctant to register in another Apple forum, new guy in town, etc . . . So, here is goes:

    I use windows for PC, Laptop and Server. At the moment, I'm seriously considering the new MBP with Retina. The hesitation ? Whether or not, and how well it would connect & browse the window server. I googled and found bit and piece, not enough to give me a comprehensive understanding. (i.e if it connects, all files and folders must not have space in names ?) . If anyone has experience, please share.

    For clarification:
    . The MBP with Retina would have OS X Mavericks (ME864LL/A)
    . My server runs 2008 WHS
    . My other PC's & Laptops use Win XP, Win7, Win 8.1

    Thanks

    P.S. I found a link to some outfit that would provide SSD upgrade for MBP lines, if anybody is interested.
     
  2. giradman

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    Hi Mydave - I have a MBP w/ retina display (bought March 2013); however, I cannot really answer your specific questions (just on a home network w/ an iMac and a bunch of other Wi-Fi devices). BUT, if you do not obtain the information here desired, I would suggest that you join the Mac Forums - been a member over a year (RadDave there) - many of the members and certainly the moderators are professionals, who are very experienced in these computer issues and also 'mixing' Apple & PC products - join up and post your same questions there. Good luck - Dave :)
     
  3. mydave

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    Thanks Dave,
    I'd hope to have some advise here rather than joining another forum. But will browse the Mac Forum as suggested.
    Been enjoying your traveling threads :). Great write-up :thumbs:
     
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    I'm no expert, and I'm not sure I'm answering the question you are asking, but here goes.

    If you want to browse files on Windows computers on the same network as your Mac, you can do it very easily. Windows computers show up in Finder, and you can log on to their shared folders from there, and copy them to your Mac. You can also use them in place, so if you have VLC on your MAC (example) you can play mp3s that are resident on another computer without copying them over.
     
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    Thanks, KevinJS.

    Next questions:

    . Important consideration:
    . . . Do I have to rename files in windows PCs (perhaps server as well) ? I've seen posts elsewhere that said Mac won't work with long file names (?) and file names that have spaces in between (?) example: 'The Sound of Music.m4v' won't work, but 'TheSoundofMusic.m4v' does.
    . . . Can a rMBP display on dual screens thru HDMI port to a large screen TV ?

    . Not important:
    . Can I map the networked folders in the same way as Windows OS does ?

    I know that I am asking way beyond the initial original post, sorry. But hope that you have the answers as well.
     
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    Hi again - keep in mind that the modern Apple OS X is built on the robust UNIX OS and filenames of all types can be handled - check HERE for a few exceptions; but, your example above should not be an issue.

    NOW, there are limitations and adjustments that need to be understood and made when combining NTFS & HFS+ (Mac OS X Extended Journaled) - see the quote below from HERE; e.g. native Mac OS X can read NTFS but not write w/o specific software - thus, you'll need to understand these issues (the post from MacRumors is 3 years old but likely still applicable).

    Finally, multiple 'desktops' can be added on a MBPro - a 3-finger swipe on the trackpad will switch between the desktops (or Mission Control can be used); also, I plugged an HDMI cable into my laptop which projected to my HDTV - see attached pic - there are many other multiple monitor options, but not my area of expertise (again, these issues have been discussed in depth in the forum linked in my previously post). Dave :)

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    Looks like @giradman answered the additional points pretty thoroughly, so I'll just add that I run the HDMI output to my Yamaha AV receiver and from there to TV. It works, and feeds my 7.1 speaker system too.
     
  8. mydave

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    Giradman & KevinJS, Thank You !

    I know that you both have done extensive researches and that took times. I could not have expected such kindness elsewhere.
    It appears that I'm all set. Thanks again.

    P.S. Also thanks to Leelal and Mickey330 for allowing me to initiate the thread.
    P.S.1. Hope that this thread won't get deleted. Many useful info and links.

    Best to all of you,
     
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    We have no issues at all with your thread as the information posted will be of assistance to other users world wide. I supply and support many cross platform sites and to be honest we have no issues in fact using Macs reduces the support needed for companies as they just work. Glad we could assist.
     
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    I'm glad you were able to get the information you needed from these 2 fine gentlemen here! Thank you Kevin and Dave!

    And yes, it is very good info for others to find......we don't delete our threads, especially when they hold such useful information.

    I myself like picking up info on other Apple products here also! I find it all very interesting. Above my head, but interesting all the same! ;)
     

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