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Bonzo3legs 26 Dec 11 - 01:09 PM
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Subject: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 01:09 PM

It is unbelievable that an item costing £500 does not ship with a user manual. Has Apple employed people from the same school of arseholes as Microsoft??


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 01:22 PM

Try here. You can download the manuals. I agree with you. It is shocking that they can't be arsed to porvide decent manuals and their products are so expensive.

http://support.apple.com/manuals/#ipad


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 01:34 PM

Did you plug in the mains transformer and let the battery charge for awhile, before using it first time? Think I did that, tho can't really remember. But as Arthuritis has said, there's a user manual in PDF form. Let us know how you get on -


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Brian May
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 01:48 PM

The manual is freely available from Apple as download and it will open if you wish in iTunes.

Generally, they do come partly charged. Have you held the button down on the top (the other side from the headphone jack?

I love my iPad, brilliant piece of kit.


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 01:56 PM

From manual:

"Before you can use iPad, you must use iTunes to set it up. You can also register iPad and create an Apple ID (not available in some countries) if you don't already have one.

Set up iPad:

1 Download and install the latest version of iTunes from www.itunes.com/download.

2 Connect iPad to a USB 2.0 port on your Mac or PC using the cable that came with iPad.

3 Follow the onscreen instructions in iTunes to register iPad and sync iPad with music, video, and other content from your iTunes library, and with your contacts, calendars, and bookmarks on your computer. In the Set Up Your iPad screen, select "Automatically sync contacts, calendars and bookmarks" to have those items sync automatically when you connect iPad to your computer..."

- - -

PS from BS: When it asks you for your "Apple I.D." (after you've set one up) what it wants is whatever email you've given them for you, plus your password. They don't make it exactly clear that your email IS your "Apple I.D." which gave me a few bad moments, I seem to recall, seeing as how I'd given them my credit card number (which you have to do).


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Acme
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 01:57 PM

I had to go online to download the operating system (Android) and device (Samsung Nexus S) owner's guides. All they included in the box was a brief "getting started" brochure and a much more robust one with the phone company plan for using the thing. Like I don't know they're going to charge me out the wazzoo for this phone already?

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 01:57 PM

(Cross-posted with Brian) Yes, I love mine too. Be sure to check out the free apps - there's a load of them in the App Store.


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 02:07 PM

I would expect that the iPad uses lithium batteries like most similar devices. According to one of the battery manufacturers, Li batteries nearly always are shipped discharged and disconnected internally. The battery "connection" is done automatically, within the battery the first time you charge it, and cannot be turned back off.

Normal recommendation for Li batteries of the size I would expect is at least 16 hours before turning anything on for the first time. Since there have been numerous complaoints about the iPad being a "battery hog," anything less than full charge might present problems with getting set up.

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: GUEST,Lady Policeman
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 03:01 PM

I bought mine from an Apple store and they set it up for me there and then so it must have been ready charged as I saw the very helpful assistant unpack it new from the sealed box.
Got it home and couldn't connect to my WiFi but then realised I had to key in the Wireless key number which is a number on a sticky label under my wireless router (I'm with BT). Since then it's been great. I've even found a free Folk Radio app!!There are free lessons at most Apple stores which teach you the basics in groups of about 6 then you can return for another more advanced lesson later when you've had a play with it.You can book these lessons online at the Apple site. In UK if you want a 3G SIM card on a monthly basis they are £5 from the shop but I think you pay £10 if you renew online. I bought 2 cards and then put them in when I need them, only used two since August as I've managed most of the time to find WiFi. Happy iPadding I think they're great!


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 27 Dec 11 - 03:41 AM

Please excuse a possibly dumb question but, what do you need a SIM card for? Do you have the iPhone rather than an iPad? I don't have or seem to need any SIM card for my iPad, and have had no further charges after the initial cost of buying it (though I use only WiFi). Am I missing something? (Still pretty new to this "mobile-device" lark!)


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 27 Dec 11 - 04:27 AM

I believe they need one of them pesky 'micro sims'


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 27 Dec 11 - 04:57 AM

Interesting comments - many thanks. My wife has told me to mind my own business as she will sort it out herself!!

It just amazes me that apple assume that anyone who buys an ipad will be downloading music from iprunes.

I'm happy to say that my new Windows 7 PC is doing what I want it to do rather than what it (or microsoft) thinks I should be doing!


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 27 Dec 11 - 07:08 AM

Are you sure it's not doing what it wants you to want it to do? MWAHH-hah-hah-hah

Actually, iTunes is a very useful programme which plays lots of free stuff from various places. You don't have to download or buy anything from it. But it costs nothing and is useful to have as a general media player (I prefer it over to the others, even on my PC) and you do need it to sync with the iPad.

> I believe they need one of them pesky 'micro sims'

Not sure what that is...? My iPad2 hasn't needed anything else since I bought it, and isn't asking me to renew or download anything. Is "SIM" just a phone thing or does it apply to other mobile devices as well? I always thought it was only used in phones? OR [lightbulb flashes on over head] does it need a sim card to run via a mobile phone network if there's no WiFi? I only ever use Wifi so just thot of that...


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Acme
Date: 27 Dec 11 - 10:08 AM

A couple of years ago when I added the fifth phone to my friends and family plan with Sprint they told me I was maxed out on phones for the plan. Then early this year they sent out a "surprise! you can add five more devices!" message - clearly they wanted me to add pads that phone home, not just wifi.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Brian May
Date: 27 Dec 11 - 10:37 AM

Well Bonzo, I'm glad you're happy with Windows 7 - actually, had that come in preference to Vista, there'd be fewer Apple Macs out there.

I switched when Vista was the only alternative and they (Microsoft) announced that they weren't going to support XP further (they've gone back twice on that so far). We still use XP in the major aerospace company I work with.

Macs ARE expensive, but they do what they say on the can, I've had this MacBook Pro for 4 years and I'm not even looking at a replacement. I never owned a Windows laptop without getting really frustrated with it (within months), and a glitchy operating system that kept asking me stupid questions at every hands turn.

Major Apple software upgrades cost about £25 or so and are not disabled unless you pay a fortune to have the software capability turned back on. If your Mac has the hardware fitted (model dependent), then it'll work and furthermore, there are fewer incompatibilities (I haven't had one) with existing software/hardware.

So enjoy Windows, (7 is good and reliable), most of us who have switched to Mac, will never switch back to Windows - I think that speaks for itself. Hardware is expensive, software isn't - and it works.

I really hope the iPad is sorted, it's a lovely bit of kit (yes it's also expensive) which works really well and I'm sure she'll adore it.

Happy New Year (to ALL our readers).


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: RichM
Date: 27 Dec 11 - 01:38 PM

Bonzo3legs said on 26 Dec 11 - 01:09 PM

It is unbelievable that an item costing £500 does not ship with a user manual. Has Apple employed people from the same school of arseholes as Microsoft??

Apple would never do that!
...they insist on using graduates of their own school of arseholes.

Apple would be ashamed to be caught imitating the Great PCSatan!


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Brian May
Date: 27 Dec 11 - 02:16 PM

Go Rich . . .

I've never considered Steve Jobs any 'nicer' than Bill Gates, but none of us can deny how brilliant as entrepreneurs they've been.

Perhaps, they set the standard when it came to 'arseholes' :o)

Happy New Year all . . .


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: EBarnacle
Date: 27 Dec 11 - 05:02 PM

I find it inexcusable that there should not at least be a "How to begin using this infernal device" sheet with any device more complex than a hammer.


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Bettynh
Date: 27 Dec 11 - 06:16 PM

Apple seems to believe that their machines are so incredibly cool that they don't need any explanations. With my first Apple, I looked at the mouse and it seemed that the cord should go under my hand, rather than stick out in front. No instructions, of course. So I learned to use it that way, moving the cursor right by moving the mouse left, etc. This was 1988, there was no one I knew that could tell me otherwise. Then I loaded a paint program to play with and quickly ran into "Fatal Error 911." Good grief! Killed the thing in less than an hour! No paperwork to explain, of course. So I turned it off (that's what you do with an Apple II, no rebooting to be had) and when I turned it back on, it worked fine. I've had Macs ever since, and there's never instructions. Apple official websites are still spectacularly unhelpful (they'll try to sell you something). But the online communities that discuss problems will have an answer if you run into trouble, and some of their solutions are pretty great. People have been writing little add-on programs for Macs (and Apples) for 25 years now. This whole app thing seems to be a way for the company to make money from them, and I can't comment on it. The Itunes program works well, and you don't have to buy from them (but do nose around the podcasts - lots of cool free stuff there). I'd love an ipad someday (soon, I hope). Have fun with yours.


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: GUEST,bigfoot
Date: 28 Dec 11 - 01:52 AM

Got an iPad before Xmas - it came, I think about 70% charged.
Battery life brilliant.
I have had macs at home for 10 years plus - Windows at work so I know both and wouldn't have a windows in the house - anyway a mac will run a windows emulator if you really insist or even run windows on a partitioned hard drive

I have always found the Mac to be pretty intuitive so I must declare I always use it first and then use manuals after and never found any general programmes ant trouble to work through. There are exceptions like Photoshop/Cubase where you do need a little guidance.
The Mac progs like garageband have easy start/set up so great to use.

Enjoy


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Brian May
Date: 28 Dec 11 - 02:28 AM

Bigfoot

+1

Have fun


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 28 Dec 11 - 07:13 AM

Bigfoot & Brian:

+2

Happy New Year


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 28 Dec 11 - 11:59 AM

This whole "App" thing irritates me beyond belief - THEY ARE FUCKING APPLICATIONS IF YOU PLEASE!!!


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 28 Dec 11 - 12:04 PM

A Fucking Application, hmmmm... think I might get me one of those...


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Tootler
Date: 28 Dec 11 - 12:16 PM

LOL, Bonnie!

To the OP,
Remember the old adage.

When all else fails, read the instructions.

You just need to understand that manuals are only for use in the case of dire emergencies.

Bonzo,

Stay cool. You may not like it but language has a nasty habit of changing whether you like it or not and does so very rapidly when a technology is evolving as fast as is computing.

I am trying to understand exactly what a Widget is in smart phone terms. I have some on my new Android phone, I know what they do and they seem to be a bit like apps (sorry, f***ing applications) but I'm not sure why they are called widgets.


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Subject: RE: Tech: New ipad - switch on - nothing happens??
From: Brian May
Date: 28 Dec 11 - 01:23 PM

I'll have one of those . . .

One on the iTouch, iPhone, iPad and my MacBook Pro

. . . guess that'll be four then.

I love apps, especially when it winds people up. Makes me realise, I'm not the only intolerant bastard around.

Happy New Year


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