Design Integration Laboratory

Architecture 222, 410/510, & 610

Setting Up A New Power Mac 8500 with an AppleVision 1710 Monitor — Fall 1996

These instructions are intended to indicate a sensible and functional approach to setting up your computer. However, the Macintosh is a very personal computer, and many of the details of this process can be handled in many different ways. We hope this guide will be helpful.

Listing of Power Mac 8500 w/ System 7.5.3 Standard Setup -- 96.11.13

Overview of the Setup Process

  1. Unpack your computer, plug it together, and turn it on.

  2. Using the floppy disk that comes with the monitor, install the AppleVision software.

  3. Using the Duckware CD-ROM, upgrade the operating system from 7.5.2 to 7.5.3

  4. For direct networking, adjust the network settings as shown here.

    For remote-access connections to campus by modem, attend a Computing Center workshop for special network setup instructions.

  5. Adjust other system settings for convenient use.

  6. Using the Duckware CD-ROM, install the network or communications applications.

    Test your network installation by seeing if you can access the course home page using Netscape from your computer. If not, check your settings, and if you can't find anything wrong, see Dennis Bishop for help.

  7. Set up a convenient folder structure to organize your files and applications.

  8. Following the instructions and using the disks and/or CD-ROM discs that come with each application, install ClarisWorks, Adobe Photoshop, and PowerCADD 3.0. (You will not have gotten DesignWorkshop 1.5 yet, and we won't be using it for a few weeks, so that will be installed later.)

    And that's about it for now.

Initial Setup

  1. Open the hardware boxes carefully. Remove the major items and write down the serial number for every piece that has one, including the mouse and keyboard.

  2. Plug the pieces of the system together. The CPU mini-tower and the monitor each plug directly into the power outlet. The keyboard cable should be plugged into one side of the monitor, and the mouse cable should be plugged into the other side. The monitor cable plugs into the back of the CPU in two places -- a larger 25-pin video ccable, and a small 9-pin ADB cable for the mouse and keyboard. Be sure to match the little icon on the ADB cable with the little icon next to the socket on the back of the CPU.

  3. When everything seems to be plugged together correctly, start up the computer by pushing down the button at the right-hand top corner of the keyboard, and start up the monitor by pressing the round button at the bottom right-hand corner of the monitor.

  4. The first time you start your computer, when it is just done booting up a colored dialog box will appear on the screen with a notice about the energy saver system built in to the computer. We recommend that you take a moment right away to click on the Specify Settings button, and change the saver setting so it only puts your system to sleep, rather than shutting it down altogether. To make this setting, just click on the little checkbox labeled "Shutdown Instead of Sleeping" to uncheck it. Then close the dialog box.

  5. Unless you are already very familiar with working with the Macintosh computer, you should go through the built-in tutorial for a fast and very useful introduction to your machine. Even if you already know something about Macintosh, we strongly recommend going through the whole tutorial. We'll be using the terminology from the tutorial every day in the Architecture 222 course, so it pays to know it cold.

    To start up the tutorial, pull down the Help menu, which is at the question mark icon near the top right corner of the computer screen. Pull down to highlight the item "Macintosh Tutorial" and then release the mouse button. The tutorial will take you from there.

  6. —   Macintosh Tutorial   —

  7. After you've finished with the tutorial, you can continue to set up your computer and install the application software we'll be using.

Monitor Software

Your AppleVision monitor works with your computer at many resolutions. The default resolution is 640x480 pixels, which is pretty coarse for a 17" screen. To be able to set the monitor to a higher resolution, which is generally best for graphics work, you'll need to install some software which came with the monitor. Since this might be your first Macintosh software installation, we'll go through the steps one by one.

  1. Look in the information packet that comes with the monitor, and find the floppy disk called "AppleVision Software".

  2. Push the floppy disk gently all the way into the floppy disk slot on the CPU tower, metal part first. After a moment a window should appear on your screen, with an icon on the right labeled "Installer".

    Screen Shot

  3. Double-click on the Installer icon to start the installation running. (If you don't know what double-clicking is, you probably skipped the Macintosh Tutorial. If so, now would be a good time go back and do it!)

  4. When the Installer application, has finished starting up, a window will apear with several options.

    In this isyaller window, click once on the Install button to begin installing.

  5. Floppy disk drives are pretty slow, so the installation will take a few minutes to run. When the process is complete, it will tell you so with another dialog box.

    In this dialog box, click on the Restart button to let your computer restart and finish the process.

  6. When your computer has booted up again, use the "Control Strip" shortcut tool to reset the resolution and color depth for your monitor.

    Control Strip

    Each icon in the Control Strip has a little pop-up menu. Use the little checkboard screen icon to set the resolution to "1024 x 768, 75hz", and then use the little color spectrum screen icon to set the color depth to "Thousands of Colors".

  7. Now your monitor setup is complete, so you can go on to the rest of the overall computer setup process.

System Upgrade to 7.5.3

  1. Get out your Duckware CD-ROM disc and put it into the CD-ROM drive of the Mac.

  2. Find the right system upgrade installer:

    The CD-ROM icon should appear on the desktop of your Mac, generally near the top right-hand corner of the screen. Double-click on the CD-ROM icon to see the top level directory of the disc.

    Then double-click on the folder Macintosh System Software to open it, and then click on the folder System 7.5.3 to open it. Finally, double-click on the folder Install System Software to open it.

  3. To actually begin the upgrade installation, double-click on the Install System Software icon.

    The installer will start up, and after you click through any introductory screens, you'll see the main installer window as shown below.

    System 7.5.3 Installer

  4. Click Install to run the installer as you did to intall the AppleVision software, and restart the computer as required when the installer has completed.

Direct Ethernet Network Settings

  1. When your system has been upgraded to 7.5.3 (or higher), you can go on to network setup.

    First, pull down the Apple menu, and open the Chooser.

    Apple Menu - Chooser

  2. You should see the Chooser window. Click on the Active radio button to turn on AppleTalk, as shown below. Then close the Chooser by clicking in the window's close box (in the top left corner).

    Chooser for AppleTalk

  3. Now, pull down the Apple menu to Control Panels > AppleTalk to open the AppleTalk control panel.

    AppleTalk Control Panel

    Set the upper pop-up menu to Ethernet, and set the lower pop-up menu to "AAA Pacific" (for 132 Pacific Hall), or to whatever zone on the menu reflects the location of your computer. Then close the AppleTalk control panel, being sure to Save the settings.

  4. Now, pull down the Apple menu to Control Panels > TCP/IP to open the TCP/IP control panel.

    TCP/IP Control Panel

    Set the upper pop-up menu to Ethernet, and set the lower pop-up menu to "Using "DHCP"" (which is a form of automatic network addressing). Then close the TCP/IP control panel, being sure to Save the settings.

  5. If everything is correct, your computer should now be "on the network". An easy way to test this to open the Chooser again, and check whether the Network Zones are being displayed in a third window area on the lower right-hand side of the Chooser.

    TCP/IP Control Panel

    If you see the zones, including for instance AAA Pacific as shown, then your network connection is good. If it isn't, go back to the top of this Network Settings section, and go through each setting again.

    * * If you go through all these network settings two or three times and still don't get zones, you should see Dennis Bishop for help.

  6. To complete the network setup process, you should select a printer, again using the Chooser, which you use on the Mac to connect to many kinds of networked devices. Pull down the Apple menu again and re-open the Chooser.

    Choosing a Printer

    The first time you choose a printer, you need to click in four places:

    1. In the top left area, click on the "LaserWriter 8" driver icon.
    2. In the lower left area, click on the "AAA Lawrence" zone name.
    3. In the top right area, click on the printer name "283-DCL LW Pro".
    4. Then finally, click on the Setup button, and your computer will read the characteristics of the printer and get ready to print to it.

    Then close the Chooser again, and you're done with general network setup at the system level.

Adjust System Settings

There are several system settings I recommend to tune your Mac for this course. These are listed by Control Panel -- all the Control Panels can be accessed through the Apple memnu Control Panels item.

  1. Date & Time -- Make sure that the date, time, and time zone are all set correctly. Note whether daylight savings tme is in effect. Do not turn on disply of seconds for the menubar clock!

  2. Energy Saver -- This should be on, so your system will sleep when not being used, but not so it actually shuts down unless you tell use the Shutdown command.

  3. Mouse -- After a while, when you've gotten used to handling the mouse, you'll probably want to use the Mouse control panel to speed up both the mouse and the double-click speed.

  4. Sharing Setup -- Don't turn on Sharing Setup until you've really read about it in your User Guide. If you do turn it on, use your on family name in the "Macintosh Name" so we can tell who's doing what on the network, and be sure to use a secure password. Do not turn on Program Linking.

  5. Users and Groups -- If file-sharing is on, you can create accounts so other people can log onto your machine. DO NOT accidentally or on purpose allow the guest account to connect to anything besides one special folder, if that.

  6. Views -- I find it very helpful to make several changes in the Views control panel.

    1. Set the icon size to the middle-size icon. This will make your Finder file list windows much more informative and cool-looking.

    2. Avoid checking on "Calculate folder sizes". This will slow down your whole computer.

    3. Do check on "Show disk info in header". This will help you keep track of what's going on.

    4. Uncheck "Show label", because most people don't read the labels, so the just take up room in the Finder list windows.

There are many other system adjustments you can make, but the defaults for them are probably fine, and cahning them around is mostly a matter of taste.

Install Network Applications

The software you'll use for web browsing and sending and receiveing e-mail from you own machine is all available in one installer on the Duckware CD.

  1. From the top level of the CD, open the Network Software folder, and inside it, open the Network Applications Installer folder.

  2. Double-click on the Network Applications Installer icon to start the installation. Click the Continue button twice, and the installer will put all the software in a new folder on your hard disk called Network Applications button.

  3. I prefer to call this folder Communications, so I would change the folder name right away. To do this, click once on the folder name itself. It will highlight, and then you can type it a new name. To finish the new name, either type [return] or just click anywhere else.

  4. Some of these applications may require some special settings of their own for smooth functioning. These special application settings are still being documented, but here's a start to work with:

    1. Netscape Navigator

      The most important thing to set up in Netscape is the "home" location for your browser. To set up the Architecture Department foyer page as your browser's home, pull down the Options menu to the General Preferences... item. This will open a complex settings window with many options. All you need to do, however, is make sure that the radio button is highlighted next to "Home Page Location:", and then enter this exact text in the field:
      Then click the Apply button to save the setting and close the window.

      You may also want to establish the Netscape Mail and News Server settings. Use the Options menu Mail and News Preferences... command to open the settings window, and set according to these illustrations:

      Settings for the Servers tab.
      Settings for the Indentity tab.

Set Up Folder Structure

Over this and future terms, you'll be producing a lot of work on your computer. One project you do might involve dozens of files, so it really pays to start now to define a clear structure for organizing things.

The structure I'll describe is what I've come up with for my own projects, from working with many different computers since about 1970, and from working with Macs extensively since 1988. This is what I use to make it easy for me to juggle several different computers with around 10,000 files on each, so I can sit down and get to work on any project without spending a lot of time hunting for my work.

  1. First, I set up a few standard major folders at the top level of the hard disk, and I always keep them in the same graphic arrangment. The "System Folder" is required and important, so it stays in the top left corner of the Finder window. I add "Utilities", "Communications" ( which we already made above), "Applications", and then various document folders by job, course, project, etc, as convenient.

    Then I put the "Apple Extras" and left-over Apple installation read-me files into the Utilties folder, just to get them out of the way.

    [ future illustration ]

  2. Then I create aliases for a few key folders, the System Folder, Communications, and Applications, and I move these aliases into the Apple Menu Items folder inside the System Folder. This let's me open any of the applications right from the Apple menu.

    [ future illustration ]

  3. And I make some new special folders inside the System Folder to help keep the system software parts organized exactly right, Control Panels-Disabled, and Extensions-Disabled.

  4. Then, when I start a new major project, I usually create a new folder to hold the working documents for that project, in most cases keeping the documents spearate from the applications.

    Some applications work best or more easily when their files are in the same place, so that calls for a different approach sometimes.

Install Application Software

Open each software package, and follow the instructions included.

I strongly recommend that you use a pen or marker to label each and every item that comes in the software box with your name and the date, for future reference and identification. I also recommend that you write the software serial number inside the cover of each volume of the user manual, so you have it available if you ever need to call for techincal support, or in case your disks get lost.

  1. ClarisWorks 4.0 -- The standard settings are fine.

  2. Adobe Photoshop 3.0 -- Just change the "Units" preference to "Pixels".

  3. PowerCADD 3.0 -- Download and install the PowerCADD 3.0 Setup Files Package (Version 3).

  4. DesignWorkshop 1.5 -- (when available)

Other special preference settings for various software applications are still being documented, and will be provided if/when necessary as we start each new application during the term.


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