New laptop - iphone not updating

hi everyone
i just got a new macbook, and i am trying to update my iphone from this itunes. the phone is showing up in itunes, and says syncing on both the phone and laptop for about 10 seconds, then its done but it's not updating my iphone.
all my pictures and contacts of my iphone are saved on my old laptop and a usb so im not too worried if they get wiped, as i guess it'll be pretty easy to put them back on. i got all my itunes onto the new laptop by an external hard drive.
is there a way for me to be able to use this new laptop as my main one for my iphone??
thanks

There is a very useful thread here about transferring content from one computer to another which may be of help,
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2400666&tstart=0
Th reason that your phone isn't seeing the content to sync across is that its looking in the wrong place for the library on the external hard drive. You will need to tell iTunes which library to sync to, by setting the iTunes preferences in The Advanced settings are and tell it where to find the correct library - its using the empty default one on your hard drive at the moment.

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