The Apple Mac Pro Quad Core 2.8 is a built-to-order configuration of the Mac Pro Eight Core 2.66 – the first Intel-based tower Mac to have been introduced. The Mac Pro Quad Core 2.8 is powered by one Intel Xeon processor.
Apple Mac Pro Quad Core 2.8
Introduced on January 8, 2008.
- Processor: Intel Xeon E5462.
- Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz.
- Processor Type: Q. Core Xeon E5462.
- RAM Type: PC6400 DDR2 ECC.
- Standard RAM: 2 GB.
- Video Card: Radeon HD 2600 XT.
- VRAM Type: GDDR3 SDRAM.
- Display Support: According to Apple’s reports, this model can support up to eight 30-inch displays.
- Resolution Support: 2560 x 1600.
- Standard Hard Drive: 320 GB.
- Connectivity: Standard AirPort 802.11g/n. Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. USB Ports (5). Firewire Ports.
- OS: Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.5.1 (9B2117). Maximum OS: X 10.11.x.
- Minimum Windows: XP SP2.
- Maximum Windows: 7.
- Dimensions: 20.1 in height, 8.1 in width, 18.7 in depth.
- Average Weight: 42.4 lbs. (Weight depends on configuration. The weight specified is for a basic configuration and may be greater if optional devices are installed).
- Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F.
- Storage temperature: –40° to 116° F.
- Relative humidity: 5% to 95% (noncondensing).
- Altitude: 0 to 10,000 feet (0 to 3048 meters).
General Maintenance of the Apple Mac Pro Quad Core 2.8
When you need to clean the computer or display by doing more than wiping it down with a clean cloth, you should follow these recommendations provided by Apple:
- Turn off the computer and display.
- Disconnect the computer power cable from the electrical outlet or power strip. If the display is connected to an outlet, disconnect it as well.
- Next disconnect the display’s cables from the computer.
- Clean the display screen with soft, lint-free paper or cloth dampened with mild soap and water. Never spray liquid directly onto the display screen, as liquid could drip inside the display and cause electrical shock.
- Now wipe the computer or display case surfaces lightly with a clean, soft cloth dampened with water.
Protecting Optical Drive
To keep the optical drive working properly:
- Position the computer so that the drive tray doesn’t bump into anything when it opens.
- Next, close the drive when you’re not using it (do not put anything on the drive tray when it is open,do not touch the optical drive lens with your fingers. Do not wipe the lens with a paper towel or other abrasive surface. If you need to clean the lens, see an Apple Authorized Service Provider for a lens cleaner).
- Keep the computer away from any source of moisture.
Laser Information for Optical Disc Drive: The optical disc drive in this computer contains a laser that is safe in normal use but that may be harmful to your eyes if disassembled. For your safety, have this equipment serviced only by an Apple Authorized Service Provider.
Maintaining the Display
To maintain the display of the computer and ensure its long life:
- Do not press on the surface of the display screen.
- Do not write on the screen or touch the screen with a sharp object.
- If you will not be using your computer for a day or more, turn off the computer and display or use Energy Saver.
- Turn off your display, turn down the brightness, or use a screen saver program that dims or varies the image on the screen when the computer is idle for a prolonged time.
Cleaning Mighty Mouse
You may need to clean your mouse from time to time to remove dirt and dust that has accumulated in the scroll ball area. To clean the Mighty mouse, hold it upside-down and roll the scroll ball vigorously using a clean, soft, lint-free cloth to help dislodge any particles that may interfere with proper scrolling.
A Few Words about Ergonomics
Here are some tips for setting up a healthy work environment while working with the computer:
- Use an adjustable chair that provides firm, comfortable support. Adjust the height of the chair so your thighs are tilted slightly and your feet are flat on the floor.
- The back of the chair should support your lower back (lumbar region). Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for adjusting the backrest to fit your body properly.
- When you use the computer keyboard, your shoulders should be relaxed. Your upper arm and forearm should form an approximate right angle, with your wrist and hand in roughly a straight line.
- You may have to raise the chair so that your forearms and hands are at the proper angle to the keyboard. If this makes it impossible to rest your feet flat on the floor, you can use a footrest with adjustable height and tilt to make up for any gap between the floor and your feet. Or you can lower the desktop to eliminate the need for a footrest. Another option is to use a desk with a keyboard tray that’s lower than the regular work surface.
- Position your mighty mouse at the same height as the keyboard and within comfortable reach.
- Arrange the display so that the top of the screen is slightly below eye level when you’re sitting at the keyboard. The best distance from your eyes to the screen is up to you, although most people seem to prefer 18 to 28 inches.
Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price
Apple Order Number: As a custom configuration of the Mac Pro “Eight Core” 2.8, this model does not have its own.
Apple Model Number: A1186.
Discontinuation: March 3, 2009.
Initial Price: $2299.
- The main difference between the stock model (Mac Pro “Eight Core” 2.8) and this custom configuration is that the configuration is powered by only one processor, while the stock model is powered by two.
- Having replaced the original Mac Pro, this new version uses an advanced architecture with a more efficient processor, a progressive vector engine and a faster memory.
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