The Mac Pro (3.33GHz Quad Core, Early 2009) is a built-to-order configuration of the Mac Pro (2.66GHz Quad Core, Early 2009). The difference between this model and the 2.66 original is in the processor speed.
Mac Pro (3.33GHz Quad Core, Early 2009)
- Introduced on December 4, 2009.
- Processor: Xeon W3580 (Nehalem).
- Processor Speed: 3.33 GHz.
- Processor Type: Q. Core Xeon W3580.
- RAM Type: PC3-8500 DDR3 ECC.
- Standard RAM: 3 GB.
- Video Card: GeForce GT 120.
- VRAM Type: GDDR3 SDRAM.
- Display Support: Up to 8 Displays.
- Resolution Support: 2560 x 1600.
- Standard Hard Drive: 640 GB.
- Connectivity: Standard AirPort 802.11a/b/g/n (optional). Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. USB Ports (5). Firewire Ports.
- OS: Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.5.6. Maximum MacOS: X 10.11.
- Minimum Windows: XP SP2.
- Maximum Windows: 8.1.
- Dimensions: 20.1 in height, 8.1 in width, 18.7 in depth.
- Average Weight: 39.9 lbs.
How to use Apple Hardware Test
If you suspect a problem with your Mac Pro (3.33GHz Quad Core, Early 2009) hardware, use the Apple Hardware Test application to help determine if there’s a problem with one of the computer’s components, such as the memory or processor.
To use Apple Hardware Test:
- Disconnect all external devices from your Mac Pro, except the keyboard and mouse.
- If you have an Ethernet cable connected, disconnect it.
- Restart your Mac Pro while holding down the D key.
- When the Apple Hardware Test chooser screen appears, select the language you want to use.
- Next press the Return key or click the right arrow button.
- When the Apple Hardware Test main screen appears (you should wait for about 45 seconds, follow the onscreen instructions).
- If and when Apple Hardware Test detects a problem, it will display an error code. Don’t forget to make a note of the error code before pursuing support options. On the other hand, if Apple Hardware Test doesn’t detect a hardware failure, the problem may be software-related.
If this procedure doesn’t work, you can insert the Applications Install DVD that comes with your Mac Pro to use Apple Hardware Test. (For more information, see the Apple Hardware Test Read Me file on the Applications Install DVD).
Reinstalling the Software That Came with Mac Pro
System Profiler: To get information about your computer, use System Profiler, which shows you which hardware and software is installed, the serial number and operating system version, how much memory is installed, and more. To open System Profiler, choose Apple Menu and go to About This Mac from the menu bar and then click More Info.
To reinstall the software, you can use the software installation discs that came with your Mac Pro to reinstall Mac OS X and any applications that came with your computer. You can choose Archive and Install, which saves your existing files and settings, or Erase and Install, which erases all your data. Important: Apple recommends that you back up the data on your hard disk before restoring software. Because the “Erase and Install” option erases your hard disk, you should back up your essential files before installing Mac OS X and other applications. Apple is not responsible for any lost data.
How to Install Mac OS X
To install Mac OS X, Apple recommends the following procedure:
- Back up your important files.
- Insert the Mac OS X Install DVD that came with your computer.
- Double-click Install Mac OS X.
- Follow the onscreen instructions. Note: To restore Mac OS X on the computer to the original factory settings, click Options in the Select a Destination pane of the Installer, and then select Erase and Install. If you choose Erase and Install, you’ll see a message reminding you to use the Applications Install DVD to reinstall the bundled applications that came with your computer.
- When the installation is complete, click Restart to restart your computer.
- Follow the prompts in the Setup Assistant to set up your user account.
If you reinstall Mac OS X on your computer and select the Erase and Install option, you must reinstall the applications that came with your computer, such as the iLife applications.
To install the applications that came with your computer:
- Back up your important files.
- Insert the Applications Install DVD that came with your computer.
- Double-click Install Bundled Software.
- Follow the onscreen instructions.
- When the installation is complete, click Close.
Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price
Apple Order Number: As a custom configuration of the Mac Pro “Quad Core” 2.66, this model doesn’t have its own Apple Order Number.
Apple Model Number: A1289.
Discontinuation: July 27, 2010.
Initial Price: $3699.
- By default, the system is shipped with a single 640 GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive. Still, Apple formally supports up to 8 TB of storage with four 2 TB hard drives.
- Originally, Apple officially supported a maximum of 8 GB, which is how the system was first shipped. However, it was later discovered that the system could support 16 GB of Ram using four 4 GB memory modules.
- Locating Your Serial Number on Mac Pro: Use any of these methods to find your Mac Pro serial number: Choose Apple Icon from the menu bar and then choose About This Mac. Click the version number beneath the words “Mac OS X” to cycle through the Mac OS X version number, the build version, and the serial number. Open System Profiler by going to /Applications/Utilities/) and click Hardware. Look for the serial number on the configuration label, which is located on the back of your Mac Pro near the video ports.
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