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#1 2016-05-20 10:58:38

volvo242gt
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From: Duvall, WA
Registered: 2014-05-22
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This may be stupid, but...

Thinking of trading the Mac Pro for a working 15" MBP in the early 2008-mid 2010 range.

Computer will come with an A1048 keyboard, a black Apple Pro Keyboard, a Microsoft Comfort Mouse 1000 mouse, Dell 19" UltraSharp LCD monitor, and all cables necessary to have it running.

It's a bit dusty inside, has only one hard drive sled, and the Radeon 5770HD video card might go for some thermal paste reapplication - getting artifacts if the computer is on for long periods with lots of use.  Also could use some SATA connector screws - previous owner apparently removed most of them, before I got the machine.  Case is in decent shape.  Runs quietly, too.

6GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, SuperDrive, and the usual 8-core 2.8GHz processor setup.  Currently runs both 10.6.8 and 10.8.5

I know I'm going to take a hit, performance-wise, but, I'm ok with that.  I'd like to have something that I can take with me on a roadtrip, instead of having to rely on my phone for internet access, etc.  Also want to have my under-desk space clear again, as well as a smaller footprint on top.  I'll probably be picking up a 500GB or larger SATA notebook drive, so no drive needed in the trade fodder.  I'm also ok with going back down to 2GB of RAM for now.

-J


68K: Q650 48/1.2G/CD
modern: Mac Pro 2.8GHz 8-core 6GB/500G/DVD-RW, A1150 MBP 2GHz CD, 2GB/80G/DVD-RW
Pre-Mac: ][+, //e
other: iPhone 6s 128GB Space Gray

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#2 2016-05-20 17:38:46

Eudimorphodon
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Registered: 2014-09-02
Posts: 524

Re: This may be stupid, but...

What revision is the Mac Pro? Is it a 3,1 (IE, officially capable of running 10.8 or later) or an earlier one with 10.8 hacked on?

If it's a 3.1 I have a 2.5ghz "Early 2008" 15" I'd think about trading, but I'll be straight with you, that means it has the infamous GeForce 8600m video chip. (I have no idea what the actual effective failure rate of those systems are, of course, I have two MacBooks, the 15" and a "late 2007" 17", and a ThinkPad T61 with the same chip that still work fine but, who knows, they may all blow up next time they're powered on.). I bought it as an official Apple Store refurb a shortly after the Unibody models came out and it's pretty lightly used.


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#3 2016-05-20 18:25:28

volvo242gt
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From: Duvall, WA
Registered: 2014-05-22
Posts: 402
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Re: This may be stupid, but...

It is a 3,1.  I had it running the El Capitan public beta last summer.

lol, yup, sounds like typical 2001-08 nVidia stuff.  The Quadro NVS series chips in the D620, D630, D820, D830 Latitude machines were similar.  Had one fail spectacularly back in early 2013.  Then, two other D830 machines we've had were just fine.  Still have one.  Runs a bit on the hot side, due to the older 2.2GHz Merom C2D chip, but I'll be fixing that soon with a Penryn version...  Probably a 2.6, like what I installed in the machine I sold last year.

-J


68K: Q650 48/1.2G/CD
modern: Mac Pro 2.8GHz 8-core 6GB/500G/DVD-RW, A1150 MBP 2GHz CD, 2GB/80G/DVD-RW
Pre-Mac: ][+, //e
other: iPhone 6s 128GB Space Gray

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