5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 30, 2012 5:15 PM by Grant Bennet-Alder
apple id number 11 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

Does anyone know how to determine how or what year my MacPro is? I have had it for so long, I cant remember when I bought it.


In system info it says: Mac Pro 3, 1 ; Quad-Core Intel Xeon, 2.8 Ghz ; 2 processors ; 8 cores ; 8GB memory


I was wanting to upgrade to mountain lion but i've been reading about the hardware restrictions.



Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 8 GB ram
  • 1. Re: How to Determine what year macpro?
    tzbikowski Level 4 Level 4 (1,945 points)
  • 2. Re: How to Determine what year macpro?
    tzbikowski Level 4 Level 4 (1,945 points)

    you should be OK to upgrade



    just folow the steps

    Snow Leopard first - get DVD from online apple store

    Lion via Store App

    Montain Lion via Store App


    You should do some reading on the migrations for each step.

  • 3. Re: How to Determine what year macpro?
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    And a lot of owners of the 2008 have trouble, power and startup issues, and seems that 10.8.x ML is not and does not run well. And going back to 10.6.8 which does and all the problems? they go away.


    Yes you can, but you may not want to or regret.


    And do keep the old system as is.

    Do a clean install on a new drive that you format for just Lion and ML.

    Keep your working system.

  • 4. Re: How to Determine what year macpro?
    Larry Campbell Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Well, all you need to do is to look at what type of hardware components are used in your Mac Pro and that will let you know which…oh wait, no, no that won't help at all. Since Apple has been using the same hardware and components for something like four or five years. It must be nice to be able to sell a 2008 computer in 2013 and still charge more for it than your competitors. I suppose that companies such as Honda and Toyota should still be selling their 2008 model cars, trucks, and SUV's and selling them for more than their competitors who are actually manufacturing and selling automobiles with the newest advancements and technologies. I suppose that this is to be expected in what Steve Jobs described as the post PC era.


    Sorry, but I needed to do a little venting.

  • 5. Re: How to Determine what year macpro?
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,275 points)

    tzbikowskihas the right steps, but there are a few more twists and turns.


    10.6 does indeed come only from the Apple online store, but you have to CALL them on the telephone and ask to buy the 10.6 DVD, as it is "put away" and you cannot just click and buy it.


    You will have to CALL again to get 10.7 if you wish to Install 10.7, and purchase a download code and special instructions for download, as that version is also "put away".


    10.7 BREAKS THINGS. the top 6 are:


    Quicken 2007 * (but there is a US$15 upgrade available)


    Adobe PhotoShop  CS2

    Word and Office 2004

    FileMaker Pro 6

    Eudora 6