Extensible Firmware Interface is a specification that defines a software interface between an operating system and platform firmware

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Understanding firmware.scap

So, I recently acquired an old MacbookPro (v.5,4 mid 2009). I decided to create an Arch linux partition, and thus began my adventure... While installing rEFInd (the maintained fork of rEFIt), I ended ...
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Boot menu not working

So basically I can't boot from my ssd anymore. It just shows a grey screen with an error symbol. I can't get into target disk mode and none of the other boot shortcuts seem to be working either. When ...
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If I mess up the EFI System Partition, will Mac OS X be unbootable?

I forgot to make a backup of my EFI System Partition (ESP) and have installed grub onto it. If I happen to accidentally mess up the partition, will OS X be bootable? If not, how would I restore the ...
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MBP early 2011 EFI update

I'm trying to install this EFI Update. Which is for : Mac OS X 10.6.8 / OS X Lion 10.7 and later And I'm running on 10.9.3 but the update installer throw an alert : The update is not ...
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Creating a EFI partition

I have been having trouble installing OS X Mavericks and I think I found the problem. It told me I couldn't boot up with Macintosh HD, so I verified my disk and I got this error: This disk doesn't ...
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Dual boot Ubuntu 14.04 on a MacBook Pro

so after a few hours of Google searching and too many headaches with a broken GPT, I've turned here. I have a 2012 MacBook Pro (9,2) that I want to dualboot OS X 10.9 and Ubuntu 14.04 on. I've read ...
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How do I get my dual boot to behave correctly?

Once upon a time my Mac had only OS X on it, but at various points in history it contained different versions of OS X and several different Linux distributions and their boot menus. I also had rEFIt ...
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Reset SMC: Can I use “SMCFlasher.efi -reset 1”?

I'm in a situation where I don't have working internal shift+ctrl+alt-keys and thusly unable to perform SMC-reset. Related to others' issues with SMC-updates, there are instructions for re-flashing ...
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Corrupted hybrid GPT disk and possible fixes

I have a 17" Mac Book Pro (Late 2011) which have dual boot Windows 8.1 installation via Bootcamp along MacOSX. Prior to Mavericks upgrade I had this disk layout EFI Machintosh (~115 GB) Bootcamp ...
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I need EFI Firmware and SMC for Macbook Late 2009 (6,1)

Like from title. I need to reinstall SMC and EFI Firmware for Macbook Unibody White Late 2009 (6,1), but I don't find the EFI and SMC for my model on Apple Support page. Where can I find them ?
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Impossible install Mac OSX, probably firmware damaged

Yesterday evening I install update on my MacBook Unibody (Version 6,1; Late 2009). The update run on Mac OS X 10.8.5 consist in security update and new version of Safari and iTunes. The update is run ...
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Efi Boot appears on BootCamp page

I'm new in this forum and I hope someone has an answer for my issue. Since yesterday my mac-book pro won't boot in Os X I have boot-camp on it If I turn on normally the apple logo, loading circle ...
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How do I keep the Recovery HD and EFI partitions from automatically mounting on my MacBook Air?

I've set Finder preferences on my MacBook Air running OS X 10.9.1 to show everything on my desktop: I've noticed that storage partitions called Recovery HD and EFI appear there: What are they? ...
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Disable wireless network card Mac OS X [duplicate]

I wonder if there is any way, how to turn off / disable the wireless network interface or driver, so I cannot connect to WiFi from running OS. I have MacBook Pro with OS X Mavericks. The reason for ...
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Mid-2012 Macbook Air, boot directly from MBR not from GPT

Ok, I have an end-goal of using rEFInd, windows, and linux installed on my macbook air. (info here: http://support.apple.com/kb/SP670 ) Windows cannot be installed onto a GPT partition, so I'll have ...
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Set EFI to boot Windows via (U)EFI one time

On my late 2012 Mac Mini, I have installed both Mac OS X Mavericks (with FileVault) and Windows 8.1 (natively, not via Bootcamp): /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME ...
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Late-2013 rMBP able to install & boot Win8 using EFI?

I've previously installed Win7 (and then upgraded to 8) via Bootcamp, but I've been looking around some forums recently regarding running Win8 natively. I now have the impression that the latest-gen ...
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Repeated Kernel Panics & Freezing on Late 2012 Mac Mini 6,1. Help please with the Log

I've had massive problems with my Mac Mini recently. It has been freezing and rebooting after around 10 to 50 minutes use. It's a Late 2012 Mac Mini 6,1 with 8gb of memory. The problems got worse ...
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Apple Macbook Air 1,1 (Early 2008; A1237) microphone problem

I'd like to understand better how OS X handles the microphone pins ( both external and internal mic ) on this MBA 1,1. In particular, there is this .plist which I don't understand very well: ...
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How to pesistently configure a Macmini4,1 to boot after power failure?

I do have a Macmini4,1 (2010) and I want to use it as a server so it will always start even after a power failure. Please remind that I am running Ubuntu on it, not OS X. Still, based on what I ...
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How to transform an Apple Mac Mini intro a reliable Ubuntu Server?

This question is about what steps are needed for transforming an Apple Mac Mini into an Ubuntu server. Here are some areas: installing Ubuntu and making it to be bootable from EFI by default ...
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How to create linux USB discs that do work on Apple Macs?

It seems that there are several problems releated to incompatibilities between Apple-EFI and UEFI that do prevent Apple users from easily using USB drives to install or even run other operating ...
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Trapped: MacBook always shuts down during EFI SMC Update 1.8. Can't boot. How to remove updater from boot routine?

MacBook Pro i7 Mid-2012 (MacBookPro9,2) running Mac OS X 10.8.5: Downloaded the "offered" EFI SMC Update 1.8 through the AppStore Updates. MacBook restarted, grey progress bar appears w/ spinning ...
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How to downgrade EFI firmware back to version 1.6

I'm trying to get a SATA III hard drive to work in my MacbookPro5,1. I think I've finally figured out that if I downgrade the EFI firmware to version 1.6, my computer will negotiate the link at SATA 1 ...
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Unsupported hack or workaround to get 64-bit OS X to install on a MacBook Pro having only 32-bit EFI?

I want to install the 64-bit OS X 10.7 on my MacbookPro 2,1, which has a 64-bit processor, but only 32-bit EFI and Kernel Boot mode. I know that this is not officially supported, but I assume there ...
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My CPU is running slow after a system restore (4x0.8 GHz). Turbo Boost is definitely not working. And how can I fix it?

Last weekend, my Macbok Air suffered a heart attack and I ended up doing several hard shutdowns due to an unresponsive system. In the end I had to do a full system restoration. Everything is working ...
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What does boot.efi actually do?

I understand that when a Mac's EFI system runs, it locates the file boot.efi in the /System/Library/CoreServices/ (blessed) directory and runs this as an EFI application (subverting a large part of ...
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How to enter boot menu without command key?

My Macbook air has a keyboard issue, the Z key does not work except upon startup where it becomes stuck for several seconds. This interferes with opening the boot menu on startup, because it detects ...
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FreeBSD Install DVD corrupted my Mac OS X harddisk

Recently, I have tried a FreeBSD 7.4 i386 Install DVD, just to see some screens of FreeBSD on my Mac mini Intel 2006. I was going to see (to remember) just several dialog screen of and perhaps I would ...
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Where is the EFI stored on the macbook and is it possible to restore a previouse EFI firmware version?

I recently upgraded my macbook pro 2008 (not unibody, running 10.6.8) to mountain lion. Directly after the upgrade finished the machine ran smoothly. But after a reboot it does not boot at all (no ...
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How do I install Linux on a late 2012 mac mini?

I installed a 2nd hard drive in my late 2012 mac mini. This hard disk had Mint Linux - 12 on it (Installed when it was in a different computer). Pressing the Option showed me two additional hard disks ...
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Is a hardware-based full disk encryption possible on a Mac?

Is it possible to use hardware-based full disk encryption (perhaps on a Samsung 840 Pro SSD) on a Mac, specifically a Macbook Pro 8,2? If so, how? My understanding is that this will be handled in the ...
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“No Bootable Device” after failed Boot Camp installation (Windows 8 - 1TB Fusion Drive)

On my new iMac /w a 1TB Fusion Drive, I tried to install Windows 8 (still technically unsupported) using the following method: ...
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OS X Mountain Lion does not boot after the creation of a Fusion Drive

I have followed a guide to set up the core storage logical volume to use one SSD and one HDD. Since then, I have encountered multiple errors such as: 69822 Couldn’t rediscover disk after operation ...
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If MacbookPro has BIOS emulation, why the need for ELILO for Linux?

I'm not fully versed in how the EFI booting process happens. If I want to install Linux in a partition formerly used by Windows, why can I not simply use LILO, installing the boot section in the ...
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Mountain Lion, EFI and Intel SSD Toolbox

Here's the problem: I want to do a clean install of Mountain Lion on my (custom) Intel 520 SSD inside my iMac. The first time this SSD was setup, it was done by a certified Apple Retailer. This ...
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Replacing OS X with Linux or Unix, and making the switch to Tiling Window Managers

I have a Macbook Pro 8,2 and really want to make the switch to something a little less stubborn and a little more flexible than the proprietary Mac OS X. I am a bit frustrated with MacPorts lately and ...
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How to fix broken EFI partition?

I have an iMac running OSX Lion. I also installed bootcamp and Windows 7. During the install of Windows 7 I wasn't paying complete attention and deleted and formatted the EFI partition. I didn't ...
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How to clean boot menu and check/clean mbr

I had successfully installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my mac mini (bootcamp install) but Windows crashed during the upgrade to Release Preview and I removed it a result. But there seem to be some ...
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Manually bless firmware when main disk is external

My iMac (mid 2010) keeps pestering me to upgrade my EFI firmware to 1.8. Sadly, no matter how many times I try to to upgrade the EFI (from the manual install, or the auto update), it does not seem to ...
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How can I boot a 2012 Mac Mini off of a USB thumbdrive with CentOS on it?

I have a 2012 Mac Mini running OS X 10.7.3. On another PC, I have created a USB boot disc with CentOS 6.2 on it. The goal was to install CentOS onto the Mini. The USB drive is MBR partitioned and ...
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What can slow down/How can I speed up the pre-kernel boot steps?

I've got a late 2007 Macbook Pro with 4 GB of RAM and an SSD. I am running Boot Camp and have an OptiBay. I have partitioned the SSD and secondary drive to devote half of each to Lion and half to ...
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Why I can't get out of EFI firmware update 2.7 on my MacBook Pro?

Performing the EFI firmware update to version 2.7 these days, I noticed that my 15" MacBook Pro (bought March 25, 2012) resets for five times before booting effectively. Even then, I can notice that ...
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MacBook Pro 2010 won't boot after EFI upgrade

I have updated my MacBook Pro (Core i5, early 2010) with system update to new EFI version, and now after startup it just shows the gray screen and doesen't react on keyboard (just plays the boot ...
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Intel EFI shell on Mac

I would like to try Intel's EFI shell. How can I (build and) install EFI Shell on Mac? I've seen prebuilt binary, but I'd like do build it myself and I don't trust stuff from file-sharing sites. ...
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Why does Disk Utility create EFI partitions on external disks?

A technical told me about the EFI partition that... ...it's only there in case your computer will do an EFI update so the update files can be loaded onto the EFI partition. This is consistant with ...
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Lion won't start after EFI update

I installed the new EFI update for my MBA Mid 2011 (the software updater said it is recomended). The update went fine and restarted the mac afterwards. Then while booting the apple logo turns into a ...
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MacBook Pro will not wake from sleep after installing third party application

I installed an application called Air Parrot that uses air play with an Apple tv to mirror or extend the desktop. I noticed that after I installed it, I am no longer able to wake my Mac from sleep. ...
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How to replace a Mac hard drive with a Windows hard drive and run Windows Vista

History: My macbook hard disk failed after i dropped it and I need to replace my hard drive. I have a hard drive from a PC laptop that has Windows Vista 64-bit installed on it. Objective: I want to ...
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Does the iMac EFI Update 1.7 change how NetBooting works?

I have a NetBoot server to manage all the Macs in my office. However, when I started a weekly backup of one of my iMacs last week, after rebooting and holding N, I saw the blinking globe for a few ...