A firmware is a type of software that provides control, monitoring and data manipulation of engineered products and systems.

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Copy Crucial SSD Firmware Update ISO to Bootable USB

I want to start with the Crucial SSD Firmware Update and copy the ISO to a bootable Mac USB stick, using a minimal set of tools. I hope that means using only built-in Mac software, such as Disk ...
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Reinstalling clean system on faulty hardware? Suggestions

I have a faulty MBP 17' Late 2009. I can sell it for spares & repairs on ebay for quite a lot as I've found but it has a lot of sensitive data on it and I'd like to return it to a base system. ...
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Downgrading an iPhone 4 from iOS 6 to iOS 5.1.1 using iTunes with a restore.ipsw file

Can I downgrade an iPhone 4 from iOS 6 to iOS 5.1.1 using iTunes if I have a 5.1.1 restore.ipsw file? I have watched this video on YouTube and was wondering if that works for downgrade. I dont need to ...
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What's the 'unique device identifier' (UDID) of a non-iOS device like a Macbook Pro running Mac OS X?

I wanted to know if the Hardware Serial Number associated with a Macbook Pro is itself treated as a UDID, or is there something else that uniquely identifies the device? I'll provide a little bit ...
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How can I boot my MacBook Pro from a DVD to update my SSD firmware

I have a MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 (mid-2011 model) running OS X 10.8.2. I upgraded to an SSD which I bought from Crucial and works just great. Crucial sent an email recommending I upgrade ...
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How to break away from LaCie Big Disk Extreme firmware, for its two disks to appear as two instead of one?

Question How can I reconfigure a LaCie Big Disk Extreme so that Mountain Lion will see both of its disks? Background Once, years ago, I accidentally did something bad to a LaCie device. Where ...
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Names of bootable partitions aren't the same as the names in Disk Utility

We use external FW/USB drives as portable diagnostic and installers and even though the partitions are named and have a custom icon, they show up as "Mac OS X" with a generic USB/FW icon when option ...
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Is there any way to 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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Running custom software on an Airport Extreme base station?

Is it possible to run custom software on an Airport Extreme base station? I've read it has a MIPS processor inside. So, can one put some software compiled for MIPS (addtionally to the already present ...
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I saved my iOS 5 SHSH with TinyUmbrella, and now I have 4.1 SHSH too?

I launched "Save SHSH" from TinyUmbrella (for the first time ever), and now in Saved SHSHs for iPod Touch list i get iPod 3G 4.1 Does this mean I can downgrade to iOS 4.1? How is this possible, I ...
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Upgrade iPad 1 from 4.2 to 4.3 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cannot update iPad 1 to iOS 4.3 or higher I have an iPad one that's being used for development. It currently has 4.2 on it but I'd like 4.3 on it. I've tried downloading ...
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iOS and Firmware differences

Is the iOS operating system the same thing as the phone's firmware? Basically, when reinstalling the firmware (such as with DFU mode), are the system files being reinstalled, or something else? What ...
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Can you restore a phone with an old version of iOS if that phone was never upgraded?

I have a couple of iPhones running iOS 4 that I want to do a restore on. These phones have never been jailbroken, and I'm using the .ipsw that is the exact same version that's currently on the phone: ...
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What does a vanilla jailbreak offer over a vanilla iOS firmware?

Based on my experience for the two minutes for which my device was jailbroken, I saw little difference between a jailbroken device and nonjailbroken device. All I noticed was a little Cydia icon. ...
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What does the “aapl,panic-info” output from “nvram -p” mean?

When I run nvram -p I get the following: $ nvram -p | cut -c1-30 aapl,panic-info %f0%b0;=F%8d%e BootCampHD %02%01%0c%00%d0A%03 boot-image %02%01%0c%00%d0A%03 SystemAudioVolume W The line with ...
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What is in an IPSW file?

I know that an IPSW is an iOS firmware restore file. When you want to install a beta firmware, Apple ships these. This website stores all old iOS versions in that format. What exactly is in an IPSW ...