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

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Boot MacMini (2014) from USB

Here is the problem. A long time ago, I set my Mac Mini to dual boot (using Bootcamp, but with some third-party repartitioning). I proceeded to install rEFInd, and eventually, to triple-boot. To ...
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Is there a software to reset/flash your iphone to factory without itunes?

i have two "broken" iphones. One of them, is a 3gs. I've changed is battery yesterday and it was ok for 30 min/1hour and then it just started rebooting. I searched online and i saw it was a common ...
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Thunderbolt display firmware update 1.2 keeps reappearing, but is not compatible

I've got a problem with the Thunderbolt display firmware 1.2. My screen is not compatible, because it was purchased in 2012 and the update can not be performed. However, the update keeps reappearing ...
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MacBook6,1 firmware problems

A friend of mine gave me his old MacBook6,1. While I was trying to format it and run some diagnostics, I noticed a few weird problems, which I think are due to a corrupted EFI firmware. Here's what I ...
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Reinstall Thunderbolt Firmware on a 27" iMac Late-2012

I have a consistent issue with the "Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.2" showing up endlessly in the App Store, but more importantly, after installing it earlier today, my Thunderbolt ports no longer work....
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In which part of iOS is the auto-erase feature implemented and how does it work?

I followed the Apple vs FBI case a bit, and I'm super curious how Apple implemented the auto-erase feature. Reading their documentation, it seems like it is as simple as erasing a key that is used to ...
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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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Can I install any iOS version I wish by picking and choosing which firmware to restore?

I'm trying to downgrade my iPhone 4s from iOS 7 to iOS 6.1.3 as per this question. But every time I try, I always receive this error: The iPhone could not be restored. This device isn't eligible ...
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iPhone 5 in tough situation(Please read and help)

I purchased an second hand iPhone 5 from a dealer several months ago , its iPhone 5 A149(Global) model 16GB. It's acting weird from the date of purchase , having several issues like 1. Time and Date ...
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Firmware crash updating Mac Pro 1,1 to 2,1

My Mac Pro A1186 only displays a white screen and chimes repetitively. I attempted a firmware update from 1,1 to 2,1. Everything was going as it should until it shutdown and now it seems to be stuck ...
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Applying an old EFI update on a new version of OSX

I have El Capitan running on a MacMini 2010 that I use as a media player/server. The computer used to be my mother's and I have just noticed that she has never applied any of the firmware updates ...
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How to restore EFI in MacBook Pro Retina 13"?

I've stopped an update of OS X in the middle (fair enough I am crazy!). Now all I have when I boot the system is the normal beep sound of POST for hardware check. I've found a link that's been ...
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Is it possible to make a bootable USB stick for a Macbook Pro to do firmware update?

I know there are some possible duplicates. But the questions are not solved. Such as: Copy Crucial SSD Firmware Update ISO to Bootable USB I am trying to upgrade the firmware of my SSD (crucial m500) ...
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Accidentally tried to set time to 1969 on iPhone 6 and crashed

I am currently using iOS 9.2. I've had my iPhone 6 for a year now and have never experienced such a crash. I am a novice coder and am aware of 32 bit time restraints. Being as curious as I am I was ...
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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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How can I install the newest EFI firmware upgrade from El Capitan?

I've got an early 2011 MacBook Pro (8,1) and I am trying to install the newest EFI firmware upgrade, however it only supports 10.8.5 and 10.9.5. Unfortunately I have no clue as to what the best ...
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Mac Pro 4,1 CPU upgrade

I own a Mac Pro 4,1 (single socket) with a Nehalem Quad-Core CPU. I'd like to upgrade it with a six-core Westmere processor. Now, what I have to do prior to installation of the Westmere processor? ...
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Thunderbolt display firmware message reappears

I'm in a bit of a snag. I've sold my 27" Thunderbolt Display that I used with my Macbook Pro, however my Macbook keeps telling me about the firmware: I can't seem to find any information about a ...
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How to tell if Mac has firmware password

I'm buying a used MacBook Air tomorrow off craigslist. How do I know if the Mac has a firmware password set? If I do Ctrl + R will it automatically query me to enter the password if it's on? I'm ...
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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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EFI and SMC firmware updates - how to determine if the downloadable version is more recent?

I have a 15-inch MacBook Pro late 2011. System Information gives me the following firmware versions: EFI Boot Rom Version: MBP81.0047.B2C SMC Version (system): 1.69f3 Apple provides the following ...
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How can the average user easily validate the integrity of their Mac's firmware?

How can the average user easily validate the integrity of their Mac's firmware? Before you downvote this question or lecture me on how I am paranoid and no one should ever need to do that, please ...
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how to force a factory reset of an iPhone?

I once used a sequence of button presses to force an iPhone to downgrade to its original iOS version, and its factory settings. IIRC is involved holding down the power button for 10 seconds and ...
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Western Digital Firmware updater will not detect drive

I have two western digital for mac external hard drives. And both were disconnecting when I plug them into a USB 3.0 external four-way port, but not a USB 2.0 port. Found out this was a common problem,...
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What can I do besides taking in Macbook to remove firmware password?

I have a MacBook Pro w/ Retina (2012 I believe) which has a firmware password which I don't know. Since it is a retina I can't use the remove RAM trick. If I go to reformat and reinstall the MBP will ...
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Updating SSD firmware in old Macbooks

I'm upgrading the HDD in a MacBook7,1 (the white 13" unibody one) to a SSD. I read somewhere that it's important to be able to update SSD firmware, but that some SSD makers don't offer update ...
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What is /Volumes/firmwaresyncd?

I keep seeing this in my logs: > 10/5/15 3:45:16.532 AM deleted[366]: normalizeUserMountpoint:738 > volRoot failed for /Volumes/firmwaresyncd.G3PNKw What is it? Is it related to the firmware ...
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Use diskutil without firmware password

Diskutil found some problems on my drive that need to be fixed in recovery mode. However the it department installed a password in the firmware. Is there anyway to start diskutil without the ...
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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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How to upgrade Mac Pro firmware?

So I'm buying a used Mac Pro 1.1 next month. It has an original dual Intel Xenon dual-core CPUs, and I'm aiming to upgrade it to Intel Xenon X5355s and I already bought them. I've read a lot about it ...
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Completely reinstall everything on the Mac

Let's say that I am paranoid and I want not only to wipe and reinstall OS X, but also recovery, SMC, firmware and everything in the Mac hardware that could have been infected with malware. Is there ...
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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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Finding iPhone 3G firmware version after full reset

I "reset all settings and erased all data" on my iPhone 3G yesterday using iTunes. The phone is locked to At&t, and since I do not have a SIM from At&t, I am unable to go past the lock screen ...
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Which firmware should I download for iPad 2 A1397?

I want to update an iPad 2, I've done this before but not with this model yet The model is A1397, according to Apple warranty check is: iPad 2 3G (Verizon) I want to download the file .ipsw directly ...
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Folder with Question Mark On Startup, Don't Know the Firmware Password

So my buddy's macbook one day just booted up with a folder with a question mark in it. Its an old laptop from work, which he doesn't work at anymore. I've been trying to help him out, but I've ...
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MacBook Pro only boots to grey Apple screen with spinning loader

My MacBook Pro boots to the hated gray screen. Things I have tried to fix this include: Booting with CMD-R (boots to a grey screen) Resetting the PRAM (boots to a grey screen) Resetting SMC (boots ...
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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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Backup apps in ipa format on iphone no PC

I need to restore my iphone firmware on my work computer, without installing any other program other than the iTunes already installed on it. I'm wondering if there's some kind if app or jailbreak ...
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Can't update boot ROM firmware on iMac Late 2006

I want to use Boot Camp on my 17 inch iMac Late 2006, but whenever I open it, it tells me that I need to update my Boot ROM firmware to use the assistant. So I downloaded the latest Boot ROM from ...
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Firmware settings

I want to open the firmware settings. I have a Mac book Pro end 2011 and yosemite. When i press Option+Cmd+O+F while booting nothing happens, it continues to boot. What do i have to do? Background: ...
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Does clean install reset everything, including SMC?

TL;DR: Does a clean install reset everything (like SMC, for example)? If not, what else should I do to be sure the computer is completely reset, like it just came from the factory? My macbook has ...
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How to get rid of iOS 7.x (downloaded but not installed) from 6.x

As I've pointed it out in the question title, my 16 GiB iPhone 4s is getting out of memory due to the fact that it has self-downloaded iOS 7(.1.2) without I'd never asked for. As long as it weights ...
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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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Force a read-only mount of startup disk

I want to create a MacOS recovery startup disk on a USB flash drive. In order to maintain the integrity of the drive's contents (and, perhaps more importantly, reduce write wear on the flash drive ...
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Selective upgrade of ios firmware [duplicate]

I have IPhone 4 running with Version 5.1.1 (9B206) I would like to update the firmware, but not to the current latest version (7.1.1) which is known to be slow on IPhone 4. In the phone settings I ...
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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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Amongst Macs that can be upgraded to support OS X Recovery, can any model *not* accept a firmware downgrade?

Focusing on computers that can be upgraded to use OS X Internet Recovery: is there any Mac on which firmware can not be downgraded? I see that for at least one type of MacBook Pro, firmware can ...
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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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Repeatedly asked to install firmware update 1.8

In the last few days I have seen the same update keep appearing in my App Store updates list. The details are: Software Update: MacBook Air SMC Firmware Update 1.8 "This update address a rare issue ...