I'm trying to install Mavericks on an old MacPro1,1 (This one), and I need the correct board ID to properly configure the USB install. I currently do not have any OS installed on the HDD, so I cann't access terminal in order to find the board ID.

Does anybody know the board ID for this model?

  • I am not sure Mavericks will work with that hardware. – Ruskes Sep 17 '14 at 23:01
  • Mavericks will work on the MacPro 1,1 and MacPro 2,1. Google "Tiamo boot.efi hack" or "64 on 32", I prefer 64on32 because they make a nice terminal script that will help create a thumbdrive installer. Source: I just bought a 1,1 for $100 and installed Mavericks via thumbdrive. – self.name Oct 16 '15 at 0:08

For the Mac Pro 1,1 and 2,1 you will need to add "Mac-F4208DC8","Mac-F4208DA9". If you are not using a Mac Pro then you will need to get your board ID by entering this command in terminal: ioreg -lp IOService | grep board-id

  • Thanks for the 2 most requested board ID's (64on32 and Tiamo hackable) and a bigger thank you for the terminal command. – self.name Oct 16 '15 at 0:05

To install Mavericks, you need one of these Macs:

iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later),
MacBook Pro (15-inch or 17-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later)
MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
Mac mini (Early 2009 or later)
Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
Xserve (Early 2009) 

Your Mac also needs:

OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, or Snow Leopard v10.6.8 already installed
2 GB or more of memory
8 GB or more of available space

Yours is 2006 model!

Since you can not see the logic board ID, you have to open the computer and find the label.


According to MacTracker, the highest OS that computer can handle is OS 10.6.8. So your best bet is a 10.6 install DVD.


use this to get the board ID for any mac: I didnt write it, I poached it from somewhere....(just paste in the terminal as one line.

var_ID=$(ioreg -p IODeviceTree -r -n / -d 1 | grep board-id);var_ID=${var_ID##*<\"};var_ID=${var_ID%%\">};echo $var_ID


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