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Questions tagged [efi]

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

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MacBook Pro: How to disable discrete GPU permanently from EFI?

I'd like to disable the NVidia GTX 750M GPU on my MacBook Pro 15" (Retina, Mid 2014, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite). I know I can use GfxCardStatus but I read I could have a more permanent solution by ...
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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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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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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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Hide “disk password” login option at EFI (Filevault) login screen

I encrypted my volume before installation and have added my user as FileVault user afterwards. Now I can login with either the disk password or my user login password at the EFI (Filevault) login ...
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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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How to fix broken GPT, GUID and unmountable, no type volumes?

I have a Macbook Pro with retina, Yosemite and 500GB hard drive. I tried to install Windows using Bootcamp and accidentally deleted a partition, now my Mac cannot boot anymore. This is the output from ...
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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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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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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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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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How to update latest MacBook pro EFI firmware manually?

In short, the firmware cannot be updated either by upgrading macOS to High Sierra or by bless manually. Here comes the detail. My MacBook pro info: Attempt 1 - update it by updating macOS from 10.12....
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Keyboard and touchpad are not working when booting from live USB

I have a MacBook Pro (mid 2017, 13", no Touch Bar) and I want to create Linux live USB. However, keyboard and trackpad are not working when I'm booting Linux OS from live USB. I'm able to select EFI ...
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Replacing macOS with elementary OS. Computer boots normally into elementary OS, but boot menu (option key on boot) doesn't show anything

I want to replace macOS with elementary OS on a Mac. I formated the entire hard disk, inserted the elementary OS bootable USB, selected EFI boot on the boot loader (only option) and installed ...
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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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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 enabing ...
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How to boot and install Linux or BSD on a 2007 MacBook White via USB?

I have an old MacBook white (Model 2,1 mid-late 2007) which won't upgrade beyond Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6). I have previously installed Debian with a dual boot by using rEFIt and booting from a DVD ...
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Disk Utility says: “Error: This disk doesn't contain an EFI system partition.”

After a clean install of Lion, followed by partitioning which again was followed by a installation of Ubuntu, I noticed some error messages of Disk Utitity. When verifying the volume I get told that ...
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GRUB 2 error – “fb: switching to radeondrmfb from EFI VGA”

Whenever I try to boot Arch, Mint or Debian Linux from a USB stick using GRUB 2 on my Mac with compatibility mode, it freezes on this error (given in the question title). I've tried every available, ...
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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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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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OSX Boot drive selection screen is slow, un-responsive and takes forever to load in Macbook Pro (early 2015)

I have a Macbook Pro Retina 13" (Early 2015) and I have a bootcamp partition with Windows 10 installed in it. Also, there is an Ubuntu Linux on another partition, so it’s a triple boot computer. I’m ...
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Windows 10 EFI on MacPro 4,1 -> 5,1

I'm attempting an EFI install of Windows 10 on a 2009 (4,1) Mac Pro firmware upgraded to 5,1. I'm running High Sierra, and installing Windows 10 on a second partition on the same disk. I have no ...
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How do I boot into the EFI firmware shell?

I'd like to experiment with the EFI shell on a MacBook Pro 2010 model. I am unable to find the keyboard sequence to hold on boot. Does someone know what the sequence is, do I need to boot from my ...
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How do I restore my missing partition and install Windows 7 64-bit?

I previously had a Windows 7 32-bit installed on my Mac using Boot Camp Assistant. I recently upgraded it to Windows 10 (followed Microsoft update message), but later after I saw some drivers are ...
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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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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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Old Mac Pro: Windows? GPUs?

I recently got an old Mac Pro 1,1 for free, and was wondering what's necessary to get it running Windows. I know that you needed Boot Camp before Windows 7, because it didn't support the EFI, but ...
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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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Installing Ubuntu 16.04 server on Mac Mini 2006

I have liberated an old 2006 Mac Mini (Model: A1176) from being thrown away and wanted to use it as a Time Capsule for my other Macs. To do this, I want to install Ubuntu server 16.04 LTS to roll my ...
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What cool things can you do if you hack EFI

I think I'm right in thinking Intel Macs use EFI. I heard rumours that you can create low-level password protection and even install a shell. Info is sparse and limited. Have any power users hacked ...
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Efibootmgr command for OS X

I have successfully been able to install Linux Mint on my Mac. The only issue is I cannot select the boot partition holding option. To fix it I booted into linux and ran sudo efibootmgr -o 1,80. This ...
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Does Windows, running on latest Apple computers, see boot disk partitioned as MBR or GPT?

From my understanding, the newest apple computers boot Windows in EFI mode. Traditionally, Windows has seen the boot disk as an MBR partitioned disk. In fact, the boot disk (i.e. /dev/disk0) has aways ...
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Mysterious “EFI Boot” partition appearing at startup?

A few days ago, I tried installing Windows 8.1 on my late 2011 Mac by using disk utility to make a free space on my disk and a Windows 8.1 boot drive to install. While installing, my Mac recognized ...
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Any solution to bootcamp windows 8.1 with macbook pro 15" 2010?

This question may at first glance seem to be a duplicate but I am asking for an update and clarification to an unsolved problem. After extensively scanning the web, it seems that the consensus is ...
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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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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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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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2010 iMac with new firmware IM112.0057.03B (2015-002) can't install windows 7-10 anymore

So I've been installing and uninstalling windows 7 and windows 10 since it came out on my iMac for a long time! My iMac does not have a dvd drive because I took it out. I've been installing windows 7 ...
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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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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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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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Firmware Password isn't the one I entered

So the firmware password isn't the one I entered. To avoid the usual onslaught of insinuations that it 'might not be my computer' that usually accompany questions of this nature, I want to state ...
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Not able to mount EFI partition with diskutil after installing Ubuntu

I installed Ubuntu as dualboot for a specific task to a 30 GB partition. It worked, however I found out I could do the same thing in macOS, so I removed the 30 GB partition. I also wanted to remove ...
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edit efivars on MacOSX

On Linux, I can edit the efivars of my MacBookPro via /sys/firmware/efi/efivars/. E.g. here is a description to disable the AMD GPU via the efivars, which basically is this on Linux: printf "\x07\x00\...
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Is it possible to reinstall MacBook firmware?

iOS devices have DFU mode, which enable one to completely reinstall the firmware and operating system. Do MacBook devices have something similar? Is the firmware automatically reinstalled upon an OS ...
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What is the difference between HFS+ and EFI System Partition (ESP)?

I'm familiar with manually installing certain files. In this case, I am installing rEFInd Boot Manager, see http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/installing.html Yet when manually installing software on ...
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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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Where is the EFI stored on the macbook and is it possible to restore a previous 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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Macbook Pro can only boot into EFI, how can I transfer files to my Macbook Air?

I have recently upgraded Disk Utility on my Macbook Pro. Now my device only boots into Recovery Mode and when I hold alt/option I can only see EFI. When I try to get into safe mode, I see a "No Symbol"...