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Title: Mac Pro 3,1 and the new paths forward via EFI Bootrom
Post by: Rominator on June 12, 2018, 06:28:28 PM
So, I shook off the cobwebs and dug out a 3,1 last night.

The NVME fix is now so easy a young toddler could knock it out, and never drop binky from other hand.

Updated microcode for these?

The big question now is APFS.

Has anyone added this to 3,1 or X-Serve yet? Found an APFS driver, used the DXEInject thing but no magic.

But it didn't put there driver were it goes in a 4,1, in a PE32 image.

Also, I'm having an issue with Windows, will try new install but currently my 4,1 will NOT boot into Windows with modified boot rom. But that will be another thread.


Title: Re: Mac Pro 3,1 and the new paths forward via EFI Bootrom
Post by: Ludacrisvp on July 18, 2018, 07:27:28 PM
I'm not aware of anyone having APFS booting 3,1 ... but this topic does interest me.
I've also not seen anything newer than this for the 3,1:
  Boot ROM Version:   MP31.006C.B05

Seeing the NVME addition being so simple it is now very tempting to me to go NVME instead of SATA3 add-in card to SSD which boots most of the time or the 4 slot mSATA add-in card which also boots most of the time, but have much slower r/w rates vs nvme.

I'd love to see native APFS+NVME booting from MP3,1.
What else could we add here?


Title: Re: Mac Pro 3,1 and the new paths forward via EFI Bootrom
Post by: Rominator on July 18, 2018, 09:17:21 PM
Done the APFS thing.

No real advantage I saw, just meant 3,1 got the tedious text that 4,1 has suffered with since HS came out.

Also, the Windows issue is not resolved, that I know of.


Title: Re: Mac Pro 3,1 and the new paths forward via EFI Bootrom
Post by: jabbawok on July 31, 2018, 08:59:35 PM

The NVME fix is now so easy a young toddler could knock it out, and never drop binky from other hand.

Sorry for double posting, but can you pint me in the direction of some info on this please..
Thanks..


Title: Re: Mac Pro 3,1 and the new paths forward via EFI Bootrom
Post by: netkas on August 04, 2018, 05:15:27 PM
So, cmp3,1
patched to include apfs.efi driver into firmware

high sierra 10.13.5 on hfs+

took out disk, put it into usb3.0 to sata adapter, connected to mbp2015

converted hfs+ to apfs,
Added preboot partition to apfs container ( https://www.belightsoft.com/products/resources/apfs-bootable-clone-with-command-line ) and VM partition.
updated os to 10.13.6, this added Recovery partition to apfs container as well

put ssd back into cmp3,1
macosx boots find on apfs and is updated.


Title: Re: Mac Pro 3,1 and the new paths forward via EFI Bootrom
Post by: forbiddenera on November 17, 2018, 06:38:48 AM
I want to know if it's possible for us to add bootscreen support for any UEFI card this way?!

I mean, from what I know, it seems feasible.. but someone smrter than me might tell me otherwise..

but hey..
people said : you will never NVME boot..
people said : you will never have thunderbolt..
people said : you're stuck with OSX version whatever

hackers rule


Title: Re: Mac Pro 3,1 and the new paths forward via EFI Bootrom
Post by: Thisguyiknow on February 10, 2019, 06:43:39 PM
I also wonder if anyone has ever been able to put a GOP video driver in the mac pro 3.1 firmware- that seems to be the biggest hurdle in installing UEFI windows on these machines -- an internet search yields no results to such a query -

I have a MBP 2011 (pre 2.0 UEFI, but with GOP) and I have Windows 10UEFI and 7 UEFI --(10 requires a patched dsdt , or registry hack to show 'large memory' which enables sound --- 7 UEFI I had to DISM the image from 10 onto another partition and create another FAT32 partition with the boot files and disable video (no vga.sys, vgapnp,sys) until the OS loads (windows 7 still required the CSM layer for video)

I could boot clover legacy and boot a Windows 10 UEFI install on my mac pro but it was with an emulated UEFI-

I feel like if GOP was added to the firmware - it would great - and I have a machine I don't really care about to to do the tests