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Author Topic: Mac Pro Firmware Upgrade Utility Released!  (Read 1555719 times)
naughtyandrew
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« Reply #30 on: May 10, 2011, 07:37:45 PM »

P.S. did you get the 'This software is not supported on your system.' alert box or the 'This computer does not need this update.'.?

Don't worry about the alert messages, that was just me messing around with Apple Firmware Restoration CDs to see whether my updated Mac Pro was seen as a 'real' MacPro5,1. I guess there must be another chip on the Logic Board which identifies the Mac as a 4,1?
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« Reply #31 on: May 10, 2011, 07:43:29 PM »

Well.. For starters.. The system's serial number clearly shows that it is only a 2009 model.
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« Reply #32 on: May 10, 2011, 07:45:35 PM »

Houston, we have a big "YES" on the Audio.

However, all of this "Won't Put B08 firmware back on '09" made me realize...I HAD B08 FIRMWARE !!! (as you can see in screenshots)

So, a question for the OP, how do I get it back on there if I need to get Applecare work done?

I do have the B08 firmware as a stand alone file...my work with the "other guy" who was working on this led to a software means of dumping that file.

I seem to recall that it is 4 Megs .

4 MB sounds about right, the B07 file is 4.2 MB. Once we have a way of editing the EfiUpdaterApp2.efi file in the System/Library/CoreServices/Firmware Updates folder you should you have no problems restoring to the B08 file. I don't suppose you'd mind sharing it?  Tongue
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« Reply #33 on: May 10, 2011, 07:52:44 PM »

ok on firtst boot I have MacPro5,1 and MP51.007F.B03. Ram is still detected as 1066. Will try Option-OpenApple-P-R.


Update: it worked
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« Reply #34 on: May 10, 2011, 07:57:27 PM »

ok on firtst boot I have MacPro5,1 and MP51.007F.B03. Ram is still detected as 1066. Will try Option-OpenApple-P-R.


Update: it worked

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« Reply #35 on: May 10, 2011, 08:09:26 PM »

reran Geekbench 64 and im still getting 19356 as before.


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« Reply #36 on: May 10, 2011, 08:15:59 PM »

reran Geekbench 64 and im still getting 19356 as before.

Yeah the speed difference between 1066 and 1333 is almost negligible. But you are on. MP5,1 is on your system now.  Great
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« Reply #37 on: May 10, 2011, 08:22:42 PM »

reran Geekbench 64 and im still getting 19356 as before.

Yeah the speed difference between 1066 and 1333 is almost negligible. But you are on. MP5,1 is on your system now.  Great

Thanks, let us know if you get to update the smc.
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« Reply #38 on: May 10, 2011, 09:28:14 PM »

Is there a little soft like this to upgrade 2006 mac pro EFI for 64bit boot ?

I second this, I'm starting to feel the heat from Apple and I'm assuming 2006 owners will be cut off as of 10.7 GM or 10.8. Hell, I would even pay for this. If it saves me $2500 it's worth it.
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« Reply #39 on: May 10, 2011, 10:12:49 PM »

Is there a little soft like this to upgrade 2006 mac pro EFI for 64bit boot ?

I second this, I'm starting to feel the heat from Apple and I'm assuming 2006 owners will be cut off as of 10.7 GM or 10.8. Hell, I would even pay for this. If it saves me $2500 it's worth it.

I'm interested in that upgrade too. :-)
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« Reply #40 on: May 10, 2011, 10:58:12 PM »

My understanding is that the tool downloads the 5.1 firmware from apple to upgrade a 4.1 (and vice versa to revert back).

Is it possible to download the firmware to disk and then use the local download?

I ask because i still have 2 years of apple care and don't want to tinker too much.  As soon as the warranty expires I won't hesitate to do this, but am afraid the firmware may not be downloadable anymore.

Yes, i'm planning far into the future.  Yes, I'm a bit of a wuss.  I just don't like the possibility of nerfing my perfectly fine MP.
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« Reply #41 on: May 10, 2011, 11:11:27 PM »

My understanding is that the tool downloads the 5.1 firmware from apple to upgrade a 4.1 (and vice versa to revert back).

Is it possible to download the firmware to disk and then use the local download?

I ask because i still have 2 years of apple care and don't want to tinker too much.  As soon as the warranty expires I won't hesitate to do this, but am afraid the firmware may not be downloadable anymore.

Yes, i'm planning far into the future.  Yes, I'm a bit of a wuss.  I just don't like the possibility of nerfing my perfectly fine MP.


Yes you can do this by modifying the following file Mac Pro 2009-2010 Firmware Tool.scpt and changing the download location
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« Reply #42 on: May 10, 2011, 11:13:17 PM »

Is there a little soft like this to upgrade 2006 mac pro EFI for 64bit boot ?

I second this, I'm starting to feel the heat from Apple and I'm assuming 2006 owners will be cut off as of 10.7 GM or 10.8. Hell, I would even pay for this. If it saves me $2500 it's worth it.

I'm interested in that upgrade too. :-)

This if possible would require a bigger effort as we do not currently have an EFI64 written for said machines. So I wouldn't hold my breath on this
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« Reply #43 on: May 10, 2011, 11:33:38 PM »

Is there a little soft like this to upgrade 2006 mac pro EFI for 64bit boot ?

I second this, I'm starting to feel the heat from Apple and I'm assuming 2006 owners will be cut off as of 10.7 GM or 10.8. Hell, I would even pay for this. If it saves me $2500 it's worth it.

I'm interested in that upgrade too. :-)

This if possible would require a bigger effort as we do not currently have an EFI64 written for said machines. So I wouldn't hold my breath on this

Damn, I didn't realize that. According to Wikipedia, the 2007/2,1 Mac Pros use EFI32 as well. I always thought they were EFI64 based.
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« Reply #44 on: May 10, 2011, 11:37:26 PM »

Is it possible to download the firmware to disk and then use the local download?

If you're just looking for a copy of the firmware, you can download it directly from Apple. The file is called MP51_007F_03B.fd and it can be found on the Firmware Restoration CD 1.9 available here. You can also find the 2009 Mac Pro firmware on Firmware Restoration CD 1.8.
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