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Author Topic: Mac Pro Firmware Upgrade Utility Released!  (Read 2125887 times)
wolf1734
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« Reply #990 on: March 11, 2016, 02:02:04 PM »

Hello James
For avoided having the error 5570 downloads of "Apple" the file of the firmware makes a click double(copy) above and leave on the office(desk), then throws(launches) the patch of putting has level 2009/2010 and it owe worked.
Cordially
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« Reply #991 on: April 15, 2016, 09:48:57 AM »

What are the guesstimated odds that these firmware upgraded machines can run 10.12 when it surfaces in a few weeks?
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« Reply #992 on: April 24, 2016, 09:31:53 PM »

As you may know, some Mac Pro models have been introduced that are identical or very nearly identical to the model that preceded them. Such is the case with the 2007 Mac Pro (MacPro2,1) and the 2010 Mac Pro (MacPro5,1). I decided to see if it was possible to come up with a way to update the firmware on the 2009 Mac Pro with the firmware from the 2010 Mac Pro. The hardware of these models is very close. The only thing that differs is the CPU socket mechanism on the dual CPU model, which uses Xeon CPUs with the IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader) removed, and the SMC firmware version. The CPU socket issue is transparent to the firmware, and the SMC firmware difference between 2009 and 2010 models is not an issue. As long as the SMC firmware version matches between the main board and the CPU board, everything works perfectly.

To explain how this was accomplished, let me first describe how the firmware update process works on a Mac. The firmware updater package, after checking that the Mac can use the update, places an EFI boot file named EFIUpdaterApp2.efi, which is very similar in structure to the standard boot file that starts a Mac on the system volume, in the /System/Library/Core Services/Firmware Updates folder, along with the actual firmware image. This boot file is then blessed in a special way, and the next time the Mac is booted from shutdown, with the power button held down for a few seconds, this special EFI program is run.

So how do we get the program to load the other firmware? It turns out that it is surprisingly easy. Inside the EfiUpdaterApp2.efi program are a list of firmware version strings from different releases of the 2010 Mac Pro, along with the CRC32 checksum of the firmware image file. If one of the firmware version strings is modified to what the 2009 Mac Pro model is, and the CRC32 checksum is changed to match the 2010 Mac Pro firmware image, and the firmware image filename is changed to the 2009 Mac Pro firmware image filename, then all is well.

I have tested this myself, on both 2009 and 2010 Mac Pro models. You can upgrade or downgrade at will. If you have a CPU in a 2010 Mac Pro that isn't supported in the 2009 Mac Pro, such as the Westmere 6-core Xeon, the system will not boot after the update until a compatible CPU is installed. I started off with just a few scripts and files in a folder to do this, but as a service to the community, I have written an installer program that does everything automatically. The program checks the Mac Pro model and will install the 2009 Mac Pro firmware or the 2010 Mac Pro firmware, whichever is appropriate. If you have a 2010 Mac Pro with a 6-core Xeon, the program will warn you, but still allow the firmware update. The download does not contain any firmware updater files or image files. The program creates a small RAM disk, downloads the needed files, copies all of the scripts to the RAM disk, and then runs the scripts. Everything is left on the RAM disk for you to look and and study, if needed.

I hope you enjoy this utility, and enjoy the benefits of extending the value of your Mac Pro.

Isn't working for me, sadly. It starts doing it's thing and than stops with 'Error 5570'
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« Reply #993 on: May 18, 2016, 12:55:23 AM »

I just updated my vintage Mac Pro 4.1 early 2009 running El Capitan this evening : SUCCESS !
It was a B08 firmware release. No problem encountered during the update process.

It is fully functional and now displays itself as an early 2009 Mac Pro 5.1 Smiley
I am looking forward installing a w3690 3,40 Ghz to replace my current 2,66 Ghz.

For those looking for a downgrade solution back from 5.1 TO 4.1 B08, the EFI compressed package is 1,9 Mo (4,2 Mo uncompressed), which is too large for this forum Sad.

Best,
Renaud
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« Reply #994 on: May 25, 2016, 08:52:34 PM »

So anybody have 2 x5690s? If so, how are they still running? Any bad effects so far?

I ask, because according to aitte (reply 666, lol), anything with a TDP over 95 watts shouldn't be used due to the power supply and fans not being rated that high. Was just wondering how it's been for people that have installed them because I'd love to put them in my machine instead of being maxed out a the 5675s.
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« Reply #995 on: June 04, 2016, 06:33:46 PM »

Is it possible to upgrade sytem EFI from 1.39f5 to 1.39f11? My fans are running crazy...
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« Reply #996 on: June 12, 2016, 08:34:09 PM »

As  a 2009 Mac Pro owner, I've followed the upgrade discussions for these machines carefully for some time.  There appears to be a lot of discussion and instruction on how to upgrade the firmware, with swapping out the processors, but this usually involves lidded CPU's instead, which pose potential risks of damaging the motherboard in the process.

I found an interesting video tutorial on Youtube today that clearly explains, while demonstrating, how to effectively remove the soldered IHS off the CPU, with the cleaning off of the solder, without damaging it. 

It seems to me that this would be a lot easier to do than having to modify the heat sync pads and add washers etc., all the while allowing the processors to stay cooler due to the removal of the IHS.

Here is the link for review.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPhDfUkll-o

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« Reply #997 on: June 12, 2016, 10:30:47 PM »

Hi,

I am a newbie and I want to first start out by saying thanks for making this utility.  I was able to successfully update my 4,1 to 5,1 but the boot manager and resetting the PRAM no longer worked after the upgrade.  I downgraded my 5,1 back down to 4,1 and the boot option and PRAM reset key sequences work just again.  I don't really want to install reEFInd because I only need it very occasionally and reEFInd is great software but then it won't boot quickly without human intervention.  Thanks for any help on this.

-Andy

I am running 10.9.5


  Model Name:   Mac Pro
  Model Identifier:   MacPro4,1
  Processor Name:   Quad-Core Intel Xeon
  Processor Speed:   2.93 GHz
  Number of Processors:   1
  Total Number of Cores:   4
  L2 Cache (per Core):   256 KB
  L3 Cache:   8 MB
  Memory:   16 GB
  Processor Interconnect Speed:   4.8 GT/s
  Boot ROM Version:   MP41.0081.B07
  SMC Version (system):   1.39f5
  SMC Version (processor tray):   1.39f5   
  Hardware UUID:   93219874-A3D8-5EA1-9677-37675AF89E16
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« Reply #998 on: June 14, 2016, 06:13:17 PM »

Mac Pro 4,1 on El Capitan, I disabled SIP, downloaded the 1.5 firmware from Apple and MacEFIRom's excellent utility and flashed.
VERY EASY! Thank you MacEFIRom.
I can now NETinstall from a Mac mini server as well as install macOS Sierra beta on my Mac Pro 2009 Grin
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« Reply #999 on: June 15, 2016, 08:34:25 PM »

What are the guesstimated odds that these firmware upgraded machines can run 10.12 when it surfaces in a few weeks?

It is working great with the Sierra beta.  From other messages the installer searches for 5,1 and is happy.
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« Reply #1000 on: June 19, 2016, 07:08:07 PM »

Hi,

I've got a 4,1 MacPro and tried the install with the updater. I've the message : Error 5570


Can someone help me please !
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« Reply #1001 on: June 19, 2016, 08:49:00 PM »

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« Reply #1002 on: June 20, 2016, 02:50:14 PM »

I have the MacProEFIUpdate.dmg for 5.1 and MacEFIRom's utility. I also know how to disable SIP.

Could someone tell me how to proceed?

1. Disable SIP?
2. Place the MacProEFIUpdate(5.1) installer where? or extract something from it and place it where?
3. Run MacEFIRom's utility?
4. Reboot?
5. Enable SIP?
6. Reboot?

Rominator forgive me if this is obvious but it isn't to me.

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« Reply #1003 on: June 20, 2016, 08:15:50 PM »

Why not read last few pages?
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« Reply #1004 on: June 20, 2016, 09:19:44 PM »

Newbie CliveB after reading the last six pages thinks this is the process (paranoid and don't want to brick my machine):

1. Boot into recovery mode and disable SIP since I'm running El Capitan
2. Reboot
3. Mount the MacProEFIUpdate dmg (for 5.1)
4. Run MacEFIRom's utility.
5. Reboot
6. Verify Boot ROM Version: MP51.007F.B03
7. Boot into recovery mode and enable SIP
8. Reboot

To go back to 4.1 the process is the same except that in #3 Mount the MacProEFIUpdate dmg (for 4.1)

So have I got it?
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