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The Firmware Restoration CD can restore the firmware of an Intel-based Mac computer.

Note: Restoring your firmware will reset some of your computer's preferences to defaults.

You can only use this to restore the firmware after an interrupted or unsuccessful update. If your computer is already in this state, you'll need to download the software and create the CD on another Mac computer, or you can take your computer to an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider to restore your firmware. This CD can be created on either a PowerPC- or Intel-based Mac, but only works with Intel-based Macs.

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Version 1.9:


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Grandpa John Member IconComment+43
Grandpa John

Now let me get this straight.

If your Firmware gets corrupted and your computer becomes bricked, you pull out a CD with this file on it and do what with it exactly?

Hello! If my computer is bricked it will not load a CD let alone read and write from it.

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Version 1.9

Did you look at the comments? You are the only one in 2010 all the rest are 2008!


This update is 2010...

You are supposed to boot your Mac with this CD and it will repair/reset the firmware.

Mac-Cognoscenti Member IconComment+4

Apple Firmware Restoration CD 1.6 only applies to the following Macs as per the information from Apple on this firmware restoration CD release:

Computer Model Identifier
Xserve (Early 2008) Xserve2,1
MacBook (13-inch Late 2007) MacBook3,1
iMac (20-inch Mid 2007) iMac7,1
iMac (24-inch Mid 2007) iMac7,1

If your model isn't listed here, check the specifications for the other Apple Firmware Restoration CDs - 1.5, 1.4, 1.3, etc. to get the correct one for your Mac.

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Version 1.6
... Member IconComment+8

Now - if they'd only release one of these 'Firmware Resets' for the entire Intel range (not just the Mac Pros) ... it would make reseting botched Firmware/BootCamp/Software Updates sooo much easier than carting your Intel Mac into the 'Geniuses' at the Apple Service Centre ... !!!! ... ps - is it just me - or does everything Apple & Mac & Intel feel like one big giant BETA !! ?

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Version 1.5
mr kitty

Probably not *just* you, but I disagree.


I strongly disagree with the 'beta' statement as we have no issues, none, with our Intel Macs.


It's just you.

Dana Sutton

No, you're absolutely right, at least as far as Apple goes (I don't know enough to talk about Intel). Apple follows a deliberate corporate policy of "constant beta," where it puts out an OS much sooner than it otherwise could and follows that up with a steady stream of bugfixes, security patches, and versioned upgrades to fix and improve the original release. That puts each and every Mac user into position of being a beta tester. You, my friend, are squawking about the downside, and it is a real one, my heart goes out to you. But think about the upside: we get to offer our input into the evolving product (think of the translucent menu bar and Stacks). Still don't like it? Then consider the alternative, the "get it perfect the first time around" strategy. That's the Microsoft way. But a.) things work very much slower in the Windows world and b.) this being an imperfect world, they never can get it quite right anyway and then it takes them far longer to put out a fix. I don't know about you, but personally I vote for the Apple way, even if I admit we all get bit by it every now and then.


Microsoft has a "get it perfect the first time" policy? Have you even used Vista? LOL.


Dana: Tell your bosses you weren't convincing, or I loved the sarcasm.

Greenie Member IconComment+4

It would be handy for those who do know, and if you call up Apple Support they could tell you about it and if you have a 2nd computer or a friend who owns a computer to download and burn it. Also for the service tech that you take the computer to could use this.

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Version 1.2
tim27 Member IconComment+554

The bad thing is, most people will not even know this exists before they do their firmware update. So really, what's the point?

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Version 1.2

>It can only be used to restore the Firmware after an interrupted or failed update.

There ya have the point.

tas50 Member IconComment+17

I'm going to assume that nice new features like this are available on Intel Macs because of the "dual BIOS" (or should I say dual EFI) features available from just about every manufacturer these days.

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Version 1.1
revision29 Member IconComment+2

This is really cool. I have wondered what would happen if I were updating my firmware while running on battery power and all of a sudden it went to sleep because I ignored the battery getting low warning. The answer is probably that the computer would never again boot or wake up. The neat and functional part about this is if something goes wrong during the firmware update process one could pop in a cd and fix the problem. No toting the computer to the apple store and having it shipped off for several weeks to fix it.

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Version 1.1

Updating the firmware on your Mac whilst on battery power would be a very very very stupid thing to do...

jrossol Member IconComment+0

Why would apple bother to release a (revert) install if the upgrade worked flawlessly? Does this make since to ANYONE?

My MBPRO has died twice on me now trying to wake from sleep mode... I may just use this..

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Version 1.0

Because sh*t happens (power failures, doh!), an it's always better to have a solution available when it happens. 'nuff said.

Qwerty Denzel

It's because some people changed their firmware when trying to get Windows running on their machine before Boot Camp came out.

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Version 1.9
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Downloads 21,534
Version Downloads 3,978
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 28 Oct 2010
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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