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Firmware Password on MacBook Pro 2011 (10.6.8 Intel)

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May 30, 2012 2:52 AM

Hello,

 

Please read this entire post before commenting below.

 

 

I am requiring access of the boot selector menu on my MacBook Pro.

Whenever I try and get to the menu, the firmware password box shows up. I am trying to change / remove said password.

 

My MacBook was bought under a bulk deal with  300 others, and each one contains the same firmware password.

 

I do not know the firmware password, and I am unable to open up my computer and add / remove any RAM.

I do not have access to the boot CD either.

 

 

Please do help me out on this issue.

I am entirely certain that removing / replacing the firmware password is possible without opening the computer / using the boot CD, as I have seen a colleague gain access to the menu without doing either.

 

 

Regards,

 

 

 

Rowan Crothers

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,740 points)

    You don't need any firmware password to add RAM to a Mac. Just find out what kind of memory you need for your particular model - either at Crucial, Corsair or OWC, usually - buy the RAM and follow the user guide to install it. Then use one of a myriad of utilities to check the RAM and make sure it's working.

     

    Clinton

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,740 points)

    Rowan,

     

    I, too, have a physical impairment - I've had my legs amputated! If you'll just walk it to me, I'll install the RAM as my arms and hands are fine!

     

    Seriously, though, you'll have to open up your MBP to install RAM. Depending on the model, it could be as easy as removing 4-10 screws. Find the manual for your MacBook Pro here - and have a colleague help you out!

     

    Good luck,

     

    Clinton

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    If it was purchased along with 300 (or is that 299) others then this is some type of corporate or institution purchase.

     

    Best it to take it to those that know the password and can physically install more RAM.

     

    No one here can help you with a Firmware, Boot, EFI password. And even if they could they will not.

     

    Good Luck and Best Wishes.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,740 points)

    Rowan,

     

    Read this - maybe it will help.

     

    Regards,

     

    Clinton

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    Rowan_Crothers wrote:

     

    Clinton,

     

    That does not really help, whatsoever.

    The only suggestion it states that I can do is to use the Boot CD's utility.

    Which, as stated earlier, I do not have access to.

     

     

    Regards,

     

     

     

    Rowan Crothers

    New Mac's do not come with a RE-Install DVD of any kind. They use a Recovery HD partition on the internal drive to Re-Install Lion over the internet. But that will not do you any good as to get to that Recovery HD system you must know the Firmware password.

     

    But why are you wanting to change or remove this password. To my knowledge you, the user, has no access to the Boot Sector and if it really did have a EFI firmware password you would not be able to load the OS without first typing in that password.

     

    Have you tried leaving that password request blank?

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,740 points)

    Rowan,

     

    Now you're above my head with Python...

     

    ...but could you do what you need to do if you had a boot DVD or flash drive?

     

    Because if you could, you could BUY the Install Mac OS X Lion.app from the App Store for about $30 and then create a boot DVD or flash drive (which is faster than DVD) using Lion DiskMaker.

     

    Don't know if that would help or not - you're out of my league when you start talking Python.

     

    Clinton

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    Rowan_Crothers wrote:

     

    Shootist007,

     

    I am requiring access to an installation of Ubuntu on my computer.

     

    Yes, I have tried leaving the password request box blank. To no avail.

     

    And, yes, of course the computer has a firmware password.

    Install a Virual Machine program and then install Ubuntu in that. then you can run both OS X and Linux at the same time.

     

     

    EDIT:

     

    Personally I would not have a computer I spent, persoanlly, $2500 on and not have complete access to it. If for some reason I ever got a computer that I personally paid for, with my own money, and it had some type of IT department set password on it I would have that password removed or demand my money back.

     

    This is what I suggest you do ASAP.

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