6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 26, 2012 10:02 AM by BDAqua
mikehenden Level 1 (0 points)

Machine works fine otherwise but will not go into TDM and I'm dreading having to transfer everything to a new MacPro manually! Anybody give me some pointers? Holding 'T' down on startup but machine always does a normal boot. Tried with and without new firewire cable attached, changed keyboards and mouse... and to prove the point I started up the old Quicksilver G4 in TDM (same OS) no problem. Can anybody tell me *** gives?

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), G5 Tower
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,286 points)

    Hi Mike,


    Is it possible you have Firmware password protection in Mac OS X ...




    It would block usage of all the startup keys, like C, N, T, D, CMD+s, CMD+Option+p+r, CMD +v, Option, and Shift, as well as booting from anything but the Hard Drive.

  • mikehenden Level 1 (0 points)

    Don't think I ever downloaded this firmware or enabled it. How would I be able to tell? Is there a control panel or anything that I can turn off if this has been enabled?

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,286 points)

    What happens/shows if you hold alt at bootup?

  • mikehenden Level 1 (0 points)

    That's the problem - Firmware Password Protection is enabled. Don't know how or when it happened or what the password is. Do you have any pointers to help me get past it?

  • mikehenden Level 1 (0 points)

    Got it.


    1. Shut down machine and unplug power supply


    2. Fiddle with the RAM DIMMS. Specifically (carefully) remove a memory card and replace it. Be very careful that the static electricity from your person doesn't 'shock' the card. Wear an anti static strap or keep yourself grounded to the machine.


    3. Once card replaced, restart machine holding down Opt+Control+P+R ('zap the PRam'). Hold keys down until you hear the Mac startup time three times. At this point the PRam has been wiped and you can relear keys. Password is wiped from memory.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,286 points)

    Great news, good work, thankls for the report back!