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Wilson DORISCOURT
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How do I reset the firmware password on my MacBook Pro?

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Hi every body, i'm Wilson as you see on the forum. Well i got a macbook pro early 2011 that i bougth from a freind, 2 months ago, the firmware is protected by a password, and it i can not boot form my hdd, when i google it, i found the firmware password should be remove or reset, but i don't know how to reset it. Please help me, because i ain't got any other to work.

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Tam Nguyen
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have you tried this, feed back from the comments in the article says it works;

Add or remove a stick of ram. Obviously if you have one stick in, add one and if you have two in remove one.

Power on the mac and immediately press and hold command-option-P-R.

The system will restart with the ‘bong noise’, allow it to do this 3 times. On the third ‘bong’ you can let go of the keys.

The machine will now boot with a cleared password and reset PRAM/NVRAM.

You can shut down the machine and replace the original ram configuration.

Good call--here is a link to the article. + http://www.macworld.com/article/1145418/...

rj713,

all those steps will not work on anything newer then 2007 macs you must change the bios chip try jerseycityrepair.com they can do it. they did mine and it worked perfect.

mminyan,

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Nick
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You can get a Snow lepoard disk from the store for 30.00

Put that disc in the drive and power the laptop and the disc will go in

after the bong, hold the option key and select Mac OSX install DVD

Let it boot

Under utilities, find firmware password reset utility and see if it wants a old password to do it, if so, you will need another option

if it's the HDD at fault, you will need to change it most likely, as it's almost always encrypted in the ROM on the drive and usually cannot be removed or cracked due to the level of encryption, tough it can be in some cases if you use the right method, which varies based on the hardware, OS and HDD brand, the issue is i am only fimilar with the PC methods to crack if it works

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Sam Busak
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I am a hardware engineer and former employee of a large computer company with that said i can give you a basic understanding that you can hack or reverse any efi password with the proper tools. all you have to do is reprogram the bios chip with a clean firmware that does not have a password on it. for this you will need a couple of things. first you have to identify the bios chip (microcontroller), then you have to get a .bin file that does not have a password on it and it has to be for your specific machine 2011will not work on 2014 and so on.(that maybe hard to get since manufacturers own this info and do not give it out. thirdly you need the proper tools to do it. eprom programmer once the chip is removed from the board. this is just a basic description. I have seen it done and here is someone that can answer more in depth questions or do it for you.|http://jerseycityrepair.com/macbook-air-...]

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ok so here is a picture of the bios chip on the bottom right. It is the chip with 8 legs. it is the MXIC6406e CHIP and it is used in many computers not only macbooks but hp and many others. remember that most components are just that components and every company uses them. just the data onboard the chips are different.

thats the best I can do in a basic explanation. this work is on a engineering level that goes beyond the knowledge of technicians and is fully understood by those that can build a computer from its most basic components and make it work. In other words it not easy but it can be done with some education and skill.

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SIMRAN
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The Best way to unlock your mac is to go to service provider. they will unlock it free of cost if you have Proof of purchase ( billing invoice ). they will unlock it in Approx 10 mins .

An iPhone yes that is the way, a MacBook Pro that is not the way.

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marcio
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cala boca rapaz sabe nem oque fala tem que trocar o chipe bios o panaca se nao nao tem jeito

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Bill kenzie
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Changing the chip is a bogus, not speaking how this is stupid and void warranty...and simply will not work. The solution: You must read the BIOS flash and send the dump to allservice.ro, they can recover or patch the BIOS in order to clear the lock. The S/N and all your settign will remain intact. Those guys a pros. See their forums:

http://allservice.ro/forum/viewtopic.php...

The BIOS can be programmed in system just fine, there is also a connector for that on the motherboard on almost all models. Just stop spamming dude

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Riki
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Sam is partially right, on newer Macs u MUST give it to an Apple Technician (like me) and we MUST do a chat with our second level support, they will send us a file to put on a right formatted pen drive that will erase the password. This is the only way and... there are no connector on the logic board to do this on the mbp 13 early 11.

So if u have this problem just go to the nearest Apple Store or Apple Premium Service Provider, they will know what to do.

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anirhadley
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please people stop spamming, its easy to remove the pass-code to the ship (bios) just add or remove ram and fallow the directions

Power on the mac and immediately press and hold command-option-P-R

do it a few times will work

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mminyan
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only way is to change the bios chip jersey city repair guys can do it. google them

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