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mrbigkilla

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Feb 23, 2023
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Bought a used early 2014 MacBook Air 11" and upon trying to format the SSD I entered recovery mode where it asked me for a firmware password. Yeah, no luck here or from the seller. I can't remove RAM which would bypass this. Any ideas or suggestions? Am I better off to part this thing out?

Thanks all in advance!
 

Bigwaff

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Sep 20, 2013
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Apple Store can reset or turn off firmware password but you might need to provide proof-of-purchase of some kind. You could also try an Authorized Apple Repair Center. Sometimes these local shops have the proprietary software in-house to reset or turn of firmware password.

Have you tried the Utilities > Firmware Password Utility when booted into Recovery mode? Sometimes you can turn the firmware password off. Worth a try.
 

mrbigkilla

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Feb 23, 2023
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Thanks Bigwaff, I've tried all of that. I bought it used from a guy on FB marketplace and I think I may have been had. Thanks for the help. Anyone need parts for a 2014 MB Air 11"...LOL
 

Macdctr

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Nov 25, 2009
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You can try searching on Ebay for EFI Firmware bypass boards that clip onto the logic board of the MacBook Air for your model of MacBook Air. I have bypassed the firmware lock on a few MacBook Pros/Airs by using the right EFI Firmware bypass board.

Once plugged in, the computer works just like any computer without the firmware password set. Just a suggestion.
 

halledise

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Bought a used early 2014 MacBook Air 11" and upon trying to format the SSD I entered recovery mode where it asked me for a firmware password. Yeah, no luck here or from the seller. I can't remove RAM which would bypass this. Any ideas or suggestions? Am I better off to part this thing out?

Thanks all in advance!
can you not obtain a bootable usb with high sierra (as a minimum) or (ideally) Big Sur, then start up from that usb and format your ssd in disk utility from there.
then install macOS.
i faced a similar situation to yours when i purchased a 2013 Air and it allowed me to bypass all issues
 

Andropov

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May 3, 2012
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can you not obtain a bootable usb with high sierra (as a minimum) or (ideally) Big Sur, then start up from that usb and format your ssd in disk utility from there.
then install macOS.
i faced a similar situation to yours when i purchased a 2013 Air and it allowed me to bypass all issues
You can't select a different boot drive with a firmware password set.
 
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KadMac

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Maybe look into getting a new logic board on ebay and switching it out. I think it can be had for about $45 to $70.
 
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