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Squuiid

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Oct 31, 2006
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How to enable/disable SIP by using single-user recovery mode when using unflashed video cards in a Mac Pro (cMP).

In order to disable or enable SIP (System Integrity Protection) without being able to see recovery mode and launch the terminal, you can use single-user recovery mode which takes you right into a command prompt.

Reboot Mac holding down COMMAND R S

Wait 30-60 seconds depending on how fast your boot disk is.

Then hit ENTER a few times to get to the command prompt

To DISABLE SIP:
type csrutil disable
Wait 10 seconds
type reboot

To ENABLE SIP:
type csrutil enable
Wait 10 seconds
type reboot

Once back in macOS you can check the status of SIP with the following command:
csrutil status


Reasons you might want to temporarily disable SIP on a Mac Pro:

Enabling Night Shift using NightPatch:
https://github.com/pookjw/NightPatch

Enabling Continuity/Apple Watch Unlock using CAT:
https://github.com/dokterdok/Continuity-Activation-Tool
 
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h9826790

macrumors P6
Apr 3, 2014
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Thanks for the sharing.

However, just an info for others. Unflashed graphics card not necessary means unable to access recovery partition. As long as the card is natively supported in MacOS (e.g. RX460). It will display in recovery partition (holding Command + R during boot). The recovery partition is now displayed by driver, not EFI anymore.
 

Squuiid

macrumors 68000
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Oct 31, 2006
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True, I should probably qualify which cards.
Most unflashed cards ;)
 

owbp

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Jan 28, 2016
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Most unflashed cards ;)
Haha, we're waiting for the list! :p

Also, i would like to add two more things to
Reasons you might want to temporarily disable SIP on a Mac Pro:

Enabling Night Shift using NightPatch:
https://github.com/pookjw/NightPatch

Enabling Continuity/Apple Watch Unlock using CAT:
https://github.com/dokterdok/Continuity-Activation-Tool

- Using HDMIAudio (or DP on nVidias):
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/guide-hdmi-audio.1499797/

- Using bless in Terminal for choosing startup partition that won't show in StartUp Disk (e.g. booting into EFI Windows install).
 
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