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Firmware Tool 4,1 to 5,1 Not Working

CheMillan

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My Mac Pro is a 2009 4,1, the current Boot Rom is MP41.0081.B07, it has the Nvidia GeForce GT 120 card that came with it and the internal hard drive in bay 1 has Yosemite 10.10.5. I've been trying to do the firmware upgrade using the instructions from netkas.org and reading other users posts and comments here but the Firmware Tool is not working. This is what is happening: after the Firmware Tool creates the RamDisk, I shut down the Mac Pro, reboot and hold down the power button, but instead my Mac Pro shuts down when holding down the power button. I hear the startup sound but as soon as I press and hold the power button my Mac Pro shuts down. When I press the power button without holding it down it boots normally to the desktop. This is not working. Unless I'm doing it wrong, I may have to take it to a local shop and pay someone to do the firmware update. I would appreciate any help or suggestions. Thanks.
 

h9826790

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Did you

1) start up, and then press and hold the power button.

Or

2) Press and hold the power button to start the computer.

It should be (2), not (1).
 
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CheMillan

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Yes, boot the Mac Pro, not restart, then press and hold the power button but the Mac Pro just shuts down, as in OFF, the light above the power button goes off as well. I will try your suggestion #2: press and hold the power button to start the Mac Pro. I will post back. Thanks
 
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CheMillan

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Thank you, thank you, thank you, your suggestion #2 worked great. My Mac Pro 4,1 is now updated to the 5,1 EFI firmware. You saved me some $$$ by not having payed someone to do this. Thanks a lot man.
 

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sonofsnak

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Trying to do the same update for mine, but after disabling SIP, I get the 5570 error every time after the update app creates the RAM disk. Any thoughts? Have a new processor on the way and now a little worried. Tried booting up and doing it from a 10.8.6 drive, but also get the same error. The app I found is dated 2011. Is there an update for this?
TIA

Model Name: Mac Pro (early 2009)
Model Identifier: MacPro4,1
Processor Name: Quad-Core Intel Xeon
Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 4
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 8 MB
Memory: 12 GB
Processor Interconnect Speed: 4.8 GT/s
Boot ROM Version: MP41.0081.B07
SMC Version (system): 1.39f5
SMC Version (processor tray): 1.39f5

Running 10.11.6
[doublepost=1480365756][/doublepost]Solved the problem, even though it can't be installed on my machine, needed to only mount the MacProEFIUpdate 1.5 before I used the upgrade app. For whatever reason, I couldn't do this with the EFI 1.0.
6 core Processor coming this week!
 
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CheMillan

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I was able to apply the firmware update with no problem. I was doing it wrong the first try. Rebooted a few times and confirmed that the firmware was updated. My Mac Pro is running A-OK.
 
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NeuromancerOverdrive

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I am have a 4,1 Mac Pro with B7 firmware running Mavericks 10.9.5 and I am have been trying to update the firmware for the last week. I try, read forums, try again, read some more help so on and so on and s on. Frustrated and disappointed I am now reaching out for help. I pulled my GTX780SC out and am using the stock 120 video card, I have the firmware update.dmg on the desktop mounted and I run the Netkas program from the desktop. Everything seems like it should work. Netkas program runs and creates ram disk image, the firmware.dmg file disappears and Netkas program tells me to shutdown then do a restart by holding the power button until it flashes then beevid Netkas both but............ still a 4,1. Please help
 
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h9826790

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I am have a 4,1 Mac Pro with B7 firmware running Mavericks 10.9.5 and I am have been trying to update the firmware for the last week. I try, read forums, try again, read some more help so on and so on and s on. Frustrated and disappointed I am now reaching out for help. I pulled my GTX780SC out and am using the stock 120 video card, I have the firmware update.dmg on the desktop mounted and I run the Netkas program from the desktop. Everything seems like it should work. Netkas program runs and creates ram disk image, the firmware.dmg file disappears and Netkas program tells me to shutdown then do a restart by holding the power button until it flashes then beevid Netkas both but............ still a 4,1. Please help

Just want to confirm do you shut down, or restart? The process must completely shutdown, and then follow by a cold start. Restart won't work.

Anyway, how you check the system identifier? The about my Mac won't show any change, must dig deeper into the system report.
 
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NeuromancerOverdrive

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Just want to confirm do you shut down, or restart? The process must completely shutdown, and then follow by a cold start. Restart won't work.

Anyway, how you check the system identifier? The about my Mac won't show any change, must dig deeper into the system report.

Shut down using apple menu "Shut Down....." then I wait .....make sure it's shut down, then restart with power button manual style- finger on button till flashy light and beep.

About this mac>more info>model indentifier:MacPro 4,1
I don't know any other way to tell.

Thank you for your assistance.
 
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NeuromancerOverdrive

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Yes heard the beeps and unfortunately, yes still B7. I think that I am going to go to an earlier version of OSX and see if I can get it to work. I have read in other forums of some success that way. Can't hurt.
 
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h9826790

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Yes heard the beeps and unfortunately, yes still B7. I think that I am going to go to an earlier version of OSX and see if I can get it to work. I have read in other forums of some success that way. Can't hurt.

If there is any other HDD / SSD there with the newer OS. You may try pull all them out (also all PCIe card except the GT120), only leave the Mavericks HDD in there, perform a SMC + PRAM reset, and then try again.

From your post, I can clearly see you already did everything. e.g. make sure its B07, have an EFI GPU card, downloaded the required image file from Apple...

Mavericks should be fine, I perform the upgrade / downgrade more then once with that. Of course, nothing hurt to try an older OS, as long as that OS support 5,1 and all your hardware.
 
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