- Jun 13, 2016
while not B08 I did come across something interesting
a 2009 Xserve with a Boot ROM 3 versions newer then any Apple public released
check out the pictures, it shows B09 but the latest XS3,1 BootROM Apple public released is B06, im very curious if the changes in this BootROM are the same as the B08 BootROM for the MP4,1? also worth noting on this Xserve was it was made march 2011 3 months AFTER apple discontinued the Xserve line and its not a referb machine as those have serial numbers which start with "RM" For
Routemasterremanufactured (on that note I have seen B08 MP4,1s which where NOT referb machines as well so go figure that one out)
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Apple-Xs...vip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.m43663.l44720 (Mod note: not my listing)
sadly I was not able to acquire the Xserve, as another machine I had been looking for for a long time showed up at the same time. https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...os-x-10-5-8-power-macintosh-9600-fun.2144305/ and I could only afford one or the other.
Interesting, so seems Xserve has the same not public BootROMs as MP4,1 and MP5,1.
My Dual 2009 is a new, not refurb, B08 manufactured in August 2010. When I upgraded it, I never thought that the BootROM would be needed or have any historical significance.
One of the Apple EFI tools has a table of BootROMs for MP51, used probably for reference, and we are missing at least 3 releases before MP51.0085.B00. I'm at work and don't have access to my files, later I can post the releases that exist and are not public for MP51.
It's the one that the last MP4,1 manufactured and some refurbished Mac Pros got from Apple after MP5,1 production started.Is this the boot rom from the beta install? if so i think I've got it hanging around mate.
If you did the 5,1 firmware upgrade, it's already a 5,1 firmware.I’ll check on Monday, I did 4.1>5.1 upgrade, but not upgraded to high Sierra
Today I got one more MP51.0081.B08 dump, so now I have three, from different 2009 Mac Pros. Since I already tested the first two flashing into my Mac Pro, I'll just clean the new one and check if it's the same checksum.
Thx for the offer but B07 is a public one, that you can download from Apple.I have a dual 2,26 4.1 with MP41.0081.B07 do you still need some info ? test?
Just have received the xserve repair kit and it comes directly with the b09 firmware. Think it the only way to get it. Can get a clean factory image if needed with a programmer since it comes with no serial number at all.@LightBulbFun I have a dump from a XServe with the XS31.0081.B09 firmware. As far as I can tell there is nothing exciting about it, it does not boot the X5620 that I put in to test, I didn't try other CPUs, but don't expect it would work with any others. I haven't had time to look into it further.
I had 5 with the B09 firmware, but got rid of the 4 working ones before I read your post and even realized there was a newer firmware. I notice all 5 of them had serial numbers starting with YM where all the other XServes I've seen start with H0. I believe this means they are from different factories. Also of note, the B09 XServes were made in March 2011 according to the serial number, where the latest B06 XServe I've seen was made in mid-2010.
I'm including the dump here since the XServe this came from is dead and will never be powered up (had to pull the ROM to dump it) I did test it by copying it to a different XServe, and it did boot up just fine. Curious if you or anyone can figure anything else out about this firmware.
Also my guess is the firmware isn't really 3 revisions newer than the XS31.0081.06B Apple publicly released, I think it's one version newer, the firmware version numbers were just mixed with the Mac Pro for some reason.