so I copied the 'Firmware Password Utility' off dvd1 to set that password...I restarted and nothing's changed... I must've missunderstood, I thought that would give me a power-on password but it seems to merely protect my notebook against reinstalling / resetting....correct? and does it only ask for authentication when using dvds other than my own that came with the mac? if so, is there no way to have a simple power-on password like all bios-sw on non-macs have? wouldn't it be nice to then enable auto-login so that you have only one fairly secure password at the very beginning of the boot sequence?