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Preventing a Clean install -- Firmware Password

bobber205

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Nov 15, 2005
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On apple's website, they talked about how intel machines can't set a firmware password. I would like to set one on my macbook.

I want to prevent someone other than me doing a clean install if my macbook gets stolen after I install anti-theft software.
 

Nermal

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Dec 7, 2002
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The Open Firmware Password app in the Utilities folder of your install DVD will allow you to set up a password. Yes, it does work on Intels :)
 

mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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Just out of interest, is the app still called Open Firmware Password or has it been renamed to merely Firmware Password? I know it doesn't really matter but I'm anally retentive and I like to know things.
 

Nermal

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mad jew said:
I know it doesn't really matter but I'm anally retentive and I like to know things.

OK, I'll make you feel more comfortable and secure. It's still called Open Firmware Password. Booya! :D
 

WildCowboy

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Jan 20, 2005
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FYI, it's pretty easy for a knowledgeable thief to disable the firmware password on PPC Macs. There has been some debate as to whether the method works on Intel Macs, but I have seen statements saying that it still works even though Open Firmware has been replaced by EFI.

That said, most thieves aren't so knowledgeable, so yes, it does provide a fair amount of protection. And since thieves very often fence their stolen goods without even turning them on, you have an even better chance of catching the clueless sap who ends up with the machine.
 
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