Reset firmware password?

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  1. Andropov, Jan 6, 2015
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    Andropov macrumors regular

    Andropov

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    #1
    Hello. I'll buy a Retina MacBook Pro soon, and I'd like to protect it so I can recover it in case of theft, so I have a question:

    Can the firmware password in a Mac with soldered RAM be reset without going to an Apple Store? In example, by removing the SSD or disconnecting the battery from the logic board (hence at least the PRAM would be reseted).

    Thanks!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    No, only the Apple store can reset the firmware password on that model.

    With a firmware password set on a Retina MacBook Pro, what are recovery options?
     
  3. Andropov thread starter macrumors regular

    Andropov

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    I see. Upon further investigation, I found an article that explains that prior to 2011 the firmware password was stored in the PRAM, but 2011 or later macs include a micro controller with a flash memory to store it safely.

    I can't find the article right now, sorry.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Exactly.

    This is probably the article you are thinking of.
     

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