Where is the firmware password stored on the computer

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  1. 5oo macrumors newbie

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    I cant access my imac when i turn it on it will give me flashing question mark and when i go to recovery it will show up greylock so i found out is a firmware password
    so i didn little research about how to reset password but there is not too many options tho!!!
    i was wondering if i change hdd`s? if is going to work or no?
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You will need to take it to an Apple repair center where you will be asked for proof of ownership, then they will remove that EFI password for you. You can read about it here.

    Replacing the hard drive will not get around this.
     
  3. 5oo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well i got it from my friend tho so there is no way how to avoid it? :(
    thanks
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Ask your friend for the password. There is no way to circumvent or change the password, other than taking it to Apple.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Nope. It is intended to be a theft deterrent and security measure and you can't remove it yourself.
     
  6. 5oo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oh ok thank you

    and how to fix Flashing Folder with Question Mark
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That means the system cannot find the OS to boot from. Most commonly this is a bad drive.
     
  8. 5oo, Dec 10, 2013
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    5oo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    when is drive bad and i am trying to get to recovery would show that greylock?
     
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    You need the firmware password to boot from a different volume, so yes, you'd get the password prompt when trying to boot into recovery. You'll need to get the password from your friend.
     
  10. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You have two things going on at once here. When that EFI password is turned on (the one that is giving you the grey login screen like below), it locks the machine to whatever boot drive is currently selected. That why when you try to command-r boot you are getting the EFI PW prompt.

    The second issue is you likely have a bad hard drive there and that is why the system won't boot and gives you that question mark.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. 5oo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so what should i do?

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    well he doesnt remember anymore! :mad:
     
  12. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020

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    Have you asked "your friend" for the password yet?
     
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    Like I mentioned... take it to an Apple repair center and prove you own it and they will fix you up.
     
  14. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Seems to be a lot of dancing around here with no one suggesting the obvious...

    But it ain't going to be me! :p
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I'm inclined to agree, although it's never known for certain. I find it interesting that someone who I assume used the computer on at least a fairly regular basis wouldn't know the firmware password required to boot up. Granted, that's an assumption and there are many possible scenarios, but on the surface, it "smells funny".
     
  16. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Like a skunk backed up directly against your left nostril!:eek:
     
  17. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Give it back to and get your money back from your friend. Simple enough.
     
  18. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Thing is the firmware password is not required for normal boot up. If you set an EFI password then use the machine with the same drive, you would never need to enter the EFI password again. I typically set an EFI password when I buy a Mac, then never enter it again until I go to sell it.
     
  19. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Interesting! And all the more reason to make sure you never forget the password, if you set one!
     
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    Have your "friend" go with you to Apple to prove that you own it and have them help you.
     
  22. 5oo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    no he deasnt have it same like i dont have no more stuff for ps3 or psp and other electronics well i guess i will put it in garbage LOL
     
  23. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020

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    Who bought it from Apple? Apple knows who bought it originally. Unless this computer came from a "friend" who got it from a "friend" who got it from a "friend's" trunk in a dark alley. He should be able to help you out.
     
  24. 5oo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well i am going to ask if he will go with me but it wont to be like tomorrow?! LOL
     
  25. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020

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    Better than throwing away a computer that you bought. ;)
     

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