Firmware Restoration CD

by Brandon Yap

Did you know that you could resurrect your Mac from a botched firmware update? Apple have available Firmware Restoration CD’s which will do just that.

“The Firmware Restoration CD can restore the firmware of an Intel-based Macintosh computer. Note: Restoring your firmware will reset some of your computer’s preferences to defaults. You can only use this to restore the firmware after an interrupted or unsuccessful update. If your computer is already in this state, you’ll need to download the software and create the CD on another Macintosh computer, or you can take your computer to an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider to restore your firmware. This CD can be created on either a PowerPC- or Intel-based Mac, but only works with Intel-based Macs.”

There are a number of versions of restoration CD’s, each supporting discrete models of Macs. Version support is as below:

Firmware Restoration CD 1.5

Computer Model Identifier
Mac Pro (Early 2008) MacPro3,1

Firmware Restoration CD 1.4

Computer Model Identifier
iMac (Late 2006 17 and 20-inch) iMac5,1
iMac (Late 2006 17-inch CD) iMac5,2
iMac (Late 2006 24-inch) iMac6,1
MacBook (Late 2006) MacBook2,1
MacBook (Mid 2007) MacBook2,1
MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo 15-inch) MacBookPro2,2
MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo 17-inch) MacBookPro2,1
Mac Pro MacPro1,1
Mac Pro (8-core) MacPro2,1
Xserve (Late 2006) Xserve1,1

Firmware Restoration CD 1.3 

Computer Model Identifier
iMac (Early 2006 17 and 20-inch) iMac4,1
iMac (Mid 2006 17-inch) iMac4,2
Mac mini (Early 2006) MacMini1,1
Mac mini (Late 2006) MacMini1,1
MacBook MacBook1,1
MacBook Pro (15-inch) MacBookPro1,1
MacBook Pro (17-inch) MacBookPro1,2
MacBook Pro (2.4/2.2 GHz 15-inch) MacBookPro3,1

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