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Archived - Mac OS X: Available firmware updates

If you are upgrading from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X 10.2 or later on a computer that otherwise meets the system requirements, make sure that the computer's firmware has been updated. This list shows which firmware updates are available and appropriate for each computer.

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As explained in "Mac OS X 10.2 Welcome and Install Manuals" and "Mac OS X Welcome and Install Manuals", you may need to update the firmware on your Macintosh computer prior to installing Mac OS X 10.2 or later. The following table lists the firmware updates that are available for Apple products that can update to Mac OS X 10.2 or later.

Note: Rows in PINK indicate computers that can install Mac OS X 10.2 but are not supported with Mac OS X 10.3, 10.4 or later.

If you are unsure whether your computer needs a particular update, simply download and open the update installer. If the update is already installed or not needed, the installer will alert you to this.

Important: These firmware updates cannot be installed when the computer is started up from Mac OS X. In order to install them, you must start up the computer from a Mac OS 8 or Mac OS 9 System Folder on the computer's hard disk (not from a CD). See the hardware and software requirements listed for each installer for details.

iMac Firmware Update Download Document No.
iMac (USB 2.0) no update needed
iMac (17-inch 1GHz) no update needed
iMac (17-inch Flat Panel) no update needed
iMac (Flat Panel) no update needed
iMac (Summer 2001) iMac Firmware Update 4.1.9 75130
iMac (Early 2001) iMac Firmware Update 4.1.9 75130
iMac (Summer 2000) iMac Firmware Update 4.1.9 75130
iMac (Slot Loading) iMac Firmware Update 4.1.9 75130
iMac 333 MHz iMac Firmware Update 1.2 60384
iMac 266 MHz iMac Firmware Update 1.2 60384
iMac 233 MHz iMac Firmware Update 1.2 60384

 

eMac Firmware Update Download Document No.
    eMac (ATI Graphics)     no update needed
        eMac         no update needed

 

iBook Firmware Update Download Document No.
iBook G4 no update needed
iBook (Early 2003) no update needed
iBook (14.1 LCD 16 VRAM) no update needed
iBook (16 VRAM) no update needed
iBook (14.1 LCD) no update needed
iBook (Late 2001) no update needed
iBook (Dual USB) no update needed
iBook Special Edition (FireWire) iBook Firmware Update 4.1.7 75128
iBook (FireWire) iBook Firmware Update 4.1.7 75128
iBook iBook Firmware Update 4.1.7 75128

 

Power Mac G5 Firmware Update Download Document No.
Power Mac G5 Power Mac G5 Uniprocessor 5.1.5 f2 Firmware Update 5.1.5f2 Click here

 

Xserve G5 Firmware Update Download Document No.
Xserve G5 Firmware Update 5.1.7f1 Click here

 

Power Mac G4 Firmware Update Download Document No.
Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors 2003) no update needed
Power Mac G4 (FW 800) no update needed
Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors) no update needed
Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002) no update needed
Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver) no update needed
Power Mac G4 (Digital Audio) Power Mac G4 Firmware Update 4.2.8 120068
Power Mac G4 (Gigabit Ethernet) Power Mac G4 Firmware Update 4.2.8 120068
Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics) Power Mac G4 Firmware Update 4.2.8 120068
Power Mac G4 (PCI Graphics) no update needed
Power Mac G4 Cube Power Mac G4 Cube Firmware Update 4.1.9 75129

 

Power Macintosh G3 Firmware Update Download Document No.
Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White) Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White) Firmware Update 1.1 58374
Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White) with SCSI Ultra2 SCSI Card Firmware Update 1.2 60409
Power Macintosh G3 Desktop Mac OS X 10.0 SCSI Card Update 25176
Power Macintosh G3 Mini Tower Mac OS X 10.0 SCSI Card Update 25176

 

PowerBook G4 Firmware Update Download Document No.
PowerBook G4 (17-inch 1.33GHz) no update needed
PowerBook G4 (15-inch FW800) no update needed
PowerBook G4 (12-inch DVI) no update needed
PowerBook G4 (17-inch) no update needed
PowerBook G4 (12-inch) no update needed
PowerBook G4 (1GHz/867MHz) no update needed
PowerBook G4 (DVI) no update needed
PowerBook G4 (Gigabit Ethernet) PowerBook Firmware Update 4.2.9 120092
PowerBook G4 PowerBook Firmware Update 4.1.8 75132

 

PowerBook G3 Firmware Update Download Document No.
PowerBook G3 (FireWire) PowerBook Firmware Update 4.1.8 75132
PowerBook G3 Series (Bronze Keyboard) no update needed
PowerBook G3 Series no update needed
PowerBook G3 no update needed

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Note: The parenthetical product descriptions (Summer 2000) and (Summer 2001) refer to the summer of the Northern Hemisphere.

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