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Is it possible to update a 2010 macbook boot screen?

by Dooley_Labs / January 19, 2015 9:26 AM PST

I'm working on an older macbook pro from 2010. It's been updated by Apple from Snow Leopard to Yosemite without flaw, or so it seems. As for myself, I recently received a new 2014 macbook pro and noticed it has a new black boot screen. Is it possible to update the older macbook's white boot screen to the new one?

I searched on Google and came up with nothing, so I decided to leave a thread here to see what the world knows.

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I'm going with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 19, 2015 9:45 AM PST

That looks to be in Apple's boot rom. Since it vanishes at the office in a few seconds (we changed the HDD to a SSD) I can't see the gain. Maybe it's worth replacing the entire laptop? (just kidding.)

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This may not be the office, but...
by Dooley_Labs / January 19, 2015 9:56 AM PST
In reply to: I'm going with no.

This macbook takes about .5-1.5 minute to load through the old white boot screen whereas the new macbook loads in 20 seconds or less on a bad day. I figured there must have been a possible incompatibility between the update to OS X 10.10 and the old software (i.e. our printer will not communicate with the computer after many attempts to reinstall the drivers, etc.) If you are certain of this, then thank you for your speedy response. We will most likely be replacing that particular macbook within the next two years anyway. (It has a HDD, not a SSD, so that may be a minor cause of our issue.)

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I'm pretty certain.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 19, 2015 10:43 AM PST

You can test if it's on the HDD or not by removing the HDD. If it's like the few hundred Apples I've seen so far, it's in the bits in Apple's flash, (some call that a BIOS.) Now while a hard core programmer may want to dive deeper (read and more on the web) I have yet to see any menu or settings to change this.

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Thanks for your help.
by Dooley_Labs / January 20, 2015 7:18 AM PST
In reply to: I'm pretty certain.

So as your Cnet profile so cleverly says, I went outside, thought about it, then tried looking it up again. I've been enlightened. I found a link to Apple's site with the latest Boot ROM / EFI updates. I do not know how I missed this yesterday, but I've solved half of the equation. If this proves unsuccessful in any type of speedboost, I'll do exactly as you've suggested and get a SSD for it (mostly because I've been contemplating doing that for some time, but also because of suggestions from those like yourself + it being the other half of the equation.)

Thank you for your help and speedy responses.

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