Downgrading from ML to SL (MBA 2011, 11")

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by francis21, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. francis21 macrumors member

    May 2, 2011
    Mississauga, ON, Canada
    Hey there everyone!

    I would like to get your opinion, especially for programmers in this case, should I downgrade from ML to SL if I will be doing mainly programming work? Note that I have a base line 2011, 11" MBA (I upgraded the SSD to 120 GB from a third party company: OWC).

    I noticed from my iStat Menu monitor that my memory during normal usage is pretty much sucked-up completely: pretty much of what is left is around 20 MB, fluctuating over time. But the computer runs fine with ML.

    I actually bought my Mac with Lion, so I got started being used to the Mission Control, etc., but I wouldn't mine going back.

    The only thing that makes me worried is compatibility issues. For instance, thunderbolt hard drives might pose a problem.

    What do you guys think? Especially for programmers, and for those people who have simply downgraded from ML to SL.

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Since there a no 2011 MBAs coming with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard lacks the proper drivers for the hardware, and as the 2011 MBA had a new Thunderbolt chip in it, it is especially painful to downgrade to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, if not even impossible.

    Late 2011 MBPs and 2011 Mac minis and 2011 iMacs could be downgraded to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard successfully though, as they share the hardware with early 2011 MBPs.


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