Can i use the SL disk that came with my old MBP ?

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  1. Alexjones macrumors 6502

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    My new MBP came with Lion already installed. Im not crazy about it and i want to do a fresh install of Snow leopard. Can i use the disk that came with my 2010 MBP?
     
  2. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Try it.

    Probably not, though. They are coded to each machine type, and a new MBP requires at least 10.6.6.
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    Nope, only the 2011 disc will work on the current Lion shipping Macbook Pros.
     
  4. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    Try to find some 2011 restore discs for sale online.
     
  5. Alexjones thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Darn. That means i have to buy a new Snow Leopard disk?
     
  6. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    That will not work, either. The retail install will not work for newer machines.
     
  7. Alexjones thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That means im stuck with Lion?
     
  8. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Call apple and tell them you lost your recovery CD from your early 2011 MBP, they'll mail them to you for a nominal fee.
     
  9. frunkis54 macrumors 65816

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    As per apple you can not instal earlier OS than the one that came with your computer. So if your Mac came with Lion you can not install Snow Leopard
     
  10. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Snow leopard will install on the 2011 MBP's, they came with it at first.
     
  11. frunkis54 macrumors 65816

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    and? that isn't what i said read my post again if your mac came with Lion you can not install SL

    he clearly states his MBP came with Lion.
     
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  13. frunkis54 macrumors 65816

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    that you can do by using bootcamp it works well.
     
  14. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    He has a 2011 MBP, they came with snow leopard installed when they came out, therefore, a recovery SL Disk from a 2011MBP will work, regardless of if Lion came pre-installed or not. A retail version will not work as the build is too early.

    The OP can install SL, and it will work, he just has to locate/buy the correct DVDs.
     
  15. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Yes, in fact, that is the only windows version supported by the current generation of MBP.
     
  16. frunkis54 macrumors 65816

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    are we reading the same question? he said it came with Lion installed and therefore my response is correct.
     
  17. Alexjones thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. I have 13 days to decide if i am going to keep my MBP. I will work with Lion and play with the settings till i feel comfortable with it.
     
  18. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    You are incorrect. It is very easy to install Snow Leopard on such a machine; boot the Snow Leopard Restore DVD that came with the MacBook Pro 8,x, format the hard drive using Disk Utility, and install Snow Leopard.

    The issue for the OP is to get a hold of the proper Restore DVD.
     
  19. frunkis54 macrumors 65816

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    Ok well then i apoligize snaky69. from my past experience it wouldn't work
     
  20. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

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    I talked to Apple support about this yesterday... what they told me was that IF a 2011 MBP came with Lion PRE-INSTALLED, you CANNOT use a snow leopard disk (either retail or a 2011 recovery disk) to wipe the drive and re-install snow leopard.

    I asked WHY

    He says because of a firmware that has been installed in the machines that ship with Lion.

    This is what was told to me by tech support at Apple
     

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