December 2011 MBP - want SL

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MrAndy1369, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. MrAndy1369 Guest

    Nov 27, 2011
    I got a MBP 13" (late December 2011). I'm not feeling the love for Lion, want to downgrade to Snow Leopard. I know people say installing SL isn't possible on late 2011 models, but I know of a few instances where people used the grey non-retail 10.6.7 DVD that came with early/mid-2011 MBPs for their late 2011 (came with Lion preinstalled) MBPs, and after updating to 10.6.8, everything worked like a charm.

    The problems/questions I have are:

    a) Obviously, as this laptop came with Lion, I don't have the SL DVD handy. Short of downloading it illegally, which is something I don't want to do, is there any way I can request this from Apple? Think I'll get pushback? I'm trying to find a friend who has the hard-to-find 10.6.7 DVD, but that may be hard to impossible.

    b) The instances mentioned above were for MBPs from August-October 2011. I'm not sure if the 10.6.7 DVD would even support a December 2011 MBP, because it's possible Apple added some kind of hard block for SL in those laptops. I'm probably wrong, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

    c) Would this void my AppleCare?

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    a) SL retail discs can be found if you look around.

    b) Since your MBP is from a refresh after Lion was released you will probably face more stability issues than a model from before the release.

    c) It could.
  3. Alaerian Guest


    Jan 6, 2005
    A barstool, Innis & Gunn in hand
    What issues are you having with Lion? If there are problems we could help you solve or workaround, then it might be worth it to stay on Lion for stability.
  4. Simplicated, Feb 3, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2012

    Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    a) The 10.6.6, 10.6.7 and 10.6.8 DVDs that came with early-2011 MBPs work too, and I can confirm because I performed a Time Machine restore on my late-2011 MBP. You can also use another Mac (if you don't have another one, ask your friend!), grab a FireWire/Thunderbolt cable and boot your Mac into Target Disk Mode. Insert the OS X disc into the another Mac and select the hard drive, depicted by a FireWire/Thunderbolt icon.

    b) My late-2011 MBP is rocking 10.6.8 just fine, and I've helped a handful of my friends downgrade and theirs are also running flawlessly. Only a little hardware was changed and the model identifier is even the same.

    c) No.
  5. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Dunno if they come in later versions but the first revision 10.6 retail disks absolutely did not work on late gen (mid 2011 onward) macs. I tried because I needed to use the password reset utility (until I found out it's also in lion). retail disks kernel panicked on every machine, presumably because of driver issues.
  6. BasilFawlty macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    That's what I did. I bought a new MBP with Lion and was able to install SL from the disk that came with my now-dead MacBook (not pro). At first a lot of stuff didn't work right (could not scroll with track pad, and keyboard lights didn't work just to name a couple). But once I upgraded everything works fine!
  7. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Just to help with clearing things up for prospective readers :): If you install 10.6.6-10.6.7 on the late-2011 MBPs, it won't work entirely fine. But once you update to 10.6.8, it will.
  8. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    I have a 2.4 quad 17. I don't know the month it came out, but I believe it's a late year version.

    I installed Snow on it. Works fine.

    BTW, I think you may want to go back to Lion eventually ;)
  9. MrAndy1369 thread starter Guest

    Nov 27, 2011
    An update:

    I was able to borrow a friend's MBP 13" grey restore DVD (with 10.6.7). I was able to install SL just fine, and it purrs like a newborn kitten (works very fast, too, amazingly nimble). So, I can confirm from my end - it is possible to install SL on all 2011 MBPs!
  10. Ishmumrhmn macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2012
  11. Signal-11 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    2nd Star to the Right

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