Downgrade to Lion from GM

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by yogeewan, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. yogeewan macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2010
    I have been unable to do this at all in the 2012 15" non retina macbook. Now I'm stuck with an empty partition and only the mountain lion recovery which will not recover since it is not yet out. Anyone figure out any means of booting? Cant boot through snow leopard dvd, it just hangs.. can't create USBs of any system (Lion / mountain Lion), I just get a circle with a slash.. any advice?
  2. heisenberg123, Jul 13, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2012

    heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    you need to find a bootable version usb or dvd of Lion and do a clean install

    you could also try internet recovery which is holding CMD-R on bootup see if that works but the ML install might make it think you want to re-install ML
  3. pepede macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2012
    I know how help you. You have 2 posibilities.
    First: Boot Linux Live CD and then format hard drive (for example ubuntu)
    Second: Unmount the hard drive from macbook, connect it to other computer and format.

    Finally you are able to install lion
  4. yogeewan thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2010
    Bootable versions don't work. They show the apple and then after a bit show a circle with a slash.

    Internet recovery does not work, since ML is still not out and it says you have not purchased lion. (even though it is ML recovery, thats the message it gives!)


    Let me try the live cd option. If i erase the hdd completely, I hope booting through USB will work with the slash and the circle? I don't want a completely clean HDD. I have a feeling with the GM, some EFI and firmwares were upgraded as well which prevents all these boots.
  5. imahawki macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2011
    This seems like a question that would have been good to ask before installing a BETA OS.
  6. yogeewan thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2010
    There comes the sarcasm. This is a developer machine. I can wait a few more days till ML officially comes out and do an internet recovery. It is only out of adventure and learning that this question was asked.
  7. pepede macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2012
    I wasn't pleased from ML so I downgraded to Lion. That's way I inserted cd with Ubuntu 12, pressed ALT/OPTION and chose from boot list Windows( but it was really ubuntu) Then i opened disk gparted and formated whole disk. After that I inserted Lion disc and traditionally installed Lion
  8. fatefulwhisper macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2008
    You will need to use the Internet Recovery Option by pressing Command + Option + R. Then you'll see a spinning globe; this is how you will know you're in the correct mode. It will then proceed to download the machine specific Lion version for your macbook.

    Command + R is just recovery mode that goes straight to the partition, and this is not what you want.
    Command + Option + R will goto Internet Recovery Mode, which is what you want, since the latest OS on Apple's servers is still Lion.
  9. yogeewan thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2010
    Thanks all!

    Thank you all, I will try all the versions!
  10. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    Before downloading Lion it asks for your Apple ID so this only works if you already purchased Lion.
  11. fatefulwhisper macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2008
    Lion will be a free download (and is tied to the machine's unique ID) for the new 2012 retina macbooks. This is given for free instead of giving a recovery disk.
  12. gmeans42 macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2012
    i also had this problem and what i did was boot into recovery using "option" then select disk utility and erase EVERYTHING every partition every hardrive until you have nothing then once your positive everything is gone restart your computer into internet recovery not positive but i think its option+command+r and let it do its thing and it should install os x lion instead of mountain lion, it took me about an hour i have fast internet though so it may take a little longer depending how fast your connection is, good luck
  13. Seth Mac Fan macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2012
    I would recommend you re-download lion from the mac app store but you will probably have to pay again for it , or buy it from apple they offer it on a usb drive and it is $69.00 .

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