How to put 10.6 on Mac Mini 2011?

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    The 2011 Mac mini shipped with OS 10.7 so 10. 6 would not be supported. Apple computers do not support a older OS than shipped with it.
     
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    Hmmmmmm... what about a virtual machine?
     
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    I think that might work, though I have not done it.
     
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    So impossible putting Tiger on the G5. :/ Damn.
     
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    I can't tell which Powermac G5 you have from your sig, but the 2005 models shipped with 10.4. If 2004 or earlier, then yes it would be a problem.
     
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    Late 2005 (the last iteration). :) will it work?
     
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    Yes, according to here. The pre-installed OS was 10.4.2 and it would support up to 10.5.8.
     
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    Ah. So it would work. I bought it second hand and it came with Leopard. :)
    Only 10.4 and 10.5 supported. 2 versions of OS X =[
     
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    It was a timing issue. Apple switched from the PowerPC to Intel processors. OS 10.5 was the last OS that supported the PowerPCs.
     
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    Ah. So if Apple never did switch to Intel processors the G5 would have supported 4/5 versions. :)
     
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    All PowerMac G5 models will support booting from Tiger.
    The oldest came with 10.2.x (Jaguar)
    The newest with 10.4.4
    All will boot to Tiger, or Leopard
    If you have a Tiger installer with latest version 10.4.6, that will certainly install on any G5.
    2 OS X generations, yes.
    But the last PowerMac was released new in October 2005, with Tiger installed.
    The last system update to Leopard was in August 2009 - so there's an active span of over 4 years.
    Apple wasn't releasing OS X generations as often then as they do now.
    You will also notice that all 2005 G4/G5 Macs and PowerBooks/iBooks were limited at the end of that generation to only one more major OS X release. Part of the limitation of a hardware release at the end of a hardware generation.

    I was working for Dell support at the time of the release of Windows XP. I remember the frustration that some customers had when Dell decided that they would not provide the required BIOS updates on certain popular models sold at that time.
    So, a brand new Dell, current at the time, that couldn't be upgraded to the next Windows version. So - not exactly an unknown situation.
    Not Apple, but a similar situation. The hardware sometimes doesn't get the attention that you might think it deserves when new operating systems are released.
    You usually have to work within those limits.
     
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    Should I keep my G5? And I do not have the box. Thanks for the info. :3
     
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    Why wouldn't you keep a PowerMac G5? Unless you don't have the space for it?
    Or, maybe you don't have any need to keep it?
    What were you planning to do with it?
     
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    To put my 4/4s on and as backup. I wish I could see those products in the store.
     
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    It is possible, google around.
     
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    Again - same answer - yes a VM of 10.6 is possible on the 2011 mini.
    For example, you can use Parallels, but you need to have OS X server installed - at least that is a method that Apple's UL allows.
    Google a little to find out more.
     

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