Possible to downgrade to Lion on 2011 Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by AJH1993, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. AJH1993 macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2011
    So I got the Core i5 Mac Mini in August of last year. Been a good computer, but I am having some issues with Lion. My Hamachi/Logmein VPN server doesn't work with it as do a few other programs. In an attempt to downgrade to Snow Leopard by inserting my retail Snow Leopard disk into an external DVD drive, it kernel panics. A genius said due to firmware I can't downgrade? :(
  2. BurningJah macrumors regular


    Apr 15, 2010
    As far as I know, that is correct!
    You can only downgrade if your mini came originally installed with snow leopard.
  3. Cmd-the-World macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
    There is a hack somewhere on the net and on this forum where you can downgrade. I haven't done it myself and I don't know what it consists but if you search the forum you would find what you want.
  4. AJH1993 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2011
    Could I remove the hard drive from the mini, put it on my external enclosure and install Snow Leopard on it from my Macbook, then put it back in the Mini?
  5. Cmd-the-World macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
    Personally I haven't tried it so I am unable to respond your question. However here is a link to the thread that discusses on how to do it.


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