Possible to downgrade to Lion on 2011 Mac Mini?

AJH1993

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Oct 26, 2011
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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? :(
 

BurningJah

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Apr 15, 2010
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As far as I know, that is correct!
You can only downgrade if your mini came originally installed with snow leopard.
 

Cmd-the-World

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Apr 7, 2010
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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? :(
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.
 

AJH1993

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Oct 26, 2011
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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.
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?