Problems installing OSX Lion - new Mac Mini 2011

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jfrstr, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. jfrstr macrumors newbie

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    Hi!

    I'm having major problem with my brand new Mac Mini.
    I wanted to upgrade it right away after reading so many succeful upgrading reports on various forums so I bought a 120GB Intel 320 SSD disk and 2x4 GB of Kingston 1333mhz ram. I swapped the drives right away and idiotically used to original drive in a case to create an external installation USB-drive (my 4GB USB drives didn't work).
    I then created a bootable USB-disk with the external original drive and tried to install but only get the circle with slash after selecting the drive in the "options" menu. If I remove the USB-drive I get a flashing folder icon. If start holding down Command + S I get a message saying that the "version of OSX is not supported on this platform".
    I also tried using the Recovery Assistant HD to create a bootable recovery tool but that gives the same results.

    In short:
    I can't install OSX Lion on a brand new Mac Mini with upgraded HD and Ram. I don't have the original installation anymore. I should've cloned the original drive but I didn't.

    Am I out of luck?
     
  2. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    Try internet recovery mode. That worked for me in the exact same scenario. Command + Option + R at the bong. Also make use you have a USB keyboard.
     
  3. jfrstr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ...aaand five minutes later I'm installing Lion. Can't believe I haven't stumbled over this after googling the problem the whole weekend. Thanks!

    Yeah, it took me a while to realize that about the USB Keyboard too, had to drive by the office to find one of those old relics.

    Huge thanks!
     
  4. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    Wireless keyboards with a dongle also work because they can pair without OSX.
     

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