Snow Leopard on a Late 2011 Macbook Pro...Any glitches?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Gomff, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. Gomff macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2009
    Hi Everyone

    Took the plunge today and upgraded from my 5 year old C2D Macbook Pro to a late 2011 15", 2.5Ghz Hi res anti glare model. I did some research and found that it was possible to get Snow Leopard running on the new machine....I started my old MBP in target mode, plugged it into the new machine and booted into the SL partition and all seems to be working perfectly.

    Whilst I'm copying the old SL partition over via SuperSuper, I'm just wondering if anybody knows of any "Gotchas" that I need to look out for? The SL I'm duping is up to date 10.6.8.

  2. soulreaver99 macrumors 68030


    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    I've been running SL on my early 2011 Mac that came preinstalled with Lion without any issues. I doubt you will have problems.
  3. m20e3087 macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2011
    You should not have any problem, just do a clean install.
  4. Gomff thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2009
  5. Yaboze macrumors 6502a


    May 31, 2007
    The Garden State
    I have a SL upgrade DVD from 2009. I have done clean installs with it on my older 2007 MB. Can this DVD be used to do a clean install on a late 2011 MBP?

    I'm wondering about CPU/GPU detection, etc...
  6. Gomff thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2009
    Probably not. You'll need to follow the guide here.

    Basically you need 10.6.7 or upwards to run on the late 2011 otherwise it won't work.
  7. Alexjones macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2010
  8. grrrz macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2012
    (sorry for same question again but really need the info)
    Does SL work without glitch on a 13" entry-level late 2011?
    will buy if so.
  9. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    It will run, but you have to get your hands on a 10.6.6 or better build. Retail discs best is 10.6.3
  10. grrrz macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2012
    I intend to do a "restore to" the new drive from my old 10.6.8 setup with the new mac in a target mode, with disk utility
    That works right? (plus I save one day of setup/authorization of software)
    also there's no issue with snow leopard 10.6.8 and SSD, sata III and the use of HD/SSD in an optidrive that Lion would fix?
  11. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    That should be the application's fault.

    @everyone else
    I have helped my friends downgrade their late-2011 MacBook Pros. No glitches. Works completely fine.
  12. drayon macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
  13. Gomff thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2009
    Hasn't been my experience....MBP runs beautifully under SL, no problems at all.
  14. wineandcarbs macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    I think you'll be fine. My early-2011 MBP came w/ SL and runs great

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