Will rMBP run Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.x)?

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  1. majordude macrumors 68020

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    No.

    Not without significant modifications to the OS.
     
  3. majordude thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Drat. That is my favorite flavor of the OSX cats.
     
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    Neither the Early 2011, Late 2011 & Mid 2012 non-Retina Macbook Pros can't run Snow Leopard.

    EDIT : Some early 2011 came with Snow Leopard 10.6.6 , my bad !
     
  6. Wafflausages macrumors 6502

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    someone got sl working on the 2011 models
     
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    Can you give me a link ? I am stuck with Mountain Lion...
    I wan't to create a small partition on my Late 2011 MBP to play some old games that don't run on Lion :)
    My other Mac, wich came with Leopard, the Late 2008 model is used by my father nowadays so I can't take his machine to play games :)
     
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    Why would you? Mountain Lion is optimized to run the retina beast. It's also better than snow leopard by yards. Lion sucked, but they've pulled it together in mountain lion IMO.
     
  9. majordude thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I don't like how the last two (especially the last one) versions of OSX have become more iOS like and integrate Twitter and Facebook, two Horsemen of the Internet Apocalypse.
     
  10. wethackrey macrumors 6502

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    Hmmmm... eBay maybe?

    I know. Not much help.
     
  11. hakuin macrumors regular

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    I use SL on a late 2011 15" MBP. What you want to do should not be that difficult, especially since you have at least some access to a computer that can run SL. Find info on how to do it on the forums here, and also look online for how to use Disk Utility to partition your drive.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=snow%20leopard%20late%202011%20macbook%20pro&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#hl=en&q=+site:forums.macrumors.com+snow+leopard+late+2011+macbook+pro&sa=X&ei=5hwWUOjWMcakrAGl34DIDQ&ved=0CF0QrQIwAA&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=9aad8ba49e1f6fd3&biw=1191&bih=728
     
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    You can turn off most of these features that you dislike.

    ML is a fine OS. Lion was not.

    Have you tried ML?
     
  13. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Lion and mountain lion are fantastic. Fighting the future only makes the present harder.
     
  14. Rajpdx macrumors regular

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    ??

    I'm running Snow Leopard on two Oct 2011 17" MBPs.

    They're working fine for me.
     
  15. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Lion was slow.
     
  16. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000

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    I'll do some search, thank you. As you can see, i can't install it like Mountain Lion so maybe if i booted on the DVD and erase the HDD it would work. I have a basic and untouched copy of 10.6 Snow Leopard on a DL DVD.
    I know how to partion my drive, thanks for that too. :)
     

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    The difference is, that 2011 MBPs are Sandy Bridge based laptops and SL has those kexts. The 2012 laptops are completely new chipset and Snow Leopard has no drivers for the new chipset.

    The Snow Leopard for all intents and purposes is dead. There's been a few threads here with people trying to load SL on their 2012 MBP with no avail, even pulling a SL hard drive and putting it into a new laptop.
     
  18. d00d macrumors regular

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    Got any benchmarks proving that ML is significantly faster than Lion?
     
  19. biohead macrumors 6502

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    To run SL on a 2011 Macbook Pro you can either:

    1: Use a secondary Mac, install SL to the MBP via Target Disk Mode, or physically remove the drive and hook it up. Boot into SL on your secondary Mac, and update to 10.6.8 before you book it back up on the MBP.

    2: Get hold of an Early 2011 restore disc for your MBP and use that to install - they originally shipped with SL before Lion was released.

    In both cases, you MUST update to 10.6.8 to get it working properly.
     
  20. maxwelltech macrumors 6502

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    Nope, can't do it. Any system that is preloaded with Lion or later can't install Snow Leopard, without modifications to the OS itself.
    Try out Mountain Lion, from what I've heard it's great. If you don't like iOS features such as Launchpad, don't use them. Mountain Lion isn't forcing you to use them, unlike Windows 8 :D
     
  21. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    You don't have to use either, what's the problem?

    Topic of this thread = Storm in a teacup.

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    The best part about benchmarks is they don't really tell you what you need to know about <insert product name here>.
     
  22. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    Snow Leopard works on the late-2011 as well. It's the same base hardware, with a CPU speed bump. It just never shipped with Snow Leopard as an option.
     
  23. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Yep.

    My Early 2011 MBP is enough for a benchmark and hundreds of reviews from the Mac App store and online posts.

    Or do you need one from Ars Technica, Tom's Hardware and the like? Those guys just do tech reviews which don't show real world performance from working professionals who use these devices everyday...doing more than sending emails and light use of Lightroom, etc.

    This is coming from a pro user. But don't take my word for it, try it yourself.

    ML is just like SL when it comes to speed. It looks much more polished to boot and there's a few great features like AirPlay, Messages and Notifications....which mind you, you don't have to use if you don't like them :D

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    :D I kind of feel bad for Windows users that they have to use "Metro UI" on a desktop/laptop. I've never seen a good Windows laptop that has the great trackpad that the MBP has. I never use Launchpad, don't see a point in it. It does look nice, but I just use Alfred (light years ahead of Spotlight).

    Apple knows that a desktop is not a replacement for a tablet, so they are keeping OS X separate but using things they've learned from iOS devices to benefit the desktop users.

    Lion was a good entry, but somewhat of a failure in my opinion. ML is hitting all the right notes.
     
  24. InuNacho macrumors 65816

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    Actually not all came with 10.6, my early 2011 17" came with 10.7.2 and has the Mission Control/Launchpad buttons. No install discs either, didn't stop me from getting 10.6 on it though.
     
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    Not on any of my 5 macs. Sorry.
     

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