Will Snow Leopard run on newer MBAs?

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  1. Udi macrumors newbie

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    Wondering specifically about the Mid 2012 MBA.

    Is it possible to put SL on these, or will it reject the install? What about a disk utility image?

    Edit - seems that SL has no support for Ivy Bridge CPUs let alone the GPU, so I'm guessing there's no chance.
     
  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Nope, no chance. I doubt it would even boot without a kernel panic.
     
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    macs will not usually run any version of osx earlier than it shipped with
     
  4. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

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    You can buy a copy of Snow Leopard Server for $20 direct from Apple over the phone, then run that in a VM. I do this using VMWare on a 2012 MBA.
     
  5. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The MBA has an Ivy Bridge processor, the last ones to run SL were Sandy Bridge. I am not even sure a VM would work since it is Ivy Bridge.
     
  6. Robyr, Jan 7, 2014
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    Robyr macrumors regular

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    You have no clue how a VM functions. It abstracts the hardware, so you can present as what is compatible...

    You absolutely positively can virtualize Mac OS X. In fact, it is a major part of my workflow.
     
  7. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I tried it in Virtual Box. It didn't work and wouldn't boot. I know how a VM works but it depends on the program the OP uses. What processor does your Mac use and what program do you use to run SL? Virtual Box will not work!
     
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  9. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I understand it has worked in VirtualBox for years. I use it alot on a 2010 MacBook running Lion as the host. However, the processor isn't emulated, I don't believe. I want to test this theory! If I am wrong then I owe every one in this forum an apology.
     
  10. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Well I stand partially corrected. VirtualBox will NOT run Snow Leopard as a VM, just as I had experienced before. However, Parallels will run it. I apologize for this confusion. If you are using a 2011 or prior Mac, Virtual Box will run Snow Leopard, after it will not. Parallels will work even on my Ivy Bridge MBP (Mid 2012).
     

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