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Can I install Snow Leopard on the new Mac Mini

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  • StirFry_2112 Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
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    Feb 25, 2012 6:50 PM (in response to marsexpress79)

    Does anyone see this in thier system profile under graphics?

    monitor HDMI.png

    I'm having some strange issues and noticed the last three wierd entries at the bottom. Is this anything to be worried about?

  • dimoe Calculating status...
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    Feb 27, 2012 12:08 AM (in response to StirFry_2112)

    If you only use one display, it's normal.

     

    I have two displays connected to my Mini and the Dell and the Samsung are listed (two at the bottom are not connected)

    A MacPro can connect 3 displays...

  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
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    Feb 27, 2012 3:09 AM (in response to StirFry_2112)

    The system report on mine shows only the connected display (via HDMI port).  Do you have a display adapter or thunderbolt device connected?

  • dimoe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 27, 2012 5:35 AM (in response to capaho)

    The Dell (Main-Monitor) is connected to a DVI to MiniDisplay-Port Adapter and the Samsung (TV) is connected to HDMI

     

    Mini2011.png

  • Graf Zahl Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 27, 2012 1:53 PM (in response to mikethebook)

    anybody else having problems with the (external) trackpad?

    for me it isn't possible to work with! sadly cause i really need it for logic.

     

    so is there a chance to get it to work with another driver/plist etc from lion?

     

    plzzzzzzzz help, cause otherwise i had to use the lion xp s h i t......

  • Kasper E Calculating status...
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    Feb 27, 2012 11:53 PM (in response to Graf Zahl)

    Im using the external trackpad without problems. Are you on wired or wireless network? I have had some bluetooth issues when using wireless network and only use wired now.

  • rossfuru Calculating status...
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    Feb 29, 2012 9:49 AM (in response to mikethebook)

    after a very late night of trying to downgrade to SL on a 2011 2.3 mini, i gave up, defeated.

     

    I followed the directions to the T, twice. even delta upgraded to 10.6.8, but when I plugged in the mini to my Viewsonic 24" led via TB/DVI adapter, I got a white screen, apple, then blank.

     

    I had to go back to Lion last night/this am because the machine needs to be in use.

     

    the mini worked fine when targeted to a Imac core 2 duo, but on it's own failed to muster the will to work.

     

    has anyone else run into this?

     

    here's what i did.

     

    1.     targeted the mini to the imac

    2.     booted the imac to a SN 10.6.3 retail

    3.     Disc utlitied the mini to a new GUID partition

    4.     Installed SN to mini

    5.     when restarted, installed the 10.6.8 combo.

    6.     tried to boot up to TB/DVI on the viewsonic, white screen, then no signal.

     

    weird.

  • ZX48 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 29, 2012 11:14 AM (in response to rossfuru)

    Dear Rossfuru.

     

    You are nearly there, BUT the standard 10.6.8 installation lacks drivers for a number of things. The most obvious (that you have found) is for the Thunderbolt/DisplayPort ouptut. If you connect the Mini via the HDMI socket (HDMI>HDMI or HDMI>DVI), I think you will find that you can get a useable display output.

     

    However, you will still lack correct driver support (you will likely experience a second ghost display and random pointer issues). In addition the correct preference files for the Mac mini 2011 need to be instlaled to get full performance from the i5/i7 chipset.

     

    Please refer to the detailed instructions linked further up to add the necessary modified kexts. I'll add the link here:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/17429168#17429168

     

    David carefully and accurately explains everything necessary to get it to work.

    rossfuru wrote:

     

    after a very late night of trying to downgrade to SL on a 2011 2.3 mini, i gave up, defeated.

     

    I followed the directions to the T, twice. even delta upgraded to 10.6.8, but when I plugged in the mini to my Viewsonic 24" led via TB/DVI adapter, I got a white screen, apple, then blank.

     

    I had to go back to Lion last night/this am because the machine needs to be in use.

     

    the mini worked fine when targeted to a Imac core 2 duo, but on it's own failed to muster the will to work.

     

    has anyone else run into this?

     

    here's what i did.

     

    1.     targeted the mini to the imac

    2.     booted the imac to a SN 10.6.3 retail

    3.     Disc utlitied the mini to a new GUID partition

    4.     Installed SN to mini

    5.     when restarted, installed the 10.6.8 combo.

    6.     tried to boot up to TB/DVI on the viewsonic, white screen, then no signal.

     

    weird.

  • Graf Zahl Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Mar 2, 2012 7:39 AM (in response to Kasper E)

    Kasper E wrote:

     

    Im using the external trackpad without problems. Are you on wired or wireless network? I have had some bluetooth issues when using wireless network and only use wired now.

     

    thx, will try it out cause i'm using wlan too. but wired will be a little problem....

    i've used the trackpad on my macpro under sl without any problems and the pro is wireless too....

  • newfoundglory Calculating status...
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    Mar 6, 2012 12:36 PM (in response to ZX48)

    Would anyone be interested if I put all this into an apple installer package (a .pkg file?) so you could just run it and have it patch your system and apply correct permissions/update caches.

     

    Or maybe you'd like some instructions on how to do it yourself?

     

    Alternatively, it may also be possible to create a Mac OS X install image or ASR image using SIU2

  • Mac7d Calculating status...
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    Mar 6, 2012 12:33 PM (in response to newfoundglory)

    @newfoundglory: yesss pretty please...

    I would love to be able to run a .pkg to sort this out in one go.

    Instructions would be nice also...

    Tnx 4 da work so far

  • Graf Zahl Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Mar 6, 2012 12:41 PM (in response to newfoundglory)

    @nfg

     

    YES off course!

    some weeks ago i've asked if some can upload an image, but as normal, no reaction :-(

  • jaystrom Calculating status...

    I would be very happy with a .pkg. I've got my Mini working now, but still have issues with waking from sleep and intermittent access from Retrospect for back-up. I'm hoping starting from scratch will help.

     

    Thanks for everything... very helpful.

  • dimoe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 6, 2012 11:16 PM (in response to newfoundglory)

    newfoundglory,

    it would be great to have an installer package, even if everything works fine for three month now

     

    Except deep hibernation:

    The Mini goes to sleep, it turns off

    when I restart the Mini, it loads the SleepImage but this never ends (or get a kernel panic)

    I have to reboot hardly

  • ZX48 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 7, 2012 12:46 AM (in response to jaystrom)

    jaystrom wrote:

     

    I would be very happy with a .pkg. I've got my Mini working now, but still have issues with waking from sleep and intermittent access from Retrospect for back-up. I'm hoping starting from scratch will help.

     

    Thanks for everything... very helpful.

    Hi Jaystrom. I'm not sure if the package option will resolve the sleep problem. I had waking from sleep working the first time the Mini sleeps, but the second time it sleeps the system just hangs and the display doesn't light. I end up having to do a hard reset each time. My recent workaround was simply set just the display to sleep but not the Mini itself.

     

    However things have changed a little yesterday, I think after I installed the "Deep Sleep" widget. But I also reduced the RAM to 4GB (my 8GB 1866 Mhz modules were giving intermittent kernel panics)

     

    I also have the system set up to ask for a password upon waking.

     

    Now if I wake from sleep the screen comes back up, but the colours are completely wrong - really dark red and barely visible. I can just make out the password insertion box, but cannot read the text.

     

    Now: If I enter the password, the computer wakes up completely, but the screen remains completely dark and red, like the video driver is not working correctly (it is almost impossible to navigate/read anything).

     

    BUT: If instead of inputting the password, I press return 3 times, the password input fails and the screen goes completely black and the mini goes back to sleep. Interestingly now the next time I wake up the computer, the screen lights up with the correct brightness/colours, I input my password and everything is fine.

     

    A very odd bug. Not sure how reproducible this behaviour is for others...?

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