Currently Being ModeratedNov 6, 2012 4:41 AM (in response to leendertstruik)
You cannot downgrade your new Macintosh to Lion because of compatibility issues. For one I don't recall Lion supporting ivy bridge yet. Or 4-16 GB ram. Or a Fusion Drive/SSD. But you can try dual boot if you have a Lion USB recovery tool. I doubt it'll work without crashing a lot.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 6, 2012 4:46 AM (in response to Joe Z in VA)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 6, 2012 4:49 AM (in response to leendertstruik)
Direct installation of an OS older than the machine
was shipped with will not work. This has always been
the case. Especially in the case of a full version
Depending what you want to do with Lion however, you
could install Lion in a virtual machine using Parallels or
VMware Fusion. You could then have Lion and Mountain
Lion running at the same time. This works quite well unless
what you want to do in the virtual machine is very graphics
Currently Being ModeratedNov 7, 2012 8:22 AM (in response to leendertstruik)
I looks like the new mac mini is'nt able to boot from any usb disk. I made one with 10.8.1 and 10.8.2 and its not working, same problem... It is working on my iMac though. Anyone?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 2:10 PM (in response to leendertstruik)
I was trying to clone my friends Lion 10.8.2 macbook pros system drive to his new Mac mini and the clone process went fine using carbon copy cloner, but now it will not boot at all not even from the internal recovery mt lion disc. The mini seems to have some kind of new issue that I have never come across before. The mini only seems to boot via the factory installed system. So not sure what to do at this point as that has been wiped with the clone copy, it won't boot on any external firewire or USB system drives. My new 2012 MacBookpro can boot off any of them via FireWire or USB 2. I wonder of the mini came with 10.8.3 or if it is need of a firmware update.
Any ideas on how to get this mini up and running with a fresh install would be a help.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 8:43 PM (in response to Lance Mcvickar)
The new MacMini uses a special version of 10.8.2 and it's not available from the App Store. You have to do an Internet Recovery Mode renstall. "Command + Option + R " Erase and reinstall.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 8:48 PM (in response to RRFS)
Thanks, I just got done doing the command option r boot reinstall when I got your message but really appreciate the response, migrated all the files over ethernet, ssd to ssd, sure was fast, then the supplemental 10.8.2 update showed up in the App Store, installed it and the new mini is good to go.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 27, 2012 2:58 AM (in response to RRFS)
It's a strange thing. In the beginning with the first iMacs it was the same, you could'nt use a different disk or install just the one that came with the iMac original. I thought Apple was over it, but unfortunatly, i don't see why this is the way for Apple to do it, its one system, why care about witch computer you use....