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drusoicy
Apr 15, 2011, 03:07 PM
AirDrop appeared in Finder with the original Dev Preview. When I upgraded to Developer Preview 2, AirDrop was gone. I figured it was some sort of bug, and when I did the Dev Preview 2 Update that was released today, I figured it would return - but I was wrong!

Any idea on how to bring AirDrop back into the Favorites area of the Finder sidebar?? It's not even an option in the Finder Preferences Sidebar section!



mrapplegate
Apr 15, 2011, 03:40 PM
AirDrop appeared in Finder with the original Dev Preview. When I upgraded to Developer Preview 2, AirDrop was gone. I figured it was some sort of bug, and when I did the Dev Preview 2 Update that was released today, I figured it would return - but I was wrong!

Any idea on how to bring AirDrop back into the Favorites area of the Finder sidebar?? It's not even an option in the Finder Preferences Sidebar section!

I just checked and it is still there for me after the update. I would say file a bug report. I don't know of a way to make reappear.

Reasec
Apr 15, 2011, 05:32 PM
Clean install from scratch?

gspannu
Apr 15, 2011, 06:03 PM
It is appearing in Finder preferences... DP2 & Update

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Have you tried deleting finder.plist ?

drusoicy
Apr 25, 2011, 03:58 PM
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Oddly, it isn't even in the Finder preferences. Just totally gone! I haven't deleted the Finder plist file though, so I will try that next. Of course, it's a preview so things like this are to be expected ;)

bedifferent
Apr 26, 2011, 02:47 PM
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Oddly, it isn't even in the Finder preferences. Just totally gone! I haven't deleted the Finder plist file though, so I will try that next. Of course, it's a preview so things like this are to be expected ;)

This happened to me on the first developer release on my 2010 6-Core Mac Pro. Oddly AirDrop worked/showed on our 2009 iMac. I filed a bug report and was informed AirDrop is still be worked out on various Broadcom AirPort Extreme WiFi cards. Developer Preview 2 now lists AirDrop on both our Mac's but I only got it working once, now neither system notices the other.

All part of the beta fun (although I wish Apple would release more beta's and not "Developer Previews" as they did with previous OS X releases)

*LTD*
Jun 13, 2011, 05:19 PM
2008 Early MBP here, and no airdrop. Fresh install of Lion DP4. Doesn't even show up in Finder preferences.

roadbloc
Jun 13, 2011, 05:25 PM
2008 Early MBP here, and no airdrop. Fresh install of Lion DP4. Doesn't even show up in Finder preferences.

Maybe you have to have more than one Mac on your wireless LAN running Lion for Airdrop to appear. Since I haven't used Lion yet, this is just a guess; but hiding a feature from the user until you are in the right circumstances to use it does seem like an Apple-like thing that Apple would do (and have done in the past.)

Just a hunch. Although, I imagine you'd have more than one Mac...

*LTD*
Jun 13, 2011, 06:01 PM
Maybe you have to have more than one Mac on your wireless LAN running Lion for Airdrop to appear. Since I haven't used Lion yet, this is just a guess; but hiding a feature from the user until you are in the right circumstances to use it does seem like an Apple-like thing that Apple would do (and have done in the past.)

Just a hunch. Although, I imagine you'd have more than one Mac...

Good point.

Only one Mac, though. Might have been a good idea to keep my 17-inch Core Duo iMac, but it found a new home a while back.

SideStepSociety
Jun 13, 2011, 08:02 PM
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

Airdrop appears on my 2011 MBP without another Mac running Lion. Doesn't appear on my Core Duo mini running DP1 at all.

Mudsteam
Jun 30, 2011, 08:30 PM
I have a 2009 MacBook (white, plastic type) and it is not showing up for me either. I have DP 4 and no other Lion computers in the house. Solutions please?

CyBeRino
Jul 1, 2011, 02:29 PM
I have a 2009 MacBook (white, plastic type) and it is not showing up for me either. I have DP 4 and no other Lion computers in the house. Solutions please?

AirDrop is not supported on that hardware.

freedevil
Jul 3, 2011, 08:51 AM
No Airdrop on my Core 2 Duo. Weird.

Jantelagen
Jul 3, 2011, 09:11 AM
No AirDrop here either. MacBook mid 2007, upgraded from 10.6.8 to Lion GM.

Mudsteam
Jul 3, 2011, 11:10 PM
Apparently AirDrop is not supported on a Core 2 Duo. D:

Saladinos
Jul 4, 2011, 05:27 AM
AirDrop is not supported on that hardware.

Errr.... what? AirDrop does not require specific hardware. It's a bonjour filesharing tool.

EDIT: there is also no asterisk on Apple's feature site indicating that it is restricted to any specific hardware, as they do with feature lists on iOS updates.

roadbloc
Jul 4, 2011, 05:43 AM
Apparently AirDrop is not supported on a Core 2 Duo. D:

That sounds like an interesting and stupid limitation.

CyBeRino
Jul 4, 2011, 06:02 AM
Errr.... what? AirDrop does not require specific hardware. It's a bonjour filesharing tool.


I'm afraid you're wrong. AirDrop does not use bonjour or the local network at all. It sets up your wifi hardware in a special dual-mode where it's both connected to a local network (or not, this doesn't actually matter) and running its own ad-hoc network. Not all wireless hardware supports this.

If it used bonjour and the local network, it would work over wired ethernet. It doesn't; instead it tells you to turn on wifi.

It doesn't depend on having a Core 2 Duo. It shows up fine on my Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro (5,3). It's dependent on what wifi hardware is in your computer.

Mudsteam
Jul 4, 2011, 02:48 PM
How can you tell if you wifi hardware can support the dual mode? Is there any way to check in System Profiler or something?

CyBeRino
Jul 4, 2011, 02:50 PM
How can you tell if you wifi hardware can support the dual mode? Is there any way to check in System Profiler or something?

If you're running Lion, you'll have AirDrop if so. Otherwise you won't.

I don't think it's known what specific chipsets will support it, so I don't think it's easy to find out on Snow Leopard. So far it appears original intel Mac minis, first-generation C2D MacBooks and certain models of iMac are missing out.

Mudsteam
Jul 4, 2011, 02:54 PM
Well, I guess this tells me one thing: MODDING TIME :D

mark151
Jul 4, 2011, 03:57 PM
Not showing up on my macbook pro core 2 duo (June '07)

Patrick J
Jul 4, 2011, 05:37 PM
It shows up on my Macbook Pro 13" mid 2009.

bpd115
Jul 4, 2011, 06:30 PM
No go on the original MacBook Air or late 2007 Alu iMac.

orion23
Jul 21, 2011, 09:21 PM
Not showing up on my black MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 13-inch, Early 2008.

monaarts
Jul 21, 2011, 09:28 PM
Not showing up on my black MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 13-inch, Early 2008.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4783

Your MacBook isn't supported. It relies on a technology that is missing in the laptop.

Mudsteam
Jul 23, 2011, 02:29 AM
Poop :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :( :( :( :( :( :( :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

mattef
Mar 27, 2014, 05:09 AM
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defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1

in your terminal. Airdrop should show up if you restart your finder. In case it is not, activate Airdrop under the Finder-Preferences.