MacBook Air 2013 and Windows 7 WiFi

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by malikk, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hello,
    I have heard of some issues with the wifi. I was just wondering if anyone had any issues with Windows 7 Pro WiFi. I just installed it and it was unable to find conections but it did show up as the broadcom driver. I reinstalled the drivers and rebooted and it seems to work now. But sometimes when i log in it does not work and goes back to "unable to find connections".

    Has anyone had any issues like this or something similar. Maybe some drivers are corrupted for boot camp or anything like that?

    Thanks for your responses!
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    I'm also having issues connecting via Wifi in my Windows 7 bootcamp.

    Not sure if it's related though.

    It's not the machine because I've been through a few of them (with different non-related faults) and they all had the same problem.

    9/10 times it will see the connection but simply refuses to connect, or it will connect with limited connectivity and no useable connection.

    This ONLY happens on my home wifi connection. Everywhere else I've tried it connects fine - it will even connect fine when the BC partition is used via a VM in Parallels 8.

    It just doesn't seem to like my router.
     
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    Well, ive had these problems but sorted it out. Yes its the macbook but the way i fixed wifi issues was changing the router channel from auto to 13 (or any other single channel may work for you)
     
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    same thing.. When I log in, the wireless adapter is there, but it's disabled and there's no way to enable it.. It gets fixed after restarting the computer
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    Same Problem Windows 7 + 8

    I have almost the same problem i installed windows 7 and then tried again with windows 8

    at the first time the windows loaded the Wifi works great but after restart i cant find wifi connections anymore ? (same problem in win 7 + 8)

    :apple:

    the newest boot camp is installed

    anyone have manage to solve it ?

    Thank you !

    Macbook Air 13" i5 1.3Ghz 128Gb 8GB
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    I was having connectivity issues with ny netgear router on win 7. It seemed to be related to the encryption type. I enabled a guest unsecured network and its working. Im hoping bootcamp drivers are updated soon
     
  8. macrumors member

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    I had wifi issues on my first install. For some reason the Bootcamp utility didn't download the most up to date drivers - the drivers were from April instead of June and I didn't notice until everything was installed and I realised there was no wifi - so I had to download them and install them myself. This worked until I restarted and found the incorrect drivers were back in place. No matter what I tried I couldn't get the new ones to stick so I just started from fresh, making sure my Win 7 USB stick only had the June Bootcamp files on it, and it's all been good ever since.
     
  9. macrumors member

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    did 5 times install/boot camp of win:
    1) Win 8 no issues, wi fi fine, but ****ed up my OSX and efi
    2) After recovery Win 7, No issues, wi fi fine but win 8 ghost still present and ****s up my current win instalation
    3) New Win 7, Wi fi just dont work after 10 reboots still nothing
    4) New Win 7, Wi fi just dont work as well after rebooting several times
    5) New Win 7, Wi fi just dont work, but after rebooting safe mode with networking and booting back in regular mode wi fi just works fine up to this time

    All this over course of 24 hours :)
     
  10. thread starter macrumors member

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    Still haven't figured any fixes out. Sometimes it sees the WIFI (and I'm talking ANY wifi connection not just my own) sometimes it doesn't.

    So Sometimes i go in and there's a red X by the wifi connection saying "no connections available" while sometimes allt he connections are available. Whenever there are connections things connect fine. When there's not, nothing to do but reboot and hope it works.

    I have had NO issues on OS X. Just Win 7.

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    I will check my bootcamp drivers date. Maybe that is the issue.
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    No issues with either of my two 13" 2013 macbook airs.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors member

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    Hello budgynana,

    I went to the Broadcom 802.11ac drivers and it is driver date 4/26/2013 and driver version 6.30.223.75

    boot camp is version 5.0

    Are these the wrong ones then? Where did you get the correct drivers from... boot camp software support is only up till march. Did you just go to Broadcom's site and put them in the drivers areas in boot camp software?
     
  13. macrumors newbie

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    What Apple Support says?

    Anyone figured out how to solve it ?

    Thanks
     
  14. macrumors regular

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    I haven't :confused:

    I've installed W7 bootcamp on 3x Macbook Air 2013s and it's the same on all of them I've tried.

    When in W7 it either won't see any networks or it sees them but won't connect / stay connected / or has limited connectivity.

    Then, out of the blue (like right now) it will connect without issue and work normally.

    I've tried selecting a manual channel on my router but it's still the same.

    My drivers are April also.
     
  15. macrumors member

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    for me shutdown from win and boot via alt key works everytime when wi fi ****s up
     
  16. macrumors member

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    OK, sorry scratch what I said... partially anyway. Those are the drivers that are currently working for me, but they didn't originally.

    When I first installed and had dodgy wifi the setup.exe in the Bootcamp folder on my USB installer was dated April - sorry can't remember exact date.

    When I reran the Bootcamp utility to get the latest software and drivers the date of the setup.exe and drivers changed to 6/6 - this is why I thought I was using June drivers, sorry about that. After running the Bootcamp driver installer I had wifi working until I restarted and it then stopped working again.

    As the fix didn't seem permanent rather than persist with trying to fix this random working/not working I went and did a full reinstall and magically it's now working consistently between reboots.

    Are people manually downloading the Bootcamp drivers or using the Bootcamp utility to update the installer for them? I believe you're supposed to use the utility to do it all for you. Now I don't know why it didn't work for me originally, but it is now.
     
  17. macrumors newbie

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    Same thing here. 2013 MBA with new Windows 8 install. Can't find any wifi connections even though the drivers are installed correctly. Reinstalling drivers and rebooting does not seem to help. The only time the wifi worked was right after installation. I think some windows updates installed after that and it hasn't worked since.
     
  18. macrumors 6502

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    Bootcamo does not support windows 8 properly yet.
     
  19. macrumors member

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    As far as I can tell it is smth connected with device not powering off from OSX, hence each time after full shutdown (not restart) and booting in win it is ok
     
  20. macrumors 6502

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    correct.

    I ended up with the same conclusion..

    If you restart / change starting disk and restart, it won't work. You'll see the message "no connections available".

    The solution is: shut down and then during your Mac's starting sound, press ALT and boot windows manually.
     
  21. macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the work-around guys :)

    I've just (earlier today - got fed up with the wifi hassle) installed VMware Fusion so I have cloned the BC partition (then deleted it) - might stick a cheeky 30GB W7 back on to test the theory, as it were :D
     
  22. macrumors regular

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    Just given this a try.

    Created a new BC partition for Win7 and installed the drivers etc.

    Turned the machine off, booted straight to Win7 - still only get the connected but exclamation triangle of doom. Tried a few more times but the behaviour is no different for me.

    Still dodgy wifi in Win7 BC.
     
  23. macrumors 6502

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    Triangle? Isn't that an IP address problem?

    try setting it manually

    Is the WiFi adapter working? Do you see your network? Do you have signal?
     
  24. macrumors regular

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    It can be an IP addressing issue but not always.

    I see all the available connections so the adapter looks to be working to an extent.

    I have a static IP address reservation for all my equipment.

    I'll have a further look into it at work today.

    I get the feeling there might be more than one issue - some people see no available connections whilst others just can't connect properly.
     
  25. macrumors newbie

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    solution

    I've had this problem for months and all this time I suspected it was the internet connection since I live in China and disconnects are fairly common. I followed this guy's instructions and installed the Broadcom drivers that are linked on that page. Device manager says they are from 2010 but they work and I no longer get disconnected.

    http://www.msitgeek.com/fixing-windows-8-wifi-issues-in-bootcamp/
     

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