Airdrop is missing

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by phil1995, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. phil1995 macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Anyone know why my AirDrop is completely missing? No sign of it what so ever on my Mid 2008 15 Inch MBP.
  2. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    Is your wifi working properly?

    On my system it appears in Finder as you'll see in the attached screen shot. Does it appear there?

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  3. phil1995 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    No problems with WiFi, that is what I am using right now. Nope, no sign of it at all in the finder!!!
  4. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    Airdrop only works for certain network adapters so not all hardware is supported.
  5. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

    Feb 26, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    supports the following Mac models:

    MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer)
    MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
    MacBook (Late 2008 or newer)
    iMac (Early 2009 or newer)
    Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
    Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010)

    Does not get too specific on your model. In Finder preferences, sidebar do you see Airdrop?
  6. JJJosh41 macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2008
    It doesn't show up on mine either. Anyone know what the actual issue is?
  7. phil1995 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Nope, not in the sidebar.
  8. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2007
    Indy, IN
    Just found out that AirDrop is not supported on older computers after I installed it on my old MacBook. A little disappointing.
  9. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    Ya, thats going to require the wifi adapter be capable of mimo (or something like it). And thats a fairly recent technology so I can't say I'm terribly surprised its not supported. Perhaps you could swap your wifi adapter to one from a new system and gain that capability though I'm not sure. Some kext hacking might be required at that point.
  10. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

    Feb 26, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    I guess it is not supported. I'm not sure.
  11. SSVicious macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
    Yeah. This was probably the biggest feature I wanted besides Launchpad and my iMac is too old for it. I only have two computers, so it completely screwed me. Back to old fashioned over the network transfers. They should have made it clearer before we bought Lion. Though, I still would have bought it :(

    Makes me wish I had pirated it though, since the two features I wanted are broken as hell or don't work.
  12. hhaggis macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2008

    Lion seems to be a lame goose as far as my Mac pro 1.1 march 2007... I hope steve Jobs and apple stop hurting their longtime followers by forcing them to upgrade their machines all the time. I haven't got a spare £2,000 in my back pocket like them... my specs are below.. and they never said anything about this in the lion preview podcast..

    Model Name: Mac Pro
    Model Identifier: MacPro1,1
    Processor Name: Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    Processor Speed: 3 GHz
    Number of Processors: 2
    Total Number of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache (per Processor): 4 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MP11.005D.B00
    SMC Version (system): 1.7f10
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT:

    Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCIe
    Slot: Slot-1
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 512 MB
    Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
    Device ID: 0x0602
    Revision ID: 0x00a2
    ROM Revision: 3233
    Resolution: 1440 x 900 @ 60 Hz
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Software Versions:
    CoreWLAN: 2.0 (200.46)
    CoreWLANKit: 1.0 (100.43)
    Menu Extra: 7.0 (700.42)
    configd plug-in: 7.0 (700.57)
    System Profiler: 7.0 (700.3)
    IO80211 Family: 4.0 (400.40)
    WiFi Diagnostics: 1.0 (100.26)
    AirPort Utility: 5.5.3 (553.20)
    Card Type: AirPort Extreme (0x14E4, 0x87)
    Firmware Version: Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (
    MAC Address: 00:19:e3:dc:eb:d8
    Locale: ETSI
    Country Code: XA
    Supported PHY Modes: 802.11 a/b/g/n
    Supported Channels: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140

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