Airport card / Sierra OSX

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by macpro00, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. macpro00 macrumors member

    macpro00

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    #1
    Alright, I updated my 2009 MP (5,1) with Sierra and it does not recognize my airport card. I did the reset VRAM/SMC and deleted preferences.

    Currently, I am connected via CAT5 and not sure what options there are to get wireless back?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. macpro00 thread starter macrumors member

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    I went into system report and clicked on PCI to only get the following message:

    "There was an error while gathering PCI device information."

    Is this causing Airport Card to not be recognized?
     
  3. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    It's your GPU cause this "error", which should do nothing to your airport card.

    Some 2009 Mac Pro shipped with an airport card that not supported in Sierra. In your case, most likely you have that card. So, if you really need Wi-Fi, the options are...

    1) downgrade back to 10.11
    2) buy a new airport card that has native 10.12 support
    3) buy a USB external Wifi dongle which can be used in 10.12 (3rd party driver may be required)
     
  4. macpro00 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for the insight! For #2 or #3, do you have a specific model # you recommend?
     
  5. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    If you need more then just Wi-Fi (e.g. Airdrop, Handoff, etc...). Don't go option 3, it will just make things harder.

    For option 2, refer to this thread.
     

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