Late 2009 "Wifi: No Hardware Installed" Problem

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  1. The.316 macrumors 65816

    The.316

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    I installed Content Manager Assistant for my PS Vita the yesterday, and after the installation, it was stuck for a while on a screen telling me to allow a connection, or something along those lines, I dont remember. I had the beachball going on, and I couldnt force quit the message, so I restarted my iMac. When it turned back on, I had no wifi connection, and I noticed the No Harware Installed message in the status bar, which I will post in this thread. I tried restarting, I tried resetting my pram and smc, and I still have nothing. I also deleted the wi-fi from the Network in System Preferences, and now I cant add it, because probably it doesnt notice the hardware. Is there anything else I can do, besides replacing the card?

    I wanted to use Continuity Activation Tool with my late 09 iMac, and I noticed that I needed to get an BCM94360CD + adapter. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Will this resolve the issue? I found a few things online:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Broadcom-BC...385309?hash=item41a96d46dd:g:3eEAAOSwPcVVuaJd

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Broadcom-BC...844765?hash=item1a11169e9d:g:4pwAAOSwJblW~5XX

    http://www.osxwifi.com/adapters/app...adapter-for-imac-2009-imac-2010-and-imac-2011

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA3XT2B51745

    But I dont know which one to get? Im stuck here, and I was hoping someone could help me out.

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    Or...maybe there is just a USB wifi card I can buy, and just be done with it?
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    This is an iMac, correct?

    Do you have access to wired ethernet?

    If so, just plug in an ethernet cable and be done with it.
     
  3. The.316 thread starter macrumors 65816

    The.316

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    It is an iMac. The problem is, I have to run a cable across my room.
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    OP wrote:
    "The problem is, I have to run a cable across my room."

    Run the cable.
    I assure you, the house won't fall down.
     
  5. The.316 thread starter macrumors 65816

    The.316

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    Its not a solution to the problem though. Id like to fix the wifi, not have a faulty airport card in my iMac, and just forget about it.
     
  6. smirking macrumors 6502a

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    I have a mid-2012 MBP and I just ran into the same issue as you had here. I thought my Airport card died so I bought a replacement and installed it, but nothing changed. In my case it turned out to be the cable that connects the Airport card to the motherboard.

    In the MBP, the Airport card is a combination Bluetooth/Wifi card. If that's also the case in the iMac, check to see if your Bluetooth works. If it works, but your Wifi is down, then the card is probably fine and it's something else. Quite possibly a cable just like my case.
     
  7. Sachindeo macrumors newbie

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    I’m using Netgear WNA1000M N150 Wireless USB Micro Adapter available with me along with Driver available at http://www.dlink.com/uk/en/support/product/dwa-131-wireless-n-nano-usb-adapter?revision=deu_reve#downloads , working fine. Got an alternative solution for my Wi Fi card failure on MacBook Pro 13.3 (mid 2009) A1278 currently operating with OS X El Capitan, ver 10.11.6
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    I’m using Netgear WNA1000M N150 Wireless USB Micro Adapter available with me along with Driver available at http://www.dlink.com/uk/en/support/product/dwa-131-wireless-n-nano-usb-adapter?revision=deu_reve#downloads , working fine. Got an alternative solution for my Wi Fi card failure on MacBook Pro 13.3 (mid 2009) A1278 currently operating with OS X El Capitan, ver 10.11.6
     

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