MacBook Pro Wi-Fi card stops working until I reboot

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hyperipod, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. hyperipod macrumors member

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    Jun 27, 2010
    #1
    Hi,

    I have a 2010 15" MacBook Pro running 10.9.3 and for the past week I have been having issues with Wi-Fi. Sometimes (I can't find what causes it to stop working), it will stop working completely. What happens, in details, is:

    -Wifi and Internet works
    -Internet stops working, all page loadings hang
    -I shut off the Wi-Fi and when I try to turn it back on it looks like this
    Screen Shot 2014-06-01 at 7.10.05 PM.png

    So what I do is I delete Wi-Fi from my network connections, apply changes and then re-add it and it sometimes fixes it for a few minutes. Sometimes it then stops working. Sometimes my whole system becomes unresponsive and I have to reboot. I even got a kernel panic.

    Otherwise I reboot and hope it works after I reboot, because it doesn't consistently fix the problem, sometimes my Wi-Fi acts as if it was functional, but it doesn't detect ANY network (and I am well within reach of my Wi-Fi network). That's how it looks:
    Screen Shot 2014-06-01 at 7.12.14 PM.png

    What I tried so far:
    -Resetting PRAM
    -Repairing permissions
    -Deleting all locations
    -Deleting all network preferences (by deleting the SystemConfiguration folder (I think that was the name, but I'm not sure, it's been a few days, but it did reset everything))
    -Reinstalling OS X (the soft way, I did not format, only went in recovery to reinstall)

    WHAT CAN I DO? It's the most frustrating problem I've experienced with my computer so far and I hope I won't have to pay 600$ for a new motherboard because I don't have that money right now...

    Is there something else I can do that I did not try?

    Thanks!
     
  2. TheIguana macrumors 6502a

    TheIguana

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    Canada
    #2
    Sounds like either the antenna connections have come loose or your airport card is on the way out. Thankfully it is a separate board from the logic board so it doesn't require the replacement of the entire logic board. iFixit lists the following part: Mid 2010 MBP 15" AirPort Card.

    You can either take it to Apple and get them to fix it - out of warranty it will probably cost ~$150 or you can do it yourself by tracking down one of those cards.
     
  3. hyperipod thread starter macrumors member

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    Jun 27, 2010
    #3
    I'll verify the connections and I may buy a new Airport card...

    Thanks a lot!
     

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