No Airport Card Showing Up

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  1. Daniel Phelps, Feb 15, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2017

    Daniel Phelps macrumors newbie

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    I have a 17" MacBook Pro Mid 2009 (A1297) running El Capitan. Had an older OSX version (maybe Lion) on it when I got it, so I did a clean install of Yosemite, then an update to El Capitan.

    Problem is, I never have been able to get the built in WiFi to work since I got it (used, not working). Bluetooth works fine, but as shown here and here no airport card seems to be installed. I have tried everything I can think of such as PRAM, NVRAM, etc. resets and more. I also tried using the Wifi in recovery mode, with not option for Wifi.

    Should I just get a replacement, or is there something I can try to fix this?

    Thanks,
    Daniel
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

    DeltaMac

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    You might need to reseat the connections on the Airport card.
    It is located in the hinge area, at the bottom of the screen. Not a simple job to get at.
    But, the power/data connection runs very close to the hinge, and over time, the connection might work loose.
    Reseating that internal cable may get your WiFi working again.
     
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

    BrianBaughn

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    #3
    If cracking it open scares you there are some low-profile USB wifi options that work well...but you may already be doing that.
     
  4. Daniel Phelps thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK so I decided to open it up and reseat all the connections, but that did nothing for me.
    And yes, I was using a $10 USB WiFi adapter until that broke.

    Can we entirely eliminate software as being the issue?
     
  5. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    I'm pretty sure that's a "yes". The Airport card is replaceable but I've seen, in a different MBP model, a situation where replacing the card didn't work leading us to believe it was something wrong with the motherboard.

    Go for one of the AC-capable USBs.
     

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