No Wifi When Started Up From Ext Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jordii, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. jordii macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2008
    My MBP is in the shop. I'd cloned it onto an external drive, which I'd hoped to use as the startup disk for a borrowed, nicer/newer MBP. Both computers run 10.5.8.

    The borrowed MBP gets onto Internet via my wi-fi, no problem, but if I start up from the external drive, it connects to the wifi but can't seem to actually get on the internet (even from right next to the router). Signal strength looks good.

    Yah, I unplugged the router for a couple mins and then repluggd it. No joy.

  2. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    Two ideas. First, the cloned external might not have the right drivers for the wifi card hardware in the new MBP. Can you get to other internal machines (even if it is just the setup page on the router)? I'd suspect this even more if 10.5.8 was the version that the new machine shipped with. Second, the clone might have been made without the correct connection setup for the wifi router. Can you do a wireless scan and see the network and set it up manually again?
  3. jordii thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2008
  4. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Yeah, go into your network prefs and create a new location that uses the automatic settings. If you can actually connect to the wifi network, it's most likely a settings problem.

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