The Vanishing Airport

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Elbeano, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. Elbeano macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2004
    A little while ago I posted about a problem I was having with my 12" 1.33ghz PB. My computer was experiencing random (seemingly) kernel panics, and despite all of the advice I was given, the problem was never resolved.

    I noticed after a little while that the panics only occurred when I would lift the powerbook from the lower right hand corner, around the battery. I wasn't sure what would cause this, as it seemed some sort of a short would likely now allow my computer to function at all.

    However, just yesterday my airport disappeared from my computer. I first noticed it's status indicator was not up in the bar. When I went in to the internet settings to replace it, there was a little message letting me know I did not have any airport hardware installed. I removed my card, and re-set it... to no avail.

    I pose these questions:
    1. Could a failing airport card cause the kernel panics and be affected by some sort of physical stress such as would be applied when I picked up the powerbook in the general vicinity of the card.
    2. If my airport card is not showing up, is the more likely culprit my motherboard or the airport card itself.
    3. How much do I have to put up with before I put the thing up for sale on eBay for parts, and put the money toward a macbook?

    I won't be able to check this thread until later tonight, so if you have any other questions for me about what has happened, they can probably be answered here:

  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Might be easier to answer you here. :)

    I'd check the AirPort card connection before taking any further action. It's very possible that even a loose connection between the card and the logic board could have been causing you this grief. If this gets nowhere, then try disconnecting the card altogether. :)
  3. Elbeano thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2004
    I've re-set the thing a few times, and it has yet to show up again. Unfortunately I don't have the funds to make it to the nearest Apple store to try one of their airport cards, let alone enough to buy a replacement. I might have to see if I can find someone else with a powerbook or something. In the meantime, it's been disconnected with no new problems to speak of... but then again I've only used my pb for all of 14 minutes since I made the thread.

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