Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 19
  1. #1
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?
    circa_bc's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 10, 2012
    Posts
    38
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?
    So I upgrade my harddrive to a SSD, and installed the OptiBay drive with a 1tb HD, did a fresh install of Lion (10.7.2) and I have not got my macbook to detect my wifi hardware at all... I opened my MBP up twice again, double checked all connections i touched, everything seems fine. Not to sure where to continue looking. pics below are the connects i believe have to do with my wifi/airport antena.


    Originally I was running 10.6.8, Is this for sure a hardware screw up on my part or is this a known Lion issue?




    Macbook Pro (A1278) 2.53 ghz w/ 4gig Ram, 320 gig HD
    Mac Mini (A1283) 2.52 ghz / w 4 gig ram, 120 gig SSD, LaCie 2TB D2-Quad (x2)

    Mac Pro (A1289) 2x2.26 Quad-Core Xeon w/12gig ram, 1TB (x2)

  2. #2
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?
    cwa107's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 20, 2006
    Location
    Lake Mary, Florida
    Posts
    26,758
    Specs:
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    Check the AirPort/Bluetooth cable and card. Instructions here:

    Installing MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010 AirPort/Bluetooth Board - iFixit

    Is it just an illusion, or am I seeing what appears to be corrosion in picture 1 (near the tip of the screwdriver)?
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

  3. #3
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?
    circa_bc's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 10, 2012
    Posts
    38
    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    Check the AirPort/Bluetooth cable and card. Instructions here:

    Installing MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010 AirPort/Bluetooth Board - iFixit

    Is it just an illusion, or am I seeing what appears to be corrosion in picture 1 (near the tip of the screwdriver)?
    No Corrosion, just pealed back the 'antistatic' pad deal and poor lighting in the pic.

    I cant seem to find reference to where the Airport/bluettoth cable card is...
    Macbook Pro (A1278) 2.53 ghz w/ 4gig Ram, 320 gig HD
    Mac Mini (A1283) 2.52 ghz / w 4 gig ram, 120 gig SSD, LaCie 2TB D2-Quad (x2)

    Mac Pro (A1289) 2x2.26 Quad-Core Xeon w/12gig ram, 1TB (x2)

  4. #4
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?
    cwa107's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 20, 2006
    Location
    Lake Mary, Florida
    Posts
    26,758
    Specs:
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    If I've got the right model selected in iFixIt, it would appear to be here:

    Installing MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010 AirPort/Bluetooth Board - Page 2 - iFixit

    But check the model I selected - I thought A1278 was a mid-2010 model - I could be wrong. You can easily select yours and get an appropriate guide on iFixIt if you go back to the "Guides" section and choose "Mac Repair".
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

  5. #5
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?
    circa_bc's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 10, 2012
    Posts
    38
    Found it, thanks

    not to sure how i would have screwed it up beyond working... cables went in super clean, no issues... its just 2 little connectors.

    any chance this is because of the OSX upgrade?
    Macbook Pro (A1278) 2.53 ghz w/ 4gig Ram, 320 gig HD
    Mac Mini (A1283) 2.52 ghz / w 4 gig ram, 120 gig SSD, LaCie 2TB D2-Quad (x2)

    Mac Pro (A1289) 2x2.26 Quad-Core Xeon w/12gig ram, 1TB (x2)

  6. #6
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?
    cwa107's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 20, 2006
    Location
    Lake Mary, Florida
    Posts
    26,758
    Specs:
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    Quote Originally Posted by circa_bc View Post
    Found it, thanks

    not to sure how i would have screwed it up beyond working... cables went in super clean, no issues... its just 2 little connectors.

    any chance this is because of the OSX upgrade?
    I'd be surprised if it was. I'm not sure how the WiFi card is installed in the MBP, but it is near the optical drive and you were in that vicinity to install the OptiBay. I know in other laptops I've worked on, the WiFi card is in a slot - and a bump the wrong way could keep it from seating right. I would try removing it entirely and reinstalling. If it does slot into place like most other laptops, another thing to try is to rub a pencil eraser on the contacts to clean them (make sure the lint doesn't land in the laptop).
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

  7. #7
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?
    circa_bc's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 10, 2012
    Posts
    38
    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    I'd be surprised if it was. I'm not sure how the WiFi card is installed in the MBP, but it is near the optical drive and you were in that vicinity to install the OptiBay. I know in other laptops I've worked on, the WiFi card is in a slot - and a bump the wrong way could keep it from seating right. I would try removing it entirely and reinstalling. If it does slot into place like most other laptops, another thing to try is to rub a pencil eraser on the contacts to clean them (make sure the lint doesn't land in the laptop).
    Ill have to give that a shot. It looks like the airport card in my model (2009 13" MBP) is in the base of the monitor between the hinges.
    Macbook Pro (A1278) 2.53 ghz w/ 4gig Ram, 320 gig HD
    Mac Mini (A1283) 2.52 ghz / w 4 gig ram, 120 gig SSD, LaCie 2TB D2-Quad (x2)

    Mac Pro (A1289) 2x2.26 Quad-Core Xeon w/12gig ram, 1TB (x2)

  8. #8
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?
    circa_bc's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 10, 2012
    Posts
    38
    Here is a link to where my Airport card is located ( Installing MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009 AirPort Antenna - Page 6 - iFixit ), Do you think its possible that some how i effected that area? it seems pretty isolated and secure. the only other thing i can think of is some how i damaged the pins on the 'camera cable' trying to put it back in, as it didnt slide in as easy as one would have hoped. But wouldnt it also effect other areas besides my airport card?
    Macbook Pro (A1278) 2.53 ghz w/ 4gig Ram, 320 gig HD
    Mac Mini (A1283) 2.52 ghz / w 4 gig ram, 120 gig SSD, LaCie 2TB D2-Quad (x2)

    Mac Pro (A1289) 2x2.26 Quad-Core Xeon w/12gig ram, 1TB (x2)

  9. #9
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?
    circa_bc's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 10, 2012
    Posts
    38
    Okay, i got home today, and ripped my MBP apart trying to figure out what i did and where everything went wrong. I used my 10x magnifying glass to make sure all my pins were clean and not bent when i put everything back together, everything works fantastic except OSX still cannot detect my Airport card.

    Any ideas?
    Macbook Pro (A1278) 2.53 ghz w/ 4gig Ram, 320 gig HD
    Mac Mini (A1283) 2.52 ghz / w 4 gig ram, 120 gig SSD, LaCie 2TB D2-Quad (x2)

    Mac Pro (A1289) 2x2.26 Quad-Core Xeon w/12gig ram, 1TB (x2)

  10. #10
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    45,247
    Specs:
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    At this point, I suggest replacing the Airport card. It's possible the card just coincidentally failed when you changed out the other components. You should be able to get a replacement card for around $60. Check with ifixit first to see if they have any in stock. Otherwise try Mac Repair - Mac Parts and Service for Apple Macbook, iPhone, iPad.

    You might want to run the Apple Hardware Test first to see if it'll confirm the card being bad.

  11. #11
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?

    Member Since
    Jun 26, 2012
    Posts
    4
    Specs:
    MBP 13' mid 2010, IMac 27', Mac Mini 2011, Ipod 1st gen, Ipad 2, IPhone 4S 32, AppleTV
    I installed a new 1TB HD on my MBP 13' mid 2010 model A1278. After this the contact with the WiFi-card seased to function. The hardware test will not find the wifi-card and there is no wireless network showing up anywere. I've changed the wifi-card for a new one and I've changed the cable to the wifi (and camera). Everything else is working perfectly and I can connect to the Internet using ethernet but the MBP is acting as if there's no wifi-card installed!? Any ideas? Anyone??

    I installed a new 1TB HD on my MBP 13' mid 2010 model A1278. After this the contact with the WiFi-card seased to function. The hardware test will not find the wifi-card and there is no wireless network showing up anywere. I've changed the wifi-card for a new one and I've changed the cable to the wifi (and camera). Everything else is working perfectly and I can connect to the Internet using ethernet but the MBP is acting as if there's no wifi-card installed!? Any ideas? Anyone??

  12. #12
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?
    RavingMac's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 07, 2008
    Location
    In Denial
    Posts
    7,764
    Specs:
    4GB Mac Mini 2012, 13" MBA, 15" MacBook Pro OSX 10.7, 32 GB iPhone 3GS, iPad2 64gb 3G
    Please do not make multiple posts. Your posts have been merged.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

  13. #13
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?

    Member Since
    Jun 26, 2012
    Posts
    4
    Specs:
    MBP 13' mid 2010, IMac 27', Mac Mini 2011, Ipod 1st gen, Ipad 2, IPhone 4S 32, AppleTV
    Sorry
    Just a bit desperate...

  14. #14
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?
    RavingMac's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 07, 2008
    Location
    In Denial
    Posts
    7,764
    Specs:
    4GB Mac Mini 2012, 13" MBA, 15" MacBook Pro OSX 10.7, 32 GB iPhone 3GS, iPad2 64gb 3G
    Quote Originally Posted by videgard View Post
    Just a bit desperate...
    Understood.

    Wish I could help . . . but it seems like you have already done the obvious things. May want to consider seeing if they can help you at the Apple Genius bar.

    EDIT: A wild shot, but I know that MBPs can be picky on drive thickness (believe 9.5mm max), and even though it fit, possible interference there since I'm not aware of any 1TB drives that will currently fit a MBP (may have changed, confess I don't stay on top of this). Again this is a shot in the dark.

    EDIT2: And this is assuming you put the new HD in the HD drive bay and not in place of the Optical Drive
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

  15. #15
    MacBook Pro Upgrades (hardware and software) Now No Wifi?

    Member Since
    Jun 26, 2012
    Posts
    4
    Specs:
    MBP 13' mid 2010, IMac 27', Mac Mini 2011, Ipod 1st gen, Ipad 2, IPhone 4S 32, AppleTV
    HD in MBP
    I did put in a HD instead of the optical drive.
    What is the Apple Genius Bar?
    Thank you for trying to help!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Will External/USB WIFI Help "Wifi: No Hardware Installed Issue
    By bekkah13 in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-05-2015, 04:20 PM
  2. Macbook Pro Wifi 'No Hardware Installed'
    By reubenkeeney in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 05-20-2014, 06:55 PM
  3. Macbook Pro - Hardware Upgrades Please respond! :)
    By krikle in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 08-09-2010, 05:59 PM
  4. hardware upgrades
    By Sir_Frag in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-10-2007, 11:47 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •