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    2009 Mac Pro (5.1 Flash) + High Sierra= NO AIRPORT!

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    Unhappy 2009 Mac Pro (5.1 Flash) + High Sierra= NO AIRPORT!
    Happy Friday to everyone!

    First, let me thank all of you who contribute to this site for those of us who can't get it done by ourselves. We will always be indebted to you.

    I have an issue with my son's older Mac Pro and the Airport hardware since I upgraded him to High Sierra. Since the switch, The task bar at the top has an "X" in the airport's area. I have researched this already, and tried what OSXDaily suggested with the SMC and NVRAM resets to no avail. I plugged in his phone for internet access and downloaded any updates I could see through the App Store, which amounted only to a Safari update.

    We both have early 2009 Mac Pros but mine has had no issues since I upgraded to High Sierra. My machine had the firmware flash already done when I bought it, as well as a slightly newer CPU upgrade (dual CPU board- chips only as the dual socket was already there).
    His specs for this machine are:

    Mac Pro (Early 2009)2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon (single CPU)
    10 GB 1066 MHz DDR3
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512 MB
    OSX= 10.13.6 (17G65)

    interestingly enough, it says this under the System Report>Network>WIFi

    Software Versions:
    CoreWLAN: 13.0 (1350.1)
    CoreWLANKit: 13.0 (1350.1)
    Menu Extra: 13.0 (1361.7)
    System Information: 12.0 (1300.1)
    IO80211 Family: 12.0 (1200.12.2)
    Diagnostics: 1.0 (805)
    AirPort Utility: 6.3.8 (638.9)

    I know that the OSXDaily page said as a last resort I could "downgrade" the OS, and I could do that through Time Machine right?

    For now, he can use the phone to connect so he can do his school work and Minecraft, but I'd like to get this fixed back to the way it was. There weren't any issues like this before I upgraded it.


    Thanks to all for the help!

    Christian

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    2009 Mac Pro (5.1 Flash) + High Sierra= NO AIRPORT!
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    Are there any differences, in the specs/data from his machine, that differs from your machine? Specifically the Airport card model?
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    2009 Mac Pro (5.1 Flash) + High Sierra= NO AIRPORT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    Are there any differences, in the specs/data from his machine, that differs from your machine? Specifically the Airport card model?
    I don't think so. I checked in the same spot on my computer and found this:

    - - - Updated - - -

    you can see how it actually seems to recognize that there is hardware installed. :/
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    2009 Mac Pro (5.1 Flash) + High Sierra= NO AIRPORT!
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    My Mac Pro is a 2009/2010 model very similar to yours. I have been running High Sierra since it became available. I noticed one day my wifi card was not working. It did not have a red X and when I looked in system report under wifi it showed everything correctly but that it was not connecting. Doing the standard resets did nothing. I can't actually say if High Sierra caused it or not as I also have it hardwired and never really noticed.

    Since I wanted to upgrade my bluetooth anyway so I would be able to use airdrop and my airpods, I purchased a new dual module which fixed the problem. I will say putting the new card requires lots of patience. I never knew such teeny tiny connectors existed! But it turned out to be money well spent.

    Lisa

    Edit: So I just saw your post. I had the same issue and I determined the wifi card had died. I wish I could remember where I got my replacement but I would have to be at work as the info is on that computer.
    Recommend using Onyx to clean your Mac.
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    2009 Mac Pro (5.1 Flash) + High Sierra= NO AIRPORT!

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    thank you for responding Lisa! I have seen some airport cards, thankfully not too expensive!

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    2009 Mac Pro (5.1 Flash) + High Sierra= NO AIRPORT!
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    When I get to work tomorrow I will post where I got mine. The additional upgrade to the bluetooth was worth it for me. I use a trackpad, wireless keyboard and airpods with mine. The addition of airdrop has been nice for transferring things from my iPhone to the MP.

    Edit: I found my receipt! This is where I got my replacement card:

    https://www.osxwifi.com/product/mac-...bluetooth-4-0/

    Lisa
    Last edited by lclev; 10-05-2018 at 06:45 PM.
    Recommend using Onyx to clean your Mac.
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    2009 Mac Pro (5.1 Flash) + High Sierra= NO AIRPORT!
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    Pretty difficult Lisa with strangler's large size hands, but not asdtricky as the Quad Core G5 that used a Bluetooth/Airport card all in one.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    2009 Mac Pro (5.1 Flash) + High Sierra= NO AIRPORT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lclev View Post
    When I get to work tomorrow I will post where I got mine. The additional upgrade to the bluetooth was worth it for me. I use a trackpad, wireless keyboard and airpods with mine. The addition of airdrop has been nice for transferring things from my iPhone to the MP.

    Edit: I found my receipt! This is where I got my replacement card:

    https://www.osxwifi.com/product/mac-...bluetooth-4-0/

    Lisa
    Thank you Lisa, you're awesome!

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    2009 Mac Pro (5.1 Flash) + High Sierra= NO AIRPORT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Pretty difficult Lisa with strangler's large size hands, but not asdtricky as the Quad Core G5 that used a Bluetooth/Airport card all in one.
    The one I put in was an all-in-one piggy backed card. I have found age has advanced the dexterity in my hands has changed significantly, oh, and let us not forget eye site! So working on small connectors not easy!

    Lisa
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