Why does my Macbook Pro say ‘no Airport card installed’?

Joe July 8, 2011
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Two days back, when I tried to connect to internet, my Mac said “no Airport card installed”. I tried many things, like resetting SMC, resetting PRAM etc., but I can’t find a solution. Although my system profiler shows the Airport.

  1. Ejilla
    June 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks! 10 second thing works!! I bought mine in June 2011 as well. Hmmmm.

  2. Elizah
    April 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    i have the same problems no airport Card installed on my macbook pro
    i tried to open Airport in the systems preference and didn't match
    how can i solved the problems is in the software or in the hardware ?
    then to update the software
    thanks for your support

  3. Joritamas
    March 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Hi, I have the same problem now on my Mac Book Pro. I bought the laptop June 2011 with OS X version 10.6.8. It's annoying because I can't even update any software.

  4. Clautalamantes
    February 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    HELP!!! i dont know what to do :-( my mac says no AIRPOR CARD INSTALLED i already took it to the IT deparment at my work and they said is a lost case...that even if i take it to a Apple store they wont be able to help cause its an old model OS X 10.4....please help i tried rebooting it and nothing

  5. TUBROW
    February 16, 2012 at 6:48 am

    FIXED IT THE STONE AGE WAY :D

    It happened to me today, it was fine last night and then this morning it says "No airport card installed". But luckily I've fixed it, I turned my mac book pro off, give it a rest for 2 - 5 minutes, I gave it smooth bumps on my bed, shake it couple of times...I turned my mac book pro back, and the airport is WORKING ! 

  6. DJGRIZ
    January 30, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Not sure if this is a permanent fix, but it has at least worked for me. I had the no airport card problem. I held down the on/off button for 10 seconds to reboot the machine and airport has reappeared working fine. It must reassess it's wifi hardware/sofware when you do this.

    • Pammie_watt
      February 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

      This worked for me, thanks!

    • em
      April 24, 2012 at 10:51 am

      This worked for me too! Thank you.

    • min
      May 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      great! easy way to fix it. thanks ;)

    • Raph
      June 28, 2012 at 10:42 am

      YOU MADE MY DAY!

  7. Rsdpdrr
    January 22, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    many macariums  are going  through the same issues,i have a mac book pro13'' everything were going  perfect until one day  " no airport card installed" no matter what you do it will not work. All you need to do is " buy a new airport card '' and have it installed. apple knows about this problem and have not don anything yet.

  8. Mike
    July 9, 2011 at 11:16 am

    There are basically three options:
    - you deleted the AirPort connection by accident
    - your system lost track of it for whatever reason
    - your AirPort card is damaged

    First I would try to open up System Preferences, go to Network and at the top create a new Location.

    If this doesn't help force a redetection of the hardware via Terminal.app and the command /usr/sbin/networksetup -detectnewhardware

    Your last option is to delete the file containing network hardware informations.
    /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/NetworkInterfaces.plist
    delete this property list and then restart your system.

    If neither helps it is most likely and issue with the card itself.

    • Infant Joe Charles
      July 10, 2011 at 4:43 am

      /usr/sbin/networksetup -detectnewhardware
      What happens if I type the above command in Terminal?

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