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

Joe July 8, 2011

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

    February 16, 2012 at 6:48 am


    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 ! 

    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


  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.
    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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