Pretty sure my airport card is dead....
October 2, 2010 11:38 PM Subscribe
I think I killed my wireless card... My macbook pro connects to wifi very sporadically. About half the time, I can be sitting three feet from the wireless router and no network will show up, but my housemates are able to detect the network rooms away. Is this fixable?
posted by lockstitch to computers & internet (8 answers total)
2 GHz Intel Core Duo
AirPort Extreme (0x168C, 0x86)
I'm a student and I use the computer for graphic design work. I got the computer used, and as you might be able to tell I'm not a tech whiz. It's entirely possible this question has been asked before but I just didn't realize.
The computer does not recognize wireless signal unless it is very, very close to the source, and even then it doesn't always work.
At home, we just had comcast wireless installed, and my housemates are able to connect to the wifi from all over the house. (There is a pretty even split in the house between Macs and PCs, so I don't think that 's the issue)
The ethernet cable is currently my only option for connecting to the internet, and I'm getting tired of doing homework in the living room.
What are my solutions to the death of my wireless card? I've stopped at the mac store to inquire about getting a new one, but that costs around $60.
I know for PCs there are D-link cards/usb sticks you can use to amplify wireless signal, but is there any such thing for a Mac? If so, where can I find this?
Is there a way to fix this without spending a lot of money (and that doesn't take years of training)?