Is my macbook screwed or just my wireless?
September 24, 2008 11:16 PM   Subscribe

My macbook can't find my wireless connection. It was working perfectly for the past three weeks, but now it won't connect (I've only had teh internetz for those three weeks).

I connect using plusnet (in the UK), through a D-link DSL-2640B adsl modem/router, on my almost two year old macbook (running leopard). I have tried resetting the router and airport on my mac; all that happens is that about half a minute after I turn airport back on, the mac finds my router for about 5 seconds, then drops the connection, and can't find it again. I don't think it's the router / wireless actually being pants, as both my iphone and my wii can connect to wireless just fine.

I'm a little stumped, short of thinking that the airport card is dying a death, does anyone have any ideas of what to try, or confirmation indeed that it's time to get a new mac? (on a separate point my screen has started flickering annoyingly again when running off battery, as it did three months after purchase, and I am loath to spend the money to fix it if it's time to get a new computer). I am out of ideas. Oh, in case it matters I am connecting through WPA-PSK and am not broadcasting my SSID

Sorry if this has come up already, I did a search, but couldn't see anyone with the exact same problem I have.
posted by nunoidia to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Well, I still don't know what the problem is, but I just managed to log into my router and changed the broadcast setting to on, and I can now connect. I have changed nothing else, so am very confused, but hey, if it works.
posted by nunoidia at 12:18 AM on September 25, 2008


Failing to broadcast your SSID adds no security, but it does cause assorted kinds of trouble. Live and learn.
posted by flabdablet at 7:18 AM on September 25, 2008


Not sure if this helps you, but I had the exact same problem a couple of days ago. Year-old macbook would pick up my home airport signal for 5 seconds then lose it again. Other devices got on it fine. I restarted my computer and airport box and it works fine now. Maybe there was a recent software update that did this?
posted by neustile at 10:42 AM on September 25, 2008


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