Following Failed network card in 2012 Macbook Pro

  • boo 7 Aug 2017 21:16:36 13,628 posts
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    I've had 'Wi-Fi - No hardware found' message come up on my 2012 Macbook Pro. Have tried resetting NVRAM and SMC a couple of times, run battery down completely, but no joy, so I suspect the network card has gone.

    It knew I'd been looking at a new Macbook the day before...

    Anybody know if it's a difficult / expensive job to replace the network card, assuming that's what the problem is. I've been considering a new Macbook Pro, but I've just specced one out and it comes in at 3.9k!

    If I can get a bit longer out of the current one then I will, but not if it's going to cost 500+

    Anybody got a ballpark idea of cost?

    Cheers!
  • mothercruncher 7 Aug 2017 21:21:24 18,378 posts
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    Can you bypass pulling it apart and get one of these?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06XZ5B5G9/ref=s9_acsd_top_hd_bw_bT8fnL_c_x_3_w?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&pf_rd_r=6FS2HWQZ68TQVM27M8XF&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=b385a6dc-842a-569f-a8c2-81967fefc2c1&pf_rd_i=430581031
  • Fake_Blood 7 Aug 2017 21:26:19 10,693 posts
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    Maybe get a usb wifi thingy?

    Also found this post:
    I had the same problem and if you are a frequent user of multiple wifi spots then this is your solution: Since you have logged in many spots the list of them is reaching its capacity. So every time your wifi tries to scan all the spots you have registered it ends up failing and crashes. So the solution is to go to system preferences>network>wifi>Advanced and delete all (or most) networks found in the preferred Networks list.
    Then you will immediately witness the fast recovery and response from the wifi of you mac.
  • boo 7 Aug 2017 21:59:53 13,628 posts
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    Thanks guys. Trying the wi-fi networks thing now, but if it doesn't work, 12.99 sounds like a cost effective solution.
  • boo 7 Aug 2017 22:22:10 13,628 posts
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    No joy with killing the wi-fi networks off (but thanks for the tip). Dongle ordered.
    Cheers both!
  • mal 7 Aug 2017 22:33:13 29,326 posts
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    Yeah, my old laptop (slightly older vintage, I think, but I forget) is also failing part by part. As of yet I've replaced usage of on of the internal SSDs using an SD card with electrical tape over it to remind me not to idly remove it with idle fingers. And the headphone socket started to fall apart than stopped working entirely (may be related, not sure) so I started using a USB sound card thing instead.

    Clearly, if the CPU or the keyboard or the screen go it's time to buy a new machine, but so far patching it up has extended its lifetime.
  • HarryB 7 Aug 2017 22:40:35 7,630 posts
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    If you want to do it properly you could follow this guide

    It may just need you to unplug it and the antenna and reseat it etc and you'll get lucky. But.. if you're not comfortable with what you see in the guide I wouldn't bother as you could end up damaging other parts and making it worse.

    You could always chance your luck at your local Apple store. Sometimes they just sort stuff free of charge. We had a replacement 6s plus when mine was out of warranty when my lightning port broke and wouldn't accept a charge.

    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+13-Inch+Unibody+Mid+2012+AirPort-Bluetooth+Board+Replacement/10363

    Edited by HarryB at 22:45:04 07-08-2017

    Edited by HarryB at 22:45:41 07-08-2017
  • boo 8 Aug 2017 00:10:03 13,628 posts
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    Ha!
    If I tried that I'd be looking at a paperweight in about 5 minutes. My fat fingers and delicate electronics do not mix. Thanks for the info though. I'll pop into the Apple Store at the weekend and sound them out.

    Cheers.
  • crashVoodoo 8 Aug 2017 06:27:04 6,807 posts
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    @boo 3.9k?!?! What the actual fuck is in it?
  • boo 8 Aug 2017 08:48:34 13,628 posts
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    15" Macbook Pro - 2699.00
    3.1Ghz processor upgrade +190
    2TB SSD upgrade + 1080

    Grand total, 3779.00

    My 17" Pro with a couple of upgrades (2.8Ghz processor,750Gb drive) cost me 2,250, about 5 years ago, or 1.26 a day, and given the amount I use it, I'm happy with that. If I get a new one and it lasts 5 years too, that's 2.07 / day.

    Yeah, it's a stupid amount of money, but when there's talk of the next iPhone beaching 4 figures, and most people I suspect have had three or four smartphones (not paying full price, I accept), the fact that I've never had a smartphone but do everything with a laptop and an iPad, it kind of evens out for me.
  • THFourteen 8 Aug 2017 09:07:23 53,839 posts
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    Thats almost the worst self-justification for expenditure i've ever heard :-)
  • TheSaint 8 Aug 2017 09:24:24 20,106 posts
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    I'd save myself a grand and not bother with those upgrades for a start.

    Who needs a 2tb SSD?

    Edited by TheSaint at 09:25:05 08-08-2017
  • THFourteen 8 Aug 2017 09:30:28 53,839 posts
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    Godofporn?
  • TheSaint 8 Aug 2017 09:39:53 20,106 posts
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    Surely anyone that dedicated protects their porn on some kind of RAID setup.
  • boo 8 Aug 2017 09:44:42 13,628 posts
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    :o)

    I've nearly filled my 750Gb drive with a combination of photos (of the nice sort) and music, so a 1TB drive seemed a bit shortsighted.
  • boo 8 Aug 2017 09:45:38 13,628 posts
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    Anyway - who cares what you lot think? It's Mrs Boo I'd have to convince!
  • beastmaster 8 Aug 2017 10:40:34 21,684 posts
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    Yeah, spec up to the max and it's a major investment. Still happy with my 17 incher with build in DVD drive. It's also fairly easily upgradable. Put in extra RAM not long after I got it.
  • Dirtbox 8 Aug 2017 10:56:34 91,595 posts
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    Using an 1k SSD for dumb storage? Haha, pratt.
  • boo 8 Aug 2017 14:01:00 13,628 posts
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    I see Dirtbox is still working hard on trying to be a people person.
  • nickthegun 8 Aug 2017 14:06:38 83,748 posts
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    I've had nearly 6 good years (5 if you count the year I limped it along with a fucked gfx chip, hoping for a customer satisfaction program) out of my fully loaded 15" MBP so, I suppose, like a pair of Levi's, the s per usage is pretty good.

    It's still fine for day to day use. The i7 copes fine but the 8gb maxed out ram is starting to feel restrictive.

    That said, gaming laptop prices have gone the other way to MBPs so, with an eye on their shrinking form factor, it would be hard to resist a sub-grand unit with a 1060 in it.

    Or, failing that, a surface.

    There's pretty much no way I could justify going balls out on an Apple laptop again.
  • THFourteen 8 Aug 2017 14:12:13 53,839 posts
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    I think if money was no issue i'd want one of these

    https://www.razerzone.com/gb-en/Gaming-System/Razer-Blade-B6/p/RZ09-01953W72-R3W1
  • nickthegun 8 Aug 2017 14:20:24 83,748 posts
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    And if money is a bit of an object, it's hard to look past the fact that you could get two and a half of these for the same price as that MBP:

    https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-156-gaming-laptop-with-1060-gpu-89999-lenovo-online-store-2758195
  • nickthegun 8 Aug 2017 14:22:01 83,748 posts
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    Which is pretty much exactly what I said in 2011 when I was looking for a new laptop...
  • Dougs 8 Aug 2017 14:23:14 96,721 posts
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    Crikey, that's a great spec and price.
  • THFourteen 8 Aug 2017 14:32:54 53,839 posts
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    Gaming laptops are always a great idea in principle for me, sadly i've discovered that i game best on devices that have no (or shitty) web browsers, i.e. not phones or tablets or PCs or laptops :-(

    Otherwise i just refresh forums for 2 hours.
  • Dirtbox 8 Aug 2017 14:54:40 91,595 posts
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    I use a gaming laptop as a desktop these days. Screen, keyboard, mouse, speakers and so on, and it's around 3 times faster and more powerful than a brand new topped out macbook 3 times it's price. Plus I can put it in my bag and take it on a plane if I want.

    Mugs game. Lol 2tb ssd for storing fucking music and photos. Are you really that dim?
  • beastmaster 8 Aug 2017 15:02:39 21,684 posts
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    I've got a 4TB external HD for all things iTunes, photos and the like. Everything is pretty much stored on there.

    Edit: Wasn't expensive at all.

    Edited by beastmaster at 15:03:19 08-08-2017
  • KnuttinAtoll 8 Aug 2017 15:39:46 8,382 posts
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    My Asus came with a 500GB SSD (card, not drive - edit think it's called PCIe? Can't remember) and an optional, empty drive slot. Bought a 1TB HDD for what, 70 Euros, stored any files that don't require fast read/write speed on that, and installed games and OS on the SSD.

    The whole thing cost a little bit more than that 2TB SSD 'upgrade' haha. Those Apple price points never cease to amaze me - who spends a grand on bloody storage space?

    Edited by SYS64738 at 15:43:09 08-08-2017
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