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How to: Airport won’t activate? Try this simple fix

14 April 2009 83,730 views No Comment

Here's a straightforward fix that solve your Airport problems and have you back up and running in a matter of minutes.

What should you do when your Mac’s Airport wont activate? Here’s a straightforward fix that solve your Airport problems and have you back up and running in a matter of minutes.

When I bought a MacBook, though I really wanted an iMac, I did so because mobility is an absolute must. So, whether I’m sitting in a parking lot somewhere — waiting for practice, scouts, shopping or whatever to end or just having brecky on the deck — my MacBook’s built in Airport Extreme wi-fi just has to work and yesterday it just didn’t.

That is, I often disable Airport via the menu bar to conserve battery and this time when I went to turn it back on, it just wouldn’t — clicking “Turn Airport on” either via the menu bar or Network panel inside System Preferences earned me no love. Moreover, neither restarting nor restarting and clearing the PRAM (press ⌘ + Option + P + R and, yes, I “know” this is useless) did any good.

A quick Google of the phrase “airport won’t turn on” led me to a Apple Support Article that advised this simple (potential) solution:

1. Open the Network System Preference panel
2. Delete Airport by clicking the “-” (minus) button
3. Restart your Mac
4. Open the Network System Preference panel
5. Add Airport by clicking the “+” (plus) button
6. Click “Apply”

See also: How to: Make Airport Forget a Network

And, at least in my case, that did the trick and my Early 2008 2.1GHz MacBook’s Airport is once again fully functional.

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