Mid 2006 / model number A1181 / black or white case / 1.83 or 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor.

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Slow or no airport connection.

I have a black MacBook 2GHz Core Duo. It's worked great since I got it about 4 years ago. The airport just quit working. It gives three random symptoms:

1) Won't see any base station at all

2) will see my base station a few feet away but won't connect

3) Will see all the base stations in my neighborhood but connects at very slow speeds.

I disassembled my MacBook and reseated the antenna connectors. That got me connected at the very slow speed but now can't connect at all.

Does this sound like a bad Airport card? If I replace it do you think it would help? Will an Extreem (N) card work with the antenna in this model?

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Difficult question without having the computer in front of me. The Airport Extreme (N) was introduced the next series up from yours. I would stick to the Airport Extreme listed for this machine. iFixit sells them and here is the link:

MacBook 802.11g Airport Extreme Card

It does sound like the Antenna is loose or a bad Airport card. I would recheck the connections and reseat the airport card. Should be two screws holding it in and then you unplug and re-plug it in. Make sure the antennas are re-connected then test. If no luck I would go to the site above and order and install a replacement Airport Extreme g card.

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The airport cards do go out. Not often, but they do. I've tested them with two PowerBooks sitting next to each other to make sure both are getting the same signal.


Mactech- is there a spacer on this one? You know, the part that's left on the table after reassembly?


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