New MacBook, New Problems

I am the lucky new owner of a MacBook. It’s fast. It’s sleek-looking. It’s got all the wonderful grace and beauty of a well-made Apple product. It’s replacing my now officially dead iBook G3.

There was just one problem: I could not connect my MacBook to our wireless DSL router. AT&T is our DSL provider.

So I called AT&T, who after much time and a couple of people eventually threw up their hands and said I needed to call Apple. No matter what I tried to do, I could not connect my MacBook to our 2Wire wireless router. I had no problems connecting using the Ethernet cable. But wireless: nada.

Frustrated, I went and searched for possible solutions on my own. Lo and behold there are plenty of people out there who have MacBooks and Macbook Pros with Airport Extreme cards that have problems connecting to wireless networks, either at home or in public. The culprit appears to be the OS X 10.4.10 update. You can read about it here, here, and here. Many had success rolling back to 10.4.9. There is reportedly a fix in the works, but no hint as to when the fix will be released. Doing nothing meant continuing to hook up my laptop to the router with an Ethernet cable. Knowing that an update (10.4.11) is apparently a few weeks away, I decided to try to live with the problem.

But I could not let the problem rest. I bought a laptop because I wanted a laptop. Not a desktop.

This morning I found this solution by poster JrummerJ. I went into the Home Network Wireless settings and changed the Wireless Mode of the 2Wire router from 802.11b/g to 802.11g. and now I’m connected wirelessly. Woo-hoo!

Of course, since the wireless card on my wife’s IBM Thinkpad is 802.11b, that means when I’m connected wirelessly, she can’t connect wirelessly. Which means I’ll have to switch the Wireless Mode depending on when my wife is home.

So…I still have to wait for Apple to fix this problem. Can’t say I’m happy about that.

P.S. My 4th Gen 20GB iPod is about dead, too. I had to restore it for the 3rd or 4th time a week or so ago. It needs a new hard drive. As soon as I get this airport wireless problem fixed, I’ll bu a new hard drive and install it.

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