Macboom Pro 2010 WiFi Not Workubg




  • Official comment
    Forrest Smith

    Hi Akshay,

    Wikipedia shows that a 2010 Macbook Pro should have a Broadcom BCM4322 wifi chip inside - if that's the case, I'm a bit surprised that it isn't working for you, since we have support for that chip on other machines.

    Not to suggest anything too obvious, but have you tried toggling the wifi on and off by clicking the little wifi-icon in the wifi-section of the system tray?

  • Akshay Jain

    Thanks for replying so quickly!
    Yes I tried that and restarts of the full OS too.
    Is there any way to install drivers for WiFi after getting into the system.
    I was able to get Ethernet working so if there's anything o can do (Even technical stuffs like commands) would be really useful.

  • Akshay Jain

    Hey can you provide any technical steps like commands in the terminal to get it working.
    Other than WiFi this is awesome and thanks for replying!

  • Forrest Smith

    Hey guys!

    I can't promise anything, but it might be instructive if you could upload me some logs. Steps:

    1) Go to a terminal with ctrl+alt+f2
    2) log in with u/p= chronos/chrome
    3) " cd Downloads"
    4) "sudo lshw -json > lshw_2010macbookpro.txt
    5) Host it somewhere and post a download link here

    That file will tell me some stuff about your hardware and driver matchups - maybe we'll be able to get somewhere with that info. Maybe.

    Thanks for your interest!

  • Richard de Bruin

    Hello Forrest. Same problem over here. The wifi is listed on some way, but it is not working well. It does not show avaliable networks. It looks there is something not ok with the driver. Lshw is not avaliable on the free edition of cloudready, so I used dmesg. Hope you can do something with this. and

  • Richard de Bruin

    Hi Forrest. Did some trail and error. And what now works for me is this situation. First I booted the USB stick and wired network. Added my account, etc. Then I boot into OSX, and did a restart of the Macbook Pro. Used the ALT key at boottime and choose for the USB stick. Now I see the login screen of cloudready and .... I got WIFI!!!
    If I boot directly form the usb stick I not have WIFI. But if I boot OSX and then do a reboot and boot from usb I have WIFI. Did not yet install it on the Macbook Pro.

  • Forrest Smith


    I'm not sure what to make of your wifi working conditionally, but I'm glad to hear you found a consistent method!

    I imagine that the following is (will be?) true when you install:

    +If you boot into USB from cold, and wifi isn't working when you install, then wifi won't work after install

    • If you boot into USB from a reboot, and wifi is working when you isntall, then wifi will work after install

    Others with Apple computers are reporting wifi trouble, so I am hoping this trick can help them, - thanks!

  • Akshay Jain

    Thanks a lot Richard!
    Will check this it tonight!
    If it works then I'll actually have a useable Chromebook!

  • Richard de Bruin

    Glad I could help. I did an other try this afternoon. From OSX, then reboot, CloudReady from USB and no Wifi. Then from CloudReady a reboot and again boot from USB into CloudReady and Wifi. So somehow it get connected the second time? I will try to install it on the Macbook this evening if I have Wifi connection with the USB Cloudready boot.

    But the first USB boot I did with a wired connection, not sure if this has any influence?

    Cheers :)

  • Richard de Bruin

    Goodmorning. Pffff, this is become strange. Last night I tried to install Cloudready on the Macbook, but what do you think? I reboot many times from the USB stick and OSX, but no Wifi at all. Really, really strange, because in the afternoon I tried it one time and did have a Wifi connection. So now I have the feeling that it is very random. Anybody an idea what caused this weird behavour?

  • Akshay Jain

    Yeah Richard
    I tried what you said but still it didn't work for me.
    Not even once.
    Hope a solution pops out soon
    I really like Chrome OS but the only problem is the worst possible one.

  • Richard de Bruin

    Hi Akshay, yes this is really become a strange behavour. I really was suprised it did not work last night. Before I boot a few times, and most of the times the Wifi was avaliable after the second time. I am going to try it again this evening, because I want to be sure if I have a Wifi connection and then install it on the harddisk it will work every time.

    Oh, with the first wired connection I also tried to manually add the Wifi point. It did not connect that time, but I have no idea if it save the settings somehow. Maybe that is the reason it sometimes show up?

  • Akshay Jain

    For me it never shows any WiFi Networks in that menu.
    And I also tried to install it on the hard disk but the installation is failing every time

  • Forrest Smith

    Hi Guys,

    Ashkay - to install to HDD, make sure you're logged out (just in case) and, if necessary, use these instructions :

    Let me know if those help! I'm optimistic that installing will make wifi performance more consistent - the behavior you all are seeing sounds like a race-condition which is probably affected pretty significantly by USB boot-speed.

  • Richard de Bruin

    Hi Forrest, thanks for instructions. And yes I also think it have something todo with USB speed. Otherwise it cannot be explained that it sometimes works and sometimes not works. I am going to try it this evening.

  • Richard de Bruin

    Hey guys! It works!! I installed Cloudready on the Macbook Pro 2010 with the instructions in the URL. And after install and reboot I got wifi in the setup screen. I love this OS :). Akshay, I hope that it also will work for you if you follow the install instruction. Forrest, thank you for the support.

  • Richard de Bruin

    Hi Akshay, did you try to install Cloudready on the Macbook Pro? I am curious if it work out for you. My conclusion for this Macbook Pro 2010 (7,1) is that it has Wifi problems with run from USB, but after installation it works great. Only the keybaord backlight is not working.

  • Akshay Jain

    Yeah Richard I installed it the normal way without the commands but the wifi wasn't working. Had to reinstall OS 10 in the painstaking way and I'm loving the speed of my fresh installed El Capitan.
    Im going to try booting from USB today but not going to install it permanently until Dual booting is available so hope it works today via USB.
    Is your Wifi very consistent now and how have the new updates been?
    Im installing th latest version so hope that some magic might have fixed the Wifi.
    Will get back after USB booting....

  • Richard de Bruin

    Hey, yeah El Capitan is a nice release. Much better then all releases before. I allways go back to 10.6.8.

    But I just like the ChromeOS/Cloudready approach. And wifi is still not 100% on this Macbook pro. Sometimes I have to reboot 2 or 3 times before the Wifi really is avaliable. Before that you see the wifi and network adapter. But if it is working everything goes smooth.

    The only problems I have is that Cloudready freeze if I am using it for 15 or 30 minutes. If I come back to the Macbook Pro, then the whole environment is freezed. And the flashplayer crashes on some websites.

    So the new updates not really fix the Wifi for 100% and there are still some little problems.

  • prat

    hey guys, I recently installed chromium os in USB drive and I have macbook pro (mid 2010). I had the same issue as you guys, where i was not able to see any network. However, I believe I have a solution. When I selected the the network and password before selecting a start up drive, I was able to log in via selected wi-fi. and everything works perfectly fine (except for back-lid keys). the only problem is you would have to do this every time, when you restart your system. let me know if this works for you guys! 

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