Recently when I booted my MacBook Pro and trying to connect with Wi-Fi and found a strange error saying Wi-Fi: no hardware installed. Without Wi-Fi, we can’t even use Mac for a single minute and wireless connection is all we have to browse on the internet. It was the first time for me to have, Wi-Fi no hardware installed message on MacBook Pro.
Most commonly, you will find Wi-Fi: no hardware installed in Mac when you boot up the Mac or while waking up the MacBook from sleep or while updating the Mac. MacOS devices usually encounter this problem whether you have iMac or Mac Mini or MacBook Pro 2009 doesn’t matter but don’t worry it is very easy to fix just you have to spend few minutes.
2 Tips to Fix Wi-Fi: No Hardware Installed Error on Mac
Reset NVRAM: For All Mac Models
Step #1: Restart “Mac” and instantly hold “Command+Option+P+R” keys altogether.
Step #2: Don’t release keys until you hear reboot chime again and when you hear the sound then release the keys.
Now when MacBook or Mac starts then pull down the Wi-Fi options and check if it’s working perfectly or not? If the Wi-Fi menu not showing No hardware installed or no longer X is visible then everything is totally all right.
Else if it is showing Wi-Fi: no hardware installed on Sierra or Wi-Fi: no hardware installed on Mojave then continues to next fix.
The process to reset SMC differs with the models so kindly double check the model of your Mac and MacBook before starting the process.
For New MacBook and MacBook Pro models with internal batteries
If your MacBook contains non-removable battery then here’s how to reset SMC,
Step #1: Shut down the MacBook.
Step #2: Connect the MagSafe power cable to the MacBook and let the charging begin.
Step #3: Next, hold “Shift+Control+Options+Power” button all together for 5 seconds and release them.
Step #4: Boot up the MacBook.
Now, check whether X is there or not in the Wi-Fi menu, probably it should work.
For Older MacBook models with removable battery
Step #1: Turn off the MacBook.
Step #2: Remove the battery from MacBook.
Step #3: Remove the power cable.
Step #4: Press and hold “Power button” for five seconds and release it.
Step #5: Fit the battery in MacBook and boot up the MacBook.
For Mac Mini, Mac Pro, and iMac
Step #1: Shut down the Mac and remove the power cable.
Step #2: Hold down the “Power button” for 5 seconds.
Step #3: Release the “Power key” and then plug the power cable and boot up the Mac.
Yet, you are facing Wi-Fi: no hardware installed in Mac?
Let me give some possibilities of this weird error,
- Physical hardware issue with Mac.
- Maybe Network card is failed or disconnected or manually removed from the system.
- Liquid damage to the MacBook can result in this error.
- Other damage.
After trying the about solutions for the Wi-Fi: no hardware installed on Mac, isn’t disappearing then there might not be any software issue. So lastly, you have to visit Apple Store and they will help you to fix Wi-Fi no hardware installed on MacBook Mojave.