8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2009 6:43 PM by Graham K. Rogers
Misterminnow Level 1 (0 points)
Hi all,

I've found a lot of topics so far about this but my problem is not quite the same. I have an Airport extreme set up with my iMac and since I've upgraded to Leopard (i think it's since then) i have a yellow light blinking on the base station, and my Airport icon in the top right of the screen often loses black strips to grey and sometimes loses complete signal.

The thing is that everywhere I read about this topic, people were unable to access the web which is not a problem for me. But the base station continually blinks the yellow light even while I surf the net. Later, I may have a slow connection. If I turn Airport off and then on again, I get my speed back. But sometimes, it doesn't turn on again for an hour or a day!!! This does get frustrating.

The Airport utility in the Utilities folder cannot be opened as it is no longer supported by the new architecture.

Have I installed something improperly... can one of the kids inadvertently have changed a setting OK, it's maybe me :o(

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Graham K. Rogers Level 5 (5,430 points)
    The first point that strikes me about your problem (apart from the orange light) is your comment that the Airport Utility is no longer supported by the new architecture.

    By that, are you referring to the 10.5.6 update or something else. As mine is working correctly, I checked immediately, and both Airport Utility and Airport Disk Utility are working fine. That may be a place to begin.

    I would suggest starting with the Apple install disk and running Disk Utility to check that the OS X installation is OK; then try repairing permissions (always worth a try); and reinstall the Airport software.
  • Misterminnow Level 1 (0 points)
    I checked the volume with disk utilities from the DVD and it seems fine. I'm not sure what reapiring the permissions means and I don't find an option to reinstall airport only... without reinstalling the entire system that I am not sure I want to do... light still blinking :o(
  • Misterminnow Level 1 (0 points)
    I've also downloaded airport 5.3.2 for leopard yet the installer will not proceed since...'You cannot install AirPort Utility on this volume. The version of Mac OS X on this volume is not supported.'
  • Graham K. Rogers Level 5 (5,430 points)
    Repairing permissions is also done with the disk utility -- same panel actually -- by pressing the button on the left. The Volume check/repair is on the right.

    When I bought my Airport Extreme router, there was a disk in the box with the software on that. At this stage I would not suggest a reinstall of OS X (absolutely last resort and highly unlikely here), but perhaps a reinstall of the Airport utilities from that disk might be useful.

    "Version of OS X not supported?" Something not right here. That is the version I am running with OS X 10.5.6 which suggests there is some form of corruption in your installation. (I also have Airport Disk Utility 1.2.1)

    The disk has been checked and is OK. Repair permissions. Find that Airport disk. . . .

    As a point, what do you use for input TO the Airport Extreme router?
  • Misterminnow Level 1 (0 points)
    PROBLEM FIXED... I had completely forgotten about that disk.

    Thank you so much. All is well.
  • Graham K. Rogers Level 5 (5,430 points)
    Glad to have been of help.
  • Keith Collea Level 1 (30 points)
    Same problem, lost Airport program disk, is there a download of it somewhere?
  • Graham K. Rogers Level 5 (5,430 points)
    As far as I can see on the Apple Support pages, there are only updates. You have the serial number (on the device), so try an Apple store. It is possible to get OS X replacement disks, so these may also be available too. Before you try that, however, have you pressed the reset button?