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MacMan'95 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

ive just put lion on all 3 of my Mac's, My Unibody Mac Mini and Mac Book Pro give me the otion for air drop but my 2008 Mac Book dont? any ideas

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7), Core 2 Duo
  • Pappasbike Level 3 Level 3 (560 points)

    I"d like an answer to this also. I have two laptops, Macbook Pro - late 2008, a Macbook Air - 2010, and an iMac -early 2008. Air drop appears on the laptops but not the iMac. Any ideas?

  • fanboy512 Level 2 Level 2 (265 points)

    AirDrop requires Wifi.  Make sure it is on

  • Pappasbike Level 3 Level 3 (560 points)

    I just found this and it's why it doesn't show up on my iMac :


    There are only specific Mac models which would be compatible to use AirDrop. See below cut & paste text from Apple Website (Lion System requirements):




    supports the following Mac models:


    • MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer)
    • MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
    • MacBook (Late 2008 or newer)
    • iMac (Early 2009 or newer)
    • Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
    • Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010)
  • Phinarla Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    AirDrop doesn't need WiFi

    "No network required

    AirDrop uses peer-to-peer Wi-Fi between participating Mac computers and doesn’t require a wireless network infrastructure or base station".

  • bbroad25 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I understand that AirDrop doesn't need Wi-Fi. I'm guessing that the people you want to share with all need AirDrop for it to work. How close/far away must two people be to use it?

  • wahed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a 13 inch MacBook late 2008 2.1 GHz and airdrop is not working, it was there on the sidebar after install but once I restarted the MacBook, now the icon is gone. I was happy knowing that I don't have to use DropCopy anymore but looks like I may have to. 

  • olavware Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In finder hold command and click , to get the finder settings. Chose the sidebar setting and enable “airdrop“, i have the macbook early 2008 ):

  • Bazmanian Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    All users wishing to collaborate/share files via Air Drop must have supported hardware & also be in Air Drop simultaneously...


    Air Drop does take a few moments to scan and establish communications between collaborators...

    Computers for which the user does not have Air Drop active in their finder will not show up for other surrounding users...


    Once each/all users are in Air Drop in their Finder windows at the same time, they will be able to see one another and drop files following the prompts...


    File drops post to the users' downloads folder...


    But it is reiterrated that the hardware should be supported as in the post above...

  • QmusicRomania Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for you answer, now i now what's the real problem. Do you have any idea if there is any chance to make an upgrade for a mid 2007 iMac so that AirDrop can work ?


    Thanks in advance!


    PS: On my MacBookPro and iMac (2011) AirDrop works just fine form the moment i first run LION so, indeed, the problem is from the year your mac was purchased. It has be to newer than 2008.

  • Dave B. Level 4 Level 4 (2,085 points)



    As to how close, 15-20 feet according to the guy on AppleCare. My experience bore that out.

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (48,625 points)

    There will be no upgrade to allow you mid-2007 iMac to work.

  • QmusicRomania Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I thought so... i was referring if there is any chance to make like a component upgrade or something but i'm preaty positive there ain't no chance. Of course, i can use 'FileSharing' between my other two macs (iMac & MBP) and this one but i was willing to take advantage of LION OSx as much as i can.

  • lisaroser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Mabe you guys can help me....


    My Pro is mid-2007 so AirDop is out but I am still having network issues since the Lion install on both machines. I did post this a couple of days ago in Lion Newtorking & got reads but no replies. Maybe you guys can help:


    I cannot get my MacPro to mount onto my macbook pro. I can get to the drives on my MacPro using CMD+K afp, but need the drives to show up on the desktop. When I try to connect it simply says, 'connection failed'.


    1. I have re-checked my 'sharing' setting on both computers. my admin login has read & write access on both computers. Is there a new setting issue I am missing with the AirDrop?


    2, I am using Belkin wirelkess router from the Pro & WiFi on the macbook. The macbook show the AirDrop in the Finder sidebar so it is there but obviously not on the Pro.


    3. i have tried using the admin logins for both computers on the macbook to gain access, it did not work.


    4. when i access them using CMD+K, they do not mount to the desktop nor the finder window sidebar.


    I hope you guys can help. This is taking too much time to work around.




    Lisa Rose


    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7), 17" 8g RAM 2010


    2x2.66GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon, Mac OS X (10.7), 250g/(2) 500g/1tb internals, 7g RAM mid-2007

  • AMMOCAN Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)

    I would look into Apple's new Apple Remote Desktop software.

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