8 Common MacBook Problems and Solutions

Computers are very important to us in today’s world. They are indispensable and are used every day to accomplish one task or another. But just like the human body gets tired and falls sick, so does the computer.

The MacBook is a very fine computer with amazing features. But just like every other computer, the MacBook also comes with its own problems. When it starts to act up and show signs of breakdown, don’t give up on it just yet. There are a few problems with easy fixes for your computer that you can try first. Consider these 8 problems and solutions before taking it to a laptop repair service in Wollongong.

  1. Problem With Start-up
    When you start your computer, and you find yourself staring into a blank screen instead of your desktop, then you should consider rebooting your computer in Safe Mode. Safe Mode will diagnose and repair any issue with the hard disk.
    To put your computer in Safe Mode, simply start your computer while pressing and holding the shift button. It might take a while for the Apple logo to disappear, but that’s because your operating system is running a diagnostic on the hard disk. Once the Apple logo has disappeared, the login screen should be on display. You can release the shift key when the login screen appears. If you want to exit Safe Mode, you can simply restart your computer normally. 
  1. Restarts Without Warning
    This is usually referred to as “kernel panic” in Mac computers. Your computer restarts and blacks out with an error message telling you to restart it. This is just like what happens to a Windows computer, only it isn’t called “kernel panic” but “blue screen of death.”
    This could be because of a number of reasons. It could be because of incompatible peripherals, outdated plugins, drivers, and firmware, insufficient memory space etc.
    To fix Karen panic, you could:
  • Upgrade your computer’s RAM or memory space.
  • Update the software and firmware.
  • Check the peripherals.
  • Safe boot to disable applications and software causing the problem.
  1. App not Responsive
    You might find that your app isn’t being responsive, and you aren’t able to do anything. Your Mac computer has hung, and you aren’t even able to quit. What do you do when this happens? You can simply “Force Quit.”
    Click on the command-option-escape. The Force Quit menu should pop up from the Apple icon in the top left corner. Select the app that isn’t being responsive. If you want to select more than one app, you can press and hold down the command or shift keys, then push the Force Quit button.
  1. External Devices not Connecting
    If external devices aren’t connecting properly to your MacBook, before taking it to a Mac repair store in Wollongong, there are a few fixes you can try.
    Ensure that your device is compatible with your computer. Make sure the ports and cables aren’t damaged in any way. Check to see if the external device connected properly to other computers, then check if it is properly connected to the right port on your computer. Having done these, try restarting your computer. If the problem still persists, it could be that an internal glitch is interfering. You can try resetting the PRAM/NVRAM and SMC.
    It could also be an issue with the port. For such hardware problems, you might have to take it to an expert for repairs.
  1. Missing Folders and Mails
    This usually occurs after an OS update. You can try to rebuild and re-index your mail application. The process might take longer if you have a lot of mail to recover. It also takes up a lot of memory space and might cause a lag on your Mac computer.
    Try searching your trash for your missing folders. If that doesn’t work, there are software that can scan your computer storage and recover the missing emails and folders.
  1. Flickering Screen
    There are a number of factors that can cause you the periodic flickering of your screen. It could be a hardware problem or external damage to the screen, but if it isn’t, you can try to enter Safe Mode to isolate the app causing the issue. You could also try resetting the PRAM/NVRAM. It could also be that there is an update that hasn’t been applied yet. Applying such updates should fix the problem. 
  1. Sluggishness
    Your computer can become sluggish when there is too much stuff in your hard drive or when you are doing too much on your computer, and it’s affecting the RAM. Freeing up some space or upgrading your computer should solve the issue. But if the problem persists regardless, you can try restarting your computer. If the issue is still there, try clearing your desktop files, they can drain your resources.

You could also check to see if there is an app unexpectedly running in the background. It could be because of malware. If the issue still persists after removing the program, try running a virus scanner or diagnostics in your MacBook computer to see if it picks up on any issues.

  1. Not Charging When Plugged
    First, ensure that your outlet works fine. Also, make sure you are certain that your charger isn’t damaged in any way. If these aren’t the causes of the problem, then restart your computer. Reset the SMC and PRAM settings. Does the problem still persist? Try checking up on your battery in the advanced options. If your battery requires servicing or replacement, then you should consider taking a visit to the Mac repair store in Wollongong.

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