Is your Mac giving your problems you just can’t figure out? Here are 13 common Mac problems and their simple fixes worth knowing if you’re a Mac owner!
Apple has grown into one of the world’s biggest companies.
The technology mega-corporation generates over $200 billion a year. Apple offers many products, including the infamous iPhone. However, desktop users still prefer using Macs, Apple’s desktop.
While Macs are well-made and have powerful software, Macs aren’t perfect. Mac users will run into many issues.
Identifying and troubleshooting these issues is easier than you think, even for someone who isn’t computer savvy. Here are the 13 common Mac problems and the fixes they require.
1. Lost Files
While Macs are renowned for their amazing storage capabilities (even while the computer is off), there are times when you lose your files. There are many reasons for this.
Maybe you deleted the file by accident or emptied important files in the recycle bin unintentionally. There could also have been system and hard drive errors, formatting or corruption.
Fortunately, there are many ways to retrieve your lost files. First, ask spotlight.
Click CMD + Space and type the filename into the search bar. Also, search your trash in case you accidentally deleted the file. You can also use your data recovery program, if you have one.
2. Persistent Beachball
All Mac users know the issue — the beachball just doesn’t stop spinning. If a program is taking forever to load, there could be issues wrong with your computer.
First, make sure the program isn’t the culprit. Press CMD+ to cancel the loading process. You can also select CMD+Option+ESC to close the program. Then, try reloading the program. If it’s still slow, there are methods to heal your system.
Close other apps to speed up your computer. If this doesn’t help, try restarting your Mac.
3. Safari Is Slow
Safari can be slow for a variety of reasons. The web page could have too many graphics and media that are loading. Your internet connection could also be poor.
Make sure the web page you’re on isn’t the cause of your slow internet. Close the page and restart it.
You should also check your internet connection. Go to the Network pane of System Preferences. Click your internet connection name, go to advanced and then the DNS tab.
See if the internet is greyed out or not there at all. If so, there could be something wrong with your internet.
What if your connection is fine? If your internet is still slow, it’s likely Safari.
First, try closing and restarting Safari. If this doesn’t help, reset Safari. You can also delete your cookies and browsing history.
4. Slow When Running Lots of Apps
Macs can usually handle multiple apps and programs seamlessly. What if your Mac usually has no problem running apps and then is suddenly slow or forces apps to shut down?
There’s likely an issue with your Mac’s RAM, or memory. Your RAM records information from the programs you’re running. Lots of RAM space ensures your Mac can handle many apps and programs at once.
Even if you don’t have a lot of space, your Mac can move these programs to the “virtual memory,” which is a hidden temporary file. However, lots of programs or use programs can slow down this transfer.
The first solution is to close extra programs you’re not using. If this is a frequent problem, you can upgrade your RAM space.
5. Files Open in the Wrong App
When you download a file, your Mac will automatically set up a program to open the file. If you have another program preference or your Mac sets the open program to a completely different program type, you can easily fix this.
Click CMD+I. Go to “Open With” and select your preferred app. Select “Change All.” You can also search for the program if Mac doesn’t provide a list of recommended programs.
6. Your Computer Won’t Start
No matter how many times you click the power button, your Mac won’t power on. There’s likely a problem with your fuse. Unless you’re skilled at computer repair, you’ll have to take your computer into a repair shop.
If you click the power button and your Mac turns on but doesn’t load, it senses an issue and is conducting a “power-on-self-test” (POST). Your Mac will express the issue using beeps. Here’s what each beep means:
- Between one and three beeps: an issue with your RAM
- Four or five beeps: an issue with your processor
If you’re skilled with computers, you can diagnose this problem yourself. However, it’s safest to take your computer to a repair shop.
7. Kernel Panic
Kernel Panic is an error message that states you need to restart your Mac. Fortunately, this issue is rare. But it does happen. This usually occurs when your RAM is filled or with faulty USBs. Worst case scenario, a system file is corrupted.
The solution is easy: restart your Mac. This usually always solves it. If your initial restart doesn’t work, try unplugging your laptop (if it’s charging).
Worst case scenario, you need to reinstall your system. If this is the case, you need to reinstall all of your apps, which can take a lot of time.
8. Your Computer Freezes
A Mac will inform you it has to stop. Your computer will express this with a question mark, the “blue screen of death,” a sad computer face, or a broken file icon.
This can occur for many reasons — the most damaging being a hardware problem.
First, check and see if your Mac is updated. If not, install the latest updates. Your Mac may also freeze if it unsuccessfully installed the update. Simply try again.
If you have a hard drive or other device plugged into your USB, the device may possibly not be compatible with your computer. Unplug your device.
If this doesn’t work, try a safe reboot. Turn off your computer but restart it while holding Shift.
If worst comes to worst, you may need to reset the PRAM. Hold down Option+Cmd+P+R and select the hard disk.
9. An Application No Longer Works
Every application has a file with configuration data. If an application or program stopped working, the culprit is likely corrupted preferences.
Reset the app’s preferences. Some applications do this automatically. Hold the Option key while launching the app.
If the app doesn’t offer an automatic reset, you can do this manually.
First, quit the application and find the preference files. You can access a program’s preference files by going to Library/Preferences. Create a separate folder and move the preference files to the new folder.
Try relaunching the app. If this doesn’t help, put the files back in the original location.
10. Full Hard Drive
After years of computer use, your hard drive will eventually fill up. Your Mac will likely warn you of this by sending an alert box. You may also notice your computer is slowing down or your programs aren’t working.
To check your disk space, select the hard drive’s icon and press Cmd+I. You should have at least 10% of your hard drive free.
First, delete any unnecessary files and apps. Don’t forget to empty the trash. If this doesn’t help, invest in an external hard drive and move your files to the hard drive.
11. Can’t Eject a Disc
If you try and eject a disc and nothing happens, there are a few things you can do. Hold the eject button. It likely didn’t receive the signal. The button could also be slow. Try holding down Option to speed up the process.
If this doesn’t work, go to the disc’s program (such as your movie or audio player) and eject the disc. Still nothing? Launch Terminal, type “drutil tray open” and press return.
Your last resort is to restart your computer while holding down the left mouse key.
12. Flash Drive Won’t Read
Did you remove a flash drive without ejecting it? One of the side effects of this is the inability of your computer to read it. You’ll have to reformat the flash drive. Fortunately, this is easy to do.
Plug in your flash drive and go to Disk Utility. Your flash drive should appear on the left side of the screen. Select the flash drive and go to the Erase tab. To reformat the flash drive, go to MS-DOS and click “Erase.”
If this doesn’t help or if your flash drive doesn’t appear on Disk Utility, you’ll need a new flash drive.
13. Sound Isn’t Working
It’s always a bummer when you want to listen to music on your computer and you can’t hear anything. There are a few reasons for this. Don’t know how to fix the sound not working on Mac? We can help.
First, make sure your sound isn’t muted. If the volume is low, increase it. Is this not helping? Check other issues. This includes an outdated music program or an issue with your headphones or speakers.
If the issue is with your Mac’s internal speakers or different speakers, try using new speakers or headphones. If the issue is with your music player, try a different player.
These Mac Problems Are Easy to Fix
Macs are some of the most reliable computers on the market. Unfortunately, Mac problems can happen. Remember these simple repair tips if you run into these Mac problems. If Worst comes to worst, take your Mac to a repair shop.
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