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8 Tips For Troubleshooting Frequent Mac Problems

Macs are trustworthy computers that will serve their users for many years; therefore, they are a great investment even if they are quite expensive.

By purchasing a computer like this, you get speed, efficiency, incredible design, and even the chance to boost your productivity.

On the other hand, no computers are perfect; Macs aren’t invincible either. Their owners can experience various technical issues that are pretty common. Thus today, we’ll share some effective solutions to solve those problems. 

Problem #1: Mac Does Not Charge

A Mac charging issue can be fixed in several ways. To start with, try using another socket just so you know the problem isn’t in the power source. Then, if you have one, use another power cable because yours might be broken, which often happens at the connection of the cord and the charger block.

If none of this troubleshooting works, reset the System Management Controller. Start by shutting down your Mac and then turning it back on again by holding down the power button and Control + Shift + Option. Afterward, just turn on your Mac regularly. 

Problem #2: Mac Does Not Turn on

Troubleshooting Frequent Mac Problems

Even if it may sound obvious, first of all, check if Mac is plugged into a power source. Even if it is, you might have turned off the power socket. If that does not work, try turning the brightness up. 

If you have been watching tv series while your Mac was plugged into the tv via HDMI outlet, you might have dimmed the brightness and forgotten to turn it back up. Also, a Mac not turning on may be caused by a broken computer screen, so check if it’s not damaged. 

Problem #3: Mac Does Not Startup

A Mac not starting up is different from a Mac not turning on. The main difference is that when the computer does not turn on, it usually does not show anything on the screen. Although a Mac cannot start, it may display a color or a question mark on the screen.

Depending on what you see, a blue screen, a grey screen, or a flashing question mark, the fixes for a Mac not starting up are different and will be explained in more detail in the following paragraphs.

Problem #4: A Blue Screen on Startup

Seeing a blue screen at the startup, which may sometimes include the spinning beach ball, usually means your Mac has some issues with the software. 

To try and fix this problem, start your Mac in Safe Mode. If that does not fix the issue, you can use Disk Utility First Aid to repair your startup disk. 

Problem #5: A Blue Grey on Startup

Seeing a grey screen on the startup could mean that you need to update your macOS or, if the grey screen includes an Apple logo in the middle, you might be dealing with some software issues.

To figure out if your macOS is updated to the latest version, start your Mac in Safe Mode. When the computer starts, you may notice that it works fine but just in case, head to the App Store and check if there isn’t a new update for macOS.

Problem #6: A Flashing Question Mark on Startup

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A flashing question mark on your startup screen means that your computer’s disk has failed. In a lot of cases, this means no good, and you may need to go to a computer repair shop, but there is also a chance you can fix it without big investments.

To start with, put your Mac into Recovery Mode and choose the right startup disk, which will usually be called Macintosh HD. If you cannot find your main disk, try repairing it by using Disk Utility.

Problem #7: Mac is Frozen

If your Mac or an app is not responding and you are unable to finish a task you started, begin by using the Force Quit option on the application that froze. To do so, right-click on the app’s icon or press down Control + click on the touchpad and choose the option Force Quit.

Sometimes this may not work, and even though you chose the Force Quit command, the app will not quit. In that case, you can try pressing down the combination of Command + Option + Escape. Unfortunately, Force Quitting apps may lead to some data loss if you had not saved your document or game before the app froze. 

Problem #8: Mac Will Not Shut Down

Troubleshooting Frequent Mac Problems

If your Mac is not shutting down in seconds, the first troubleshoot is to wait because macOS may be closing some apps in the background. The more apps you keep in the background, the slower your Mac will become and the slower it will shut down, so always keep the number of background items to a minimum.

If that does not work, take a look at your Dock and see if you have any jumping app icons, which may mean that an app can not close before you choose whether you want to save or discard a file. If none of this helps, try Force Quitting the apps that are preventing Mac from shutting down. 

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