The best part about being a Mac user? You don’t have to worry about troubleshooting and spending hours on an end to update drivers like your Windows PC-using friends.
What happens when your trusty Mac breaks down?
Don’t worry! Here are some of the most common issues that Mac users face, and their quick fixes, compiled by our experts at Crumbacher in Santa Fe, NM.
1. My Mac Is Too Slow
If you’re tired of waiting while your Mac takes its precious time to open files for you, check the Activity Monitor (Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor). This is where you can view all the processes and applications using the Mac’s memory and power. Choose the ones that you are not using and close it. This will free up breathing space for your Mac. But if you have these issues on a regular basis, you may need to upgrade your RAM.
2. My Wi-Fi Keeps Disconnecting
Weak signals can be a major issue with connectivity. If your router is close to your Mac, you have already restarted the router and modem; you can try configuring your Mac to connect to a 5GHz signal instead of the 2.4GHz one since the former has less interference. Separate your 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks through your router settings. Then, go to Advanced settings (System Preferences > Network > Wi-Fi > Advanced). Find your 5GHz network here and drag it to the top of the list. This will tell your Mac to prefer the 5GHz network whenever possible.
3. Bluetooth Not Available Error
The ‘Bluetooth not available’ error is quite annoying for the Mac users, and to get through it, try restarting your Mac and quitting and relaunching the Bluetooth app. Remove any other Apple devices away from your Mac.
4. My Macbook Is Not Charging!
It’s absolutely terrifying to plug your MacBook to be charged and come back later to see that nothing is happening! Before you start hyperventilating, relax. This can be fixed. If your MacBook has a removable battery, reset it. If that doesn’t work, shut down your MacBook, and connect the MagSafe power adapter. Press and hold Ctrl + Shift + Option + Power buttons for about 4 seconds and release them all at the same time. Then open your Mac and check if the problem is fixed. If not, have your MacBook serviced.
5. My Mac Won’t Shut Down
If you are trying to shut down your Mac but nothing happens, try leaving it for a while for the OS to sort out any unresponsive apps or processes on its own. However, if it takes too long, check your Dock for any frozen or opened apps or bouncing app alerts that are stopping your Mac from shutting down. Force quit these apps or manually force shut your Mac itself by pressing and holding the power buttons.
6. An Application Is Not Responding
If an application becomes unresponsive, you can force quit it from the Force Quit window (press and hold the Command + Alt + Esc buttons to open it) and restart your Mac.
7. Blue Screen Of Death
If your Mac is stuck on the blue screen, you may need to repair your hard drive. In this case, you just might need the help of a professional. The experts at Crumbacher in Santa Fe, NM have had their share of fixing blue screens and can help you out, too!
8. My Mac Is Stuck At A Grey Screen On Startup
The grey screen, unlike the more notorious blue screen, can be caused by a diverse set of reasons. To resolve this issue, turn off the computer and disconnect all external peripherals except for the mouse, keyboard, and display. Restart your Mac. If the problem persists, contact tech support.
9. No Sound From The Speakers/ Display Issues
The most common display and sound issues in Mac are caused by problems in the NVRAM. Resetting it would help. Press and hold Command + Option + P + R buttons and when your Mac chimes for the second time, release all the keys at the same time.
10. My Mac Keeps Crashing
Try installing combo updates to fix this issue, as one main reason for your Mac crashing is an installation that went bad.
If you’re looking for a pro to handle the issues of your precious Mac, reach out to Crumbacher in Santa Fe, NM and get your computer fixed without any hassle!