Is your Mac showing the sign of age and acting slowly? Before junking it, you can try some easy fixes to boost up your Mac. Here are five common Mac problems as well as their fixes you should know.
- Startup Problems
If your Mac cannot boot normally and there is a blank screen (gray startup screen), you need to boot your device into the Safe Mode. With this mode, your MacOS just requires the minimum of software and drivers for the bootup. After that, you can run a check on your startup disk and then repair any issues causing your startup ills.
To boot into the safe mode, open your Mac then press and hold the Shift button. You will then see the Apple logo on the login screen. Next, go of the Shift key when the login screen appears after the Apple logo. You may wait a few minutes before your Mac boots in the login screen as it needs to run the diagnostics on your hard disk. If you want to exit the Safe Mode and start up your Mac as usual, simply restart your Mac.
- Unresponsive Apps
There is an app that occasionally trips up your Mac. Moreover, when an app hangs, it won’t allow you to do anything, including quitting that app. That time, you need the help of Force Quit function, which can be found from the Apple icon at the upper-left corner or hit the Command+ Option+ Escape button combination. All you need is highlighting the app that’s not responding and choose Force Quit button.
- Incompatible login items
If you see a blue screen when booting up your Mac, it means that one of your startup apps is incompatible with your device. With some errors, you can identify which app is causing the problem.
However, you can easily remove the login items. After each removal, try starting up your Mac again and check if the problem goes away. To do that, simply head to System Preferences > Users & Groups and choose your name below the Current User section. After that, click on the Login Items tab above the right window. From there, you should highlight an app and click on “–” below. It’ll then be deleted from the Login Items list and restart your Mac to check whether the startup issue has been fixed. If not, go to the list and try removing other apps until you see the culprit. You can also add items back just by hitting the “+” button and choose your favorite items from the Applications folder.
- No Internet Connection
Sometimes your Mac can’t connect to the Wi-Fi network while your device does not show any network issues at all. The quickest way to fix the problem when your Mac shows the No Internet Connection status is forgetting that network and then reconnect to it as new.
Go to Network option in System Preferences, after click on the Advanced section locating at the lower left side and there is a Preferred Networks list. From there, you can see the Wi-Fi connections your Mac has connected to in the past. Now, highlight a Wi-Fi network and click on the “–” button and select Remove to forget it. With the forgotten network, just click on the Wi-Fi icon and reconnect to that network again. After that, check if the issue is gone.
- Spin Beach Ball
In case you see the spinning beach ball increasingly, you need to take a look what is causing the slowdown for your Mac. To do so, open the Activity Monitor to check how much the apps that are currently running eat up your system resources. Take look at the Activity Monitor window, you will see the real-time stats on the amount of CPU and RAM each app is taking up. You can also take advantage of the Activity Monitor feature to quit an app that’s using more resources than normal. Just highlight it from the list, click on the X button then select Quit/ Force Quit.
There are five common problems with your old Mac as well as their fixes. Let’s know your thoughts in the comment below