Did you know that some Macs can last for eight years or even longer? At the very least, you can expect Apple computers to keep trucking for five years. After all, these devices are among the most expensive models in the computing sector.
Still, just because they can last for almost a decade doesn’t mean MacBook problems don’t exist. There are at least five common Mac issues, but the good news is, many of them are easy to fix.
So, if your Mac is giving you headaches, don’t worry, as you may be able to resolve them on your own. We’ll tell you all about these common macOS problems and how to fix them, so be sure to read on.
Too “Sticky” or Non-Working Keys
A Mac keyboard not working may be due to software or hardware problems. Hopefully, you only have a software issue, such as a recent change in settings or a software update. Either may affect your keyboard settings, but you can fix the issue with a version rollback.
However, you must have a Time Machine backup to restore a previous setting. If not, you can try resetting the System Management Controller. If neither works, your last restoration option is to reset the Mac to its factory settings.
Before you do the latter, make sure you create a Time Machine backup! The last thing you want is to be like one of the 65% of consumers who lost digital data in 2019.
If you still have problems after doing these steps, you likely have a hardware problem. Unfortunately, this may be due to a faulty mechanism in your Mac’s butterfly keyboard. It’s 40% thinner than other keyboards, but it’s also way easier to mess up with a single speck of dust.
If your Mac is still under warranty, take it to the store you bought it from. They’ll handle the free repair or replacement.
If your Mac’s warranty has expired, check if it’s included in the Keyboard Service Program. If it is, Apple will service it free of charge. You can bring or mail your eligible device to an Apple retail store or an authorized service center.
Beachball Keeps Spinning Away
The colorful beachball appears whenever the Mac performs CPU-intensive tasks. This is normal, so long as it reverts to the mouse pointer after a few seconds. If it stays on the screen and spins away, it means you have an overtaxed CPU.
This is one of the most common MacBook problems that have to do with too many active RAM-hogging apps. These usually include numerous browser tabs, iTunes, video editors, and high-def media players. If you have several or more of these open, it won’t take long before you deplete a Mac’s 4 GB or 8 GB RAM.
To get rid of the beachball, hit Option + Command + Esc (or Escape) to execute the Force Quit command. A list of all active apps, services, and folders should appear. Select one or several from the list and then click the “Force Quit” button.
If the Force Quit window doesn’t appear and your Mac doesn’t respond at all, you can force the device to shut down. Do this by pressing and holding down the power button until you hear a click, and the screen goes black. Restart your Mac and make sure you go easy when opening and running simultaneous apps.
Frequent Appearances of the Beachball
The beachball is the core of many MacBook issues, so it’s no longer normal if it keeps showing up. While you can force quit apps or services from time to time, you don’t want to do it every time the beachball appears. Moreover, frequent beachball appearances indicate the possibility of rogue apps or malware.
Do note that Mac malware is on the rise, registering a 400% increase from 2018 to 2019. There were twice more threats detected on macOS devices than Windows computers.
One way to check for malicious apps is through your Mac’s Activity Monitor. You can launch this by typing in “Activity Monitor” in your Spotlight search bar. However, it would be best if you closed all other active legitimate apps first.
Once open, click on the “Memory” tab, which should only show a few items since you already closed most apps. Check the “Memory Used” bar at the bottom of the window, too, to determine how much RAM is in use. If it shows more than half (say, 5 GB of 8 GB) as “used,” you likely have a rogue app or malware somewhere.
The fastest, simplest way to locate these malicious programs is with anti-malware. You have several free options, like Malwarebytes, Avast, Bitdefender, and Norton. You can scan your entire Mac HD with these and then quarantine or get rid of suspicious or dangerous files.
A start-up that takes forever is another of the most prevalent Apple computer issues. As with beachball problems, this is usually due to excessive active apps. However, sluggish start-ups have to do with having tons of enabled login items.
Fortunately, you may only have to disable as many of these login items to speed up your Mac’s start-up process. To do this, head over to your “System Preferences” and then “Users & Groups.” Click the “Login Items” tab and hit the “-” to disable them.
Panic-Inducing Kernel Panic
If Windows has the “Blue Screen of Death,” Macs have the “Kernel Panic.” This is one of the most worrisome Apple computer problems, as it triggers non-stop reboots. It also comes with a message saying, “You need to restart your computer.”
Kernel Panic usually starts when you don’t have enough memory or storage. So, if you’ve only had this issue recently, you should delete all non-essential files and apps. Avoid overtaxing your CPU, too, as kernel glitches can occur due to insufficient RAM.
Don’t Let These MacBook Problems Get the Better of You
As you can see, most MacBook problems have to do with RAM or storage insufficiencies. That’s why you’d want to keep your active apps at a minimum, and if possible, save as much data as you can on the cloud. If your issue is with the keyboard, though, be sure to check if Apple will fix your device for free.
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