Common Mac Problems: 5 issues with DIY solutions

Digital devices by Apple Inc., including their smartphones, computers, laptops and tablets, are well-known for their premium build quality and enhanced features. However, none of the devices in the world are free of any problems, and some occasional issues may occur in your Mac computer too. It could be an issue with the macOS, a software issue or a hardware issue. Some of the most common issues include the faster than normal battery drainage in the Mac computer, data loss, and missing backups. In this article, we will be discussing five common MacBook issues and their DIY solutions. 

  1. Fix a Kernel Panic

Suppose your Mac computer is facing a scenario in which it restarts several times, and the screen turns black with a message asking the user to restart the Mac once again. In that case, your Mac computer is experiencing a Kernel Panic. A Kernel Panic may occur suddenly, leaving no time for the users to save their tasks or work. Some of the reasons your computer restarted because of a problem includes insufficient RAM or memory storage capacity, firmware, plugins or drivers that are outdated, disk permissions that are broken, or the issue is occurring due to incompatible peripherals.

You can fix the Kernel Panic issue by performing a safe boot of the Mac computer and then disabling or removing the applications which you think might be causing the issue. Ensure that you update the software as well as the firmware of your Mac computer. Use disk utility for repairing the disk permission, do an upgrade of RAM and memory space. You should also check the peripherals.

  1. Faster Draining of Battery

Mac users have complained about their battery draining fast. This is one of the most common issues that Mac users face. If you are a user-facing similar issue, then the best option is to reset the Power Management and restart your Mac device. Doing an SMC Reset may also resolve the issue. However, data loss is possible, especially if the MacBook battery goes down during a read/write operation. If you still want to go ahead and resolve the battery drainage issue using SMC Reset, you should shut down your MacBook, press the power button, and long-press ‘Shift + Control + Option’, and then release all the keys to boot your MacBook.

  1. Performance Issues in Mac

If you are repeatedly facing performance issues with your Mac computer, the solution is to restore the macOS. You will have to take a backup of the old files and then delete all the files before installing a new macOS version. You can also restore a previous version of the Mac. The following steps need to be followed for reinstalling a macOS.

  • Restart the Mac computer by holding Command and R keys.
  • Once the Apple logo appears, release the keys.
  • Choose the option ‘Disk Utility’ within the macOS utility window.
  • Select the option denoted as ‘Continue’.
  • Choose the ‘Startup Volume’ and then select the option denoted as ‘Unmount’.
  • Once the unmounting is complete, select the option denoted as ‘Erase’.
  • Once done, you should exit the ‘Disk Utility.
  • You should then select the option denoted as ‘Reinstall macOS’ and then click on ‘Continue’.
  1. Issues with Logic Board

The first step to identify the problems with the logic board is to run the Apple Diagnostics or Apple Hardware Test. Apple Diagnostics not only identifies the issue but also works towards troubleshooting the issue. To run an Apple Diagnostics, you should first unplug all the external devices connected with the MacBook. However, the mouse, display and keyboard have to be connected with the MacBook. Then you should restart the Mac and then hold the key denoted as ‘D’. Apple Diagnostics begins to identify any existing issues with the logic board, and all the identified issues will be listed. It has to be noted that Apple Diagnostics and Apple Hardware Test do not check devices other than Apple, external hardware components, and software issues related to macOS.   

  1. Time Machine Not Backing Up Properly

In a MacBook, Time Machine remains the most important application when it comes to backup. However, scenarios wherein the entire files from the Time Machine backup may get deleted, or the backup is not complete in the Time Machine. If you face a similar situation, you should try to ensure your MacBook is up-to-date and restart the computer. It would be best if you also examined the network connection. You should also verify whether the backups are working properly. You should press the Option key and select the menu denoted as Time Machine. Click the option denoted as Verify Backups. A message will be displayed along with information about the error and on-screen instructions whenever the Time Machine encounters an error with the backup.   

Hope these five common Mac problems with their do-it-yourself solutions come in handy and help you to make the most of your Mac!

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