Common Mac Hardware Problems and How to Fix Them
Even the most high-quality devices may have some trouble with the way they work. If you own a Mac device, you should be aware of the most common troubleshooting tips on how to fix hardware problems by yourself. Some of the first signs of faulty Mac hardware range from misbehaving keyboards and jittery trackpads to power problems. Do not worry. The following tips will help you troubleshoot common Mac hardware issues yourself without having to make an appointment at your local Apple Store.
- If you notice the MacBook keeps suddenly dying, check if the battery is charging properly. If your Mac randomly shuts off when the battery is full, it indicates a different kind of problem. When this shutdown happens, restart your Mac with the power button and wait for it to power back on and load MacOS. When MacOS loads, choose to restart your Mac again. This allows your MacBook to perform a healthy, full shutdown procedure. Next, reset the System Management Controller (SMC), which controls many vital processes of your device, like battery charging, sleep mode, etc. If any of such processes go wrong, resetting the SMC is one of the quickest ways to fix the issue.
- In case your Mac device experiences a hardware malfunction or human error that causes data loss, you can retrieve data from Mac hard drive with professional help.
- If you notice the startup showing a blank or blue screen that won’t go away, that’s a sign that your Mac probably froze trying to load a problematic app or function. Press the power button to restart your Mac. If this doesn’t help, boot using the Safe mode. Try to remove the troubleshooting apps or login items that may not be compatible. Using the CleanMyMac program can be of great help in this case.
- If you notice your Mac started running very slowly, the issue might be caused by the device doing too much simultaneously. Running too many programs might eat away your RAM, or fill your hard drive so full your MacBook is struggling to read and write data efficiently. If this is the case, upgrading your Mac device should help. You can also clear hard drive space and open fewer tabs simultaneously. If this doesn’t help, you can try any of the following:
- Restart your Mac device.
- Check for updates and install them.
- Clear the desktop. All those icons are a big drain on Mac resources.
- Scan your device for viruses.
- If nothing helps, take your device to the Apple store.
- Start with the basics if the MacBook can’t charge when plugged in. Check if the outlet is working and everything is plugged in. If this doesn’t help, apply software updates and restart your device. If there’s still no luck, press down the Option key on your keyboard and click the battery icon on your menu simultaneously. This lets you check advanced options in your battery menu. If the menu says to replace or service your battery, it’s time to take your Mac into the store.