Apple has a reputation for being the go-to brand for modern and innovative products and the MacBook is one of their flagship devices. From just a quick glance most people will recognise a MacBook but while they may be incredibly striking and high-performing products they aren’t immune to problems.
No piece of technology is immune to technical issues, why do you think tech support is always so busy? But before you give them a call or head down to the Apple store you should read on because there is a good chance you will be able to fix the problem yourself.
It might seem like there is no hope, but many tech issues are much easier to solve than you might think. So, keep a clear head and try not to panic in many cases you can fix these problems very easily, so let’s take a look at ten of the most common MacBook issues and see how you can fix them brought to use by PC Doc who offer specialists Apple Mac Repairs in Edinburgh.
My MacBook Is Too Slow
A slow computer is pretty much a modern-day torture but thankfully it might be relatively easy to fix. There are a number of different possible causes but one of the first things you should try is shutting it down and restarting your machine.
If your machine is still slow click on the Activity Monitor through the utility section and see what is using the most memory. If you notice an app or program that is using a lot of memory shut it down and it should solve the issue once and for all.
My MacBook Is Froze
Another common issue with a MacBook is the odd chance of it freezing, being stuck with a frozen screen can be a real problem especially if you where in the middle of important work. If you’re lucky a force quit box may appear in a few minutes, so you can solve the issue that way.
If it doesn’t appear try pressing command, option, and escape which might make the force quit menu appear but you may still after to wait a few minutes for it. If you’re having no luck with those options you can usually get your MacBook to reboot by pressing command, option and eject.
My MacBook Won’t Shut Down
This is a slightly more unusual problem but one that can be a real pain to deal with, when you can’t shut your computer down it can lead to a lot of running problems. All computers should ideally be shut down when not in use for long periods so if your
MacBook won’t how do you fix it?
Thankfully it should be pretty simple first of all make sure every app/ program is shut down, if you’re unsure whether everything is bring up the force quit menu to check. Sometimes an app or program could be preventing a total shutdown, if that doesn’t work simply press the power button and shut it down manually.
Stuck Colour Wheel
Sometimes called the beach ball or the very dramatic pinwheel of death the spinning wheel of colours is a sign every MacBook user will know. But if it freezes and keeps spinning trying to do anything else can be a real problem.
Thankfully solving this issue is usually pretty simple if you’re tired of waiting and nothing is happening you can usually shut down the pinwheel yourself. Pressing the command key is usually enough to do this but if that doesn’t work you can force quit it by pressing the command, option and escape keys.
Can’t Eject A Disc
Having a disc or DVD stuck in your MacBook is understandably worrying especially if pressing eject isn’t working. There are a number of possible fixes to this but one of the best ways is to simply drag and drop your disc icon into the trash, if that doesn’t work try shutting your machine down and trying again.
My Hard Disk Is Still Showing As Full
Space on a computer is finite but what should you do if your hard disk is still showing as full even after you’ve deleted files? Simply check your trash and make sure you’ve emptied it, after you delete files they will still be on your machine. Your trash needs to be emptied to get rid of them for good and free up space.
The MacBook isn’t immune to audio issues but thankfully solving the problem is pretty simple, just go to sound options on system preferences and make sure everything is as it should be. You will usually be able to return to default settings from there as well.
Passwords are essential but forgetting them is always going to be a risk thankfully with a MacBook you can usually solve this problem easily. Simply put the OS X DVD that came with your MacBook inside it and start-up your computer, make sure you hold the C key during start-up. Once the disc is booted you should see the option to reset your password in the utility menu.
The term above can be used to describe all kinds of general issues, but it usually means your MacBook is either frozen, started running very slowly or error messages have started to pop-up. For situations like this one of the best things to do is that handy bit of advice we all know and love, try shutting it down and turning it back on. This will boot-up the operating system again so will usually help fix issues like this.
If your MacBook’s display suddenly goes wrong, then don’t panic it doesn’t mean it’s a symptom of a bigger problem. Sometimes a few button presses can accidentally alter the screen but turning things back to normal is relatively easy.
Go to your system preferences section and then click on the display tab, from there all you need to do is click on the resolution option and then choose the default setting for display. Once that’s done the screen should restore its-self to its original settings if it doesn’t work straight away restart your computer and it should take effect.