8 Common Mac Problems and How to Solve Them
If you have a Mac you know that every now and then there are some little problems that can be a big headache. A crash here, a little mistake there, and soon many other problems will come together in a big snowball if you don't fix them as soon as they appear.
Luckily, Mac OS is a great system that supports you to solve these everyday issues quickly and easily. Below you will find how to solve the most common problems with your Mac!
1- Mouse pointer locked
There is no Mac owner who has no longer faced the fearsome mouse beach ball. Every time your Mac “freezes”, your mouse cursor turns into that nice little beach ball that keeps spinning, preventing you from clicking on other windows.
To cancel the loading process and free your computer, try pressing Cmd +. If that doesn't work, kill the process at hand by pressing Cmd + Option + Esc or holding Option.
At worst, just wait for the Mac to finish working and finally release the use. This is undoubtedly one of the most common Mac issues.
2- Application crashed on Mac
If a program you tried to open crashed and does not finish loading at all, the best thing to do is to force it to close. To do this just right-click (or two-finger on the trackpad) and select Force Quit.
If you are unable to access Dockpad, press Command + Option + Escape to open the management window and close the program directly from there.
3 - My Mac does not turn off, now what?
If your Mac doesn't shut down as soon as you give the command, there are a few steps to take to know what's going on. First of all is to see if there are any programs on your Dockpad "jumping". Usually programs that require you to save files before closing will shut down the machine. If this is the case, just perform the steps taught in the previous tip.
However, if you have waited a long time and the computer has not shut down, your last resort is to force it to shut down by holding the Power button for 5 seconds until the screen goes black.
Remember that this last method is only an emergency measure and should not be used often.
4- My Mac is too slow
Like any computer, your Mac uses physical memory (the one to store your personal files and programs) to improve performance. When you pack your file computer, the system cannot move well, causing crashes and a drop in speed.
The first thing you have to do is clean your trash can and your Downloads folder. Usually without forgetting to empty the trash and clean the folder where downloaded files go. Several times you will come across files that you will not even use anymore and are there taking up space.
Also never forget to monitor your active programs within the activity monitor. Open Spotlight with the Command + Space command and type Monitor, selecting the first option. There you will see what your heaviest programs are and will also be able to close them, saving RAM.
5- Gray Screen with Text - Kernel Problems
If you saw this screen when you were starting your Mac, you don't need to despair. It indicates that the system has had problems starting up and asks you to hold Power and turn off the machine. Normally doing this the problem is already resolved, but if you continue to do this often do the following steps:
7- My Macbook won't charge
If when you put your charger in, your Mac gives no sign of life, you have a few steps to take before running for service. See if this works:
- To recharge your battery, we will have to reset the System Management Controller (SMC).
- Turn off the computer.
- Connect the MagSafe or USB-C power adapter to a power source and to the computer.
- Press the Shift + Control + Option keys on the left side and the power button at the same time.
- Release all keys, and then press the power button again to turn on your Mac.
That done your SMC will be properly reset and your battery should return to normal.
8- Boot Disk is full
For this particular problem, there is not much to do except: