A Nifty Guide To Overcoming Setbacks When Working on A Mac

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Updated 2023/05/11 at 4:08 PM
A Nifty Guide To Overcoming Setbacks When Working on A Mac

 

Typically, macOS is a stable and reliable operating system. But now and then, it runs into problems that may freak you out or ruin your day. The problems might be as minor as cannot connect to App Store because of an unstable Internet connection or the App Store server being down to as panic-causing as a flickering display or the blue screen of death. 

Since Macs are designed to offer years of enjoyment, it is a shame if they suddenly stop working. Fortunately, most issues can be resolved immediately without running to the nearest service center. This troubleshooting guide is intended to provide you with the knowledge required to overcome setbacks when working on your Mac. 

Reset the NVRAM/PRAM

Mac’s performance is affected if there’s something wrong with any of the code on PRAM. NVRAM or PRAM is the memory storing the default values for the nitty-gritty details of your computer, such as mouse scaling, speaker volume, startup disk, virtual memory, alarm clock setting, etc. 

Resetting the PRAM/NVRAM fixes common Mac issues on Intel-based Macs. If you have a silicon-based Mac, you cannot reset the NVRAM/PRAM using the following steps because it is automatically reset whenever you restart your system. 

  • When your Mac is starting up, press and hold the Command + Option + P + R keys on the keyboard. Release the keys after twenty seconds. Start your Mac as usual. 

Check if this resolves your problem. Then, you must go to System Preferences to adjust display resolution and volume settings. 

Force Quit 

Force quitting when an app is misbehaving or stops responding is a no-brainer. Nobody has the time to stare at the spinning beach ball when they’re trying to submit the report to their manager by 7:00 PM and call it a night. 

Before trying anything else, force quit the unresponsive app by pressing Command + Option + Escape. 

Reopen the app to see if the issue is resolved. If not, go to the App Store and check for pending updates for the particular app and install the update. 

Reset the SMC

Resetting the SMC fixes issues with fans, battery, power, and other features. This is a solution on Intel-based Macs to solve common problems. You can reset the SMC by shutting down your Mac and following these directions:

  • If you have a desktop Mac, disconnect the power cord > wait for fifteen seconds > plug the cord back in > switch on your Mac after five seconds. 
  • If you are working on a laptop with a T2 chip, press and hold the power button after shutting down the computer and release the power button after ten seconds. Start your computer after a few seconds. 

If this doesn’t reset the SMC, click the Apple menu > Shut Down > press and hold Control + Option + Shift for seven seconds > press and hold the power button, along with the other mentioned keys for seven seconds > release the keys and press the power button to switch on your Mac. 

Free Storage Space 

If your system is behaving oddly, unresponsive, or taking its own sweet time to boot up, your Mac might be low on storage space. 

Delete all the unwanted applications by going to the Applications folder, cleaning the Downloads folder, and removing all other redundant files on your system. After deleting files and documents, remember to control-click the Trash and then select Empty Trash. 

If you wish to check how your Mac’s storage space is being utilized, click About This Mac from the Apple menu > Storage > go to the Other section and browse through all the clutter your system has accumulated with time. If you wish to automatically delete old movies, TV shows, and email attachments, click the Manage button in the About This Mac section > select Optimize Storage. 

Reboot or Restart 

Restarting or rebooting your Mac is one of the easiest and most effective troubleshooting tips of all time. Rebooting your system can fix various macOS errors, such as unresponsive apps and accessories, Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth problems, performance issues, etc. This is because rebooting means giving your system a fresh start. 

To restart your system, click the Apple menu > select Shut Down or Restart. In case your system isn’t registering any clicks and it is unresponsive, hold the power button to force restart your system. This will reload macOS by clearing the memory. 

To ensure your system works smoothly, you must restart your Mac now and then. 

The Bottom Line 

Minor setbacks when working on a Mac is part and parcel of life, but they needn’t be a thorn stuck to your throat. You would want to move on at some point. Follow the troubleshooting tips mentioned above to stay on course, and you’ll never be stressed out if your Mac is frozen or unresponsive the next time. 

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