New Macbooks should run without any problems at first. However, after some time passes, you are bound to encounter performance issues. Some of these issues can be pretty rough, and you would need to take the computer to a service store. On the other hand, there are many instances when you can solve the problem yourself.
Here are some of the most common Macbook problems and suggestions on how to fix them. Even if you are not experiencing any issues with your Mac, read on. Knowing a way to deal with a problem in advance means that you can eliminate issues that occur.
Problem 1 – Slow Internet Browser
Perhaps the simplest solution to a poorly optimized internet browser is to get a replacement. There are many different options, and if you are unhappy with the browser you use now, why not look for another?
For example, if you are using Chrome, getting Firefox, Opera, or Edge could prove a good decision. For all its popularity, Chrome is still notorious for how much memory it requires.
That is not to say that another browser solves all the issues. It might be that the problem lies in your system. Also, remember that an internet browser works smoother if you clear the cache regularly and avoid installing too many extensions and add-ons.
You may encounter a flickering screen problem after installing operating system updates. Lack of compatibility between the GPU and the most recent OS version causes screen flickers.
The solution is simple – you need to restart the Macbook. The screen should be back to normal once the computer loads. If the problem persists and there is no hotfix in the form of a new update, clear system junk, such as caches and other temporary data. Resetting PRAM or NVRAM is another possible solution.
Problem 3 – Spinning Beach Ball
A spinning beach ball indicates that you are initiating a new process while the system still has something running in the background.
Just like with most problems, restarting the Macbook ought to fix it. But if a spinning beach ball becomes persistent and frequent, you will need to dig deeper.
Look at the application list and pay extra attention to apps running in the background all the time. Activity Monitor allows you to sort processes by resource usage. It might be that an app or two stand out, and they are the reason you have to deal with a spinning beach ball so often. Removing such applications should fix the issue.
Problem 4 – Full Hard Drive
Lack of hard drive space leads to lackluster performance. If you are stuck with only a few free gigabytes, do not be surprised if you can barely use the Macbook.
You will need to change your data management habits. For starters, make sure that you get rid of app caches, plugins, and other temporary files regularly. Files you no longer need, such as old downloads and email attachments, can also be deleted.
Finally, there is an option to keep some of your data in Dropbox, iCloud, or external storage devices.
Problem 5 – Lackluster Battery Life
Poor battery life is not an issue if you always have an electric socket available. But if you do not, then the Mac might run out of battery before you finish using it.
Closing background applications and changing Energy Saver settings help. You should also shut down the Mac instead of putting it into a sleep mode. Lastly, do not leave the charger plugged in when the battery is at 100 percent.
Problem 6 – Random Crashes and Freezes
Crashing, freezing, stuttering, and other annoying performance issues get on one’s nerves rather fast. And it is difficult to figure out what the cause is. Moreover, even if restarting the computer helps, you do not want to do that every ten minutes.
Scan the system using antivirus to confirm there are no malware or viruses. Install system updates if it is missing any. And it might be that you will need to reinstall the OS, especially if the problems are not disappearing despite your best efforts.
Problem 7 – Loud Fan Noise
Loud fan noise is usually the cause of too much dust and dirt that accumulates inside the Macbook. It is important to remove all that filth regularly. Otherwise, it will lead to other issues, not just loud fan noises.
Overheating is another symptom of too much dust inside the Mac. Some suggest that a cooling pad is the best way to fight overheating. While the accessory is a good addition, you should still focus on removing dust and dirt. This way, you will prevent overheating, loud fan noises, and potential damages to your internal hardware that is costly to replace.