If you are still relatively new to using a Macbook, you are bound to encounter some unexpected problems. Sure, the things have improved a lot recently thanks to consistent updates for both the OS and hardware, but fixing every single issue is more or less impossible.
Depending on your luck, you could avoid most of the problems mentioned in this article. But it would still be better to familiarize yourself with solutions in case you do end up encountering the issues, or someone asks you for help.
Problem #1 – Power-Related Settings
Most issues related to power and start-up can be solved by resetting SMC (System Management Controller), NVRAM (Non-volatile Random Access Memory), and PRAM (Parameter Random Access Memory).
NVRAM can be restarted by shutting down the computer and turning it on again. The moment the Mac starts to load, press, and hold Command+Option+P+R keys. Depending on the model of your computer, you will have to hold until you hear the start-up sound. But for newer Macbooks, holding the key combination for 20 seconds is enough.
Release the keys, and when the Macbook loads, go to System Preferences to check out if everything is in order.
Problem #2 – Microphone Malfunctions
It may seem like a microphone is not something that important as plenty of people are not even using it. But there are those who rely on a microphone for their work because they need to communicate with others or record something while working on the Mac.
The most common cause of malfunctioning microphones is improper configuration. And if it has been configured, an app or a recent tinkering with the settings could be behind the problem.
There are a few easy fixes that will get your Mac to working again. First, think about when the problem appeared and what you changed or installed that could cause it. In some instances, restarting the computer does the trick though if the problem persists, you cannot rely on constantly restarting the laptop.
Play around with microphone settings and see how it reacts each time you make a change. Removing system junk using cleanup utility software and resetting PRAM are also known as methods to get your microphone working again.
Problem #3 – Battery Lifespan
The battery will not last forever and you will need to replace it. But prolonging it is still possible. For starters, you should turn off visual effects. Idle applications in the background also consume resources. Unless it is something like anti-virus, keeping it turned on is pointless.
Shutting the Mac down after you are finished using it is also recommended. Finally, do not leave the charger plugged in if the battery is already full.
Problem #4 – Disappearance of Folders
Some users have said that they are experiencing the disappearance of folders and files after switching to the most recent macOS version. It would be a good idea to back up your files using Time Machine or even transferring the data to cloud-based services like Dropbox. There is also an option to use external storage devices, like USB memory sticks.
In case it was the mail folders that have gone, try rebuilding and reindexing the Mail app. Though keep in mind that if the amount of mail is big, it can take up to a few hours to restore the folder.
Problem #5 – Kernel Panics
Imagine that you are browsing the internet or chatting with your friends on social media. The computer suddenly restarts, and the screen turns black. You get a message that states the need to restart the computer.
The phenomenon is known as a kernel panic, and it happens without any warnings. The issue can get out of hand and prevent you from using the Macbook. As for why this occurs in the first place, there are a few reasons:
- Lack of RAM.
- Outdated drivers and plugins.
- Broken disk permissions.
- Incompatible peripherals.
The best solution would be to reinstall the OS as that would restore settings, free up RAM, and repair the disk. But you can look to do these things separately as well as check whether your system and applications are running on the latest versions.
Problem #6 – Issues with the macOS Performance
The Mac itself might start to underperform and feel sluggish. If you have not had any previous performance issues before and begin to experience something out of the blue, do not start to think that the only solution is purchasing a new model.
It is possible that you are running out of disk space, and it is time to remove old files and junk that has accumulated over the years. Cleaning dust and dirt inside will also boost the performance. Upgrading hardware, like adding extra RAM or even an SSD, makes a difference too.