While some problems do require the MacBook to be replaced, most can be solved with a simple repair. Here are the top 12 MacBook problems and how to fix them:
1. Short Battery Life
One of the most common reasons for a short battery life is that there are too many “power-hungry” programs or applications running in the background. The easiest way to fix this problem is by checking the “Activity Monitor” to see which programs are using up the most energy and closing them.
Other simple solutions may include reducing the screen brightness, turning off backlit keys, and placing your computer in “Battery Saver” mode.
It is also possible that your battery has gone bad and can no longer hold a charge for very long. This is usually due to old age, and it may be a sign that you should buy a new computer.
However, you can also simply replace the battery. A new battery will cost around $30 to $50 and is simple to install.
2. Slow Booting and Loading Speeds
Slow loading speeds are one of the more annoying problems you can run into. They are usually caused by:
- Resource Intensive Programs Running in the Background
- Full or Maxed Out Storage
- Outdated macOS System
The first problem can be fixed by closing any unnecessary programs that are running in the background.
A full storage can be easily fixed by freeing up some space on the hard drive. This can be done by deleting unnecessary programs.
An outdated macOS system can be fixed by updating to the latest system. However, depending on how old your device is, this option may not be possible. In that case, it is time to buy a new computer.
3. Flashing Question Mark During Startup
Even your computer is confused by a flashing question mark during startup! A flashing question mark usually means that there is something wrong with the operating system. This can be fixed by reinstalling the operating system.
If that doesn’t work, then there are two other possible problems:
- The Hard Drive Is Damaged or Has Been Erased—This can be fixed by replacing the hard drive. Unfortunately, a hard drive can cost anywhere between $40 to $1,000 depending on which one you want or need. In this case, it is best to first get your MacBook diagnosed by a professional before buying a new hard drive.
- There’s Not Enough RAM—This can be fixed by simply adding more RAM to your MacBook. Thankfully, it is not an expensive fix and will only cost around $20 to $40 to buy 16 GB of RAM.
4. Cracked or Broken Screen
Believe it or not, there are some things that Duck Tape can’t fix and a cracked or broken screen is one of them. If your screen is blank but you can hear or see that the computer is on, then you can try restarting your computer.
However, most likely, you’ll have to replace the screen. A MacBook screen replacement cost typically ranges between $150 to $300 depending on what size screen you need.
5. Flickering Screen
If your computer is experiencing a flickering screen, then it is most likely due to an incompatibility between the graphics processing unit and the operating system.
To fix this, you’ll need to install the newest macOS updates. However, if your MacBook is already fully updated, then you may need to switch back to an earlier macOS version.
If neither solution works, then you’ll need to contact a MacBook repair service.
6. MacBook Won’t Turn On
If your laptop is not turning on, then there are three common reasons why that is:
- Power Issues—It’s possible that your power cord may be broken or a connection in the cord is loose. So, it is best to thoroughly inspect the cord for any problems.
- RAM Issues—If you find that your computer begins the startup process only to show a black screen, then it is a RAM issue. However, it is not as simple as replacing the RAM. Instead, the logic board will probably need to be replaced which should only be done by a professional to avoid further problems. Repairs can range from $200 to $600.
- Thermal Sensor Issues—When a computer gets too hot, the thermal sensor will shut it down. If your thermal sensor is malfunctioning, then it may think that your computer is too hot when it’s not and shut your computer down. In this case, the thermal sensor will need to be replaced. Thankfully, they only cost around $15.
7. Unresponsive or Slow Keyboard
No one likes a laggy or unresponsive keyboard. Usually, the problem has to do with too many apps running in the background that simply needs to be closed for the keyboard speed to return to normal.
If your keyboard is completely unresponsive, then rebooting your computer will usually solve the problem.
If neither solution works, then it is best to get your MacBook diagnosed by a technician.
8. Overheating Issues
Overheating can lead to serious problems down the road and should be addressed immediately. It may be due to an excessive number of programs running in the background that should be closed out of, or it could be an issue with the fans.
If your computer is running hot but your fans aren’t kicking in or running at full power, then you may need to replace the fans. A new fan will typically cost around $20. You can also use Apple Diagnostics to see if there is some other reason why the fan is not working.
9. Water Damage
Water damage is serious. If you accidentally spill your drink on your MacBook or your computer gets wet in some other way, immediately shut it down and dry it as best as you can.
It is important to not turn the MacBook back on until you know that any potential damage is fixed or else more damage may occur.
If you want to repair a water-damaged MacBook Pro, or any other computer for that matter, it is best to have a professional thoroughly inspect and fix your computer.
10. Poor Wireless Connection
Typically, a poor wireless connection is either due to the internet service being provided or your computer not being close enough to the router.
You can always try plugging an ethernet cable into your computer. If that doesn’t improve internet speeds, then it is not a problem with your computer’s wireless connection but with your service provider.
However, in the rare case that your computer is at fault, troubleshooting your wireless connectivity is the best option.
11. Endless Restart
If your MacBook keeps restarting or there is a notification directing you to restart your computer over and over again, then your computer is facing a problem known as “kernel panic.”
Unfortunately, there is no easy solution to this problem other than taking your computer to a repair shop.
12. Battery Won’t Charge
If your battery won’t charge, then it is usually due to a faulty charging cord. So, you’ll want to first try a different charging cord. If that does not solve the problem, then your MacBook most likely has a damaged charging port.
Charging port repairs need to be completed by an experienced technician as it can be a more delicate repair. Usually, the MacBook will need to be partially taken apart to complete the repair which can be risky if not done by a professional.
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