8 Common MacBook Problems with DIY Solutions!


Some of the early signs that your Mac is not working appropriately include slow performance, a jittery keyboard, and misbehaving trackpad.

If you are looking to finish your work on your MacBook, but the device is not working properly, go after the symptoms and try to fix them. 

The article enlists some of the common MacBook issues along with their troubleshooting methods so that you can keep your device running at its best. 

Inappropriate Boot Issues

When your MacBook won’t boot, the chances are that either hardware or software is faulty and preventing your device from turning on normally. In addition, check if the charger is in good condition or if the power outlet is working properly. 

Then, reset the PRAM, SMC, and NVRAM to get rid of the power issue on your laptop. Executing this resolution step demands some sort of technical knowledge, else, you may end up damaging your laptop. Be cautious and read online tutorials to reset these settings. 

Unfunctional Mac Features

Occasionally, some of the macOS features cease to work on your Mac, making it difficult to perform common tasks. When you notice that the universal control stopped working or the AirDrop is not enabled, it puts a halt on productivity. 

More often, a recent macOS update is the reason why you face functional errors on your Mac. Try to downgrade your macOS version to the previous one to fix the issue. If the problem continues to persist, reinstall the macOS and restart your MacBook. 

Incompatible Login Items 


When your Mac is displaying startup problems and turning on takes longer than usual, the chances are that there are too many apps running in the background. Check if your laptop is dealing with dozens of login items at startup. 

Login items are the programs that activate automatically as soon as the device boots. They consume a lot of system resources which leads to resource scarcity when running important apps. Identify and delete items that are no longer needed. 

Improper Keyboard Function 

If you are finding it difficult to type appropriately on your MacBook, chances are that some of the keys are damaged. In such a case, you need to get the keypad repaired or replaced, as there is no possibility to repair a single key. Connect an external keyboard for quick resolution. 

When working on your laptop, avoid eating food or having drinks as they can spill on the keypad, leading to damage. To ensure keyboard health, clean it regularly using a dry cloth and a brush. A can of compressed air can help remove any debris or dust from under the keys. 

Unstable Peripheral Connectivity 

Most users are not aware of it, but the peripherals can cause technical glitches preventing the smooth functioning of your laptop. The USB-C and ThunderBolt ports on your MacBook can connect printers, network appliances, cameras, speakers, headphones, an SSD, and so on. 

These devices can create severe functional errors, so consider unplugging them from the device. After you disconnect all the devices, try to restart your laptop and check if it’s working properly. More often, tweaking the peripheral settings help fix major technical errors. 

Poor FaceTime Image

Most users argue that FaceTime is not worth it because of the poor image quality the app renders when you are talking to someone. The grainy images stop MacBook users from using FaceTime to video chat with friends and family. 

If your camera is working fine with other apps, and the problem limits to FaceTime only, there’s nothing much you can do to resolve it. Try to connect an external camera to your computer and check if you are getting the desired output. 

Sudden Shutdown of Mac


Even though Mac encounters fewer instances of kernel panic, it doesn’t mean they are free from such errors. If you are new to the term kernel Panic, it’s the situation when your computer shuts down all of a sudden without any prior warning or signs of failure. 

When this happens, there’s nothing much you can do to bring your device to functional mode. Run hardware diagnostics tests to check if any hardware component is the culprit or try to figure out the software application that might be leading to shutdowns. 

Consistent Spinning Beachball

If the beach ball keeps spinning consistently on your desktop, take time to figure out what’s causing the MacBook slowdown. Check if the laptop is running a couple of resource-heavy apps that are consuming too much RAM and processing power. 

You can check the amount of RAM and CPU any app is consuming by navigating to the Activity Monitor. Later on, you can delete these programs if you don’t use them anymore. Don’t forget to remove any associated files from the trash folder to permanently erase the apps. 

Slow Internet Connection

If you are still encountering problems with your MacBook functionality, check if the internet is working properly. More often, when you face difficulty downloading an app or a file, it’s just the WiFi that is at fault. Troubleshooting your home WiFi is simple. 

Try to reset your network devices, including the modem and the router, by unplugging them from the power outlet. Now wait for 20 seconds and plug them back. Connect your MacBook to WiFi and check if you can browse the web. If not, contact your internet service provider.

Blank Screen Display

Screen issues are common on MacBook Pro, so if you see a blue screen or blank display, there’s nothing to worry about. One of the reasons could be a broken app that leads to a frozen screen and prevents you from using your laptop. 

Restart your Mac by pressing the Power button for a few seconds. If it doesn’t seem to help, try to run your Mac in Safe mode. When your computer starts, try to detect and delete the resource-heavy apps that could be the root cause of the blank screen problem. 


MacBooks are amazing devices that are known to deliver some exceptional features. Similar to any other digital device, MacBooks are also prone to technical and functional failures. Knowing the common MacBook problems and the ways to fix them can help you keep the tasks running.

About Richard Gamin 228 Articles
My name's Richard and over the years, I have personally built many PCs for myself and my friends. I love gaming, programming, graphics designing and basically anything that has to do with computers and technology. If you ever need a hand with anything, feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to help you out.

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