9 Problems That You’ll See on an Aging Mac

Problems That You'll See on an Aging Mac

You usually don’t face issues with your Mac computer if you use it, considering best practices in mind. But Mac computers are not fail-proof or immune to technical issues, and problems can arise anytime with technology.

Frequent data loss, consistent battery drainage, slow system performance, or insufficient RAM are several common issues that users need to deal with. But don’t worry if you, too, are facing problems with your MacBook.

The article explains some of the most common Mac problems along with their solutions. Although many of the issues can be resolved easily at home, you may need to contact professional help to fix some advanced issues.

1. Slow System Performance

A slow-running computer is one of the most common issues that Mac users experience from time to time. There can be plenty of reasons for a slow-running Mac, such as low RAM space, outdated OS version, hard drive errors, malware attacks, and many more. 

Although it is not easy to find the exact reason, deleting files, updating the latest OS, downloading an antivirus can make the computer run faster.

2. Low-Quality FaceTime Video

Another common problem faced by users recently. Your FaceTime camera displays a bad quality picture, and sometimes it’s not even worth using it for video calls. When the problem occurs, there’s nothing wrong with the computer hardware or in-built camera, and the FaceTime app is at fault. 

Since the problem is with the FaceTime software, there’s nothing much you can do than just wait for an updated version.

3. Inability to Connect External Devices

When you connect an external hard drive to your Mac, and it doesn’t display in the list of devices, the probable cause might be the malfunctioning of the USB port. In addition, there can be issues in the wiring or the hardware drivers. 

So, check if you have plugged into the right port or try to connect the external drive to a different computer and see if it works. If nothing seems to help, you might need to consult a technician.

4. No Audio from Internal Speakers

No Audio from Internal Speakers

If you can’t hear sound while playing a video or an audio track, the internal speaker might not be working. Maybe there is a problem with the audio settings, and you need to tweak them. 

To fix your sound issue, make sure that the audio isn’t turned off, increase the volume or try to open your media file in another app. If nothing works, check that the internal speakers are selected in the Apple menu.

5. Unreliable AirPlay or WiFi Connection

You rarely see any kind of AirPlay-related issues, but they do happen. If you experience anything similar, ensure that both the devices are connected to the same WiFi connection or that no surrounding element is causing any interruption. 

Reset BlueTooth on your Mac to make it work appropriately. Also, if you are finding issues with the WiFi connection, try to reset the router. If it doesn’t help, restart your computer to resolve the problem.

6. Unusual Data Loss

Have you ever faced a situation where the files get accidentally deleted, and you find no way to retrieve them? Well, you don’t have to worry as it is possible to recover the deleted files and restore them on the computer. 

Data deletion can happen due to many reasons like disk corruption, virus intrusion, accidental deletion, or similar. You can recover deleted files from the Trash, Time Machine backup, or iCloud Drive by signing in to your Apple ID.

7. Slow or No Battery Charging

When the MacBook is not charging, the possible reason could be the malfunctioning of cord, broken charger, insufficient power flow, or something similar. If you notice that the battery is not charging inappropriately or draining faster, inspect the cord of the charger to check any signs of damage. You may need to buy a new charger or replace the battery, whichever is at fault, to fix the issue.

8. Abrupt Functioning of Mac Screen

While starting your Mac, if the screen freezes to the Apple logo, it indicates that your system boot cycle has tampered and you need to fix it. Hard drive or SSD failure, low disk space, or a malware attack could be preventing the system from starting properly. Try to start your Mac in Recovery mode; else, you will need to contact professional assistance.

9. Sudden System Shut Down

Sudden System Shut Down

When your computer shuts down frequently, the problem is called Kernel Panic, which usually occurs due to hardware malfunctioning. If not resolved immediately, it will tamper with the normal processing of the system and will not allow it to boot in the normal mode. Another reason can be disk corruption or overburdening of the OS. 

All you can do is run a diagnostics test to check if any hardware damage exists in your Mac and then check the Kernel Logs. If that does not work, consult a technician.