Mac OS X Troubleshooting Tips – Part 1

No matter how trendy the brand is or how eye wateringly expensive the price tag or even how new your machine is, computers can play up!

If your Mac computer is causing you problems, such as running slow, freezing and generally being more stubborn than a teenager on a monday morning, try not to worry.  While these issues can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you are trying to log on to your iTunes account to download the latest gripping episode of do Game of Thrones, more often then not these problems are wonderfully easy to fix, and can be done so from the the comfort of your sofa and without the need of a Mac genus.

Despite Apples impressive OS X system being head and shoulders over its competitor, it is not bullet proof. If something dose go wrong there are a few things we need to check and a few steps we need to take to ensure that you do not lose any treasured data (that is if worse case scenario happens and your hard drive packs up, but don’t worry that is very unlikely)!

 

Backup Up Mac Data

If worse case scenario was to arise and your hard drive cuts out – perhaps you spill a cup of coffee over your keyboard or let the computer overwork and heat up to much resulting in internal damage – than backing up your files ensures you will always have the most important data safe. You can easily back up your  Mac files in a number of ways…

a.) Using your Macs built-in Time Machine app.

b.) If you want to be gently guided through the backup process to make sure you are doing everything correctly then a third party service such as award winning Mackeeper can provide 24hr support onto of their trusty Mac Backup app.

c.) You can transfer your precious files into a personal iCloud account (a virtual storage facility created by Apple that allows you to store all of your files away from your computer in an online account).

d.) Manually copy your data onto a physical external device such as a portable hard drive, USB, CD or DVD.

 

Reboot Mac

If you Mac computer has been working hard for a long time and has just started to play up, one pice of advice a IT help desks aways seem to offer is ‘reboot’ your computers. Or in other words ‘turn off the computer, wait a minuet and then switch it back on again’. For simple cases this quick little method often does the trick and after a little rest your computer will hopefully be working like normal again.

 

Check Mac Cables

This may sound like an obvious suggestion but I too are guilty of aggressively jabbing the remote control at the TV screen pondering why it is ignoring me, only to discover (10 mins later) the cable has dropped out of the back.
If you are battling a problem with an external device then double check that all the cables are connected properly and there are no loose ones. Even try pulling them out and pushing them back in again. Of course make sure you are pushing them into the correct slot – Mac computers always have loads of confusing slots and it is easy to make a mistake.

Sophie

Sophie

Author at MacNerdy.com
Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)