How to Fix a Mac That Won’t Start

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We’re here to help you out if you don’t know how to fix a Mac that wouldn’t start. Even if you have some of the most exquisite products by Apple such as iPad, Mac, or the iconic iPhone, there will come a time when something will go wrong. Most people tend to panic and think that it is time to replace them. However, the truth be told, you could be at a big loss when replacing the device. Sometimes, people get in big trouble when they can’t open up a folder in Mac when a question mark pops up on the screen. Bear in mind, you’re not the only person who is experiencing this issue. There are many out there, who are looking for solutions to get rid of such problems. If you’ve been using Apple for a long time for productivity, there is a strong chance that you might need to get it fixed on time. So instead of looking for a professional to solve these issues, we recommend you to go through this article and learn from the different tips mentioned here. Bear in mind, there are hundreds of authorized Apple centers that will assist in most cases. However, if you want to protect your Mac from unforeseen problems, here’s what we have listed down for you:

  1. The Mac Doesn’t Start But Hangs

The persistent blue or grey screens could be the result of the peripherals when you boot up your Mac. In such a situation, you need to switch off the power asap. Disconnect everything but the mouse and the keyboard along with the power. If the device starts, the problem is with a certain peripheral. Reattach each one of the peripherals in order to see which one is at fault. Once you identify the root cause of the problem, Google the solution and work on it. However, if the Mac doesn’t boot all the peripheral devices, we suggest you settle for booting in Safe Mode. Occasionally, it can be helpful when you need to restart to fix the problem. If you still find difficulties in making it work, boot into the recovery partition and follow the guidelines.

  1. Things to do If Mac Doesn’t Start At All

If your Mac doesn’t start at all, it could be a sign of a major issue. In the first place, make sure that the Mac is connected to the power supply and the power cable is safe. Next, you have to check if the power socket is switched on or off. You can use a lamp for testing. Despise using bare hands to check the electricity flow. Next, you need to ensure that there is no display issue.  Can you hear the fan? Is there an issue with the startup? Is the LED light lit? To ensure this, you need to see if the Caps lock key lit up when you click on it. If the answer to all of these questions is a yes, you may need to get the display checked.

However, if you struggle with issues related to the external monitor, you better check the connection on time. If it is okay as well, you need to try connecting a different display. However, if the answer to the above-asked questions is a no, you will have to reset the system management controller. For this to happen, you need to shut down, press Shift+Options+Ctrl to make sure that everything runs smoothly. Last, push the power button to start up things. If you still find difficulty with this option, go to the Genius bar.

  1. Understand the Startup Tones

Bear in mind, whenever you turn on your Mac, you will hear a startup tune. This tone will change depending on the problems with your device. So if you witness changes in the tone, you have to properly start your Mac. The macbook file with question mark will quickly appear if the device isn’t functioning properly. Keep in mind, one tone is repeated every 5 seconds when the Mac is started. These tones imply that the RAM is installed in Mac. Therefore it is easy to use it. On the other hand, if you hear three successive tones with a five-second pause, it means that they’re repeating on a loop. You need to replace the RAM in such a case because it has failed the integrity test. As soon as you become familiar with the tones, identifying the different problems won’t be an issue at all.


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