Pro Tips to Fix Booting Issues on Mac
Booting issues have existed on macOS since its inception. At times, it’s due to corrupted OS, on other times it is owing to some crashed or malfunctioning software or app that hinders the Mac from starting up normally.
Not to mention, hardware issues have also been found to be one of the major reasons behind the unexpected boosting problems on iMac or MacBook. But fret not, these pro tips can help you fix booting issues on your Mac and make it start normally again. With that said, let’s get started with the troubleshooting guide!
Disconnect All of Your Accessories
The very first thing that you should do to resolve the booting issues on your Mac is to disconnect all the accessories including the printers and USB devices connected to your Mac. At times, the attached peripherals can prevent the computer from starting up. So, give it a try first up to see how it fares.
Boot Your Mac in Safe Mode
Another reliable solution for fixing the Mac that won’t boot up properly is to use the Safe Mode. For those unfamiliar, Safe Mode is designed to make it a bit straightforward to determine whether issues you face are caused by the software that loads when the Mac starts up. Safe mode loads ONLY the bare essential services and programs required by Mac to boot successfully and no 3rd party software and services are allowed to start. If the issue is being caused by a 3rd party software, then the Mac should boot in Safe Mode.
To enter Safe Mode on your Mac, first shut it down. Then, you need to start your computer while holding down the Shift key. Keep in mind that Safe Boot usually takes a while to kick in. If you can successfully start the device in Safe Mode, then it’s a process of elimination. Try and remove the programs which are starting at login one by one and see if system boots normally after that.
Reset the PRAM / NVRAM
A lot of times you can get rid of the booting issues of your Mac just by resetting NVRAM. Times when Mac appears to take a lot of time to find out which disk to boot from or starts up with the wrong screen resolution, this solution comes in handy in solving the problem.
Simply, shut down your Mac. Then, you need to press the power and immediately hold down the Command-Option-P-R keys. Make sure to hold down these keys for about 20 seconds and then release the keys.
Do note that if you have an older Mac that makes a chime sound at boot, you will need to hold down the keys until a second startup chime is heard.
Reset the SMC
System Management Controller is designed to deal with several pivotal settings such as power management, fan control, temperature monitoring, and more. So, whenever it goes haywire, you will notice several problems like sluggish performance, too much fan noise, and even ill-fated booting. So, try to reset SMC on your Mac.
On Desktop Macs: First, shut down your computer and then disconnect the power cord. Now, wait for 15 seconds. After that, plug it back in and wait for another 5 seconds. Next, turn on the Mac.
MacBooks with the T2 security chip (Devices with Touch ID): Turn off the computer. After that, hold down the power button for 10 seconds and then release it. After waiting for a few seconds, press the power button to turn on your Mac. If the problem isn’t fixed, turn the Mac off once more. Press and hold the right Shift key, left Option key, and left Control key for seven to ten seconds. Keep them depressed until after the next step. Now hold the Power button for seven seconds (while holding the other buttons — we know it’s a bit of stretch for your fingers but stay with us) and then release all of the keys. Restart the Mac after it boots.
MacBooks (no T2 chip) with non-removable batteries: Turn off your Mac and then unplug it. After that, press and hold the Shift, Option, and Control keys as well as the power button. Make sure to hold the keys for at least 10 seconds and then release them. Next, connect the power adapter and start your Mac normally.
MacBooks (no T2 chip) with removable batteries: Turn off your Mac and then disconnect the power cord as well as remove the battery.
After that, press the power button and hold it for 5 seconds. Then, release it. Next, you need to put the battery back in and reconnect the power cord. Then, start your MacBook.
Start Your Mac in Recovery
Recovery Mode is considered to be the last resort. So if none of the solutions has worked in sorting out the booting issues on your computer, give it a try as well.
Restart your Mac and then quickly hold down the Command and R keys until the Apple logo or spinning globe appears. When your Mac has entered Recovery Mode, you should see the Recovery Mode Utilities window. Now, you have multiple options like restore your computer from Time Machine Backup or Reinstall macOS. Select the preferred option and you are good to go. If you choose to reinstall the macOS, it will do a clean reinstall and your locally saved data will be lost, so be careful while selecting this option.
Contact a Trusted Repair Centre
If your Mac is still stuck on the black screen of death or doesn’t seem to finish starting up, chances are there might be a hardware issue or a more complicated software problem which cannot be fixed by DIY methods. For such cases you need to contact a reliable MacBook repair centre like Rapid Repair who can assist you with all sort of issues with your MacBook..
Rapid Repair prides itself as the most trusted Apple repair centre. With an ever-growing presence across India. So, contact us at the earliest to fix your Mac.