macOS X Problems with DIY Solutions

OSX is a resilient operating system. Having said that doesn’t mean that it’s not prone to errors. Similar to any other operating system or software application, Mac OSX is susceptible to productivity-stumbling concerns. Regardless of the years of experience, you have with a Mac; there’s a scope to learn new tips.


Spinning Beach Ball Issue

macOS X Problems with DIY Solutions


You must have experienced your screen’s pointer turning into that continuously spinning beach ball. Usually, this colorful pinwheel appears when Mac’s hardware fails to handle the process at hand. It happens when your Mac system tries to perform a complex task and the CPU over strains temporarily. Lack of disk storage is also one of potential causes.

To resolve this problem, press Cmd + . to cancel the running task. If you see no change, try to force quit the app in the Activity Monitor.

In the Activity Monitor on your Mac, go to the Process Name list and select the process that you want to quit. Look out for the one that is consuming most CPU, or find the unresponsive process marked with ‘Not Responding’.

  1. Click the Stop button available on the top-left side of the Activity Monitor window.
  2. Choose either Quit or Force Quit to close the process that’s creating a nuisance.

If you select Quit, the system will quit the process safely with no data loss possibilities. If you choose to Force Quit the process, it will stop immediately. You may lose data if you have open files or even impact other apps and programs using those files.


Flickering Screen in MacBook Pro

Flickering Screen in MacBook Pro


If the Energy Saver on your MacBook Pro is working improperly, it may be the cause behind screen flickering. Enabling Automatic Graphics Switching in Energy Saver will allow you to switch between two alternate graphic chips. It sometimes breaks the continuity, and you experience continuous blinking.

  1. To enable or disable the Automatic Graphics Switching, open System Preferences on your system and launch Energy Saver.
  2. Check the box associated with Automatic Graphics Settings to enable it; else, uncheck the checkbox as it will toggle it off.

You don’t have to restart your Mac, as the system will immediately implement the changes.

By putting the Automatic Graphics Switching feature on, you are enabling your Mac to save energy when it doesn’t require high-power graphics. Doing this, it will switch to the low power graphics source, which will improve battery life.

Turning the Automatic Graphics Switching off will allow your Mac to utilize the high power graphics card by 100% instead of using power-saving integrated graphics.


Safari Running Slow on Mac

Safari browser is known to be the fastest browser available in the market so far, but do you know there are times when it turns slower- not in terms of market performance, but on your system. Sometimes users face problems when the webpage fails to load, or they are unable to navigate back and forth to view the pages in the browser.

A number of reasons might be causing Safari to perform slower than usual. However, a tiny change to the search settings may help you resolve the persisting problem. Follow these steps to change Search Settings.

  1. Launch Safari, open Preferences, and navigate to the Search tab.
  2. Change the search engine to Bing and check if that’s any better.
  3. Change it back to Google and then check if there’s any improvement in the browsing speed.
  4. You may uncheck other checkboxes such as Include Safari Suggestions, Enable Quick Website Search, Preload Top Hit in the Background, and Show Favorites as it might help improve Safari’s performance on the Mac.


Documents Launching in the Wrong App

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Why are the files not opening in the right app when you are double-clicking them? Why Mac documents are opening in the wrong file format. Well, the problem might not appear significant; you need to get rid of it as it can hinder your computer’s performance.

Usually, JPEG files open in the Preview, but if you use Photoshop often to work with the images, things are different. To open your JPEG files in Photoshop.

  1. To change it, select a JPEG file and then press CMD + I (Get Info).
  2. Under the Open with tab, select the preferred app where you want to open your JPEG files, such as Photoshop.
  3. Next, click Change All. Confirm to enable your JPEGs to open in Photoshop.

Doing this, you can select an alternate app to open, view, and work on your files. You can change the setting anytime you want to.


Apple Boot Problem

When your Mac fails to boot, an extension may be at fault. Alternatively, an application might be responsible for Mac boot issues. The resolution to this problem is simple as you only need to switch on or restart your Mac while holding down the Shift key.

This will disable the extensions and the startup items from uploading during the boot process. 

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