Are you having problems with your Mac that prevent you from getting to your login screen? It is not uncommon for some Mac users to encounter a startup problem in their machine’s life. Many of these problems are easy to fix and require minimal troubleshooting. However, some Mac startup problems are more difficult for novice users to troubleshoot alone. If you’re having trouble with your Mac, it may be worth your time to contact mac support to help solve your issue.
How To Fix Common Mac Startup Problems
When a Mac computer doesn’t startup, it can be frustrating for anyone, especially if you rely on your computer for work or correspondence. When something’s not working correctly, sometimes it’s best to leave the problem to the professionals.
There are many reasons why your Mac might not be starting up correctly. The list below covers the most common reasons for startup problems and their quick fixes:
- Your computer is locked with a passcode, and you haven’t entered the passcode yet. Make sure to unlock it before trying to start it up.
- Your file system may get damaged. Restart your Mac into Recovery Mode, then choose Disk Utility from the Utility menu. Repair your startup disk to see if that fixes the issue.
- If you’re having trouble starting up from a DVD or CD, make sure to use an optical disc.
- If you can’t start up on macOS 10.13 High Sierra, try going to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General and change the “Allow apps downloaded from” setting to Anywhere. Then restart your computer and try again.
- If your system is stuck on a gray screen with no cursor or icons loading, hold down the power button to force it to shut down. Then, unplug it from the wall and wait 10 seconds before plugging it back in and turning it on again.
- If your Mac doesn’t start up at all (no chime, no disk spinning sound), try pressing the power button while holding down the Option key to see if you can boot from a different drive. It can help determine whether your startup disk is malfunctioning or if there’s something else going on.
- If your Mac won’t start up and you hear three chimes instead of two (the second two being very close together), your computer’s RAM has been damaged and needs to be replaced by Apple or an authorized repair shop.
How Can You Fix A Mac Startup Problem
It’s not uncommon for Macs to experience issues starting up. There are several reasons why this can occur, and fortunately, there are also several ways to fix it. Such as:
- Method 1:
Try and restart your computer, as this should resolve any hardware issues occurring. If your computer still does not start up after restarting, you will want to make sure that your startup disk is visible. It would help if you rebooted by holding down the Command and R keys; the OS X utility window will appear onscreen. From here, you want to click on Disk Utility and choose your hard drive from the list in Disk Utility; click on Repair Disk Permissions. If your computer still cannot boot up after doing this, you will want to re-install OS X onto your computer; follow instructions on the Apple website for re-installing OS X or use Recovery mode.
- Method 2:
- Restart the computer by pressing and holding the power button for ten seconds or until you hear the startup sound again. It will completely switch your Mac and start it again from scratch.
- If that doesn’t work, try holding down the Shift key on your keyboard when turning your Mac back on. It will make your Mac automatically bring up the Startup Manager. Here, you can select a different operating system and use it to start your Mac instead of the one currently set as default.
- If those two things didn’t resolve your issue, you could try booting from an external drive by pressing Option+R when starting up—this will take you to a screen where you can select which drive to start up from.
- If that still doesn’t work, try booting in Safe Mode by pressing Command+S when turning on your computer—this will load only the minimum required files to get you started, hopefully allowing it to bypass any problems.
If your Mac is having issues at startup that cause it to need repair, a few startup mode options are available. If a hardware failure is causing problems, you will probably want to run disk mode to repair the disk itself so that the computer can boot up. If it is a software problem, your best bet will likely be Safe Boot Mode which can fix any startup problems. Both of these options are available in Safe Boot mode and Recovery Mode. If these steps have been completed and your Mac still won’t start up, you recommend contacting Apple support.