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How to Deal With Common Macbook Performance Problems

by Naveen Agarwal

A new Macbook should not give you any problems. However, after a while, you will notice that it takes longer for applications to load, or some video games are not running as smoothly as before.

In addition to a drop in performance, you may encounter some annoying issues to deal with, particularly when you need to do something important on the computer.

Knowing how to deal with the most common Macbook problems in advance would save you a lot of time, and the list below is a good source of learning.

Problem #1 – Lackluster Browser Performance

A lackluster internet browser performance may not be the result of the computer itself, but rather how you have maintained the browser itself. Yes, it depends on what application you are using.

Safari is the default option, but some users go with Firefox, Google Chrome, or Opera. Among these three, Chrome is the most popular browser. According to StatCounter, about 66% of internet users used Chrome in 2020.

But what about the problems people are likely to encounter. Well, now and then, you may see aw snap in Chrome, an error that indicates how the browser failed to load a page.

If reloading the website does not help, try clearing the cache or even restarting the Macbook. Closing idle tabs is also a potential solution.

Finally, if the error persists, look at the list of extensions and add-ons that you have installed and remove them one by one. Some people go overboard with browser extensions without considering how many resources they need.

Problem #2 – Overheating and Loud Fan Noise


Loud internal fan noise and overheating indicate that there may be too much dust and dirt inside the computer. If you are too reluctant to take the laptop apart and remove the dirt yourself, take it to a service store.

In addition to dust inside, too many background applications may also cause the internal fans to overwork. Thus, limit the number of applications you run.

A cooling pad could also be a neat addition as the accessory would give the laptop a breath of fresh air and reduce the internal Macbook hardware burden.

Problem #3 – Spinning Beach Ball

A spinning beach ball means that you have not done the best job of maintaining your Macbook in good condition over the years. Particularly if the ball is persistent and does not disappear after a second or quicker.

The spinning beach ball presents itself when you initiate a process while the previous one is not finished. Restarting the Macbook or force-quitting an application helps, but that is not a permanent solution.

Reduce the number of background applications, declutter the desktop, and scan the system for potential malware and viruses and get rid of them if antivirus software finds any. If the beach ball continues to cause issues, you may need to reinstall the operating system.

Problem #4 – Flickering Screen


A flickering screen is not that common, but it can get on one’s nerves if it occurs frequently. The usual cause of the problem is a lack of compatibility between the operating system and the graphics processing unit.

Thankfully, Apple are known to react to such issues and release updates frequently. A good course of action would be to go back to a previous OS version and wait until the developers release an update.

Problem #5 – Unresponsive Microphone

A microphone is not something that every Macbook user needs, but given an increase in remote workers who need to communicate with their colleagues, microphone use became more common.

Thus, a malfunctioning microphone will cause issues, meaning that you need to fix it as soon as possible. Start with checking whether the mic has permission. Applications need manual permission to access the microphone.

Tinkering with input and output settings could help. And if you are still struggling, take the computer to a service store and see what they have to say about the problem.

Problem #6 – Full Hard Drive


Lack of hard drive space is common for those who like to hoard files on the Macbook. If you are left with only a few gigabytes of free space, do not expect a computer to perform optimally.

Some of the best ways to free up drive storage would be to:

  • delete temporary system junk regularly
  • get rid of old applications, downloads, and email attachments
  • transfer data to memory sticks, external hard drives, and clouds
  • consume media on streaming platforms and not download large files to the computer

Problem #7 – Memory Leaks

Memory leaks appear when computer applications have been running for a while, and they start to distribute memory where it should not go.

The simplest memory leak solution would be regular Mac restarts. You can also declutter the desktop, trim up the startup item list, and enable the auto-login feature so that the computer loads faster after every restart.

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