Most people today will always remember the ever trendy promotional quote and ad of the Apple iMac computers, that is, ‘it just works.’ To be fair it really just works almost perfectly most times, as one of the many reasons people use a Mac today is, you don’t have to spend hours dealing with driver updates, rectifying bloatware problems or the occasional stress of getting rid of viruses, as the Mac protects against all these, at least to an extent. However, over time we have come to see that, even the Mac has its own merky problems, that are quite troublesome to rectify. Hence, this article aims to highlight some of the major numerous problems you can are might have experienced with your iMac and of course, offer solutions you can adopt to rectify the problem your self and if too stressful the proper place to go for iMac repairs.
However, before becoming fully encapsulated with our main objective, it is pertinent we grasp and understand how to first and foremost identify what the exact problem you’re experiencing is. Most times, it is not immediately obvious or clear what the problem you are dealing with is or what is causing it. However, to resolve this, you will most likely have to go through a number of steps to discover what is causing the problem. However, this steps depends on the problem itself your Mac might not even be coming on, to begin with. The steps to follow through when looking for the causal factor most times include:
- Checking your software: It is pertinent to always make your software is up to date and that you are running on the latest version of the Mac operating system.
- Take notes of all error notifications you’ve received over time.
- Check your disk space: Always check and make sure you’ve not gone too far with your storage unit and check how much space you have left.
- Run your disk utility.
- Check your connected peripherals: Find out if the problem is being caused by a particular peripheral device.
Apart from the aforementioned steps to take, there are still multiple steps one can employ to locate the causal factor for the issue your iMac is developing, examples of which are; starting the Mac in safe mode and enlisting the help of the activity monitor. However, it is time we go into the crux of this article and that is the major problems associated with the iMac and how to fix them. They are:
An iMac that won’t turn on: This is quite the common issue with the Mac. However, before going for iMac repairs or getting a tech guy, make sure your charger ain’t at fault and also that it was properly plugged in and also try a different charger and or adaptor. If then your iMac fails to boot properly or you find yourself in a situation, staring at a blank or grey screen, in place of your usual desktop screen, the first thing you should do is disconnect your accessories then simply try to boot your computer in safe mode. Booting the iMac in safe mode, renders the Mac operating system to boot with the mere minimum of drivers and software required, as well as, running a check of your startup disk & repair any seen issues. By a slim chance this doesn’t help, then you will have to go for iMac repairs. Most times, issues affecting the startup of the iMac is caused by some software problem or two. So, after it does come on, you should find out if your Mac operating system is up to date and also check your startup disk and disk permission by using the disk utility.
A Frozen IMac: its a seemingly common situation where your Mac freezes up on you on the middle of carrying out an activity, or maybe an app has become unresponsive, occasionally tripping up and hanging, which results in freezing you out. When this happens, the easiest way to go is the route of force quitting. You can force quit an application by calling up the force quit menu. This is done by, hitting command option and escape then you highlight the application that’s not responding then hit the force quit button. Alternatively, You can also press the command, control, and the eject button on your Mac to force a reboot. Also, you can hold down the power button to achieve the same thing. However, be warned that when you force quit, you may lose some data.
The Spinning Beach Ball Syndrome: if you’ve seen that lovely colorful beach ball on your screen then you need this information. First, of, that ball is actually called the spinning wait cursor and it comes up when your iMac is going through a difficult phase. The ball appears when the Mac is either trying to run too many programs at once or when a particular application can’t handle its duties. Usually, the beach ball or wait cursor is meant to appear on your screen for only a few seconds, but when it stays longer, then you have a problem. To resolve this, you should check your RAM and CPU aspects of your activity monitor to see if there Is an outstanding issue. Also, the ball might be up for to your Mac running out of space.
The iMac Running Slow: When in the situation of your iMac running slow, due to an unknown issue, the most appropriate action to take is to try and find out the causal factor for the slow performance. To this, you can follow the steps aforementioned, in reference to determining the problem your Mac is experiencing. Most of the time, the cause of this is often an application is hogging the power or there is a problem with the memory of your iMac.
Consequently, though the iMac is an excellent utility most of the time, and simply just works, it is also prone to issues and faults that may arise from time to time. To this, there are various iMac repair websites and stores you can patronise for help with your iMac. However, the best in this article’s opinion has to be STW Computers or Simtek World, which is located in the Cardiff area. Do check out their website via STW Computers Cardiff for more information, and may this article prove useful to you.