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The Top Mac Annoyances and Their Solutions

Macs are intuitive, easy to use, and powerful machines. Macs do not pose any significant issues or problems compared to other systems. They are known for functioning smoothly. However, that doesn’t mean they are flawless. They do come with their share of annoying aspects. Fortunately, these problems can be fixed quickly, and you don’t have to run to your nearest Apple service center for every little glitch.

Battery Troubles

Battery drainage is one of the most common Mac problems. If your system’s battery drains faster, you can reset Power Management and restart your computer.

If the problem persists, you can reset the SMC. The SMC or System Management Controller manages settings like battery and thermal management, LED indicators, sleep, wake, etc. Problems with the SMC can impact your system’s performance and cause faster battery drain.

The SMC can be reset by turning off your Mac > and pressing the power button while pressing and holding the Shift + Control + Option keys. Then, release all the keys to let your system boot normally.

Kernel Panics

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If the screen goes black the moment your Mac is restarting, and there’s an error message stating you need to restart your system again, your system is experiencing kernel panic.

A kernel panic is equivalent to the blue screen of death feared by Windows users. It occurs without any warning, and you might be unable to save your work. Some of the reasons that cause kernel panic are:

  • Your system doesn’t have enough memory space or RAM
  • The drivers, plugins, and firmware are outdated
  • The disk permissions are broken
  • The peripherals are incompatible

If you wonder how to fix kernel panic, here are some solutions.

  • Run a clean-up process by doing a safe boot and disabling the apps or software causing the problem.
  • You need to update all the firmware and software.
  • Upgrade the RAM and memory space.
  • Run First Air and Repair disk permission via Disk Utility.
  • Check the peripherals and remove them if they’re incompatible.

If the issue persists, the option is to erase the drive and reinstall the Mac operating system. Ensure to back up all your critical files and documents before this.

Scrolling Gets Inverted on External Mice

Did you connect an external mouse with your Mac? If you are using Logitech MX Master or other external mice, the most frustrating issue is the scroll wheel automatically inverting its direction after a while.

It is a common problem and is not fixed even if you play around with the Logi Options Software Program settings. The problem might get fixed on its own if you restart your system. However, the problem isn’t supposed to happen in the first place.

If you are a power user, this sudden change might be quite jarring and throw you off your game. Worse, there is no way to fix this problem unless you restart your Mac. Therefore, you must always save your tasks or pause your work until the problem is resolved.

The only way to solve this problem is to avoid using external mice that are incompatible and cause such issues. You must probably go through reviews before investing in an external mouse for your Mac computer.

AirDrop is Not Functioning

After updating to macOS Monterey, many users have complained about AirDrop problems. It is a persistent problem for some Mac users, and AirDrop isn’t working. However, for others, it is an on-and-off thing. Either AirDrop is doing nothing when users click on available devices, or it is not showing nearby devices.

This problem can be pretty frustrating if you need to move files from your iPad or iPhone quickly. One of the best solutions is to open AirDrop > click Settings > click Allow Me to be Discovered By and then choose Everyone.

If this doesn’t solve the problem, you need to restart your device and see if the problem has resolved itself.

Performance Problems

If your system is lagging and there are performance issues, you need to delete all the files and install a new version of macOS. You can also reinstall the previous version according to your requirement. This will ensure to solve performance issues and help your system function optimally.

Here are the steps you need to follow to easily reinstall or restore a fresh copy of the Mac operating system.

  • Restart your system while holding and pressing the Command + R keys.
  • When the Apple logo appears, release the keys.
  • In the macOS utility window, click Disk Utility and click Continue.
  • Choose Startup Volume and choose Unmount.
  • Click Erase and click Exit Disk Utility.
  • Choose Reinstall macOS and select Continue.

Then, you must follow the instructions on your screen to complete the installation process. If the latest macOS version is not functioning upto your expectations, you can easily downgrade. However, whatever you decide, don’t forget to back up all the essential files.

The Bottom Line

The Mac annoyances needn’t frustrate you if you keep in mind their fixes. But if they don’t work out, do not hesitate to contact your technician.

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