In This Chapter
Fixing a cranky or frozen computer
Finishing off Startup problems
Repairing common problems
I’m reluctant to morph into Mr. Doom-and-gloom all of a sudden, but after reading about all the wonderful things Macs can do, it is my unpleasant duty to point out that bad @#$& happens. Even on a Mac.
Fortunately, most issues are minor. A stubborn mouse. Tired hardware. Disobedient software. Under the most dire circumstances, your computer or a key component within is on its last legs. After all, a Mac, like any computer, is a machine. Still, rarely is a problem beyond fixing. So stay calm, scan through this chapter, and with luck you’ll come across a troubleshooting tip to solve your issue.
A Cranky Computer
Your Mac was once a world-class sprinter but now can barely jog. Here are four possible explanations, and a fix to go with each one.
Your Mac needs more memory. The programs you’re running may demand more RAM than you have on hand. I always recommend getting as much memory as your computer (and wallet) permit. Adding RAM to the recent class ...