When it comes to ultraportable laptop computers, usually the first thing that comes to mind is Apple’s Macbook Air. The Macbook Air has become the bestselling Macintosh computer and has paved the way for innovations on lightweight computers. Like every other gadget or machine, the Macbook Air also comes with a few hiccups and common problems that experts have addressed over the years. We all know how expensive Apple products are so buying a brand new unit when your current one breaks down is the last resort. Here are a few tips and tricks you may use on your Macbook Air that will save your bank account from purchasing a new one.
Listen for weird beeping noises
This is more famously called the Macbook’s “Beeps Of Death” the reason why this term was coined is because this happens to other Macbook models as well and not just the Macbook Air. Based on most forums and how to tech blogs, these beeping noises indicate a RAM problem. The beeping noise usually comes in three’s so if you hear the three beeps of death then it’s time to replace your Macbook Air’s RAM or also known as the Logic Board. If you are tech savvy and know a lot about computer parts then you can easily do this yourself. Walter Galan of ifixit.com has a step by step instruction along with images on how to do it. If you are not confident in doing this by yourself, have a repair man assist you or better yet, check if your laptop is still within warranty so that your Apple provider can take care of the issue for free.
Check the battery and power adaptor
One of the first few issues of the Macbook Air is its battery and power adaptor. Over the years, the Macbook Air has become known for its common problem which is the swelling of the battery pack. Some users have noticed that their batteries began to expand and swell. On the other hand, if the power adapter is the issue, you will notice that your Macbook Air is running on battery only even though it is connected to the power source. In this case, the power adapter issue would mean that you will be unable to charge your battery. To address both concerns, purchase a new battery or a new power adaptor for your Macbook Air. Make sure to only purchase from a trusted Apple store because buying fake or Apple imitations can cause further damage to your unit. The fake ones may be a lot cheaper but think of the damage it can cause in the long run.
The machine is running but the screen is black or grey
When your Macbook Air’s screen suddenly goes black or grey even when the machine is running then you’ve run into another common Macbook Air problem. This problem is usually caused by an issue on your display. The issue was so common especially with the Mid-2013 model that CNET wrote an article about it because of the volume of users experiencing this problem. Apple support started an Exchange + Repair Extension Program to address the said issue but a few experts were able to find a quick fix with the help of careful resetting.
“The first is to perform a PRAM reset, by rebooting the system and immediately holding the Option-Command-P-R keys all at once. Continue to hold them until the system automatically resets and sounds the boot chimes again, and then release the keys to allow the system to boot normally.
The next reset you can do is for the system management controller (SMC), which governs how power and sensors are handled in the system. To reset this controller on the MacBook Air, first shut down the system and plug it into the AC adapter. Then press and hold the Shift-Control-Option keys on the left-hand side of the keyboard, followed by depressing the power button. Release all keys at the same time, and then press the power button to start the computer again.”
If this does not solve the issue, contact Apple support and have them replace your unit.
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