Top 5 Troubleshooting Tips for Mac Startup Problems


If you are facing certain startup related issues on your Mac, you may need to follow steps suggested in this article. It includes basic to advanced troubleshooting tips to fix startup issues on Mac.

Mac machines hardly get into performance troubles. These machines are designed to perform seamlessly. Despite that, if you are facing some performance issues like Mac startup problem then we suggest you to follow these steps. It includes some basic steps to advanced troubleshooting tips to help you deal with startup problem on your Mac.

Check the Hardware

Sometimes simple hardware problems can create issues while your system startup. Before going deep into system settings check if all hardware & peripheral devices are seated properly. If you have installed RAM or some other hardware check if it is properly installed. This simple trick will troubleshoot many issues related to startup effortlessly. Apart of it, you can Clean your Mac to stop all unnecessary services running at boot time to speed up the boot process.

Reset System Management Control (SMC)

Mac portables with user-removable batteries

  • Shut down your Mac.
  • Disconnect all Mac portable from its MagSafe connector.
  • Remove the battery.
  • Press and hold down the power button for few seconds (at least 5 seconds).
  • Release the power button.
  • Re-install the battery.
  • Reconnect the MagSafe connector.
  • Turn on your Mac.

Mac portables with non-user-removable batteries

  • Shut down your Mac.
  • Connect to MagSafe power adapter to the Mac and to a power outlet.
  • Now press and hold the left shift, control and option keys simultaneously and along with it press the power button for at least 10 seconds. Release all keys at the same time.
  • Press the power button to start your Mac.

Mac desktops

  • Shut down your Mac.
  • Unplug Mac’s power cord.
  • Press and hold the power button for 15 seconds.
  • Release the power button.
  • Reconnect your Mac’s power cord.
  • Wait for 5 seconds.
  • Start your Mac by pressing the power button.

Use Mac’s Safe Boot Option

To Safe Boot your Mac with a wired keyboard

  • Shut down your Mac.
  • Press and hold the shift key.
  • Start up your Mac.
  • Release the shift key once login window appears or the desktop window.

To Safe Boot your Mac with a Bluetooth keyboard

  • Shut down your Mac.
  • Start your Mac up.
  • Once you hear Mac’s startup sound, press and hold the shift key.
  • Release the shift key once login window or desktop appears.


Reset Parameter RAM (PRAM)

  • Shut down, Mac.
  • Turn on your Mac.
  • Immediately press and hold Command + Option + P + R keys. You need to press all these keys simultaneously before you see the gray screen during the startup process.
  • Continue to hold down all keys until your Mac will restart on its own.
  • Once you hear the second startup chime, release all keys.
  • Here, Mac will finish the startup process.

Reset NVRAM on late 2016 and MacBook Pros and later

  • Shut down, Mac.
  • Turn on your Mac.
  • Immediately press and hold the Command + Option + P + R keys for at least 20 seconds.
  • Release all keys.
  • Here, Mac will continue the startup process.

Once your Mac finishes start-up process, use the System Preferences to set the date, time and time zone, select the startup volume, and configure any display options that you want to use.

Use OS X Combo Updates to correct installation problems

OS X combo updates keep your Mac up to date and replace most of the key system software files with latest versions included in the updater. To apply Mac OS X combo update on your Mac, locate the file on Apple’s OS X support download website, download it and run the update. It will help you install the newest system on your Mac. Remember to install baseline of your Mac’s OS X version before heading for combo update on your Mac.


Following above-mentioned steps, you can fix certain startup related issues on your, Mac. In other start-up related issues, you can repair a hardware, create a spare user account to help in troubleshooting, set Mac’s startup device and do much more.

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