Mac running slow & not booting explained: Flashing folder icon, spinning wheel & Kernel panics

Mac running slow & not booting explained: Flashing folder icon, spinning wheel & Kernel panics

I have been getting a few Macs failing to boot recently and I thought it would be a good idea to explain a few things regarding this issue.

The first thing would to make sure we understand what some of the issues could be.

Also…

How to prevent further damage to you Mac or hard drive, because it could lead to data loss!

We’ll start with the dreaded Flashing Question mark icon.

This is one of the many reasons why your Mac is not booting.

Due to the nature of this issue we need to be careful as to know what the cause is before we go any further.

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Please have a good backup solution for you precious data! Losing your life’s work will always end in tears

Please have a good backup solution for you precious data! Losing your life’s work will always end in tears

Waking up to doom and gloom on a Monday isn’t my idea of fun, and to make things worse it is kinda my work as I have to deal with it all the time, but I try to always see the positive in the doom.

This morning I woke up with to a horrific story in my Twitter feed one that resonated with me (well not me personally but a few of my clients came to mind right away!)

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Have you ever spilt liquid (tea, wine, water etc) into your MacBook Pro?

Have you ever spilt liquid (tea, wine, water etc) into your MacBook Pro?

About this time pretty much every year I get more and more MacBooks (Pros and Airs) that have liquid spilt into them by their owners.

It doesn’t matter what type of liquid it is, wine, Coke, water, tea etc. if this happens then you have a 50% chance of the unit dying, unless you get it looked at as soon as possible.

I will show you some images of one particular MacBook Pro that I managed to repair because the owner contacted me within minutes of it happening and I gave her some advice as to what to do next and made an appointment for her to bring the MacBook in for me to check out.

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Have you ever had this error: OS X can’t repair the disk Macintosh HD

Have you ever had this error: OS X can’t repair the disk Macintosh HD

Yep, it’s not a good error to get, specially if you haven’t backed up your data! EEK!

There are time when we’re just about to start our Macs for the day to get productive when disaster strikes and causes us to reach for help to fix an issue that we really weren’t expecting.

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Crackling sounds coming from my MacBook Pro 13″ Retina 2013 also some ghosting issues

Crackling sounds coming from my MacBook Pro 13″ Retina 2013 also some ghosting issues

A few days ago I started to hear this faint strange clicking from my MacBook.

I also noticed some ghosting on the display while I was testing out a few things.

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Have you ever heard the original Sad Mac crashing chimes?

Have you ever heard the original Sad Mac crashing chimes?

Maybe you’re old enough to remember some of the original Sad Mac (non)boot up chimes. I remember hating hearing them, it was either an issues with software, extension, control panel, bad RAM or god forbid a hardware problem.

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Instructions on how to connect to an L2TP VPN server via a Mac

Instructions on how to connect to an L2TP VPN server via a Mac

I was asked recently about how to connect to a client’s Mac OS X Server via VPN, and rather then explain it via email I thought it was best to create a short video with the steps involved.

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Why you may have a noisy fan in your MacBook

Why you may have a noisy fan in your MacBook

How often do you clean your Mac? Once a week, once a year, never? The longer you leave it the more dust can accumulate and the more damage it can do.

I had a MacBook Pro here recently and it was making an awful noise, once I opened the unit I found massive clumps of dust all over the place.

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Your Apple Mac might be running slow after a major OS X system upgrade

Your Apple Mac might be running slow after a major OS X system upgrade

Ever noticed that when upgrading to the latest Mac OS major update your Mac after a few weeks it starts to runs a bit sluggish? Yeah me too, and over the years you might have upgraded over and over again.

Although ordinarily this shouldn’t be a problem, but in practice it seems to be a major pain for Mac users. Apple for the past few years have made the upgrade path very easy with the App Store, but when you upgrade that way it’s not a clean install.

This can cause issues and I will try to explain why.

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Mac running slow and not booting up, explained, including: Flashing Folder icon, Spinning wheel & Kernel Panic issues

Mac running slow and not booting up, explained, including: Flashing Folder icon, Spinning wheel & Kernel Panic issues

I have been getting a few Macs failing to boot recently and I thought it would be a good idea to explain a few things regarding this issue.

The first thing would to make sure we understand what some of the issues could be and how to prevent further damage to you Mac or hard drive that could lead to data loss.

We will start with the dreaded Flashing Question mark icon, this is one of the many reasons why your Mac is not booting, and due to the nature of this issue we need to be careful as to know what the cause is before we go any further.

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