Quickly & Easily Speed Up Your Mac!

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5 Simple Ways to Make a Mac Faster

Posted: December 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Mac Optimization | No Comments »

I created this easy-to-follow video guide to show you exactly how to make your mac faster. I’ve written about it in the past, but I think this is a useful resource for those of you that would rather watch it being done. Did you know you can see exactly what’s hogging the space on your computer? You can see how hard your computer is working, and which programs are eating the speed of your system as well.

Macbook Battery Not Charging? Fan problems? Overheating? Try this.

Posted: April 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Mac Optimization | No Comments »

strange-macIf your Mac is behaving very strangely, for example:

  • Your battery doesnt charge all the way
  • Your fans are always loud, and running nearly non-stop
  • Your CPU seems to freeze and act sluggish

You may need a PRAM or SMC reset.

Now, normally, I just make content about cleaning up and speeding up a Mac or Macbook, but today Im getting a little more technical for you guys.

You see, Iand had 2 e-mails in the past week about Fan problems and battery issues. These e-mailers were out of warranty, so instead of paying a couple hundred bucks to some tech-dude to tear into their laptops, I suggested they reset their PRAM and SMC.

I made a YouTube video, explaining the process as well, if you prefer to learn visually.

What does the PRAM do?

The PRAM stores “core” info such as your macs virtual memory, RAM disk, disc cache, and other stuff.

What does the SMC or System Management Controller do?

The SMC is the part that must be reset to more often see positive results, however – if your Mac is acting strange, its beneficial to do both, because theyre pretty easy to do.

Before you begin, please back-up any important data.

Heres how to reset the PRAM:

  1. Shut down your computer. (No logging off or putting it to sleep)
  2. Press the Power button. Then, Press Command Option P R at the same time.
  3. Hold these keys down – BEFORE the grey start-screen appears.
  4. Once the screen appears, and you hear the start-up “chime” youre done
  5. Let go of the keys, and let your Mac reboot.
  6. Once your system has rebooted, you may notice that some of your minor settings need to be changed back, such as mouse speed, double click speed, etc. This is good. It means the reset worked.

Next, we must reset the SMC:

  1. Shut down your computer
  2. Disconnect the plug
  3. Remove the battery
  4. Press the power button for 5-Seconds, and release
  5. Put the battery and cord back in
  6. Power on the system

Heres how to reset the SMC for Macbook Airs and Macbook Pros (Macs where you cant remove the battery.)

  1. Turn off your machine
  2. Keep the cord plugged in
  3. Press at the same time Shift-Option-Control Power Button
  4. Let go
  5. Turn your machine on

Heres how to reset the SMC for iMacs, Mac Pros, Mac Minis, etc.

  1. Shut the machine down
  2. Unplug the cord
  3. Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds
  4. Plug it back in and turn it on

Now you should ideally see a difference in the behavior of your Mac computer. Are the fans still going crazy? Is the battery charging past 50%? Hopefully this advice helps.

(Note: As with any technical advice, I cannot be held liable or responsible if these tips negatively affect your system. You must assume all risk to make changes to your computer. However, I have been resetting the PRAM and SMC for years without any issues. Having said that – please remember to back up your stuff before making any changes to your computer. Good luck!)