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Mac Won’t Turn On? Learn Simple Fix

Apple Macbook Pro Won’t Turn On: Sometimes we get some issues with Mac, one of them is it refuses to turn on. It sounds pretty weird though but it happens. There can be several reasons of that but obviously, we don’t know what the actual cause in that situation is. There can be any reason that stopping it from turning on and we have to figure it out. This guide consists of the tips and methods that we can use if we ever face this situation.


Before going to the solutions, it would like to explain the difference between “Mac turning on” and “Mac starting up”. Well if your Mac does not even show any sign of being alive when you press a power button then it means the issue is with “turning on”.

If you press the power button and the machine start functioning i.e. the startup sound, running fan of processor etc. but it does not proceed then it means the issue with “mac starting up”.

6 Tips to Fix your Mac Won’t Turn On

If Mac is not turning on then it means there is a hardware problem i.e. power adopter issue etc. On the other hand, the starting up issues are due to some problem with the operating system. So let’s see what you can do is these situations.

Tip 1: Check the Power Adopter

Press the power button of your Mac and observe its behavior. Wait sometime and let it charge for a while. If nothing happens then it means there is something wrong with your power connection of power jack of your mac.

You can try with a different power adopter to conclude if the issue is with adopter. If it behaves same with other adopters then the issue must be in power jack of your Mac. The possible cause of this issue is the power surge high voltage. If you recently have observed something wrong with your electricity then it was the cause of this damage. Well in this situation of a physical damage, you may need to consult to an expert.

Tip 2: Check LCD Display

If you observe machine startup sound on pressing button then it means there is no issue with power adopter and power supply is working fine. Then the next possible issue can be with your display. If you’re using a desktop Mac then

  • Check that the cables are connected perfectly.
  • Try unplugging and then re plugging all of the switches and cables.
  • If you have another separate LCD then try replacing to see if it solves the issue.
  • If the other LCD works fine then it means the problem was in your display and you’ve to change it. Then it means there is a corrupted drive

Tip 3: Mac Recovery Mode Using Disk Utility

You don’t have any issue with power and display and your Mac is booting but can’t load the operating system? Well it is comparatively less annoying issue because you can resolve it through recovery mode.

Boot you Mac in recovery mode and run Disk Utility. If it’s already stuck on a blue or white screen and not responding then just press you power button for a few seconds to force turn off.

Power it on again and keep pressing command+R keys while booting. Upon entering in recovery mode, go to utilities and Disk Utilities and then locate the icon of Mac drive > verify disk. It will find if there is an error on your disk and will ask for your permission to repair it. I recommend to use best Mac clean-up tips in order to keep your Mac safe and secure.

Tip 4: Booting in Safe Boot

Booting in safe boot means to reduce the functions and checks that you Mac performs while booting up. This is actually the solution for slow boot up but sometime it’s very helpful in solving the startup time issues of Mac. Just have a try.

Tip 5: Full System Check

Turn your Mac off and reboot it while pressing command+S keys in order to enter in single user mode. Soon the command line prompt. Type fsck -fy in command prompt’s search space and press enter button. After some time you’ll receive a message. It will be either “the volume (Mac’s name) appears to be OK” or “File system was modified”.

If you receive the 1st message then type reboot and press Return button. If you receive the 2nd message then run fsck –fy again and then press Return. Solution is in next tip.

Tip 6: Reset NVRAM

NVRAM is the special memory sections on your hard drive which consists of the settings like screen resolution and volume settings etc. You need to reset this data. Press and hold down command, options, P and R and turn on your Mac and release keys on start up. You’ve reset NVRAM successfully.

Tip 7: Reset System Management Controller (SMC)

It can be concluded as the last attempt to fix your Mac. Press Shift+Control+Option/Alt at once after plugging in. if it does not solve your problem then you may need to reinstall the Mac OS solve the Mac starting up issue. Reinstalling may delete all of your personal data so you may want to know how to Restore any Apple Device without losing Data.

So these were some tips to solve the issues related to the Mac turning on and Mac starting up. You may also want to know the solution of other Mac problems such as Disable Existing & Unknown Password from AppleTalk on Mac. Hope you got your problem solved and enjoyed this guide.

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