Fixing a Slow Mac – Using Apple Hardware Test

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Fixing a Slow Mac – Using Apple Hardware Test

Fixing a Slow Mac – Using Apple Hardware Test 

In some cases, slow Mac problems can be caused by hardware issues and problems. You can easily diagnose this using the Apple Hardware Test, a free tool built into most Mac computers.

Recognizing hardware problems can help you to diagnose issues and if there is a problem, to take your computer in for repair.

How to Use the Apple Hardware Test

Running the Apple Hardware Test is a relatively simple process that you can do simply by turning your computer off and on again. The process is as follows:

  1. Unplug external hard drives and unnecessary peripherals (other than mouse and keyboard) from your computer.
  2. Shut your computer down
  3. Turn your Mac on and press and hold “D” while the computer restarts or “D + Option”
  4. You should see the “Apple Hardware Test” icon
  5. Select your language and click the right arrow
  6. Click “Test” or “Extended Test” (more thorough but it takes longer)
  7. Wait for your results
  8. The test will show your results in the bottom right section of the window.
  9. If there are issues, consider taking a photo of the screen with your phone or tablet
  10. Restart your Mac to boot back into your normal hard drive.

The Apple Hardware Test can help you to diagnose hardware issues and to determine if you have a problem. However, it isn’t a failsafe an it can miss things. If your computer consistently runs slow, is not very old or very dirty, and has plenty of storage, memory, and CPU available during use, take it in to a specialist for repair.

Taking Your Mac in for Repair – In most cases, you can easily schedule an appointment to have your Mac repaired through an Apple Genius bar. Just use the Apple website to find one nearest to your location, set up a call to determine the issue, and decide whether you should go in for an appointment or put your Mac in the mail. If your Mac is still under warranty or has Apple Care, this service will be free.

What About Third Party
– Third party repair centers can be more affordable, but they might not be. In most cases, prices are 10-20% less than Apple repair, but they do not come with the absolute certainty of a quality repair and guaranteed replacement if something goes wrong. For example, if your Mac is not under AppleCare but your Apple Genius Bar feels that the hardware issue is a default issue, they will likely offer you a refurbished model for a very attractive price. (For example, when the Home button on my 2 year old iPhone came loose, Apple sold me a refurbished model for just $120). Third party is an option, but it is also a risk.

Hardware issues are rare but they do happen, if you have tested other parts of your computer and still can’t find an issue, hardware is a very likely candidate.

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