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We explain why your Macbook is not loading the system. Find out why your MacBook isn't turning on.

There are lots of reasons why you might find that your Mac won't turn on, or your MacBook won't start up, but you probably just want to get it working again. We'll run through the various reasons why you are having this problem.

1. Does your Mac turns on

First, we need to find out if the problem is that your Mac won't start up, or that it won't turn on.

A Mac that doesn't turn on calls for a different approach to one that doesn't start up. Because it has to turn on before starting up the operating system.

If it does not turning on, then it's most likely a hardware issue. Meaning that something is preventing the computer from turning on.

  • It may be a damaged or incorrectly installed component,
  • a defective peripheral,
  • or other physical problem present on the pc.

2. Perform a Power Cycle

If you aren't hearing any signs of life, you could perform a power cycle, which involves forcing your Mac to restart after killing the power to it.

The process is different according of the kind of Macs you have (Macbook, desktop or M1 Macbook). But they are quite similar. 

3. Check your display

If you're using a desktop Mac such as a Mac Pro or Mac mini; You could have a problem with the display you have plugged in, rather than the Mac itself. 

It is possible that your Mac does turn on, but doesn't boot up because it can't access the display. If that's the case you are most likely having trouble with the display hardware (rather than a broader startup issue).

4. Boot up the Mac in Safe Boot

Safe Boot limits what checks and functionality your Mac focuses on during startup, and performs certain diagnostics. It's rare, but sometimes you can get your unhappy Mac to start up successfully with a Safe Boot, and then restart it normally, and everything is back to normal .

If you find you can start up in Safe Mode it is probable that the issue is related to one of your startup items

5. Run Disk Utility in Recovery Mode

If your Mac is booting but the operating system isn't loading up, you may have a corrupted drive. Luckily it is possible to fix this in Recovery Mode. Yet again, accessing Recovery Mode is a little different on an M1 Mac.

6. Reinstall macOS

This is pretty drastic, but if you have tried everything else, then reinstalling the operating system could remove the issue that is stopping the Mac from starting properly. The recovery mode is where you can do that as well.