How do I unfreeze my computer and what could be the reason it froze?
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Posted on Apr 16, 8: Apr 16, 8: Three ways. Click apple logo located at the top left of the menu bar and select force quit. Hold down the option, command, and escape buttons and select force quit.
Hold down the power button untill the computer turns off. Page content loaded. No idea why it froze. It might never happen again.
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If it does try to correlate the freeze to something you were doing - obviously if it was Skype it would appear something is wrong with Skype. Apr 16, 9: Thanks a lot. Holding the power button down for a few seconds did the trick. I am really starting to wonder if this was Skype related or not. I just downloaded the newest version of it today. However, everything is fine now.
Dec 10, 9: JamaicanBMW's case seemed tied with the Skype update. In case anyone else has a similar problem but restarting doesn't fix it, here's what worked in my case: I had a problem with my MacBook Pro 13" when the keyboard and trackpad stopped working for seemingly no apparent reason.
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I discovered that if I plugged in a USB keyboard and mouse, those would work. From what I understand, the PRAM is memory that the computer uses to keep basic display and input preferences and info, even when the computer's turned off. Weeks ago I had installed a 3rd party mouse and keyboard.
Talk to your tech support person about memory upgrade options for your Mac. Depending on the app and what you were doing with it, performing a Force Quit on your MacBook might result in the loss of some of your work.
How to Unfreeze a MacBook
For example, if you were editing a proposal in Mac Pages and performed a Force Quit on that program, you might lose some of the changes you made, but probably not the document itself. In rare instances, your Mac might be completely frozen. If your Mac has been in this state for several minutes, your best bet is to turn off the power to your Mac. Before turning it back on, unplug any external devices, such as cameras or scanners, that might have caused the hang-up.
Your Mac will automatically restore the apps and documents that were open at the time it was shut down. When you shut down normally, a dialog box appears that lets you choose whether to restart all your apps or not.
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