5 common error messages: reasons and resolutions

5 common error messages: reasons and resolutions

Though we are constantly glued to our computers all day round, handling several errors is challenging. You might have been using your laptop for years, but there are issues that appear all of a sudden, and you don’t know how to fix them.

Error messages, whether they are simple or complex, are frustrating as they interrupt the smooth functioning of the device, putting a halt to productivity. Fixing them immediately is important. In this article, we will discuss 5 common error messages with reasons and resolutions that users encounter on their computers quite often. Let’s check them out.

Error 1. “Your disk is almost full”

The reason that might be causing this error is the low storage space available on the hard drive. You probably get this error while trying to download more items on the computer than the storage allows. There might be several heavy apps and programs downloaded on the computer that you haven’t deleted yet.

Check your storage and identify all unnecessary programs you have on your computer. Open the Downloads folder to check the apps and files that are no longer necessary. Delete them permanently from the computer by removing them from the Trash folder or Recycle Bin. Deleting unnecessary apps will also help release system resources.

Error 2. “Zsh: command not found”

Zsh command not found

When you try to modify a file or folder after opening it in the Terminal on Mac, a pop-up window appears displaying the zsh: permission denied error message. The error message indicates that the operating system is preventing the file from opening using a command. You may encounter this error with bash or the sudo command.

Other reasons may be that the file you are trying to open in Terminal is locked or the system command you are entering is incorrect. To fix this error, try to check system permissions, give Terminal full access to storage or change the directory ownership. Apart from that, the sudo command may also help resolve the error.

Error 3. “You can’t open the application because it is not supported on this type of Mac”

The error message indicates that the macOS version has turned outdated, and you need to update it. In most cases, the app version and the OS do not match, so you need to install the latest release. The problem might have occurred due to an unsupported version of the app, so you may also need to keep that in mind.

To fix this issue, check if the updated version is available for the app or the operating system. If the problem started after the recent macOS update, then compatibility is surely the reason behind it. So, either you need to go back to the previous version, or you need to update the app to the latest release.

Error 4. “The application ‘program name’ is not open anymore”

The application is not open anymore

If you are using a Mac, you must have encountered this error at least once so far while attempting to access an app. While the app you are trying to access might be open, it turns inaccessible and unresponsive for a while. The error prevents you from working on the app, and you may need to restart your computer.

Sometimes, the operating system fails to read the open app and displays similar errors. Restart your computer to check if it can fix the persisting error. Now relaunch the application and do not click anywhere till the app window appears completely. If you are not able to launch the app, update macOS or the app to the latest version.

Error 5. “Safari Web Content quit unexpectedly”

Most of the time, the problem is related to Safari, so updating the app might work for you. If it doesn’t, try to check if your WiFi connection is in a healthy state and the signals are good. Slow internet speed or a malfunctioning router can cause this error. Disconnect the WiFi, turn off the router, and then turn it on after 20 seconds. Check if it works.

Free up cache data by navigating to Other Storage on Mac. Cache files speed up your browsing experience, but they also slow down your computer when not deleted often. These files, along with junk and duplicates, consume a lot of storage, which makes the system slower in the long run. Deleting them permanently from the computer can help fix the issue.

The Conclusion

These are 5 common error messages including reasons and resolutions that users may encounter on their computer screens. Although they appear technical and annoying at first, rectifying them is easy. Be cautious while executing any resolution workaround to get rid of computer errors.

Any kind of negligence can cause data loss. Building a data backup strategy may help prevent data loss if anything goes wrong. You can use in-built data backup solutions on Mac and Windows. Alternatively, you can move data to an external drive or Cloud media.

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