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How to Uninstall Intel Drivers on Mac

Intel-based Mac computers do not typically require manual driver uninstallations for core components like CPUs or integrated graphics, as these drivers are bundled with macOS and are managed by the system. Apple provides a unified driver model, and all necessary updates or changes are handled through macOS updates.

If you are experiencing issues with your Intel Mac and suspect it might be related to drivers or system files, here are some steps you can take to troubleshoot the problem:

  1. Update macOS:
    • Ensure that your macOS is up to date since Apple includes driver updates in their regular system updates.
    • Go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Software Update to check for updates.
  2. Safe Mode:
    • Booting into Safe Mode can help resolve issues by performing a check of your startup disk and loading only essential system items.
    • To enter Safe Mode, turn off your Mac, then turn it on and immediately press and hold the Shift key until you see the login window. Logging into Safe Mode may take longer than usual.
  3. Reset NVRAM or PRAM:
    • Resetting NVRAM/PRAM can resolve issues related to system settings.
    • To reset, turn off your Mac, then turn it on and immediately press and hold Option + Command + P + R for about 20 seconds.
  4. Recovery Mode:
    • If there is a serious system issue, you might need to reinstall macOS using Recovery Mode.
    • To enter Recovery Mode, turn off your Mac, then turn it on and immediately press and hold Command + R until you see the Apple logo or other image.
  5. Third-party Drivers:
    • If you installed third-party drivers for external devices (like printers, cameras, or network adapters), you can uninstall those drivers by removing the associated application from the Applications folder or using an uninstaller provided by the third-party vendor, if available.
    • Sometimes these drivers are located in /Library/Extensions/ and can be removed by dragging them to the Trash. Be very cautious with this, as deleting system files can cause issues.
  6. Clean Up Startup Items:
    • Sometimes, startup items can cause issues. You can manage these by going to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups, selecting your user, and then the ‘Login Items’ tab.

For the most part, you should not attempt to manually uninstall drivers on a Mac unless you are certain they are third-party drivers and are causing issues. If you’re not comfortable troubleshooting, it’s best to contact Apple Support or take your Mac to an authorized Apple service provider for assistance.

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