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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Nov 29, 2009
    Unhappy 3 & 4 finger swipe not working
    I bought a 13" MacBook Pro about 2 months ago and its been a mostly trouble free experience. But one thing keeps bothering me. Sometimes when I try to navigate in safari I find that the three finger swipe gesture used to navigate back does not seem to register. I then try to use expose with the four finger swipe and that doesn't work either. I can still use two fingers to scroll so the problem is only with the 3 & 4 finger swipes.

    I can fix the problem by rebooting the Mac but this is annoying when I don't notice the problem immediately and have started working. So I was wondering does anyone know why is happening and if there is a way to restore functionality of the trackpad without restarting the computer(like a console command)? Or if there is a permeate solution the problem?

    I am using Snow Leopard v10.6.2

    Thanks for your help,

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Dec 01, 2009
    Enhaia, you are not alone. I have the exact same setup as you and my 3/4 finger swipes sometimes stop working and require a restart.

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Nov 29, 2009
    Glad i'm not the only one


  4. #4

    Member Since
    Nov 30, 2009
    Macbook Pro 15", 2.8Ghz, 4gb, 500gb
    Applecare!! Take her back and have it looked at. Maybe a bad sensor or kanutter valve.

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Nov 09, 2009
    How often do you restart your computer?


  6. #6
    Registered User
    Member Since
    May 10, 2007
    I'm having the same issue too. Too cheap to buy Apple Care!

  7. #7

    Member Since
    Jan 14, 2010
    this is bs. mine's been doing this since b4 snow leopard and it continued after. I guess I'm gonna have to do without my laptop for however long it takes to get fixed with applecare. not cool mac. not cool at all. I'm no longer an advocate after this and other problems. Its a facade.

  8. #8

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    Member Since
    Nov 11, 2009
    this has only happened to me once and a quick shutdown helped. i hasn't happened again. maybe its because i shut down before i put it away for the night
    Mac specs: late 2009 MBP 15 inch 2.53ghz 4gb Ram 320 gb HDD, 32 gb iphone 3gs white, 16 gb iphone 2g

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    cknight88's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 08, 2007
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    2.4AlumBook, 4g iphone, 64wifi iPad, Atv2, Ipod classic
    This has happened to me too, only the once mind you. It occurred after my upgrade to Snow Leopard, and I assumed it was due to the fact I hadn't shut my macbook down for a couple of days (i usually shut the lid and let it sleep).

    The simple restart for me cleared the issue, and left me happy as larry!
    I didn't go for applecare after I had my 12" Powerbook G4 for 5 years and all it needed was a new battery and even that was covered under the recall!

  10. #10

    Member Since
    Sep 09, 2009
    Down Under :D
    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    before any of you get to lost in trying to find a solution..... update (even if you are already running on 10.6.2) to the Mac OS X v10.6.2 Update (Combo)

  11. #11

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    Member Since
    Nov 04, 2009
    Vancouver, BC
    MacBook Pro 2.26 Ghz 500 GB, iMac 24" 2.8 Ghz 1 TB
    I'm having the same problem now. I restart my computer everyday as I take it back and forth from the office daily. Will respond back if the update fixes the problem. I hope I don't have to give up my laptop - I need it for work.
    I love: my wife, my Mac's & exotic cars - in that order!

  12. #12

    Member Since
    Nov 18, 2010
    New guy here - but my 3 finger swipes just stopped working today.... I have a 2.66 i7 w/ 8Gig Ram. Anyone found anything that is working to solve this problem? I've tried restarting but nothing has worked so far....

    I just reinstalled the OS and updating right now....still doesn't work.... AGHHHH Didn't know how much I was loving the 3 finger swipes until they were gone.

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