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Thread: Macbook Pro Multitouch Pad: four fingers not working

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    Nov 30, 2009
    Macbook Pro Multitouch Pad: four fingers not working
    Hello everyone,

    I've been having trouble with my Macbook Pro Multitouch pad. I bought my macbook pro about 3-4 months ago, and until recently I have had no problem.

    Within the past few weeks or so, the multitouch pad does not seem to respond to anything using for fingers. I can point and click with one finger, and I can scroll with two fingers, but if I swipe four fingers up, down, left, or right, nothing happens.

    I asked my friends to give it a try as well, but it wouldn't work for them either. It's been working on and off for a few weeks, but usually I can't get it to work. However, Expose works if I press the button on the keyboard.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks a bunch everyone for your help

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    Mar 17, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    are they still checked in the trackpad preference pane?
    This machine kills fascists
    Got # ? phear the command line!

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    Member Since
    Nov 30, 2009
    They are still checked in system preferences

    Is there a way to run self-diagnostics?

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    Member Since
    Sep 09, 2009
    Down Under :D
    I'd start with wiping the trackpad with a damp cloth.... it could be as simple as dirt interference.
    Otherwise, repair disk permissions and rebooting, and if that doesn't fix it, then if you are running 10.5, download the 10.5.8 combo update, and if 10.6, run the 10.6.2 combo update.

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    Member Since
    Nov 30, 2009
    I'm working on some things now and can't restart my computer at the moment, but I checked for updates and then read the details for the 10.6.2 update. Sure enough, it fixes a bug with the "four finger swipe gesture". I'll update first thing tomorrow, but I'm sure that will fix it.

    Good call on that one. Thanks a bunch

    EDIT: I just found out that the 10.6.2 update fixes a bug for the "four finger swipe gesture". So all is well

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