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malfunctioning trackpad on Macbook Pro

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Member Since: Dec 26, 2009
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Hi everyone

I have a problem with the trackpad on my Macbook Pro. I've had it about 8 months.

When I'm using the trackpad, it will often act as if I was clicking and holding as I move the cursor, even though I'm not. This is quite annoying, since it drags icons where I don't want them, drags shortcuts off my Safari bar, rearranges my iTunes playlists etc, and makes word processing a nightmare as it's constantly highlighting everything.

This is happening more and more frequently. I also have the Magic Mouse which connects by bluetooth, and that's sometimes a bit erratic too, sometimes with the same problem as the trackpad, but it also sometimes won't click, even though the cursor is moving so I know it's connected.

I just wondered if anyone else has had this problem, and if it's a known issue. Also, is there a patch that will fix it? I've looked for Apple software updates and I seem to be fully up to date.

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It seems more likely to be your software rather than the hardware if your Magic Mouse is playing up too. I'd suggest doing a System Restore if you have time as that solves 99.9% of software problems people have. Remember to backup all your data!
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I just bought a new MacBook Pro. Previously owned a MacBook Pro, also.I'm have trouble setting the trackpad settings. When I move my cursor on a webpage or FB the text, graphics and whole page become highlighted in the matching color for highlighting. This is very annoying, because I have to click some where on the page to unhighlight it. Really slows me down. Also text written may move like it is stuck to the cursor. Is there some way I can set the preferences in Trackpad to avoid these problems? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. After reading another post here, it looks like we are having the same problem. My computer is exactly one week old. I am just furious. I called Apple Care and of course they never heard of this problem. Probably me having a problem using the new trackpad. Called the Apple Store and it is me not adjusting to the trackpad. I'm calling them again and they can reinstall a new system for me. Any other suggestions would be helpful.

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The trackpads in the newish MBs and MBPs are very sensitive, and take a little getting used to!
Magic mouse, much the same, just like the trackpad, takes a bit of tinkering with the settings and getting used to.

I think both of you need to change your settings.
Here's how my trackpad is set up on my MBP, and after around 2-3weeks of use, after suffering the same problems that both are you have been having, I am now totally comfortable and no longer have any issues.

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Thank you so much for showing me the picture. I'm going to set my trackpad preferences and work with it. I'll get back in a couple of weeks to tell you how it's going.

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Wow..I got on the forums today to find out this exact solution as I've been having this same issue since day one. I knew it was something I was doing and that it was probably some setting on the trackpad but I couldn't figure out which one was causing it. When this happens and the cursor is just highlighting everything your cursor travels over, it can be incredibly frustrating.

I've setup my trackpad based on your settings so I'll see what happens.

I appreciate 6strings helpfulness in posting his settings. Thank you!
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Hi there - just read the above and nothing appears to apply to my trackpad problem. My 2.5 year old MacBook Pro had a major system crash in November so is now in hospital in the UK (I live in Morocco). In the interim I bought a brand new MacBook Pro which I've had since November 19th. Two days ago the trackpad started jittering around the screen for a few minutes - and wouldn't react to my fingers at all. It was even pressing buttons and dragging stuff on it's own. Then it calmed down. The process repeated a few times over the last two days. This morning it was working fine then just lost the plot this afternoon and hasn't recovered. I've just about managed to access this forum by using a mouse but even that's a hard job. The keyboard is clean - having been anally wiped very gently with a not quite damp cloth, I've turned it upside down and blown on it to eliminate any possible crumb blockages, I've got the trackpad set to the same prefs as the illustration above, I've rebooted umpteen times, and in desperation I've even downloaded MagicTrackpadMultiTouch Upd 1.0 - which was pointless. It is under warranty and I do have insurance - but will have to wait until Feb to sort in the UK. In the meantime I have to work - so any other suggestions would more than gratefully received. Um, I'm not a teccy.
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