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    Trackpad on macbook pro won't click unless I press it hard.
    For several months now I have had a trackpad on my macbook pro 13" unibody that isn't possible to click with. I have tried opening it up and turning the torxscrew inside as I heard it might fix the problem, but without success.

    If I press the trackpad down hard, it does click.

    Anyone have any ideas for a solution to my problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by olskar View Post
    For several months now I have had a trackpad on my macbook pro 13" unibody that isn't possible to click with. I have tried opening it up and turning the torxscrew inside as I heard it might fix the problem, but without success.

    If I press the trackpad down hard, it does click.

    Anyone have any ideas for a solution to my problem?
    Push on the bottom part of the trackpad (not the top). The trackpad is "hinged" at the top (the part nearest to the keyboard)...thus harder to press (at the top).

    HTH,

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Push on the bottom part of the trackpad (not the top). The trackpad is "hinged" at the top (the part nearest to the keyboard)...thus harder to press (at the top).

    HTH,

    - Nick
    I'm sorry, i expressed myself fuzzy. It does click and I can hear it clicking. What I should have written is that the clicks is not being recognized on the computer unless I press really hard (no matter if I press on the upper or bottom part)

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    Quote Originally Posted by olskar View Post
    I'm sorry, i expressed myself fuzzy. It does click and I can hear it clicking. What I should have written is that the clicks is not being recognized on the computer unless I press really hard (no matter if I press on the upper or bottom part)
    Ok...got ya!

    You didn't mention the exact model of this MacBook...but in any case...if you happen to still have Applecare on it...have Apple check it out.

    BTW...there were no liquid spills involved with this...were there??

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Push on the bottom part of the trackpad (not the top). The trackpad is "hinged" at the top (the part nearest to the keyboard)...thus harder to press (at the top).

    HTH,

    - Nick
    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Ok...got ya!

    You didn't mention the exact model of this MacBook...but in any case...if you happen to still have Applecare on it...have Apple check it out.

    BTW...there were no liquid spills involved with this...were there??

    - Nick
    It's a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)

    No, sadly I don't

    Hah, and no liquid involved


    When googling the issue I found an article that claims that "apple forums are filling with complaints from people who claim the glass-covered trackpad on their MacBook is failing to register their clicks" so I find it strange that it can be so hard finding a solution..




    Link to the article:
    New MacBook trackpad sparks flurry of complaints | News | PC Pro

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    What happens if you just turn tap to click on in System Preferences? I know it doesn't solve your problem, but it'll give you the ability to click while we here at the forums (or Apple, for repair service) can think of a way to fix the problem...

    Here's the path within SysPrefs to turn on tap to click just in case you don't know how:

    Applications Folder-> System Preferences->Trackpad Pane->Clicking (Or tap to click, or something to this effect).

    Hopefully this provides a temporary solution to alleviate the annoyance of having to press this hard, and to alleviate the pressure you're having to put on the trackpad to click.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moss View Post
    What happens if you just turn tap to click on in System Preferences? I know it doesn't solve your problem, but it'll give you the ability to click while we here at the forums (or Apple, for repair service) can think of a way to fix the problem...

    Here's the path within SysPrefs to turn on tap to click just in case you don't know how:

    Applications Folder-> System Preferences->Trackpad Pane->Clicking (Or tap to click, or something to this effect).

    Hopefully this provides a temporary solution to alleviate the annoyance of having to press this hard, and to alleviate the pressure you're having to put on the trackpad to click.

    Thank you, yes I have tap to click turned on

    And thanks for trying to think of a solution!

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    I've read a few discussions on Apple's Support Community and there have been one or two people with a seemingly similar situation. This one looked to have a bit more information to read through than others I've seen. I saw multiple people suggesting a trip to the local Apple store. One person said he had improved results with different angles when clicking...

    Hope something in here helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by olskar View Post
    When googling the issue I found an article that claims that "apple forums are filling with complaints from people who claim the glass-covered trackpad on their MacBook is failing to register their clicks" so I find it strange that it can be so hard finding a solution..
    When Googling a problem...you can almost always find others that have a similar problem. And if you continue to look...you start to fell like "everyone" is having the problem. But in reality...99.99% of users do not have a problem (or the vast majority of users)...leaving only 0.01% with a "possible problem".

    From that 0.01% subtract the folks that are just confused or are having "user error issues"...and the number of folks with a "true problem" become very very small. So in this case...it may not be a problem that effects many users...thus the reason why it's hard to find a solution via Google.

    Sorry for no real solution...just trying to give some perspective on why a solution may be hard to find.

    Good luck,

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    I have seen this diagnosed before as the cause being a bulging battery. Does yours seem ok? Apple will usually comp a repair on a bulged battery.

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    Solution
    I have a solution!

    After trying everything the only thing that worked for me was to turn OFF "Tap to Click" in System Preferences>Trackpad..... Then try clicking/dragging/dropping items in your finder. Restart if need be. It should start working and then you can turn tap to click back on!

    Voila!

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