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    Mouse cursor not moving on 2008 macbook?
    The cursor only works when a USB mouse is connected to the unit, is this software or hardware problem please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikehende View Post
    The cursor only works when a USB mouse is connected to the unit, is this software or hardware problem please?
    There's a very good chance that your trackpad has failed...the older the laptop the more likely (just because of age & use). Since this is a 2008 MacBook...you will need to replace the whole topcase (the trackpad is not a separate part).

    I've had this happen to me...and I had to do the same thing (use a usb mouse) until I was able to do the repair.

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    Hey Nick, how are you, been a while , Thanks for the info but from the tutorials on this, changing the entire case means scrapping the entire laptop, yeeesh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikehende View Post
    Thanks for the info but from the tutorials on this, changing the entire case means scrapping the entire laptop, yeeesh!
    Where did you hear/read this. That's a bunch of BS!

    You're not changing the entire case...just the topcase. Which is the part that includes the keyboard, trackpad & mouse button, power button, and speakers. If I remember correctly...you just remove about 8-10 small screws/machine bolts...and detach just one cable...and the topcase is removed!

    If you're not super picky...an "ugly" (but working) topcase can be purchased via e-Bay for "cheap". Here's one for just $12.99 (+ shipping):

    13" MacBook Keyboard A1181 Trackpad Topcase Palmrest | eBay

    If you want a "pretty" topcase (no cracks)...it's going to cost more.

    Also...check the replacement procedure at:

    - iFixit: The free repair manual

    ...and you will see that you do not have to scrap the entire laptop to change the topcase!

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    Thanks for the link and yes I understand it's only the top case which needs replacing but according to the guide here below, you will need to do much more than simply:

    you just remove about 8-10 small screws/machine bolts...and detach just one cable...and the topcase is removed!

    MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009 Upper Case Replacement - iFixit

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