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Nov 23, 2006, 12:08 PM
My brother's trackpad isn't working.... any thoughts. I did a restart and that didn't do anything. Will reseting the PRAM solve this issue. What about the PMU..

edit - i tried the PMU and nothing happened....

Nov 23, 2006, 12:43 PM
Have you run the hardware diagnostic which comes in the same install DVD. It would worth a shot trying that. Maybe it can catch something wrong.

Nov 23, 2006, 12:54 PM
i would do that but he lost the CDs :rolleyes:
would my CDs from my pb or imac work :confused:

Nov 23, 2006, 01:01 PM
they keyboard is working correct?

Nov 23, 2006, 01:02 PM
Well, you can try with those CDs to see if your iBook accepts those CDs. It's likely your iBook will reject those CDs by telling you those CDs are for not iBook.

Jan 4, 2007, 08:35 PM
it happened again... any thoughts?

Jan 4, 2007, 08:48 PM
Model, OS level, standard or alternate trackpad driver?

Jan 5, 2007, 01:16 AM
Do iBooks have the feature where you place your palm on the trackpad to reset it? You could try that.

Jan 5, 2007, 04:54 AM
iBook trackpads do occasionally seem to just die. Hasn't happened to either of my iBooks, but it did happen to my girlfriend's - went a bit intermittent. iBook eventually sent away for repair and was fine.

(A mouse worked when the trackpad didn't BTW).

Obviously try all the reset advice first.

Jan 17, 2007, 02:47 AM
I've got the same problem.. it's a complete pain! :-[

Jan 24, 2007, 12:40 AM
Same problem here. Fresh OS install, PRAM reset, PMU reset, nothing!

Anybody got any advice?

When I spotlight search in System Preferences for 'Trackpad', I get two options, one of them being trackpad sensitivity and the other being Turn off trackpad, but when I click them it says something along the lines of 'The trackpad option menu is hidden because you do not have a Trackpad installed!'

Really? Then what the hell am I looking at? And when I do the same search on my mac mini I don't get these options, so it obviously knows that the trackpad is sort of there...

Jan 24, 2007, 07:33 AM
Switching out the topcase on an iBook inexpensive and simple. If I were you, I'd buy a replacement topcase on ebay and give it a shot.

Jan 25, 2007, 08:44 PM
i had the same problem with an ibook G3 , the 12.1 inch model. I thought it was the trackpad/palmrest assembly, but I actually found that the connector for the ribbon cable mounted on the motherboard came apart at the solder points. I'd check this before buying a new palmrest . mine looks like it just twisted off. now i have to use a mouse.