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Old Feb 7, 2013, 02:56 PM   #1
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Bottom of trackpad not working - feature or flaw?

I just got the retina 15"

The bottom 1/4" - 1/2" doesn't track movement if I start in that region (although it clicks fine). It will track movement if I start anywhere else on the pad and move to that area.

Is this a feature or is my trackpad broken?
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 03:05 PM   #2
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Same on mine.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 03:13 PM   #3
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I just got the retina 15"

The bottom 1/4" - 1/2" doesn't track movement if I start in that region (although it clicks fine). It will track movement if I start anywhere else on the pad and move to that area.

Is this a feature or is my trackpad broken?
Hadn't noticed before but it's the same on my 13" MBP.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 03:52 PM   #4
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I just got the retina 15"

The bottom 1/4" - 1/2" doesn't track movement if I start in that region (although it clicks fine). It will track movement if I start anywhere else on the pad and move to that area.

Is this a feature or is my trackpad broken?
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 05:00 PM   #5
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Don't have this on mine, movement is tracked no matter where my fingers start on the trackpad.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 06:06 PM   #6
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Mine too. I have the 13" Retina. We're probably just holding it wrong. Trackpad-gate!
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 07:09 PM   #7
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UPDATE:

Just tested the trackpads on various airs and pros in our office (probably none of them are the newest models). They all do this. Must be a "feature", or some major oversight.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 08:10 PM   #8
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I'm guessing it's a feature, as that is an area where you'll likely keep your index finger while your middle finger does the rest of the work (pun... kind of intended).
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 12:18 AM   #9
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Its so you can rest your thumb at the base to click and use your index/middle finger to move the pointer. In the same manner that you could with older trackpads with an actual button.

Seriously, its the best way to use the trackpad. Great feature.
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 01:29 AM   #10
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I don't have this "feature" you have. Perhaps it's an option I have disabled?
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 04:00 AM   #11
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On my trackpad, there is a narrow rim (around 3mm) which does not track. Other than that, it works fine. It certainly does not have this 'feature' you describe.
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 09:20 AM   #12
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This is just a hunch but I suspect it to be a feature. Most people mouse click from the bottom of the pad. This lets you click without making the mouse move, possibly preventing clicking on the wrong item. The area still functions as a track pad though because if you start moving the cursor from the upper part of the pad and then come down to the bottom 1/2 inch, it moves just fine.
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 09:27 AM   #13
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I have a 2011 MBP and no matter where I touch, the trackpad works.
Did they change it for 2012 models?
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 09:52 AM   #14
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I have a 2011 MBP and no matter where I touch, the trackpad works.
Did they change it for 2012 models?
Possibly my cMBP 2012 doesnt work on bottom 1/4".
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 06:29 AM   #15
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I think is a flaw , I have a 2009 MacBook pro and mines works everywhere theres no dead spot as you describing
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 06:39 AM   #16
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Haha, it appears we have found a systematic trackpad defect ^^
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 08:18 AM   #17
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This gives me an idea.

I bought my cMBP used and they use the trackpad with dirty/greasy fingers - cannot get it clean!

Maybe I can get it replaced! I am going to setup a genius appointment.
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 08:52 AM   #18
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Same here. I believe it's for clicking purposes since the button is there. Also, allows you to use more than 1 finger like most people.
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Old Apr 21, 2013, 02:52 PM   #19
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Do anyone know some Terminal command or "hack" to disable this "feature"?

I used Photoshop a lot an i really need the WHOLE area space on my trackpad.... and this small area in the bottom part not responding is a BIG disadvantage to me.
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Old Apr 21, 2013, 05:11 PM   #20
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Do anyone know some Terminal command or "hack" to disable this "feature"?

I used Photoshop a lot an i really need the WHOLE area space on my trackpad.... and this small area in the bottom part not responding is a BIG disadvantage to me.
I dont think this has anything to do with a program but rather the hardware itself.
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Old Apr 21, 2013, 08:32 PM   #21
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It's a feature. It allows you to click without moving the cursor, which is desired sometimes.

How do I know that it's a feature? Because every Mac trackpad behaves like that.
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 02:44 PM   #22
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ohhh! too bad i cant disable it.

I guess im gonna have to get used to it
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Old Apr 23, 2013, 05:29 PM   #23
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It's a feature. It allows you to click without moving the cursor, which is desired sometimes.

How do I know that it's a feature? Because every Mac trackpad behaves like that.
Funny how mine doesn't then. UK, 15" i7 2.2GHz 2011 model, if you're interested.

If i'm being honest it sounds more of a pain to have half your trackpad disabled to 'tracking' as such, wonder if it's region specific, but definitely not a consistent thing.
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Old Apr 23, 2013, 09:58 PM   #24
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Funny how mine doesn't then. UK, 15" i7 2.2GHz 2011 model, if you're interested.

If i'm being honest it sounds more of a pain to have half your trackpad disabled to 'tracking' as such, wonder if it's region specific, but definitely not a consistent thing.
Maybe your fingers are too thick

Ok seriously, I think the OP did exaggerate a bit by saying that it's 1/4'' - 1/2'' that is not tracking. It's a few mm from the bottom... maybe it also depends on the conductivity of your fingers, who knows. Maybe you are right and it is a regional thing. Or maybe there are some manufacturing issues and the "click" zone is larger or smaller on some machines.

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Old Apr 23, 2013, 10:02 PM   #25
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My Mac has this. The ones who are saying it doesn't are doing it too high up. Right in the middle at the very bottom it doesn't move. I tested it on 3 computers.

It might only be newer ones. You basically have to have half your finger on the metal because it's just a small bit.

Probably just the hardware not detecting it, I doubt it's a feature.
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