Help !! reactivating trackpad on g4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by prosonic, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I own a powerbook g4 and I love it. I just bought a second one(for my wife), it is used, from the teenage son of a friend. He somehow disabled the trackpad, so he could use a usb connected mouse. Does anyone know how to reactivate the trackpad?

    When I go to system prefs keyboard/mouse, I don't have trackpad as an option, instead I have only mouse as an option.

    I would really like to restore to macs default setting of using the trackpad with the option to ignore the trackpad when a mouse is connected.
     
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    OutThere

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    When you turn off the trackpad, it always stays available in the system preferences to turn back on...it could be a corrupted preferencepane, however.

    Might want to try asking him what exactly he did before going further.
     
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    Anonymous Freak

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    Plus, it only disables the trackpad when an external mouse is present. If you unplug the external mouse, the trackpad should turn back on.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Actually, that's what has me confused. In my prefs window I ONLY have Keyboard/Mouse/Bluetooth/Keyboard Shortcuts...No trackpad option even when USB mouse is disconnected.

    I have erased the HD and installed OSX fresh but that didn't help either. Is this possibly a firmware issue?
     
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    Anonymous Freak

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    Sounds like it. You should have a Trackpad 'tab'. Time to call Apple.
     
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