MacBook C2D - Erratic Two Finger Scrolling

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  1. Icewind macrumors regular

    Icewind

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    Guys,

    I received my new MacBook C2D on Friday and have been playing around with it since then. I have a question about the two-finger scrolling on the trackpad. My Powerbook G4 has this feature and works perfectly. However, with this MacBook, the scrolling seems to be really erratic (in web browsers especially).

    When I scroll in a browser, the webpage will scroll down by an unpredicatable amount. Sometimes it seems to bounce back up by half a page, then back down again really fast. Sometimes it's hard to get a scroll at all. Other times it shoots away really quickly and I've lost where I was in the page. Other times it bounces up and down by about 2" repeatedly and very fast.

    I've tried lots of different settings for the trackpad, including deselecting Ignore accidental trackpad input, different scrolling speeds and tracking speeds, but it really doesn't resolve this issue. I've even tried the reset trick by resting my palm on the trackpad for 5 seconds.. still no joy!

    Does this sound like a hardware problem with the trackpad? Or does this erratic scrolling seem to be common among the C2D MacBooks? The two finger scrolling on my Powerbook is bliss by comparison.

    Thanks in advance... IceWind
     
  2. spork183 macrumors 6502a

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    don't know if it would help or not, but I read something about touchy scrolling issues and the suggested solution was to leave a bit of gap between your fingers when scrolling. when your fingers are too close together, it has trouble identifying whether it is one big finger, or two fingers scrolling.
     
  3. peter202 macrumors member

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    have you tried using firefox browser. I have had some problems with safari before on some websites like myspace the scrolling is rubbish. havent had problems with any other scrolling though.

    ive got track speed half way and scrolling speed third notch up from left to right.
     
  4. valdore macrumors 65816

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    confirmed. I keep my fingers about 3/4ths of an inch apart and have no troubles. when I tried it closer, the scrolling was erratic.
     
  5. Icewind thread starter macrumors regular

    Icewind

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    Perfect :eek:)


    Many Thanks guys for your rapid responses.

    I too can confirm that spacing my fingers apart does indeed make the scrolling a LOT better. I just need to condition my fingers for doing this, as I've been used to close finger scrolling without problems on the Powerbook.

    Peter... I have tried FireFox too. It's not as bad as Safari, but still have the issue. The only browser that seemed to handle the two finger scrolling well was OmniWeb. It still wasn't perfect, but the best scrolling out of the 3 I have installed on the MB.

    Spacing my fingers out a bit seems to do the trick... Once again... Cheers :D
     
  6. spork183 macrumors 6502a

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    ahh that all problems were as easy to fix...:D

    "uh President Bush, could you try two finger scrolling on the Iraq policy? No, not those two fingers...":eek:
     
  7. eluk macrumors 6502a

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    Usinung index and third fingers ensures a reasonable gap.
     

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