TrackPad & Cursor Freezes

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DjMikeySmiles, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. DjMikeySmiles macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2005
    I have a new MBP. My cursor and/or trackpad freezes up for just a second or two, sometimes 3 seconds! I can't move my cursor or scroll? Anyone having similar problems?
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    You might try 'rebooting' your trackpad by placing your palm over the entire thing for 5 seconds or so. This can sometimes help.
  3. paintballer macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2006
  4. DjMikeySmiles thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2005
    How do you know if the reboot actually took place? Any signs or sounds?
  5. khunsanook macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2006
    East Asia
    I had this problem and it usually occurred immediately after I'd performed a keyboard shortcut. I unchecked the ignore accidental trackpad input in my system prefs and the problem went away.
  6. 7ttman macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2007
    macbook trackpad


    i brought my wife a macbook so she could run windows xp (bootcamp) and pass her ECDL exams (then she can go back to using OSX).... the trackpad sometimes goes "weird" - well thats how it's described on macforums... and is similar to the symptoms described in the thread... funny though, i've not experienced it when running osx! Also, seems to be a heat related, 'cos it's fine when running up from cold :confused:

    looking at the macforum thread on this, the belief is that it is s/w driver related issue... but if people are experiencing quirky problems in osx then it could well be a heat & h/w issue
  7. smueboy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2006
    Does it happen using a mouse, or is this just when using the trackpad? If the latter, i'd say uncheck the 'ignore accidental trackpad input' as suggested.
  8. DjMikeySmiles thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2005
    Only when using the trackpad. I guess I'll try unchecking the 'ignore accidental trackpad input'. I'll let everyone know if it works.

  9. streetfighter macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2006
    I had a similar problem where my trackpad & cursor would lock up indefinitely until I manually reboot. After a few calls to Apple care, and 2 trips to the genius bar, the Apple store gave me a new macbook.
  10. Bunsen Burner macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2006
    Turn off the pointer shadow in XP, found under Mouse properties in the Control Panel.

  11. roksob macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2005
    TrackPad & Cursor Freezes

    I've had the same problem on my MacBook and was begining to really miss my old G4 iBook. I installed OS 10.4.9 and now feel like I have a new machine. It is working the way I expected the C2Duo to work. Much faster loading apps... superfast screen re-fresh and best of all, no more sticky cursor. I guess Apple listened.
  12. DanielGilbert macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2006
    London, UK
    I had a problem which may be similar to yours.

    Occasionally, parts of the trackpad would become VERY highly unresponsive, and would require real "effort" to move the cursor around the screen - it's a strange thing to have to describe. Basically the trackpad was screwed up from day 1. Apple replaced the whole trackpad unit and it's been fantastic since. If you think yours is having a similar problem, consider getting it checked out.
  13. majorp macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2005
    UK !!!
    iv'e had 3 MBP's (faulty's etc). All have had this problem. Ignore accidental trackpad uncheck solves it.

    dunno why, kind of annoying.
  14. nazmac21 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2007
    Digital World
    I have this problem on my iBook G4 from time to time.
  15. macconfused macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2007
    I have had this happening on my new MBP, too. In my case, it only seemed to happen when the Airport was turned on.

    Turning off the "Ignore accidental trackpad input" in System Preferences>Keyboard & Mouse>Trackpad stopped it.

    But I'm also still wondering if this is a hardware problem that I should be bringing up with Apple regarding this particular MBP. Any thoughts on that?
  16. apaulo macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2008
    cursor sticks

    where exactly is "ignore accidental trackpad input" I've looked under keyboard and mouse in system preferences
  17. hsotnicam8002 macrumors 6502


    Mar 13, 2008
    United Kingdom
    Did you get lost? ;)
  18. fleali88 macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2008
    if its a unibody mbp then you need to download the trackpad firmware update
  19. boredeathly macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2006
    I have this problem daily on my PowerBook G4.

    Also, when it's frozen/stuck the clicks are interpreted as right clicks while movement is interpreted as scrolling, as if I have two fingers on the track pad. :confused:
  20. njoylife macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2008
    cursor locks up


    I have an IMac G5. Apparently, i'm not able to type without the cursor freezing. It also adds other keystrokes. Problem also with the cursor freezing while using the mouse.

    Any suggestions of how to fix it?
  21. claytonpj macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2009
    rogue bluetooth connection

    The cursor arrow on my MacBook Pro was frozen when I just now opened it, so I used my iPhone to google the problem and ended up here. Something I read somewhere in this thread turned on the lightbulb for me! My cursor, which I control from my trackpad, now works. So I want to share what happened.

    Just before I had closed my MacBook Pro, I had sent some photos to my partner via Bluetooth. I forgot to turn off Bluetooth before I closed the lid. When I opened my MacBook Pro, it must have "looked" for devices and "found" my partner's wireless mouse sitting idle across the room. Hah! The rogue bluetooth mouse preempted my trackpad.

    After I went over and picked up the mouse, I was able to turn off bluetooth on my computer and voila! the trackpad worked.

    Truth is stranger than fiction!
  22. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    Add me to the list of people who have problems with trackpad freezes (2/07 17" MBP). I can't uncheck the ignore accidental input because that solves it's own problem for me.

    I just ordered a new 15" uBody MBP, so I'll see if the problem shows up again. I'm hoping Snow Leopard just makes the issue disappear.
  23. pfgpowell macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    Similar problem on my 12in iBook G4

    I had a similar problem - maybe still have - on my 12in iBook G4, which got increasingly worse. Using the trackpad, the cursor would freeze. At first using a mouse would unfreeze it (even making the trackpad usable again), but then sometimes that, too, wouldn't. Then yesterday, the iBook twice stopped acknowledging that the airport card was installed. Strictly these two problems should have nothing to do with each other. In desperation, and not really knowing a lot about OSX, I booted up from the installation disk and 'repaired permissions' and blow me, the problem as not yet come back (tho' that might be tempting fate).
  24. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011

    My MBP is only a month old, got the new early 2011 13" MBP. I'm noticing an oddity, my mouse cursor will freeze up momentarily, meaning the trackpad is unresponsive. After the moment passes, the cursor is finally set "free" so to speak and I can move it around again with the trackpad. This seems to happen randomly, not under any sort of heavy usage (in fact, when it just happened now, all I had open was Gmail).

    After some researching, there is no specified culprit. I'm wondering if anyone else is experiencing this with their 2011 MBPs?
  25. slapppy macrumors 65816

    Mar 20, 2008
    Mine started again after the recent updates from Apple. I'm going to try the 10.6.8 combo and see if that cleans it up.

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