2008 MacBook Pro - TrackPad+KeyBoard Unresponsive

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  1. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

    John Doe 57

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    Just out of the blue, the trackpad stopped working tonight. I restarted but the problem remains. Plan Z would be to bring it into the Apple Repair Shop. Found this link, but not sure if it is the correct way to fix this.

    Thanks.

    17" MacBook Pro
    2.66GHz
    4 GB RAM
    OS X 10.5.8
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I'd give that a shot, seems like it can't do any harm to try.
     
  3. John Doe 57 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It didn't work. I pressed down on the cable and nothing happened. I have also realized that the keyboard doesn't work either. I unplugged my external keyboard and I can't type with the built-in keyboard.
     
  4. John Doe 57 thread starter macrumors 65816

    John Doe 57

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    Would doing some sort of a reset (PRAM, NVRAM, etc) work?
     
  5. jaydentaku macrumors member

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    Plan Z really should be plan A, lol.

    You have paid a premium for the product, if it is a hardware issue its likely that short of replacing the part, it will be a quick fix and the problem may manifest once again (maybe out of warranty) and in many cases is a knock on problem cause by something else or visa versa.
     
  6. John Doe 57 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    AppleCare expires this December so I probably will bring it in on Friday. I just wanted to avoid the hour long drive.
     
  7. fwhh macrumors regular

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    My MBP has had the same problem, I fixed it by using a piece of electrical insulation tape on the ribbon wire, where it enters the case. Of course you have to remove the topcase for this, but its easy.
    No trouble since then.
    In my case, there were a lot of USB errors in the log files. Have you checked yours? (using console.app)
     
  8. John Doe 57 thread starter macrumors 65816

    John Doe 57

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    I'm not very tech-savvy when it comes to dismantling computers. I checked out the Log file and didn't see much in terms of USB failures.
     
  9. John Doe 57 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Now this is very strange. The computer has fixed itself. :confused: The mouse and keyboard work fine now. Perhaps the connection shorted out temporarily?
     
  10. jaydentaku macrumors member

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    see, if its going to do that by itself, what's stopping it from undoing it 3 months later?
     

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