Bad Trackpad on PDQ?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by 128keaton, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. 128keaton macrumors 68020

    128keaton

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    Hey folks. I received a low-end PDQ with some issues. The power port had broken off, some solder remedied that. However, I have one issue I can't tack down. The trackpad barely moves, and when it does it jerks around like crazy. It appears to make a solid connection, as the keyboard and everything else functions. I tried opening the Trackpad control panel in OS 9, but it simply states: "This Control Panel cannot be used on this machine", which makes me wonder if somehow this OS was installed without the trackpad plugged in? In any case, I'm going to try to reinstall, but part of me is worried that it is a hardware issue.
     
  2. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020

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    I had a similar problem with my iBook G3 when i first got it. The trackpad was barely working and I had feared it was dead. Luckily, a reinstall of OS 9 took care of that and now it works fine.
     
  3. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Which I am now attempting. I'm replacing the HDD first. Tiger, although difficult to install, is one thing I'm not going to install. Strictly OS 9 on this bad boy. It would be cool, however, to see an upgraded CPU dropped in.
     
  4. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020

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    I had Tiger installed on mine temporarily... it worked, but it was a sub par experience at best. OS 9.2.2 works nicely on it.
     
  5. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Even with 512MB of RAM? I also expect the HDD to play into that too.
     
  6. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    Its also a good idea to check and make sure there isn't any gunk or dirt around the edges of the trackpad where it meets the top case. Debris in there can give it problems.
     
  7. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hmmm, ok, good thought
     
  8. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020

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    Yeah i think it wasnt helping that my HDD was 100% on the way out so...
     

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