Bottom of trackpad not working - feature or flaw?

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  1. anarchopath macrumors member

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    I just got the retina 15"

    The bottom 1/4" - 1/2" doesn't track movement if I start in that region (although it clicks fine). It will track movement if I start anywhere else on the pad and move to that area.

    Is this a feature or is my trackpad broken?
     
  2. BaggieBoy macrumors 6502

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    Hadn't noticed before but it's the same on my 13" MBP.
     
  4. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    Learned something new today - Thanks!
     
  5. runebinder macrumors 6502a

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    Don't have this on mine, movement is tracked no matter where my fingers start on the trackpad.
     
  6. chrise2 macrumors 6502

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    Mine too. I have the 13" Retina. We're probably just holding it wrong. Trackpad-gate!
     
  7. anarchopath thread starter macrumors member

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    UPDATE:

    Just tested the trackpads on various airs and pros in our office (probably none of them are the newest models). They all do this. Must be a "feature", or some major oversight.
     
  8. Maggot FF macrumors member

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    I'm guessing it's a feature, as that is an area where you'll likely keep your index finger while your middle finger does the rest of the work (pun... kind of intended).
     
  9. SupadudeX macrumors member

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    Its so you can rest your thumb at the base to click and use your index/middle finger to move the pointer. In the same manner that you could with older trackpads with an actual button.

    Seriously, its the best way to use the trackpad. Great feature.
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I don't have this "feature" you have. Perhaps it's an option I have disabled?
     
  11. leman macrumors 604

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    On my trackpad, there is a narrow rim (around 3mm) which does not track. Other than that, it works fine. It certainly does not have this 'feature' you describe.
     
  12. noiseordinance macrumors regular

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    This is just a hunch but I suspect it to be a feature. Most people mouse click from the bottom of the pad. This lets you click without making the mouse move, possibly preventing clicking on the wrong item. The area still functions as a track pad though because if you start moving the cursor from the upper part of the pad and then come down to the bottom 1/2 inch, it moves just fine.
     
  13. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    I have a 2011 MBP and no matter where I touch, the trackpad works.
    Did they change it for 2012 models?
     
  14. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    Possibly my cMBP 2012 doesnt work on bottom 1/4".
     
  15. Ricanlegend macrumors 6502a

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    I think is a flaw , I have a 2009 MacBook pro and mines works everywhere theres no dead spot as you describing
     
  16. leman macrumors 604

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    Haha, it appears we have found a systematic trackpad defect ^^
     
  17. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    This gives me an idea.

    I bought my cMBP used and they use the trackpad with dirty/greasy fingers - cannot get it clean!

    Maybe I can get it replaced! I am going to setup a genius appointment.
     
  18. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Same here. I believe it's for clicking purposes since the button is there. Also, allows you to use more than 1 finger like most people.
     
  19. JorgeLomeli macrumors regular

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    Do anyone know some Terminal command or "hack" to disable this "feature"?

    I used Photoshop a lot an i really need the WHOLE area space on my trackpad.... and this small area in the bottom part not responding is a BIG disadvantage to me. :(
     
  20. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    I dont think this has anything to do with a program but rather the hardware itself.
     
  21. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    It's a feature. It allows you to click without moving the cursor, which is desired sometimes.

    How do I know that it's a feature? Because every Mac trackpad behaves like that.
     
  22. JorgeLomeli macrumors regular

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    ohhh! too bad i cant disable it.

    I guess im gonna have to get used to it :( :( :(
     
  23. Pianoblack3 macrumors regular

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    Funny how mine doesn't then. UK, 15" i7 2.2GHz 2011 model, if you're interested.

    If i'm being honest it sounds more of a pain to have half your trackpad disabled to 'tracking' as such, wonder if it's region specific, but definitely not a consistent thing.
     
  24. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    Maybe your fingers are too thick ;)

    Ok seriously, I think the OP did exaggerate a bit by saying that it's 1/4'' - 1/2'' that is not tracking. It's a few mm from the bottom... maybe it also depends on the conductivity of your fingers, who knows. Maybe you are right and it is a regional thing. Or maybe there are some manufacturing issues and the "click" zone is larger or smaller on some machines.

    Next time at the Apple store, I will try all 50 machines!
     
  25. johnnnw macrumors 65816

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    My Mac has this. The ones who are saying it doesn't are doing it too high up. Right in the middle at the very bottom it doesn't move. I tested it on 3 computers.

    It might only be newer ones. You basically have to have half your finger on the metal because it's just a small bit.

    Probably just the hardware not detecting it, I doubt it's a feature.
     

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