Cursor moves, clicks and scrolls on its own

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by KingMo, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. KingMo macrumors member

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    Hey everyone. I have been having this problem since this afternoon, and it's happened on and off again, but it's been very persistent this time.

    The cursor, when I'm using my MacBook Pro, moves, clicks and scrolls all on it's own, when my hand is never even on the trackpad, and when I try to use the trackpad, it basically won't let me; it's like I'm fighting again something that's trying to control my trackpad.

    Has anybody else encountered his problem and are there any suggestions on how this can be fixed?
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Happened to me once. Had my old bluetooth mouse in my backpack near me.
     
  3. blueroom macrumors 603

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  4. KingMo thread starter macrumors member

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    My Bluetooth isn't on though.
     
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  6. KingMo thread starter macrumors member

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    Already did that multiple times as well, but it's still happening.
     
  7. polbit macrumors 6502

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    Ok, it was me, I'm sorry, I'll put the WAN mouse away.
     
  8. KingMo thread starter macrumors member

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    Excuse me?
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  10. KingMo thread starter macrumors member

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    No. Not that I know of. I quit every app that was opened.
     
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  12. neondrgns macrumors regular

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    I would venture a guess and say that you have touch to click enabled and your hands are too big (as mine are). When my palms touch the corners of the trackpad while i type it clicks and jumps all over the place.

    This is a design flaw by apple. My typing posture is bad, I do not type with arches but this is not unreasonable. Trackpads too big.
     
  13. KingMo thread starter macrumors member

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    It does not have the "ignore" option but I disabled the "tap to click" option...and that worked for about 2 minutes then it started freezing and dragging on it's own again.
     
  14. ThirtyThr33 macrumors 6502

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    is it like opening files? because if so it sounds more of a breach in security rather than a remote app or wireless mouse.
     
  15. KingMo thread starter macrumors member

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    It's not directly opening files. The cursor is just jerking back and forth and shaking and if I force it to click on an application, it may click on it if I pit the cursor over it. The most it has done is click on apps when I place it over them or create new folders on my desktop by mistake.
     
  16. Nermal Moderator

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    Reboot while holding Option to get into the Startup Manager. Leave it sitting on that screen for a while and see whether it continues to jump around. If it does, then it'll be a hardware problem.
     
  17. KingMo thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok. So I should click restart while holding option. Or should i hold down the power button while holding option?
     
  18. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Click restart. Then hold the option key after it shuts down, before it restarts.
     
  19. KingMo thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I did it and while it was on that screen, it was still jerking back and forth a bit,
     
  20. KingMo thread starter macrumors member

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    I took it to the apple store and the genius just cleaned the trackpad and it was better after that. He said it could have been jammed or something somewhere inside.
     
  21. FSC macrumors newbie

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    Hi KingMo,
    I have the exact same problem that you had.
    Can you tell me how they clean de trackpad or is it better to go to an apple store?
    Thank you!
     

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