"Gummy" Macbook Mouse Button

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by esaleris, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. esaleris macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2005
    Hey all,

    Is it typical that the new Macbooks have gummy mouse buttons? My girlfriend has a G3 iBook, which features a very distinct tactile response when I press it. Compare that to my new Macbook, which feels like there's a little gummy bear stuck under the button. It functions, but there's very little tactile response and it's hard to tell if I pressed it or not.

    It's too bad, because everything else seems fine. I ordered my Macbook came from amazon.com. Will the local Apple retail store be able to do anything for me if I take it there?
  2. ChrisWB macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2004
    Yes. All three I have used have been as you describe. They are also not flush with the rest of the palm rest.
  3. CoMpX macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2005
    New Jersey
    I don't think the button is supposed to be flush with the palm rest, but rather raised several millimeters.

    A temporary solution would be to turn tapping on. :)
  4. wako macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005
    Im not too sure I would describe the clicking feel as "Gummy" but I would say it doesnt feel like my 12'' PB button. There definitely isnt a solid click or even a clicking sound, but it isnt like Im pressing a gummy bear.

    If you think something is wrong, there is nothing wrong in taking it to the Apple store and have them check it out. And they should be able to do something for you. They might not be able to replace (dont really know) but they could fix it for you.
  5. esaleris thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2005
    As it turns out, there is a solution for this problem!

    Cut out 1cm x 4cm strip of regular paper. Fold that until it is folded over 2 times, so that the paper is now 1cm x 1cm, but 4 layers thick.

    Open your Macbook battery pack. Place this little bit of paper flat against the indented relief revealed now that was under the battery. This is directly behind where your trackpad button is. Lay the battery back on it carefully, and lock it in place.

    Tada, much better response from the Macbook! You may experiment with 4 layers - it took 5 layers to do it right on my Macbook and 6 disallowed movement of the trackpad button.

    Good luck.
  6. y0zza macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2005
    Excellent! The trackpad button response is now much more tactile on my MacBook.

    Strangely enough, my first MacBook's trackpad button was absolutely fine. No complaints about its feel. However, the machine was hot, liked to moo, and was thermally throttled at full load.

    The replacement MacBook works fine but the trackpad button is noticeably less positive in its feel.

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