Help! Trackpad is bugging out

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by no0odlezz, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. no0odlezz macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I have a 2011 early MBP. My trackpad is failing to work and respond properly whenever I touch it. If I don't touch it at all and have an external mouse attached (hard wired) I can left click and right click just fine. When i touch the trackpad, it bugs out and fails to respond. Any advice on how to move forward and fix this?
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Try disabling "Tap To Click" in Trackpad settings in System Preferences...
     
  3. no0odlezz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    no luck with that ;x still crashes
     
  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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    May want to look at getting a new trackpad. But first, hold CMD R and see if the trackpad misbehaves while in the recovery partition. If it does you know it's hardware.
     
  5. no0odlezz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    cmd r on boot up?

    i just disabled the trackpad and am using a mouse now.
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Yes. It will load a recovery partition where you can mouse around. If it runs fine there it is a software issue.
     
  7. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    Good advice here. Just a note that trackpads seem to be sensitive to moisture. One or two rain drops and you can get a badly misbehaving trackpad. Sometimes they work well after they dry out for a few days, most of the time not. I forget, does the early 2011 MBP have a removable battery under the trackpad? A swelling battery can put pressure on the trackpad making it wonky.
     
  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    It is removable, as in not attached to the top case like the rMBP models. However, Apple doesn't want you to remove the battery as it will void the warranty.

    That being said, a new trackpad can be ordered from iFixit in new condition for $100 including screws. Now if the OP has AppleCare, it should be covered under that agreement.
     

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