macbook stuck in click mode, cant do anything on the computer

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by jenyus, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. jenyus macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2010
    I have a rather interesting problem, i searched around but wasnt able to find the exact problem i am having. On my black macbook, the click function seems to be stuck. the button itself is not physically stuck, it still clicks down and comes back up. but the computer is acting like the click button is always held down, so whenever i try and move the mouse it just tries to drag. so i cant get to system preferences or anything like that.
    it does this with the battery removed also, so its not a swollen battery.
    i blew the trackpad and button out with compressed air and still no luck.
    any ideas? bad connection maybe?
  2. tigress666 macrumors 68040

    Apr 14, 2010
    Washington State
    I think it's an endimic problem with the plastic macbooks. I actually got my roommate to fix mine. But that's cause the frame had gotten slightly bent so the mouse button connection was constantly on (or rather any pressure to the wrist rest on the macbook caused it to click). I didn't want to go back to my old top case (which was also starting to slightly show the problem anyways, but not near as bad as the new one I had bought to replace it. The guy didn't package it well and I think the frame got slightly bent so the mouse button was practically touching the sensor to tell the computer you clicked. My roommate just gently bent it to being straight).

    You could just replace the top case (ebay has several on sale and if you look around you can find one for 50 dollars or less - well maybe 50 or a little more in your case, the black ones go for higher - though you could just put a white one if you don't care about aesthetics). The top case = the keyboard/trackpad/and area you rest your wrists on). Go to and they have instructions on how to replace the top case (it really isn't hard, I did it. After the first time I could do it in less than 15 minutes as I did do it a few times actually. Once to replace the case, once to replace the fan which involves removing the top case, and once to f*xor around with the top case to fix the trackpad).

    Or if you don't want to buy a top case (which honestly, it will just be easier to buy it), you may be able to gently bend the top case so it doesn't do that (in my case the whole top case was slightly bent, you'd only notice it if you looked at it from the side). Or, if you are willing to just buy a mouse to use with your macbook you can just disconnect the whole trackpad so that at least you can use your computer (you'll just be stuck using a mouse instead of the trackpad).

    If you don't want to take it apart or pay some one to or have some one who can, try seeing if you can use the computer long as you don't rest your wrists on it. Even with the really bad top case my computer was usable if you did this (but really annoying cause any slight touch on top of the area you can rest your palms on would result in a click).

    But honestly, I think the easiest solution of all that I proposed is to just replace the top case entirely. It really isn't hard.
  3. jenyus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2010
  4. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Check that your battery isn't swollen. They tend to swell up and cause the trackpad button to work erratically.
  5. mmmiller macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2010
    Bluetooth did the trick

    I had the same problem, and I do believe it's related to the Mighty Pad (or whatever) update. The poster who mentioned having the thing on in his bag got me thinking that maybe my MBP thinks I have one of those things (which I don't). So I shut off Bluetooth, and the problem IMMEDIATELY went away.

    Also, if Apple tells you it's a hardware issue, restart your machine and demonstrate that the issue goes away temporarily. At least, it did for me.

    Hope this helps.
  6. rxvcgiii macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2008
    Same exact problem here... how was the install of the upper case?
  7. Abscissa macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2010
    I had the same trackpad for 2 years with no issues...Just got a new topcase though. Keyboard and mouse button are a lot more responsive.
  8. cricketwings macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2010
    I've been having the same issue - infuriating!
    But I can put a USB mouse in and STILL have the same issues so I don't think it's the case. I also tried running with the battery pack out, still no luck.

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