MacBook Trackpad help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by alexjsilver, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. alexjsilver macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2008

    I am having trouble configuring my trackpad.

    I went to system preferences<Keyboard and mouse<trackpad

    Under keyboard gestures i checked the box next to "clicking" but i still can't tap my trackpad and have it "click" on links

    Also the settings do not have an option for "use two fingers to scroll" or for "allow horizontal scrolling" or tap track pad using two fingers for secondary link"

    I have a MacBook 4.1 and i am running Mac OS X 10.5.4 (9E17)

    Please help.

    Thank you,
  2. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2008
    United States
    do you have a mouse plugged in? its possible you have the "ignore trackpad when mouse is plugged in" option enabled
  3. alexjsilver thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2008
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Tab trackpad to click is useless on the mac.

    The reason is trackpad on Macs are larger than PCs, to allow for more refined control.

    The trackpad clicker on Macs are much larger also. PCs need tap on trackpad because the track pad left click is really small (typically 1/3 the size of a Mac clicker).

    Anyway, the options are there for those who are used to the more inefficient ways. Note due to larger trackpad you are more likely to accidentially input with the trackpad tab.

    The options you are thinking about should be there. The only reason those options won't be there would be if you clone the OS from a desktop computer, perhaps.
  5. alexjsilver thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2008
    Hi, thanks for the advice. I will take it into account.

    I didn't clone the desktop. I bought this mac a little while ago, and it came without the options. Does anyone know how i can make them appear?

  6. cptpower macrumors regular


    Sep 10, 2007
    Calgary, AB
    I'm not too familiar with MacBook 4.1

    When was it purchased (give or take a month or so)?
  7. merl1n macrumors 65816


    Mar 30, 2008
    New Jersey, USA
    It was released in Early 2008 and should support what he is asking for.

    He may have a corrupted Preference File.
  8. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    Does your trackpad options look this ? MacBook 3,1 - OSX 10.5.4
  9. alexjsilver thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2008
    Thank you all for your help

    Thank you all for your help. I managed to solve the problem.

    I had installed an alternate trackpad driver called sidetrack. When the trial expired, it remained the driver, but basically disabled the regular driver. I fixed this by removing side track.

    Again, thank you all for your help.


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