Touchpad Button Messed Up

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Fazzl, May 20, 2008.

  1. Fazzl macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2007
    So I start using my MBP today and the clicker is messed up. Im tacking about the huge button right below the mousepad. Before one click and it works but now it kids depresses in two increments as if its jammed or something. So if i use the same effort as before, it only clicks half way and I have to use a little more force to click all the way. Anyone go through this problem?
  2. PDE macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2005
    I've had that problem on several MBPs I've had. I took one in and Apple didn't feel it was a problem since it didn't affect functionality....well, it is a problem for me since I use the button all the time and excpect it to feel exactly the same each time I press down, which it didn't. Sometimes it was ok, other times it was in two stages and sometimes the first stage was loud and metallic-sounding. Anyway, here's my solution:

    1. take out the battery
    2. put your MBP at the edge of the desk so that the battery area sticks out and you can put your fingers underneath.

    3. Put your finder right underneath the trackpad button and press gently while clicking. Try different spots and see if one of the spots makes a difference. Starty with light pressure and, if that doesn't help, apply a little more and continue to click.

    4. If you can identify one pressure spot that alleviates the problem, apply a piece of electrical tape in that area. You might need double layers of tape.

    The key is to just experiment in order to identify the right spot and that you do this with the keyboard facing up so that gravity doesn't hide the problem. This worked well for me both times - hope it does for you too!
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Or if it's a new computer, complain to Apple.
  4. PDE macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2005
    I found that the risk of fixing small things is often not worth it. If you send it in for something minor, there's the seemingly significant risk that something else will be messed up. In this case it's relatively straight-forward since they just replace the top case, but even that is risky because they can forget to connect the keyboard backlight, or give you a new keyboard that is uneven and then you can get into this spiral of time-wasting repairs and replacements.

    The small piece of tape works well and reliably. I've used tape on almost every apple laptop I've had, often to keep the battery tight in place, but also for things like a flexing macbook side that wasn't reinforced properly by apple.
  5. Sycoil macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2008
    Hey Fazzl, I had the exact same problem you are describing with my touchpad. I had to take it to the store twice though because the first time I went the button was working completely fine, but the second time I went it was doing the double click thing, and the technician noticed it immediately. They installed a new top cover for me and I had my computer back in 2 days.

    So my advice would be to definitely take it in to an apple store and they will fix it for you as long as it is still under warranty.

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