Trackballs, Kensington

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by SmilesLots, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. SmilesLots macrumors regular

    SmilesLots

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    I have been using Kensington Trackballs, like the Turbo 4 button and the pro for almost 10 years. (Saw one on eBay for $399. Wow. Way over the $54.00 I paid.) Anyway, I tried to install the latest (2006) mouseworks on my 2010 mini server and it would not not install. So what do you folks recommend as a replacement trackball. I do not want any other kind of input; I've got 7 trackballs now, and I just need something for the server that the software for it will install. Going to a different input device would be too uncomfortable a transition unless I was going to put it on all computers.

    Or if anyone knows what I could do to get the software to work, I would be most appreciative. The error that comes up is that the driver is missing. I have even manually copied the kext from a working computer, but still no joy. TIA
     
  2. Sean046 macrumors newbie

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    I use a Logitech Trackman Marble for my input device. It runs fine and is programable on both my PC and MacBook Pro.

    I don't know how useful it would/will be for you, but have a look at the link.
     
  3. SmilesLots thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh - I forgot, I also use four buttons - click, double click, right click and drag. So two button devices are out of the picture.
     
  4. SmilesLots thread starter macrumors regular

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    OK. Problem solved. Kensington has new software that works with the Expert Mouse, but not the Expert Mouse Pro. By switching mice (trackballs) I was able to setup the right click and double click options. Then I just use the Pro version on a different computer.
     
  5. nrajack macrumors member

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    I use the Kensington Expert Mouse (which is really a large trackball) on my ancient 17" Powerbook G4. There are newer drivers that are actually called Trackball Works that came out this past June I believe. It may work with your stuff - wouldn't hurt to give it a try.
     
  6. SmilesLots thread starter macrumors regular

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    That software is exactly what I found and is working. albeit with the Expert Mouse, but not with the Expert Mouse Pro (10 buttons) and a Mac Mini server. But thanks anyway.
     
  7. mustang_dvs macrumors 6502a

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    The new TrackballWorks software is incredibly limited in comparison to the capabilities of Kensington's old software, MouseWorks.

    MW let you specify different button actions and chording for each application, if you chose to (i.e., Button 4 might be Double-Click in the Finder, CMD-Click in Safari and CMD-T in Photoshop). TrackballWorks has only global settings.

    I'm so glad I spent $120 on a very capable trackball that's now become frustratingly crippled.
     

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