Trackpad only works in the bottom left

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  1. malibuboats91 macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone I have a MacBook aluminum from late 2008. It has the 2 ghz intel core 2 duo processor, 4gb of memory and 120GB SSD. For about the past 6 months I've been having issues with the trackpad and recently only the bottom left corner works to click. I called my locally owned apple store and they told me its not worth fixing because my computer is so old. Does this sound like the trackpad is shot or could something else be going on? Do you think it's worth fixing? If so, is that something I could do myself? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    There's a screw below the trackpad where you can tighten to adjust its sensitivity. Tighten it very slightly to avoid breaking something. On my late-2009 unibody Macbook I had to remove the battery to reach it. Actually the procedure solved the issue only for a few days.
     
  3. malibuboats91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I will definitely do that. Did you replace the trackpad then?
     
  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I do not believe adjusting the trackpad will fix this at all as I believe the pressure button in the trackpad is worn. You can get parts from eBay and the repair is not too hard at all.
     
  5. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    No, I didn't replace it. Actually the click always sounds, but I need to apply more pressure to see the "logical" click happening in the screen. The trackpad is functional in this sense.

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    Are the "Unibody" trackpads also easily repairable?
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Yes. It is a separate part from the unibody all together and the repair is simple. The battery must be removed. Check out iFixit's guide on the repair.
     
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  8. malibuboats91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have the 13". I looked at the DIY and it looks like a pain in the butt. I talked to the guys in the computer repair department and they said it would be around $200 to fix. They said I should just get a new computer. Any thoughts?
     
  9. Intelligent macrumors 6502a

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    That depends on what you are doing, if you are a speed freak like me you should get a newer computer. A 200$*repair on a 6 year old machine just isn't worth it, DIY or buy a new computer.
     
  10. malibuboats91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Here's my situation. I'm in my last year of college and I'm planning on running windows in addition to os x. I need windows for Access as I'm an accounting student. My current computer seems pretty solid except for the occasional lock up and it's slow sometimes. I have a 120 gb ssd and 4gb of ram. I wanted to make it last until I graduated but I can't afford to have it crash or break.
     
  11. malibuboats91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is the pricing I can get through school. Doesn't apple typically release new models around now? ImageUploadedByTapatalk1406410418.084390.jpg
     
  12. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I would expect a rMBP refresh around Q4 '14 or Q1 '15.
     
  13. malibuboats91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh wow I don't think I can wait that long to fix my computer or get a new one.
     
  14. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The current crop of rMBPs are fantastic and well worth the money. There may be a slight speed bump in the fall but the new processor lines aren't coming until late 2014 or early 2015.
     
  15. malibuboats91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh okay. So in your opinion would you upgrade to a new one or fix my current macbook?
     
  16. Altemose macrumors G3

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    If you can repair your machine yourself it is well worth it. Check out parts on eBay like this one!
     
  17. malibuboats91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just pulled it apart and wouldn't it just be a matter of pulling the screws and unplugging it? Mine doesn't look the same as the one in that DIY. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1406481739.967111.jpg
     
  18. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The iFixit guide is a dream to work with. Try to get parts from iFixit or PowerBookMedic if they stock it. PBMedic has a great utility for finding parts that you just need your serial number for.
     
  19. malibuboats91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I've been looking on there and can't find one for my macbook. Mine is a bit different from the DIY. That's a great price on that trackpad though! I just got home from my cottage and documented the problems I'm having.

    1. Trackpad touch always works but click intermittently doesn't work if I want to select something, etc.
    2. The computer gets hot (not sure if that is normal)
    3. The fan is always running and it's pretty loud
    4. I receive the beach ball often when trying to open apps, etc.

    I just ran a test and don't know if this will help you guys help me but here are the results:
    Hardware Information:
    MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008) (Verified)
    MacBook - model: MacBook5,1
    1 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU: 2 cores
    4 GB RAM

    Video Information:
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M - VRAM: 256 MB
    Color LCD 1280 x 800

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    Recovery HD (disk0s3) <not mounted>: 650 MB

    OPTIARC DVD RW AD-5960S

    USB Information:
    Apple Inc. Built-in iSight
    Apple, Inc. Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad
    Apple Computer, Inc. IR Receiver
    Apple Inc. BRCM2046 Hub
    Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller

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    Mac App Store and identified developers

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    Top Processes by CPU:
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  20. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Just curious - Does your trackpad button work OK while the battery is removed?
    It's common for an older battery to swell, sometimes to the point where it puts pressure on the underneath side of the trackpad, making it both intermittent to select items, and cursor movement can be erratic. You'll be able to see if the battery is swelling at all, when you remove it.
     
  21. malibuboats91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've been thinking the same thing so I tried it last night and it's about the same both ways. Some days the trackpad will act mostly normal but then others it doesn't work. Today I was just making square selections on my desktop and it just doesn't respond in certain spots
     
  22. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I have seen this problem on 2009 MacBook Pros that are heavily used. Did you enter your serial number into PB Medic?
     
  23. malibuboats91, Jul 27, 2014
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    Trackpad only works in the bottom left


    I found the trackpad on ifixit for $70 but not on PB Medic. With the 2009 MB Pros did a new trackpad solve the issue? Also, do you think more ram would solve my other issues? Thanks!

    Edit: it's the same price on PB Medic
     
  24. Altemose macrumors G3

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    It did indeed solve the problem. Did you try an SMC reset to prevent the high fan speed? Ensure that the MacBook is on a hard surface and not an insulator like a bed or blanket. The thermal paste may also be degrading.
     
  25. malibuboats91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Awesome! Yeah I did PRAM and SMC reset earlier. How would I go about fixing the thermal paste or is that not fixable?
     

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