Trackpad Stutters or Stops Working Temporarily

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Grimmeh, May 4, 2010.

  1. Grimmeh macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2009
    So, I noticed my trackpad started acting funky last night. It won't happen right away when I turn my MBP on, but usually after some time (depends). First thing that happens: it responds slowly; it will move the pointer less than it would normally and it will judder along. Pressing harder doesn't help and sometimes two-finger scrolling won't work one way, or sometimes using my other finger will work better. After some more time, it will stop responding entirely or get unusably slow. I noticed restarting fixes it (temporarily; once again, it depends).

    Just before posting this, it happened until it didn't want to work at all, and I let it sit for a few minutes, came back, and it worked fine. Ten or so minutes later, its still working (no restart). It's troubling and I'll probably take it to an Apple Store to have it checked out, but I won't have time to do that for some time, so I'd like to see if this is possibly something well-known or fixable.

    I thought it might be dirty, but I cleaned it, well, a few times, and still nothing. My hands are clean, too. I thought it might be something I "spilled" onto my keyboard a few days earlier; it wasn't anything watery, it was a rather thick consistency. :rolleyes: I hope that isn't it, as I cleaned it quick and well, and it wasn't on the trackpad, and the keyboard works perfectly.

    The only thing I was doing when it first happened was video chatting via MSN (MSN gets my Mac hot, and I was worried it was the heat that did something, but IDK for sure). I only started using MSN about a week ago, and it gets my Mac really heated each time I use it.

    I did some searching on Google about this, but nothing quite like my situation. I haven't looked at everything, but, nothing yet.

  2. karlo macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2011
    Eugene, OR
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    I am also having this exact same issue. It has finally bugged me to the point of trying to find a solution. You are the first person I've found to describe the problem as I am experiencing it. Have you found any solutions yet?

    My thought is that maybe I have some software installed running in the background that may be occasionally making the computer non-responsive.
  3. Grimmeh thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I’ve since had the trackpad replaced. I the problem got worse, I think, tot he point where it simply moved the cursor across the screen when nothing was touching the pad and large dead spots. At least, I think this was it…it was a while ago, I’ve sorta forgotten. :D

    Either way, I had the trackpad replaced under warranty (actually, the warranty expired a week before I went to the store, but they did it anyway!) and now it’s fine. :)
  4. NeverhadaPC macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2008
    Same exact issue, except I did not spill anything on my laptop and this is my SECOND trackpad already... :mad:

    The heating up of the computer due to intense CPU usage is familiar on my side as well... maybe this is a possible cause?

    I will go to the Apple Store tomorrow and see what they do... fortunately, still under warranty.:D
  5. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    happened to me on my previous macbook (late-2008).
    i had it replaced (under applecare!) at the apple store, and all is (was) well.

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