Unibody gestures on white macbook?

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  1. iPhone 3.0!!! macrumors newbie

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    Some were saying that having trackpad.prefPane from a unibody would allow 4 finger gestures on a white macbook

    i got the trackpad.prefpane from my friend's unibody but it still shows up as the same as before (no 3 or 4 finger gestures) i am pretty sure this is because my macbook knows its not a unibody. There must be some files in the OS that tell it what kind of computer it is; like when on a shared network my computer shows up as a little picture of a white macbook.

    What I want to know is if there's a way to modify some files on OSX to make my mac think its a unibody (just like the way i was able to make my ipod touch think it was an iphone by finding N45.plist and M68.plist and switching their names)

    You can AIM me if u have an answer: dylanforesz
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    It's a hardware difference. No software can overcome this.
     
  3. Mintin8 macrumors 6502a

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    I think it requires hardware to have gestures like the unibody. Dang tallest skill got in before me!
     
  4. iPhone 3.0!!! thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Well, that's Linux, then. When you write whatever program that was for OS X, let us know.
     
  6. iPhone 3.0!!! thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes but it shows that the macbook is capable of recognizing multi-finger gestures its just OSX that wont let it use them
     
  7. genmic macrumors regular

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    That video you posted was for a Macbook Pro, different hardware.
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    MacBook Pro. Not the same thing.
     
  9. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Thats a Macbook Pro. Macbook Pro's have had multi touch for over a year.
     
  10. iPhone 3.0!!! thread starter macrumors newbie

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    look regardless of weather you think its possible i just want to know if theres a way to get the macbook to think its a unibody
     
  11. iPhone 3.0!!! thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sorry that was the wrong video but i have seen one for the macbook i just cant find it
     
  12. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    It is not possible. It requires hardware, no white or black Macbook has this hardware. End of.
     
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  14. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    OP: you have the same problem I do. I have one of the original core duo macbook pros, and the early intel notebooks do not have the correct hardware to recognize more than 2 fingers. sad, I know...
     
  15. priller macrumors regular

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    The hardware supports it, it's only apple stopping it working on osx.
     
  16. iPhone 3.0!!! thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Exactly! just like how older macbooks were able to hack their way into having two finger scrolling

    Someone just needs to write a simple app to let us do this

    or

    will Multiclutch work with the previous macbooks somehow?
     
  17. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty sure the older macbooks and macbook pros lack a special chip apple added to decode 3+ fingers. all of the older apple laptops were able to have backward support for 2 fingers because there wasnt any extra hardware needed.

    the multitouch trackpads have an iphone-esque chip, which your macbook lacks. it cant be done.

    EDIT: how old is your macbook? what processor does it have? if it's a core duo model, or a first-run core 2 duo, I think you're SOL. but, if it's a slightly newer white macbook, you may be able to...
     
  18. iPhone 3.0!!! thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2.1 GHz it was the last generation before the unibodys
     
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    Right, I take no responsibility if this doesn't work and if it buggers your keyboard and trackpad, you're doing this at your own risk, k?

    There is a chance this will work, there is a chance it won't work, there is a chance it will make your keyboard and trackpad erratic/unresponsive and you will need to put your original kext back and hope that fixes it (you can connect up external USB keyboard and mice to do this).

    Here's an article detailing what to do:

    http://3rr0rists.com/macintosh/enable-4-finger-gestures-on-an-early-2008-macbook-proair.html

    Here's the modified kext file they talk about (I'm hosting it on my dropbox as all the websites that had it have 404'd):

    http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/158723/multitouch kext.zip
     
  21. iPhone 3.0!!! thread starter macrumors newbie

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    THANK YOU!!! thats exactly what i was looking for
    but i think you uploaded the wrong file u must have uploaded your backed up file because the trackpad system preferences pane still is the same as before
     
  22. jgbhardy macrumors 6502

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    pinch, rotate

    Seeing as the older macbooks are able to recognise two fingers for scrolling, would it be possible to get the pinch and rotate features as these only need to recognise two fingers.
    Post as soon as you try out that kext file please
     
  23. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Yeah... it doesn't work then... Simple.
     
  24. Sergeant Pepper macrumors member

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    This guy got it working on Linux, and says he's starting development on an OS X driver.

     
  25. iPhone 3.0!!! thread starter macrumors newbie

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    YES!!! I cant wait
     

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