Unibody Trackpad Loud Click - Cure

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  1. kolax macrumors G3

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    Not sure if this has been posted, but my Unibody trackpad is very loud when clicked and a little bit stiff too - something I noticed right away from upgrading from the "classic" MacBook Pro. I did a little bit research to see if there was a way to try an loosen the trackpad button that would also result in a much quieter click. Well, I found this article and followed the instructions:

    For those wondering what screw this is, I took a photo of mine. It is the screw in the middle of the "V" on the bottom of the trackpad shell.

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    It is very sensitive and turning even just a fraction will have an impact on the stiffness of the click. Took me about 10 minutes of fine tuning (using a flat headed screw driver) and turning the screw even just a slight millimetre to get it perfect.

    Now, my trackpad is quiet, I can actually click without getting frustrated and it does my thumb justice too!
     
  2. Menge macrumors 6502a

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    Well I'm surprised that people actually use the physical button. I find the tapping much more pleasing and comfortable.

    Thanks a lot, though :D
     
  3. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

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    Dragging is a lot easier if you click rather than double tapping etc.
     
  4. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    I just use a mouse! I hate the built-in trackpads on all mobiles. I do like the little nobbly thing that the Thinkpads use.
     
  5. fanbrain macrumors 6502

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    Heh.. Nobbly.

    I have a new unibody MBP coming in today. I will bookmark this page if I need to change the click settings. Thanks for the helpful info!
     
  6. lordthistle macrumors 6502

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    If you tap to click, double tap to drag, use multitouch super-gestures you DO NOT NEED to click. Why in the world would anyone want to use a button when you can just tap!!!! It's so magnificent... Or you can just use a moooouse: maybe a mighty mouse, it's so beautiful... white, shiny...

    Yeah...

    I spent a lot of time fine tuning that screw. While fine tuning, opening and closing the cover, the battery cover became loose. Now, if I click in the middle or on the right side it's ok. But if I click on the left side, the noise is louder than before.

    So: for those willing to try. The best way to fine tune the screw is to: rotate it, put the battery back, close the lever used for releasing the cover and verify the actual settings. Do not do like I did otherwise the cover becomes loose.

    thistle
     
  7. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

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    Just to update - I used my friend's Unibody trackpad and couldn't believe how stiff his clicker was. I sorted his out and the click is now effortless. Interesting to see how many people have over stiff trackpad clicks.
     
  8. lordthistle macrumors 6502

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    May be it was only an impression, but after using the trackpad on 13" MBs I think that there's a difference between MB and MBP trackpads. On the three MBs I tested both the noise and the pressure seemed more acceptable.
     
  9. brendanryder macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the heads up!
    i will try it in the morning
     
  10. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    I tried that and found it hard to get used to, especially when doing a click-drag. I also had a real hard time changing labels on folders, where you click once to select, then drag off to highlight the text. I would tap-click, tap-click-drag, and it was too frustrating for such a simple task. Also, if I'm sharing my computer with an associate, they don't get that you don't have to click and I have to always explain that it's a simple tap to click. After messing with it for a week or so, I turned it off and went back to the old fashioned button click even though it's loud and stiff.

    As for a mouse, I'm not always in a situation where I can plug in a mouse and I don't want to always have to carry one around with me.

    I think I'm going to try the adjustment... hope it doesn't screw anything up and there is a way to return it to the default settings if I don't like it.
     
  11. lordthistle macrumors 6502

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    It is very easy and it is possible to return to the 'default'.

    You won't screw up anything, but be careful with the battery cover.
     
  12. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    Am I the only one who can't push to click on the top portion of their trackpad?
     
  13. lordthistle macrumors 6502

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    No, you're not because it's normal.
     
  14. crazyrog17 macrumors regular

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    Nice call!

    I thought that all the trackpads were just as loud, but I guess I never really played around with any other ones in an environment I could hear them in.

    I wonder if mine sets some kind of record. It's really, really loud.
     
  15. leventozler macrumors 6502

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    Thank you!

    I have screwed clockwise, very slowly, until I cant click. And screwed back counterclockwise just a little.
     
  16. lordthistle macrumors 6502

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    Do you notice a big difference in sounds when clicking on the left and the right part?
     
  17. dan5.5 macrumors 6502

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    Does this actually adjust the trackpad position... like the left side of my trackpad is a higher then the right side... will this fix it?
     
  18. yaroldb macrumors 6502

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    Sweet... Nice find. I just got my Macbook Pro last night. I asked a friend about this very thing this morning. She has a Unibody Macbook. Mine is super loud.

    Thanks!
     
  19. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

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    No - it doesn't adjust the height or levelness of the trackpad. Just the stiffness/ease of click which directly affects the loudness of the click.

    I did this to actually ease the click too - I got sore thumbs.
     
  20. hacksaw-C87 macrumors regular

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    In Holland they call this the 'computer clit!' (Their expletives, not mine) :D
     
  21. Kronie macrumors 6502a

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    isn't it amazing?
     
  22. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

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    I always called the little red things nipples.
     
  23. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

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    I'd do it for the sound, but I don't like how the lower sound level means softer click. Ironically, I'm a tactile person when it comes to clicking buttons, and I like to "feel" my click better
     
  24. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

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    Ionly use the button when I want to be annoyed :)

    all other times, its tap tap tap go
     
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