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Old 08-02-07, 11:06 AM
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problems with trackpad on my powerbook

I've had my powerbook g4 for about 3 years with not too much trouble. Last week I went
into the control panel to change the tracking speed for the trackpad and the double-click speed.
Ever since then the computer has been acting up. Here are a couple of things it is doing:

(1) I'll be typing away and all of a sudden the cursor will jump to some other location on the page and start inserting text there.

(2) If the cursor lingers over an image with an active link (such as the right sidebar on BF.net) then it will go to that page after a few seconds even if I don't click the button below the trackpad. The same thing happens when I am scanning through my inbox on gmail. Let the cursor linger over a particular subject heading and the computer will bring up that message.


Any ideas what is going on or how to fix this? I don't see any option in the control panel for going back to default settings. I also don't see any options in there that could have been selected or deselected to cause this behavior.
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Old 08-02-07, 11:09 AM
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that sounds strange,

(1) perhaps the palms of your hands are touching the trackpad as you type.

(2) on most trackpads, you can click by either push the click button, or tapping on the trackpad itself. Maybe you are pushing on the trackpad, causing it to click, unknowingly?
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My suggestion.

Beyond that, calling apple is the best I can do.
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Originally Posted by Rosso Corsa View Post
that sounds strange,

(1) perhaps the palms of your hands are touching the trackpad as you type.
^^^^

(2) seems a touch more weird which points to busted cap sensor maybe? new keypad would be you solution if thats the case, unfortunately..
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Buy a mouse and shut the trackpad off. I have not used mine since I got the computer.
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Originally Posted by Rosso Corsa View Post
that sounds strange,

(1) perhaps the palms of your hands are touching the trackpad as you type.

(2) on most trackpads, you can click by either push the click button, or tapping on the trackpad itself. Maybe you are pushing on the trackpad, causing it to click, unknowingly?
I'm definitely not touching the trackpad at all...so perhaps maybe the thing is broken...
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My suggestion.

Beyond that, calling apple is the best I can do.
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I thought all MAC users on here agreed that MACs never had problems and all computer problems were specifically Micro$oft based. Am I wrong?
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Originally Posted by Snicklefritz View Post
I've had my powerbook g4 for about 3 years with not too much trouble. Last week I went
into the control panel to change the tracking speed for the trackpad and the double-click speed.
Ever since then the computer has been acting up. Here are a couple of things it is doing:

(1) I'll be typing away and all of a sudden the cursor will jump to some other location on the page and start inserting text there.

(2) If the cursor lingers over an image with an active link (such as the right sidebar on BF.net) then it will go to that page after a few seconds even if I don't click the button below the trackpad. The same thing happens when I am scanning through my inbox on gmail. Let the cursor linger over a particular subject heading and the computer will bring up that message.


Any ideas what is going on or how to fix this? I don't see any option in the control panel for going back to default settings. I also don't see any options in there that could have been selected or deselected to cause this behavior.

I put up a thread a while back about how 'active' the trackpad pointer
on my brand new MacBook is.....it does all this exact same stuff you mention.
Macs own Manual is useless.....Here, they really try to push this 99.00,
one-on-one crap at thier stores....
Some people responded with books I should get but I have to work up the
courage to go into the Palm Beach Gardens mall and thats about a week long process.
Also, a major annoyance is that when playing the regular chess game, eventually
the players stop moving and the hard drive or some fan starts making this crazy
whirrrrrrrring noise. Then, its re-boot from the off-on switch YIKES !!!
Even the Force Quit doesnt work....
I really like mine but for what you pay they make too much stuff "trial only-pay later".
They need to bundle more stuf for no cost to truly be worth what they get for these.
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