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A fix for unrecognized trackpad clicks on new laptops Laptop Macs
My mom recently upgraded to a new MacBook, which has one of them shiny new trackpads. I'm not exactly sure why, but the "Ignore accidental trackpad input" checkbox is not shown in the trackpad preferences on her computer, but the option was somehow enabled. The result was that she would often find that clicking on the trackpad didn't do anything if she'd just been typing, because apparently clicking (even the physical button click) is considered accidental trackpad input, and was ignored.

If you're having this problem, there's an easy solution. Open a Terminal window, and type defaults write -g com.apple.mouse.ignoreTypingFilter -bool NO (then press Return) to disable the ignore accidental trackpad input setting.
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A fix for unrecognized trackpad clicks on new laptops
Authored by: davidbk1 on Dec 30, '08 08:50:31AM

My understanding is because of the size of the trackpad, the algorithm is much more complex. Turning it off would be bad as the trackpad is rather large and the new algorithm is very good.

There was a firmware update (I think, maybe an OS update) that fixed the problem that I and a lot of other people were having, so you might try that.



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A fix for unrecognized trackpad clicks on new laptops
Authored by: astrosmash on Dec 30, '08 09:38:43AM

The recent Firmware update completely fixed this problem on my MacBook.

I'm still waiting for a fix for the scrolling-video problems, though.



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Command for ignoring trackpad with mouse
Authored by: sebid on Dec 30, '08 01:48:54PM

Is there a similar command to turn on the option that the trackpad is ignored when a mouse is attached?

It is also gone from the trackpad prefpane.

Thanks.



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A fix for unrecognized trackpad clicks on new laptops
Authored by: drasch on Dec 31, '08 07:27:58AM

I'm having trouble with this on my 2/2007 MacBook. I've just turned off the setting and confirmed that this is what's causing the clicks to be ignored, but it's now getting in the way of me typing this comment. I sometimes find I have to wait 2-3 seconds, move the mouse off and back on something to get the click to register. It's very annoying. I'm running 10.5.6



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