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Macbook Trackpad Fix Finally Released by Apple

An update for users suffering from Macbook trackpad issues has been released by Apple. The update is 923 KB in size and is aimed at squashing any trackpad bugs user have been experiencing.

At the beginning of the month many Apple customers were complaining trackpad issues, where the notebook’s trackpad would stop recognizing clicks every 50 clicks or so.

“Every 50 clicks, my trackpad will stop responding for five to clicks,” reports one poster. “Generally this will resolve itself given a few seconds, and is not directly dependent on number of times the trackpad is clicked while unresponsive.”

In response to the complaints, Apple CEO Steve Jobs sent an email to one frustrated customer simply saying, “Software fix coming soon.” Only a few weeks later, Jobs made good on his email and Apple has delivered a software update for users that were experiencing the faulty trackpad issue.

Instructions for installing the application (via AppleInsider):
1. Close any open applications.
2. Download the MacBook, MacBook Pro Trackpad Firmware Update 1.0. The download will place a disk image that contains an installer onto your desktop. If you downloaded the update via Safari, Safari will notify you that an application is contained in the image. Click OK to continue.
3. If “Open safe files after downloading” is checked in Safari preferences, the disk image file will mount by itself. If that preference is not enabled in Safari, double-click the disk image to mount it.
4. Double-click the trackpad firmware update disk image to open it.
5. Double-click the TrackpadFirmwareUpdate.pkg file.
6. Read the introduction, then click Continue.
7. After reading the licensing agreement, click Continue.
8. To agree to its terms, click Agree.
9. Click Install to install the update application in /Applications/Utilities.
10. You will be asked for your administrator password. Enter the password and click OK.
11. After the software is successfully installed on your hard drive, an Installation Completed Successfully message appears. Click Close to start the updater application.
12. Read the onscreen firmware update installation instructions, then click Update to proceed. Note: The firmware update application may appear behind the installation window.
13. You will be asked again for you administrator password. Enter the password and click OK. A progress bar will appear while the update is being applied. The trackpad will not respond during the update. Do not interrupt the update or shut off power on your computer while the update is in progress.
14. When the update is complete, you will see “The update completed successfully” in the Status field of the updater application. Click Quit.

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5 Comments to “Macbook Trackpad Fix Finally Released by Apple”

BillQ @ November 17th, 2008 at 4:40 pm
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I was one of the unfortunate souls that was dealing with this, and now I need to spend my Monday afternoon trying to get this to work. I’ll let you know how it goes.


charles Smith @ November 17th, 2008 at 4:47 pm
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wow. if it takes you all afternoon, maybe you shouldn’t be using a computer. im just sayin…

/did it, took 2 minutes.
//thank god they came out with this..
///works fine so far.


Andrew @ November 17th, 2008 at 5:03 pm
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LOL, not only shouldn’t it take you all afternoon. But you should be excited to do this seeing as how it fixes your issues.


ShawnDODO @ November 17th, 2008 at 5:07 pm
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be nice everyone. no need to make fun of him, if it takes him a long time, maybe it’s for the better. Maybe he’s backing his hard drive up before he does anything. Kind of makes him a genius now doesn’t it?


BillQ @ November 17th, 2008 at 8:19 pm
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I’m choosing to ignore the commenters above that were ripping on me for taking my time with updates. I just finished and it went smoothly. Took about 30 minutes as I was cooking up some food as well. Downloading Google’s voice search update as we speak.