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Help me find a wired alternative to Apple's Magic Trackpad

I'm a Mac user who prefers touchpads over mice. I'd love to use Apple's Magic Trackpad, but I can't use wireless peripherals where I work. What else is out there that's comparable to the Magic Trackpad that doesn't have bluetooth/RF? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Oct 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Mysterious scroll bar appears when I use two fingers on the trackpad

I apologize for the sheer banality of this question, but when I use two fingers to scroll through a web page using my work-supplied Thinkpad T430, a small floating scrollbar appears. When I place my pointer over it, I get that rotating circle "busy signal." It's always there, like a fly on a screen door. How do I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by craniac on Sep 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me make Ubuntu Trackpad Accessibility at least as good as Win7

I have a good friend with dystonia, which limits his physical dexterity greatly. He has a new Acer Aspire netbook, running Ubuntu 12.04LTS. His old machine ran Windows 7. The accessibility for keyboard in Ubuntu is pretty good, offering the same sort of sticky keys, and repetitive key blocking and so forth. The problem is with the trackpad. Under Win7, he can left-click once on the trackpad button, which then treats it the same as if he continued to hold the button down until the button is clicked again to release it. Ubuntu will not do this out of the box. [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba on Apr 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Stop my ass from ghostwriting!

Is there a case that can hold both my Apple Bluetooth Keyboard and not allow buttons to be pressed? I carry this around with me and use it habitually in tandem with my laptop and magic trackpad because they save me considerable finger, neck, and wrist pain. However, because of how I store the keyboard in my Timbuk2 Command size medium messenger bag (in the red sleeve flush against my laptop), the buttons get pressed, and the battery degrades when it isn't in use (by me). Does anybody have suggestions for how to get past this?
posted by oceanjesse on Oct 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Suddenly erratic touchpad on MacBook Pro

My MacBook's touchpad went wrong this morning. Everything I do is suddenly like fighting with a ghost. Mac forums are useless. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Sep 6, 2012 - 16 answers

That sounds extreme...

Fraking-Touchpad filter: My Dell Inspiron Touchpad completely ceased to work at all last night. Me and the Dell tech guy ran some diagnostics, and ascertained that it is NOT a hardware problem, it is an OS problem (I have Windows 7). He says my only option (aside from getting a external mouse and using that instead) is to wipe the whole OS and start over. Really? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jun 18, 2012 - 17 answers

iMac trackpad and keyboard aren't working

I just got an iMac, but the wireless trackpad and keyboard aren't working. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on Jan 28, 2012 - 22 answers

I need guidance on thumb pain/RSI symptoms that I can't find info on...

I'm getting some kind of RSI on the side of the end of my thumb (exterior, adjacent to the right side of my thumbnail.) It feels like it is burning and getting worse. It is the spot where I hit the spacebar/trackpad. I'm worried, but in reading up on thumb pain, can't find this particular injury, nor any suggested remedies.
posted by soulbarn on Dec 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Windows machine with a Mac feature?

Notebook PC: I'm considering getting a nicer Windows notebook to use in addition to my MacBook Pro and there is one key feature that I've only found on Macs: 2-finger scrolling on the trackpad. [more inside]
posted by nickthetourist on Mar 27, 2011 - 26 answers

Is my trackpad hurting my finger pads?

Often my fingertips seem tender and a bit worn, which seems to have something to do with my computer usage. Is this normal!? Is this a trackpad-related injury? Any remedies?
posted by KLF on Dec 20, 2010 - 14 answers

Trying not to cry over spilt milk

Oops. I just spilt a bit of milk on my 2009 unibody Macbook Pro's trackpad. [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Aug 8, 2010 - 3 answers

Save my trackpad

My trackpad has suddenly, mysteriously and unpredictably started acting weird. So have the mouse and the little rubber point on my laptop. Help? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Jun 14, 2010 - 5 answers

I want a clean computer for once.

I'm buying a new MacBook soon. Help me keep this one clean. [more inside]
posted by timory on Apr 4, 2010 - 13 answers

Dell touchpad! STOP! DOING! THAT!

I have a Dell laptop. Oftentimes, while "mousing around" using the touchpad, it will unintentionally highlight things. This is a behavior that I never, ever want. Also, sometimes it will unintentionally "grab on to things," like graphics on a webpage, and try to drag them around. I do not ever want to highlight or grab things using the touchpad. This "feature" messes me up CONSTANTLY. My last Dell laptop did the same thing. Is there any way to turn this "feature" off permanently?
posted by Afroblanco on Jan 10, 2010 - 13 answers

Stupid MacIntosh Problem

Mac-Filter: How do I make the clickbar work again? [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom on Dec 9, 2009 - 9 answers

Please recommend a replacement input device for my Macbook, the trackpad isn't working for me.

Loathe the new Macbook trackpad in XP, what input device should I use instead that doesn't require a desk and is OK for gaming? [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks on Aug 5, 2009 - 7 answers

fixing a sticky trackpad

Is it possible to de-stick my new laptop's trackpad? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Aug 4, 2009 - 6 answers

Way to Increase Mouse Pointer Speed?

Under Windows XP, is there a way to make the speed of the mouse pointer increase when you plugin a mouse, but decrease when you're just using the touchpad? Thanks!
posted by drleary on Feb 21, 2009 - 6 answers

Disabling The Trackpad on a Dell Inspiron 1525

How do you disable a trackpad on a Dell Inspiron 1525 running XP? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Aug 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Microwave vs. Computer, and the Microwave is winning.

The kitchen computer has a little trackpad/keyboard combo that sits atop of the microwave. When the microwave turns on, the trackpad stops working. Looking for suggestions on shielding, putting a filter in line with the cable, grounding, anything to help me cook and mouse at the same time. [more inside]
posted by sol on Jun 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Why can't Godfrey work the trackpad?

Why, when I drag the fleshy (i.e., not furry) part of my cat's paw across the trackpad on my MacBook, does the cursor not respond? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on May 15, 2008 - 35 answers

Sticky Buttons

AAAAH!! My iBook G4 trackpad button is stuck! Help! [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Nov 14, 2007 - 3 answers

Finger + Trackpad = Friction

How can I reduce the friction between my finger and my MacBook Pro track pad? [more inside]
posted by hsoj on Mar 15, 2007 - 7 answers

How to fix my iBook trackpad after water seeped in?

iBook trackpad problems: after cleaning with a barely damp cloth, my trackpad is all jumpy. Reboots and trying to "massage" the trackpad haven't helped. Any other home remedies for this? [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Nov 5, 2006 - 4 answers

Is my iBook hosed?

Possible water spill on the trackpad and button; is my iBook damaged? [more inside]
posted by Emperor Yamamoto's Eggs on Apr 8, 2006 - 6 answers

How to eliminate pain associated with mouse clicking?

How have people prevented and recovered from Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) of the fingers caused mainly by mouse clicking? [more inside]
posted by J-Garr on Oct 10, 2005 - 16 answers

Trackpad Pixies

How do I fix a jumpy laptop trackpad? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Aug 18, 2005 - 12 answers

Deal-breakers: Gestures and keybindings in Firefox OS X

Firefox deal-breakers. 1. Instead of scrolling the page, panning use the trackpad on OS X goes back one page in the cache. 2. I want to change the keybinding to so that control-click on a link opens in a new background tab, instead of in a new foreground tab. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Jul 28, 2005 - 15 answers

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