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Jumping cursor

by Nate Abraham / February 4, 2010 10:35 AM PST

I have a MacBook with MacOS 10.5.5

The cursor will jump randomly when typing in programs such as Word or e-mail programs. I haven't been able to find a cure.

Any suggestions?


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Jumping cursor
by Deathyak / February 5, 2010 1:25 PM PST
In reply to: Jumping cursor

Try using a bluetooth/USB mouse and disabling the trackpad (its under "mouse" in the system preferences) If that fixes it, you have a bad trackpad.

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That seems to work
by Nate Abraham / March 1, 2010 11:09 AM PST
In reply to: Jumping cursor

That did the trick. When I unplug the mouse, the trackpad works normally. When I plug it in, the cursor stays where it is supposed to.

Now, if I can just get a capital "S" without having to hit caps lock first....

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a more permanent fix?
by Deathyak / March 3, 2010 9:30 AM PST
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yeah, you got a bad keyboard/trackpad. If it really bothers you, you can put a new one in. Its pretty simple. Basically you'd take out all the screws you can see around the outside 3 in the battery compartment. Then it just pops off. A single cable connects both. If you want to, google macbook take apart guides. Its really not hard. I had to take the keyboard off when I fixed my mb's fan.

Or use a USB keyboard. I got one for $5 at an office store

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