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Late 2012 Mini and Trackpad Issue

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Only XM Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
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Nov 21, 2012 9:03 AM

I recently replaced my Mac Pro (1,1) with a mini.  The boot drive is an SSD and I have four external drives (3TB each) using USB 3 (for 3 of them, one through a USB 3 hub) and Firewire for one (the time machine drive).  It's working great.  However...the Apple Trackpad, every now and then, seems to skip around...rather than a fluid movement, it gets a bitter jittery.  If I turn the trackpad off and back on again, it's fine for awhile  Any thoughts?  IMG_1446.jpg

Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Three PCs in the storage room collecting dust
  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,700 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 9:25 AM (in response to Only XM)

    Have the trackpad here with a 2011 mini -- no issues as you describe. You might also consider removing the trackpad from Bluetooth preferences, cycle power on the trackpad, and add it back to Bluetooth preferences. I have also found that the lower the battery level on BT devices, the less responsive they become. I also use the Apple BT mouse.

     

    Trackpad settings:

     

    Screen Shot 2012-11-21 at 12.14.38 PM.png

     

    Following settings:

     

    1. Point & Click
      1. All enabled except Three finger drag
    2. Scroll & Zoom
      1. All enabled
    3. More Gestures
      1. All enabled except App Exposé

     

    Battery: 44%

    Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), • 8GB • Vertex 4 128GB SSD • 500GB
  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,700 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 9:43 AM (in response to Only XM)

    It might be useful to try a different trackpad to see if the problems remain or vanish. Borrow a newer one, or get a new one from Best Buy or Apple Store (providing you can return it) it.

     

    This may be the only path to short-term closure.

  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,700 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 5:46 AM (in response to Only XM)

    Glad to help.

  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,700 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 6:22 AM (in response to Only XM)

    Trackpad still behaving?

  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,700 points)
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    Dec 7, 2012 8:23 PM (in response to Only XM)

    Show them this article about discovering USB 3.0 interference with Bluetooth on 2012 Mac mini.

  • Bob from MN Calculating status...
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    Jan 15, 2013 7:44 AM (in response to Only XM)

    Only XM, I also have a mac mini late 2012 with 250 GB SSB, and one Newtek USB3 external 1TB HD.

    I too am having the trackpad get disconnected now and them. I have to cycle the trackpad's power and then it reconnects. Trackpad Movement is fluid. My apple bluetooth keyboard works fine, even if I move it 6 feet away from the mac mini. However the trackpad will loose connection if it is more than 1 foot from the mac mini.

     

    Have you solved your trackpad issue?

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