11 Replies Latest reply: Nov 18, 2008 6:11 AM by WiseMax
bebopblues Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
This is pathetic. We are waiting for Apple to fix a problem that they should've fixed a year ago. I think we should find an alternative solution. The question is what are the alternative options? Who makes the trackpad for the MacBooks? Can we find an alternative driver for Windows? Can someone fix the existing Apple drivers? In terms of functionality, I think a working scroll bar and right-click are the most important. Other features would be a plus, but those two are must-haves for everyone.

Any thoughts on an alternative solution?

MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • 1. Re: Trackpad in Bootcamp Alternative Solution?
    Skrocki Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
    The trackpad works fine on my MacBook Pro (2008 version) with Vista 64bit Ultimate.
    The wireless Mighty-Mouse also works for those of you that are having trackpad problems (right click and scroll-ball included).
  • 2. Re: Trackpad in Bootcamp Alternative Solution?
    bebopblues Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    For basic control of the cursor, yes it works. But the two main must-have features I mentioned above does not work correctly. Unless somehow you got it working while the rest of us cannot. If so, please do tell. I'm sure the people in this thread will appreciate it: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1433222&tstart=0

    Any mouse will work with the MacBook, yes, we know that. But I'm talking about the trackpad here.
  • 3. Re: Trackpad in Bootcamp Alternative Solution?
    Skrocki Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
    Scrolling and right click work. Do you have a 2008 model? They have updated drivers for Vista64bit.

    Just download the 2.1 update for Vista64 and install in Vista.
  • 4. Re: Trackpad in Bootcamp Alternative Solution?
    bebopblues Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Yes, I'm using 2.1 under Vista64. Scroll works but it is so erratic that it is useless. Right does not work at all. Is your Macbook's trackpad multi-touch? My MBR was bought two weeks ago.
  • 5. Re: Trackpad in Bootcamp Alternative Solution?
    myhrman Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Please see my post in the parallell thread about my thoughts on an alternative solution:

    http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=7425663#7425663

    It might not be worth the time though, now that the issue was updated in their bug tracking system.
  • 6. Re: Trackpad in Bootcamp Alternative Solution?
    Dypsisdean Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    See this discussion for more info. I guess the only thing to do is keep complaining.
    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1433222&tstart=0
  • 7. Re: Trackpad in Bootcamp Alternative Solution?
    Stevey G Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i could be making this up but i am sure i discovered that you can operate a right click on the trackpad by pressing two fingers down o the trackpad and then clicking the trackpad button. does this work for you? it's only slightly less swift compared to just tapping the trackpad with two fingers but it becomes second nature in no time
  • 8. Re: Trackpad in Bootcamp Alternative Solution?
    Kevin MacLeod Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Add another user to this list.

    I have a MacBook Core 2 Duo with Windows XP SP2.

    I just installed Boot Camp.

    Right click (with Control or the two-finger trackpad touch) DOES NOT WORK, on my MacBook trackpad.

    APPLE this MUST be fixed! Windows without right click as we all know is useless!

    This is with Boot Camp 2.0 and 2.1.

    Also if anyone knows of an alternative driver we can install ourselves as the original poster said, that would be great. I will submit this in feedback as well. Are there any other ways to bring this extremely important issue to the attention of developers?
  • 9. Re: Trackpad in Bootcamp Alternative Solution?
    Axel Foley Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)
    Kevin:

    When in Windows, simply placing 2 fingers on the touchpad will not activate a *Right Click* action. You will need to place two fingers on the touchpad and then press the trackpad button to activate Right Click.

    If you are already following the above procedure and still have an issue then you have a point.

    Axel F.
  • 10. Re: Trackpad in Bootcamp Alternative Solution?
    alancurtis Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    *Very new Macbook 2.4Ghz*

    Haven't read whole thread but has anyone noticed that 2 finger scrolling works in XP?

    Place 2 fingers on touchpad and drag, then IE7 and Windows explorer scroll vertically (not horizontally however). 2 fingers on pad to cause a right-click becomes second nature surprisingly swiftly too! Yes it works.....

    There must be some 3rd party utilities which, while not written specifically for this touchpad, will allow a little more functionality.

    Will do some research & report back.

    Cheers.
  • 11. Re: Trackpad in Bootcamp Alternative Solution?
    WiseMax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    MacBook Pro with Vista 32bit SP1 boot-camped here.

    What works:

    2-finger scrolling
    Right-click by first placing two fingers on trackpad and then clicking on it with another finger.

    And nothing else, no 3-finger navigation, nothing.

    Comments: This *****.

    What is annoying?...

    First and foremost, this big trackpad is a liability when writing text & numbers: it keeps dramatically interfering / ruining what you are trying to do (your shirt/coat sleeves become very important unwanted actors in your task, sending it to oblivion at times. This is, obviously, as bad in Windas as it is when working with MAC OS!...

    Then, the awkward right-click under Windows is at best stupid - couldn't it mimmic MAC OS X's way (two-finger tap) simply?... If I click on the RIGHT corner of my trackpad I get a right click in MAC OS X - this is acceptable, desirable even, under Windows!...

    I don't even go over the rest. Grievance enough is already contained here, no need to go further...