3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 17, 2008 4:11 AM by xJamez
xJamez Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi all,

I asked this question a few months ago but nobody responded, and the topic has now been archived, so I'll try again.

The trackpad button on my MacBook seems to be broken - every time I click the button it registers as either a double or triple click. It's getting worse as time goes on. Although tap-clicking still works as normal, it's irritating when I forget & try using the button, or when someone else is trying to use the computer. Does anyone have an idea of how much it'd cost to get repaired at a UK Apple store? It's been out of warranty for a while now, and I don't want to spend a fortune repairing a relatively old computer.

Thanks
J

MacBook Core Duo 1.83GHz, Other OS
  • Dave Stowe Level 5 Level 5 (5,085 points)
    Since this is a user to user forum I would doubt anyone could give you an accurate estimate as to repair cost....perhaps a call to a UK Apple Store is order...make an appointment with a 'Genius'
  • y_p_w Level 4 Level 4 (3,550 points)
    xJamez wrote:
    Hi all,

    I asked this question a few months ago but nobody responded, and the topic has now been archived, so I'll try again.

    The trackpad button on my MacBook seems to be broken - every time I click the button it registers as either a double or triple click. It's getting worse as time goes on. Although tap-clicking still works as normal, it's irritating when I forget & try using the button, or when someone else is trying to use the computer. Does anyone have an idea of how much it'd cost to get repaired at a UK Apple store? It's been out of warranty for a while now, and I don't want to spend a fortune repairing a relatively old computer.


    I don't believe the individual part is available. You'll likely need an entire upper case complete with the keyboard, power button, and trackpad assembly. Here's an American retailer selling used/tested upper cases, if you want an idea of cost. They sell "A stock" and "B stock" depending on their evaluation of condition.

    http://www.ifixit.com/MacBook-Parts/MacBook-Upper-Case-with-Keyboard-White/IF186 -000

    If it really is that big a deal, I would suggest using a mouse as a lower-cost temporary or permanent fix. My wife absolutely killed a trackpad button (it hangs funny) on her Dell laptop playing games, and a cheap mouse worked wonders. I prefer to use a mouse anyways, as they're easier to replace if something goes bad. I save the trackpad for those times where I'm barely moving my mouse around, or for trackpad tapping in place of the button press.
  • xJamez Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks - that's quite a bit less than I'd expect an entire upper case to cost!

    Unfortunately a mouse isn't really a practical solution as I only really use the MacBook when travelling (I've got an iMac for working at home). I'm hoping to upgrade to the new MacBook soon & a busted trackpad would probably lower the resale value of this one quite a bit.