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I have the same problem and it occurs regularly.
I have found an easy solution, besides from restarting (not an option for me).
What I do is do several double-finger taps (tap with your fingers in a vertical position) across the trackpad, from right to left.
That does the trick for me, every time. Weird solution, but it works.Macbook Pro 13'' (mid '09), Mac OS X (10.6.4)
I'm also experiencing this issue on a 15" Mid 2009 Unibody Macbook Pro . It started two weeks ago after I ran several software updates, including the latest trackpad update. Intermittently the trackpad will think it's stuck down but it physically is not stuck. Restarting the computer is the only reliable fix I've found. I do use tap to drag (and prefer that feature for ergonomics). I had my trackpad replaced but that did not resolve the issue.
After reading the threads here and throughout the discussion boards it does sound like a software issue, not a hardware issue. I've currently reluctantly disabled tap-to-drag until there's a fix for this (besides an erase and install).Macbook Pro 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 8GB RAM, 500GB HD
Currently Being ModeratedNov 7, 2010 4:47 AM (in response to plasma_snake)That was it! I'd done this accidentally out of frustration before, but this was the first time I deliberately tapped my way across the trackpad, and lo and behold...
Thanks, that's another work-around I'll try and remember. Scrivener will have to come to the rescue once more...
/erxMBP 15" Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
I've had this problem too. Usually a restart or random tapping on the trackpad helped. But the tapping from one side to the other (left to right in my case) seems to have worked?2009 MBP 13", Mac OS X (10.6.4)
I just fixed the problem. From reading through this thread, it sounds like maybe there are different reasons for different people's problems. But here's what worked for me...
Keeping the laptop plugged in, I took the battery out. That's it! It completely removed the constant click-drag that has ruined the past two days for me. The battery itself is indeed - as others have mentioned - warped. The top of it is slightly rounded / bloated and it's highest point is right in the middle and that's right underneath the trackpad.
Incidentally, you get great access to the underside of the trackpad too by taking out the battery...
I have a unibody MacBook Pro 15".MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
That solution only works on pre-unibody Macbook Pros; some of the older lithium ion battery cells swell causing pressure on the trackpad. Apple has acknowledged that and says it's expected behavior.
Many of us have this problem with unibody Macbook Pros. I can attest that my battery is not swollen and replacing the trackpad did not resolve the issue. I disabled drag-lock after reading this thread and haven't experienced the issue since but it's frustrating because I like drag lock.Macbook Pro 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 8GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid HD
Same problem here. 2009 Macbook Pro 17.
Very frustrating...for me, I think this started happening about a month ago or so (September '10).
C'mon apple: clearly this is a fairly wide-spread issue. Fix it!
Thanks in advanceMacBook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2.66 GHz Intel, 4GB 1067 MHz RAM
I realize I'm not really helping this issue, but I am also experiencing this problem. It began occurring around the end of this past summer. I initially thought that something small had fallen underneath the trackpad, causing some sort of pressure even though the trackpad was not being touched. I now believe this is a software issue and have been attempting edit my settings in order to fix it. I have disabled one-finger drag (which I'd prefer to use) and have yet to experience any issues, although it has only been a few hours.MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2010 5:33 PM (in response to nemodomi)I have had the same problem as others with MagicTrackpad since I started using it last september with my MacBook Pro 17" (early 2008). At the same time the built in Trackpad on the MacBook Pro continues to work perfectly normally. So does my MagicMouse.
Resetting the PRAM makes no difference. I can stop the misbehavior of MagicTrackpad for a short time by making a right click somewhere in a text document. After a short while the misbehavior starts again.
The local Apple dealer has already exchanged my first MagicTrackpad for a new one after having deemed the first one as not functioning properly. However the second MagicTrackpad misbehaves just as the first one. My (unsatisfactory) solution is to turn of MagicTrackpad and use MagicMouse instead, - with no problems turning up!MacBook Pro 17" (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.5)
here is how i just fixed mine. and i mean fix fer good.
ok, i have an old 15" macbook pro i got on ebay. same problem --trackpad got stuck on click/drag.
i tried a mouse and didn't have the problem, so it seemed like a possible hardware problem. (so if a mouse still gives you a problem, this won't help you).
i took out the battery from the bottom. if you look at where the batter sits you can see the bottom of the trackpad. you can also tell which part is the button. i poked and prodded it with my finger in case something had gotten bent during shipping. did this a few times, gentle but with some force. a poke, not a tap.
put the battery back on. works like a charm.
i call this little trick "goosing your macbook".
thank you folks, it's been wonderful to be here.macbook pro, imac