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dfv12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 10, 2010 4:51 PM
Sometime when I'm using my MacBook the trackpad gets stuck on 'Drag Lock' mode. So that wherever I move my cursor it will drag whatever it comes across. Does anyone else have this problem? If so, how do I fix it?
MacBook 13-inch Aluminum (Late 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • StealingVision Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 10, 2010 10:14 PM (in response to dfv12)
    I have this exact same problem. If someone could help us out that would be great. It's annoying to have to restart the whole OS every time.
    24" iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 2.8Ghz, 4GB RAM
  • mandemcole Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 11, 2010 12:22 AM (in response to dfv12)
    I have the exact same problem but on my MacBook Pro (Early 2009). Seems the only way to resolve once it happens is a restart.

    This is tantamount to a system crash as far as I'm concerned. If it happens, I can't do any work until I have rebooted the whole system.

    It also messes with which elements have focus and how they behave (eg if a text box is clicked in, the cursor selects only the last typed character when I press the back cursor key rather than moving the cursor back through the text).

    This feels like a problem with OS X to me. Unless this starts happening with the new Magic Trackpad however (ie a high profile new product), I wouldn't hold your breath for a fix. We're probably just need to 'touch it different'...
    15" MacBook Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2.8 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM
  • Nicholas Walmsley Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 11, 2010 2:25 AM (in response to mandemcole)
    same problem. started after recent trackpad update. multiple posts on these forums about it. maybe playing with trackpad settings could help.
    macbook unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Nicholas Walmsley Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 11, 2010 2:27 AM (in response to Nicholas Walmsley)
    i've turned off dragging with one finger to see if this helps.
    macbook unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Lo-fi guy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 11, 2010 3:41 PM (in response to Nicholas Walmsley)
    Yes, looking around on the various forums that complain about this issue, it seems like the problem surfaces when one-finger dragging is turned on.

    Unfortunately, that's how I like to drag.
    Macbook 2.4GHz 13.3, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • mrako84 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 14, 2010 6:09 AM (in response to dfv12)
    *I maybe found a temporary solution to the problem but I first have to state beforehand that I have a MacBook Pro 17" (Unibody). Dragging on my Trackpad gets stuck every now and then at random points. It started a month or so ago probably after a trackpad update (I don't remember).*

    *Anyhow, this is what I did:*

    *I was surfing the web with Firefox and suddenly dragging got stuck. I quit Firefox and pressed the Power On/Off button. I got this dialog box:*

    *http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/4817/windowq.jpg*

    *I clicked on cancel because I wanted to check one more thing and I realized that the dragging got unstuck. I don't know if it was a coincidence and I'd like to check that again but, as said before, the Trackpad gets stuck at random points.*
    *Try by yourselves and tell me if it does really work. Of course this isn't supposed to be a definitive solution to the problem but I hope it will help in order not to restart your machine.*
    MacBook Pro 17" (Unibody), Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • mrako84 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 14, 2010 6:14 AM (in response to mrako84)
    *Forget about my previous message. It got stuck again and I tried what I wrote above. _IT DOES NOT WORK!_ It seems that it was just a coincidence.*
    MacBook Pro 17" (Unibody), Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Dave Luebbert Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Aug 15, 2010 6:50 PM (in response to dfv12)
    I am also having this problem. Only relief of symptoms is restarting the computer. I have noticed that my bluetooth mouse is not affected. I'm not sure how to recreate this problem, however it seems that when it has happened, the macbook has woken from sleep.
    2.4GHz alu iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • pundit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 16, 2010 12:47 AM (in response to dfv12)
    I would like to point out that I see the same problem. It has been happening quite frequently since a recent update (I don't know for sure which one). The way I resolve it currently is to go to Trackpad Settings in System Preferences and then close the preference pane. It seems to reset something in the process.

    I hope this problem is addressed in a future update as it is extremely annoying.
    Macbook Pro (5, 1), Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • artdoggy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 17, 2010 2:04 PM (in response to dfv12)
    I don't have one-finger dragging on and am still having this happen - a lot. I've had to restart my machine 5x in a couple hours. very frustrating.
    macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2.8Ghz w/ 4G
  • SaintG3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 18, 2010 4:00 AM (in response to dfv12)
    I have the same problem. Before the update trackpad worked perfectly, since the update sticks on drag and destroys my desktop, Only a full restart fixes this problem. I have been using macs for fifteen years and they seem to be getting more glitchy.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
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