@tmcbride67 That's pretty amazing! The fact that it worked at all is pretty huge and actually makes me think it's doable.... but at some point it stops being practical to try
When you say you can get multitouch to work, you're saying that the trackpad recognizes your touches, swipes and gestures? So it recognizes tap/touch inputs? Only with multiple fingers? Does it recognize single tap/touch clicks? It sounds like the actual mechanical click doesn't work but if multitouch works, do tap/touch-clicks work when enabled?
Yes, your description is correct. Single finger tap/touch and drag works. Also two finger scrolling and four finger swipes up and down work. However, any time you mechanically click down on the trackpad, it doesn't regester that anything has happened. Very unusual.
@tmcbride67 Sweet. I Googled a little bit more, approaching this as a regular mechanical/software clicking problem (ironically, lots of Mac folk have had clicking problems without even attempting to do what we are ...but some of that is just an old puffed-up battery preventing clicking).
Here are some potentially relevant fixes:
a) One person suggested deleting some trackpad preferences files from your *Username*/Library/Preferences folder. Specifically "com.apple.driver.AppleBluetootheMultitouch.trackpad.plist" They say they found 3 mouse-related drivers in there but I'm not sure I see them. So quit System Preferences, delete that one file, reboot and fire up Sys Preferences again. However, what's so interesting to me is that the BluetoothMutlitouch trackpad driver is the only preference...perhaps we need that kext installed as well, in addition to the ones you tried (or in lieu of...)
b) Someone had to increase their doubleclick speed in the System Preference because clicks were registering too slowly (or quickly)? This one is a weird one and doesn't seem like it could fix it but you never know.
c) Someone used these PRAM and power reset instructions http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100206215749AAAJzh4 to fix their mouse problem.
Unless you completely erase the hard drive, Booted to a SL install disk and partitioned the drive as one partition, the Lion recovery HD partition got left behind. It can not and will not be created by anything other then installing Lion on Mac.
I didn't erase the hard disk, I think I just reinstalled SL and ran Time Machine's reinstall process. It was so easy at the time and has been great to have Snow Leopard back.
Thanks for the explanation. The disk space is a small sacrifice to have SL instead of Lion. And (maybe after a restart last night) the Recovery HD partition disappeared again from the standard finder view.
So your Mac had SL on it to begin with.
If you open terminal and type diskutil list I bet you see the Recovery HD partition. The Recovery HD should not show up in Finder as it is a Hidden partition.
Yes it was originally a SL machine - holding off any further Mac purchases until Exposé returns.
Your right it does show the Recovery HD and it only uses 650mb - thanks.
Instead of using kexthelper I suggest using this:
kextwizzard makes the job that easy.
See the pics in documentation. Deadeasy.
No more fiddling with permission.
It does rebuild the kext-cache too.
On a Mac leave the "extra-folder". It is for Hackintosh's.
Oh,you know Intel-Macs are PC's too, and vice versa?
At least a lot of them, on the cheap converted by owners. FYI, Google for it.
Thanks for this wonderful tutorial. I had the same issue with a late 2011 iMac. I tried your process but I got stuck at:
7) copy this .dmg file to external, bootable, Snow Leopard 10.6.8 system disk (install in /Users/Shared/)
I have a bootable 10.6.0 installer on an external HD that I normally use to restore. I was unable to see the path /Users/Shared even with all files visible. I am not sure if that is what you were asking but I decided to restore Snow Leopard 10.6.8 System.dmg to a thumb drive. I realise the OS was installed onto the thumb drive and I was able to boot from it. I then cloned the thumb drive onto the HD of the iMac using Carbon Copy Cloner. Everything has been workign fine thus far.
glad you got it working - I was sure by now that this "short-term" procedure would die a graceful (or not so) death by the end of calendar year 2011!
I believe your difficulty with step 7 was that you were trying to copy the 10.6.8 installer dmg file to a bootable installer disk, rather than a bootable installed disk. The procedure is to have/create/clone an installed system on an external disk. That disk, like any computer with Mac OS X 10.x.x installed, would have the standard directory structure that we work in every day, including the "/Users/" directory, which contains your home directory(s), and one labeled "Share".
If I remember properly, the procedure continues to then boot the new computer from this bootable external disk, and launch the 10.6.8 installer, from which you install Mac OS X 10.6.8 onto the 2011 computer that came with Lion installed.
There are many ways to acheive the install - the key is to be able to boot the Lion-delivered computer from an external drive containing the 10.6.8 installer, and run that installer to populate the computer's internal disk. One could even clone the 10.7.x system to an external disk, and use that to boot the computer and install the 10.6.8 system....
To any who read this far in the thread, it is my humble opion that it is now already past time to be porting oneself to Mac OS X 10.8.x, and move on with the Apple OS, for as long as they continue to produce computers and OS X. I know of many of the reasons for not doing so..., no lectures necessary! ;-)