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w00fa Level 1 (0 points)

Hey guys,


I own a 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display, and since yesterday, I've been experiencing a weird issue with left clicking. Basically, what happens is that it becomes unresponsive and freezes in its last state (i.e., if I was dragging a window, or making a multiple selection, by holding the left click, the mouse will continue to hold on to the window or selection, and I will not be able to cancel it, because left clicking won't work). I can still move the cursor, right click, and use gestures on the trackpad, but left clicking won't work.


This happens on every mouse device that's connected to the machine. For example, I had a wired Logitech mouse connected via USB, a Magic Mouse connected via Bluetooth, and then the trackpad on the laptop itself. All three input devices functioned the same - no left click, and everything else works.


I was able to 'patch it up' by closing the lid and sending the computer to sleep, and then waking it up after a few seconds. The key was then responsive again. This doesn't work everytime. Problem is, the issue resurfaces after a while, mid-use. I've also had times where I woke the machine up from sleep, and it would start up with no left click, or rather immediately lock.


Has anyone experienced this?




MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Christopher Allen1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I'm having the same issue. This needs to get fix asap. really frustrating .

  • Darth Imtaious Level 1 (0 points)

    Having the same issue on MacBook Pro 3,1 after mountain lion upgrade, I can see my cursor but can not click on anything, have to use keyboard to navigate and restart the system to get it back. 

  • Christopher Allen1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I've been to the apple store. They restored an older version of mountain lion. for 5 days I didnt have the issue. Today its back. This really blows.The only work around I have is to put my machine to sleep immediately after power on and then wake it back up. Most of the time this restores left clicks and selection.

  • AndClick Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the same issue. The workaround from Christoper Allen1 worked for me. But this is not aceptable.


    My specs are:


    MacBook Pro

    Retina, Mid 2012

    Processor  2.3 GHz Intel Core i7

    Memory  8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

    Software  OS X 10.8.2 (12C60)


    Very frustrasting.

  • AndClick Level 1 (0 points)

    Adding to my last post:


    The issue continues. Still using the workaround from Christoper Allen1. But, I want to add, now the problem appears whenever I connect an external monitor using ad DVI to HDMI cable. The monitor is an HPw1907.

  • Leif Arthur Level 1 (0 points)

    I have been dealing with this issue since Lion and now I'm still dealing with it on Mountain Lion. Sleep/wake cycling the computer only helps sometimes, often I'm forced to turn the machine off completely by holding down the power button. The machine is so unusable when the left click is 'permanently down' that shutting down and restarting the 'correct' way isn't possible. The issue crops up randomly on wake, but the odds of it happening increase if I connect an additional display. Note that the issue also occured with my older non-retina MacBook Pro after upgrading to Lion.


    MBP Retina, mid 2012, 2.6 i7, 16 GB DDR3 OS X 10.8.2

  • eosman Level 1 (0 points)

    I am now having this same problem with my retina macbook pro with 10.8.2. Left click will stop working on the trackpad as well as any other mouse device plugged into the usb port. Only way to fix this is to put the machine to sleep. The following does NOT fix it:


    1.) SMC reset

    2.) PRAM reset

    3.) Restarting

    4.) Power cycling

  • eosman Level 1 (0 points)

    W00fa did you ever fix your left click problem?

  • w00fa Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually, since submitting the original post, I've had no recurrence of this. It's weird. I posted about a drop in graphic performance, was told to reset the SMC, I did that, and since then it had stopped occuring. Same here.


    I'm sorry to hear that you're still having this problem. No apparent fix atm. :\

  • eosman Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually I just fixed it.... I think. I reinstalled Mountain Lion just now. It was happening everytime I turned my Macbook on from being powered off. I have done 4 power cycles and its not happening anymore. Hopefully it stays this way.


    Also my Macbook Pro is shutting down much faster since the reinstall.

  • w00fa Level 1 (0 points)

    Good news.

  • idontlikevista Level 1 (0 points)

    I use a mid 2012 MPB (no retina) and run into the same problem.

    After EVERY boot I have to put my MAC into sleep mode. Close the lid and opening it after a few seconds 'solved' the problem until the next power cycle...

    Very annoying

  • 3t4 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just got a macbook pro retina display 15in and realized I could not select text or move windows with the mouse.  Was really frustating as I need to use the logitech mouse as i work in Parallels/Windows 7 quite a bit and need to get an answer.  Not sure if this is what everyone else is running into or just those who have a Logitech mouse, but once I turned off "Secondary Click" in System Preferences>Trackpad and deselect it, my mouse was able to drag and select again.


    Now the problem is trying to figure out how to make it work all the time.

  • tmm001 Level 1 (0 points)

    I experience the left-click problem frequently. Many times I have rebooted to get past the issue but recently learned a new way to get the left click functioning again. This solution may not fix every instance of the problem but it's worth a shot.


    Press the left click button while holding the Command button on the keyboard. The left-click functions resume immediately without rebooting.


    I am fairly new to the Mac world but I am learning little by little.

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