Fixing the Magic Trackpad

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I recommend setting the trackpad as a favorite in your Bluetooth preferences. This has never solved the problem, but it does enable the trackpad to re-connect faster, either on its own or when you manually cycle it. Here’s how you do it:

1. Click on the bluetooth widget in the menu bar at the top of the screen. 

Fix Apple Magic Trackpad open Bluetooth preferences

2. Select “Open Bluetooth Preferences” from the pop-up menu.

3. On the Bluetooth Preferences screen, select “Apple Wireless Trackpad” on the left.

Fix Apple Magic Trackpad open settings

4. Click on the gear wheel on the left panel, under the “Apple Wireless Trackpad” selection.

5. Select “Add to Favorites” from the pop-up menu. (continue…)

Fix Apple Magic Trackpad add Bluetooth favorite

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2 comments

  1. I am having terrible problems with mine. When it starts to be erractic I usually put my iMac to sleep and then wake it up with the keyboard and it’s find again. I am sure this is some sort of signal disruption. But my biggest problem is that many times it says it is connected (nd I have put it into my favorites) and try as I may, it will not respond – it is connected but not working. I restart my computer, I take the batteries out and put them in again, I run the utilities, I untick all it;s funtions, reboot and set up again and sometimes one of these things will work. Sometimes nothing works and I have to go back to my old broken mouse and then, suddenly, from nowhere, I start up the iMac and it is working perfectly and sometimes, it just stops again after a period of time. I can’t upgrade to Mountain Lion because my iMac is a late 2006 so I am up to the limit of my upgrades. Have n idea what to do next. Any suggestions?

  2. I removed the batteries and then I took a pencil with a soft pink eraser at the end and cleaned the contact inside the Magic Trackpad. Blew out any eraser left on the contact and put the batteries back (new to begin with). Immediate 90% improvement.

    This helps since I am using a 30″ monitor.

    I have Magic Trackpads for all my other machines. No problems with them. Only this machine.

    BTW, also tried resetting the PRAM, cleaning the surface of the Trackpad, changed the batteries, grounded myself, scrubbed my fingers clean, and turned off the internal backup (a hidden function for when the machine is not connected to a Time Machine drive).

    Info: MacPro ’06, 30″ Cinema Display, 22 Gig RAM. 6 Gig internal storage, 11.5 total storage. 10.7.5

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