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Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: dmag
Date: August 16, 2014 01:35AM
Hi,

If i click and click and click on something and it:

• doesn't select the item
• doesn't open the link
• doesn't select the tab in a browser
• doesn't select an item in the dock
• doesn't move the cursor to the spot being clicked on
• won't scroll
• doesn't do anything

what is the problem?

This started a week ago and was a huge issue today. I'd try to quit the Finder and it took 10 clicks to do that.

I brought up the force quit dialog and it was umpteen clicks to do that...

and then it stopped.

Then started up again.

The system says the RAM is okay.
I've checked the Activity Monitor and there's nothing hogging RAM.

Frustrating.

Have you experienced this type of thing?

Thanks for any ideas.
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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 16, 2014 02:01AM
Assuming you have already restarted...

Is this with a mouse? or a track pad?

Have you tried a different mouse? or a mouse instead of a trackpad?

If its the trackpad (assuming its a MBP) -- is this an older MBP? With a removable battery? Maybe the battery is bulging against the trackpad, take it out and see if it still happens?



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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: dmag
Date: August 16, 2014 02:18AM
Oops...should have included more specifics

2012 MBP. Would have to open it up to remove the battery.

It's the trackpad.

It's even hard to highlight things at times.

Thanks.
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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: dmag
Date: August 16, 2014 02:30AM
Just dug out a post on the macrumors site that helped:

"Ok guys, I've found a easy solution. I've seen the youtube video called "How to fix your MacBook Pro's trackpad (click not working or noisy)" and in the comments, everybody said that slamming your first on the trackpad worked for them. I don't recommend slamming, what I've done is apply a good amount of pressure with two hands on all parts of the trackpad. Sounds silly, but it worked! "


I just applied pressure to the whole trackpad for a few seconds, and the normal click behavior returned.

(UPDATE: it's not a perfect solution...still some clicks not producing anything.)

Now, I want to know what I was pressing on and if that might be an issue in and of itself.

At least it's something.

Thanks.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/16/2014 03:01AM by dmag.
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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 16, 2014 03:24AM
Swollen battery?
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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: dmag
Date: August 16, 2014 03:40AM
Battery issues have been mentioned several times on
other forums, so I'm going to have the local mac
repair guys check it out.

It's still under warranty so I may as well use it.

Thanks.



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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: August 16, 2014 04:51AM
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dmag
It's still under warranty so I may as well use it.

Thanks.

And THAT should have been included in your OP as well. You start taking things apart, it tends to invalidate your warranty, extended or not.



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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 16, 2014 05:21AM
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WHiiP
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dmag
It's still under warranty so I may as well use it.

Thanks.

And THAT should have been included in your OP as well. You start taking things apart, it tends to invalidate your warranty, extended or not.

No. That isn't right. Consumers actually have some protections in the USA. Contrary to assertions to the contrary, simply opening your computer does not invalidate your warranty. Besides, doesn't the 2012 MacBook Pro have an easy to remove bottom panel?
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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: dmag
Date: August 16, 2014 05:53AM
OWC has videos if I wanted to do that, but who knows what I'm looking at once the bottom is off?

May as well let the tech do that. There's no Apple Store near where I am, so whatever it may need will likely have to be ordered anyway.

Thanks, guys.
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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: August 16, 2014 08:57AM
Activate tap to click, it might help until you get a battery, but sometimes the swollen battery makes the track pad on click all the time. Use an external mouse if needed.
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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: dmag
Date: August 16, 2014 09:28AM
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Ken Sp.
Activate tap to click, it might help until you get a battery, but sometimes the swollen battery makes the track pad on click all the time. Use an external mouse if needed.

Hey Ken,

Thanks for the note. Tap to Click is already activated,
but I had forgotten about it. I'll see if it helps.

I appreciate the reminder.
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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 16, 2014 11:19AM
I'm gonna say It's not a swollen battery with that new of a MBP.



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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: Black
Date: August 16, 2014 11:32AM
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jdc
I'm gonna say It's not a swollen battery with that new of a MBP.

If not, then the next likelihood down is still something going on with the battery IMO.




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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: hal
Date: August 16, 2014 12:40PM
Sounds to me like the trackpad is dirty - has grit in the works. There are walkthroughs on the net for taking it apart and cleaning, but I'd take it to apple. If the battery is THAT swollen, you should see some signs of bulging in the topcase.
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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 16, 2014 01:12PM
Contrary to assertions to the contrary, simply opening your computer does not invalidate your warranty.

Well, to be clear, I don't think any such assertion was made.

WHiiP said "taking things apart", and "tends to invalidate your warranty". I think there's a little wiggle room in all that. My takeaway was things meaning not just opening the 'Book.

Apple has had a liberal policy of getting inside a Mac being no foul unless you muck something up. If it's under warranty, I think it would be a stretch to open it yourself, unless you were pretty familiar with the insides already and maybe getting to a store was problematic for some reason. I certainly wouldn't mention the online kinetic recommendation when at the store.


I'm gonna say It's not a swollen battery with that new of a MBP.

You're probably right, but I bet it wouldn't take much swelling to be a problem. My trackpad clicker started acting weird before I even noticed the battery swelling. There's probably a lot less free space in the newer 'Books.




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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: Chakravartin
Date: August 16, 2014 02:08PM
Under the trackpad is a single tiny T6 screw that controls how far the trackpad can "travel" to click. Sometimes, the screw slips and sometimes it gets wedged by a swollen battery and under either condition the "click" feature of the trackpad may fail.

If it's not a swollen battery at fault then it's a 2-minute fix for someone with the appropriate tools - like an Apple Store "Genius" would have or ANY Apple certified repair shop would have.

If you've got a swollen battery then it should be replaced ASAP.

Take your still-under-warranty laptop to a professional.



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Re: Clicking-clicking-clicking and nothing happening (RAM issue?)
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 18, 2014 04:49PM
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RAMd®d
Contrary to assertions to the contrary, simply opening your computer does not invalidate your warranty.

Well, to be clear, I don't think any such assertion was made.

WHiiP said "taking things apart", and "tends to invalidate your warranty". I think there's a little wiggle room in all that. My takeaway was things meaning not just opening the 'Book.

It wasn't unequivocal, but no, I didn't take it that way. Tends is vague enough, but "taking things apart" is literally what happens when you have to pop off the entire bottom panel of the MBP. Once you get the back panel off (which is easy), the battery can clearly be seen. Probably worth a quick check and it wouldn't invalidate a warranty. If you have the right screw driver, you can even remove the battery for further examination. Examining your own computer is not a case of "tends to invalidate your warranty". If you break something, well, duh.

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