I want a scrolling trackpad

Posted by: vdao1972

I want a scrolling trackpad - 10/28/06 10:37 AM

I have an Aluminum Powerbook that does not have the trackpad scrolling feature and would like to have it. I have read that it is mainly a hardware issue and that the powerbook can not be upgraded through a firmware fix. Is there any possible way I could buy an upper trackpad casing for a powerbook that has the scrolling trackpad and place it on the one that doesn't?
I would think that since it is just a hardware issue, it would be easy enough to just switch out the casings or am I missing something that I should know about before I attempt this?
Posted by: Tigaernach

Re: I want a scrolling trackpad - 10/28/06 10:43 AM

I think current trackpads use USB for connecting to the motherboard,
whilst the PowerBook uses ADB, so you're out of luck.
Don't take my word for it however, but you can check MacTracker
(http://www.mactracker.ca) for Apple Computer Specs. See if your laptop
uses USB or ADB. If it uses USB, it can most probably be done.

Grtz,
Brtz.
Posted by: macDeviant

Re: I want a scrolling trackpad - 10/28/06 01:06 PM

check out iscroll at macupdate. it will do what you want. I thought it was the g3 powerbooks that used ADB. The aluminum powerbook g4 uses USB as far as i know. But i'm pretty sure it's not ADB. remember ADB was killed long before the aluminum powerbook was even a glimmer in Jobs' eye
Posted by: vdao1972

Re: I want a scrolling trackpad - 10/29/06 01:20 PM

I downloaded iScroll and it works like a charm! Thanks for all the help guys.
Posted by: Waragainstsleep

Re: I want a scrolling trackpad - 10/30/06 02:22 PM

Its surprising when the switch to USB for trackpads happened. Pretty sure the TiBooks had ADB pads. Probably the G3 iBooks too.
Posted by: MacJunky

Re: I want a scrolling trackpad - 11/16/06 02:33 AM

I know this thread is getting a bit old but you or other users might want to check out SideTrack as well.
http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/sidetrack/index.html
Posted by: Rickets

Re: I want a scrolling trackpad - 04/05/07 12:02 PM

Originally Posted By: "MacJunky "

I know this thread is getting a bit old but you or other users might want to check out SideTrack as well.
http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/sidetrack/index.html


I use Sidetrack on my G3 700 and it works fantastically. I don't know how I ever lived without it!