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iBook G4....no track pad click...no left click at all regardless of what USB mouse you use..

Hello,

I have an iBook G4, the button the track pad didnt work so I put in a usb mouse, and it ends up that the system just doesn't recognize a left click at all for some reason, no matter how many different mice I use, right click works fine, cursor tracks fine, but left click simply will not work at all, any suggestions?

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GreatGermCommented:
First of all try rebooting the machine.  If you are getting the same response with the trackpad and an external mouse there might have been some sort of interface corruption.
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PavPPZ1Author Commented:
Yes, definetly tried rebooting the machine several times, with the same response on trackpad and external mouse.  Any solution for "interface corruption" ?
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strungCommented:
Have you checked the settings in the mouse control panel?

Also try resetting the PRAM by cold booting while holding down the command-option-p-r key combination until you hear the startup chime for a third time.
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PavPPZ1Author Commented:
This is from a fresh install, so the mouse settings should be at their default, but I can't really check them since I can't navigate through things completely w/o being able to left click.

I tried the PRAM reset w/o any luck.
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strungCommented:
I have seen a suggestion on the net that a PMU reset might do the trick.

Also, make sure you do not have any other external USB devices attached.
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PavPPZ1Author Commented:
Yeah the reset didn't do anything.  No other external USB devices are attached, it also does it with no USB devices attached.
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strungCommented:
Do you still have the hardware diagnostic disk that came with the computer? If you do, I suggest you run it.
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strungCommented:
P.S. Did you have the problem before the fresh install?

Does the mouse or trackpad work when you are booted from a CD?
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strungCommented:
My thinking is that if the trackpad or mouse works when booted from a CD, the problem is likely software. If not, likely hardware.

Also have you tried a safe boot by holding down the shift key at startup?
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GreatGermCommented:
Let's try something simple.  Put in a cd, restart the computer while holding the left mouse button down (or trackpad button).  See if it kicks the cd out.
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PavPPZ1Author Commented:
The left click does not work ever.
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strungCommented:
If the left click won't work to eject a CD and won't work while booted from a bootable CD, then is sounds like a hardware problem to me.
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GreatGermCommented:
That's what I'm thinking strung, but I'm confused about the USB mouse not working either.  

When resetting the pram did you use the command-option-p-r key combination?  We can also do it in open firmware if needed.
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PavPPZ1Author Commented:
Yes, I used the combination that you gave me.
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GreatGermCommented:
Was it working before the fresh install?
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PavPPZ1Author Commented:
I can't remember, I hadn't used the computer in years because the operating system needed to be reinstalled.
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GreatGermCommented:
Based on all the above troubleshooting I'd say it's time to hit the Genius Bar.
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PavPPZ1Author Commented:
?
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GreatGermCommented:
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PavPPZ1Author Commented:
Yeah I'm good on the genius bar.
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PavPPZ1Author Commented:
Anyone have any other ideas of how to maybe fix this or should I delete the thread?

Thanks for all your ideas
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GreatGermCommented:
Appropriate responses were given by strung and I.

The issue has been narrowed to a hardware issue and the asker was advised to take it in for service.  
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PavPPZ1Author Commented:
Solution worked great, thanks!
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nappy_dCommented:
What is the version of OS X?

Have you tried an Apple Mighty Mouse?
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