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Fix lost Trackpad preference in System Preferences - iPC 10.5.6

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As a mobile user, when you installed iPC 10.5.6 or any 10.5.6 release, you may lost trackpad preference in System Preferences. Well, thanks to Chrysaor we can fix that problem. Click HERE to know how we can fix it.


Trackpad has been moved into its own prefpane on all Apple notebooks. It requires a device with certain id to be present in order to show up.


Easy way:

If you want to get the new trackpad prefpane, remove /System/Library/PreferencePanes/Trackpad.prefpane and put this into /Library/PreferencePanes.

Trackpad.prefPane.zip ( 210.13K ) Number of downloads: 204

(removed the useless gesture videos, so it takes less space)



Basically what you need to remove is NSPrefPaneIOServiceAttributesToMatch and NSPrefPaneIOServiceToMatch keys in Info.plist.


As Chrysaor explain in the post, we just need to remove this two entry, NSPrefPaneIOServiceAttributesToMatch and NSPrefPaneIOServiceToMatch, in the Info.plist file inside Trackpad.prefPane folder:-



To edit that file, you need to use an application called "PlistEdit Pro". If you don't want to do it yourself, you can download Trackpad.prefPane file which already fixed from above post.


But there is a trick to fix this problem where even if we do it right, there is a chance that trackpad preference may not visible in System Preferences. In the process to fix this problem, I found out only this step can make sure that I finally get my trackpad preference back. Download the file included in Chrysaor's post & save it at Desktop. Unzip the file to get the content. Follow this procedure (all done using Terminal):-

1) Open terminal & enter this command:

sudo -s

2) Create backup directory:

mkdir /BackupPreferencePanes

3) Backup original Trackpad.prefPane file to the backup folder:

cp -R /System/Library/PreferencePanes/Trackpad.prefPane /BackupPreferencePanes

4) Remove original Trackpad.prefPane file:

rm -rf /System/Library/PreferencePanes/Trackpad.prefPane

5) Copy Trackpad.prefPane file that you downloaded earlier to original location:

cp -R ~/Desktop/Trackpad.prefPane /System/Library/PreferencePanes/

6) Exit terminal:


After that, reboot immediately & you should be able to get trackpad preference in System Preferences.


EDIT: On 10.5.6, the trackpad preference has been moved into its own preference pane. It will located on the main window of System Preferences.


Good luck. :dev:


EDIT: If you don't want to do it manually, please download this installer:Trackpad.prefPane_Fix.10.5.6.pkg



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Guest dangtong

Thanks for this blog post. It solved one of the issue that most important to me on my Dell Latitude D600. Now I'm trying to get 2 finger scrolling working and getting the sleep to function, I'd have a perfect hackintosh if I can get these last 2 things working.

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If you want to get sleep working, you may want to visit this website:-http://www.macworld.com/article/53471/2006/10/sleepmode.htmlIf you installed PCEFI v9, I think you can sleep with "hibernatemode" set to 1 or 5. Actually it will hibernate instead sleep. I was able to hibernate when I set "hibernatemode" to 5. If I set other than 1 or 5, my notebook not able to sleep at all because USB device will wake it immediately. I think this is common problem on hackintosh. There are five mode you can set & the above website will explain you more. I much prefer hibernate than sleep. If you want sleep instead hibernate, you may want to take a look at USB 2.0 driver by Slice:-http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=117029You don't need PCEFI v9 to sleep but you will need it if you want to be able to wake, meaning resume from last state.Good luck. :)kizwan

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