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I just got a new-to-me Magic Trackpad, but after pairing it and adjusting the settings in System Preferences, I can't get it to do the two-finger scrolling gesture.

So far, I've uninstalled USB Overdrive, and the Microsoft Mouse plugin I installed previously. Even after a restart, the scrolling is still absent.

This is a Mac Mini running 10.6.8.

What's the best way to come at this from a systematic perspective?

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Did you remove the USB Overdrive kernel extension as well? I had the same issue because I hadn't. – user495470 Aug 28 '11 at 11:16
Pretty sure, yes. I used the command-line directions from here:…, which were to use this one-liner: /Applications/Utilities/Uninstall\ USB\ – Dennis Wurster Aug 28 '11 at 12:29
As another data point, I did try downloading the Magic Trackpad and Multitouch Update from Apple's support site. The installer reports that I don't need to install it. – Dennis Wurster Aug 28 '11 at 12:42
Then check for MicrosoftMouse.kext and other kernel extensions. Some are listed at – user495470 Aug 28 '11 at 13:07
I found MicrosoftMouse.kext and removed it. I also looked at the list on the USB Overdrive support page, but found none of the ones listed. Rebooted, but the Magic Trackpad still fails to scroll. – Dennis Wurster Aug 29 '11 at 2:36
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So based on the comments the issue was solved by deleting /System/Library/Extensions/USBOverdrive.kext. Other extensions listed at the USB Overdrive support page:


If any of them exists, try running the original uninstallers of the drivers.

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Right. I don't know what the command-line-triggered uninstaller did, but it didn't uninstall the USBOverdrive.kext. Once it was deleted manually (dragged to trash) and I rebooted, all was well. – Dennis Wurster Aug 30 '11 at 0:41

I'd perform these steps to help isolate the issue:

  • Fresh batteries (especially if you are less than 50%) - just for testing
  • Reboot the mac in safe mode to disable all third party and non-essential Apple kernel extensions
  • Download and apply any combo updater newer than 10.6.5 (and equal to or higher than your current OS)
  • Make a new user account (a long shot - but worth it)
  • Pair the trackpad with another Mac that's running 10.6.5 or later
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I had the same issue with USB overdrive 3.0.1, updating to 3.0.2 fixed this for me.

See the changelog:

New in version 3.0.2:
    -No longer tries to handle Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse
    -Updated Login Items and Installer code to support Mountain Lion
    -Added code signature for Mountain Lion installation
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Thank you, I'll reinstall and see how it goes. – Dennis Wurster May 20 '13 at 2:22

I got my Magic Trackpad 2 scroll to function by going into Universal Access -> Mouse And Trackpad -> Trackpad options -> Scrolland enable it if not already enabled.

See screenshot (in Dutch: Systeem vookeuren -> Toegankelijkheid -> Muis en trackpad -> Trackpadopties... -> Scrol)


System setup:
iMac Late 2009 with Bluetooth 2.0 (not 4.0)
MTP2 connected with Bluetooth
OS X El Capitan (10.11.2)

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