Mid 2006 / model number A1181 / black or white case / 1.83 or 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor.

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Why won't my mouse button click?

The mouse button (not the whole trackpad, or the keyboard, but just the mouse button) has decided that it's permanently depressed, which means I can't click on anything anymore. It's definitely a hardware issue; the same thing continues if I boot into Ubuntu.

The computer's too old to merit the couple hundred dollars it would take to replace the whole upper case, so I wanted to see if anyone had any other ideas about how to fix this. Is there a connector somewhere that could have gotten loose? Is there something I can try to clean? Etc.

Wild ideas welcome.

Thanks!

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Well, the trackpad assembly is fully immersed and melted in the topcase, so there's no way you could act in it.

You can try using a piece of paper or something thin enough and move between the button and the trackpad, to see of something got lodged that.

Or try the topcase without the battery: a chinese battery I have presses on the topcase for example, making the button "sturdier" at touch. If without battery the button works fine, that means the battery is pushing on the mechanism.

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