View Full Version : System Prefs > Keyboard & Mouse > Trackpad tab missing after Mini > Macbook copy

02-25-2007, 04:54 PM
hi again

i superdupered my intel mac mac to my macbook.

everything works great, but the one thing i lost is the trackpad tab inside of mouse and keyboard system prefs..

is there any plist pref file you know of i can copy over from the old mini?
i looked in /System?/Library/SystemConfiguration but didnt see anything obvious. i'd hate to have to archive and install from DVD just for this, which I dont have enough space to do anyway, so i am really out of luck otherwise i think unless you have any other ideas?

EDIT - I also just realized that 2 other Macbook specific things don't work:

1) The Fn Key is dead
2) the special F1-F7 "Function Keys" including volume, brightness, numb lock, etc are inoperable.

I'm thinking at this point my best bet is to bite the bullet (another day of downtime b/c it contains a large data set under Users and / ) by reinstalling the OS to the boot drive.

But it would be good to know a fix for the future. I guess superduper shouldnt be used to copy from 1 machine to another? I'd sure like to know where the special files are that tells OS X that this machine is a laptop...

Surprisingly, *it does* know its a laptop....looking under System Profiler now, sure enough, it is smart enough to know this machine is a "Macbook2,1" with proper serial number, but apparently not smart enough to bother fixing its own missing config or extension problems...

I'll wait on doing this until I hear back from you because really it is a big job I'd rather avoid if at all possible...

02-26-2007, 09:07 AM
This is because your MacBook came with a special build of OSX that included support for its hardware. It'll likely "sync back up" when 10.4.9 comes out... but you can also do an archive-and-install from the disc that came with the MacBook.

02-26-2007, 01:36 PM

this page http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301270

"Archive and Install installations require the greatest amount of available disk space because you need to have room for your existing System and the new one you are installing."

I don't have enough space.

So is the best way in this case to delete my huge /Users folder and copy it back after the install?

What if I chose the 1st option, "Upgrade", that apparently doesnt duplicate the whole system. Dont know if I'll have that choice until testing later...

I'll tell you, what I typically do with problems, before buying Superduper, is ditto my /Users folder to a 2nd HD, then wipe the boot drive clean and do a fresh install. Then in SysPrefs>Accounts I add back all the different Users I had, being very careful to always add them in the same order as I did the 1st time so they get the same UID as previously. Then I carefully swap the fresh /Users folder for my old large /Users folder, usually in single user mode when Im being careful.

Which way do you think is the fastest/best?

02-26-2007, 01:58 PM
If you don't have the space, how about clean installing from the DVD and then migrating, when prompted, from the backup...

03-05-2007, 01:40 PM
thx mate, thats what i ending up doing.