View Full Version : Two Finger Scolling on iBooks and older Powerbooks

24th March 2005, 09:58 PM
Want the fancy two finger scrolling from the new Powerbooks on you iBook or older Powerbook if you dont mind a little hacking it might be possible with iScroll2 a replacement trackpad driver. I have been using it on my iBook G4 800Mhz for about a month without problems and find it great.

iScroll2 is a modified trackpad driver that adds two-finger scrolling capabilities to supported pre-2005 PowerBooks and iBooks on OS X 10.3. Supported models include aluminum PowerBooks introduced from 2003 to 2004 as well as all G4 iBooks.

Please note that this is not just the driver for the 2005 models hacked to run older models - the new models use a completely different trackpad and driver. iScroll2 is based on Apple's AppleADBMouse-209.0.10 driver for the trackpads found on older models, which is available as part of the publicly released Darwin source code (and covered by the APSL). The code added for supporting two-finger scrolling was written from scratch.

Modified by Daniel Becker, Feb./Mar. 2005.

iScroll2 (http://www-users.kawo2.rwth-aachen.de/~razzfazz/)

24th March 2005, 10:27 PM
wow... this was posted around... a month ago.. i was using this at version 0.4 :D

24th March 2005, 11:23 PM
They're updating like there is no tomorrow. Do they know something we do not :P

25th March 2005, 08:19 AM
... and let's not forget UControl (http://gnufoo.org/ucontrol/ucontrol.html) or SideTrack (http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/sidetrack/) for those who have iBooks that are too old for iScroll!

(ok - I admit, no 2-finger scolling - but they're great nonetheless!)

25th March 2005, 09:22 AM
Whats the deal with old topics being posted as if they were new?

Does Appletalk need to advertise it's very capable search function a little better?

25th March 2005, 09:41 AM

I think you are onto something there. Fancy writing a tutorial on searching?

back on topic, you can test (from my experience) if the two finger trick will work by trying to use two fingers, if the cursor doesn't move the hack should work, if two fingers is like one on your trackpad the hack won't work.

Keep in mind that I don't have access to too many laptops to solidly test this.

25th March 2005, 12:18 PM
Ok sorry this has been posted before I did do a search first for iScoll and nothing came up in the way of discussion of iScroll so i did look first.

Also if you want to know if this will work before installing it the guy has a script to check to see if it works.

Sorry for posting a topic again I did search, either not well enough or are we going to have the same problems as the Arstechnica Forums do with searching as we get older?

PS i did a search for iScroll across the whole of the forums today and the only two referance to iScroll I could find is:
by ipod_man

so is my awsome little 12" iBook 1ghz! im so in love with it! especially with iScroll 2!!!

and macintoshrules

I prefer the trackpad to an external mouse - with iScroll it has 2 buttons (mabye even 3) - Button 1 = the visible one, Button 2 = two fingers on the trackpad and the button, button 3 = finger tap. Scroll wheel is 2 fingers around the trackpad!

X/Y scroll and 3 buttons, who needs an external mouse!

And best of all, iScroll is free!

And those mentions were in two different areas. So altho I has been mentioned in passing in other threads I was only trying to bring this to the attention of people who may not have seen those mentions or would like to see that a few others are using it with out problems before trying it for themselves.