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    cleaning trackball on 8900

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    Hey everyone, I'm new to this but I've been with bb for over a year, I had a pearl and it was so easy to clean the trackball, but now with the 8900 my trackball keeps getting stuck, is there anyway to get it off and clean it? Any help is appreciated. Thanks
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    I would like some info on this too. I have the same problem..
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    Yeah, when I try to scroll up, it gets stuck..and its getting on my nerves
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    Happened to me too... then a buddy clued me in on this solution: Rubbing alcohol and a q-tip. Lightly clean the trackball with the rubbing alcohol for about 3 minutes, and then roll that sucker for about 5-10 minutes straight. It breaks down all the dirt and dust that is clogging it... in about 2 hours, it works like a charm again.

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    If that does not work, maybe a faulty trackball replace it.
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    Good idea...thanks..ima try it and I'll see what happens.
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    The thing is, I've seen videos on how to replace the trackball in this and you have to take it apart. (at least in the videos I've seen) which voids the warranty. Unless there's another way, don't do it unless you know what you're doing.

    I'd just call up your service provider and exchange it.
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    I usually take the corner edge of a piece of paper and run it in between the trackball and the ring surrounding it.
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    Very thin knife, take off the red stickers and place them to the side. Only way they can tell if it has been voided.
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    I was wondering how you get to the trackball to replace it, On older models you just pop of the silver ring and up comes the trackball. With the 8900 the menu and back keys looks like it keep the trackball in. So do i get a thin knife like lcgtr and pop off the menu and back keys (that is clearly one whole piece) and take the ball out?

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    alas this may be needed for me soon . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffpettis View Post
    I was wondering how you get to the trackball to replace it, On older models you just pop of the silver ring and up comes the trackball. With the 8900 the menu and back keys looks like it keep the trackball in. So do i get a thin knife like lcgtr and pop off the menu and back keys (that is clearly one whole piece) and take the ball out?
    Nope, the only way is to take the whole phone apart by unscrewing the screws in the back, which does void your warranty.
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    i use alcohol and a piece of clothing that doesnt leave lint like the material boxers and pjs are made of. just dab the cloth in alcohol and press down and roll the trackball in all directions

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    Quote Originally Posted by XLiMBS View Post
    Nope, the only way is to take the whole phone apart by unscrewing the screws in the back, which does void your warranty.
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    aww man! that sucks. Alright then out comes my screwdriver, Im going in!

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    Lightbulb Simplest solution (bit EWWW though!)

    Try this - you will be amazed how fast this works. Lick the trackball and then roll it with your finger with a bit of force in a 45 deg direction (half down and half sideways) for a few turns. Do that a couple times and the trackball will get free of all dirt...
    Try at your own risk. I have done this 2-3 times in the past 8-10 months and it worked every time.

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