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    I wasn't going to post this but after seeing cyberdrew doing surgery on his I had to simplify...all you need is a
    upholstery needle you know the curved ones or whatever your comftable useing to pop the outer ring off with, Once you have that ring out without breaking the clips pop out the track ball assembly set your retaining clip and track cover or outer ring off to the side take the wholetrack ball assembly and carefully wash it with dishsoap and hot waterand rinse the %$#@ out of it with hot to make sure soap is gone dry it best possible with a piece of paper towel quality of course so lint factor is down then blast it with a hair drier for that extra mega dryness clean the lint out of the socket and slam it back together... use dish soap for cleaning it because of the degreaser factor between that and the hot water it works awesome..there is no need to take apart the track unit itself because then your more apt to lose something and you can still get it as clean with it assembled...
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    Re: easy trackball removal and cleaning

    nice, I did the whole trackball removal, and let it soak in bleach because my trackball started to become discolored. Im sure its because I stopped using my case for awhile and started to just pocket my pearl. I guess that + new black denim = discolored trackball. I should hav never took it out of the case.

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    Re: easy trackball removal and cleaning

    Sa-weet! Good Lookin' Out Rizzo
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    Re: easy trackball removal and cleaning

    I cannot let myself do such thing and remove the trackball lol

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    Re: easy trackball removal and cleaning

    Great info will try it later and I'll let you guys know how it goes!

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    Re: easy trackball removal and cleaning

    thnx thats helpful

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    Re: easy trackball removal and cleaning

    thnx for that info i tried that on my old pearl but i also took apart the square block witht he pearl and the tiny rollers came flying out puttting it back together was another things and ended up cracking the ring. should have throught of washing it with soap would have been much easier.
    well i learned the hard way.
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    Re: easy trackball removal and cleaning

    Yes that would have been helpful, to let us know about the magnetic rollers. Opening the trackball housing is the way to do it, just be extermly carefull.~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~

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    Re: easy trackball removal and cleaning

    I just took mine out and soaked the entire assembly in oxyclean and warm water.. I swished it around and rolled the ball for a few minutes to make sure that the solution was working its way inside the assembly..

    I went from stuck trackball to perfect trackball pretty easily. I did not take apart the entire assembly.

    I use paper towels and compressed air to dry before reinstalling.

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    Re: easy trackball removal and cleaning

    So did you soak this entire thing in the water solution?
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    Re: easy trackball removal and cleaning

    yes. I did... I soaked the entire assembly.

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    Crazy...that didn't harm it at all? I would think there is some sort of metal that can rust or something in there. Is there?

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    beats the heck out of me.. I used compressed air to dry it afterwards.

    And, it must be working pretty darned good: I just got my highest (so far) score on brickbreaker: 8850

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    Re: easy trackball removal and cleaning

    That's crazy! it only takes a steady hand and a moment to take out the trackball from the assembly.


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    Well I took out my trackball and plopped it in hot water with fish detergent and rubbed it and all that but it still seems dirty when lit up. Doesn't have that original super white gleam. I was wondering how good bleach works on the ball. Any one know? Thanks.

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