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    trackall question? soft vs. rough

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    okay a couple months ago, i saw my friend get an 8100, so right away i wanted to see, which one is beter, mine or his, even tho there the same phone lol, but anyways, the second i grad it i notice a difference, the trackball on his bb was much rougher that mine, and he bought his bb about 6 or 7 month after me, ( i got mine last summer), im just wondering if there is a certain reason, why the newer versions of the 8100 have rough trackballs, and its not just his several of my other friends also have the same thing, im the only one witht the smooth trackball, so is this good or bad? idk about you but i like the smooth better, because my thumb gets numb from the constant moving of the trackball when i use my friends bb.

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    Well maybe it comes with usage...because when I bought mine it definitely was a bit rougher (firmer, tighter), but I think it's because it was NEW...after using it, I think it tends to smooth out (the actual ball)....IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by beeshabo View Post
    Well maybe it comes with usage...because when I bought mine it definitely was a bit rougher (firmer, tighter), but I think it's because it was NEW...after using it, I think it tends to smooth out (the actual ball)....IMO

    hmm well i cant even remember, but i think mine was smooth but tighter when i bought it

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    I had my pearl replaced after a year of use and the new replacement had a much rougher trackball too. I compared them side by side. Oh, and it was much clearer

    I don't if they changed to a new ball or they just ware down with time. I would guess they ware down.

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    My 8300's ball has always been smooth. My wifes 8100 is noticably rougher. I believe there is no rhyme or reason to it, its like two idntical cars will ride differently. Who knows?

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    Well...mine did feel kinda rough, but still somewhat fluent when I first got my pearl..but now it's as smooth as a babies bottom

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    They get worn down...I remember the days when i had a nice rough trakball. that was white, now its kinda black and so smooth...

    I got used to it being smooth and like it more, i just wish it was still white...

    However RIM, may have switched to a different material or even rougher to help combat the tracballs getting to smooth or worn down...

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    My friend has a pearl with T-Mobile and I have one with at&t.

    His ball is rough and mine is smooth

    -_- I like it rough (and not that way sicko!)

    Haha but really I'm thinking RIM decided to change it to a smoother material.

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    My track is rough on my black pearl, while my Gf's white track is very smooth. Very ODD?

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    my Tmo pearl purchased in January came with a rough track ball, but it has smoothed out some. I liked it rougher lol

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    Lol..I think most prefer it rougher (haha) because you get more of a feel of where you're moving the trackball !!

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    Smile Rough Trackball -- how about almost not working trackball!

    My problem is that my trackball works ok going down and to either side but is a major problem going up. I suspect that the mechanism is damaged -- I have done all the cleaning things to it --- so my question: is it possible to replace the trackball yourself - does someone have instructions for doing it? or have someone else do the repair? Is it worth replacing or should the device be junked?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgey View Post
    My problem is that my trackball works ok going down and to either side but is a major problem going up. I suspect that the mechanism is damaged -- I have done all the cleaning things to it --- so my question: is it possible to replace the trackball yourself - does someone have instructions for doing it? or have someone else do the repair? Is it worth replacing or should the device be junked?

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    well there is a thread giving the step by step instructions on how to clean and disassemble the trackball yourself, just look up on the top thread and its there, also to get a new trackball would cost around 65 bucks, the price may have gone down since the last time i checked


    http://www.pdasmart.com/products/BLA...pair-Parts.htm



    http://www.amazon.com/Blackberry-Tra.../dp/B00136GT0U


    http://www.blackberry8100parts.com/N...lem_p_1-7.html
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    This thread is almost pornographic

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    amazon always has the cheapest crap for phones, and i just picked a new pearl the other day and i did notice the ball seemed rougher than my old one and it also made a scratching noise when i rolled it. i have a gold one now before i had the black one, i doubt there is any difference besides the color between the two.
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