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Rim blackberry 8100 buttons

Did you know that the track ball on the 8100 pearl blackberry isn't the only thing there that can go wrong? first the track balls are inherently freakybad. (yes thats one word!) second after the ball is replaced (Ebay $3 or free from tmobile store) there are still things that could be wrong with your blackberry Enter or track ball.
for instance if it scrolls but doesn't click or keeps clicking then this could be happening to one of the other items that is on the phone UNDERNEATH the ball.
Ill show you in stages and the first would be to remove the phone in parts.now you know by now that this will void any warranties so your on your own. That being said if you have a T6 (T meaning Torx ) and some of these are in socket sets kind of like an Allen wrench but in a star pattern. and a different tool to pry the sides. in this video you can see it and order it from them.

after it disassembled then it will look like this on the keypad. then if you zoom in you can see the next photo, it is s tight shot of the center below the track ball with track ball AND buttons removed. however this green is also called a PCB or printed circiut board. so this is the bottom layer. and the track ball is the top layer,

so in between are 2 actual parts of a button. the ABOVE shows yellow ports, with solder joints next tot he PCB, next to the PCB is the black bottom of the button. for the kids. there is a top and bottom to this button but the bottom if you got it new would have 4 leggs. these solder into the PCB. the top part of the black button shows the inner and outter circle. when the then top actual button is pressed this connects the inner and outer circle thus making an Enter stroke or positive strike.

this is a new top button. its basically a sticker that sticks on the top of the soldered board grounding port onto the PCB.

now trying to find such a board for a board is both intimidating and time consuming and i wish i could tell you i found a source. but alas I have not. But I did find a button source. Ebay, now ebays photos **** and I tried to give you full res here but it won't let me... I ran my phone into the sink which means... moisture on mine. and as you can tell it corroded the inside of the button. and these parts are small, so i like to work on a flat white surface. Yes they are chock-able so make sure its in quiet time or sleep time for the little ones.

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Blackberry Pearl Tracker ball not working well

pearls have been know to have the track ball go out on them best bet is to take it to store to have them clean it if you try to clean it and you break the silver ring you void the warranty and will have to pay for whole new phone, in the end they will replace the phone for you

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the color ball change is a program you can install in your blackberry to change the color of the led under the trackball.

here is a link to download it:

they want a $5 donation but it's cool and the only device it works on is the Pearl 8100

if this helps you please leave a vote on fixya

May 18, 2009 | RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8100

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the track ball on my black berry pearl doesnt scroll down

yes sure!

just take it apart and clean the track ball area with amedical alcohol and brush, remove dirt from it!

plz give a good rate

that happend with mines once!!

Mar 25, 2009 | RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8100

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It might be a case where the track ball has some dirt or debris underneath it. First, turn the device off. Next, press down firmly on the track ball while at the same time rolling it in every direction. Hopefully that will knock loose any debris. Another tip to try is to wet your thumb with a little water and do the same thing.

If those two options don't work, you may try taking out the track ball and blowing out the slot with some compressed air. Below is a link that shows how to remove and clean the track ball:


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First, turn off the device. While pressing down firmly on the track ball roll the ball in all directions.

If that doesn't work, then you may need to take out the track ball and blow it out with compressed air. The link below shows how to disassemble the track ball:


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