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Trackball any chance for the device to work without the trackball?

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No, it is absolutely integral to the operation of the device.
There are no arrows on the keyboard - you have to use the trackball.

Posted on Feb 09, 2009

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My Blackberry pearl trackball is not doing anything but sometimes a hard reboot helps. Will reloading the software help?


Chances are it's just dirty from use. If you can carefully remove it and clean the contacts with some rubbing alcohol and let it dry, then replace it, it should work just fine.

90% of trackball problems is simple gunk build up

Sep 12, 2011 | RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8100

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My trackball doesn't move down on my8310 blackberry


Chances are it's just clogged with dirt

Ok. Follow this carefully cause more people break and destroy their trackballs by not following directions step by step

Carefully pry the grommet (ring around the trackball) off and set it aside. If you look at it. There is supposed to be only 3 pins. NOT 4 so if you have 3 your fine.

Carefully tip the phone over and tap it if you have to, to get the track ball to fall into your hand.
Then I suggest taking a cotton swab, and some alcohol, dip the swab.

Then run it all over the ball as you move the ball in all directions and free up what ever is in there, ie; dirt, dust, stuff from your hands...

Once the track ball can move in the down position or in a complete circle without any problems. Let it dry for like 5min.

Drop it back in carefully. Direction of the trackball doesn't matter. Then carefully put the grommet back in the exact way it came out.

Then it should work just fine.

I've used alcohol to clean mine many many times and never had a problem. Alcohol is different that water, it evaporates and doesn't leave a film or damage.

I hope that helps.

Aug 11, 2011 | RIM BlackBerry Curve 8310 Smartphone

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My blackberry won't let me type A, sometimes when i slide the trackball up it shows symbols. The trackball won't go up or down in texts and blackberry messenger. It just stopped working randomly and I used...


I a suggesting cleaning your trackball, the steps and information along with pictures will be provided below. I followed these same steps and mine works fine. Trackballs can easily accumilate dirt and dust over any period of time.

First, you'll have to use the screwdriver to remove the ring from the outside of the trackball. I'd recommend doing this from the top, since it's the only part of the wheel that doesn't have a prong (you'll see what I mean when you pull it out). Once that is loose, you'll be able to take the trackball unit out as well. The set should look like this:
trackball1.jpg
Now we want to concern ourselves with the trackball unit. First, wet your finger and run it across the trackball to pick up any residue which might be sticking to it. Next, you'll notice there are four black wheels on each corner of the unit. Remove them one by one, removing any dust or buildup with your fingertips. I'd recommend not using water here. Just something about water and BlackBerry that makes me uneasy.
trackball2.jpg
Finally, we'll look back to the unit, where you'll see a copper sensor where the trackball used to be. Wipe this gently with the rag. This is a very fragile and very sensitive part. If you treat it roughly, it will break and you'll have a worse problem than a dirty and clogged trackball.
trackball3.jpg
Finally, drop the trackball unit back into the crevice, and pop the ring back on, prongs facing left, right, and down. Voila! Should be good as new. And now you don't have to send your BlackBerry to IT, or out for repair. Now if this does not work, you can order a replacement trackball from ebay for less than 3 dollars and just use the examples above to install it.

Mar 06, 2011 | RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8100

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My phone has been switched off for time, and it turned on but for some reason the joy stick isnt working


Hi, if your track ball is not working, it might be because of a buildup of dirt, which obscures the sensor wheels. Cleaning the trackball will fix the problem, and can be done without any special tools or knowledge. After cleaning the trackball, your BlackBerry 8310 should be returned to a good working condition.

  • Lift off the plastic ring around the trackball using the screwdriver. Place the screwdriver under the outer edge of the ring and carefully lift it out. You do not need to use a lot of pressure, as the ring should click out easily.
  • Lift the trackball out of the Blackberry. Raise the white tabs with the screwdriver to lift the ball component out of the trackball. Be sure to keep all pieces safe during this process, as losing one may render the trackball unusable.
  • First, wipe the trackball with a dry cloth to remove the larger particles of dirt. Then, dip the cloth in the cleaning fluid and rub the ball with it. This should lift off any ground-in dirt that has accumulated.
  • Leave to dry for a minute or two, then reverse the removal process. Ensure that the ball lines up with the sensors on the component, marked by the white guides. Click the trackball and the ring back into place. Your trackball should now function properly.
  • Repeat the process once a month, or every time the trackball's performance begins to falter. Trackballs easily pick up dirt and sweat from fingers, which cause them to become clogged. Regular maintenance will help prevent any major damage

Jan 23, 2011 | RIM BlackBerry Curve 8310 Smartphone

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How do I fix a stuck trackball on blackberry bold phone?


Try this http://www.unique-stuff.co.cc/fixing_sticky_blackberry_trackball.html They have some tricks to fix a sticky unscrollable blackberry trackball without disassembling. I try the rotating straw technique and it works for me!! I have my trackball working again now..

Jan 04, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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The roller ball doesnt work


The trackball doesn't work at all? Did it suddenly stop working or has it gone from good to bad over time? Going from working well to not going up or down or back and forth to not working at all could be fixed by following the instructions below. Ceasing to work suddenly could mean a defective device. You'll want to call your system provider for assistance. Hopefully the unit is still under warranty.

Most trackball movement problems can be rectified by cleaning the trackball. Try the following steps to see if it helps tp resolve the issue you are having;

1) Turn the unit off, open the back cover and pull the battery out,
2) Take a paper towel, dampen it with water...nothing else, making sure that the towel is only damp and not soaking wet,
3) Rub the damp paper towel on the trackball, over and over, making sure to rub up, down, side-to-side and every which way. This should clean the trackball and remove whatever is causing it to not move smoothly.
4) Wait a minute or two and replace the battery and cover. Once the unit has rebooted, try moving the trackball again. It should be better.

Cheers!

Dec 30, 2009 | AT&T Blackberry Curve 8300 Smartphone

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Trackball for blackberry does not move smoothly


What do you mean...can it move in all four directions?

Most trackball movement problems can be rectified by cleaning the trackball. Try the following steps to see if it helps tp resolve the issue you are having;

1) Turn the unit off, open the back cover and pull the battery out,
2) Take a paper towel, dampen it with water...nothing else, making sure that the towel is only damp and not soaking wet,
3) Rub the damp paper towel on the trackball, over and over, making sure to rub up, down, side-to-side and every which way. This should clean the trackball and remove whatever is causing it to not move smoothly.
4) Wait a minute or two and replace the battery and cover. Once the unit has rebooted, try moving the trackball again. It should be better.

Cheers!

Dec 29, 2009 | RIM BlackBerry Curve 8310 Smartphone

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I lost my trackball for my blackberry is there anyway i can use my phone without it


The Blackberry cannot be used without a trackball as this is the only form of direction input. However, I can replace the trackball for you. Please email me at IGcomputerservices@gmail.com for more information.

Jun 16, 2009 | AT&T Blackberry Curve 8300 Smartphone

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Blackberry Trackball


I know this is a bit wierd but it has worked for me. Just lick it a few times.

Nov 24, 2007 | AT&T Blackberry Curve 8300 Smartphone

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Trackball connection


no, neither a trackball, nor a mouse can bne used with an iPAQ. The only mouse to be used with iPAQs is a bluetooth mouse.

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