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KidTrac Trackball My disabled student uses this trackball with her foot. Consequently it is becoming dirty and worn after a few months of use and it tends not to move as well. Do you have any suggestions re cleaning it? Also, can we replace the ball with another one? It is about the same size as a billiard ball. Would that work as a replacement?

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You'll need to remove the three phillips head screws on the bottom of the trackball. That will provide access to the contacts under the ball for cleaning.

Great trackball. A little more friction than the Kensington Expert Rollerball, which I like as long as the contacts inside are kept clean.

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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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Trackball not functioning


if ur trackball doesnt work because its dirty theres a perfect way to clean it. my trackball get dirty all the time from greay hands and once that trackball starts to feel buttery and greasy its not going to work (usually a htc snap trackball feels rough and vibratety when you scroll with it). I'm not sure if htc trackballs come out so it sort of scratch the trackball with my fingernail, this scratches the grease of until if feels rough again. if the trackball moves around to much when you clean it, press it in with the other fingernail. if this doesnt work i guess you could get some rubbing alcholon a cotton ear bud (q-tip) and clean it but i havent tried this. if a greast trackball is the not the problem to your malfunctioning then i guess you should get a new trackball or get it repaired in a shop. :D

Feb 26, 2010 | HTC Snap S522 Cell Phone

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The ball wont roll on my blackberry. Help!


The trackball is easily removed for cleaning by just pulling the trim ring around the trackball off with your fingernail. Remove the trackball and clean with alcohol. Reverse the process to clean.

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Trackball only moves sideways not down


It sounds like the trackball has become dirty. If you prise of the silver plastic trackball surround, you can lift out the trackball component and give the small rollers at each side a clean.

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Blackberry 8830 wont track down - trackball stuck


This is usually caused by the trackball getting dirty.

Use a q-tip dipped in IPA and clean it. Roll the trackball around and swab the q-tip around to clean.

If cleaning fails then you will need to replace the Blackberry trackball.

Check the following link on instructions on how to do that.

Blackberry 8800 Trackball Replacement Guide

Apr 16, 2009 | RIM BlackBerry ® 8830 Cellular Phone

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Trackball "select" not working


Hi - I had the same problem as this and tried to solve it by taking out the trackball and cleaning it as detailed in other posts. However this did not work.

I got it working eventually by carefully lifting the small square orange plactic cover which the trackball sits over and presses down on to select. By cleaning under that I got it to work. You need to be careful as this cover also holds some connectors in place.

The moral of the story is to keep the curve in its holster in your pocket (I lost my holster which is when the trouble started).

Have fun

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

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Tmobile Sidekick Slide Rollerball won't roll down


Try taking a whipe and moving the trackball from side to side and it will become unstuck it happens with every phone that has a trackball

Dec 29, 2008 | T-Mobile Sidekick ID Cellular Phone

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Kid trackball


A lot of trackball controlls made by Microsoft and Logitech use a optical system. Once the control on the screen doesn't move anymore, you simply remove the ball and clean the optics out of it.

If there is a way that you can remove the ball out of the control, all you have to do is clean the rollers underneath the wheel. After some time they do build up just like a friction mouse does. All it takes is some Qtips and a water alchohol solution.

I would hope for a kid trackball they made that a feature.

Oct 31, 2008 | Microspeed KidTRAC Trackball

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Trackball doesn't move down


Good evening!
If the trackball is not scrolling or even moving in the proper direction this can mean a couple of different things. It is possible that it is just dirty. Yet it is very common that the trackballs can get roughed up over time and a replacement may be necessary. Trackballs are easy to fix and you wont even need to go to your cell phone provider for a replacement (they will probably over charge you, or as you said, ****** you into a new contract).
A few ways to clean the trackball can be:
1. Use something to hold the trackball in place while the other hand uses some sort of rubbing alcohol to wipe the trackball.
2. This is a little more technical but it is VERY easy. Removing the trackball is extremely easy. You can use a simple screw driver to flip off the silver ring around the trackball and simply turn the phone over and tap it a few times to have the ball out. When the ball is out, using rubbing alcohol to simply clean around it. Just be careful... the trackball mechinism is VERY fragile. To replace it, the ball can only go in 2 ways and determining this is very easy, if it goes back in, it goes in, if not, move it. Putting the ball back in requires barely any force. Then the silver ring only goes in 1 way. The three hooks slide right in.
3. Replacing the trackball is the last idea. I have replaced my trackball on my Blackberry once already. You can find replacement trackballs for a cheap price on amazon, ranging from $2-10. You can also find them on ebay or simply googling Blackberry Trackball Replacement. The same way to replace the ball is as I said to remove it.
There are many videos or instructions on the web for replacing or taking out the trackball.
Glad to help you out with your Blackberry device! Good luck!

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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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