Originally Posted by paulDIAT
I'm not a programmer but I need to do this, somehow:
My trackball on the 8800 broke, so when I push it, it types "UI" instead of selecting. In addition, my back button types "HL" instead of going back through pages.
My question: How can I reprogram these two buttons to their original function?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
I touched my bb with a single drop of water in the trackball to mute the alarm when in the shower, and I had this error for some time. I took it apart a few times (be careful not to be too hasty with your fingernails prying off the chrome side pieces before you have the t5 screws out (got my driver at TheSource).
There are good instructions to watch on youtube if you search blackberry 8800 repair
Obviously I did everything I could to dry it out, including leaving it in a bag of rice, hair dryer, dropping from some elevation onto carpet, blowing on it, etc etc.
I finally thought this must be a shortcircuit on one of the solders, or transisters somewhere. There must be a tiny bit of corrosion or dust adhered to the circuitry. Once completely disassembled, I took a tiny toothbrush, the kind meant for scrubbing gums, it looks more like a test-tube cleaner bristle. I gently scrubbed the board, all around the trackball tape *careful not to lift this tape* and every component surrounding it. I reassembled my device (see the video above), and it's like new.
I've read posts about people trying new trackballs, and returning their phones, or tossing them. It should be noted, that once completely disassembled, the device still generates this error (no trackball/keyboard) this means the moisture that generates these odd "english language shortcuts errors" is not caused by any input device that you could buy, including from blackberrytrackballs.com, who I've used in the past, and really is excellent. Don't waste your money, get a gum scrubber, and be very careful!