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Old 06-16-2009, 09:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question How to remove bold trackball in order to then clean?

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Hi,

I can't seem to find anyone who says how to remove the trackball from a blackberry bold in order to then clean around it, so it won't stick -- i.e. going beyond blowing and cleaning the trackball.

I don't see an easy way of getting in there without running the risk of breaking something....

And then will it be a hassle to put it back together?

Anyone?
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Technically you cannot remove the trackball yourself without voiding the warranty. You must completely disassemble your device to get to the trackball assembly. To be honest it is not difficult. I swapped out the stock silver bezel, buttons, battery cover latch and white trackball for black replacements without much trouble. Removing the screws involves removing a small sticker placed in the hole of one of the screws, voiding the warranty should you ever return it for repair missing that sticker.

I have seen at least one or two discussions on these forums about trackball maintenance and cleaning. I came across numerous How-Tos online for removing/replacing a Bold trackball as I prepared to do my blackout/stealth project on my Bold.
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Here a video disassembly video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yvs4VM5d_rk
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Thank you!
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have successfully used alchohol on a cloth or cotton swab, and then blow with compressed air. Cured the problem.
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Old 06-21-2009, 04:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Wirelessly posted

Baush and lomb Sight Saver optical towelettes. Use em once per week and never have this problem again!

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