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Trackball does not click. Help please
I have a little over a year with my blackberry.. And this morning when I woke up I was unable to click on my trackball. It's hard to use a blackberry when the trackball does not click. It scrolls around perfectly but does not respond when I push it down. Help me please
- 07-23-2011, 04:51 AM #2
Check out disassembly videos on youtube and get a new track ball and replace it. Sounds like it's probably just worn out.
If I remember correctly, it's just one piece housing the ball itself
Last edited by SmakBerry; 07-23-2011 at 04:56 AM.
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07-23-2011, 05:43 AM #3
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There's a little piece of the trackball assembly, it's dome-shaped, that provides the clickability. Sounds like that piece is broken. Depending on your device, replacing the trackball can be easy (83xx series) or more invasive (9xxx series). As the previous poster suggested, buy a trackball online and follow instrux on youtube.
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08-01-2011, 10:36 AM #5
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Why buy a new trackball as you can clean yours. If you use your BB over a year for sure the trackball is dirty so disassemble your trackball and the click is nothing more then a piece of metal that you push on board metal clean the trackball house and see if the yellow piece of tape is clean, with a fire match you can push the click metal to see if it clicks well, if not you can take of carefully the yellow tape to clean the 2 pieces of metal, I clean it 1x month. Clean it with a ear tip nothing more. No alcohol
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Last edited by delfteo; 08-01-2011 at 11:58 PM.
- 08-01-2011, 10:38 AM #6
I cleaned my 8130's trackball with rubbing alcohol and a q tip.
- 08-01-2011, 07:33 PM #7
From what you are describing it sounds like you need a new trackball dome It is a small copper dome with an adhesive sticker. I had to replace mine due to the numerous times I cleaned my trackball with alcohol. I think that the alcohol caused the adhesive properties to fail and it was loose on one side when I went to replace the trackball.
There are a couple of YouTube videos out there showing how to do it. I used tweezers to remove the old dome. I also had a dental pick in case the tweezers could not get under the edge.
I went through two of the domes before I got it right. On the first try part of the sticker folded under on a corner. The second attempt i touched the adhesive side of the sticker. The third attempt was the charm. Once I had the replacement dome centered evenly where it goes, I made sure to go around the edges of the sticker with a small wood stick, rubbing to ensure it was properly adhered.
Now with a new trackball and new trackball dome it is like a brand new phone.
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08-01-2012, 01:52 AM #9
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Fixed Click Problem For Free
After breaking my trackball clicking by taking apart and cleaning cavity with Rubbing Alcohol (do not do this). I was getting miss-click, double clicks, and a few correct single clicks. All from "cleaning" it. Sigh...
Well after reading all the great postings here and watching videos and searching eBay I find they want a lot of money for something that is 2mmx2mm and a 0.1mm thick. So I figured I could fix it myself. Solution was this.
1. Disassemble Blackberry (any model, find videos) and remove trackball.
2. Using needle nose tweezers and/or small sharp knife peel off the dome very carefully. See .
3. Separate the tape from the dome.
4. Clean underside of dome (gold plated) and circuit board contacts (also gold plated) with dry cue tip.
5. Cut a 2mmx2mm piece of Kapton Tape (you will need to buy this, available on eBay or Electronics supply stores. Its that orange tape that is good from -400deg to +750deg. Amazing stuff and a great insulator and very tough, you will no doubt find other uses for this once you get some. :-)
6. Using needle nose tweezers place the tape on the convex side of the dome and carefully place it back over contacts as it was when you removed it.
7. Reassemble Blackberry.
Presto, that was all I needed. Trackball fully functional with clicking too.
Ron from San Jose
Last edited by Ron_123; 08-01-2012 at 04:08 AM. Reason: Add video link showing dome removal.