I was having issues with not being able to use the track pad to navigate. It worked as a button, however it would not register any touch for navigating the screen...while searching for a fix, I ran across a response to a post complaining of a similar issue and the poster swore by using a drop of WD40. So I searched and searched for another hour with no satisfactory answer and finally decided to try the WD40...as the poster said, it works like a charm! I just put a small amount on my finger, spread it on and around the trackpad, pushed it in several times, wiped it off, and now it works great! Wish I could remember where I saw that so I could give proper credit...
- 08-11-2012, 07:58 PM #2
First of all, the title of this thread should probably say something like A possible FIX for the trackpad failure issue because it sounds like yet another discovery of the problem and not a fix.
Did your trackpad's LED stop working too?
That solution sounds promising but I'll wait to hear what the long term effect of this is. Petroleum based products and plastic, especially cheap, thin plastic, typically do not mix well. However, WD-40 does use a plastic spray nozzel & straw, specially formulated of course.
You may not see any immediate adverse effects but over time the plastic may soften because of the chemicals in a lubricant. Also, all that movement with heavy use of the trackpad just works it deeper into the parts. I hope it does work though.
Please post an update on the condition of the trackpad a few weeks from now & over more time. Thanks.
I thought heating the track pad area would would help >> Possible Trackpad Issue FixIt's not just good, it's BlackBerry good!
The LED did not stop working. And occasionally, I could get it to work. The button function always worked. In my research of the subject, it appears that overexposure to sunlight may be a cause of the LED failure, which this WD40 "fix" would not address...I too was skeptical when I first saw this, which is why I continued searching for another 2 hours, but I found no other answers and was resigned to either ordering a new trackpad and searching You Tube for instructions on how to replace it, or sending it to a repair shop. Funny I was bothered enough to put so much time into something I thought I wouldn't use much when I got the phone! Lol...I should add my trackpad issue was preceded by my dropping the device in a dish with water in it...and I do know that WD40 is an effective water deterrent. I do not pretend to know how it worked, I just know that it did very well..still working good! Also, I applied a very small amount indirectly and wiped away any excess. I do not anticipate any problems because of the WD40 application, but will for sure update..
- 08-15-2012, 01:56 PM #4
Yes, definitely post an update in a few weeks on your trackpad's condition. I really miss that pinpoint accuracy when highlighting text & getting that cursor in between spaces and may give this a try if it's long term safe. Thanks.
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About the LED, I probably shouldn't pass on others' theories unless I know them to be true. That seemed to be an idea I kept running into here and other places. For all I know, it could just be regurgitation of bad info... I have no clue as to how it is made, or as to how it works.
- CrackBerry User
08-21-2012, 08:04 AM #6
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I will add that I tried WD-40 not only on my track pad but also on my back button since that was at times unresponsive. WD-40 fixed them both.
Unfortunately, I got some of the WD-40 on my screen, and it seems to now have a bluish tinge.
I am still holding out for BB10!
- CrackBerry Genius
08-21-2012, 08:30 AM #7
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Be sure to pull the battery before putting it on.
Not sure what the long term affects would be though on water ever else they used
to make the phone.
From the WD40 website: http://www.wd40.com/faqs/
What surfaces or materials are OK to use WD-40 Multi-Use Product on?
WD-40 Multi-Use Product can be used on just about everything. It is safe to use on metal, rubber, wood and plastic. It can also be applied to painted metal surfaces without harming the paint. Polycarbonate and clear polystyrene plastic are among the few surfaces on which to avoid using a petroleum-based product like WD-40 Multi-Use Product.Z10 STL100-4 OS v10.1.0.1756
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- 08-23-2012, 05:37 PM #8
My trackpad is getting to where it's totally useless. I'm having to use the other buttons just to wake up the screen and silence alerts/alarms now.
That's interesting that it's safe on plastic, except for the screen as rex_kwon_do discovered, and to finally know what WD-40 name means. But my other concern is still what other parts, spaces and connections it works itself into. We'll just have to wait and see.
Hey rex_kwon_do, was your trackpad LED not working too? If so, did the WD-40 fix it too? Thanks.It's not just good, it's BlackBerry good!
- CrackBerry User
08-28-2012, 08:19 AM #9
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I spayed the WD-40 on my finger, then applied a small amount directly to the trackpad, then worked the button several times and wiped away the excess. My trackpad still gets buggy after awhile, but I've been able to get it back without the WD-40 treatment. I find I have issues with the pad and buttons after pressure has been applied to them, such as when I fell asleep on my phone....