1. maxiang's Avatar
    I like the black/chrome combo! My trackball was feeling worn so I ordered one up from cnn.cn and figured, while I was at, I'd pick up a few other things.
    8900 Trackball
    Keypad w/red numbers
    Unbranded chin cover
    Snake skin battery door
    Battery door latch w/spring

    Here's some pics, sorry about the quality.

    Before



    After



    Pretty Sweet IMHO

    I still wish RIM had left easy accessibility to the trackball as my old one had a bunch of dirt and lint in it and would have been fine, aside from the ridges being worn, if I could clean it once a week.

    Old ball on the left



    A note on installing the track ball, put in it the right way Notice the tabs that fit into slots on the motherboard.

    Incorrect


    Correct


    I never had a problem with my old battery door coming off or feeling loose, but it did squeak while I was typing. Not so with the new door, its super tight! I'm still using my old door latch and keeping the new one for a spare.

    I highly recommend cnn.cn if you're looking for parts. Decent prices, fast shipping, and high quality for the parts I ordered! EDIT: Except for the trackball evidently. After testing for awhile it seems that one of the rollers has a kinda flat spot. I took it apart and used the rollers from my old ball. Everything else seems good though!
    Last edited by maxiang; 06-03-09 at 08:59 PM.
    06-03-09 02:32 PM
  2. BergerKing's Avatar
    The easiet way to remember how to reinstall the trackball is that the keyslot points downward.

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    06-03-09 02:38 PM
  3. BergerKing's Avatar
    Well, wap glitch, couldn't edit. Nice look, too, BTW. Pics aren't bad, either, so don't pick on yourself too badly.

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    06-03-09 02:39 PM
  4. maxiang's Avatar
    Yeah, I saw the slots and what I had done wrong as soon as I took her apart again I was too excited to get everything together the first time!

    Thanks for the props on the look. I know its not a big change, but I like it
    06-03-09 02:47 PM
  5. anon(52425)'s Avatar
    The easiet way to remember how to reinstall the trackball is that the keyslot points downward.

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    what do you mean keyslot? I ask because I am about to change my trackball...
    06-03-09 05:43 PM
  6. maxiang's Avatar
    what do you mean keyslot? I ask because I am about to change my trackball...
    There are two tabs on either side of a notch on the top and bottom of the trackball housing. If you look at the last two pictures you can see I put it in with them facing the sides the first time which was incorrect. They're supposed to be facing up and down

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    06-03-09 06:12 PM
  7. DevenD's Avatar
    wow i really like the idea of the 8900 track ball i might give it a try ...that theme from the first pic looks awesome btw
    06-03-09 06:21 PM
  8. maxiang's Avatar
    wow i really like the idea of the 8900 track ball i might give it a try ...that theme from the first pic looks awesome btw
    Thanks! Wallpaper is here http://forums.crackberry.com/f123/bold-wallpapers-480x320-209536/ and the theme is from me

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    Last edited by maxiang; 06-03-09 at 06:41 PM.
    06-03-09 06:31 PM
  9. savioAMG's Avatar
    Looks good! I've been planning on doing something similar (everything you did, minus snakeskin) but I've just been lazy. I even have all the parts I ordered... Don't feel like doing it. Maybe this weekend I will...
    06-03-09 06:36 PM
  10. maxiang's Avatar
    Looks good! I've been planning on doing something similar (everything you did, minus snakeskin) but I've just been lazy. I even have all the parts I ordered... Don't feel like doing it. Maybe this weekend I will...
    Thanks! Break out the T5 and Get-R-Done! It only takes a couple minutes

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    06-03-09 06:49 PM
  11. trdtrung's Avatar
    i really like the look of the black trackball, is it smoother when scrolling? i know the 8900 has more of a gritty scroll
    06-03-09 07:30 PM
  12. asr10 user's Avatar
    Damn thats exactly the combo I was going to get. Even the snakeskin back. I might keep the white keypad though, not sure. And maybe a red ball.
    06-03-09 07:51 PM
  13. maxiang's Avatar
    i really like the look of the black trackball, is it smoother when scrolling? i know the 8900 has more of a gritty scroll
    Actually I just finished taking it apart and I'm using the rollers from my old trackball. One of the new rollers isn't perfectly round so it felt like I had a flat spot. It does have a more "gritty" feel to it, a more ridged feel, which is better to me. But it doesn't feel quit like the 8900, at least as I recall. I don't have an 8900 anymore so direct comparison won't happen unless I pop into a store for a bit. My old ball was pretty smooth, from wear I think The new keypad is fantastic! Way easier to spot the numbers. Why AT&T felt the need to white out everything is beyond me.

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    Last edited by maxiang; 06-03-09 at 08:43 PM.
    06-03-09 08:41 PM
  14. papped's Avatar
    The white keyboard doesn't look that bad with the chrome bezel imo. But if you swap it for the black bezel, then the keys look really plain because it stands out so much...
    06-03-09 08:42 PM
  15. Iceman's Avatar
    Looking good maxiang...
    06-03-09 08:52 PM
  16. HoOn's Avatar
    Looks Nice!
    06-03-09 09:03 PM
  17. maxiang's Avatar
    Thanks Iceman, HoonBerry

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    06-03-09 09:09 PM
  18. maxiang's Avatar
    Update: Sent an email to cnn.cn sunday morning about the flat roller and received a reply from Steve this morning. He suggested swapping for a G1 trackball, said it works better, and he's sending it out as a replacment.

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    06-08-09 10:08 AM
  19. wirelessgal's Avatar
    Looks really nice. Great job!
    06-08-09 11:10 AM
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