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Old March 17th, 2010, 09:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello. My eris's trackball is now the same color as the body of the phone. I'd really like to clean the dirt off of it. What could I use to clean the trackball?

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Old March 17th, 2010, 09:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've read that an alcohol wipe will work well.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 11:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow, that's a good question.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 11:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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you know, i thought the trackball was a good feature, but i rarely if ever use it.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 12:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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comes in handy when trying to edit text otherwise I rarely touch the thing. coming from BB it did help ease the transition
yeah use an alcohol wipe and you should be fine
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First, I would wash your hands more often.


How does the trackball turn black.....somebody has been touching things they should have not been touching
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Eriscentro: Hello. My eris's trackball is now the same color as the body of the phone. I'd really like to clean the dirt off of it. What could I use to clean the trackball?
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Old March 18th, 2010, 03:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My trackball is also almost BLACK.

My gf's Eris looks bright and light. I'm jealous. I clean with alcohol and q-tips but it doesn't get ANY LIGHTER.

I fear that my Eris trackball is now BLACK forever. It still lights up. It's just uglier.

At this point, it just matches the phone.

So I'm also looking for advice here. I also tried hot water and a toothbrush.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 03:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You might want to try some soap and water on your hands. Here is how:

Step 1: set water to warm, not hot
Step 2: apply a FAIR amount of soap to the outside of the hand
Step 3: move hands against each other in a soothing yet rough motion
Step 4: grab towel and dry your hands until they are as dry as the Saraha
Step 5: finally, your are able to pick up your phone and have fun
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Old March 18th, 2010, 03:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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These are for blackberries, but I figure that some of the info would appply to the Eris.

YouTube - How To Clean BlackBerry Trackball - Tutorial by Gazelle.com

YouTube - Blackberry Trackball Removal and Cleaning
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Old March 18th, 2010, 04:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I don't know if I'm brave enough to rip out that track ball.

If it gets any darker, I'll be tempted.

Has anyone attempted this feat yet, and not damaged it?
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Funny, I thought when I left crackberry I'd never see another thread like this one!

We used to use just a LIGHT amount of alcohol. Also, rolling it on a clean sheet of paper will help.

Also, I think I used the trackball once in the beginning to see if it worked, haven't used it since--how does it get dirty?!
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We used to use just a LIGHT amount of alcohol. Also, rolling it on a clean sheet of paper will help.

Also, I think I used the trackball once in the beginning to see if it worked, haven't used it since--how does it get dirty?!
The thing about the Blackberries I had was that the trackball assembly could be removed. There are even video tutorials on how to do it properly and safely.

There was often quite a wad of lint in there. A good cleaning was necessary for function after a lot of use.

I would not dare to try to take apart the Eris trackball assembly.
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First, I would wash your hands more often.


How does the trackball turn black.....somebody has been touching things they should have not been touching
Ya know, being a diesel tech, I might be offended by this statement. Is it implied that those of us that work in an enviroment the tends to be greasy, oilly, and just plain dirty are not of the same nature to have this tyoe of technology in our pockets??? something to think about.
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You might want to try some soap and water on your hands. Here is how:

Step 1: set water to warm, not hot
Step 2: apply a FAIR amount of soap to the outside of the hand
Step 3: move hands against each other in a soothing yet rough motion
Step 4: grab towel and dry your hands until they are as dry as the Saraha
Step 5: finally, your are able to pick up your phone and have fun
Step 6: bow to Porky101
yet again, it would appear that your mouth (fingers in this cas) seems to enguage before your brain.
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Ok, so it seems we may have a comedian in here. It's not cool to mock users for asking a question. This is Android Forums, not Showtime at the Apollo, so let's show some courtesy and be helpful.
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I'm fairly annoyed with the "wash your hands more often" statements. First of all, my phone has never been touched when my hands are anything but clean. It drives me insane when my electronics are greasy or dirty. The reason why my trackball is so dirty (I'm fairly sure) is because the case I put my phone into had a black piece of material on the inside, and from constantly taking the phone out of the case and putting it back in, the scroll ball would always be moved and would get residue on it, thus turning it black.
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