How to Fix My Broken Trackball on My Blackberry Curve

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How to Fix My Broken Trackball on My Blackberry Curve
Remove your broken trackball without any fancy tools. (tweezers image by Tomasz Plawski from Fotolia.com)

The trackball is perhaps the most commonly used button on your BlackBerry Curve, and it can malfunction with continued use. Dirt transferred from your hands can become lodged beneath the trackball, or the sensors can become damaged. Fortunately, the trackball is simple to remove and replace. A new trackball assembly is inexpensive and can be purchased online.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Replacement trackball assembly
  • Small flathead screwdriver or tweezers
  • Canned air

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Move the tweezers or screwdriver carefully around the outside edge of the silver ring surrounding the trackball. Use a prying motion to loosen the three clips that hold it in place. Lift the ring from the housing and set it aside.

  2. 2

    Flip your BlackBerry over and tap the battery door. The old trackball assembly will fall out.

  3. 3

    Inspect the opening in the housing where the trackball was. If it appears dirty, use a blast of canned air to clean it up.

  4. 4

    Position the new trackball in the housing. Note the four "toothed" sides---these should be placed so they are facing up, down, left and right.

  5. 5

    Place the silver ring into position. There are three tabs. These go on the bottom (nearest the keypad) and sides. The un-tabbed portion should face the top of your Curve, where the screen is located. Push the ring lightly until it clicks into place.

Tips and warnings

  • Test your trackball after repair by rolling it in all directions as well as pressing down to select an item. If you are still experiencing issues, contact your carrier or BlackBerry for further assistance.
  • These instructions are for BlackBerry Curve models that use the trackball, not the optical trackpad. Do not attempt to remove a trackpad on your own.

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