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How to deep clean my old microsoft trackball?

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May 2, 2012 5:59:14 PM

hi there-

i've had this thumb trackball for years and i love it...

http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Trackball-Optical-track...

anyway, as you can see it's super expensive/impossible to replace and my M1 button has begun to stick, making my gaming very aggravating.

i wondered if there was anyone that could tell me how to clean underneath the button without breaking it? would anyone know if i can pop off the button and clean underneath or something like that?

any tips are appreciated.
May 2, 2012 6:29:54 PM

There should be come screws on the bottom that let you open the mouse casing up.
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May 3, 2012 1:03:57 AM

Put it in the dishwasher. Let it dry. Spray button with "Tuner Cleaner" from radio shack or some 3M contact spray. Keep it away from the heating element in DW.
Used to clean all kinds of electonics this way. Even $10K items. Make sure it is dry before you turn it back on.
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May 3, 2012 7:05:39 PM

the dishwasher?? that sounds terrifying. does that really work? and how long is the turnaround for it to dry off?
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May 4, 2012 5:00:19 AM

I used to work for an aircraft company. We washed digital volt meters, counters, powersuplies and all kinds of high ticket items. Worked fine. It should dry in 24 hours unless it is completly sealed or you live in very high humidity area. Old paper or cardboard caps could be a problem. We sprayed them with a sealer. I dont think there are many around anymore.
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May 4, 2012 8:07:09 PM

immaxx said:
the dishwasher?? that sounds terrifying. does that really work? and how long is the turnaround for it to dry off?

I wash keyboards in the sink the same way, just clean them with dish soap and let them dry.
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