Solved How do I keep my trackball from slipping?

Logitech Logitech wireless trackball m57...
October 14, 2015 at 05:54:08
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Logitech trackball (and all trackballs I've ever owned) don't track well at some point. How can I keep them from slipping and keep them tracking accurately?

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#1
October 14, 2015 at 07:43:02
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I have a Logitech trackball but decided I couldn't get used to how
it works after only a few hours of trying it, so my experience is very
limited. I used ball mice a lot, though, and know what happens to
them as they age. Do you clean the ball fairly regularly? I expect
that the trackball uses a sensor that looks at the ball directly, so
there would not be any rotating axels to pick up gunk from the ball,
but the ball probably still transfers gunk to whatever supports it.
The supports need to be cleaned, too.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#2
October 14, 2015 at 08:19:47
Thanks, Jeff. Yes, I clean the ball regularly, but maybe not with the "correct" cleaning product. I have even tried spray furniture polish suggested on other websites, and that worked really well for several years. Apparently now I need another approach.


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#3
October 15, 2015 at 22:10:16
Warm soapy water is perfect for cleaning the privates of any rodent... and then dry with a paper towel...

Using polishes various might well leave a coating that will provide a base for other stuff to adherer to, and thus the sliding/slipping effect will result even more...

The internal rollers often have fluff etc. wrapped around them; and often a caked on grease layer. One unpicks (with a small screwdriver blade pehaps, or large-ish needle or similar pointed tool) the fluff. The caked on stuff may need the blade of a small screwdriver, knife etc. to scrape it off. And of course blow out the cavity with a strong jet of air.

Then restore the ball and your done - until the 10,000 mile service...



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#4
October 16, 2015 at 05:59:41
Thanks, trvlr. "Internal rollers??" What internal rollers? (I'm not of the take-stuff-apart sort.)

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#5
October 16, 2015 at 08:36:50
I just dug out my Logitech "Marble Mouse" trackball.
It has no rollers. The ball rests on three very tiny white
plastic (probably teflon) hemispheres. There appear to
be two optical windows which view the underside of the
speckle-covered ball. The ball easily pops in and out.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#6
October 16, 2015 at 10:08:37
Understood... I was thinking the trackerball systems worked the internall rollers principle, as per a conventional rodent...

I would be inlined to clean those internal "pads" with something like isopropyly alchohol?


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#7
October 16, 2015 at 11:09:26
Understood... I was thinking the trackerball systems worked the internall rollers principle, as per a conventional rodent...

I would be inlined to clean those internal "pads" with something like isopropyl alchohol on a cotton bud stick wrapped in a tisuue (tissue to help prevent cotton fibres getting inside), or a small paint brush (water colours style?).


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#8
October 16, 2015 at 17:24:12
Alas, I've already tried isopropyl alcohol.

Sounds as if I might have to order a new trackball. . . .

Thanks for trying!


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