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I pulled the trackball out of the Crystal Castles cabinet today, disconnected everything and took a good long look...

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You can't really see it in the picture, but the idler shaft and roller shafts have some pretty significant grooves worn into them. When I roll the ball in the trackball assembly, I can see the encoding wheel does NOT move smoothly and consistently in time with the trackball movement.

Since it appears that I just need the shafts (and probably bearings), I can order a "trackball repair kit' from Happ with the 3 shafts and 6 bearings for $35. That definitely beats paying $100 for a new Happ trackball or $55 plus shipping for a rebuilt one from TNT.

So... I'm going to give it a try myself and see if I can do it. If I screw it up, I can still order the rebuilt one cheaper than buying a new one... although it will be close in the long run. Posted on Sunday, March 12, 2006 2:29 PM | Back to top



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Duct tape the shafts!

cost approx $4
Left by Brian on Mar 16, 2006 7:56 AM

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