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How to Clean, Upgrade, Repair, Mod, Disassemble a Computer TrackBall

A trackball is essentially a mouse turned on its back. Do you want to personalize or repair the trackball of your personal computer? Here is a collection of free do-it-yourself take apart instructions, disassembly pictures, upgrade and repair manuals, as well as modding and cleaning tutorials for trackballs. If you have written a guide yourself (or if you know of tips and tricks not mentioned here), please submit a new entry.

Amiga Mouse [external link]Converting a mouse to a trackball or Rotary Knob.
LogiTech TrackBall [external link]A trackball transplant: merging two broken trackballs.
Logitech M570 Wireless TrackBallHow to take the trackball apart for cleaning the inside.
Logitech M570 Wireless TrackBall [external link]How to replace the middle button on the trackball which has a combination scroll wheel/middle button, over time this button began to get flaky. There would be weeks where the button wouldn't respond at all, or would only respond to exceptional force.
Logitech M570 Wireless TrackBall [external link]This trackball can be easily disassembled, to do this you need to unscrew five screws, now the ball may be removed by slightly pressing through the hole bottom.
Logitech MX-510 Performance Optical Mouse/ MX-518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse [external link]Panther XL mod: a step-by-step tutorial with detailed pictures about a mouse to trackball conversion.
Microsoft IntelliMouse [external link]Hacking a Mouse for a Happ Trackball. This process should work for almost any optics-based arcade controller, eg trackball, spinner, 360 degree steering wheel, optical rotary joystick etc...of course you'll need to figure out the differences between the Happ optic board and whatever board you are using.

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