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PowerBook - Spill on the Touchpad, how do I get under there?

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About a year ago I spilled MAYBE a droplet of soda on my touchpad (i know, i know) & obviously a little got under the clicker and it sticks here and there and is soooo annoying. I hate using another powerbook because the touchpad clicker is so smooth and nice!! Is there anyway I can take the casing off to clean under the touch pad clicker? Any/All suggestions would be great! Thanks
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There will be a guide on this site on how to dissemble the unit. Just choose whatever powerbook you have and bingo! I just recently installed a 160gb drive into one of my powerbooks and part of that process was removing the top cover... Wasn't too daunting (though I had one of the techs at work do it for me )

I am not sure what kind of access you have to the track pad from the bottom of that top cover... but might be worth a shot.
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Hm.. doesn't look too good. seems like the touchpad is kind of attached to the housing.

I like for these problems. Just check an installation instruction and see on their pictures how it looks like in there.

Didn't know which PB you have so I just selected one: if you click through there you see at some point "the other side" of the trackpad. You might be able to take that off and clean it - not sure though.

Sorry, doesn't help a lot but it's a start.
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The touchpad is indeed attached to the top case, however it can be removed with a little effort. This is a fairly straight forward repair, just make sure you have the right tools in advance. RadTech sells pretty much everything you'd need (nylon sticks, tiny phillips screwdriver, etc).

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