how do you take a mighty mouse apart?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by squeeks, Sep 18, 2007.

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    squeeks

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    wireless

    without breaking it, my scroll ball dosent go up

    id like to try and clean it, searched google but to no avail
     
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    lofight

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    i really think you can't do it, without breaking it...
     
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    flopticalcube

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    You don't take the mouse apart to clean it. Roll it around upside down on a piece of clean paper. Apple support has a page on cleaning the mighty mouse, you should search there.

    Here:
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=302417
    http://a248.e.akamai.net/7/248/51/3...fo.apple.com/images/kbase/302417/302417_1.mov

    EDIT: Cleaning link from Apple added to MR Guide.
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    This might be what you are looking for:

    http://web.mac.com/karelgil/iWeb/MacWebSite/MightyMEng.html

    I'd try the Apple-recommended cleaning technique first before taking it apart, though.
     
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    squeeks

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    sweet, thats exactly what i wanted, i found another review of taking it apart but it wasent nearly as helpful
     
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    squeeks

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    yeah i tried the upside down roll around thing it didnt help
     
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    flopticalcube

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    If that's the case, and the mouse is less than a year old, have Apple replace it.
     
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    pjarvi

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    I've taken a MM apart before, and it's not something I would recommend. The bottom ring of the mouse has little poles that are melted into place. Taking a part the mouse basically require breaking those little poles. The only way to get it to stay back together again is by gluing that bottom ring back on.
     
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    CashGap

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    I wasn't able to restore "up" scrolling on my wireless Mighty Mouse with the standard cleaning technique.

    I cut a 3/16" wide piece of index card, bent it to a crescent shape, and slid that down between the ball and the mouse body. Sliding it around dislodged a lot of crud.

    The standard cleaning technique then removed the crud, and it works perfectly with smooth "feel" (no 'clickiness' in the scroll due to crud).

    FYI, YMMV
     
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    bit_bucket

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    Brilliant. This worked when nothing else would.
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    How to take apart and re-assemble a mac mouse

    Okay. I have just successfully taken apart and re-assembled an Apple Mac mouse.

    1. You need to take a butter knife and pry off the oval ring. Be sure you have superglue handy. It won't snap back on. You have to glue it.
    2. Be careful not to remove the side buttons like I did. They are hard to get back on.
    3. Be super careful not to separate the top and the base too far or else the ribbon wire will come undone (like I did) and it is real hard to plug it back into place.
    4. You can take the screws out of the trackball unit. The ball won't come out very easily but you can still blow on the ball and get the dust out

    To put back together:
    1. If you accidentally removed the side-buttons you need to put them back on. There appears to be a very slight curve toward the front of the mouse so I believe each one can only go on it's own side of the mouse. Slightly unscrew the circuit board near the side-buttons so you can get the two notches on the two flanges that stick up. Be sure to re-tighten the screw(s).
    2. If you accidentally unplugged the ribbon cable, firmly plug it back in being careful not to bend the cable.
    3. Gently snap the top onto the bottom unit making sure the two plastic side pins snap into the two slots.
    4. Be careful to put the cord into the proper alignment with the plastic slot.
    4. Put LITTLE dabs of superglue on connection points of the big plastic oval ring that is visible from the outside bottom of the mouse. Then press and hold the oval ring onto the mouse.

    If you have done it right, all should work.
     
  12. macrumors newbie

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    inconsistent/inop ability to click

    My clicker was inconsistent and difficult to click and the mouse needed to be replaced after 3 years. I decided to take the mouse apart to explore the problem.

    Unless you are going to replace the mouse, I wouldn't recommend taking it apart. I found it very difficult to put back together, specifically, the 2 side buttons have tabs that must line up with opposite holes correctly.

    I eventually removed the side buttons and put it back to together. Turns out the mouse is clicking again like new. I never used the side buttons anyway. Until i spend $60 on the new wireless mouse, this will work great.
     
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    Freis968

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    Initially for me, putting rubbing alcohol onto a paper towel and then rubbing the mouse ball around worked great, now it does not work at all. I tried the recommended Apple way of fixing it as well but to no avail.

    I am getting to the point of cracking my mouse open and performing surgery on it.

    It would be nice to have a Magic Mouse version of the Mighty Mouse....it feels so much better in my hand than the Magic Mouse.
     

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