cleaning might mouse/how to take it apart?

charlestrippy

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May 29, 2006
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so the little track ball on the mighty mouse is being lame (not scrolling down) -

is there a way to clean it? take mouse apart? or something so i can get into it?

thanks :confused:
 

DannySmurf

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Jul 7, 2005
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Before you possibly destroy your mouse, have you tried blasting some compressed air into it to dislodge whatever is causing the problem?
 

charlestrippy

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May 29, 2006
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DannySmurf said:
Before you possibly destroy your mouse, have you tried blasting some compressed air into it to dislodge whatever is causing the problem?

yeah, it still isnt working...
you know the slight "clicking" noise it makes when you move the ball up/down/left/right? -- well it does it on all the directions except down....
 

bill4588

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Feb 2, 2006
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the users manual says something like getting a lint-free cloth, turning the mouse upside down, and vigorously move the ball (with the cloth) in all directions. i used my shirt and it worked for me. but dont be too gentle because it wont fix it.
 

nitynate

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Jan 22, 2006
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What works for me is getting a shirt, laying it down on a table and pushing the mouse/ball HARD back and fourth a bunch of times.


Fast and hard is the way to do it.
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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How to clean your Mighty Mouse

Although your Mighty Mouse never needs to be fed or watered, you may occasionally find that you need to clean it.

If your Mighty Mouse is covered in fingerprints or its surface has become soiled, it can be gently wiped with a clean lint-free cloth. If necessary, moisten the cloth using only water, making sure not to oversaturate it. Be aware that the mouse contains electronic components that may be damaged if water drips from the cloth into the mouse via the seam around the scroll ball or around its underside.

The same procedure can be used to clean the scroll ball on your Mighty Mouse if it has become discolored or dirty. Use a clean lint-free cloth lightly moistened with water. Wipe the ball and the surrounding area, making sure to rotate the ball itself to ensure complete coverage. If the scrolling feels rough or if the scroll ball isn't scrolling up, down, or side-to-side, hold the mouse upside-down and roll the ball vigorously while cleaning it to help dislodge any particles that may have collected on the internal hardware.

For a movie tutorial, click here. (Movie is approximately 600KB.)
[Link]
 

tech4all

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Jun 13, 2004
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It's funny I was just doing this to my Mighty Mouse when I saw this thread.

nitynate said:
What works for me is getting a shirt, laying it down on a table and pushing the mouse/ball HARD back and fourth a bunch of times.


Fast and hard is the way to do it.
Yes or getting a piece of printer paper and doing the samething. You'll probably see some 'lint' come out along with a little 'trail'. Don't be afraid to a little rough with it.

Works wonders :)
 

charlestrippy

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May 29, 2006
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i tried all that and then some - still nothing -- its making the "clicking" noise as its moving a little more but nothing is scrolling :(
should i take it to the apple "genius" bar? or can i take it apart?
 

pianoman

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May 31, 2006
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if you take it apart and destroy it, it's your fault. if the genius destroys it, it's their fault. apple isn't going to give you a new MM if you break yours. they will if they break it.

take it to a genius and have them clean it or give you a new one (if they'll even do that).
 

thewhitehart

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Jul 9, 2005
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The same thing is constantly happening to me - My mighty mouse refuses to scroll down. No matter how many times I clean it with a cloth, or run it hard upside-down on a table, it still gets jammed up.

Here's what I did, based on a tip I found in a blog. Cut a small strip of scotch (cellophane) tape no wider than the mouse ball. Tape the edge of it to the mouse ball, and while holding the edge of the tape in one hand, push the tape into the mouse. Let it wind around the mouseball, all the while holding the edge of the tape so it doesn't completely wind around the ball. Pull it out, and do this in several directions. If you're lucky like me, you'll find the minescule bits of lint and dust that get stuck below the ball, preventing it from scrolling down.

After doing this a few times, my mouse finally scrolls down again. It still gets jammed up once in a while though, especially with scrolling down, which accounts for most scrolling action with the average user. I hope the next version of mighty mouse is more resilient to dust getting stuck there.
 

wordmunger

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Sep 3, 2003
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I just got the problem and tried the vigorous upside down rubbing with lint-free cloth (polyester shirt), and it seems to have fixed it. Thanks!
 

donvader

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Jul 27, 2008
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I worked!

Hey, it worked!!! I'm going to do this to every one in the department. I always just switched them out with mice from other computers in the department that aren't used as much on my shift.

Thanx!!!
 

SteveRT327

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Nov 6, 2011
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Interesting I've always used alcohol

No, drinking didn't help..

Isopropyl on a tissue rubbed vigorously across the ball gets it going. But, the time between treatments is getting shorter and shorter now. Might take the trip to the genius bar..
 

johnhw

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Jun 16, 2009
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No, drinking didn't help..

Isopropyl on a tissue rubbed vigorously across the ball gets it going. But, the time between treatments is getting shorter and shorter now. Might take the trip to the genius bar..
Does Apple even support this thing (Heck, I don't even know if they still sell it)? The Magic Mouse has been out for 2 years already..

I suggest taking it apart, you'll never know there is LOADS of dirt inside.