Cleaning Mighty Mouse Scroll Wheel

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lasuther, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. lasuther macrumors 6502a

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    Is there a way to clean up the mighty mouse? My scroll wheel no longer works right. Thanks for the help.
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    There are loads of threads on this but searching can be difficult on this forum. Turn the mouse upside down on a clean sheet of paper and roll the ball vigorously. If that doesn't work use a slightly damp cloth instead of the paper.
     
  3. mothergoose45 macrumors member

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    Use about 6 Q tips, (switching them out as they collect grime from in there) with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on them. Roll the ball around with them for 5 minutes or so. Fixed mine back to new.
     
  4. darwinian macrumors 6502a

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    I've found my method to be fairly effective, but it's very high tech, and not a lot of people will have access to such a device. Plus it's loud.

    Having said all of that, try doing what I do:

    1) pick up the mouse between the thumb and the forefinger
    2) bring the mouse near your face
    3) aim your mouth at the ball
    4) give a sharp burst of air, and simultaneously think very hard about all the little dirt particles flying out.

    :)

    Truth be told this works most of the time for me. Canned air works too, but that seems like overkill for me.
     
  5. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    I use alcohol wipes to clean it. Turn the mouse upside down and lightly wipe the ball several times. If you do this a few a week the mouse will not get messy.
     
  6. MacFanBoyIIe macrumors 6502

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  7. iJesus macrumors 6502a

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    why is that a joke?
    I always do that to mine

    *lick*
    eww, salty

    :p
     
  8. dylan macrumors 6502

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    Run it firmly and vigorously across some clean paper.
     
  9. MacFanBoyIIe macrumors 6502

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    This actually works very well.
     
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  11. MacHiavelli macrumors 6502a

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  12. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I do it like the way that MacHiavelli's link does it. But the I want to make clear, in that link, the first ring that person removed does not need to be removed.
     
  13. pazreal macrumors regular

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    The sheet of paper plus mouth bursts of air usually did the trick. However having to do it often eventually led me to abandon the MM for a mx revolution.
     
  14. IronApple macrumors newbie

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    Scroll Wheel Is Functional Again!

    The alcohol swab worked out nicely.

    Thanks everyone:)
     
  15. Rich Scheidel macrumors newbie

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    Unplug mouse. Hold USB plug and let mouse dangle. Raise arm over head and start swinging mouse vigorously around and around with great speed. Then let go. Mouse smashes into something hard and self destructs and while it doesn't fix it, does give great personal satisfaction. Buy new mouse.
     
  16. 3689507 macrumors newbie

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  17. nicksmolenski macrumors regular

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    Wow this thread started a while ago - I hope you upgraded to the magic mouse by now :D
     
  18. eastmann, Jan 4, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2011

    eastmann macrumors newbie

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    Inner Ring

    I did these instructions and it SORT of worked. I can't get the inner ring back on and I gorilla glued the outer ring. I have to hold the scroll ball pretty hard in order to get it to scroll down, but it's better than it was. The only real problem now is getting that inner ring back on. Any thoughts?
     

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