I never knew this, regarding Apple's Mighty Mouse...

PowerMac G4 MDD

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All current and former Mighty Mouse-users’ lives are a lie.

TL;DR: the ticking sound when you scroll a Mighty Mouse? It's fake. It's produced by a mini speaker.

So, today, I was cleaning some Mighty Mice—I found out that a toothbrush can help free grime from the scroll ball and allow it to work properly again. With this method, I was able to get one stubborn Mighty Mouses' ball unstuck.

With another, however, nothing I was trying was working... so, I opened it up (which proved to be easy) and disassembled the whole ball mechanism. It was quite interesting, and I was able to totally clean the internals. (Only thing, however, is that the mouse is—as far as I can tell—impossible to re-assemble, as the squeeze-gesture buttons cannot be re-inserted once removed.)

While doing so, I noticed that there’s a miniature speaker on the PCB; and, whatever I did kinda broke the mouse's scroll mechanism: I cleaned it out, but I must have done something incorrect. (It was a lost cause anyway, given that I couldn't re-assemble the mouse—unless I could have maybe torn those buttons off and left them out.) Upon plugging it in while it was still disassembled, I heard a constant buzzing noise that sounded exactly like a Mighty Mouse ball being scrolled: I found out that the ball isn’t powered; rather, the ticking noise you hear when you scroll the ball—only when the mouse is plugged in, of course—is merely a sound effect played on a speaker!
 
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vertical smile

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Not surprising. Actually, there are many simulated noises on products today, which in the past, the noises were a consequence of using the product .


Two that come to mind are car related.

Many (all?) cars today simulate the relay noise of the turn signal relays using a speaker.

Another example is that some cars pump fake engine noise into the cab via a speaker.
 

PowerMac G4 MDD

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Not surprising. Actually, there are many simulated noises on products today, which in the past, the noises were a consequence of using the product .


Two that come to mind are car related.

Many (all?) cars today simulate the relay noise of the turn signal relays using a speaker.

Another example is that some cars pump fake engine noise into the cab via a speaker.

Yup, our 2000 Jaguar XKR had a phony blinker sound effect. It sounded like someone were making clicking noises with his tongue; it was rather odd. In fact, that whole car sounded odd.

As for the fake engine sound effects, I'm aware, and I find that kind of sad. In an electric car, it would be cool; however, with a traditional I.C.E., that's hidden cheating. At least, in an electric car, it would be obvious and novel.
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Not surprising. Actually, there are many simulated noises on products today, which in the past, the noises were a consequence of using the product .


Two that come to mind are car related.

Many (all?) cars today simulate the relay noise of the turn signal relays using a speaker.

Another example is that some cars pump fake engine noise into the cab via a speaker.

By the way, I always had thought that the MM's scroll ball was turning some miniature gears or something. It turns out that it uses four of those traditional tracking rods, in miniature size—VERY small. They are held in magnetically, so as to allow the scroll ball to feel as though it's floating. Very neat design.
[doublepost=1553827863][/doublepost]Okay, it's actually not supposed to have been hidden from the public; it's just not well-known...

http://macdailynews.com/2005/08/02/apples_new_mighty_mouse_provides_audio_feedback_for_clicking_and_scrolling/
 

MacGizmo

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Second worst mouse Apple ever released... behind only the hockey puck mouse from the original iMac. ;)
 

Black Tiger

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The easiest and most effective way to clean that scroll ball is simply to turn the mouse upside down, and press it into a piece of paper while moving it vigorously. It’s unfortunate that so many are unaware of this simple fix, but hopefully it helps you in the future!
 

retta283

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My Mighty mouse is wrecked. I tried everything to clean it but it still won't scroll down. I ended up chipping the plastic around the ball in the process. The Mighty Mouse feels good to use, but the ball gets junked quick.

I've known about the sound being emulated for a while. Noticed it when I tried to scroll but the mouse wasn't plugged in.
 

Fishrrman

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"My Mighty mouse is wrecked. I tried everything to clean it but it still won't scroll down. I ended up chipping the plastic around the ball in the process. The Mighty Mouse feels good to use, but the ball gets junked quick."

Get a good Logitech mouse and be done with it.
I haven't used Apple mice or keyboards since "the ADB days"...
 

retta283

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"My Mighty mouse is wrecked. I tried everything to clean it but it still won't scroll down. I ended up chipping the plastic around the ball in the process. The Mighty Mouse feels good to use, but the ball gets junked quick."

Get a good Logitech mouse and be done with it.
I haven't used Apple mice or keyboards since "the ADB days"...
Haven't used the mighty mouse in 11 years bud. I ended up throwing it in a drawer after I damaged the plastic. Switched to my old MS mouse which still works after almost 20 years of service. I would be interested in trying the Magic Trackpad though