Mighty Mouse ScrollBall Problems?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by irishvic, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. irishvic macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2004
    The scroll ball on my mighty mouse scrolls forward sideways but not back anymore, just happened right now too. Has this happened to anyone before and how do I fix this
  2. bursty macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2004
    Yup, I had the same thing. Pissed me off so much that I decided to take it apart and see what the hell was going on. Never fixed the problem so I just pitched the damn thing. Back to my trusty MS Intellimouse. :rolleyes:
  3. irishvic thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2004
    i need this fixed im a poor college man with little funds
  4. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    Try holding it upside down and blowing into the ball....give it a nice shake and see what happens.

  5. irishvic thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2004
  6. mpq macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2005
    The Mighty Mouse sucks. I'm on my second and the scroll has already failed.:mad:
  7. LastLine macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    i'm on my second too.

    Mind both still work great :D
  8. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    When did you purchase it? You may be able to get a replacement from Apple.
  9. Kernow macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2005
    This has happened to me a couple of times - I think it is just due to gunk building up on the ball when you scroll.

    I have always managed to fix it by either doing what 2nyRiggz says above, giving the ball a thorough clean with a slightly damp cloth, or turning the mouse upside down & pressing & scrolling the ball really hard.
  10. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    there's still hope

    My mighty mouse stopped scrolling up for months, I ranted and swore at it...then it started working again...then it stopped scrolling down....uggh

    then it started working fine again and that's where I'm at right now...

    Basically its a piece of crap, but when it works it's good...so maybe it will work again some day like mine...
  11. law guy macrumors 6502a

    law guy

    Jan 17, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    I've found that it stops scrolling when the ball gets dirty - an issue for those who grab lunch at their desk from time-to-time. You could try to clean it - a little glass plus on a rag - obviously not very easy to clean.
  12. jared_kipe macrumors 68030


    Dec 8, 2003
    One more reason for me to sell the new mighty mouse from my new imac. Can you remove the ball? Probably not, but take it apart and clean the ball and sensors well.

    OR unplug her, and take a drop of rubbing alcohol and drop it on the ball and swish it in several directions, let her dry for a while and then plug her back in and see how she works. Its dry when you can't smell the alcohol. ;)
  13. JoMilla macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2007
    Solution: Hold the mouse Upside down and thrash the ball around vigorously. Apply a small pressure so that the ball will allow dust/whatever to work its way out. If that doesnt work you can try running a damp clothe over it. Hope this helps.
  14. kainen28 macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2010
    Apple Mighty Mouse

    Apple Mighty Mouse has attractive design, scroll ball is really comfortable and easy to use. Its Works with Windows and Mac systems as well,integration with Tiger is flawless. Still I using this but I don't having problem with that.
  15. steviem macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    Mine had problems after a year. I tried a Magic mouse but after 30 minutes (thats what I love about Apple Stores) of using it, my wrist was pretty sore.

    The Magic Trackpad on the other hand (figuratively, not literally), is a pleasure to use.
  16. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Quite a thread-bump there! :)

    I'd just like to add - be wary of cleaning your Mighty Mouse too hard, as some suggested above. After vigorously cleaning mine a while back, the ball finally started to move freely. But when I tried to use it, nothing. I must have broken a roller inside the mouse when cleaning it.

    If you still have a Mighty Mouse, I'd recommend cleaning it regularly, before it gets stuck, rather than only when a problem happens.
  17. LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
  18. CravenA macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2010

    I have cleaned my mouse the way many suggest (damp but not wet cloth & vigorous rolling of the ball) and up to now this always eventually works.
    But now to the odd thing and reason for this post. On more than one occasion I've given up cleaning 'cos I can't get the mouse scrolling properly and rather than get irritated have put the machine to sleep and gone off to something else.
    Next time I use it the mouse is perfect. So, what's happened while I've been away?
  19. ericbidwell macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2010
    scrolling problem

    Same problem, wouldn't scroll up. Fixed it by wiping the ball with spec lense cleaner(Gave it a good wipe) rolling the ball for about 10 seconds to give the lense cleaner a good coverage. Worked fine.

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