Replacement for Might Mouse

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Drumerdude, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. Drumerdude macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2009
    I have a wired mighty mouse that came with my imac, and it worked for a couple of month. Just the other day I tried to scroll up and it didn't. I could scroll down and not up. I hooked up the might mouse from my g5 imac and it worked. I think it has something to do with my scroll bar. Since I didn't do anything physical to break my mouse would I be able to get a replacement, or a discount? :confused::confused:

  2. Benguitar Guest


    Jan 30, 2009
    Q-Tip + Rubbing Alcohol + Mighty Mouse

    Turn MM over, Clean the scroll ball, then dry it with the other side of the Q-tip..

    I personally don't suggest using a Mighty Mouse again... Logitech Mice last a lot longer and are a lot better in my opinion. I have the VX Nano and it is an amazing mouse.

  3. Drumerdude thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Thanks, it still works, but very slow. The scroller clicks on the way down, makes a sound, but not on the way up. I would use a different mouse, but I'm so used to the mighty mouse, i don't think I'll switch. Do you know if I could get a replacement though.
  4. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    Get a can of compressed air (cheap as dirt at any halfway decent computer store) and blow the little bugger out; mine gets stuck from time to time, and a quick blast of air frees it up in a jiffy.
  5. Drumerdude thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Were do you spray the air? It is starting to move a little bit now, but not much.
  6. Jon.Stewart87 macrumors regular

    May 18, 2008
    United States of America
    spray it into the hole where the roller ball is.

    that'll probably clean ya right up.

    yeah i hate mighty mice, but i just bought a 360 so i have no cash to switch lol
  7. Drumerdude thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2009
  8. srl7741 macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2008
    In my world
    VX Nano

    My MM gave out long ago and I purchased two VX Nano's and love-em. Steermouse drives also make the mouse work even better. I purchased two so I have an extra when or if i have mouse issues again.
  9. Drumerdude thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2009
    I'll check that mouse out. If I get a new mouse, it's going to be wireless
  10. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    It's not that hard to take apart a mighty mouse and clean out the scroll ball mechanism. I did it recently with a three year old wired mighty mouse to see if I could do it - it was in a drawer and not being used. I did break a couple of things that I'll mention later.

    Anyway, I didn't take any pictures, but you can see a disassembled mighty mouse here -

    You open it by prying it apart at the side buttons. Stick something pointed like a letter opener and pry the top and bottom apart. This is where I broke the first thing - the ring of plastic that runs around the base and under the side buttons seems to be attached to the top - a bit of super glue should fix this, but it doesn't seem to have any function so I didn't bother yet. I think, but I'm not sure, that you should pull off the side buttons first if you don't want to break the ring.

    The top will then be loose but it's still attached to the base by two plastic prongs. It's easy to pull them apart. This is where I broke the second thing. The top is attached to the circuitry in the base by two ribbon cables. I didn't realize this and tore one of them. If you're more careful than me you can just pull the ends out of the sockets in the base. It turns out that the ribbon I tore controls the function of the left, right and middle button press. I now have a one button mouse that thinks the middle button is being pressed, but I managed to change the mouse settings so that the middle button is mapped to the primary key and it's just like a standard one button mouse.

    Look again at the picture in the web site I linked to. The scroll ball mechanism is in the black box attached to the brown ribbon. You can pull the white cover off and you'll see four little axles each with a black wheels like in this picture - - mine weren't that dirty but had a lot of gunk on them.

    Clean these up, and reassemble the black box. Make sure the black wheels are lined up with the metal plates in the box - they are magnetic and the mouse seems to use induction to determine the direction of motion. Push the white cover back on with the ball inside. Scroll the ball in each direction and look closely to make sure each of the little wheels is moving freely.

    Reassemble the mouse and you'll have one that's as good as new, as long as you don't tear the ribbon cables. If you tear the green one, you'll still have a functioning one button mouse with scroll, but if you tear the brown one, scroll won't work at all.
  11. shivermetimbers macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2008
    McChord, Wash
    I got Isopropyl Alcohol AKA Rubbing Alcohol, wetted a napkin turn MM upside down and cleaned the MM trackball. Works like new...... Simple fix that took less than 1 minute....
  12. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    That's the ugliest thing I've ever seen. If you still want something that looks Apple-like, I suggest MacMice.

    Targus also has some very nice selections.
  13. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    By the way, I did keep the mouse clean for a couple of years using a microfiber cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol, but that eventually stopped working - too much gunk got into the mechanism - which is when the mouse ended up in the drawer.
  14. txnoob macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    I don't care for the mighty mouse, but I'm not spending $50+ on a mouse for every day computer use.
  15. darrellishere macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2007
    I got a logitech replacement for my mighty mouse in search of perfection!

    Worst mistake I ever made, and had to go out and buy another wireless mighty mouse and the difference is amazing, now i can scroll without clicking a giant click wheel like a barbarian. Also scrolling sideways doesn't take a funny sideways click :eek: !!!!!!

    Go pay $50 on a wireless mighty mouse and enjoy the laser tracking :) and keep it clean!

    Ps in the uk their are companies that sell them at discount. Have a look around for a supplier.
  16. shivermetimbers macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2008
    McChord, Wash
    I'm currently running a wireless mighty mouse for my iMac. I have the original mighty mouse that came with my iMac. The scroll button does not work period. I figured I would try to fix it and use for my MBP when I deploy to Kuwait in a month versus buying a new one....

    Here is what I did, I took it apart just like they stated here....

    It was really quite simple.... The only tricky part was being careful disconnecting and reconnecting the cables....they look fragile.. Not rocket science...

    Then I took out the three screws that secured the scroll mechanism to the upper part of the mouse.....YUCK CITY!!!!! It was freaking nasty in there, I consider myself to be quite the clean person....

    I used alcohol to clean everything down in here:
    Putting everything back together took a bit of patience. Those wheel/axle deal-o's will only go one way....murphy proof. The wrong way its too tight and ball will not roll. The white mechanism cage that sandwiches the ball and axles only goes one way also. You can see all the junk on those white axles, those have to be spotless if you want your mouse to scroll again...

    Tightened everything up/put everything back nice and OLD Mighty Mouse works and scrolls like its brand new...all for 30 minutes time and they guy whom posted the above pics and links....

    I would recommend this to anyone with patience and who has the ability to work a letter opener without impaling themselves...easy stuff....
  17. jw2002 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2008
    The Targus wireless mouse does not appear to use bluetooth and instead operates its own wireless protocol in the 2.4 GHz band and requires you to plug in a special receiver into a USB port. This means that it has the potential to interfere with rather than cooperate with other bluetooth devices attempting to use the same band. All these companies need to stop using non-standard RF protocols because it just makes it harder for our components to inter-operate.
  18. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    But it shouldn't be necessary for a 2 month old MM. It is a real love/hate relationship, these Mighty Mouses. The 360 scroll ball is great when it works.

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