what is wrong with the MACs mouse

Discussion in 'macOS' started by veteq, May 17, 2008.

  1. veteq macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2008
    Is anyone else experiencing problems with the mouse wheel?
    The one that came with the Imac started to act up shortly after I got it. I couldn't scroll up using the wheel. This gave me a good excuse to buy a wireless one. Now the wireless one is doing the same thing. This cannot be coincidence. Two dead units in less them 3 months.
  2. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    LOL, you can tell a switcher a mile away just by the way they type. Sorry for the pun but you made it easy.:D

    You should try repairing permissions first, if no go then resetting the PRAM should help. Restart your Mac then on the keyboard hold down "Commnand-Option-P and R" Wait for the chime to sound then let go and allow the Mac to start up. Resetting the PRAM clears all memory.
  3. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    You can tell a switcher by people who refer to Mac as MAC
  4. veteq thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2008
    I am a switcher, I find it funny that people think it is acceptable to have a mouse stop working after a few weeks... and windows is the one with problems.
    Unbelievable the attitude of some of the members around here. I really feel welcome now.
  5. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    Just clean the scroll ball, that should make it work again. I just run the scroll ball around on my jeans once every couple of weeks to get the gunk out.

    Also, there's nothing wrong with being a switcher, although a dirty mouse has nothing to do with what OS you run. The Mighty Mouse is a decent mouse for a pack-in, but I wouldn't buy one for the asking price. A much more capable Logitech or Microsoft mouse can be had for that price.
  6. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    i've had mine for over a year and haven't had a single issue with it.
  7. GotPro macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2007
    Well, quite honestly the Apple mouse is one of the worst inventions of all time.

    I thoroughly recommend picking up ANY wired or wireless third party mouse.

    I use this one, wirelessly and it's flawless... NO DRIVERS NEEDED.

    Much Better Mouse
  8. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    Well, the mouse is definitely not Apple's piez de resistance. Kinda like how you don't buy an iPod for the earbuds.

    Apple popularized mice, but since then has made some weird ones--you're lucky you didn't get the much maligned hockey puck mouse.

    I'm not an Apple apologist. I like Macs, but not the mighty mouse. I see you feel the same. None of us here is representing Apple as if we were their customer service department.

    So just call them, tell them you're a switcher and have had two bum mice and are not off to a good start.

    Offer that you'd like them to send you free of charge another brand of wireless mouse from the Apple online store. My guess is they'll do it.

    Call 408.996.1010, speak to an operator and ask for corporate customer relations. They can get stuff done.
  9. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Most people who've had problems with the scroll ball on their mouse find that cleaning it fixes the problem. The first reply to your thread not only told you that, but they took the time to give you the link to the Apple support document explaining exactly how to do that.

    In the off chance that cleaning your mice doesn't work, they're both covered under a warranty that lasts more than "a few weeks".

    Nobody here thinks its acceptable to have a mouse that stops working after a few weeks. You created a thread with a some what sensational title, and you basically misspelled Mac by the way you capitalized it. Some are reacting to that, not your plight with the Mighty Mouse(s).
  10. veteq thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2008
    Thanks for the help; for those that helped, the permissions was the issue in this case. greatly appreciated.
    It's unfortunate that I keep running into users that think they are "superior" because they have been using Mac for awhile.
    I am primarily a Linux user as I code in "C" for a living.
    I am getting tired and disappointed with the attitude of many of the Mac users (this is not the 1st time).
    The main reasons some of the users knew I was new to the OS was because I was not aware of what seems to be a common problem, permissions, who's fault is that? the user or the OS? I had enough issues with permissions in Linux, I thought this was behind me with the MAC, my mistake.
  11. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Actually, no. The "new to the OS" (switcher) comments came up because of how you capitalized Mac, not because you didn't know to repair permissions. Glad you're mice are working.

  12. BlakTornado Guest


    Apr 24, 2007
    Washington, OH
    Actually, they don't... that's why it's only got 2.5 stars.

    Some people will vote high because they vote when they get their Mac. Others who have had problems, like me, vote low.

    I say that the Mighty Mouse lets down the Macintosh severely.

    Apple needs to fix this and fast. A new mouse would be good. Personally, I replaced mine with a Logitech mouse and haven't felt better since :)

    No more wrist cramps.

    Oh, and Macs have their fair share of problems... just a lot less than Windows xD Plus a peripheral being terrible is kinda less important to Apple than the fact that Macs have no viruses and Windows has hundreds... maybe they should peep out of their good-looking, virus-free, secure arses a little bit and see that the Mighty Mouse is indeed terrible and a let down to the Mac experience. I couldn't stand how dirty it became and how quickly it became that dirty.

    Don't worry; we're not all like that.

    And it was only a jokey comment about how it's easy to tell the new switchers from the seasoned Mac user :) I doubt it was intended to be offensive.
  13. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    Here is what you do.

    Take a normal piece of white paper.

    Turn mouse upside down and roll it around on the white paper in circles a few times.

    On the paper you will see all the gunk that comes from your nasty unclean hands.

    Your mouse now works.
  14. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    Repairing permissions almost never fixes any problems anyway, especially not hardware problems! Too many people treat it like a voodoo solution, since they don't understand it. The only good thing is that it won't hurt, and just wastes your time.

  15. veteq thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2008
    thanks guys for all the support.
    BlakTornado thanks for the link I didn't realize how low it rated, time for Apple to redesign it.
    I got a Logitech mouse a few weeks back but kept "waking up" the computer, that's when I got the wireless mouse.
    I sold the windows PC so there is not turning back for me :). Plus, I am really enjoying the new computer, apart from the mouse issues.

  16. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Actually that's incredibly strange that the permissions fix solved your mouse problem. Never seen it fix THAT before. :confused:

    In fact, I would venture to say that if by chance your problem comes back and a second permissions repair doesn't fix it, take the mouse to an Apple store, or call up Apple support. They should and HAVE replaced these mice under warranty when their scroll balls fail and a cleaning doesn't help.

    Permissions issues unfortunately happen occasionally when software is installed, and a coder doesn't quite get the process down quite right. The good news is, there's at least a graphical way of easily fixing the problem (imagine telling someone unfamiliar with UNIX that they have to run fsck?).

    And finally, yes, as an ubuntu user as well as OS X, and a 1 year + switcher from Windows, I share your pain regarding the "switcher" talk, and I complain about it loudly but it consistently falls on deaf ears. When switchers post on these forums seeking help, they want HELP, not an opinion on whether it's obvious to everyone that they're a "mac noob." I can only presume these same people who chortle at the switchers, want Macs to stay niche and don't mind driving people away from the platform by making them feel unwelcome. In fact, I guess it kinda makes sense really, given the smugness, that they want to retain their exclusivity even if it is to the platform's detriment. Oh well.
  17. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Wash your hands. People with dirty hands have this problem with the Mighty Mouse. EDIT: Nevermind, I see it was a permissions problem. :)

    Also, Mac is not an acronym. I never understood why people type it like that. Mac is short for Macintosh. MAC is a networking term.


    Also, my main problem with the Mighty Mouse is that I can't right click and left click at the same time. How am I supposed to use Google Sketchup or games at all with this crap mouse? I can't. I got rid of it for a Razer DeathAdder and couldn't be happier.
  18. iBunny macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2004
    I dont use the Mighty Mouse becuase of the crappy scroll wheel.

    The worst mouse I have ever used.

    I love my Mac's but I will never use another Apple mouse. :)
  19. vincebio macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2005
    Id get apple to check your keyboard for its faulty caps lock first.
    oh and welcome....:rolleyes:
  20. Infrared macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    Don't forget the sacrificial goat.

    Repair permissions: 99.5% pure placebo!
  21. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007

    And yet again, my point is proven. :rolleyes:
  22. Infrared macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    The scroll wheel is the best thing on the mouse! I really like it.

    It's the rest of the mouse I'm not so keen on:

    (i) The right button that doesn't work if you so much as think about
    touching the left button.

    (ii) The side buttons that must have been designed for lobster claws or
    something - we can be sure no creature with access to a working human
    hand designed them. They're really hard to press. Except, that is, when
    you don't want to press them. Then they magically self-operate :)

    What's more: the mighty mouse no longer has an appearance that matches
    Apple's current range, with perhaps the exception of the white Macbooks.
    It's actually a leftover from the previous design phase, and for that
    reason alone I can imagine Apple redoing it.

    And one last thing: Apple should enable right-clicking by default in their OS.
    That they don't is a source of confusion for newcomers. Seriously, who would
    guess that CTRL is the right-click modifier?
  23. ScubaDuc macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2003
    I hope you guys don't mind that since the OP seemed to have fixed his mouse, I mention my mouse problems::rolleyes: I am having erratic mouse behavior with both my mice ( A BT Logitech one and a MS USB) with my Mini CD 2Gb Ram and also with the same Logitech BT on my MacBook C2D "black". Have not tried the MS one....

    The pointer is on one side of the screen and as soon as I touch the mouse it jumps to the furthest side. I tried disabling Mouse Acceleration but that becomes a pain with the mini and a 22 inch screen....

    And it happened with 10.4 and is still happening with 10.5.2 but it did not happen with 10.3 on the old G4

    The placebo effect of the repair permission doesn't seem to hold...:p

    I wonder if someone has had the same issues or knows of alternate drivers or something to fix this... :confused:

    P.S. My impression is that the mouse jumps when the HD caches.... but is just an impression
  24. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    There are 3rd party mouse drivers you could try, like SteerMouse ($20 shareware).

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