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How to clean the Mighty Mouse's scroll ball
Authored by: eno on Dec 15, '06 05:26:55AM

I saw the Apple video on how to clean the mouse and gave it a try without too much success.

I then tried cleaning it upside down with a lint-free cloth (for cleaning eye glasses) and some non-conductive LCD panel cleaning spray and that worked well (for several weeks).

But then it started to clog up every few days. Finally today it wouldn't scroll up, so I cleaned it and then it would scroll up but not down!

Today I spent a good 15 minutes cleaning with lint-free cloth, the LCD spray, holding it upside down, sticking bits of paper inside (and removing a lot of gunk), pressing hard, running it on a clean sheet of paper, moistening the paper with the spray, using the cloth again etc.

Finally got it working again. I wonder for how long.

It seems abundantly clear that the design of the device from a usage perspective is utterly brilliant, but the design in terms of cleaning is absolutely terrible. At least the old ball mice were easily cleaned. This thing, however, is a nightmare.



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