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One method of cleaning a Mighty Mouse scroll ball
Authored by: vrillusions on Dec 18, '06 09:11:31AM

Wanted to confirm this does work.

We have had a couple mice here that we've tossed in our box o' mice because the scrollball didn't work. Putting pressure on the ball when rolling did dislodge it... for about a week or two. It got to the point that we went back to our other generic mice with scroll wheels, which I still had to use anyway since I have a KVM on my desk and the ((IMO) not-so-)mighty mouse's scroll ball ONLY works when plugged straight into the powerbook.

OK, rantings aside, I did this to a mouse and it's working great so far. I guess see how long this method works. Closest I've tried prior to this was taking a piece of scotch tape, laying it on the table sticky side up, and with the mouse upside down, roll the ball on tape. If you recall, that's always been the recommended way of cleaning the tracking ball on mice, prior to led/laser mice *shudders at the thought*.

It took a few times before I could get the tape to feed in correctly. Like the author, nothing noticeable was on the tape. I was able to slowly rotate the tape around so I could move the tape in all directions. I was able to do this, moving it back and forth and rotating around (was able to go 180ΒΊ in this time) for about 30 seconds before the tape started to rip and I had to feed it out.



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