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How to clean the Mighty Mouse's scroll ball
Authored by: JRyan on Apr 25, '07 08:50:18AM

YES. It worked! I could scroll up but not down.. of course. Apple's instructions didn't work too well, so out came the Q-Tips, alchohol, toothbrush, and a stack of clean paper. Thanks for all the hints, they worked.

I liked the idea of rolling the mouse upside down on the paper, because it was as lint free as I could get. I wet the ball with the alchohol (using the q-tip), rolled it around with my finger to spread the moisture (while pressing down on it to make good contact with the inside parts) and then rolled it upside down vigoursly on the paper. Then I carefully scrolled the ball and picked up the loosened dirt with a clean wet (alchohol) q-tip.

With this came progress, but it wasn't perfect, so I crammed the tip of my toothbrush down in there and scrubbed at the connectors and then repeated the whole upside down rolling thing and got out more grime. My old friend is back!!

Now I'll take better care to do regular maintenence with alcohol and q-tips...


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