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Friday, October 26, 2007

Cleaning the Apple Mighty Mouse

I have an Apple G5 iMac and I use the standard Apple Mighty Mouse with it. This is a wired, optical mouse , with a small tracker ball on top for scrolling. The top ball develops the same dirt build up on the underlying rollers that afflicts conventional ball mice. However the Mighty Mouse is much harder to remove the ball. Mine stopped up scrolling , so I googled this problem and found this excellent site.

http://www.linklink.co.uk/apple-computers/cleaning-inside-and-dismantling-the-apple-mighty-mouse/

It's a fiddly job, and the tiny magnetic rollers are best handled with non ferrous (i.e. non-magnetic) tools, so a pair of plastic tweezers are a big help. I followed the instructions above and my mouse is back to normal. Shame it's so hard and involves forcing the "skirt" section away, necessitating super glue to fix it back on though


Update May 2010

Well once again the tiny roller ball has stopped working. I really like the look of the new magic mouse which has no scroll ball, just senses touch movement. However I want it wired - wireless mice are too much effort for too little benefit IMHO. I always find the batteries run out at the worst moment. I'm not sure that apple will produce a wired magic mouse though :(

Update June 2010

Well I got a Logitech LS1 mouse for fathers day. Worked great out of the box with my iMac G5, comfortable with both a vertical and horizontal scroll capability. there are mac-specific drivers you can download from the Ligitech website. Goodbye mighty mouse ......

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