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Offline Joe

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In which I hack my mouse's scroll wheel
« on: December 21, 2005, 06:02 PM »
I use the scroll button about equally as the left button, so you can imagine my distress when yesterday it broke all of a sudden.  That is, it could slightly scroll upward, but downward was right out.

"Oh, hell," I said to myself when faced with the prospect of having to get a new mouse or try to hunt up one around the house that has a ball (I'm way too used to an optical model to reacquaint myself with the ball's friction).  I looked carefully at the bottom, and there was a screw apparent.  I had nothing to lose, so I thought I'd give a chance toward a repair.

It came apart rather easily, and I was slightly surprised to see about ten hairs among the works, as well as a bit of dead skin from where it fell through the gaps between the buttons.  I gingerly cleaned all this out with an alcohol-soaked paper towel and set upon my goal.  Not knowing what exactly to do, I took out the wheel, gave it a cleaning as well as the little wheel-well, and inserted it back in, being careful to align this little metal clip-thing that attaches somehow by the wheel.

I put it back together, and it worked!  It must have gotten misaligned somehow.  But then my attention was drawn toward the rachet-like racket that emits when you scroll up or down.  It's not that loud, but it's certainly distracting when all is quiet, especially late at night.  I had a brainstorm:  what if I remove that little metal clip that I so carefully aligned into that cavity?  I was sure that it was nothing more than a sort of limiter, not unlike when you attached playing cards so that they scrape spoke on a bicycle wheel, only to slow the bicycle down via adding resistance.

Again, I was right!  I took it out, set it aside in a safe place should I want it again, and put the mouse back together.  The action of the wheel, now, is so incredibly smooth.  It's also a lot faster.  Best of all, there's no more annoying rachet noise that reveals to all in a fifty-foot radius my propensity for scrolling constantly.

So, I thought I'd share this; you might give it a try.  It doesn't seem to adversely affect anything, but perhaps someone would know differently, and could offer their opinion?  Also, I disconnected the mouse when messing with it, just in case, lest there be some charge nearby I didn't know about.
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In which I hack my mouse's scroll wheel
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2005, 07:31 PM »
Little did you know.. .  but the minute you removed that little metal clip-thing you began sending clear and constant transmissions back to the Mother Ship.

Uh-oh!  What are those bright lights outside your window?
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In which I hack my mouse's scroll wheel
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2005, 09:22 AM »
One word.......Trackball!
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