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Old 04-09-2010, 06:16 AM   #1
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Does your mouse-wheel act strangely after a while ? Possible solution...


I noticed that after a while of using a mouse, the mouse wheel will not respond normally. I checked with xev and it seems that the mouse sends intermittent signals opposite of the way you are scrolling the mouse, so if you are scrolling down, it will sometimes scroll up as well. At first I blamed Xorg, as this was a bug at one point, but they said they fixed it and the mouse was working fine when I bought it. So I decided to investigate further and opened up my mouse. I noticed a build-up of grime inside the mouse near the sensor of the mouse-wheel. I cleaned off any grime I saw inside the mouse and even outside the mouse with 99% isopropanol and a q-tip, and then tested the mouse again. The problem has been resolved. Now xev no longer shows any reversed mouse scrolls and the mouse-wheel works as it did when I bought the mouse.

So, as a conclusion, I know that with the old ball mice I had to clean out the ball and scroll wheels once in a while to fix problems cause by grime build-up, well it seems that even newer mice have issues with this. This has happened with many different brands of mice, so it's not just one brand that does this.
 
Old 04-09-2010, 07:03 AM   #2
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I figured that out for myself a long time ago.

I occasionally take apart my mouse and rub down every smallest piece (except the curcit board) with rubbing alcohol.
 
Old 04-09-2010, 07:57 AM   #3
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Keep your mice clean now, y'all.

So good about optical mice -- not having to clean their balls!
 
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Even optical mice have problems.
The scroll wheel in mine jammed up and i had to take it apart again to reseat it.
 
Old 04-09-2010, 02:13 PM   #5
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Yeah, well didn't they invent optical mice so that you don't have to clean the mouse ? It's true it's less often that you have to, but you still have to.
 
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My MS optical mouse started acting weird a few times. I would be reading a page and all of the sudden the page would scroll up or down repeatedly and chaotically. I would have to shake the mouse a few times to get it to settle down, I tried cleaning it but I guess some weird spec of dust got really in there, and it would happen occasionally. The last time it happened I couldn't get it to stop, so in my frustration I slammed it down against the table and it stopped, but then I managed to kill the wheel, lol so now I just have a useless two button optical mouse. Then again I bought it 10 years ago. I am in dire need of a new system, and it doesn't help that my notebook just decide to stop working.
 
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Even optical mice have problems.
The scroll wheel in mine jammed up and i had to take it apart again to reseat it.
The scroll whell has nothing to do with the fact that it's an optical mouse.
 
  


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