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    Forum Addict WZ7U's Avatar
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    Laser Mouse ate the tainted cheese

    I was wondering how much mileage you get out of your mice.
    The one that came with this box, a laser mouse by Dell, (which I've never seen a single laser blast from it yet)now seems to have a right button that likes to stay active or click by itself which is a real PITA. It's been a little more than a year now, so I thought it should last longer than that. I know shit is cheap but so am I since I live on student loans and about $200 a month on the side. Would it be worth attempting a fix? I suspect the actual microswitch is what took a shit. Probably just more landfill material after I strip out what still works, if that's even reasonable or doable.

    I guess I'm just really annoyed by this, since it's finals week and all I have on hand is this clunky trackball from an old WinXP machine. It's going to make CAD a challenge, relearning how to draw with a trackball. Fuck.
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    Probably costs more in electricity to heat the old soldering iron to fix it than buying a new one through one of the online outlets or the local discount store.

    I fixed a broken trace on a keyboard with silver fingernail polish once. It was 1985 and I was in the middle of nowhere South Korea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K4PIH View Post
    Probably costs more in electricity to heat the old soldering iron to fix it than buying a new one through one of the online outlets or the local discount store.

    I fixed a broken trace on a keyboard with silver fingernail polish once. It was 1985 and I was in the middle of nowhere South Korea.
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    I think many of todays mice/mouses/meeces have only a one-piece moulding for the body, left and right buttons which seems to made them less tactile, perhhaps even missing the microswitch. It also means it's a pig to get them apart.

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    The laser in the mouse is low power infrared. It's beam is invisible. If you view it through a video camera you should be able to "see" the beam.

    BTW, round here they last a very long time.
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