Cleaning the Apple Mighty Mouse

This post is just to help people with a similar problem - hence the search term friendly title.

There's a problem with the design of the Apple Mighty Mouse, in that it tends to gather in dirt under the track ball. This means it doesn't scroll, sometimes in one direction, sometimes in more. It's impossible to get under the track ball without dismantling the mouse, and then dismantling the track ball carriage - and then it's almost impossible to put it all together again. Needless to say, this will void your warranty.

There are a few HOWTOs out there explaining how to perform the above process, but as my mouse was under still under warranty I gave Apple support a call. They advised me to dab the track ball with a wet finger, turn the mouse upside down, and then roll the mouse / track ball around on a clean, white piece of paper. It worked! My mouse trackball now scrolls in all directions.

So I recommend you try that before getting out your screwdriver...

Comments

Style Slave said…
Phil, I can't believe you to 2010 and only just found this out! No need for even the wet finger and best technique is a figure of 8 as it gets all of the ball
Phil Whitehouse said…
Well, in my defence I spent a good hour looking online for a solution - even the Apple support forums didn't include this advice. Good to know about the figure of eight, cheers!
billbarn42 said…
I don't even want to think about a wet finger and a figure eight "getting all of the ball"... :)