Question about Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer
The Scroll wheel sticks and does not turn smoothly so
the scrolling functions is interupted
Actuallly, I took apart my WIE 2.0 for the first time to clean out a soda mishap. While inside, I noticed that the housing that the rubber wheel sits VERY tight to the top and bottom of the housing it is placed in. I would say that this is probably a design flaw, by the choice or thickness of rubber they used for the wheel, or not allowing enough room in the wheel housing.
*I realize that this is VERY difficult to imagine if you have not disassembled your WIE 2.0 before*
- remove the batteries
- undo the screw in the battery compartment
- flip up the top shell upwards, from the bottom and lifting (the top edge is secured by plastic latches you SHOULD NOT break)
- unplug the wheel sensor from the mainboard (tricky, again do NOT destroy any pins/capacitors)
- pull out the wheel casing, disassembling each part (they only come together/apart in ONE way, do not force or reverse axis positions)
- once you get the wheel/sensor out of all the housings, you can do one of 3 things:
1) shave some of the hard plactic from inside of the innermost casing, to avoid the wheel rubbing at the top and bottom of the "slot" the wheel is settled in. Take care not the remove any latches/axes needed to attach everything together!
2) shave the actual wheel rubber thinner, for the same reasons
3) remove the rubber completely, leaving the plastic sections of the wheel (which is what I did)
- clean and re-lubricate the wheel and casings if you like (but I find it works better without ANY of that dirty lube they use)
- put everything back together again, and now that you have reduced the friction in the wheel, it spins MUCH more freely.
- enjoy your scrolling freedom!
- if you shaved or removed the wheel rubber, you will have less leverage for side scrolling
- if you removed the wheel rubber, you will have less traction on your finger for up/down scrolling
- if you removed the wheel rubber, it is much easier for dirt to get trapped in the wheel casing (meaning more frequent "take-apart cleaning" sessions)
Posted on Nov 27, 2007
Thanks for this great post. I just opened my intellimouse explorer 2.0, removed some little chunks of dust and grime from around the wheel, put a teeny shot of WD-40 (yup) on the silver wheel hub opposite the sensor assembly, and the scroll wheel is purring again like when i bought it. I was able to leave the rubber in place. Man. Now I just wanna scroll like hell over over the place. Pardon me while I go scroll around.woohooo. yippeeee.....
Posted on Jul 23, 2008
These instructions have been very helpful, thank you so much for posting this information.
My problem was with the rubber sleeve on my mouse wheel. It had split in two places (most likely at the seams, since they were on opposite sides) and swelled large enough that the wheel rubbed on the front, back, and bottom of the black wheel casing.
My solution was to remove the sleeve. I didn't like the idea of using the bare plastic, so I went to the local Ace hardware and asked for "grip tape, like the kind they use for boat ladders." I got about 4 inches for 50 cents, cut it to size, and wrapped it around the scroll wheel. It works amazingly well, even if it's probably not the most comfortable choice for ladies with softer and more sensitive hands.
Posted on Dec 18, 2008
If u undo the mouse you may find that the wheel hajust sliped out of place pot it back in should be fine
Posted on Nov 19, 2007
Thanks to all fixers above. Typpe X was really helpful to dismantle it. i found using thin pliers to wiggle out the electrical connector safest, and some careful twisting of flat head screwdriver to prise out the wheel form its pivots. Best to pop out the nose end of the wheel first ot release the wheel assembly, then the rear follows. look at where teh wheel is catching...mine was catching on both the black plastic housing and the semitransparent dust cover...pull off the semitransparent cover and pull out the whitish wheel first then the other black side pivot carefully.. i used a small flat file to remove the excess balck and a small round file for hte cover...took about 5 mins.i added some light oil to the pivot points and a little along the rim of the wheel where it contacts the black plastic wheel ie all the friction points. reassembled carefully (i got it wrong first time..just dissemble like described above).
it takes reall patience ot line up the silver top of the mouse catched to the base...big angle and a lot of wiggling! put in screw and off you go - mine is super smooth now....no catching and no friction...thanks again to all fixer sho gave me confidence to do this job.
Posted on Dec 23, 2009
Awesome. easy enough. taking apart and cleaning it that is. it took almost 40 minutes to get the darn thing put back together. i didn't realize the left and right click buttons popped out to make it easier getting the top shell to line up correctly. oh well. my wheel scroll freely now :) thanks.
Posted on Sep 04, 2008
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