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Checked for dust inside the mouse but I'm unable to direct the mouse without moving it around a lot - is the ball dirty and can I use rubbing alcohol to clean?

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Usually it takes physical force to remove buildups in a mouse, a pencil eraser works well, DO NOT get any fluid inside the mouse or have a dead mouse.

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Can I fix the roller in my wireless mouse?


Open the mouse. (Slide the panel on the bottom that surrounds the ball, and pull the ball out. Clean the ball and the rollers inside the mouse with rubbing alcohol. Remove all debris, hair, lint, etc.

Voila!

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Mouse Balls ! How to clean a cranky mouse


This applies to ball type mice not the optical type.

If your mouse has stopped moving the cursor but the buttons still work or it isn;t as smooth as it used to be then this tip should help fix that. A lot of people will go out and buy a new mouse when all they needed to do was clean it.

To clean your mouse all you need is some rubbing alcohol, paper towels, cotton swabs and sometimes a pair of tweezers.

First thing to do is open the cover on the bottom and take the ball out. Use your thumbs to twist the cover and it will unlock. Set these aside we will clean them last.

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Now look in the cavity and you will see a couple of wide rollers. These are what the ball rubs against and these in turn are used to generate the position signals to your computer. When they get dirty they won't roll and the result is that the mouse doesn't think it has moved. When you look at the rollers a dirty one looks like the photo.
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The grey can be a a few things usually a mix of oils and dust. And sometimes it is lint. Soak one of the swabs in alcohol and wipe the roller. You will have to clean a spot then rotate the roller to clean a new area. When the stripe or buildup is gone then go to the next one. This takes a minute or so per roller so it is quick. If the buildup is stubborn you may need to scrape it off then clean.

The next thing to clean is the ball using a paper towel with alcohol. Just give it a good wipe and let it dry. Next clean the cover and the bottom of the mouse body. You may want to clean the surface you use the mouse on as well.

Replace the ball, replace and lock the cover in place and you are done.

The mouse should work normally now. If it still doesn;t it can be due to wear or lint on the internal sensors. However cleaning the mouse like this fixes it about 99.99% of the time.

on Apr 13, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Clean up your computer


Clean your computerI have a dirty secret. I've never cleaned my computer. Sure, I've dusted my monitor, but I haven't taken off the cover or tried to reach the crumbs lurking inside my keyboard.

"Your computer could fry if you don't keep it clean," says Jonathon Millman, chief technology officer for Hooplah Interactive.
Dust clogs the vents behind your computer, which causes your CPU to heat up—and heat is the biggest cause of component failure in computers. Regular cleaning could save you costly maintenance fees down the road.
Keep your computer in tip-top shape by following Millman's guide to a spotless computer system.
PreparationYou'll need:
  • screwdriver
  • can of compressed air (available from computer dealers or office-supply stores)
  • cotton swabs (do not use a cotton ball)
  • rubbing alcohol
  • paper towels or anti-static cloths
  • water
Always turn your computer off before you begin and unplug all the cords.
Step 1: Inside the caseUsing a screwdriver, remove the side of the case that's opposite your motherboard. Touch as little as possible inside the computer, keeping fingers away from cards and cords.
Blow air around all of the components and along the bottom of the case, keeping the nozzle four inches away from the machine. Blow air into the power supply box and into the fan (from the back of the case). Lastly, blow air into the floppy disk and CD drives. Wipe the inside of the cover with a lightly moistened cloth before replacing it.
Millman recommends doing this every three months if your case sits on the floor, if you have pets that shed, or if you smoke. Otherwise, every six to eight months is fine.
Step 2: Outside the caseRun a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol around all of the openings on the back of your case. Give them one swipe with the damp end of the swab and one swipe with the dry end. Do this as often as you clean the inside of your computer.
Step 3: KeyboardTurn the keyboard upside down and gently shake it. Most of the crumbs and dust will fall out. Take a can of compressed air and blow into and around the keys. Next, take a cotton swab and dip it in rubbing alcohol. It should be damp, but not wet. Run the cotton swab around the outside of the keys. Rub the tops of the keys. If you have a laptop, follow the same procedure but take extra care with your machine. Do this monthly.


Spills — If you have kids, you're worried about spills. If it happens, disconnect the keyboard immediately and flip it over. Blot the top with a paper towel, blow compressed air between the keys and leave it to air dry overnight. For laptops, liquid can easily penetrate the hard drive so turn the computer over immediately and leave it in that position until it dries.
Step 4: MouseRub the top and bottom of your mouse with a paper towel dipped in rubbing alcohol. Open the back and remove the ball. Wash the ball with water and let it air dry. To clean inside the mouse, dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and rub all of the components. Scrape hard-to-remove grime with your fingernail. Finally, blow air into the opening. Replace the ball and the cover. Do this monthly.
Step 5: MonitorMoisten a paper towel or a soft, lint-free cloth with water. (You can also buy monitor cleaning products at computer-supply stores.) Don't spray liquid directly onto the screen—spray the cloth instead. Wipe the screen gently to remove dust and fingerprints. Never touch the back of the monitor.
For laptop screens, Millman suggests buying a special cleaning solution available at computer stores. Do this weekly.
Finally, make sure that everything is dry before you plug your computer back in.

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My tracking ball has stopped working. Tried removing the battery while powered on, but it's still not working properly. Can move sideways but not up or down and can't retrieve messages.


All that is, is dirty. Just push it down a few times and try to roll it in a circle and dislodge what's stuck in it. Once you get it rolling free. Take a cotton swab, dip it in pure rubbing alcohol, not dripping, and rub it all over the ball, move the ball around and let it dry for like 3min. Your ball will be fixed and clean

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Won't scroll down but will scroll up, have tried turning it upside down & rolling the ball around but it didn't help


Have you tried cleaning out the inside where the ball sits? If you flip your mouse upside down you should see a circle around the ball that should have "open" and "close" arrows. Spin the circle towards open and once it stops spinning flip it over -- the circle and the ball should fall right out. Take a look at the 2 straight bars that sit on top of the mouse ball -- one is for horizontal movement, the other for vertical. Most likely, there is a buildup of dust and debris on them (it will probably look like a grey spot that covers the center of the bars). Remove this debris with your finger-nails (as they will not scratch the bars themselves) and then wipe them with some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel. Once the bars are clean, drop the ball back in, and put the circular cover back on (don't forget to lock it in place by spinning it to "close".
This SHOULD resolve your issue. If it does not, there may be a problem with your mouse's movement sensors ... which would most likely mean that you should buy a new mouse (they are pretty inexpensive these days). If you have to buy a new one, I recommend grabbing an optical mouse -- it has no moving parts and will prevent this problem in the future.

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This is pretty common on the blackberry's with the scroll balls. To fix it, turn off the phone and use a que-tip to wash the exposed faces with iso-propal alcohol. Do not drip a lot into the phone, this can damage it. Instead work the ball around and re-wash the face until the entire ball has been done. Try rolling it up, down, left, right each time...don't just move it in a single direction. This will remove the layer of oil that has formed around the surface and help it dislodge dust, skin, etc that have lodged down inside the phone.

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My mouse pad will not move my cursor on my computer


If your mouse is the older ball type hold the mouse level about 12 inches off the pad and move the ball on the underside of the mouse with your finger. If the cursor moves you may need to simply clean any dust from inside the device and clean the ball. Open the open to release the ball. Theres a round plate on the underside around the ball. Turn it to the open position a remove the ball. Clean any dust from inside with canned air or a soft brush. Clean the ball with a small amount of alcohol and let dry completely. Replace ball and plate and you should be ready to go.
If you have an infrared mouse, your mousepad may be too glossy. Dry a pad with a dull finish.

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Your little ball is dirty. Q-tip and rubbing alcohol to clean it up. You will need to move it around with one finger while cleaning it. Be sure to disconnect it first.

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Your track ball may simply be dirty. Get a q-tip wet with rubbing alcohol and rub your track ball and repeat until the q-tip stays clean. Hope this helps!

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I have had the same problem on occasion.  I found that if I turn the mouse over and tickle it...  It works!  Only kidding...
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