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howtos:hardware:hardware_diagnostics [2014/07/06 00:57 (UTC)]
metaschima [Solutions] Added warning about replacing CMOS battery
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 Replacing the mouse is the definitive solution. However, some fixes may help temporarily. ​ Replacing the mouse is the definitive solution. However, some fixes may help temporarily. ​
   * For click-related problems, opening the mouse and investigating the cause of the problem is the first step. On most mice, there are 4 screws that hold the upper and lower mouse parts together and are located underneath stick-on slippery pads. Note that after removing the stick-on pads they may be difficult or impossible to replace, so only open the mouse if the problem is truly bothersome or if you have extra stick-on pads provided with some mice.    * For click-related problems, opening the mouse and investigating the cause of the problem is the first step. On most mice, there are 4 screws that hold the upper and lower mouse parts together and are located underneath stick-on slippery pads. Note that after removing the stick-on pads they may be difficult or impossible to replace, so only open the mouse if the problem is truly bothersome or if you have extra stick-on pads provided with some mice. 
-    * It may be that the small plastic ​switch ​inside the mouse has worn down with repetitive use. Correcting ​this issue may be as simple as adding something ​to raise the height ​of the switchOne possibility ​is adding ​small piece of duct tape over the switch ​to raise its height and improve its connection ​to the mouse button+    * It may be that plastic ​parts inside the mouse have worn down with repetitive use. A possible fix for this is to first identify areas that have been worn down and then carefully add plastic in the form of plastic cement or superglue to replace ​the lost plasticThis is best done with toothpick and must be very carefully controlled. Remove excess glue immediately and allow the rest to fully dry overnight before using the mouse. Do NOT apply glue to any area that might interfere with mouse function. This is a last resort solution, so do NOT try it until you are ready to throw the mouse out. Duct tape may be used instead for a temporary or trial solution.
     * It may also be that the plastic button arch has fatigued over time and doesn'​t provide enough resistance to prevent inadvertent activation of the switch. A possible fix for this is adding a plastic piece under the plastic button arch to improve its resistance. Depending on the mouse, either gluing a piece of old cut credit card under the plastic button arch or inserting the credit card piece with a piece of foam sandwiched underneath into the pocket under the plastic button arch may work.     * It may also be that the plastic button arch has fatigued over time and doesn'​t provide enough resistance to prevent inadvertent activation of the switch. A possible fix for this is adding a plastic piece under the plastic button arch to improve its resistance. Depending on the mouse, either gluing a piece of old cut credit card under the plastic button arch or inserting the credit card piece with a piece of foam sandwiched underneath into the pocket under the plastic button arch may work.
   * For wandering / jumping pointer problems, cleaning the optical / laser window on the underside of the mouse with alcohol and a q-tip may help. If it is a wireless mouse consider infrared or microwave interference depending on the wireless mouse type. Removing or isolating sources of interference or distancing oneself from the sources may help. Wireless mouse manuals recommend placing the base station away from electronic devices or other sources of electromagnetic interference.   * For wandering / jumping pointer problems, cleaning the optical / laser window on the underside of the mouse with alcohol and a q-tip may help. If it is a wireless mouse consider infrared or microwave interference depending on the wireless mouse type. Removing or isolating sources of interference or distancing oneself from the sources may help. Wireless mouse manuals recommend placing the base station away from electronic devices or other sources of electromagnetic interference.

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