busted optical mouse

  • jonathaw
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Post 3+ Months Ago

hi all,

i've been using my dell optical mouse for about three years with nary a hitch until recently.

now the thing doesn't work. if i shake the and the usb connector while in the port, i can get a second or two of glorious red light and then the whole thing goes dead again. same operation occurs with the other computers i've tried it with.

i popped it open to take a look and nothing seems to be loose. i have a little kung foo skill with a soldering iron so i was hoping that was the problem. i'm going to lop the usb connector off and swap in one from a dollar store usb-to-usb cable to see if i can get it to work. before i turn this into frankenmouse, does anyone have any ideas? (anyway who says 'drivers' gets a free trip courtesy of 'my boot airlines').

or should i admit defeat and bury the little fella in the grass behind my apartment building?

thanks,
jonathan
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Depends on your level of determination. Obviously it's the connector, so assuming you manage to match the wires up correctly, I assume your soldering iron approach would work.

Personally I'd bury the sucker and go spend the $20 or so on a new one. My patience level isn't what it used to be.
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yeah, i know. i should just admit defeat.

but then again i'm broke and using MouseKeys is really starting to get to me.
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Now's the perfect time to upgrade to the MX518. :D

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