Mighty Mouse problems – sticky wheel?

I like my mighty mouse – (actually I have two, wouldn’t that be mighty mice?).  But there’s a problem which is well documented, even on Apple’s own product review page.  The problems centre on the scroll wheel, which is small, but seems to have a problem with vertical scrolling.  My wireless mouse has never suffered from this problem, but the corded one has always been troublesome.

Still, Google has the answer, though I know this doesn’t work for some people it works for me.

  1. Unplug mouse (or of course if you’ve got a wireless mouse turn it off).
  2. Get a clean sheet of A4 paper (hint, there’s probably a printer sitting next to you as you read this).
  3. Turn the mouse upside down and rub the mouse ball hard on the sheet of A4 for at least two minutes. This seems to be the mistake that many people make, not doing this vaguely silly process long enough.
  4. Plug the mouse back in (or turn it on) and Voila!

I’ve had to do this just twice in the last year of fairly intense mighty mouse usage, and the effect is immediate and dramatic.  I think it works two ways, it clearly gets some ‘grunge’ off the ball itself (the paper does start to look a little grimy), and it also slightly roughens the ball so that it can grip the rollers better.

So, a little patience (think of it as therapy), and much less hassle for most people than ranting at the guys at your local Apple Genius Bar can get you (mostly) a working mighty mouse.

But, this is advice based on my own personal experience, your mileage may vary, and I can’t be held responsible for any damage to your mouse or it’s ball (how very singular) by following this advice.


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