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Old 03-30-02, 02:47 AM   #1
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Dirty Mouse Balls

Don't you hate it when your mouse becomes difficult to use after using it for a while? That's why I switched over to an Intellimouse Explorer....
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Old 03-30-02, 02:51 AM   #2
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I've heard of dirty mouse balls from a bunch of other people but personally my balls have never been dirty enough to cause a problem. Although I do like the new "balless" mouse that they are coming out with...it seems to move smoother.
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Old 03-30-02, 02:53 AM   #3
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You may want to post this in the computer section or you may never get help cleaning you balls!
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Old 03-30-02, 02:56 AM   #4
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One of my pet peeves is having to pluck the hair off dirty mouse balls....
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Old 03-30-02, 03:50 AM   #5
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It's not the ball that gets dirty, it's the wheels - scrape the crud off once every few weeks (depending on usage) to keep your mouse ball tracking good.
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Old 03-30-02, 03:58 AM   #6
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I went from a mouseball to an ergonomic optical (MS) and will NEVER go back.
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Old 03-30-02, 06:48 AM   #7
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It's not the ball that gets dirty, it's the wheels - scrape the crud off once every few weeks (depending on usage) to keep your mouse ball tracking good.
Exactly. And the rocket scientists who design these make it easy to remove and clean the ball which never gets dirty, but the rollers are a major pain to get at and clean. Go optical, never go back is the best answer. Best $20 I ever spent on my computer.
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Old 03-30-02, 07:46 AM   #8
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This is an actual alert to IBM Field Engineers
that went out to all IBM Branch Offices. The
person who wrote it was very serious. The rest
of us may find it rather humorous.

Abstract: Mouse Balls Available as FRU (Field
Replacement Unit)

Mouse Balls are now available as FRU.
Therefore, if a mouse fails to operate
or should it perform erratically, it
may need a ball replacement. Because of
the delicate nature of this procedure,
replacement of mouse balls should only be
attempted by properly trained personnel.

Before proceeding, determine the type of
mouse balls by examining the underside
of the mouse. Domestic balls will be harder
and larger than foreign balls. Ball
removal procedures differ depending on the
manufacturer of the mouse. Foreign balls
can be replaced using the pop-off method.
Domestic balls are replaced using the twist
off method. Mouse Balls are usually not
static sensitive. However, excessive
handling can result in sudden discharge.
Upon completion of ball replacement, the
mouse may be used immediately.
It is recommended that each replacer have
a pair of spare balls for maintaining
optimum customer satisfaction, and that any
customer missing his balls should suspect
local personnel of removing these
necessary items.

{from an IBM employee}
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Old 03-30-02, 12:19 PM   #9
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at this thread.

yeah, optical rocks.
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Old 03-30-02, 02:53 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by Tandem
This is an actual alert to IBM Field Engineers
that went out to all IBM Branch Offices. The
person who wrote it was very serious. The rest
of us may find it rather humorous.



Nice find....
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Old 03-31-02, 09:41 AM   #11
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It's always good to keep lots of spare mouse balls handy for when yours get dirty.

You can buy 50 of them for only $45 here .

And I'd suggest storing them in the freezer (I learned that tip the hard way).
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Old 03-31-02, 12:35 PM   #12
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No need for mouse balls....the industry standard should be opitcal by now.
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Old 03-31-02, 05:44 PM   #13
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i prefer my logitech trackball over optical mice. the 3 sensors accumulate grime over long periods of time, but it takes about 2 seconds to pop the ball out and flick the little dust bunnies off. i'll never go back to a mouse.
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Old 03-31-02, 10:28 PM   #14
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It's always good to keep lots of spare mouse balls handy for when yours get dirty.

You can buy 50 of them for only $45 here .

And I'd suggest storing them in the freezer (I learned that tip the hard way).
Thanks for the tip! There's nothing worse than dust bunnies on your mouse balls....
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Old 03-31-02, 10:46 PM   #15
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True story from my mom: she knew a guy at work who actually wound some sort of string around the rollers of a mouse because he didn't realize the gray stuff he'd always seen was dirt and wasn't supposed to be on them.
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Old 04-01-02, 04:29 AM   #17
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True story from my mom: she knew a guy at work who actually wound some sort of string around the rollers of a mouse because he didn't realize the gray stuff he'd always seen was dirt and wasn't supposed to be on them.
Can you believe that actually let these people around computers...? Much less messing with mouse balls....
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Old 04-01-02, 08:37 AM   #18
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Quote:
Originally posted by Tandem
This is an actual alert to IBM Field Engineers
that went out to all IBM Branch Offices. The
person who wrote it was very serious. The rest
of us may find it rather humorous.

Abstract: Mouse Balls Available as FRU (Field
Replacement Unit)

Mouse Balls are now available as FRU.
Therefore, if a mouse fails to operate
or should it perform erratically, it
may need a ball replacement. Because of
the delicate nature of this procedure,
replacement of mouse balls should only be
attempted by properly trained personnel.

Before proceeding, determine the type of
mouse balls by examining the underside
of the mouse. Domestic balls will be harder
and larger than foreign balls. Ball
removal procedures differ depending on the
manufacturer of the mouse. Foreign balls
can be replaced using the pop-off method.
Domestic balls are replaced using the twist
off method. Mouse Balls are usually not
static sensitive. However, excessive
handling can result in sudden discharge.
Upon completion of ball replacement, the
mouse may be used immediately.
It is recommended that each replacer have
a pair of spare balls for maintaining
optimum customer satisfaction, and that any
customer missing his balls should suspect
local personnel of removing these
necessary items.

{from an IBM employee}
it was written by an ibm'er as a joke. they managed to sneak it into retain tips that were then viewable by every ibm'er. the guy who wrote it is still an ibm employee, btw.

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Old 04-01-02, 01:13 PM   #19
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No balls here

I've been (mouse) ball-less for quite some time now. Picked up an MS Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 and haven't looked back.

-BT

BTW, I remember getting that IBM joke in the mail a while back. I can't believe someone was able to dig it up.
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Old 04-01-02, 02:00 PM   #20
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However, excessive
handling can result in sudden discharge.
I can't believe I missed this the first time through! I must've been at the rest of the stuff that it probably didn't even register....
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