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#1 2015-08-06 17:18:21

bbraun
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MouseSystems Optical ADB Mouse

I've got a bit of an interest in input devices, and came across this odd looking ADB mouse on ebay, so I picked it up.
It's an optical ADB mouse that uses a Sun style reflective mousepad.  I hadn't actually seen an optical ADB mouse before.
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#2 2015-08-06 19:36:54

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Re: MouseSystems Optical ADB Mouse

dude that is cool...  Humm, should i even ask?

Ok ill ask..  Does it work with a MAC?   lol


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#3 2015-08-06 19:42:17

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Re: MouseSystems Optical ADB Mouse

Yeah, it's a regular old ADB mouse, not a Sun mouse.  It just uses the Sun mousepad.  The old optical mice would use a reflective mousepad with a grid of lines on it, and they'd detect movement by detecting those lines.  The mouse worked less well if you held it at an angle to the grid, where it'd get confused.
But yeah, it's a mac mouse for adb systems.

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#4 2015-08-06 20:07:05

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Re: MouseSystems Optical ADB Mouse

interesting... so does that mean we could take any modern optical mouse and make it work on the ADB bus?  lol


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#5 2015-08-06 20:11:42

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Re: MouseSystems Optical ADB Mouse

No, it's specifically made as an ADB mouse for macs.

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#6 2015-08-06 20:29:48

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Re: MouseSystems Optical ADB Mouse

ok well can you take it apart and shoot a picture of the chips on the pcb?
maybe you will find something interesting?


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#7 2015-08-07 06:33:27

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Re: MouseSystems Optical ADB Mouse

I hate these Sun mice *because* of the optical pad requirement. I always find the mice and no pads. I have exactly two pads and I guard them jealously.

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#8 2015-08-07 07:15:57

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Re: MouseSystems Optical ADB Mouse

ClassicHasClass: Somewhere, I have one of those pads, but no mouse. You can have it, if you want?

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#9 2015-08-07 13:03:30

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Re: MouseSystems Optical ADB Mouse

Noodle around on the web, and there are PDFs of different grids that you can print on paper that will work.

Here's a couple:

http://www.carr-engineering.com/Mousepad150.pdf

http://suns-at-home.net-kitchen.narkive … -mouse-pad

Issues can come up since sometimes the mouse is sensitive to the pitch of the grid - Sun in particular had a couple of different versions of their optical mice, and they used different pads with different grids - the pad that worked for one would not work well with the other.

If you are stuck, I probably have a couple pads I can part with.

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#10 2015-08-07 14:59:42

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Re: MouseSystems Optical ADB Mouse

Yeah, I have two of those pads, although I was only able to find the one to test the mouse.  I had to move my office back in feb/march for some construction, and now I can't find a bunch of things.  hmm

ScutBoy: neat find!  I wonder if a custom hard surfaced mousepad with one of those designs would work.

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#11 2015-08-07 19:53:43

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Re: MouseSystems Optical ADB Mouse

Well, if ANYONE wants mine, they can have it, as I really don't have any use for it (and I doubt that I ever will; stock Apple mice with rubber trackballs are more than adequate for my needs.)

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#12 2015-08-08 02:29:02

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Re: MouseSystems Optical ADB Mouse

Yeah - back when Sun-3s and the early Sparcstations were "junk" you could often get the machine and keyboard/mouse, but no one remembered to save the optical pads. The printable grids kept many of those machines useful for us scroungers smile

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#13 2015-08-08 16:10:25

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Re: MouseSystems Optical ADB Mouse

cc333, you've got PM. I recently got a 512k that came with a Mouse Systems A+ Mouse but no mat. It was marketed for the Apple IIc (for some reason) but works with the original Macs too.

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