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#1 2015-11-30 02:32:49

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My yo-yo mouse went down and stayed down. :(

So, my faithful blue yo-yo mouse that I have used ever since I bought my G3 has finally decided it doesnt want to play ball anymore, after seeming to have an intermittent connectivity issue or short inside the mouse. Does anybody have any idea how to open these mice such that I might be able to rectify the situation? I am certain it is just a broken or shorted wire from years and years or repeated bending and oscillation.


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#2 2015-11-30 07:32:15

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Re: My yo-yo mouse went down and stayed down. :(

I haven't opened mine for yonks, but anyway - take the coloured bits off (they just unclip) and you'll find two screws under them. Take them out, lift up the front of the mouse a couple of millimetres, and gently pull it towards you. Be very gentle - there's a couple of clips around the button that are released in the process.

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#3 2015-12-04 03:07:56

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Re: My yo-yo mouse went down and stayed down. :(

Got it apart easily enough... No obvious breakage but it looks as though there may be a kink in the part of the cable that exits the mouse. Might just replace the cable when I find another. smile


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#4 2015-12-04 04:45:52

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Re: My yo-yo mouse went down and stayed down. :(

You might try cutting like an inch or so off the end that enters the mouse, as that seems like it could be a common failure point for mice (I had this problem on an old Mac 128k-Plus era mouse, but it manifested slightly differently, where it would only move the cursor in one direction and it wouldn't register clicks, unless I wiggled the cable at the strain relief; carefully cutting the bad chunk of cable at the strain relief, pulling it out, shoving the freshly-cut end back through, and soldering the newly exposed wires back to their proper places fixed it right up, and since it'll likely see very little use, it probably won't happen again).

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#5 2015-12-04 07:06:05

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Re: My yo-yo mouse went down and stayed down. :(

The bummer is that those puck mouse cables are so short to begin with.


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#6 2015-12-04 16:59:44

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Re: My yo-yo mouse went down and stayed down. :(

Probably because they're meant to connect to the USB port on the matching keyboard.

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#7 2015-12-04 18:53:09

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Re: My yo-yo mouse went down and stayed down. :(

Strain relief only got worse as Apple segued farther into the USB era and opticals. The Pro-Mouse that came with my DA died a gruesome death due to almost total lack of strain relief in the design. Form over function, FEH!!!! roll

Gotta love the Spherical Correctness of the Puck, nothing beats tactile feedback, when finally I got one with the PartsDA (PSU went on the '466, first NIB purchase since the Quadra 630) and I found that the yo-yo's ergonomics weren't nearly as bad as reputed  .  .  .  or maybe it was that wonderfully refreshing rollerball feel coloring my perceptions after so many years of making do with Opticals.

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#8 2015-12-04 20:34:29

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Re: My yo-yo mouse went down and stayed down. :(

The ergonomics weren't great, but the big problem I had was being circular, you couldn't easily tell how the mouse was oriented.  Frequently the mouse would rotate, and all my mouse movements would be off by like 30 degrees.
I despised the mouse at the time, and still don't like it as a daily tool, but they are kind of a neat period device.

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