Friday, May 11, 2012

Contact cleaner to fix your mouse clicking problem

If you have a favorite mouse that suffers from the usual “double-clicking” syndrome, and it happens to have been discontinued and you have no idea where to buy a brand new one, what do you do?

Instead of selling it for parts or fixing and replacing the defective micro switch (which involves soldering), you can try buying a contact cleaner from any hardware store. I used Hosa’s D5S-6 Deoxit Contact Cleaner on my old Logitech MX Revolution’s left button.

Hosa D5S-6 Deoxit Contact Cleaner

  • Cleans, protects, lubricates, and improves conductivity
  • Reduces intermittent connections, arcing, and RFI as well as wear and abrasion
  • Safe for use on all metal connectors and contacts and will not harm plastics

Opening the mouse was the most difficult step ensuring that no cables broke and nothing popped out of their place. Besides that, everything was easy to clean using Q-tips and cotton. If you have a handy portable blower, that’ll come handy since there will be a LOT of built-up dust underneath your regular mouse. You might also need to carefully peel the rubber pads (screws sometimes are underneath them) so that you can reuse them again

Spray the contact cleaner on the affected switch (on top) and press it multiple times to get the cleaner inside the tight spaces. Reassemble and test and you’re ready to go. Good luck!

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