August 21st, 2005

Demons of stupidity

Of mice and computers...

So, the cable on my MS IntelliMouse Explorer (the original one) has given out again. That's the third time it's gone, and each time in about the same place (where the cable enters the body).

This means I'm now on the backup mouse, which is a MS IntelliMouse Explorer (the v4.0 one with fancy sideways scrolling). The one with the weird scroll wheel which doesn't go click, and appears to have a maximum scrolling speed which is below that of the old one. Attempting to scroll faster than that results in it going slower.

And the scroll wheel only works when the mouse is on the mat. Pick it up so the led on the bottom starts flashing, and good luck if you can scroll more than one line per revolution. My best guess is that for some unknown reason the led for the scroller (the scroll wheel usually uses an opto-encoder) is powered off the same line as the led for the optical sensor. And to make the fancy sideways-scrolling work, you have to install a more recent driver, which a) no longer scrolls in VB6 and b) no longer lets you bind a key combination to a button (I was wrong - you can bind key combinations. They've still broken the scrolling, and dropped both the scroll wheel troubleshooter and the alignment setting). Very annoying.

>click< >click< >clickclickclick< >CLICK<

Oh, and the left button is a bit tempermental. Try to double-click the control box to close a window, and windows pauses for a moment before popping up the system menu. A similar thing happens when double-clicking on icons, or single-clicking links, or clicking anything. Not impressed. Time to go dig out the soldering iron, and shorten my mouse cable by another couple of inches.
Tall ships (porthole)

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Hmm... looks like my soldering last time wasn't that good. I've got the mouse open, and the first thing I found when unwrapping the tape from my cable fixing (cut out the offending segment of cable and soldered the wires together) is that the +5v line (red) appears to have desoldered itself. Which is annoying, as it tested fine on the multimeter before I unwrapped it.

There is definetely a break in the green wire, and I'd guess at about the point where the cable enters the mouse body. Hmm. Do I do the exact same fix as last time, or do I try for something a little more permanent...
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