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Phillips Head Screwdriver Dremel
Electrical Tape Hot Glue Gun
Soldering Iron Desoldering Iron (optional)
Step 1: Apple IIe Mouse Disassembly
Twist to remove the plastic dial and ball from the bottom of the mouse.
Remove four Phillips head screws from the four corners on the bottom of the mouse.
Once the bottom is removed, unplug the wire at the top of the motherboard; the wire is not needed for this project so it can be disposed of.
The motherboard can now be lifted out of the casing and the disassembly process is complete.
Step 2: Donor Mouse Disassembly
The top casing is held in place by magnets and easily snaps off revealing three screws and a battery port.
Remove the three screws and then lift the remaining top casing.
The motherboard is now exposed. Remove the scroll wheel by tugging upwards on the right axle and dispose.
Once the motherboard is fully removed, you're now ready for the next step.
Step 3: Preparing the Donor Board
The assembly that recognizes scroll wheel input must be removed due to clearance issues with the Apple mouse button. You can either gently & cautiously snap it using pliers in a bend back-and-forth motion or desolder and remove it using the appropriate iron.
The Dynex mouse's motherboard is a little too wide for the laser to line up with the opening at the bottom of the Apple mouse, so we used a dremel to shave the right side of the motherboard slightly. Fortunately, there is a lot of empty, unused room to do so. Be careful not to cut through any traces or contacts!
Step 4: Preparing the Apple Mouse Casing
The cover that once held the trackball in place has to be cut for the laser lens to see through. Use your Dremel to remove a small portion on the right side.
Since there are two buttons on a regular mouse, the Apple mouse button won't line up with the button on the motherboard of the donor mouse.
We used a piece of plastic and glued it to the bottom of the button to line up with the button of the Dynex mouse motherboard. Putting it in the appropriate place at the right length may be tricky, so we recommend using a bit of tape for a trial and error method before adhering it permanently.
Step 5: Transplanting Motherboard
Once the laser is lined up with the opening at the bottom of the mouse, you can then use hot glue or another adhesive to properly situate the motherboard inside the casing.
The Dynex mouse originally used a single AA battery, but the fitting was a little too snug for our liking, so we bent the top contact a bit to accommodate a smaller AAA battery.