Retro Wireless Apple Mouse





Introduction: Retro Wireless Apple Mouse

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Tools used: 
Phillips Head Screwdriver                   Dremel
Electrical Tape                                   Hot Glue Gun
Soldering Iron                                     Desoldering Iron (optional)

Step 1: Apple IIe Mouse Disassembly

Clean the exterior of the mouse. These things pick up a lot of grime over the years, especially if you buy yours secondhand like us. We recommend using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

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

This guide is for the Dynex DX-NPWLMSE Wireless Mouse, but any small wireless mouse should suffice.

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 lens for the laser to track correctly now needs to be attached to donor board. We simply used electrical tape to hold it in place.

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

There are multiple pegs and plastic parts that must be removed for the donor board to fit properly. Follow the photographs and carefully remove them using pliers and a Dremel. 

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

Place the motherboard from your donor mouse into the casing of the Apple mouse.

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. 

Step 6: Reassemble

Place the top casing on top of the bottom casing and insert the four screws on the bottom of the mouse.

Step 7: Final Result

Once you've finished all these steps, you now have a fully functioning Apple ADB wireless mouse!

Note: The mouse is only capable of doing left-click. Download this free program to right-click in Windows. 



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    Great idea and really well documented Instructable! I've been thinking about a similar wireless mouse project, and appreciate seeing the guts of yours before I dissect mine. You got my vote in the Fix and Improve it contest,and 5 stars;-)

    nice project my dear

    love it! I want one, lol!

    cool! Really like it

    really cool my friend and I had an idea about making our own console that is open source

    This could be a very nice addition to my macintosh pc project. Very well done. An other way to do it could have been to 3d model the apple mouse and all other internal details according to the wireless mouse internal electromechanics, 3d print the model and obtain a final product. Maybe i can try that ;) Thanks for the inspiration.

    I was with you until I saw the battery. Batteries always die at the most inopportune time.

    I'm sure that once you get everything in place and working perfectly, then you can start modifying it with a rechargeable Li-Ion batteries and USB charging.

    This is nice. I did something similar with a corded usb mouse. Had to do some plastic "extensions" for between the mouse button and the click mechanism. It looks really nice (but with a black cable).

    (This is my first visit and I already found great articles!!!)