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Momentary switches used in mice Answered

I'm going to make a custom guitar hero controller for myself, and i want to mod the buttons so that they don't requite so much travel, and they're more.. snappy, if you get what I'm saying. The switches in mice are perfect, but I don't have enough mice to dissect to get enough buttons. I also found that some of the switches are DPDT, which are perfect for throwing in some LEDs... Anyways, my question is where can I get some DPDT switches from mice, without bulk ordering on ebay? And are there specific names for those switches?

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guyfrom7up (author)2008-04-05

you could go to a thrift store, they usually have tons of mice

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tubbychick3n (author)guyfrom7up2009-04-25

Definitely a good idea. My local 'Dollar Tree' has ps/2 mice for (obviously) one dollar.

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Kiteman (author)2008-04-06

Contact school computing departments - ours chucks out about 40 mice a year, bigger schools will go through more.

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w00ty32 (author)2008-04-05

I recently disected a mouse, and i believe that switch looked like a brain...... but i all seriousness, it was a tact switch in mine. my mouse had the buttons actually connected to the top plate of the mouse, but i don't know if others have some sort of spring in them..

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Weissensteinburg (author)2008-04-05

hehe..I was expecting this to be an article about switches put in mice..as in mouse. =]

Check out garage sales..you can probably find a few mice for cheap - nothing.

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NachoMahma (author)2008-04-05

. They are commonly called microswitches, although this is a Honeywell trademark. Kinda like some ppl calling all refrigerators Frigidaires. Use your favorite search engine.

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