Introduction: Adding Weight to Your Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical 1.1a

About: I like to repair hardware and software issues in computers, I like it mostly because a lot of it is like a puzzle to me and is a relief when I solve it.

Well, this instructable is a tribute to people who don't like those cheap feeling lightweight mice. I did this when recently a wireless mouse I was borrowing from a friend (A nice logitech media center one at that), he bought a new computer and wanted it back. Hesitant, I did give it back and in exchange he gave me a microsoft wheel mouse optical 1.1a mouse. Now, I like it tho because it's hooked up to my mac laptop and there's a certain irony. Anyways.

Being used to the heavy weight of the mouse, being there was batteries, I was annoyed at the weight of the mouse being so light. It was horrible. I decided that I needed to put weights inside of it, I happened to have a copper ingot that bonds pretty well with super glue.

What you will need:

- Microsoft wheel mouse optical mouse, pretty sure revision doesn't matter
- Metal weight of some sort (having one solid chunk is handy)
- Possibly a dremel, depends on what you find to use as a weight
- Flat Head Screwdriver
- Superglue of some kind
- Patience and a steady hand

Step 1: Take Apart Mouse

I apologize, I can't make those yellow squares on the picture as I'm on a mac and it wants to just drag the picture.

As you can see in the picture, 4 feet, I of course have taken them all off. The two bottom feet cover two screws while the top two are clips that you will need to pop with a flathead screwdriver. Damn you microsoft....., anyways, procede to take them out, I already have as you see below. The two clips will be very tricky, it's a combination of pushing on the very hard and pulling on the bottom, which should be free to move if you've already removed the screws. After some tricky work, you should now have the cover off. And as you can see from my crappy webcam pictures, there is little space to work with, very very little.

Step 2: Time to Think!

My copper ingot* was about 3/4 inches long, too big to fit anywhere and have it fit right. So it turns out, I have to cut it in half with my dremel and a cutoff wheel. It was tough work, got some burns in the process, covered the floor in metal filings and such, messy messy. As you can see, the mouse cover inside. I have super glued the two halves inside. However, the right half I had to cut it somewhat diagonaly as the wire going to the interface board was in the way, remember guys, when putting the cover on, make sure nothing is interfering or putting pressure on the usb cable or you might damage it if you force the cover on. Also too, make sure you glue whatever you put in as a weight so if you slam it, drop it, ect, the weight will not come loose and rattle around.

Step 3: *

Well I hope you had luck at adding weight to your microsoft mouse, it certainly helped me (I play a lot of halo on my mac). Enjoy, and if you guys have any probs at all, email or pm me and I will be glad to help.


Ingot - To those who don't know what and ingot is, it is a solid peice/block of metal, whether it be copper or aluminum, it's called and ingot.