DIY: Mouse Window

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DIY : Mouse window
This is a small instructable in witch I will show you how to brand your mouse with a logo, name or any design that you want. i like Metallica ...and thats their logo

Step 1: Tools and "wepons"

1 - Dremel
2 - cuting disc
3 - dremel bits
4 - sand paper roll(for the dremel too)

a - a mouse
b - a LED
c - CD case
d - 2 small cables
e - 100 ohm resistor

misc :
soldering iron, sildering paste

Step 2: First Cut

My mouse is a A4tech and i had to cut 2 lairs of plastic .... firts take the tp one of and mark the place u whant to cut out
be shure not ti cut iver the screw suport, or else the mouse wil close no more
Ok firs part is done... do not throw the pice yet u will need it to mahe the window

Step 3: Second Cut

Put the top back on and mark on it the place you whant to cut
after that u cand asembel the mouse ....voala......no i am not finished yet

Step 4: Window Cuting

You mde the frame for the wondow nou it is time to make a windou for our mouse.
If u have a hot air gun it wil be perfect if not ....it wil look like mine

If you have a hot air gun take a CD case and cut off the margins and put it over the mouse BEFORE U MAKE THE WINDOW, star heating the case, very very slowly so not to form wrinkles or to make the plastic white. Heat it until it reaches the contour of the mouse and after that you can do the cutting!

Ok, take the pice and mark out on the CD case
Use the sand paper roll to make it fit and that is it

Step 5: Engraving the Logo

Find a logo that you want and print it out, stick it under the window with some tape and use a small bit to carve it out

Depending on the complexity of the design u have to use smaller and smaller bits, I used a 1.5 mm bit and it looks fine I think

Step 6: Light Me Up Scoty

OK ...take the led and grinde it up in such a way to keep it working but to be as small as posible (i forgot to take a picture and i glued ti )
Take the 100Ohm resistor an solder it to one of the led-s terminals

Step 7: Power ...

You take the power from the mouse ...it has 4 wires (Vcc, data1, data2, gnd) i think that is the order, but it dose not matter because u need the firs and last wire, usually there is a capacitor there put in parallel with the main power, you can take the power from it's terminals u do not even need a multi meter to find the gnd and Vcc if u know simple electronics.
The capacitor is marked with a gray band with a minus sign on it, that is the gnd.

After finding these solder the wires to the led and resistor if it dose not light up, change polarity.
Still no light ...check the led or the resistor

Step 8: The End

This is what you should end up with

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    AinshtainArirox

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 7

    no ...it is a switch for the right click ...to keep it pressed

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    simharry

    10 years ago on Introduction

    great instructable i did this and had sooooooooo much fun cutting holes in my mouse that it looks like swiss cheese now it is awesome and the blue is cool!

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    HycroDeLorean4905

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 1

    It's about time I see someone else who actually calls it rotary instead of Dremel, because there are rotary tool brands out there other than Dremel, it's like calling a PS2 or PS3 a Sony, or calling a Wii a Nintendo...I always find it annoying when someone calls a game system, or a tool by a brand name, whether it's made by that brand or not. This is looking to be an interesting instructable though.

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    ajmontag

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the idea! Im going to try this on one of my i-rocks superman mice i got free after MIRs from that other online retailer, ClubIT, Newegg is WAY better. I have extra leds and resistors from doing a window mod too! thanks bro!

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    Alexizupinheaajmontag

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    i got that same mouse, but when I applied for the rebate, I accidently applied under the wrong color, thus I didn't get it. I also bought all 3 different colors of their keyboards, (supposedly each color was a different form and different offer number), yet I only received a rebate for the first one I bought. Anyway, I may use that mouse as well, I just gotta practice some engraving first lol

    oops, I forgot to say, great instructable! I can't believe I never thought of making a window for my mouse. Mabye i'll make a window for my keyboard and light it up w/ a logo in the top left/right corner. If I do, i'll either post a pic here, or possibly another instructable and will give u credit for the inspiration lol.

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    AinshtainCorpy

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 7

    there is a capacitor near the mouse input cables ...from there I got the power +5vcc and and

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    It would probs look better without the logo(no offence to metalica) and you spelt it "wepons". its weapons. and how'd u make the perspects flush with the mouse, and is the perspects concaved to match the old shape.

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    AinshtainRockerx

    Reply 11 years ago on Step 2

    :) yes i can see the resemblance in one of your instructables, now it is a lot clean era because of the winter holydays coming up and because I hurt my hands in some acid and I can not work until they are cured …oh well maybe next year I’ll put some new stuff….maybe a preamp:D