mouse reassembling

How to reassemble a broken optical mouse?

Posted by krishna_ei 9 years ago

Challenge: find a weirder mouse

I challenge you to find a weirder mouse than this beastie (the mouse mouse doesn't count, I've seen that)From Engadget

Posted by Jayefuu 9 years ago

Mice or mouses?

I was going to go off topic on an I'ble, but thought the question would be better asked in the forums. I have always wondered if the plural of mouse (as in the one connected to your PC) is the same as the plural of mouse as in the rodent (or favourite cartoon character). I think that the PC mouse is named after the rodent because of the physical similarity, but does that mean that they are the same? Plural of mouse (rodent), is mice. Plural of mouse (PC), mice or mouses? What are your thoughts? N.B. I have been drinking.

Posted by caarntedd 7 years ago

Looking for thoughts.

My PC wnt a bit wonky this morning.  Mouse pointer moved around just fine but the system wouldn't recognize any clicks. Well at first i could click on the web browser and open a new tab but that was it. I restarted the system and had the same problem. So i wasn't able to lick to log in. So i tried another mouse and got the same result. Then i tried both mice on different USB connection both on the front and rear of the system. No change. Out of frustration i slammed the mouse down on the keyboard tray a couple of time and then everything started working fine again. Any thoughts on what happened? I suspect it's an issue with the keyboard. Being a wireless keyboard that came with a wireless mouse i think the keyboard had something to do with it. I've had an occasion where the keys stopped working on the keyboard till i moved the receiver around a bit. oh well.

Posted by mpilchfamily 4 years ago

Mouse mouse makes it big in Germany

The mouse mouse gets noticed in Germany's version of FHM magazine. The little guy speaks the universal language of bizarre and lovable all at once as his popularity continues to grow.

Posted by fungus amungus 11 years ago

Broken Mouse

My mouse for my PC broke!!!! I am on my wii typing all this up. I need a way to get around on my computer (xp) with out a mouse for a few days. Any thoughts our ideas... Any way to turn a keyboard into a mouse?? I have tons of those laying around.

Posted by TheDeadChemist 10 years ago

Mouse glide Pads

Ever have that mouse that fits just right then it starts to drag no matter what the surface? I dont want to give it up but would like to replace the pads that allow it to slide smoothly across the mouse pad. Any ideas? 

Posted by poorjohnn 5 years ago

Wireless Mouse Hack

Hay all, I got a USB wireless mouse. I look for a way to make it better or hack it somehow. Just anything cool to do with it...

Posted by netbus 8 years ago

I need help rewiring an optical mouse

Hello, I started a project I don't have the tech know-how to finish. I'm trying to rewire a wireless mouse to an arcade style interface. Is there a way I can rewire an optical mouse so as to accept input from an arcade joystick?  Thanks!

Posted by quantumgun 4 years ago

Steampunk Skull Mouse

This creepy, yet amazing, mouse is made from a sheep's skull and bits of brass. Yup, this adds an extra gothic element to steampunkland and it looks so good that I'd be afraid to use it and muck it all up.Link

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago

Help With A Mouse-Trap Car

Okay, for physics class, we need to make a mouse-trap car, and I need some help. Basically, the only thing we can't have any electronics, or another mouse-trap. I've seen the ones on ibles here, and lots on google. The basic idea, is to have two CDs, each with a rubber band, or balloon around the edge for traction. But I am asking you, if you were making a mouse-trap car, what would you do?

Posted by bumpus 9 years ago

"There's a Mouse in my House!!"

There is a mouse in my house!! Isn't he cute!! Any suggestions as how to get rid of him? He has taken a nibble of every single packet in my grocery cabinet.. Must have been looking for a tasty one. Any suggestions would be helpful. Oh... and I do not want to kill him. Thanks

Posted by Lftndbt 10 years ago

Easy Computer Mouse Modification / Repair

The first time I did this modification was about 10 years ago, and this is my second attempt. Both times it was done as a repair and not strictly as a modification. There are actually many advantages to a newly "rewired" mouse such as the mouse button being easier and more convenient to press.  (possibly an inexpensive and simple method to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome?) Anyway, the modification is located on one of my website pages: I've seen a lot of mouse modifications on the Internet and I doubt I was the first one to think of this. **************************************************************************** Edited to Add I finally uploaded a picture to this posting.

Posted by wolf1728 8 years ago

Help Any one who Know how to make A mouse Clicke on its own? hmmm>> ^^

Hey Dudz and dudetz Im Vinc and im having a bad time hot waring my mouse Ni my PC Hmmmm.Can you Help me perhaps You have an idea on how to make One I dont need soft ware. i need to make a hard ware. Thnks This will be a big Help To me. thnk you.

Posted by vinc 10 years ago

nes pc and mouse

Hey guys...i was just wondering two things. First, is it theoretically possible to build one of these nintendo pc's to be operated as a fully functional pc for gaming and internet use, with your tv as a monitor and to install jacks to be able to connect to a surround sound system? also, i am not too good with computers and all that jazz but ever consider a nes controller that would operate as a mouse? this, of course, would be assuming that you could use your pc in the way i mentioned above, if not it would be kind of pointless. i also thought it would be nifty if it could be a wireless know...just so you don't have to sit 3 feet away from your television...

Posted by mr_bojiggler 10 years ago

i have an idea for a custom ergonomic mouse, and i'm hoping for someone to judge me.

Hello community, lately i've been feeling some pain in my wrist from computer usage, and while letting my wrist get some rest, i thought about getting an ergonomically designed mouse. but let's face it: it's way more fun to make one yourself =) so i have this idea for casting a mouse casing, but i never casted anything before, so i'm hoping to find some mistakes in my plan before they cost me money (I'm not stingy, i just don't have a lot of money). so i'm hoping that someone who did cast stuff before could judge my plan before i execute it. - i'll first unscrew my current mouse, and see how the electronics inside are held in place. - i'll let my hand rest in silly putty, so it'll take the shape of my hand in a relaxed position. - then i'll use silicone putty to make a negative of my hand mold. (i'm not sure whether silly putty and silicone putty are the same thing, i'm very bad at doing productive research. if they are, that's a problem, and i might need to use something else). - after i've got my negative, i'll use something like Instamorph to create the actual case i'll eventually use. i'll also make a shape for the inside to hold the elektronics. depending on how precise this has to be, i might use another mold for that too. - to finish it up, i'll take the newly made case out of it's mold, apply some custom painting (just for fun), and perhaps some rubber for extra grip, and then transfer the elektronics. so that is my plan. i hope i'll get some productive comments on this, and perhaps i'll learn something from it. i'm going to study product design, so how awesome would it be if i did it with a self-designed mouse ^_^ oh, and this might be posted in the wrong place. i haven't used this website for a while. if it is, please accept my apologies. i hate messy websited too. =P

Posted by tommiesmee 6 years ago

Working on Mice At Instructables HQ

It's just a normal work day here at Instructables HQ with mice parts strewn all over the work table.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

Gone! (60 Free mousetraps. San Francisco Bay Area)

Given away to the Instructables HQ - can't think of a better place for it. I originally bought these to create mousetrap-powered cars, but I decided to scrap the project because preparing the mousetraps is too difficult for my students. I thought about selling them over craigslist, but in the end I decided that I do not want them to be used to kill mice. So if you would like these (and you live in the SF bay area) please message me and I'll be happy to give them away for creative purposes. I hope someone out there can use it! Lance

Posted by LanceMakes 6 years ago


Hi, I have an idea that I want to see come into fruition. I have the general idea of it figured out in my head, yet the lack of knowledge in key areas, and other projects, prevents me from completing it, although I would love to see it built. It goes as follows,    By using the power of mice, construct an apparatus that functions in either one of two ways. The first way would use an exercise wheel (bought, or made) with magnets attached that would in turn power a fan in a column that would suck the air from the bottom of the enclosure to the top through a filter. I'm not sure how magnets work, but I know that they're used to create current which is what is needed. The second method would employ 3d printed gears to crank the fan round and round. Both would be made with a series of tubes, much like the internet, that would make it suck more. :]

Posted by The Cartographer 6 years ago

How can you make a custom mouse?

Is there a way to make a mouse to fit my hand or anyone else's? Maybe use arduino to help connect all the buttons together or any other type of controllers. It would be like making a custom fighting stick or headphones. Either by making a totally different mouse or by modding an existing mouse would be good.

Posted by masterjohn74 6 years ago

New Contest Banner Bug

The mouse over on the first banner in the contest page, Green Design Contest, is inverted. The mouse over displays when the mouse is off and hides when you mouse over.

Posted by bwrussell 5 years ago

Optical Mouse Help!

I need someone to explain a typical optical mouse circuit to me using diagrams and such. I could do it myself but I only have one optical mouse on me at the moment so Id have to go to the store to get a really cheap one. I'm on the verge of a kipkay quality instructable!

Posted by emuman4evr 10 years ago

Creating a Wireless Keyboard or Mouse

Hey guys, i was looking about the internet to find a wireless keyboard and mouse to use while I am relaxing on my couch and it occured to me there has to be some way to hack a keyboard or mouse I already have to be wireless. I think RF is the best choice for at least the mouse (quicker speeds) but have no idea what to do or what to use. Help!

Posted by brianainsworth 10 years ago

PC mouse Mod

I have always wanted to see my electrical usage in real time. However, the watt meters available can not handle whole house wattage. I have an idea but lack the programing skills to pull it off. Use a modified usb mouse to read the dial as it spins and tabulate the totals. Because of the distance through the glass to the meter disk- a laser pointer may have to be used. Required to work: USB mouse Modified mouse driver- must not be recognized as a mouse in the PC customizable display output. Laser pointer? Anyway, if someone could help with the software that would be great- Thanks

Posted by ryancey777 10 years ago

Computer mouse inside cloth...

A while back i saw a "how to" about a mouse that is inside a sock kinda thing, and you rotate it inside this fabic to use it....i cant remember what its called or even if it was here that i saw it but im pretty sure that it thinking maybe its called something like a soap mouse or something but i dont really know.... someone here has to know what im talking about...... please and thanks Liquor

Posted by LiquorBox 10 years ago

cleaning off an old mouse

I have recently acquired an old IBM mouse. I was planing to turning it into one of those mouse bots, but after looking inside I couldn't bring my self to do it. So now I want to clean it up. The former owner had put on black scotch tape racing stripes. So now there are 3 dirty yellowish streaks of adhesive any ideas as to how to make it look like new ? thanks in advance

Posted by clasic_traveller_diehard 9 years ago

Rechargable Wireless Mouse

I had this idea a while back and have yet to see one made. Unfortunately I don't have the means to try it myself. What I thought was a wireless mouse which would be recharged with its own dongle. When the dongle is plugged into the computer the batteries inside would be charged up then when it is put into the mouse for storage those batteries would charge up the mouse. I don't really know a whole lot about electronics - despite perusing instructables now and then ;) - so I don't know if this is even possible. But I don't see why it couldn't be done, or why it hasn't been done yet {unless I just haven't found it}. Peace to you and yours, Matthew "Dra'Gon" Stohler

Posted by BlueDragonFire 6 years ago

Printing a Random Pattern on the desk

A couple of weeks ago, I bought an Ativa (Office Depot store brand) wireless mouse on sale for $15. It appears that they were clearing out stock, because they no longer list it on their website, but this is the closest thing I've found. I like the mouse, particularly because there is a built-in charger in the wireless tranciever for the two Ni-MH AAAs it takes. Yes, AAAs, the link is for a different mouse.Problem: Lousy resolution, I think. the wired Lenovomouse that came with my computer worked just fine on my smooth, blank desk surface, but this one requires much more of a pattern. I don't like mousepads. Scribbles with a pencil work well so far, but they smudge after a day or so. I want to put some sort of pattern on my desk for it to read. My best idea was a laser-cut random bitmap stencil and a can of black spray paint, but I don't have a laser cutter. Ideas?

Posted by CameronSS 10 years ago

Mouse wheel. How do I replace optical encoder with rotary encoder?

Hi, I have a Belkin Nostromo N52 controller. It has a mousewheel that can be custom programmed independently from the wheel in your regular mouse. I want to use it as a jog dial so I want to remove it from the original place and replace the rubber wheel with a jog dial. Basically it is to rotate the wheel 90 degrees as they did here with a mouse: The problem is the Nostromo wheel uses an optical encoder instead of a rotary encoder (the typical used by half of the mouse wheels in the world). The mod I want to do would be a little complicated using the optical encoder (I would have to use a piece of PCB perpendiculary soldered to the main PCB and the height of the resulting device would be very tall for what I want) but it would be very easy if I could replace the optical encoder with a rotary encoder I salvaged from a mouse since it can be laid down on the PCB pretty well. The problem is the signals of the optical encoder and the signals of the rotary encoder are different. The middle leg of the receiver in the optical encoder is connected to +5vcc while the outputs are connected to ground using 10KΩ resistors. In the rotary encoder, the first leg is connected to ground and the other two go directly to the mouse IC. I tried to remove the optical encoder of the Nostromo and connect the two outputs of the rotary encoder to where the outputs of the IR detector go and the third leg to ground but all I get is a permanently actived scroll down (as if the wheel was scrolling down all the time). I didn't dare to connect the third leg to Vcc just in case I blow the thing. I think there must be a way to replace the optical encoder with a rotary encoder and get the same signals and I think this involves using the Vcc line and resistors but since I'm not very good at the electronic side of things, I don't know how to do it. I'm enclosing a diagram of the optical encoder circuit. The diagram on the right enclosed in question marks is what I guess would be the equivalent circuit for the rotary encoder but I'm not sure. Can anybody confirm it or point out the appropriate corrections? Thank you.

Posted by jedikalimero 4 years ago

Lighting An LED With A Left/Right-Click

So I've been working on a project and have run into a snag. I'm trying to wire up a mouse to light one Led when I left-click and another when I right. For now I'm just trying to get the left working. The power that goes to the switch normally isn't enough to make the Led bright, only flicker dimly. So I thought I'd connect it to the power coming straight from the computer and just add a resistor in between. It was bright but was stuck on constantly. I've connected it every way I can think but no dice...have any ideas? RockerX

Posted by Rockerx 9 years ago

play the scary maze right here!

The scary maze is a game in which you must guide the dot to the end of the level without touching the wall of the maze. There are 4 levels. Playing the game on full volume helps. one below is a scary video, which is not related to the topic. (Couldn't resist adding it!);=18

Posted by BkrevWlevqe 10 years ago

Alternative scrolling methods

Here's one to challenge your creativity. I read a lot of blogs, engadget, lifehacker etc... and these are mainly long pages of text and images. I've become bored of using a plain ole mouse wheel to scroll down and so i'm looking to make something overall cooler or easier to use. Note the use of OR before reading the next bit. I've had an idea of one method. Get one of those realistic fake cats that breathes and put the scroller in it's back. Then you can cradle it in your arms Dr. No style and stroke it's back, all the while scrolling down a page of your choice. I also thought of somehow making the whole right side of my desk a massive scrollbar, but it would be a bit complicated for my liking. So what do you think? Do you have any good ideas for ways to scroll down a page? Think everyday actions that involve some sort of scrolling motion, and keep it work safe.

Posted by whatsisface 10 years ago

+ symbol can't be used in image mouse over text.

+ symbol can't be used in image mouse over text. It will not save. XPSP3 FF26

Posted by Divet 4 years ago

how to convert usb optical mouse to wireless

How to convert my wired optical mouse to wireless? please help me...

Posted by christin_meghan 7 years ago

Mouse USB drive

Ok i had this idea about putting a USB drive inside the side of my mouse and still have it work...but how would i do it? and im kind of a texture guy meaning i like smooth objects so how would i fix that problem? any ideas or help would be awsome thanks :)

Posted by Darkshot 10 years ago

Wirelessly charged mouse

I need some help from all yall out there. My idea is a wirelessly charged mouse. The mouse pad acts as the transmitter coil, and the receiver is in the mouse. The concept might not be phenomenal for gamers, but would be a step into getting rid of wires on our peripherals and really making wireless charging reality. Perhaps a .2 farad super capacitor (.2 Farads ~ 400mAh) could be used to prevent the mouse from dying if you drag if off the pad for a few minutes. I'd need help conceptualizing it and for those of you who know about electronics, assisting me in designing a schematic. The design would be open source so we can have literally anybody contribute and improve the idea. Leave a reply if you want in!

Posted by JesusG33k 2 years ago

any ideas for a new function for my optical mouse?

I have this optical mouse (completely useless, i have a new one.) and i want to give this mouse a new purpose :). But I have no ideas :D So, what can i do with this thing? oh yes, i'm a beginner...

Posted by vollmond 11 years ago

Hacking a wireless keboard and mouse

I was wondering if anyone knows of any software hacks that will allow the wireless plug of my wireless keyboard/mouse to push sound to my bluetooth headset?

Posted by l0k3y 7 years ago

joystick to mouse

I don't like computer mice and touch pads, so I've bought a joystick. What's the best software to make it do a mouse's job? It's a "Thrustmaster" joystick, and my laptop is running Firefox in Ubuntu, because my dad won't pay for Windows to go on my laptop. Thanks, Conker-x.

Posted by Conker-X 6 years ago

Extend optical mouse range

Hi all, I'm wanting to make a jig for a production project requiring a sensitive optical measure of movement with a focal length of 5-10 mm. I thought an optical mouse might be a good start but the lenses in a few I've tried require the device to be too close. It needs to be no bigger than the electronics of a mouse. If anyone has a lens that could be perfect or other ideas I'd love to hear them. Thanks, D

Posted by Qball007 6 years ago

[HELP] Rapid Fire Mod For wireless mouse

Hi. I have followed this instructable HERE but i cant get it to work. My mouse is a logitech M310 1.5v I have purchased a LMC555CN that work with 1.5v but i will still not work.. any help will be appreciated :-)

Posted by cannafix 6 years ago

Connecting a Gameboy to my Mouse.

I got a lot of Gameboys, (I bough em cheap to do some hacks) My Logitec mouse uses 5V ofc. My Gameboy needs his 3V.   So far I have heard that I should therefore use a 200ohm resistor. The question is, can I hook the Gameboy directly into the Mouses powersupply? Or do I have to add a second usb cable for it's power? Also, do I even need the resistor?

Posted by Schoening 6 years ago

I need help converting the wireless mouse to make rear speakers of the Home theater wireless

I need help converting the wireless mouse components to make rear speakers of the Home theater wireless.  I am no programmer, i am dentist. can some one suggest on how to do it. 

Posted by dilipvokkaliga 1 year ago

Help: Building a Wireless mouse

Any useful infomation on what i would need to do to build my own wireless mouse i have some vague knowlegde but never made anything like this before. Any information would be great schematics designs links or anything pleaase help me :D Thanks in advanve

Posted by Evote 10 years ago

Adjustable Keyboard Tray

Trying to figure out how to make an adjustable Keyboard/Mouse tray for ergonomic purposes. Seems like it might be relatively easy with some kind of flexible tubing e.g. flex eletrical conduit. and piece of wood for the tray. Very surprised to find near 0 content on the web with this, especially since these trays aren't exactly cheap.

Posted by jtrimmell 6 years ago

Help with BEAM robot please!

Hi all! I am starting to build the famous mousey robot but I ran into problems already, I am a newbie!. If someone could give me a hand that would be very appreciated. I have all the parts except for the relay which I hope will arrive anytime soon (had to buy it online) attached is a diagram I drew to use as a guide when breadboarding the first part of the circuit that makes the robot seek light. The problem is both motors work and spin but they don't seem to change the speed when I cover one of the light sensors. If I use the multimeter on the light sensors while disconnected from the circuit it gives me 0.04 volts for both, positioned in such way they receive the same amount of light. If I move them the readings are different ( more if closer, less I farther away). But when they are connected as shown and I measure voltage they both give me the same value no mater which one I cover with my hands, also, the value changes if I move the light source. I am using a breadboard to connect the light seeking circuit but I will attach images later it is the same as the attached image (I hope) the difference is the image was drawn with the circuit board I am going to use.Also, I measured the voltage motors were getting while running with a different light sensors covered at a time and both motors gave me the same ~4V.. I think that means they are running at the same speed right? I think that the instructable about mousey in this site still has the led error but I am not sure.corrected? circuit diagram also attached a second diagram of how it should look when completed with relay etc. I drew them so they might have errors!Thanks a lot, any help would be very appreciated!edit: more related links:

Posted by brunoxyz 10 years ago

Mouse Mouse is Missing!

Mouse Mouse was last seen on tour with us at Austin's SXSW earlier this week. He made lots of friends at Dorkbot on Saturday, but someone walked off with him while we were setting up at Sunday's PopSci party! Did he go on walkabout, join a punk band, or leave with a cute female Mouse Mouse? We hope so, but suspect he was simply abducted and can't contact us for help. If you have any information, please let us know! No kidding, I only made one1 and would really like to have him back. Drop me a note if you've got any news on his whereabouts. We'll take him back, no questions asked.1Yes, I can and will make another, but it's my art project, and therefore unique. (You may know how to make more children, but still want to keep the ones you've made.)

Posted by canida 10 years ago

Scholarship Roomba Create Idea: Mouse Trap

My idea is for the robot to be a mouse hunter. I know this sounds far fetched, but all you have to do is load it with peanut butter. To describe the trap: You attach a capacitor, and leave the circuit open. The robot remains unmoving, and waits for the mouse to go for the peanut butter. When the mouse steps on the two separated plates, attached to the Create, the mouse closes the circuit, releasing the charge in the capacitor, killing it instantly. (A disposable camera works great for this, it has capacitor and voltage needed to kill a mouse.) The Create would search for either movement via IR, or, if possible, UV reflections from the ground. Mice leave trails of urine that reflect UV light. These trails give the Create an excellent place to set the trap. Once the charge of the capacitor is released, the Create will sound an alarm and flash an LED. Perhaps scooping the mouse into it's undercarriage and moving on to find another ideal trap site.

Posted by Holeinmysock 11 years ago

adding a proximity detector to the mouse bot

Hello im new here and new to tech but i was wondering if any one could tell me how to add the simple ir proximity detector thts on this site to the mouse bot any help would be apreciated

Posted by yerok16 11 years ago

Digital pen

Can  an optical mouse be turned into a PC screen writing gadget or digital pen? Optical mouse have a low resolution camera. By using a software that coordinates what's being shown on the screen and a modified optical mouse, it could be possible to draw on the screen or turn this combination into a touch screen application.

Posted by oobi07 8 years ago