Dismounting and cleaning an Apple USB
As usual, I cannot be responsible for any damage to
your machines when you will experiment the following
, which had undergone the attack of grape fruit juice, was
not the sole casualty ;-)
The mouse also requires an emergency operation: its movement
are chaotic and choppy...yes, I can say... a "collateral
Rear vue of the mouse. The locking cap has to be turned
in a clock-reverse movement, as shown by the arrows, to free
The cap, the mouse's ball: to be deeply cleaned (soap or,
like me, with isopropylic alcohol).
The two coloured caches have to be unhooked: they hide
two screws to be removed.
I use a small lever and smoothly I lift up the first
The yellow arrow clearly shows the pin which maintains the
cache. There is one pin at each extremity + one in the
middle of the upper face.
Removing the second cache is easier.
On the USB connector side, the pin (yellow arrow) is to
be unhooked without damaging the cable (blue arrow)... but
do not worry too much: this cable is more solid than the one
in Apple's optical mouse!
We can now unscrew the two hidden screws.
All the removed stuff... nearly the end of the
... but there still are two more pins: the first one
shown is on the way to be unhooked (above, near the
screwdriver) and the second one is still to be operated
pointed (the yellow arrow).
The electronic board. The cells (yellow arrows) are the
most important parts and they have to be deeply cleaned.
But the mechanical pieces also have to be cleaned: (1)
the rollers which scroll in front of the cells (yellow
arrows), (2) the rolls which drive the rollers (blue arrows)
and (3) the "binding up" piece (white arrow).
All is cleaned... now, re-assemble the parts to obtain a
working mouse :-)