Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cat and "Mouse Surgery"

This post title could bring many gruesome thoughts to mind, but I'm hoping that what I'm about to show you will save you some time, money, and a whole lot of aggravation. This is a post especially for cat people, although, everyday dust, dog hair etc. could also be a culprit.

Isn't he cute? But no, not this kind of mouse.

This kind of mouse!

I have a relatively new, really nice computer, that my husband bought for me last year, so when several weeks ago I started having "problems" with my mouse I told my husband and he took a look at it. He's pretty computer savvy. He took the rolling ball out of it and said, that I needed to watch out for cat hair, because they are very sensitive and a cat hair could cause it to lose contact with the mouse pad.

OK, interesting news. He worked on it and it did fine for about 2 weeks, then MORE of the same. Mouse won't go where I want it. It's in a little confined area of my screen, and makes me want to scream! SOOOOOO, more little rolly ball cleaning and OK for a few days. I cleaned the little sucker off just last night.

WELL, today, problems again. At this point I'm done with the rolly ball clean out, and picking fuzz out of the little rollers inside, so I decide FINE, I'll get to the bottom of this dang contraption and see what's REALLY going on.

You will have to enlarge this to get the full and fabulous effect!

 OK, stick with me. Here are the tools you will need for a cleanout. I guess I should have turned off my computer to prevent electrical bzzzzzzzzzt, but hey, I live on the edge, besides I had to see if it was working. So turn yours off before you start the surgical procedure!

Small Phillips screwdriver, tweezers (your must have tool) large needle for digging out cat hair that is wrapped around tiny plastic gears and wheels, and a clean make-up brush for final cleanup. Don't forget to pucker up and blow... a real necessity!

Open the back circular "ball opening" by twisting until it falls out, rolls in the floor, cats chase it and it gets lost under your desk, next get your screwdriver, unscrew, let the screw fall on the floor and end up with the rolly ball, and now's where the fun comes in if your sick and like gross filth. Get those tweezers and go to work. Pay particular attention to the little rollers and gears, pull out the tons of cat hair and then go Yuck three times. Yuck, yuck, yuck! Now find the screw, rolly ball, and attempt to put it all back together correctly. It took me several tries. But HEY, now my mouse has recovered, and I'm back to share all the good news with you!

 Just call me "Dr. D", I don't make house calls!

The lovable culprit!

Just thought you'd like to know...,

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