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Taking Apart the Intellimouse Explorer

September 16th, 2006

For ages I’ve been using a Microsoft Intellmouse Explorer. It fits my hand perfectly is smooth to use and has two button on the side just where my thumb is. These are perfect for driving bikes and aircraft in GTA, switching to different weapons in FPS’s or just going back and forward through the history of my browser. I know other mice have these buttons but I’ve never found one that fits my hand so perfectly.

About a month ago the middle mouse button started getting a bit didgy… sometimes it wouldn’t work at all othertimes it would register a couple of click resulting in tons of tabs opening under firefox. I started trying to find a replacement but cannot find any mouse that works as well. I decided to have a look at taking it apart and giving the mouse a good clean, I ended up having to resort to looking on the internet for instructions to taking it apart and all I found were postings for people trying to find a post by “johnny5dm” that explained how to take it apart. I finally managed to find the post in the reviews of the mouse on amazon.com. The post can be found here but I’m going to repeat the instructions here just in case it gets deleted.

  1. Pry the pads off the bottom of the mouse using a knife
  2. Under each pad you’ll find a small screw, undo all of these and the top will come off easily

So simple yet I never thought of taking the pads off. I’ve now cleaned the insides of my mouse out and all is good in the world. All buttons are responsive and I don’t have to worry about finding a new mouse.

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  1. July 19th, 2009 at 11:30 | #1

    That’s a happy story. I got a bit worried for a while – but you came through in the end! Yay!

  2. Tom
    July 19th, 2009 at 11:30 | #2

    Yep, it’s definitely the best mouse there ever was, is, will be- I’m sure i’ll be referring to ur post when mine breaks in a couple o’ years! Although actually, i’d be clever enough to look under the pads, so I won’t need to ;-)

  3. July 19th, 2009 at 11:31 | #3

    maett_c :

    That’s a happy story. I got a bit worried for a while – but you came through in the end! Yay!

    I was very pleased… post worthy pleased in fact! The thought of playing some counter strike without my “Buy primary and secondary ammo” buttons was keeping me awake. And yes I did feel pretty stupid when I realised there were screws under the pads… I spent ages sticking a knife into the mouse to try and lever the two halves apart. Have to look for pads on my iPod as I still haven’t got that apart.

    I’ve decided the most annoying thing (in my mind) with current mice is that they’re all designed so left handed people can use them. So now right handed people have to put up with uncomfortable mice because of 10% of the population… unbelievable!

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