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I washed my mouse today....

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  • Started 9 years ago by Lighthouse
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Lighthouse
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....and now I can't do a thing with it! Any suggestions please?

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Scott
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Put it in the dryer.

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whs
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Hairdryer - and get another dishwasher.

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Lighthouse
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Didn't use the dishwasher, but did put it out in the sun for a bit.
It's still rushing about like a stoat in a field full of leprechauns!

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whs
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Maybe you should skin it - makes nice coats.

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Lighthouse
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But it's made of plastic!

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Scott
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http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCa....._Id=375887

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Lighthouse
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ah thanks for that Scott, but that doesn't help me right at this moment. BTW. I was planning to make my next mouse out of wood.

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Scott
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You might consider a good polyurethane then.

I like whs' first idea. If no hair dryer, a desk fan for a few hours.

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Lighthouse
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Wherever am I going to find someone who is the fan of a desk, at this time of night?

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Scott
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Here, http://images.google.com/imgre.....l%26sa%3DN

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Lighthouse
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I think she's more a fan of the camera (or whos behind it)!

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whs
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Maybe you want to get rid of the mouse all together and get a keyboard with a scrollball. If you wash that, you don't need a mouse any more because you cannot type either. They also come in silver.

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Lighthouse
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But my keyboard is quite happy to be washed under the tap.
And I don't like scrollballs. Had to use one once in an office for a couple of days.
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(disclaimer. To anyone reading my posts. Don't try this at home (washing, that is))

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Scott
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Are you retentive or just plain messy?

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Lighthouse
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Well I don't have plastic sheeting over everything, If that's what you mean!

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whs
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Well, now we could have a big discussion. I think scrollball is the ultimate. You have to set it at the right speed though. The standard "mouse speed" is too fast. And I never have to lift my hand off the table - except for typing, of course. That's why I am not a big fan of keyboard shortcuts. Would have to move the hand.

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Lighthouse
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Um...keyboard shortcuts. Left hand & nose?

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The Geek
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I have this mouse/keyboard combo... can't use anything else anymore:

http://www.microsoft.com/hardw.....b=overview

Ironically I bought them both separately not realizing they were sold as a set... very comfortable to use. Of course I'm on my computer so much that my arms end up hurting anyway.

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Lighthouse
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Ah... I notice it has a "Gadget" button. Would that mean I could get rid of the sidebar?

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The Geek
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All that button does is bring the sidebar to the front. You can't actually run a gadget on the button :-)

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The Geek
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Also, if you want to wash your mouse, you should use the official Mouse Wash:

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Lighthouse
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Thankyou Sir Geek. I will order it from my local Supermarché toute suite

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whs
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You mousers will all get carpal tunnel syndrom. Can't happen to me! My arms and wrist are always at rest.

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jack7h3r1pp3r
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@whs what with using the ball mouse thing

i don't really like those they seem really slow and wouldn't you still get carpal tunnel in your thumb or the muscles that use your thumb?

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whs
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jack, they are not slow at all. Actually, I had to set it slower than you would for a mouse (which I have too but don't use). The movement with the thumbkin is very little and gentle. I love the thing. Never again a mouse. And I am at least 8 hours a day on the PC.

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jack7h3r1pp3r
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when i use one it seemed really slow and somewhat acward to use and i do a bit of gaming and it doesn't really seem to great for that so i think i will just stick to my good old mouse :)

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whs
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This is a free country. There is room for any option. I put a big towel (folded 4 times) under my keyboard, rest my arms on my horizontal armrests, rest my hands on the towel and just swivel the thumbkin a little. No stress at all and VERY fast.

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jack7h3r1pp3r
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i like my computing experience to be a very intense one and i like to live on the edge :)

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mpc104
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i had mouse problems my fix was easy i got a laptop [lol] lighthouse the best fix for wet electronics is time just let it dry.

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pipo
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uhmm, why would you wash a mouse?

(cool, Scott has a new avatar)

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jack7h3r1pp3r
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well if it is an older mouse and still uses the ball that would be a good reason to wash a mouse

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pipo
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wouldn't the chips short out if a mouse gets washed?

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jack7h3r1pp3r
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i think if there is no power going into the mouse it would be fine but it would have to dry completely before you could use it again

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pipo
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i believe there are some chips that wouldn't work if it gets soaked

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jack7h3r1pp3r
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ya i guess you could be right on that one

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pipo
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in any case, the "official mouse wash" by the geek was pretty clever, lol.

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Scott
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Thanks pipo, I get bored with avatars so they get changed from time to time.

This one comes from possibly the greatest 'live' concert(s) ever recorded. Yes, I'm biased.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europe_72

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whs
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We sure get a lot of mileage from a wet mouse. This is fun. Scott, first time I hear about this concert. But in 72 I was in California, not in Europe.

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pipo
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i never would've guessed that was from an album

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Scott
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I was there spiritually, :) but in the Adirondacks, literally.
I had to wait 10 years to get across the pond for the first time.

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mpc104
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wow,scott is a "dead head" how cool is that.

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Scott
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<blushing>

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ScottW
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Lighthouse, I'll bet you have an optical mouse. I remember back when we had to wash dirty mouse balls by hand. Yuck! As for drying, I recommend a microwave oven. It will definitely put and end to your problems with this mouse.

I'm reminded of the story of the guy who was told he needed a clean diskette. So, he got a diskette and went to the kitchen sink....

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pipo
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uhmm, isn't that the typical way of cleaning a diskette, hahahaha?

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Lighthouse
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You guys seem to have had a good time whilst I was asleep.
@ScottW. I have 2 opticals & 1 testicle (mouse wise)
Thanks for all your input (BTW. I was joking....hehe) :)

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jack7h3r1pp3r
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@lighthouse that is great

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jd2066
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I just reread the last post after seeing the other topic.
Now I feel a little dumb.
I thought for a while you did actually wash your mouse.

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whs
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jd, we know Lighthouse. He likes to pull our legs. But it was fun.

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jd2066
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Yes, I suppose it was fun.
I just didn't realize that was it's sole purpose at the start.
I'm starting to find that both Scott and Lighthouse like to joke, prank or pull our legs a lot.
It makes since now that I look at all the topics overall but the first few just didn't make since to me.

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whs
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jd, we'll have to think of ways to get back at them - in our new OT.

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Lighthouse
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@jd. I'd spent all day working on the registry and dissecting .dlls. Can't I have a bit of fun?

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jd2066
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Yes you can.
I just didn't get it when it was in the support forums before.
I don't always know what someone knows online and know that there are some who would actually try to wash a mouse.
Though those people probably don't know how to edit the registry either. So someone who does know that like you probably wouldn't do that.
I try to avoid assuming to many things though. You never know for sure when an assumption could be wrong.

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pipo
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i thought Lighthouse really did wash his mouse, an old mouse or something, just for the fun of it... oh darn, and i was about to do the same thing

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ScottW
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ScottW
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Bath time!

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