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Unlike all other mice that have a small wheel spinning around an axis, Apple's Mighty Mouse has a scrollball that transmits the rotation via friction: so when the ball gets dirty or when particles get into the internal hardware, the mouse doesn't scroll any more.

The solution is just: clean it!

Seems like a pretty common problem, and Apple published a KB article that explains how to clean the mouse, emphasizing on how to clean the scrollball: How to clean your Mighty Mouse.

They also published a quicktime movie that shows you how to properly do it.

And if cleaning with a cloth is not enough, some suggest to insert a piece of paper to help remove the dust.

posted on Sunday, November 30, 2008 4:37 PM
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