Question: My mouse is acting funny. Some times it sticks and doesn't move as smoothly as when it was new. Is there something that I can do besides getting a new mouse?
Answer: There is something that you do to repair a mechanical mouse yourself. There are two basic types of mouse on the market today. One is the optical mouse. It has no moving parts and almost never jams unless some fairly large foreign matter has clogged the bottom. The other kind of mouse is the mechanical mouse. It is more common and is easy to identify. Flip the mouse over and look at the bottom. You should see a partially exposed ball with a release panel. Usually the release is a round panel that you turn to release the ball from the mouse. Look at the symbols on the bottom of the mouse to determine how to release the ball. After the ball is released, clean the ball with a damp cloth. Be careful when using cleaners, they may dissolve the ball's material. Now take a look in the opening that holds the ball. You will find some rollers that usually accumulate lint and dust. The lint collects on the rollers and make the ball roll erratically. This will cause the mouse to roll funny and the icon on your screen to move in spurts. After you clean both the ball and rollers, you should notice an improvement in the mouse response.