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Old 2019-03-20, 10:27   #6
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This problem is very frequent if you use cheap mouses, and you use them a lot.. hehe..

If you only use the mouse for "normal work", i.e. not playing games or so, and have access to a soldering iron, then opening the mouse and exchanging the two switches (from right click to left click) will "fix it" for a while. I did this in the past when my "inventory" (I work in the field) didn't include the proper switches (otherwise I would just replace the damage one and throw away the bad one). The reason is that cheap mouses have cheap switches whose metal blades inside are partially broken after a while, and the switch needs a more firm press to make a reliable contact. After exchanging the switches, the mouse still can be used reliable for months or longer (because the right click is rarely used, and usually pressed firmer when used). Some mouses have a middle button which is similar to the other two, which is almost never used (press on the roll wheel). For some brand mouse you can fix the "bouncing" from the driver or provided application (like Logitech, Feonix, etc., they may have a "debouncing time" which you can set. usually 30 ms is perfect, as a double click takes 100 to 150 ms).

This process takes less than 5 minutes for a guy for who "soldering" is part of the daily job.

My former boss always got extremely angry when he saw me repairing mouses (at the time no optics, the rolling ball, always getting dirty, needing periodically open/clean). The mouses (mice?) were cheap and he always said that if I spend more than 15 minutes to repair a mouse I make a loss for the company, because my salary for 15 minutes was more than the mouse price. Just buy a new one (for that, a Chinese guy, a (car) driver would go to the store, and he was paid miserably).

Last fiddled with by LaurV on 2019-03-20 at 10:28 Reason: spacing
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