• 29 Aug 2013, 20:45 • Tutorials
In this tutorial I'm gonna show you how to fix your mouse when it's cable is broken.
Sorry for the picture quality, lost my camera so I had to take the photos with phone, hope you still can see the important parts.
How do I know that my mouse cable is broken?
Your mouse "disconnects" every few secs, mostly during playing games. Mostly during playing is because that's when you do quick moves with your mouse, so the cables are losing contact, hence it will stop working for seconds. Windows will give you the plug-in sound and in a second or two it's working again. Kinda frustrating, isn't it?
How do I know where did the cable break?
I've repraired like 20 different cable broken mice and each cable was broken at the point where it connects to the mouse, exactly right there. It's the most common breakable part of the cable simply because it gets the most shaking and moving.
What tools do I need to fix my mouse?
- a screw driver
- a cutting pliers
- small amount of tin
- 2 different sized sinter tubes
If you got these tools you can reprain your mouse in about 15 minutes.
Let's get started!
First of all, unsquash you mouse. All you have to do is to take out the scews, but watch out there might be even 4-6 screws in your mouse. You can find these screws under every vignette and skates. Make sure you removed all the screws so you can take your mouse into pieces, you might need bit of power removing the roof, but if it's just don't wanna come off, scan for more screws, don't break the wrapping!
When you succesfully removed the wrapping you will be able to see the cable connection to the motherboard of the mouse, plug out the cable and remove the whole cable from the mouse. You can now put away the mouse, all you need is the cable. We wanna keep the connector and only remove the broken part, which I already told where you can find.
Now all you have to do is take two cuts on the cable, see on the picture below. Make sure you leave long enough space to work at the connctor side of the cable. The green lines are marking the part what you must to cut off.
If you did it right, you must be having two cables right now. One with the small white connector on the end of it which goes to the mouse MB (this should be the smaller part) and the bigger part with the USB on the end of it. You can throw away the part you cut off.
Now comes the harder part. You have to remove the black shealting (what we call cable) from the actuall small wires from both of your cables. It should look like on the pic belov.
Use your pliers for this, grab the cable with ur pliers push a little bit, but not too hard because it will cause damage in the wires under the shealting and pull hard. If it's your first attempt to removed the shealthing from wires then it will take time do it properly. Cut off 2-3 cm will do, no more needed.
Now that the black shealting is removed we will see 4 different colored also shealted wires and one wire which is the shielding. So we got 5 different wires and the shealting of these must be removed too (shielding doesn't count). Do it like the way you did with the black shealting. Don't remove than 1/3 part of the visible part of the wires!!! because you won't be able to cover them with sinter tubes later.
After you removed the shealting from every wire on both cable parts we have to place the sinter tubes before splicing, simply because we won't be able to do it afterwards.
Cut 5 little pieces from the sinter tube, long enough to cover the "naked" parts of wires, but watch out you need space to for splicing! Just draw on the wires like this.
I forgot to take a picture of the bigger sinter tube, which is moved on the longer part of the cable, it's gonna cover your small wires and grab them together so it's gonna look just like the cable.
My red sinter tubes are long enough to cover the "naked" parts after splicing, but not longer than the wires itself so I'll be able to connect the wires to eachother with the wires from other part of the cable.
You have the tubes on the wires so we can do the splice. To get the spliced the wires you must heat ur soldering-iron up to 250-280°C. Put a little bit of melted tin to your soldering-iron and touch matched SAME COLORED wires from both sides.
Don't leave "tin heads" on the wires, because ur sinter tubes won't fit. If you did it right you can pull the tubes over the wire and by heating it will sinter to the wire and can't be moved from there.
Put the tubes one-by-one after the the soldering, it's easier than doing it all together.
So you got all the 5 wires soldered and covered with the sinter tube, now to keep that part together just move your bigger sinter tube over that part and start heating it.
(Try to make it as small as possible otherwise it's not gonna fit into your mouse)
Last step is to connect the cable to your mouse and arrange it somehow to not to block the wrapping when putting it together.
And this is how you reprair your mouse. It's not so easy for the first try, but after 3-4 attempts it's like childplay. So you don't have to waste your money on a new mouse.
There is an easier way to reprair your mouse if it's cable is broken, but that demands a stuff which drains the tin and I'm currectly out of it.
Thanks for the read, I tried to be as simple as possible. If you have any problems understanding the tutorial let me know and I'll try to help to understand it.