Mouse wire damaged?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Daviepants, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. Daviepants

    Daviepants Guest

    I've been using a Razer Boomslang 2000 mouse for years, and it's been great to me. But recently, I couldn't get the mouse to work. When I adjust and bend the wire, it works, but when it gets out of place, it doesn't. I tried fiddling with the wire some more, and it just stopped working. Is there any way to fix this, or should I ditch this expensive mouse?
     
  2. Un4gIvEn1

    Un4gIvEn1 Moderator

    Messages:
    1,084
    That "expensive" mouse probably isn't very expensive anymore. Mice usually aren't worth fixing and I don't really know of any other way of fixing your issue other than removing the cord and replacing it with a cord from another. You would probably need to unsolder the existing cord from the PC board in the mouse and resolder the new cable. If you are up to it then go ahead, but I would just buy a new mouse.
     
  3. Daviepants

    Daviepants Guest

    I've looked inside it, it comes off like a plug.

    It's a great mouse, but too bad it had to break like this.

    I guess I should just get a Logitech Dual Optical for $16 on eBay.

    Or I could get the new Razer Mystify 2100/2500...
     
  4. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

    Messages:
    2,781
    Location:
    the year 2525
    ahh the boomslang, well go buy a cheep mouse and rewire it.

    or upgrade to a MX700
     
  5. Daviepants

    Daviepants Guest

    Any mouse wire would do? I would need a USB mouse wire with a plug that plugs into the slot in the PC part of the mouse.
     
  6. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Messages:
    3,206
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    find out what part of the cord is damaged. you could probably cut off the end and re-solder it back on (losing an inch or two of cordage).

    or maybe the broken contact is in the plug on the circuit board of the mouse.
     
  7. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

    Messages:
    2,781
    Location:
    the year 2525
    its not easy repairing a cord, or replacing it, email the makers and see what they will charge for a replacement. expensive mouse, so mabey worth it.
     
  8. Daviepants

    Daviepants Guest

    Heh, do you remember when Karna and the Razer line went rock bottom? Can I even ask for a replacement anymore?
     
  9. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

    Messages:
    2,781
    Location:
    the year 2525
    well the trouble is there site says they dont offer warranty yet, pain in the ass, may be worth a nice e-mail to them to see, but i doubt it very much now. you will have to be creative to replace it. i dare say a standard usb ext cable will do the job.
     
  10. Daviepants

    Daviepants Guest

    I don't think just an extension cable will do it. The problem with the wire is near the mouse itself, where it looks bent out of shape.
     
  11. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Messages:
    3,206
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    buy the usb cable, cut off the end you don't need, cut off the end of the bad cable that connects to the mouse, and solder it to the rest of the new cable.
     
  12. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    Messages:
    4,006
    Location:
    Sweden
    /me suggest ditching the ball mouse and getting a MX700. :)
     
  13. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Messages:
    3,206
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    :eek: this is a ball mouse?!?

    throw it away. mx500 or mx700, STAT. ;)
     
  14. Daviepants

    Daviepants Guest

    I already have an mx500, but it's not the same great feel as the Boomslang.

    I could try that, when I buy a soldering kit.

    Or I could get a Logitech Dual Optical. Two 800dpi = 1600dpi. Not as good as 2000 though...
     
  15. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    Messages:
    4,006
    Location:
    Sweden
  16. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    Messages:
    4,006
    Location:
    Sweden
    Well DPI isn't all you know...
     
  17. Daviepants

    Daviepants Guest

    I know it isn't, but I like the smooth movement.
     
  18. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Messages:
    3,206
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    i'm not too wise on the whole optical mouse/dpi thing. i mean, my cheap $6 optical mouse i bought two years ago works perfectly fine. i can go from one pixel to the next with no problem. why would i need more accuracy than that?
     
  19. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    Messages:
    4,006
    Location:
    Sweden
    DPI still isn't all. If you want fast acceleration and motion capabilities it's the sample rate. There are probably other factors too.
     
  20. Daviepants

    Daviepants Guest

    I have the sample rate at 200 on a PS/2 port, but it still doesn't compare.