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Thread: Bored: fixing this mouse




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    A friend of mine gave me this mouse. He managed to break the wires near the base. I got really bored, so I figured I would fix it up for myself (it's optical, USB, incredbly small; ideal for laptops). So first i stripped a good deal of the rubber of the set of wires. Then I stripped the rubber around the wires themselves, giving me five nice, long sets of copper wires. I have to totally cut the base rubber off on the mouse and then pull it out to the side to get the wires out and stripped. Then, I connected each wire on the mouse base with its correspondent on the USB cord. I plugged it in and it worked. XP installed it quickly, and it worked. However, if these copper wires barely touch a set of wires other than the ones they're supposed to, it stops working. If they come apart, it stops working. All of this was expected. My question is, what is a good way of connecting them and keeping them connected while being able to use the mouse? I have tried some different kinds of tapes (I can't seem to find anything good ATM, though), but simply wrapping the wires around each other seems to works better.

    Any ideas?

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    Solder, low voltage iron, very small heat shrink to insulate each wire, bigger heat shrink to reinforce the cable
    The solder makes a fairly good mechanical connection for strength, the heat shrink improves on that and the larger heat shrink makes it even more gooder!
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    Sorry, should have mentioned, but I don't have a soldering iron ATM and can't get one. Otherwise I wouldn't have asked. I should have said, "What is a good alternative to a soldering iron to connect broken mouse wires?"

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    Something that conducts. Like jb weld(cold welding compound). Loc-tite makes a similar product.
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