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Logitech M305 Mouse Switch Cleaning

While installing Mint on the Lenovo Q150, I discovered that the right button on the (long disused) Logitech M305 wireless mouse wasn’t working.¬†After replacing the batteries (always check the batteries), it still didn’t work, so I peeled the four slippery feet off the bottom, removed the screws, and confronted the interior:

Logitech M305 mouse - interior

Logitech M305 mouse – interior

Much to my surprise, the button switches had removable covers:

Logitech M305 mouse - switch disassembly

Logitech M305 mouse – switch disassembly

I put a minute drop of DeoxIT Red on a slip of paper, ran it between both pairs of contacts, removed a considerable amount of tarnish, reassembled in reverse order, and it’s all good again.

The glue on the back of the slippery feet didn’t like being peeled off, so I expect they’ll fall off at some point.

It’s much easier to drive a GUI with three functional buttons…

[Update: Long-time commenter Raj notes:

I always had problem with the middle button. I have replaced them a few times and learnt that they come with different operating pressures. The soft ones are hard to come by. I found an alternate in the PTT switches on Yaesu handies in my junk.

That’s the blocky switch to the left of the shapely wheel cutout.]

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  1. #1 by Daniel B Martin on 2015-12-22 - 08:09

    DeoxIT is wonderful stuff. Any idea of what’s in it?

    • #2 by Ed on 2015-12-22 - 08:27

      Judging from the color, I’m guessing an extract from the blood of virgin unicorns…

    • #4 by Ed on 2015-12-22 - 10:50

      Similar to that, but it used to be called DeoxIT Red and I have a lifetime supply in that bottle…

  2. #5 by hexley ball on 2015-12-22 - 11:34

    What is up with the epoxy housing of U2 — it looks like it was finished on a pancake griddle!

    I really admire the way they routered that hole for the thumb wheel. Sort of Olde World craftsmanship to match the contour of the wheel assembly so closely. Nice.

    BTW, isn’t Deoxit basically oxalic acid?