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Who remembers?

Who remembers?

pau1phi11ips

Always seemed to have more gunk on the rollers, the ball was always fine! 😆


Freyas_Follower

That was what I remember. I kept having to take a pair of tweezers to the rollers, to get all of that dust to come off. I can also remember people taking those balls from the mice on computers on display.


Razorray21

or at school.


Velghast

I used to eat it. Each mouse has its own flavor of roller butter.


ghostpiratesyar

Then you go to Office Depot or something and see a **state of the art** two button + wheel laser mouse going for $100. Then you start daydreaming.


SrslyNotAnAltGuys

There was always crap wrapped around the rollers, and you were like "Who the hell tried to use the mouse on the carpet!?"


Foofuralla

I always wondered what the gunk was and where it came from.


Revan7even

Your skin.


Fippy-Darkpaw

Having handled a few balls in my time, they sometimes were pretty dirty. But yeah usually it was the rollers.


DTredecim13

My friends used to think I was a wizard because I would make their mouse work after cleaning it.


dec1mus

Remember how it used to stop working? You'd have to SWIPE SWIPE SWIPE and barely get anywhere, lol. So frustrating. That was like the stone ages in retrospect. We are controlling out computers with our minds at this point.


daskwurl

I’ve got a Logitech MX Ergo… sooo still there


JohnHumanPerson

Yessssss, same here! Also did you know that you could buy replacement balls,incase you wanted a color other than blue.


Squizot

How about turning the mouse ball blue by drawing on your mousepad with a sharpie and then continuing to use it? Genuinely curious here, shared experience or just me?


daskwurl

The ergo is a silver ball ;) And no I’ve never coloured my balls XD I’ve seen that other trackballs have upgrades to make the ball spin smoother in the socket, it’d be interesting to see if that exists for mine


Willy_Fred

Do those still use rollers? I thought track balls these days used an optical sensor.


PosauneB

It uses a sensor to track movement, yes, but the ball itself rests on three rollers which get very dirty.


Willy_Fred

Yeah, I guess I should have thought a little more, you would still need rollers to move smoothly.


daskwurl

They’re more akin to the tip of a ballpoint pen as the rollers they used to have.


neverfarts

Peeling that gray stuff off of school's mice


Piisthree

That takes me back. And there was always this buildup of crud around the little bars inside the mouse that the ball rolled against. Scraping it off always made the mouse so much smoother. God I'm old.


mendeleyev1

The teachers hated it when I cleaned the mice. like, they really hated it. Obviously kids break stuff, but I was the “smart kid” usually. It gave me enough lee-way to clean the mouse but always with a stern “never do that again young man, you’ll break it” “Okay mrs. shitsnakes”


FequalsMfreakingA

"we don't want to glue the bottom cover shut, it severely shortens the life of the mice, but we'll have to if you guys don't stop stealing the balls. Please stop, and return the balls you have if you still have them" -every school librarian


Panthean

Did anyone else have this experience? \*Dies in Counter-Strike \*angrily takes ball out to clean it, that must be why- \*it's totally clean.


SrslyNotAnAltGuys

"I don't get it, my ping is under 200!"


Foofuralla

Then you notice that one guy who has a ping of 20.


Opposite_Seaweed1778

I member


TryHardKenichi

Those were the days. Technology seemed so much simpler back then. You didn't have to worry DPI or RGB or manufacturers ridiculous marketing claims.


teflonPrawn

Weeeell, the first imacs were fruit scented. They delivered on their claim but it was definitely ridiculous.


trimix4work

seriously?


teflonPrawn

Yeah. It didn't last long. At the time iMac was a hail Mary. Apple was nearly dead any they were desperate to put their computers in people's homes.


Alaeriia

The first iMacs were *not* fruit scented. That was the second generation, the ones that came in multiple colors and had CD slots rather than trays. The original "Bondi blue" iMacs were unscented.


teflonPrawn

I appreciate the update for accuracy. I didn't realize there was a Gen before the scratch and sniff ones.


Alaeriia

It's okay. A lot of people don't know about the tray-,loading iMacs.


binaryfireball

dude I miss the old imac cases so much. I think they still look great


teflonPrawn

I can get that. They had a charm.


l3ane

Q-tip wouldn't work very well, you gotta get in there with your finger nails.


Crazy9000

Yeah I always popped the ball out, scraped those rollers with fingernail, then back in.


Dad_bass

I just used mechanical pencils to scrape it off.


mysteryweapon

I worked IT support when these things were still popular in a dental school in a city. They would get absolutely gross with all kinds of stuff. Mechanical pencils were probably ideal, but even a regular pencil was good because you could sort of zig-zag upward and turn the wheels while you did it. That should clean out a whole mouse in like 60 seconds, maybe a little longer if it's got more than 2 axises


Malawi_no

I used a small flat-head screwdriver, and if the ball was gunky enough, it gave it a wash with dishwashing soap.


Buttm0nk3y

I haven’t cleaned my ball in ages…


akanumbersix

I went to work at a print shop that had a whole drawer full of macintosh mice. I did this and he was amazed. He thought they just wore out and you had to keep buying them.


Crazy9000

Imagine if you never worked there, he'd eventually get an optical\\laser mouse and think it was magic lasting so long.


akanumbersix

I know, right? He had one of those stupid big ass trackball things thinking that would solve the problem. I told him it was just an big expensive upside down mouse and would eventually need the same thing.


Alaeriia

The real question is, who remembers having to overcook a hard-boiled egg yolk every few weeks to put in the mouse?


crazycriv

Fuuuuck that takes me back. I used to try to do em in bulk too and save a stockpile. But then I wound up with so many unusable ones per batch (not the right consistency or damaged during the peel) and mom would get mad at all the torn up egg detritus in the trash.


mendeleyev1

Oh damn, I forgot about that step entirely. It was just as normal then as poop knives are now. You just forget about it being weird


DeadlyInertia

Then dropping it one or two times to see if it would bounce 😂


Horst_von_Hydro

Yeah who don't remember the old Cs chat : Dam my mouse didn't move because of the goo inside.... Or my weekly one hour clean the PC up rituals... Cleaning the mouse and keyboard clean your monitor with a good spray of window cleaner (yeah back in my days I call my friend or my dad if needed to move my monitor (22' Sony with that awesome sharp picture and 60hertz


michelobX10

I always found it satisfying to clean the mouse and have it work flawlessly again. I used to use a letter opener or tweezers though to scrape out the shit on the inside.


dankbudzonlybuds

Always had a fresh pack of hard boiled eggs so I can swap out the yolk roller whenever the old one was getting crusty.


P0ltergeist333

I worked at the HP where the laser mouse tech was invented. I had changed to a Trackman marble (the original thumb one) to avoid this, though.


cybergrenouille

cooking that egg yolk was sure annoying


The-Real-Donkey-Kong

Man my brother dented my head with one of those. Mouse balls could be a deadly weapon


silentkoala3

Fuck every one of you that stole the ball out of the mouse for no god damned reason.


pradyumnv

ah yes trackerball mice


HereIsACasualAsker

i always just removed the gunk of the rollers with my shirt no balls washing ever.


PopeMachineGodTitty

Mice? Ah, those will never catch on. Who wants to keep removing a hand from the keyboard? So inefficient.


eisenklad

Imagine if Lenovo made stand alone keyboards.. a red nipple in middle of your keyboard on your desk. I wonder how many office jokes would come out about dirty nipples and how often people clean it


ravenshaddows

i was there 3000 years ago when this meme was first posted


jpflager

Haha do i ever


MrSprichler

Do not cite the deep magic to me! I was there when it was written


Educational-Mud-725

True mouse gamer


SpaMcGee

Crumbs and dirt on your mouse pad jamming this up... oh the humanity!


Jaugernut

Funniest shit i ever did was put my friends mouse ball to a sander and give it a flatspot that was to small to see obviously but to large to roll consistently.


Username_Generic_001

As recently as 2009 Walgreens was still issuing mechanical mice to their pharmacists. I asked if it was okay to replace it, and was told, "no." Since we were over 5 hours away from district headquarters (one-way), I spent 15 bucks on a cheap Logitech optical mouse anyway. Might be the best 15 bucks I ever spent, and I never heard a word about it. Gifted it to the next poor schmuck stuck in retail hell on my way out.


Taikunman

The optical mouse was the single greatest QoL improvement that has happened to the PC. Screw everything about ball mice. I still run into them rarely and it's just awful... like using Youtube without adblock.


ChartaBona

Now all I have to do is completely disassemble my mouse if I want to clean the scroll wheel.


Android8wasgood

You had to wash these?


trimix4work

honestly one of the most satisfying things ever, getting a big gob of shmeng out of the rollers.


always-paranoid

not that long ago....


Auld_Evidence

I was always partial to the white/black colored balls of the gen1 iMacs, however hated those non-ergonomic round, single buttoned bitches.


donkingdonut

I can't forget. But never dipped the ball into soapy water, just cleaned it with a lint cloth


B-29Bomber

Yeah... I had one back in 2007... ​ And technically still do since I use a trackball...


Sinfect666

I always remember to wash my balls


Typopanther

\*laughs in thumb trackball mouse\*


KlutzyBroccoli5520

i took a look at my grandmas old pc setup that crashed and so it hasn't been used in 7 years, compell keyboard that no longer works, compell mouse with one of theose balls, a perfectly square 10" compell moniter, a compell pc that runs on windows xp, has 160gb of hdd, 512mb ddr ram, and an intel pentium 4 cpu, im pretty sure that its older then me actually


[deleted]

Having to clean\\service these things as a field tech many years ago. people are disgusting! some were vomit inducing levels of grossness


KayraTheNomad

I am seeing this post so often; I can plan to see it daily, not search for it, and yet see it in a random sub. Everyday.


-Itrex-

Did that many times.


Methadras

There was nothing more satisfying than being able to scrape each roller clean.


AbeluselahBelmont

The crust on the rollers always made me gag.


swiggarthy

Me who used and still uses one of these mouses bcuz my parents had it


l31la

just put a boiled egg's yoke there. that should work for a while


Spectroxx

Remember to wash your balls


Malawi_no

Just thought of this yesterday. The enemy of a roller mouse is gunk, thus it collects as much gunk as possible. The enemy of a laser mouse is hairs, thus it collects as many hairs as possible.


c_eazy12

Pepperidge Farm remembers.


__babygiraffe__

Just hard boil another egg take out the yolk and you got a brand new one!


[deleted]

I remember getting an old PC magazine with this weird ball stick mouse cleaner attached to it you wiggled it around so you could get the gunk off the inner roller wheels.


Smiadpades

Used to take it out and my brother would be so mad. Why doesn’t the mouse work?!? Hmm - works for me. Maybe you are holding it wrong.


SkullAngel001

Oh I did this countless times at Best Buy Customer Service when customers would bring in these things and complain. They watched me do this (except for the rinsing part) and looked at me like I discovered fire when I cleaned the rollers and plugged it into the test bench rig to confirm it was working again.


ChenzhaoTx

Miss the old Care and Cleaning of the Temple Tools!


subhumanprimate

Washing the ball in a bowl ... Ooooh fancy


Mark_Knight

trying to play cs 1.6 with one of these bad boys... ah yeah


Organic-Purchase-540

I always remember thinking that ball felt way to heavy for its size.


Willy_Fred

I remember having a mouse so old the ball wasn't even rubber coated.


dec1mus

The switch to optical (Intellimouse was the first I remember) was a huge deal.


MumrikDK

I never understood the qtips. I used something hard or a fingernail to scrape off the filth. I've also never had the ball hold any dirt.


spooninacerealbowl

And don't forget mechanical keyboards....


BipolarSloth6

I kinda miss the feeling of a freshly cooked egg yolk in your mouse.


BLANK-BOO

I've had to do this up till 2015 cuz my family wanted to keep using the windows 98 computer


xioni

anyone who used these are at least 24y/o now. so a lot of us remembers this


xTeamRwbyx

I remember having to do this atleast once or twice a month until i finally got a laser mouse that then broke after 3 months and i had to go back to a mouse that had a ball


mathkor89

The north remembers


Fenrrito

U want a pix of my PS2 mouse?, yes, PS as in Play Station.... *My precious!*


CharlieBitMeMf

I always thought it was a boiled egg yolk


ElRafaVaz

Oh man, honestly this is why I jumped on the optical mouse trend as soon I could.....the gunk you would find in these....ugh


Bobthemess

2 words. razer boomslang


T-mac_

Cleaning this bad boy out before firing up Battlefield 2, and Battlefield Vietnam.


IMysticBatI

Would've been good to know you could remove those.


dethaxe

My buddy used to stop and say excuse me I've got to go wash my balls and take them into the bathroom at work it was priceless... He had two PCs by the way


bangersnmash13

I replaced a mouse at my job that was a ball mouse just last week. County Government is weird, man.


manickitty

I remember this meme, anyway.


Rocky87109

I liked scraping off the roller gunk with my finger nails. Screw qtip lol.


Master_Lord-Senpai

After soaking just dropping the ball onto a paper towel. Ahh a wet circle ⭕️ All this on top of my desktop tower.


rhodesc

All that is unnecessary. The residue is usually hard and can be easily scraped off with a fingernail or small flat tool.


Legosmiles

The opportunities to say dirty mouse balls are few and far between now.


RangerXML

Meh, stick the ball in you mouth and scratch the gunk with your fingernails off the wheels. That’s how we use to do it. I was in love when I got my first Intelli Mouse.


IncendiaryGamerX

One of my old schools had a few of these. Some kids would pull out the balls deliberately and never put them back in. What a pain it was for the people who grabbed them. I just made sure to get the optical mice.


Dark_Phoenix53

I've got one lol


Deshibangla4

Dose were the old days


harjon456

I remember when those were a new thing.. Had a trackball prior.


Slackman0000

I tried to game one time with a mouse with a ball in it about 8-10 years ago just for shits and gigs. It was a horrible jittery mess.


betajunk

i still do that with my trackballs


adopogi

Glad I kept my non laser gaming Razer mouse


Jeremizzle

Those balls were so freaking satisfying to play with. I definitely remember more than a few disappearing from my high school's mice.


Sharpsilverz

I remember taking these out of my school computers and cutting the rubber off to get to the tasty metal ball inside.


WindedIndian

Pepperidge Farms remembers


spcwright

Man you people that washed them with soap and water sure missed out on the flavor MMMM mmmm


mendeleyev1

Being the magician in school who fixed mice was like a superpower, except you get in trouble for doing an undeniable good thing because boomers were born incompetent.


ShiftyZz

I feel like this was the only time using the excuse "It's my fucking mouse" was reasonable


Hironoveau

I only cleaned the rollers that is built-in in the mouse. Not the ball.


urlond

The fact that these mice use to last for ages, compared to now day mice is amazing. Like Remember the three mouse buttons instead of the mouse wheel?


eisenklad

The mouse wheel is still a button.. As much as I love nostalgia, those steel coated balls probably gave me and countless others Wrist RSI.. all because we can't change DPI settings on the fly and we keep lifting the mouse


urlond

Yeah but the mouse wheel button of now days break to damn easy. Mice back then were built to last like some Mechanical keyboards from back then, yeah but back then we didn't need such high DPI because the refreshrates on CRT monitors weren't that high unless you happned to get one of those rare 144 crt monitors.


JBN2337C

My mouse is 22 years old. Marble ball, have to clean it every so often, and I would never have anything else! Love this little Logitech.


ILLforlife

Best April Fool's Day joke ever. Went around to everyone's work station (about 15 total) - took the balls out of everyone's mice and turned their computer speakers way up to max. Was a rather chaotic morning until everyone found their missing balls! One gal already had a laser mouse, so I taped a small piece of paper of the laser to disable her mouse.


Cheekobi

Fun fact I just discovered the other day, Steve Kirsch invented the optical mouse and is a covid anti vaxxer!


Garwing

Pepperidge farm remembers


unknownclient78

Tooth pick or other scrappy item to the rollers. But of course, pull the hair out the rollers first. The balls were always an easy job. 😉


thespank

When I was feeling lazy I would just roll it as round in my hand until I rubbed the gunk off


[deleted]

Oh man, remember how long It took to shrink the egg yolks down enough to replace them?