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How to Dismantle and Clean a Razer Deathadder Mouse

I love using my Razer Deathadder, but after many years of continuous use, it got really grimy.

If your mouse is not working properly, you may need to try out a few cleaning tricks to fix it.

If your mouse is not working properly, you may need to try out a few cleaning tricks to fix it.

What to Do If Your Mouse Stops Working

My mouse has been irritating me for a while as it was double-clicking by itself so I decided to do something about it as I was on the verge of launching it across the room and buying another.

Instead of that I started fiddling with it and got it working perfectly again. Of course nowadays when I'm about to take something apart I get the camera out just in case I can share the info on here. Here's how to do it.

Run the blade around, blunt edge first, to pop off the top casing.

Run the blade around, blunt edge first, to pop off the top casing.

Dust.... Anybody?

Usually, if your mouse has stopped working properly it's because it has got clogged up with dust. My Razer Deathadder is a great mouse, but the click mechanism is super sensitive. That's great when you're using it as just light touch clicks the button, or so it seems, but a bit of dust in there and it seems to love to double click by itself.

First things first, turn off the computer or unplug the mouse. You don't want to blow anything up.

To get inside the thing you need to get a blade in-between the casing and run it from the front all the way around the edge. There is no need to lever it up, just the thickness of the blade running around it will do it.

Look at the state of that thing!

Look at the state of that thing!

Cleanup Operation

Once you've run the blade all the way around there, then you can simply lift the top off the thing.

Then you get to peer inside the beast. As you can see, mine was absolutely disgusting and filled with dust, hair and all sorts of stuff. I get hassled at home for being lazy with the vacuum, well I have to admit that in this case, my wife was right, the inside of my mouse needs a bit more regular love and attention.

To get on with things I got a cotton bud, some alcohol and some antibacterial spray and got busy wiping up. Run the bud around the outside and basically anywhere that's dirty. The whole of the top of these mice is what is used to click, there isn't a separate button, so any dust around the edge stops it from working properly.

After giving it a good scrub down inside I sprayed the top with antibacterial cleaner then rinsed it under the tap.

After that, it's simply (well I say simply) a case of popping the top back on without breaking any of the tabs. The best way of doing this is to put the buttons back into position but don't push them down all the way, then pop the back part down. Then you can pop the button part down properly.

That's it! It's about as simple a guide as you can get really, but that's good as it means you'll be back up and running in a few minutes with no need for any screwdriver action or any swearing. The mouse now works perfectly again.

No need for a new mouse, I can now use the money saved on something more useful, like another bottle of cognac or something. What a result! If you have any comments, leave them below.

Thanks for reading.

Get right into every single nook and cranny.

Get right into every single nook and cranny.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2013 Rain Defence


Chroma User on March 29, 2019:

Hey mate,

Tried it, and worked for me. Just wanted to send some love.


Kryziven on February 21, 2018:

My mouse doesnt work anymore I can only use my left click now if I remove the top and poke it with a needle when the top is still there it makes the characteristic click sound but no clicks get registered

Ryan on February 14, 2018:

Didn't break the mouse, was careful, but that second extra click still exists. Guess I need to get a hold of Razer.

Naga on February 13, 2018:

Thanks for the tips to get the case off, I would however clear up putting it back on. I tried the back first and then the front, this snapped one of the tabs, making left click unusable. To clarify, get the mouse buttons in FIRST as these are the most important and fragile, the back ones dont matter so much for usability. I would add though, after super gluing the tab back on, I got the whole thing working again just fine.

Shelley on January 06, 2018:

Thank you so much this fixed my mouse. My right click was getting so jammed to a point where i thought i had to buy a new mouse. For 'Dudodian' below who asked what to do when you clean it and it still isn't working- at first I just cleaned it and it still felt jammed buy when I got a cotton swap, put rubbing alcohol on it and cleaned where the actual click is on the inside, in the two small holes, my clicker is working perfectly now. I cleaned the 2 little white clickers you can see on the inside.

Again thank you for this! saved me hundreds.

orthene on August 23, 2017:

Thanks so much; I wasn't sure this type of mouse could be disassembled. Works like brand new now. You just have to be gentle when you disassemble it and have some good lighting to line up the tabs before finally snapping the top back in to place.

Unit_108 on August 14, 2016:

You have no idea how happy I am this worked, I hit my mouse against my desk a bit too hard and the clicker didn't click right, so I just googled it and cleaned it out (also to see if there was anything else wrong) and it works like new, this really saved me because I have a Battlefiled 4 Tournament in an hour and I almost had to drop. Thank you so much and I hope this helps others!

Dudodian on July 25, 2016:

My mouse has a weird left click that feels almost jammed. I tried cleaning my mouse out as you described here, but it still feels like it did before cleaning. Any suggestions on what to do past this?

Beck on April 05, 2016:

Followed this with a Razer Deathadder Chroma. They seem to have changed the clicker design. I got in there with the electronics cleaner and isopropyl and it seems to be still doing it from my limited testing in the double-click dialog. I think I'll use it a bit more before I decide whether to strip it down further or just buy a new one.

DDz on February 15, 2015:

Thanks a lot worked like a charm

Daphne D. Lewis from Saint Albans, West Virginia on January 10, 2015:

Great tips for cleaning the mouse! I've done this before and it works.

Caw on November 13, 2014:

Maybe you could update with a pic showing the location of the tabs and a few more words on the technique?

Rain Defence (author) from UK on September 29, 2014:

It's not impossible as I managed it without breaking any tabs, but it is tricky. All you have to do is take your time and do a little bit of swearing.

erock124 on September 19, 2014:

broke 2 tabs as well. This is impossible to do without breaking a tab. mouse still works fine with 2 tabs. just notice a looser click since back top cover isn't as tight held down.

Rain Defence (author) from UK on May 26, 2014:

Well it worked fine for me. Maybe you should've been more careful.

D on May 26, 2014:

"Once you've ran the blade all the way around there, then you can simply lift the top off the thing."

Completely false. It requires a considerable amount of pressure to get the clips undone, and in specific places. I'd completely advise against this - my mouse still works, but one of the inner clips is now broken from attempting to "simply lift the top off the thing".

Rain Defence (author) from UK on January 08, 2014:

Thanks, glad it was useful!

idigwebsites from United States on January 08, 2014:

That's awesome! All it takes is just cleaning. Thanks for sharing. Bookmarked for future reference, and shared. :)