How to Dismantle and Clean a Razer Deathadder Mouse

This is a mouse. You may have one. If it's not working properly, read on.

Double click not working properly?

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 round, blunt edge first.

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 is super sensitive. That's great when you're using it as just a thought 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 round 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!

Get right into every single nook and cranny.

Clean again!

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Clean up operation

Once you've ran 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 she's 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.

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idigwebsites 2 years ago from United States

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

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Rain Defence 2 years ago from UK Author

Thanks, glad it was useful!

2 years ago

"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".

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Rain Defence 2 years ago from UK Author

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

erock124 2 years ago

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.

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Rain Defence 2 years ago from UK Author

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.

Caw 23 months ago

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

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DaphneDL 21 months ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

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

DDz 20 months ago

Thanks a lot worked like a charm

Beck 6 months ago

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.

Dudodian 2 months ago

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?

Unit_108 2 months ago

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!

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