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Description: It is my regretful duty to announce the death of "Beetle Mouse"

Beetle Mouse joined my new computer family shortly after I purchased an
Amiga 1200 in January of 1993.  I though the black and white colors of
Beetle Mouse were smart, and the high resolution movement meant it could
be used in a smaller area.  Beetle Mouse served alongside my A1200 for
it's entire career as the primary computer.  In 1995 the Amiga 4000
entered the picture, Beetle Mouse was moved ot the new machine and
continued to serve with frequent cleaning.  

In 1996 Beetle Mouse suffered an illness of movement.  It became
hesitant, and quirky.  Cleaning did not help, age was taking it's toll.
 The tension spring was wearing, and it was not enough to force the ball
against the wheels.  A ball transplant from a donor mouse (killed by my
son's neglect) solved the problem.  The 4000/1200 ball was slightly
larger, and tension once again reigned.  Beetle Mouse made a full recovery.

It was a sad day a year later when the Cybervision 64 and scan doubler
came in.  While the computer was improved, design limitations in Beetle
Mouse were made glaringly apparent.  Beetle Mouse's mouseing skills were
not up to the 800x600 playing filed, it's pointer jumped and jittered,
it caused the User much frustration.  Beetle Mouse was retired to the
A1200 bag, replace by a logitech Mouse and Tupulo interface with better

Beetle Mouse enjoyed semi retirement with the A1200.  It continued to go
to club meeting and to work on two computer projects.  It got quality
time with A3000 and A1000.  As well as plenty of rest in the bag with
the A1200.

Today, I brought Beetle Mouse out for a romp with the A1000.  There was
no response from the vertical scroll.  A second mouse verified that the
computer was working.  Beetle Mouse was sent for immediate surgery.  An
examination and cleaning produced no improvement.  The flaw was fatal.

Beetle Mouse will be interred Monday at "The Closet of Computer Parts I
can't Bear to Toss Cemetery".  The family will hold a private service.
 Instead of flowers it is requested you clean you old computers, and
take good care of them.  Beetle Mouse will be missed.
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Posted by: Tesral at May 19, 2003, 07:54:46 AM

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Comments (21)

April 18, 2008, 09:43:59 PM
:-D thats a nice story
January 21, 2008, 08:25:04 PM
Just remembered one little thing: did you swap the cord of the mouse?

 Sometimes is the cable who is broken. Test it with a multimeter.

 Hope this little advice can revive the Beetle Mouse.
January 08, 2008, 03:08:10 AM
What a loverly story. *Snifff....* *Snifff....* :cry:
February 15, 2007, 05:39:01 PM
I use my ORIGINAL A500 mouse nowadays! Works perfectly.

I need to change the internal buttons, but the rest are pretty identical to the day it was pulled out the box. Wow, 20 years old!
October 27, 2006, 07:12:51 PM
A bit late, but I'm touched by the story. :-(

I laughed out pretty loud at the "ball transplant" though :lol:
August 30, 2004, 03:49:52 PM
A very moving story. :-(  :-)
July 30, 2004, 06:57:22 AM
Man, I hated beetle mice.  Every time I loked at one, it reminded me of a split toenail or thumbnail or something.
January 07, 2004, 01:41:22 PM
i had a beetle mouse before the mouse i have now , it was a YELLOW/orange and BLACK beetle mouse,..way cool..

but i upgraded to a 3 button WIZARD mouse in 96, oh and i still use it....EXELLENT mouse...

wow thats 8 years...and heh i wouldnt switch it for an USB or ps2 mouse even...
November 15, 2003, 07:58:50 AM

Let me know if you want to rise again your beloved mouse

Not Likely.  Amiga Mice are to low resolution to use on SVGA and higher screens.  that's all I work at now andis the thing that gotthe Beetle Mouse replaced in the first place.  I use an old Logitech "Mouseman"  Plenty big enough for my paws
October 29, 2003, 11:40:05 PM
August 11, 2003, 03:10:22 PM
That was a sad obituary :sniff: hey I think ill modify an optical to work on my amiga.

August 11, 2003, 08:25:46 AM
@Odin:  Hey, I like my AlfaData!   ;-)
July 27, 2003, 07:29:58 AM
It would be a beetle mouse.  It came in a number of color pattrens incluing stars and stripes.  The slection was limited when I got mine.  I liked the black and white best of what there was.  

I understand it was also made for the PC, but I have never seen a PC beetle mouse.
July 23, 2003, 05:17:31 PM
I have a mouse with exactly the same case as this but mine looks like a lady bird, i got it from world of amiga not sure of the year but it was in wembley.
June 18, 2003, 12:19:06 PM
Hi all,

all the Amiga mouse/trackball can be repaired.

I have fixed my Amiga trackball, a couple of times.

Sometimes it is enough, to reallign the companion  photodiode/photo transistor a little bit or if they are broken, replace it (an old PC mouse photo trans/diode are good).

Let me know if you want to rise again your beloved mouse :-)

June 06, 2003, 11:19:45 PM
I know what you mean. I have yet to find a mouse big enough for my hands :-/.
June 01, 2003, 11:42:00 PM
i hate tiny ####ty mouses!
May 21, 2003, 05:04:57 AM
Wow,  :-o. All my Amiga mice usually lasted for 1 to 2 years. Guess I only used poor quality ones (C=, Frogdesign, Quickshot, AlfaData).
May 20, 2003, 09:26:58 PM
<>  That was beautiful!

My Commodore mouse for my A1200 and A500 barely lasted a few weeks, despite my careful maintenance.

Still, my Squik mouse is still being used daily despite recently celebrating it's twelfth birthday!  

Is this a record?
May 20, 2003, 04:50:14 PM
The best description to a photo I have ever read :-)

Here here :-)

A little sad aswell :-(
May 20, 2003, 04:45:33 PM
The best description to a photo I have ever read:-)

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