So I recently acquired a Logitech G502 mouse, and I have to say I absolutely love it. It's a beautiful mouse, and a worth upgrade to my old G500s mouse. However my one gripe was the new all-metal scroll wheel. While the weight was nice, I missed the rubber ring around my old 500s. This led me to attempt to replace the new 502 scroll wheel with the old one from my busted 500s.
So let's get started shall we?
So as you can see, these are what the mice look like side-by side. While they look drastically different, the ergonomics are actually very similar among the two.
The first step was to take the mouse feet off and unscrew the screws that hold the chassis in place.
So the feet are layered. There's double-sided adhesive foam, with the feet on top. On the back foot, I managed to peel off the feet with the foam. However on the front two feet the foam stayed stuck to the chassis.
The next step was to separate the chassis from the top of the mouse.
So my old Dell L502x died. However most of the components were fine, it's just the motherboard that seemed to be down with a case of water damage. So along with turning the chassis of the laptop into a dock/stand for my new laptop I wanted to turn the laptop's screen into an external monitor.
So the first thing I did was extract the panel from the housing to take a look at the model number and the interface. If you're looking to do this yourself just look up the documentation for your laptop or go to ifixit.com and look it up. Fortunately Dell has excellent documentation and a pretty straightforward teardown process.
I haven't posted anything here in a while, and have amassed a rather large number of undocumented projects over the last year and a bit. To kick myself back into gear I figured I'd document this 360 controller mod I did recently.
As a little background: I game on PC and own both a wired 360 controller and a flight stick. Having both my 360 controller and flight stick plugged into the PC at the same time causes deadzone drift on flight sims and Elite. This basically means that my aircraft will never fly straight, unless I unplug the 360 controller. Now that's fine, but location of my usb port requires me to lean over slightly to unplug it. I'd rather not have to constantly lean over unplug, and plug the controller back in whenever I want to play a game with my flight stick.
So a solution for this was to wire a switch into my controller so I could simply cut the USB data wires to essentially emulate an unplug. The controller is pretty well engineered, so finding a place …