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    I want to disect an old mouse, and use the controller to mount buttons on my steering wheel. How do I do this? As the Steering wheel spins (Duh!) I would either have to have the wires hangin and really loose, or they will snap. I really can't afford a IR mouse right now (my cars in the shop), but if anyone has any suggestion on how to do the wires it would be appreciated.
    I may be able to run them on the inside of the wheel, but they will still get twisted around, right?
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    How about having the buttons on the steering column? Like right above the turn signal switch or something? That would get rid of the twisting wires problem. I guess you'd have to look at your car and see if it would work for you. I think that might work for my Jetta.
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    You can run the wires inside the steering column with the wires for the ignition switch and then they'll be fine.

    Are you mounting buttons in the steering wheel or along the edges like some car's cruise control? Be careful cutting the wheel if you're putting them in the middle of it.

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    I was gonna put them on the spokes, one on each side. And, I think the Cruise control is broke in my car, so I might just use those buttons.
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    I just dissected a mouse, and under the buttons, there are 3 solder points.
    Anyone know what goes to what?
    I just want simple buttons to press, whats with the 3rd line?
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    Hi.
    To handle the problem with the wires through the steering column. use the following:

    I made a small picture. (nevermind the quality, I'm at work and didn't have any decent programs to do it, but I think you get the point.)

    Use a tube or something and spin some wire in it. The wire on the outer side in the tube runs to your dash (and then probably to the trunk) and the other wire in the middle of the tube runs to your steering wheel.
    In this case when you turn the s.wheel, the wire will get turned, but has enough space and cable to run, so it won't snatch)


    Hope this helps you out!

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    wow, what a coincidence. I just put my steering wheel back on like 20 minutes ago after trying to do this.

    I thought that maybe I could follow the lines to my horn button and go from there, but I have an airbag so the airbag coil (which is between the steering wheel and the steering column) prevents me from doing that.

    I think I have just given up on that idea and decided to put them somewhere else, like the door or the steering column.

    as far as the 3 solder points, use a continuity checker to check which 2 points make contact [i]when the button is pressed[\i]. those would be your 2 solder points. the 3rd is probably just there for stability or for use as a normally closed switch.
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    Instead of putting it on the steering wheel, I think I will put it on the door, right next to my power window and seat controls. I am not sure what buttons to use, I guess I will just go to Radioshack and look around.
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    I'm thinking of dismantling a PC gamepad and installing the buttons in the door armrest of the car, then using the MindTwist joystick control plugin for Winamp to assign finctions to all eight buttons (4 direction buttons plus 4 fire buttons).

    My car has a hole in the armrest where you put your hand through the grab it, and I found a plastic project box which fits perfectly in this hole so I'll install the buttons into this box. I'll post some pics when I get around to doing this.

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