When my ancient Logitech G500 mouse stopped working properly, I followed these helpful instructions to bring it back to life. Now I know more than I ever wanted to know about the mechanics inside the Omron D2FC-F-7N microswitch.
Here’s a short video I made showing how it should work:
This is a photo of a working switch:
The following switches will not work as the leaf spring is not positioned correctly in one of the notches:
I recommend opening the switch from this side (compare label on your switch for orientation):
Finally, a photo with my finger shows why these are called microswitches (actually Omron uses the term “Ultra Sub Miniature Basic Switch”):
I was only able to repair my mouse because I had another broken one from which I stole a leaf spring (from the less-used right switch). The original spring of the left switch in my mouse was badly deformed. Unfortunately I can’t show you any pictures because it flew away when I tried to bend it.
I then searched for the product directly on the 2direct.de website, found it here, clicked on “Downloads”, then on “Treiber AU0033” (Treiber is German for driver), which led to a PDF document that in turn contained the link to the actual driver ZIP file (which is hosted on the LogiLink website where I started).
Note if you’re reinstalling the driver
You can find an uninstaller under “Logilink AU0033 8x seriell\CD\Driver\Windows\64X\9710_7840_QUADPORT_MSUninst.exe”, running this before the installer fixed a problem on my system where only half of the ports would appear.
DeepL.com is currently the best AI translator* and is now available as an app for Windows and macOS. This means that users will no longer have to copy text back and forth between their application and the DeepL website:
Just like the website, the app is able to provide alternatives to the suggested translations and adapts the rest of the sentence, if necessary:
The limit of 5000 characters per translation can be lifted by signing up for a DeepL Pro plan.
Wondering why the download for Windows has an impressive size of 135 MB? This is mainly due to the use of the Chromium Embedded Framework, which is included both in a 32 bit and 64 bit version.
*Is the Deepl.com the best AI translator? I think so. Like everything on this blog, this is just my opinion. However, as someone living and working in Luxembourg, a country with three official languages, I sure appreciate DeepL.com a lot.
QTranslate has been around for several years, is also available for free and integrates several different translation services (including DeepL):
It has additional features like image text recognition, text to speech synthesis and searching in online and offline dictionaries. However, it seems that it can only provide alternative translations for single words. The size of the download is less than 1 MB.
Note: The code above runs synchronously and blocks your application. To avoid this, you could run it in as a task on the thread pool with Task.Run() or you could use XElement.LoadAsync instead of XElement.Load(), if available.