Microsoft Rechargeable Mouse

Is there a definitive answer and solution to The flashing red light issue?
Al_SchwarzAsked:
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A few more tricks:

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Fix the charge problem! Rotate the charger in the power socket, January 13, 2009
By Nicolas Calliari

This is a good product but for one ridiculous MS oversight. The power charger MUST BE plugged into the wall socket in one particular orientation. If it is wrong the red light will flash and mouse will not charge.

Do not rotate the battery, ROTATE THE CHARGER IN YOUR WALL SOCKET.

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Charger does not work, same red blinking problem, July 10, 2009
By Andreah
...I tried rotating the charger on the wall and trying to make the dock as level as possible, but it still doesn't work. If you don't want to buy batteries for a wireless mouse, don't get this one.

FIXED BLINKING LIGHT PROBLEM: I tried the paper taped around the battery and it works! My mouse charges now, so no buying batteries and it lasts for a long time before a full charge is needed!

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Red Flashing LED Issue - FIXED, February 8, 2009
By Douglas B. Price

There is a much easier fix that will only require you to open the battery compartment once and only once and not deal with rotating how its plugged into the wall outlet or any other hokey ideas of reversing polarity and spinning the battery Microsoft and whomever they have contracted to build the batteries had the same issue with the 7000 series as well and this is a fix Ive used on all the 7000 series Ive ran across.First take a piece of paper and cut a strip slightly under the length of the battery itself. Then wrap this strip around the battery 2 to 3 times and cut off the excess length and tape it into place to keep it from unrolling. Replace battery into compartment and test - it now should be the appropriate thickness needed to depress the sensor switch within the compartment and verify to the mouse itself a battery is indeed installed, THAT is the reason for the flashing red light, Microsoft contracted with a company that built a series of batteries that are too thin and do not depress the switch and the wonderful QA department never caught it and obviously marketing figures it is more cost efficient to continue to sell these units with an improperly designed battery than re-build and replace all of them already shipped. Hope that helps.
Doug


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Probably not, as there are several things that can cause it.

Have you gone through the steps listed here:

http://www.brighthub.com/computing/hardware/articles/90398.aspx
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Here's an interesting "fix" for rechargeable batteries that are a bit "short".

http://turbulentsky.com/microsoft-wireless-laser-mouse-7000-8000-flashing-red-led-battery-doesnt-charge.html 
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Al_SchwarzAuthor Commented:
Best solution for my 8000 mouse.  Bending the 'sensor' trigger up also worked for me.  Microswitches- yuck!
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Thank you much.    : )

Be careful bending microswitches. They do not have a lot of tolerance for tinkering.
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