I’ve had the MS wireless mouse and keyboard combo for a while now. It works very well, but one thing always bothered the hell out of me. The battery just wouldn’t charge! You’d place it on the cradle and leave, and the next morning, it would be flashing red at you merrily, with no charge. Not just annoying, but productivity killing since I’d have to root around and find my wired mouse. Not my favorite way to start the morning. Poking around the web, I cam across this forum thread:
If the above instructions are confusing or elaborate:
1) Open your battery compartment
2) Take the battery out and you should see a metal half ring in the bottom of the compartment. This detects if the battery has been seated correctly. This is also what is causing your problems.
3) The cheapest fix is to jam the battery into the compartment making sure its pressing the switch. Place the mouse gently onto the charger and it should work.
4) If it still doesn’t work, you’ll need to copy what the original poster did or get a new "bigger" battery. I know all AA batteries should be the same, but evidently the one you’ve got isn’t big enough. Sorry, sometimes size matters. 😛
As an aside, you know, regardless of my status as an employee, why does MS hardware always have problems? I’m not just talking out of my ass here, here are all the problems I’ve had:
1) Xbox 1: DVD drive dies…TWICE! I had to replace both by hand. Thank you Llama and your xbox pages!!
2) Xbox 360: Red ringed, AND the xbox at work red ringed, AND this DVD drive is dying too. I’m going to pop it open and try cleaning it, but it usually takes 5-10 tries to get my copy of Soul Calibur IV working…my 3rd copy because the other 2 started cracking.
3) Mouse won’t charge because the battery switch is poorly designed and won’t recognize battery unless you "wiggle it, just a little bit".
Maybe I’m being overly hard, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that you should get better hardware testers looking over your stuff. I have never had as many problems with electronics as I have with MS hardware. The part that kills me is that its so well designed in many other ways. Guess I’m a glutton for punishment….:)
Relevant portion reposted here ( all credit to detroit doug ):
(Msg. 9) Posted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:15 am
Post subject: Re: Problem Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 – Bluetooth [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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There is a much easier fix that will only require you to open the
battery compartment once and only once.
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