Microsoft Laser Mouse 7000 Recharging Problems

I love Microsoft hardware, regardless of what you think of their operating systems it’s hard to argue they make good mice and keyboards. I bought a new mouse yesterday – a Microsoft Laser Mouse 7000 and left it to charge up overnight but this morning I found it hadn’t. The charge light was flashing red, instead of pulsing green (recharging) or solid green (recharged).

A search shows that this model has problems with its supplied battery. I tried the quick fix for the Microsoft laser mouse not recharging, putting a folded piece of paper on top of the battery to make it press on the battery detector, but this didn’t work for me. A new battery, somewhat thicker than the one supplied by Microsoft gave an initial green glow before it too started flashing red.

If you want to know what battery works with the mouse try an Energiser Rechargeable 900mAh. It has a slightly longer positive terminal and slightly larger girth. The mouse is now recharging fine.

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9 thoughts on “Microsoft Laser Mouse 7000 Recharging Problems

  1. Brad

    you really should step up to the Logitech mice. I have the MX620 and it rocks. The range is 100x better, the batteries last forever (at least a year), the scroll wheel is much nicer feeling and the tracking is far better.

    I use the MS keyboards and their wireless ones always come with a mouse too. I have, literally, a box full of them. (The ones that come w/ the Wireless Natural Multimedia Keyboard Combo)

  2. Tony

    I had a shocker of a Logitech mouse a few years back so can’t bring myself to try them again. I seem to go through mice a lot quicker than keyboards, the Wireless Natural is my keyboard of choice too, don’t understand why everyone doesn’t use them.

  3. Jon

    But batteries should be a standard size: if the Energizer is bigger than the standard then it is defective, and if the MS Mouse doesn’t work with standard size batteries then it is defective too. How do you reconcile that with ‘they make good mice…’?

    I’ve given up on wireless keyboards and mice precisely because of the need to keep swapping batteries. When do you ever get far enough away from the PC to make wireless useful, anyway?

  4. Tony

    My guess is the Energiser is the correct size. The mouse is great, even if Microsoft’s battery supplier isn’t, and the point of this mouse is you don’t have to change the battery (well, once you find a correct size one) as it recharges.

    I have one wireless mouse for my media center PC when I want to use it as a computer so that’s about 2 metres away and on my desk I use one simply ’cause I hate the mess of wires.

  5. Zero

    I have the exact same mouse and i tried out something new because the folded paper DOES NOT WORK for my problem.
    What DID work was making sure the switch for power (on off switch on the bottom) made it stop flashing red after a little bit! It charges perfectly fine now! try it out, i hope it works for you!!

  6. Anonymous

    Wanted to share:

    I just wanted to report that I was having all kinds of problems recharging my mouse similar to those reported here. Slow green pulse for a few seconds then flashing red – over and over and over. It would take forever to charge and then my system would report “battery is critically low” after only an hour or two.

    All of this was when I was using a 1000mAh battery. I switched to a 1800mAh battery and the problems are pretty much gone. There is only one weird behavior I get now. I put my mouse in the charger at the end of my work day, it slow pulses green for the several minutes before I leave. When I get in the next morning, it is flashing red. I take the mouse out of the charger and put it right back on and I get a steady green light (meaning no more charging needed). The battery lasts at least 4 hours or so when I put it in the charger again over lunch. I will try a test without putting it in the charger to see if the battery will last an entire work day.

  7. Anonymous

    (update) I left my mouse out of the charger overnight (and left the power switch in the “on” position) and did not get any “critical battery” warnings by the time I put it back in the charger at lunch. So, I got at least a day and a half out of it without charging.

  8. PNO

    Mouse works fine with a regular AAA. Will not charge at all with the battery supplied guess I will try the energizer.just took it out of the package today. and I have tried all the magic fixes DID NOT WORK for me.

  9. KRB

    I tried all of the above. Except to BUY another Battery. “IT IS A CONTACT PROBLEM.” POOR DESIGN AT MICROSOFT! I DO NOT CARE HOW WELL THEY MAKE OTHER ITEMS THIS ENGINEER WAS ASLEEP THE DAY HE DESIGNED THIS. I HAVE BEEN AN ENGINEER FOR 35 YEARS. AS I STATED BEFORE IT IS DEFINITELY A CONTACT PROBLEM. SOLUTION: FIND or MAKE A SMALL HOOK TO GENTLY, I REPETE GENTLY PRY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CONTACT TO EXTEND IT INTO THE BATTERY CONTACT POINT AND YOUR PROBLEM SHOULD GO AWAY!

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