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Microsoft Wireless Mouse Model 1025--Keeps giving low battery messages


I've had this mouse (Microsoft Wireless Optical-model 1025) for about 1-1/2 years now. It has always worked fine until recently. A few months ago it gave me the "Wireless Mouse Battery is Critically Low" error message. I changed both of the batteries with brand new batteries that I had just bought. It worked fine for a few weeks, then I got the message again. I tried putting in new batteries--but the ones I took out still have power. (I have the package with the battery strength tester thing) Lately the message is coming more frequently, maybe every few days or so, but the batteries are not old or bad! It seems more like a glitch than anything because my mouse is and has been working fine--there are no differences in the performance. It's more just an annoyance. Is there any reason this would be happening? Or is there anything I can try to stop it from happening?
Thanks for your help!

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  • Anonymous Oct 03, 2008

    Yeah... pretty much the same thing here, only I'm not quite so sure how long I've had mine but it couldn't possibly be any longer than a year and a bit, but then I'm not certain if it was used before I got it as it was kinda flung at me in an armful of cords and plugs and black plastic-looking things as part of a gift, and they thought it was hilarious to tell me nothing and just watch me try and work out what that /other/ black blob was, why it was flashing little lights at me like the flattened head of a midget Cylon, and whether that was a good thing or a sign of certain doom.

    Both the mouse and the keyboard almost always have Energizer rechargeable batteries in them (green ones?) - which I've made sure were fully charged and all, if I believe the little LED on the charger - and all three wireless bits and pieces are from Microsoft and their colours match nicely... so I don't think they should be arguing with each other... surely? O_o

    The keyboard is a Wireless MultiMedia Keyboard 1.1 Model 1014, and the receiver is a Wireless Optical Desktop Receiver 2.1 Model 1028. And I don't know if they were meant to be a set or what. Having only ever had generic old-style grey mice and keyboards before, all with cords and not requiring batteries (and not prone to misbehaving either, even though they /were/ pretty ugly and terrible cat fur magnets), I wouldn't have the first idea if these bits all fit together nicely or if there's an invisible mini-war constantly being waged on my desk.

    I don't know if this would affect my gizmos at all but the nearest other device (apart from the computer of course... although that's set up to be able to slot into my mother's wireless network when I actually go over to see her, with a... D-Link... something-or-other... which is also temperamental but I'm pretty sure it's deactivated most of the time) is a Uniden cordless phone... base... thing. It's a hand-me-down that I also don't know a whole lot about, again being too used to the old style ones with cords. (Yes, I know, I'm very helpful aren't I? Sorry!) The phone's handset is usually lost down the back of the couch or under the tv or who knows where, but the base stays about 2 feet from the receiver, about 3 feet from the keyboard, and... I dunno, about 4-and-a-bit feet from the mouse - 'cause the powerboard cord doesn't reach the floor meaning it's gotta sit on the desk too, there's only one working phone socket thinger left in our house, and I think someone "borrowed" all our extension cords or I'd move everything further apart. I /know/ that powerboard used to be on the floor and there weren't as many little lights surrounding me when I sat here...
    Though moving the computer desk away from the phone would start sorta tangling everything with the... seemingly brand-less tv, and my housemate's Xbox, Playstation, and our set of speakers that all seem to use plugs rather than wireless stuff, far as I can tell... but I'm not going to bet on that since we only got them a couple of weeks ago (the mouse started having fits before then and in a few different places, one of which had nothing else in it but a light that didn't work, so at least that rules out the speakers I guess?) and there's no way I can decipher the enigmatic cluster of almost-identical and completely intertwined cords my housemate seems to be cultivating behind that cabinet. Though everything I can see there does /seem/ to have cords sticking out of it... and that big pile of electronic-type stuff is all roughly... 6-7 feet away at the closest, about 11-12 away at the far end... I think.

    I'm not too familiar with wireless things as you may have noticed, so I have no clue how fast they're supposed to chew through batteries but I'm assuming it's meant to be longer than a couple of days or weeks. And midway through last month, the mouse took just over /three minutes/ to start complaining pretty consistently about a pair of brand new, just-bought-that-morning, non-rechargeable lithium batteries fresh out of the packet, which I thought would shut it up, and I thought I'd test them as a control in case the problem was something to do with either the rechargeable batteries or the charger itself.
    Don't think that experiment worked quite as intended.

    However, when I've gotten lazy and just yelled obscenities at the mouse rather than recharging the batteries /again/, nothing seems to fail. It just sits there whining and bitching at me. Might sorta "twitch" the cursor now and then or just lag up for a second, but if I press those buttons that make the lights flash on the mouse and the receiver (and that thing still looks like a Cylon head to me) it seems to sort that out. Sometimes. Kinda. But it doesn't die on me or anything at least. It's just an annoyance since it has very bad timing, generally.

    More than one person has jokingly suggested it's simply possessed by gremlins from the bowels of hell, which was sadly enough starting to sound less and less implausible the more times the thing started spazzing right at the precise moments I definitely did not need a beligerent mouse.
    But at least I now know someone else has a resident MouseGremlin like mine... and maybe we can get an exorcist/technician/don't really care so long as it works, to tell us what's making the little bastards go all funny on us and how to discipline them a bit?

    Oh, and not once have I had a "battery power is getting kinda low, might want to think about changing them soon" message. Only the "OMFG critically low batteries!! Change them NOW or the world will a-splode!!1!" one.
    My mouse is a drama queen and an emo. It's even wearing nearly all black. I'm ashamed. e_e
    Please, I think need a mouse psychologist before it starts cutting itself and trying to grow a fringe.

  • richclark Mar 31, 2009

    Same issue.  Looks like a software bug in the driver.  Using it on a Mac with an Win XP VM (Fusion).  



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Throw it in the woods and buy a new one ya cheap ****

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