Apple Wireless mouse not turning on

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by sawmaster, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. sawmaster macrumors regular

    I have an apple wireless mouse (bluetooth, of course!) and it doesn't turn on. I got no idea what kind it is. But it isn't the new mighty mouse.

    When I push in the little button underneth the mouse's laser, the mouse light blinks, and connects sussesfuly. It works fine. But if I let go of the button, it doesn't stay on. It instantly turns off. Please help! Thanks!
  2. patrick.surry macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2008
    Same problem

    I just bought a used mac mini w/ wireless keyboard and mouse (model A1015, "wireless mouse" on the bottom). I have the same issue - if I take the bottom cover off, there's a little white plastic tab between the batteries and the laser . If I depress that with my finger, the laser lights/flashes, and will pair w/ the mini. But when I let go (e.g. to put the bottom cover on), it turns off and loses connection. New batteries.

    I thought maybe the slide switch on the bottom cover was supposed to hold down that little tab inside when slid back to reveal the laser, but it doesn't seem physically possible, unless the switch is broken somehow?
  3. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    there should be a switch that slides on the bottom of the mouse, it will cover the sensor when turned off, and depresses the switch when turned on.

    there is a picture of the bottom of a mouse about halfway down this page on the left.

    there should also be a metal strip on the inside of the cover, the switch actually presses this up, which depresses the button you've been pressing with your finger. it is possible that this could be bent.
  4. patrick.surry macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2008
    no metal piece

    Ah, your description and the picture you link to matches mine *except* that there is no piece of metal between the switch and back cover. The back cover is just one piece of white plastic with a second smaller sliding switch piece also white.

    Not obvious where a metal piece would attach - does someone have a picture of the mouse with cover removed? Maybe I could mock up a new one.


    Update: managed to fashion a new metal strip about 1/4" wide by 1.5" long attached longitudinally so the switch 'on' bends it down to push the switch. Working now. Thanks for the hint!
  5. sawmaster thread starter macrumors regular

    Thanks guys! When I get my mouse back from the grumblin that took it (it just disappiered), I'll try to create one!
  6. mikebatho macrumors 6502a

    Jun 1, 2004
    Greater Manchester UK
    I'm having a bit of a problem with my bluetooth mouse too.

    It's not the magic or mighty, just the basic white model with the apple logo on top & the 2 white semicircles on the side. I just changed the batteries and it now isn't switching on.

    They're fully charged good quality rechargeables from Uniross and this is only their second charge.

    Stupid question, but what does the tiny switch from + to - do on on the underside? Once you remove the battery cover, you have the battery housing, the laser, then a tiny grey plus/minus switch. When it was working before it didn't seem to matter which position it was in.

    The mouse is in practically new condition - serial M9269ZM/B

    Any ideas?

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