Easy fix for SteelSeries mouse blinking red

I’ve had my SteelSeries Rival 110 mouse for about 4 years now. It’s a budget model but it’s served me well. The only problem is that I noticed the RGB functionality became wonky after moving from a gaming laptop to a desktop. It was no longer the showing off the green I was using for years and instead was slowly blinking red.

The fix?

I knew that it couldn’t be the battery failing because…well…it’s a wired mouse. And then I remembered that I originally had to download SteelSeries software to set up the color I wanted. This turned out to be the solution. These days the software is called SteelSeries GG and in addition to device customization (CPI, RGB, mapping, etc.), there’s also aim training and audio enhancements available.

If you already have this software installed you may want to update the software and reassign your LED settings. Make sure that SteelSeries GG is also set to auto-run when Windows starts up. That’s where your mouse or keyboard will look to when landing on an RGB color to display.

Make sure that SteelSeries GG is set to run on boot up so that your mouse RGB won’t default to solid red

I started out with the issue of my mouse blinking red but I’ve noticed that my Rival 110 will also default to a solid red unless I open up the software. Somehow Windows 11 will “ignore” the software and it seems like SteelSeries GG is unable to provide any instructions. Running the software when booting up makes it more likely that the RGB functionality will work properly. This is the warning you will get when trying to turn it off:

By turning off auto run you will not get any software driven effects on your devices, such as certain illumination presets, keybinds, or macros, and Moments gameplay capture will be disabled.

The need for SteelSeries proprietary software is annoying if you’re someone that doesn’t care about its extra features or fiddling around with different settings. Thankfully, Microsoft aims to address this in a future Windows 11 update with something called Dynamic Lighting. Accessory manufacturers will be able to work with Microsoft to bring their RGB controls to Windows 11’s personalization settings.

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