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Numlock to change colors of whole numpad?


neamerjell
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Just bought my shiny new K70 RGB today and I am truly impressed! I have been playing with the software in Windows to see its capabilities before I try to get it working on my Ubuntu Linux box.

 

I have achieved some cool effects so far: changing the color of scroll lock and num lock keys when pressed so the keys themselves act as indicators and doing the same with caps lock except making it flash when activated (I hate forgetting to disable caps lock so I wanted it to grab my attention).

 

One effect I wanted was for the num pad to be dark except for the num lock key when num lock is off, and when I press the num lock key, change the color of the whole num pad to blue.

 

I'm beginning to be discouraged by my findings while searching this forum:

 

From the CUE feature request thread, pretty much the functionality I'm looking for:

 

"Initiating a lighting effect on other keys with the press of a specific key or group of keys:

 

This applies (unlike reactive typing) only to a single key or a selected group of keys, which initiates a group or single key lighting on a selected group/key."

http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=138328&highlight=numlock

 

I started thinking changing modes may be the key (pun not intended)

 

"Have a normal profile, but remap the numlock key to change mode instead of only make the numpad work or not."

http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=154475&highlight=numlock

 

Then I saw this:

 

"You can use the number lock key as a mode switcher or a number lock, not both at the same time."

http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=154552&highlight=numlock

 

So is what I want to do even possible?

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While it does change the color by switching modes, it disables the numlock key's original functionality. There is obviously some TL;DR going on here, as I have already ruled out this method. Quote from my original post:

 

"You can use the number lock key as a mode switcher or a number lock, not both at the same time."

 

http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=154552&highlight=numlock

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Try this tutorial to have mode switching and the original key function at the same time: http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=141231

 

Much closer to what I wanted... I was about to type that it didn't work, but just thought of a modification that might do exactly what I wanted.

 

I don't need 3 modes, just two (tested that already). I got it to switch the numpad lights on, but I realized while typing this that I might need to duplicate this functionality in reverse to make it act like a toggle.

 

Will update on progress

 

Update:

 

Nope, this won't work either. The action file can not define logical operations (if condition is true, then do something), therefore can not do more than one mode switch. Perhaps I should clarify what functionality I'm looking for: I want the whole numpad to act like an indicator LED for when num lock is pressed.

 

This is easily done with one key, I already achieved this with caps lock and scroll lock. But to have one key retain its original functionality while changing the lighting between TWO modes, not just going from one to another, I want it to go back to the original mode when the key is pressed while the second mode is activated.

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This is not a native feature of CUE in it's current state, so anyone who does get this to work is using some XML editing skills to manipulate the profiles in ways unsupported by CUE that may or may not end up having desirable effects. (and also may be unintentionally broken in later updates)

Perhaps this feature could be implemented in the future, but be sure to let Corsair know that you want to see the feature added in the CUE feature suggestion thread.

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