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K68 keyboard, turn off light scrolling, make backlight constant


AirFiero
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I recently purchased a Corsair K68 keyboard. iCue software is installed and seems to be working. The one feature or setting I cannot seem to figure out is to NOT have the lighting scrolling, cascading or doing anything other than just staying on (entire keyboard uniformly lit) when my computer is on.

 

Can anyone help?

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See image in post above, for reference.

 

Using the CUE or iCUE software, create a new STATIC lighting effect. Choose whatever color you like from the color-picker circle. Place your cursor at the top-left of the KB image, hold down the Left button, and drag it to the bottom-right of the KB image. (Release the mouse button.) All keys should be selected in your selected color. Save your profile to the KB memory (if your KB model allows it--else, utility must remain active to use profile).

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Ok, I did that and the keyboard isn't lit up at all. There is an option to "Copy Effect" and "Copy to library", but no other option to save or active the effect.

 

Ok, I got it to work but it didn't change color. It only shows Blue as an option. No big deal, Red is fine, but I was hoping I could chose a slightly less bright configuration. The color selection and percentage doesn't seem to do anything.

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That's weird. You should be able to change the color on the fly, from the color circle or direct RGB values. Make sure your profile and STATIC COLOR effect are selected when you try this.

 

Once you get comfortable with this, you can add more layers. (The STATIC COLOR you created is a layer.) Any new lighting effect you add will have priority over the older ones by default. (Whatever is highest on the list has highest priority.) Just like selecting stuff in Windows, hold down the CTRL key and click on each key (on the KB image) where you want to apply the new layer. If you make a mistake, CTRL-click on the mistake again to revert.

 

Edit: On my Strafe Mk 2, 5 simple layers are the max that can be saved to the KB itself per profile (3 HW profiles max). But you can go much further if you're willing to leave CUE running in the background, and forego writing your profile to the KB.

 

Edit 2: I'm using CUE 2.24.50, which allows saving any profile you create to the KB memory, as long as it doesn't exceed the capabilities of the device. I read something recently saying that iCUE does things differently. If I understood correctly, you need to edit the hardware profiles in order to change them. If so, then you can't create something new, or download a profile, and write it to the KB. That strikes me as dumb; but perhaps they had a good reason. I have no intention of moving to iCUE anytime soon, since what I have is working so well after some 2 weeks of trial and error, and frustration. Instructions/documentation from Corsair are not good at all. And then they get shocked to discover that most buyers didn't even know they could make their lighting do more than the 3 canned rainbow effects.

 

TL;DR: Your mileage may vary. If you can't get your profile to "take", try editing the HW profiles directly.

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I read up on the K68. It apparently comes in 2 variants, red LED and RGB. I'm going to guess you have the red-LED version, which would explain why you can't change the color. I did not find mention of onboard memory in my quick searches. That doesn't prove there isn't any, though. I'll leave you to search further if you want to. It's your KB, after all.
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I read up on the K68. It apparently comes in 2 variants, red LED and RGB. I'm going to guess you have the red-LED version, which would explain why you can't change the color. I did not find mention of onboard memory in my quick searches. That doesn't prove there isn't any, though. I'll leave you to search further if you want to. It's your KB, after all.

 

Thanks, I appreciate your efforts. I looked at the box, and it simply says it’s a K68, nothing indicated in the model or serial number. The box does have it its description “red LED”, and no mention of RGB. So we can assume it’s red only, which is fine with me.

 

I looked through the Corsair website, and the only download I could find was the iCue software, which doesn’t seem to have any documentation. I couldn’t find a user manual for the keyboard. I will look through the iCue software again to see if I missed some menu items.

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