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Windows 7: Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard


23 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard

I have a Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard. The keyboard has a backlight on the keys as it is made for gaming from what I believe.

However everytime I boot my computer the backlight stays on and I have to turn it off by pressing the backlight key 3 times (three times as the keyboard has different dimming settings, bright, less bright, even less bright )

Does anyone know how I can have the backlight turned off forever unless I press the button to activate it?

I assume there must be a setting in the registry telling the keyboard to light up upon boot up?

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23 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

If the backlight is OFF and you reboot, does it start out back on, or does it stay off?
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23 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Hi thanks for your reply.

If I turn on my computer (including turning the plug on from the mains) - the backlight comes on
If I've already logged on once and I turn off the backlight by pressing the keyboard button and then I restart my computer the backlight remains off.

The keyboard backlight is only a problem when I first boot my computer after turning it on from the mains.
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25 Nov 2012   #4

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

you tried the mouse and keyboard center they offer? maybe it has some options for that.
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08 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Yep unfortunately I have tried that but it only has options for assigning macros (the keyboard has keys named as S1,S2,S3,S4,S5 and S6). When pressing a key it can do certain things such as open Google Chrome.

Edit: Posted above message again as more help is still needed
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08 Feb 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Have you checked for newer Driver Update running all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates, after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3)?

Next google for drivers, hotfixes or others who've had problems with the exact model.
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08 Feb 2013   #7

Windows 7 professional X64
 
 

Nobody has offered him to read the damn manual
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08 Feb 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Have you checked for newer Driver Update running all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates, after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3)?

Next google for drivers, hotfixes or others who've had problems with the exact model.
Hi thanks I have installed all the required drivers but still no success.

I tried Google before posting this thread and I have also tried again but couldn't find anyone else who has expressed a similar problem.

I guess I am asking how can I ensure that my keyboard doesn't light up when it boots? (registry for Sidewinder X4 keyboard)
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08 Feb 2013   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

If it helps, this is the page to download software and manuals for your keyboard. Software Downloads: SideWinder X4 Keyboard
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08 Feb 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thanks but I already have this installed.

P.S. It's something that can surely be fixed in the registry, no driver or software will fix it as I have researched into it, only option I can think of is it may be fixed in the registry.

If you want I would be grateful if someone could:
  • Suggest paths for me to look for in the registry
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