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    Default Keyboard Problems - Alien FX

    I think I've seen other users complain about the keyboard that it's often unresponsive. Well, I finally got this problem today.

    My sytem has been turned on for about 24 hours now and I wrote about 5,000 words so far during which the keyword worked great! (Project documentation.. boring stuff) - no complaints. I've also played Crysis for 1-2 hours.

    However, about an hour or two ago it started being unresponsive. The FX has constantly been on and it made me thinking that it might be because of the heat?

    The most unresponsive key is backspace and I have to generally press down harder on most keys; touch typing doesn't work so well anymore .

    Something else I noticed is that the keyboard colours, are not pure - there's interference from green on yellow for example. I'll get some pictures in a minute but now I see my MS is not being read.



    Anyone else getting this?
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    Default Re: Keyboard Problems - Alien FX

    Definitely the light colours (i.e. yellows, greens, whites) do suffer from interference. It's less noticeable with 'darker' colours (reds, blues)

    As for responsiveness, have you tried restarting and letting it cool down (if it is heat)?
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    Default Re: Keyboard Problems - Alien FX

    I've turned the AliexFX off to see if there is any improvement; can't afford to let it cool down at the moment - have to finish off this work.

    You said that greens suffer from interferece; I haven't noticed that - the only ones I have problems with is purple, pink, white, orange, yellow - all others are interference free.
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    Default Re: Keyboard Problems - Alien FX

    Oh yeah, sorry, I don't know why I wrote green in that list (mental slip I guess)
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    Default Re: Keyboard Problems - Alien FX

    if you turn off fx for a while then turn it back on, the colors become sorta pure again so maybe thats a basic fix

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    Default Re: Keyboard Problems - Alien FX

    Quote Originally Posted by DemonOfRazgriz View Post
    if you turn off fx for a while then turn it back on, the colors become sorta pure again so maybe thats a basic fix
    maybe we've discovered overheating issues with AlienFX
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    Default Re: Keyboard Problems - Alien FX

    Quote Originally Posted by DemonOfRazgriz View Post
    if you turn off fx for a while then turn it back on, the colors become sorta pure again so maybe thats a basic fix
    Nope, my orange is still green-ish .

    By the way, does anyone have problem with the memory card reader? I can't get it to work!
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    Default Re: Keyboard Problems - Alien FX

    there will be interference problems with the FX lighting... since i highly doubt they put a lot of materials into blending the colours, as well as, me doubting that they put more than just primary colours into the FX lighting system... thus, the colours are probably pretty "dirty" especially lighter stuff (teal, white, etc)

    my media card reader works with my SD media just fine... but it seems to lag the entire computer when in use... i try not to use it when i'm doing something important....
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    Default Re: Keyboard Problems - Alien FX

    @Mystik: find a program that optimizes USB 2.0 input. The "system lag" you are experiencing is intel's fault for making USB 2.0 so blasted CPU dependent.

    The SD card reader communicated with the system via a usb bus. which sucks. this is why ps2 mice are still the shiznit. (even though my motherboard does not have any ps2 ports... lol)

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    Default Re: Keyboard Problems - Alien FX

    All of us with the m15x are having this issue to some degree with the unresponsiveness of the keyboard. I'm just hoping that AW releases a fix at some point in the near future. At the moment, it's not that bad for me, but is definitely there. It's probably the most significant problem to date on my system, but I've been lucky to have few to none other issues to speak of. Some have noticed an improvement by uninstalling the trackpad driver.

    The color anomalies that you describe are normal. I just tested orange and I have the same green underneath a few of the keys if I look very carefully. I wouldn't worry about it and it will probably be addressed in a future alienfx software update but most would never notice that. I had to look perpendicular to the keyboard and peer between the keys to see the green and I don't see it from any other angle.
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