Sometimes, when you plug in your keyboard, one or more LEDs won't light up or they'll be in a different color than you'd expect. When that's the case, here's some information to help you out.
LEDs are chained. This means that the LED from RGB1 passes on its data to RGB2, RGB2 passes it on to RGB3, and so forth. What this means it that a problem in any LED can be caused by the LED itself, or the LED before it. This is shown in the diagram below:
If the first LED in the chain doesn't work, often marked with RGB1, the issue might also be with a microcontroller pin. You can view the schematics for your keyboard in the Technical Information category to see which pin might have a bridge or cold joint.
To fix your LEDs, follow the steps below:
- Inspect and reflow the joints on the first LED that doesn't work: Check all connections on the first LED that does not behave correctly. Do all solder joints look okay? If not, try reflowing the joint by applying heat to it with your iron.
- Inspect and reflow the joints on the LED before it: Check all connections on the LED before the LED that does not behave correctly. So if RGB4 does not work, check the connections on RGB3. Check the solder joints, and rework them as needed.
- Replace the first offending LED: Does it still not work? Try replacing the first offending LED with a new one. Your kit should include several spares.
- Replace the LED before it: If that doesn't work either, check the first LED before the offending LED, and replace it.
If it then still does not work, check the connections on your microcontroller for bridges and proper connections, and rework as needed.