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Thread: Dell Inspiron 17R keyboard backlighting

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    Dell Inspiron 17R keyboard backlighting

    Is the keyboard backlighting used in the Inspiron 17R controlled in hardware (BIOS) like System76 laptops or rather in software (OS) ?
    I ask the question because I'm looking for a laptop to run linux.
    I've been looking at various brands (System76 would be a no-brainer but there not available in Belgium), such as Asus, Acer, ...
    The backlighting on those machines apparently is a problem in linux (lots of comments on google) but it seems that Dell laptops seem to be ok for the most part.
    Has anyone here got a recent Inspiron 17R with backlit keyboard and can you confirm it works in Ubuntu (or Mint, which I'm planning on using) ?

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 17R keyboard backlighting

    I can't speak to the Inspiron but my Delll Latitude E6350 keyboard backlighting works fine with Ubuntu 12.04. The back lighting is controlled in bios on this machine.

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    Jerry

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 17R keyboard backlighting

    Thx for the reply. Latitudes are business machines so I don't think it's safe to assume that all Dells have bios controlled backlighting. Could anyone comment on this ?

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 17R keyboard backlighting

    I've got an Inspiron 15R with backlit keyboard and the backlighting 'just works' without any configuration (in 13.04 and 13.10). I suspect it is hardware driven rather than software driven.

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 17R keyboard backlighting

    Hi vman_uk, thx for the reply. Is your 15R a recent model ? If it is, then I suspect the backlight technology in the 17R should be practically identical. Has it got an AMD video card as well ? The 17R that I want to buy uses AMD graphics. Did you have any trouble getting them to work properly ?

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 17R keyboard backlighting

    Anyone else have a Dell (preferably a recent 17R) with keyboard backlighting that 'just works' ?

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