Ubuntu – Dell Precision M4500 laptop Keyboard backlight issues

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While running (or more specifically loading ubuntu 16.04) ubuntu sets my keyboard backlight to off (brightness, not on/off, but lowest possible brightness). I setup Windows 7 (since it actually has driver support from dell), and was able to crank back up the brightness. When rebooting into linux, keyboard backlighting goes away again. This has not occurred in Debian Testing (Stretch) nor Linux Mint 17.3 (14.04 based). Additionally I do not recall the issue occurring in Gnome-Ubuntu 15.10 or 14.04.

Random googling brought me to "xset led 3" but I am pretty sure that did nothing 😀

Thanks,
Jason

Best Answer

  • It appears there was something wrong with the installation. I reinstalled 14.04, and the keyboard lights worked, then reinstalled 16.04 and the still functioned. All's well that ends well I suppose.