Saitek Eclipse II Backlight Color Change Button on Linux

The Saitek Eclipse II has an annoying issue under linux: pressing the button to change the keyboard backlight color causes the mouse to act up until the keyboard is unplugged/replugged, resetting the color back to blue. It does this by simulating a key being held down, but not released. I’ve not found a solution to this, per se – but I have found a simple workaround.

To prevent the keyboard from screwing up the X11 session, just switch to a console first. Pretty easy. Let’s review.

  1. Press CTRL-ALT-F1 to switch to a text console.
  2. Press the color change button all you want.
  3. Press CTRL-ALT-F7 to go back to X11.

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