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