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Keyboard back light keeps switching off

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My keyboard back light only stays on when the touchpad or keyboard is in constant use. If there is even 10-15 seconds of inactivity the back light switches off. It turns back on when i start to use the touchpad or keyboard again but if i have set it to be on it shouldn't be timing itself out. Is there a fix for this?

 

 

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@Abdul_H 

 

The backlit keyboard feature on your computer lacks the setting necessary to control the timeout.

 

Your computer is  not broken - the backlit keyboard feature just works differently than on a business / commercial grade computer.  

 

The controls to adjust the keyboard backlight timeout are located in the BIOS > Advanced section. 

The BIOS > Advanced section is included on business / commercial grade machines.  

 

If your computer does not have the "Advanced" section, you cannot control the timeout.

 

 

If supported >> Restart into BIOS – Set backlit keyboard “always” on

Restart > while screen blank, repeat ESC key until menu starts

BIOS setup

Advanced > Built-In Device Options >

Scroll down, set Backlit keyboard timeout = Never

Click back to Main (menu), select Save changes and exit

 

Next:

Lots of fancy documents, none of which will give you what you want:

 

BIOS – Backlit Keyboard and other Advanced Options

 

This is one of those situations where the how-to document mentions that a particular feature might not be supported on every computer.  The document does not offer an exact explanation for you because the document is not written for YOUR computer.

 

HP Notebook PCs - Using the Backlit Keyboard

Section: The backlight stays on for only a few seconds

 

Discussion

 

In general, and there might be exceptions,

 

  • Business class computers offer BIOS Advanced
  • Examples of business class systems include and are not limited to:  Zbook Mobile Workstations, ProBook, EliteBook, and others.
  • The backlit keyboard timeout option is included in the Advanced section as appropriate (system has a backlit keyboard).

 

  • At this writing, consumer class systems do not include the backlit keyboard timeout feature.
  • Examples of consumer grade systems include and are not limited to:  Spectre, Pavilion, Envy, Notebook.

 

 

HP Note

BIOS configurations vary depending on the computer. For further information on a specific computer, refer to the documentation provided with the computer or go to the appropriate document for your PC.

 

Consumer Class Desktops and Notebooks – BIOS Setup

 

Commercial / Business Class Computers – BIOS Setup

HP PC Commercial BIOS (UEFI) Setup - Administration Guide

 

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Reference and Resources – Places to find help and learn about your Device

Clarification of terms and "what the device can do" (Specifications)

Device Homepage

NOTE:  Content depends on device type and Operating System

HP Drivers / Software and BIOS, How-to Videos, Bulletins/Notices, How-to Documents, Troubleshooting, User Guides, Service and Maintenance Guide (Replacement Parts and Procedures), Product Information (Specifications), more

HP ENVY X360 - 13-ar0001na

When the website support page opens, Select (as available) a Category > Topic > Subtopic

 

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I checked my BIOS settings and I do not have the advanced settings option as my device is a consumer grade laptop. Having the keyboard time out when I've set the back light to be on seems like such a frustratingly useless thing to include. Why is this even a feature.

 

The lights constantly switching on and off every 10 seconds is very irritating, especially while I'm working. Is no other way to remove the time out setting through updated drivers etc?

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@Abdul_H 

 

I suspected you would dislike the answer.

 

No, it is not a driver issue - the feature is irritatingly not supported in the way you need it.

 

There may be a deep workaround - I have not investigated whether that is the case.

 

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