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I'd like to be able to run Alien FX on my computer to change the lights on my Alienware MX 14 R2. I see several links in a Google search, but none of them seem to work. This one looks promising, but it's only for newer models. This one looks like exactly what I want but it won't work for me--either because it's for an older version of Linux or it just only works with the original model of my computer and not the R2 one.

Has anyone seen any other Alien FX programs for Linux? Or does anyone think they could edit one of these to work with my computer? I know it'll be hard to answer this question since you basically need my exact computer to see if it will work.

Thanks in advance for any help.

  • Your first link says it is for newer models. But it was released in 2013 so it probably includes R2 and R3. – WinEunuuchs2Unix Aug 15 '18 at 4:19
  • Yeah, but I tried it and it didn't work. :( – Weboh Aug 15 '18 at 4:19
  • Just curious if you've made any progress on this issue? I never did get a chance to test my AW17R3 in Linux. It's still the factory default dark blue on all the LEDs / Trons. You know if you set it in Windows 10 it will carry over to Ubuntu right? – WinEunuuchs2Unix Aug 26 '18 at 22:49
  • No, I haven't. The package below may work, but I never got a chance to try it because my friend (it's his computer) decided to go back to Windows 10 because "nothing works." This and two other programs were the only things that didn't work and I was about to fix this buuut.…. – Weboh Aug 28 '18 at 19:25
  • I tried AlienFxLite on Alienware-13R3 but I get error saying "Device Uknown: no controller available". It seems Alienware-13R3 is not yet supported. – user1436887 Jul 20 at 6:01
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Update: July 20 2019

A deleted answer below points out how AW13R3 is not supported. It appears that AlienFXLite and PyALienFX have both been abandoned for a number of years.

I've found a github page for AKBL (Alienware Keyboard Lights) to control Alienware Light Effects. AKBL was updated just 10 days ago:

AKBL GUI.png

Sadly I've had this AW17R3 laptop for almost two years but have never found time to "play with" the light effects. This new program AKBL looks promising as it's written in Python and does some cool thing such as change light colors depending on the weather outside.

Some cool ideas off the top of my head would be setting colors based on CPU%:

  • <10%=green, 10-20%=blue, 20-30%=yellow, 30-4%0=orange, 40-50%=purple, 50+%=red.

Original Answer

I found this package: AlienFxLite

AlienFx lite.png

This software was initially developed for M15x and M17x laptops. The latest modifications were tested on the M14x R2 and R3 laptops.

Disadvantage as you need to compile it.


There is also a newer package: alienfx

alienfx.png

Advantages:

I'll try to test this on my AW17R3 soon and report back.

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Finally found something that works.
https://github.com/snooze6/hack-alienfx

Clone the above repo and run:

cd hack-alienfx
make all
sudo ./run seq/snooze

But above program is written for device id 187c:0527 so in the source code replace it with your own alienfx device ids.

run $lsusb to find your alienfx device id:

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 187c:0529 Alienware Corporation

cd hack-alienfx
grep -rin "0527" ./

I replaced all occurances of 0527 with 0529 in the source files.

make all
sudo ./run seq/snooze
sudo ./run seq/afx-godark
sudo ./run seq/afx-off
sudo ./run seq/afx-allblue

The commands in seq/ folder are written for device 187c:0527. So it doesn't behave according to command name. But at least I can now turn on/off lights.

  • Mine is close: Bus 001 Device 003: ID 187c:0528 Alienware Corporation I will try to test it (someday) ... – WinEunuuchs2Unix Jul 21 at 17:43

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