How to Change the Lights on a Dell XPS M1710

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How to Change the Lights on a Dell XPS M1710
The lights on a Dell XPS sytem are also for decoration. (laptop image by Angie Lingnau from

The Dell XPS M1710 has several LED lights that show system information; for example, the power light will flash if your battery is low. You can update the BIOS on your Dell XPS system to change the brightness and colour of the touchpad, system fan, system speaker and system panel LEDs. You can choose up to four colours to have more than one colour going at the same time.

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  1. 1

    Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen, click the arrow to the right of "Shutdown," then click "Restart." When the Dell logo appears, tap the "F2" key repeatedly. If the "F2" key does not bring up the BIOS, repeat the step and try again using the "F12" key.

  2. 2

    Use the keyboard arrow keys to highlight "On Board Devices," press "Enter," select an LED from the list provided and follow the instructions to change it. For example, select the "System Brightness" menu, which allows you to change the LED brightness. When you are finished, press the "Enter" key.

  3. 3

    Select the LED colour you'd like to change from the list provided; you can choose a maximum of four colours, but will have to change one colour at a time. Press the "Esc" key until you are prompted to save the settings. Agree to save the changes, and your computer will automatically reboot with the changes.

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