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What is the LightFX Utility on my Dell™ XPS™ System? - KB Article - 318485

The Dell™ Quickset LightFX Utility

The Dell QuickSet LightFX utility provides a quick, simple interface to adjust the Dell™ XPS™ chassis LED lighting while in a Microsoft® Windows operating system.

The LED Control Tab in the Dell LightFX Utility

The LED Control tab (Figure 1) allows you to select from a variety of colors and color intensities to customize your computer’s LEDs. The LEDs on our computer are grouped into zones. A zone is a set of LEDs that are controlled as if they were a single LED. When you set the color of a zone, you are setting the color of every LED within that zone. Different computer models can have varying numbers and locations of zones, and the number of individual LEDs in those zones can vary from one to four or more. From the LED Control tab you can:

  • Select Zone Color - Specify the color for each zone. Use the vertical sliders to choose the color for each zone.
  • Note:

    When the computer boots, the colors that appear in the zones are those set in the BIOS as the power-on default colors. When you log in, the LEDs change to your previously saved color scheme. To change the power-on default colors, choose the desired colors on your screen and select Save as power-on default check box in the lower-left area of the LED Control tab. When you restart the computer, the new default colors appear.

  • Select Intesity Level (Same for all Zones) - Specify the intensity level or brightness of the zones. Use the horizontal slider to set the intensity level (brightness) for all the zones.
  • Turn all LEDs OFF - Turn off all the LEDs by selecting the Turn all LEDs OFF check box.
  • Link All Zones - Force all the zones to have the same color by selecting the Link All Zones check box.

  • Figure 1: The Dell™ Quickset LightFX LED Control Tab

The LED Effects Tab in the Dell LightFX Utility

The LED Effects tab allows you to assign an LED effect that runs continuously or only for a short time after the arrival of a new e-mail. In addition, there are pre-programmed sequences of LED effects available by using XPS LightFX Music Player Plug-ins. You can enable or disable each plug-in by selecting the Plug-in in the LED Effects tab. (Figure 1)

    Figure 1: The Dell Quickset LightFX LED Effects Tab

You can select several LED effects to play when an event occurs. The Dell LED Effects are as follows:

  • Strobe Light - The LED will blink for the colors that are selected on the LED Control tab for each zone.
  • Smooth color rotation - The Breathing lights effect will smoothly cycle through all of the available colors in all zones.
  • Zone rotation - The colors that are selected on the LED Control tab for each zone are cycled among all the zones. There can be as many different colors as there are zones--you can even set one (or more) of the zones to OFF, and that will cycle through the other zones as well.
  • Breathing lights - The LED’s color cycles between the maximum and minimum intensity, using the colors that are selected on the LED Control tab for each zone.
  • No effect - The LED effects are disabled. The LEDs will take on the color and intensity settings appearing on the LED control tab.

You can configure the selected effect as follows:

  • Transition speed - Use the slider to modify the length of time period between changes in the color and/or intensity of the LEDs. Selecting a very short time period may impact your system’s performance.
  • Play LED effect - Choose whether your selected LED effects should be in effect all of the time or only for a short period after a new email arrives.

Configure the Dell™ Quickset LightFX Music Player Plug-ins

If your XPS has the gaming interface, it has several visualization plug-ins, called LightFX, that display several pre-programmed effects using the LEDs. Currently, there are LightFX modules for the following Music Players:

  • iTunes
  • Winamp
  • Windows Media® Player
Perform the following steps to install the Music Player Plug-ins and select them from within each application:
  1. Double-click the Dell QuickSet icon in the Notification Area.

  2. Click the LED Effects tab.

  3. In the XPS LightFX™ Music Player Plug-ins area, click to put a check in the box next to the desired music player.

  4. Click Apply.

  5. Open the associated application and select the LightFX module. (Table 1)

  6. Note:

    If a Music Player Plug-ins check box is already checked, it means that the plug-in is installed and should be available from within the associated application. If you uncheck a Music Player Plug-ins check box, the plug-in will be uninstalled and cannot be used from within the associated application. If the entire entry is grayed out, the associated application is not installed on the system.

  1. Click Visualizer in the main menu bar.
  2. Select the LightFX module from the drop-down menu.
  3. Press the <Ctrl>+<T> keys to toggle a module on and off.
  1. Click Options then select Preferences... from the main menu bar.
  2. Click to select Plug-ins then select Visualization in the left-hand box of the Winamp Preferences window.
  3. Click to select Dell XPS LightFX [vis_xps.dll] in the Visualization Plug-ins box.
  4. Click to select the module from the Plug-in module drop-down menu.
  5. Click Start.
  6. The LightFX plug-in window appears.
  7. Press the <Ctrl>+<Shift>+<K> keys to toggle the module on and off.
Windows Media Player
  1. Click View, select Visualizations, select Dell XPS LightFX, and click module from the main menu bar.
  2. Click View, select Visualizations, and click No visualizations to toggle a module on and off.
Table 1: Steps to Enable LightFX in Select Music Players

Gaming Options Tab in the Dell LightFX Utility

The Gaming Options tab provides access to settings that can help you enhance the gaming performance of your computer. (Figure 1)

    Figure 1: Dell QuickSet LightFX Gaming Options Tab

The options in the Gaming Options tab perform the following functions:

  • Adjust Display Properties - Opens the Display Settings interface. You can access the display controls of the operating system on the Advanced tab.
  • Internal Network Card - Disables the internal network controller. If this item is grayed out, the system either does not contain a built-in network controller or does not provide the controls QuickSet needs to manage the controller.
  • Disable QuickSet Popups - Disables or re-enables any popup windows that QuickSet may create. If this item is grayed out, then QuickSet is configured so that it does not display any popup windows.
  • Contact Dell Support - Allows you to quickly gain access to Dell Support.
  • Note:

    Some of these options may not be available or supported on your system. Unavailable options appear on the Gaming Options tab, but the text on their buttons are grayed out. The options have no effect if you click the button.

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Article ID: SLN266491

Last Date Modified: 05/28/2009 12:00 AM

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