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What Does RGB Stand for in a Gaming Keyboard?


Have you ever seen a gamer obsessing over a colorful, backlit keyboard and wondered about the significance of these colors? This is an RGB keyboard that enhances the gaming experience.

Quick Answer

RGB stands for red, green, and blue and is the foundation of colored displays on devices like keyboards, memory sticks, headphones, etc. In addition to elevating the overall aesthetics of your desktop, RGB is known to boost the gaming experience by allowing gamers to specify certain features to specific colors.

We have put together a detailed guide for you on what RGB stands for in a gaming keyboard and how to fix an RGB keyboard not working on your PC.

RGB in a Gaming Keyboard

RGB stands for red, green, and blue and is a color model leading to the production of more color intensities. For gamers, an RGB keyboard is much more than an aesthetic addition to their table. Specific colors warn you when the system is hot or there are some connection problems.

You can also highlight the firing patterns you love based on the color combinations. The keyboard provides you with a visual alert when an enemy is nearing. Non-gamers can enjoy multiple benefits from an RGB keyboard. The lighted keys help them easily use their system in low light, and they can experience a different visual response when pressing each key.

Some aesthetic benefits of an RGB keyboard include matching your room’s theme. As you get over 16 million+ shades on the keypad, you can likely match your keys’ color with your company’s logo and overall mood board.

Fixing an RGB Gaming Keyboard 

If you got an RGB gaming keyboard, but it’s not working, our 4 step-by-step methods will help you accomplish this task without much hassle.

Method #1: Increasing the Brightness Level

If your RGB gaming keyboard is not working on your PC, you can increase the brightness level with these steps to solve this problem.

  1. Find the backlit icon or F5 key on your keyboard. The backlit icon is usually a small keyboard with tiny lines showcasing light coming from the keyboard. On some keyboards, this icon is missing.  
  2. Press the backlit icon or F5 key twice and adjust the keyboard’s brightness level.
  3. If pressing the backlit icon hasn’t done the job, press the Fn key before hitting it.
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Quick Tip

You can turn on the backlit on some RGB keyboard models by pressing the F9 or F11 keys.

Method #2: Switching the USB Port

To make your RGB gaming keyboard work on your PC, change the USB port it is connected to with these steps.

  1. Unplug the keyboard cable from your laptop.
  2. Insert the USB cable into another USB port and check for the issue.
  3. Try all the USB ports on your PC until the keyboard is finally lit again.
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Method #3: Checking for Driver Updates

You can also make your RGB gaming keyboard start working again on your laptop by checking for driver updates using these steps.

  1. Head to “Device Manager”, expand “Keyboards”, and right-click your RGB keyboard.
  2. Click “Update driver”.
  3. Once the update process completes, restart your PC and see if the keyboard is working.
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Method #4: Running the Keyboard Troubleshooter

If your RGB gaming keyboard is not working, it is possible to fix the issue using the Windows PC troubleshooter in the following ways.

Using the Windows Settings

You can use Windows built-in keyboard troubleshooter to fix the RGB keyboard.

  1. Press Win + I to open the Settings on your laptop.
  2. Click “Update & Security”.
  3. Click “Troubleshoot” and select “Additional troubleshooter”.
  4. Under the “Find and fix other problems” section, click “Keyboard” and choose “Run the troubleshooter”.
  5. Once the process completes, check for the issue.
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Using the Run Dialog Box

With these steps, you can also run the keyboard troubleshooter on your PC using the Run dialog box.

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run window on your laptop.
  2. Type msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic in the bar next to “Open” and hit Enter.
  3. From the “Hardware and Devices” window popping up on your screen, click “Advanced”.
  4. Check the “Apply repairs automatically” option and click “Next” to run the troubleshooter.
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All Done!

Once the troubleshooter completes, you can use the RGB gaming keyboard again on your PC.


In this guide, we’ve discussed what RGB stands for in a gaming keyboard. We have also looked into several fixes for you, such as increasing the brightness, switching the USB port, updating drivers, and running the keyboard troubleshooter if the RGB gaming keyboard starts to act up on your PC. 

We hope one of these methods has worked for you, and you can now successfully use all the fantastic features of an RGB backlit keyboard.

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