0 Aug 23, 2019

Toggling BIOS mode on Corsair keyboards

Per default, some Corsair keyboards won't work in your computer's BIOS due to gaming optimizations -- any keys you press before booting Windows will not be recognized, even if the keyboard is a wired version!

In order to use your keyboard in the BIOS, you must turn on "BIOS mode" for your keyboard. This mode apparently also is required to use the keyboard on Xbox or Playstation gaming consoles, and it is very hard to find documentation for this on the Corsair Web site (which is why I wrote this post -- and also so I don't forget it!)

How to find the WINLOCK key on the Corsair K63

How to find the WINLOCK key on the Corsair K63

BIOS Toggle Procedure

For keyboards without a BIOS mode switch, the procedure is as follows:

  1. Hold down the WINLOCK key (Can't find it? See image above)
  2. Wait 5 seconds
  3. Now hold down the F1 key (so both keys are pressed)
  4. Wait 5 seconds
  5. Release WINLOCK - the Scroll Lock LED should blink
  6. After a second, release F1

The LED will continue to blink as the keyboard is in BIOS mode. To turn it off (and improve its gaming performance), do the steps again.

Keyboard Reset

If the steps above don't work, try doing a reset of the keyboard first:

  1. Unplug the keyboard
  2. Hold down the ESC key
  3. Plug the keyboard back into the computer (while holding down ESC)
  4. Wait 5 seconds
  5. Release the ESC key
  6. The keyboard blinking indicates a successful reset.

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