Razer Chroma on Ubuntu 14.04 (Or any other distro)
The Razer Blackwidow Chroma is undoubtedly a really cool piece of computer kit. However after picking one up I noticed one major fault, a lack of Linux support and a lack of any instructions on how to get it working with Linux. From what I know about keyboards I made some assumptions 1. there would be some sort of on-board storage that stores the firmware for the LED’s because they were already working in a pulsing pattern on my Linux desktop, 2. If you modified that that on-board storage on another operating system changes would persist if you moved it back to Linux. Both of these things turned out to be true so below is a quick how to on configuring your Razer Chroma on a Linux workstation.
How to Configure the Razer Blackwidow Chroma
1. You’ll need an copy of Windows, a trial will suffice you just need to have it long enough to get Razer Synapse installed on it to configure your keyboard
2. You’ll need a copy of Virtualbox or VMWare, I haven’t tried this with VMWare only Virtualbox but I would assume the instructions would be similar.
3. Install Virtualbox and the Virtualbox Extension pack for your particular version of Virtualbox.
4. Boot up Windows and configure the network settings, browse on over to Razers site and pick up a copy of Razer Synapse.
5. Go into Virtualbox’s devices and make sure to select your Chroma from the USB devices menu so that it passes the device to the VM.
6. Go into Razer Synapse on the VM and configure the lighting settings along with any other settings that you would like and save the configuration, once you see the changes on your keyboard your good to go on this front.
7. Shutdown the VM and then disconnect your keyboard and plug it back into your machine. You now have a keyboard that should be fully functional under Linux configured to your liking.
8. Feel free to repeat this process whenever you need to change the LED’s on the keyboard.
This process might seem a little odd but at the time of me writing this there is no other way to configure this keyboard under Linux. In generally as a Linux user you might be better off supporting Corsair’s RGB keyboard’s as they at least have an open source configuration tool available on Github. If you have any issues configuring your Chroma under Linux feel free to post a comment here or shoot me an e-mail and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible! Game on Linux users.