dinsdag 28 juni 2011

Reverse engineered Logitech C110 color changing driver

I reverse engineered the windows driver of my Logitech C110 keyboard and remade it for Linux (with libusb) so that we can now change the color of the led lights in any shade between red and blue.

Attached is a proof of concept that I keep running all the time. It slowly, gradually makes the backlight color change from blue to red and back.

This open source Linux driver outperforms the proprietary windows driver because it enables continuously changing the backlight color in addition to setting just one, fixed color.

You can find it here: http://code.google.com/p/logitech-keyboard-change-color/downloads/list

The most interesting line of code (MILOC) is this one:
int written = usb_control_msg(handle, CONTROLFLAGS, 0x00000009, 0x00000307, 0x00000000, buffer, 0x00000005, 5000);

  • handle is a pointer to the (properly initialized) USB device 046d:c22b
  • #define CONTROLFLAGS 0x21 hold the RequestTypeReservedBits (as per the USB specs)
  • unsigned char buffer [] = {0x07, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0xFF}; is sent to the keyboard where:
    • buffer[1] determines the led color (between 0x00 = blue and 0xFF = red)
    • buffer[4] determines the led intensity  (between 0x00 = off and 0xFF = maximal) 

I hope you enjoy this keyboard as much as I do, and I hope Logitech starts shipping more of their products with Linux compatibility !

Or at least throwing some documentation online so we don't have to reverse engineer these things all the time :-)

Enjoy !

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