The Early Bird Gets the Pastel: Configuring iCUE Lighting Before Launch


“Is it possible to configure the Corsair iCUE system so that my PC displays the pastel profile from Lighting Channel 1 immediately upon startup, instead of defaulting to the rainbow wave pattern until the iCUE software fully launches?”


For PC enthusiasts who take pride in customizing their setup, the lighting scheme is more than just a visual treat; it’s a personal statement. Corsair’s iCUE software offers extensive customization for lighting profiles, but there’s a common query among users: Can the iCUE system be set up to display a chosen pastel profile from Lighting Channel 1 right from the moment the PC powers on?

The answer lies in understanding how the iCUE system operates. When your PC starts, the iCUE software hasn’t yet loaded, which is why you see the default rainbow wave pattern. This pattern is stored in the device’s onboard memory, which is used when the software is not running.

To have your preferred pastel profile load immediately, you would need to save it to the device’s onboard memory. Here’s how you can do it:


Open the iCUE software

and select the device you want to configure.


Navigate to the ‘Hardware Lighting’ section

under the device settings.


Create or select the pastel profile

you wish to use.


Save the profile to the device’s onboard memory

. This option is usually found as a button or dropdown menu labeled ‘Save to Device’ or similar.

It’s important to note that not all Corsair devices support saving profiles to onboard memory. If your device does support this feature, following these steps will ensure that your chosen profile is displayed from the moment you turn on your PC, providing a seamless and personalized experience from startup to shutdown.

In conclusion, while the iCUE software needs to be running for full profile functionality, with the right device and steps, you can indeed have your pastel profile shine through from the very beginning. It’s a simple yet effective way to make your PC truly yours.

I hope this article provides a clear answer and helps you achieve the desired startup lighting effect on your PC. If you have any more questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask!

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