Disable or customize RGB lighting on your Unraid server

In this guide I will be showing you how to disable or modify the RGB lighting of your Unraid rig using the Docker application P3R OpenRGB.

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In this guide I will be showing you how to disable or modify the RGB lighting of your Unraid rig using the Docker application P3R OpenRGB. P3R OpenRGB was specifically developed for Unraid and uses OpenRGB to control the RGB lighting found many consumer motherboards, fans, and coolers.

Don’t get me wrong, I get that RGB lights are fun and a hallmark of many gaming rigs. If you’re like me and only use your Unraid rig as a server and network-attached storage, RGB lights can be superfluous or, depending on where the rig is placed, annoying.

Or perhaps you’re not pleased with your rig’s default lighting and are looking for a way to customize the RGB lights on your motherboard, fans, memory, and graphics card. Most manufacturers only supply Windows software to control their RGB lights and getting it up and running on Unraid, an operating system based on Linux, is all but possible.

As my Unraid server sits in my bedroom, my only wish is to be able to disable the RGB lighting of my Unraid rig. Luckily for me, my motherboard (an MSI B450M MORTAR) is the only piece of hardware which has a small strip of LEDs but unfortunately MSI doesn’t give you the ability to disable them in their BIOS.

A word of warning

P3R OpenRGB provides a tool to probe the SMB (System Management Bus) which is a potentially dangerous operation if you don’t know what you’re doing. Do not click the Detect Devices or Dump Device buttons without informing yourself first. There have been reports of Gigabyte motherboards having serious issues after using these functions.

The developers of P3R OpenRGB and OpenRGB are not responsible for any damage caused by improper use of their applications. Along the same lines, I am not instructing you to use this piece of software. I am merely informing you that the option exists but what you do with it is your responsibility.

Installing P3R OpenRGB on Unraid

Before installing P3R OpenRGB you might want to take a look at the list of supported hardware. If your hardware isn’t listed, you are most likely out of luck.

The installation of P3R OpenRGB is as easy as it gets. You will find it in the Community Applications by searching its name. Simply click on the installation button, and you’re already halfway there. As a template is already provided, there is no need for you to edit any of the settings.

P3R OpenRGB in the Unraid Community Applications

Operating P3R OpenRGB

P3R OpenRGB is operated using a slightly complicated looking web interface. Using it, you can adjust the available settings or, just as I did, completely disable the RGB lights by pushing the colour all the way to black.

Settings the application P3R OpenRGB offers

Skip the headache and buy a motherboard without RGB

MSI Meg X570 Unify Motherboard (AMD AM4, DDR4, PCIe 4.0, SATA 6GB/s, M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2, Ax Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, ATX)
ASUS AMD AM4 Pro WS X570-Ace ATX Workstation Motherboard with 3 PCIe 4.0 X16, Dual Realtek and Intel Gigabit LAN, DDR4 ECC Memory Support, Dual M.2, U.2, and Control Center
MSI MEG Z590 Unify Gaming Motherboard (ATX, 11th/10th Gen Intel Core, LGA 1200 Socket, DDR4, PCIe 4, SLI/CFX, M.2 Slots, Wi-Fi 6E)
ASRock Rack X570D4U-2L2T Socket AM4/ AMD X570/ DDR4/ SATA3&USB 3.2/ Micro-ATX Server Motherboard
MSI Z590 PRO WiFi ProSeries Motherboard (ATX, 11th/10th Gen Intel Core, LGA 1200 Socket, DDR4, PCIe 4, M.2 Slots, USB 3.2 Gen 2, 2.5G LAN, DP/HDMI, Wi-Fi 6E)
Product
ASUS ProArt B550-Creator
ASUS WS X570-Ace
MSI MEG Z590 Unify Gaming Motherboard
ASRock Rack X570D4U-2L2T
MSI Z590 PRO WiFi
Socket
AM4
AM4
LGA 1200
AM4
LGA 1200
CPUs
Ryzen 5000/3000
Ryzen 5000/3000
11th/10th Gen Intel Core
Ryzen 5000/3000
11th/10th Gen Intel Core
Chipset
B550
X570
Z590
X570
Z590
LAN
Dual 2.5 GbE LAN
Dual 1 GbE
2.5 GbE
Dual 10 GbE RJ45, Dual 1 GbE RJ45
2.5 GbE
Price
$198.89
$589.00
Price not available
Price not available
Price not available
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MSI Meg X570 Unify Motherboard (AMD AM4, DDR4, PCIe 4.0, SATA 6GB/s, M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2, Ax Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, ATX)
Product
ASUS ProArt B550-Creator
Socket
AM4
CPUs
Ryzen 5000/3000
Chipset
B550
LAN
Dual 2.5 GbE LAN
Price
$198.89
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ASUS AMD AM4 Pro WS X570-Ace ATX Workstation Motherboard with 3 PCIe 4.0 X16, Dual Realtek and Intel Gigabit LAN, DDR4 ECC Memory Support, Dual M.2, U.2, and Control Center
Product
ASUS WS X570-Ace
Socket
AM4
CPUs
Ryzen 5000/3000
Chipset
X570
LAN
Dual 1 GbE
Price
$589.00
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MSI MEG Z590 Unify Gaming Motherboard (ATX, 11th/10th Gen Intel Core, LGA 1200 Socket, DDR4, PCIe 4, SLI/CFX, M.2 Slots, Wi-Fi 6E)
Product
MSI MEG Z590 Unify Gaming Motherboard
Socket
LGA 1200
CPUs
11th/10th Gen Intel Core
Chipset
Z590
LAN
2.5 GbE
Price
Price not available
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ASRock Rack X570D4U-2L2T Socket AM4/ AMD X570/ DDR4/ SATA3&USB 3.2/ Micro-ATX Server Motherboard
Product
ASRock Rack X570D4U-2L2T
Socket
AM4
CPUs
Ryzen 5000/3000
Chipset
X570
LAN
Dual 10 GbE RJ45, Dual 1 GbE RJ45
Price
Price not available
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MSI Z590 PRO WiFi ProSeries Motherboard (ATX, 11th/10th Gen Intel Core, LGA 1200 Socket, DDR4, PCIe 4, M.2 Slots, USB 3.2 Gen 2, 2.5G LAN, DP/HDMI, Wi-Fi 6E)
Product
MSI Z590 PRO WiFi
Socket
LGA 1200
CPUs
11th/10th Gen Intel Core
Chipset
Z590
LAN
2.5 GbE
Price
Price not available
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About Liam Alexander Colman

I first heard of Unraid through the same medium as many of us did: The Linus Tech Tips channel on YouTube. At the time, I was running TrueNAS (or FreeNAS as it was called back then) on my DIY NAS built using a dual-core Intel Pentium G4400 at its heart. I was convinced, I had chosen the better operating system. After all, it was free and open-source and had a large community behind it. One day, after once again facing the need to buy another three hard drives, I seriously started researching Unraid and its features. I bit the bullet and gave it a go, transferring my data on to external hard drives that I later shucked and added to the Unraid array. Since that day, I have not looked back once, and I am now an enthusiastic and experienced user of Unraid. You can find out more about Unraid Guides right here.

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