How to Fix MSI Mystic Light When It’s Not Working?

MSI Mystic Light may not work if you are using an outdated version of it or the Dragon Center. Moreover, a corrupt installation of MSI Mystic Light or Dragon Center, or your system’s Windows, may also be the cause of the error.

MSI Mystic Light not Working

The issue arises when a user tries to control or change RGB lights through MSI Mystic Light (either the standalone installation or the Dragon Center version) but fails to do so. For some users, Mystic Light does not appear in the Dragon Center. In other cases, users are unable to control specific lights (e.g., RAM light). This issue seems to affect nearly all types of MSI desktops, laptops, and motherboards.

Before moving on with the troubleshooting process to fix MSI Mystic Light, ensure that Windows and system drivers, as well as other applications (especially Riot Vanguard), are updated to the latest builds. Also, verify that your system supports MSI Mystic Light and that the RGB lights are enabled in the BIOS settings of your system. Some systems have a physical switch to disable RGB lights, so ensure that it is not causing the issue.

Solution 1: Update the Dragon Center to the Latest Build

The Dragon Center and MSI Mystic Light applications are updated regularly to introduce new features and to patch known bugs. The MSI Mystic Light might malfunction if you are using outdated versions.

  1. Launch the MSI Dragon Center and navigate to its Live Update section.
  2. Click the Scan button, then check for updates for Dragon Center and Mystic Light.
  3. If updates are available, select them and click the Install button to install the updates.
    Update MSI Dragon Center and Mystic Light
  4. After updating, restart your system and check if Mystic Light is functioning properly upon reboot.

Solution 2: Disable/Enable RGB Lights Through the System’s BIOS

The Mystic Light issue could result from a temporary glitch in the system modules or RGB lights. Disabling and then re-enabling the RGB lights through the system’s BIOS may clear this glitch and solve the problem.

  1. Restart your system and boot into the BIOS.
  2. Disable the RGB lights through the BIOS. Use your system’s physical switch to disable RGB lights, if one is available.
    Disable RGB Lighting in the BIOS Settings of Your PC
  3. Save the changes and restart your system.
  4. After restarting, power off your system and then power it on again to boot into the BIOS.
  5. Enable the RGB lights and then restart your system once more.
  6. Check if MSI Mystic Light is now functioning correctly after rebooting.

Solution 3: Uninstall Conflicting Applications

Windows allows applications to co-exist and share system resources. However, conflicting applications, such as Riot Vanguard, an anti-cheat software for Valorant, may interfere with the operation of Mystic Light software due to its access to the system’s BIOS. In such cases, uninstalling the conflicting applications might resolve the issue.

  1. Press Windows + X keys, and in the menu shown, select Apps & Features.
    Open Apps & Features
  2. Expand Riot Vanguard and then click on the Uninstall button.
    Uninstall Riot Vanguard
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to uninstall Vanguard.
  4. Check for other potential conflicting applications, particularly those related to RGB controlling and anti-cheat, and uninstall them as well.
  5. Restart your system, and upon reboot, check if MSI Mystic Light is operating correctly.
  6. If the issue persists, consider reinstalling MSI Mystic Light or Dragon Center (as discussed in Solution 5).

Solution 4: Update the BIOS of Your System to the Latest Build

A system’s BIOS is updated regularly to keep pace with the latest technological advancements and to fix known bugs. Using an outdated BIOS can lead to incompatibility issues with system modules. In this case, updating your BIOS to the latest build may resolve the problem.

Warning: Proceed at your own risk, as updating the BIOS requires a certain level of expertise. An incorrect update can brick your system and potentially cause permanent damage to your system/data.

Before updating the BIOS, consider resetting it to the factory defaults to check if any customized settings were causing the issue. If the problem persists, update your system’s BIOS following the instructions specific to your system’s make and model.

After updating the BIOS, check if MSI Mystic Light is now working correctly.

Solution 5: Reinstall MSI Mystic Light or Dragon Center

A corrupt installation of MSI Mystic Light or Dragon Center can cause the Mystic Light to malfunction. Reinstalling both applications may solve the issue.

  1. Click the Windows button, then select the Gear icon to open Settings.
    Opening Windows Settings
  2. Select Apps, then expand Mystic Light and click on the Uninstall button.
  3. Follow the prompts on your screen to uninstall Mystic Light. Then, uninstall Dragon Center and MSI SDK, if they are installed. You may also use a third-party uninstaller.
    Uninstall MSI Dragon Center and MSI SDK
  4. After uninstalling, restart your system, then log into the built-in administrator account.
  5. Launch File Explorer and delete the MSI installation directory, typically found at:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\MSI
    Delete the MSI Folder in Program Files
  6. Download and install Dragon Center, ensuring installation on the system drive, but do not launch it immediately.
  7. Restart your system once more and upon reboot, check if the Mystic Light issue is resolved.

Solution 6: Reinstall Windows

If the issue persists after trying the above solutions, a corrupt Windows installation could be to blame. Resetting or reinstalling Windows may solve the problem.

  1. Reset your system to factory defaults, following the instructions here, and check if the issue is resolved.
  2. If not, perform a clean installation of Windows as outlined here, which should hopefully fix the MSI Mystic Light issue.

If none of the solutions were effective, you might try using third-party RGB software (e.g., MSI RGB, Open RGB, etc.). Should RGB lights fail to work with any third-party application, it’s advisable to have your system checked for possible hardware malfunctions (the JCORSAIR header is often a common culprit).


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