View Full Version : Backlit Keyboard Install?

Jan 25, 2006, 11:35 AM
I just ordered a 15 in powerbook aluminum 1ghz (only $750 with applecare thru aug 2007). Unfortuantly this model did not have the ambient keyboard. How hard would it be to install it in this computer? (if possible)

Jan 25, 2006, 11:47 AM
is this possibel for a ibook 12" to becuase it would of been nice of them to add one

Jan 25, 2006, 12:23 PM
I'm not sure. You would definitly have to buy a new keyboard. And software. I doubt it would work though. You would probably need another powersource then the ones that power the keys. I don't think that that would be pre-wired on ones that did not have the keyboard standard. If it was originally purchased when it was an option of the powerbook (was it ever?), then you have a chance. You could not get the ambient light sensors so you would have to hack it in to turn on when it does not sense darkness. Definitly not on an iBook.

Jan 25, 2006, 12:59 PM
the ambient light keyboard has some seriously embedded and complex networks of light sources in the computer, not to mention the sensors under the speaker grills. your looking at a major expenditure for something that is only marginally more useful for darkened computing. some see the entire thing as a gimmick. in my opiion, it can be done, but it would be quite expensive and add more problems than benifits. its a feature that shoud come with a computer, not be added to it.

your call though!


Jan 25, 2006, 01:10 PM
is this possibel for a ibook 12" to becuase it would of been nice of them to add one

I have been trying to find a way to do the exact same-thing, with no luck :( I really don't think its possible... But if it is PLEASE correct us as I'd love to have on on my PowerBook 12" too:D