Keyboard light won't turn on?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Rasmoose, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2008

    For some reason, I suddenly can no longer turn on the lights in my keyboard using the F6 button on my new MBP?

    I have tried turning it off and back on, and also tried turning on the "Illuminate keyboard in low-light conditions" (or whatever it's called).

    Hope you can help! :S


  2. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2008
    Eh, something else has changed. There used to be a software error, in the sense that usually when I try to activate the "use the F-keys as as normal functions" (something like that) it doesn't change anything. But now all of a sudden, the function works again? Now I can assign the F5 button to Spaces etc., which wouldn't work a week ago.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2008
    Okay, the error randomly comes and goes. It works fine at the moment. Has anybody exsperienced the same?
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2007
    Are you in a bright room?

    You can't activate the keyboard lighting if you're in a bright room. Even manually.
  5. macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2008
    Please note that if you are in a well lit room, you cannot activate the backlights. When I first got it I thought I got a bad set! :)
  6. macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2004
    The light sensor is located just towards the left of the webcam. Place your finger on it and your keyboard should light up -- just for the sake of testing it.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2008
    i mean seriously...

    why can't you light it when YOU wan to light it? can't i make my own decisions???

    so LAME!!!

    macbook pro - 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB ram, 7200rpm HD (till an affordable 500 GB ssd is available), glossy screen (like you have a choice?)
  8. macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2008
    i know this thread's all done, but thx for helping out!!! it really answered some questions!!

    and personally, i think the sensor thing is a really awesome idea!
  9. macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2008
    from apple/support/discussions...

    Re: Backlight Keyboard won't let me turn it on.
    Posted: Dec 31, 2008 3:34 PM

    That is how it is supposed to be. When we program the ambient light sensor next to the camera, we put in Mac OS X to disable the keyboard completely unless the threshold of darkness is met.

    It is completely normal and how it is supposed to work.

    If you would like to be able to turn on the backlight in bright conditions, there are many free 3rd party applications to do that.

    Just be aware that you should download a reputable one because some have damaged the keyboard / light sensor system.

    ~ Harris

    anyone know of any "3rd part apps" out there, aside from "lab tick"?

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