Backlight Stopped Working on Auto-Help

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MatthewStorm, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. MatthewStorm macrumors 6502a

    MatthewStorm

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    I bought my MBA yesterday. I played around with it a little in a dark room to a light room. I loved the fact how the keyboard would illuminate automatically. Very cool. Well, today I installed the Firmware update that was available. Now my backlight does not work AT ALL except manually! I have to press F6 to make it illuminate in a completely dark room. WTF? After every reboot the illumination is set to it's lowest and I have to reset it again. Can someone please explain what's going on. I'm a little pissed at the moment. I am not a newbie. I know what I'm doing. Did the firmware update screw up everything? Please help. Thanks.

    **UPDATE**
    If I deselect "Illuminate Keyboard" in Prefs then wait a few secs and then reselect it the lights come back on (I'm in a dark room). But if I sleep it or shut down I have to redo this all over again. This is effed up! Any solutions?
     
  2. glitch44 macrumors 65816

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    have you searched all the other threads on keyboard illumination recalibration / the Lab Tick app?
     
  3. MatthewStorm thread starter macrumors 6502a

    MatthewStorm

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    I updated to 10.5.3 and lo and behold it is somehow working normal again. Sheesh!
     
  4. eggersj macrumors 6502

    eggersj

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    Mine refuses to work if the battery is low... Was yours charged?
     
  5. MatthewStorm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. TheMadBrewer macrumors regular

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    I just noticed that my backlight isn't working. When I try f5/f6 the icon shows on the screen but with a "no" (slashed circle) below it. But Lab Tick does work fine. Keyboard setting "Illuminate keyboard" is checked.

    May not be related but I just installed the OSX update. But I don't know for sure that is was working before. Don't use my MBA in the dark much :)
     
  7. nyzballa12 macrumors member

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    Try it with a older version and a full battery to see what could change.
     

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