Backlit Keyboard Problem?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Wheeelan, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Wheeelan macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2010
    Hey guys,

    I have a MacBook Air and have had a few problems with the backlight on the keyboard. Basically, the light only works when I tilt the laptop slightly over to the right or press down on the area to the right of the trackpad.

    The light seems to function fine when it decides to switch on. Could the connection be loose? I don't think it has anything to do with the ambient light sensor because I d/ld Lab Tick and it has made no difference.

    If anybody thinks that it is the result of a loose connection, is there any chance you could explain to me how to get at it?

    Thanks a bunch.
  2. fluffyx macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hmm. The keyboard backlight plugs in to an interconnect board underneath the battery. There's a chance the connection could be loose, but it does use a locking lever connector to try to prevent the cable from coming loose.

    Like all small electronics, the MacBook Air's bare circuit boards are sensitive to electrostatic discharge, and shouldn't be handled unless you have an ESD-safe workstation.

    If your Mac's in warranty, get it fixed for free! If not, it*would be worthwhile to hire a professional. I would hope that a fee of around $99 would cover it if it's labor only. If the keyboard requires replacement, $249.

    Good luck!

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