backlit keyboard question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by offwidafairies, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. offwidafairies macrumors 6502a

    offwidafairies

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    #1
    My new MacBook Pro (running 10.5.1) won't always let me use F8 F9 F10 to use the backlit keyboard. Is this normal? Or a bug? Or a warranty issue? Or a preference I need to change somewhere? Thanks!
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    If the ambient light it bright enough, the keyboard won't illuminate - even manually.
     
  3. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Does it show the keyboard light level popup, but with a crossed-out symbol below it? If so, then like gr8tfly said, probably just too much ambient light (isn't there a hack to override that?).

    If nothing happens at all, or it shows the brightness gauge changing but the keyboard stays dark, then that's an actual issue.
     
  4. offwidafairies thread starter macrumors 6502a

    offwidafairies

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    yes it shows the crossed-out symbol. i guess you guys were right - it seems to be working now. but the room did seem fairly dark to me when it wasnt working. o well :eek:
     
  5. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    is there a light sensor somewhere that you can just put a piece of tape over it? that way you can keep the backlight on.
     

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