Backlit Keyboard

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jdm111, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. jdm111 macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2008
    Hi guys, Just got my new MacBook Pro.
    I have a problem with the keyboard. I can manually get it to light up with F5/F6. but it wont light on its own when its dark. the display dims in darkness so the sensor is working.
  2. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2009
    Look in System Preferences under "Keyboard". There is an option to have it automatically illuminate when it's dark. Note that if you manually force the keyboard to zero brightness using F5/F6, it disables this option in the system preferences and you won't get any auto-lighting. Therefore, you have to leave it on at least 1 bar of brightness and then the light sensor will determine when it is bright enough to disable the illumination. I have found unfortunately that when I do this, I think the computer turns on the backlight much too early (turns it on when it's still plenty bright in the room) thus I just work the brightness manually.

    Also I think that the backlit keyboard is too bright except for the lowest setting, and only really useful in very dim/pitch black situations. Therefore I just use the keys to turn it on/turn it off. I've actually noticed that the screen brightness control is too sensitive to light changes as well and so I don't use that auto feature anymore either which is too bad because I really liked that feature on my PBG4.
  3. imtka macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2009
    hi! REALLY big problem, only the center of my keyboard lights up, the rest, is dim or not illuminating at all
    Whats wrong??
  4. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    Yes, this sounds like a software issue, which can be fixed under the System Preferences. Something is not set right, but everything hardware-wise should be working OK.
  5. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    id wager thats gonna need to be looked at by a mac genius and hopefully fixed on site...

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