How do I add a backlight to my 15'' aluminum PowerBook G4's keyboard?

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  1. Ariii macrumors 6502a

    Ariii

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    Hi! I have a 1 GHz aluminum PowerBook from eBay. It has Mac OS X 10.5.8 installed on it, and when I saw the specs, it seemed like the titanium one, but it wasn't. It still has that same aluminum keyboard as well, but there's still no backlight. Is there any way I could fix this? I think it's BTO since the letters on the keys are still transparent and it's 15''. Would replacing the keyboard work?
     
  2. GizmoDVD macrumors 65816

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    Can't. Not enough room to add it yourself. I was disappointed too.
     
  3. Starfighter macrumors 6502a

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    I have an 15" aluminium PowerBook G4 and it's backlit. Are you sure you didn't just miss the option in Settings? Check out Settings -> Keyboard and mouse and see if there's a checkbox for turning on the ALS.

    I guess the easiest way to determine if you have it is to look for these keys:
    [​IMG].
     
  4. Goftrey macrumors 68000

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    If you don't have those hotkeys at the top then it's likely it's just a faulty keyboard, buying another one would fix the problem.
     
  5. Ariii thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh.... I have those keys, but they don't have the symbols. I could always see if it's possible to set up a couple LED's under the keyboard and find a way to turn it on. If I could mod a backlight behind my clamshell iBook keyboard (Probably red) that might work, since it's translucent. It would be easier as well since I could just just unlatch the keyboard to turn it on and off. I think that would actually be better since the keyboard on the iBook is translucent.
     
  6. Starfighter macrumors 6502a

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    Good luck! And don't forget to post pictures if it works!
     
  7. Ariii thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, thanks!

    I forgot to add one thing though: does anybody know some cheap LED's that might fit under the keyboard?
     
  8. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    OR, he got a 1.0GHz Aluminum PowerBook G4...

    The 1GHz model didn't come with a backlit keyboard at all. If you wanted that on your 15" AlBook you had to buy the 1.25GHz model.
     
  9. Goftrey macrumors 68000

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    Woops, my bad - misread 1ghz.. I apologize.
     

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