Illuminated Keyboard on 2.0GHz MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by timstarockz, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. timstarockz macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2008
    can you change the keyboard on the 2.0 GHzz keyboard to an illuminated one?
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Through a very heavy and complicated mod yes. However, I've read there is a lot room for error.

    Won't recommend it.
  3. Psychmike macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2008
    Care to elaboarate? I know iFixit sells the illuminated keyboard and claims it can be installed and fully functional in the 2.0 Macbook Unibody.
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Like I said, I read, from a thread here where the dude was unsuccessful.

    I found it on iFixit. They have a "Very Difficult" rating for this type of mod and for $300, I'd rather use that to buy the 2.4GHz model instead.

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  5. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    It requires replacing the whole topcase, trackpad, keyboard, aluminum, etc.
    The topcase from iFixit costs $299, so you're paying $300 for an upgrade worth $40. I'm fairly sure that if Apple noticed that you had replaced the topcase yourself that you would have issues getting your warranty honored, especially since it would be fairly obvious due to the difference in processor speed.

    I wish it were an easy, cheap upgrade too, but it isn't :(

    Apple has made Backlit the new Blackbook, differentiation for the sake of their profit margins and lineup. They could have easily made the backlight a $50 option on the base model.
  6. John01021988 macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2007
    yes you can, there is a post somewhere in the forums about it.
  7. Psychmike macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2008

    Ah. I know the price for the replacement part is steep but I was curious as to how easy it is to replace.

    Another option is to go for the 2.4 refurb. That's what I did and I couldn't be happier.

    I agree with you re product stratification. As annoying as I find it, Apple knows their marketing well: Offer a desired feature for a princely sum (those LEDs can't be more than $1.00) and throw in a minor upgrade as well (HDD size) to help people justify it.

    I see a lot of Blackbooks out there! (Almost always men...)
  8. Kardashian macrumors 68020


    Sep 4, 2005
    There's already at least 2 threads on this.

    You can, but its so difficult even people who have done it have said its not worth it.

    You'd be better off saving, selling you 2Ghz and getting the 2.4Ghz.

    At least that way you've covered by warranty.

    Its very difficult, and not worth it.

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