Keyboard not Lighting up on my MBP

spring

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Original poster
Oct 30, 2007
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Bergen County, NJ
I'm in the libary right now using the laptop battery and I can't seem to turn on the keyboard back-light. Everytime I press the F8,F9,F10 keys I just get the little pop up menu with a "do not enter" type icon. I went to system preferences to make sure I turned the option on and the keyboard still won't light up. Is it because I'm using the battery?

(Sorry if this is a stupid question, but it's my first Mac and I just got it 2 days ago, so I'm still trying to get accustomed to it.)
 

Cyclotrode

macrumors regular
Jun 30, 2007
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Virginia
The keyboard backlight will only come on when you're in low light situations.

However, if you want to be able to turn it on any time you want, I did a search and there is a program called Lab Tick that may do what you want.

http://labtick.proculo.de/
 

spring

macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 30, 2007
122
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Bergen County, NJ
Thanks, I put papers on the speakers and that solved my problem. Beforehand I was just using my hand, so it was still probably bright enough not to trigger the light sensor.

I have another question, is it me or is the MBP keyboard not very sensitive? For example, if I don't press the key directly in the middle and/or I press the key somewhat lightly, it doesn't register.
 

Cyclotrode

macrumors regular
Jun 30, 2007
141
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Virginia
Since you got it a couple of days ago, you're still in the break-in period. After a while you will be fine. Plus it's kind of good that it has some type of sensitivity to avoid accidental keyclicks.
 
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