macbook air late 2010 backlight

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by daede86, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. daede86 macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2011
    Hi guys!!!

    i've found some guides to mod a macbook pro without backlight putting a backlight keyboard (and it looks pretty easy!)
    i'm just wondering.. does someone know if i can do the same with my late 2010 macbook air?? i can't find anything..

    thanks a lot!

    bye bye
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    All MacBook Pros since 2006 came with a backlit keyboard.
    Do you have a link to that guide you mentioned?
  3. daede86 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2011
    Actually no.. but i remember it wasn't so hard to find it!! :)
    maybe it was a white macbook.. i'm not so sure! i just had a quick look then i realized it wasn't a macbook air, so it was't for me!
    i'll check if i can find it!
  4. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    These mods would be very difficult. The macbook pro and air keyboards are different and how would you get a macbook pro keyboard? Plus how would you put the lighting circuitry, These computers are very compact.
  5. daede86 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2011
    i have thought it wouldn't have been so difficult because the 2010 and 2011 macbook look almost the same.. so do you think it's not possible?
    my idea was to buy the grid with the led system from the 2011 macbook air and plug it in my 2010.. crazy? :)
  6. calvol, Oct 20, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2011

    calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    Actually might work if there is a power source on the MB, assuming the light grid has room beneath the KB. I heard the reason the 2010 did not have backlighting was the LED height. Perhaps Apple was thinking ahead and actually had the connection available on the 2010? It adds 0.08lbs, can you live with the extra weight?
  7. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    The backlight weighs 12.8 ounces (363g)?
  8. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    It added 0.08 lbs, not 0.8 lbs. My guess is that it would be pretty difficult since there is no power source on the 2010 logic board.
  9. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    If you are truely modding then there is power on the motherboard you can tap.

    Get your soldering iron out.

    You probably would be able to control it like on a 2011 MBA as you need the interface tie in to the motherboard.
  10. mm9 macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2007
    Macbook Air Late 2010 - Adding Back-Light to keyboard on A1369

    Could you point me to this power source. I have been looking all over and don't know where to place a socket for it??




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