Macbook Backlit Keyboard Question

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Farkum, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. Farkum macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2008
    I have a 2.0 ghz glassbook and I love it.... other than it doesn't have the backlit keyboard. I didn't even think about that until I got home. Does anyone know if I can switch my keyboard out for a 2.4ghz keyboard and get the backlight?
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
  3. dubhe macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Norwich, UK
  4. Farkum thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2008
    lol, fair enough. Its all good, I can live without it. Only really would use it when typing in passwords because I make some of them too complicated.
  5. ChazDaSpaz macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2008
    Can you see your keyboard in the dark if you turn your screen brightness up? I would've thought you could, but I don't know, since I don't have a MacBook yet.
  6. D.M.S macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2008
    I'd swap the keyboard out for a white keyboard.

    Or better yet if someone made silver keys for it.that'd be the balls!

    Are all keyboards now the same across the entire apple line?
  7. crazyxzer0 macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2008
    i noticed my 2.4ghz keyboard is different from the older macbooks in terms of the function keys. There is the backlit buttons for the keyboard on f5 and f6. dashboard and expose are f4 and f3 instead of on the f8 and so forth.

    Minor differences but beyond that, they are the same size. Not sure if the 2.0ghz keyboard is the same though.
  8. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    The main difference is that you now also have proper media control keys for changing tracks and pausing playback. It is a revolution, and it was introduced in the late 2007 MacBook model.
  9. hmai18 macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2008
    Except for the USB and BT keyboards which use white chiclets.
  10. pbkiller macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2007
    Puerto Rico
    Is it just me, or the keyboard of the base Aluminum MacBook is different from the MacBook Air and MBP? And im not just saying with the backlit keyboard, i mean the texture... I tried the base 2.0 Ghz and the keyboard feels like my old Black MacBook, like "cheap" plastic, stuck with residue from my oily fingers. This didnt happen with my PowerBook, and it's different from the 2.4GHz and the MBP... Can anyone confirm that the backlit keyboard from the 2.4 Aluminum MacBook is the same quality as the one from the new Air or the MPB? Do those actually get the oily residue as well?
  11. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    It might end up being almost as expensive as just buying the more expensive MB. If you really want it you might be able to get the store to upgrade you without the restocking fee since you are giving them more money.
  12. daveybe macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2004
    My security settings require a password when waking from sleep. In that case, the backlight doesn't come on until after i enter the password. So, no loss for you there. (The backlight is operative at the login screen, though.)
  13. crazyxzer0 macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2008

    point taken.

    the late 2007 models had a keyboard backlit logo on the f5 and f6 since they are the same?
  14. jstn macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2008
    did anyone find a serious solution to this? i am interested as well

    thank you
  15. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    you probably could switch the unibodies (including keyboard) of the machines
  16. jstn macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2008
    yeah i was thinking about it more and there are too many issues for it to be feasible with power being most imp.
  17. That70sGAdawg macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2008
    If you "just got it", take it back where you bought it and upgrade, even Best Buy drops the restock fee if you buy a more expensive model and ask nicely.
  18. jstn macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2008
    i purchased when they came out and didn't know that the "base" didn't have the illuminated keyboard.:( its not a big deal, i figured the illuminated keyboard could plug right in, but thinking about it more im sure that there are multiple issues to deal with.
  19. Farkum thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2008
    lol, its the more expensive part thats the killer. I am sure they would I just don't need anything else but the backlit keyboard and its not worth the $400 to me... oh well, I'll live without.
  20. Andrew K. macrumors 65816

    Jul 9, 2008
    Actually that'd be tits!

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