Powerbook Backlit Keyboard Problems

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by eyelight, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. eyelight macrumors member

    May 24, 2004
    Noticed this evening that my keyboard wasn't lit up as the light faded in the room. Went into system preferences and sure enough it is switched on, and set to stay on, but isn't on. has anyone had problems with this ? Is there an easy fix that I'm overlooking or is this something big that's gone wrong ?

    15" PB G4 1.5Ghz
  2. dotnina macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2004
    I have the same model Powerbook. I've noticed the same problem lately.

    I've tried repairing permissions and checking every setting I can think of. Nothing has worked.

    When I press the F10 button, it doesn't let me adjust the brightness, either.

    I'm thinking it's about time for a call to Apple.
  3. pedropete macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2004
    Worthing - UK
    I don't believe this, as I'm reading this thread on my three day old PowerBook, I look down at my keyboard only to see the backlight is out.

    And guess what? The F10 key doesn't work for me either!

    I also checked system prefs and backlighting is on for me too. Cant seem to find anything on the Apple tech Support site myself. Anyone else managed to find any relevant articles?
  4. Lincoln macrumors regular


    Sep 22, 2003
    I seem to remember seeing this problem on macrumors a few weeks ago. I think that simply switching the powerbook off and then back on again seems to fix the problem.

    Hope this helps.
  5. jane doe macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2004
    Go to to the /library/preferences and remove the com.apple.bezelservices.com preference.

    Restart and see if that corrects it.
  6. eyelight thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2004
    Thanks. Removing com.apple.bezelservices.com from Preferences worked. Keyboard lit up. Now can I trash that file or is it vitally important ?

    Also, problem just happened again and I went back to preferences and com.apple.bezelservices.com was back there, or at least a new version of it. Any advice there ?
  7. dotnina macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2004

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