The mystery of backlight keyboard

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by lastochka, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. lastochka macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Does enyone know whether the backlight keyboard is *physically* abscent from the new entry level MacBooks.

    Considering the mixup at the US AppleStore it may be so that the decision to differentiate between the models came in very late. I am speculating that the hardware producing the backlight is present in both models, however has been disabled through software (which would really be a trivial thing to do). If so, a simple software hack could potentially enable the backlight on all MacBooks.

    I'm stressing that this is speculation, just an idea. What do you think?
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Since the un-backlighted keyboards are also missing the "brightness up/down" function keys, my vote is that it's a physically different keyboard missing the lights.
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    I am guessing if it was there it would've been found by now especially with all the disassembly pictures and such.

    As to why it was present on the website, that is just a basic copy and paste error from someone who didn't bother to check the facts.
  4. Chrisrokc macrumors regular

    May 19, 2008
    The dimmer module that controls the keyboard brightness is in both macbooks. However the keyboard is not. Ifixit will be carrying the keyboards in stock if you are looking to upgrade.
  5. acfusion29 macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2007
    If you want to install your own backlight (that would be permanent), then you can because when I light up my caps lock, the dot goes green, as well as half the letters on the actual key.

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