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MacBook Pro - my keyboard backlight is SUDDENLY not working!!


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The backlight on my keyboard suddenly stopped working (my macbook pro is only a week n a half old!)

i have "illuminate keyboard in low light conditions" checked on the keyboard n mouse section of the system preferences..


however when i try to adjust the darkness lightness of the backlight using F9 and F10 , the little box comes up and there is a little symbol of a circle with a slash going thru it on the bottom as if suggesting that this feature is unavilable?

wtf! what gives? anyone know what could be wrong? i JUST got this machine too
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The backlight on my keyboard suddenly stopped working (my macbook pro is only a week n a half old!)

i have "illuminate keyboard in low light conditions" checked on the keyboard n mouse section of the system preferences..


however when i try to adjust the darkness lightness of the backlight using F9 and F10 , the little box comes up and there is a little symbol of a circle with a slash going thru it on the bottom as if suggesting that this feature is unavilable?

wtf! what gives? anyone know what could be wrong? i JUST got this machine too


ok wait i just realized that it only works if i turn off all the lights in the room....

shouldnt i be able to adjust it manually even if the lights ARE on??

weird because 10 minutes ago it worked fine and i had the same dim lighting in my room.

does it not give u the option of turning it on manually even if the lights are dim???? GRRRrrR
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Hahaha, you are such a n00b....just kidding! I agree with you. There should be a way to turn the backlight on whenever the USER wants!
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You can easily just cover up the ambient light sensors which are just above the speakers (You have to cover both). Although, for the most part I have never seen the point of the lights. I rarely work in the dark, and usually I work with an external keyboard when I have the computer plugged in. So if it ever was dark, I probably wouldnt want to turn on the keyboard backlight because it sucsk your battery dry like 50% faster.
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same mine stoped working.
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Inside the prefs of SLeo, you can untick the option to illuminate keyboard.
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In the new MBPs., the sensor is next to the iSight camera, a few mm to the left of it.
You can use LabTick to keep it on, but I don't recommend it. Other than draining your battery, and taxing your processor, it will also shorten the life of the backlight, .
The idea of the sensor is that it lights the keyboard up when the lighting is dim enough that you will need it.
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