6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 17, 2007 7:15 AM by First Magus
John Lucente Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I searched the Help feature and found that by going to system preferences, you can enable the keyboard backlight. but when i go there, there is no option to turn on the backlight! i bought my macbook on nov24, 2007. does this macbook not have the "illuminated keyboard" feature??

-john

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5), brand new
  • lazypilot Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
    Sorry, there is no built in back light on the Macbook.
  • JasonFear Level 5 Level 5 (4,935 points)
    Unfortunately, the keyboard backlight is only a feature available on the Macbook Pro portables. It's one of the many features that make the Macbook Pro a "professional" machine. What's interesting... I'm running 10.5.1 on my MB and I don't even see that option.

    Was that a generic feature of OS X 10.4? I see that option on my MBP with OS X 10.5.1 but I don't even see it on my MB with 10.5
  • Sandra Foster Level 4 Level 4 (1,460 points)
    Jason, I'm still on Tiger, and the help file says:

    *If your keyboard provides backlighting, you can turn it on so that the keys are visible in low light conditions.*

    I suspect that "If" at the beginning of the sentence is the key here. Backlighting isn't available, as you said, on the MacBook, and the System Prefs don't have any mention of it. The help file must have been a generic thing, intended for all models of Mac at the time.
  • JasonFear Level 5 Level 5 (4,935 points)
    Gotcha!

    That makes sense, a generic option. Because you figure only the MBP has that option and there's so many other computers (portables & desktops) that don't have a keyboard backlight. Leopard must 'know' what type of machine you have and not give you options that your machine doesn't support.

    Thanks!
  • John Lucente Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    thanks for all the help everyone! i was hoping i was missing something and the keys would light up (makes it look quite professional) happy holidays
  • First Magus Level 6 Level 6 (15,850 points)
    John Lucente wrote:
    thanks for all the help everyone! i was hoping i was missing something and the keys would light up (makes it look quite professional) happy holidays


    I agree, that's why Apple put it on the MacBook Pro:->

    Mort