No Illuminated Keyboard Options...

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  1. verbal

    verbal Active Member

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    Some of you read the thread-- I just bought a second 15" PowerBook. It's exactly the same as the one I already had, except for the amount of RAM.

    Just did a fresh install of Leopard on the one I just bought and noticed the keyboard isn't lighting. I looked on my main PB and the illumination settings are in the keyboard & mouse settings. On the second PB those settings aren't showing in the keyboard options.

    I found an article on Apple's site that says the F8, F9, and F10 keys have the illumination function icons printed on them when the keyboard is a backlit keyboard. The second PB has these keys. I've tried resetting the PRAM and VRAM but I still don't have the options.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. IcyHot4Life

    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    take a pic of the keyboard for us (if possible), screencap the keyboard preferences, and post the family number (Mxxxxx) of the PowerBook.
     
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    How the hell do I find the family number? Can't find it on the machine or the box.
     
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    All powerbooks have illuminated keyboards. (I think the 12" do)
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    they don't.
     
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    Thanks, that was the one I was iffy on..... the 15 and 17 all do.
     
  9. IcyHot4Life

    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    check to see if this file is present:

    /System/Library/Extensions/AppleLMUController.kext

    That's the extension that controls keyboard illumination.


    Oh, and the family number for most recent Mac laptops can be found inside the battery compartment of the notebook (not available in system profiler, surprisingly). Since that is a royal pain in the ass to look for, you can also check this site using your serial number:

    http://www.chipmunk.nl/klantenservice/applemodel.html
     
  10. verbal

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    Yep, that extension is there.
     
  11. IcyHot4Life

    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    weird. Have you checked the console logs for strange errors related to that extension? or anything else that might have to do with the keyboard subsystem. You might have to do some reinstalling :hs:
     
  12. hurleyint1386

    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    Damn. There is a program I have that you can use to manually turn it on and off with out using the function keys at all. I wish I remembered the name. I think it's saved somewhere on my external hard drive. I'll check back
     
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    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

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    My illumination went out on my older MacBook Pro twice, had it repaired once, the second time they gave me a new MBP :cool:

    So it might not be software...
     
  14. verbal

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    How do I check the console logs? I just did a fresh install.

    If it was hardware, I would think the options would still be there and it still wouldn't work. I have not options at all.
     
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    /Applications/Utilities/Console

    go through system.log and some of the other ones, see if any weird messages pop up that look related to it
     

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