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MacBook backlit keyboard?
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drnkn_stylz
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Apr 26, 2007, 05:45 PM
 
There was a mod you could do to iBooks to give them a backlit keyboard. Some company made a string of LEDs that you wire under the keyboard, then they can be lit up whatever color LEDs you want.

Could this be done with the MB?
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Apr 27, 2007, 12:31 AM
 
Well, the iBooks keys were semi transparent, and they keyboard was also removable.

I'd have to give this question a solid 'No'

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Apr 30, 2007, 03:48 PM
 
Ah well...
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May 1, 2007, 04:15 AM
 
Don't give up.. get out your dremmel..!
     
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May 2, 2007, 04:44 PM
 
ya the Mac books keyboard is good and bad good that each key is attached sepratly and bad that you cant remove it in any way (that i know of but then again i dont own one)
     
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May 14, 2007, 01:59 AM
 
Heh I don't like the idea of taking a dremel to my lovely MacBook!
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May 14, 2007, 11:37 AM
 
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May 14, 2007, 04:49 PM
 
Why is it that there's one person on here who claims to have a MacBook w/backlit keyboard but refuses to show any pictures or explain how it was done? What is the point in that?
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May 17, 2007, 12:36 PM
 
I will figure out how to do this eventually. But first I need to get my hands on a spare top cover for my macbook. I think a sheet of elwire would be able to do the job.

I could tear that out of this keyboard and transplant it under the macbook keyboard somehow.

     
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May 17, 2007, 11:04 PM
 
Originally Posted by post_break View Post
I will figure out how to do this eventually.
I bet $5 that you don't.
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May 17, 2007, 11:55 PM
 
Well after poking around I came up with this (with some help). I can use an LED and some fiber optic cable to light up the keys. Or very tiny leds such as these...

0603, 0606, & 0805 Profile Surface Mount SurfLED™ LEDs

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May 17, 2007, 11:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by hadocon View Post
I bet $5 that you don't.
However, you'll never be able to collect on that bet, since he can always just say "I'm still working on it." The only way you could conceivably collect would be if you show up while he's on his deathbed, and even then I doubt he'd honor it.

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May 18, 2007, 12:16 AM
 
Originally Posted by CharlesS View Post
However, you'll never be able to collect on that bet, since he can always just say "I'm still working on it." The only way you could conceivably collect would be if you show up while he's on his deathbed, and even then I doubt he'd honor it.
Thanx for the tip Mr. Fappinator. I like your sig Mr. Fapfap.

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May 22, 2007, 04:06 AM
 
Originally Posted by hadocon View Post
I bet $5 that you don't.
Show us pictures of your MacBook with backlit keyboard. I've never seen it. You seem VERY proud to have it and equally as proud to be the only one that has one. I don't believe it at all and I want to see it.
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May 22, 2007, 02:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by drnkn_stylz View Post
Heh I don't like the idea of taking a dremel to my lovely MacBook!
lol agreed!

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