I just bought an new ibook! I love it! but I would like to have a backlit keyboard. Does anyone know of an aftermarket keyboard that can be bought? Ive seen tutorials on using 0.5mm fiber optic cable but it just looked kinda hoky. Any help would be greatly apreciated!
It depends on what iBook you have, the older ones have a clear keys and light would go through them. The newer ones have opaque keys so it wouldn't work. I have actually thought about backlighting the keyboard on my clamshell iBook.
You can swap the keys from an older iBook to get the translucent ones. I imagine PowerBook keys would fit too, but the keyboards themselves are not interchangeable. There are several different versions of th backlit keyboard, none of which will fit an iBook (or much else). The keyboard itself is not the whole shebang. PowerBooks shipped with the backlit version have two ambient light sensors which sit under the speaker grilles and connect to the logic board. The top case is also a different part on the PowerBooks where the backlight was optional.
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