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MacBook Pro Backlit Keyboard Connector

January 1, 2013

Vondiggity was having an issue with his MacBook Pro, the keyboard no longer lit up. According to the Keyboard System Preference Pane, the backlit keyboard was not present either. After resetting the SMC and NVRAM, the problem persisted. It was a strong possibility that the backlight was disconnected; and I was right. The backlit keyboard connecter can be accidentally disconnected while replacing RAM or Hard Drive.

There is a tiny piece of tape that help keep the ribbon connected to the logic board.

MBP Backlit Keyboard Connector 1

Remove the tape carefully, because you would need it to secure the connection later.

MBP Backlit Keyboard Connector 2

Push the ribbon into the connecting slot on the logic board. Use something that will not deform or damage the ribbon.

MBP Backlit Keyboard Connector 3

Place the tape to help the ribbon in its slot.

MBP Backlit Keyboard Connector 4

Reset the SMC and NVRAM again, OS X will then re-enable the backlit keyboard extension.

MBP Backlit Keyboard

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  1. January 23, 2015 2:48 am

    Hey pal, this helped me alot. I recently installed new ram and suddenly my keyboard backlight didnt work. When i find out here the keyboard backlight ribbon was plugged off the socket. So i plugged in the ribbon and do the sort of reset and my backlight keyboard lights up again.

    Thank you for the article!

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