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    Default Sony Vaio VPCZ1 - Any way to force the backlit keyboard on?

    I have had my VPCZ1 for a few days now and so far I love it, but I really want to be able to turn the backlit keyboard light on all the time - the sensor doesn't kick on early enough for my taste.

    Does anyone know of a way to force it on and keeep it on?

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    Default Re: Sony Vaio VPCZ1 - Any way to force the backlit keyboard on?

    Stick a piece of tape over the sensor?

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    Default Re: Sony Vaio VPCZ1 - Any way to force the backlit keyboard on?

    ...I believe someone posted a shot of the control panel where you can control the backlit keyboard. I don't know where.

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    Default Re: Sony Vaio VPCZ1 - Any way to force the backlit keyboard on?

    vaio control center, there is a menu option for the keyboard

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    Default Re: Sony Vaio VPCZ1 - Any way to force the backlit keyboard on?

    Quote Originally Posted by dorifto88 View Post
    vaio control center, there is a menu option for the keyboard
    Yes, there's an option to control the back-lights of the keyboard, but I thought it still depends on the sensor to work. No?
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    Default Re: Sony Vaio VPCZ1 - Any way to force the backlit keyboard on?

    Yeah, it still needs the sensor to activate it. The settings in the VAIO control panel just turn on or off the sensor and you can set how long you want the light on until it goes out after you stop typing.

    I was hoping there was a software solution that someone knew of that would allow it to be turned on and off with a key combination.

    I considered the tape-over-the-sensor solution too, but I was hoping for something a little more elegant on my $2700 laptop.

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    Default Re: Sony Vaio VPCZ1 - Any way to force the backlit keyboard on?

    There was a registry hack somebody asked me to do that apparently does this. Didn't work.

    Putting tape over the sensor and setting the backlight to never turn off is the best we can do for now.

    If you want to get fancy, you can open the chassis and put the tape over the sensor itself, leaving the look of the keyboard normal.

    I'm not sure what impact this would have on battery life. It has to cost something.
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    Default Re: Sony Vaio VPCZ1 - Any way to force the backlit keyboard on?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZoinksS2k View Post
    I'm not sure what impact this would have on battery life. It has to cost something.
    Probably costs the same as that green LED on the power button that shines all the time

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    Default Re: Sony Vaio VPCZ1 - Any way to force the backlit keyboard on?

    Apple don't have this feature on any laptops (backlight can't be turned on unless it's dark) though you can adjust its brightness with FN+F5/F6 combinations.

    Why did I say this? Oh, my point is that I did perfectly well without being able to turn it on by force.

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    Default Re: Sony Vaio VPCZ1 - Any way to force the backlit keyboard on?

    Well, it's not quite what I was hoping for when I ordered the laptop. I had a Dell Studio XPS 13 for a few weeks and I loved the backlight in that one and you had fulll control over it.

    Oh well, hopefully someone else, with a little more skill than me, has the same problem with it that I do and can come up with a software hack or control panel or something.

 

 
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