Adding a backlit keyboard to NP700Z5B-W01UB

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  1. transitoryspace

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    so since I cant find the part and Im terrible at desoldering/soldering small stuff. Im going to try to solder wires directly to the board. Then see the best way to connect it to keyboard.
    If ANYONE has any suggestions please let me know
     
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    so i got the connector soldered on, but now it wont light up.
    Do I need a driver for it?
     
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    I would reinstall Easy Settings (Win 7) / Settings (Win 8). That package must include a detection process so it knows to include the backlight keyboard. The newest version of Easy Settings can be obtained by finding the Windows 8 Settings program in SW Update (look under the Z5E, for example), exporting it and then looking inside the Win 7 folder of the package you just saved.

    John
     
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    my Easy Settings is at 1.1.1.4 and still dont see options for backlit.
    I tried you method and still didnt work.
    Do you know of a point that gives off +5v that I can tap into? I think it might be easier.

    Thanks
     
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    I would suggest you try a newer Easy Settings. You need SW Update, and you have to use a trick to locate it, as described here. The latest version (as of last weekend) is version 2.0.0.55, which you can find under Win8 drivers for model NP880Z5E-X03CA. Easy Settings for Win7 is hidden inside that package.
     
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    Tried the method, easy settings installs fine but wont boot up at all.
    I can tell its the new version since the icon is different.
    I think Im going to try and connect it to a 5v source. I think the usb will give it to me. But will I loose the port completely if i tap into it? Like can I still plug stuff into it.

    update, did a restart and it finally opened up easy settings. But besides the look of the icon it all looks the same.
     
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    If you went from Easy Settings 1.1.1.4 to 2.0.0.55 and everything is the same -- then it didn't take. Admittedly, the icon and basic window layout are the same, but the implementation is radically different (drivers and services vs a bunch scheduled tasks) and there are several features that were not in 1.x.

    Open Properties for C:\Program Files (x86)\Samsung\Easy Settings\ControlCenter.exe and check the Details tab to see which version you have running.

    As for the hardware surgery, I am afraid I cannot help you there :eek:
     
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    New tricks - Imgur
    So i tired doing it manually. Soldered it to ground and 5v+ from USB 2.0...still no light.....Im going to open up the whole keyboard and try seeing if i just take out the ribbon cable and solder directly to keyboard.
    Otherwise im all out of ideas. :(
     
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    so ive almost given up as nothing is working.
    then I though, Could this keyboard require MORE then 5v?
    is there anyway to find out what power the backlit needs?
     
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    I don't think the service manual gives that sort of information.

    I remain puzzled that Samsung didn't make this easily interchangeable for ease of manufacture and reduced inventory of spare parts.

    John
     

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