Upgrading to a backlit keyboard?

Ashton

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I bought a new laptop and found out after the fact that the keyboard does not have back-lights. I know it will depend specifically on the laptop, but in general is it possible to upgrade a laptop that did NOT come standard with a backlit keyboard to one that IS backlit?

(for those wondering, the laptop in question is a Lenovo Ideapad Y570)

On a related note, I've read about cases where users installed black-light (UV?) LEDs and new keys that would react to the black-light and glow (among many other solutions to this) anyone have suggestions?
 
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New member here, just wanted to input... I was able to successfully do it to my HP DV5 2135DX because it happened that HP used the same motherboard on several different models, and some of those models had a backlit keyboard. That's your easiest solution is to locate the manufacturer's service guide online and look at a diagram of your motherboard. I found my keyboard on eBay for around $50 and it was plug in and go. Good luck to you!
 

JGAN

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Easiest option is to do as Duderino suggested, check and see if your mobo is compatible. Otherwise, you will have to find a power source either by pulling it off of a USB port or soldering a connector to the motherboard.
 
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