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Thinkpad X230T - backlit keyboard installation

Q: Thinkpad X230T - backlit keyboard installation

Hello Friends,

I recently purchased a Lenovo X230 tablet PC (3435-24U) and I love it.
After MUCH debate with Lenovo, however, I think I have determined this: While the unit has a symbol for a light (either backlight on keyboard or thinklight on screen) on the spacebar, this particular model does not have that feature.

1. It's a shame because it's a great feature, and I hope my diagnosis is wrong, but when I press the function key and space bar together, I get no light, and get a symbol on the screen of a light with a circle/slash through it. Seems like no light to me, yes?

2. As a fallback, I see that X230 BACKLIT replacement keyboards are available for under $50 on the internet and wondered if any of you had any luck switching out a non-lit keyboard for a lit one, either by yourself or with professional help.

Any insight on either issue would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you...


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A:Upgrading non-backlit keyboard to backlit keyboard on Eliteb...

@Radekk1 Everything should be there for you to upgrade to the backlit keyboard. You can make sure by checking if the ZIF connector is mounted to the system board. HP EliteBook 820 G3 Notebook PC - Remove/Replace videos http://h20464.www2.hp.com/results.htm?SID=7815289&MEID=07E15A5D-4006-405F-818E-406F35690E1B Click on keyboard. REO

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A:Lenovo Flex 2-14 - change keyboard non backlit with backlit one.

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A:p51s 20K0 upgrade non-backlit to backlit keyboard

Welcome to the CommunityChoose appropriate keyboard with backlight ("BL" index in the part title) and layout from this filehttps://download.lenovo.com/parts/ThinkPad/p51s_20k0_frubom_20180220.pdf

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A:Upgrade non-backlit Keyboard T450s to a backlit?

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Moderator note: post moved to its own thread.  Subject edited to match model.  Was:  Re: T470 replacing non-backlit keyboard with backlit one

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A:Inspiron 5459 Keyboard upgrade to Backlit Keyboard

Hey,
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