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My laptop is Toshiba Satellite A660.

My backlit keyboard works in Windows 7 with no problems, but doesn't work when I'm running Ubuntu. Is it possible to make my backlit keyboard work with Ubuntu 12.10?

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Unfortunately, it seems that Ubuntu has identified this problem and offloaded it to the Linux team to fix:

Page 4 of this ubuntuquestions thread mentions the bug in ACPI module. Some people have gotten the backlight to work by disabling ACPI in the BIOS, but that poses its own problems, not least of which is the loss of battery information.

The forum investigators verified that the problem is in fact with the kernel:

  1. ACPI is what is causing the problem
  2. There is nothing to do with keyboard brightness in the /sys/class/leds/ area
  3. Keyboard backlighting works up until ubuntu/linux is loaded (AKA it works in BIOS and grub)

You should register yourself as affected on the launchpad page, and hope someone has the kernel smarts to get things working.

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Thank you! Travis! – William Jan 24 '13 at 20:00

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