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keyboard hard to read

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I recently obtained an old but nice HP Elitebook 8530p laptop (and installed Mate 19), which seems plenty of machine for my usage, but the lettering on the KYBD is dim: my aged eyesight may be the real problem, but compared to the letters on my desktop KYBD the Elitebook causes me problems. The dimness seems a design decision rather than the result of wear.
Is there any reasonable way to brighten the white characters?

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Re: keyboard hard to read

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A couple of thoughts:
  1. The first one being .. are you sure you've cleaned the keyboard well. Over time, skin oils can cause white lettering to fade and/or turn a light shade of tan. A little cleaning can, sometimes, set things right.
  2. If the laptop is not to be used in mobile fashion, a USB keyboard can be plugged in and used instead of the embedded keyboard.

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Re: keyboard hard to read

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The keyboard is clean; the machine is in almost-new condition. It is a laptop, obtained to be portable.

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I'm Sorry I couldn't help more than that. I'm sure someone here has a better idea.

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Re: keyboard hard to read

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Is it backlit? Are you looking to increase the brightness of the backlight?

This may help --- https://support.hp.com/gb-en/document/c01612362
To adjust the brightness of the backlight, press the key with the backlight icon two or three times in a row. The keyboard backlight dims and brightens. It might be necessary to press the fn (function) key at the same time to activate the backlight key.
If not post the results of inxi -Fxz as a starting point...
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Re: keyboard hard to read

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Thank you but the problem is that the white pigment in the characters of the keyboard is very subtle, not bright.

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Correction Fluid.... ;-)

Only kidding - I'm sure if you hunt around Ebay / Amazon you might find some sort of sticker set.

E.g - https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-City-Super ... 3FV0K7NZGX
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You can buy new laptop keyboard stickers &/or a usb light, check amazon or ebay.

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It's too bad the keys aren't old-school, typewriter style. Those keys were engraved and one could fill the grooves with paint, wipe the key clean, and leave the paint in the grooves - wait for it do dry and be done with it. But modern keyboard keys are almost always smooth so that idea doesn't work here...

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A new keyboard? Quick search of ebay shows them for under £20 or over £100 with nothing in between. You can also buy individual keys - buy one and see if it is any better than what you've got?
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