I realized the other day that the small lights on my MacBook keyboard didn’t work. I didn’t really give much thought to it, but after booting into OS X for a few minutes I noticed it did work again. That got me thinking and looking for a solution.
Of course, Google being our friend, I found a solution rather quickly from a launchpad submitted bug (#103375). The fix, which is very easy and should take immediate effect, is as follows:
sudo aptitude remove mouseemu
Yeah, that’s about all it took for me. As soon as that package was gone I could see the caps lock light up like I wanted it to. Yay for open bug reporting and the power of Google.
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Note, when I removed mouseemu (on a Mac Mini), it made the keyboard lights work, but stopped ALL input methods: keyboard and mouse did not work. However a reboot fixed it. (Ubuntu Intrepid).