Soft keys - are they supposed to light up?General


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  1. gadgetmom88

    gadgetmom88 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'm on my 3rd Eris - replaced each one for the silent bug. This one hasn't gone silent yet, but the soft keys (home, menu, back, and search) don't light up. Major PITA when using the phone at night. When I took it back to Verizon,they said the buttons aren't supposed to light up. Now I'm second guessing myself. So, can someone with an Eris check it out on your phone and see if the buttons light up? Is there a setting for this that I'm missing? Thanks.

    BTW - This last replacement shipped with 2.1 installed and hboot 1.49.

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  2. thenestor

    thenestor Well-Known Member

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    The soft keys are definitely supposed to light up. Mine light up about 2 seconds after the phone wakes up, anytime except when the phone is in very bright light (sunlight or a very well-lit room). You should also ask for a statement credit for your trouble, since Verizon lied to you and made you drive to the store an extra time.

    PS - I think it's likely that this particular store's Droid Eris floor model has broken soft key backlights as well, hence they don't believe it's an included feature. Have them open a new one to prove it.
     
  3. MOS95B

    MOS95B Well-Known Member

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    Yup. Had to wake mine up to be sure.

    They light up. Anything else just wouldnt make sense. It's not like they are textured where you can feel them or something....
     
  4. thenestor

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  5. SirEagle

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    They only light up when it's dark enough. Wake the phone then cover the top left corner, near where the proximity sensor is, may take a few seconds but they should light.
     
  6. mdeblaz

    mdeblaz Well-Known Member

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    yes, they light up... sometimes at what seem to be random intervals. For instance, when the phone is about to shut the screen off for being idle for 1 minute, the soft keys light up when the screen first dims.

    I'd actually rather have them not light up... I know which key does what even in the dark
     
  7. ACD168

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    this was a huge thing for me with 2.1... in 1.5 the soft lights used to pop on as soon as coming out of sleep. now they lag quite a bit, idk if its another one of 2.1 "power improvements" lol but i hate it. doesnt matter now that im rooted tho lol
     
  8. SirEagle

    SirEagle Well-Known Member

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    This just sounds like you think because you rooted you are better than those that haven't. :rolleyes:

    Unless of course you can explain why rooting makes a difference if/when the soft keys light up, then I may retract my comment.
     
  9. OhBe1

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    I had never noticed until now that the soft keys illuminate based on the light sensor, but you are absolutely right. I usually use the Menu key rather than a screen swipe to unlock. The occasional delay between hitting the power button and seeing the soft keys light up bugs the heck out of me!
     
  10. gadgetmom88

    gadgetmom88 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks so much guys!!

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  11. ACD168

    ACD168 Well-Known Member

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    lol and this just sounds like to me you're a little jealous. Either way I could care a less. haha. When did I ever say that rooting makes a difference if/when the soft keys light up. i said there was a difference between 1.5 and 2.1 soft keys lighting up. if people weren't hating I'd be doing something wrong. hater.
     
  12. hallstevenson

    hallstevenson Well-Known Member

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    Some ROMs that were based on non-Eris phones have the issue in that their soft-keys don't light up.
     
  13. SirEagle

    SirEagle Well-Known Member

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    You actually didn't, but it was implied. And if that's not what you meant, why even make the comment about being rooted if it has no bearing on the thread issue?
     
  14. SirEagle

    SirEagle Well-Known Member

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    Thank you
     
  15. ACD168

    ACD168 Well-Known Member

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    lol because the point of posting is giving information about my experience. I had nooo idea someone such as yourself would take it as though I think I'm better than anyone. haha is all I have to say. I don't think I am any better than anyone. I have soo much to learn and I love learning new things about my phone everyday, if that entails beings rooted, sorry, I'm not going to pretend like I'm not because people get defensive. I'm not going to say I'm sorry because I think it's quite childish. And I'll leave it at that and so should you.

    On the other hand, Yes some ROMs soft keys don't light up but very few, maybe only one actually, one of the versions of Fresh, and I think one of the versions of Evil Eris, but I may be wrong about EE.
    The rest of the ROMs I personally havn't had a problem with the soft keys lighting up.
     
  16. SirEagle

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    Thanks for the explanation on the ROMs.

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