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Typing ls /sys/class/backlight/*/brightness outputs


The max_brightness for the second is 8, but changing it with echo 2 | sudo tee /sys/class/backlight/samsung/brightness doesn't change brightness. I can do it by using intel_backlight: echo 2000 | sudo tee /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness (max_brightness: cat /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/max_brightness outputs 4648).

But I want to do this work with the fn brightness keys, as I always did. I don't know what happened to stop working, maybe the use of +1 monitor and removing it in a wrong time or a system update.

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 64 bits in an Samsung RV420 notebook. Kernel Version is 3.2.0-27-generic.

Could you help me? Please tell me what more info should I provide.


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Have you checked the "related" questions on brightness that appear in the sidebar? Not sure they will help, but generally you'll get good ideas that way. – belacqua Jul 14 '12 at 23:52
yes, can't get a fix :s – nicholascamp Jul 17 '12 at 1:15
Google 'samsung easy display option download' which will restore all fn functions. I'm pleased to say I have just done this to restore the brightness function etc. on my samsung RV520 and all now work. Hope it works for you. Conbrio – user113239 Dec 7 '12 at 10:59
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A bug seems to have made its way into 3.2.0-27.

The only practical solution I found was to downgrade back to 3.2.0-26.

Assuming you previously had that kernel on this box and recently upgraded, you can boot this kernel temporarily via the grub2 menu: * Reboot, and depress and hold the left-shift key until the boot menu appears. * Select the previous versions menu. * Choose 3.2.0-26 if available, or the latest (but pre- 3.2.0-27, of course.)

In the meantime if you're 'stuck in the dark,' I posted a kludge on the bug report that should let you temporarily restore max brightness.

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Yes, that was the problem! I booted with 3.2.0-26, now I can adjust brightness normally. A new boot version will ship soon, with this bug probally fixed, right? The trick with sudo tee also deal with the problem. Thanks. :) – nicholascamp Jul 25 '12 at 14:05
Good to know that wasn't a bug with the use of another monitor. :) – nicholascamp Jul 25 '12 at 14:12

Couldn't change graphics with Fn keys on my Acer laptop.

This helped me (notice a little bit different parameter), added to /etc/default/grub:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash pcie_aspm=force acpi_backlight=vendor"

Then runupdate-grub and reboot.


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