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The maximum brightness on my NetBook isn't very bright. Windows 7 is very bright on max, but for some reason, Ubuntu isn't. Is th ere any way to adjust the brightness past it's maximum setting?

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Open for edit the /etc/grub/default file with:

gksudo gedit /etc/default/grub

Locate the value:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=""

and change to:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor"

Save the file, then run: sudo update-grub

Reboot, and see if worked.

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Seems to have worked. It had a side benefit. I was having an opposite effect with the dimming when inactive. The display was very bright when inactive, but dimmed as soon as I touched the touchpad. This seems to have been fixed as well. And for what it's worth, I left the "quiet" argument in as well. Doesn't seem to have made a difference. Thanks a bunch! –  Dana Nov 22 '12 at 17:41
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