A backlight is a form of illumination used in liquid crystal displays (LCDs).

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Brightness Ubuntu vs. Kubuntu and Xubuntu

On Kubuntu and Xubuntu the brightness of my monitor goes down to zero (i.e. the backlight got switched off). On Ubuntu this does not happen, the minimux brightness is still with backlight on and ...
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Can't change screen brightness running Ubuntu 14.04LTS on Samsung NP510R5E

FIXED! After DBANing my hard drive I installed Ubuntu 14.04LTS and quickly realised I've been unable to change screen brightness. This isn't too much of an issue when AC power is plugged in as the ...
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Lowest brightness setting turns backlights off

I am running Ubuntu 14.10 on a Laptop. When I turn my brightness to the lowest setting it actually turns my backlights off and my entire screen goes black as if my computer was turned off. I have ...
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Brightness slider is too fine (14.04)

I'm running ubuntu 14.04 on a Dell laptop (XPS 13 Developer Edition). The brightness slider stopped working (the slider would fill up and empty as usual but the brightness wouldn't change). This fix ...
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Backlight button not working ( Dell inspiron 14z) - 14.04

The main point is that everything was working on 12.04 but now I can only change brightness using the applet. Here's what I have done so far: Following the info provided on Ubuntu Wiki Backlight I ...
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How do I turn off the display (DPMS) without X?

I've been trying to switch off the built-in screen of a device I've got, but I can't seem to completely control it without X running. If I run a GUI (I've tried Kubuntu 12.10) and issue the command ...
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Default Keyboard brightness is not working

I am running Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit on an Asus UX31A. To control the default screen and keyboard brightness after the start, I wrote this to the rc.local: echo 0 > ...
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How to make backlight work on Acer 5732z?

I want to run 12.04 on my Acer Aspire 5732z. I know from research that these computers have issues with the backlight on Ubuntu. So I tried a couple of solutions: The sudo lightdm restart method. I ...
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Keyboard backlight support for Asus G55VW

The FN+F3 and FN+F4 key combinations are not able to control the keyboard backlight on my Asus G55VW. I could live with a command line solution so I tried the solution proposed here: ...
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Hotkeys and slider for brightness don't work

I have an Intel processor with no graphics and Nvidia GTX980M with Nvidia driver. I just installed Ubuntu Gnome 15.10 and everything works fine except for the brightness controls. Changing both from ...
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Lubuntu MacBook no screen backlight after resume/wake

I'm running Lubuntu 15.10 on a MacBook Intel Core2Duo. After suspending/hibernating and then resuming/waking the screen's backlight does not come on. With a bright enough light, one can see what the ...
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Dell XPS 13 9343 keyboard backlight

I have just re-installed 15.04 after updating my older BIOS to a newer version, prior to this re-installation the keyboard back light was functional; however, it doesn't seem to be working anymore ...
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Ubuntu on Macbook 4,1 (pre-October 2008) Backlight Laptop Screen Issue

I cannot get Ubuntu or Ubuntu-based systems to wake from sleep properly on a Macbook 4,1 pre-October 2008. The backlight for the laptop screen does not turn back on after waking and signal does not ...
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How to configure the triggers for my laptop's keyboard backlight?

I want my keyboard backlight to be generally disabled and glow only when I do a manual Fn-key toggle. The problem is that I can not find a way to edit the files - trigger and start_triggers in ...
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14.04 increasing backlight above a certain level does not work

I've read every topic I came across but couldn't find a problem similar to mine. I have a laptop with ati graphics card and have fglrx installed. my function keys for increasing - decreasing ...
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*ERROR* Cannot find a backlight controller

So I just updated my kernel version on Ubuntu 15.04 64bit to Kernel 4.1.6 latest mainline. Now every boot of my laptop, I got this error. starting version 219 _ ...screen blink... starting version ...
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Backlight control broken on 14.04 on Lenovo U310

I'm unable to change the backlight brightness under 14.04. habefaro@habefaro-Lenovo-U310:~$ uname -a Linux habefaro-Lenovo-U310 3.16.0-34-generic #47~14.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr 10 17:49:16 UTC 2015 ...
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keyboard backlight is not working

I have just bought a new computer and I installed ubuntu on it but the problem is that I've lost my keyboard backlight here is my computer ...
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SONY VAIO Turn off backlight, locked windows partition, need help downloading java SEMIDUPLICATE SOS STAT

Sony Vaio SVF15N17CXB Turn off keyboard back-light Sony (VAIO SVF1521DCXW) Hello all, Total newbie, tried to dualboot but ubuntu locked up my windows partition, my windows is locked and i need 10 ...
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Ubuntu isn't able to boot: Keyboard backlight function in Sony vaio

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04.5 alongside with Windows 7 and it's been working fine until yesterday. After choosing Ubuntu from the dual boot menu a message appears and says: "Sony Vaio: couldn't set ...
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Apple Cinema LED Display: using regular brightness controls?

I have a Dell Latitude E6430 laptop, running Ubuntu 14.04, connected to a 27" Apple Cinema LED Display (which works fine). By tweaking the appledisplay kernel module a little bit, I can even get ...
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How to use Fn+F5/F6 adjust the backlight

My NB is Asus N500JK and OS is Kubuntu 14.04. I try modify /etc/default/grub file. GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_osi=" then update-grub After reboot, it can use Fn+F5/F6 adjust ...
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Keyboard Backlight not working

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 on a Toshiba Satellite P775-S7100. The keyboard backlight was working initially, but after reinstalling the same version of Ubuntu it stopped working, and as far as I can tell, ...
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No laptop backlight when using AMD driver recommended by Steam

When I install the fglrx-experimental-13 driver that Steam recommends for my laptop (ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series) I have no backlight when I log in, but an external monitor works. I've tried a ...
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FN brightness keys only has 3 steps on laptop with nVidia Optimus

First, I'm a noob at linux. I've tried about everything to fix this but nothing seems to work. My FN keys for the backlight only has 3 steps - either its maximum, medium or minumum. ls ...
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brightness indicator doesn't change backlight brightness (15.10, Cinnamon, Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M)

the problem My laptop's brightness adjustment keys affect the brightness indicator, but do not affect the real brightness of the monitor's backlight. related facts My Ubuntu version is 15.10. My ...
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No backlight after installing ati driver

I have installed amd drivers on my laptop and since I rebooted it I have no backlight. I have tried adding acpi_backlight=vendor as a kernel parameter and using xbacklight -set xx but none of this ...
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Cannot adjust brightness on Samsung NP370R5E-A06UK running Ubuntu 15.04

The issue is in the title. I have tried this as well as the top answer here, both achieved nothing. I should note however, that if I start up (or wake up from sleep) while not plugged in, I will get ...
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Sony VAIO SVF1521 Not turn off keyboard backlight

I use ubuntu 15.10. My sony SVF1521JSTB hasn't got kbd_bakclight file in "/sys/devices/platform/sony-laptop/" path, and when I try run as root this "echo 0 | sudo tee /sys/.../kbd_backlight" command, ...
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How to turn off keyboard backlight if keyboard is broken?

My keyboard had the backlight on when it stopped working (due to spillage) and now I can't use the Fn + space to shut it off. Are there any commands or settings I can use without using the laptop ...
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Strange problem with backlight (it worked and now no more?)

EDIT : It's started working again?! i went out on friday night and i left pc ON. This morning it was working. looking in syslog i saw this : Dec 10 22:41:00 LittleHP kernel: [ 262.553256] video ...
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Original MacBook Air Running 14.04 Won't Turn on Backlight after waking

I have the original MacBook Air running Ubuntu 14.04 (Which is running really well, except for one thing.) I seem to have everything working, except waking the computer from a lid close. After I ...
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Changes in system screen brightness aren't reflected on actual screen. [Ubuntu 15.10][Laptop]

I've had this issue since 14.04.3 but I never bothered to fix it since I didn't use Ubuntu much. Pressing the brightness up/down function keys brings up the popup displaying the brightness level, ...
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Problem with backlight

I always have problems with brightness control in my computer,(I have intel graphics HD 400) Until yesterday, I was running ubuntu 15.04 without problem at all. I just have to modify grub with these ...
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How to install recognized backlight software on my Toshiba Tecra R850?

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 on VirtualBox, which seems to have emulated graphics. I can adjust my brightness and have graphics drivers installed, but Calise doesn't recognise either. It wants sysfs ...
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Set monitor backlight to minimum level during ubuntu boot

Is it possible to change the default brightness level during boot to the minimum level available.
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Samsung tools ubuntu 15.04

I know there is a samsung tools for ubuntu 14.04, but I am currently on ubuntu 15.04. Does anyone know of samsung tools working on ubuntu 15.04? I do not want to go through reintalling 14.04 for it. ...
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Brightness will not change on Ideapad p400

I recently installed Ubuntu 14 (can't remember which release) to dual boot with Windows 10 on my Lenovo IdeaPad p400 Touch. It gave me the option to upgrade to 15.04, which I decided to do. After ...
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Backlight fuction not working lenovo z570 intel i5 nvidia geforce

Processor Intel® Core™ i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz × 4 Graphics GeForce GT 525M/PCIe/SSE2 I can't change the backlight, it's always set on high. Even though when the system goes to sleep, the light gets ...
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keyboard backlight not working. Toshiba Qosmio x770-11z

Every ubuntu version I tried, since 12.04, the keyboard backlight never worked. Right now, I'm using ubuntu 14.04 and tried the 14.10 and 15.04 versions and didn't work either. It works until I reach ...
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How to display correct keyboard backlight levels?

I have a DELL latitude E6420 running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. When pressing Fn+right button, I am able to change the keyboard backlight (works good), but on screen, this on screen notification (notifyOSD), ...
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Brightness issue with Samsung laptop

I just installed Ubuntu on my Samsung NP470R5E laptop. When the charger is plugged in while booting my brightness is full, otherwise it gets dimmed. It doesn't matter if I plug my charger in or out ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Black Screen after login (due to changed brightness?)

I have an hybrid switchable (AMD+Intel) PC, where I have both ubuntu and windows 7. Two days ago I was using Ubuntu, and since the battery was low I lowered the brightness. Usually, when I lowered ...
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Can't keep monitor backlight off with xset

I use xset dpms force off and the backlight turns off but it turns back on in a minute on its own. The command setterm -powersave powerdown gives the message: setterm: cannot (un)set powersave ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 backlit keyboard not working

I am hoping someone can help me... I am increasingly becoming a fan of Ubuntu so I decided to load it on to my home laptop which is a Lenovo IdeaPad Z500... Everything seems to work except for the ...
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Backlight Brightness is not adjustable - Dual Boot with Win8.1 and two graphic chips

I'm really sorry to ask again a FAQ, but all suggested solutions does not work out. I have problem with the backlight brigthness controll. Ubuntu response to pressing Hotkeys with an poping up the ...
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Can't disable keyboard backlight on Sony vaio sve15115fxs (ubuntu 14.04)

As the title states, I'm having trouble disabling the backlight on my keyboard for this laptop. It's currently on dual boot with Ubuntu 14.04/win 7. I've tried the following command sudo su -c "echo ...
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I messed up my lighting controls when trying to fix backlight issue

I had a issue with adjusting the backlight so I went to a post which told me how to fix it. This is the thread: ...
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Keyboard backlight timer

when I’m using Windows my keyboard backlight turns off after an amount of time of not using the keyboard,is there a way to do that on Ubuntu? Thanks.
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How to increase Kubuntu 14.04 brightness range?

Hold your horses!. If you are hurrying to flag this as a duplicate of this question or this question, none of those have an answer to what is asked here. Thanks for the attention though. In ...