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

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How do I set default display brightness?

Is it possible to set the default display brightness so you don't have to re-adjust it everytime you reboot? My laptop display is killing my eyes at the login screen already because it starts at 100% ...
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How to make keyboard backlight Fn buttons work in Samsung Series 9?

I've just installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my Samsung 900X4C. However, I can't get the keyboard backlights to work. I added the keymaps as per community docs - Samsung Series 9 (section Function Keys). But ...
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Increase screen idle dim timeout

On Ubuntu 11.10, when on battery, the screen dims after 10 seconds of inactivity. This is annoying because it is too short. Is there anyway to increase this timeout? I know I can disable it, but ...
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I cannot change the screen brightness

here's my problem: Ever since I installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my computer I haven't been able to change the screen brightness, it was always set to the maximum. I did take a look at this post: Decrease ...
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Decrease Backlight Below Minimum

I have this laptop that doesn't handle the backlight very well. In /etc/default/grub, I have added a acpi_backlight=vendor function to get it to work at all. Which is cool, and the backlight now ...
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How to increase brightness in smaller steps?

Is there a way to adjust lighting step ? I have Lenovo L520, and Fn + Light Up or Down adjusts by 20%, how can I adjust the step to 10% ? it will help me fine tune lighting at my dark room.
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How to stop gnome-power-manager from changing the global backlight setting?

After installing Ubuntu on my ThinkPad T510, the GDM screen and GNOME session would always start at 100% brightness. I quickly found out, that this can be controlled via gnome-power-preferences, but ...
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Reverse-Engineer Driver for Multi-colored Backlit Keyboard on Clevo Laptops

Here's my situation: I recently purchased a Sager NP9170 (same as the Clevo P170EM) and it has a multi-colored, backlit keyboard. Under Windows 7, you can launch an app that allows you to change the ...
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Macbook Pro boots with full screen brightness and keyboard backlight

I have dual-booted my Macbook Pro with Ubuntu 12.04 . Whenever i log-in to Ubuntu, it does so with full screen brightness and keyboard backlight at full . How do i get rid of this? How can i tweak the ...
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How to disable Macbook keyboard backlight

How do I disable the keyboard backlight, by turning it completely off, on a Macbook in 12.04? Whenever I reboot, Ubuntu sets the backlight to 100% brightness, and frustratingly the new function keys ...
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How do I deactivate dynamic contrast on a Dell XPS?

I am experiencing annoying automatic backlight brightness changes under ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my Dell XPS ultrabook. It seems to be connected to the amount of white pixels on the screen (switching ...
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Enable the keyboard backlights on supported Lenovo (e.g. Carbon X1) with command

Some Lenovo laptops have keyboard backlights, and they can be turned on using Fn + Space. There are three states: off, normal and bright. When I start Ubuntu, these laptops always default back to a ...
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Can you help me write a script to set a new default brightness for the screen/keyboard after login?

On my Macbook Pro Ubuntu alsways boots with... keyboard brightness at maximum illumination screen brightness at maximum illumination ...both which I need almost never during normal usage. ...
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Time to dim the screen in Ubuntu 14.04

Ok so it seems that the key in org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power idle-dim-time is gone in the new Ubuntu version. Since the old method Increase screen idle dim timeout doesn't work anymore are ...
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“monitor brightness down” key resets brightness before lowering it

My monitor brightness down key resets my brightness before lowering it, effectively leaving me at near max brightness. I do not experience any problems with the brightness up key. I'm using a Dell ...
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Brightness control increments brightness by 4 instead of 1

The value of /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness increments by four when the brightness controls are used, but I am able to force the value to anything in [0-10]. I have a HP Envy 17-3200. ...
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Keyboard backlight sensor doesn't work on a Sony Vaio VPCS116FG

I have a VAIO laptop (VPCS116FG, S series). Its keyboard has sensors that can detect how bright the surrounding is, so it automatically turns on the backlight in dark places such as airplane cabins. ...
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Backlight can't be turn on in Acer Aspire 4736

When I booted up my newly installed Ubuntu 11.04, I discovered, to my dismay, that the backlight was off by default. The keyboard shortcut (which is Fn+F6 on my Acer Aspire 4736) for turning on the ...
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How to increase the amount of steps of brightness adjustment-key

The screen of my laptop (Dell Vostro 3460) supports 16 levels of brightness: Not only according to the manufacturer, but also as is clear from two OSs: Both Windows 7 and Ubuntu (dual-booted) support ...
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How can light sensor be enabled for control brightness and keyboard back-light automatically?

I have A Sony VAIO laptop F-series () Nvidia and it has light sensor. When I was using Windows, this light sensor controlled the brightness and the keyboard backlight automatically due to the ...
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Cannot change backlight brightness Ubuntu 14.04

This morning I found that I cannot change the brightness of my Dell XPs 13 laptop's display anymore. I tried the following to change the brightness Use keyboard brightness keys Run the commands ...
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Trigger Screensaver/Off monitor

IS it possible to somehow trigger screensaver or make the monitor sleep/off? I want to disable screensaver/monitor sleep as it gets annoying at times, however I still want a way to save power via such ...
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How to use xbacklight with brightness keys in a VAIO

I have a Sony VAIO VPCCW15FL, with Ubuntu 12.04 installed. Sadly, the brightness keys do not work out of the box, although the brightness meter reacts to the brightness up/down keypresses. ...
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How to recognize backlit of an Asus UX31E keyboard?

I replaced the keyboard in my Asus UX31E with one from later UX31A. The only technical difference between the two is that the latter has keyboard backlight and uses Fn + F3 / F4 for this. However, I ...
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Why does Ubuntu reset brightness settings at the loading screen?

Since I first installed Ubuntu 11.10, I noticed that volume and screen brightness get reset every time Ubuntu starts. Why is this so? And what ways are there to keep brightness and volume levels ...
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How do I change the backlight brightness on an iMac 12,2? [closed]

Problem: I can't adjust the brightness of my iMac and it's killing me. (My eyes! The goggles do nothing!). Has anyone gotten this to work? -Booting with rEFIt 0.14 -Product Name: iMac12,2 ...
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Monitor turns off when I unplug from AC power, how do I stop this?

I'm running natty on a 13" macbook pro, and when I unplug the AC power sometimes, the monitor turns off. Sometimes I can unplug the AC adapter and nothing happens, but as soon as it starts happening ...
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Keyboard backlight not working on an Asus N56V

See this question. The FN keys are not working Using answer in this question I installed the asus-wmi-dkms_0.2_all.deb.gz package Now, using xev I see that the keys emit keycodes (for backlight ...
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13.10 Can't Adjust Dell Laptop Backlight

I have a Dell Studio 1558. When I originally installed 13.04 on it, I had to modify my /etc/default/grub with the following: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="acpi_backlight=vendor dell_laptop.backlight=0 ...
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Screen backlight problem Ubuntu 13.04 Lenovo G700

I have installed Ubuntu 13.04 on Lenovo G700 Laptop. Screen backlight is going off after boot. I have tried to fix it with setting GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor" in ...
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How do I make Fn+f2/f3 change the brightness on my HP dv7-6135dx?

The problem described below riddled me for quite a while and couldn't find a straight forward answer anywhere online. I have found a solution and I would like to use this post as a documentation ...
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Keyboard backlight command by percentage

I want to make a keyboard shortcut to increase and the decrease the keyboard backlight brightness. The command I have for full brightness is: echo -n 100 > ...
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Altering the backlight dim timeout on a Thinkpad laptop

It seems something else than gnome-power-manager manages the backlight dim timeout on Thinkpads, maybe thinkpad-acpi. How do you alter the timeout from 5 seconds? (which is very annoying)
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How to find backlight is managed by which card?

Is there any command in ubuntu/linux which can help me in finding out that which card(intel or ATI card) is managing my backlight? When I looked at sys/class/backlight then I am able to find three ...
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Can't change Backlight brightness in Asus ul20A [closed]

I have Asus ul20A and what I think is the newest netbook version of Ubuntu, and I can't seem to find a way to change my screen's brightness. It's a shame, because it takes hours off my battery life. ...
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Backlight issues with Asus X551MAV-EB01-B

I've got a fresh install of trusty (xubuntu if that matters, I don't think it should) on a Asus X551MAV-EB01-B. My function keys for brightness don't work. Here's what I know so far: If I pass ...
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After installing fglrx on Ubuntu 14.04 there is no backlight (hd 5470). Is there any workaround?

I've installed fglrx driver on my Asus k52je laptop with mobility radeon hd 5470 using additional drivers window in ubuntu. I get black screen after reboot. When I hold power button i can barely see ...
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Last couple of fglrx drivers on Ubuntu 12.04 have backlight support broken

I've been keeping up with latest fglrx releases on AMD's website and it appears that both the last stable (13.4) and beta (13.6) drivers have brightness broken in Ubuntu 12.04 with all the latest ...
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Mac Keyboard Backlight ubuntu 12.04

Running Ubuntu 12.04, I can't get the keyboard backlight on a Macbook Pro (mid 2012) to turn on. When I press the brightness button, the display shows up on full but the lights do not turn on. It ...
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Backlight does not work on Toshiba portege and LTS 12.04 [closed]

I have a Toshiba portege. Since some time I try to enable the backlit function but without success. I found several posts that should solve it, for example: Backlight Issue but it didn't work for me ...
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Switch off laptop backlight when locking screen [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I disable backlight when I lock the screen? I'm using an IBM Thinkpad t61 and wish to have the backlight switched off when locking the screen.I've been told to ...
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Turning off the backlight on the console [closed]

I'm using an IBM Thinkpad X21 as a 3G router. It's running a server install of lucid. The laptop has the lid up most of the time. There is no X, just a plain console. The colsole blanks itself, but ...
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Backlight not on during Ubuntu 11.10 Installation HP Folio 13

I have a HP Folio 13 B2A32UT and I am trying to install Ubuntu 11.10 64bit, But unfortunately after it shows the purple screen, with the little human and the keyboard in the bottom of the screen and ...
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Start asus laptop UX32VD with keyboard backlight off

I'd like a way to set the default keyboard backlight state to "off". I'm running Ubuntu 13.04 on an Asus Zenbook UX32VD. All the function keys work, but currently I have to turn off the keyboard ...
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LCD backlight keys on Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro

I have a FS Amilo Pro V3505, which runs 12.04 fine, apart from an anomoly with the brightness. The function keys (Fn-F8 & Fn-F9) both control the LCD brightness as you would expect. However only ...
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switcheroo to discrete turns off backlight on laptop screen

AMD cedar/ Intel ironlake hybrid graphics. Custom kernel 3.8.3. Free radeon xorg drivers. When I switch from integrated to discrete, I do a killall lightdm and X doesn't automatically respawn like it ...
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Macbook starts with the screen on minimum brightness

I have a Macbook2,1 with Ubuntu 12.04. When I start the computer the back light is on and I can see all of the boot stuff. Once the GUI begins to start up the backlight is turned completely off and I ...
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Console: switching off a built-in backlight

I'm trying to find out how to power off the backlight in a device I'm using with a built-in screen. I believe that DPMS works with the screen, but X is not installed, so I can't use xset. I thought ...
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GUI changes brightness in wrong /sys/class/backlight/*/brightness

When I use Fn+F6 / F7 (brighness down and up on Toshiba) the brightness notification opens up and responds, but the actual screen brightness remains unchanged. When I go to Settings > Brightness and ...
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Backlight Issue - Samsung RV509 Notebook

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 today on my Samsung RV509 Notebook (Nvidia Geforce 315M) and the backlight brightness controls don't work on it. I did some digging around the web and found the samsung tools ...