I have installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on my HP zbook studio g4. This laptop comes with a nvidia quadro M1200 and is enabled in the BIOS as dedicated card.

I have found this answer: Backlight not working on Ubuntu 17.10, Lenovo P51, Xorg, NVIDIA Quadro M1200

But this worked not for me. The xbacklight does not respond when I do this in the terminal:

xbacklight =50

Then I tried to get the value which is the backlight at the moment, to see if the package responded:

xbacklight -get

but then there was no response.

The package is installed using

sudo apt install xbacklight

So I assumed that that is what I need to do.

I tried everything after a reboot after the grub was changed and the package was installed.

Is there someone who found already a solution for this problem?


i had the same problem some years ago and was having the same problem again after installing ubuntu 18.04. it was a kernel problem then, and i think it may be a kernel problem now.

after updating the kernel the problem was fixed for me.

to update kernel see: Updating kernel question

to download last stable kernel (which worked for me): http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.16.6/

in my case i downloaded:





  • Note that switching to the upstream "stable kernels" is the same as being on the Mainline kernels; you do this at your own risk, and your mileage may vary with regards to success. (This is usually only done as a 'debugging' step to determine if the issue is in the current kernel on the system, and these don't usually receive any updates at all later for security or other issues) – Thomas Ward Apr 30 '18 at 23:55
  • Thomas, thanks for the information! I prefer using "ubuntu's standard kernel", but it is not working well in my computer. – user824210 May 1 '18 at 0:46
  • Following a suggestion I wrote with more details in: askubuntu.com/questions/1030043/… – user824210 May 1 '18 at 1:00
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    Hi, thank you for your answer, but I just found this morning my own solution without switching kernels (which I prefer to make sure I receive updates). I had to enable the nvidia driver from "software &updates". In the tab "additional drivers" I choose there NVIDIA instead of X.org X server. Now I can use the command "xbacklight", and I think it is possible to assign the command to the keyboard as shortcuts, but at the moment I just use the command in the terminal. – pepijntje02 May 1 '18 at 8:07

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