I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 (beta 2) on my HP mini 110-4117, but I cant control screen brightness. The Fn + F2 , Fn + F3 keys don't work. System Settings > Brightness and Lock doesn't provide any means of controlling screen brightness.

How can this be fixed? Thank you.


Here is what worked for me. I got the solution from the folowing links. Check them out or read the summary below.


Desktop doesn't remember brightness settings after a reboot


  1. Edit your /etc/default/grub file:

    sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

  2. Add the options "acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor" to the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line. It should look like this:

    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor"

    original line was:


  3. Update grub configuration!!!! - do not forget to do this, the configuration change will not be set up if you don't run the next command:

    sudo update-grub

This worked for me after trying a lot of other solutions. I have a HP dv7-6090ef with hybrid graphics Intel/AMD.

Have fun using Ubuntu!

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  • Thanks! This solved the problem on my hp g7-1310us after 6 months with screen brightness at full blast. – klenwell Jun 24 '12 at 4:33

With Ubuntu 14.04, Acer E1-572, this works: Create a file /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf and put in it:

Section "Device"
Identifier "card0"
Driver "intel"
Option "Backlight" "intel_backlight"
BusID "PCI:0:2:0"
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  • The question is obviously about a HP not an Acer device. The important missing info that could make this answer relevant is the chipset model of the two. – David Foerster Oct 16 '14 at 14:20

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