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July 10th, 2009, 05:44 AM

I installed Ubuntu 9.04 a couple of days ago on my Toshiba Tecra S10-11A laptop. Today I realized that there is no way to adjust the screen brightness! The Fn keys are not functioning and the built-in Brightness Applet is not working. When I try to adjust via Brightness Applet I get the following error:

Cannot get laptop panel brightness

Does anyone have any idea about this?

July 11th, 2009, 08:54 PM
same problem with my toshiba satellite pro l300... also running jaunty.
blinds me at night. i guess this might be toshibas fault?

July 11th, 2009, 10:23 PM
I don't think that this is a Toshiba related problem because I can adjust the screen brightness pretty well in Windows. It is an Ubuntu related issue, i think... :(

July 12th, 2009, 06:42 PM
bumpty dumpty sat on a wall

anyone out there might have a solution?

thanks in advanced

July 12th, 2009, 10:08 PM
I still have the same problem. Searched the web and found nothing...

August 3rd, 2009, 03:56 PM
Hi tamerucar,

I'm assuming that the Brightness Applet you refer to is the one you can add to the system toolbar by right-clicking and choosing 'add to panel'. If so, this only allows you to adjust on the fly, it does not save your changes.

Another option to try (if you haven't already), is to set the brightness options in the power management program.

Accessed via: System - Preferences - Powermanagement.

I've just fixed my laptop after getting annoyed that the screen kept adjusting to 50% brightness on battery power.

Hope this helps,


August 4th, 2009, 11:42 PM
Nope, it has no effect either...

August 5th, 2009, 12:31 AM
I had a similar problem on my laptop and I solved it by using the Nvidia settings app (since my laptop uses an Nvidia graphics card). If you're using an Nvidia chipset you might want to check it out.

Here's a link to thread I got my answer in: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1133143&highlight=brightness+contrast+velvet_man

August 7th, 2009, 08:32 PM
Ive had a similar problem with 9.04 on a dell D620. My problem:

Last week my friend spilled wine on my laptop and now the right shift and up arrow do not work. I accidentally turned the "screen brightness on battery power down" and now, without the up arrow, cannot turn the brightness back up. I use [fn] + [up/down arrow] for brightness.

I went to preferences/power management to fix, unfortunately there is no slider for screen brightness in the "On Battery Power" tab.

Does anyone know the command to set screen brightness?

August 7th, 2009, 08:44 PM
The issue is with Toshiba and some Panasonic Toughbooks too. There's a bug report on it somewhere, I'll go find it.

August 7th, 2009, 08:49 PM

You might need to look into a kernel module called pcc_acpi 2.6.23 or add weight for its re-inclusion.

August 7th, 2009, 08:50 PM
Does anyone know the command to set screen brightness?

I think its the value in the file /proc/acpi/video/VGA0/LCD/brightness

At work, can't check.