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Old 02-11-2013, 11:04 AM   #1
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Do any distros work the eMachines e525 backlight properly

I have an eMachines e525 laptop; it used to work brilliantly up to Fedora14. Since Fedora15, through to the latest Fedora18, I can only use it if I install a crontab that does this:

     setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=0
every minute. It there a better distro or a better workround?

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Old 02-12-2013, 08:21 PM   #2
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I have an eMachines e725-4520. I had to add that command to rc.M to unblank the screen at startup and unblank the screen after it blanked automatically (I wrote a script called unblank: easier to get right when typing with a blank screen) 2 years ago then I had to patch the kernel to keep the screen from blanking permanently when I started X. I think the programmers fixed the first problem eventually; I still have a patched kernel (latest, 3.7.7) for the latter problem.



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