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Old 09-18-2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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Adjust screen brightness

Hi everyone,

I am trying to enable brightness adjustment on my laptop. There are currently two keys (Fn+F5/F6) that should decrease/increase screen brightness but do not work out-of-the-box.

I am able to manually edit the screen brightness by issuing the command:

echo -n [0-8] > /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness
Where 0-8 corresponds to the desired screen brightness.

I wanted to link this to xbindkeysrc with the use of bash scripts and did the following:

1) placed the following two files in my home directory (chmod 755)

brightness=$(< $brightness_file)

if [ $((brightness > 0)) '=' 1 ]
    brightness=$((brightness - 1))
    echo -n $brightness > $brightness_file

brightness=$(< $brightness_file)

if [ $((brightness < 8)) '=' 1 ]
    brightness=$((brightness + 1))
    echo -n $brightness > $brightness_file
2) I then added the following to my .xbindkeysrc
# Decrease Brightness
    m:0x0 + c:232
# Increase Brightness
    m:0x0 + c:233
3) And finally I chmod 646 /sys/devices/virtual/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness

In theory this seems like it should work with me after I restart my wm, but it does not. I also tried running ~/ mannually but it did not change the brightness. Any ideas?

EDIT: There was a problem with the file, I have fixed it and this now works (I have updated in this post).

Last edited by RoiSoleil25; 09-18-2012 at 03:40 PM.
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