Ubuntu Brightness issue resolved

Posted: September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
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With Ubuntu 14.04, by default there are no options to modify the brightness of the system. However there is an app for same called brightness controller. But I had problems setting up the brightness for the boot time itself. So I decided to find out how did the Brightness Controller work. I downloaded the source code from the git page and found out that internally it uses the Xrandr . So I added the Xrandr command to my bashrc file and now I don’t have to set the brightness every time.
jkapil@jkapil-desktop:~$ xrandr
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1366 x 768, maximum 32767 x 32767
VGA1 connected primary 1366x768+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
1366x768       60.0*+
1024x768       75.1     70.1     60.0
800x600        72.2     75.0     60.3
640x480        75.0     72.8     60.0
720x400        70.1
HDMI1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
HDMI2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DP1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DP2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
VIRTUAL1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

This gives you the output names associated with your display. In my case its VGA1. To set the brightness,

$xrandr --output VGA1 --brightness 0.7

–brightness value is in between 0 and 1 and is a fraction. First execute in terminal to find out the brightness value soothing to your eye and then put that value with the above command in your .bashrc file in home directory.

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