Re: G3 iBook LCD brightness in X under kernel 2.4.25 and 2.6.8
On Fri, 2004-11-26 at 11:28 +0100, Christof Petig wrote:
> > I'm running pbbuttonsd 0.6.6-2 with gtkpbbuttons 0.6.4-3 (which are tools that
> > enable the LCD to be dimmed and brightened with keyboard pressed). When I'm
> > running the Debian kernel-image 2.4.25-8 and I press the brightness up or
> > down keys, I get the on-screen indication from gtkpbbuttons and the LCD dims
> > or brightens as expected in both X and on the console. However, when I boot
> > into kernel-image 2.6.8-6 or 2.6.9-1 and press the brightness keys, I get the
> > on-screen indication in X, but the LCD doesn't change brightness. However, if
> > I switch to a VT with a console, the brightness changes to what I tried to
> > change it to. Also, pressing the brightness buttons works fine when I press
> > them while in the console.
What machine model precisely ? If it's an iBook, only the very first one
had a mach64 based chip and indeed used atyfb-based brightness control,
that might have been broken...
> > My video card is a Mach64, and I'm using the 'ati' driver for X. One guess I
> > have is that in 2.6, lots more things are built as kernel modules. I'd like
> > to try build any needed video stuff in, but I don't know what it could be.
> > Does anyone here have an idea what controls screen brightness in X?
Some earlier models have PMU-controlled brightness, independently on the
> Your mouse pointer might get some noisy spots on brightness change, ever
> noticed? I would blame the kernel first (since 2.4 works well).
Ah ? Haven't noticed that ? what machine ?
> > The reason this is important for me is that the LCD is not dimmed when I close
> > the lid for sleep, which kind of ruins the point of sleep.
> > Does anyone have an idea of what else I need to do to get screen dimming to
> > work under X with Linux 2.6?
You may be missing the atyfb kernel driver.
> Try to ask on the ppc-kernel list (CCed). I suspect that nobody has
> reimplemented power management for mach64 in 2.6. The fact that lid
> closing does not put the display to sleep keeps me locked in 2.4, too
> (though I experienced that 2.6 is way faster).
It is, provided you have the right driver.
> I played with the thought of fixing it myself (like I plan to fix DRI
> DMA some time) but was unable to allocate ressources (and enough motivation)
> So take this as a "I have the problem, too" posting
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