Hi, Some of you may be familiar with the "vertical black strips" problem found in the new macbook pros http://img175.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mg2729smallnx2.jpg The problem is very common (if your interested check out this 600+ post thread on the apple support forum) http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1423301 The problem seems to arise (at least in my case) when the machine is put to sleep when the screen is not at full brightness. So if the screen is at full brightness when put to sleep there is no problem but if it is at anything other then full brightness the vertical strips appear after it has been put to sleep. After all that (and the reason for posting this here) I was wondering if there was anyway to write a script (or some application that would run in the background) which would automatically put the screen display to full brightness when it is put to sleep? And then when it is woken up it could return the screen to the previous brightness setting (or a predetermined one)? The idea would be that I would have my display at, say 5 bars of brightness and then when the computer is put to sleep the application would set the brightness to full brightness (either right before it enters sleep or while it is sleeping). Then when the machine is woken up the app would return the brightness to the previous brightness (in this case 5 bars). I have a fair bit of experience with web programming but desktop programming is totally foreign to me! Basically I am asking if the above if possible so I can know whether there is any point trying to learn how to do it. Thanks for reading and If I was not clear about what I was asking please just let me know! The problem is not a major one. I mean it is realtively simple just to boost the brightness manually and then return it after is has woken but it is just kinda annoying and if it could be automated that would be great. Thanks again.