No! Stop dimming the screen!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Spytap, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2010
    Has anyone else run into their new 2013 MBA *really* insisting that the screen brightness be turned down? It's become sort of a comical back and forth where when I move from one environment to another, the screen compensates by dimming, I turn it back up a notch or two to match my preference, and then it dims it back down to the first setting it picked. Repeat, until I feel like we're actually having an argument.

    I don't want to turn dimming off completely, as the autodim is functional - I just want it to stay where it is once I've adjusted it a bit brighter and not decide that it was right the first time. God help me if the sun goes behind a cloud, it becomes an epic back and forth battle over two notches of brightness:

    Shade. MBA dims seven clicks. I brighten two clicks. MBA redims two clicks. I rebrighten two clicks. MBA redims two clicks. I yell at it and post to MRF.
  2. macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2012
    Ask the NSA
    If it bothers you that much then just turn off auto brightness. No need to pointlessly rant.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Nov 23, 2011
    Chill, chuma! He was just asking if there was a way to do it :D

    But yes, unfortunately there's no way to change it other than to turn off auto-brightness. Sorry OP!
  4. macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2010
    Chillax chumba.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    I've found the auto dimming for both the screen and the keyboard to be a mild nuisance. Found it much simpler and less irritating to just turn it off and adjust manually as that is what I, and you, end up doing anyway.
  6. macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    yup - auto-bright features are usually huge fails.
  7. macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2013
    This post pretty much sums up MacRumors in its entirety.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2010
    I turned off auto brightness fairly quickly.

    There's a handy button (two of them!) to handle changing it manually if need be.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2012
    I've found auto brightness a pain in the *** turned it of on my tv, phone and macbook. Always better to do it manually.
  10. macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    In other words, you'd like a more intuitive auto-dim function that can sense your satisfaction level and disable itself until a GPS function has determined you've moved? Got it.
  11. macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2012
    One of the first things I did when I bought mine was turn off that feather.

    Problem solved.

  12. macrumors 68020


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
  13. macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2007
    British Columbia
    This man speaks the truth!
  14. macrumors 68040

    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    This could maybe be coded with the webcam to analyze the user's eyes for squinting etc. Could also possibly turn the screen OFF entirely when you aren't looking at it :D
  15. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2010
    It has nothing to do with location, I just think it's silly that if the laptop autodims and I "correct" the system by bumping it back up, that it would override that request (several times) in order to "recorrect" the user. If it dims, and I change it back, it shouldn't then decide (without changing any other parameters, mind you) that my changes were unsatisfactory and try to redim again. And again. And Again.


    Or just accept that when the sun moves and it dims to compensate, when I change the settings the laptop shouldn't decide to change them back again. :)
  16. macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    Just turn it off and use the screen brightness buttons. Moaning on here isn't going to get you anywhere.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2012
    I find auto-brightness to be incredibly useful if you are a passenger during a long road trip through the mountains of Europe. You can pull out your advanced macbook and ouilå, as you drive in and out of tunnels the screen automatically adjusts itself to a comfortable brightness.

    Unfortunately if you're just sitting down at a desk, the auto-brightness capabilities are a little minion-ish.
  18. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Am running 10.8.2 and am surprised there isn't a "how strong u want this feature to function" like on an iPhone. Should compensate somewhat ur discomfort but probably will never be perfect.

    Even my old Civic's stereo (Japanese famous for stingy on gadgets) has a low-mid-high settings audio compensation against ambient noise.

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