15" PowerBook Display Won't Get Brighter!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by chinacupcake, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. chinacupcake macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2005
    Has anyone had a problem with their PowerBook display being really, really DIM? I have a new 15" PowerBook, and I have adjusted the brightness with the F2 key and the System Preferences Display window, both to the max value. I have also turned off the Auto-adjust brightness feature. The display is still pretty dim after all this.

    Is there something I am missing, or do I need to make a trip to the Apple store? (I hope I don't have to, because I bought it in Singapore and live in Shanghai)

    All you Mac gurus out there, any ideas?

  2. hhlee macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2005
    that sounds pretty odd... you should be able to take it to any apple store. shanghai doesn't have one??
  3. mooshoo macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2004
    You know, alternatively, try repairing permissions first. I've found that sometimes when you do that some of the original functions come back.
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    I always thought my PowerBook brightness was fine until recently. Just a few weeks ago I purchased a 20 inch Dell LCD. My PowerBook looks so dim after staring at the new monitor. Are you used to looking at a nice new LCD?
  5. iDM macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2005
    The Commonwealth of PA/The First State-DE
    After switching in 2003 one of the first things I noticed was how DIM my 15" Pb was, and it's still one of my complaints about this otherwise sweet comp.
  6. chinacupcake thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2005
    Thanks for the ideas..

    I've had a look at a friend's 15" PowerBook monitor and hers is definitely brighter, so there is something wrong with mine. Mooshoo, any hints as to what should I repair in Permissions?

    Anyway, I guess I'll be trekking to the Apple "store" here tomorrow. Given the savage-ness of the tech market here, it's a last resort. :)
  7. chinacupcake thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2005
    Weirdness.. but goodness!

    So.. here I am sitting at my desk, surfing the web, installing something and generally minding my own business, when.. all of a sudden and seemingly for no logical reason.. my monitor became aptly BRIGHT! I swear I did nothing intentional to make this happen; I was in the process of sending a support case to a 3rd-party software vendor on their web form, and brightness simply arrived.

    What's up with that, I wonder? Well, as long as it is a permanent change, I'm cool with it. Maybe websurfing is really the solution to all my problems (as I have always suspected ;) )

    And it means I don't need to go into the cyberpit in downtown Shanghai tomorrow (yay!)
  8. matticus008 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    You probably had been using your PowerBook in a dark place, or resting your hands over the speaker grilles. The newer PBs have photosensors in the grilles that dim the display when it perceives darkness (so you don't hurt your eyes). You should be able to override this with the brightness setting, but sometimes the keys are ignored when pressed (I have this problem intermittently with my volume keys).

    Edit: nevermind, I missed the part about turning off the auto adjust. You might just have gotten a cold backlight that took a few days to break in.
  9. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Yeah, LCD backlights are just baby fluorescent tubes, and the mercury may have been clumped up just from storage. Running them will disperse it more evenly over time.
  10. efoto macrumors 68030

    Nov 16, 2004
    Cloud 9 (-6)
    Running the computer could disperse the mercury more evenly over time, however over time through running could the mercury settle or clump in other areas....such as darkness towards the bottom which I am recently experiencing and others have stated? Does anyone have a reasoning or explanation to why the backlight would seemingly suddenly become darker towards the lower portion of the screen?

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