Brightness Setting NOT Holding

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by RMSko, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. RMSko macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    I have a rMBP and have brightness set to the highest setting when plugged in. The box to slightly dim the display when on battery power IS checked. The box "Automatically adjust brightness" is NOT checked. For some reason, the brightness setting is not holding properly.

    For example, when I unplug the laptop, brightness does decrease as it should, however, that reduced brightness level is not always retained and brightness sometimes reduces further even though I haven't done anything to adjust brightness.

    This seems to happen more when on battery power, i.e., when it is plugged in, it seems to hold the maximum brightness setting better.

    I've now unchecked the box to slightly dim the display when on battery power to see if that changes things.

    I've already done a clean install of Mountain Lion, but I still assume a program I'm running or something inherent in ML is causing this as I doubt this is a hardware issue.

    Is anyone else experiencing this or does anyone have any thoughts?
  2. RMSko thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    I did see these other threads so there other people with the same issue as me so I think it's a relatively widespread issue (it's probably happening to a lot of other people also and they just don't realize or care):

    I'm also wondering whether it may make sense to reset the System Management Controller (SMC) - I guess it can't hurt?
  3. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Give it a try

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