Can the brightness keys on an Apple keyboard control an external display?

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  1. maclover001 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a uMBP with an external display and keyboard attached. Can I make it so the brightness keys on the external keyboard (Slim aluminum, wired) control the brightness of the external monitor (Samsung SyncMaster 2253BW)?

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  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Maybe if it was an apple monitor, but don';t think so even then.
     
  3. maclover001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So you're saying the brightness keys on Apple external keyboards have no function whatsoever with any display?
     
  4. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    The brightness keys on the keyboard work fine for controlling my 24" Cinema Display.
     
  5. maclover001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The genius who laid out the control buttons on the Samsung 2253BW needs to be shot. You have to reach your hand around the back, then go under and poke around until you hit the right button because the labels are on the FREAKING BOTTOM.
     
  6. maclover001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just above "Home" and "Page Up"? Does nothing.
     
  7. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    have a look in Keyboard Shortcuts preferences and it should have brightness controls there.
     
  8. liquidsense macrumors member

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    maclover001 - did you ever figure out a solution to this problem?

    I'm also experiencing the same issue on my Samsung SyncMaster 2223W. When I have my MBP open, the brightness keys only affect the laptop's LCD. When I have my MBP closed, I use a logitech keyboard, which cannot control the external monitor's brightness.
     
  9. maclover001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't :(

    I've just been using the brightness buttons on my display. It's just kind of annoying because they are located on BOTTOM of the monitor, behind a plastic lip, and with very faint labels, so I have to memorize what each button does, and blindly feel around the bottom of the monitor just to find them. I'm sure other owners of Samsung 2253BW's feel the same.

    I hope we see a fix for this soon. I tried my friend's brightness keys (Almost the same setup with an Apple Cinema), and they work great.
     
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  11. liquidsense macrumors member

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    It seems odd to me that no such software exists that provides control over brightness. I'm sure I am probably misunderstanding the technical aspects of how it would work, but isn't brightness just a part of the information that is sent from the MBP to the monitor? I mean, if we can affect the colors, resolution, gamma, etc, then why not brightness? Or would that require some special firmware on the monitor?

    In the alternative, could we set up profiles (i.e., day and night), such that the "night" profile would have a much lower brightness? I can't remember off the top of my head if you can affect brightness through the display preferences.
     
  12. hatehereyes macrumors 6502a

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    Check out Screenshade.

    It's what I use to control my monitors brightness levels.
     
  13. peepboon macrumors 6502

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    Thanks :) - helped alot
     
  14. pellets007 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks as well! I dislike how it can't be assigned to use the F1 and F2 keys, though.
     
  15. liquidsense macrumors member

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    Finally!! Thank you very much.
     
  16. hatehereyes macrumors 6502a

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    No Problem.

    It's such a great little program.
    Constantly using it.
     
  17. maclover001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you :)
     

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