How do I control brightness with Apple Keyboard?

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  1. adamk77 macrumors 6502

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    When my laptop is connected to my Apple Keyboard, I can control the brightness with the F1 and F2 keys on my external Apple Keyboard. However, when I connect an external monitor to my MacBook Pro, the F1 and F2 keys no longer work.

    Is there a way to control the brightness of my laptop's screen (NOT the external monitor) with my external Apple Keyboard even when an external monitor is plugged into my MacBook Pro?

    I have the late 2008 uMBP.
     
  2. quantum003 macrumors 6502a

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    Might want to try F14 and F15 as well. Sometimes those also control the brightness.
     
  3. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    If you are using the laptop's screen, then the laptop's keyboard will be right in front of you, so you can control the brightness with it.
     
  4. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

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    Here's a list of commands you can use to control your laptop screen brightness from the keyboard:

    cmd+space; S; Y; S; T ; E; M; space; P; R; enter; tab; tab; tab; down; space; tab; tab; tab; tab; tab; tab; tab;

    Then left or right to adjust brightness.

    I'm guessing if you have an external monitor you may have to change this somehow.
     
  5. rkdiddy macrumors 65816

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    Are you sure that is not the code for unlimited lives on Contra?
     
  6. quantum003 macrumors 6502a

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    Up up down down L R L R B A B A Select Start. :D

    I will never in my life forget that code. Yet I can not memorize my bank account number no matter how hard I try.
     
  7. adamk77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Some people use it in clamshell mode. I don't, but some may. And it's a bit far away.
     
  8. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    Odd, I have the same set up (late 2008 unibody macbook pro) and using it with an external monitor (a samsung in this case) my F1/F2 brigtness keys still work properly. Same when I'm using my Viewsonic external at home (one is running MDP-->DVI, one is MDP-->VGA.

    I think it should still work?
     

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