Resolved Mac Keyboard Brightness Question (SOLVED!)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Diogones, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. Diogones, Jun 9, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2011

    Diogones macrumors regular


    Dec 23, 2009
    I have recently purchased the new mac aluminum keyboard, and I am currently using it with a 2006 Mac Mini running Snow Leopard. All of the keyboard shortcuts work on the keyboard except for the brightness keys. Is this because these brightness controls only work on an iMac or Apple Display, or would I just need to manually configure the controls within System Preferences. If so, how would I keymap them?
  2. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

    Dark Dragoon

    Jul 28, 2006
    The screen you have connected needs it's brightness to be controllable by the computer, so like a laptops (also iMac) built in screen or if the external screen has a USB connection through which it can be controlled (e.g. an Apple display).

    So yeah if your display isn't an Apple one it's not likely that OSX will be able to control it's brightness, definitely so if it's only connected via DVI/HDMI/VGA/Display Port.

    You can tell if it will work as in System Preferences > Displays, on the Display tab there is a Brightness slider. If thats not there, it's not controllable.
  3. Diogones thread starter macrumors regular


    Dec 23, 2009
    Thank you for your prompt and helpful reply, Dark Dragoon! You're right; the display slider is absent, and the monitor is only attached via a DVI cable. At least now I know what the story is with the light controls, so it's one less thing to worry about! :)

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