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No matter if I use Kubuntu or Pardus (both use the powerdevil backend), the maximum 100% monitor brightness level that they allow me to set, is not what my screen can do.

When I boot up the notebook or return from suspend-to-ram the screen is really really bright, and then gets dimmed immediately.

The Fn + brigthness up/down shortcuts or the gui of powerdevil won't let me restore the true maximum brightness, just the 100%, which are moderately dim.

Is there a command or some other cli-magic I can use to truly get my lcd back to the brightness it is supposed to be?

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Does this happen only when the notebook is on batteries? – user7963 Sep 30 '09 at 13:30
no, the notebook is on A/C. Also it is a U3s, having 2 graphics card. It is currently running on a: lspci |grep VGA 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03) – gletscher Sep 30 '09 at 14:48

You can change the monitor brightness through the console with xbacklight (man)

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thanks for the answer, xbacklight also shows 100%, even though it is pretty dim... – gletscher Sep 30 '09 at 12:58

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