I recently installed Linux Mint 14 on my Samsung R580 laptop. The Fn-keys worked out of the box, I can switch screens, adjust volume and so on.

When I try to adjust the brightness (Fn + /), the slider shows up and moves to the left and right, but screen brightness does not change at all, it always stays at 100%.

I tried to change the brightness in the system settings and it also doesn't do anything.

When I'm inactive for 5-10 minutes, the energy saving profile kicks in and the screen is dimmed. So the dimming does work, but not when I change it manually.

I found some threads stating that you should change the acpi_background setting to "vendor" in Grub config, but that didn't change anything for me.

What else can I try?

3 Answers 3


From Samsung R580, Ubuntu 10.04 and Brightness control, not written for Mint but may still work :

Edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and add the RegistryDwords line (only that line) to the Device section:

Section "Device"
  Identifier "Default Device"
  Driver "nvidia"
  Option "NoLogo" "True"
  Option "RegistryDwords" "EnableBrightnessControl=1"
  • thank you so much, my eyes love you ;-) accepted and bounty awarded. only the last line is relevant, the rest of my device section looked a bit different. and a restart was required. but now everything is more than fine
    – moeTi
    Jan 12, 2013 at 8:20

Edit this line in /etc/default/grub:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_osi="


  • 1
    This is the only solution that solved my problem with my Dell 15R SE 7520 with Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon 64-bit Aug 6, 2014 at 22:15

For linux mint version 8 +

  • gksudo gedit /etc/default/grub
  • Find the line which says GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=""
  • enter acpi_backlight=vendor between the quotes ("")
  • sudo update-grub
  • reboot your laptop / pc


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    – TFM
    Jan 3, 2013 at 3:30
  • thank you, but I already tried that. the FN keys are working, I see the slider moving when I'm using FN+up/down. But the screen brightness does not change at all
    – moeTi
    Jan 3, 2013 at 11:49

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