Currently Being ModeratedAug 22, 2013 8:41 PM (in response to Stryker295)
And yes, I've also booted holding Command+R because apparently that resets the ram or something.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 25, 2013 6:04 PM (in response to Stryker295)
Command + R *should* take it to a recovery console. Command + Option + P + R resets the PRAM, but that doesn't sound like your fix.If all of your buttons are working fine on OSX side, I would ignore PRAM / NVRAM / SMC reset tricks, since these are tested as working fine.
I would say you should probably reinstall the drivers for bootcamp. I tried this with 5 in Windows 8 and it gives you an option to repair. The reason I say this is because the UI isn't showing up, which means that it's using another driver.
If this doesn't work, go into device manager and then roll back to your previous settings.
One more thing comes to mind. Do you ever use Parallels or VMWare to load your bootcamp partition? They have their own driver packages which can cause some unwanted behavior when using windows natively.
One last thing you can do is try to by-pass the GUI powerplan entirely. You can use the Powercfg command, which, as it happens, has instructions on how to forcefully set the brightness values. You probably won't be able to make it through these instructions since you will get an error at some point, but that will give us more diagnostic information.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 25, 2013 6:18 PM (in response to ranvel)
I have actually never tried booting that partition through Parallels, I didn't realize you could do that but it wouldn't be terribly useful in the long-term.
What about re-installing Windows (wiping the partition and starting over)? Wouldn't that fix it?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 25, 2013 6:30 PM (in response to Stryker295)
That would fix the issue, yes. But if your software configuration is causing the problem, then you might get back to the same place in short order.
One thing that comes to mind is that Adobe has a screen lighting panel that automatically adjusts some of your screen settings, I'm not sure if it adjusts brightness as well, but it might be something similar. I just don't want you to go through all of that work and then end up in the same spot.
You could install the software peice by piece, though, and then see when the problem comes about and then you would know exactly what was causing it and provide that information.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 25, 2013 6:38 PM (in response to ranvel)
It wasn't anything I installed that did this, I just looked at some settings and Windows derped. If I reinstall Windows and don't adjust those I should be fine.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 2, 2013 3:02 PM (in response to Stryker295)
So, went through backing up / deleting files and programs to prepare for a partition wipe... And after I'd uninstalled EVERYTHING, brightness was working. I have no idea what's going on anymore but at least reinstalling windows should fix it.