5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 2, 2008 2:39 PM by Kirk Ryad
Kirk Ryad Level 1 (0 points)
Hello,

Can you please tell me how to turn down the monitor brightness on my Intel Mac Pro with Leopard? This would be really nice when working at night in a dark room.

The little brightness icon on the keyboard doesn't do anything when pressed. Also, if I go to SYSTEM PREFERENCES, there is no brightness slider under "DISPLAYS" or "Energy Saver".

Thanks,

Kirk

Mac Pro 8 core, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Running Avid and Final Cut
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 (28,075 points)
    If it is an Apple display, make sure the display's USB cable is connected to the computer. If it isn't an Apple display, the computer cannot control the brightness unless the display came with special software. You will have to use the controls on the display.

    You could make a special color profile for the display to reduce its brightness but that would also reduce the number of display levels. For example, if you cut the brightness in half, there would only be 128 levels of brightness, instead of 256.

    DarkAdapted <http://www.aquiladigital.us/DarkAdapted/index.html>
    can be used to reduce brightness via the color profile.
  • l_elephant Level 2 (375 points)
    try Shades

    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/23370/shades

    which i used on my iMac-al incapable of descending below a healthy level of brightness.
  • Kirk Ryad Level 1 (0 points)
    Wow, I'm surprised I can't control the non mac monitors (which they are). I'll try downloading the software from ViewSonic.

    Thanks!
    Kirk
  • Kirk Ryad Level 1 (0 points)
    That software looks perfect. I'm going to try it. But then I started thinking...
    I should just keep some real shades by my desk and put them on when I'm working at night. Duh!

    Thanks for your help and the link.

    Kirk
  • Kirk Ryad Level 1 (0 points)
    Okay, I've been using the "Shades" for a while. It is EXCELLENT software that is elegantly designed and works easily and perfectly. I really like it.