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Windows 7 Laptop Brightness Control Problem (Solved)

Laptop Brightness Control doesn’t work after upgrading to Windows 7 

I recently upgraded to Windows 7 Professional x64 on my laptop – a Dell Latitude D530.

Everything went well and all the hardware components were recognized by Windows 7. However the Fn+(page up/down) display brightness control would not work and in Control Panel –> Power Options the Screen Brightness Slider would not move.

windows 7 brightness control

This frustrating problem is being reported in many places.

I tried going to the Intel website and downloading the latest drivers, but no luck.

With a 32bit installation I had tried installing the Dell Latitude D530 Vista drivers, according to this advice so that the brightness control worked, but this made the system unstable. The same fix would not work for 64 bit Windows 7 as there were no 64 bit Vista drivers available from Dell.

Thanks to the solution given here the Intel GM965 Express Chipset drivers given below do work on my Dell Latitude D530 (Windows 7 64 bit) and restore the Fn+(page up/down) display brightness control functionality.

INTEL GM965 EXPRESS CHIPSET Video Drivers:

Latest Dell QuickSet:

Other solutions: 

 Free Download Windows 7 – Create a Windows 7 Installation DVD or USB Flash Drive 

Alternative Solutions:

1. F.lux – Automatically Adjust Screen Brightness and Color to the Time of Day

Makes your computer screen softer on the eyes when working at night – this is a very popular alternative – good review here

From stereopsis.com/flux

Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow?

Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen?

During the day, computer screens look good—they’re designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at the sun.

Downolad F.lux

F.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

It’s even possible that you’re staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.

f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you’re in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.

Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. F.lux will do the rest, automatically.

 F.lux - brightness control alternative for Windows 7

2. Desktop Lighter

You could also try the Freeware stand-alone brightness control called Desktop Lighter
It runs unnoticed in the system tray, uses only 1.5mb RAM, launches with Windows and uses Ctrl+> and Ctrl+< keys to control the brightness rather than the Fn keys

This is not a “true” brightness control – it doesn’t cut the power consumption, but uses some software manipulation of the screen function to dim the screen. I used it for a while until I found the driver above, and it was useful if I wanted to read at night in bed without hurting my eyes or disturbing my partner – but it’s no substitute for the real thing!

Desktop Lighter - brightness control alternative for Windows 7

30 Responses to Windows 7 Laptop Brightness Control Problem (Solved)

  1. Steve May 12, 2010 at 1:55 am #

    Thanks so much for posting this! I have been looking for a way to do this for months now, ever since I upgraded my Dell D530 from Vista Ultimate 32 bit edition to Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit edition. It (Desktop Lighter) doesn’t seem to actually dim the backlight, so it probably won’t save as much of my battery life as would a real fix (ahem Dell and Microsoft!!!), but it certainly makes it much easier to read in dark settings by lowering the pixel brightness. A great find! Thanks again!!!

  2. Paul September 1, 2010 at 5:37 am #

    Thank you this worked great, ive been trying to get that to work since i installed windows 7 months ago.

  3. James September 1, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    YEAH!

    That driver worked, I have my brightness control back :)

    PS don’t use that Desktop Lighter program, it uses a software mask to dim the screen and doesn’t reset it, even after uninstallation.

  4. Johnny October 20, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    I have a Dell XPS M1330 running Win7 64 bit.

    None of these links worked for me (not even let me install, they said “The computer doesn’t accomplish minimum requierements” or something.

    I just uninstalled QuickSet64 and voilá!

  5. Rob January 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    The driver worked for me, thank you.

  6. Shiva July 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    The software is suitable for me. I had the same problem too.
    Thank you

  7. Praveen July 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Thanks that work great!

  8. Vengadesh November 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    The driver worked for me, I had the same brightness problem. Thank u..

  9. MrMobHead November 23, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    does this work in my DELL xps M1330??

    • Alan November 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

      I have no idea. I only know that it works on the Latitude D530 – it may work on other models also

  10. Marcos January 12, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Thanks a lot for your help. The INTEL GM965 EXPRESS CHIPSET Video Drivers for W7 32bits solved the brightness issue. Great work!

  11. Mohsen March 17, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    Works like a charm! I love you guys. This has been such a pain in the ass lately.

    • Alan March 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

      Glad it worked!

  12. Muhammad Salman Akram April 3, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Great job man. this working. thanks a lot

  13. Erlend Fluit June 23, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Thanks very much man!!
    Our IT installed win7 E without checking this :-(
    Will forward your solution.

  14. kelvin August 20, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    can it work on hp g62-b80ev, windows 7 64-bit?

    • Alan August 21, 2012 at 7:42 am #

      I have no idea, sorry. You could try it.

  15. Steve October 24, 2012 at 12:38 am #

    Can’t seem to find a solution for my laptop. HP dv7 4020sd Pavilion. Install chipset drivers, installed videodrivers, installed special keys keyboard driver, enabled the Fn keys in BIOS. Nothing works so far.

    Anyone has an idea?

  16. Alan October 24, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Hi Steve, unfortunately the chances of this working are getting less. Older hardware will not always work with Windows 7 and the manufacturers of older hardware don’t bother to update the drivers.

  17. Ravi December 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    I have to install it then I’ll give my opinion.

  18. Chris Mc January 4, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    This worked great for me – i had already downloaded the latest Intel chipset drivers, and the ones mentioned in the first solution were essentially a downgrade to an earlier set of drivers, but worked!!

    After upgrading my D530 to Windows 7, i’ve spent hours trying to figure this problem out… so thank you, thank you very much indeed for your help!! :-)

    • Alan January 5, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

      I know, crazy isn’t it? It’s essentially a downgrade, and yet it works…

      Incidentally – I’ve subsequently discovered that if you upgrade to Windows 8. the brightness control for the D530 will work with the drivers included in Windows 8 – no need for the Intel drivers.

  19. adudna March 6, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    media accelerator.

  20. Moksha April 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    I suffered a lot due to unchangeable full brightness on my VAIO SVE15113..
    Tried too many derivers but maximum were incompatible nd other were not up to the mark.. Finally tried Cnet’s Monitor bright application… nd it worked!!

  21. kiran April 30, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    I HAVE LENOVO G580 LAPTOP IN BRIGHTNESS IS NOT WORKIN SO PLZ SUGGEST ME

  22. HIREN July 3, 2013 at 3:27 am #

    hi
    my samsung laptop is not working brightness shortcut key, plz rply me how to set that working.

  23. Robik October 22, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    perfect! After years of pain with this problem I have found solution here!! Thank youuu! I even tought install Vista :))

    • Alan November 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

      Great, glad to hear it!

  24. geoff October 30, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    hi, just upgraded old dell 1501 to windows 7 everything working fine except brightness , when I slide to increase its goes about threequarters then starts to dim screen. when slider is fully to the right screen has only about half brightness. when I slide it back to left it brightens up to about three quarters brightness then starts to dim as it should. in short it will not go to max brightness and always looks dim.its windows 7 ultimate 64bit please advise if these drivers will solve this problem or is it a duff screen

    • Alan November 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

      If it worked OK before upgrading then it is probably not the screen. So it is probably the driver you are using with Windows 7.

      If your 1501 has the INTEL GM965 EXPRESS CHIPSET you could try installing the Dell drivers given above, or look for Vista drivers for the 1501 on the Dell website

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