Fn Brightness Keys not working

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  1. Aiden1945

    Aiden1945 Notebook Geek

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    I use Windows XP (HP 6710b with x3100) and there is no way I can make the brightness keys (Fn + F9 & F10) work. I know there was a bug with an older version of QuickLauch Buttons drivers and that there's also a problem with new Intel drivers released for X3100.

    The fact is that I've tried almost everything. I always do fresh installs of Windows XP from a license I own (despite HP fully supports XP and gave me a downgrade to XP from Vista for free). Installing the right (bug free) driver combination HP advices only works until I reboot, downloading the Intel driver from his own page and not installing any quicklaunch driver dones not work neither...

    I tried every combination possible, and always installing a fresh Windows wihtout any old driver or HP preloaded driver. Even without installing any driver (quicklaunuch buttons or Intel x31000), brightness keys don't work. They stop working when login screen loads in the Windows XP startup. Brightness keys work fine in Linux, Vista, BIOS setup screen...

    Please help me. It's a shame I cannot control the brightness of my laptop in Windows XP and HP support does not help me. It's been TWO MONTHS since i first told HP what the problem is and they just ignore all the users with a well known problem.
     
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    cabral Notebook Consultant

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    interesting...I have the same problem in XP. Just go to vista if possible I have tried many drivers with no luck.
     
  3. Aiden1945

    Aiden1945 Notebook Geek

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    The problem is I have to use Windows XP, because some apps I need don't work in Vista. I don't like Vista anyway.

    Btw, I tried Windows 2000 (all XP drivers work in 2000 too) and the same problem remains. Is there some kind of universal digital OSD control? A third party program to control the brightness by hardware the way Fn keys do.
     
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    tumnasgt Notebook Evangelist

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    Try using the downgrade disc they gave you, they might have put some extra drivers on the Windows disc, and if not, they should be on the driver disc. As HP says that it will work with XP and gave you a downgrade disc, give them a call if you still can't work it out.
     
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    Aiden1945 Notebook Geek

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    I tried that too. I have 4 discs. HP gives you 2 clean (no bloatware or drivers) OS instalation discs (Vista and XP) and 2 drivers discs.

    You install the OS and then run the driver disc wich installs every driver needed. The system is ok, but the problem remains no matter what you do.
     
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    uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup
     
  7. Teraforce

    Teraforce Back in a flash!

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    Do you have any Logitech devices (external keyboards/mice)? The Logitech SetPoint software has been known to disable the brightness controls on HP notebooks. Therefore, if you have SetPoint installed, uninstall it, and your brightness controls should start working again.
     
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    I don't have any mouse, I just use the touchpad. Anyway, I tried a lot of clean installations and brightness control NEVER worked.
     
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    mujjuman Notebook Deity

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    wow no idea why its not working. because you dont need drivers for those buttons to work
     
  10. Aiden1945

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    I know. I don't understand how they have screw it that way, because fn+f3 (sleep) or fn+f4 (second monitor) always work anyway.
     
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