I’ve recently set up Fedora 16 on my laptop, and all has been smooth, save for the brightness switches. The on-screen display would show up when I used the fn-F2/fn-F3 key combinations, but the brightness just wouldn’t change. Additionally, the brightness was stuck at the lowest level.
Turns out there’s a pretty easy fix in the form of a couple of module parameters:
/etc/defaults/grub, add the following kernel parameters:
(You may also want to add
acpi_osi=Linux for this particular machine, but they aren’t related to the brightness fix.)
Then update your grub2 config:
grub2-mkconfig > /boot/grub2/grub.cfg
Reboot, and your brightness controls should work as expected. The brightness slider in GNOME still doesn’t work, but I’m content with hardware brightness controls over no brightness controls.