Bug 108440

Summary: XFree86 doesn't turn off LCD backlight on laptops with radeon.
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Andrew Novikov <anovikov>
Component: XFree86Assignee: Mike A. Harris <mharris>
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE QA Contact: David Lawrence <dkl>
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A patch to fix the bug. none

Description Andrew Novikov 2003-10-29 16:05:18 UTC
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Description of problem:
When XFree enters 'standby' or 'off' state it doesn't turn off the LCD backlight. This bug is fixed in the XFree86 CVS, but since Fedora core is likely to ship with XFree86 4.3.0, I've made a "packport" of the fix.

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xset dpms force off

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Comment 1 Andrew Novikov 2003-10-29 16:09:18 UTC
Created attachment 95582 [details]
A patch to fix the bug.

This simple patch fixes the problem.

Comment 2 Mike A. Harris 2003-10-29 16:49:20 UTC
You're correct that Fedora Core will ship 4.3.0.

However, this is not a bug in 4.3.0, but rather a lack of a feature.  The
Radeon driver has never disabled the backlight before.  It is a new feature
which will be in the 4.4.0 radeon driver.  I backported some stuff from CVS
but intentionally removed this because it wasn't a bugfix nor minor change,
but rather a new driver feature, and isn't risk free.  Such a major change
needs much more beta testing in order for me to feel comfortable shipping
it in our X as a patch.

This feature will be availalbe once 4.4.0 is released.  It may eventually end
up in our 4.3.0 as well, as I'd like to completely backport the entire 4.4.0
Radeon driver to 4.3.0 some day, however that is a more longer term thing,
and wont be a priority.  I'll defer this for now, and reopen it if I get
around to backporting the driver.

Comment 3 Mike A. Harris 2005-04-20 14:15:53 UTC
Since this bugzilla report was filed, there have been several major
updates to the X Window System, which may resolve this issue.  Users
who have experienced this problem are encouraged to upgrade to the
latest version of Fedora Core, which can be obtained from:


If this issue turns out to still be reproduceable in the latest
version of Fedora Core, please file a bug report in the X.Org
bugzilla located at http://bugs.freedesktop.org in the "xorg"

Once you've filed your bug report to X.Org, if you paste the new
bug URL here, Red Hat will continue to track the issue in the
centralized X.Org bug tracker, and will review any bug fixes that
become available for consideration in future updates.

Setting status to "CURRENTRELEASE".