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    Dimmer Screen Image Won't Leave Screen
    Hi Everyone,

    I hope someone can help.

    The dimmer image that pops up when you brighten or dim the screen won't disappear.

    It doesn't prevent me from typing or viewing anything. And it does dim and brighten the screen. It just obstructs the view of what I'm typing and viewing.

    I've attached a screenshot of the image. You'll see how annoying it is.

    Can someone tell me how to remove it?

    Thanks in advance.
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    You didn't give us much to go on..... What Mac? Version of OS X?

    Anyway, try resetting the PRAM. And if that doesn't work, try a SMC reset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omgfantastic View Post
    The dimmer image that pops up when you brighten or dim the screen won't disappear.
    FYI...that's not the image for display brightness. That's the image for the keyboard backlighting brightness. You may want to look into that setting if the resets that chscag suggested don't cure things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    You didn't give us much to go on..... What Mac? Version of OS X?

    Anyway, try resetting the PRAM. And if that doesn't work, try a SMC reset.
    macbook pro
    late 2008
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    i have no idea what a pram or smc is.

    thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    You didn't give us much to go on..... What Mac? Version of OS X?

    Anyway, try resetting the PRAM. And if that doesn't work, try a SMC reset.

    i will try this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    FYI...that's not the image for display brightness. That's the image for the keyboard backlighting brightness. You may want to look into that setting if the resets that chscag suggested don't cure things.

    - Nick

    i believe this is related to f1/f2. it's what always brightens and dims my screen.

    none of these suggestions work though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    You didn't give us much to go on..... What Mac? Version of OS X?

    Anyway, try resetting the PRAM. And if that doesn't work, try a SMC reset.
    unfortunately, this didn't really do anything. instead of it being a fully lit image with all of the white images, it's grayed marks with the zero (with line through it) at the bottom in white.

    oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omgfantastic View Post
    i believe this is related to f1/f2. it's what always brightens and dims my screen.
    Doesn't matter. The image on the display in the 1st post of this thread is for the keyboard backlighting brightness...not display brightness.

    Given this fact (and since the SMC and PRAM resets didn't work)...investigating the keyboard backlighting brightness controls/settings would be the next logical place to look for a solution.

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    To further my point...the image below is for display brightness...which is NOT the image that was posted in post #1. Post #1 is the image for keyboard backlighting brightness.



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    Did the pram reset definitely happen? You got the 2 chimes before the Mac rebooted again?
    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

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