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IBM Thinkpad won't get bright.

F1 + Home button doesn't do anything

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  • larua0302 Jun 20, 2009

    Meant that I hit Fn + Home at the same time.

  • larua0302 Jun 20, 2009

    Reducing and Increasing did not work.

    So...I will try what you suggested. Problem though...I can't hardly even see the screen now.

    (Am using a different computer now)

    Not sure that I will be able to do anything - I guess I could try in the closet or something.

    I'll try.

    Thank you.

  • larua0302 Jun 20, 2009

    Well - tried it all.

    Nothing worked.

    Have a spotlite on the laptop so I could download the software.

    I did have it plugged in also.

    Thanks anyway.

  • larua0302 Jun 20, 2009

    windows xp

  • larua0302 Jun 20, 2009

    Well - thank you for your help



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Hi there,

I'd like to assist with your issue.

Please confirm the command you are trying to initiate when pressing F1 + Home (i.e. what is it you are expecting the command to do when pressed).

Or, do you mean the two keys, F1 and Home individually do not work?

I look forward to your reply.

Best regards


Posted on Jun 20, 2009

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  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2009

    Thank you for clarifying.

    I believe you are trying to adjust the brightness higher? Is so, try Fn + End multiple times to reduce the brightness. Does it reduce? If so, try increasing it now a few times with Fn + Home. Does it increase? If so, it would mean the brightness was already at the maximum level.

    If you get no response from increase or even decreasing the brightness, you will need to reinstall the approriate software:

    • If you are using Windows 2000 or XP or Vista, please download and install this keyboard assigment package for your laptop, and click I Agree when prompted. After installation, restart your computer. The Fn + Home/End keys should now work.

    • In addition, for both Windows XP or Vista, you will also need to have this installed to provide the key functionality.

    After installing both, the keys should start working after restarting.

    Best regards


  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2009

    Just wanted to add, if those links aren't working, these are the 2 files you need to install:

    Here and here.

  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2009

    No problem. Maybe the screen can temporarily increase brightness by simply plugging in the power cord. Some laptops do this automatically.

    If not, the two programs should solve the issue (both may be required).

    Best of luck!

    With regards


  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2009

    I might have a few more suggestions. Is your laptop running Windows XP or Vista?


  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2009

    Try restarting your laptop, and as soon as it turns on it will say Press F2 (or Del or another key) to enter Setup. This is at the very first screen that appears. Press that key and it will take you into the BIOS.

    See if you can find any brightness settings in there as some laptops do.

    Best of luck




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