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It seems everytime I turn my Axim on that the display is dim.I have brightness set at the highest level for both battery and external power.I have to into setting and tap the brightness icon to get it to full brightness.What dumb thing am I doing wrong?

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There is a way of dimming the display and it is by holding the power button for more than 3 seconds. After 3 seconds the display will lit up or dim depending on how it was before.

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