Laptop Model: HP Pavilion dv6 2170ee

I could change monitor brightness by fn + f7 / f8 keys in Debian 7 wheezy.

But since I installed Debian 9 stretch, seemingly, these keys do not work. Even in Mate Power Manager there's no slider to change brightness. I searched a bit. Like these pages:

Fn keys can't adjust brightness MATE desktop

Brightness fn key shortcut doesn't work on ASUS laptop

When I run acpi_listen and press fn + f7 / f8 keys, I get:

khosrow@hpx:~$ acpi_listen
video/brightnessdown BRTDN 00000087 00000000
video/brightnessup BRTUP 00000086 00000000

So I guess the keys work, but the brightness doesn't change. Any idea how to fix this?

  • Did you make an upgrade from Debian 7 --> 9 or did you clean installed it? Also see: askubuntu.com/a/859480
    – baselab
    Dec 21, 2017 at 14:13
  • I did a clean install.
    – Tahmoores
    Jan 11, 2018 at 16:27

1 Answer 1


Can you post your /etc/default/grub file? I have a potential solution:

In /etc/default/grub, change



GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_backlight=native pcie_aspm=force acpi_osi="

That enabled my ability to change the backlight with my Fn keys, with some side effects. Read more about that here: Need help configuring ASUS G75VW NVidia Debian 9 brightness: How do I get my Fn keys to change the brightness AND keep the slider in the top right?


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