As described in my previous post, my husband got as a late mother’s day present, an incredible 27-inch apple cinema display. There were a whole lot of hoops to jump through so that we could get it to work. The last of which was the lack of control over the brightness – the thing by default was quite dim. Compare it next to any of my existing screens and it was like someone had put a pair of shades over my eyes, but they were special selective shades which only dimmed the screen.
Since I do a lot of work which is very color specific (plus, it just seems wrong to not see the colors vividly on such a nice screen), it was QUITE important to get this issue resolved. This screen – unlike most other monitors – does not have physical controls. It’s like a laptop screen which has it’s brightness and contrast controlled by the keyboard’s FN key – but I’m not on a laptop and therefore cannot control these settings from my keyboard (though I looked to see if I could find some sort of hardware which would allow just that functionality)
After a few days of searching, we FINALLY discovered a solution.
It’s all about BootCamp. See, Apple doesn’t appear to support the practice of allowing PC users to use their hardware, but they do support allowing people to install windows on their intel based systems. But wait – I’m on an AMD processor!
That seemed to be a limitation, but even after we got through that hoop, we still had difficulties.
It turned out to be something crazy simple.
The bootcamp exe file for the control panel (called AppleControlPanel.exe) is all which is needed. You don’t have to install anything, it takes next to no time to run, and it has the control built in. By running this and clicking on the “Brightness” tab, I have full control over the brightness settings.
The links to the exe can be found below:
All this just to do a simple thing like increasing or decreasing brightness on the 27″ Apple Cinema monitor.
Unfortunately, the above links no longer work, however, due to the high demand, someone has built an application dedicated to being able to fill the needs of those like myself using this awesome display on a PC.
To note: I have nothing to do with this app. This is something built by someone other than myself. As always, be safe when downloading anything which is open source. Most often, open source is fantastic but on occasion, you find that someone is exploiting people’s affections and trust in open source items. Now, I’m not implying that the below link is, but I don’t personally know for certain. I truly mean no offense to the community member who shared this with everyone.
Supported displays are:
24″ Cinema Display
27″ Cinema Display
27″ Thunderbolt Display