Re: [PATCH] toshiba_acpi: Fix blank screen at boot if transflective backlight is supported

From: Darren Hart
Date: Fri Nov 20 2015 - 19:48:39 EST

On Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 04:46:07PM -0700, Azael Avalos wrote:
> Hi Darren,
> 2015-11-20 16:16 GMT-07:00 Darren Hart <dvhart@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> > On Sun, Nov 15, 2015 at 08:32:47PM -0700, Azael Avalos wrote:
> >> If transflective backlight is supported and the brightness is zero
> >> (lowest brightness level), the set_lcd_brightness function will activate
> >> the transflective backlight, making the LCD appear to be turned off.
> >>
> >> This patch fixes the issue by incrementing the brightness level, and
> >> by doing so, avoiding the activation of the tranflective backlight.
> >
> > So... I'm not sure this is a bug or even wrong behavior. The lowest setting on
> > my Thinkpad Yoga 12 is also "off" in Linux. Same is true for my Mac Book Pro (in
> > Mac OS X).
> Yeah, and even on "regular" (with non transflective backlight) Toshibas
> zero is also "off" and no problem is observed.
> >
> > From what I can tell, what this patch does is merely disable the lowest setting.
> Nope, we are just not letting the driver enable transflective backlight
> and continue using the "normal" brightness range.
> >
> > What is it about this behavior that is considered to be wrong?
> >
> The problem is with laptops with transflective backlight support.
> The code for transflective backlight is fused with the LCD backlight
> code (go figure...), so if a Toshiba laptop with transflective support
> is detected, the max brightness levels are raised by one.
> A regular laptop's brightness levels are 0-7, but on a laptop with
> transflective support, the brightness levels are 0-8, zero being
> "activate transflective backlight" and 1-8 the regular brightness
> levels.
> So, when a laptop with transflective support AND an initial
> brightness level of zero gets probed for backlight support,
> the set_lcd_brightness function activates the transfective
> backlight, as the brightness levels are still not incremented,
> and thus, the screen goes dark.
> I hope this clarifies a bit the situation here.

Thanks, queued to testing.

Darren Hart
Intel Open Source Technology Center
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