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SubjectRe: [PATCH] dell-laptop: add parameter to disable the backlight device.

2013-12-08 14:40, Alex Davis:
> I have a Dell Inspiron N7010 Laptop with Intel graphics. When the dell-laptop module is loaded,
> two backlight device devices are created; dell_backlight, and intel_backlight from the Intel
> graphics driver. The dell_backlight device is non-functional, but the graphics subsystem uses
> it instead of the functioning intel_backlight device. The result is that, when running KDE,
> screen brightness cannot be controlled. I've added a module parameter, disable_backlight
> which, when true, will disable the dell_backlight device, and leave only the intel_backlight:
> with this, screen brightness can be controlled.


I think it would be better if we could figure out why the
dell_blacklight device is not working rather than disabling it.

Regarding your patch, it creates a memory leak as you:
* allocate a platform device
* you add it
* you allocated a page for SMI

Your if(disable_blacklight) code should go
where it checks the DMI.

Levente Kurusa

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