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SubjectRe: [REGRESSION/PATCH] acpi: blacklist win8 OSI for ASUS Zenbok Prime UX31A
On Tuesday, July 30, 2013 01:57:55 PM Aaron Lu wrote:
> On 07/30/2013 01:51 PM, Aaron Lu wrote:
> > On 07/30/2013 11:44 AM, Felipe Contreras wrote:
> >> On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM, Aaron Lu <> wrote:
> >>> On 07/30/2013 03:20 AM, Felipe Contreras wrote:
> >>>> Since v3.7 the acpi backlight driver doesn't work at all on this machine
> >>>> because presumably the ACPI code contains stub code when Windows 8 OSI is
> >>>> reported.
> >>>>
> >>>> The commit ea45ea7 (in v3.11-rc2) tried to fix this problem by using the intel
> >>>> backlight driver, however, on this machine it turns the backlight completely
> >>>> off when it reaches level 0%, after which the user might have a lot trouble
> >>>> trying to bring it back.
> >>>
> >>> What do you mean by a lot of trouble? If you press hotkey to increase
> >>> backlight brightness level, does it work?
> >>
> >> I guess so, *if* there is indeed a user-space power manager handling
> >> that, *and* the keyboard has such keys, *or* the user has set custom
> >> hotkeys.
> >
> > Right, for a GUI environment this may not be a big problem(user uses Fn
> > key to decrease brightness level and then hit the black screen, it's
> > natural he will use Fn key to increase brightness level).
> >
> >>
> >>> If so, the screen should not
> >>> be black any more, it's not that user has to blindly enter some command
> >>> to get out of the black screen.
> >>>
> >>> And I'm not sure if this is a bug of intel_backlight(setting a low level
> >>> makes the screen almost off), I see different models with different
> >>> vendors having this behavior.
> >>
> >> I mean, the screen is completely off, I cannot see absolutely
> >> anything. I don't see this behavior with the ACPI backlight driver,
> >> nor do I see that in Windows 7.
> >>
> >>> If this is deemed a bug, then I'm afraid
> >>> intel_backlight interface is useless for a lot of systems...perhaps we
> >>> can only say, intel_backlight's interpretation of low levels are
> >>> different with ACPI video's, and that's probably why its type is named
> >>> as raw :-)
> >>
> >> Well, a bug is defined as unexpected behavior -- as a user, if I'm
> >> changing the brightness of the screen, I certainly don't expect the
> >> screen to turn off, and I think that's the expectation from most
> >> people. It's the first time I see something like that.
> >
> > I agree this is kind of un-expected. At the same time, this seems to be
> > the normal behavior for intel_backlight. I don't know what the correct
> > thing to do here if this is something we want to avoid - modify intel
> > backlight handling code not to set too low value or change the user
> > space tool not to set a too low value if they are interacting with a
> > raw type interface. Neither of them sounds cool... Or, users may get
> > used to it, I for example, don't find this to be very annoying, but
> > maybe I'm already used to it.
> BTW, for the complete screen off problem, I don't see there is anything
> wrong with it from code's point of view. It's not that there is an error
> in code or this is a broken hardware that caused the screen off when
> setting a very low or 0 brightness level, it is simply the expected
> behavior of what this interface can provide. It can really set the
> brightness level to minimum(zero) or maximum. Don't get me wrong, I
> didn't mean this is a good user experience, I don't know that. I just
> don't think this is a program bug, and I don't know if this should be
> fixed or not - obviously this interface did what it is asked to do,
> correctly.

Precisely, user space asks for 0 and the kernel delivers.

And there are reasons why 0 should be "screen off", like power management
(when you have a policy to dim the screen completely after a period of
inactivity, for example).

So in my opinion, if that's a problem for anyone, it has to be addressed in
user space and if there are any vendors who try to address *that* in their ACPI
tables, that's one more reason to avoid using ACPI for backlight control.


I speak only for myself.
Rafael J. Wysocki, Intel Open Source Technology Center.

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