[How to] Adjust brightness in Toshiba Satellite laptops in Ubuntu

Adjusting brightness in nVidia Settings in Ubuntu, Toshiba Satellite Laptops; Default status

One of the main discouraging things for me to use Ubuntu, the great Linux-based OS, in my Toshiba Satellite laptop was the inability to adjust brightness (discouraged to go Ubuntu, read this.) It has been pain in ass for over months, no matter how much I try to be Ubuntu centric, the brightness of the Satellite L740 kicked me away. The reason behind being I prefer to work in less lights, almost everything black if NOT green. Finally, I got a solution, how to adjust brightness in Toshiba laptops hence the article.

Adjusting brightness in nVidia Settings in Ubuntu, Toshiba Satellite Laptops; Default status
Adjusting brightness in nVidia Settings in Ubuntu, Toshiba Satellite Laptops; Default status

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The mobile sales has surpassed the PC sales in 2011 (see the projected PC and mobile sales thru 2013 below, which has come true) and the market is still going exponential for smartphones and tablets. Looks like era of Desktop PCs and Notebook PCs has been just archived, we know traditional desktop and notebook PCs can never expire tho’.

The savvy IT organization today realizes that this trend is happening and that IT can lead, follow, or become road kill. – IDC


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Ways to improve your computer's performance

Ways to improve your computer’s performance

Performance Information and Tools lists tasks that can help improve the performance of your computer, and it also shows information about your computer’s performance capabilities.

  • Go to Control Panel\Performance Information and Tools to open Performance Information and Tools.


Tasks that can help improve performance

The left pane of Performance Information and Tools includes tasks that can help you improve your computer’s performance. This table describes these tasks.



Manage startup programs

Some programs start themselves automatically when you start Windows. Too many of these programs opening at the same time can slow down your computer.

To disable these programs from startup and improve performance, use Windows Defender from Control Panel and for more information, see Stop a program from running automatically when Windows starts.

Adjust visual effects

You can optimize performance by changing how menus and windows appear.

Adjust indexing options

Indexing options can help you find what you’re looking for quickly and easily on your computer.

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Adjust power settings

Change power-related settings so that your computer resumes from power-saving settings more efficiently, and adjust battery usage for portable computers.

Open Disk Cleanup

This tool deletes unnecessary or temporary files on your hard disk so you can increase the amount of storage space you have.

Advanced tools

Access advanced system tools, such as Event Viewer and System Information, that system administrators and IT professionals often use to solve problems. You can also view notifications about performance-related issues and what to do about them. For example, if Windows detects that a driver is reducing performance, click the notification to learn which driver is causing the problem and view help on how to update the driver. Issues listed at the beginning of the list are impacting the system more than issues listed later in the list.

View details about your computer’s hardware

You can also find out your computer’s Windows Experience Index base score. This score measures the capability of your computer’s hardware and software configuration and is a general indication of performance. The index is used by other software publishers, so you can buy programs that are matched to your computer’s base score.

It is also important that you view some of these issues:

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  • Exit a program that is not responding

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Ways to extend Notebook battery life on the go; how to Improve Laptop Battery Life

Oops! battery. In our everyday life, draining out battery is one of the treacherous acts to better workmanship. Be it a Cell Phone, a Portable Media Player (PMP), a Laptop or any handheld device unless it is solar powered; all of these run in most of the case, if not always, via battery power. And there is nothing called a long battery life. The trick is to get the most out of the power that’s available.Laptop battery, click here to read the full article

Here are few but effective ways to improve battery life or to elongate the operating hours for Notebooks. Based on number of cells ie 6-cell, 8-cell or 12-cell, battery life can be determined but the work load on your device consume the power in no another way. Most of the tips and tricks might apply to traveling or on-the-go.

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