C
Need help with mba6x_bl?
Click the “chat” button below for chat support from the developer who created it, or find similar developers for support.
patjak

Description

MacBook Air 6,1 and 6,2 (mid 2013) backlight driver

126 Stars 20 Forks GNU General Public License v2.0 52 Commits 18 Opened issues

Services available

Need anything else?

Installation

You need to have the kernel headers (e.g. linux-header-generic) installed for the kernel you're compiling for. You also need the build tools (build-essential or similar).

  • git clone git://github.com/patjak/mba6x_bl
  • cd mba6x_bl
  • make
  • sudo make install
  • sudo depmod -a

Note: You no longer need to specify mba6x_bl as your backlight device in /etc/X11/xorg.conf. This is now handled automatically by promoting the driver above the ACPI backlight interface.

At this point you can load the module

sudo modprobe mba6x_bl

Then restart X (usually log in / log out will do the trick). The module should automatically load on next boot on any MacBook Air 6,x.

If brightness control still doesn't work:

You may need to follow the directions suggested in #65 and do the following: 1. Create

usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/98-mba6bl.conf
. 2. In that file, enter the following content (from here):
Section "Device"
  Identifier "Intel Graphics"
  Driver "Intel"
  Option "Backlight"  "mba6x_backlight"
EndSection
3. Remove
/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf
or move it to a backup directory. 4. Log in/log out or
$ reboot
.

Debian dkms package

You can either follow the long route https://wiki.kubuntu.org/Kernel/Dev/DKMSPackaging, or download a pre-made .deb.zip file of v1.1.0 from https://github.com/patjak/mba6x_bl/files/505288/mba6xbl-dkms_1.1.0_all.deb.zip, which can be installed with

dpkg -i
. (Installing v1.0.0 can result in build errors; see #55.)

Ubuntu specific instructions

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookAir6-2/Trusty#Backlight

Arch Linux dkms package

An Arch Linux prepared package can be found at https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/mba6x_bl-dkms/

Gentoo ebuild

A Gentoo ebuild can be had at https://github.com/chrisperelstein/gentoo-overlay/blob/master/x11-drivers/mba6x_bl/mba6x_bl-9999.ebuild. You can install with

layman -o https://github.com/chrisperelstein/gentoo-overlay/raw/master/overlay.xml -a chrisperelstein
, unmasking by adding
=x11-drivers/mba6x_bl-9999::chrisperelstein **
to /etc/portage/package.acceptkeywords, followed by `emerge mba6xbl`.

We use cookies. If you continue to browse the site, you agree to the use of cookies. For more information on our use of cookies please see our Privacy Policy.