Having problems with the brightness control on an external LED Cinema Display?
I'm posting this purely as a potential service for anyone who might be Googling for a solution to the same LED Cinema Display screen brightness problem I wrestled with last week.
When setting up a non-Thunderbolt Apple 27" LED Cinema Display as a secondary monitor for an iMac (mine is a 27" iMac 11,3, 2.8 GHz Intel Core i5, mid-2010), there can be a problem controlling brightness on the secondary monitor. There is no physical brightness control on the 27" LED Cinema Display, and when you connect the secondary monitor through the Mini DisplayPort, although everything else seems to work fine, there is no virtual brightness control for the second monitor in the System Prefs—>Displays panels either, regardless of how you have the monitors arranged.
With help from several experts, I tried about half a dozen possible solutions over several days. It stumped a number of Apple experts, to the point that the AppleCare Tech Support Supervisor was about to submit a help ticket to the Apple engineers in Cupertino. The solution is that, although the external monitor works in every other way with just the Mini DisplayPort cable connected, to restore the brightness control you ALSO have to connect the USB cable. (This also activates the USB ports on the external monitor, so it has that additional benefit.) The Brightness slider then magically shows up in the appropriate control panel.
Hope this helps someone out there at some point.
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