HP screen brightness F12

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http://forums.fedoraforum.org – I am using fedora-12 64bit (XFCE desktop) on my hp laptop (see sig) I have the latest kernel ( and updates. On boot - when the blue screen with teardrop comes up, i can see the screen is bright, as the teardrop fills the brightness drops considerably. I have looked through settings and the only thing i can find with brightness is in the desktop settings but this only affects my desktop wallpaper - not the overall brightness of the screen. Is this connected to video drivers? I am running the nouveau driver and I get an error on boot up (HowTos)