If you are trying to fix the brightness on a Samsung NC10 running under Ubuntu linux (actually Xubuntu in this case) then you need to know this:

“Maximum brightness may be quite low if you don’t disable the “auto” brightness feature in the BIOS (F2 at start-up). “

From Ubuntu NC10 support forum

Also, whenever I fix anything with my linux installation, I feel like some sort of MAGICIAN-GOD

That is all