@Mark, nope, just TURN IT OFF after a specific time, no brightness control at all in Power Settings.
@Germ, not on my W7 Home Prem., nothing like it at all. I'd bet it is a part of your DISPLAY DRIVER that put it there... I'm too lazy to take and post a screen shot, but you can if you want and I'll match mine later <VBG>...
I also went to HELP AND SUPPORT and searched for Display Brightness, came up with this :
Adjust your monitor's brightness and contrast
You can adjust the brightness and contrast of your monitor to improve the readability of text and to make digital pictures appear more like they'll look when printed.
To improve the results when adjusting the brightness and contrast settings for your display, use Display Color Calibration. (Display Color Calibration helps you adjust these color settings and others.) For more information about calibrating your display color in Windows, see Calibrate your display.
The way you adjust brightness and contrast varies and depends on your specific display.
Brightness and contrast buttons on the front of the monitor. Some monitors have brightness and contrast controls on the front and use the standard symbols shown in the following image.
Brightness and contrast symbols
On-screen menu. You can change the brightness and contrast settings for some displays by using an on-screen menu, and then setting the brightness and contrast in the resulting menu. Many times, you can view the on-screen menu by pressing a button—possibly labeled Menu—on the front of the monitor.
Laptop display. Laptop displays don't have brightness or contrast buttons on the front. For a majority of laptops, there isn't a control for setting the contrast. However, you can set the brightness of many laptops by pressing and holding the Fn key, and then pressing a function key to decrease brightness () or increase brightness (). When using Display Color Calibration on a laptop, set the display to the maximum brightness setting.
For more information about setting the brightness and contrast for your display, check the information that came with it or go to the manufacturer's website.
THAT does work for me, DISPLAY COLOR CALIBRATION, but so does ATI's CCC...