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ViskasDievo
03-06-2012, 01:29 AM
I've purchased the G53S Series Notebook a couple weeks ago, but just realized that the keyboard's back light isn't working. I downloaded the ATKPackage_Win7_64_Z100010 driver, and its still not working. The screen brightness control works well (FN+F6/FN+F5).

Hmmm is it hardware failure? What should I do? Should I bring it to Asus service center nearby, or could I repair it myself by removing the keyboard. But I dont know how to do it.

Any suggestion or help will be appreciated.

Thank you

vudugan
03-06-2012, 05:22 AM
Popped the keyboard off mine to find the cable loose, connected it and all is well.

ViskasDievo
03-06-2012, 06:11 AM
well thx for replying, but its quite risky because I'm not too savvy with these hardware things. I'm afraid my attempt might broke some of the components.

but are u sure it's a hardware failure, not some software things?

ViskasDievo
03-06-2012, 09:23 AM
Btw could anyone give me tutorial to open the keyboard? hmm I'm kinda confused with the tutorial on the internet that said that we must push in some area above the esc button and other button to unlock the keyboard. Hmm I've pushed it several times but still the keyboard didn't pop out.

vudugan
03-07-2012, 12:44 AM
There is a slot above ..esc, f5, f9, prt sc and end buttons. You need something like a small flat head or paperclip even to pop the tabs. Do not just jam it in there. With enough force you will hear a small click and even notice the keyboard rise a bit. SLOWLY tilt keyboard towards you to see if the two cables/ribbons are connected. My right cable/ribbon was loose and I just plugged it back in with the orange stripes facing up. Ideally the tab should be on the top but mine did not respond that way (along with a few others on this site that I have seen).

EDIT: Btw, I am not a Tech... Just adventurous, proceed at your own risk!

ViskasDievo
03-07-2012, 12:53 AM
There is a slot above ..esc, f5, f9, prt sc and end buttons. You need something like a small flat head or paperclip even to pop the tabs. Do not just jam it in there. With enough force you will hear a small click and even notice the keyboard rise a bit. SLOWLY tilt keyboard towards you to see if the two cables/ribbons are connected. My right cable/ribbon was loose and I just plugged it back in with the orange stripes facing up. Ideally the tab should be on the top but mine did not respond that way (along with a few others on this site that I have seen).

EDIT: Btw, I am not a Tech... Just adventurous, proceed at your own risk!

I've opened it but the orange cable was connected well, hmm I think it's not loose.. or it just me that think it's not loose..
Well could it be some bios problem with backlight? I've seen some forum said that ASUS Center fix it by doing something at your BIOS somehow.. Any of you know about this?

Jeez even it just backlight keyboard but it really concern me this much, because its new..

vudugan
03-07-2012, 01:13 AM
I think I read the same post you mentioned. Guess I was fortunate to open it up and see the loose cable as my issue...

ViskasDievo
03-07-2012, 02:19 AM
I think I read the same post you mentioned. Guess I was fortunate to open it up and see the loose cable as my issue...

Hmm.. I'm considering to re-flash the BIOS, or even update it with new version. But I want to make sure.. I'm afraid its not the BIOS thing.. Btw thx for your help tough

dstrakele
03-07-2012, 03:08 AM
If your keyboard backlights flash briefly during startup, it is likely a driver issue. If there is no flash, it is a BIOS or hardware problem. If you do choose to reflash the BIOS, be sure to "Load Optimized Defaults" (F9) and then Save & Exit.

ViskasDievo
03-07-2012, 03:23 AM
If your keyboard backlights flash briefly during startup, it is likely a driver issue. If there is no flash, it is a BIOS or hardware problem. If you do choose to reflash the BIOS, be sure to "Load Optimized Defaults" (F9) and then Save & Exit.

There is no flash during startup.. Okay in that case I'll try to reflash the BIOS. But could you explain me how to do it? Because I never flash BIOS before, I'm afraid to damage other things during flashing. Btw thx before , I really appreciate your help :D

btw i've read this thread : http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?11431-ASUS-fixed-my-keyboard-backlight-issue!!

Well it has the same bios with me (205), the light never turn on even at startup, but he use g7sw not g5sw, he just sent it to asus service center. He said that there was a BIOS tool to activate that light.. Hmm I wonder what it was.. Or any of you know about that?

dstrakele
03-07-2012, 03:37 AM
There are instructions to flash the BIOS using the EasyFlash utility in the BIOS and a flash drive at the bottom of the OP in http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?5224-Drivers-Apps-and-How-to-s. Place the FAT32-formatted flash drive with the BIOS file in a USB 2.0 port. Then enter the BIOS and perform the flash with the EasyFlash utility.

System Information can display your current BIOS version. The one you flash should have a later date.

You could also try Load Optimized Defaults with your current BIOS before you flash a new one.

ViskasDievo
03-07-2012, 03:55 AM
There are instructions to flash the BIOS using the EasyFlash utility in the BIOS and a flash drive at the bottom of the OP in http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?5224-Drivers-Apps-and-How-to-s. Place the FAT32-formatted flash drive with the BIOS file in a USB 2.0 port. Then enter the BIOS and perform the flash with the EasyFlash utility.

System Information can display your current BIOS version. The one you flash should have a later date.

You could also try Load Optimized Defaults with your current BIOS before you flash a new one.

Okay, I've used 'Load Optimized Default', and light still off. I'll try to upgrade the BIOS. But from ASUS Website it only provided me with 203 BIOS, while my BIOS version is 205. Hmm is there any site that I could download the latest driver of G53S?

ViskasDievo
03-08-2012, 04:51 AM
It seems the problem occurred to another persons :

http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?11647-Backlit-keyboard-won-t-work-G53SX-SZ061V

could it be that version of G53S have some problem with its BIOS?

bule
09-17-2012, 04:25 PM
For future reference I found this solution on the following site

http://xoticpcforums.com/showthread.php?7937-Fn-keys-not-working

It solved my problem for me. The only difference now is that I have to turn on the keyboard lights manually by pressing the
light switch, top extreme left, twice. Is worth trying this before going to more complex solutions.

*Originally Posted by*Soundaholic*
Hi guys, the Fn keys on my G53 seems to have stopped working after a few days (volume up/down, keyboard light, etc). The
thing I"m most concerned about is the I'm not able to use my keyboard backlight now. I'm pretty sure the LED itself is still
working because it still flashes during startup. Not sure what I did that disabled the Fn keys. I uninstalled some of the
bloatwares, but I don't think it has anything to do with that. All of my startup programs are enabled. My guess is that it had
something with the Windows update that installed since it happened around that time. Any suggestions on how to fix it?

*It seems I have to reactivate the driver after that particular Windows update.*
for future reference for fellow G53 user, go to
C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ATK Package\ATK Hotkey and open Hcontrol. That should make your keyboard work fine again.

Source:*http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus...rs-lounge.html

ruhaifi_zainol
01-04-2014, 05:52 AM
TRY THESE!
C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ATK Package\ATK Hotkey and open Hcontrol. That should make your keyboard work fine again.