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broddam
07-01-2011, 07:54 PM
With the keyboard fix, i cant seem which file to put on my bootable disk. Of course you probably know this but inside fold i DL was :

ATK package_1.0.0008.zip
g73jhAS.213.zip
g73jwAS205.zip
synaptics_touchpad_15.2.11.zip
synaptics_touchpad_15.2.11.1-full.exe

Do I unzip the whole folder on to the bootable flashdrive which would put zip files on it or do I unzip each and every file on there? Either way, then what command do i run to run the fix? I had all the files on there and ran one of the zip files, just typed in what the file was called, but it didnt work. I cant seem to find a tutorial on it here like I did when I updated the BIOS to 213.

Trying to fix my KB lights by the way.

Chastity@ASUS
07-03-2011, 01:05 AM
You're looking at the wrong fix :)

Allow me to copy it over, as I cannot find the sticky

Download Links:
MD5 Hash (Hashtab): FCDC0A16DB9193F7303CE042388EBF3D

Chastity Link: http://pcaudio.org/stuff/G73JhFixKBLights.rar

I am still not able to post a new thread or link to our FTP so I will provide a shortcut to the files needed to fix the missing lights on the G73Jh keyboard after a failed flash. This solution is provided as is and will only be supported by yours truly. If you are not comfortable flashing the BIOS on the G73Jh and have the missing light issue then I highly suggest you contact our Service group to arrange a RMA. Although every precaution has been taken to ensure the safety of this flash, there is always the possibility of a failed flash due to power outage, hardware modifications to the unit, or simply bad luck.

That said there are three compressed folders within the downloaded file. The fine people at HP produced an excellent USB Disk Tool that allows you to create a bootable USB Flash Drive and this program is located in the HPUSBDisk.rar folder. In order to create a bootable drive you will also need the required DOS files and the nice personnel at Microsoft provided these files in the Win98boot.rar folder. Extract both folders to your hard drive and open the HP USB Disk tool and follow the instructions to create a clean bootable flash drive. Additional instructions on how to do this are easily available via Google. After creating the bootable flash drive (FAT32 is the safest option) then you will want to extract the contents of the Fixmykb.rar file to this drive.

For those of you who already have a bootable USB Flash Drive then you will want to extract the contents of the Fixmykb.rar file to this drive. Now you are ready to have the lights come on.

1. Boot into Windows and turn off the lights completely using the light switch button in the upper left corner on the keyboard deck. Insert your bootable USB flash drive with the Fixmykb.rar contents extracted on to it.
2. Reboot and quickly start tapping the Delete key to enter the BIOS. You will want to navigate to the Boot section of the BIOS and then change the Hard Drive boot settings on Option 1 to your Flash drive. Exit the BIOS while saving the settings and the unit should boot of the USB drive now.
3. Once you have booted off the USB drive, simply type fixmykb and you should see a flash completion screen immediately. Remove the flash drive and power down the system.
4. Wait ten seconds and then power up the system and enter Windows. Once in Windows, turn on the lights with the switch button and you should have a backlit keyboard now, use FN+F4 to brighten the keyboard or FN+F3 to dim it.
5. Now just in case this did not work then reboot the system and wait until you are in Windows, press FN+F4 a couple of times and the keyboard should be backlit now. We did experience on two systems (several BIOS flashes to various builds along with the vBIOS flashes) that the unit needed the ATK drivers loaded again so if the lights are not working by now, please reload the ATK drivers. I highly recommend using the latest version on our site. After uninstalling the old set, rebooting, and then installing the latest ATK driver set the lights should start working again after using the FN+F4 procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me. If this fix proves successful for you then it would be nice to hear it but more importantly if it did not work then we need you to PM me. I used this routine 500 times and it always returned the lights to working order on an approved ASUS BIOS. If you are using a modified BIOS, do not try this procedure without reverting back to an ASUS BIOS as it could render your system inoperable.

Sincerely,
Gary

broddam
07-03-2011, 03:24 AM
ALthough it didnt work, thx Chasity. I do have the light bar (under screen, always had it) and I do have the notification on screen when hitting FnF4 but no lights on keyboard. I am going to try and reinstall the ATK drivers I guess and see what that does.

***UPDATE*** Didn't work...Although now I can see on the screen when all lights SHOULD be on or off. Where before I I couldn't see when all lights where off or on. I wonder if maybe my KB is not plugged in for lights (i think it has a ribbon just for lights doesn't it?) Scared to remove KB though. Any other recommendations?

Josea
07-03-2011, 10:28 AM
Broddam, At this point do the lights flash when you power on? I understand your hesitancy to remove the keyboard, not for the faint of heart;)

broddam
07-03-2011, 01:25 PM
No sir, lights do not flash at power on. Never have. Only thing different is that I now have the on screen display, when hitting the button in top left or using FnF4(F3). Only light O have on KB is the power light, the three buttons in top left do not light up either. I think i saw on a youtube video where they are supposed to light up also.

Josea
07-03-2011, 03:11 PM
Broddam, You are correct, the 3 buttons should light up as well as the power on switch. ( The ATK software fixed the on screen display). I am 99% sure you need to disassemble the machine as you hinted at above (check the ribbon connection) B4 you do it wait for at least one of the experts in this forum to confirm, there may be another soulution that I am not aware of.
I have never done the Flash fix, Did you see the aforementioned ' flash completion screen ' when you did that procedure?

broddam
07-03-2011, 03:44 PM
Yea Josea, as far as I know I did. I mean I saw a screen, but without knowing exactly what it was supposed to be I cant say. Immediately though the screen showed something.

Chastity@ASUS
07-03-2011, 07:32 PM
If you do not have the lights flashing up on boot, then you have an issue. Did you ever disassemble the kb? If so, then you may have the lights cable upside-down. The gold leads need to face up at you, not face down.

broddam
07-03-2011, 09:17 PM
Never have taken KB off....I just got this last week as a refurb off newegg. All seems to be fine now except for the KB lights. Should I try and remove the KB and how much risk is it?

Josea
07-03-2011, 11:04 PM
I kid a lot, but no kidding here Chasity has forgotten more than most people know about computers. This video may be of help
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp90M_N6dzs
The fact that is was refurbed could certainly indicate the need to take the keyboard off. Keyboard removal starts around minute 3.

broddam
07-04-2011, 02:46 AM
Well I had already seen that video but was still concerned about removing that keyboard because after they remove it, they mention straightening out, fixing and resealing part of it. But actually once you see how it comes off, there is nothing to it. I took mine off, reversed the way my ribbon was entered and VOILA, I now have KB lights! Sweet, very nice. thank you both! Although I dont have any lights for the three buttons in the top left, but I dont care about them unless there is a simple fix for it.

I know have my BIOS, vBIOS and KB lights done. GUess I will now look at some of the other drivers recommended on the sticky page. THX AGAIN!

Josea
07-06-2011, 04:19 PM
Glad to hear that , IF you press the first button on the left, does it do anyhing? IT should toggle between all off, all on, lightbar on , and light bar off. and these should be shown on the screen. IF you open task manager and look at process tab do you have ATKosd32.exe running? (you should ) If you do not have this process and are running windows 7 64 bit I would try removing the ATK package, reboot and install ATK 1.0.0008

EricSP
10-23-2012, 10:32 AM
does this fix also work on G75? It seems my backlit keyboard automagically stopped working... ughh

Sophisticus
12-04-2013, 08:44 AM
Thanks to Gary for this one.

I've been messing around with this fix for a day or so to get it to work, but finally got there.

Most of my issues were around getting a workable USB storage and disabling ALL other boot options, this finally worked.

Major differences in my PC

- KB lights now flash at start up
- Fn+ F3/F4 now shows the lights up/down display. Before all other Fn's would show the action on screen but not for KB

Thanks a million, I picked this PC up for a steal as the KB lights didn't work!

You rock