Asus G73JH Keyboard Light Failure

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    jr15 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi all,

    I know there is a old thread on this but unfortunately all the links don;t work and I was hoping someone has the kblightsfix.rar file to repair this.
    My keyboard lights have suddenly stopped working and no longer flash when my laptop boots up. I was running the later bios 2.11 and updated to 2.13 with no success. I also uninstalled my ATK driver package and installed the latest one but no success. When I press Fn + f3 or f4 nothing happens and no symbol comes on the screen. The other hotkey functions work and show the symbol on the screen.
    Appreciate if someone is able help.
     
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    Here you go. The forum only permits .zip extensions, not .rar, so rename this file to G73JhFixKBLights.rar

    md5sum: fcdc0a16db9193f7303ce042388ebf3d


    Here's the original thread:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/keyboard-light-fix-gary-key.513264/
     

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    Thank you very much ALLurGroceries! :) Will try later after work.
    I am confused why it stopped. I have a back up hdd with the original Win 7 pro restore image and put that in, did a factory reset and still no lights. Keyboard not even flashing at boot up. Has anyone else seen this? Could it be the actual keyboard has failed where the second led ribbon attaches? Cheers
     
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    Yeah, that was what the keyboard fix above was supposed to address. It works for some people. You don't need to reinstall anything to rule out software/drivers, you could just try a linux live image from a USB stick because the G73-era keyboard lights have been supported for a long time. Good luck!
     
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    Great. Really helpful and gives me some confidence as once you start using a lighted keyboard it is much easier on the eyes.
    Could you please explain the linux live image (if possible) as never used linux. Thanks
     
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    Here are a couple of tools that will download an OS image and write a bootable USB stick:

    http://unetbootin.github.io/

    https://rufus.ie/

    I'd go with Ubuntu if you are new to Linux. When you boot from the USB stick just choose the 'boot ubuntu without installing' option or whatever it's called now. Cheers
     
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    Much appreciated. :)
    So, do you recommend I run the fix with Ubuntu installed and not Windows 7?
     
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    No, the fix is run from a DOS environment on a bootable DOS USB stick. It can't run under any other OS.
     
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    Sorry and thanks for clarifying. I will look at in more detail tonight. Grateful for you posting all this so soon and hopefully I can get the lights working again. Cheers
     
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    Just to be clear -- the file above involves a firmware hack from an ASUS employee. It writes to the embedded controller (EC) part of the BIOS. So once you have run it once, it will apply no matter what OS or software you are running. Think of it like a type of BIOS update or patch (and with the same level of risk involved).
     
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