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I'm trying to use the answer for 166261 question. The suggested package ( install asus-wmi-dkms_0.2_all.deb.gz package (from ) seems not working for me. There is any new package / ppa for asus-wmi-dkms ?

Description of my framework:


Machine: Asus N56V laptop



  • Kubuntu 12.04 amd64

  • kernel linux-image-generic-lts-quantal ( and drivers from ubuntu-x-swat ppa


Hardware and problems

  • after installation do not boot - SOLVED using boot-repair

  • every couple of hours the system freezes - SOLVED using 3.5 kernel

  • keybord FN keys - PARTIALLY WORKING (using asus-wmi -v 999.01)

  • Keyboard backlight - NOT WORKING

  • Nvidia GEFORCE GT - NOT USED glxgears says 60 fps

  • Ethernet Atheros card - SOLVED install alx driver

  • external subwoofer - SOLVED adding options snd-hda-intel model=asus-mode4



see the asnwers to the 162047 and 166261 questions


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Since you are using an unsupported, unofficial kernel, this is not surprising. Does the package work/build on the official 3.2.0-27 kernel? – izx Jul 30 '12 at 19:43
well, as stated in the link, the .deb package was intended for the 3.5.0-2-generic kernel. The standard 12.04 kernel creates a lot of problems: all the hardware problems reported above (see the answer to 166261 question). The problem is that I cannot find any asus_wmi package (the only ppa I found is the Keng-Yu lin but it is for oneiric). So my question: is this module included in the kernel? Or it is mantained elsewere? – Mirto Busico Aug 1 '12 at 15:19
up vote 2 down vote accepted

The latest Quantal update brings kernel 3.5.0-11 which supports all (except brightness) functionbuttons out of the box. Be sure to remove the dkms module first!

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I'll try asap. Now I have kernel 3.5.0-13-generic from ubuntu-x-swat/q-lts-backport/ – Mirto Busico Aug 30 '12 at 7:52
Users expiriencing crashes and unbootable systems should have a look at: – peterrus Aug 30 '12 at 16:36
Hi, I've removed the dkms module with "sudo dkms remove --all -m asus-wmi -v 999.01". Then rebooted. All works well, but the FN key for brightness (as you said) and for keyboard backlight didin't work – Mirto Busico Aug 30 '12 at 17:44
You could always file a bugreport for that against the linux-kernel ( and it might just get fixed – peterrus Aug 30 '12 at 21:58
Thanks. I'll file a bug this evening when I'll have access to the asus notebook – Mirto Busico Aug 31 '12 at 7:15

0) install quantal kernel headers
1) tar zxvf asus-wmi.tar.gz to /usr/src/
2) sudo dkms build -m asus-wmi -v 999.01
3) sudo dkms install -m asus-wmi -v 999.01


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Done, getting the kernel from ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/q-lts-backport - now the volume fn keys work correctly; but still no keyboard_backligth. A new directory appeared /sys/devices/platform/asus-nb-wmi/leds/asus::kbd_backlight I'm investigating on the content – Mirto Busico Aug 9 '12 at 17:33
Investigating I've seen that /sys/class/leds/asus::kbd_backlight/brightness contains the value 3 - This should indicate that the keyboerd_mackligth is on at the maximum brightness - Still it is not illuminted – Mirto Busico Aug 9 '12 at 17:46

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