I have an ASUS laptop (ASUS X53S series) and I want to adjust the volume by using the FN key and F10 (mute), F11 (vol down), F12 (vol up).

Also F9 key is not working as well(this is for enabling/disabling the touchpad).

I have seen this question but didn't see any solution.

All the other FN buttons seem to work(changing brightness,turning off display,switching off wifi).

Is there any way to do so?

  • Have you tried going to Keyboard Shortcuts and set the desired as a shortcut?
    – Rasmus
    Oct 3, 2011 at 7:23

3 Answers 3


I had the same problem with my ASUS K53E.

sudo apt-get install git

git clone git://git.iksaif.net/acpi4asus-dkms.git

cd acpi4asus-dkms 


sudo make install

sudo modprobe asus-nb-wmi  

After every kernel update the above will be erased and you will need to re-do it every time until it is included in a kernel version at a later stage. To make it easier create a .deb package which will be easier to install.

sudo apt-get install debhelper 

cd acpi4asus-dkms 


sudo dpkg -i [newly-created-package].deb

sudo modprobe asus-nb-wmi


I have a little different computer though; mine is a K53E and yours is an X53S, so I can't guarantee that it'll work.

  • This worked great :D thanks a lot! We do have the same motherboard ;)
    – Chris
    Oct 3, 2011 at 23:15
  • I have noticed that F9 button (toggle touchpad) is not working. Any workaround for that?
    – Chris
    Oct 5, 2011 at 12:05
  • fatal: unable to connect to git.iksaif.net: Sep 28, 2014 at 3:07

This happened to me... I was previously a Mac user and this confused me... it appears as though you have to hold down the Function Key on the bottom right while pushing the vol buttons in order for them to adjust up or down.

  • 2
    The text in the question indicates the user is holding down the <fn> key.
    – djeikyb
    Jun 11, 2013 at 6:22

If you press the Fn button at the bottom left corner of your keypad, next to the Ctrl button, and press F11 or F12 while you're at it, you'll be able to control your volume on the keypad.

So it's:

  • Fn + F11 → volume decreases,

  • Fn + F12 → volume increases.

  • 2
    The body question indicates that the OP is using these keys. Aug 20, 2013 at 15:50

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