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    Default Backtrack on Asus G55VW

    Hello everybody,

    I just got my new Asus ROG G55VW-S1025D and installed BackTrack 5 R3 x64 as the only OS (I will use the laptop mainly for pen-testing and other sysadmin stuff) ... The laptop specs are as follows :

    Display: 15.6" 1920x1080 60Hz Matte
    Intel Core i7-3610QM (2.30GHz, 1600MHz, 6MB), 
    Video nVidia GeForce GTX660M 2GB GDDR5, 
    RAM 8GB DDR3 1600MHz (2x4GB, 2 sloturi libere), 
    HDD 750GB 7.200rpm, SuperMulti DL DVD+/-RW, 
    Card Reader 3-1 (SD/MMC/MS), 
    Speakers Sonic Master, HD webcam, 
    LAN 10/100/1000, 
    WLAN b/g/n, 
    no Modem, 
    Bluetooth 4.0, 
    no Finger Print Reader, 
    Ports: 4xUSB3.0/1xHDMI/1xRJ45/1xVGA/1xMic/1xHeadphone/1xmini Display Port
    From the ground up there are some issues that I encountered (Remember ...this is a clean install with the updates available on 27.11.2012):
    *** Everything will be done as root or you can add "sudo" in front of every command line except the commented ones (between /*...*/)***

    1. Update Backtrack
    /* Update Backtrack*/
    apt-get update
    apt-get upgrade
    apt-get dist-upgrade
    2. nVidia Driver Instalation ():

    The first thing you have to to is to logout or close the Xorg server and then:
    wget /* Download the nVidia GTX660M driver(or go to the nVidia website and download the driver you need or a newer version of the driver)*/
    chmod +X            /* Make the installation file executable*/
    ./                         /* Start the installation*/
    And just follow the instructions on screen to finish the installation...then just reboot and everything will work !

    3. Wireless NIC (Network Internet Controller)

    As you probably already noticed you can't find anywhere (in the online specs) the model/version/producer of the wireless controller and at the first boot after installation if you run "ifconfig" or "iwconfig" you wont find any wireless adapter! Only in "lspci" it is shown as "Network controller: Intel Corporation Device 0887 (rev c4)" !! To work around this issue you have to do as follows:
    wget /*Download the latest Compat Drivers*/
    bunzip2 compat-wireless-3.6.8-1.tar.bz2 && tar xvf compat-wireless-3.6.8-1.tar   /*Extract the files*/
    cd compat-wireless-3.6.8-1 && make && make install                                       /*Install the drivers*/
    wget        /* Download iwlwifi-2030-ucode- */
    tar xvf iwlwifi-2030-ucode-                                                       /* Extract the files from the archive */
    cd iwlwifi-2030-ucode-                                                                  /* Go to the folder */
    mv * /lib/firmware/                                                                                    /* Move all the files into /lib/firmware */
    After the Reboot open a console and run "ifconfig" or "iwconfig" and your Wireless NIC should appear on the list (notice the wlan0 ? that is my network controller wifi interface )

    Sample Output :
     wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx 
              UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
    Next you will have to open Wicd Network Manager (default in Backtrack) go to Preferences and at the Wireless Interface ad "wlan0" (or what other interface you have) !! Reboot and now your wifi should work !!
    Now ... the Aircrack tools "work" after this but at first glance:
    - there is no channel hopping ... the channel is fixed on channel 1 even if you specify --cswitch (I will have to investigate further but i don`t have the time now)
    - didn't test to see if injection and everything else works But I will asap !

    4. Illuminated Keyboard and other Fn+Fx keys To make it work Do this:

    git clone git://
    cd acpi4asus-dkms
    make install
    Get the archive at (ubuntu forums account + minimum of 50 posts required) or (no account required)
    Note: there is perhaps more suitable place to get the asus-wmi kernel module sources, the patch and the dkms conf file

    extract the archive, and then extract the .deb and get the sources inside (asus-wmi.c is already patched with above patch):

     # cp -a usr/src/asus-wmi-0.2 /usr/src/
     # cd /usr/src/
     # dkms add -m asus-wmi -v 0.2
     # dkms built -m asus-wmi -v 0.2 -k 3.4.6-1-ARCH
     # dkms status
     # dkms install -m asus-wmi -v 0.2 -k 3.4.6-1-ARCH
     # dkms status
    replace 3.4.6-1-ARCH by your output for uname -r
    then :
    cp patch.patch /usr/src/linux/
    cd /usr/src/linux/
    patch -p1 < patch.patch
    Actually all you have to do is to install acpi4asus-master ... if it doesn't work take the steps above !

    keyboard backlight script

    In the same style that for screen backlight. As root, create the file /usr/local/share/kbd_backlight:

    # max should be 3
    max=$(cat ${path}/max_brightness)
    # step: represent the difference between previous and next brightness
    previous=$(cat ${path}/brightness)
    function commit {
    	if [[ $1 = [0-9]* ]]
    		if [[ $1 -gt $max ]]
    		elif [[ $1 -lt 0 ]]
    		echo $next >> ${path}/brightness
    		exit 0
    		exit 1
    case "$1" in
         commit $(($previous + $step))
         commit $(($previous - $step))
    	 commit $max
    	 $0 max
    	 commit 0
    	 echo $previous
    	 commit 1 
    	 # Allow members of users group to change brightness
    	 sudo chgrp users ${path}/brightness
    	 sudo chmod g+w ${path}/brightness
    	 # Allow members of users group to change brightness
    	 sudo chgrp root ${path}/brightness
    	 sudo chmod g-w ${path}/brightness
    	 commit	$1
    exit 0
    Allow file to be executed :

    # chmod +x /usr/local/share/kbd_backlight
    Allow users to change brightness at each boot :
    # echo "/bin/bash /usr/local/share/kbd_backlight allowusers" >> /etc/rc.local
    Adding to .zshrc or .bashrc :
    alias -g "kbd_backlight"="/bin/bash /usr/local/share/kbd_backlight"
    allows to easy toggle backlight in terminal :

    $ kbd_backlight up
    $ kbd_backlight down
    $ kbd_backlight max
    $ kbd_backlight off
    $ kbd_backlight night
    $ kbd_backlight 2
    $ kbd_backlight show
    5. Sound volume is low and adjusting the volume doesn't work + trying to access Sound Preferences hangs at "waiting for audio server" (or something like that) .
    This can be solved by installing the ALSA Pulse plugin, the PulseAudio daemons and the PulseAudio tools.
    (as root)
    apt-get install libasound2-plugins "pulseaudio-*" paman padevchooser paprefs pavucontrol pavumeter
    Next go to Sound Preferences/Hardware/ , select Internal Audio and at the Profiles tab select Analog Stereo Duplex !
    Next go to Output, select Internal Audio Analog Stereo and down at Connector select Analog Speakers and close the window !
    Go to System/Preferences/Startup Applications/Add and add this command "/usr/bin/pulseaudio"

    If the microphone from the laptop doesn't work go to Sound Preferences/Hardware/ , select Input and at Connector select Microphone 2 and close the window!

    I`ll get back on this thread asap and as i discover other problems/solutions I will post them here !

    Any questions are welcome and please don`t be a troll !!
    Last edited by co4ie; 12-15-2012 at 07:26 AM. Reason: Help !!

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