Before doing *anything* to your new Asus G75VW notebook, REMEMBER TO LOG IN TO YOU WINDOWS INSTALL AND CREATE A RECOVERY DISK. You will NOT be able to run the Recovery software after modifying the bootloader. (I tried setting up dual-booting, and found this out the hard way. If anyone could be so kind as to make a recovery disk for me, I'd appreciate it. I have my own Win7 key)
HOW TO install Ubuntu on your Asus G75VW (no dual boot)
- Make a bootable DVD of the latest and greatest Ubuntu Desktop (32-bit) distribution.
- Insert the bootable DVD into your bluray/DVD drive. Restart your machine. REMEMBER to press the ESC key as soon as the machine boots up in order to get the boot menu.
- As soon as you see the color purple (that screen with the keyboard symbol and a human outline), hit any arrow key. You should be presented with a list of actions, including the option to simply run the live CD, and install. DO NOT simply hit enter. You will need to do the following...
- Select Install, but modify the entry by pressing F6 before hitting enter. You will need to set "acpi=off" ...otherwise, your machine will hang and you won't get to the install process. After selecting the "acpi=off" option, hit ENTER to continue.
- When the installer presents you with the options to "download updates" and "install 3rd party" stuff, MAKE SURE BOTH CHECKBOXES ARE CHECKED. You WILL need internet connectivity. Wireless should work, just click the networking icon in the top right, and connect to your wireless network as usual, ...or simply plug in an ethernet cable to your network. In fact, go ahead and PLUG IN VIA ETHERNET cable. It's safer that way. Go through the entire installation set up. I simply selected the entirety of SDA (the SSD drive) and completely overwrote it with the Ubuntu install.
- After the installation routines complete, you will be asked to restart your machine. Go ahead and follow the instructions to restart, remove the DVD from your drive and restart.
- When you restart, and are presented with the GRUB bootloader screen, do *NOT* simply hit enter for the first option. Use the second option, the one that says "Ubuntu (recovery)" or something to that effect.
- When the Ubuntu Recovery menu appears, you will need to enable networking by selecting the "Enable Networking" option and hitting enter. If you encounter issues with no wireless networks showing up, you may need to manually add your wireless network's ESSID via a Terminal. Open up a Terminal window and see the following help info to accomplish this STEP 9
- You will be presented with the Ubuntu Recovery menu again, this time, select the "Root shell" (or whatever that option is for the root prompt is), and hit enter.
- You will need to install the NVIDIA DRIVERS. Do this by typing
apt-get install nvidia-current
- When the nvidia driver installation completes, type and press enter. This will send you back to the Ubuntu Recovery menu.
- Select the "RESUME" option, and press enter. You will now see the Ubuntu Desktop log in screen.
- After logging in, you will need to open up a Terminal window, and run the nvidia-xconfig utility by typing the following: ...and then pressing ENTER. You may be asked for your password, as this action requires sudo/root privileges.
- That's all for now. Disconnect your ethernet cable and restart. You can now select the default GRUB boot option when you restart. Enjoy!