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    Question ASUS S56CM & Ubuntu

    Does Ubuntu work out of the box on the ASUS S56CM Ultrabook?

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    Re: ASUS S56CM & Ubuntu

    in a day or 2, im going to buy it too. i wonder if it works fine
    24gb ssd, and another 1tb hd

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    Re: ASUS S56CM & Ubuntu

    The thing that is bothering me is the optical drive. Would be better having the optical drive replaced with a better battery or something more useful.

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    Re: ASUS S56CM & Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by snowz View Post
    The thing that is bothering me is the optical drive. Would be better having the optical drive replaced with a better battery or something more useful.
    true. anyway, cant wait to get mine

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    Re: ASUS S56CM & Ubuntu

    jesus, just got home with the laptop. can't even format this thing. what the hell. boots only from secure boot, wont let me do anything else. not even installing windows7 ?

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    Re: ASUS S56CM & Ubuntu

    did you managed to install ubuntu?
    since our disk is 1 TB + 24 GB SSD, how should we do the partitioning?
    is it possible to disable the secureboot?

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    Re: ASUS S56CM & Ubuntu

    I just thought it would be nice to leave a last comment here:

    I'm now running linuxmint 14 without any issues at all.

    some aditional info:

    - first go into BIOS and disable quick/fast boot and also Secure boot (failing this step will block the cd/usb installation)

    - install linux and enjoy

    - I did a manual partitition: please do NOT delete the "efi partition" , its only 300MB and will save you some headaches if you ever return to windows 8.
    i erase all the left partitions.
    Use the 1 TB HDD to install /home ,
    and use the 24 GB ssd to install /

    everything working out of the box. For the Nvidia driver, use Bumblebee.
    There might be some issues with suspending/hibernation, as it freezed on me a couple of times. But i don't care, i rarely use it, so... just disable that and wait for some fix.

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    Re: ASUS S56CM & Ubuntu

    I'm using ubuntu 12.04 on a s56cm.
    Sometimes ubuntu freezes and I do not know why.

    Now I'm tryng to use Unity 2d

    Do you thing that is nvidia the causes of the freezes?
    Last edited by donbeo; January 19th, 2013 at 03:03 PM.

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    Re: ASUS S56CM & Ubuntu

    my ASUS have a bunch of partitions

    dev/sda1/ fat32 314MB
    dev/sda2/ ntfs 329MB
    dev/sda3/ unknown 133MB
    dev/sda4/ ntfs 200GB
    dev/sda5/ ntfs 200GB
    dev/sda6/ ntfs 20GB

    and in the ssd

    dev/sdb1/ ntfs 4294MB
    dev/sdb2/ unknown 20GB

    wich one is the recovery partition?

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    Re: ASUS S56CM & Ubuntu

    I just installed ubuntu 12.10 along with windows 8 and everything is working fine.
    Have to do some twiks thouh.

    For installing it I basically followed the steps described here: http://webent.altervista.org/2012/09...enbook-ux32vd/
    Here are the steps I followed (I used SSD disk for installing ubuntu sytem).

    - As Amithiel said, to start from an Ubuntu Live CD/USB "first go into BIOS and disable quick/fast boot and also Secure boot".

    - I selected to try Ubuntu, and used gparted for partitioning the disk. I had quite a lot of partitions already there. I deleted the DATA partition I had (with 500GB), and used the free space to create a swap partition with 5GB, and the rest for creating an ext4 partition (495GB). I also deleted all the partitions in the ssd disk (sdb), and create another ext4 partition with all of it. I don't really know what all the other partitions are for, so it just felt safer to leave them alone.

    - Reboot and install Ubuntu. Select manual partition and use the swap partition for swap, set 495GB partition for ext4 (mounting point /home), and the sdb disk for ext4 (mounting point / ). Follow the rest of the steps and ubuntu should be installed.

    AFTER INSTALLATION:

    - I couldn't adjust the screen resolution, so I upgraded the kernel to 3.7.4 version following the steps described here: http://www.upubuntu.com/2013/01/inst...untulinux.html

    - After upgrading the kernel edit the file /etc/defaul/grub and change the following line:

    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"

    with:

    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_osi="

    Update grub with the following command: sudo update-grub

    - For the nvidia drivers I installed bumblebee (http://bumblebee-project.org/install.html#Ubuntu).

    That's all! Everything is working perfect now.

    Hope it helps.

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