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    Dual booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04 on Asus G750JX

    I don't know where I am going wrong here as I have done everything proper from what I have read, but I cannot get into a Live session from either my USB or CD. The following things are set in my BIOS:

    Vendor: American Megatrends
    Version: 208
    • Fast Boot: Disabled
    • Launch CSM: Disabled
    • Secure Boot: Disabled


    I boot my Live(USB/CD) under UEFI mode and select "Try Ubuntu without installing" and all I get is a black screen. I am not able to progress any further. I have also turned off Fast Startup through Widows 8.

    What my goal is to install Ubuntu on my partitioned terabyte HDD (Storge partition of 766.51 GB and 165 GB partition for Ubuntu, both are GPT). Windows 8 will stay on my other HDD in which it was installed.

    I appreciate any help I can get to install Ubuntu on my machine under UEFI.

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    Re: Dual booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04 on Asus G750JX

    What video card/chip do you have?
    Have you tried nomodeset?

    If installing to a second drive make sure it is gpt partitioned. I might also have an efi partition at the beginning of drive even if actually using the other drive's efi as default. Then you can also make drive independently bootable with its own boot files.

    See alslo links in the link in my signature.
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    Re: Dual booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04 on Asus G750JX

    I have an Nvidia Geforce GTX 770M. I did try editing the "Try Ubuntu without installing" command to read the following:

    setparams 'Try Ubuntu without installing'

    set gfxpayload=keep
    linux /casper/vmlinuz.efi file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper nomodeset --
    initrd /casper/initrd.lz

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    Re: Dual booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04 on Asus G750JX

    Usually you do not edit to add nomodeset boot line on flash drive, but that should work. You can just edit as you boot on grub menu with UEFI or f6 on BIOS boot.
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    Re: Dual booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04 on Asus G750JX

    I don't get any option to hit f6 on BIOS boot. Upon booting from my Live(CD/USB) I see this:



    Not this:


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    Re: Dual booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04 on Asus G750JX

    To get to that screen with f6, you have to press the infamous 'any' key when the tiny accessibility (keyboard & person) icons show at bottom of very first screen.
    I think that is supposed to mean press a key on keyboard. But I have no idea why they would use icons when they could just show menu like they did years ago.
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    Re: Dual booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04 on Asus G750JX

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    To get to that screen with f6, you have to press the infamous 'any' key when the tiny accessibility (keyboard & person) icons show at bottom of very first screen.
    I think that is supposed to mean press a key on keyboard. But I have no idea why they would use icons when they could just show menu like they did years ago.
    I don't even get that screen. It boots directly to the GRUB menu
    Last edited by demonicpagan; September 24th, 2013 at 10:44 PM.

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    Re: Dual booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04 on Asus G750JX

    Then are you booting in UEFI mode not BIOS mode. At grub menu you should press e and scroll to linux line. Change quiet splash to nomodeset.
    Your edit of BIOS syslinux boot does not change the grub boot in UEFI mode.
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    Re: Dual booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04 on Asus G750JX

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    Then are you booting in UEFI mode not BIOS mode. At grub menu you should press e and scroll to linux line. Change quiet splash to nomodeset.
    Your edit of BIOS syslinux boot does not change the grub boot in UEFI mode.
    Quote Originally Posted by demonicpagan View Post
    I have an Nvidia Geforce GTX 770M. I did try editing the "Try Ubuntu without installing" command to read the following:
    setparams 'Try Ubuntu without installing'

    set gfxpayload=keep
    linux /casper/vmlinuz.efi file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper nomodeset --
    initrd /casper/initrd.lz
    Upon reading https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI it says I should be booting in UEFI mode. The only way to boot into BIOS mode is by setting "Launch CSM" to Enabled. By doing that and installing Ubuntu 13.04 under the "Legacy" mode could do serious harm to my system and not be able to boot back into Windows 8.

    Upon hitting F10 after the edit of the entry under UEFI mode, I get a steady black screen and can't progress any further. Unless I am completely missing where I'm to be making this edit.
    Last edited by demonicpagan; September 25th, 2013 at 04:42 AM. Reason: more information added

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    Re: Dual booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04 on Asus G750JX

    That looks correct.
    Does this system have dual video? Or both Intel & nVidia? And can you set which is used from UEFI/BIOS?


    While these were Toshiba's I think the settings were required more because they are Haswell.
    Toshiba Satellite P50 model number: P50-A-01E Haswell processor
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2163854
    Turned NIC (Integrated Network Interface Controller) off and then booted off of USB. Was NOT an issue with any Linux distro just a quirk of the laptop.
    Am now running 13.10 daily and everything works. Also had to stick with EFI boot ON, Secure Boot disabled. Wouldn't boot off of any media or HDD when mode set to CSM.
    Toshiba Satellite P75 intel hd 4600 needed acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2161204
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