First, thank you to anyone taking the time to help me out
I have an ASUS UX31A computer that I wanted to dual boot Ubuntu on. It came with Windows 7, which I later replaced with Windows 8. I disabled FastStartup on Windows 8, and couldn't find either Quickboot or Intel Smart Response in my BIOS menu, so assumed they weren't there to begin with. I then made a 40 GB partition for Ubuntu using the Disk Management tool in Windows.
After making a live USB of Ubuntu 13.04, I followed the installation steps, manually creating a 4 GB swap partition, and successfully installed Ubuntu to the remaining 36 GB (got a confirmation "Installation Successful"). Upon restarting, however, I booted directly to Windows; no Grub.
I started searching for solutions, and came across this on the Ubuntu help page:
I was thinking of making a Boot partition, and then read the part that said "This free space must be located inside the first 100GB of the disk (its end must not be located at more than 100GB from the start of the disk). "
When I made my partition for Ubuntu, there was about 190 GB partition that I'm using for Windows in front of it. Could this be why I don't get Grub on start up? Do I need to make sure my Ubuntu parition is within 100 GB of the start of my disk? What is the explanation for the 100 GB rule?
In the mean time, I'll continue searching; I just wanted to elminate this as a possibility.