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Perzonallica
06-02-2012, 10:57 AM
Hi,

is there any chance to make a DualBoot on this NB? Because I tried not long ago, but I totally messed up something. :) I tried to Install Ubuntu 12.04. The installation was successful, but when I rebooted the system, some errors came up from nowhere: "Please insert a bootable disk" or something similar: "Can not find bootable system". Sorry I forgot what was it, but I could not start (boot) any OS.

I think that the problem is somewhere in the BIOS, maybe the Windows boot manager? Can I disable it? Or it is very important to this NB?

Thanks for the help...

iDope
06-08-2012, 12:17 AM
I got Linux Mint 13 working on it using the Ubuntu UEFI Boot instructions at:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFIBooting

and then creating a boot entry for Grub from the Laptop's BIOS which has a nice option of adding EFI boot entries. IMO that is a great alternative to having to use an EFI shell or the efimanager from withing Linux.

The only deviation from the guide which I think is necessary is that you should do grub-mkconfig > /mnt/EFISYS/EFI/grub/grub.cfg

instead of

touch /mnt/EFISYS/EFI/grub/grub.cfg (as mentioned in the Ubuntu instructions)

Here is what the EFI entry looked like in the BIOS menu (Assuming you follow the other intructions from the Ubuntu UEFI Boot help page to the letter)

Name: GRUB2 (You can use any here)
Device: Whatever your BIOS menu has pre-configured
Path: \efs\grub\grub.efi (Note that I did not use fs0:\ as mentioned in the example because the Device entry above already specifies the partition)

john_from_ohio
06-08-2012, 12:21 AM
Of course another option is putting in something like virtual box ( free ) and then running linux in a vm ... which avoids all the fiddling around with EFI stuff.

I am an oracle database geek and have a 300 gb fixed size vm on my 2ndary 1 tb drive running OL 6.2 ( Oracle Linux clone of Redhat ) and an oracle database 11.2.0.3.2 over there.

iDope
06-08-2012, 12:30 AM
I agree with you for the most part and MOST of the linux stuff I'll do at work is from the VirtualBox VMs I have running from within Windows. But at home I really need the smooth Desktop experience with no graphics lag and shaky windows. I installed Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon 64bit in a VM (Latest VirtualBox and VBoxTools) but stuff like right-clicks on the desktop were laggy and somtimes the pop-up would get stuck.

It works way smoother with the actual video hardware kicking in. I haven't tried Ubuntu (Unity) though maybe that works better from inside a VBox VM.

Perzonallica
06-18-2012, 01:11 PM
Thanks iDope! :)

Muskoka
06-21-2012, 05:04 PM
What desktop GUI did you use with Mint 13?

I burned the Mate and Cinnamon CDs and neither one will load the desktop. I get the boot menu and then just a blank white screen, I don't think they support the video card, mine is a 670was yours the 660 ? Both of the live "CDs" work on my old desktop.

Muskoka
06-22-2012, 01:34 AM
Nevermind, working now.

HrKristian
08-11-2012, 10:50 PM
Setting up Dual Boot on the G55VW was one of the most annoyings things I've had the displeasure of doing.

ASUS' partitioning is completely ludicrous, I had to use gdisk to delete that useless recovery partition, only then I was able to use gparted (or the installer) to merge the recovery and DATA partition for linux and create a SWAP.
The installer was unable to detect disk partitions and the Windows OS before that.

Regular GRUB install during installation went to hell for me, luckily booting into a Live session and using Boot Repair made it easy enough, as it supports EFI now, pretty much just a two-click operation.

Zygomorphic
08-11-2012, 11:28 PM
Can't you turn EFI off in the BIOS? My G53SX has UEFI support, but it is disabled by default. I guess that is the reason that I never had any problems. Still, it might be worth a try.

rewben
08-12-2012, 06:14 AM
nice tips. i use mbr instead of gpt, i.e. remove all partitions, create a mbr disk, do a fresh install of w7, install linux.

before doing all that i have created the recovery dvds.

c_man
08-12-2012, 07:18 AM
Can't you turn EFI off in the BIOS? My G53SX has UEFI support, but it is disabled by default. I guess that is the reason that I never had any problems. Still, it might be worth a try.

In G75 it's on as default option. I have tried them both and still got some problems on the way. But it's not impossible.

herotrojan
08-23-2012, 01:56 PM
In G75 it's on as default option. I have tried them both and still got some problems on the way. But it's not impossible.

yes i think if you want to make it dual boot the easiest way use the gnuparted.
i formatted all of my partition including the recovery.
then i install linux as liveusb using some software from pendrivelinux.com or u can just livecd. then boot your computer using this livecd or liveusb of linux.
connect to internet and install gnuparted
after that if you want to format it you must choose it as msdos style partition table not gpt in the gnuparted software
for this i have sacrifice my first windows...
but eventually i managed to create dual boot.hope this would give some of you an idea

Zygomorphic
08-23-2012, 06:51 PM
Best way is to create some free space via Windows partition manager. Then boot like you said with a liveUSB and install LINUX into the free-space. Ubuntu has an option to chunk up a block of free space automatically.

jehkyl
03-09-2013, 03:26 PM
Nevermind, working now.

what was it that fixed it for you? I have a g75vw, trying to install mint 14 from DVD drive. mint boot sequence counts down, then straight to a light grey screen with a white blinking cursor. Drive spins for a bit then goes silent. thanks for any advice

Zygomorphic
03-09-2013, 05:39 PM
what was it that fixed it for you? I have a g75vw, trying to install mint 14 from DVD drive. mint boot sequence counts down, then straight to a light grey screen with a white blinking cursor. Drive spins for a bit then goes silent. thanks for any advice
Are you trying to boot a 32- or a 64-bit version? Also, are you using an ISO or a bootable USB key? I assume that you have the launch CSM and secure boot disabled in the BIOS.

fostert
03-09-2013, 10:47 PM
Best way is to create some free space via Windows partition manager. Then boot like you said with a liveUSB and install LINUX into the free-space. Ubuntu has an option to chunk up a block of free space automatically.

Thats exactly how I do it when I set up a dual boot machine, yes. And I can't remember the last time I did that: I usually just use gparted to destroy the windows partition and use all space as an ext3 filesystem, then have a single boot machine (linux) and relegate Windows to a VM where it is better behaved (since its managed by linux).

Jecam16
05-08-2013, 09:09 AM
Can somebody make a video of how to do this on a asus G55VW?...

Zygomorphic
05-08-2013, 10:26 AM
Can somebody make a video of how to do this on a asus G55VW?...
There's probably a video on how to install LINUX on youtube. The only key difference is disabling Secure Boot and Launch CSM to allow the bootable USB key to be booted.

See link for instructions on partitioning:http://www.howtogeek.com/101862/how-to-manage-partitions-on-windows-without-downloading-any-other-software/ Stop when you get to the "Creating a Partition" heading. You don't need to do that. At this point, you should have some free space on the end of your drive. The actual amount varies depending on what you want to do with your LINUX system. If you aren't planning to switch (yet), I'd recommend about 40-50 GB total.

After that, it's pretty easy. Just follow the instructions on the installer. You will tell the system to install to the free space on the end of the drive. It can partition that up itself, which will reduce the work that you have to do. Just punch in that information it asks for, and you should be all set!