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Imfromthenet
04-22-2013, 07:12 PM
Hey guys,

It's my first post here.

So the situation is this:

I have bought N56VM, which was full of bloatware, of course. So first thing I decided to do, was to install Ubuntu for dual booting(normaly, I am not a Linux user. just decided that it's the time to make a switch). It proved to be quite a challenge. I knew nothing about UEFI and such. But after extensive searching and help from friends I have managed to do it.
Both OS were booting then.
Then I decided to flash the BIOS from 206 to 214(LINK (http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=3&s=390&m=N56VM&os=&hashedid=OZUVpdzC8g1tIjWG)). (I had no idea that "Disable CSM when SecureBoot is enable" had something to do with UEFI, thus making Ubuntu unloadable, but I have found it out only after failing to Re-Install Win7)

Next, I decided to do a clean Win7 installation. I have formatted the C drive, and the recovery partition(we all need the extra space, don't we?).

And that's when I have realised that something is wrong. After formatting C drive, I realised that I cannot install Win7 on it.
I get an error saying Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style.here's a pic:
http://imgur.com/5vj3xcM

there is an option of Load Driver. but I have no idea what driver are they talking about, and it's not on the Win7 install disk.

I do not have any important files in Ubuntu distro.

The questions:
Is there a way to keep the current BIOS version and be dual-booting Ubuntu alongside Win7?

Is there a way of turning off the secure boot? i can't find it in the bios. here are the pics:
http://imgur.com/a/ar1IZ#0
http://imgur.com/9TyHdyh

if not, can I safely flash BIOS back to 206?

What do I do to install Win7 back on this machine?
I was thinking of wipping the whole HDD, and then hoping that I can do a clean install of Windows without the hassle.

What's the best course of action?







In the end, I have found out that new bios was compatible with Linux, it just messed up the partitioning. after some work through GRUB I was able to run linux.
I have tried to reinstall windows then, but I was still gettint the GTP error.
So, I decided to flash the HDD using Darik's boot and nuke (http://www.dban.org/). it took 15 hours, but I had a clean HDD afterwards.
Then I have managed to reinstall Win7.

Pitcher@asus
04-23-2013, 01:50 AM
i saw your description just only format C, i suggest you format all disk than install agagin.

Imfromthenet
04-23-2013, 06:32 AM
i saw your description just only format C, i suggest you format all disk than install agagin.

thanks. this would solve the Windows problem.

what should I do, to get linux back on it too?

last night I have tried flashing the BIOS using these instructions (http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus/174395-bios-update-guide-asus-notebooks-read-before-you-brick-your-machine.html). it was unsuccessful. i got a message saying that the build is too old (http://imgur.com/zoMJevS).

any ideas?

end0re
08-16-2013, 03:11 PM
Read "Step 2 option C. Updating BIOS with WinFlash for Windows" more carefully.
WinFlash /nodate
will not check the dates

Fred@Asus
08-19-2013, 10:04 PM
thanks. this would solve the Windows problem.

what should I do, to get linux back on it too?

last night I have tried flashing the BIOS using these instructions (http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus/174395-bios-update-guide-asus-notebooks-read-before-you-brick-your-machine.html). it was unsuccessful. i got a message saying that the build is too old (http://imgur.com/zoMJevS).

any ideas?

Using the /nodate command will allow you to flash the older BIOS back on.