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    What is Optimus? Anyone have a link to it?
    Back to original question...

    Asus G46VW - Dual Boot Ubuntu 12.10 with Pre-Installed Windows 8:
    http://www.gearhack.com/Forums/Displ...lled_Windows_8

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    Thank's for this link

    One link to optimus:
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/optimus_technology.html

    Optimus can switch automatically from intel hd4000 graphic chipset which run with low power and lower performance
    to nvidia video card when you need huge performance like runing a game
    Just a problem for linux users... the nvidia driver for linux is not really finished. Linux community try to find solutions but nvidia keep is technologie and close source code. So if you want to use optimus technologie with linux you have to do lot of hard computer manipulation. And some things like your hdmi port can not run at all...

    here is the blumbleblee project:
    http://bumblebee-project.org/


    Boot problem from your link may be less problematic with a little bit more time since this news:
    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Linux...2CK4bTPLKAgbgL
    (the time for different distro to assimilate new bios)



    And here are more informations that i found on the internet:
    One news with interesting tests on this laptop:
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-...k.86486.0.html

    One vidéo: disassembling g46vw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=Y7Ut1FGFj0s

    One vidéo: assembling g46vw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...v=cOvXRuB9bsc#!
    Last edited by CoolhandWarrior; 03-07-2013 at 01:28 PM.

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    Thanks for providing all these detailed links. Now I am thoroughly familiar with Optimus and it's relationship to Linux. I have been happily running Ubuntu the last few days. Now I'm not so happy. ;-)

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    Yes, Linus himself said it all to nvidia and their closed-source policy for linux development:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_36yNWw_07g
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    I have Win8 (preinstalled) and Ubuntu 12.10 playing nicely and dual booting without issues. Optimus works too.
    First, make sure to use 12.10 Secure Remix 64, not just vanilla 12.10. After installation there's an included app called Boot-repair.

    Get 12.10 Secure Remix here:
    http://sourceforge.net/p/linux-secure/wiki/Home/

    Boot to "Try Ubuntu" using the Secure Remix 64 USB/CD.

    After installation of Secure Remix, run Boot-repair (being sure your connected to the internet first) this and use Advanced Options to select "purge grub". As it runs it will ask you twice to paste commands into a terminal. Once it is done, reboot and all should be good.

    For optimus you need to fix/install Bumblebee. Go here:
    http://www.ivegotavirus.com/how-to-f...-ubuntu-12-10/

    With that I installed the "Ubuntu software center" install of Steam and I can run "optirun steam" from a terminal and play Steam games with the 660M. Very nice.

    A couple things don't work in Ubuntu and I've not chased down solutions yet:
    - brightens function keys don't work for the LCD but the do work for the keyboard.
    - the right trackpad button doesn't work but right-tapping on the trackpad sends a right-mouse click

    Overall I'm very pleased with this laptop. I dropped a Sammy 840 Pro SSD in and upped the RAM to 16 GB. Now all I need is an i7

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heat Mizer View Post
    Great!! It seem's to be a good way for a dualboot! I've not the computer yet, i'm looking for information about g46vw in a first time.
    I don't know boot repair, i'm going to use it and give some feedback later.

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    @Heat Mizer, thanks for the excellent instructions! Out of curiosity, why Ubuntu 12.10? I know that there is some phone-home software in Ubuntu 12.10, but that remix may have turned it off.
    I am disturbed because I cannot break my system...found out there were others trying to cope! We have a support group on here, if your system will not break, please join!
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    LINUX Users, we have a group!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zygomorphic View Post
    @Heat Mizer, thanks for the excellent instructions! Out of curiosity, why Ubuntu 12.10? I know that there is some phone-home software in Ubuntu 12.10, but that remix may have turned it off.
    Bit of a long story on that one. I started this adventure with a Sony SVS13 in the hopes that would be enough for gaming (wasn't) and 12.04 worked better with the SVS' fake RAID (they removed fake RAID drivers from 12.10 as there's no longer an "alternate" install image), but 12.04 has issues with EFI. Then I started working with this secure remix which can work with secure boot and EFI. Around that time I took back the SVS and got the G46VW.

    12.10 does have "phone home" stuff (Amazon, Ubuntu one, etc.) but they can be disabled. Just google one of the "ten things to do after installing 12.10" blogs.

    Strange thing today though. Yesterday I was Running on an external monitor on the VGA port. Today it doesn't work (external never comes up and internal goes non-responsive). Not sure why just yet...

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