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I have an ASUS Q400A, running Windows 8, and would like to add an Ubuntu 12.04 partition to the hard drive. However, each time that I select the "Install Ubuntu" option from the boot menu, the screen goes blank, and the computer idles until I shut it down.

I have burned two different DVDs from two different downloads, and finally tried to boot from a USB drive. I have shrunken the Windows partition to make space (yes I know Ubuntu usually gives you the option to do this during installation), as well as changed the boot command by replacing 'quiet splash' with 'nomodeset', in hopes that the problem was with the graphics drivers, but neither of these changes fixed the problem. I am out of ideas, please help.

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Is Windows 8 pre-installed so UEFI? Shows install with screen shots. help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI Also shows Windows 8 screens askubuntu.com/questions/221835/… and maybe nomodeset, or i915.i915_enable_rc6=1 or both acpi_osi=Linux and acpi_backlight=vendor as boot options. –  oldfred Sep 17 '13 at 4:14

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