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I have installed Ubuntu 13.10 on my Asus UX32VD which had Windows 8.1 installed. It's now a dualboot and everything seemed to work fine, I was able to boot use Ubuntu, restart, use Windows, all great. But when I shut the system down and then tried to start my Ubuntu would hang at "Loading initial ramdisk".

Coincidentally I found out that having a USB drive plugged into the machine Ubuntu would boot fine. I have tried this many times now and Ubuntu only boots when I have a USB drive plugged in. Restart succeeds to boot without USB drive.

Some information about the System:

Linux laptop 3.11.0-17-generic #31-Ubuntu SMP Mon Feb 3 21:52:43 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

I have tried to find a solution for hours, googling and reading all relevant posts I could find, but I didn't find anything that would resolve this.

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I too am having this problem. I am running Debian jessie 13.13 (I'll update this post with more concise info). My laptop is a Asus UX51vz with an integrated graphics card.

I am not sure exactly when the problem began, but I believe it was after I upgraded my distro from wheezy (stable) to testing.

OP, if you're still having this problem could you run a check for me? Try plugging in ANY USB device, be it a mouse, a soundcard, etc etc. And see if it boots. For me simply having any external USB device plugged in allows me to boot... very odd.

I have tried editing the linux line in grub with acpi=off, noacpi, acpi=0, nomodeset, modeset=nvidia. None of which allowed me to successfully boot.

have you tried any of those OP? did they work?

I have also tried re-compiling my ramdisk using

initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.13."other_numbers_I_forgot".img

and that failed to help as well.

I tried modifying my fstab config to make sure the system wasn't trying to search for some USB file system... did nothing

Im pretty much out of options unless someone else has an idea. Does grub have a verbose mode that would allow me to see exactly where in loading initial ramdisk it is getting stuck?

Thanks, Connor

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Well, I did a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 a while ago and now everything works great. I never found out what caused the problem, I actually tried the nomodeset stuff but that didn't work. It really did boot with any USB device connected, it didn't need to be a thumb drive, I figured that out myself after a while. Weird. –  zenhaeus May 28 at 13:21
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