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Hallo, I am afraid I messed up things pretty badly while trying to install Mint 17 on a brand new Asus Zenbook UX301LA. The situation is: - I am pretty ...
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    installation troubles on Asus Zenbook UX301LA


    Hallo,
    I am afraid I messed up things pretty badly while trying to install Mint 17 on a brand new Asus Zenbook UX301LA. The situation is:
    - I am pretty sure that I have destroyed Windows8 (that's fine)
    - I think I have installed Mint somehow
    - I can't boot for some reasons I do not understand, and Boot Repair did not solve the problem either.
    Some details are at the bottom, while the full log generated by Boot Repair is here: paste2.org / vLk6tdxN (sorry, I am not allowed to post URLs).

    I tried many BIOS configurations. At the moment:
    - secure boot is disabled
    - CSM is enabled
    - not sure of what to do with Sata settings of the 2 SSD (256GB each): should I leave RAID on, at least during installation, or may I choose AHCI?

    The important thing - which is hopefully simplifying the situation - is that I do not need the preserve partitions/data. Rather, I don't need Windows and I am willing to erase everything (provided there are no problems in doing that, with this Asus) and just install Mint 17 on a good old /dev/sda, instead of all this mess of partitions and containers which I don't undestand (see below).
    How to do this apparently simple thing?

    I had never experienced such a painful installation, probably because I had never had such a new pc with EFI, Win8 and this sort of stuff.

    Hope that you can help me because at the moment the pc boots only with a live distro and I am in panic. Please, help!!

    Thanks,
    Andrea


    ***** (sdc1 and sdd1 are two usb pendrives) ***

    Boot Info Script e7fc706 + Boot-Repair extra info [Boot-Info 23Dec2013]


    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================

    => Syslinux MBR (4.04 and higher) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdc.
    => Syslinux MBR (4.04 and higher) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdd.
    => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of
    /dev/mapper/isw_bgehbjhdif_ASUS_OS and looks at sector 1 of the same hard
    drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks in partition
    112 for .

    sdc1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

    File system: vfat
    Boot sector type: SYSLINUX 4.05 20140113
    Boot sector info: Syslinux looks at sector 3228810 of /dev/sdc1 for its
    second stage. SYSLINUX is installed in the directory.
    No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
    Operating System:
    Boot files: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /syslinux.cfg
    /EFI/BOOT/grubx64.efi /ldlinux.sys

    sdd1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

    File system: vfat
    Boot sector type: SYSLINUX 4.05 20140113
    Boot sector info: Syslinux looks at sector 2201432 of /dev/sdd1 for its
    second stage. SYSLINUX is installed in the directory.
    No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
    Operating System:
    Boot files: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /syslinux.cfg /casper/vmlinuz.efi
    /EFI/BOOT/grubx64.efi /ldlinux.sys

    isw_bgehbjhdif_ASUS_OS1: __________________________________________________ _____

    File system: ext2
    Boot sector type: Grub2 (v1.99-2.00)
    Boot sector info: Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the boot sector of
    isw_bgehbjhdif_ASUS_OS1 and looks at sector 455848 of
    the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this
    location and looks in partition 112 for .
    Operating System:
    Boot files: /grub/grub.cfg /grub/i386-pc/core.img

    isw_bgehbjhdif_ASUS_OS2: __________________________________________________ _____

    File system: Extended Partition
    Boot sector type: Unknown
    Boot sector info:

    isw_bgehbjhdif_ASUS_OS5: __________________________________________________ _____

    File system: LVM2_member
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:

    mint-vg-root': __________________________________________________ _______________

    File system:
    Boot sector type: Unknown
    Boot sector info:
    Mounting failed: mount: unknown filesystem type ''

    mint-vg-swap_1': __________________________________________________ _____________

    File system:
    Boot sector type: Unknown
    Boot sector info:
    Mounting failed: mount: unknown filesystem type ''
    mount: unknown filesystem type ''

    ============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================

    Drive: sdc __________________________________________________ ___________________

    Disk /dev/sdc: 4143 MB, 4143972352 bytes
    249 heads, 32 sectors/track, 1015 cylinders, total 8093696 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

    Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

    /dev/sdc1 * 32 8,093,694 8,093,663 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)


    Drive: sdd __________________________________________________ ___________________

    Disk /dev/sdd: 4009 MB, 4009754624 bytes
    124 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1018 cylinders, total 7831552 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

    Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

    /dev/sdd1 * 62 7,826,383 7,826,322 b W95 FAT32


    Drive: isw_bgehbjhdif_ASUS_OS __________________________________________________ ___________________

    Disk /dev/mapper/isw_bgehbjhdif_ASUS_OS: 512.1 GB, 512116391936 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 62261 cylinders, total 1000227328 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

    Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

    /dev/mapper/isw_bgehbjhdif_ASUS_OS1 512 500,223 499,712 83 Linux
    /dev/mapper/isw_bgehbjhdif_ASUS_OS2 500,734 1,000,227,327 999,726,594 5 Extended
    /dev/mapper/isw_bgehbjhdif_ASUS_OS5 500,736 1,000,227,327 999,726,592 8e Linux LVM

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    Have you tried a clean reinstallation of Linux? Does the DVD boot up and let you access the installation (anaconda) tools? If so, does it still exhibit this problem after reinstallation? You might try disabling hardware RAID in the bios, and enabling AHCI. If that doesn't work, then disable AHCI.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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