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Ivy Bridge Zenbook with FHD IPS screen UX21A UX31A UX32A UX32VD

Discussion in 'Asus' started by Mech0z, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. dunces

    dunces Notebook Geek

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    Thanks for experimenting with the SSD. The perfect solution would be to install Windows on the SSD, and use the HDD as a program disk.

    I just got my UX32VD and was eager to reinstall Windows using my own Ultimate x64 disc. I booted the disc from an external drive and got to the hard drive overview in the Win7 installation. I formated the C:\ disk (careful not to touch the Recovery partition) as per usual when installing Windows 7.

    But then I couldn't continue. It says that "the drive is formatted in GPT" on which Windows 7 can't install. Bummer.
    I formatted the SSD drive in Windows prior, and it did indeed show up. But that was GPT as well.
    The plan was to see if it will proceed to install on the SSD, but if not - the regular HDD would surely work.

    Then I read that windows needs to be booted in EUFI in order to install on GPT HHDs, but I can't find any way to boot it like that.

    Finally I thought that I can always return to stock using the recovery partition.. but no. When I run recovery it tries to read some tools from the C: disk.. what the heck? Isn't the entire point of a recovery partition to be able to save a effed up main partition?

    So now I'm kinda lost. How do I install Windows 7 in UEFI when there's no option for that in the bios? Can I enter DOS and reassign the disk to MBR, and install Win 7 the usual way? Will it boot normally if I do that or does it require a GPT drive?

    And how did Asus think when the recovery tool requires files from the C: os partition in order to recover it?

    Will update when I find a solution.
     
  2. Jopty

    Jopty Notebook Geek

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    - Will i7 run hotter than i5? I can sacrify the 15% of i7 power for better running condition... And longer standalone working time...
    - Display all models have HD Matte?

    I do not know what ask else about differences. Are there any other?
     
  3. reddd123

    reddd123 Notebook Consultant

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    Can someone link me to it on newegg I can't find it
     
  4. Don1

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    How did you format it? GPT is a basic disk and that's why you can't install on it. Windows should have made it a primary or dynamic at least.
     
  5. CompUG

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    Same here I live in NY so no tax and free shop-runner also had a 10 dollar coupon that came to use. I just got my tracking number, but noting shows up on UPS site. It left Newegg warehouse at 11 AM Cali time, so hopefully it is able to to make it NY by tonight and have it by tomorrow.
     
  6. Don1

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    It won't run any hotter unless you are running cpu intensive programs. In fact it should run cooler as normal programs aren't cpu intensive and the i7 has more power. All the screens are Matte but not all are the high resolution HD+ that comes in the UX31A models. I guess the real question is what are you planning to use it for?
     
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    To be honest, I think that is wishful thinking. The best scenario with the 2-day shoprunner would mean getting it in NY on Monday as UPS do not do Saturday unless is next day urgent. More realistically, I am expecting it to arrive on 6/26.
     
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    Depends on your eyesight I guess -- my new ux31a has a fantastic display -- the text is small (even at the 125% default setting) but very sharp and clear. I have no problem reading it at all and kind of prefer it since the screen has more displayed with the higher setting. BTW -- I wear contact lenses so my eyesight is not 100%
     
  10. shadvich

    shadvich Notebook Enthusiast

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    my 'h' key doesn't light up. great. i'm debating whether or not this warrants an exchange. this sorta thing will drive me crazy, haha
    [​IMG]
     
  11. dunces

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    I simply deleted the partitions in the windows disk tool, and then created one main partiotion with the drive letter Z:.

    Now I realize that I should use parted magic to secure erase the SSD, as simply deleting the partitions won't change it from GPT.

    I just hope that when I install Windows 7 (booting from the DVD using external DVD reader) it will boot properly.

    Thanks for the help :)
     
  12. reddd123

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    Yes it does, return it to them
     
  13. shadvich

    shadvich Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yeah, my OCD will drive me crazy. Luckily Amazon cross ships so this will be fast.
     
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    Hey,
    obviously the first UX31A (i7) 128 GB Sandisk in Germany showed up. :(
    The guy is saying that there was a "Sandforce-driven" sticker outside on the box. Since he immediately pack it again we don't have any more details. The device manager said SanDisk 124 plus sth like 100 (he isn't sure). We also don't have a final proof like a screenshot. But I sense it as trustworthy.

    Another guy mentioned that since the beginning of the year there are also Sandisk-SSDs with a Sandforce controller that would be on a level with the ADATA.

    We will see if Asus has taken better SSDs for the first batch like for the 1st gen. Zenbook. I keep you updated if any more details come up in this forum.

    EDIT: Ok, he uploaded a screenshot.

    Cheers
    egalo

    PS: Sry to bring potential bad news in the first post. But as you can see I am not here since yesterday ;)
    source: Asus stellt zweite Zenbook-Generation vor - Seite 39 - ComputerBase Forum
     
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    can someone test diablo 3 in a busy area (maybe inferno) to see how hot, slow, loud this thing would get?
     
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    Dear Dunces, i will try to help you, not an easy situation.

    To avoid further confusions, the error message was probably: "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style". Formating has nothing to do with GPT, the partiotion table style has.

    Official threads say that to be able to install Win7 to a GPT disc, you need 64bit (check) and EFI BIOS. These are needed to have it bootable.

    To avoid all possible mistakes, make sure:

    1., you upgraded to latest BIOS, download it from another computer, put it on an USB drive, go into Zenbook's BIOS (F2 at boot), and use EasyFlash.
    2. you have the LATEST factory win7 64 bit SP1 install DVD, search for it with google if you need the direct link for the ISO file
    3., you have prepared the partitions in ADVANCE (HDD or SSD), where you want to install Win7. I could NOT do it during Installation either, ran into a similar error, so I HAD to do it prior to that, to have the desired partition (quick)formatted in NTFS. As you have no Windows to boot into right now, you can use the latest beta PartedMagic ISO from a CD or USB drive from here: Index of / download the 06_19 verion, just because I KNOW that one works well on this zenbook. Once loaded, click on the Partition Editor icon, and do what is needed.

    4., Now boot with your DVD and see if Install can begin onto to your well-preapred NTFS partition.
    5., If not, then there might be a last attempt: when turning the machine on, keep clicking ESC (or was it F12?) that gets you the boot device selection menu, try selecting one, that involves UEFI or EFI. This is our last hope at this moment.

    You can try doing only this last 5th point first, maybe it solves your trouble right away.

    IF it works, then it should work on the SSD too, not just the HDD.

    IF it doesn't, you could try converting the disks from GPT to MBR, I know it is possible with keeping all data, but never tried. Then new options should open, the Install DVD couldn't complain anymore about GPT - but again, I'm not sure if it wouldn't bring about new difficulties.

    Lesson: use the built in Create Recovery DVDs function first, and burn them, before eagerly erasing your C: drive, please. I was very careful on purpose, not to delete anything from the HDD, just using the SSD as a playground. Even prior to that i have created 3 different backups of the full SSD with 3 different backup softwares, sector-by-sector, just to be sure I would be able to restore it if things go wrong. Fortunately non of them was needed, as I have later figured out that ExpressCache can be reinstalled and then it will partition the SSD again for its purposes.

    UX32VD is back at the client for him to use, unfortunately I can't experiment more with it, and I don't have a UEFI BIOS machine here to test with.

    I'm wishing you best luck, for sure there will be a solution for you. Absolute worst would be to clone someone else's HDD of the same machine. Time consuming but doable.

    Let us know how you solved it though :)
     
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    This may be helpful for people who are interested in reloading a fresh copy of Windows 7 onto their spanking new Zenbook Prime.

    I have been installing Windows 7 from a USB key. I followed this instruction from Maximum PC Maximum PC | How To: Install Windows 7 from a USB Key! - Page 1 and have been using it for re-installing my desktop as well as the Asus UL30VT when I put in a Crucial SSD (Indilinx) in 2009. I find this a much more convenient way to install W7, not to mention the speed is far superior compared to a DVD player.
     
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    Well first time poster, I got my UX32VD-DB71 today from amazon US, I have one day shipping and the bad news is the SSD is from Scandisk not adata see screenshot for reference. Not sure what to do about this yet.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. chicgeek

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    Here's a nice chart:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/asu...-ux21a-ux31a-ux32a-ux32vd-56.html#post8622617
    It's been posted a couple of times already, and linked to even more.

    Yes, definitely return it.
     
  20. dv7-guy

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    mine is too. but i'm not sure there are ux32vd with adata cache ssds. where did you read this ?
     

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