Ubuntu – Ubuntu 13.04 installation fail on ASUS S551LB (Hybrid Graphics)


I've just purchased a new ASUS S551LB. It comes with an i7 4500U and NVidia Geforce 740M, with the NVidia Optimus feature (hybrid graphics). The full specification can be found at ASUS VivoBook S551LB

I am trying to install Ubuntu 13.04 and failing badly. During the installation it seems fine, until it we restart the laptop and try to boot it for the first time. The error message says:

 8.679154] nouveau E[  DEVICE][0000:04:00.0] unknown chipset, 0x108120a1
 8.679179] nouveau E[     DRM] failed to create 0x80000080, -22
15.030164] mei 0000:00:16.0: init hw failure.
15.030230] mei 0000:00:16.0: initialization failed.

After I force shutdown the laptop and boot it for the second time, I do not see the message again – but just a blank screen. I'm quite lost in the dark on where to start debugging. I've done hairpulling lots of google-ing without finding any result. Any help on how I can successfully install Ubuntu 13.04 is very much appreciated.

Thank you everyone.

Best Answer

Try blacklisting the mei module, that one is known to cause (re)boot failures. (Likely you won't need that one anyway.)

Add the following line to the end of your /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf file:

blacklist mei

Or if you can't get to the system, then blacklist it on boot by adding the kernel parameter


at GRUB. (If you don't know how to add kernel parameters at boot, read this answer)

Also you may try updating your BIOS.

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