Tales of woe (or, the backstory)
So my boss who hates the idea of windows and virtualization had brought me his fancy new Zenbook UX32VD wanting openSUSE 12.1 to be installed on it. SO far I have hit issue after issue and cant seem to find a lot of information on the problems I have encountered and I figured what better place to start collecting it then right here.
First issue I ran into when installing 12.1 on a Zenbook is there is no disc drive. I solved this by making a bootable USB drive.
Second issue I ran into is that the installer doesn't seem support the USB 3.0 ports on the Zenbook. Fortunately USB 3.0 is backwards compatible so I had to create another bootable USB on a 2.0 USB with openSUSE 12.1's Installation data.
Third issue I hit is a black screen after the installer loads udev; screen just completely goes black and nothing comes back up. It looks like the drives are still busy and loading is going on in the background but nothing happens. I think this is the optimus technology making openSUSE choke so I figured using VESA mode would take care of it..NOPE! Instead for some reason using the installation parameter nomodeset in the openSUSE boot menu works which is strange because to my understand nomodeset is the same as selecting VESA. Maybe I'm wrong? but nomodeset works for installation.
Fourth issue I ran into is that there are no drivers to support the Intel wifi in the stock installation of 12.1. In addition to this issue; there are no ethernet ports. Instead Asus has included a usb to ethernet adapter and I cant find out the spec on it; perhaps its not working because it USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter? cant find out and its not working.
After my install is completed and I reboot from the KDE desktop, it boots straight in to the system BIOS! The drives are detected by the BIOS and listed in the SATA configuration but there are no boot options and no options to set boot options. All I get is delete boot options. How can I get the newly-installed system to boot?