I installed Linux Mint after Windows 8 (OEM install) on an ASUS UX32LN. Worked fine, just that I never checked if Win8 boots ok again. Then one time I ran out of battery power (usually I used Suspend). Afterwards, Linux would not wake from Suspend, I had to reset it with the power button for 20s.
Then not even that worked, I had to open up, remove the battery, then it would start. Then I tried to boot Win8 again, and it froze. Could not boot it with the battery trick or otherwise. I took the SSD into another PC, it booted windows directly (skipped grub somehow). So I thought my laptop has some hardware issue. I wanted to prepare it for service (by doing a reinstall of windows). I started the reinstall on this other pc but shut it down on the license agreement page. I booted Linux Mint from a USB stick, deleted my Linux Mint from this drive (and the swap partition) but left Windows in place. Then I placed it back in the laptop. Now it managed to boot again (3 times in a row) but it goes to grub command line immediately (ignores any F2/F10/Del to enter BIOS, ignores plugged in USB stick with Linux Mint) where it freezes.
I tend to think there is nothing physically wrong with it just I messed up the laptop somehow. Please don't ask me to remove the SSd anymore from the laptop I'm so sick of unscrewing and screwing those tiny screws for the milionth time... Hope someone can help me. What should I do... I just have another Linux pc, no more Win8 machines to make a recovery disk (not that I think it would boot it).