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MSI CR400

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the MSI CR400 laptop.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the MSI CR400 specifications page.

NameMSI CR400
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo Processor
Screen16 HD (1366×768)
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce 8200M G
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Network10/100
Built-in 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorksFor best results you should install the proprietary NVIDIA drivers
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothWorks
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorks
WebcamWorks

Notes

Running Ubuntu 10.04 on MSI CR400:
To make the OS run you should use the nomedeset option when booting both from the Live CD and from the HD.
Almost all drivers are installed correctly, but the video driver is not. I solved the problem by downloading the graphic driver directly from the nvidia website.
The Fn keys for increasing or decreasing the luminosity doesn't work on this version of Ubuntu, unless you set the boot option acpi=off, but by using this method the computer doesn't turn off correctly.
The battery works for 2 hours and 30 minutes using Ubuntu.

Summary

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Discussion

Sri, 2012/02/24 03:50

Updated information

Recently did a fresh install of Linux Ubuntu 11.10 - excellent experience. The Unity (3D) interface works fine.

Sri, 2011/10/14 06:29

Update:

1. Bluetooth:

I am using a Nokia BH503 bluetooth stereo headset successfully since the last 2 weeks. The laptop is also recognized on other devices for networking and/or file storage. I could also connect LG-S365 phone and transfer data.

2. Card Reader: I used the steps given on below link to setup the driver:

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/02/card-reader-not-working-hp-mini-ubuntu/

But, the miniSD (through adapter jacket) could be read sometimes and sometimes input/output error was there. Also, it would autorun on fresh system start but once unmounted it would not be recognized on inserting again.

Sri, 2011/01/03 18:12

@ana

1. Upgrade:
Few days back I did a live upgrade of 9.10 to 10.04. But after the upgrade, my USB mobile broadband wouldn't get recognized. So, I backed up my data and then tried a fresh install of 10.10 (from a live-cd). The install froze a few times and finally got done. But now the system would freeze at boot time. I checked in recovery mode that it had to do something with the RT20nn (wireless networking) drivers. There was no suitable help on any forum for this. As a lot of time was already wasted, I decided to go back to 9.10 for the time being.

2. Webcam:
Even I was a bit flustered in the beginning with getting the webcam to work but found later that it's quite simple actually. Please note, this tip pertains to version 9.10 - I have not used 10.04, but I guess there shouldn't be much difference.

First of all, go to
System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager and install “cheese” webcam software.
(in case synaptic is Greek to you:
just type cheese in the quick search text box on top of the Synaptic Package Manager;
the first name that comes up in the package list is the one you need;
click on the check box beside it and select “mark for installation”;
now click on Apply in the top panel)
The package is under 3 MB and should be installed within minutes.

Now, anytime you need to use the webcam -
Press Fn + F6 together;
Go to Applications > Sound & Video > Cheese Webcam Booth.

Also, if you want to use the webcam in Google Video Chat, you need to install the relevant plugins as suggested by Google - that is all pretty user-friendly.

Cheers!

Sri, 2010/10/23 10:42

My CR400 came preloaded with Windows 7 home basic. It seemed okay at first but within a week it started corrupting sectors on the hard disk i.e., it would crash and every time it would report some new area of disk was not readable. And, in the 3rd week it crashed totally and would not restart. No OEM recovery either - that partition too got damaged. I had ignored to BURN recovery CD and the situation was I was supposed to ship the laptop to the MSI country (India) support centre so they could re-instate it to the factory preset (no, they wouldn't ship me a recovery CD even against payment).

Now, I had lot of critical data on it that could not be risked being wiped out. I had an Ubuntu LiveCD and booting from it I managed to backup all my data to an external (Transcend) HDD. Then I thought, what the heck, if I was going to wipe the hard disk, I might as well install and test Ubuntu.

That was in April 2010. That chance install is still up (October 2010) and I am now extremely happy using Ubuntu 9.10 and I wonder why I was stuck in windows all these years! Anything I can do in windows I can do in Linux and then some more! Even my USB Mobile Broadband device is recognized and I get excellent speed.

I am able to use each and every component of the CR400 to the extreme with full satisfaction. With windows the 2 GB RAM did not seem sufficient but Linux is a breeze. I would go so far as to recommend to MSI that they should save their customers some money by shipping Linux Ubuntu instead of Windows!

ana, 2011/01/03 17:21

hi,

I bought my msi laptop with Lucid Lynx ( ubuntu 10.04) and it seems to work quite well.
I am not able to see the webcam ¿could you guide me on that?
I looked through ubuntu forums and found nothing… I been using ubuntu since 8.10 but never on a laptop.
¿did you upgrade from 9.10?
ana

thanx a lot :)

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