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MSI CX600

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the MSI CX600 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the MSI CX600. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the MSI CX600 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the MSI CX600 specifications page.

NameMSI CX600
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo Processor
Screen16 HD (1366×768)
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD4330
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Network10/100
Built-in 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorTestedworks (Ubuntu 9.10)
ScreenTestedworks (Ubuntu 9.10)
HDDTestedworks (Ubuntu 9.10)
Optical DriveTestedworks (Ubuntu 9.10)
GraphicsTestedworks (Ubuntu 9.10 with AMD drivers)
SoundTestedworks (Ubuntu 9.10)
EthernetTestedworks (Ubuntu 9.10)
WirelessTestedworks (Ubuntu 9.10)
BluetoothNot Tested
USBTestedworks (Ubuntu 9.10)
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamTested works (Ubuntu 9.10)

Notes

With openSUSE11.2 and Fedora12 there are some issues with AMD's graphics driver and with WiFi. Ubuntu9.10 was the only one making them work out-of-the-box. The card reader and the bluetooth subsystem have not been tested.

Summary

Reasonable machine. Not 100% linux-friendly but usable. Suggested if a bargain and/or willing to tweak a little.


Discussion

Eru, 2014/03/11 10:13

Successfull installation with 13.10 Saucy Salamander, works like a charm, WiFi works as well.

Sound recognized natively now but it wasn't when i tried to install on a USB disk. I guess i should blame my aging USB materials. Works fine with my SATA 500GB HDD.

Bluetooth not tested yet, same for 3D cube Compiz effects.

wiliwanka, 2011/06/25 09:27

MSI CX620 Intel core i3 Ati Mobility Radeon HD 5470. Works great with Ubuntu 10.XX and Archlinux, everything work out of the box for me :D

Note : the lastest Ati driver works pretty well in Ubuntu, just need to download the .run from the official web site

Hate, 2011/04/07 15:42

Using Ubuntu for over a year on MSI CX600. Clean formatted hard drive using GParted, split 25gB off for Win7 Pro x86, rest for Ubuntu. Only issue was the ATI driver was trash and caused random system freezes (probably what sixdiamants was experiencing). Using default installed drivers worked flawlessly. I cannot get Bluetooth to work, but to be fair, it hasn't worked since I purchased the machine (1.5yr ago) even in Windows 7 Home (and Pro).

-Hate

FDN, 2011/02/21 22:22

Linux mint 10 installed- works smooth except for little noices during audio recording.

PPP, 2011/02/21 22:24

Bluetooth tested - works.

wilu666, 2010/02/21 03:13

i have install many linux in my cx600 but no one work correct;/
i have same problem, linux stop works on none expectable moment.
any one have that problem?

csili, 2010/02/04 16:25

I have just installed Ubuntu 9.10 and everything I need works fine, but MTU size had to be tweaked a bit ('sudo ifconfig eth0 mtu 1492').
As I have not even tried to use Wifi/Webcam/Bluetooth (nor will I ever do it), I have no idea whether they work or not.

David, 2010/01/21 18:57

I succesfully installed ubuntu 9.10. Graphics are good but neither wifi nor webcam works. Has anybody fixed this up?

nicola giacobbe, 2010/01/10 09:54

Installed Ubuntu 9.10, other versions (among which openSUSE and Fedora), gave me some problem with the WiFi and graphics chipset, they ran but the PC was unusabl. Now the HD4330 is using AMD's driver and works well, audio and wifi are working but the camera isn't even seen using lsusb. The card reader hasn't been tested.
I am on the verge of updating the BIOS. I'll refer here if there will be some changes

sixdiamants, 2010/01/10 15:56

I suppose that you installed the RT3090 package to get wifi working. It is nasty that Ubuntu didn't get this NIC right out of the box.
I doubt whether a BIOS update improves things - it didn't for me.

Does anyone experience regular X-freezes? I wonder whether they're due to the fglrx driver.

swingler, 2009/12/29 16:08

No, MSI CX600 can't even show the linux installation page.

with a already-installed usb linux disk, even the grub can't be booted.

sixdiamants, 2010/01/02 21:41

I succesfully installed Ubuntu 9.10 on this machine using a bootable USB-stick.
As today, I some problems remain:
- Sound is often garbled. Work-around is to unload the driver and re-install.
- Can't switch on bluetooth.
- Machine freezes every second boot (X freeze ?)

Ali, 2010/01/08 20:48

I installed Fedora 11 besides Windows 7 & Xp
Grub manages my triple boot
i didn't install graphic driver yet so i have a little problem with it

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