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MSI CX700

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the MSI CX700 laptop.

Tested Ubuntu 9.10 amd64.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the MSI CX700. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the MSI CX700 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the MSI CX700 specifications page.

NameMSI CX700
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo Processor
Screen17.3 HD+ (1600×900)
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD4330
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Network10/100
Built-in 802.11b/g/n single band 2.4GHz

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorTestedCPU Scaling works
ScreenTestedWorks great with both open and proprietary ATI drivers
HDDTested Works fine
Optical DriveTested Burned Ubuntu 9.10 CD from preinstalled Vista, then installed Ubuntu from same
GraphicsTested Works fine
SoundTested Volume issues. Still trying to resolve.
EthernetTested Need to set MTU to 1496. Anything greater will stall network.
WirelessTested Requires driver not included in Ubuntu 9.10. Go here: https://launchpad.net/~markus-tisoft/+archive/rt3090 Ubuntu 10.04 includes support for this card. You'll need to manually uninstall the markus driver.
BluetoothTested Works. Remote control works, as does tethering. If you disable Legacy USB in the BIOS, you will lose the on-board bluetooth. This is not an OS/driver issue, it's a hardware issue.
USBFailed Add mem=4G iommu=off to the grub line for vmlinuz
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested

Notes

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$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 671MX
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
00:02.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS968 [MuTIOL Media IO] (rev 01)
00:02.5 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 [IDE] (rev 01)
00:03.0 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.1 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.3 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 2.0 Controller
00:04.0 Ethernet controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 191 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (rev 02)
00:05.0 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SATA Controller / IDE mode (rev 03)
00:06.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
00:07.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
00:0f.0 Audio device: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] Azalia Audio Controller
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M92 LP [Mobility Radeon HD 4300 Series]
01:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc R700 Audio Device [Radeon HD 4000 Series]
02:00.0 Network controller: RaLink RT3090 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe
$ more /proc/cpuinfo
processor	: 0
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 23
model name	: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     T6500  @ 2.10GHz
stepping	: 10
cpu MHz		: 1200.000
cache size	: 2048 KB
physical id	: 0
siblings	: 2
core id		: 0
cpu cores	: 2
apicid		: 0
initial apicid	: 0
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 13
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov
pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx lm constant
_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl est tm2 ssse3 cx16
xtpr pdcm sse4_1 xsave lahf_lm
bogomips	: 4218.87
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor	: 1
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 23
model name	: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     T6500  @ 2.10GHz
stepping	: 10
cpu MHz		: 1200.000
cache size	: 2048 KB
physical id	: 0
siblings	: 2
core id		: 1
cpu cores	: 2
apicid		: 1
initial apicid	: 1
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 13
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov
pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx lm constant
_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl est tm2 ssse3 cx16
xtpr pdcm sse4_1 xsave lahf_lm
bogomips	: 4218.95
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:
Ubuntu 9.10 amd64

Installed Ubuntu 9.10 amd64 desktop version. Also runs Ubuntu 9.10 i386 desktop.

Audio issues with low volume. Wireless N works fantastic after installing the ralink 3090 driver.

Suspend and Hibernate both work without issue.

Many “DMA: Out of SW-IOMMU space for 32768 bytes at device 0000:00:05.0” messages in kern.log while copying from USB memory stick to internal hard disk. Added “mem=4G iommu=off” to the vmlinuz line of grub.cfg. Work properly, but only a work-around. Perhaps it's because this is 64bit Ubuntu 9.10. Seems fixed in 2.6.31-18-generic.

Lots of “eth0: auto-negotiating…” messages. Apparently, this is a fixed bug in the driver that hasn't made its way into the kernel yet.

Enabled karmic-backports and karmic-proposed in Software Sources and run an update. Audio works better, but still not great. DMA issues went away and IO to and from USB memory drive went as expected.

Must set MTU to 1496 (or less) or else network flow will stall. See https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/530263

Summary

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Discussion

Foobar, 2013/07/19 03:33

If you used gparted to create space for your linux partition by shrinking the Vista partition, and leaving the recovery partition alone, you can safely run the MSI Recovery Manager to recover the Vista install to stock without destroying the Linux install.

The MSI Recovery Manager will not repartition the drive, or touch the MBR.

Couldn't find this anywhere on the Internet, so I just did it. Now it's documented. :-)

Fiver, 2011/10/19 09:30

and here is my report on fixing problems on Ubuntu 11.10 with th MSI CX700

for the wireless I fixed tnx to: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1860574
but additional to those instructions I had to add a line to the /etc/modules

rt3090sta

and reboot.

With the sound I fixed by editing the /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
I added this line at the end:

options snd-hda-intel model=acer-aspire-8930g

and deleted the .pulse folder (rm -rf .pulse in your home folder) followed by a reboot.
I still don't have mike input but I don't really care about that, but if anyone solves that one to I'd be happy to try it out.

foobar, 2010/11/14 03:31

I replaced the onboard mini-PCIe wireless adapter with an Intel 6200 Advanced-N adapter.

http://www.intel.com/network/connectivity/products/wireless/adapters/6200-6300/index.htm

This adapter offers 802.11n in the 5GHz range and has two antennas, which matches the two antennas in the CX700. The next model up from the 6200 is the 6300, which has ports for three antennas.

This adapter works flawlessly with Ubuntu 10.04.1 using the iwlagn driver. Ubuntu picked it up immediately and bound to my Linksys WRT610Nv2 (flashed with dd-wrt).

$30CDN.

Works great.

abou, 2010/10/27 14:16

At first, sound was very low, but i managed to get it to work under gentoo by loading module snd-intel8x0 at boot (it seems snd-hda-intel wasn't enough; now both modules are loaded). alsaconf made the rest.

I'd be curious to know what modules are used by the ubuntu/other distros' users that got the cam to work “out of the box”. Anyone care to tell us? Thanks in advance.

foobar, 2010/11/04 22:56

This is from Ubuntu 10.04.1 for the on-board webcam, which works out-of-the-box.

mario@acehigh:~$ dmesg |grep -i bison
[ 61.490545] uvcvideo: Found UVC 1.00 device BisonCam, NB Pro (5986:0241)
[ 61.493950] input: BisonCam, NB Pro as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:03.3/usb1/1-4/1-4:1.0/input/input10
mario@acehigh:~$ lsmod |grep uvcvideo
uvcvideo 62595 0
videodev 40518 1 uvcvideo
v4l1_compat 15495 2 uvcvideo,videodev

foobar, 2010/10/15 01:54

Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) has completely hosed the sound. Others are having issues as well.

Anyone got a solution?

silcar, 2010/08/05 13:00

Distri: openSUSE-11.3 x64 / KDE4.x

wlan works out of the box with _standard_ rt2860sta

and also with _self compiled_ rt3090sta kernel-module.

Procedure:

1st: press the _wlan-button_ (upper right, next to _camera button_)

2nd: start the wlan (Networkmanager or wpa_supp..)

rares, 2010/07/25 00:15

I use GNOME. You need to make those changes above to the files. Then you need to make sure all your options for the volume control are displayed.

SilCa, 2010/07/21 08:13

WebCam works out of the box with -Kopete- (KDE SC 4.4.5)
Driver: bisoncam, nb pro
hth ;-)

ralfeus, 2010/07/29 22:05

Where can I get this driver? In the package manager I couldn't find it. As far as I understood it's product of Asus, but at their site I found nothing.

rares, 2010/07/17 02:24

put these in /etc/modprobe.d/snd-hda-intel.conf

options snd-hda-intel model=targa-8ch-dig

then in volume control under Options change the Channels to 8 and change the first input source to Front mic, then turn down boost completely.

rares, 2010/04/04 03:02

add options snd-hda-intel targa-8ch-dig to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
(targa-dig seems to leave out mics, targa-2ch-dig works, targa-8ch-dig just to get all those tasty channels)

still can't figure out the camera

Foobar, 2010/04/16 01:32

Really? Camera just works using Cheese Webcam app from Ubuntu. I haven't tried anything else.

foobar, 2010/07/17 02:17

I tried to use skype today on ubuntu 10.04 and discovered that the built-in microphone doesn't work worth a hoot. I had to boost the mic all the way up, and then the sound recorded was low and full of static and distortion. I had to boot Vista to get skype working. Arrgh!

I tried an external mic, and it won't work at all.

Has anyone gotten the mics to work?

rares, 2010/07/17 02:25

put these in /etc/modprobe.d/snd-hda-intel.conf

options snd-hda-intel model=targa-8ch-dig

then in volume control under Options change the Channels to 8 and change the first input source to Front mic, then turn down boost completely.

Foobar, 2010/07/23 03:48

You must be using kubuntu. My sound control doesn't have those labels in it.

The mic works, but is still is still full of static and the volume is low.

I should try the kubuntu livecd when I get a chance.

Thanks,
Foo

rares, 2010/04/02 23:53

If you lower the volume separately on the right and left (always one at 100%) you find that it plays low on the right.

Sounds like audio is getting output on the right and not the left and getting crossed somehow.

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