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MSI GE60-0NC

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the MSI GE60-0NC specifications page.

NameMSI GE60-0NC
Processor3rd Generation Intel Core i7/i5 Processor
Screen15.6“ Full HD (1920×1080) LED backlight, Anti-glare 15.6” HD (1366×768) LED backlight
RAM16 GB
HDD750GB SATA 7200/5400 rpm
500GB SATA 7200/5400 rpm
Optical DriveSuper-Multi / Blu-Ray (option)
GraphicsnVIDIA Geforce GT650M 3D Graphic Card
Network10/100/1000
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorksTurboBoost mode requires CONFIG_X86_INTEL_PSTATE in kernel
ScreenWorksboth framebuffer/grub and X (i915)
HDDWorksrequires idle3tools to disable/increasing heads parking timeout
Graphics ChipWorksbumblebee+primus
VGA OutWorks
HDMI OutNot TestedFIXME
Optical DriveWorks
SoundWorks
MicrophoneWorks
Headphone PortWorks
EthernetWorksalx
WirelessWorksiwlwifi
BluetoothWorksdon't forget to enable with multimedia keys
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorksRequires manufacturer module package (ships with some distros): rts_pstor. At moment of 3.10.9 doesn't work with default in-kernel rtsx_pci + sdhci-pci
WebcamWorksdon't forget to enable with multimedia keys
KeyboardWorksexcept DisplayOff and Fn+F10 media buttons and LEDs in Eject and DisplayOff
TouchPadWorksmay need some calibration, needs reactivation after coming from suspend mode
Suspend/ResumeWorks

Notes

1) Keyboard MediaButtons: It seems, Fn+F10 button (fight mode) exists only in Russian models (isn't it?) and it is no documented functions for it. Anyway, it is totally ignored by the kernel.
DisplayOff button also totally ignored by the kernel (it is no kernel events even with evbug module loaded).
Also, I never seen Eject and DisplayOff buttons LEDs enabled).
2) Keyboard MediaButtons: Eject button needs “setkeycode” to 161 (XF86Eject). Unfortunately, I don't know KEY_CDEJECT code to work in tty.
3) Ethernet: I've not tested ethernet connection to work, but alx module, at least, loads interface.
4) Audio: If you're about to use headphones — keep in mind, that you need to have “Auto-Mute Mode” to be enabled.
5) Touchpad: works just well, especially with two-finger scrolling, but may need some scroll edge calibration for some people.

Summary

9/10 (Needs some adjustment)


Discussion

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Xangis, 2013/10/23 18:15

HDMI works fine, but you can't use the VGA and HDMI out at the same time when using the integrated Intel graphics for your window manager. I've heard that you can set your WM to use bumblebee to enable triple monitor but haven't tried it myself.

Everything works great and performs well, except for a minor issue with the touchpad – when coming out of suspend it may not reactivate. You can use the button to turn it off and on again or run sudo rmmod psmouse;sudo modprobe psmouse to reinitialize it and get it working again.

Also works well with two SSDs installed (an mSATA and regular 2.5”).

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