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MSI GP62 Leopard Pro

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the MSI GP62 Leopard Pro specifications page.

NameMSI GP62 Leopard Pro
Processor
Screen15.6“ FHD(1920×1080) Anti-Glare Display
RAM16GB
HDDup to 256GB SSD+1TB SATA 7200 RPM
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
NetworkUnknown
802.11 ac

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenNot Tested
HDDNot Tested
Graphics ChipNot Tested
VGA OutNot Tested
DVI OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
Display PortNot Tested
Optical DriveNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone PortNot Tested
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
Line-In PortNot Tested
SPDIFInNot Tested
SPDIFOutNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
WWANNot Tested
UWBNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested
Express CardNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
ESATA PortNot Tested
Serial PortNot Tested
Parallel PortNot Tested
IRNot Tested
TV OutNot Tested
TV TunerNot Tested
KeyboardNot Tested
TouchPadNot Tested
TrackportNot Tested
Docking StationNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
SmartCard InterfaceNot Tested
GPSNot Tested
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested

Notes

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Summary

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Discussion

Aillo, 2016/02/05 05:11

Hi,

Nvidia gtx950m is still a problem child for linux. Intel card works fine but Nouveau drivers don't work properly and provider's drivers cause screen tearing issues with gtx950m. I do not recommend any linux distro for gamers that use any MSI laptop with Intel + gtx950m combination, at least for now…

Best regards

Jero, 2016/01/20 20:16

Hi all, important to finish the installation.

1) Install using the nomodeset option on grub.

2) Access mint using nomodeset option

3) Install propietary nvidia drivers

4) If the computer goes frozen after using mint disable intel speed step option in bios.

Thats all!

Isma, 2016/01/07 21:58

Dears,

New with GP62 2QE Leopard Pro. I bougth this computer because this time I was looking for something over the average. The laptop is really good… but trying to install linux on it, is just to hard… So far now this is my experience:

- Ubuntu: tried with 15.10 and 14.03. Both of them just get frozen in the installation screen. I have tried several things so far (none of them worked) –> disable fast boot, secure boot, intel speed, nomodeset,etc…. nothing works. So far now it is impossible for me to install ubuntu.

By the way, I am trying to dual boot with Windows 7. Therefore I am trying with legacy mode in BIOS. I know that UEFI options seems to have even more problems. But not even Legacy is working for me.

- Kali Linux 2: installation went just perfect. All the hardware is identified perfectly (wifi, audio, eth, etc etc etc). Only problem is the graphics driver. I tried with the official driver for linux (available in Nvidia website) and the black screen appears. That's something I did expect, because I have never been able to install NVIDIA propietary graphics on KALI (that's why it is a pity not being able to install UBUNTU). Nouveau free-driver nonetheless works fine.

Regards
Isma

Isma, 2016/01/08 16:14

Here again with some updates,

After giving up with Ubuntu (i think all my problems were related with the NVIDIA GTX950M, and as Kali starts by default with Nouveau that's why I was able to install that and not NVIDIA) i move on to Ubuntu Mate.

Installation with Ubuntu MATE was fine also. When trying to boot the system it seems the first time worked, but when I tried again it didn't work. Later I realized it was because NVIDIA drivers again. (trying the nomodeset option in grub did the work).

Nonetheless, MATE desktop dissapointed me, so I move on to Linux Mint (Cinnamon version). Installation requires to enter the “nomodeset” because again there are problems with the NVIDIA driver. After installation, you need to first boot with the nomodeset again. Enter in drivers section, and select the NVIDIA propietary driver to be installed (in my case version 352.63). And this is what made Linux Mint my choice. Installation of NVIDIA graphics driver (the propietary version I mean) was even easier than Linux.

Really Impressive.

I didn't even need to download the driver from the NVIDIA website. Linux Mint automatically downloaded for me (it also detected the proper version. I knew it was the proper version because I did download it before from NVIDIA website, when trying to get this work in Kali).

Now. Linux work perfect, and really really fast.

Hope this helps to other people with the same problems.

REgards
Isma

This is what was really impressive for me.

jero, 2016/01/14 13:54

Hi Isma, I'm also trying to install Linux Mint Cinnamon on this laptop and the installation goes frozen after the timezone configuration. I added the nomodeset option in the boot, I disabled Fast Boot and Secure boot in the bios settings. I don't know what more to do. Any thoughts?

Graig, 2017/02/19 20:59

Hi jero,

Had the same problem. I edited the the boot options to include this:
nouveau.modeset=0 nvidia.modeset=0
Updated NVIDIA driver before exiting and now all is well :-)

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