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MSI GT640

Introduction

I have tested this laptop on OpenSuse 11.2. I have got the version 23 with the DVD RW (so with no blu-ray)

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the MSI GT640. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the MSI GT640 page on LapWik.

Specifications

For full specifications see the MSI GT640 specifications page.

NameMSI GT640
ProcessorIntel Core i7 Processor
Screen15.4 TFT
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce GTS 250M
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD250GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Blu-Ray Drive
Network10/100
Built-in 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorTested Work but with no turbo mode on this kernel, normaly it is ok on the future 11.3
ScreenTested Everything work normaly
HDDTested Everything is ok, but you have to delete one of the partition (the data partition) to be able to install liunx
Optical DriveTested everything works
GraphicsTested Works with the nvidia drivers
SoundTested Works but we shoud make some modifications to have a stereo mode, it would be ok on the 11.3
EthernetTested Works normally
WirelessTested Works, but only if the wifi is turned on before booting linux, i expect that it would be solved on the 11.3
BluetoothTested works normally
ModemNot Tested
USBTested works normally
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamTested works normally

Notes

This post could help you:
http://forums.opensuse.org/get-help-here/laptop/435445-msi-gt740-sound-mono-no-hda-2.html
http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=137121.0

I have tested ubuntu on a live cd and it seems that it works good too.

Summary

Normally everything works good, we could said that on the openSuse 11.2 90% is alright. Normally the 11.3 solve all the problems and you do not need anything to have a computer working.
So if you are looking for a good laptop with i7, you could take it. ;)


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