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For full specifications see the MSI GT70-0ND specifications page.

NameMSI GT70-0ND
ProcessorThe latest 3rd generation Intel Core i7/i5 Processor
Screen17.3“ Anti glare full HD 1920×1080
HDD500G/750GB SATA 7200 RPM HDD, optional Super Raid
Optical DriveSuper-Multi / Blu-Ray
GraphicsnVIDIA Geforce GTX675M 3D Graphic Card
Network10/100/1000 Bigfoot Killer E2200 series
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenNot Tested
HDDNot Tested
Graphics ChipNot Tested
VGA 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
SPDIFOutNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
USBNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
ESATA PortNot Tested
KeyboardNot Tested
TouchPadNot Tested
Docking StationNot Tested
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested


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Arsen, 2014/03/30 09:25

Out of the box, with UEFI disabled, you can install Ubuntu, and it is even going to work. Except that good luck installing the graphics drivers. Or changing desktop resolution. Considering that graphics card is one of the most expensive parts of the laptop, this is a waste

pawlx0r, 2013/12/03 13:41

MSI GT70-OND-492

My original goal was to dual boot Fedora 19 and Windows 8, but after a million nightmares I blew out my Windows install. I'm posting to let anyone that still has theirs to TRY Fedora 20. The updated kernel blinks past the blank screen/lockups.

I downloaded and loaded Fedora 20 Live Beta 5: Heisenberg and loaded it to USB and all my UEFI troubles went away. I feel like I've learned so much, and I am also KICKING myself at the same time because it installed with OUT a hitch.

Note: I had already blown out my Windows 8 install, but I have a good feeling that as long as you install it in UEFI mode and make sure to select your Windows EFI Partition as /boot/efi that it would have worked.

Jngdwe, 2013/08/27 12:10

I've had success with more or less every version of Linux that I tried on my GT70 0ND. To any of you having issues, you either have a hardware issue, issue regarding RAID, or an issue regarding EFI/UEFI and Windows 8. I have RAID disabled, so my hard drives operate independently from each other, and bios is set to AHCI mode. Taking them out of RAID was all my laptop required. I have run both Mint 14-15 and Ubuntu 13.04 with perfect results every time, with both CD and USB installs.

chris, 2013/08/27 13:07

Yep. Getting linux installed is not the issue. That is, and always was, very do-able, provided you were willing to sacrifice UEFI and your Windows 8 Partition.

If anyone is able to install linux with UEFI enabled and retaining their original Win8 installation… I'd love to hear how they did it…

Chris, 2013/07/18 11:54

That's great. But, did you use EFI or MBR? Did you dual boot with windows 8? That is the Gaf…

Marc MkKoy, 2013/07/18 11:32

I have the GT70 0ND-204US
128GB SSD Super Raid and 760GB HD
Nvidia Geforce GTX 675M

Installed Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.04 with no issues.
Ethernet and keyboard lights do not work.
The Turbo feature does not work.
Everything else seems fine.

Baptiste Rajaut, 2013/06/24 16:59

I got the win7 model. Ubuntu 13.04 works good, bu bumblebee is uncompatible and the keyboard's lights don't works.

Chris, 2013/05/22 17:38

I have given up on this, and set the bios to MBR. I intalled windows 7 on 1/2 of the hard drive, and Gentoo Linux on the other half. The only real issue I have had was the the graphics card not identifying itself properly. The intel works fine, but the nvidia is not… I haven't had a lot of time to sink into this, but I hope this weekend to get that sorted out if possible.

Grant, 2013/05/22 15:59

I am also able to boot ubuntu 13.04 off live cd with the unlocked windows 7 bios from SVET. I paid him to unlock my bios.

Grant, 2013/05/22 14:06

I'm able to get a live CD of backtrack to load, but this is only after booting into safemode, and using an unlocked SVET bios for my GT70-0ND

Chris, 2013/03/24 06:32

This laptop will not boot a UEFI Linux boot disk of any kind… I have tried and tried, and yes, I disabled secure boot. I have bee watching other threads elsehwere and have seen people trying to do what I was trying to do. I have a thread here and there is another here:

I have been hoping and praying for a BIOS update that will fix this… but I don't think its going to happen… I really regret buying this thing now…

Bill Giannikos, 2013/03/24 06:35

Have you tried creating a Live USB stick using with your distribution? I don't have this laptop but I had another one with the same issue and was able to boot from USB.

chris, 2013/03/24 13:37

Yes, I have Bill. I didn't care what the media was, it simply went black after the grub screen :-(

I really think a bios update is needed. I hope Grant comes up with something! ;-)

Grant, 2013/02/01 21:08

Ive attempted MBR and UEFI installs of a number of different versions of Ubuntu/Backtrack /w no avail. Most likely I would forsee issues /w the video/mobo compatability.

I recently unlocked my bios on the MSI forum by dontating to an individual, and will do more testing to find compatability/support.

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