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MSI GT70 2PC (Dominator)


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For full specifications see the MSI GT70 2PC specifications page.

NameMSI GT70 2PC
ProcessorThe latest 4th generation Intel Core i7 Processor
Screen17.3“ Full HD (1920×1080), Anti-glare
RAMUp to 32GB
HDDUp to 384GB Super RAID 2 + 750GB HDD 7200rpm
Optical DriveBD Writer / BD Combo / DVD Super Multi
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 870M
NetworkKiller DoubleShot E2200

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorTested4800MQ works fine
ScreenTestedWorks fine, backlight tuning works also
HDDTestedWorks fine
Graphics ChipTestedWorks properly with nVidia 337.12 beta drivers (see below)
VGA OutInterfaced with nVidia GPU / Works Fine
HDMI OutInterfaced with Intel GPU / Not Tested
Display PortNot Tested
Optical DriveTestedWorks fine
SoundTestedWorks fine
MicrophoneTestedWorks fine
Headphone PortTestedWorks fine
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
Line-In PortNot Tested
EthernetTestedWorks fine
WirelessTestedWorks fine after installation
BluetoothNot TestedRecognized
USBTestedWorks fine
FirewireNot TestedNo port
Card ReaderTestedWorks fine
WebcamTestedWorks fine
KeyboardTestedWorks fine, backlight works also (see for custimsation)
TouchPadTestedWorks fine + enable/disable button
Suspend/ResumeTestedWorks fine (may work for sure with pm-suspend –quirk-save-pci)


You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the MSI GT70 2PC here.

Tested with Ubuntu 13.10 (then migrated to 14.04) on a model supplied without Windows.
Had to disable UEFI mode and Fast Boot in BIOS for installation (doesn't seems to slow the boot speed).


You can enter a summary of how well the MSI GT70 2PC works with Linux here.

Everything runs out of the box with Ubuntu 13.10 excepts really minor things like two LEDs (WiFi and Bluetooth) and some special buttons (“media player”, “flight mode”, “siwth off screen”, and “G-Panel”).

Additionnally, to use properly the GTX 870M, I installed the recent nVidia 337.12 beta drivers through the xedgers ppa repository (works with Ubuntu 14.04 but not with 13.10 for now, 2014-04-12).


TigerShark, 2014/10/25 19:31

Severe screen tearing, makes watching a video or playing a game a painfull experience…

Novae, 2014/07/24 23:24

Led backlight works with on nodejs.

With cron i' managed to lightup on certain hours :)

Everithing else works fine running lubuntu 14.04 KDE. Only fan and keyboard backlight tactile button works. Touchpad button works.

Only suspends doesn't works i have to do:

pm-suspend –quirk-save-pci.

Hdmi works with nvidia driver (still buggy), webcam works out of the box, card reader works also, microphone works

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