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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the MSI GT740 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the MSI GT740. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the MSI GT740 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the MSI GT740 specifications page.

NameMSI GT740
ProcessorIntel Core i7 Processor
Screen17 TFT
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce GTS 250M
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD250GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Blu-Ray Drive
Built-in 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorksKubuntu 10.04 (amd64), 4GB of RAM
HDDWorksShrink the C: “OS” partition and dispatch the D: “data” partition
Optical DriveWorksDVD multi (mine does not have a blue ray drive)
GraphicsWorks3D acceleration through NVidia's proprietary driver
SoundWorksNo sound after the installation of the NVidia driver / low sounds back with the audiopulse package / using 'options snd-hda-intel model=medion' in modprobe configs works for me, make sure to unmute the headphone or you get the low sound bug again
BluetoothNot Testedbut there is a Kbluetooth icon in the icon tray
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks
WebcamWorksTried through an actual video conference call over IP


Installation of Kubuntu 10.04 64bit through a live CD.
Activate the webcam and the wireless leds above the keyboard before attempting the installation (or running a live CD), otherwise, they are not automatically detected.
The sound stopped working after the installation of the NVidia proprietary driver. I found out other users experienced the same issue, and dealt with it either by re-installing (or upgrading/recompiling) ALSA, or by calling “audiopulse -k”. I tried the second way, and got some sound back, although Kmix claims the sound device does not respond during the login, and the sound levels remain rather weak even with all the cursors (well… those that I know of…) set to maximum output.


Apart from the frustrating sound situation, I was pretty impressed by how smoothly everything else went.


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Capodastro, 2011/08/05 11:56

I use suse 11.4, what now days means a kind of Kubuntu :)

openSUSE 11.4 (x86_64)
Linux x86_64
KDE: 4.6.5 (4.6.5) “release 7”
Compiz 9.5

laptop purcheased in Germany.

options snd-hda-intel model=medion
- targa-8ch-dig works also, but I find the sound quality too aggressive. I am a classic music professional :).
- in my config panel “center” means the woofer, to get a good sound I keep “Front” on 85% and the rest on 100%. Alternatively, I connect a passive usb woofer to increase a bit the bass.
- I need also a headphone function, so I use an additional usb sound card, Aureon 5.1, connected to a wireless headphone. In addition I configured some player, ex. SMPlayer, for that external card. I am content with a such solution.
- However under Windows the sound quality depends from the preinstalled SRS. It results impossible to get a better configuration as the default one and such a sound quality is acceptable just to play games, what I don't do.

Stefan, 2011/07/18 18:39

I've edited the page with a hint how to get sound running. In full:
update /etc/modprobe.d/alsa.conf with:

options snd-hda-intel model=medion
options snd slots=snd-hda-intel,snd-usb-audio
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel

restart (or remove all modules and reload them).

in alsamixer make sure to unmute all the obvious channels (front, center, etc) and especially the headphones channel.
after that I got very clear and loud sound and using a channel testing soundfile I was able to easily identify left/right/center/surround . If, however, I mute the headphones, the sound immediately drops back to the annoying single mono-channel of low volume (I'd say it uses the surround-speaker for that, which isn't good at higher frequencies or something like that)

Hope this helps other people too.


PS: other search results to this problem recommended using the targa-dig module instead of the medion one. this didn't work for me, so either there are different versions of this laptop (mine was purchased in switzerland), or the drivers changed between versions (I'm using alsa stuff version 1.0.24 and the integrated kernel modules from 2.6.39-r3)

stepht, 2011/08/05 13:10

The module tweak does work fine enough for me. Many thanks!
The hideous self-amplified speakers are back to the closet…

Mikolaj.Q, 2010/05/25 17:09

If someone has an Ubuntu installation (not Kubuntu) please let us know how about sound, does it work well out of the box?
Thanks for info.

stepht, 2010/05/14 09:59

Bought one, and happily run Kubuntu (with a dual boot with WinSeven).
Explanations / solutions over the sound issue would be welcomed!

nick de bruyker, 2010/03/27 14:44

i am gonna buy one and im gonna try running linux(ubuntu) on it

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