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For full specifications see the MSI GX70 3BE specifications page.

NameMSI GX70 3BE
ProcessorAMD Quad Core A10-5750M Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz)
Screen17.3“ Full HD (1920×1080), Anti-glare
RAMUp to 16GB
HDDUp to 1TB 7200rpm
Optical DriveBD Combo/DVD Super Multi
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 8970M
NetworkKiller Gaming Networking
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
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
USBNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
KeyboardNot Tested
TouchPadNot Tested
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested


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Rodney, 2017/07/14 14:26

Tried Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, Fedora 25 and 26… so far only Fedora managed to work. Fedora 25 loads up to user login about once every 2-3 boots… and the latest, 26, does boot successfully everytime but takes about 15 minutes to load/check/mount everything…

I wouldn't recommand using Linux with this laptop.

Josh, 2017/05/25 02:57

Using Xubuntu 16.04 LTS. The important stuff works fine now. Had some issues installing propriety graphics drivers at first, but Synaptic package handler seemed to fix it. Biggest problem now is that the LED buttons don't work and keyboard backlighting doesn't work. I've read a few articles on how to get the backlighting to work, but nothing about how to fix the LED buttons. But other than that, I can't complain.

Gerard, 2017/11/30 15:40

The first softkey left of the power button handles keyboard backlighting, no matter what Linux distribution you're running.

Justin, 2016/07/11 04:19

I've had no luck getting Debian 8.5 to make use of either of the two video chips in this laptop. But at least it works decently with software-based rendering. I couldn't get Ubuntu or Linux Mint to work at all with software rendering or with either of the video chips.

Matt, 2015/10/11 11:09

I have a GX70-3BE and I have had problems using Ubuntu 14.04LTS with full encryption and home folder encryption. Screen freezes up after log in. But settings to IDE and legacy with no encryption does work. I had to format the SSD also before installing.

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