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This is a guide to running Linux with the MSI GX720 laptop. It is not complete yet, so if you run linux on this laptop, please help us out.

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These are the specifications for my customized model; your details may vary.

NameMSI GX720
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo Q9000 quad core
Screen17“ WXGA+
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce GT 9600M
SoundIntel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller
HDD500GB - 7200rpm Seagate Drive
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
NetworkRaeltek RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
Intel 5300 a/b/g/n wifi

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorTested Intel Q9000 Core2 Quad-core works
ScreenTested Works
HDDTested Seagate Drive works out of the box
Optical DriveTested Works out of the box.
GraphicsTested Works well with nVidia drivers that need to be downloaded and installed.
SoundTested Full support not yet available. Partial support available through ALSA; I can get three of the four ports working properly along with the front speakers, but only sporadic control of the subwoofers.
EthernetTested Works out of the box.
WirelessTested Requires firmware download; drivers included in the kernel.
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBTested Works out of the box, no problems.
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamTested Works with video4linux2 and cheese (out of the box for most distributions)


For audio, I was able to get the chipset working reasonably well by setting the contents of /etc/modprobe.d/alsabase.conf to:

options snd-hda-intel model=targa-dig
options snd slots=snd-hda-intel
# u1Nb.u_BNWJ+LvyF:82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel

and then restarting ALSA (or rebooting the computer).

I was also able to get bluetooth to work after installing standard packages in arch linux. I forget if the drivers were included with the kernel.


Everything except sound seems to work after some tinkering. Wired networking works out of the box, so getting the details correct was not hard. Overall, support is good.


Dumitrel, 2012/12/26 19:17

Works fine with Fedora 17 x64 (including audio all 4 speakers and subwoofer)

Snowmanx11, 2011/02/05 09:25

Card reader also works out of the box.

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