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MSI GX723

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the MSI GX723 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the MSI GX723. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the MSI GX723 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the MSI GX723 specifications page.

NameMSI GX723
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo processor
Screen17“ WSXGA+ Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD320GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blueray
GraphicsnVIDIA Geforce GT 130M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11b/g/n WLAN Card

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorksInstall the proprietary NVIDIA drivers for 3D support.
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothWorks
ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
WebcamWorks

Notes

Tested with Ubuntu 9.10. Everything work well right out of the box.

Summary

The MSI GX723 works great with Linux. Near perfect.


Discussion

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Ian, 2010/02/11 05:52

btw I hooked up my 23” LCD and it displays brilliantly at 1920 x 1050. Awesome!

Ian, 2010/02/11 05:50

Really enjoying this machine. I love the big display - what a productivity booster (I'm a developer not a gamer :) )

It seems now that the media keys are working out the box on Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit.
I tested with Rhythmbox and all the keys work perfectly.
Not sure if I tested properly before :)

Still no luck on the Eco key, but the Turbo works as expected.
Bluetooth works like a charm, as do the Webcam and Wifi.
I've not tested the P1 button, but it does register an event when you run xev, so it should be possible to map the key to launch your favourite app (using xmodmap I guess).

Still no luck with the brightness keys, but the GNOME brightness applet and a change to /proc/acpi/video/VGA/LCD/brightness works fine.
Also, when I'm running on battery, the brightness keeps adjusting by itself down to the minimum, even if you set it to max again, which get's slightly annoying. Thus I generally don't run on battery unless I really need to.

Something else that's bothering me is the sound output. It's supposed to Dolby 7.1 stereo but it doesn't sound like I'm getting all the output. Maybe a software issue that I need to read up on, but still I'd expect it to work correctly without any tinkering.

Sound with earphones / external speakers is perfect though.

Other keys that don't seem to work:
Fn+F2 , Fn+F3, Fn+F4, Fn+F5

None of these register with xev, so nothing we can do there it seems.

The sleep key (Fn+F12) works nicely (as does the sleep function with Ubuntu 9.10 - seems pretty stable now).

I wouldn't mind dedicated Home and End keys. Guess I'll have to get used to pressing Fn for those. Kind of like the Mac Fn+Backspace combination lol :D

Biyi, 2010/02/11 05:30

I am running Ubuntu 9.04 32-bit and I agree that this laptop is a killer.

Just a few notes to mention:

To get media touch sensitive keys to work, try typing:

#acpi_listen

And press the fast-forward/play/rewind keys.

It works perfectly on my setup which I got working from http://www.howtoforge.com/manage-your-laptop-hotkeys-on-fedora at:

Any luck with the Eco keys yet?

Ian, 2009/12/11 12:43

I've got this laptop working like a dream.
Running Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit.

Mostly, everything works fine and this is a really nice machine to run with Linux.
Large resolution display is fantastic and boot up time is real zippy.

Stuff that works, which I expected to have trouble with:
- webcam works with Skype 2.1beta; nice and clear

Stuff that doesn't work:
- Fn+F4 and Fn+F5 to adjust display brightness
- Media touch sensitive keys for fast-forward and rewind

Stuff I haven't tested:
- Card reader (for SD cards)
- firewire port (IEEE 1394)

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