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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the MSI VR630 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the MSI VR630. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the MSI VR630 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the MSI VR630 specifications page.

NameMSI VR630
ProcessorAMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor
AMD Sempron Processor
AMD Athlon X2 64 Processor
Screen16 WGXA (1366×768)
GraphicsIntel UMA
Nvidia GeForce 9100M G
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160GB to 320GB
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Built-in 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorks2D works just fine with the opensource nv driver but you will need the proprietary NVIDIA driver for 3D support
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks


This laptop was tested under Ubuntu 9.10, Ubuntu 10.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and Archlinux


The MSI VR630 works fairly well under Linux.


Medard, 2011/01/21 01:43

Laptop: MSI VR630 (hungarian version without Blootooth)
OS: Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick - desktop edition
Processor: Works
Screen: Works but refresh rate is only 60Hz which is a little bit bad
HDD: Works
Optical Drive: Works
Graphics: Works
Sound: Works
Microphone: Does not work (tested with: system itself, Skype, aMSN) / any idea?
Ethernet: Works
Wireless Works: Works
Modem: Not Tested
USB: Works
Card Reader: Works
Webcam: Works with: Skype, aMSN, Cheese 2.32.0 (
LED buttons: Work (play, fwd, rew, pause - tested with Rhythmbox; Movie and Eco does not work; webcam works; wireless works; P1 does not work)

Tom, 2010/08/07 00:59

On my VR630, with linux mandriva 2010.0, the webcam does work, in skype and with the program kamoso.
What I don't seem to get working is the suspend & hibernate. Suspend wil work one time after a reboot, and from the second time, it will resume instantly after the suspend. With hibernate, the laptop simply locks up behind a black screen. Nothing can be done. Resetting and wait a long time before the hard disk has been (automatically) tested … .
Any suggestions welcome!

Konrad, 2010/07/05 17:54

Have Ubuntu 10.04 running on this laptop as well.

Processor Works
Screen Works
HDD Works
Optical Drive Works
Graphics Works
Sound Works
Ethernet Works
Wireless Works
Modem Not Tested
USB Works
Card Reader Works
Webcam Not Tested

LED buttons: Work

Movie Playback & Eco buttons obviously don't work, since they depend on MSI software / power management.

dadio, 2010/02/12 18:36

I've just bought this laptop: Running Ubuntu 9.10

Processor OK
Screen OK
Optical Drive Reading OK (burning not yet tested)
Graphics OK (with open source driver without 3D acc, with nvidia driver with 3D acc)
Sound OK
Ethernet Not Tested
Wireless OK (WEP and WPA personal is tested)
Modem Not Tested
USB Not Tested
Card Reader Not Tested
Webcam doesn't work and I realy want it to work. Anybody some pointers?

The led buttons:
trying to control totem (play, stop, back, forward) makes totem hang.
you do can control rythmbox
The button for starting 'the' media player doesn't work
The 'eco' button doesn't seem to work
The other ones, I'm not shure if they work…



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