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MSI Wind12 U230


This is a guide to running Linux with the MSI Wind12 U230 laptop. Most hardware is running out-of-the-box. While using newer kernel (2.6.27+) there are no problem with Wireless.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the MSI Wind12 U230. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the MSI Wind12 U230 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the MSI Wind12 U230 specifications page.

NameMSI Wind12 U230
ProcessorAMD Athlon NEO X2 Dual-Core Processor L335
ScreenMonitor Size and resolutions
12.1 HD (1366×768)
GraphicsATI Radeon HD 3200
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160GB to 320GB
Optical DriveNo
Built-in 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

SoundYeshda-verb needed
WirelessYesath9k needed (included in kernel 2.6.27-rc3)
Card ReaderYesmanual mounting


Some sound tip:
- Install hda-verb to /usr/local/bin/
- Run as a user /usr/local/bin/hda-verb /dev/snd/hwC0D0 0x15 SET_EAPD_BTLENABLE 2
- It's good idea to add above command as a startup script. If you don't do that, you'll have to run it each time manually.

While using webcam, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, make sure it's turned on (Fn+F6 for webcam, Fn+F8 for Wi-Fi, Fn+F9 for BT).

Tested on Ubuntu 8.04.4 Hardy Heron (kernel 2.6.24-27-generic).


Seems everything is working, but I don't have possibility to check HDMI.


Grzegorz Janik


keyuanyuan, 2015/02/06 09:13

Nico Rey, 2011/05/08 23:00

I have this laptop running Arch Linux 2010.5 with 2.6.38 kernel (updated from 2.6.37).
Everything works fine with kde 4.6. The card reader mounts automatically when I plug a SD card.

I get about 4hs with 50% brightness, wifi on, browsing and listening music with amarok. Here's a guide I wrote to improve the battery life|Insanely Wind Post

For Bluetooth, check this:

PS: Install fglrx drivers to get maximum performance and battery life

Putangina, 2010/04/12 11:39

How long does your battery lasts on linux at wifi on, brightness at 50%?

Gordian, 2010/05/30 20:54

10.04 Lucid Lynx lasts for about 2 hours and 40 minutes or so. Not that optimal, but quite ok :)

Gordian, 2010/04/05 12:12

Hey all, I have Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx beta running on my U230 and it works flawlessly (taking in consideration that it is a beta). Sound and Wifi is working (I have no BT device in it). Haven't checked the webcam nor HDMI nor VGA, but I assume it will just work.

JKisaragi, 2010/03/25 01:02

Thanks for this. I'm a Linux newbie and I've been frustrating on how to get the Wifi and the Sound to work with my MSI U230 (Hardy Heron is installed).

I'll definitely try this out and let you know if it worked.

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