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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


RobertG, 2015/05/27 19:38

I found that I had to toggle both the camera and wifi on in windows, in order to have them work in Linux on this netbook/laptop. For that reason alone I have it setup as a dual boot. Just in case I somehow toggle either off. Currently I am running Fedora 21 and everything works, wifi, webcam, touch pad, hdmi out, wired lan etc.

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 :)

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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