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MSI Wind U120

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux on the MSI Wind U120 laptop. The U120 is a netbook, with a 10” wide screen that runs at a maximum resolution of 1024×600. My U120 came preinstalled with Microsoft Windows XP and I initially installed Kubuntu 8.10 on a 16GB pen drive that I would boot off of periodically. After installing and configuring the Realtek wireless drivers on the pen drive, I installed Xubuntu using Wubi on the XP partition. This test was less than satisfactory and I still have issues to try to work out in terms of getting the system to boot fully. This should not be an issue with a standard hard disk installation as proven by the ability to boot from a pen drive.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the MSI Wind U120. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the MSI Wind U120 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the MSI Wind U120 specifications page.

NameMSI Wind U120
ProcessorIntel® Atom™ N270 1.6GHz Processor
Screen10” WSVGA Widescreen
RAM1GB
HDD80GB to 160GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel GMA 950
Network10/100 Ethernet
Realtek RTL8187 802.11b/g WLAN Card

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
GraphicsYesdirect rendering works
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYesRequires installation of rtl8187se_linux-04.tar.bz2 drivers. See instructions at: http://code.google.com/p/msi-wind-linux/
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBYes
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamYesyou have to mess around with the webcam fn key a little before it works

Notes

The Realtek driver installation comes with an executable installer that will automatically compile using your kernel sources. It is very convenient and should be easy for a novice to install.

Summary

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Discussion

Gauvenator, 2009/06/15 05:07

Installed Arch from a usb drive (they have convenient usb images that work really well). Everything is working fine and is quite responsive with the openbox desktop. I wanted to add webcam does work, you just have to play with the fn button a little. Also, the sound works great.

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