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MSI Wind U135

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Introduction

This netbook comes with Windows 7 Starter preinstalled, but boots fine from a Ubuntu 9.10 Linux on a 4G USB stick.

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Specifications

NameMSI Wind U135
ProcessorIntel Atom N450: 1.66 GHz, 667 MHz FSB, 512KB On-Die L2 Cache
Screen10.1” 1024×600
RAM1G DDR2, 2G max
HDD160G SATA
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel GMA3150
NetworkEthernet 10/100, Wireless 802.11bgn

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYesIntel Atom N450
ScreenYes1024×600 32bit color
HDDYes/Not TestedComments
Optical DriveNoNot present
GraphicsYesVGA output port works with second monitor for extended desktop.
SoundYesPlayback works, internal and external microphone both work.
EthernetYes/Not Tested10/100
WirelessYes802.11gb Since Ubuntu 11.04, the supplied rt2800pci driver supports this chipset. Ubuntu 10.04 includes the rt3090sta kernel module in the staging area, so a compile is not necessary. The 802.11n not tested.
BluetoothNoNot present
56K ModemNoNot present
USBYesThree USB 2.0 ports
FirewireNoNot present
Card ReaderYes/Not Tested4in1, SD,MMC.MS,XD. Won't boot from cardreader.
ExpressCard SlotNoNot present
CameraYes1.3M pixel Bison cam. Remember to turn on camera via F6 function key. Standard webcam apps like cheese and Skype work.

Notes

The standard rt2800pci driver replaced the staging area rt2860sta driver in Ubuntu 11.04 and later – no compilation nor configuration is needed to set up wireless.
The RaLink driver RT3090_LinuxSTA_V2.3.1.4_20100222.tar.bz2, when compiled, needs to be configured without the 802.11n and 802.11n draft to work. Also region/country codes need to be changed to limit the channels to the legal set. Manually copied the kernel into the /lib/modules/…/kernel/drivers/net/wireless directory and ran depmod -a. This module tainted the kernel, don't know why, unless a binary blob is present somewhere (or maybe some config error on my part).
The X server on earlier distributions may have trouble with the 1024×600 screensize. Ubuntu 9.10 is fine, but 9.04 will drop back to 800×600, 8.10 needs manual X configuration to run.

Summary

Linux boots off usb easily and most of the hardware is supported. Wireless works with supplied default drivers in Ubuntu releases after 11.04. Ubuntu 10.04 did include the rt3090sta.ko module in the staging area, so no compilation was necessary, but the download does provide the RT3090STA.dat file. This file needs to be edited for setting legal channels and copied into /etc/Wireless/RT3090STA/RT3090STA.dat.


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