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MSI X-Slim X410


This is a guide to running Linux with the MSI X-Slim X410 laptop. If you have the MSI X-Slim X410 and are wanting to run Linux on it you've came to the right place!.

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For full specifications see the MSI X-Slim X410 specifications page.

NameMSI X-Slim X410
ProcessorAMD Athlon NEO X2 Dual-Core Processor
Screen14 HD (1366×768)
GraphicsATI Radeon X1250
RAMUp to 2GB
HDD320GB to 500GB
Optical DriveNo
Built-in 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

BluetoothNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested


When first installing Ubuntu the drivers get pretty much covered by the driver installation process that begins when first start up the only thing I needed to really do is get the wireless driver working manually. To get the wireless working With the MSI X410 you need to know what wireless card it has you can find it out by typing this in to terminal.


and the last line should say something like

03:00.0 Network controller: RaLink RT3090 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe

so for my example mines is RT3090! so I copied that and went to

Menu > System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager

and typed in the quick search “RT3090” and bam top one driver for my MSI X410 install that and done and another thing I done to make it run smoother is install Wicd network manager to install this go to Menu > Ubuntu software centre and in the top right type in the search “Wicd” and at the time of publishing it was the second on the list! install that

and then go to

system > preferences > start-up applications

and un-select network manager and close and save if prompted now you will be able to search for wireless networks and join! YAY! but now that your not using the default network manager fire fox will start up in “work offline mode” every time you start fire fox to change that open up terminal and type
gksudo nautilus and search for Firefox prefs mines is under

File system > ETC > Firefox (one inside ETC. directory just press f and it will go straight to fire fox) > Pref

and the JS file named Firefox.js open with gedit or just double click it Where it says

Enable the NetworkManager integration
pref(“toolkit.networkmanager.disable”, false);

Change it to

Enable the NetworkManager integration
pref(“toolkit.networkmanager.disable”, true);

and bingo done now just restart boot in to Linux and DONE!

Now to get it looking most like OSX (macintosh) use this
( download link is at the bottom of the article)
any more help needed comment or send me a message!


all in all I don't really notice a difference performance wise between pre-installed windows and Ubuntu and this a lot easier that hackintosh runs smoother than windows and there is more Linux people willing to help with problems and your part of something when using Linux! Also to get windows programs running on Ubuntu go to Here


Dago, 2011/11/20 15:35

i just install ubuntu 11.10 on this laptop: so far so good every thing its working. It's not that big a diference with seven so far and unity its.. well… don't now. I think i'll try ubuntu 10.04 to see a better performance ¿are there any issues unsolved?


Ivan, 2011/11/20 15:38

Is your wifi working witn Ubuntu 11.10? Did you have to install anything? Thanks

graham Mitchell , 2011/04/07 14:30

I just installed 10.10 and everything works. Except the Web Cam - which as I Skype a lot id a big issue. Anyone get the WebCam working ??

William Manzione, 2010/11/12 11:52

Were you able to install Maverick?? I cannot! Even with Live USB or upgrading from 10.04 or installing it since the botting the screen is flickering heavily…
Anyway with 10.04 and any other Linux ditro i can't wathc videos properly starting from 480p, like having very low frame rate :(

I'm desperate!!

Ivan, 2010/11/14 19:07

I have simply downloaded the latest Ubuntu here:

and followed step 2 - created boot USB. Once you plug your USB stick into X410, you have to go to BIOS and set USB as a primary device for booting. Then you will be able to load the Ubuntu from your USB and do the installation. Note that I have done a clean install - deleted Windows.

I had certain issues with 10.04 (no wifi etc), therefore I have waited few weeks for 10.10 and it's working perfectly.

Hope this helped.

William, 2010/11/16 00:05


the problem is not how to install it but the laptop I believe.

Check this thread I just opened on to Ubuntu Forum

Ivan, 2010/11/08 08:18

Hi there

Thanks a lot for your input! I have just installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my X410, however it seems that the sound output via HDMI is not working. :( Video is working fine, but sound is only working if I keep it on the laptop speakers. Have you tried to plug the laptop to TV? I am newbie in Linux and I would appreciate any help in solving this issue.


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