MSIMegabookGX700

Describe LaptopTestingTeam/MSIMegabookGX700 here.

Hardware Specification

Hardware Details

  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7500 @ 2.20GHz
  • Memory: 2GB DDR2 667 (max. 4GB - on some sites they say only 2GB but I use 4GB and it is ok)
  • Video: nVidia 8600M GT, 512MB RAM
  • Screen: Matt, 17" 1920x1200
  • Hard Disk: 250GB (250,059,350,016 bytes) 5400rpm WDC WD2500BEVS-22UST0
  • Optical: TOSHIBA DVDW/HD TS-L802A, DVD-ROM, DVD-R Sequential, DVD-R Dual Layer Sequential, DVD-R Dual Layer Jump, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW Restricted Overwrite, DVD-RW Sequential, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD+R Dual Layer, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, HD DVD-ROM
  • WLan: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 4965 AGN
  • Lan: Realtek RTL8111/8168 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Mouse: Touchpad
  • Keyboard: US/Rus
  • 56k Modem (Agere HDA)
  • Bluetooth (Cambridge Silicon Radio)
  • FireWire: IEEE 1394, O2 Micro

  • SD Card Reader
  • webcam: 5602 ALi Corp (s5k4aa)

lspci

 * 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
 * 00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 PCI Express Root Port (rev 03)
 * 00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Contoller #4 (rev 03)
 * 00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
 * 00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
 * 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
 * 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
 * 00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
 * 00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03)
 * 00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 03)
 * 00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
 * 00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
 * 00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
 * 00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
 * 00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
 * 00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f3)
 * 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HEM (ICH8M) LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
 * 00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA IDE Controller (rev 03)
 * 01:04.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): O2 Micro, Inc. Firewire (IEEE 1394) (rev 02)
 * 01:04.2 Generic system peripheral [0805]: O2 Micro, Inc. Integrated MMC/SD Controller (rev 01)
 * 01:04.3 Mass storage controller: O2 Micro, Inc. Integrated MS/xD Controller (rev 01)
 * 03:00.0 Memory controller: Intel Corporation Turbo Memory Controller (rev 01)
 * 06:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 4965 AG or AGN Network Connection (rev 61)
 * 07:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 01)
 * 08:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8600M GT (rev a1)

Current Issues

  • Suspend does not work
  • Battery Status incorrectly detected without kernel parameter
  • webcam - Experimental Support

Hardware compatibility

Hardware Information

Device

Works? (Kubuntu, Gutsy Gibbon)

Remark

Bug #

Installation

yes

Kubuntu 7.10 out of the box with NO problems

Screen

yes

Correct resolution

yes

3D Acceleration

yes

by nvidia driver - installed automatically up to 8.10, glxgears 30244 frames in 5.0 seconds = 6048.797 FPS

manual driver installation necessary in 9.04, see bug #373819

External monitor

yes

Power Management

Battery detected

yes

See [1]

AC/DC detected

yes

See [1]

Hibernation

yes

Suspend

no

Does not resume from suspend correctly, reboots instead

CPU speed step

yes

GPU speed step

yes

With NVIDIA drivers installed

Dim monitor on battery power and Blank monitor on inactivity

yes

Sound

Sound works ?

yes

4+1 with subwoofer (Headphone Jack: see below)

Headphone jack

yes

Add snd-hda-intel model=targa-dig to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base otherwise connecting headphones does not disconnect the internal speakers.

Mic jack

yes

Internal mic

yes

Works with the model=laptop instead of model=targa-dig parameter specified. (Disables headphone switching)

Networking

Wired NIC

yes

Wireless NIC

yes

PCMCIA NIC

yes

Firewire

yes

Bluetooth

yes

Keyboard, Mouse, Audio all OK

Modem

untested

Touchpad & Mice

Touchpad

yes

Touchpad - Doubletap = double click

yes

Touchpad - Scroll down side

yes

External mouse - USB

yes

External mouse - Bluetooth

yes

[2]

Additional Hardware

CD/DVD drive

yes

SD Card Reader

yes

CD/DVD drive

yes

WLAN/Bluetooth Kill Switch

yes

webcam

Almost

[3]

Function and other keys

Fn key

Operation

Works? (Kubuntu, Gutsy Gibbon)

Remark

Bug #

+F1

none

+F2

none

+F3

touchpad on/off

yes

+F4/F5

dim down/up

yes

[1]

+F6

none

+F7/F8

volume down/up

yes

(For 7.10 see [4])

+F9

mute

yes

+F10

none

+F11

none

+F12

suspend

untested

+PgUp

Home

yes

+PgDn

End

yes

[1] ACPI problems The battery status is incorrectly detected. This symptom is shown by the battery's status information disappearing. ACPI problems with 2.6.27-9 can be solved by adding the acpi=noirq kernel parameter to the appropriate line in /boot/grub/menu.lst. With 2.6.27-11, the acpi=noirq will delay the onset of the symptoms; however, the battery is eventually lost after ~1-2 hours on AC power. The kernel parameter will disable the brightness up/down buttons as well as the "switch to external monitor" buttons. Workarounds for those can be found in the forums with the exception that the keys used are slightly different. The following is a valid .xbindkeysrc file

# brighness down = CTRL + F4
"~/scripts/brightnessdown.sh"
     control+F4
#    m:0x0 + c:70
#    F4
#brighness up = CTRL + F5
"~/scripts/video/brightnessup.sh"
     control+F5
#    m:0x0 + c:71
#    F5

A kernel patch was released (http://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=9823#c53 and was integrated into an alpha release of Ubuntu 8.10, but a regression occured by the time 8.10 was released.

[2] Bluetooth Devices Bluetooth Keyboard, Mouse, and Headphones all handled correctly by Bluetooth-Applet. An audio redirection script is required to use bluetooth headphones (fill in your device's address for "00:00:00:00:00:00":

state=`gconftool --get /system/gstreamer/0.10/default/musicaudiosink | cut -d\  -f1`

if [ $state == "autoaudiosink" ]; then
  pactl load-module module-alsa-sink device="bluetooth"
  #gconftool --type string --set /system/gstreamer/0.10/default/musicaudiosink "alsasink buffer-time=6000000 latency-time=1000000 device=bluetooth"
  gconftool --type string --set /system/gstreamer/0.10/default/musicaudiosink "sbcenc ! a2dpsink sink=false preroll-queue-len=1 max-lateness=1 qos=true device=00:00:00:00:00:00"
  zenity --info --title="GStreamer" --text="Switched to Bluetooth headphones."
else
  pactl unload-module module-alsa-sink
  gconftool --type string --set /system/gstreamer/0.10/default/musicaudiosink "autoaudiosink"
  zenity --info --title="GStreamer" --text="Switched to speaker output."
fi

echo musicaudiosink set to `gconftool --get /system/gstreamer/0.10/default/musicaudiosink` 

[3] Webcam works with full color (and vertical orientation correction) after V4L changeset 12878:1436152bd9db (http://linuxtv.org/hg/v4l-dvb/rev/1436152bd9db) if your laptop has a BIOS dated 07/19/2007 (find using "sudo dmidecode | grep 'Release Date: '"). Additional modifications to the V4L tree to account for additional BIOS release dates. Not yet backported to Ubuntu 9.04.

[4] Hotkeys For Ubuntu versions < 7.10, the following hotkeys configuration may be required:

  • /etc/init.d/hotkey-setup classifies GX700 as 'generic' laptop so configuration file is: /usr/share/hotkey-setup/generic.hk
  • in this file I put only:

setkeycodes     e06e    $KEY_MAIL

this is assignment of webcam button (webcam not working so far) to hotkeys email program, so now:

  • /usr/share/hotkeys/gx700.def

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<definition>
  <config model="MSI GX700">
    <VolUp        keycode="176" adj="1"/>
    <VolDown      keycode="174" adj="3"/>

    <WebBrowser   keycode="178"/>
    <Email        keycode="236"/>
  </config>
  <contributor>
    <name>Ludovic Rousseau</name>
    <email>ludovic.rousseau@free.fr</email>
  </contributor>
</definition>

and now in

  • /etc/hotkeys.conf

Kbd=gx700
CDROM=none
Email=claws-mail
WebBrowser=firefox
osd_color=LawnGreen
osd_timeout=1
osd_position=bottom
osd_offset=5

So finally it comes to:

  • volume up/down configured by hotkeys
  • button "@e" - firefox by hotkeys
  • button "camera" - mail client by hotkey-setup and hotkeys
  • mute - by ACPI
  • dim up/down - by ACPI
  • Home/End - by ACPI
  • WLAN/Bluetooth off/on - by ACPI

To do: find keycode for P1 button and make use of it Smile :-)

Software configuration

cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Section "Files"
EndSection
Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier      "Generic Keyboard"
        Driver          "kbd"
        Option          "CoreKeyboard"
        Option          "XkbRules"      "xorg"
        Option          "XkbModel"      "pc105"
        Option          "XkbLayout"     "pl"
EndSection
Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier      "Configured Mouse"
        Driver          "mouse"
        Option          "CorePointer"
        Option          "Device"        "/dev/input/mice"
        Option          "Protocol"      "ImPS/2"
        Option          "ZAxisMapping"  "4 5"
        Option          "Emulate3Buttons"       "true"
EndSection
Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier      "Synaptics Touchpad"
        Driver          "synaptics"
        Option          "SendCoreEvents"        "true"
        Option          "Device"        "/dev/psaux"
        Option          "Protocol"      "auto-dev"
        Option          "LeftEdge"      "130"
        Option          "RightEdge"     "840"
        Option          "TopEdge"       "130"
        Option          "BottomEdge"    "640"
        Option          "FingerLow"     "7"
        Option          "FingerHigh"    "8"
        Option          "MaxTapTime"    "180"
        Option          "MaxTapMove"    "110"
        Option          "EmulateMidButtonTime"  "75"
        Option          "VertScrollDelta"       "20"
        Option          "HorizScrollDelta"      "20"
        Option          "MinSpeed"      "3.60"
        Option          "MaxSpeed"      "5.10"
        Option          "AccelFactor"   "1.30"
        Option          "EdgeMotionMinSpeed"    "1200"
        Option          "EdgeMotionMaxSpeed"    "1200"
        Option          "UpDownScrolling"       "1"
        Option          "CircularScrolling"     "1"
        Option          "CircScrollDelta"       "0.1"
        Option          "CircScrollTrigger"     "2"
        Option          "SHMConfig"     "on"
        Option          "Emulate3Buttons"       "on"
EndSection
Section "Device"
        Identifier      "nVidia Corporation NVIDIA Default Card"
        Boardname       "nv"
        Busid           "PCI:8:0:0"
        Driver          "nvidia"
        Screen  0
EndSection
Section "Monitor"
        Identifier      "Generic Monitor"
        Modelname       "Custom 1"
        Gamma   1.0
EndSection
Section "Screen"
        Identifier      "Default Screen"
        Device          "nVidia Corporation NVIDIA Default Card"
        Monitor         "Generic Monitor"
        Defaultdepth    24
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth   24
                Modes           "1900x1200"     
        EndSubSection
EndSection
Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier      "Default Layout"
  screen 0 "Default Screen" 0 0
        Inputdevice     "Generic Keyboard"
        Inputdevice     "Configured Mouse"
        Inputdevice     "Synaptics Touchpad"
EndSection
Section "Module"
        Load            "glx"
        Load            "v4l"
EndSection
Section "device" # 
        Identifier      "device1"
        Boardname       "nv"
        Busid           "PCI:8:0:0"
        Driver          "nvidia"
        Screen  1
EndSection
Section "screen" # 
        Identifier      "screen1"
        Device          "device1"
        Defaultdepth    24
        Monitor         "monitor1"
EndSection
Section "monitor" # 
        Identifier      "monitor1"
        Gamma   1.0
EndSection
Section "ServerFlags"
EndSection


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