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MSI CX61-2PCi581BW7 0016GD-SKU13 (Notebook, 15.6 Inch, Intel Core i5-4200M, 2,5GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GT 820M, Blu-ray)

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MSI CX61-2PCi581BW7 0016GD-SKU13 (Notebook, 15.6 Inch, Intel Core i5-4200M, 2,5GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GT 820M, Blu-ray)
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Review of Linux Compatibility

The MSI CX61 is supported under Linux (Ubuntu 14.04). A manual configuration is necessary, if the two internal graphic chipsets will be used in parallel.

Graphic

The Laptop is equiped with an NVIDIA and with an Intel graphic chipset simultaneously:

01:00.0 3D controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF117M [GeForce 610M/710M / GT 620M/625M/630M/720M] (rev a1)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 06)

Depending on the needed graphic performance the system can switch between the two chipsets. A special so called Bumblebee driver is needed to allow such behaviour under Linux.

This driver normally is not included in the standard installation of the Linux dirstributions and needs to be installed separately. The drivers can be installed under Ubuntu (see instructions) after activation of the Universe and Multiverse Repositories:

apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia primus linux-headers-generic

A installation instruction for SuSE based Linux distributions can be found at http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_Bumblebee.

Ethernet

The on-board Gigabit Ethernet uses the Ateros AR8161 chipset:

04:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 Gigabit Ethernet [1969:1091] (rev 10)
	Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. [MSI] Device [1462:10e9]
	Kernel driver in use: alx

It is fully supported under Linux by the alx kernel module.

WiFi

Wireless networking uses the Realtek RTL8723AE chipset:

05:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8723AE PCIe Wireless Network Adapter [10ec:8723]
	Subsystem: AzureWave Device [1a3b:2114]
	Kernel driver in use: rtl8723ae

As driver the kernel module rtl8723ae is automatically loaded.

Hardware Overview

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 06)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor PCI Express x16 Controller (rev 06)
00:01.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor PCI Express x8 Controller (rev 06)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 06)
00:03.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio Controller (rev 06)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI (rev 05)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family USB EHCI #2 (rev 05)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset High Definition Audio Controller (rev 05)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #1 (rev d5)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #4 (rev d5)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #6 (rev d5)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family USB EHCI #1 (rev 05)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM86 Express LPC Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller 1 [AHCI mode] (rev 05)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 05)
01:00.0 3D controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF117M [GeForce 610M/710M / GT 620M/625M/630M/720M] (rev a1)
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 10)
05:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8723AE PCIe Wireless Network Adapter

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3 Responses to “MSI CX61-2PCi581BW7 0016GD-SKU13 (Notebook, 15.6 Inch, Intel Core i5-4200M, 2,5GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GT 820M, Blu-ray)”

  • Krisskobi says:

    Could I please ask for the help with wireless? I have the exact same configuration as above, with the same terminal output. The wireless network connection is randomly lost and it takes turning the computer on and off to restore it. Sometimes even that does not help. I’ve tried restarting the network through terminal, disabling and enabling the network – sometimes these (or a mix of these) help in restoring the connection. Any suggestions please?

    • A says:

      I’m not sure if this might help you, but this is what I used to fix an issue with a rtl8723be driver on one of my other laptops:

      http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2243978&p=13120817#post13120817

      In a terminal, simply enter:
      echo “options rtl8723be fwlps=N ips=N” | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/rtl8723be.conf

      I had the exact same problem you described, and this helped for me. Note that this is for the rtl8723be driver and not the rtl8723ae. You could maybe try entering the command above and replace the driver name with your one?

    • Krisskobi says:

      Hi A,

      Thank you very much for the reply, I appreciate your help. I’ve just tried that now, I’ll let you know in around 2 weeks if the situation repeated itself, or if it was resolved.
      Cheers!:)

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