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    Can someone confirm if this is Linux compatible?

    We need to replace a laptop, and we found one on sale tomorrow (Black Friday Door Crasher). My gf uses Kubuntu/Mate for her work (basic graphics & writing). I think the specs should give her lots of room to grow, but also most bang for the buck!

    The system we are looking at is an MSi GL65 9SE-055CA with RTX 2060. Are there any known issues with installing a *buntu (I know I will probably have to upgrade BIOS first off). I have looked through the "compatible" and not compatible lists here, along with searching various versions of the product name.
    Thanks in advance.
    ~Jackie
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    Re: Can someone confirm if this is Linux compatible?

    Optimus (using both Intel & Nvidia graphics) can be a complete pain. It might work well right away, or it might be a complete nightmare. It's set to get a bit easier in the future, but not yet. You'll definitely need a recent driver for the Turing part.

    The Intel wireless will probably be fine; Intel are heavily invested in open source software and they have the resources to get timely support included before their hardware is released.

    I have no idea if the audio will work at all. It's some MSI-branded "value add" nonsense, and they've got no interest in supporting Linux. Someone might have reverse-engineered whatever quirks it has in order to get it working, or they might not.

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    Re: Can someone confirm if this is Linux compatible?

    Often issues are common by brand. And then similar models have similar issues.
    Bigger differences if AMD or Intel based.

    Similar models:
    MSI GS65 Boot parameter: modprobe.blacklist=nouveau
    https://askubuntu.com/questions/1061...older-versions
    MSI GE63 Update UEFI then acpi=off not required
    https://askubuntu.com/questions/1059...63-boot-issues &
    https://askubuntu.com/questions/1038...thout-acpi-off
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Can someone confirm if this is Linux compatible?

    Quote Originally Posted by msjackieelle View Post
    We need to replace a laptop, and we found one on sale tomorrow (Black Friday Door Crasher). My gf uses Kubuntu/Mate for her work (basic graphics & writing). I think the specs should give her lots of room to grow, but also most bang for the buck!

    The system we are looking at is an MSi GL65 9SE-055CA with RTX 2060. Are there any known issues with installing a *buntu (I know I will probably have to upgrade BIOS first off). I have looked through the "compatible" and not compatible lists here, along with searching various versions of the product name.
    Thanks in advance.
    ~Jackie
    I'm running replying from Ubuntu (PopOS derivative) on that model I picked up on Black Friday from Canada Computers.

    I haven't dug into how get Nvidia card/driver working with the Intel/Nvidia Optimus card (yet)

    Audio, WiFi and LAN all working fine for me.

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    Re: Can someone confirm if this is Linux compatible?

    Ok, got the Nvidia driver installed and working fine too.

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