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We are online web shop and we are looking laptops to be sell with Ubuntu installed. We have an order with a distributor of MSI but we can have not tried ubuntu in MSI laptops previously.

These are the laptops:

MSI GE60 2PC(APACHE)-281XES - "I7-4710MQ/8GB/1TB/VGA 2GB/15.6""/FREEDOS " --nvidia-gtx850m
MSI GE60 2PE(APACHE PRO)-213XES - "i5-4200H/4GB/750GB/VGA 2GB/15.6""/FREEDOS" –nvidia-gtx860m
MSI GE60 2PL(APACHE)-264XES - "I5-4200H/4GB/500GB/VGA 2GB/15.6""/FREEDOS" –nvidia-gtx850m
MSI GE70 2OE-474XES-BB54208G75SX NEGRO - I5-4200/8GB/750GB/VGA 2GB/FREEDOS –nvidia-gtx765m
MSI GE70 2PC(Apache)-211XES - "I5-4200H/4GB/750GB/VGA 2GB/17.3""/FREEDOS" –nvidia-gtx850m
MSI GT60 2PC(DOMINATOR)-829XES - "i7-4710MQ/8GB/SSD 128GB+1TB/VGA 3GB/15.6""/FREEDOS" –nvidia-gtx870m

Are they 100% compatible with Ubuntu 14.04?


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I can only vouch for the GE60 2PE (Apache Pro), as I own the model, or rather a variant of it... Mine has an i7 4700HQ CPU, 8GB of ram and a Kingston V300 SSD I slammed in there for good measure.

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (since every other version before that has no Ethernet/Wi-Fi). Installation was of no trouble.

It runs very stable (which is to be expected), however I've found that not everything works, most importantly the USB 2.0 ports. They almost always have erratic behaviour, in the sense that if I connect my mouse it is not usable (very jerky movement), and if I connect my Nexus 5 I can't transfer anything over MTP. USB 3.0 works, though.

I think the above issue already makes it a deal breaker, but among other things, sometimes turning the Touchpad off makes it unusable unless you reboot and you cannot take advantage of the RGB backlit keyboard features without some tinkering. Bluetooth doesn't seem to work properly either.

Well, this about sums it up for my experiences. Take all this with a grain of salt, perhaps the USB issue is my fault. You can always give it a try, I can at least guarantee you that you won't blow up the laptops by doing so. ;)

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I have a MSI GE60 Apache, using both debian and ubuntu, I can tell these:

  • wifi works fine on ubuntu, on debian you need to install firmware-iwlwifi from non-free repository
  • bluetooth seems to work fine
  • ethernet works fine
  • touchpad seems to work fine, I dont use it much
  • the RGB backlit needs the workaround "user322799" mentioned, its not hard to make it work.
  • usb 3 ports work fine
  • usb 2 ports have the issue "user322799" mentioned, it may not happen every time and it can be fixed by disabling "Legacy USB Support" from "USB Configuration" in EFI/Bios settings (i.e. your external keyboard wont work on grub afterwards but its not that big a deal) Update: problem still persists
  • for the graphics, you can install bumblebee or bumblebee-nvidia and in most cases it'll work fine. there's also lots of information on debian, ubuntu and arch wiki for bumblebee.
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