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I have installed Ubuntu 16.04 in Legacy Mode on a MSI PE60 6QE (Nvidia GTX960M, I7 Skylake). However, it is not working well. Secure boot and Fast boot are not enabled.

I have tried all these steps with the "Prime select intel", nvidia drivers 361 and 364 options; and also trying with the 4.4-021 and the recent 4.6 kernels.

  • I can make it work with "ACPI=off", not with "ACPI=ht". It works well, but it is not a secure mode, I think, as I have to use a lot of CPU power. Funny thing, the touchpad is not detected with this option, and the same happens with the Fn+Key combinations. External mouse is detected and works well.

    I can make it work with the "nomodeset idle=nomwait" option. It enters however in the login screen loop. With this option enabled, the touchpad is detected. If I use the nvidia driver 364, the refresh of the screen is very low, it "blinks" a lot. I also get the "wifi: unsupported splx structure" error at the beginning of the loading screen and continuous "pcieport... : receiver error". does not help, also.

    If I use the "nomodeset idle=nomwait ACPI=off" I can go to the desktop menu... although it does not load, I just can see some icons while they blink among different positions in the screen.

Please, im desperate. What can I do? Can someone help me? I am really in a hurry! 15.10 does not work, either! Should I try with 14.04? I need to run some scripts asap :/

Thank you all.

  • What happens if you just use nomodeset? – emk2203 Apr 26 '16 at 9:57
  • Hmmm.. Same behaviour as with idle=nomwait. – user585097 Apr 26 '16 at 10:50
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    Ok, if I start session with just nomodeset, with intel-microcode off and xorg on, it works, but very badly. Aaaaaaand, I have just switched to nvidia 361, and started with std parameters, and it finally works. A week ago it didn't, it froze unless I used acpi=off or something similar. Finally :D – user585097 Apr 26 '16 at 11:29
  • Congrats. For other readers: Start with nvidia-361 like user585097 did, since it comes with 16.04, and don't use ppa graphics drivers if you can avoid it. nomodeset + standard driver = winning combination in most cases. – emk2203 Apr 26 '16 at 13:08
  • I must say that in my case, same hardware, kubuntu 16.04, this does work. However, I can only have it working while using the nvidia card. If using prime (and nvidia-settings) I switch back to the intel graphics, I again need to do acpi=off and thereafter lose the touchpad. linlap.com/msi_pe60_prestige_pe60_6qe_gtx960m – D.J.Duff May 5 '16 at 7:22

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