How to install Ubuntu 9.04 on notebook MSI VX600 is my first and new notebook with special specification:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0 GHz
  • SIS 672DX+SIS 968 Chipse
  • 15.4″ 1280×800 WXGA Display
  • ATi Mobility Radeon HD3410 Graphic Card  512MB
  • 4GB DDR2 533/667Mhz Memory
  • 10/100Mbps LAN
  • 802.11 b/g, 802.11 b/g/n WLAN
  • 250 GB HDD
  • Physical Dimension: 358 x 259 x 27-33mm

It have arrived in the yesterday afternoon after finish working in International Dormitory. At that time, I was very happy and I have to install Operating System by myself because it came with only FreeDOS.
Unfortunately, I have tried many times but I have never been successes. When I put the Ubuntu live 9.04 disk and chose install Ubuntu or try without install mode, I always got blank screen. I known that there are some problems with this drivers, special the graphic card’s driver. I guessed that Ubuntu 9.04 does not support drivers well, and tried with OpenSuse 11.0 but I got the same problem: blank screen.

I searched Internet and found out that there are a lof of problems with installing Ubuntu or other Linux branchs almost about graphic card.

Step 1

Insert the Ubuntu live CD, when the startup window appears press F6 and select these options: noapic, acpi=off by press Enter button. Now you will be able to using any modes as normal.


Step 2

Install Ubuntu using Graphical as normal from Ubuntu Wiki:

Step 3

After finish installing Ubuntu and go to the system, go to menu System => Administration => Hardware drivers and active all hardwares in the list and install those drivers.


Note that it is necessary to get update first, and then restart the system. There is some issues about ATI Graphic drivers. At this time, you can see and follow this tutorials come from ATI Wiki.

It is better if you follow this post to install ATI Driver:

How to install ATI Graphic driver for Ubuntu 9.04

Step 4

Disable cpuspeed service by typing the following command in the Terminal window:

sudo update-rc.d cpuspeed remove

Open menu.lst:

sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

Find lines started with kernel and remove acpi=off to use the new installed graphic card driver next boot time:

kernel  /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=6f532263-dbcf-4ac5-b173-a79048eb74f3 ro noapic nolapic  quiet acpi=off splash

Done !

Note: with this tip you can install Ubuntu on other notebooks as well.

If you feel this tip is good for you, feel free to vote this post. I spent a lot of time with this problem, that is reason why now I still awake at 5AM 🙁 . I am happy because it is a first blog post when I am using my new notebook.

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  • KrisBelucci June 2, 2009, 7:56 pm

    I really liked this post. Can I copy it to my site? Thank you in advance.

    • admin June 4, 2009, 12:56 pm

      Hi KrisBelucci,

      You can copy this post to your website, however please write a back link to the origin post.

      Best regards,

  • Khalid Yousif June 2, 2009, 8:27 pm

    Hello, thanks for the tutorial…

    I am thinking in purchasing this laptop very soon, but I wonder if it is good machine, can you confirm that? can write a review about it?

    Did you install the device drivers for the ATi adapter or not? I couldn’t understand your part here,it is rather confusing, sorry.

    Why should I disable cpuspeed service?

    Do you a have reliable source to check?

    Thank you very much again,


    • admin June 3, 2009, 10:28 am

      Dear Khalid Yousif,

      Thanks for comment. I am sure that it is a good machine. It is not expensive but have a high performance compare to others which have same configurations. It was my best choice when I compared between MSI and others like: Dell, HP, … with same low price in the In here, it is around 900$ with such configuration. The price of this product some months ago around 1300$ 🙂

      I install ATI Driver from ATI website, not from Synaptic and it work well, even dual monitor (I guess, but didn’t check, I will check it later). I will write new tutorials about install graphic driver and dual monitor problem later.

      I am sorry about my mistake, we only should disable cpuspeed service when we use desktop but not laptop. I will check this information again and correct my post.

      I recommend you to buy this machine.

      Best regards,

  • Khalid Yousif June 3, 2009, 11:53 pm

    Hello again,

    Thanks for the answer and recommendation, I am really looking forward to get this affordable machine.

    I have another question thouh, did you install the 32-bit version of Ubuntu or the 64-bit one?

    Because the processor is T6400, which means it is 64-bit, and the any 32-bit OS can’s see more than 3GB of the RAM, what do you think?


    • admin June 4, 2009, 1:43 am

      Thanks for question.

      There are some small differences between 32-bit Linux and 64-bit Linux, you can see here for more details.

      32-bit machine can recognize RAM up to 4GB. In my notebook, I have 4GB but I can only use 3GB RAM, little pity. But let’s assume that you are using Linux 64-bit, you have to care about 64-bit versions of every packages, drivers will be supported or not, … it means 64-bit machine is not popular.

      It is also my first concern when I install Ubuntu or other OS, but after finding out which one is better, I have chosen Linux 32-bit.

      Best regards,

  • Mahmoud June 13, 2009, 6:55 pm

    Thank you for the post.
    I’ve faced the same problem on my MSI VX 600 laptop.
    I’m going to try the steps you mentioned.

    • admin June 13, 2009, 7:00 pm

      Hi Mahmoud,

      Just follow those steps but you should install ATI driver from ATI website. You can follow this post as well.

      Best regards,

  • Mahmoud June 14, 2009, 2:42 am

    Thanks a lot again, this helped me so much.

  • Mahmoud June 14, 2009, 6:08 am

    Ubuntu didn’t work after rebooting!

    The link in your last comment doesn’t work; so I didn’t install the drivers you mentioned.

    That could be the reason.

  • Francois July 4, 2009, 11:31 pm


    I got the same notebook and I’m trying to install Ubuntu 9.04 with 64bits. Now the installation’s over but I cannot connect to the internet! So no way of installing any driver especially the ethernet support driver that would get the internet going…. I’m desperate, is there anyone who knows where I could possibly find these and eventually connect?

    • admin July 9, 2009, 4:52 pm

      Hello Francois,

      I think that it is better if you try first with Live Ubuntu 64 bit to see this machine can be install Ubuntu 64bit or not, and later install that.

      Best regards,

  • schwebbe July 9, 2009, 3:57 pm

    good morning from germany!

    i received the same machine some days ago, including vista home premium. works fine, but i’d also like to run ubuntu 9.04. i tried the live-disk, but it did’nt boot (same behavior as you described). now i’ll try your settings, maybee it’ll work for the live-system also, i’ll let you know.

    thanks in advance for your post!


    • admin July 9, 2009, 4:50 pm

      Welcome Schwebbe,

      Thanks for your comment. I hope you enjoy your Ubuntu system.

      Best regards,

  • schwebbe July 10, 2009, 2:21 pm

    good morning again,

    yesterday evening, at home, i tested the two parameters mentioned in your tutorial. it worx! fantastic… runs fast and, as far as i can see, also stable. maybee i’ll also choose to install it in the future. for now, i’m happy i can test.

    thank you again for your little tutorial!


    • admin July 11, 2009, 12:01 am

      Dear schwebbe,

      I am very happy because I can help you having fun with Ubuntu 🙂 . Just trying to help people as much as you can to make them satisfy with their lives, … and later they will help you to satisfy your life. So being sharing as much as you can do.

      Best regards,

  • Francois October 5, 2009, 11:14 pm

    Hey there again,

    I asked a question on here once about 64bit setup. At that moment since I did not have much time to work it out, I just left it for later because I had a lot to do in the last few months. Now that I have a little more time, I downloaded 32bits Ubuntu cd and I installed it with acpi=off with almost no trouble. But as you know I was unfortunately unable to properly use the laptop on battery and so I went back on your page and followed your advice : I disabled cpuspeed and then I put “noapic nolapic” instead of “acpi=off”. And now I eventually have the little battery notification on the top right corner!!!! so thanks a lot!!!
    However I noticed the system monitor only notices one cpu although it’s a core 2 duo and so I reckon the “noapic nolapic” part basically limited the cpu to half its capacity… So is the performance going to be affected by that? is it a problem on a daliy use or maybe on a long term use of the laptop? is there any way of managing the situation so that we could eventually boot with no other option but quiet and splash? would be great, wouldn’t it?
    And about the “sudo update-rc.d cpuspeed remove” part, can you explain why we did that and what it means for the laptop? I felt like putting it back and seeing what it does but I have no idea how to actually put it back… So can you please help with that too?
    Thanks a lot again for the post which is a great help for many users! You should be proud of contributing to the Ubuntu big family!


    • Francois October 31, 2009, 3:35 am

      Time has passed and the Karmic Koala has arrived! With Ubuntu 9.10, the vx600 laptop by MSI is fully recognized and this right away. In other words, no need to go and change any startup setting, it runs smoothly and supports ACPI, APIC and both cores of the CPU! The only bug I’ve found so far is the compability issue between the proprietary Modem Driver and the Audio Device… If you activate the Modem driver, you’ll lose the sound support, so just disactivate it as it was by default and you’ll recover the sound! Of course this solution will satisfy you only if you don’t need the modem, if you do, there probably is a solution out there 🙂
      For the Upgrade, I strongly recommend a back up of everything you want to keep before doing anything. The online update did not work with me… it completed but then ubuntu would not reboot, either in acpi=off or in noapic nolapic or normal… So I suggest you do yourself a favour and make a fresh install with EXT4 and brand the brand new Grub version!
      You won’t be disappointed, the Karmic Koala will give a fresh new start to your laptop!


      • admin October 31, 2009, 11:54 pm

        Thank you very much Francois,

        Actually, I am using Ubuntu 9.10 now in my MSI laptop. It works really nice, more stable than other versions. The most important thing is it consumes little CPU even I open the website which has some flash files. Now I can use Ubuntu in my laptop without concerning about anything hehe.

        However, with my Desktop computer, I still install ATI graphic driver from, but not from ubuntu repositories.

        Get fun !


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