The GS series of MSI laptops is considered to be a thin gaming laptop. Although it is not thin as ultrabooks, it is still very thin for a gaming laptop. As of October 5th 2017, the 2016 model works fine with the latest kernel. The 2017 model has a bug concerning the eDP LCD display. There is a fix from intel here: https://github.com/freedesktop/drm-tip/commit/0501a3b0eb01ac2209ef6fce76153e5d6b07034e.patch
This issue was discussed in this thread: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=230541
As of 2018, the patch is now part of the mainstream kernel. Intel driver (i915) works, but without power management. It is only possible to run a graphical environment with the nvidia card ON. In order to get the maximum performance out of this notebook, it is recommended to use nvidia-xrun. Bumblebee is not working on the 2017 model.
|Device||GS63-6RF (2016)||GS63 (2017)||GS63-8RE (2018)|
|CPU||Yes i7-6700HQ||Yes i7-7700HQ||Yes i7-8750H|
|Display||--||Full HD 120Hz/3ms||Full HD 120Hz/3ms|
|Intel IGU||Yes Intel HD Graphics 530||Yes HD Graphics 630 (i915)||Yes Intel HD Graphics 630|
|Nvidia GPU||Yes GTX 1060||Yes GTX 1070||Yes GTX 1060|
|Card Reader||Yes||mmc warning||Yes|
Standard installation works flawlessly per the Installation guide.
It is possible to use Bumblebee to make the Nvidia GPU in this laptop usable. In order to avoid issues caused by the BIOS in the GS63VR when using bbswitch, add
acpi_osi=! acpi_osi="Windows 2009" to the kernel options at boot (per NVIDIA Optimus#Lockup issue (lspci hangs)).
For HDMI/DP ouput: Bumblebee#Output wired to the NVIDIA chip.
As alternative, you can use Optimus Manager. You can change between Intel and Nvidia restarting the X server and use external screen use nouveau driver.
This laptop uses an Elantech touchpad, and as such libinput works well. Two finger scrolling works out of the box (tested on GS63-6RF and GS63-8RE). Install AUR for more multitouch actions.
NetworkManager works out of the box for wifi on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks.
The headphone jack always acts as SPDIF out and subsequently has no volume control and does not mute the speakers when a device is plugged in. Link to a description of the issue on the ALSA mailing list.
As a workaround it is possible to reassign a microphone input jack using hdajackretask to behave as an audio output.
To set color to Steel Series Keyboard use MSIKLM
Use the instructions on MSI GS65#Lights to install AUR.
If the laptop doesn't fully enter sleep mode, bluetooth and mobile light stay on and sleep light does not come on. Then try reinstalling TLP.
Fn + F6 will toggle disable/ enable the web camera.
To access the BIOS, from a cold shutdown, repeatedly press the
delete key immediately after pressing the power button.
To access the Boot Device Menu, from a cold shutdown, repeatedly press the
F11 key immediately after pressing the power button.