|Nvidia GPU||Working||nvidia (not nouveau)|
|Power management||Partially Working|
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- 1 Configuration
- 1.1 BIOS
- 1.2 Video
- 1.3 Webcam
- 1.4 Power Management
- 1.5 Keyboard
- 1.6 Touchpad
- 1.7 Fan Control
- 2 Troubleshooting
- 3 Tips and Tricks
- 4 Known Issues
- 5 More Information
At bootup, the BIOS settings page is entered via the delete key, the quick boot select window can be activated via the F11 key, PXE scanning can be activated via the F12 key
In the BIOS setings, the model name can be seen in the Main tab, Secure Boot can be disabled from the Security tab and boot mode can optionally be switched from UEFI to legacy. Advanced BIOS options can be accessed by going to the 'Advanced' tab and holding down l-alt, then pressing r-ctrl, r-shift, then F2.
There is no known option to disable the discrete intel GPU, there may be one present after unlocking the advanced options.
This BIOS version introduces many ACPI problems (if BIOS is changed from UEFI to legacy), including a flood of "No handler or method for GPE [00->6E]" at boot, which can be solved through kernel parameters:
acpi=offallows to boot but most things won't work, including the keyboard and touchpad.
acpi=off acpi=forceallows to boot and have working keyboard and touchpad, but the NVidia card won't work ; neither will the USB3 ports.
pcie_aspm=offwill allow most things to work: keyboard, touchpad, USB 3 devices, NVidia card.
Backlight works out of the box
# ls /sys/class/backlight/
PRIME functionality works by using only and will work without the intel video driver, instead using modsetting.
The #Known Issues}).driver does not work well in PRIME configuration (see
The HDMI and DP ports are wired to the Nvidia GPU, so some additional actions required to make the multihead to work with monitors connected to this ports. Thunderbolt port is wired to Intel GPU thus allowing for external monitor to be used with Nvidia GPU off.
To get it work with the HDMI port:
2. Configure Xorg to use the
intel (not the
modesetting) video driver for the Intel GPU. Put it to the
Section "Device" Identifier "intel" Driver "intel" EndSection
3. Set the
/etc/bumblebee/xorg.conf.nvidia contents to make Xorg launched by intel-virtual-output to use the Nvidia GPU:
Section "Device" Identifier "nvidia" Driver "nvidia" EndSection
(the config provided by the package is not suitable for the MSI GS65).
4. Restart X server
5. Launch the
xrandr or other tool to turn on the monitor and adjust its position.
External monitor should be under the VIRTUAL1 output in
xrandr -q. If not - check that
intel-virtual-output -b successfully run the X server on DISPLAY=:8 and the
xrandr -d:8 -q shows the connected monitor.
The webcam is device 003 on bus 001. See Webcam setup for more details.
# lsusb -vs 001:003
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 5986:211c Acer, Inc Device Descriptor: bLength 18 bDescriptorType 1 bcdUSB 2.01 bDeviceClass 239 Miscellaneous Device bDeviceSubClass 2 bDeviceProtocol 1 Interface Association bMaxPacketSize0 64 idVendor 0x5986 Acer, Inc idProduct 0x211c bcdDevice 3.01 iManufacturer 1 SunplusIT Inc iProduct 2 HD Webcam iSerial 0 bNumConfigurations 1 ...
Battery indicator works out of the box.
Sleep and wake also work with the proper configuration (see Power management).
An issue when sleeping is that the networking will be disabled when waking and set to airplane mode. This issue does not affect hibernation.
# lsusb -vs 001:002
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 1038:1122 SteelSeries ApS Device Descriptor: bLength 18 bDescriptorType 1 bcdUSB 2.00 bDeviceClass 0 bDeviceSubClass 0 bDeviceProtocol 0 bMaxPacketSize0 64 idVendor 0x1038 SteelSeries ApS idProduct 0x1122 bcdDevice 2.29 iManufacturer 1 SteelSeries iProduct 2 SteelSeries KLC iSerial 0 bNumConfigurations 1
The Steel Series lights on the keyboard cannot be configured withAUR or AUR, because those tools only work with region-based RGB lighting. For this laptop model, the tool AUR provides partial control.
$ msi-perkeyrgb -m gs65 --list-preset
Available presets for GS65: - aqua - chakra - default - disco - drain - freeway - plain - rainbow-split - roulette
$ msi-perkeyrgb -m gs65 -p aqua
If keyboard lights remain off, be sure you've rebooted after installing msi-perkeyrgb to refresh udev and that the brightness is turned to maximum with Fn+PgUp, then try the command again.
Airplane Mode Key Combination
The airplane mode key combination (FN + F10) is disabled by default. Adding the following kernel parameters activates airplane mode key combination:
acpi_osi=! acpi_osi="Windows 2009"
The following buttons don't have any function or keycodes.
- FN + F7
- FN + Home
Non-US Keyboards' Backslash/Pipe 102nd Key
Systemd v240 addressed an issue for US keyboards which broke the mapping for the 102nd key on non-US keyboards. This is the key on the right of the space bar. For a UK keyboard it is the backslash/pipe key and you can correct the scancode to keycode mapping with
# setkeycodes 56 86
. To make this permanent, save the command to an executable shell script with a #!/bin/sh shebang, then create and enable the following systemd unit file:
[Unit] Description=Remap backslash key [Service] Type=oneshot ExecStart=/path/to/shell/script [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
Single tap and double finger scrolling work. Multi gestures do not work out the box though, they are detected withAUR.
Fan control by "Fancontrol (lm-sensors)" or "NoteBook Fan Control (NBFC)" is not supported, but by the use of the toolAUR you can control the fans in the same way as Dragon Center on Windows.
Webcam is not detected
/dev/video0 is unavailable and
lsusb does not list the webcam, make sure that hard webcam switch is activated. The switch is indicated on the F6 key and can be toggled with
FN + F6.
Tips and Tricks
Microphone noise reduction
GS65 has the twin microphone, which is very cool to have for noise reduction and echo cancellation, as well as background sounds suppression via beamforming technique. To get the best of it add this line to
load-module module-echo-cancel use_master_format=1 aec_method=webrtc aec_args="beamforming=1 mic_geometry=-0.025,0,0,0.025,0,0" set-default-source alsa_input.pci-0000_00_1f.3.analog-stereo.echo-cancel
Also, it could be useful to add
aec_args to disable automatic gain control.
Lockup Issue (lspci and poweroff hang)
- lspci hangs
- poweroff hangs
Applies to: Arch boot ISO and systems with nouveau or without nvidia driver installed. See NVIDIA Optimus#Lockup issue (lspci hangs).
- Arch ISO: Add
modprobe.blacklist=nouveauto the kernel parameters (https://superuser.com/a/1301487).
- System without nouveau: Install .
Cheese Hangs While Opening Camera
The issue can be fixed by installingand running:
$ vlc v4l:// :v4l-vdev="/dev/video0"
Following this, cheese should work correctly.
Wifi is hardblocked (airplane mode) after waking up from suspend
Waking from suspend will have wifi in airplane mode. 
# rfkill list
1: phy0: Wireless LAN Soft blocked: no Hard blocked: yes
Wifi can be reactivated by either using the airplane mode key combination twice or by hibernating and rebooting.
A way to mitigate this is by setting systemd to hibernate instead of suspending.
From time to time the graphical interface will freeze and the keyboard will be unresponsive, though audio keeps running. It tends to happen when CPU temperature is high and CPUs are throttling.
There is no known solution for this.
It is not clear what causes this issue:
$ journalctl -r --boot -1
Jul 22 20:27:40 almsi kernel: nvidia-modeset: ERROR: GPU:0: Failed to allocate memory for the display color lookup table.
Display outputs don't work after suspend
If the laptop is suspended with another monitor connected, then on wake all display outputs do not recognise when an external display is connected to any port. This persists across reboots. Worryingly it also persists if you reboot into Windows.
One workaround is to boot into Windows, suspend the laptop, then wake it. Connected displays will then be recognised when rebooting into Windows or Arch.
Microarchitecture, Processor and Platform
x86_64 unknown unknown
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Device 3ec4 (rev 07) 00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v5/E3-1500 v5/6th Gen Core Processor PCIe Controller (x16) (rev 07) 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Device 3e9b 00:12.0 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Device a379 (rev 10) 00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Device a36d (rev 10) 00:14.2 RAM memory: Intel Corporation Device a36f (rev 10) 00:14.3 Network controller: Intel Corporation Device a370 (rev 10) 00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Device a360 (rev 10) 00:1b.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device a340 (rev f0) 00:1d.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device a330 (rev f0) 00:1d.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device a334 (rev f0) 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Device a30d (rev 10) 00:1f.3 Audio device: Intel Corporation Device a348 (rev 10) 00:1f.4 SMBus: Intel Corporation Device a323 (rev 10) 00:1f.5 Serial bus controller [0c80]: Intel Corporation Device a324 (rev 10) 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GP104M [GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile] (rev a1) 3b:00.0 Non-Volatile memory controller: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd Device a808 3c:00.0 Ethernet controller: Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 10)
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub Bus 001 Device 002: ID 1038:1122 SteelSeries ApS Bus 001 Device 003: ID 8087:0aaa Intel Corp. Bus 001 Device 005: ID 5986:211c Acer, Inc Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
ls -lah /dev/input/by-id
total 0 drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 80 Oct 27 11:24 . drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 480 Oct 27 11:24 .. lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Oct 27 09:14 usb-SteelSeries_SteelSeries_KLC-event-if01 -> ../event5 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Oct 27 11:24 usb-SunplusIT_Inc_HD_Webcam-event-if00 -> ../event10