MSI Wind U100

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This article pertains to the MSI Wind U100 netbook.

Hardware

   * CPU: Intel Atom N270 1.6Ghz
   * RAM: 1024 Mb, DDR2 667Mhz (optional)
   * HDD: WD 80Gb SATA (optional)
   * VGA: Intel 945 GME, 64 MB DDR
   * LCD: 1024x600, 10.2" widescreen
   * WLAN: Realtek RTL8187SE , 802.11 a/b/g
   * LAN: Realtek RTL8101/02
   * CAM: 1.3 Mpix
   * BAT: LI-ON 3 cell 2200 mAh, 2 hours (optional)
   * bluetooth, card reader, 3x USB 2.0
 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03) 
 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
 00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated     Graphics Controller (rev 03)
 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
 00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
 00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
 00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
 00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
 00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
 00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
 00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
 00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 02)
 01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast      Ethernet controller (rev 02)
 02:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8187SE Wireless LAN Controller (rev 22)

Some have an alternate wireless card:

 02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)

Installation

With an external CD/DVD drive

Refer to this section of the Beginners' Guide for instructions on obtaining an iso image and burning to a CD. Then, hook up the external USB drive to the notebook. You will need to hold the F11 key while booting in order to get to the boot device menu. Select the drive and install as normal.

With a USB flash drive/memory card

Refer to this section of the Beginners' Guide for instructions on obtaining an iso image and writing it to a USB drive or flash memory card. Then, plug in the flash drive or memory card. You will need to hold the F11 key while booting in order to get to the boot device menu. Select the drive and install as normal.

Multimedia

Audio

Audio is supported through ALSA with virtually no configuration. Following the ALSA Section of the Beginners' Guide should be all that is needed.

Video

Use the native Intel video driver, intel. It can be found in pacman as the package xf86-video-intel, although installing Xorg should pull this in by default. Aside from that, there are no out-of-the-ordinary configuration steps, refer to this section of the Beginners' Guide for additional setup instructions.

Webcam

The webcam should be supported through the uvcvideo module. It should be loaded by default, but if not, then do:

modprobe uvcvideo

To load the webcam driver automatically you may need to add uvcvideo to the MODULES array in /etc/rc.conf.

MODULES=(uvcvideo)

Webcam use 640x480 resolution. As a warning, recording video with higher resolutions may result in a lower framerate.

Do not forget to activate the Webcam with the hotkey Fn+F6

Networking

Wireless

You will need to determine which card your Wind has -- some have an a/b/g Realtek 8187, some have a b/g/n Ralink RT2860, and some have a b/g/n Atheros AR928X card. To determine which card you have, run:

lspci 

and check if you have a Ralink entry, or two Realtek entries. (The ethernet adaptor is Realtek, so if you have the Realtek wireless card, you will see two seperate pci entries for that company).

Realtek cards

MSI Wind U100 includes buggy Wi-Fi 802.11b/g adapter rtl8187se from Realtek. The module is rtl8187se.

Installing the Windows drivers with ndiswrapper is recommended, since the staging driver is very unstable as of kernel 2.6.31.5-1.

See: Rtl8187 wireless

Ralink cards

This card works well, but drivers are not included by default. Download the RT2860 package tarball from the AUR. To install, as a regular user:

$ tar zxfv rt2860.tar.gz
cd rt2860
makepkg PKGBUILD

Follow the on-screen instructions. Then,

# modprobe rt2860

and the card should be working as expected. It will show up in iwconfig as interface ra0.

Atheros cards

To-do

LAN

The driver is included in the kernel:

# modprobe r8169

Memory stick reader

The multi-card reader appears to work out of the box.

Power management

Pm-utils may work without intervention, however it may require you to add the resume hook and remove the autodetect hook before it will work correctly.

External links

msiwind.net -- Portal featuring information about whole Wind family. It also maintains an (Arch Linux wiki article) and forum for Winds users. Note: This site no longer exists.