MSI GS66 11UX

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Hardware PCI/USB ID Working?
Touchpad 06cb:cdad Yes
Keyboard 1038:1122 Yes
Display Yes
GPU (Intel) 8086:9a60 Yes
GPU (NVIDIA) 10de:249d No
Webcam 5986:2127 Yes
Ethernet 10ec:3000 Yes
Bluetooth 8087:0032 Yes
Thunderbolt 8086:9a31 Yes
Audio 8086:43c8 Partial
Wireless 8086:2725 Yes

MSI has released refreshed GS66 laptops with 11th Intel processors and NVIDIA Ampere graphics. Exact models are 11UH, 11UG and 11UE. Note that these models should not be confused with 10UX models as they are reported to work out of the box with Linux.

For a general overview of laptop-related articles and recommendations, see Laptop.

Preparation

Useful shortcuts:

  • Pressing INSERT during startup will open BIOS.
  • Pressing F11 during startup will open boot menu.
  • Pressing LEFT ALT + RIGHT CTRL + RIGHT SHIFT + F2 while in BIOS will show advanced settings.
Warning: It is possible to completely break the laptop if you do not know what you are doing with BIOS advanced settings. For example, you would not be able to use any screen (integrated or HDMI) if you disable internal graphics, including the BIOS screen. In such case, one might attempt to reset BIOS by powering off the laptop, then holding power button for several minutes (laptop will turn on and then turn off).

Installation

Before installing Arch Linux, several steps need to be done in BIOS:

  • Secure Boot must be disabled in BIOS > Security > Secure Boot.

During Arch Linux installation, the following steps needs to be taken to ensure working system:

Tips and tricks

Keyboard RGB control

Install msi-perkeyrgbAUR and see the project's README#usage. Using the --model gs65 argument works fine with GS66 11UX models that have an English keyboard. This has not been tested with all other keyboards, but it does not work with Spanish keyboards.

Known issues

Nvidia driver does not work

Laptop fails to boot with Nvidia driver installed (using linux). It also fails to build when using DKMS.

The issue is unclear at the moment, but it seems a very similar issue is reported to Nvidia here.

Locked 60Hz refresh rate

Sometimes laptops with high resolutions and refresh rates are unable to use a refresh rate beyond 60Hz.

This issue has been reported to Intel and it has been fixed. At the time of writing, fix is available only in DRM Tip branch (linux-drm-tip-gitAUR) until it lands into the standard kernel packages.

Graphics mode switch (mux switch)

Note: This should not be confused with Hybrid graphics which works fine. For more information about mux switch, see here.

MSI only provides a Windows-only application to switch between Hybrid graphics (Intel + NVIDIA) and discrete graphics (NVIDIA) mode. Basically it sets some sort of a flag (presumably in EC register) and reboots. During the reboot, it seem to temporarily boot into BIOS, change the graphics mode and reboot back to Windows.

There is no method to change graphics (using mux switch) using Linux and such switch option is greyed out in BIOS. Some reverse engineering has been done on a similar model (see the GitHub issue and the GitHub project), but there was no success for this specific model.

Audio clipping

The audio device exhibits issues under Linux, whereby audio may be lost at the start or end of playback. During continuous playback, the device behaves as expected.

This occurs using ALSA directly, meaning it is independent of software mixers like Pulseaudio or Pipewire, and also occurs in legacy mode, using driver options snd-intel-dspcfg dsp_driver=1, and with power management disabled. It is unknown what is required to make the device operate optimally under Linux.

Blank/static display after waking from sleep

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See also