[SOLVED] Installing EndeavourOS on a new MSI Pulse GL66 15.6" FHD Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-12700H RTX 3070 16GB 512GB 12UGKV-464

I have just received a new MSI Pulse GL66 15.6" FHD Gaming Laptop Intel Coe i7-12700H RTX 3070 16GB 512GB 12UGKV-464. (Please don’t ask why or how but I did not pay money for it.)

Searching a bit on the Internet, I find that it is difficult or not recommended to install any Linux OS on this brand of computer.

Is that right? Has anyone here installed any Linux OS on one of this brand of computer? I would want to install EndeavourOS onto this new computer and would be grateful for any tips by anyone who has actually installed EndeavourOS onto an MSI computer, preferably an MSI gaming computer.

Thanks for any useful help.

Lawrence

You might want to boot up a Live EnOS USB and see how it fares on that hardware configuration.

And perhaps also, post:

inxi -v 8 -z

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The easiest answer is to simply “try it”. In general, things like “Brand X” laptops won’t work with Linux don’t really make much sense because all the laptops have completely different hardware on the inside. They are often even OEM’d from completely different partners.

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Hello Lawrence
It should be no problem installing Linux on this laptop. The issues you may have will relate to the Intel Iris and Nvidia graphics setup. It also has RGB backlit keyboard i think? Also there have been some issues with some newer Intel Audio chip codecs but don’t really know what chip this laptop has on it although it’s listed as Intel HD audio. You also have Intel thunderbolt 4 so there may be a package to install for that or it may be in the kernel?

I think the first thing i would do is boot on a live ISO and run it from there to see how it works and what issues you find with it not installed yet. You could run the command and post the link for the hardware. This would be helpful. I would use it for a while on the live ISO. See if the RGB keys are working if it has it etc.

inxi -Faz | eos-sendlog

Edit: The hardware is great. Nice laptop.

Edi2: When you run it on the live ISO you’ll know if the audio is working and WiFi and Ethernet if it has it etc…

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I don’t have that model but I do have an MSI Optimus gaming laptop that has EOS installed on it. It has also run Fedora with no issues.

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System:
Kernel: 5.17.1-arch1-1 arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.2.0
parameters: initrd=\arch\boot\intel-ucode.img
initrd=\arch\boot\amd-ucode.img
initrd=\arch\boot\x86_64\initramfs-linux.img archisobasedir=arch
archisolabel=EOS_202204 cow_spacesize=10G nvidia nvidia-drm.modeset=1
nouveau.modeset=0 i915.modeset=1 radeon.modeset=1 nvme_load=yes
Desktop: Xfce v: 4.16.0 tk: Gtk v: 3.24.29 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm
v: 4.16.1 vt: 1 dm: LightDM v: 1.30.0 Distro: EndeavourOS base: Arch Linux
Machine:
Type: Laptop System: Micro-Star product: Pulse GL66 12UGKV v: REV:1.0
serial: Chassis: type: 10 serial:
Mobo: Micro-Star model: MS-1583 v: REV:1.0 serial:
UEFI: American Megatrends LLC. v: E1583IMS.106 date: 01/18/2022
Battery:
ID-1: BAT1 charge: 46.7 Wh (90.0%) condition: 51.9/52.0 Wh (99.8%)
volts: 12.6 min: 11.4 model: MSI BIF0_9 type: Li-ion serial: N/A
status: N/A
CPU:
Info: model: 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H bits: 64 type: MST AMCP
arch: Alder Lake family: 6 model-id: 0x9A (154) stepping: 3
microcode: 0x414
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 14 mt: 6 tpc: 2 st: 8 threads: 20 smt: enabled
cache: L1: 1.2 MiB desc: d-8x32 KiB, 6x48 KiB; i-6x32 KiB, 8x64 KiB
L2: 11.5 MiB desc: 6x1.2 MiB, 2x2 MiB L3: 24 MiB desc: 1x24 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 455 high: 781 min/max: 400/4679:4700:3500 scaling:
driver: intel_pstate governor: powersave cores: 1: 473 2: 480 3: 479 4: 423
5: 781 6: 554 7: 442 8: 495 9: 482 10: 418 11: 488 12: 401 13: 400
14: 400 15: 400 16: 400 17: 400 18: 400 19: 400 20: 400 bogomips: 107560
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Vulnerabilities:
Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected
Type: l1tf status: Not affected
Type: mds status: Not affected
Type: meltdown status: Not affected
Type: spec_store_bypass
mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl
Type: spectre_v1
mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2
mitigation: Enhanced IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB filling
Type: srbds status: Not affected
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:
Device-1: Intel Alder Lake-P Integrated Graphics vendor: Micro-Star MSI
driver: i915 v: kernel ports: active: eDP-1 empty: none bus-ID: 00:02.0
chip-ID: 8086:46a6 class-ID: 0300
Device-2: NVIDIA GA104M [GeForce RTX 3070 Mobile / Max-Q]
vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: nvidia v: 510.60.02
alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 8
link-max: lanes: 16 ports: active: none empty: HDMI-A-1 bus-ID: 01:00.0
chip-ID: 10de:249d class-ID: 0300
Device-3: Acer HD Webcam type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-6:2
chip-ID: 5986:211b class-ID: 0e02
Display: server: X.Org v: 1.21.1.3 compositor: xfwm v: 4.16.1 driver: X:
loaded: intel,nvidia unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,nouveau,nv,vesa
gpu: i915 display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.00x11.22")
s-diag: 582mm (22.93")
Monitor-1: eDP-1 mapped: eDP1 model: AU Optronics 0xaf90 built: 2020
res: 1920x1080 hz: 144 dpi: 143 gamma: 1.2 size: 340x190mm (13.39x7.48")
diag: 394mm (15.5") ratio: 16:9 modes: 1920x1080
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel Graphics (ADL GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 22.0.1
direct render: Yes
Audio:
Device-1: Intel Alder Lake PCH-P High Definition Audio
vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: sof-audio-pci-intel-tgl
alternate: snd_hda_intel,snd_sof_pci_intel_tgl bus-ID: 00:1f.3
chip-ID: 8086:51c8 class-ID: 0401
Device-2: NVIDIA GA104 High Definition Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 8
link-max: lanes: 16 bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:228b class-ID: 0403
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.17.1-arch1-1 running: yes
Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.49 running: yes
Network:
Device-1: Intel Alder Lake-P PCH CNVi WiFi driver: iwlwifi v: kernel
modules: wl bus-ID: 00:14.3 chip-ID: 8086:51f0 class-ID: 0280
IF: wlan0 state: up mac:
Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s
lanes: 1 port: 3000 bus-ID: 04:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp4s0 state: down mac:
Bluetooth:
Device-1: Intel AX201 Bluetooth type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8
bus-ID: 1-10:4 chip-ID: 8087:0026 class-ID: e001
Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: up address:
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 535.53 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Micron
model: 2450 MTFDKBA512TFK size: 476.94 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
logical: 512 B speed: 63.2 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD serial:
rev: V5MA010 temp: 31.9 C scheme: GPT
ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 type: USB vendor: SMI (STMicroelectronics)
model: USB size: 58.59 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B
type: N/A serial: rev: 1100 scheme: MBR
SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure?
Partition:
ID-1: / raw-size: N/A size: 10 GiB used: 97.1 MiB (0.9%) fs: overlay
source: ERR-102
Swap:
Alert: No swap data was found.
Sensors:
System Temperatures: cpu: 51.0 C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
Processes: 382 Uptime: 20m wakeups: 510 Memory: 15.34 GiB
used: 2.27 GiB (14.8%) Init: systemd v: 250 target: multi-user.target
tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 11.2.0 Packages: pacman: 903 lib: 212
Shell: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.14

I hope this tells you what you need to know. Audio is working fine (Alder Lake PCH-P High Definition Audio Control).

Wi-Fi and Ethernet also work fine on the live ISO.

The main question on my mind is that sometimes a live ISO works fine but when the program is installed then the system does not work. While I have never had this happen to me personally, I have read about this many times.

This computer was offered to me free of charge and, of course, I couldn’t resist it. But when I did some reading about MSI computers, I got very concerned. I have NEVER had any problems in installing EndeavourOS on any previous computer but I have never owned an MSI one. I don’t want to do anything that might ruin it.

Please let me know what you can determine from the log above. If you determine that everything appears to be okay, then I’ll permanently install EndeavourOS to this computer.

By the way, whenever I install EndeavourOS to a computer, I always run the GParted program on the live ISO and ‘wipe’ everything which had been on the computer (Windows, etc.); I hope that doing this with this computer will be okay because, when that’s done, there is no possibility of reinstalling Windows if the EndeavourOS system does not work properly.

Ricklinux you have helped me MANY times in the past and I want to thank you for helping me here and for everything else you do.

Plus I want to thank all who have written here and have tried to help me.

THANK YOU.

Lawrence

Thanks for posting the output!

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System:
  Kernel: 5.17.1-arch1-1 arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.2.0
    parameters: initrd=\arch\boot\intel-ucode.img
    initrd=\arch\boot\amd-ucode.img
    initrd=\arch\boot\x86_64\initramfs-linux.img archisobasedir=arch
    archisolabel=EOS_202204 cow_spacesize=10G nvidia nvidia-drm.modeset=1
    nouveau.modeset=0 i915.modeset=1 radeon.modeset=1 nvme_load=yes
  Desktop: Xfce v: 4.16.0 tk: Gtk v: 3.24.29 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm
    v: 4.16.1 vt: 1 dm: LightDM v: 1.30.0 Distro: EndeavourOS base: Arch Linux
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: Micro-Star product: Pulse GL66 12UGKV v: REV:1.0
    serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Micro-Star model: MS-1583 v: REV:1.0 serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI: American Megatrends LLC. v: E1583IMS.106 date: 01/18/2022
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT1 charge: 48.3 Wh (93.1%) condition: 51.9/52.0 Wh (99.8%)
    volts: 13.0 min: 11.4 model: MSI BIF0_9 type: Li-ion serial: N/A
    status: charging
CPU:
  Info: model: 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H bits: 64 type: MST AMCP
    arch: Alder Lake family: 6 model-id: 0x9A (154) stepping: 3
    microcode: 0x414
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 14 mt: 6 tpc: 2 st: 8 threads: 20 smt: enabled
    cache: L1: 1.2 MiB desc: d-8x32 KiB, 6x48 KiB; i-6x32 KiB, 8x64 KiB
    L2: 11.5 MiB desc: 6x1.2 MiB, 2x2 MiB L3: 24 MiB desc: 1x24 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 419 high: 494 min/max: 400/4679:4700:3500 scaling:
    driver: intel_pstate governor: powersave cores: 1: 460 2: 421 3: 452 4: 409
    5: 420 6: 419 7: 435 8: 494 9: 424 10: 404 11: 433 12: 425 13: 400
    14: 400 15: 400 16: 400 17: 400 18: 400 19: 400 20: 400 bogomips: 107560
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
  Vulnerabilities:
  Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected
  Type: l1tf status: Not affected
  Type: mds status: Not affected
  Type: meltdown status: Not affected
  Type: spec_store_bypass
    mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl
  Type: spectre_v1
    mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2
    mitigation: Enhanced IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB filling
  Type: srbds status: Not affected
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel Alder Lake-P Integrated Graphics vendor: Micro-Star MSI
    driver: i915 v: kernel ports: active: eDP-1 empty: none bus-ID: 00:02.0
    chip-ID: 8086:46a6 class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: NVIDIA GA104M [GeForce RTX 3070 Mobile / Max-Q]
    vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: nvidia v: 510.60.02
    alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 8
    link-max: lanes: 16 ports: active: none empty: HDMI-A-1 bus-ID: 01:00.0
    chip-ID: 10de:249d class-ID: 0300
  Device-3: Acer HD Webcam type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-6:2
    chip-ID: 5986:211b class-ID: 0e02
  Display: server: X.Org v: 1.21.1.3 compositor: xfwm v: 4.16.1 driver: X:
    loaded: intel,nvidia unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,nouveau,nv,vesa
    gpu: i915 display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.00x11.22")
    s-diag: 582mm (22.93")
  Monitor-1: eDP-1 mapped: eDP1 model: AU Optronics 0xaf90 built: 2020
    res: 1920x1080 hz: 144 dpi: 143 gamma: 1.2 size: 340x190mm (13.39x7.48")
    diag: 394mm (15.5") ratio: 16:9 modes: 1920x1080
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel Graphics (ADL GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 22.0.1
    direct render: Yes
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel Alder Lake PCH-P High Definition Audio
    vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: sof-audio-pci-intel-tgl
    alternate: snd_hda_intel,snd_sof_pci_intel_tgl bus-ID: 00:1f.3
    chip-ID: 8086:51c8 class-ID: 0401
  Device-2: NVIDIA GA104 High Definition Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 8
    link-max: lanes: 16 bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:228b class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.17.1-arch1-1 running: yes
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.49 running: yes
Network:
  Device-1: Intel Alder Lake-P PCH CNVi WiFi driver: iwlwifi v: kernel
    modules: wl bus-ID: 00:14.3 chip-ID: 8086:51f0 class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s
    lanes: 1 port: 3000 bus-ID: 04:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp4s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Bluetooth:
  Device-1: Intel AX201 Bluetooth type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8
    bus-ID: 1-10:4 chip-ID: 8087:0026 class-ID: e001
  Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: up address: <filter>
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 535.53 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Micron
    model: 2450 MTFDKBA512TFK size: 476.94 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
    logical: 512 B speed: 63.2 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter>
    rev: V5MA010 temp: 31.9 C scheme: GPT
  ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 type: USB vendor: SMI (STMicroelectronics)
    model: USB size: 58.59 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B
    type: N/A serial: <filter> rev: 1100 scheme: MBR
  SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure?
Partition:
  ID-1: / raw-size: N/A size: 10 GiB used: 102.6 MiB (1.0%) fs: overlay
    source: ERR-102
Swap:
  Alert: No swap data was found.
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 46.0 C mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
  Processes: 368 Uptime: 52m wakeups: 4828 Memory: 15.34 GiB
  used: 2.05 GiB (13.4%) Init: systemd v: 250 target: multi-user.target
  tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 11.2.0 Packages: pacman: 903 lib: 212
  Shell: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.14


I hope that this is better.

Lawrence
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Everything looks fine to me as far as hardware goes. So it’s shows the Nvidia driver as loaded but I’m not sure how this works on a hybrid system when you install it. I’m not sure if you should select the Nvidia option on the live ISO when you install? I would think it would install the Opensource drivers (Nouveau) for the Nvidia otherwise. Then you would have the option of installing the Nvidia drivers after which is fine. All I’m saying is I don’t know on a Hybrid system what happens if you selected Nividia because it’s booting on Intel? If you want to run the Nvidia for gaming or other graphic intensive applications or you could run on the opensource nouveau also if it works for you. It’s entirely your choice. I’m not sure whether this laptop has any settings to change gpu in the UEFI Bios? Otherwise you would have to use one of the other methods such as optimus manager or prime etc in order to switch the graphics from one to the other when needed.

I’m not sure whether you have run any Hybrid graphics on any other laptops or not? I think i would just install using the standard grub entry and then use the tools EOS provides to install the Nvidia drivers after if necessary.

There is a new package in the EOS repo to install nvidia called

nvidia -inst

You have to install the package first then you can use it to install nvidia drivers.

Edit: If you have any other questions just let us know. Someone will try to help. I can’t guarantee you won’t have any issues but I’m sure they can be solved if you do. Just take your time and be sure of what you want and how you are going to to it before you decide to go ahead. There have been some changes probably since you last installed.

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Dear Ricklinux,

THANKS again! I do not care at all about Nvidia drivers; the ordinary Intel graphics are fine by me. I am not a ‘gamer.’

I’ll try installing the system tomorrow and will let you (and everyone else here) know how everything goes.

Again, to you and all, my sincere thanks.

Lawrence

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I installed EndeavourOS successfully onto this computer this morning. Everything went perfectly. Prior to engaging the installer I used the Partition Manager section on the Live ISO to completely remove everything that had come installed on this computer (Microsoft Windows and everything associated with it) and used the standard installation method (automatic partitioning as this computer has only one drive) and used the Offline installation as I want the Xfce desktop and I do not care about Nvidia.

My W-Fi works perfectly and, while I have not yet checked the sound, I fully expect that to work perfectly too. (If it doesn’t, I’ll be back here!)

I want to thank EACH AND EVERY PERSON who helped me with this process. After having read (extensively) on the Internet that it was difficult or impossible (and not recommended) to install any Linux distro onto an MSI computer, I was quite concerned.

I needn’t have been. That which I had read is totally incorrect. Plus you people here on this forum are positively the best help for which anyone could ask and I can’t express my gratitude enough.

Thank you all again.

Lawrence

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