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MSI Wind U120


This is a guide to running Linux on the MSI Wind U120 laptop. The U120 is a netbook, with a 10“ wide screen that runs at a maximum resolution of 1024×600. My U120 came preinstalled with Microsoft Windows XP and I initially installed Kubuntu 8.10 on a 16GB pen drive that I would boot off of periodically. After installing and configuring the Realtek wireless drivers on the pen drive, I installed Xubuntu using Wubi on the XP partition. This test was less than satisfactory and I still have issues to try to work out in terms of getting the system to boot fully. This should not be an issue with a standard hard disk installation as proven by the ability to boot from a pen drive.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the MSI Wind U120. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the MSI Wind U120 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the MSI Wind U120 specifications page.

NameMSI Wind U120
ProcessorIntel® Atom™ N270 1.6GHz Processor
Screen10” WSVGA Widescreen
HDD80GB to 160GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel GMA 950
Network10/100 Ethernet
Realtek RTL8187 802.11b/g WLAN Card

Linux Compatibility

GraphicsYesdirect rendering works
WirelessYesRequires installation of rtl8187se_linux-04.tar.bz2 drivers. See instructions at:
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamYesyou have to mess around with the webcam fn key a little before it works


The Realtek driver installation comes with an executable installer that will automatically compile using your kernel sources. It is very convenient and should be easy for a novice to install.


You can enter a summary of how well the MSI Wind U120 works with Linux here.


Gauvenator, 2009/06/15 05:07

Installed Arch from a usb drive (they have convenient usb images that work really well). Everything is working fine and is quite responsive with the openbox desktop. I wanted to add webcam does work, you just have to play with the fn button a little. Also, the sound works great.

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