Ubuntu on MSI X320

Note: this document is a work in progress. I'll be adding more info to this as I get more things to work.

I would love to see Ubuntu 11.04 booting up on my MSI-X320. But due to the way they have built this, it needs a bit of work to get things working.

Only Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx seems to work for now.
Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal do not even boot into the Live CD.

Till some later kernels get the issues fixed, for now, I'll start with Ubuntu 10.04.

The Intel GMA500 Poulsbo graphics chipset is not correctly detected. To fix that, use the instructions at:


Wifi (WLAN):



SD/MMC Card Reader:

Inbuilt Mic:



I've had some luck with an 11.04 based distro called Zorin - It is gnome though, not unity.

It seems to install out of the box.

Then you need to blacklist the mmc/sdhci memory card stuff:

blacklist sdhci-pci
blacklist sdhci
blacklist mmc_core

and then to make the blacklist actually work, do:
sudo update-initramfs -u

and reboot

Then, do the emgd for ubuntu 11.04:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gma500/emgd
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xorg-emgd emgd-dkms emgd-xorg-conf
sudo emgd-xorg-conf

reboot for the changes to take effect.

Haven't been working with it too long, but affects seem to work (though desktop flip is a little slow). Haven't tested much otherwise, but thought I'd share this minor success!

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