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Fedora 13 Linux on an MSI E7235-295US Laptop

MSI E7235-295US Laptop  As I mentioned earlier, one of Amber's caregivers at her group home decided to steal the laptop while she was away at the hospital and to replace it I picked her up a new MSI E7235-295US and installed Fedora 13 Linux.

Everthing worked right out of the box but a few tweaks were needed for optimum performance.

Since it took a while to find all the info I needed, I thought it would be helpful to others to share my results here.

The start, get all updates and install the rpmforge repository.  As root, do:

rpm -ivh
rpm -ivh


The first thing you're going to notice is that internal speaker audio is really crappy.  Easy to fix.

Add the following line to the bottom of /etc/modprobe.d/dist-alsa.conf

options snd-hda-intel model=3stack-6ch-dig power_save=10 power_save_controller=N

Next, edit /etc/pulse/daemon.conf and change default-sample-channels to 6.  Don't forget to remove the semi-colon too.

; default-sample-format = s16le
; default-sample-rate = 44100
default-sample-channels = 6
; default-channel-map = front-left,front-right


By default, Fedora installs the nouveau video drivers, which work but they don't take full advantage of the GeForce GT 130M.  To install the vendor nvidia drivers, as root do:

yum -y install kmod-nvidia

If the default 1440x900 video mode is a little too much for you, ModeLines can be added to xorg.conf for other resolutions.  Here is my /etc/X11/xorg.conf which you should only modify after installing kmod-nvidia


Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier    "Default Layout"
    Screen        "Default Screen" 0 0
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"

Section "Files"
    ModulePath      "/usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions/nvidia"
    ModulePath      "/usr/lib64/xorg/modules"

Section "ServerFlags"
    Option        "AIGLX" "on"

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier    "Keyboard0"
    Driver        "keyboard"
    Option        "XkbLayout" "us"
    Option        "XkbModel" "pc105"

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier    "Mouse0"
    Driver        "mouse"
    Option        "Protocol" "auto"
    Option        "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option        "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
    Option        "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier    "Monitor0"
    VendorName    "Unknown"
    ModelName      "Unknown"
    Option        "DPMS"
    Modeline "1280x768" 80.14 1280 1344 1480 1680 768 769 772 795 -HSync +Vsync

    Modeline "1280x800" 83.46 1280 1344 1480 1680 800 801 804 828 -HSync +Vsync

Section "Device"
    Identifier    "Videocard0"
    Driver        "nvidia"

Section "Screen"
    Identifier    "Default Screen"
    Device        "Videocard0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    SubSection    "Display"
        Modes      "1440x900" "1280x800" "1280x768"

Section "Extensions"
    Option        "Composite" "Enable"


For everything else, I recommend reading Personal Fedora 13 Installation Guide

rpm -ivh
rpm -ivh
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