Linux Manjaro

MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD and Manjaro 20.01

This is just a short note to let you know that the

MSI GP65 Leopard 15,6″ Full HD 144Hz
GeForce GTX1660Ti 6GB,Core i7-9750H,16GB RAM,512GB PCIe SSD

works like a charm with Manjaro 20.01 – through installation and final boot into a running system. The only thing I needed to do was disabling Secure Boot in the BIOS. No other changes to the BIOS or Linux kernel boot parameters are necessary. Even adding the «nomodeset» parameter before booting is unnecessary. It’s all well handled by the default Manjaro boot parameters in the install image.

After installation of Manjaro 20.01

During installation I selected non-free drivers to go with the Nvidia card, and that selection was kept also after the initial reboot.

The steelseries keyboard backlight can still be changed, mostly like you can on Windows 10 (preinstalled OS, removed completely when installing Manjaro!), but it has to be done from the command line through the program below:

  1. Configuration tool for SteelSeries per-key RGB keyboards on MSI laptops:
  1. «msi-perkeygb –model GS65 -s 23c2ba» gives you keys with the Manjaro greenish color.
  2. «msi-perkeyrgb –model GS65 -p aqua» gives you wandering/changing colors.

The program has some builtin identifiers, and the GP65 is not one of them for the moment.Therefor you have to use GS65 as an identifier:

Available presets for GP65 (tested by me):
– aqua
– chakra
– default
– disco
– drain
– freeway
– rainbow-split
– roulette

The laptop i rock solid in stability with the Manjaro distro installed. Wifi, speakers, micophone, webcam… it all works perfectly. Tested with Skype too. I do not use hibernation, but suspend is flawless. Resume from suspend is equally flawless. Wifi reconnects immediately.

When it comes to battery time… Before installing and enabling TLP is was short. Maybe ~90 mins. However with TLP the GP65 both cooled down and the battery time stretched to acceptable levels.

So, in short: A perfect match!! (in my mind at least….)