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The following is the quoted description from the re-seller on Ebay;

The MSI GT60 0ND-250US is a feature-rich notebook that will be your ultimate weapon in the gaming world. This notebook has an Intel® Core™ Quad-Core Processor hiding inside its sleek body, always ready to unleash powerful processing performance to beat any game in the market. It comes equipped with a DDR3 RAM that bolsters computing speed and responsiveness so you can run multiple tasks without slowing down your system. Thanks to its spacious storage drive, you have plenty of room to spare for your important files and documents. You’ll definitely be glued on your seat when its elegant 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080) Anti-Glare LCD panel in LED Backlight Display starts dishing out brilliant visuals, perfect for movies and games. Furthermore, this MSI GT60 0ND-250US is built with a reliable optical drive that writes and reads various disc formats.

Main Features – Including Upgraded Custom Options:

  • Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM Quad-Core Processor; delivers superb gaming performance
  • 32GB of DDR3 RAM; enhances your system’s multitasking capacity
  • 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080) Anti-Glare LCD panel in LED Backlight Display; presents color-accurate visuals
  • 120GB SSD + 1TB 5400rpm HDD; lets you save tons of digital data
  • BDROM; allows you to play your favorite Blu-ray films plus the advantages of a CD/DVD writer
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M Graphics, 2GB GDDR5 VRAM


What I hadn’t considered, is that with Linux I’ll probably never get past the first 8Gb Dimm of RAM!  This is far and away the most powerful PC/laptop I’ve owned.

It arrived with Windows 8 pre-installed.  That lasted about an hour.  Literally.  I did take the time to back up the original OS in the event I sell it in the future.  As soon as that exercise was complete, VSIDO Linux was installed.  The new offering from MS is, in my opinion, their worst OS yet.  It just stunk.  You have to ‘learn’ how to use Windoze all over again.  It is my sincere belief that not only is Linux BETTER, it is EASIER to use than the new OS from MS.

Installing Linux on the laptop proved to be a little bit daunting, as I had not dealt with UEFI BIOS before.  So, if you’ll be wanting to install Linux, or for that matter an older version of Windoze, do your research!  If the PC comes with a Windows 8 logo, MS insists that the OEM’s enable the ‘Secure Boot’ in the UEFI BIOS.  This means it will be at the OEM’s discretion as to whether or not the BIOS will ‘allow’ the user to revert back to Legacy BIOS.  At the time of this writing, if the OEM does not have that ability built into the BIOS, you’ll be stuck with your Windoze!  As far as I’m concerned, there should be a massive class-action lawsuit aimed at Microsoft for their collusion with the manufacturing industry when it comes to UEFI.  (Dell’s 2 billion dollar deal with MS should be fair warning)  MS made it clear it would be looking for “opportunities to support” companies that buy in to Windoze, in whatever form. How scary is that?  Now you’ll be buying the OS and just ‘renting’ the hardware!

Once I had VSIDO installed, the rest was a cake walk.  I’ve now been using it for over a month, and have had no issues.  It is quite satisfying how well VSIDO works OOTB (out of the box) with hardware this new!  On install, all the hardware worked as it should!  (one qualifier here, I did have to install Bumblebee in order to properly make use of the hybrid-graphics, although there was no issue on the initial boot)

When I started shopping around for a new laptop, one of the important factors for me was graphics.  Using Linux has taught me that ‘hybrid-graphics’, especially Nvidia’s Optimus technology, really sucks.  I did not do my homework well enough, and relied on the re-seller when they told me the computer had “dedicated” graphics.  This turned out to be an outright lie.  (which is why the re-sellers name is not mentioned in this article!  I’ll never buy from them again, and to be clear, it was not bought directly from MSI, but from a re-seller on Ebay.  I’ve purchased my last 4 laptops on Ebay, though this is my first, and last, through this particular re-seller.  This was also purchased as a “Brand New”, not a “Refurbished” laptop.)  It is indeed the Optimus graphics that is now in 90% + of new laptops sold.  Over the last year, I’ve had enough experience with the issue that I was able to get around it.  (See an earlier post about Bumblebee)

Having Linux installed on the main 120Gb SSD drive, and being able to use the secondary 1Tb hdd for storage is very awesome!  I’m able to boot into my OS in less than 20 seconds and for me, it seems like a 1Tb hdd is infinite!  I think my first real hdd was a 20Mb drive, and I had to “park” it when shutting it down.  Storage technology has come a long way indeed!

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