CX420

MSI recommends Windows® 7.

Overview

MSI Reminds You...

  1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific Specification with your local dealers.
  2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

Basic Specifications

CPU Intel® Core™ i3 processor
Intel® Core™ i5 Processor
OS Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
(MSI recommends upgrade to Genuine Windows® 7 Professional)
Chipset Intel® HM55
Memory DDR3 800/1066, Max: 4GB
LCD Size 14" 1366x768 HD
Graphics ATI® Mobility Radeon HD5470
Graphics VRAM DDR3 1GB
HDD (GB) 2.5" 160GB/250GB/320GB/500GB SATA
Optical Drive Super-Multi
Audio 2 High Quality Stereo Speakers
Webcam 1.3M
Card Reader SD/MMC/MS/XD
LAN 10/100/1000
Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth optional
D-Sub (VGA) 1
HDMI 1
USB 2.0 port 3
Mic-in/Headphone-out 1/1
Express Card 1
Keyboard 87 keys
AC Adapter 65W
Battery 6/9 cells
Dimension 344.4(L) X 212(D) X 13.5-28(H)mm
Weight (KG) 2

 

The Specification may change without notice. The actual products sold are different from areas. Please check the detailed Specification with your local dealers.

 

Detail Specifications

 

 
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 

 


 

MSI Exclusive Innovation

Exclusive GPU Boost Technology
MSI notebook incorporates exclusive GPU Boost Technology, to easily achieve the perfect balance of performance and battery life for your needs.
When you need to run graphics-intensive applications, just touch the 3D mode hotkey, the system will intelligently detect and switch on the discrete GPU’s 3D mode, fully unleashing the graphic might.
When handling routine tasks, the system will shift to the battery mode using the system’s integrated graphics to extend the battery life.
Flexible GPU Boost Technology allows you to transparently gain the benefits of both GPU in the msi notebook, whatever you’re actually doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







Exclusive Eco Engine Power Management System
msi Notebook selects the brand new ECO Engine as the power management function to extend the battery running time while performing different tasks; simply touch the ECO quick launch touch sensor to switch among the 5 different modes - Gaming, Movie, Presentation, Office and Turbo Battery mode.

 

The Joy of Stylish Design

Classic Cross-Hatch Design

MSI's concise and refined classic cross-hatch design uses high-tech color film print technology for a dazzling look. The sparkling, scratch-resistant enamel provides a high degree of rigidity. Under different light sources, this finish will emit a multitude of color variations that create sparkling visual effects and evoke a minimalist undertone of taste and style.

 

 

 

 

Easy-to-Carry Thin and Light Design
Abandoning the stereotype of thick-and-heavy traditional notebook, msi new C Series offers thinner and lighter solution for more convenient usage. Furthermore, it is easier for you to take it on the move.

 

 

MSI Chiclet Keyboard
The stylish chiclet keyboard design reduces typing errors and increasing comfort, when compared to regular keyboards. In addition, the chiclet keyboard is designed to damp key-press sounds. Whether typing or gaming, the chiclet keyboard means you no longer have to fret about disturbing those around you with keyboard clicks and clatter.

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusive Color Design
Exclusive MSI classic colors allow you to effortlessly show off your more noteworthy traits. Succinct and fashionable silver clearly distinguish unique personality traits.

 

The Joy of Multi-media Entertainment

 



16:9 Theatrical Aspect Ratio
Comparing the 16:10 screens of the regular notebook computers to the 16:9 golden theatrical ratio of the MSI Notebook, the visual span has been extended by 14%. The black bars on the top and bottom of the screen can be avoided, very suitable for playing High Definition movies so you may watch it from any angle and truly enjoy the advanced imagery.


High-Definition Multimedia Interface
HDMI not only enables 5Gbps data transfers, but also eliminates the need for signal conversion, ensuring the best quality video.

 

 

 

 

The Joy of Instant Communication
 



High Resolution Webcam and MIC
Built-in high-resolution webcam and MIC allow you to communicate with ease! Ready for image recording means you can share your video experiences without missing a beat!


WLAN+BT for Roaming Wireless Access Anywhere
Wireless LAN makes you to access the internet wirelessly at any time. The all-new Bluetooth V2.1+EDR allows transmissions at 3X the standard rate so you can blaze a trail on the internet!
 

 

Intel, the Intel logo, Centrino and the Centrino logo, Intel Core and Core Inside, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. 

MSI Reminds You...
1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific specifications with your local dealers.
2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

 

The Specification may change without notice. The actual products sold are different from areas. Please check the detailed Specification with your local dealers.

 

Awards

Taiwan Excellence 2011 Award - Taiwan Symbol of Excellence Winner
Date: 2011-00
Title: Taiwan Excellence 2011 Award
Review: -
Media: Taiwan Symbol of Excellence Winner
Country: Taiwan
Silver Award - Notebookspec.com
Date: 2010-00
Title: Silver Award
Review: >Open
Media: Notebookspec.com
Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Silver Award - HWM Magazine
Date: 2010-00
Title: Silver Award
Review: -
Media: HWM Magazine
Country: Malawi
Recommended Award - PC Market Magazine
Date: 2010-00
Title: Recommended Award
Review: -
Media: PC Market Magazine
Country: Hong Kong
Best Award - Techlife Magazine
Date: 2010-00
Title: Best Award
Review: -
Media: Techlife Magazine
Country: Indonesia
Top 5 Mainstream Laptops (5th Place)<br>PCWorld Rating: 82 out of 100 - PCWorld.in
Date: 2010-00
Title: Top 5 Mainstream Laptops (5th Place)
PCWorld Rating: 82 out of 100
Review: >Open
Media: PCWorld.in
Country: India

BIOS

*Please download and execute the file in USB pen drive only. System will restart several times to update ME firmware after updated system BIOS. Please DO NOT remove the USB pen drive until ME update sucessfully. *Please make sure you have read the SOP before you update the BIOS. SOP Download: BIOS & ME update SOP *MSI recommend you to update BIOS with ME8 only if you are using IvyBridge 22nm CPU. **Please reinstall driver after updating BIOS with ME8. OS: Windows 7 OS: Windows XP

!Attention:

Users who download BIOS from here (not using Live Update) should use the flash utility included in the downloaded compressed file when doing the BIOS update. To avoid BIOS update failure, please do not use older versions of the update utility or utilities not provided by MSI.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
Description Fix system hang a long time during post logo when plug in USB mouse.
Version 1.1P
Type AMI BIOS Release Date 2011-02-15
Download download File Size 1.46 MB
Note About how to flash the BIOS, please refer to BIOS flash SOP
click here

Live Update 5

DISCLAIMER:
Live Update 5 utility is only intended for MSI Desktop PC related products (motherboards and graphics cards) usage. This utility doesn’t support any MSI Notebook (NB and Tablet PC) or AIO product, while installed might experience unexpected errors. If it happens that you have installed Live Update 5 on your Notebook or AIO system, please uninstall it then perform system restart.

Live Update 5 is a powerful update tool with user-friendly interface, provides an automatic scan and download for your MSI products. Using this service to keep your system in the most updated environment.

Live Update 5 supports the following MSI product lines and items:
Motherboards: Drivers/BIOS/Utilities;
Graphics Cards: Drivers/BIOS

Click here to read the instruction

Driver

Win7 64

!Special Note:

The Drivers provided here are exclusively for MSI products only. MSI takes no responsibility for any damage resulted from improper usage or lack of technical expertise.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
msi Bluetooth_3801/3870/3871
Description Application Version: 3.0.2.280
Version 3.0.2.280
Type Driver Release Date 2011-04-06
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 0 MB
Note none

Utility

Win7 64,Win7 32,XP 32

!Special Note:

The Utilities provided here are exclusively for MSI products only. MSI takes no responsibility for any damage resulted from improper usage or lack of technical expertise.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
MSI GPU boost
Description
Version 1.0.0.3
Type Utility Release Date 2011-04-06
OS Win7 64, Win7 32
Download download File Size 1.45 MB
Note
System Control Manager (SCM) for XP32
Description System Control Manager
Version 2.210.0205.006.06
Type Utility Release Date 2011-02-21
OS XP 32
Download download File Size 5.45 MB
Note
System Control Manager (SCM) for Win7
Description System Control Manager
Version 2.210.0205.006.06
Type Utility Release Date 2010-05-26
OS Win7 64, Win7 32
Download download File Size 5.45 MB
Note
Simple Camera Application (W7 32)
Description Webcam Application
Version 1.0.909.0801
Type Utility Release Date 2009-12-09
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 0.76 MB
Note
Simple Camera Application
Description Webcam Application (XP32)
Version 1.0.0.0717
Type Utility Release Date 2008-11-26
OS XP 32
Download download File Size 4.08 MB
Note

Manual

!Special Note:

MSI™ provides user manuals (in PDF format) here for download. You can use Adobe Acrobat Reader (Adobe's WEB Site) to open them.

An easy guide for you to assemble your PC step by step, please refer to "Quick Installation Guide".


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
Version Language File Size Download Release Date
Arabic 2.89 MB download 2010-01-15
Bosnian 0.76 MB download 2010-01-15
Bulgarian 0.79 MB download 2010-01-15
Croatian 0.78 MB download 2010-01-15
Czech 2.58 MB download 2010-01-15
Danish 0.73 MB download 2010-01-15
English 2.48 MB download 2010-01-15
Finnish 0.73 MB download 2010-01-15
French 2.51 MB download 2010-01-15
German 2.54 MB download 2010-01-15
Hebrew 2.54 MB download 2010-01-15
Hungarian 2.55 MB download 2010-01-15
Indonesian 2.5 MB download 2010-01-15
Italian 2.53 MB download 2010-01-15
Japanese 2.57 MB download 2010-01-15
Korean 2.55 MB download 2010-01-15
Multi-Language 2.12 MB download 2010-01-15
Nederlands 0.73 MB download 2010-01-15
Persian 2.64 MB download 2010-01-15
Polish 2.62 MB download 2010-01-15
Portuguese 2.52 MB download 2010-01-15
Portuguese Brazil 2.5 MB download 2010-01-15
Romanian 1.2 MB download 2010-01-15
Russian 2.61 MB download 2010-01-15
Serbian 0.79 MB download 2010-01-15
Simplified Chinese 2.96 MB download 2010-01-15
Slovak 1.18 MB download 2010-01-15
Slovenian 0.73 MB download 2010-01-15
Spanish 2.72 MB download 2010-01-15
Swedish 0.71 MB download 2010-01-15
Thai 2.53 MB download 2010-01-15
Traditional Chinese 2.87 MB download 2010-01-15
Turkish 2.63 MB download 2010-01-15
Ukrainian 2.66 MB download 2010-01-15

Firmware

!Special Note:

The DEVICE FIRMWARES contained here are exclusively for MSI product only. MSI assumes no responsibility for any damages resulting from improper use or lack of technical expertise.

!Attention:

Users who download firmware from here (not using Live Update) should use the flash utility included in the downloaded compressed file when doing the firmware update. To avoid firmware update failure, please do not use older versions of the update utility or utilities not provided by MSI.


Update firmware will wipe all data on tablet. MSI strongly recommends that user should prepare a backup before proceeding with firmware upgrade.

We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
NB DVD Firmware
Description for DVD GT40N only.
Version SL02
Type Firmware Release Date 2011-03-30
Download download File Size 1.01 MB
Note
Camera Firmware
Description NB Camera Firmware V0308
Fix no display/black screen in dialogue of camera program.
Version
Type Firmware Release Date 2010-07-29
Download download File Size 0.27 MB
Note
NB EC Firmware
Description Fixed the SCM sometimes do not show icon while plug in/out AC under Windows XP system.
Version
Type Firmware Release Date 2010-05-10
Download download File Size 0.05 MB
Note

Quick Guide

\"!\"Special Note:

MSI™ provides user manuals (in PDF format) here for download. You can use Adobe Acrobat Reader (Adobe's WEB Site) to open them.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
Version Language File Size Download Release Date
Multi-Language 13.76 MB download 2011-04-14

CPU Support

FAQ

Release Date Title
Fri, 31 May 2013 How to disable the i/dGPU auto switch?
Mon, 28 Nov 2011 As I change my account from “administrator” to “guest” in Windows 7, I normally see an error message related to Microsoft .NET Framework. Please refer to the figure shown below.
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 If SD card is inserted, the system will hang up in Windows 7 boot logo occasionally during Windows 7 OS loading.
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 The system cannot detect my external USB camera.
Wed, 26 Jan 2011 A 3Dboost error message jumped out after I created a new user account.
Thu, 13 Jan 2011 After active the Camera device, the device is normal on device manger, but there is no display/black screen in dialogue of camera program.
Mon, 06 Dec 2010 I got max 150 MBit connection on Ralink RT3090 WLAN, shouldn’t the N-Draft be 300 MBit ? And XP and WIN7 both get the same result.
Fri, 17 Sep 2010 The screen is flickering whenever playing a video file.
Fri, 10 Sep 2010 Why my WLAN will disconnect automatically when watching online video streaming (for about 2 minutes) under XP. My notebook has equipped with MS-6891 WLAN card and website is www.pms.co.kr.
Thu, 26 Aug 2010 When playing the copyrighted DVD by Media player at IGPU mode of VGA, and close Media player, then changes the VGA setting to DGPU mode, the system will hang up.
Wed, 25 Aug 2010 Why does the system occasionally hang up in Windows 7 boot logo during Windows 7 OS loading after I inserted SD card? Note: Issue will happen even when you restart your system.
Tue, 13 Jul 2010 How to run 3DMark06 on models with ATI Graphics?
Thu, 11 Dec 2008 How do I check if DMA mode is enabled?
Thu, 11 Dec 2008 How can I find MSI office near my country?
Thu, 11 Dec 2008 What OS can MSI Media Center or MSI Media Center Deluxe II support?
Common FAQ
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 Intel Onboard VGA doesn't show display when i5-2380P CPU is used.
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 SLI doens't work with Sandy bridge CPU (ex. i7-2600K) but works with Ivy Bridge (i7-3770).
Thu, 26 Jul 2012 Does my motherboard is able to install the MSI Control Center II utility?
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 Why can't I use my USB Keyboard under DOS mode?
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 Could I install Windws 8 64bit system using 3TB HDD as one partition??
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 My operation system is XP and was installed in IDE mode. Can I change my SATA mode to AHCI mode?
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 Could you please tell me how to check the LAN speed of the motherboard?
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 When I install 1600Mhz memory and the system only run at 1333Mhz, what can I do?
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 Does this Motheboard supports XMP function?
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 I installed 4GB memory but the total memory size just show up 2GB under BIOS page?
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