Good resources for laptops are:
LinuxQuestions.org Hardware Compatibility List
Linux on Laptops
TuxMobil: Linux with Laptops, Notebooks, PDAs, Mobile Phones and Portable Computers
Just so happens that TuxMobil had a post
of your laptop using Ubuntu.
And of course, there's always <Linux> Google
I wouldn't hesitate to contact MSI
and ask for the vert. and horz. sync rates.
It seems rather strange that MSI supplies an installation manual that teaches
you how to disassemble the laptop (never seen that before), but they don't
supply the refresh rates for the monitor.