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== Power ==
== Power ==
=== Battery status ===
For utilities to monitor the battery status, see the [[Laptop]] article.
=== Suspend to RAM ===
To suspend to RAM, install both {{Package Official|pm-utils}} and {{Package Official|acpid}}:
To suspend to RAM, install both {{Package Official|pm-utils}} and {{Package Official|acpid}}:

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Before you begin

This article is intended to assist users with the specifics of installing Arch Linux on the Dell Mini 10v. It is assumed that a user is also following an installation guide such as the Beginners' Guide.

Dell Mini 10v hardware may vary, however the following list of hardware has been assumed in this article:

Intel Corporation 82801G card
Realtek ALC272 Chip (from alsamixer)
Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME
Wired NIC
Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E
Wireless NIC
Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g
Dell 365 Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Syntek Integrated Webcam

To list hardware, issue this command:

$ lspci && lsusb

The Dell Mini 10v does not have an optical drive. This means you will need to install Arch Linux through one of the alternative methods:

  • USB stick (recommended)
  • External USB CD-ROM drive.

To select the required boot media to install Arch Linux, press Template:Keypress to open the Boot Menu when booting the Dell Mini 10v.


After reaching the Install X and configure ALSA section of the Beginners' Guide, follow these Dell Mini 10v guidelines:

Video Driver

Install the correct video driver:

# pacman -S xf86-video-intel


The synaptics package is required to use the touchpad. For help refer to the Synaptics guide. Manual configuration is needed as follows to ignore movements, scrolling and tapping on the bottom section of the touchpad, where the touchpad buttons are located.

Firstly install the synaptics package:

# pacman -S xf86-input-synaptics

The use of xorg.conf or HAL configuration is now deprecated in favour of udev. Add the 'JumpyCursorThreshold' and 'AreaBottomEdge' options to Template:Filename: Template:File

Once X has been restarted, the bottom part of the touchpad will be disabled, allowing a user to click without unintentional movements of the mouse. See the synaptics manual page for available options:

$ man synaptics


The Wireless NIC is supported by the b43 module and is included in kernel from 2.6.32 on. Firmware must be installed for this hardware, as outlined in the Wireless Setup article.


Battery status

For utilities to monitor the battery status, see the Laptop article.

Suspend to RAM

To suspend to RAM, install both Template:Package Official and Template:Package Official:

# pacman -S pm-utils acpid

The acpid package handles events such as pressing the the power button or closing the laptop lid. For more information, see the Acpid article. To suspend to RAM, edit Template:Filename to tell the acpid package to call the pm-suspend script (part of pm-utils), when an event such as closing the laptop lid occurs. Below, Template:Codeline has been added to the button/lid and button/power sections:


The netbook will now suspend to RAM when the laptop lid is closed or power button pressed. To wake to netbook, open the lid or press the power button once more.


Sound and Microphone

Sound can be set up as outlined in the ALSA section of Beginners' Guide. The microphone and speaker can be unmuted and volume increased by using alsamixer:

$ alsamixer

Firstly, press Template:Keypress+Template:Keypress to view both Playback and Capture cards. Now press Template:Keypress to unmute Master, PCM, Mic and Capture. Arrows can be used to select the channel and increase volume.

To save these ALSA settings, issue this command:

# alsactl store


The inbuilt webcam works out of the box, with the latest kernel. You may use the Template:Package Official package to test the webcam, however this package depends on Template:Package Official. Also check that the normal user is a member of the video group:

$ groups $USER


Follow the Bluetooth article for setting up Bluetooth.

SD card reader

The SD card reader works out of the box.

Solid-state drive

For maximising performace of a SSD, refer to this article.