Dell Mini 10v

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The Dell Mini 10v is a netbook from Dell. The display and wired NIC workes out of the box but the rest needs some work.


Audio: Realtek ALC272 (snd_hda_intel)

Video: Integrated Intel 945GSE UMA Graphics Media Accelerator

Wired NIC: Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E

Wireless NIC: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g




Because the netbook has no CD-ROM drive you need to boot from a USB. See the guide Install_from_USB_stick.


Setting up Xorg is easy on the Mini 10v. Just follow the guide for Xorg and hal will do the rest. Becareful not to start the display manager without adding hal to the /etc/inittab and installing the touchpad driver!

Kernel Mode Setting (KMS) works well on the 10v, allowing the native resolution to work at init level 3, and flickerless switching between the terminal and X sessions. See "Early Start" section in Intel for more details.


The Mini 10v needs the synaptics driver to get the touchpad working. Read the synaptics guide to get help. The integrated buttons are difficult to use (anyone have a good xorg.conf to post here?).

This link claims to have a fix. To use the ubuntu driver (which I have tested and works), do the following:

cd /tmp
# get the debian binary

# install the deb2targz package (used below)
sudo pacman -S deb2targz

# convert to tar.gz
deb2targz xserver-xorg-input-synaptics_1.1.2-1ubuntu2_i386.deb

# install the files;
cd /
sudo tar zxf /tmp/xserver-xorg-input-synaptics_1.1.2-1ubuntu2_i386.tar.gz

# remove deb2targz (optional) and tmp files
sudo pacman -Rsn deb2targz
rm /tmp/xserver-xorg-input-synaptics*

This is quite messy! I hope someone more knowledgeable than I can come up with a source based AUR solution.


Works, except for connecting to hidden ESSIDs. See this guide: Broadcom_BCM4312. To summarize:

1. Install the broadcom-wifi-builder package

2. blacklist b43 and ssb in the /etc/rc.conf MODULES, so it looks like (... !b43 !ssb ...). This is necessary to present these modules from loading, even if b43 and ssb were not listed there.


"Just works" with OSS, or ALSA


pm-suspend from the pm-utils package works. Also install the acpid package, and in the file /etc/acpi/, put


under button/lid). That will allow the machine to suspend to RAM when the lid is closed. Putting the same line under button/power) will allow "suspend to RAM" when the power button is pressed also. The machine will resume automatically after either the lid is open or the power button is pressed again.



UVC 1.00 compatible - should work out of the box, with the latest kernel (remember to add user to video group). You may use the cheese package to test it.


Solid State Disk

If you have solid state disk, then you want to reduce the number of writes to disks. You can use the tmpfs system to reduce write activities on solid state disk. Edit /etc/fstab to add the following

none /var/log tmpfs size=10M 0 0
none /var/tmp tmpfs size=20M 0 0
none /tmp tmpfs size=200M 0 0

See the Acer Aspire One page for more suggestions.