Dell Mini 10v

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The Dell Mini 10v is a netbook from Dell.


Audio: Intel Corporation 82801G

Video: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME

Wired NIC: Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E

Wireless NIC: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g

Bluetooth: Dell 365 Bluetooth 2.1+EDR

Webcam: Syntek Integrated Webcam


As the netbook does not have a CD-ROM drive, installation must be performed 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?).

On the netbook, the area where you do a keypress is also a active part of the thouchpad. I.e. if you try to move a window, you point at it using one and need to click and hold left with a other finger. Doing this with the Default synaptics driver causes the cursor to "Jump" around, so it is VERY hard to move widows or mark text.

As the original author of this page requested, here is a AUR-Package that patches whats needet to make the Touchpad useable: xf86-input-synaptics-jumpycursor

it uses a later version (ubuntu7) of the patch that was referenced here with litte fixes to make it work with lastes synaptics driver from abs.

Add the Synaptics touchpad to your xorg.conf like suggested here and then add

 Option "JumpyCursorThreshold" "90"
 Option "AreaBottomEdge" "4100"

to the Synaptics InputDevice Section.

Resttart X and now your touchpad is working like every other touchpad.


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


Configure ALSA as outlined in the guide Beginners'_Guide#Part_III:_Install_X_and_configure_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.


To use Bluetooth, see the Bluetooth page for setting up bluez.

Solid-state drive

If you have solid-state drive (SSD), then you will want to reduce the number of writes to the disk. You can use the tmpfs system to reduce write activities on solid-state drive. 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.