Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 (2016)

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Device Status Modules
Video Working i915
Wireless Working iwlwifi
Bluetooth Working btusb
Audio Working snd_hda_intel
Touchpad Working ?
Webcam Working uvcvideo
USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 Working ?
Function/Multimedia Keys Working ?

The Mi Notebook Air 13.3 is an aluminium Ultrabook. It is a product by the Chinese Company Xiaomi and is currently only available in China or through import online-shops. Using the Intel Core i5 6200U @ 2.3 Ghz and the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, it provides good power for a decent price.

The installation should be going without any problems, if you follow the following steps.

Pre-Installation System Settings

It is actually very easy getting the Arch Installation Medium to boot properly. Prior to booting the Arch installation ISO enter the UEFI menu by pressing F2 during Boot.

  • Security -> set password
  • Security -> Disable Secure Boot
  • reset the password by setting the password again but letting the "New Password" fields blank

Installation of Arch can proceed normally. Refer to the Installation guide for more info.

Note: Remember that your SSD is called nvme0n1, not sda.

Graphics Card Configuration

The Mi Book has an Intel, as well as a Nvidia GPU.

Intel Only

If you want to completely disable the Nvidia GPU and save batterylife, do the following:

/etc/modprobe.d/nouveau.conf
blacklist nouveau
blacklist nvidia
/etc/modprobe.d/bbswitch
options bbswitch load_state=0 unload_state=0

Intel/Nvidia Hybrid Configuration

You can enable hybrid GPUs by either using Bumblebee or NVIDIA Optimus. Bumblebee is generally better for battery-life and compatibility but not officially supported by NVIDIA.

Refer to the respective articles.

Input

Touchpad

To use the touchpad like a normal one, you have to use xf86-input-libinput. If you use xf86-input-evdev, your touchpad acts like a touchscreen (e.g it maps your movements directly to your screen). But if you are using xf86-input-synaptics (although you really should not, because it is deprecated (see Synaptics)) things are only working sporadically. This configuration of libinput using XOrg configuration files enables two finger gestures, tap-to-click and 2-and 3-finger clicks (for right- and middle-click respectively).

/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-touchpad.conf
Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "libinput touchpad"
        Driver "libinput"
        MatchIsTouchpad "on"
        MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
        Option "Tapping" "on"
        Option "ClickMethod" "clickfinger"
        Option "NaturalScrolling" "true"
EndSection

Fn-Keys

On this notebook the Fn-keys are enabled as default (e.g. pressing F1 mutes the sound). If pressing the keys does nothing you are most likely using a Window manager and not a Desktop environment. Use the respective configuration files to bind the keys to their use. For example Xbindkeys or i3's bindsym.

Most Fn-keys return the correct keycodes. Here is a table containing that information:

Fn-F-Key Keycode
F1 XF86AudioMute
F2 XF86AudioLowerVolume
F3 XF86AudioRaiseVolume
F4 XF86MonBrightnessDown
F5 XF86MonBrightnessUp
F6 Super_L + P
F7 Nothing
F8 Super_L + Tab
F9 Nothing
F10 Turns Keyboard backlight on/off
F11 Print
F12 Insert

Display Calibration

Factory display calibration is poor. In lieu of a colorimeter, try the ICC profiles at tlvince/xiaomi-mi-notebook-air-13.

NVM Express SSD

linux-nvme

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Reason: This patch is now included in mainline (4.11rc1); the following steps will be redundant when 4.11 is released (Discuss in Talk:Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 (2016)#linux-nvme)

Andy Lutomirski has created a patchset which fixes powersaving for NVME devices in Linux. Currently, this patch is not merged into mainline yet. Until it lands in mainline kernel use the AUR or repository linked below.

linux-nvme — Mainline linux kernel patched with Andy's patch for NVME powersaving APST.

https://github.com/damige/linux-nvme || linux-nvmeAUR (check out [1] for compiled packages)

Troubleshoothing

Backlight

If you use a tool like xorg-xbacklight in its default configuration, nothing happens, because the path to the backlighting variable is not standard. To fix this issue, you have to use a X-Org configuration file:

/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-backlight.conf
Section "Device" 
        Identifier "Card0" 
        Driver     "intel" 
        Option     "Backlight"  "intel_backlight" 
        BusID      "PCI:0:2:0" 
EndSection

WiFi

If you are having issues with the auto-detected WiFi drivers, that is because there is a conflict between two of them, as you can see using rfkill list To solve it, block the wrong driver:

/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
blacklist acer-wmi

Note, this issue is fixed in kernel version 4.9 and above.