Dell Mini 10v

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This articles details the installation and configuration of Arch Linux on the Dell Mini 10v. The Dell Mini 10v is a netbook with 10" display from Dell. This article covers the configuration of the graphics card, wireless card and touchpad.

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 the Installation 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 F12 to open the Boot Menu when booting the Dell Mini 10v.


See Xorg and Intel graphics.


See Touchpad Synaptics for general information.

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. Add the 'JumpyCursorThreshold' and 'AreaBottomEdge' options to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-synaptics.conf:

Section "InputClass"
    Identifier "touchpad catchall"
    Driver "synaptics"
    MatchIsTouchpad "on"
        Option "TapButton1" "1"
        Option "TapButton2" "2"
        Option "TapButton3" "3"
        Option "JumpyCursorThreshold" "90"
        Option "AreaBottomEdge" "4100"

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 Broadcom wireless


Battery status

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

Suspend to RAM

See Suspend and hibernate.