I know that there are probably lots of people who would like to run #! on a Dell Mini 9, as it is really suited extremely well to that. I am currently doing that, and I would like to start a thread that helps users do that. If you have questions about support for your dell mini 9, then I can tackle them here. I have installed all 3 versions of #! on my mini 9 and am currently using the Cruncheee version, which I am extremely happy with. There are configuration issues that all users will have to address. Other mini 9 users, I say to you, unite! and help people that are trying to get things to work, as I don't have every configuration. For example, I didn't get the built in webcam. Here are some ideas to start us off.
You will need a USB thumbdrive for the easiest installation, 1gb will do fine for any #! version
Use a regular version of Unetbootin to create your startup disk, easier, in my opinion than hooking up external cdrom
Best idea is to boot into the live version, don't go straight to install on the boot menu
Format using ext2, this limits the writes to disk (for solid state drives)
Choose custom on the formatting as well, because you dont want to waste space with swap (maybe you do, I sure dont)
Note that this will disable *Hibernate* modes and cause verbose bootloading screens.
Change the font size to 6 (You can leave it as default if you want to, but I have found 6 to be perfect for that small screen)
First, the easy one, open your right click menu and go to 'Pref' 'Openbox config' 'GUI Config Tool' Go to apperance, and set all the default font sizes to 6
Now the hard(er) one, all the menus are still big. Change that with this command
and edit that file so that it includes the line:
This makes all the fonts that you see uniformly small (some people may not like that, I do). It was most irritating to me in Firefox, where my window headers were neat little space savers, and the my "File" menu was huge!
Getting wireless to work
I had a problem on Cruncheee for sure, and I think perhaps one of the others, getting the wireless to work. Here is what can make that happen for you:
sudo apt-get install ndisgtk
Download the windows driver from dell, and unarchive it somewhere that you will remember
sudo ndisgtk &
Now tell it where you put the drivers .inf file, and presto, the wireless works!
I am working on getting sound running on Cruncheee. The module that you need to turn on, if you are not running Cruncheee is intel hd sound, like this:
sudo modprobe snd-hda-intel
I am fairly certain that that works, however, that module isn't precompiled in the eeepclean kernel(version I am currently running), so I am going to post directions on getting the sound working once I get it finalized. (I am trying to make it simple, just a few instructions, if anyone cares to contribute, feel free
Are there any additional issues that Dell Mini 9 users are experiencing? I do not remember any issues with card readers, in the default file manager you just have to mount your SD card like you would a USB drive (by clicking on it). If you are having an issue, let me know, I will help as best I can!
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Last edited by trevallion (2009-02-25 05:19:47)