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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 laptop.
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|Name||Dell Inspiron Mini 12|
|Processor||Intel® AtomTM Z520 Processor (1.33GHz, 512KB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB)
Intel® AtomTM Z530 Processor (1.60GHz, 512KB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB)
|Screen||12.1” WXGA Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 1GB|
|HDD||40GB to 80GB|
|Graphics||Intel® Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 500|
Dell Wireless 802.11b/g Mini Card
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
Tested with Ubuntu 9.04. Pouslbo drivers added from PPA https://launchpad.net/~albertomilone/+archive/poulsbo-graphics
Graphics work with 2.6.28-14, but not 2.6.28-15 (manually edit grub menu.list to put 14 at the top). Needs a lot of manual fiddling to make graphics functional, but can be done. Needs an entry in the device section of xorg.conf to stop random freezes. Add Option “DRI” “off”
The trick with kernels is to only have one installed at a time. I have it working with Karmic and a 2.6.31 kernel.
When a kernel update comes along you need to uninstall, then switch to the new kernel using VESA. Then delete the old kernel, then reinstall. Tedious but it works.
Dell do supply an Ubuntu 9.04 install image on the US site, but it is a big download.
Ubuntu 9.04 gives you a netbook for web surfing and wordprocessing and can be used as a personal music player with headphones. Anything beyond that and it struggles.