Dell Mini Inspiron 1012 Synaptics Touchpad Click Skip Fix [solved]

Anyone who has brought one of these netbooks would know that the touchpad / trackpad is crap.  Too many times I have seen my mouse pointer skip from one side of the screen to another when the mouse pas had been clicked.
I almost wanted to get a screwdriver and pry the bastard out just to teach it a lesson! HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER

The dead zone where the touch pads clickers are so small, a mouse click will cause the mouse to move.

No amount of software code will fix this piece of shit hardware, the only way to fix it is to make the zone near the mouse clickers dead.

I used thick rubber feet to do mine.  I used 6 in total and put them in such a way that there is no force been placed on the touchpad when the lid is closed.  See how I placed the rubber feet on the screen lid, so it would not interfere with the wrist pad.
I tried using thick layers of tape, but it never worked.

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Installing Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (1012) Netbook

Installing Ubuntu 11.04 on a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 1012.

No problems with this install:

  • Wireless works, using the proprietary driver.  Check my other blog on how to install the b43 driver
  • Bluetooth is good
  • Ethernet works
  • No problems with special keys on the keyboard
  • Webcam works good with Cheese
  • TV tuner is good, firmware required, see other blog for instructions

lspci dump

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation N10 Family DMI Bridge
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation NM10 Family LPC Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 Family SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 02)
05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
07:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)
0b:00.0 Multimedia controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM70015 Video Decoder [Crystal HD]

lsusb dump

Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 007: ID 0bda:0158 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. USB 2.0 multicard reader
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 2040:2011 Hauppauge WinTV MiniCard [Dell Digital TV Receiver]
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0c45:641d Microdia
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

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Installing Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (1012) Netbook

Installing Ubuntu 11.04 on a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 1012.

No problems with this install:

  • Wireless works, using the proprietary driver.  Check my other blog on how to install the b43 driver
  • Bluetooth is good
  • Ethernet works
  • No problems with special keys on the keyboard
  • Webcam works good with Cheese
  • TV tuner is good, firmware required, see other blog for instructions

lspci dump

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation N10 Family DMI Bridge
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation NM10 Family LPC Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 Family SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 02)
05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
07:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)
0b:00.0 Multimedia controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM70015 Video Decoder [Crystal HD]

lsusb dump

Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 007: ID 0bda:0158 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. USB 2.0 multicard reader
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 2040:2011 Hauppauge WinTV MiniCard [Dell Digital TV Receiver]
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0c45:641d Microdia
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

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[Solved] Installing aircrack-ng on Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (1012) Netbook b43

Fuck Broadcom propriety shit!

Scenario:
aircrack-ng wont work out the box on a stock ubuntu 11.04 install, that is because it is using the wl driver.

  1. Install aircrack-ng suite
  2. Disable wl driver
  3. Remove bcmwl
  4. Install compat-wireles & patches.

Checkout and compile the latest svn of aircrack-ng
sudo apt-get install svn
svn co http://trac.aircrack-ng.org/svn/trunk/ aircrack-ng

sudo apt-get install iw

Check wl is blacklisted
cd /etc/modprobe.d
cat * | grep wl

Enter synaptic, Completly remove bcmwl
You may notice nm-applet is saying “firmware no loaded” if you try to connect with wireless – good

I followed instructions on the aircrack-ng site to install compat-wireless and patch for aircrack, then install Broadcom firmware BS!
source: http://aircrack-ng.org/doku.php?id=compat-wireless

wget http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/compat-wireless-$(date -I).tar.bz2
tar -jxf compat-wireless-$(date -I).tar.bz2
cd compat-wireless-$(date -I)
wget http://patches.aircrack-ng.org/mac80211.compat08082009.wl_frag+ack_v1.patch
wget http://patches.aircrack-ng.org/channel-negative-one-maxim.patch
patch -p1 < mac80211.compat08082009.wl_frag+ack_v1.patch
patch -p1 < channel-negative-one-maxim.patch
./scripts/driver-select b43
make
sudo make install
sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer
sudo modprobe -r b43 ssb
sudo modprobe b43

check it! (assume your wlan is wlan0)
sudo airmon-ng start wlan0
sudo aireplay-ng -9 mon0

Now make it work properly on boot (important).
ref: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/184600/comments/34

To make ssb not load you have to blacklist it, reboot and execute

sudo update-initramfs -k all -u

If you fail to do this, ssb is loaded before b43 and it will cause error sand the b43 module will fail to load correctly.  Lots of ssb and b43 errors in your dmesg.

Remember to unblacklist ssb after the update-initramfs.

If you still have this problem, I suggest that you make a script in your init.d


#!/bin/sh
modprobe -r ssb
modprobe -r b43
modprobe b43
modprobe ssb

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[Solved] Installing aircrack-ng on Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (1012) Netbook b43

Fuck Broadcom propriety shit!

Scenario:
aircrack-ng wont work out the box on a stock ubuntu 11.04 install, that is because it is using the wl driver.

  1. Install aircrack-ng suite
  2. Disable wl driver
  3. Remove bcmwl
  4. Install compat-wireles & patches.

Checkout and compile the latest svn of aircrack-ng
sudo apt-get install svn
svn co http://trac.aircrack-ng.org/svn/trunk/ aircrack-ng

sudo apt-get install iw

Check wl is blacklisted
cd /etc/modprobe.d
cat * | grep wl

Enter synaptic, Completly remove bcmwl
You may notice nm-applet is saying “firmware no loaded” if you try to connect with wireless – good

I followed instructions on the aircrack-ng site to install compat-wireless and patch for aircrack, then install Broadcom firmware BS!
source: http://aircrack-ng.org/doku.php?id=compat-wireless

wget http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/compat-wireless-$(date -I).tar.bz2
tar -jxf compat-wireless-$(date -I).tar.bz2
cd compat-wireless-$(date -I)
wget http://patches.aircrack-ng.org/mac80211.compat08082009.wl_frag+ack_v1.patch
wget http://patches.aircrack-ng.org/channel-negative-one-maxim.patch
patch -p1 < mac80211.compat08082009.wl_frag+ack_v1.patch
patch -p1 < channel-negative-one-maxim.patch
./scripts/driver-select b43
make
sudo make install
sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer
sudo modprobe -r b43 ssb
sudo modprobe b43

check it! (assume your wlan is wlan0)
sudo airmon-ng start wlan0
sudo aireplay-ng -9 mon0

Now make it work properly on boot (important).
ref: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/184600/comments/34

To make ssb not load you have to blacklist it, reboot and execute

sudo update-initramfs -k all -u

If you fail to do this, ssb is loaded before b43 and it will cause error sand the b43 module will fail to load correctly.  Lots of ssb and b43 errors in your dmesg.

Remember to unblacklist ssb after the update-initramfs.

If you still have this problem, I suggest that you make a script in your init.d


#!/bin/sh
modprobe -r ssb
modprobe -r b43
modprobe b43
modprobe ssb

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How to Dell TV tuner Ununtu Linux for Inspiron Mini 10 (1012) Netbook

This is groin grabbingly simple to get going….

Check if you have the same hardware by doing a lsusb, you should see something like this.
2040:2011 Hauppauge WinTV MiniCard [Dell Digital TV Receiver]

Install the firmware onto your system.
wget http://steventoth.net/linux/sms1xxx/sms1xxx-hcw-55xxx-dvbt-02.fw
cp sms1xxx-hcw-55xxx-dvbt-02.fw /lib/firmware/.

Open synaptic and install metv.

Reboot, check your dmesg to see if the firmware is loaded.

If it checks out ok the you can open metv and strart the tuning wizard.  Use an outdoor antenna, the little one supplied is crap.

Thats it, enjoy!

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How to Dell TV tuner Ununtu Linux for Inspiron Mini 10 (1012) Netbook

This is groin grabbingly simple to get going….

Check if you have the same hardware by doing a lsusb, you should see something like this.
2040:2011 Hauppauge WinTV MiniCard [Dell Digital TV Receiver]

Install the firmware onto your system.
wget http://steventoth.net/linux/sms1xxx/sms1xxx-hcw-55xxx-dvbt-02.fw
cp sms1xxx-hcw-55xxx-dvbt-02.fw /lib/firmware/.

Open synaptic and install metv.

Reboot, check your dmesg to see if the firmware is loaded.

If it checks out ok the you can open metv and strart the tuning wizard.  Use an outdoor antenna, the little one supplied is crap.

Thats it, enjoy!

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