Dell has posted a service manual, setup guide, tech sheet, and teghnology guide for the Inspiron Mini 10 on its web site. Dell started taking orders for its new 10 inch netbook this week, but the product isn’t expected to begin shipping for another month or so.

Right now the Inspiron Mini 10 is only available with your standard netbook specs including a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 576 pixel display, 160G hard drive, and 1GB of RAM and Windows XP. It does buck the trend by offering a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 or 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 CPU instead of the usual Atom N270 or N280 processors. But what really makes this netbook exciting are the options that dell has yet to offer, including a higher resolution display and an optional TV tuner.

The service manual confirms that some of the things are on the way. For instance, there are instructions for removing the optional TV tuner, and detailed information about Ubuntu Linux, which points to the fact that Dell will soon offer a Linux option. The netbook also has space for two separate wireless cards: 1 for WiFi, and another for 3G mobile broadband. And the touchpad supports multi-touch gestures.

It looks like most upgrades or repairs will be performed by lifting the keyboard, rather than through access panels on the bottom of the netbook like the ones on the Inspiron Mini 9.

thanks pkiyono!

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14 replies on “Dell Inspiron Mini 10 service manuals now online”

  1. How could i fix UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME on my dell inspiron mini? I’ve been trying to fix it for months but still haven’t found any solutions. I payed alot of money but now i can’t even use it… Any suggestions?

  2. What is seems the problem of my mini 10, when i power on the netbook it says no operating system found..if i make the hard disk as a slave in other computer i can i access the file from the hard disk..but when i use an external hard disk as a storage device for the operating system it wont the hard disk not functioning anymore or the motherboard itself has the pls..

  3. my son can not get the internet att. after his step mom replaced the hard drive in the dell inspiron mini the nickelodeon edition

  4. I just bought inspiron dell mini netbook and am having this problem: some combination of key strokes are causing messages in outlook to be sent by accident as I’m writing them. How can I disable those keystroke shortcuts? I don’t know what I’m hitting and it’s driving me nuts. Thanks.

  5. How do you get incoming material to fit the Mini Inspiron screen. I’m a writer, need to have the Adobe sofware running, and I can’t scroll down far enough to punch the “Accept” button. For al practical purposes my new Dell is useless since I can’t get at things on the screen that I need to access?
    How do I adjust the size of the whole screen, not just icons or fonts?
    P.ease. Thanks.

    1. i have the exqact problem what i do is just press ”enter” or ”return” if you find out how to regulize the screen please contact back and im a 13 year old girl i dont know much.. i just know i have a computer… lol..

        1. oh i also bought a camera but it has a small memory card but i really want to download my pictures to my mini 🙁 please help

  6. Hi, can someone tell me when the dell mini 10 came onto the market.


  7. Hey, the Setup Guide .pdf linked above is actually a complete user’s manual–pretty informative and interesting stuff.

    And the “Tech Sheet” .pdf is actually the Quick Start Guide for the Ubuntu model!

    1. If the service manual is any indication, RAM and the CPU are located on a replaceable daughterboard. However, based on the pictures in the manual, the RAM is soldered to the daughterboard; it appears as there is very little clearance around the part of the Mini 10 interior (there appears to be a shield mounted over the daughterboard) and I’m guessing that the upgrade will have to come from Dell.

    2. Apparently, an upgrade to 2GB RAM, or at least an initial purchase of a unit with 2GB is among the things promised on the Dell site to be available in the future.

      As I understand it, the Poulsbo chipset, which is used with the Atom Z series processors, originally supported only one GB of RAM, probably because this combination was intended to be used with the smaller MIDs rather than netbooks. Then in Dec 08, Intel changed the Poulsbo spec to support 2GB RAM. The delay in releasing units with 2GB might have something to do with the supply of new Poulsbo chipsets.

      If the chipset happens to be one that supports only one GB, then it doesn’t make much difference if it’s soldered in or not (unless the RAM fails or you want to try a better type), but I still don’t like the idea of it.

      Edit: Actually it makes a lot of difference if your RAM is soldered or not, because, if your RAM goes bad, you have to replace the whole RAM and processor board, which I’m sure would be costly.

      If anyone has more complete or accurate information, I hope they’ll chime in.

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