I bought a mini 10v out of luck.. I was about to buy a new acer aspire but i got discouraged with the webcam.. So luckily I ended up with my mini 10v.. First impression was, XP was sooo old and I need to get rid of it immediately..
The question was: what operating system will I use?
There is a plethora of os's out there.. I tried ubuntu 9.04 and it worked great.. but adding apps were tedious for me so I shifted to windows 7.. Windows 7 really was nice.. I was amazed at how fast and compatible it was with the mini 10v.. I have had no issues with windows 7 in all my mini 10v history.. But soon enough, I got tired of it and found myself reformatting and repartitioning my 160 HDD... Prior to that though, I browsed the internet and searched for a new OS that would catch my fancy.. And there, right out of the google page, was Mac OS X.. Really, I didn't know that Mac OS X will be compatible to my mini 10v... I installed Transmac into my late Windows 7 and followed the guide by Mechdrew (thanks, man.. you made this adventure easier)... Problem was, I bought an 8gb flash drive and it just wasn't good enough to make an image out of Transmac.. I was using the clunky 10.5.6 version.. I searched some forums that might help me bypass that cursed 100mb excess but I couldn't find any or I was just lazy to look for more info about it.. Anyway, I ended up buying a 16gb kingston flashdrive and made a "format with an image" out of it.. I used the old DellEFI Method in 10.5.6 installation.. And it was a success.. Wifi worked right off the bat.. Once in.. I quickly updated my OS X into 10.5.8..
Mac OS X 10.5.8 had a short lifespan though.. A friend told me that he's got a new Macbook and he wants to install the Snow Leopard (build 10a432) OS into it.. I hurried to him and helped him install the awesome OS.. It was fast.. faster than my Leopard!!! I asked him if I could have an image copy of his installer and he said yes.. So I proceeded in making a restored image into my spare 8gb sandisk..
Back at my house, I downloaded the netbookbootmaker v0.8.3 RC1 by meklort and bmaltais (kudos to these guys)..
I tested the installer right away after I patched my usb.. And sadly, a kernel panic.. What have I done wrong??
There are some guides, that when a pro writes about it, they would sometimes skip a minuscule detail that may somehow prove fatal to OS installation..
I learned about it the hard way... I tried six times but every time that I did, there was kernel panic...
So I made another restored image into my USB.. And here I will tell you that skipped part of the guide that I was talking about..
In Snow Leopard installation.. when making a USB installer in Disk Utility, the first thing that you need to do is to format your USB with GUID option..
After the format, restore your image with disk utility and proceed to patch the USB with netbookbootmaker v0.8.3 RC1.. restart your 10v and voila!!! no annoying kernel panic...
Snow Leopard installed perfectly.. Once in.. i ran netbookinstaller v0.8.2 since v0.8.3 did not work for me.. I updated to 10.6.1 and restarted.. Before booting to OS X I disabled USB Legacy Support..
It took a very long time to boot to the updated OS, I thought it did not work and the update messed the whole installation.. But patience won and it finally booted to a shiny new desktop.. I again ran the netbookinstaller v0.8.2..
For those of you who are wondering what works in mini 10v with Snow Leopard.. here is the list:
Sound (internal and jack)
such an awesome OS.. Just post your questions and maybe I can answer them.. I spent time tinkering on this new machine and I think experience always prevail over theories..