Dell Mini 10v Mac OS X Discussion Discussion dedicated to installing and setting up Mac OS X on the Dell Mini 1011
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Join Date: Nov 2009
12-28-2009, 07:30 AM
Well... the trackpad does work... it's just not a pleasure to use.
I have a Unibody MacBook with the lovely, huge, glass, multi-touch trackpad an it is an absolute joy. I actually prefer it to a mouse in some situations (Photoshop excluded). If you compare the 10v trackpad to this, it absolutely sucks... but that might not be your basis for comparison.
I have a high end LG laptop for work, and it's trackpad is tiny, and not multi touch. Compared to the Apple one in my MacBook, this sucks too.
The main problems that I've found with the 10v trackpad are:
- Two finger scrolling can be a bit jumpy.
- Two finger clicking can sometimes be detected as either a left click, or a scroll.
- Click and drag by holding down one of the buttons at either side of the trackpad doesn't work very reliably.
- When you're typing, if your wrist touches the trackpad, it can register as a click, which is REALLY annoying if your typing a long message. The trackpad doesn't seem to be disabled when you're typing.
The first 3 problems I also encountered in Windows 7 when I tried that, so it's most likely a cheap hardware issue. The last problem might be able to be fixed with software.
My understanding is that Meklort wrote the driver for our trackpad, or at least modified an existing one so that it was much better than it used to be. We owe a lot to that guy, so I'm not about to complain to him about the issue, but it would be nice if it was fixed.
MacBook | 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo | Unibody | 4GB RAM | 320GB 7200rpm HDD | OS X 10.6.2
Mac mini | 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo | 4GB RAM | 500GB HDD | OS X 10.6.2 | PLEX Media Center
iMac | 2.8GHz Core i7 | 4GB RAM | 500GB HDD | OS X 10.6.2 | Belongs to work
Join Date: Oct 2009
12-28-2009, 11:33 AM
I completely and absolutely fixed all those problems. Except the typing-wrist-click. I dont have tap-clicking on my trackpad, nor did I know it even worked. I'll try it when I get home... how come I missed that...?
I'm sorry to disagree!!
The trackpad is BRILLIANT ... now
*shameless plug of my very own trackpad mod*
Its going to be PERECT later on tonight when I paint the palm rest black. Let me explain... I have speed sensitivity almost maximum. The trackpad feels huge, I can get anywhere with one swipe.
Clicking can be extremely annoying fo some, having the mouse just run off a bit, just after lettting-go-of-click, or dozens of two finger gestures, clicking and dragging, etc. This can be furiosuly frustrating with spreadsheets and link-clicking, organizing files to folders etc etc.
Double-fold if you happen to have the 10v on your lap, and when you click, half the PC moves accordingly. Add sensitivity to that button, and it can be extremely frustrating.
That is why later tonight I will be adding another layer covering the smaller half of the trackpad triangles I made, so it cuts off sensitivity completely, becoming a... lap friendly laptop
I HIGLY recommend tryint it, you DONT need to dismantle the trackpad like I did.
As I do highly recommend 2 finger usage, where one is left-finger-on-black-zone as on/off switch and right finger doing all the action. Specially good for web browser scroll. Also valid to make 3 finger swipe much more efficient.
The more the fingers are separated, and the slower you move, the better the finger tracking, so you can increase sensitivity alot if you like.
Join Date: Oct 2009
12-29-2009, 01:12 PM
Absolutle NO NEED to dismantle at all !
Try it! My recommendation is one "big" layer" to tame sensitivity, another smaller one in the corner to cut off sensitivity completely. Great for when the 10v is on the move and not stable, like lap vs table.
Also, I've got a 320gb and planning on going for 500gb 5400rpm.
I find no improvement at all using 7200rpm 16mb cache.
Join Date: Dec 2009
12-29-2009, 03:36 PM
If the entire pad, where did you get tape wide enough? I think what I have is 3/4" electrical tape -- good for corners but there would be seams if I tried to cover the entire pad.
BTW -- I'd stay away from 7200 RPM. I've read of some issues putting them into Macs related to more noise due to higher RPM. If/when I go to a larger drive in this MacBook it will be 5400 rpm -- though I see some users are going to 7200 in the 10v
Retired Mini user
Join Date: Oct 2008
12-29-2009, 03:46 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
12-29-2009, 05:31 PM
Here is my MiniMac next to his big brother (Mac Book Pro). I also added the excellent cover decal (deep textured leather) from SGP (highly recommended).
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