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Thumbs up Story of my Dell MINI 9 without SSD - 01-11-2012, 10:39 AM


Hi everyone I've manage to revive the dead ssd. Just follow the instructions of this fantastic post and maybe you can have your Dell back in action.


Last week, a friend gave me a Dell Inspiron 910, aka Mini 9, saying that it was dead.
For my surprise when I get home and pressed the Power Button it starts But immediately, I notice that there was no OS, the netbook refuses to start from ssd. And this is where my quest as begun.
Lucky for me I've found this cool forum and start reading post's after post's, and the conclusion was obvious... Dead SSD. On Bios it detect the SSD but with 0MB.
So I wonder if this little fellow can boot from a USB Flash or External HDD, and run the OS from there, and for my luck the answer has YEESS .
  • First try- At first I've try to use the Ubuntu from Dell. but because is a Linux to restore Dell's I didn’t have success to installed in my ext. hdd.
  • Second try- Download the Ubuntu 11.10, made an usb install flash, and surprise surprise it works like a charm, sound, wifi (IMPORTANT: I HAVE CHANGED TO AN INTEL WIFI MINI PCI but this dist with a broadcom there's no problem), 3g card... but there was a minor problem VGA DRIVERS , the 11.10 doesn't come it a compatible Intel 500 driver, from what i've read it is because of the new kernel or gnome.
  • Third try - Ubuntu 11.04 - BINGO , VGA check, sound check, wifi check, battery management check, So I've found the gold for my Dell with no SSD.
But I want more... With an 2Gb SODIMM, an OCZ ATV 16GB Pendrive and 1GB MMC Card, that I’ve stopped in my desk, I put them on action.

Final Dell's Setup

- 2Gb Sodimm
- Intel wifi
- 1Gb MMC (for swap linux partition)
- 16GB OCZ ATV Pendrive (Aprox 37Mb/Read 20Mb Write) A fast Flash is very important !!!!

- Ubuntu 11.04 (it have a native VGA drivers for Mini 9)
- Firefox with disable hdd cache and use only system memory cache.

Well for those who have an broken SSD and don't want to buy an SSD, with an pendrive you can put for dell back in action !!!


Last edited by Nx650; 02-14-2012 at 09:34 AM. Reason: Fantastic new news
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Default 01-14-2012, 02:57 PM

How do you change the cache to locate in memory with FireFox?
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Default 01-16-2012, 10:08 PM

Hi !!
By setting up :

first: type about:config


browser.cache.disk.enable = false

browser.cache.memory.enable = true

This is where I've found this info:


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Default 02-01-2012, 03:47 PM

nice story... the mini lives on

Dell Mini Inspiron 910 32GB RunCore SSD, 2GB RAM, Windows 7 Ultimate
Dell Inspiron 1720 2x 1TB HDD, 4GB RAM, Windows 7 Ultimate
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