Samsung Galaxy SIII mini (samsung-i8190)

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Samsung Galaxy SIII mini
Samsung Galaxy SIII mini
Samsung Galaxy SIII mini
Manufacturer Samsung
Name Galaxy SIII mini
Codename golden
Released 2012
Original software Android 4.1.1
Chipset ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500
CPU 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9
GPU ARM Mali-400 MP1
Display 480x800 AMOLED
Storage 8GB
Memory 1GB



What works

  • Display
  • Touchscreen
  • USB network
  • FDE
  • weston
  • osk-sdl
  • WIFI

What does not work

  • Camera
  • Most likely everything else

How to enter flash mode

Hold volume down + home + power together, then press volume up to bypass warning.

How to enter recovery mode

Hold volume up + home + power together.

How to connect to wifi

First enable to therface with

sudo ip link set wlan0 up

Then add this to /etc/network/interfaces

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
Then run
echo 'wpa_supplicant_args="-i wlan0 -D wext"' | sudo tee /etc/conf.d/wpa_supplicant

Then add the ssid and passphrase for the network

wpa_passphrase <SSID> | sudo tee /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

Then restart the services

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
sudo /etc/init.d/wpa_supplicant restart

Finally check for a connection and enable dhcp

iw wlan0 link
sudo udhcpc -b -i wlan0
If it worked then
ip a
Should show an ip address


View Installation guide.


The best user interface to install is XFCE4. Other ones do lag, or just don't respond. Especially KDE Plasma.

See also