Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
Documentation for Your Computer
Finding Information for Your Computer
Technical Specifications
System Board Components
Cleaning Your Computer
About Your Computer
Front View
Back View
Back-Panel Connectors
Inside Your Computer
Orientations
Chassis Stand
Cable Cover
Mounting Plate
Connecting the Power Adapter
Computer and Software Problems
Solving Problems
Advanced Troubleshooting
Getting Help
Advanced Features
LegacySelect Technology Control
Manageability
Security
Password Protection
System Setup
Booting to a USB Device
Jumper Settings
Power Button
Power Management
Hyper-Threading
Adding and Removing Parts
Removing the Computer Cover
Battery
Module Bay
Hard Drive
Memory
Microprocessor
Replacing the Computer Cover
Additional Information
Microsoft® Windows® XP Features
Glossary
CAUTION: Safety Instructions
Ergonomic Computing Habits
Regulatory Notices
Warranty and Return Policy
Notes, Notices, and Cautions
NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer.
NOTICE: A NOTICE indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of data and tells you how to avoid the problem.
CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death.
Dell recommends that the original version (Gold) of Windows XP should not be installed on this platform.
Abbreviations and Acronyms
For a complete list of abbreviations and acronyms, see the "Glossary."
If you purchased a Dell™ n Series computer, any references in this document to Microsoft® Windows® operating systems are not applicable.
Information in this document is subject to change without notice.
© 2003 Dell Computer Corporation. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Computer Corporation is strictly forbidden.
Trademarks used in this text: Dell, the DELL logo, OptiPlex, Inspiron, Dimension, Latitude, Dell Precision, DellNet, Dell Travellite, and Dell OpenManage are trademarks of Dell Computer
Corporation; Intel, Pentium, and Celeron are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation; Microsoft, Windows NT, MS-DOS, and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation; IBM and OS/2 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation; Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is used by Dell
Computer Corporation under license; ENERGY STAR is a registered trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As an ENERGY STAR Partner, Dell Computer Corporation
has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency.
Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Dell Computer Corporation
disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own.
Model: DCT
March 2003 P/N K0125 Rev. A00
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Regulatory Notices
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
FCC Notices (U.S. Only)
IC Notice (Canada Only)
CE Notice (European Union)
ENERGY STAR® Compliance
Simplified Chinese Class A Warning Notice (China Only)
EN 55022 Compliance (Czech Republic Only)
VCCI Notice (Japan Only)
MIC Notice (Republic of Korea Only)
Polish Center for Testing and Certification Notice
BSMI Notice (Taiwan Only)
NOM Information (Mexico Only)
Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) is any signal or emission, radiated in free space or conducted along power or signal leads, that endangers the functioning
of a radio navigation or other safety service or seriously degrades, obstructs, or repeatedly interrupts a licensed radio communications service. Radio
communications services include but are not limited to AM/FM commercial broadcast, television, cellular services, radar, air-traffic control, pager, and Personal
Communication Services (PCS). These licensed services, along with unintentional radiators such as digital devices, including computer systems, contribute to
the electromagnetic environment.
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) is the ability of items of electronic equipment to function properly together in the electronic environment. While this
computer system has been designed and determined to be compliant with regulatory agency limits for EMI, there is no guarantee that interference will not
occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause interference with radio communications services, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, you are encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
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Reorient the receiving antenna.
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Relocate the computer with respect to the receiver.
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Move the computer away from the receiver.
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Plug the computer into a different outlet so that the computer and the receiver are on different branch circuits.
If necessary, consult a Dell Technical Support representative or an experienced radio/television technician for additional suggestions.
Dell™ computer systems are designed, tested, and classified for their intended electromagnetic environment. These electromagnetic environment classifications generally refer to the following harmonized definitions:
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Class A is typically for business or industrial environments.
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Class B is typically for residential environments.
Information Technology Equipment (ITE), including peripherals, expansion cards, printers, input/output (I/O) devices, monitors, and so on, that are integrated
into or connected to the system should match the electromagnetic environment classification of the computer system.
A Notice About Shielded Signal Cables: Use only shielded cables for connecting peripherals to any Dell device to reduce the possibility of interference
with radio communications services. Using shielded cables ensures that you maintain the appropriate EMC classification for the intended environment.
For parallel printers, a cable is available from Dell. If you prefer, you can order a cable from Dell on the World Wide Web at
accessories.us.dell.com/sna/category.asp?category_id=4117.
Most Dell computer systems are classified for Class B environments. However, the inclusion of certain options can change the rating of some configurations to
Class A. To determine the electromagnetic classification for your system or device, see the following sections specific for each regulatory agency. Each section
provides country-specific EMC/EMI or product safety information.
FCC Notices (U.S. Only)
Most Dell computer systems are classified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as Class B digital devices. To determine which classification
applies to your computer system, examine all FCC registration labels located on the bottom, side, or back panel of your computer, on card-mounting brackets,
and on the cards themselves. If any one of the labels carries a Class A rating, your entire system is considered to be a Class A digital device. If all labels carry
an FCC Class B rating as distinguished by either an FCC ID number or the FCC logo, (
), your system is considered to be a Class B digital device.
Once you have determined your system's FCC classification, read the appropriate FCC notice. Note that FCC regulations provide that changes or modifications
not expressly approved by Dell could void your authority to operate this equipment.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
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This device may not cause harmful interference.
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This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Class A
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment
generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer's instruction manual, may cause
harmful interference with radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference, in which case you will
be required to correct the interference at your own expense.
Class B
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer's instruction manual, may cause interference with radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, you are encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
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Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
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Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help.
FCC Identification Information
The following information is provided on the device or devices covered in this document in compliance with FCC regulations:
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Model number: DCT
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Company name:
Dell Computer Corporation
One Dell Way
Round Rock, Texas 78682 USA
512-338-4400
IC Notice (Canada Only)
Most Dell computer systems (and other Dell digital apparatus) are classified by the Industry Canada (IC) Interference-Causing Equipment Standard #3 (ICES003) as Class B digital devices. To determine which classification (Class A or B) applies to your computer system (or other Dell digital apparatus), examine all
registration labels located on the bottom, side, or the back panel of your computer (or other digital apparatus). A statement in the form of "IC Class A ICES003" or "IC Class B ICES-003" will be located on one of these labels. Note that Industry Canada regulations provide that changes or modifications not
expressly approved by Dell could void your authority to operate this equipment.
CE Notice (European Union)
Marking by the symbol
indicates compliance of this Dell computer to the EMC Directive and the Low Voltage Directive of the European Union. Such marking
is indicative that this Dell system meets the following technical standards:
Set 1: For standard Dell ITE with AC power supplies
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EN 55022 — "Information Technology Equipment — Radio Disturbance Characteristics — Limits and Methods of Measurement."
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EN 55024 — "Information Technology Equipment - Immunity Characteristics - Limits and Methods of Measurement."
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EN 61000-3-2 — "Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) - Part 3: Limits - Section 2: Limits for Harmonic Current Emissions (Equipment Input Current Up to and Including 16 A Per Phase)."
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EN 61000-3-3 — "Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) - Part 3: Limits - Section 3: Limitation of Voltage Fluctuations and Flicker in Low-Voltage Supply
Systems for Equipment With Rated Current Up to and Including 16 A."
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EN 60950 — "Safety of Information Technology Equipment."
For –48 volt-direct-current (VDC) powered systems, the following set of standards applies. See the "Declaration of Conformity" to determine whether a
particular system meets EN 50082-1 or EN 50082-2 requirements.
Set 2: For –48-VDC powered systems
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EN 55022 — "Information Technology Equipment — Radio Disturbance Characteristics — Limits and Methods of Measurement."
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EN 50082-1 — "Electromagnetic Compatibility - Generic Immunity Standard - Part 1: Residential, Commercial and Light Industry."
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EN 50082-2 — "Electromagnetic Compatibility - Generic Immunity Standard - Part 2: Industrial Environment."
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EN 60950 — "Safety of Information Technology Equipment."
NOTE: EN 55022 emissions requirements provide for two classifications:
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Class A is for typical commercial areas.
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Class B is for typical domestic areas.
RF INTERFERENCE WARNING: This is a Class A product. In a domestic environment this product may cause radio frequency (RF) interference, in which
case the user may be required to take adequate measures.
This Dell device is classified for use in a typical Class B domestic environment.
A "Declaration of Conformity" in accordance with the preceding directives and standards has been made and is on file at Dell Computer Corporation Products
Europe BV, Limerick, Ireland.
ENERGY STAR® Compliance
Certain configurations of Dell computers comply with the requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for energy-efficient computers.
If the front panel of your computer bears the ENERGY STAR® Emblem, your original configuration complies with these requirements and all ENERGY STAR® power management features of the computer are enabled.
NOTE: Any Dell computer bearing the ENERGY STAR® Emblem is certified to comply with EPA ENERGY STAR® requirements as configured when shipped by Dell.
Any changes you make to this configuration (such as installing additional expansion cards or drives) may increase the computer's power consumption beyond
the limits set by the EPA's ENERGY STAR® Computers program.
ENERGY STAR® Emblem
The EPA's ENERGY STAR® Computers program is a joint effort between the EPA and computer manufacturers to reduce air pollution by promoting energyefficient computer products. The EPA estimates that use of ENERGY STAR® computer products can save computer users up to two billion dollars annually in
electricity costs. In turn, this reduction in electricity usage can reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, the gas primarily responsible for the greenhouse effect, and
sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, the primary causes of acid rain.
You can also help reduce electricity usage and its side effects by turning off your computer when it is not in use for extended periods of time, particularly at
night and on weekends.
Simplified Chinese Class A Warning Notice (China Only)
On Class A systems, the following warning will appear near the regulatory label:
Warning: This is a Class A product. In a domestic environment this product may cause radio interference, in which case the user may be required to
take adequate measures.
EN 55022 Compliance (Czech Republic Only)
VCCI Notice (Japan Only)
Most Dell computer systems are classified by the Voluntary Control Council for Interference (VCCI) as Class B information technology equipment (ITE).
However, the inclusion of certain options can change the rating of some configurations to Class A. ITE, including peripherals, expansion cards, printers,
input/output (I/O) devices, monitors, and so on, integrated into or connected to the system should match the electromagnetic environment classification (Class
A or B) of the computer system.
To determine which classification applies to your computer system, examine the regulatory labels/markings (see "VCCI Class A ITE Regulatory Mark" and
"VCCI Class B ITE Regulatory Mark") located on the bottom, side, or back panel of your computer. Once you have determined your system's VCCI classification,
read the appropriate VCCI notice.
Class A ITE
This is a Class A product based on the standard of the Voluntary Control Council for Interference (VCCI) for information technology equipment. If this
equipment is used in a domestic environment, radio disturbance may arise. When such trouble occurs, the user may be required to take corrective actions.
VCCI Class A ITE Regulatory Mark
If the regulatory label includes the following marking, your computer is a Class A product:
Class B ITE
This is a Class B product based on the standard of the Voluntary Control Council for Interference (VCCI) for information technology equipment. If this
equipment is used near a radio or television receiver in a domestic environment, it may cause radio interference. Install and use the equipment according to
the instruction manual.
VCCI Class B ITE Regulatory Mark
If the regulatory label includes the following marking, your computer is a Class B product:
MIC Notice (Republic of Korea Only)
To determine which classification (Class A or B) applies to your computer (or other Dell digital device), examine the Republic of Korean Ministry of Information
and Communications (MIC) registration labels located on your computer (or other Dell digital device). The MIC label may be located separately from the other
regulatory marking applied to your product. Line two of the label identifies the emissions class for the product—"(A)" for Class A products or "(B)" for Class B
products.
NOTE: MIC emissions requirements provide for two classifications:
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Class A devices are for business purposes.
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Class B devices are for nonbusiness purposes.
Class A Device
Please note that this device has been approved for business purposes with regard to electromagnetic interference. If you find that this device is not suitable
for your use, you may exchange it for a nonbusiness-purpose device.
MIC Class A Regulatory Label
If the regulatory label includes the following marking, your computer is a Class A product:
Class B Device
Please note that this device has been approved for nonbusiness purposes and may be used in any environment, including residential areas.
MIC Class B Regulatory Label
If the regulatory label includes the following marking, your computer is a Class B product.
Polish Center for Testing and Certification Notice
The equipment should draw power from a socket with an attached protection circuit (a 3-prong socket). All equipment that works together (computer,
monitor, printer, and so on) should have the same power supply source.
The phasing conductor of the room's electrical installation should have a reserve short-circuit protection device in the form of a fuse with a nominal value no
larger than 16 amperes (A).
To completely switch off the equipment, the power supply cable must be removed from the power supply socket, which should be located near the equipment
and easily accessible.
A protection mark "B" confirms that the equipment is in compliance with the protection usage requirements of standards PN-93/T-42107 and PN-EN 55022:
1996.
BSMI Notice (Taiwan Only)
If you find a
or
mark on the regulatory
label on the bottom, side, or back panel of your computer, the following section is applicable:
NOM Information (Mexico Only)
The following information is provided on the device(s) described in this document in compliance with the requirements of the official Mexican standards (NOM):
Exporter:
Dell Computer Corporation
One Dell Way
Round Rock, TX 78682
Importer:
Dell Computer de México, S.A. de C.V. Paseo de la Reforma 2620 - 11° Piso Col. Lomas Altas
11950 México, D.F. Ship to:
Dell Computer de México, S.A. de C.V. al Cuidado de Kuehne & Nagel de México S. de R.I.
Avenida Soles No. 55
Col. Peñon de los Baños
15520 México, D.F.
Model number:
DCT
Supply voltage:
12 VDC
Input current rating: 12 A
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Warranty and Return Policy
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
Dell Computer Corporation ("Dell") manufactures its hardware products from parts and components that are new or equivalent to new in accordance with
industry-standard practices. For information about the Dell warranty for your computer, see the Setup and Quick Reference Guide.
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About Your Computer
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
Front View
Back View
Back-Panel Connectors
Inside Your Computer
Orientations
Chassis Stand
Cable Cover
Mounting Plate
Connecting the Power Adapter
Front View
1 power button
Press this button to turn on the computer.
NOTICE: To avoid losing data, do not use the power button to turn off the computer. Instead, perform a Microsoft® Windows®
shutdown.
2 power light
The power light illuminates and blinks or remains solid to indicate different states:
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No light — The computer is turned off (S4, S5, or mechanical OFF).
Steady green — The computer is in a normal operating state.
Blinking green — The computer is in a power-saving state (S1 or S3).
Blinking or solid amber — See "Power Problems."
To exit from a power-saving state, press the power button or use the keyboard or the mouse if it is configured as a wake device in
the Windows Device Manager. For more information about sleep states and exiting from a power-saving state, see "Power
Management."
See "Diagnostic Lights" for a description of light codes that can help you troubleshoot problems with your computer.
3 hard-drive
access light
The hard-drive access light is on when the computer reads data from or writes data to the hard drive. The light might also be on when
devices such as your CD player are operating.
4 USB connectors
(2)
Connect USB devices such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, joystick, and computer speakers into either of the USB connectors.
5 microphone
connector
Attach a microphone to this connector.
6 headphone
connector
Attach headphones to this connector.
7 module bay
Install a CD/DVD drive, second hard drive, or floppy drive in the module bay.
8 module release
button
Press this button to remove a device in the module bay.
Back View
1 computer cover/hard-drive release
button
Press this button toward the cover release icon to remove the cover, or press this button toward the hard-drive
icon to release the hard drive.
2 back-panel connectors
The connectors for your computer.
3 power connector
The connector for the power adapter.
4 diagnostic lights
See "Diagnostic Lights" for a description of light codes that can help you troubleshoot problems with your
computer.
Back-Panel Connectors
1
parallel
connector
2
link integrity
light
Connect a parallel device, such as a printer, to the parallel connector. If you have a USB printer, plug it into a USB connector.
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Green — A good connection exists between a 10-Mbps network and the computer.
Orange — A good connection exists between a 100-Mbps network and the computer.
Yellow — A good connection exists between a 1000-Mbps (1-Gbps) network and the computer.
Off — The computer is not detecting a physical connection to the network or the Network Controller is turned off in system
setup.
3
network
adapter
Attach the UTP cable to an RJ45 jack wall plate or to an RJ45 port on a UTP concentrator or hub and press the other end of the UTP
cable into the network adapter connector until the cable snaps securely into place.
4
network activity
light
The yellow light flashes when the computer is transmitting or receiving network data. A high volume of network traffic may make this
light appear to be in a steady "on" state.
5
power
connector
The connector for the power adapter.
6
mouse
connector
Plug a standard mouse into the green mouse connector. Turn off the computer and any attached devices before you connect a
mouse to the computer. If you have a USB mouse, plug it into a USB connector.
7
line-out
connector
8
line-in connector Use the blue line-in connector to attach a record/playback device such as a cassette player, CD player, or VCR.
9
keyboard
connector
Dell recommends the use of Category 5 wiring and connectors for our customers' networks.
If your computer is running Windows 2000 or Windows XP, Dell installed the necessary mouse drivers on your hard drive.
Use the green line-out connector to attach an amplified speaker set.
If you have a standard keyboard, plug it into the purple keyboard connector. If you have a USB keyboard, plug it into a USB
connector.
10 USB connectors
(4)
Connect USB devices such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, joystick, and computer speakers into any of the USB connectors.
11 video connector
If you have a DVI-compatible monitor, plug the cable from your monitor into the white connector on the back panel.
If you have a VGA monitor, see "Connecting a VGA Monitor."
12 serial connector
Connect a serial device, such as a handheld device, to the serial connector.
Connecting a VGA Monitor
If you have a VGA Monitor, plug the VGA-DVI adapter into the DVI connector and connect the monitor cable to the adapter as shown.
Inside Your Computer
CAUTION: Before you remove the computer cover, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
CAUTION: To avoid electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the power adapter before removing the cover.
CAUTION: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity from your body before you touch any of
your computer's electronic components. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.
1 microprocessor heat sink fan shroud 5 chassis intrusion switch
2 memory modules
6 system board
3 speaker (optional)
7 battery
4 cooling vents
Orientations
The computer can be used in either a vertical or horizontal position on a desktop or mounted under a surface such as a desk or table. By using a wall-mount
bracket, the computer may be attached to a wall.
NOTICE: When setting up your computer, secure all cables toward the back of your work area to prevent the cables from being pulled, tangled, or
stepped on.
Standard Orientations
NOTICE: Do not place your monitor on the computer. Use a monitor stand.
NOTICE: In a high-vibration environment or when installing the computer overhead, use the optional wall-mount bracket instead of the chassis stand.
To order this bracket, contact Dell.
NOTICE: To ensure proper ventilation, do not place your computer vertically on a desktop without using the chassis stand (see "Chassis Stand").
NOTICE: To ensure proper ventilation, do not block the cooling vents.
As an option, you may mount the computer to a vertical or horizontal surface by using a wall-mount bracket. If you have the integrated flat-panel option, the
stand is integrated as part of the total assembly.
Chassis Stand
You may attach the chassis stand to orient your computer vertically. You can also attach the stand to the mounting plate (see "Mounting Plate") to hang the
computer under a tabletop or desktop or to securely attach the computer to a horizontal surface.
1.
Raise the captive screw and slide the chassis stand slat into one of three mounting slots on the back of the computer.
2.
When the stand is in place, tighten the screw.
1 captive screw
2 chassis stand
3 mounting slot (for vertical position, upright on a desktop)
4 mounting slot (for horizontal position hanging under a desktop)
NOTE: The stand must not be used in the horizontal position on a desktop. Place the computer directly on a desktop. 5 mounting slot (for vertical position, hanging under a surface)
To remove the chassis stand, loosen and lift the screw. Hold the screw up while sliding the stand out of the slot.
Cable Cover
NOTICE: If you are installing the computer under a desktop or tabletop, do not attach the cable cover until the computer is firmly attached to the
mounting plate (see "Attaching the Computer to the Mounting Plate").
Attaching the Cable Cover
NOTE: If you use the stand on your computer, attach the stand before attaching the cable cover.
1 bottom piece of the cable cover
2 security cable slot
3 top piece of the cable cover
1.
Attach all the cables to the back panel.
2.
To attach the two-piece cable cover, hold the bottom piece of the cable cover and align the four tabs with the four slots on the computer's back panel.
3.
Insert the tabs into the slots and slide the piece toward the diagnostic lights (see the illustration) until it is securely positioned.
4.
Grasp the top piece of the cable cover and align the two tabs with the two slots in the computer's back panel.
5.
Insert the tabs into the slots and slide the piece toward the diagnostic lights (see the illustration).
6.
Install a security device in the security cable slot (optional).
Removing the Cable Cover
1.
If a security device is installed in the security cable slot, remove the device.
2.
Grasp the top piece of the cable cover and slide it to the left until it stops, and then lift it up and away.
3.
To remove the bottom piece of the cable cover, while pressing the lever, slide the piece to the left until it stops, and then lift it up and away.
Mounting Plate
NOTICE: When installing the computer in the hanging orientation, avoid locations where it will be bumped by a user's legs or chair.
Attaching the Computer to the Mounting Plate
NOTE: Before attaching the mounting plate to a surface, first orient yourself with how the stand attaches to the mounting plate.
1 release lever tab
2 mounting plate slot
3 screw holes (4)
4 solid surface with a 1-inch (2.5 cm) minimum thickness
CAUTION: Attach the mounting plate to a solid surface capable of supporting 40 lbs (18.1 kg) hanging weight.
1.
Using the four #6 wood screws (0.625 inch; 15.88 mm) provided, attach the mounting plate to a solid surface with a minimum thickness of 1 inch (2.5
cm).
2.
Orient the computer and stand under the mounting plate approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the edge of the mounting plate.
3.
Lift the computer and stand, insert the stand into the mounting bracket, and slide the stand until the release lever tab is inserted through the slot in
the mounting plate.
4.
Attach the cable cover (if used).
Removing the Computer From the Mounting Plate
1 mounting plate slot
2 release lever tab
CAUTION: To avoid personal injury, remove the mounting plate if you are permanently removing the computer.
1.
Firmly hold the computer and press the release lever tab until the tab is freed from the slot on the mounting plate.
2.
While still firmly holding the computer, slide the computer and stand approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm), until it stops.
3.
Lower the computer and stand away from the mounting plate.
Connecting the Power Adapter
1.
Connect the power adapter to the connector on the back of the computer. In order for the connection to be secure, verify that the latch engages
completely (a click will be heard or felt).
2.
Connect a power cable to the power adapter.
NOTICE: The following section applies to Japan only.
CAUTION: If you decide to connect the green ground wire to an electrical outlet, do not permit contact between the green ground wire and power
leads because electrical shock, fire, or damage to your computer can occur (see the following illustration).
If you decide not to connect the green ground wire to an electrical outlet, go to step 4.
3.
Connect the metal ground connector to the grounding source on the outlet (see the following illustration):
a.
Loosen the grounding source.
b.
Slide the metal ground connector behind the grounding source, and then tighten the grounding source.
1 grounding source
2 metal ground connector
4.
Connect the power cable to the outlet.
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Advanced Troubleshooting
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
Dell Diagnostics
Drivers
Reinstalling Microsoft® Windows® XP
Reinstalling Microsoft Windows 2000
Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities
Dell Diagnostics
When to Use the Dell Diagnostics
If you experience a problem with your computer, perform the checks in "Solving Problems" and run the Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for technical
assistance. Running the Dell Diagnostics may help you resolve the problem without contacting Dell. If you do contact Dell, the test results can provide
important information for Dell's service and support personnel.
The Dell Diagnostics allows you to:
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Perform tests on one or all devices.
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Select tests based on a symptom of the problem you are having.
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Choose how many times a test is run.
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Suspend testing if an error is detected.
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Access help information that describes the tests and devices.
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Receive status messages that tell you whether tests completed successfully.
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Receive error messages if problems are detected.
Starting the Dell Diagnostics
It is recommended that you print these procedures before you begin.
NOTICE: Use the Dell Diagnostics to test your Dell™ computer only. Using this program with other computers can result in error messages. Enter system setup, review your computer's configuration information, and ensure that the device you want to test displays in system setup and is active.
Start the Dell Diagnostics from either your hard drive or from the Drivers and Utilities CD (also known as the ResourceCD).
Starting the Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive
1.
Shut down and restart the computer.
2.
When the DELL™ logo appears, press<F12> immediately. NOTE: If you see a message stating that no diagnostics utility partition has been found, run the Dell Diagnostics from your Drivers and Utilities CD.
If you wait too long and the Microsoft® Windows® logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop. Then shut down your computer
through the Start menu and try again.
3.
When the boot device list appears, highlight Boot to Utility Partition and press <Enter>.
4.
When the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu appears, select the test you want to run.
Starting the Dell Diagnostics From the Drivers and Utilities CD
1.
Insert the Drivers and Utilities CD.
2.
Shut down and restart the computer.
When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> immediately.
If you wait too long and the Windows logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop. Then shut down your computer through the
Start menu and try again.
NOTE: This feature changes the boot sequence for one time only. On the next start-up, the computer boots according to the devices specified in system
setup.
3.
When the boot device list appears, highlight IDE CD-ROM Device and press <Enter>.
4.
Select the IDE CD-ROM Device option from the CD boot menu.
5.
Select the Boot from CD-ROM option from the menu that appears.
6.
Type 1 to start the ResourceCD menu.
7.
Type 2 to start the Dell Diagnostics.
8.
Select Run the 32 Bit Dell Diagnostics from the numbered list. If multiple versions are listed, select the version appropriate for your computer.
9.
When the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu appears, select the test you want to run.
Dell Diagnostics Main Menu
1.
After the Dell Diagnostics loads and the Main Menu screen appears, click the button for the option you want.
Option
Function Express Test Performs a quick test of devices. This test typically takes 10 to 20 minutes and requires no interaction on your part. Run Express Test first to
increase the possibility of tracing the problem quickly.
Extended
Test
Performs a thorough check of devices. This test typically takes an hour or more and requires you to answer questions periodically.
Custom Test
Tests a specific device. You can customize the tests you want to run.
Symptom
Tree
Lists the most common symptoms encountered and allows you to select a test based on the symptom of the problem you are having.
2.
If a problem is encountered during a test, a message appears with an error code and a description of the problem. Write down the error code and
problem description and follow the instructions on the screen.
If you cannot resolve the error condition, contact Dell.
NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer is located at the top of each test screen. If you contact Dell, technical support will ask for your Service Tag
number.
3.
If you run a test from the Custom Test or Symptom Tree option, click the applicable tab described in the following table for more information.
Tab
Function Results
Displays the results of the test and any error conditions encountered.
Errors
Displays error conditions encountered, error codes, and the problem description.
Help
Describes the test and may indicate requirements for running the test.
Configuration Displays your hardware configuration for the selected device.
The Dell Diagnostics obtains configuration information for all devices from system setup, memory, and various internal tests, and it displays
the information in the device list in the left pane of the screen. The device list may not display the names of all the components installed on
your computer or all devices attached to your computer.
Parameters
Allows you to customize the test by changing the test settings.
4.
When the tests are completed, if you are running the Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers and Utilities CD, remove the CD.
5.
Close the test screen to return to the Main Menu screen. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and restart the computer, close the Main Menu screen.
Drivers
What Is a Driver?
A driver is a program that controls a device such as a printer, mouse, or keyboard. All devices require a driver program.
A driver acts like a translator between the device and any other programs that use the device. Each device has its own set of specialized commands that only
its driver recognizes.
Dell ships your computer to you with required drivers already installed—no further installation or configuration is needed.
NOTICE: The Drivers and Utilities CD may contain drivers for operating systems that are not on your computer. Ensure that you are installing software
appropriate for your operating system.
Many drivers, such as the keyboard driver, come with your Microsoft® Windows® operating system. You may need to install drivers if you:
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Upgrade your operating system.
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Reinstall your operating system.
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Connect or install a new device.
Identifying Drivers
If you experience a problem with any device, identify whether the driver is the source of your problem and, if necessary, update the driver.
Windows XP
1.
Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2.
Under Pick a Category, click Performance and Maintenance.
3.
Click System.
4.
In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab.
5.
Click Device Manager.
6.
Scroll down the list to see if any device has an exclamation point (a yellow circle with a [!]) on the device icon.
If an exclamation point is next to the device name, you may need to reinstall the driver or install a new driver (see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities)."
Windows 2000
1.
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
2.
Double-click System.
3.
In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab.
4.
Click Device Manager.
5.
Scroll down the list to see if any device has an exclamation point (a yellow circle with a [!]) on the device icon.
If an exclamation point is next to the device name, you may need to reinstall the driver or install a new driver.
Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities
NOTICE: The Dell Support website at support.dell.com and your Drivers and Utilities CD provide approved drivers for Dell™ computers. If you install drivers obtained from other sources, your computer might not work correctly.
Using Windows XP Device Driver Rollback
If a problem occurs on your computer after you install or update a driver, use Windows XP Device Driver Rollback to replace the driver with the previously
installed version.
1.
Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2.
Under Pick a Category, click Performance and Maintenance.
3.
Click System.
4.
In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab.
5.
Click Device Manager.
6.
Right-click the device for which the new driver was installed and click Properties.
7.
Click the Drivers tab.
8.
Click Roll Back Driver.
If Device Driver Rollback does not resolve the problem, then use System Restore to return your computer to the operating state that existed before you
installed the new driver.
Using the Drivers and Utilities CD
If using Device Driver Rollback or System Restore does not resolve the problem, then reinstall the driver from the Drivers and Utilities CD (also known as the
ResourceCD).
NOTE: To access device drivers and user documentation, you must use the Drivers and Utilities CD while your computer is running Windows.
1.
Insert the Drivers and Utilities CD.
If this is your first time to use the Drivers and Utilities CD, the Installation window opens to inform you that the CD will begin the installation. Click OK
and respond to the installation program prompts to complete the installation.
2.
Click Next at the Welcome Dell System Owner screen.
3.
Choose the appropriate selections for System Model, Operating System, Device Type, and Topic.
4.
Click My Drivers in the Topic drop-down menu.
The Drivers and Utilities CD scans your computer's hardware and operating system and then displays a list of device drivers for your system
configuration.
5.
Click the appropriate driver and follow the instructions to download the driver for your computer.
To view a list of all available drivers for your computer, click Drivers in the Topic drop-down menu.
To access the help files on the Drivers and Utilities CD, click the question mark button or the Help link at the top of the screen.
Reinstalling Microsoft Windows XP
Before You Reinstall
NOTICE: Before performing the installation, back up all data files on your primary hard drive. For conventional hard drive configurations, the primary
hard drive is the first drive detected by the computer.
To reinstall Windows XP, you need the following items:
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Dell Operating System CD
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Dell ResourceCD
NOTE: The Dell ResourceCD contains drivers that were factory-installed during assembly of the computer. Use the ResourceCD to load any required
drivers, including those drivers required if your computer has a redundant array of independent disks (RAID) controller.
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Product Key (Product ID Number) ____________________
NOTE: The Product Key is the bar code number on the sticker that is located on the external side cover of your computer. You may be prompted for the
Product Key when using the Operating System CD under certain conditions.
Reinstalling Windows XP
To reinstall Windows XP, perform all the steps in the following sections in the order in which they are listed.
The reinstallation process can take 1 to 2 hours to complete. After you reinstall the operating system, you must also reinstall the device drivers, virus
protection program, and other software.
NOTICE: The Operating System CD provides options for reinstalling Windows XP. The options can overwrite files and possibly affect programs installed
on your hard drive. Therefore, do not reinstall Windows XP unless instructed to do so by a Dell technical support representative.
NOTICE: To prevent conflicts with Windows XP, disable any virus protection software installed on your computer before you reinstall Windows XP. See
the documentation that came with the software for instructions.
Booting From the Operating System CD
1.
Save and close any open files and exit any open programs.
2.
Insert the Operating System CD. If any program starts automatically, exit the program before proceeding.
3.
Shut down the computer through the Start menu and restart the computer.
4.
Press <F12> immediately after the DELL™ logo appears. If the operating system logo appears, wait until you see the Windows desktop, and then shut down the computer and try again.
5.
Press the arrow keys to select CD-ROM, and then press <Enter>.
6.
When the Press any key to boot from CD message appears, press any key.
Windows XP Setup
1.
When the Windows XP Setup screen appears, press <Enter> to select To set up Windows now.
2.
Read the information on the Microsoft Windows Licensing Agreement screen, and press <F8> to accept the license agreement.
3.
If your computer already has Windows XP installed and you want to recover your current Windows XP data, type r to select the repair option, and then
remove the CD from the drive.
4.
If you want to install a new copy of Windows XP, press <Esc> to select that option.
5.
Press <Enter> to select the highlighted partition (recommended), and then follow the instructions on the screen.
The Windows XP Setup screen appears, and the operating system begins to copy files and install the devices. The computer automatically restarts
multiple times.
NOTE: The time required to complete the setup depends on the size of the hard drive and the speed of your computer.
NOTICE: Do not press any key when the following message appears: Press any key to boot from the CD.
6.
When the Regional and Language Options screen appears, select the settings for your location, and then click Next.
7.
Enter your name and organization (optional) in the Personalize Your Software screen and click Next.
8.
If you are reinstalling Windows XP Home Edition, at the What's your computer's name window, enter a name for your computer (or accept the name
provided) and click Next.
If you are reinstalling Windows XP Professional, at the Computer Name and Administrator Password window, enter a name for your computer (or accept
the one provided) and a password, and then click Next.
9.
If the Modem Dialing Information screen appears, enter the requested information and click Next.
10.
Enter the date, time, and time zone in the Date and Time Settings window and click Next.
11.
If the Networking Settings screen appears, click Typical and click Next.
12.
If you are reinstalling Windows XP Professional and you are prompted to provide further information regarding your network configuration, enter your
selections. If you are unsure of your settings, accept the default selections.
Windows XP installs the operating system components and configures the computer. The computer automatically restarts.
NOTICE: Do not press any key when the following message appears: Press any key to boot from the CD.
13.
When the Welcome to Microsoft screen appears, click Next.
14.
When the How will this computer connect to the Internet? message appears, click Skip.
15.
When the Ready to register with Microsoft? screen appears, select No, not at this time and click Next.
16.
When the Who will use this computer? screen appears, you can enter up to five users. Click Next.
17.
Click Finish to complete the setup, and remove the CD from the drive.
18.
Reinstall the appropriate drivers using the ResourceCD.
19.
Reinstall your virus protection software.
Reinstalling Microsoft Windows 2000
NOTICE: The Operating System CD provides options for reinstalling Windows XP. The options can overwrite files and possibly affect programs installed
on your hard drive. Therefore, do not reinstall Windows XP unless instructed to do so by a Dell technical support representative.
The reinstallation process can take 1 to 2 hours to complete. After you reinstall the operating system, you must also reinstall the device drivers, virus
protection program, and other software.
1.
Save and close any open files and exit any open programs.
2.
Insert the Operating System CD. If any program starts automatically, exit the program before proceeding.
3.
Shut down the computer through the Start menu and restart the computer.
4.
Press <F12> immediately after the DELL™ logo appears. If the operating system logo appears, wait until you see the Windows desktop, and then shut down the computer and try again.
5.
Press the arrow keys to select CD-ROM, and then press <Enter>.
6.
When the Press any key to boot from CD message appears, press any key.
7.
When the Windows 2000 Setup window appears, ensure that To setup Win2000 now, press ENTER is highlighted. Then press <Enter>.
8.
When the Windows 2000 Professional Setup window appears, press the arrow keys to select the Windows 2000 partition option that you want. Then
press the key for the partition option you chose.
9.
When the Windows 2000 Professional Setup window reappears, press the arrow keys to select the type of file system that you want Windows 2000
to use, and then press <Enter>.
10.
Press <Enter> again to restart your computer.
11.
Click Next when the Welcome to the Windows 2000 Setup Wizard window appears.
12.
When the Regional Settings window appears, select your region, and then click Next.
13.
Enter your name and organization in the Personalize Your Software window, and then click Next.
14.
Enter the Windows product key, which is printed on the Microsoft label on your computer. Then click Next.
15.
When the Computer Name and Administrator Password window appears, enter a name for your computer and a password, if desired. Then click Next.
16.
Enter the date and time in the Date and Time Settings window, and then click Next.
Windows 2000 installs components and configures the computer.
17.
When the Completing the Windows 2000 Setup Wizard window appears, remove the CD from the drive, and then click Finish.
The computer automatically restarts.
18.
Reinstall the appropriate drivers using the Drivers and Utilities CD.
19.
Reinstall your virus protection software.
Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities
If a device is either not detected during the operating system setup or is detected but incorrectly configured, you can use Device Manager or the Hardware
Troubleshooter to resolve the incompatibility.
Microsoft® Windows® XP
To resolve incompatibilities using Device Manager:
1.
Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance and click System.
3.
Click the Hardware tab and click Device Manager.
4.
In the Device Manager list, check for devices that are incorrectly configured.
Incorrectly configured devices are indicated by a yellow exclamation point (!) or a red X if the device has been disabled.
5.
Double-click any device marked with an exclamation point to display the Properties window.
The Device status area in the Properties window reports the cards or devices that need to be reconfigured.
6.
Reconfigure the devices or remove the devices from the Device Manager. See the documentation that came with the device for information on
configuring the device.
To resolve incompatibilities using the Windows XP Hardware Troubleshooter:
1.
Click the Start button and click Help and Support.
2.
Type hardware troubleshooter in the Search field and click the arrow to start the search.
3.
Click Hardware Troubleshooter in the Search Results list.
4.
In the Hardware Troubleshooter list, click I need to resolve a hardware conflict on my computer, and click Next.
Windows 2000
To resolve incompatibilities using Device Manager:
1.
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
2.
In the Control Panel window, double-click System.
3.
Click the Hardware tab.
4.
Click Device Manager.
5.
Click View and click Resources by connection.
6.
Double-click Interrupt request (IRQ).
Incorrectly configured devices are indicated by a yellow exclamation point (!) or a red X if the device has been disabled.
7.
Double-click any device marked with an exclamation point to display the Properties window.
The Device status area in the Properties window reports the cards or devices that need to be reconfigured.
8.
Reconfigure the devices or remove the devices from the Device Manager. See the documentation that came with the device for information on
configuring the device.
To resolve incompatibilities using the Windows 2000 Hardware Troubleshooter:
1.
Click the Start button and click Help.
2.
Click Troubleshooting and Maintenance on the Contents tab, click Windows 2000 troubleshooters, and then click Hardware.
3.
In the Hardware Troubleshooter list, click I need to resolve a hardware conflict on my computer and click Next.
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Advanced Features
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
LegacySelect Technology Control
Manageability
Security
Password Protection
System Setup
Booting to a USB Device
Jumper Settings
Power Button
Power Management
Hyper-Threading
LegacySelect Technology Control
LegacySelect technology control offers legacy-full, legacy-reduced, or legacy-free solutions based on common platforms, hard-drive images, and help desk
procedures. Control is provided to the administrator through system setup, Dell OpenManage™ IT Assistant, or Dell™ custom factory integration.
LegacySelect allows administrators to electronically activate or deactivate connectors and media devices that include serial and USB connectors, a parallel
connector, a floppy drive, and a PS/2 mouse. Connectors and media devices that are deactivated make resources available. You must restart the computer to
effect the changes.
Manageability
Alert Standard Format
ASF is a DMTF management standard that specifies "pre-operating system" or "operating system-absent" alerting techniques. The standard is designed to
generate an alert on potential security and fault conditions when the operating system is in a sleep state or the system is powered down. ASF is designed to
supersede previous operating system-absent alerting technologies.
Your computer supports the following ASF alerts and remote capabilities:
Alert
Description
Chassis Intrusion/Chassis Intrusion Cleared The computer chassis has been opened or the chassis intrusion alert has been cleared.
Corrupt BIOS
The system BIOS is corrupted.
Failure to Boot to BIOS
System BIOS did not complete loading upon initiation.
System Password Failure
System password invalid (after three failed attempts).
Entity Presence
Periodic heartbeats transmitted to verify system presence.
CPU Failure
Microprocessor is present but not functioning.
For more information about Dell's ASF implementation, see the ASF User's Guide and the ASF Administrator's Guide, which are available on the Dell Support
website at support.dell.com.
Dell OpenManage IT Assistant
IT Assistant configures, manages, and monitors computers and other devices on a corporate network. IT Assistant manages assets, configurations, events
(alerts), and security for computers equipped with industry-standard management software. It supports instrumentation that conforms to SNMP, DMI, and CIM
industry standards.
Dell OpenManage Client instrumentation, which is based on DMI and CIM, is available for your computer. For information on IT Assistant, see the Dell
OpenManage IT Assistant User's Guide available on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com.
Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation
Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation is software that enables remote management programs such as IT Assistant to do the following:
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Access information about your computer, such as how many processors it has and what operating system it is running
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Monitor the status of your computer, such as listening for thermal alerts from temperature probes or hard-drive failure alerts from storage devices
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Change the state of your computer, such as updating its BIOS or shutting it down remotely
A managed system is one that has Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation set up on a network that uses IT Assistant. For information about Dell
OpenManage Client Instrumentation, see the Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation User's Guide available on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com.
Security
Chassis Intrusion Detection
NOTE: When the setup password is enabled, you must know the setup password before you can reset the Chassis Intrusion setting.
This feature detects that the chassis was opened and alerts the user. To change the Chassis Intrusion setting:
1.
Enter system setup.
2.
Press the down-arrow keys to move to the System Security option.
3.
Press <Enter> to access the System Security option's popup menu.
4.
Press the down-arrow key to move to the Chassis Intrusion setting.
5.
Press the spacebar to select an option setting.
6.
Exit system setup.
Option Settings
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Enabled — If the computer cover is removed, the setting changes to Detected, and the following alert message displays during the boot routine at the
next computer start-up:
Alert! Cover was previously removed.
To reset the Detected setting, enter system setup. In the Chassis Intrusion option, press the left- or right-arrow key to select Reset, and then choose
Enabled, Enabled-Silent, or Disabled.
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Enabled-Silent (default) — If the computer cover is removed, the setting changes to Detected. No alert message appears during the boot sequence at
the next computer start-up.
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Disabled — No intrusion monitoring occurs and no messages appear.
Security Cable Slot
Attach a commercially available antitheft device to the security cable slot on the back of the cable cover (see "Cable Cover").
NOTE: Before you purchase an antitheft device, make sure that it works with the security cable slot on your computer.
Antitheft devices usually include a segment of metal-stranded cable with an attached locking device and key. Dell recommends that you use a Kensington lock.
The documentation that comes with the device contains instructions for installing it.
Password Protection
NOTICE: Although passwords provide security for the data on your computer, they are not foolproof. If your data requires more security, it is your
responsibility to obtain and use additional forms of protection, such as data encryption programs.
System Password
NOTICE: If you leave your computer running and unattended without having a system password assigned, or if you leave your computer unlocked so
that someone can disable the password by changing a jumper setting, anyone can access the data stored on your hard drive.
Option Settings
You cannot change or enter a new system password if either of the following two options is displayed:
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Enabled — A system password is assigned.
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Disabled — The system password is disabled by a jumper setting on the system board.
You can only assign a system password when the following option is displayed:
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Not Enabled — No system password is assigned and the password jumper on the system board is in the enabled position (the default).
Assigning a System Password
To escape from the field without assigning a system password, press <Tab> or the <Shift><Tab> key combination to move to another field, or press <Esc> at
any time before you complete step 5.
1.
Enter system setup and verify that Password Status is set to Unlocked.
2.
Highlight System Password, and then press the left- or right-arrow key.
The option heading changes to Enter Password, followed by an empty 32-character field in square brackets.
3.
Type your new system password.
You can use up to 32 characters. To erase a character when entering your password, press <Backspace> or the left-arrow key. The password is not
case sensitive.
Certain key combinations are not valid. If you enter one of these combinations, the speaker emits a beep.
As you press each character key (or the spacebar for a blank space), a placeholder appears in the field.
4.
Press <Enter>.
If the new system password is less than 32 characters, the whole field fills with placeholders. Then the option heading changes to Verify Password,
followed by another empty 32-character field in square brackets.
5.
To confirm your password, type it a second time and press <Enter>.
The password setting changes to Enabled.
6.
Exit system setup.
Password protection takes effect when you restart the computer.
Typing Your System Password
When you start or restart your computer, one of the following prompts appears on the screen.
If Password Status is set to Unlocked:
Type in the password and
- press <ENTER> to leave password security enabled.
- press <CTRL><ENTER> to disable password security.
Enter password:
If Password Status is set to Locked:
Type the password and press <Enter>.
If you have assigned a setup password, the computer accepts your setup password as an alternate system password.
If you type a wrong or incomplete system password, the following message appears on the screen:
** Incorrect password. **
If you again type an incorrect or incomplete system password, the same message appears on the screen. The third and subsequent times you type an
incorrect or incomplete system password, the computer displays the following message:
** Incorrect password. **
Number of unsuccessful password attempts: 3
System halted! Must power down.
Even after your computer is turned off and on, the previous message is displayed each time you type an incorrect or incomplete system password.
NOTE: You can use Password Status in conjunction with System Password and Setup Password to further protect your computer from unauthorized
changes.
Deleting or Changing an Existing System Password
1.
Enter system setup and verify that Password Status is set to Unlocked.
2.
Restart your computer.
3.
When prompted, type the system password.
4.
Press <Ctrl><Enter> to disable the existing system password.
5.
Confirm that Not Enabled is displayed for the System Password option.
If Not Enabled is displayed, the system password is deleted. If Not Enabled is not displayed, press <Alt><b> to restart the computer, and then repeat
step 3 through step 5.
To assign a new password, follow the procedure in "Assigning a System Password."
6.
Exit system setup.
Setup Password
Option Settings
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Enabled — Does not allow assignment of setup passwords; users must enter a setup password to make changes to system setup
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Not Enabled — Allows assignment of setup passwords; password feature is enabled but no password is assigned
Assigning a Setup Password
The setup password can be the same as the system password.
NOTE: If the two passwords are different, the setup password can be used as an alternate system password. However, the system password cannot
be used in place of the setup password.
1.
Enter system setup and verify that Setup Password is set to Not Enabled.
2.
Highlight Setup Password and press the left- or right-arrow key.
The computer prompts you to type and verify the password. If a character is not permitted, the computer emits a beep.
3.
Type and then verify the password.
After you verify the password, the Setup Password setting changes to Enabled. The next time you enter system setup, the computer prompts you for
the setup password.
4.
Exit system setup.
A change to Setup Password becomes effective immediately (no need to restart the computer).
Operating Your Computer With a Setup Password Enabled
When you enter system setup, the Setup Password option is highlighted, prompting you to type the password.
If you do not type the correct password, the computer allows you to view, but not modify, system setup options.
NOTE: You can use Password Status in conjunction with Setup Password to protect the system password from unauthorized changes.
Deleting or Changing an Existing Setup Password
To change an existing setup password, you must know the setup password.
1.
Enter system setup.
2.
Type the setup password at the prompt.
3.
Highlight Setup Password and press the left- or right-arrow key to delete the existing setup password.
The setting changes to Not Enabled.
To assign a new setup password, perform the steps in "Assigning a System Password."
4.
Exit system setup.
Disabling a Forgotten Password and Setting a New Password
NOTICE: This process erases both the system and setup passwords.
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
1.
Remove the computer cover.
NOTICE: Before touching anything inside your computer, ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface, such as the metal at the back of the
computer. While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface to dissipate any static electricity that could harm internal components.
2.
Remove the jumper plug labeled "PSWD" from the jumper.
See "Jumper Settings" to locate the password jumper.
3.
Replace the computer cover.
4.
Reconnect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and turn them on.
This disables the existing password(s).
5.
Enter system setup and verify that Setup Password is set to Disabled.
6.
Exit system setup.
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
7.
Remove the computer cover.
NOTICE: Before touching anything inside your computer, ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface, such as the metal at the back of the
computer. While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface to dissipate any static electricity that could harm internal components.
8.
Replace the PSWD jumper plug.
9.
Replace the computer cover and reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets and turn them on.
This reenables the password feature. When you enter system setup, both password options appear as Not Enabled—the password feature is enabled
but no password is assigned.
10.
Assign a new system and/or setup password.
System Setup
Use system setup settings as follows:
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To set user-selectable options such as date and time or system password
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To read the current amount of memory or set the type of hard drive installed
Print the system setup screens (by pressing <Print Screen>) or record the information for future reference.
Before you use system setup, you must know the kind of floppy drive(s) and hard drive(s) installed in your computer. To confirm this information, see the
Manufacturing Test Report that came with your computer, or find this information in the online Dell Accessories folder.
Entering System Setup
1.
Turn on or restart your computer.
2.
When Press <F2> to Enter Setup appears in the upper-right corner of the screen, press <F2> immediately.
If you wait too long and the Microsoft® Windows® logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop. Then shut down your computer
through the Start menu and try again.
NOTE: To ensure an orderly computer shutdown, see the documentation that came with your operating system.
System Setup Screens
System setup screens display current configuration information for your computer. Information on the screen is organized into four areas:
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Title — The box at the top of all screens that lists the computer name.
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Computer data — Two boxes below the title box that display your computer processor, L2 cache, service tag, and the version number of the BIOS.
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Options — A scrollable box listing options that define the configuration of your computer, including installed hardware, power conservation, and security
features.
Fields to the right of the option titles contain settings or values. The fields that you can change appear bright on the screen. The fields that you cannot
change (because they are set by the computer) appear less bright. When <Enter> appears to the right of an option title, press <Enter> to access a
popup menu of additional options.
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Key functions — A line of boxes across the bottom of all screens that lists keys and their functions within system setup.
System Setup Navigation Keys
Keys
Action
Moves to the next field.
Moves to the previous field.
Cycles through the options in a field.
In many fields, you can also type the
appropriate value.
Scrolls through help information.
Enters the selected field's popup
options menu.
spacebar or
In the selected field's popup options
menu, cycles through the options in a
field.
Exits system setup without restarting
the computer and returns the
computer to the boot routine.
Exits system setup and restarts the
computer, implementing any changes
you have made.
Resets the selected option to the
default.
Restores all system settings to the
default configuration.
Boot Sequence
This feature allows users to change the sequence of devices from which the computer boots.
Option Settings
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Normal — (Available only for the current boot process) The computer attempts to boot from the sequence of devices specified in system setup.
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Diskette Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the floppy drive. If the floppy disk in the drive is not bootable, or if no floppy disk is in the drive,
the computer generates an error message.
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Hard Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the primary hard drive. If no operating system is on the drive, the computer generates an error
message.
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CD Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the CD drive. If no CD is in the drive, or if the CD has no operating system, the computer generates an
error message.
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PXE — (Available only for the future boot process) As the computer boots, it prompts the user to press <Ctrl><Alt><b>. Pressing this key combination
causes a menu to display that allows you to select a method for booting from a network server. If a boot routine is not available from the network
server, the system attempts to boot from the next device in the boot sequence list.
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USB Flash Device — Insert the memory device into a USB port and restart the computer. When F12 = Boot Menu appears in the upper-right corner of
the screen, press <F12>. The BIOS detects the device and adds the USB flash option to the boot menu.
NOTE: To boot to a USB Flash device, the device must be bootable. To make sure your device is bootable, check the device documentation or website.
Changing Boot Sequence for the Current Boot
You can use this feature, for example, to tell the computer to boot from the CD drive so you can run the Dell Diagnostics, but specify that the computer boots
from the hard drive when the diagnostic tests are complete.
If you wait too long and the Windows logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop. Then shut down your computer through the Start
menu and try again.
1.
Turn on or restart your computer.
2.
When <F12> = Boot Menu appears in the upper-right corner of the screen, press <F12> to access the boot menu.
If you wait too long and the Windows logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop. Then shut down your computer through the
Start menu and try again.
NOTE: To ensure an orderly computer shutdown, consult the documentation that came with your operating system.
The Boot Device Menu appears, listing all available boot devices. Each device has a number next to it. At the bottom of the menu, enter the number of
the device that is to be used for the current boot only.
Changing Boot Sequence for Future Boots
1.
Enter system setup.
2.
Use the arrow keys to highlight the Boot Sequence menu option and press <Enter> to access the pop up menu.
NOTE: Write down your current boot sequence in case you want to restore it.
3.
Press the up- and down-arrow keys to move through the list of devices.
4.
Press the spacebar to enable or disable a device (enabled devices have a checkmark).
5.
Press plus (+) or minus (–) to move a selected device up or down the list.
System Setup Options
Drive Configuration
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Diskette Drive A — The type of floppy drive installed in the module bay. The two options are 3.5 Inch, 1.44 MB (default) and Not
Installed. This field is automatically updated if a floppy drive is detected during startup and the diskette interface is set to Auto.
Primary Drive and Secondary Drive — The settings are Auto (use this setting for all IDE devices from Dell) and Off.
Primary Drive identifies drives attached to the primary IDE interface connector (labeled "IDE1") on the system board.
Secondary Drive identifies drives installed in the module bay.
NOTE: You must have an IDE device connected to the primary IDE interface if you have an IDE device connected to the secondary IDE
interface.
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IDE Drive UDMA — The settings are UDMA On (default) or Off.
This field enables/disables DMA transfers for the internal IDE hard-disk interface (UDMA). This feature can be used to improve data
throughput when booting or resuming the operating system.
If You Have a Problem —
See "Hard drive problems."
Tape drives are not reflected in the Drive Configuration option.
Boot Sequence — See "Boot Sequence."
Memory Information — Indicates amount of installed memory, computer memory speed, video memory, size of the display cache, and
channel mode (dual or single).
CPU Information
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CPU Speed — The processor speed at which the computer boots.
Press the left- or right-arrow key to toggle the CPU Speed option between the resident microprocessor's rated speed (the default)
and a lower-compatibility speed. A change to this option takes effect immediately (no restart is necessary).
To toggle between the rated processor speed and the compatibility speed while the computer is running in real mode, press
<Ctrl><Alt><\>. (For keyboards that do not use American English, press <Ctrl><Alt><#>.)
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Bus Speed — The speed of the microprocessor's system bus.
Processor ID — The manufacturer's identification code(s) for the installed microprocessor.
Clock Speed — The core speed at which the microprocessor(s) operates.
Cache Size — The size of the microprocessor's L2 cache.
Hyper-Threading — Enables or disables Hyper-Threading technology for systems that support Hyper-Threading. The default setting is
Disabled.
Integrated Devices (LegacySelect Options) — Configures the following devices integrated with the system board:
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Sound — The settings are On (default) or Off.
Network Interface Controller — The settings are On (default), Off, or On w/ PXE. See "Boot Sequence" for more information.
Mouse Port — The settings are On (default) or Off.
USB Emulation — The settings are On (default), Off, and No Boot.
USB emulation allows USB devices to work with operating systems that do not have direct USB support.
NOTE: This is effective when the USB Controller is set to On.
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On — USB emulation continues when control is passed to the operating system.
Off — USB emulation ends when control is passed to the operating system.
No BOOT — USB emulation continues, but USB boot devices are disabled.
USB Controller — The settings are On (default) or Off.
NOTE: USB devices will not be detected and supported in the operating system if the USB Controller is set to Off.
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Serial Port 1 — The settings are Auto (default), COM1, COM3 and Off.
Auto automatically configures a connector to a particular designation (COM1 or COM3 for Serial Port 1).
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Parallel Port — The settings are Mode, I/O Address, and DMA Channel.
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Mode settings are PS/2 (default), EPP, ECP, AT, or Off. Set the Mode option according to the type of device connected to the
parallel connector. To determine the correct mode to use, see the documentation that came with the device.
I/O Address settings are 378h (default), 278h, or 3BCh. The settings are not available when Mode is set to Off.
NOTE: You cannot set the parallel connector to 3BCh if Mode is set to EPP.
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DMA Channel appears only when Mode is set to ECP. The settings are DMA 1, DMA 3, or Off.
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Module Bay — The settings are On (default), Off, FDD only, and IDE only.
l On — Floppy Disk Drive (FDD) and IDE compatible devices function in bay.
l Off — No devices function in bay (used for security).
l FDD only — Floppy Disk Drive only functions in bay.
l IDE only — IDE compatible devices only function in bay.
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Diskette Interface — The settings are Auto (default), Read Only, and Off.
l Auto turns on the floppy drive controller. l Read Only prevents the computer's integrated floppy drive controller from writing to floppy drives and activates Auto.
l Off turns off the floppy drive controller.
PC Speaker — The settings are On (default) and Off.
Onboard Video Buffer — Determines how much system memory is allocated to video. The settings are 1 MB (default) and 8 MB.
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Power Management —
See "Power Management" for additional information.
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Suspend Mode — The settings are S3 (default) or S1.
l S3 — Maximum power savings
l S1 — Minimal power savings
AC Power Recovery — Determines what happens when AC power is restored to the computer.
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Off (default) — The computer remains off when AC power is restored.
On — The computer starts when AC power is restored.
Last — The computer returns to the AC power state existing at the time that AC power was lost.
Low Power Mode — The options are Disabled or Enabled.
NOTE: When Low Power Mode is Enabled, remote wakeup events will no longer power up from Hibernate or Off.
System Security — See "Security."
Keyboard NumLock — The settings are On (default) and Off (does not apply to 84-key keyboards).
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Off activates the rightmost bank of keys so they provide cursor-control functions shown by the label on the bottom of each key.
Report Keyboard Errors — The settings are Report (default) and Do Not Report.
Auto Power On — Sets time and days of week to turn on the computer automatically. Choices are every day or every Monday through
Friday.
Time is kept in a 24-hour format (hours:minutes). Change the startup time by pressing the right- or left-arrow keys to increase or decrease
the numbers or type numbers in both the date and time fields.
Disabled is the default.
This feature does not work if you turn off your computer using a power strip or surge protector.
Remote Wakeup — The settings are Off (default), On, and On w/ Boot to NIC.
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On allows the system to power up when a Network Interface Controller or Remote Wake Up capable modem receives a wake up
signal.
Off disables the remote wakeup functionality.
On w/ Boot to NIC causes the system to attempt a network boot prior to using the boot sequence.
Normally the system can be powered up remotely from suspend mode, hibernate mode, or when powered off. When Low Power Mode (in
the Power Management menu) is enabled, the system can only be powered up remotely from Suspend.
Fastboot
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On (default) — Your computer boots in 10 seconds or less, skipping certain configurations and tests.
Off — Your computer does not skip certain configurations and tests during the boot process.
IDE Hard Drive Acoustics Mode
The acoustics mode field may contain the following options:
Quiet — The hard drive operates in its quietest setting.
Performance — The hard drive operates at its maximum speed.
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NOTE: Switching to Performance mode may cause the drive to be noisier, but its performance is not affected.
Bypass (default) — Your computer does not test or change the current acoustics mode setting.
Suggested — The hard drive operates at the level suggested by the hard drive manufacturer.
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NOTE: Changing the acoustics setting does not alter your hard drive image.
Asset Tag — Displays the customer-programmable asset tag number for the computer if an asset tag number is assigned.
Booting to a USB Device
NOTE: To boot to a USB device, the device must be bootable. To ensure that your device is bootable, check the device documentation.
Memory Key
1.
Insert the memory key into a USB port and restart the computer.
2.
When F12 = Boot Menu appears in the upper-right corner of the screen, press <F12>.
The BIOS detects the device and adds the USB flash option to the boot menu.
3.
From the boot menu, select the number that appears next to the USB device.
The computer boots to the USB device.
Floppy Drive
1.
Disable the integrated floppy controller by entering system setup, going to integrated devices, and setting the diskette interface to Off.
2.
In system setup, go to Drive Configuration and make sure the Diskette Drive A option is set to 3.5 Inch, 1.44 MB.
3.
Connect the USB floppy drive, insert a bootable diskette, and re-boot the system.
Jumper Settings
NOTICE: Ensure that your computer is turned off and unplugged before you change the jumper settings. Otherwise, damage to your computer or
unpredictable results can occur.
NOTICE: Before touching anything inside your computer, ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface, such as the metal at the back of the
computer. While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface to dissipate any static electricity that could harm internal components.
To change a jumper setting, pull the plug off its pin(s) and carefully fit it down onto the pin(s) indicated.
Jumper
Setting
Description
PSWD
Password features are enabled.
(default)
Password features are disabled.
RTCRST
Real-time clock reset
jumpered unjumpered
Power Button
NOTICE: To turn off your computer, perform an orderly computer shutdown when possible.
You can use the ACPI feature to configure the function of the Microsoft Windows 2000, and Windows XP operating systems.
Power Button Functions With ACPI Enabled
Action
Results
Computer Turned
On
and ACPI Enabled
Computer
in Standby
Mode
Computer
Turned Off
Press
power
button
Computer goes into
standby mode or
turns off (depending
on the operating
system setup)
Computer
turns on
Boots and
computer
turns on
Hold
power
button
for 6
seconds*
Computer turns off
Computer
turns off
Boots and
computer
turns on
NOTE: Pressing or holding the power button to shut down
the computer may result in data loss. Use the power button
to shut down the computer only if the operating system is
not responding.
Power Button Functions With ACPI Disabled
Action
Results
Computer
Turned On and
ACPI Disabled
Computer in
Suspend
Mode
Computer
Turned Off
Press power
button
Computer turns
off immediately
Computer
turns off
immediately
Boots and
computer
turns on
Hold power
button for 6
seconds*
Computer turns
off
Computer
turns off
Boots and
computer
turns on
NOTE: Pressing or holding the power button to shut down
the computer may result in data loss. Use the power button
to shut down the computer only if the operating system is
not responding.
Power Button Functions for Windows NT
Action
Results
Computer
Turned On
Computer Turned
Off
Press power button Computer shuts
down
Boots and computer turns on
Hold power button
for 6 seconds*
Boots and computer
turns on
Computer turns
off
NOTE: Pressing or holding the power button to shut down
the computer may result in data loss. Use the power button
to shut down the computer only if the operating system is
not responding.
Power Management
Your computer can be set to use less power when you are not working. You control the power usage through the operating system installed on your
computer and certain option settings in system setup. These periods of reduced power are called "sleep states:"
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Standby–In this sleep state, power is reduced or turned off for most components, including the cooling fans. However, system memory remains active.
This state is not supported by Windows NT 4.0.
NOTE: All components installed in the computer must support this feature and have the appropriate drivers loaded to enter standby. For more
information, see the manufacturer's documentation for each component.
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Hibernate–This sleep state reduces power consumption to a minimum by writing all data in system memory to a hard drive and then removing system
power. Waking up from this state restarts the computer, and the memory contents are restored. Operation then resumes where the computer left off
when it entered the hibernation state.
This state is not supported by Windows NT 4.0.
NOTE: All components installed in the computer must support this feature and have the appropriate drivers loaded to enter hibernation. For more
information, see the manufacturer's documentation for each component.
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Shutdown–This sleep state removes all power from the computer except a small auxiliary amount. As long as the computer remains connected to an
electrical outlet, it can be automatically or remotely started. For example, the Auto Power On option in system setup allows the computer to
automatically start at a specified time. Also, your network administrator can remotely start your computer using a power management event such as
Remote Wake Up.
The following table lists the sleep states and the methods you can use to wake the computer from each state.
Sleep State Wake-Up Methods (Windows 2000 and XP)
Standby
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Auto power on
Move or click the mouse
Type on the keyboard
USB device activity
Power management event
Press the power button
Auto power on
Power management event
Press the power button
Auto power on
Power management event
NOTE: For more information on power management, see your operating system documentation.
Hyper-Threading
Hyper-Threading is an Intel® technology that can enhance overall computer performance by
microprocessors, capable of performing certain tasks simultaneously. It is recommended that
system because Windows XP is optimized to take advantage of Hyper-Threading technology.
programs have not been optimized for Hyper-Threading and may require an update from the
updates and information about using Hyper-Threading with your software.
allowing one physical microprocessor to function as two logical
you use the Microsoft® Windows® XP SP1 or later operating
While many programs can benefit from Hyper-Threading, some
software manufacturer. Contact the software manufacturer for
To determine if your computer is using Hyper-Threading technology:
1.
Click the Start button, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
2.
Click Hardware and click Device Manager.
3.
In the Device Manager window, click the plus (+) sign next to the processor type. If Hyper-Threading is enabled, the processor is listed twice.
You can enable or disable Hyper-Threading through system setup.
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Battery
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CAUTION: Before you begin this procedure, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
CAUTION: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity from your body before you touch any of
your computer's electronic components. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.
A coin-cell battery maintains computer configuration, date, and time information. The battery can last several years.
The battery may need replacing if an incorrect time or date is displayed during the boot routine along with a message such as:
Time-of-day not set - please run SETUP program
or
Invalid configuration information please run SETUP program
or
Strike the F1 key to continue,
F2 to run the setup utility
To determine whether you need to replace the battery, reenter the time and date in system setup and exit the program to save the information. Turn off your
computer and disconnect it from the electrical outlet for a few hours, then reconnect the computer, turn it on, and enter system setup. If the date and time are
not correct in system setup, replace the battery.
You can operate your computer without a battery; however, without a battery, the configuration information is erased if the computer is turned off or
unplugged from the electrical outlet. In this case, you must enter system setup and reset the configuration options.
CAUTION: A new battery can explode if it is incorrectly installed. Replace the battery only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the
manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer's instructions.
1.
If you have not already done so, make a copy of your configuration information, found in system setup (see "System Setup").
2.
Remove the cable cover (if used).
3.
Remove the stand (if used).
4.
Remove the computer cover.
5.
Locate the battery socket labeled BATTERY (see "System Board Components").
6.
To remove the battery, grip the battery and slightly twist it as you lift it out of the connector.
7.
Insert the new battery into the socket with the side labeled with the symbol (+) not facing the opening, and snap the battery down into place.
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connector
8.
Replace the computer cover.
9.
Reattach the stand (if used).
10.
Replace the cable cover (if used).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into the computer.
11.
Connect your computer to the adapter cable and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
After you replace the cover, the chassis intrusion detector, if enabled, causes the following message to appear on the screen at the next computer
start-up:
ALERT! Cover was previously removed.
12.
Reset the chassis intrusion detector by changing the Chassis Intrusion option to Enabled or Enabled-Silent.
NOTE: If a setup password has been assigned by someone else, contact your network administrator for information on resetting the chassis
intrusion detector.
13.
Enter system setup and restore the settings you recorded in step 1. 14.
Properly dispose of the old battery.
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Cleaning Your Computer
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Computer, Keyboard, and Monitor
Mouse
Floppy Drive
CDs and DVDs
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, read the safety instructions in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
Computer, Keyboard, and Monitor
CAUTION: Before you clean your computer, disconnect the computer from the electrical outlet. Clean your computer with a soft cloth dampened
with water. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners, which may contain flammable substances.
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Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to gently remove dust from the slots and holes on your computer and from between the keys on the
keyboard.
NOTICE: Do not wipe the display screen with any soap or alcohol solution. Doing so may damage the antiglare coating.
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monitor's antistatic coating.
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Wipe the keyboard, computer, and plastic part of the monitor with a soft cleaning cloth moistened with a solution of three parts water and one part
dishwashing detergent.
Do not soak the cloth or allow water to drip inside your computer or keyboard.
Mouse
If your screen cursor skips or moves abnormally, clean the mouse. To clean a non-optical mouse:
1.
Turn the retainer ring on the underside of your mouse counterclockwise, and then remove the ball.
2.
Wipe the ball with a clean, lint-free cloth.
3.
Blow carefully into the ball cage to dislodge dust and lint.
4.
If the rollers inside the ball cage are dirty, clean the rollers with a cotton swab moistened lightly with isopropyl alcohol.
5.
Recenter the rollers in their channels if they are misaligned. Ensure that fluff from the swab is not left on the rollers.
6.
Replace the ball and retainer ring, and turn the retainer ring clockwise until it clicks into place.
Floppy Drive
NOTICE: Do not attempt to clean drive heads with a swab. You might accidentally misalign the heads, which prevents the drive from operating.
Clean your floppy drive using a commercially available cleaning kit. These kits contain pretreated floppy disks to remove contaminants that accumulate during
normal operation.
CDs and DVDs
NOTICE: Always use compressed air to clean the lens in the CD/DVD drive, and follow the instructions that come with the compressed air. Never touch
the lens in the drive.
If you notice problems, such as skipping, with the playback quality of your CDs or DVDs, try cleaning the discs.
1.
Hold the disc by its outer edge. You can also touch the inside edge of the center hole.
NOTICE: To prevent damaging the surface, do not wipe in a circular motion around the disc.
2.
With a soft, lint-free cloth, gently wipe the bottom of the disc (the unlabeled side) in a straight line from the center to the outer edge of the disc.
For stubborn dirt, try using water or a diluted solution of water and mild soap. You can also purchase commercial products that clean discs and provide some
protection from dust, fingerprints, and scratches. Cleaning products for CDs are safe to use on DVDs.
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Module Bay
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
Installing a Device When Your Computer Is Turned Off
Installing a Device When Your Computer Is Running Microsoft Windows® XP
Installing a Device When Your Computer Is Running Windows 2000
You can install a Dell™ portable device such as a floppy drive, CD/DVD drive or second hard drive in the module bay.
Your Dell computer ships with either a floppy drive or an airbay (filler blank) installed in the module bay.
NOTICE: To prevent damage to devices, place them in a safe, dry place when they are not installed in the computer. Avoid pressing down on them or
placing heavy objects on top of them.
Installing a Device When Your Computer Is Turned Off
To install a CD/DVD device or second hard drive:
1.
If the module bay is locked, open the hard-drive door and move the module locking switch to the unlocked position.
1 module locking switch
2 locked position
3 unlocked position
2.
While pressing the module eject button, grasp the airbay and pull it out of the module bay.
NOTICE: Do not place any heavy objects on top of the computer. Doing so may cause difficulty in removing a module device.
1 module bay
2 airbay
3 module eject button
3.
Slide the device into the module bay.
4.
If desired, you may lock the device in the module bay by moving the module locking switch to the locked position.
5.
Replace the hard-drive door.
To remove a floppy drive, follow steps 1 and 2.
Installing a Device When Your Computer Is Running Microsoft Windows® XP
To install a CD/DVD device or second hard drive:
1.
Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar.
2.
Click the device you want to eject.
3.
If the module bay is locked, open the hard-drive door and move the module locking switch to the unlocked position.
4.
While pressing the module eject button, grasp the airbay and pull it out of the module bay.
NOTICE: Do not place any heavy objects on top of the computer. Doing so may cause difficulty in removing a module device.
5.
Slide the device into the module bay.
6.
If desired, you may lock the device in the module bay by moving the module locking switch to the locked position.
7.
Replace the hard-drive door.
Windows XP automatically recognizes the new device.
8.
If necessary, enter your password to unlock your computer.
Installing a Device When Your Computer Is Running Windows 2000
To install a CD/DVD device or second hard drive:
1.
Click the Unplug or Eject Hardware icon on the taskbar.
2.
Click the device you want to eject and click Stop.
3.
If the module bay is locked, open the hard-drive door and move the module locking switch to the unlocked position.
4.
While pressing the module eject button, grasp the airbay and pull it out of the module bay.
NOTICE: Do not place any heavy objects on top of the computer. Doing so may cause difficulty in removing a module device.
5.
Slide the device into the module bay.
6.
If desired, you may lock the device in the module bay by moving the module locking switch to the locked position.
7.
Replace the hard-drive door.
8.
When the operating system recognizes the new device, click Close.
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Replacing the Computer Cover
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1.
Ensure that no tools or extra parts are left inside the computer.
2.
Replace the cover:
a.
Lower and align the cover with the two lines on the metal computer frame.
a.
Slide the cover until you hear or feel it click into place.
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NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack, and then plug it into the computer.
3.
Connect your computer to its power adapter and connect devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
After you replace the cover, the chassis intrusion detector, if enabled, causes the following message to appear on the screen at the next computer
start-up:
ALERT! Cover was previously removed.
4.
Reset the chassis intrusion detector by changing Chassis Intrusion to Enabled or Enabled-Silent.
NOTE: If a setup password has been assigned by someone else, contact your network administrator for information on resetting the chassis intrusion
detector.
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Removing the Computer Cover
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
CAUTION: Before you begin this procedure, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
CAUTION: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity from your body before you touch any of
your computer's electronic components. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.
1.
Shut down the computer through the Start menu.
2.
Ensure that your computer and attached devices are turned off. If your computer and attached devices did not automatically turn off when you shut
down your computer, turn them off now.
NOTICE: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your computer and then unplug it from the network wall jack.
3.
Remove the cable cover, if it is attached.
4.
Disconnect any telephone or telecommunication lines from the computer.
5.
Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets, and then press the power button to ground the system board.
6.
If your computer has the stand in the horizontal position, remove the stand.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the cover.
7.
Remove the computer cover.
NOTICE: Before touching anything inside your computer, ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface. While you work, periodically touch an
unpainted metal surface to dissipate any static electricity that could harm internal components.
a.
Press the cover release button as shown in the illustration.
b.
Slide the computer cover forward 1/2 inch (1 cm), or until it stops, and then raise the cover.
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Ergonomic Computing Habits
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CAUTION: Improper or prolonged keyboard use may result in injury.
CAUTION: Viewing the monitor screen for extended periods of time may result in eye strain.
For comfort and efficiency, observe the following ergonomic guidelines when setting up and using your computer workstation:
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Position your computer so that the monitor and keyboard are directly in front of you as you work. Special shelves are commercially available to help you
correctly position your keyboard.
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Set the monitor at a comfortable viewing distance (usually 450 to 610 millimeters [18 to 24 inches] from your eyes).
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Make sure the monitor screen is at eye level or slightly lower when you are sitting in front of the monitor.
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Adjust the tilt of the monitor, its contrast and brightness settings, and the lighting around you (such as overhead lights, desk lamps, and the curtains or
blinds on nearby windows) to minimize reflections and glare on the monitor screen.
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Keep your forearms horizontal with your wrists in a neutral, comfortable position while using the keyboard or mouse.
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Let your upper arms hang naturally at your sides.
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Ensure that your feet are resting flat on the floor.
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When sitting, make sure the weight of your legs is on your feet and not on the front of your chair seat. Adjust your chair's height or use a footrest, if
necessary, to maintain proper posture.
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Vary your work activities. Try to organize your work so that you do not have to type for extended periods of time. When you stop typing, try to do
things that use both hands.
For more information about ergonomic computing habits, see the BSR/HFES 100 standard, which can be purchased on the Human Factors and Ergonomics
Society (HFES) website at: www.hfes.org/publications/HFES100.html
1 monitor screen at or below eye level
4 feet flat on the floor
2 monitor and keyboard positioned directly in front of the user 5 wrists relaxed and flat
3 monitor stand
References:
1. American National Standards Institute. ANSI/HFES 100: American National Standards for Human Factors Engineering of Visual Display Terminal Workstations.
Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors Society, Inc., 1988.
2. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. BSR/HFES 100 Draft standard for trial use: Human Factors Engineering of Computer Workstations. Santa Monica, CA:
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2002.
3. International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO 9241 Ergonomics requirements for office work with visual display terminals (VDTs). Geneva,
Switzerland: International Organization for Standardization, 1992.
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Finding Information for Your Computer
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
What are you looking for?
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Drivers for my computer
My computer documentation
My device documentation
Find It Here
Drivers and Utilities CD (also known as the ResourceCD)
Documentation and drivers are already installed on your computer when shipped from Dell. You can use the CD
to reinstall drivers, run the Dell Diagnostics, or access your documentation. Readme files may be included on your CD to provide last-minute updates about technical changes to your
computer or advanced technical-reference material for experienced users or technicians.
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Troubleshooting information
Tools and utilities
Warranty information
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How to remove and replace parts
How to obtain technical
specifications
How to configure system settings
How to troubleshoot and solve
problems
User's Guide
Windows Help and Support Center
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Click the Start button and click Help and Support.
Click User's and system guides and click User's guides.
Microsoft Windows 2000
Double-click the User's Guides icon on your desktop.
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Microsoft® Windows® License Label
Express Service Code and Product Key Label
Latest drivers for my computer
Answers to technical service and
support questions
Online discussions with other users
and technical support
Documentation for my computer
Dell Support Website — support.dell.com
These labels are located on your computer.
The Dell Support website provides several online tools, including:
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Community Forum — Online discussion with other Dell customers
Upgrades — Upgrade information for components, such as memory, the hard drive, and the operating
system
Customer Care — Contact information, order status, warranty, and repair information
Downloads — Drivers, patches, and software updates
Reference — Computer documentation, product specifications, and white papers
Service call status and support
Dell Premier Support Website — premiersupport.dell.com
history
Top technical issues for my computer
The Dell Premier Support website is customized for corporate, government, and education customers. This
Frequently asked questions
website may not be available in all regions.
File downloads
Details on my computer
configuration
Service contract for my computer
How to use Windows XP
Documentation for my computer
Documentation for devices (such as
a modem)
Windows Help and Support Center
1.
2.
Click the Start button and click Help and Support.
Type a word or phrase that describes your problem and click the arrow icon.
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system
Click the topic that describes your problem.
Follow the instructions on the screen.
Operating System CD
After you reinstall your operating system using the Operating System Reinstallation CD, use the Drivers and
Utilities CD to reinstall drivers for the devices that came with your computer.
The product key for your operating system is located on your computer.
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Getting Help
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
Technical Assistance
Problems With Your Order
Product Information
Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit
Before You Call
Contacting Dell
Technical Assistance
If you need help with a technical problem, Dell is ready to assist you.
CAUTION: If you need to remove the computer covers, first disconnect the computer power and modem cables from all electrical outlets.
1.
Complete the procedures in "Solving Problems."
2.
Run the Dell Diagnostics.
3.
Make a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist and fill it out.
4.
Use Dell's extensive suite of online services available at Dell Support (support.dell.com) for help with installation and troubleshooting procedures.
5.
If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, contact Dell.
NOTE: Call technical support from a telephone near or at the computer so that technical support can assist you with any necessary procedures.
NOTE: Dell's Express Service Code system may not be available in all countries.
When prompted by Dell's automated telephone system, enter your Express Service Code to route the call directly to the proper support personnel. If
you do not have an Express Service Code, open the Dell Accessories folder, double-click the Express Service Code icon, and follow the directions.
For instructions on using the technical support service, see "Technical Support Service."
NOTE: Some of the following services are not always available in all locations outside the continental U.S. Call your local Dell representative for information on
availability.
Online Services
You can access Dell Support at support.dell.com. Select your region on the WELCOME TO DELL SUPPORT page, and fill in the requested details to access
help tools and information.
You can contact Dell electronically using the following addresses:
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World Wide Web
www.dell.com/
www.dell.com/ap/ (for Asian/Pacific countries only)
www.euro.dell.com (for Europe only)
www.dell.com/la/ (for Latin American countries)
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ftp.dell.com/
Log in as user: anonymous, and use your e-mail address as your password.
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Electronic Support Service
mobile_support@us.dell.com
support@us.dell.com
apsupport@dell.com (for Asian/Pacific countries only)
support.euro.dell.com (for Europe only)
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sales@dell.com
apmarketing@dell.com (for Asian/Pacific countries only)
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info@dell.com
AutoTech Service
Dell's automated technical support service—AutoTech—provides recorded answers to the questions most frequently asked by Dell customers about their
portable and desktop computers.
When you call AutoTech, use your touch-tone telephone to select the subjects that correspond to your questions.
The AutoTech service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also access this service through the technical support service. For the telephone number to call, see the contact numbers for your region.
Automated Order-Status Service
To check on the status of any Dell™ products that you have ordered, you can go to support.dell.com, or you can call the automated order-status service. A
recording prompts you for the information needed to locate and report on your order. For the telephone number to call, see the contact numbers for your
region.
Technical Support Service
Dell's technical support service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer your questions about Dell hardware. Our technical support staff uses computer-based diagnostics to provide fast, accurate answers.
To contact Dell's technical support service, see "Technical Assistance" and then call the number for your country as listed in "Contacting Dell."
Problems With Your Order
If you have a problem with your order, such as missing parts, wrong parts, or incorrect billing, contact Dell for customer assistance. Have your invoice or
packing slip handy when you call. For the telephone number to call, see the contact numbers for your region.
Product Information
If you need information about additional products available from Dell, or if you would like to place an order, visit the Dell website at www.dell.com. For the
telephone number to call to speak to a sales specialist, see the contact numbers for your region.
Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit
Prepare all items being returned, whether for repair or credit, as follows:
1.
Call Dell to obtain a Return Material Authorization Number, and write it clearly and prominently on the outside of the box.
For the telephone number to call, see the contact numbers for your region.
2.
Include a copy of the invoice and a letter describing the reason for the return.
3.
Include a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist indicating the tests you have run and any error messages reported by the Dell Diagnostics.
4.
Include any accessories that belong with the item(s) being returned (power cables, software floppy disks, guides, and so on) if the return is for credit.
5.
Pack the equipment to be returned in the original (or equivalent) packing materials.
You are responsible for paying shipping expenses. You are also responsible for insuring any product returned, and you assume the risk of loss during
shipment to Dell. Collect On Delivery (C.O.D.) packages are not accepted.
Returns that are missing any of the preceding requirements will be refused at Dell's receiving dock and returned to you.
Before You Call
NOTE: Have your Express Service Code ready when you call. The code helps Dell's automated-support telephone system direct your call more efficiently.
Remember to fill out the Diagnostics Checklist. If possible, turn on your computer before you call Dell for technical assistance and call from a telephone at or
near the computer. You may be asked to type some commands at the keyboard, relay detailed information during operations, or try other troubleshooting
steps possible only at the computer itself. Ensure that the computer documentation is available.
CAUTION: Before working inside your computer, read the safety instructions in steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
Diagnostics Checklist
Name:
Date:
Address:
Phone number:
Service Tag (bar code on the back of the computer):
Express Service Code:
Return Material Authorization Number (if provided by Dell support technician):
Operating system and version:
Devices:
Expansion cards:
Are you connected to a network? Yes No
Network, version, and network adapter:
Programs and versions:
See your operating system documentation to determine the contents of the system's start-up files. If the computer is connected to a printer, print each file.
Otherwise, record the contents of each file before calling Dell.
Error message, beep code, or diagnostic code:
Description of problem and troubleshooting procedures you performed:
Contacting Dell
To contact Dell electronically, you can access the following websites:
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premiersupport.dell.com (technical support for educational, government, healthcare, and medium/large business customers, including Premier,
Platinum, and Gold customers)
For specific web addresses for your country, find the appropriate country section in the table below.
NOTE: Toll-free numbers are for use within the country for which they are listed.
When you need to contact Dell, use the electronic addresses, telephone numbers, and codes provided in the following table. If you need assistance in
determining which codes to use, contact a local or an international operator.
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Anguilla
General Support
toll-free: 800-335-0031
Antigua and Barbuda
General Support
1-800-805-5924
Argentina (Buenos Aires)
Website: www.dell.com.ar
International Access Code: 00
Tech Support and Customer Care
Sales
Country Code: 54
Tech Support Fax
City Code: 11
Customer Care Fax
Aruba
General Support
Australia (Sydney)
E-mail (Australia): au_tech_support@dell.com
International Access Code:
0011
Country Code: 61
City Code: 2
Austria (Vienna)
International Access Code:
900
Country Code: 43
E-mail (New Zealand): nz_tech_support@dell.com
Home and Small Business
toll-free: 0-800-444-0733
0-810-444-3355
11 4515 7139
11 4515 7138
toll-free: 800-1578
1-300-65-55-33
Government and Business
toll-free: 1-800-633-559
Preferred Accounts Division (PAD)
toll-free: 1-800-060-889
Customer Care
toll-free: 1-800-819-339
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 1-800-808-385
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 1-800-808-312
Fax
toll-free: 1-800-818-341
Website: support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: tech_support_central_europe@dell.com
Home/Small Business Sales
01 795 67602
Home/Small Business Fax
01 795 67605
Home/Small Business Customer Care
City Code: 1
Preferred Accounts/Corporate Customer Care
Home/Small Business Technical Support
Preferred Accounts/Corporate Technical Support
Switchboard
01 795 67603
0660 8056
01 795 67604
0660 8779
01 491 04 0
Bahamas
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-278-6818
Barbados
General Support
1-800-534-3066
Belgium (Brussels)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: tech_be@dell.com
E-mail for French Speaking Customers:
support.euro.dell.com/be/fr/emaildell/
International Access Code: 00
Country Code: 32
Technical Support
City Code: 2
Customer Care
Home/Small Business Sales
02 481 92 88
02 481 91 19
toll-free: 0800 16884
Corporate Sales
02 481 91 00
Fax
02 481 92 99
Switchboard
02 481 91 00
Bermuda
General Support
1-800-342-0671
Bolivia
General Support
toll-free: 800-10-0238
Brazil
Website: www.dell.com/br
International Access Code: 00
Customer Support, Technical Support
Tech Support Fax
Country Code: 55
Customer Care Fax
0800 90 3355
51 481 5470
51 481 5480
City Code: 51
Sales
British Virgin Islands
General Support
Brunei
Customer Technical Support (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4966
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4949
Country Code: 673
Transaction Sales (Penang, Malaysia)
Canada (North York, Ontario) Automated Order-Status System
International Access Code:
011
0800 90 3390
toll-free: 1-866-278-6820
604 633 4955
toll-free: 1-800-433-9014
AutoTech (automated technical support)
toll-free: 1-800-247-9362
TechFax
toll-free: 1-800-950-1329
Customer Care (home/small business)
toll-free: 1-800-847-4096
Customer Care (med./large business, government)
toll-free: 1-800-326-9463
Technical Support (home/small business)
toll-free: 1-800-847-4096
Technical Support (med./large bus., government)
toll-free: 1-800-847-4096
Sales (direct sales—from outside Toronto)
toll-free: 1-800-387-5752
Sales (direct sales—from within Toronto)
Sales (federal government, education, and medical)
Cayman Islands
General Support
Chile (Santiago)
Sales, Customer Support, and Technical Support
416 758-2200
toll-free: 1-800-567-7542
1-800-805-7541
toll-free: 1230-020-4823
Country Code: 56
City Code: 2
China (Xiamen)
Country Code: 86
Tech Support website: support.ap.dell.com/china
Tech Support E-mail: cn_support@dell.com
Tech Support Fax
City Code: 592
818 1350
Home and Small Business Technical Support
toll-free: 800 858 2437
Corporate Accounts Technical Support
toll-free: 800 858 2333
Customer Experience
toll-free: 800 858 2060
Home and Small Business
toll-free: 800 858 2222
Preferred Accounts Division
toll-free: 800 858 2062
Large Corporate Accounts GCP
toll-free: 800 858 2055 Large Corporate Accounts Key Accounts
toll-free: 800 858 2628 Large Corporate Accounts North
toll-free: 800 858 2999
Large Corporate Accounts North Government and Education
toll-free: 800 858 2955
Large Corporate Accounts East
toll-free: 800 858 2020
Large Corporate Accounts East Government and Education
toll-free: 800 858 2669
Large Corporate Accounts Queue Team
toll-free: 800 858 2572
Large Corporate Accounts South
toll-free: 800 858 2355
Large Corporate Accounts West
toll-free: 800 858 2811 Large Corporate Accounts Spare Parts
toll-free: 800 858 2621
Colombia
General Support
980-9-15-3978
Costa Rica
General Support
0800-012-0435
Czech Republic (Prague)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: czech_dell@dell.com
Technical Support
02 22 83 27 27
Country Code: 420
Customer Care
02 22 83 27 11
City Code: 2
Fax
02 22 83 27 14
TechFax
02 22 83 27 28
Switchboard
02 22 83 27 11
Denmark (Copenhagen)
International Access Code: 00
Website: support.euro.dell.com
E-mail Support (portable computers): den_nbk_support@dell.com
E-mail Support (desktop computers): den_support@dell.com
Country Code: 45
E-mail Support (servers): Nordic_server_support@dell.com
Technical Support
7023 0182
Customer Care (Relational)
7023 0184
Home/Small Business Customer Care
3287 5505
Switchboard (Relational)
3287 1200
Fax Switchboard (Relational)
3287 1201
Switchboard (Home/Small Business)
3287 5000
Fax Switchboard (Home/Small Business)
3287 5001
Dominica
General Support
Dominican Republic
General Support
1-800-148-0530
Ecuador
General Support
toll-free: 999-119
El Salvador
General Support
01-899-753-0777
Finland (Helsinki)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code:
990
Country Code: 358
City Code: 9
France (Paris) (Montpellier)
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: fin_support@dell.com
E-mail Support (servers): Nordic_support@dell.com
toll-free: 1-866-278-6821
Technical Support
09 253 313 60
Technical Support Fax
09 253 313 81
Relational Customer Care
09 253 313 38
Home/Small Business Customer Care
09 693 791 94
Fax
09 253 313 99
Switchboard
09 253 313 00
Website: support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/fr/fr/emaildell/
Home and Small Business
Country Code: 33
Technical Support
0825 387 270
City Codes: (1) (4)
Customer Care
0825 823 833
Switchboard
Switchboard (calls from outside of France)
Sales
Fax
Fax (calls from outside of France)
Corporate
Technical Support
Customer Care
Germany (Langen)
International Access Code: 00
0825 004 700
04 99 75 40 00
0825 004 700
0825 004 701
04 99 75 40 01
0825 004 719
0825 338 339
Switchboard
01 55 94 71 00
Sales
01 55 94 71 00
Fax
01 55 94 71 01
Website: support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: tech_support_central_europe@dell.com
Technical Support
06103 766-7200
Country Code: 49
Home/Small Business Customer Care
City Code: 6103
Global Segment Customer Care
06103 766-9570
Preferred Accounts Customer Care
06103 766-9420
Large Accounts Customer Care
06103 766-9560
Public Accounts Customer Care
06103 766-9555
Switchboard
06103 766-7000
0180-5-224400
Grenada
General Support
Guatemala
General Support
1-800-999-0136
Guyana
General Support
toll-free: 1-877-270-4609
Hong Kong
Technical Support (Dimension™ and Inspiron™)
International Access Code:
001
Country Code: 852
India
Ireland (Cherrywood)
International Access Code: 16
Technical Support (OptiPlex™, Latitude™, and Dell Precision™)
Customer Service (non-technical, post-sales issues)
296 93191
800 93 8291
toll-free: 800 96 4109
Large Corporate Accounts HK
toll-free: 800 96 4108
Large Corporate Accounts GCP HK
toll-free: 800 90 3708
Technical Support
1600 33 8045
Sales
1600 33 8044
Website: support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: dell_direct_support@dell.com
Country Code: 353
U.K. Technical Support (dial within U.K. only)
City Code: 1
Home User Customer Care
Small Business Customer Care
U.K. Customer Care (dial within U.K. only)
Corporate Customer Care
Ireland Sales
U.K. Sales (dial within U.K. only)
International Access Code: 00
296 93188
Transaction Sales
Ireland Technical Support
Italy (Milan)
toll-free: 1-866-540-3355
1850 543 543
0870 908 0800
01 204 4095
01 204 4444
0870 906 0010
01 204 4003
01 204 4444
0870 907 4000
SalesFax
01 204 0144
Fax
01 204 5960
Switchboard
01 204 4444
Website: support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/it/it/emaildell/
Home and Small Business
Country Code: 39
Technical Support
02 577 826 90
City Code: 02
Customer Care
02 696 821 14
Fax
02 696 821 13
Switchboard
02 696 821 12
Corporate
02 577 826 90
Customer Care
02 577 825 55
Fax
02 575 035 30
Switchboard
Jamaica
General Support (dial from within Jamaica only)
Japan (Kawasaki)
Website: support.jp.dell.com
International Access Code:
001
Country Code: 81
Technical Support (servers)
Technical Support outside of Japan (servers)
Technical Support (Dimension™ and Inspiron™)
Technical Support outside of Japan (Dimension and Inspiron)
City Code: 44
Technical Support (Dell Precision™, OptiPlex™, and Latitude™)
Technical Support outside of Japan (Dell Precision, OptiPlex, and Latitude)
International Access Code:
001
Country Code: 82
02 577 821 1-800-682-3639
toll-free: 0120-198-498
81-44-556-4162
toll-free: 0120-198-226
81-44-520-1435
toll-free:0120-198-433
81-44-556-3894
24-Hour Automated Order Service
044-556-3801
Customer Care
044-556-4240
Business Sales Division (up to 400 employees)
044-556-1465
Preferred Accounts Division Sales (over 400 employees)
044-556-3433
Large Corporate Accounts Sales (over 3500 employees)
044-556-3430
Public Sales (government agencies, educational institutions, and medical
institutions)
044-556-1469
Global Segment Japan
044-556-3469
Individual User
044-556-1760
Faxbox Service
044-556-3490
Switchboard
Korea (Seoul)
Technical Support
044-556-4300
Technical Support
toll-free: 080-200-3800
Sales
toll-free: 080-200-3600
Customer Service (Seoul, Korea)
toll-free: 080-200-3800
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4949
Fax
City Code: 2
Latin America
Switchboard
2194-6202
2194-6000
Customer Technical Support (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-4093
Customer Service (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-3619
Fax (Technical Support and Customer Service) (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-3883
Sales (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-4397
SalesFax (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-4600
or 512 728-3772
Luxembourg
International Access Code: 00
Website: support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: tech_be@dell.com
Technical Support (Brussels, Belgium)
Country Code: 352
Home/Small Business Sales (Brussels, Belgium)
Country Code: 853
02 481 92 88
toll-free: 080016884
Corporate Sales (Brussels, Belgium)
02 481 91 00
Customer Care (Brussels, Belgium)
02 481 91 19
Fax (Brussels, Belgium)
02 481 92 99
Switchboard (Brussels, Belgium)
Macao
Technical Support
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
02 481 91 00
toll-free: 0800 582
604 633 4949
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 0800 581
Malaysia (Penang)
Technical Support
toll-free: 1 800 888 298
International Access Code: 00
Customer Service
04 633 4949
Country Code: 60
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 1 800 888 202
City Code: 4
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 1 800 888 213
Mexico
Customer Technical Support
International Access Code: 00
Country Code: 52
001-877-384-8979
or 001-877-269-3383
Sales
50-81-8800
or 01-800-888-3355
Customer Service
001-877-384-8979
or 001-877-269-3383
Main
50-81-8800
or 01-800-888-3355
Montserrat
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-278-6822
Netherlands Antilles
General Support
001-800-882-1519
Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail (Technical Support):
Country Code: 31
(Enterprise): nl_server_support@dell.com
City Code: 20
(Latitude): nl_latitude_support@dell.com
(Inspiron): nl_inspiron_support@dell.com
(Dimension): nl_dimension_support@dell.com
(OptiPlex): nl_optiplex_support@dell.com
(Dell Precision): nl_workstation_support@dell.com
New Zealand
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support
020 674 45 00
Technical Support Fax
020 674 47 66
Home/Small Business Customer Care
020 674 42 00
Relational Customer Care
020 674 4325
Home/Small Business Sales
020 674 55 00
Relational Sales
020 674 50 00
Home/Small Business Sales Fax
020 674 47 75
Relational Sales Fax
020 674 47 50
Switchboard
020 674 50 00
Switchboard Fax
020 674 47 50
E-mail (New Zealand): nz_tech_support@dell.com
E-mail (Australia): au_tech_support@dell.com
Country Code: 64
Home and Small Business
0800 446 255
Government and Business
0800 444 617
Sales
0800 441 567
Fax
0800 441 566
Nicaragua
General Support
Norway (Lysaker)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
E-mail Support (portable computers):
International Access Code: 00
Country Code: 47
001-800-220-1006
nor_nbk_support@dell.com
E-mail Support (desktop computers):
nor_support@dell.com
E-mail Support (servers):
nordic_server_support@dell.com
Technical Support
671 16882
Relational Customer Care
671 17514
Home/Small Business Customer Care
Switchboard
23162298
671 16800
Fax Switchboard
671 16865
Panama
General Support
001-800-507-0962
Peru
General Support
0800-50-669
Poland (Warsaw)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code:
011
Country Code: 48
City Code: 22
Portugal
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: pl_support@dell.com
Customer Service Phone
Customer Care
57 95 700
57 95 999
Sales
57 95 999
Customer Service Fax
57 95 806
Reception Desk Fax
57 95 998
Switchboard
57 95 999
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/es/es/emaildell/
Technical Support
Customer Care
Country Code: 35
Sales
800 834 077
800 300 415 or
800 834 075
800 300 410 or 800 300 411 or 800 300 412 or 121 422 07 10
Fax
Puerto Rico
General Support
1-800-805-7545
St. Kitts and Nevis
General Support
toll-free: 1-877-441-4731
St. Lucia
General Support
1-800-882-1521
St. Vincent and the
Grenadines
General Support
toll-free: 1-877-270-4609
Singapore (Singapore)
Technical Support
International Access Code:
005
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
121 424 01 12
toll-free: 800 6011 051
604 633 4949
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 800 6011 054
Country Code: 65
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 800 6011 053
South Africa (Johannesburg)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code:
E-mail: dell_za_support@dell.com
Technical Support
011 709 7710
Customer Care
011 709 7707
Sales
011 709 7700
Fax
011 706 0495
Switchboard
011 709 7700
Southeast Asian and Pacific
Countries
Customer Technical Support, Customer Service, and Sales (Penang,
Malaysia)
604 633 4810
Spain (Madrid)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
09/091
Country Code: 27
City Code: 11
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/es/es/emaildell/
Home and Small Business
Country Code: 34
Technical Support
902 100 130
City Code: 91
Customer Care
902 118 540
Sales
902 118 541
Switchboard
902 118 541
Fax
Corporate
Technical Support
Customer Care
Sweden (Upplands Vasby)
International Access Code: 00
Country Code: 46
City Code: 8
International Access Code: 00
Country Code: 41
City Code: 22
Fax
91 722 95 83
Website: support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: swe_support@dell.com
E-mail Support for Latitude and Inspiron:
Swe-nbk_kats@dell.com
E-mail Support for OptiPlex: Swe_kats@dell.com
E-mail Support for Servers: Nordic_server_support@dell.com
Technical Support
08 590 05 199
Relational Customer Care
08 590 05 642
Home/Small Business Customer Care
08 587 70 527
20 140 14 44
Fax Technical Support
08 590 05 594
Sales
08 590 05 185
Website: support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: swisstech@dell.com
E-mail for French-speaking HSB and Corporate Customers:
support.euro.dell.com/ch/fr/emaildell/
Technical Support (Home and Small Business)
0844 811 411
Technical Support (Corporate)
0844 822 844
Customer Care (Home and Small Business)
0848 802 202
Fax
Switchboard
International Access Code:
002
902 118 546
91 722 92 00
Customer Care (Corporate)
Taiwan
902 100 130
Switchboard
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Support
Switzerland (Geneva)
902 118 539
Technical Support (portable and desktop computers)
0848 821 721
022 799 01 90
022 799 01 01
toll-free: 00801 86 1011
Technical Support (servers)
toll-free: 0080 60 1256
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 0080 651 228
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 0080 651 227
Country Code: 886
or 0800 33 556
or 0800 33 555
Thailand
Technical Support
International Access Code:
001
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
Country Code: 66
Sales
toll-free: 0880 060 07
604 633 4949
toll-free: 0880 060 09
Trinidad/Tobago
General Support
1-800-805-8035
Turks and Caicos Islands
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-540-3355
U.K. (Bracknell)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
Customer Care website: dell.co.uk/lca/customerservices
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: dell_direct_support@dell.com
Country Code: 44
Technical Support (Corporate/Preferred Accounts/PAD [1000+ employees])
0870 908 0500
City Code: 1344
Technical Support (direct/PAD and general)
0870 908 0800
Global Accounts Customer Care
01344 373 185
or 01344 373 186
Home and Small Business Customer Care
0870 906 0010
Corporate Customer Care
0870 908 0500
Preferred Accounts (500–5000 employees) Customer Care
01344 373 196
Central Government Customer Care
01344 373 193
Local Government & Education Customer Care
01344 373 199
Health Customer Care
01344 373 194
Home and Small Business Sales
0870 907 4000
Corporate/Public Sector Sales
01344 860 456
Uruguay
General Support
U.S.A. (Austin, Texas)
Automated Order-Status Service
toll-free: 1-800-433-9014
AutoTech (portable and desktop computers)
toll-free: 1-800-247-9362
International Access Code:
toll-free: 000-413-598-2521
011
Country Code: 1
Consumer (Home and Home Office) Technical Support
toll-free: 1-800-624-9896
Customer Service
toll-free: 1-800-624-9897
DellNet™ Service and Support
toll-free: 1-877-Dellnet
(1-877-335-5638)
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Customers
toll-free: 1-800-695-8133
Financial Services website: www.dellfinancialservices.com Financial Services (lease/loans)
toll-free: 1-877-577-3355
Financial Services (Dell Preferred Accounts [DPA])
toll-free: 1-800-283-2210
Business Customer Service and Technical Support
toll-free: 1-800-822-8965
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Customers
toll-free: 1-800-695-8133
Projectors Technical Support
toll-free: 1-877-459-7298
Public (government, education, and healthcare) Customer Service and Technical Support
toll-free: 1-800-456-3355
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Customers
toll-free: 1-800-234-1490
Dell Sales
toll-free: 1-800-289-3355
or toll-free: 1-800-879-3355
Dell Outlet Store (Dell refurbished computers)
toll-free: 1-888-798-7561
Software and Peripherals Sales
toll-free: 1-800-671-3355
Spare Parts Sales
toll-free: 1-800-357-3355
Extended Service and Warranty Sales
toll-free: 1-800-247-4618
Fax
toll-free: 1-800-727-8320
Dell Services for the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or Speech-Impaired
toll-free: 1-877-DELLTTY
(1-877-335-5889)
U.S. Virgin Islands
General Support
1-877-673-3355
Venezuela
General Support
8001-3605
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Glossary
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P R S T U V W X Z Terms in this Glossary are provided for informational purposes only and may or may not describe features included with your particular computer.
A
AC — alternating current — The form of electricity that powers your computer when you plug the AC adapter power cable in to an electrical outlet.
ACPI — advanced configuration and power interface — A power management specification that enables Microsoft® Windows® operating systems to put a
computer in standby or hibernate mode to conserve the amount of electrical power allocated to each device attached to the computer.
AGP — accelerated graphics port — A dedicated graphics port that allows system memory to be used for video-related tasks. AGP delivers a smooth, true-color
video image because of the faster interface between the video circuitry and the computer memory.
antivirus software — A program designed to identify, quarantine, and/or delete viruses from your computer.
APR — advanced port replicator — A docking device that allows you to conveniently use a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and other devices with your portable
computer.
ASF — alert standards format — A standard to define a mechanism for reporting hardware and software alerts to a management console. ASF is designed to
be platform- and operating system-independent.
B
backup — A copy of a program or data file on a floppy disk, CD, or hard drive. As a precaution, back up the data files from your hard drive regularly.
battery — An internal power source used to operate portable computers when not connected to an AC adapter and an electrical outlet.
battery life span — The length of time (years) during which a portable computer battery is able to be depleted and recharged.
battery operating time — The length of time (minutes or hours) that a portable computer battery holds a charge while powering the computer.
BIOS — basic input/output system — A program (or utility) that serves as an interface between the computer hardware and the operating system. Unless you
understand what effect the settings have on the computer, do not change the settings for this program. Also referred to as the system setup program.
bit — The smallest unit of data interpreted by your computer.
Bluetooth™ — A wireless technology standard for short-range (9 m [29 feet]) networking devices that allows for enabled devices to automatically recognize
each other.
boot sequence — Specifies the order of the devices from which the computer attempts to boot.
bootable CD — A CD that you can use to start your computer. In case your hard drive is damaged or your computer has a virus, ensure that you always have
a bootable CD or floppy disk available. Your Drivers and Utilities or ResourceCD is a bootable CD.
bootable disk — A disk that you can use to start your computer. In case your hard drive is damaged or your computer has a virus, ensure that you always
have a bootable CD or floppy disk available.
bps — bits per second — The standard unit for measuring data transmission speed.
BTU — British thermal unit — A measurement of heat output.
bus — A communication pathway between the components in your computer.
bus speed — The speed, given in MHz, that indicates how fast a bus can transfer information.
byte — The basic data unit used by your computer. A byte is usually equal to 8 bits.
C
C — Celsius — A temperature measurement system where 0° is the freezing point and 100° is the boiling point of water. cache — A special high-speed storage mechanism which can be either a reserved section of main memory or an independent high-speed storage device. The
cache enhances the efficiency of many microprocessor operations.
L1 cache — Primary cache stored inside the microprocessor.
L2 cache — Secondary cache which can either be external to the microprocessor or incorporated into the microprocessor architecture.
carnet — An international customs document that facilitates temporary imports into foreign countries. Also known as a merchandise passport.
CD — compact disc — An optical form of storage media, typically used for audio and software programs.
CD drive — A drive that uses optical technology to read data from CDs.
CD player — The software used to play music CDs. The CD player displays a window with buttons that you use to play a CD.
CD-R — CD recordable — A recordable version of a CD. Data can be recorded only once onto a CD-R. Once recorded, the data cannot be erased or written
over.
CD-RW — CD rewritable — A rewritable version of a CD. Data can be written to a CD-RW disc, and then erased and written over (rewritten).
CD-RW drive — A drive that can read CDs and write to CD-RW (rewritable CDs) and CD-R (recordable CDs) discs. You can write to CD-RW discs multiple times,
but you can write to CD-R discs only once.
CD-RW/DVD drive — A drive, sometimes referred to as a combo drive, that can read CDs and DVDs and write to CD-RW (rewritable CDs) and CD-R
(recordable CDs) discs. You can write to CD-RW discs multiple times, but you can write to CD-R discs only once.
clock speed — The speed, given in MHz, that indicates how fast computer components that are connected to the system bus operate.
COA — Certificate of Authenticity — The Windows alpha-numeric code located on a sticker on your computer. You may need the COA to complete the operating
system setup or reinstallation. Also referred to as the Product Key or Product ID.
Control Panel — A Windows utility that allows you to modify operating system and hardware settings, such as display settings.
controller — A chip that controls the transfer of data between the microprocessor and memory or between the microprocessor and devices.
CRIMM — continuity rambus in-line memory module — A special module that has no memory chips and is used to fill unused RIMM slots.
cursor — The marker on a display or screen that shows where the next keyboard, touch pad, or mouse action will occur. It often is a blinking solid line, an
underline character, or a small arrow.
D
DDR SDRAM — double-data-rate SDRAM — A type of SDRAM that doubles the data burst cycle, improving system performance.
device — Hardware such as a disk drive, printer, or keyboard that is installed in or connected to your computer.
device driver — See driver.
DIN connector — A round, six-pin connector that conforms to DIN (Deutsche Industrie-Norm) standards; it is typically used to connect PS/2 keyboard or mouse
cable connectors.
disk striping — A technique for spreading data over multiple disk drives. Disk striping can speed up operations that retrieve data from disk storage.
Computers that use disk striping generally allow the user to select the data unit size or stripe width.
DMA — direct memory access — A channel that allows certain types of data transfer between RAM and a device to bypass the microprocessor.
docking device — See APR.
DMTF — Distributed Management Task Force — A consortium of hardware and software companies who develop management standards for distributed
desktop, network, enterprise, and Internet environments.
domain — A group of computers, programs, and devices on a network that are administered as a unit with common rules and procedures for use by a specific
group of users. A user logs on to the domain to gain access to the resources.
DRAM — dynamic random-access memory — Memory that stores information in integrated circuits containing capacitors.
driver — Software that allows the operating system to control a device such as a printer. Many devices do not work properly if the correct driver is not
installed in the computer.
DSL — Digital Subscriber Line — A technology that provides a constant, high-speed Internet connection through an analog telephone line.
dual display mode — A display setting that allows you to use a second monitor as an extension of your display. Also referred to as extended display mode.
DVD — digital versatile disc — A disc usually used to store movies. DVDs are double-sided, whereas CDs are single-sided. DVD drives read most CD media as
well.
DVD drive — A drive that uses optical technology to read data from DVDs and CDs.
DVD player — The software used to watch DVD movies. The DVD player displays a window with buttons that you use to watch a movie.
DVD+RW — DVD rewritable — A rewritable version of a DVD. Data can be written to a DVD+RW disc, and then erased and written over (rewritten). (DVD+RW
technology is different from DVD-RW technology.)
DVD+RW drive — A drive that can read DVDs and most CD media and write to DVD+RW (rewritable DVDs) discs.
DVI — digital video interface — A standard for digital transmission between a computer and a digital video display; the DVI adapter works through the
computer's integrated graphics.
E
ECC — error checking and correction — A type of memory that includes special circuitry for testing the accuracy of data as it passes in and out of memory.
ECP — extended capabilities port — A parallel connector design that provides improved bidirectional data transmission. Similar to EPP, ECP uses direct memory
access to transfer data and often improves performance.
EIDE — enhanced integrated device electronics — An improved version of the IDE interface for hard drives and CD drives.
EMI — electromagnetic interference — Electrical interference caused by electromagnetic radiation.
ENERGY STAR® — Environmental Protection Agency requirements that decrease the overall consumption of electricity.
EPP — enhanced parallel port — A parallel connector design that provides bidirectional data transmission.
ESD — electrostatic discharge — A rapid discharge of static electricity. ESD can damage integrated circuits found in computer and communications equipment.
expansion card — A circuit board that installs in an expansion slot on the system board in some computers, expanding the capabilities of the computer.
Examples include video, modem, and sound cards.
expansion slot — A connector on the system board (in some computers) where you insert an expansion card, connecting it to the system bus.
Express Service Code — A numeric code located on a sticker on your Dell™ computer. Use the Express Service Code when contacting Dell for assistance. Express Service Code service may not be available in some countries.
extended display mode — A display setting that allows you to use a second monitor as an extension of your display. Also referred to as dual display mode.
extended PC Card — A PC Card that extends beyond the edge of the PC Card slot when installed. NOTE: If your computer has two PC Card connectors, always install extended PC Cards in the top connector.
NOTICE: Always remove an extended PC Card before packing the computer or traveling. If something strikes the exposed end of the PC Card, the
system board may be damaged.
F
Fahrenheit — A temperature measurement system where 32° is the freezing point and 212° is the boiling point of water. FCC — Federal Communications Commission — A U.S. agency responsible for enforcing communications-related regulations that state how much radiation
computers and other electronic equipment can emit.
floppy drive — A disk drive that can read and write to floppy disks.
folder — A term used to describe space on a disk or drive where files are organized and grouped. Files in a folder can be viewed and ordered in various ways,
such as alphabetically, by date, and by size.
format — The process that prepares a drive or disk for file storage. When a drive or disk is formatted, the existing information on it is lost.
FSB — front side bus — The data path and physical interface between the microprocessor and RAM.
FTP — file transfer protocol — A standard Internet protocol used to exchange files between computers connected to the Internet.
G
G — gravity — A measurement of weight and force.
GB — gigabyte — A measurement of data storage that equals 1024 MB (1,073,741,824 bytes). When used to refer to hard drive storage, the term is often
rounded to 1,000,000,000 bytes.
GHz — gigahertz — A measurement of frequency that equals one thousand million Hz, or one thousand MHz. The speeds for computer microprocessors, buses,
and interfaces are often measured in GHz.
graphics mode — A video mode that can be defined as x horizontal pixels by y vertical pixels by z colors. Graphics modes can display an unlimited variety of
shapes and fonts.
GUI — graphical user interface — Software that interacts with the user by means of menus, windows, and icons. Most programs that operate on the Windows
operating systems are GUIs.
H
hard drive — A drive that reads and writes data on a hard disk. The terms hard drive and hard disk are often used interchangeably.
heat sink — A metal plate on some microprocessors that helps dissipate heat.
help file — A file that contains descriptive or instructional information about a product. Some help files are associated with a particular program, such as Help in
Microsoft Word. Other help files function as stand-alone reference sources. Help files typically have a filename extension of .hlp or .chm.
hibernate mode — A power management mode that saves everything in memory to a reserved space on the hard drive and then turns off the computer.
When you restart the computer, the memory information that was saved to the hard drive is automatically restored.
HTML — hypertext markup language — A set of codes inserted into an Internet web page intended for display on an Internet browser.
HTTP — hypertext transfer protocol — A protocol for exchanging files between computers connected to the Internet.
Hz — hertz — A unit of frequency measurement that equals 1 cycle per second. Computers and electronic devices are often measured in kilohertz (kHz),
megahertz (MHz), gigahertz (GHz), or terahertz (THz).
I
IC — Industry Canada — The Canadian regulatory body responsible for regulating emissions from electronic equipment, much as the FCC does in the United
States.
IC — integrated circuit — A semiconductor wafer, or chip, on which thousands or millions of tiny electronic components are fabricated for use in computer,
audio, and video equipment.
IDE — integrated device electronics — An interface for mass storage devices in which the controller is integrated into the hard drive or CD drive.
IEEE 1394 — Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. — A high-performance serial bus used to connect IEEE 1394-compatible devices, such as
digital cameras and DVD players, to the computer.
infrared sensor — A port that allows you to transfer data between the computer and infrared-compatible devices without using a cable connection.
integrated — Usually refers to components that are physically located on the computer's system board. Also referred to as built-in.
I/O — input/output — An operation or device that enters and extracts data from your computer. Keyboards and printers are I/O devices.
I/O address — An address in RAM that is associated with a specific device (such as a serial connector, parallel connector, or expansion slot) and allows the
microprocessor to communicate with that device.
IrDA — Infrared Data Association — The organization that creates international standards for infrared communications.
IRQ — interrupt request — An electronic pathway assigned to a specific device so that the device can communicate with the microprocessor. Each device
connection must be assigned an IRQ. Although two devices can share the same IRQ assignment, you cannot operate both devices simultaneously.
ISP — Internet service provider — A company that allows you to access its host server to connect directly to the Internet, send and receive e-mail, and access
websites. The ISP typically provides you with a software package, user name, and access phone numbers for a fee.
K
Kb — kilobit — A unit of data that equals 1024 bits. A measurement of the capacity of memory integrated circuits.
KB — kilobyte — A unit of data that equals 1024 bytes but is often referred to as 1000 bytes.
keyboard shortcut — A command requiring you to press multiple keys at the same time. Also referred to as a key combination.
kHz — kilohertz — A measurement of frequency that equals 1000 Hz.
L
LAN — local area network — A computer network covering a small area. A LAN usually is confined to a building or a few nearby buildings. A LAN can be
connected to another LAN over any distance through telephone lines and radio waves to form a wide area network (WAN).
LCD — liquid crystal display — The technology used by portable computer and flat-panel displays.
LED — light-emitting diode — An electronic component that emits light to indicate the status of the computer.
local bus — A data bus that provides a fast throughput for devices to the microprocessor.
LPT — line print terminal — The designation for a parallel connection to a printer or other parallel device.
M
Mb — megabit — A measurement of memory chip capacity that equals 1024 Kb.
Mbps — megabits per second — One million bits per second. This measurement is typically used for transmission speeds for networks and modems.
MB — megabyte — A measurement of data storage that equals 1,048,576 bytes. 1 MB equals 1024 KB. When used to refer to hard drive storage, the term is often rounded to 1,000,000 bytes.
MB/sec — megabytes per second — One million bytes per second. This measurement is typically used for data transfer ratings.
memory — A temporary data storage area inside your computer. Because the data in memory is not permanent, it is recommended that you frequently save
your files while you are working on them, and always save your files before you shut down the computer. Your computer can contain several different forms of
memory, such as RAM, ROM, and video memory. Frequently, the word memory is used as a synonym for RAM.
memory address — A specific location where data is temporarily stored in RAM.
memory mapping — The process by which the computer assigns memory addresses to physical locations at start-up. Devices and software can then identify
information that the microprocessor can access.
memory module — A small circuit board containing memory chips, which connects to the system board.
MHz — megahertz — A measure of frequency that equals 1 million cycles per second. The speeds for computer microprocessors, buses, and interfaces are
often measured in MHz.
microprocessor — A computer chip that interprets and executes program instructions. Sometimes the microprocessor is referred to as the processor or the
CPU (central processing unit).
modem — A device that allows your computer to communicate with other computers over analog telephone lines. Three types of modems include: external, PC
Card, and internal. You typically use your modem to connect to the Internet and exchange e-mail.
module bay — A bay that supports devices such as optical drives, a second battery, or a Dell TravelLite™ module. monitor — The high-resolution TV-like device that displays computer output.
mouse — A pointing device that controls the movement of the cursor on your screen. Typically you roll the mouse over a hard, flat surface to move the pointer
or cursor on your screen.
ms — millisecond — A measure of time that equals one thousandth of a second. Access times of storage devices are often measured in ms.
N
network adapter — A chip that provides network capabilities. A computer may include a network adapter on its system board, or it may contain a PC Card with
an adapter on it. A network adapter is also referred to as a NIC (network interface controller).
NIC — See network adapter.
notification area — The section of the Windows taskbar that contains icons for providing quick access to programs and computer functions, such as the clock,
volume control, and print status. Also referred to as system tray.
ns — nanosecond — A measure of time that equals one billionth of a second.
NVRAM — nonvolatile random access memory — A type of memory that stores data when the computer is turned off or loses its external power source. NVRAM
is used for maintaining computer configuration information such as date, time, and other system setup options that you can set.
O
Optical Drive — A drive that uses optical technology to read or write data from CDs, DVDs, or DVD+RWs. Example of optical drives include CD drives, DVD
drives, CD-RW drives, and CD-RW/DVD combo drives.
P
parallel connector — An I/O port often used to connect a parallel printer to your computer. Also referred to as an LPT port.
partition — A physical storage area on a hard drive that is assigned to one or more logical storage areas known as logical drives. Each partition can contain
multiple logical drives.
PC Card — A removable I/O card adhering to the PCMCIA standard. Modems and network adapters are common types of PC Cards.
PCI — peripheral component interconnect — PCI is a local bus that supports 32-and 64-bit data paths, providing a high-speed data path between the
microprocessor and devices such as video, drives, and networks.
PCMCIA — Personal Computer Memory Card International Association — The organization that establishes standards for PC Cards.
PIN — personal identification number — A sequence of numerals and/or letters used to restrict unauthorized access to computer networks and other secure
systems.
PIO — programmed input/output — A method of transferring data between two devices through the microprocessor as part of the data path.
pixel — A single point on a display screen. Pixels are arranged in rows and columns to create an image. A video resolution, such as 800 x 600, is expressed as
the number of pixels across by the number of pixels up and down.
Plug-and-Play — The ability of the computer to automatically configure devices. Plug and Play provides automatic installation, configuration, and compatibility
with existing hardware if the BIOS, operating system, and all devices are Plug and Play compliant.
POST — power-on self-test — Diagnostics programs, loaded automatically by the BIOS, that perform basic tests on the major computer components, such as
memory, hard drives, and video. If no problems are detected during POST, the computer continues the start-up.
program — Any software that processes data for you, including spreadsheet, word processor, database, and game packages. Programs require an operating
system to run.
PS/2 — personal system/2 — A type of connector for attaching a PS/2-compatible keyboard, mouse, or keypad.
PXE — pre-boot execution environment — A WfM (Wired for Management) standard that allows networked computers that do not have an operating system to
be configured and started remotely.
R
RAID — redundant array of independent disks — A system of two or more drives working together for performance and fault tolerance. RAID drives are
typically used on servers and high-end PCs. The three most common RAID levels are 0, 3, and 5:
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Level 0: Provides data striping but no redundancy. Level 0 improves performance but does not provide fault tolerance.
Level 3: Same as Level 0, but also reserves one dedicated drive for error correction data, providing good performance and some level of fault
tolerance.
Level 5: Provides data striping at the byte level and also stripe error correction information, resulting in excellent performance and good fault
tolerance.
RAM — random-access memory — The primary temporary storage area for program instructions and data. Any information stored in RAM is lost when you shut
down your computer.
readme file — A text file included with a software package or hardware product. Typically, readme files provide installation information and describe new
product enhancements or corrections that have not yet been documented.
read-Only — Data and/or files you can view but cannot edit or delete. A file can have read-only status if:
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It resides on a physically write-protected floppy disk, CD, or DVD.
It is located on a network in a directory and the system administrator has assigned rights only to specific individuals.
refresh rate — The frequency, measured in Hz, at which your screen's horizontal lines are recharged (sometimes also referred to as its vertical frequency). The
higher the refresh rate, the less video flicker can be seen by the human eye.
resolution — The sharpness and clarity of an image produced by a printer or displayed on a monitor. The higher the resolution, the sharper the image.
RFI — radio frequency interference — Interference that is generated at typical radio frequencies, in the range of 10 kHz to 100,000 MHz. Radio frequencies are
at the lower end of the electromagnetic frequency spectrum and are more likely to have interference than the higher frequency radiations, such as infrared
and light.
ROM — read-only memory — Memory that stores data and programs that cannot be deleted or written to by the computer. ROM, unlike RAM, retains its
contents after you shut down your computer. Some programs essential to the operation of your computer reside in ROM.
RPM — revolutions per minute — The number of rotations that occur per minute. Hard drive speed is often measured in rpm.
RTC — real time clock — Battery-powered clock on the system board that keeps the date and time after you shut down the computer.
RTCRST — real-time clock reset — A jumper on the system board of some computers that can often be used for troubleshooting problems.
S
ScanDisk — A Microsoft utility that checks files, folders, and the hard disk's surface for errors. ScanDisk often runs when you restart the computer after it has
stopped responding.
SDRAM — synchronous dynamic random-access memory — A type of DRAM that is synchronized with the optimal clock speed of the microprocessor.
serial connector — An I/O port often used to connect devices such as a handheld digital device or digital camera to your computer.
Service Tag — A bar code label on your computer that identifies your computer when you access Dell Support at support.dell.com or when you call Dell for
customer service or technical support.
setup program — A program that is used to install and configure hardware and software. The setup.exe or install.exe program comes with most Windows
software packages. Setup program differs from system setup program.
shortcut — An icon that provides quick access to frequently used programs, files, folders, and drives. When you place a shortcut on your Windows desktop
and double-click the icon, you can open its corresponding folder or file without having to find it first. Shortcut icons do not change the location of files. If you
delete a shortcut, the original file is not affected. Also, you can rename a shortcut icon.
shutdown — The process of closing windows and exiting programs, exiting the operating system, and turning off your computer. You can lose data if you turn
off your computer before completing a shutdown.
smart card — A card that is embedded with a microprocessor and a memory chip. Smart cards can be used to authenticate a user on computers equipped for
smart cards.
software — Anything that can be stored electronically, such as computer files or programs.
S/PDIF — Sony/Philips Digital Interface — An audio transfer file format that allows the transfer of audio from one file to another without converting it to and
from an analog format, which could degrade the quality of the file.
standby mode — A power management mode that shuts down all unnecessary computer operations to save energy.
surge protectors — Prevent voltage spikes, such as those that may occur during an electrical storm, from entering the computer through the electrical outlet.
Surge protectors do not protect against lightning strikes or against brownouts, which occur when the voltage drops more than 20 percent below the normal
AC-line voltage level.
Network connections cannot be protected by surge protectors. Always disconnect the network cable from the network connector during electrical storms.
SVGA — super-video graphics array — A video standard for video cards and controllers. Typical SVGA resolutions are 800 x 600 and 1024 x 768. The number of
colors and resolution that a program displays depends on the capabilities of the monitor, the video controller and its drivers, and the amount of video memory
installed in the computer.
S-video TV-out — A connector used to attach a TV or digital audio device to the computer.
SXGA — super-extended graphics array — A video standard for video cards and controllers that supports resolutions up to 1280 x 1024.
SXGA+ — super-extended graphics array plus — A video standard for video cards and controllers that supports resolutions up to 1400 x 1050.
system board — The main circuit board in your computer. Also known as the motherboard.
system setup program — A utility that serves as an interface between the computer hardware and the operating system. System setup allows you to
configure user-selectable options in the BIOS, such as date and time or system password. Unless you understand what effect the settings have on the
computer, do not change the settings for this program.
system tray — See notification area.
T
TAPI — telephony application programming interface — Enables Windows programs to operate with a wide variety of telephony devices, including voice, data,
fax, and video.
text editor — A program used to create and edit files that contain only text; for example, Windows Notepad uses a text editor. Text editors do not usually
provide word wrap or formatting functionality (the option to underline, change fonts, and so on).
travel module — A plastic device designed to fit inside the module bay of a portable computer to reduce the weight of the computer.
U
UPS — uninterruptible power supply — A backup power source used when the electrical power fails or drops to an unacceptable voltage level. A UPS keeps a
computer running for a limited amount of time when there is no electrical power. UPS systems typically provide surge suppression and may also provide
voltage regulation. Small UPS systems provide battery power for a few minutes to enable you to shut down your computer.
USB — universal serial bus — A hardware interface for a low-speed device such as a USB-compatible keyboard, mouse, joystick, scanner, set of speakers,
printer, broadband devices (DSL and cable modems), imaging devices, or storage devices. Devices are plugged directly in to a 4-pin socket on your computer
or in to a multi-port hub that plugs in to your computer. USB devices can be connected and disconnected while the computer is turned on, and they can also be
daisy-chained together.
UTP — unshielded twisted pair — Describes a type of cable used in most telephone networks and some computer networks. Pairs of unshielded wires are
twisted to protect against electromagnetic interference, rather than relying on a metal sheath around each pair of wires to protect against interference.
UXGA — ultra extended graphics array — A video standard for video cards and controllers that supports resolutions up to 1600 x 1200.
V
video controller — The circuitry on a video card or on the system board (in computers with an integrated video controller) that provides the video
capabilities—in combination with the monitor—for your computer.
video memory — Memory that consists of memory chips dedicated to video functions. Video memory is usually faster than system memory. The amount of
video memory installed primarily influences the number of colors that a program can display.
video mode — A mode that describes how text and graphics are displayed on a monitor. Graphics-based software, such as Windows operating systems,
displays in video modes that can be defined as x horizontal pixels by y vertical pixels by z colors. Character-based software, such as text editors, displays in
video modes that can be defined as x columns by y rows of characters.
video resolution — See resolution.
virus — A program that is designed to inconvenience you or to destroy data stored on your computer. A virus program moves from one computer to another
through an infected disk, software downloaded from the Internet, or e-mail attachments. When an infected program starts, its embedded virus also starts.
A common type of virus is a boot virus, which is stored in the boot sectors of a floppy disk. If the floppy disk is left in the drive when the computer is shut down
and then turned on, the computer is infected when it reads the boot sectors of the floppy disk expecting to find the operating system. If the computer is
infected, the boot virus may replicate itself onto all the floppy disks that are read or written in that computer until the virus is eradicated.
V — volt — The measurement of electric potential or electromotive force. One V appears across a resistance of 1 ohm when a current of 1 ampere flows
through that resistance.
W
W — watt — The measurement of electrical power. One W is 1 ampere of current flowing at 1 volt.
WHr — watt-hour — A unit of measure commonly used to indicate the approximate capacity of a battery. For example, a 66-WHr battery can supply 66 W of
power for 1 hour or 33 W for 2 hours.
wallpaper — The background pattern or picture on the Windows desktop. Change your wallpaper through the Windows Control Panel. You can also scan in
your favorite picture and make it wallpaper.
write-protected — Files or media that cannot be changed. Use write-protection when you want to protect data from being changed or destroyed. To writeprotect a 3.5-inch floppy disk, slide its write-protect tab to the open position.
X
XGA — extended graphics array — A video standard for video cards and controllers that supports resolutions up to 1024 x 768.
Z
ZIF — zero insertion force — A type of socket or connector that allows a computer chip to be installed or removed with no stress applied to either the chip or
its socket.
Zip — A popular data compression format. Files that have been compressed with the Zip format are called Zip files and usually have a filename extension
of .zip. A special kind of zipped file is a self-extracting file, which has a filename extension of .exe. You can unzip a self-extracting file by double-clicking it.
Zip drive — A high-capacity floppy drive developed by Iomega Corporation that uses 3.5-inch removable disks called Zip disks. Zip disks are slightly larger than
regular floppy disks, about twice as thick, and hold up to 100 MB of data.
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Hard Drive
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CAUTION: Before you begin this procedure, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the power supply before removing the hard drive.
CAUTION: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity from your body before you touch any of
your computer's electronic components. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.
NOTICE: To avoid damage to the drive, do not set it on a hard surface. Instead, set the drive on a surface, such as a foam pad, that will sufficiently
cushion it.
1.
If you are replacing a hard drive that contains data you want to keep, back up your files before you begin this procedure.
2.
Check the documentation for the drive to verify that it is configured for your computer.
3.
Perform an orderly computer shutdown using the operating system menu.
4.
Turn off your computer and any attached devices.
NOTICE: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your computer, and then unplug it from the network wall jack.
5.
Disconnect your computer from the power adapter and devices from their power sources. Also, disconnect any telephone or telecommunication lines
from the computer.
6.
Press the power button to ground the system board.
7.
Remove the computer from the mounting plate (if used).
8.
Remove the cable cover, if it is attached.
9.
Slide the release button as shown in the illustration.
1 release button
2 hard-drive door
3 drive cable
4 drive connector
NOTICE: Before touching anything inside your computer, ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface, such as the metal at the back of the
computer. While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface to dissipate any static electricity that could harm internal components.
10.
Rotate the hard-drive door up and remove the drive cable from the drive connector.
11.
Raise the release tab, and slide the drive up and away from the plastic door.
12.
If your replacement drive is not attached to a metal sled:
a.
While holding the drive that you are replacing, remove the screws that hold the drive to the sled.
b.
Attach the replacement drive to the sled and replace the screws as shown in the illustration.
13.
Slide the new drive onto the plastic door.
NOTICE: Four pins on the hard drive connector do not have corresponding holes on the cable connector. Use care when attaching the cable so that the
drive pins are not bent or broken.
14.
Attach the drive cable to the connector on the new drive, being careful not to bend any of the pins.
1 drive connector
2 drive cable
15.
Slide the drive into the drive bay and lower the hard-drive door to lock into place.
16.
Replace the cable cover (if used).
17.
Attach the computer to the mounting plate (if used).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack, and then plug it into the computer.
18.
Connect your computer to the power adapter and devices to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
See the documentation that came with the drive for instructions on installing any software required for drive operation.
19.
20.
Reboot the computer.
Partition and logically format your drive before you proceed to the next step.
For instructions, see the documentation that came with your operating system.
21.
Test the hard drive by running the Dell Diagnostics.
22.
Install your operating system on the hard drive.
For instructions, see the documentation that came with your operating system.
After you replace the cover, the chassis intrusion detector, if enabled, causes the following message to appear on the screen at the next computer
start-up:
ALERT! Cover was previously removed.
23.
Reset the chassis intrusion detector by changing Chassis Intrusion to Enabled or Enabled-Silent.
NOTE: If a setup password has been assigned by someone else, contact your network administrator for information on resetting the chassis
intrusion detector.
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Memory
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
Memory Installation Guidelines
Installing Memory
Removing Memory
Memory Installation Guidelines
For information on the type of memory supported by your computer, look under "Memory" in the Technical Specifications section.
NOTICE: Before you install new memory modules, download the most recent BIOS for your computer from the Dell Support website at
support.dell.com.
DDR Memory Overview
DDR memory modules should be installed in pairs of matched memory size, speed, and technology. If the DDR memory modules are not installed in matched
pairs, the computer will continue to operate, but with a slight reduction in performance.
NOTE: Always install DDR memory modules in the order indicated on the system board.
The recommended memory configurations are:
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A memory module installed in connector DIMM_1
or
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A pair of matched memory modules installed in connectors DIMM_1 and DIMM_2
NOTICE: Do not install ECC memory modules.
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If you install mixed pairs of PC2700 (DDR 333-MHz) and PC3200 (DDR 400-MHz) memory, the modules function at the slowest speed installed.
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Be sure to install a single memory module in DIMM_1, the connector closest to the processor, before you install a module in the other connector.
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The actual speed of the SDRAM memory channel will depend on the speed of the processor's front side bus.
NOTE: Memory purchased from Dell is covered under your computer warranty.
NOTICE: If you remove your original memory modules from the computer during a memory upgrade, keep them separate from any new modules that
you may have, even if you purchased the new modules from Dell. If possible, do not pair an original memory module with a new memory module.
Otherwise, your computer may not start properly.
Installing Memory
CAUTION: Before working inside your computer, read the safety instructions in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions.
CAUTION: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity from your body before you touch any of
your computer's electronic components. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.
1.
Shut down the computer through the Start menu.
2.
Ensure that your computer and attached devices are turned off. If your computer and attached devices did not automatically turn off when you shut
down your computer, turn them off now.
NOTICE: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your computer and then unplug it from the network wall jack.
3.
Disconnect any telephone or telecommunication lines from the computer.
4.
Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets, and then press the power button to ground the system board.
5.
Remove the computer stand, if it is attached.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before opening the cover.
6.
Open the computer cover.
NOTICE: Before touching anything inside your computer, ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface, such as the metal at the back of the
computer. While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface to dissipate any static electricity that could harm internal components.
7.
Press out the securing clip at each end of the memory module connector.
1 cutouts (2)
2 connector
3 memory module
4 notch
5 securing clips (2)
6 memory connectors on system board
8.
Align the notch on the bottom of the module with the crossbar in the connector.
NOTICE: To avoid damage to the memory module, press the module straight down into the connector while you apply equal force to each end of the
module.
9.
Insert the module into the connector until the module snaps into position.
If you insert the module correctly, the securing clips snap into the cutouts at each end of the module.
10.
Close the computer cover.
11.
Attach the computer stand (optional).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into the computer.
12.
Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
After you open and close the cover, the chassis intrusion detector, if enabled, causes the following message to appear on the screen at the next
computer start-up:
ALERT! Cover was previously removed.
13.
Reset the chassis intrusion detector by changing Chassis Intrusion to Enabled or Enabled-Silent.
NOTE: If a setup password has been assigned by someone else, contact your network administrator for information on resetting the chassis intrusion
detector.
14.
The computer detects that the new memory does not match the existing configuration information and generates the following message:
The amount of system memory has changed.
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility
15.
Press <F2> to enter system setup and check the value for System Memory.
The computer should have changed the value of System Memory to reflect the newly installed memory capacity, speed, and mode (single or dual).
Verify that the information is correct. If it is correct, skip to step 17.
16.
If the memory total is incorrect, turn off and disconnect your computer and devices from their electrical outlets. Open the computer cover and check the
installed memory modules to ensure that they are seated properly in their sockets. Then repeat steps 10, 11, and 12.
17.
When the System Memory total is correct, press <Esc> to exit system setup.
18.
Run the Dell Diagnostics to verify that the memory modules are operating properly.
Removing Memory
CAUTION: Before working inside your computer, read the safety instructions in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
CAUTION: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity from your body before you touch any of
your computer's electronic components. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.
1.
Shut down the computer through the Start menu.
2.
Ensure that your computer and attached devices are turned off. If your computer and attached devices did not automatically turn off when you shut
down your computer, turn them off now.
NOTICE: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your computer and then unplug it from the network wall jack.
3.
Disconnect any telephone or telecommunication lines from the computer.
4.
Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets, and then press the power button to ground the system board.
5.
Remove the computer stand, if it is attached.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before opening the cover.
6.
Open the computer cover.
NOTICE: Before touching anything inside your computer, ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface, such as the metal at the back of the
computer. While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface to dissipate any static electricity that could harm internal components.
7.
Press out the securing clip at each end of the memory module connector.
8.
Grasp the module and pull up.
If the module is difficult to remove, gently ease the module back and forth to remove it from the connector.
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Microprocessor
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
CAUTION: Before you begin this procedure, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
CAUTION: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity from your body before you touch any of
your computer's electronic components. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.
1.
Shut down the computer through the Start menu.
2.
Ensure that your computer and attached devices are turned off. If your computer and attached devices did not automatically turn off when you shut
down your computer, turn them off now.
NOTICE: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your computer and then unplug it from the network wall jack.
3.
Disconnect any telephone or telecommunication lines from the computer.
4.
Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets, and then press the power button to ground the system board.
5.
Remove the computer from the mounting plate (if used).
6.
Remove the cable cover (if used).
7.
Remove the stand (if used).
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the cover.
8.
Remove the computer cover.
NOTICE: Before touching anything inside your computer, ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface, such as the metal at the back of the
computer. While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface to dissipate any static electricity that could harm internal components.
9.
10.
Disconnect the two fan power cables from the FAN1 and FAN2 connectors on the system board.
Remove the fan shroud by pressing the thumb indentations and sliding the shroud forward, detaching the shroud from the four tabs (see the
illustration). Lift the fan shroud up and away from the computer.
1 thumb indentations
2 fan power cables (2)
3 chip set heat sink (do not
remove)
CAUTION: The heat sink can get extremely hot. Be sure the heat sink has had sufficient time to cool before you touch it.
11.
Remove the heat sink.
a.
Remove the two securing brackets, if present, by pressing the tabs together and lifting the brackets up.
1 tabs (two on each
securing bracket)
2 securing brackets (2)
b.
Remove the memory module (see "Removing Memory") closest to the heat sink.
c.
Press the lever on the retention base until the heat sink is released.
1
heat sink
2
retention base
3
lever
d.
Gently lift the heat sink from the microprocessor.
NOTICE: Lay the heat sink down with the thermal material facing upward.
NOTICE: Be careful not to bend any of the pins when you remove the microprocessor. Bending the pins can permanently damage the microprocessor.
12.
Pull the release lever straight up until the microprocessor is released, and then remove the microprocessor from the socket.
1 release lever
2 microprocessor
3 socket
NOTICE: Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the back of the computer.
NOTICE: Be careful not to bend any of the pins when you unpack the microprocessor. Bending the pins can permanently damage the microprocessor.
13.
Unpack the new microprocessor.
If any of the pins on the microprocessor appear to be bent, contact Dell (see "Getting Help") for instructions on obtaining technical assistance.
1 pin-1 corners of microprocessor and socket aligned
NOTICE: You must position the microprocessor correctly in the socket to avoid permanent damage to the microprocessor and the computer when you
turn on the computer.
14.
If the release lever on the socket is not fully extended, move it to that position.
15.
Align the pin-1 corners of the microprocessor and socket.
NOTICE: When you place the microprocessor in the socket, ensure that all of the pins fit into the corresponding holes on the socket. Be careful not to
bend the pins.
16.
Set the microprocessor lightly in the socket and ensure that all pins are headed into the correct holes. Do not use force, which could bend the pins if the
microprocessor is misaligned. When the microprocessor is positioned correctly, press it with minimal pressure to seat it.
17.
When the microprocessor is fully seated in the socket, pivot the release lever back toward the socket until it snaps into place to secure the
microprocessor.
NOTICE: Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the back of the computer.
If you are installing a microprocessor replacement kit from Dell, return the microprocessor to Dell in the same package in which your replacement kit was
sent.
18.
Place one end of the heat sink under the tab on the retention base on the side opposite the lever (see the illustration). Lower the heat sink onto the
microprocessor so that the heat sink fits securely under the tab on the other end of the retention base.
1 securing brackets (2)
2 heat sink
3 retention base
4 lever
19.
If you removed securing brackets in step a, replace the securing brackets that you removed.
20.
Plug the two fan cables into the FAN1 and FAN2 connectors on the system board.
21.
Replace the computer cover.
22.
Reattach the stand (if used).
23.
Attach the computer to the mounting plate (if used).
24.
Replace the cable cover (if used).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack, and then plug it into the computer.
25.
Connect your computer to the adapter cable and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
After you replace the cover, the chassis intrusion detector, if enabled, causes the following message to appear on the screen at the next computer
start-up:
ALERT! Cover was previously removed.
26.
Reset the chassis intrusion detector by changing the Chassis Intrusion option to Enabled or Enabled-Silent.
NOTE: If a setup password has been assigned by someone else, contact your network administrator for information on resetting the chassis
intrusion detector.
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CAUTION: Safety Instructions Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
General
When Using Your Computer When Working Inside Your Computer
Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge
Ergonomic Computing Habits
Battery Disposal
Use the following safety guidelines to help ensure your own personal safety and to help protect your computer and working environment from potential
damage.
General
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Do not attempt to service the computer yourself unless you are a trained service technician. Always follow installation instructions closely.
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To help prevent electric shock, plug the computer and device power cables into properly grounded electrical outlets. These cables are equipped with 3prong plugs to help ensure proper grounding. Do not use adapter plugs or remove the grounding prong from a cable. If you must use an extension
cable, use a 3-wire cable with properly grounded plugs.
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To help avoid the potential hazard of electric shock, do not use your computer during an electrical storm.
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To help avoid the potential hazard of electric shock, do not connect or disconnect any cables or perform maintenance or reconfiguration of this product
during an electrical storm.
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If your computer includes a modem, the cable used with the modem should be manufactured with a minimum wire size of 26 American wire gauge
(AWG) and an FCC-compliant RJ-11 modular plug.
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Before you clean your computer, disconnect the computer from the electrical outlet. Clean your computer with a soft cloth dampened with water. Do
not use liquid or aerosol cleaners, which may contain flammable substances.
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To help avoid possible damage to the system board, wait 5 seconds after turning off the computer before disconnecting a device from the computer.
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To avoid shorting out your computer when disconnecting a network cable, first unplug the cable from the network adapter on the back of your
computer, and then from the network jack. When reconnecting a network cable to your computer, first plug the cable into the network jack, and then
into the network adapter.
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To help protect your computer from sudden, transient increases and decreases in electrical power, use a surge suppressor, line conditioner, or
uninterruptible power supply (UPS).
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Ensure that nothing rests on your computer's cables and that the cables are not located where they can be stepped on or tripped over.
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Do not push any objects into the openings of your computer. Doing so can cause fire or electric shock by shorting out interior components.
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Keep your computer away from radiators and heat sources. Also, do not block cooling vents. Avoid placing loose papers underneath your computer; do
not place your computer in a closed-in wall unit or on a bed, sofa, or rug.
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Do not spill food or liquids on your computer. If the computer gets wet, consult "Repairing a Wet Computer."
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Do not use your computer during an electrical storm unless the AC adapter cable has been disconnected from the electrical outlet.
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When you use the AC adapter to run the computer or to charge the battery, place the AC adapter in a ventilated area, such as a desk top or on the
floor.
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The AC adapter may become hot during normal operation of your computer. Use care when handling the adapter during or immediately after
operation.
When Using Your Computer As you use your computer, observe the following safe-handling guidelines.
CAUTION: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, and so on)
removed.
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Your computer is equipped with one of the following:
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A fixed-voltage power supply — Computers with a fixed-voltage power supply do not have a voltage selection switch on the back panel and
operate at only one voltage (see the regulatory label on the outside of the computer for its operating voltage).
¡
An auto-sensing voltage circuit — Computers with an auto-sensing voltage circuit do not have a voltage selection switch on the back panel and
automatically detect the correct operating voltage.
¡
A manual voltage selection switch — Computers with a voltage selection switch on the back panel must be manually set to operate at the
correct operating voltage.
Set the switch to the position that most closely matches the voltage used in your location.
NOTICE: To help avoid damaging a computer with a manual voltage selection switch, set the switch for the voltage that most closely matches the AC
power available in your location. For Japan, the voltage selection switch must be set to the 115-V position even though the AC power available in
Japan is 100 V. Also, ensure that your monitor and attached devices are electrically rated to operate with the AC power available in your location.
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Before working inside the computer, unplug the computer to help prevent electric shock or system board damage. Certain system board components
continue to receive power any time the computer is connected to AC power.
When Working Inside Your Computer
Before you open the computer cover, perform the following steps in the sequence indicated.
CAUTION: Do not attempt to service the computer yourself, except as explained in your online Dell™ documentation or in instructions otherwise provided to you by Dell. Always follow installation and service instructions closely.
NOTICE: To help avoid possible damage to the system board, wait 5 seconds after turning off the computer before removing a component from the
system board or disconnecting a device from the computer.
1.
Perform an orderly computer shutdown using the operating system menu.
2.
Turn off your computer and any devices connected to the computer.
3.
Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the chassis, such as the metal around the card-slot openings at the back of the computer,
before touching anything inside your computer.
While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis to dissipate any static electricity that might harm internal
components.
4.
Disconnect your computer and devices, including the monitor, from their electrical outlets. Also, disconnect any telephone or telecommunication lines
from the computer.
Doing so reduces the potential for personal injury or shock.
In addition, take note of these safety guidelines when appropriate:
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When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector or on its strain-relief loop, not on the cable itself. Some cables have a connector with locking tabs;
if you are disconnecting this type of cable, press in on the locking tabs before disconnecting the cable. As you pull connectors apart, keep them evenly
aligned to avoid bending any connector pins. Also, before you connect a cable, ensure that both connectors are correctly oriented and aligned.
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Handle components and cards with care. Do not touch the components or contacts on a card. Hold a card by its edges or by its metal mounting
bracket. Hold a component such as a microprocessor chip by its edges, not by its pins.
CAUTION: There is a danger of a new battery exploding if it is incorrectly installed. Replace the battery only with the same or equivalent type
recommended by the manufacturer. Do not dispose of the battery along with household waste. Contact your local waste disposal agency for the
address of the nearest battery deposit site.
Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge
Static electricity can harm delicate components inside your computer. To prevent static damage, discharge static electricity from your body before you touch
any of your computer's electronic components, such as the microprocessor. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.
As you continue to work inside the computer, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface to remove any static charge your body may have accumulated.
You can also take the following steps to prevent damage from electrostatic discharge (ESD):
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Do not remove components from their antistatic packing material until you are ready to install the component in your computer. Just before
unwrapping the antistatic packaging, discharge static electricity from your body.
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When transporting an electrostatic sensitive component, first place it in an antistatic container or packaging.
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Handle all electrostatic sensitive components in a static-safe area. If possible, use antistatic floor pads and workbench pads.
Ergonomic Computing Habits
CAUTION: Improper or prolonged keyboard use may result in injury.
CAUTION: Viewing the monitor screen for extended periods of time may result in eye strain.
For comfort and efficiency, observe the ergonomic guidelines in "Ergonomic Computing Habits" when setting up and using your computer.
Battery Disposal
Your computer uses a lithium coin-cell battery. The lithium coin-cell battery is a long-life battery, and it is very possible that you will never need to replace it.
However, should you need to replace it, see "Battery."
Do not dispose of the battery along with household waste. Contact your local waste disposal agency for the address of the nearest battery deposit site.
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Solving Problems
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
Beep Codes
Keyboard Problems
Diagnostic Lights
Memory Problems
System Lights
Mouse Problems
Battery Problems
Network Problems
Drive Problems
Power Problems
Repairing a Wet Computer
Printer Problems
Dropped or Damaged Computer
Serial or Parallel Device Problems
E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems
Sound and Speaker Problems
Error Messages
System Board Problems
General Problems
Video and Monitor Problems
Beep Codes
Your computer might emit a series of beeps during start-up if the monitor cannot display errors or problems. This series of beeps, called a beep code,
identifies a problem. One possible beep code (code 1-3-1) consists of one beep, a burst of three beeps, and then one beep. This beep code tells you that the
computer encountered a memory problem.
If your computer beeps during start-up:
1.
Write down the beep code on the Diagnostics Checklist.
2.
Run the Dell Diagnostics to identify a more serious cause.
3.
Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Code
Cause
1-1-2
Microprocessor register failure
1-1-3
NVRAM
1-1-4
ROM BIOS checksum failure
1-2-1
Programmable interval timer
1-2-2
DMA initialization failure
1-2-3
DMA page register read/write failure
1-3
Video Memory Test failure
1-3-1 through 2-4-4 Memory not being properly identified or used
3-1-1
Slave DMA register failure
3-1-2
Master DMA register failure
3-1-3
Master interrupt mask register failure
3-1-4
Slave interrupt mask register failure
3-2-2
Interrupt vector loading failure
3-2-4
Keyboard Controller Test failure
3-3-1
NVRAM power loss
3-3-2
NVRAM configuration
3-3-4
Video Memory Test failure
3-4-1
Screen initialization failure
3-4-2
Screen retrace failure
3-4-3
Search for video ROM failure
4-2-1
No time tick
4-2-2
Shutdown failure
4-2-3
Gate A20 failure
4-2-4
Unexpected interrupt in protected mode
4-3-1
Memory failure above address 0FFFFh
4-3-3
Timer-chip counter 2 failure
4-3-4
Time-of-day clock stopped
4-4-1
Serial or parallel port test failure
4-4-2
Failure to decompress code to shadowed memory
4-4-3
Math-coprocessor test failure
4-4-4
Cache test failure
Diagnostic Lights
To help you troubleshoot a problem, your computer has four lights labeled "A," "B," "C," and "D" on the back panel. The lights can be yellow or green. When
the computer starts normally, the patterns or codes on the lights change as the boot process completes. If the POST portion of system boot completes
successfully, all four lights display solid green. If the computer malfunctions during the POST process, the pattern displayed on the LEDs may help identify
where in the process the computer halted.
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
Light Pattern
off
off
off
off
Problem Description
Suggested Resolution
The computer is in a normal
off condition or a possible
pre-BIOS failure has
occurred.
Verify that the computer is plugged into a working electrical outlet and that you have pressed the
power button.
green A possible BIOS failure has
yellow occurred; the computer is in
yellow the recovery mode.
yellow
Run the BIOS Recovery utility, wait for recovery completion, and then restart the computer.
yellow A possible microprocessor
green failure has occurred.
yellow
yellow
Reinstall the microprocessor and restart the computer.
green Memory modules are
green detected, but a memory
yellow failure has occurred.
yellow
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yellow A possible expansion card
yellow failure has occurred.
green
yellow
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green A possible video card failure
yellow has occurred.
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yellow
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If you have one memory module installed, reinstall it and restart the computer.
If you have two or more memory modules installed, remove the modules, reinstall one
module, and then restart the computer. If the computer starts normally, reinstall an
additional module. Continue until you have identified a faulty module or reinstalled all
modules without error.
If available, install properly working memory of the same type into your computer.
If the problem persists, contact Dell.
Determine if a conflict exists by removing a card (not the video card) and then restarting
the computer.
If the problem persists, reinstall the card that you removed, remove a different card, and
then restart the computer.
Repeat this process for each card. If the computer starts normally, troubleshoot the last
card removed from the computer for resource conflicts (see "Resolving Software and
Hardware Incompatibilities").
Move each card one at a time to a different PCI slot and restart the computer after each
move.
If the problem persists, contact Dell.
If the computer has a video card, remove the card, reinstall it, and then restart the
computer.
If the problem still exists, install a video card that you know works and restart the
computer.
If the problem persists or the computer has integrated video, contact Dell.
yellow A possible floppy or hard
green drive failure has occurred.
green
yellow
Reseat all power and data cables and restart the computer.
green A possible USB failure has
green occurred.
green
yellow
Reinstall all USB devices, check cable connections, and then restart the computer.
yellow No memory modules are
yellow detected.
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Reinstall all memory modules and restart the computer.
To eliminate the possibility of a faulty memory connector, remove all memory modules,
yellow
green
yellow
green
yellow
green
reinstall one memory module (if the computer supports a single module), and then restart
the computer. If the computer starts normally, move the memory module to a different
connector and restart the computer. Continue until you have identified a faulty connector or
reinstalled all modules without error.
Memory modules are
detected, but a memory
configuration or compatibility
error exists.
yellow Other failure has occurred.
green
green
green
green
green
green
green
The computer is in a normal
operating condition after
POST.
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Ensure that no special memory module/memory connector placement requirements exist.
Verify that the memory modules that you are installing are compatible with your computer.
If the problem persists, contact Dell.
Ensure that the cables are properly connected to the system board from the hard drive, CD
drive, and DVD drive.
Check the computer message that appears on your monitor screen.
If the problem persists, contact Dell.
None.
System Lights
Located on the front of the computer, these lights can indicate a computer problem.
Power Light
Problem Description
Suggested Resolution
Solid green
Power is on, and the computer is operating
normally.
Normal operating condition.
Otherwise, check the back panel diagnostic lights to see if the
specific problem is identified. See "Diagnostic Lights."
Blinking green
The computer is in the suspended state
(Microsoft® Windows® 2000 and Windows
XP).
Press the power button, move the mouse, or press a key on the
keyboard to wake the computer.
Solid yellow
A device on the system board may be faulty
or incorrectly installed.
See "Power Problems."
Blinking yellow
A power supply or system board failure may
have occurred.
Solid green and a beep code during
POST
A problem was detected while the BIOS was
executing.
See "Beep Codes" for instructions on diagnosing the beep code.
Also, check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is
identified.
Solid green power light and no beep
code and no video during POST
The monitor or the graphics card may be
faulty or incorrectly installed.
Check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is
identified. See "Video and Monitor Problems."
Solid green power light and no beep
code, but the computer locks up during
POST
An integrated system board device may be
faulty.
Check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is
identified. If the problem is not identified, contact Dell for technical
assistance.
If the problem persists, contact Dell for technical assistance.
See "Power Problems."
If the problem persists, contact Dell for technical assistance.
Battery Problems
Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you complete these checks.
CAUTION: There is a danger of a new battery exploding if it is incorrectly installed. Replace the battery only with the same or equivalent type
recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer's instructions.
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
Replace the battery — If you have to repeatedly reset time and date information after turning on the computer, or if an incorrect time or
date displays during start-up, replace the battery. If the battery still does not work properly, contact Dell.
Drive Problems
Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you complete these checks.
Floppy drive problems
Test the drive —
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Insert a bootable floppy disk and reboot the computer.
Ensure that the disk is not full or write-protected — Ensure that the disk has available space and that it is not write-protected (locked).
See the following illustration.
Test the floppy drive light —
MS-DOS®
Insert a floppy disk, type dir a: at the DOS prompt, and then press <Enter>.
Microsoft Windows operating systems
Insert a floppy disk, click the Start button, click My Computer, and then double-click the floppy drive icon.
Run the Dell Diagnostics — If any of the tests fail, contact Dell.
NOTICE: Do not attempt to clean drive heads with a swab. You may accidentally misalign the heads, which can render the drive inoperable.
Clean the drive — Use a commercially available cleaning kit.
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
Remove and reinstall the floppy drive — If the computer displays a drive error message, see "Floppy drive problems" for an explanation.
CD drive problems
Adjust the Windows volume control — Click the speaker icon in the lower-right corner of your screen.
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Ensure that the volume is turned up by clicking the slidebar and dragging it up.
Ensure that the sound is not muted by clicking any boxes that are checked.
Test the drive with another CD — Insert another CD to eliminate the possibility that the original CD is defective.
Check the speakers and subwoofer — See "Sound and Speaker Problems."
Ensure that Windows recognizes the drive — Click the Start button and click My Computer. If the CD drive is not listed, perform a full scan
with your antivirus software to check for and remove viruses. Viruses can sometimes prevent Windows from recognizing the drive.
Clean the disc — Use a commercially available cleaning kit.
Problems writing to a CD-RW drive
Close other programs — The CD-RW drive must receive a steady stream of data when writing. If the stream is interrupted, an error occurs.
Try closing all programs before writing to the CD-RW.
DVD drive problems
NOTE: Because of different regions worldwide and different disc formats, not all DVD titles work in all DVD drives.
Test the drive with another DVD — Insert another DVD to eliminate the possibility that the original DVD is defective.
Ensure that Windows recognizes the drive — Click the Start button and click My Computer. If the DVD drive is not listed, perform a full scan
with your antivirus software to check for and remove viruses. Viruses can sometimes prevent Windows from recognizing the drive.
Clean the disc — Use a commercially available cleaning kit.
Check for interrupt request conflicts — See "Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities."
Hard drive problems
Check the cable connections —
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Ensure that the DC power cables from the power supply are firmly connected to the connectors on each drive.
Verify that the interface cable for each drive is firmly connected to the drive and to the system board.
Ensure that the control panel cable is firmly connected to the system board.
If the primary hard drive that contains the operating system does not boot, files in the operating system might be corrupt. For more
information, see your operating system documentation.
Run the Hard-Drive Diagnostics Utility — The Dell IDE Hard-Drive Diagnostics is a utility that tests the hard drive to troubleshoot or confirm
a hard-drive failure.
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2.
3.
Turn on your computer (if your computer is already on, restart it).
When F2 = Setup appears in the upper-right corner of the screen, press <Ctrl><Alt><D>.
Follow the instructions on the screen.
Test the hard drive —
Windows XP and Windows 2000 — Run the Check Disk utility:
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3.
4.
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For Windows XP, click the Start button and click My Computer. For Windows 2000, double-click My Computer on the Windows
desktop.
Click the Tools tab.
Under Error-checking, click Check Now.
Click Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.
Click Start.
Windows NT — Run the error-checking utility:
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2.
Click the Start button, click My Computer, and then select the hard drive that you want to check.
Click the right mouse button, click Properties, click Tools, and then click Check Now in the Error-checking section.
MS-DOS
Type scandisk x: at an MS-DOS prompt, where x is the hard drive letter, and then press <Enter>
Run the Dell Diagnostics — If any of the diagnostics tests fail, contact Dell.
Repairing a Wet Computer
Spills, splashes, and excessive humidity can cause damage to the computer. If an external device, such as a printer, gets wet, contact the manufacturer of the
device for instructions.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
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2.
3.
4.
Turn off the computer and devices, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait 10 to 20 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
Let the computer dry for at least 24 hours. Make sure that it is thoroughly dry before you proceed.
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and devices to their electrical outlets, and turn them on. If the computer has
power, proceed to the next step. If the computer does not have power, contact Dell.
Run the Dell Diagnostics. If any of the diagnostics tests fail, contact Dell.
Dropped or Damaged Computer
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
Check the card and cable connections —
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2.
3.
4.
5.
Turn off the computer and devices, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait 10 to 20 seconds, and then open the computer
cover.
Check all card connections in the computer, and reseat any loose cards.
Ensure that all cables are properly connected and that all components are properly seated in their connectors and sockets.
Close the computer cover, reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.
Run the Dell Diagnostics. If any of the diagnostics tests fail, contact Dell.
E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems
Check the telephone line connection — Verify that the telephone line is connected to the jack on the modem. (The jack has either a green
label or a connector-shaped icon next to it.) Ensure that you hear a click when you insert the telephone line connector into the modem.
Check the telephone jack — Disconnect the telephone line from the modem and connect it to a telephone. Listen for a dial tone.
Connect the modem directly to the telephone wall jack — If you have other telephone devices sharing the line, such as an answering
machine, fax machine, surge protector, or line splitter, then bypass them and use the telephone to connect the modem directly to the
telephone wall jack.
Use a different telephone line — If you are using a line that is 3 m (10 ft.) or more in length, try a shorter one. Run the Modem Helper diagnostics — Click the Start button, point to All Programs, and then click Modem Helper. Follow the instructions on
the screen to identify and resolve modem problems. (Modem Helper is not available on all computers.)
Verify that the modem is communicating with Windows® —
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3.
4.
5.
6.
Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
Click Printers and Other Hardware.
Click Phone and Modem Options.
Click the Modems tab.
Click the COM port for your modem.
Click Properties, click the Diagnostics tab, and then click Query Modem to verify that the modem is communicating with Windows.
If all commands receive responses, the modem is operating properly.
Turn off call waiting (catch-phone) — See your telephone directory for instructions on deactivating this feature. Then adjust the dial-up
networking connection properties.
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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
Click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Phone and Modem Options.
Click your connection type to highlight it.
Click the Dialing Rules tab and click Edit.
Click the To Disable Call Waiting box to place a check mark in it.
Select the disable code from the drop-down menu (for example, *70).
Click Apply and click OK.
Ensure that you are connected to the Internet — With the Outlook Express e-mail program open, click File. If Work Offline has a check
mark next to it, click the checkmark to remove it and connect to the Internet.
Ensure that you have subscribed to an Internet service provider — Contact an Internet service provider to subscribe.
Contact your Internet service provider — Contact your Internet service provider for assistance.
Error Messages
If the message is not listed, see the documentation for the operating system or the program that was running when the message appeared.
A filename cannot contain any of the following characters: \ / : * ? " < > | — Do not use these characters in filenames.
A required .DLL file was not found — The program that you are trying to open is missing an essential file. To remove and then reinstall the
program:
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2.
3.
4.
5.
Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
Click Add or Remove Programs.
Select the program you want to remove.
Click the Change or Remove Program icon.
See the program documentation for installation instructions.
Alert! Previous attempts at booting this system have failed at checkpoint [nnnn ]. For help in resolving this problem, please note this
checkpoint and contact Dell Technical Support — The computer failed to complete the boot routine three consecutive times for the same
error. Contact Dell and report the checkpoint code (nnnn) to the support technician.
Attachment failed to respond — The floppy or hard drive controller cannot send data to the associated drive. See "Floppy drive problems" or
"Hard drive problems" for troubleshooting suggestions.
Bad command or file name — Ensure that you have spelled the command correctly, have put spaces in the proper place, and have used the
correct pathname.
Bad error-correction code (ECC) on disk read — The floppy or hard drive controller detected an uncorrectable read error. See "Floppy drive
problems" or "Hard drive problems" for troubleshooting suggestions.
Controller has failed — The hard drive or the associated controller is defective. See "Floppy drive problems" or "Hard drive problems" for
troubleshooting suggestions.
Data error — The floppy or hard drive cannot read the data.
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For the Microsoft® Windows® operating system, run the chkdsk utility to check the file structure of the floppy or hard drive.
For another operating system, run the appropriate corresponding utility.
See your operating system documentation for information on running these utilities.
Decreasing available memory — One or more memory modules might be faulty or improperly seated.
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Reinstall the memory modules and, if necessary, replace them.
See "Memory Problems" for additional troubleshooting suggestions.
Diskette drive 0 seek failure — A cable might be loose or the computer configuration information may not match the hardware
configuration. See "Floppy drive problems" for troubleshooting suggestions.
Diskette read failure — The floppy disk may be defective or a cable might be loose.
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If the drive access light turns on, try a different disk.
See "Floppy drive problems" for troubleshooting suggestions.
Diskette subsystem reset failed — The floppy drive controller might be faulty. Run the Diskette tests in the Dell Diagnostics.
Diskette write protected — The floppy disk is write-protected. Slide the write-protect notch to the open position.
Drive not ready — No floppy disk is in the drive. Put a floppy disk in the drive.
Gate A20 failure — One or more memory modules might be faulty or improperly seated.
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Reinstall the memory modules and, if necessary, replace them.
See "Memory Problems" for additional troubleshooting suggestions.
Hard-disk configuration error —
Hard-disk controller failure —
Hard-disk drive failure —
Hard-disk drive failure — The hard drive failed initialization.
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Run the Dell Diagnostics.
See "Hard drive problems" for troubleshooting suggestions.
Insert bootable media — The operating system is trying to boot to a nonbootable floppy disk or CD. Insert a bootable floppy disk or CD.
Invalid Configuration Information - Please run SETUP program — The computer configuration information does not match the hardware
configuration. Enter system setup and correct the computer configuration information.
Keyboard failure —
A cable or connector might be loose, or the keyboard or keyboard/mouse controller might be faulty. See "Keyboard Problems."
Memory address line failure at address, read value expecting value — A memory module might be faulty or improperly seated. Reinstall
the memory modules and, if necessary, replace them. See "Memory Problems" for additional troubleshooting suggestions.
Memory allocation error — The software you are attempting to run is conflicting with the operating system, another program, or a utility.
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2.
3.
Turn off the computer, wait 30 seconds, and then restart the computer.
Try to run the program again.
If the error message appears again, see the software documentation for additional troubleshooting suggestions.
Memory data line failure at address, read value expecting value —
Memory double word logic failure at address, read value expecting value —
Memory odd/even logic failure at address, read value expecting value —
Memory write/read failure at address, read value expecting value —
A memory module might be faulty or improperly seated. Reinstall the memory modules and, if necessary, replace them. See "Memory
Problems" for additional troubleshooting suggestions.
Memory size in CMOS invalid — The amount of memory recorded in the computer configuration information does not match the memory
installed in the computer. Restart the computer. If the error message appears again, contact Dell. See "Memory Problems" for additional
troubleshooting suggestions.
Memory tests terminated by keystroke — A keystroke interrupted the memory test. Restart the computer to rerun the test.
No boot device available — The computer cannot find the floppy disk or hard drive.
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If the floppy drive is your boot device, ensure that a bootable floppy disk is in the drive.
If the hard drive is your boot device, ensure that the drive is installed, properly seated, and partitioned as a boot device.
Enter system setup and ensure that the boot sequence information is correct.
No boot sector on hard-disk drive — The computer configuration information in system setup might be incorrect. Enter system setup and
ensure that the computer configuration information for the hard drive is correct.
The operating system might have been corrupted. Reinstall the operating system. See your operating system documentation for
reinstallation information.
No timer tick interrupt — A chip on the system board might be malfunctioning. Run the Dell Diagnostics.
Non-system disk or disk error — The floppy disk in drive A does not have a bootable operating system installed on it. Either replace the
floppy disk with one that has a bootable operating system, or remove the floppy disk from drive A and restart the computer.
Not a boot diskette — The operating system is trying to boot to a floppy disk that does not have a bootable operating system installed on it.
Insert a bootable floppy disk.
Not enough memory or resources. Close some programs and try again — You have too many programs open. Close all windows and open
the program that you want to use. In some cases, you might have to restart your computer to restore computer resources. If so, run the
program that you want to use first.
Operating system not found — Contact Dell.
Plug and Play Configuration Error — The computer encountered a problem while trying to configure one or more cards.
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2.
3.
4.
Turn your computer off, unplug it from the electrical outlet, and then remove all but one of the cards.
Plug in your computer and reboot it.
If the message reappears, the installed card might be malfunctioning. If the message does not reappear, turn off the computer and
reinsert one of the other cards.
Repeat this process until you identify which card is malfunctioning.
Read fault — The operating system cannot read from the floppy or hard drive, the computer could not find a particular sector on the disk, or
the requested sector is defective. See "Floppy drive problems" or "Hard drive problems" for troubleshooting suggestions.
Requested sector not found — The operating system cannot read from the floppy or hard drive, the computer could not find a particular
sector on the disk, or the requested sector is defective. See "Floppy drive problems" or "Hard drive problems" for troubleshooting
suggestions.
Reset failed — The disk reset operation failed. See "Floppy drive problems" or "Hard drive problems" for troubleshooting suggestions.
Sector not found — The operating system cannot locate a sector on the floppy or hard drive.
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Run the Windows error-checking utility to check the file structure on the floppy disk or hard drive. See Windows Help for instructions.
If a large number of sectors are defective, back up the data (if possible), and then reformat the floppy disk or hard drive.
Seek error — The operating system cannot find a specific track on the floppy disk or hard drive. See "Floppy drive problems" or "Hard drive
problems" for troubleshooting suggestions.
Shutdown failure — A chip on the system board might be malfunctioning. Run the Dell Diagnostics.
The file being copied is too large for the destination drive — The file that you are trying to copy is too large to fit on the disk. Try copying
the file to a blank disk or using a larger-capacity disk.
Time-of-day clock stopped — The battery might be dead. Enter system setup and correct the date or time. If the problem persists, contact
Dell. See "Battery Problems" for additional troubleshooting suggestions.
Time-of-day not set-please run the System Setup program — The time or date stored in system setup does not match the computer clock.
Enter system setup and correct the Date and Time options.
Timer chip counter 2 failed — A chip on the system board might be malfunctioning. Run the Dell Diagnostics.
Unexpected interrupt in protected mode — The keyboard controller might be malfunctioning, or a memory module might be loose. Run the
Dell Diagnostics.
WARNING: Dell's Disk Monitoring System has detected that drive [0/1] on the [primary/secondary] EIDE controller is operating
outside of normal specifications. It is advisable to immediately back up your data and replace your hard drive by calling your support
desk or Dell — During initial start-up, the drive detected possible error conditions.
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When your computer finishes booting, immediately back up your data and replace your hard drive.
If no replacement drive is immediately available and the drive is not the only bootable drive, enter system setup and change the
appropriate drive setting to None. Then remove the drive from the computer.
Write fault — The operating system cannot write to the floppy or hard drive. See "Floppy drive problems" or "Hard drive problems" for
troubleshooting suggestions.
Write fault on selected drive — The operating system cannot write to the floppy or hard drive. See "Floppy drive problems" or "Hard drive
problems" for troubleshooting suggestions.
x:\ is not accessible. The device is not ready — The floppy drive cannot read the disk. Insert a floppy disk into the drive and try again.
General Problems
The computer stops responding
Turn the computer off — If your computer locks up and you are unable to get a response by pressing a key on your keyboard or moving
your mouse, press and hold the power button for at least 8 to 10 seconds until the computer turns off. Then press the power button again
to turn on the computer. You might lose data if you are unable to perform an operating system shutdown.
A program stops responding
End the program —
Windows® XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT®
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3.
4.
Press <Ctrl><Shift><Esc> simultaneously.
Click Applications.
Click the program that is no longer responding.
Click End Task.
Windows 98
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2.
3.
Press <Ctrl><Alt><Delete> simultaneously.
Click the program that is no longer responding.
Click End Task.
A program crashes repeatedly
NOTE: Software usually includes installation instructions in its documentation or on a floppy disk or CD.
Check the software documentation — Many software manufacturers maintain websites with information that may help you solve the
problem. Ensure that you properly installed and configured the program. If necessary, uninstall and then reinstall the program.
A solid blue screen appears
Turn the computer off — If the computer does not respond to a keystroke or a proper shutdown, press the power button for at least 8 to
10 seconds until the computer turns off. Press the power button again to restart the computer. The chkdsk program automatically runs
during the start-up process. Follow the instructions on the screen.
Other software problems
Check the software documentation or contact the software manufacturer for troubleshooting information
Back up your files immediately — If your computer has a CD-RW drive or a zip drive installed, see the drive's documentation for
instructions.
Ensure that you have not made an error while entering data — See the program documentation to ensure that the values or characters
you are entering are valid.
Check for viruses — Use a virus-scanning program to check the hard drive, floppy disks, or CDs.
Restart the computer — Save and close any open files, exit any open programs, and then shut down your computer through the Start menu
instead of by pressing the power button. Otherwise, you may lose data.
Check for compatibility —
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minimum hardware requirements needed to run the software. See the software documentation for information.
If necessary, uninstall and then reinstall the program.
Ensure that you properly installed and configured the program — See the software documentation for information. If necessary, uninstall
and then reinstall the program.
Run the Dell Diagnostics — If all tests run successfully, the error condition is related to a software problem.
Check for device driver conflicts —
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Call the software manufacturer for technical assistance.
Other technical problems
Go to the Dell Support website —
Go to support.dell.com for help with general usage, installation, and troubleshooting questions.The support website offers several different
tools to help you, such as Dell Forum—a chat room where you can communicate with other Dell customers about their computers and gain
access to technical support through e-mail.
Call Dell — If you cannot solve your problem using the Dell Support website or e-mail service, call Dell for technical assistance.
General hardware problems
If your computer exhibits one or more of the following symptoms, a device conflict may exist:
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Remove any recently added hardware to see if it resolves the conflict — If removing the hardware resolves the conflict, see the hardware
documentation for configuration and troubleshooting instructions. If the problem persists, contact the hardware manufacturer for technical
assistance.
Check your operating system documentation for additional troubleshooting information
Check for interrupt request conflicts — See "Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities."
Keyboard Problems
Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you complete these checks.
Restart the computer —
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If the mouse is functioning, shut down the computer through the Start menu. After the computer shuts down, press the power button
to restart the computer.
If the computer does not respond to a keystroke or the mouse, press the power button for at least 8 to 10 seconds until the
computer turns off. Press the power button again to restart the computer.
Check the keyboard cable —
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Ensure that the keyboard cable is firmly connected to the computer.
Check the cable connector for bent or broken pins and for damaged or frayed cables. Straighten bent pins.
Remove keyboard extension cables and connect the keyboard directly to the computer.
Test the keyboard — Connect a properly working keyboard to the computer, and try using the keyboard. If the new keyboard works, the
original keyboard is faulty.
Check the keyboard switch setting — Switch settings are on the bottom of the keyboard, sometimes behind a panel. Ensure that the switch
is set to PS/2, Enhanced XT/AT, or PC/AT. See the keyboard documentation for recommended settings.
Run the Dell Diagnostics — If any of the diagnostics tests fail, contact Dell.
Check for interrupt request conflicts — See "Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities."
Memory Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
If you receive an insufficient memory message —
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Confirm that the computer has sufficient memory to run your programs. See the software documentation for minimum memory
requirements. If necessary, install additional memory.
Reseat the memory modules to ensure that your computer is successfully communicating with the memory.
Restart the computer.
Run the Dell Diagnostics. If any of the diagnostics tests fail, contact Dell.
If you experience other memory problems —
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Restart the computer.
Run the Dell Diagnostics. If any of the diagnostics tests fail, contact Dell.
Mouse Problems
Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you complete these checks.
Restart the computer —
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2.
3.
Simultaneously press <Ctrl><Esc> to display the Start menu.
Type u, press the keyboard arrow keys to highlight Shut down or Turn Off, and then press <Enter>.
After the computer turns off, press the power button to restart the computer.
Check the mouse cable —
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Ensure that the cable is firmly connected to the computer.
Test the mouse — Connect a properly working mouse to the computer, and try using the mouse. If the new mouse works, the original
mouse was faulty.
Check the mouse settings —
Windows® XP
1.
2.
3.
Click the Start button, click Control Panel, and then click Printers and Other Hardware.
Click Mouse.
Try adjusting the settings.
Windows 2000, Windows NT®, and Windows 98
1.
2.
3.
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
Double-click the Mouse icon.
Try adjusting the settings.
If you are using a PS/2 mouse
1.
2.
Enter system setup and ensure that Mouse Port under the Integrated Devices option is set to On.
Exit system setup and restart the computer.
Reinstall the mouse driver — See "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities."
Run the Dell Diagnostics — If any of the diagnostics tests fail, contact Dell.
Check for interrupt request conflicts — See "Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities."
Network Problems
Check the network cable connector — Ensure that the network cable is firmly inserted into both the network connector on the back of the
computer and the network jack.
Check the network lights on the back of the computer —
If the network adapter lights are blank (off) it indicates that a physical connection to the network cannot be detected or that the integrated
network adapter is disabled in System Setup.
Restart the computer and try to log on to the network again
Check your network settings — Contact your network administrator or the person who set up your network to verify that your network
settings are correct and that the network is functioning.
Check for interrupt request conflicts — See "Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities."
Power Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you complete these checks.
Adjust the Power Properties — Your computer may be in standby or hibernate mode. For information on power conservation modes, see
your operating system documentation.
If the power light is green and the computer is not responding — See "Diagnostic Lights."
If the power light is blinking green — The computer is in standby mode. Press a key on the keyboard or move the mouse to resume normal
operation.
If the power light is off — The computer is either turned off or is not receiving power.
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Reseat the power cable into both the power connector on the back of the computer and the electrical outlet.
If the computer is plugged into a power strip, ensure that the power strip is plugged into an electrical outlet and that the power strip
is turned on.
Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with another device, such as a lamp.
Bypass power protection devices, power strips, and power extension cables to verify that the computer turns on.
Ensure that the main power cable is securely connected to the system board.
Ensure that the front panel cable is securely connected to the system board.
If the problem persists, contact Dell.
If the power light is amber and green — The computer is receiving electrical power, but an internal power problem might exist.
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If the problem persists, contact Dell.
If the power light is steady amber — The computer is receiving electrical power, but an internal power problem might exist; contact Dell.
If the power light is blinking amber — A device might be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed.
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Remove and then reinstall the memory modules.
Remove and then reinstall any card.
Remove and then reinstall the video card, if applicable.
If the problem persists, contact Dell.
Eliminate interference — Electrical appliances on the same circuit or operating near the computer can cause interference. Other causes of
interference are:
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Keyboard and mouse extension cables
Too many devices on a power strip
Multiple power strips connected to the same electrical outlet
Printer Problems
NOTE: Dell does not cover the printer's warranty. If you need technical assistance for your printer, call the printer's manufacturer. See the printer
documentation for the correct phone number.
Check the printer documentation — See the printer documentation for setup and troubleshooting information.
Ensure that the printer is turned on — See the printer documentation for power button information.
Verify the printer cable connections —
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Ensure that the printer cables are securely connected to the printer and the computer.
Test the electrical outlet — Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with another device, such as a lamp.
Verify that the printer is recognized by Windows® —
Windows XP
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2.
3.
4.
Click the Start button.
Click Control Panel.
Click Printers and Other Hardware.
Click View installed printers or fax printers.
If the printer is listed, right-click the printer icon.
5.
Click Properties, and then select the Ports tab. For a parallel printer, ensure that the Print to the following port(s): setting is LPT1
(Printer Port). For a USB printer, ensure that the Print to the following port(s): setting is USB.
Windows 2000 and Windows NT®
1.
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Printers.
If the printer is listed, right-click the printer icon.
2.
Click Properties, and then select the Ports tab. For a parallel printer, ensure that the Print to the following port(s): setting is LPT1
(Printer Port). For a USB printer, ensure that the Print to the following port(s): setting is USB.
Windows 98
1.
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Printers.
If the printer is listed, right-click the printer icon.
2.
Click Properties, and then select the Details tab. For a parallel printer, ensure that the Print to the following port(s): setting is
LPT1 (Printer Port). For a USB printer, ensure that the Print to the following port(s): setting is USB.
Reinstall the printer driver — See "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities."
Serial or Parallel Device Problems
Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you complete these checks.
NOTE: If you are having a problem with a printer, see "Printer Problems."
Check the documentation for the device — See the device's documentation for troubleshooting procedures.
Ensure that the device is turned on — Firmly press the device's power button.
Check the device cable connections — Check the connector for bent or broken pins. (It is normal for most device cable connectors to have
missing pins.) Ensure that the device cable is firmly connected to the computer.
Test the device cable — Swap the device's cable with a cable that works properly.
Test the electrical outlet — Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with another device, such as a lamp.
Eliminate interference — Relocate any electrical appliances on the same circuit or operating near the computer that might cause
interference. Remove these other possible causes of interference:
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Keyboard and mouse extension cables
Too many devices on a power strip
Multiple power strips connected to the same electrical outlet
Check the option setting — See the device's documentation for the recommended settings. Then enter system setup and go to the
Integrated Devices option settings. Ensure that the Serial Port setting (for a serial device) or the Parallel Port setting (for a parallel
device) matches the recommended settings.
Check the software documentation — If the problem occurs with particular software, see the software documentation for the recommended
serial or parallel port settings. Ensure that the port settings match the recommended settings.
Run the Dell Diagnostics — If the tests do not complete, contact Dell.
Test the device — Swap the device with a comparable device that works properly.
Sound and Speaker Problems
Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you complete these checks.
No sound from speakers
NOTE: The volume control in some MP3 players overrides the Windows® volume setting. If you have been listening to MP3 songs, ensure that you did
not turn the player volume down or off.
Check the speaker cable connections — Ensure that the speakers are connected as shown on the setup diagram supplied with the
speakers.
Ensure that the subwoofer and the speakers are turned on — See the setup diagram supplied with the speakers. If your speakers have
volume controls, adjust the volume, bass, or treble to eliminate distortion.
Adjust the Windows volume control — Click or double-click the speaker icon in the lower-right corner of your screen. Ensure that the volume
is turned up and that the sound is not muted.
Disconnect headphones from the headphone connector — Sound from the speakers is automatically disabled when headphones are
connected to the computer's front-panel headphone connector.
Test the electrical outlet — Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with another device, such as a lamp.
Eliminate possible interference — Turn off nearby fans, fluorescent lights, or halogen lamps to check for interference.
Run the speaker diagnostics — Some speaker systems have self- diagnostics. See the speaker documentation for diagnostics instructions.
Reinstall the audio (sound) driver — See "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities."
Check the device option setting — Enter system setup and ensure that Sound under the Integrated Devices option is set to On. Exit
system setup and reboot the computer.
Run the Dell Diagnostics —
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If the problem persists, or if the tests do not complete successfully, contact Dell.
Check for interrupt request conflicts — See "Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities."
No sound from headphones
Check the headphone cable connection — Ensure that the headphone cable is securely inserted into the headphone connector.
Adjust the Windows volume control — Click or double-click the speaker icon in the lower-right corner of your screen. Ensure that the volume
is turned up and that the sound is not muted.
System Board Problems
Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you complete the following checks.
Perform all checks in "Keyboard Problems"
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
Reinstall the battery —
1.
2.
3.
Turn off the computer and devices, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait 10 to 20 seconds, and then open the computer
cover.
Remove the battery, wait 5 minutes, and then reinstall the battery.
Close the computer cover, reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.
If the problem still exists, contact Dell.
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the steps in "CAUTION: Safety Instructions."
Replace the Memory Modules —
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Turn off the computer and devices, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait 10 to 20 seconds, and then open the computer
cover.
Rotate the power supply away from the system board.
Replace the memory module(s).
Close the computer cover, reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.
If the RAM count displayed does not correctly match the actual amount of memory installed in the computer, contact Dell.
Video and Monitor Problems
Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you complete these checks.
If the screen is blank
NOTE: See the monitor documentation for troubleshooting procedures.
Check the monitor power light — If the power light is off, firmly press the button to ensure that the monitor is turned on. If the power light
is lit or blinking, the monitor has power. If the power light is blinking, press a key on the keyboard or move the mouse.
Check the monitor cable connection — Check the connector for bent or broken pins. (It is normal for monitor cable connectors to have
missing pins.)
Check the RGB/DVI video input switch found on some Digital Flat Panel displays — Check that the desired video input is selected.
Test the electrical outlet — Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with another device, such as a lamp.
Swap the power cables — Swap the computer and monitor power cables to determine if the power cable is defective.
Test the video extension cable (if used) — If you are using a video extension cable and removing the cable solves the problem, the cable is
defective.
Test another monitor — If another monitor is available, connect it to the computer.
Check the diagnostic lights — See "Diagnostic Lights."
Run the Dell Diagnostics — If any tests fail, contact Dell.
If the screen is difficult to read
Check the monitor settings — See the monitor documentation for instructions on adjusting the contrast and brightness, demagnetizing
(degaussing) the monitor, and running the monitor self-test.
Move the subwoofer away from the monitor — If your speaker system includes a subwoofer, ensure that the subwoofer is at least 60 cm (2 ft) away from the monitor. Move the monitor away from external power sources — Fans, fluorescent lights, halogen lamps, and other electrical devices can cause the
screen image to appear "shaky." Turn off nearby devices to check for interference.
Adjust the Windows® display settings —
Windows XP
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2.
3.
4.
Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
Click Appearance and Themes.
Click Display and click the Settings tab.
Try different settings for Screen resolution and Color quality.
Windows 98, 2000, and Windows NT®
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2.
3.
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
Double-click the Display icon and click the Settings tab.
Try different settings for Screen area or Desktop area.
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Technical Specifications
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
Microprocessor
Ports
Memory
Key Combinations
Computer Information
Controls and Lights
Audio
Power
Video
Physical
Expansion Bus
Environmental
Drives
Microprocessor
Microprocessor type
Intel® Pentium® 4 and Celeron® microprocessors.
Design provides for future processor upgrades.
Supported processor upgrades are available from
Dell.
Level 1 (L1) cache
8 KB
Level 2 (L2) cache
128-KB or 512-KB (depending on your computer
configuration) pipelined-burst, eight-way set
associative, write-back SRAM
Memory
Architecture
333- and 400-MHz DDR SDRAM
Dual in-line memory module (DIMM) sockets
two (non-ECC only)
DIMM capacities
128, 256, 512 MB, and 1 GB
Minimum RAM
128 MB
Maximum RAM
2 GB
BIOS address
F0000h
Computer Information
Computer chip set
Intel 865G
Data bus width
64 bits
Address bus width
32 bits
Interrupts
23
Computer BIOS
4-Mb flash chip
System bus speed
800-, 533-, or 400-MHz quad-data rate; 200-, 133-,
or 100-MHz clock (matches external bus speed)
Network interface controller
Gigabit integrated network interface with ASF 1.0
support as defined by DMTF
Capable of 10/100/1000 communication
Audio
Audio type
AC97, Sound Blaster emulation; optional internal
speaker
Audio controller
Integrated AC97 Codec
Stereo conversion
16-bit analog-to-digital; 20-bit digital-to-analog
Interfaces:
Internal
PCI bus/AC97
External
stereo line-in minijack and line-out minijack on the
rear I/O panel; headphone and microphone
connectors on the front panel
Video
865G embedded graphics
Expansion Bus
Bus type
USB 2.0
Memory module connector size
DDR — 184 pins
Drives
Externally accessible bay
one bay for Dell C-module portable devices
Internally accessible bay
one bay for a parallel ATA100 2.5-inch hard drive
Ports
Externally accessible:
Serial (data terminal equipment [DTE])
one 9-pin connector; 16550-compatible on the back
I/O panel
Parallel
one 25-hole connector (bidirectional) on the back I/O
panel
Video
DVI-I connector on the back I/O panel
Integrated network adapter
RJ45 connector on the back I/O panel; 10/100/1000
PS/2-style keyboard
6-pin mini-DIN on the back I/O panel
PS/2-compatible mouse
6-pin mini-DIN on the back I/O panel
USB
four USB 2.0-compliant connectors on the back I/O
panel; two on the front panel
Internally accessible:
Primary IDE hard drive
44-pin connector
Fans
two 4-pin connectors
Key Combinations
<Ctrl><Alt><Del>
restarts (reboots) the computer
<Ctrl><Alt><\>
toggles microprocessor speeds on 101-key keyboard
(in MS-DOS® real mode only)
<Ctrl><Alt><#>
toggles microprocessor speeds on 102-key keyboard
(in MS-DOS real mode only)
<F2> or <Ctrl><Alt><Enter>
starts embedded system setup (during start-up only)
<F3>
automatically starts the computer from the network
environment specified by the remote boot
environment (PXE) rather than from one of the
devices in the system setup Boot Sequence option
(during start-up only)
<F12> or <Ctrl><Alt><F8>
displays a boot device menu that allows the user to
enter a device for a single boot (during start-up only)
as well as options to run hard-drive and system
diagnostics
<Ctrl><Alt><F10>
launches the utility partition (if installed) during
computer start-up
Controls and Lights
Power control
push button
Power lights
green light on power button—blinking green in sleep
state; solid green for power-on state
amber light—blinking amber indicates a problem with
an installed device; solid amber indicates an internal
power problem (see "Power Problems")
Hard-drive access light
green light
Link integrity light (on integrated network adapter)
green light for 10-Mb operation; orange light for 100Mb operation; yellow light for a 1000-Mb (1-Gb)
operation
Activity light (on integrated network adapter)
yellow blinking light
Diagnostic lights
four yellow and/or green lights on back panel
Standby power light
12V_PWR on the system board
Power
External DC power adapter:
Wattage
150 W
Heat dissipation
455 BTU/hr (average)
Voltage
90 to 135 V at 60 Hz; 180 to 265 V at 50 Hz
Backup battery
3-V CR2032 lithium coin cell
Physical
Vertical orientation width, depth, and height (without 3.4 inches (8.5 cm), 9.7 inches (24.2 cm), 9.9 inches
stand or cable cover)
(24.7 cm)
Vertical orientation width, depth, and height (with
stand)
3.4 inches (8.5 cm), 9.7 inches (24.2 cm), 10.9 inches
(27.2 cm)
Vertical orientation width, depth, and height (with
stand and cable cover)
3.4 inches (8.5 cm), 12.1 inches (30.2 cm), 10.9
inches (27.2 cm)
Horizontal orientation width, depth, and height
(without stand or cable cover)
9.9 inches (24.7 cm), 9.7 inches (24.2 cm), 3.4 inches
(8.5 cm)
Weight (without stand or cable cover)
7.2 lbs (3.3 kg)
Weight (with stand and cable cover)
8 lbs (3.6 kg)
Environmental
Temperature:
Operating
10° to 30°C (50° to 86°F)
Storage
–40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F)
Relative humidity
20% to 80% (noncondensing)
Maximum vibration:
Operating
desktop or vertical hanging orientation: 0.25
gravities (G) at 3 to 200 Hz at 0.5 octave/min;
horizontal orientation: 0.25 G at 20 to 200 Hz at 0.5
octave/min
Storage
0.5 G at 3 to 200 Hz at 1 octave/min
Maximum shock:
Operating
bottom half-sine pulse with a change in velocity of 20
inches/sec (50.8 cm/sec)
Storage
27-G faired square wave with a velocity change of
200 inches/sec (508 cm/sec)
Altitude:
Operating
–16 to 3048 m (–50 to 10,000 ft)
Storage
–16 to 10,600 m (–50 to 35,000 ft)
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System Board Components
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
1
fan shroud power connector (FAN2)
2
system board speaker (SPEAKER)
3
speaker connector (SPEAKER)
4
memory modules (DIMM_A and DIMM_B)
5
RTC reset jumper (RTCRST)
6
password jumper (PSWD)
7
chassis intrusion switch power connector (INTRUDER)
8
standby power indicator (12V_PWR)
9
battery (BATTERY)
10 fan shroud power connector (FAN1)
11 microprocessor heat sink
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Microsoft® Windows® XP Features
Dell™ OptiPlex™ SX270 Systems User's Guide
Transferring Information to a New Computer
Using Windows® XP System Restore
User Accounts and Fast User Switching
Setting Up a Home and Office Network
Transferring Information to a New Computer
The Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system provides a Files and Settings Transfer wizard to move data from the source computer to the new computer.
You can move data such as:
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Internet bookmarks
You can transfer the data to the new computer over a network or serial connection, or you can store it on a removable medium, such as a writable CD or
floppy disk.
To prepare the new computer for the file transfer:
1.
Click the Start button, point to All Programs® Accessories® System Tools, and then click Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.
2.
When the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen appears, click Next.
3.
On the Which computer is this? screen, click New Computer and click Next.
4.
On the Do you have a Windows XP CD? screen, click I will use the wizard from the Windows XP CD and click Next.
5.
When the Now go to your old computer screen appears, go to your old or source computer. Do not click Next at this time.
To copy data from the old computer:
1.
On the old computer, insert the Windows XP Operating System CD.
2.
On the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP screen, click Perform additional tasks.
3.
Under What do you want to do?, click Transfer files and settings.
4.
On the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen, click Next.
5.
On the Which computer is this? screen, click Old Computer and click Next.
6.
On the Select a transfer method screen, click the transfer method you prefer.
7.
On the What do you want to transfer? screen, select the items you want to transfer and click Next.
After the information has been copied, the Completing the Collection Phase screen appears.
8.
Click Finish.
To transfer data to the new computer:
1.
On the Now go to your old computer screen on the new computer, click Next.
2.
On the Where are the files and settings? screen, select the method you chose for transferring your settings and files and click Next.
The wizard reads the collected files and settings and applies them to your new computer.
When all of the settings and files have been applied, the Finished screen appears.
3.
Click Finished and restart the new computer.
Using Windows® XP System Restore
The Microsoft® Windows XP operating system provides System Restore to allow you to return your computer to an earlier operating state (without affecting
data files) if changes to the hardware, software, or other system settings have left the computer in an undesirable operating state. See the Windows Help
and Support Center for information on using System Restore.
NOTICE: Make regular backups of your data files. System Restore does not monitor your data files or recover them.
Creating a Restore Point
1.
Click the Start button and click Help and Support.
2.
Click System Restore.
3.
Follow the instructions on the screen.
Restoring the Computer to an Earlier Operating State
NOTICE: Before you restore the computer to an earlier operating state, save and close any open files and exit any open programs. Do not alter, open,
or delete any files or programs until the system restoration is complete.
1.
Click the Start button, point to All Programs® Accessories® System Tools, and then click System Restore.
2.
Ensure that Restore my computer to an earlier time is selected and click Next.
3.
Click a calendar date to which you want to restore your computer.
The Select a Restore Point screen provides a calendar that allows you to see and select restore points. All calendar dates with available restore points
appear in boldface type.
4.
Select a restore point and click Next.
If a calendar date has only one restore point, then that restore point is automatically selected. If two or more restore points are available, click the
restore point that you prefer.
5.
Click Next.
The Restoration Complete screen appears after System Restore finishes collecting data and then the computer restarts.
6.
After the computer restarts, click OK.
To change the restore point, you can either repeat the steps using a different restore point, or you can undo the restoration.
Undoing the Last System Restore
NOTICE: Before you undo the last system restore, save and close all open files and exit any open programs. Do not alter, open, or delete any files or
programs until the system restoration is complete.
1.
Click the Start button, point to All Programs® Accessories® System Tools, and then click System Restore.
2.
Click Undo my last restoration and click Next.
3.
Click Next.
The System Restore screen appears and the computer restarts.
4.
After the computer restarts, click OK.
Enabling System Restore
If you reinstall Windows XP with less than 200 MB of free hard-disk space available, System Restore is automatically disabled. To see if System Restore is
enabled:
1.
Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance.
3.
Click System.
4.
Click the System Restore tab.
5.
Ensure that Turn off System Restore is unchecked.
User Accounts and Fast User Switching
Adding User Accounts
After the Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system is installed, the administrator or a user with administrator rights can create additional user accounts.
1.
Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2.
In the Control Panel window, click User Accounts.
3.
Under Pick a task, click Create a new account.
4.
Under Name the new account, type the name of the new user and click Next.
5.
Under Pick an account type, click one of the following options:
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Limited — You can change only your own personal settings, such as your password. You cannot install programs or use the Internet.
Click Create Account.
Fast User Switching
NOTE: Fast User Switching is unavailable if your computer is running Windows XP Professional and is a member of a computer domain, or if your
computer has less than 128 MB of memory.
Fast User Switching allows multiple users to access one computer without requiring the previous user to log off.
1.
Click the Start button and click Log Off.
2.
In the Log Off Windows window, click Switch User.
When you use Fast User Switching, programs that previous users were using remain running in the background, so your computer might run slower. Also,
multimedia programs, such as games and DVD software, might not work with Fast User Switching. For more information, see the Windows Help and Support
Center.
Setting Up a Home and Office Network
Connecting to a Network Adapter
Before you connect your computer to a network, the computer must have a network adapter installed and a network cable connected to it.
To connect a network cable:
NOTE: Insert the cable until it clicks into place, and then gently pull it to ensure that it is secure.
1.
Connect the network cable to the network adapter connector on the back of your computer.
NOTE: Do not use a network cable with a telephone wall jack.
2.
Connect the other end of the network cable to a network connection device, such as a network wall jack.
Network Setup Wizard
The Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system provides a Network Setup Wizard to guide you through the process of sharing files, printers, or an Internet
connection between computers in a home or small office.
1.
Click the Start button, point to All Programs® Accessories® Communications, and then click Network Setup Wizard.
2.
On the welcome screen, click Next.
3.
Click Checklist for creating a network.
NOTE: Selecting the connection method This computer connects directly to the Internet enables the integrated firewall provided with Windows XP.
4.
Complete the checklist and required preparations.
5.
Return to the Network Setup Wizard and follow the instructions on the screen.
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