SETUP GUIDE
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SETUP GUIDE
Model PP33L
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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.
If you purchased a Dell™ n Series computer, any references in this document to Microsoft® Windows® operating systems
are not applicable.
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Information in this document is subject to change without notice.
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Devices, Inc.; Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
and is used by Dell under license.
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July 2008
P/N F955H
Rev. A00
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Contents
Setting Up Your Studio Laptop . . . . . . . . . . .5
Display Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Before Setting Up Your Computer . . . . . . . . . 5
Removing and Replacing the Battery . . . . . 28
Connect the AC Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Using the Optical Disc Drive. . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Check the Wireless Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Software Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Connect the Network Cable (optional) . . . . . 8
Solving Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
Press the Power Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Network Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Windows Vista® Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Power Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Connect to the Internet (Optional) . . . . . . . . 10
Memory Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Using Your Studio Laptop . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Lockups and Software Problems . . . . . . . . . 35
Device Status Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Using Support Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Right Side Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Dell Support Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Left Side Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
System Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Computer Base and Keyboard
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Hardware Troubleshooter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Dell Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Media Controls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
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Restoring Your Operating System . . . . . . .42
Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
System Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Macrovision Product Notice. . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Dell Factory Image Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
Operating System Reinstallation . . . . . . . . . 45
Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
Technical Support and Customer
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
DellConnect™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Online Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
AutoTech Service. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Product Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Returning Items for Repair Under
Warranty or for Credit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Before You Call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Contacting Dell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Finding More Information and
Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Basic Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
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Setting Up Your Studio Laptop
This section provides information about setting
up your Studio 1536/1537 laptop and connecting
peripherals.
Before Setting Up Your Computer
When positioning your computer, ensure that
you allow easy access to a power source,
adequate ventilation, and a level surface to
place your computer.
Restricting airflow around your Studio
laptop may cause it to overheat. To prevent
overheating ensure that you leave at least
10.2 cm (4 in) at the back of the computer and
a minimum of 5.1 cm (2 in) on all other sides.
You should never put your computer in an
enclosed space, such as a cabinet or drawer
when it is powered on.
CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into,
or allow dust to accumulate in the air
vents. Do not store your Dell™ computer
in a low-airflow environment, such as
a closed briefcase, while it is running.
Restricting the airflow can damage the
computer or cause a fire. The computer
turns on the fan when the computer gets
hot. Fan noise is normal and does not
indicate a problem with the fan or the
computer.
NOTICE: Placing or stacking heavy or sharp
objects on the computer may result in
permanent damage to the computer.
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Connect the AC Adapter
Connect the AC adapter to the computer and
then plug it into an electrical outlet or surge
protector.
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CAUTION: The AC adapter works with
electrical outlets worldwide. However,
power connectors and power strips vary
among countries. Using an incompatible
cable or improperly connecting the cable
to a power strip or electrical outlet may
cause fire or equipment damage.
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Check the Wireless Switch
Using The Wireless Switch
If you plan to use wireless connections, make
sure the wireless switch is in the “On” position.
To turn on the wireless switch, slide it from the
rear to the front of the computer until it clicks
into place.
- Off
- On
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Connect the Network Cable
(optional)
If you plan to use a wired network connection,
plug in the network cable.
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Press the Power Button
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Setting Up Your Studio Laptop
Windows Vista® Setup
Your Dell computer is preconfigured with
Windows Vista. To set up Windows Vista for
the first time, follow the instructions on the
screen. These steps are mandatory and may
take up to 15 minutes to complete. The screens
will take you through several procedures
including accepting license agreements,
setting preferences and setting up an Internet
connection.
NOTICE: Do not interrupt the operating
system’s setup process. Doing so may
render your computer unusable.
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Connect to the Internet (Optional)
NOTE: ISPs (Internet Service Providers)
and ISP offerings vary by country.
To connect to the Internet, you need an external
modem or network connection and an Internet
service provider (ISP).
NOTE: If an external USB modem or WLAN
adapter is not a part of your original
order, you can purchase one from the Dell
website at www.dell.com.
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Setting Up a Wired Internet Connection
Setting Up a Wireless Connection
If you are using a dial-up connection, connect
the telephone line to the external USB modem
(optional) and to the telephone wall connector
before you set up your Internet connection. If
you are using a DSL or cable/satellite modem
connection, contact your ISP or cellular
telephone service for setup instructions and
see “Setting Up Your Internet Connection”
on page 12.
Before you can use your wireless Internet
connection, you need to connect to your
wireless router. To set up your connection to
a wireless router:
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start
→ Connect To.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the setup.
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Setting Up Your Internet Connection
To set up an Internet connection with a provided
ISP desktop shortcut:
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Double-click the ISP icon on the Microsoft
Windows® desktop.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the setup.
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If you do not have an ISP icon on your desktop
or if you want to set up an Internet connection
with a different ISP, perform the steps in the
following section.
NOTE: If you cannot connect to the Internet
but have successfully connected in the
past, the ISP might have a service outage.
Contact your ISP to check the service
status, or try connecting again later.
NOTE: Have your ISP information ready.
If you do not have an ISP, the Connect to
the Internet wizard can help you get one.
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start
→ Control Panel.
3. Under Network and Internet, click Connect
to the Internet.
The Connect to the Internet window appears.
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4. Click either Broadband (PPPoE) or Dial-up,
depending on how you want to connect:
a. Choose Broadband if you will use a
DSL, satellite modem, cable TV modem,
or Bluetooth® wireless technology
connection.
b. Chose Dial-up if you will use an optional
USB dial-up modem or ISDN.
NOTE: If you do not know which type of
connection to select, click Help me choose
or contact your ISP.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen and
use the setup information provided by your
ISP to complete the setup.
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Using Your Studio Laptop
Your Studio 1536/1537 has indicators, buttons,
and features that provide information
at-a-glance and time-saving shortcuts for
common tasks.
Device Status Lights
The device status lights located on top of the
keyboard provide information for wireless
communication.
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WiFi status light – Turns on when
wireless networking is enabled.
Use the wireless switch located at the
front, right side of the computer to quickly
turn all wireless communication On
and Off.
Using the Wireless Switch
To turn on the wireless switch, slide it
away from the front of the computer until it
clicks into place.
- Off
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- On
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Bluetooth® status light
(optional) – Turns on when a card with
Bluetooth wireless technology is enabled.
NOTE: The card with Bluetooth
wireless technology is an optional
feature.
To turn off Bluetooth wireless, right-click
the bluetooth icon in the notification
area of your desktop, and click Disable
Bluetooth Radio or use the wireless
switch.
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Hard drive activity light – Turns on
when the computer reads or writes data.
A flashing light indicates hard drive
activity.
NOTE: To avoid loss of data, never
turn off the computer while the hard
drive activity light is flashing.
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Right Side Features
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IEEE 1394 connector – Connects to
a high-speed serial multimedia devices,
such as digital video cameras.
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• Off – fully charged or the computer is
turned off.
• Solid white – charging.
• Solid amber – charge is low.
• Blinking amber – charge is critically
low and you should either plug in the
AC adapter or save and close your open
documents and applications.
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USB 2.0 connectors (2) – Connects to
a USB device, such as a mouse, keyboard,
printer, external drive, or MP3 player.
3 Optical Disc Drive – Plays or burns only
standard-size and shape (12 cm) CDs, and
DVDs. Ensure that the side with print or
writing is facing upward when inserting
discs. For more information on using the
optical disk drive, see “Using the Optical
Disk Drive” on page 29.
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AC adapter connector – Connects to
the AC adapter to power on the computer
and charge the battery when the computer
is not in use.
Battery status light – Indicates the
battery charging state:
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Power button and light – Turns the
power on or off when pressed. The light in
the button indicates the power state:
• Blinking white – in sleep state.
• Solid white – in power-on state.
• Blinking amber – there may be
a problem with the system board.
• Solid amber – the system board cannot
start initialization. There may be an
issue with either the system board or
power supply.
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Left Side Features
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DELL Wi-Fi Catcher™ Network
Locator button – Press this button for a
few seconds to scan for wireless networks
in your vicinity. The light in the center of
this button indicates the searching state:
• Blinking white indicates searching.
• Solid white for 10 seconds then off
indicates that a network was found.
• Blinking white 10 times then off
indicates that no network was found.
2 Security cable slot – Attaches a
commercially available antitheft device to
the computer.
NOTE: Before you buy an antitheft
device, ensure that it works with the
security cable slot on your computer.
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Wireless On/Off switch – Use this
switch to rapidly turn all wireless devices
Off or On such as WLAN cards and internal
cards with Bluetooth wireless technology.
The wireless switch may be in the Off
position when your computer is shipped to
you. To turn the switch On, slide the switch
toward the front of the computer until it
clicks into place.
- Off
- On
NOTE: This switch can be deactivated
through Dell QuickSet or the BIOS
(system setup program).
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HDMI Connector – HDMI
(High-Definition Multimedia Interface)
connector carries an uncompressed all
digital signal to produce hi-definition
video and audio.
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VGA connector – Connects to
a monitor or projector.
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USB 2.0 connectors – Connects to
USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard,
printer, external drive, or MP3 player.
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eSATA Connector – Connect eSATA
compatible storage devices, such as
external hard disk drives or optical drives.
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Network connector – If you are
using a cabled network signal, this port
connects your computer to a network or
broadband device.
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Audio In/ Microphone connector –
Connects to a microphone or inputs signal
for use with audio programs.
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Audio Out/ Headphone
connectors (2) – Connects one or two
pairs of headphones, or sends audio to
a powered speaker or sound system.
The audio signal is the same for both
connectors.
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8-in-1 Media card reader – Provides a
fast and convenient way to view and
share digital photos, music, videos, and
documents stored on the following digital
memory cards:
• Secure digital (SD) memory card
• Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO) card
• Multi Media Card (MMC)
• Memory Stick
• Memory Stick PRO
• xD-Picture Card (type - M and type - H)
• Hi Speed-SD
• Hi Density-SD
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NOTE: Your computer ships with a
plastic blank installed in the media
card slot. Blanks protect unused slots
from dust and other particles. Save
the blank for use when no media card
is installed in the slot; blanks from
other computers may not fit your
computer.
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ExpressCard slot – Supports one
ExpressCard.
NOTE: Your computer ships with
a plastic blank installed in the
ExpressCard slot. Blanks protect
unused slots from dust and other
particles. Save the blank for use when
no ExpressCard is installed in the slot;
blanks from other computers may not
fit your computer.
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Computer Base and Keyboard
Features
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1 Caps Lock light – Turns on when using the
Caps Lock key.
2 Keyboard/ Backlit Keyboard (optional) –
If you have purchased the optional backlit
keyboard, the right-arrow key will have
on it. The
the backlit keyboard icon
optional backlit keyboard provides visibility
in dark environments by illuminating all
symbols on the keys. The settings for this
keyboard can be personalized by using
Dell QuickSet. For more information on
keyboard, see the Dell Technology Guide.
3 Touch pad – Provides the functionality of
a mouse to move the cursor, drag or move
selected items, and left-click by tapping
the surface. It supports circular scrolling
and zoom.
To change the circular scrolling and zoom
settings, double click the Dell Touch pad
icon in the notification area of your desktop.
In the Scrolling tab, you can enable or
disable scrolling or circular scrolling,
choose the scroll zone width, and
scroll speed.
Backlit Keyboard Brightness
Settings – Press <Fn> + right-arrow key to
toggle between the three lighting states (in
the given order).
The three lighting states are:
a. full keyboard/touch pad brightness
b. half keyboard/touch pad brightness
c. no lighting
In the Gestures tab, you can enable or
disable one finger zoom (zoom in and out
moving the finger upward or downward)
or the pinch zoom (zoom in and out by
spreading two fingers or by bringing two
fingers together).
4 Touch pad buttons – Provide left- and
right-click functions those on like a mouse.
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5 Analog Microphone – If you do not have
the optional built-in camera with dual
microphones, this single microphone is
used for conferencing and chat.
6 Consumer IR – Allows certain software
applications to be controlled by the Dell
Travel Remote (an optional device that can
be stored in the ExpressCard slot when not
in use).
7 Fingerprint reader (optional) – Helps to
keep you computer secure. When you
slide your finger over the reader, it uses
your unique fingerprint to authenticate
your user identity (by automating the entry
of user names and passwords) using
DigitalPersona Personal software. To
activate and use Digital Persona Personal,
click Start→ Programs→ DigitalPersona
Personal.
8 Num Lock light – Turns on when using the
Num Lock key.
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Media Controls
To use the media controls, lightly touch the symbol and then release. The control symbol will shine
for 2 seconds to confirm your selection then fade away.
Launch Dell MediaDirect
Mute the sound
Play the previous track or chapter
Turn down the volume
Stop
Turn up the volume
Play or pause
Eject the disc
Play the next track or chapter
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Display Features
The display panel holds an optional camera and
accompanying dual microphones.
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1 Left digital array microphone (optional)
– Combines with the right digital array
microphone to provide high quality sound
for video chatting and voice recording.
2 Camera activity light (optional) – Indicates
when the camera is on or off. Based on
selections you made when purchasing
your computer, your computer may not
include a camera.
3 Camera (optional) – Built-in camera for
video capture, conferencing, and chat.
Based the on selections you made when
purchasing your computer, your computer
may not include a camera.
FastAccess facial recognition (optional)
– Helps to keep your Dell™ computer
secure. This advanced facial recognition
software learns your face and minimizes
the need for you to use login passwords.
For more information, click Start →
Programs → FastAccess Facial Recognition.
4 Right digital array microphone
(optional) – Combines with the left digital
array microphone to provide high quality
sound for video chatting and voice
recording.
5 Display – Your display can vary based on
selections you made when purchasing
your computer. For more information about
displays, see the Dell Technology Guide.
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Removing and Replacing the
Battery
CAUTION: Using an incompatible battery
may increase the risk of fire or explosion.
This computer should only use a battery
purchased from Dell. Do not use batteries
from other computers.
To remove the battery:
1. Shut down the computer and turn it over.
2. Slide the battery release latch until it clicks
into place.
3. Slide the battery out.
To replace the battery, slide it into the bay until it
clicks into place.
CAUTION: Before removing the battery,
shut down the computer, and remove
external cables (including the AC adapter).
1 Battery
2 Battery charge/health gauge
3 Battery release latch
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Using the Optical Disc Drive
NOTICE: Do not use non-standard-size or
shape discs (including mini-CDs and miniDVDs) or you will damage the drive.
NOTE: Do not move the computer while
playing or recording CDs and DVDs.
To eject a disc from the drive, gently touch the
. The control will flash
eject control button
to confirm a few seconds before ejecting the disc.
Place the disc in the center of the disc slot, with
the label facing outwards and gently push the
disc into the slot. The drive will automatically
pull the disc in and begin reading its content.
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Software Features
NOTE: For more information about the
features described in this section, see
the Dell Technology Guide on your hard
drive or on the Dell Support website at
support.dell.com.
Productivity and Communication
You can use your computer to create
presentations, brochures, greeting cards, fliers,
and spreadsheets. You can also edit and view
digital photographs and images. Check your
purchase order for software installed on
your computer.
After connecting to the Internet, you can access
websites, setup an e-mail account, upload and
download files, and so on.
Entertainment and Multimedia
You can use your computer to watch videos,
play games, create your own CDs, listen to
music and internet radio stations. Your optical
disc drive may support multiple disc media
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formats including CDs, Blu-ray discs (if selected
at the time of purchase), and DVDs.
You can download or copy pictures and video files
from portable devices, such as digital cameras
and cell phones. Optional software applications
enable you to organize and create music and
video files that can be recorded to disc, saved
on portable products such as MP3 players and
handheld entertainment devices, or played and
viewed directly on connected TVs, projectors,
and home theater equipment.
Customizing the Desktop
You can customize your desktop to change the
appearance, resolution, wallpaper, screensaver,
and so on by accessing the Personalize
appearance and sounds window.
To access the display properties window:
1. Right-click an open area of the desktop.
2. Click Personalize, to open the Personalize
appearance and sounds window and learn
more about your customization options.
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Customizing Your Energy Settings
Backing Up Your Data
You can use the power options in your operating
system to configure the power settings on your
computer. Microsoft® Windows Vista® shipped
with Dell computer provides three default
options:
It is recommended that you periodically back
up files and folders on your computer. To back
up files:
• Dell Recommended — This power option
offers full performance when you need it and
saves power during periods of inactivity.
• Power saver — This power option saves
power on your computer by reducing system
performance to maximize the life of the
computer and by reducing the amount of
energy consumed by your computer over its
lifetime.
• High performance — This power option
provides the highest level of system
performance on your computer by adapting
processor speed to your activity and by
maximizing system performance.
→ Control Panel→ System
1. Click Start
and Maintenance→ Welcome Center→
Transfer files and settings.
2. Click Back up files or Back up computer.
3. Click Continue on Your User Account Control
dialog box and follow the instructions in
the Back up Files wizard. This section
provides troubleshooting information for your
computer. If you can not solve your problem
using the following guidelines, see “Using
Support Tools” on page 37 or “Contacting
Dell” on page 52.
CAUTION: Only trained service personnel
should remove the computer cover. See the
Service Manual on the Dell Support
website at support.dell.com for advanced
service and troubleshooting instructions.
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Solving Problems
Network Problems
b. Click Start
Wireless Connections
c. Follow the instructions on the screen
to complete the setup.
If the network connection is lost
— The wireless switch may be off. To turn on
the wireless switch, slide it from the rear to the
front of the computer until it clicks into place.
- Off
- On
— The wireless router is offline or wireless has
been disabled on the computer.
• Check your wireless router to ensure it is
powered on and connected to your data
source (cable modem or network hub).
• Re-establish your connection to the
wireless router:
a. Save and close any open files, and exit
any open programs.
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→ Connect To.
Wired Connections
If the network connection is lost — The cable
is loose or damaged.
• Check the cable to ensure it is plugged in
and not damaged.
The link integrity light on the integrated network
connector lets you verify that your connection is
working and provides information on the status:
• 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.
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• Yellow — A good connection exists between
a 1000-Mbps network and the computer.
• Off — The computer is not detecting a
physical connection to the network.
NOTE: The link integrity light on the network
connector is only for the wired cable
connection. The link integrity light does not
provide status for wireless connections.
Power Problems
If the power light is off — The computer is
either turned off or is not receiving power.
• Reseat the power cable into both the
power connector on 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. Also bypass power protection
devices, power strips, and power extension
cables to verify that the computer turns on
properly.
• Ensure that the electrical outlet is working
by testing it with another device, such as
a lamp.
• Check the AC adapter cable connections. If
the AC adapter has a light, ensure that the
light on the AC adapter is on.
If the power light is solid white and the
computer is not responding — The display may
not be responding. Press the power button until
the computer turns off and then turn it back on.
If the problem persists, see the Dell Technology
Guide on the Dell Support website at
support.dell.com.
If the power light is blinking white — The
computer is in standby mode. Press a key on
the keyboard, move the pointer using the touch
pad or a connected mouse, or press the power
button to resume normal operation.
If the power light is solid amber — The
computer has a power problem or an internal
device malfunction. For assistance contact Dell,
see “Contacting Dell” on page 52.
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Solving Problems
If the power light is blinking amber — The
computer is receiving electrical power, but a
device might be malfunctioning or incorrectly
installed. You may have to remove and then
reinstall the memory modules (for information on
removing and replacing memory modules, see
the Service Manual on the Dell Support website
at support.dell.com).
If you encounter interference that hinders
reception on your computer — An unwanted
signal is creating interference by interrupting or
blocking other signals. Some possible causes of
interference are:
• Power, keyboard, and mouse extension
cables.
• Too many devices connected to a power
strip.
• Multiple power strips connected to the same
electrical outlet.
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Memory Problems
If you receive an insufficient memory
message—
• Save and close any open files and exit any
open programs you are not using to see if
that resolves the problem.
• See the software documentation for
minimum memory requirements. If
necessary, install additional memory (See
the Service Manual on the Dell Support
website at support.dell.com).
• Reseat the memory modules (See the
Service Manual on the Dell Support website
at support.dell.com) to ensure that your
computer is successfully communicating
with the memory.
If you experience other memory problems —
• Ensure that you are following the memory
installation guidelines (see the Service
Manual on the Dell Support website at
support.dell.com).
Solving Problems
• Check if the memory module is compatible
with your computer. Your computer supports
DDR2 memory. For more information about
the type of memory supported by your
computer, see “Basic Specifications” on
page 56.
• Run the Dell Diagnostics (see “Dell
Diagnostics” on page 39).
• Reseat the memory modules (see the Service
Manual on the Dell Support website at support.
dell.com) to ensure that your computer is
successfully communicating with the memory.
Lockups and Software Problems
If the computer does not start up — Ensure
that the power cable is firmly connected to the
computer and to the electrical outlet.
If a program stops responding — End the
program:
3. Click the program that is no longer
responding
4. Click End Task.
If a program crashes repeatedly — Check the
software documentation. If necessary, uninstall
and then reinstall the program.
NOTE: Software usually includes
installation instructions in its
documentation or on the CD.
If the computer stops responding —
NOTICE: You might lose data if you are
unable to perform an operating system
shutdown.
Turn the computer off. If you are unable to get a
response by pressing a key on your keyboard or
moving your mouse, press the power button for
at least 8 to 10 seconds until the computer turns
off and then restart your computer.
1. Press <Ctrl><Shift><Esc> simultaneously.
2. Click Applications.
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Solving Problems
If a program is designed for an earlier
Microsoft® Windows® operating system —
Run the Program Compatibility Wizard. The Program
Compatibility Wizard configures a program so that
it runs in an environment similar to non-Windows
Vista operating system environments.
• Save and close any open files or programs
and shut down your computer through the
Start
menu.
• Check the software documentation or
contact the software manufacturer for
troubleshooting information:
→ Control Panel→
1. Click Start
Programs→ Use an older program with this
version of Windows.
– Ensure that the program is compatible
with the operating system installed on
your computer.
2. In the welcome screen, click Next.
– Ensure that your computer meets the
minimum hardware requirements needed
to run the software. See the software
documentation for information.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
If a solid blue screen appears — Turn the
computer off. If you are unable to get a response
by pressing a key on your keyboard or moving your
pointer or mouse, press and hold the power button
for at least 8 to 10 seconds until the computer
turns off and then restart your computer.
If you have other software problems —
• Back up your files immediately.
• Use a virus-scanning program to check the
hard drive or CDs.
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– Ensure that the program is installed and
configured properly.
– Verify that the device drivers do not
conflict with the program.
– If necessary, uninstall and then reinstall
the program Dell Support Center.
Using Support Tools
Dell Support Center
The Dell Support Center helps you find
the service, support, and system-specific
information you need. For more information
about Dell Support Center and available support
tools, click the Services tab at support.dell.com.
Click the
icon in the taskbar to run the
application. The home page provides links to access:
• Self Help (Troubleshooting, Security, System
Performance, Network/Internet, Backup/
Recovery, and Windows Vista)
• Alerts (technical support alerts relevant to
your computer)
• Assistance from Dell (Technical Support with
DellConnect™, Customer Service, Training
and Tutorials, How-To Help with Dell on Call,
and Online Scan with PCCheckUp)
• About Your System (System Documentation,
Warranty Information, System Information,
Upgrades & Accessories)
The top of the Dell Support Center home page
displays your system’s model number along with
its service tag and express service code.
For more information about the Dell Support
Center, see the Dell Technology Guide on your
hard drive or on the Dell Support website at
support.dell.com.
System Messages
If your computer has an issue or error, it may display
a System Message that will help you identify the
cause and action needed to resolve the issue.
NOTE: If the message you received is
not listed in the following examples,
see the documentation for either the
operating system or the program that was
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Using Support Tools
running when the message appeared.
Alternatively you could see the Dell
Technology Guide in your hard disk or on
the Dell Support website at support.dell.
com or see “Contacting Dell” on page 52
for assistance.
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 see “Contacting Dell” on page 52 for
assistance.
CMOS checksum error — Possible motherboard
failure or RTC battery low. Replace the battery.
See the Service Manual on the Dell Support
website at support.dell.com or see “Contacting
Dell” on page 52 for assistance.
CPU fan failure — CPU fan has failed. Replace
the CPU fan. See the Service Manual on the Dell
Support website at support.dell.com.
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Hard-disk drive failure — Possible hard disk
drive failure during POST, see “Contacting Dell”
on page 52 for assistance.
Hard-disk drive read failure — Possible hard
disk drive failure during HDD boot test see
“Contacting Dell” on page 52 for assistance.
Keyboard failure — Keyboard failure or
loose cable.
No boot device available — No bootable
partition on hard disk drive, the hard disk drive
cable is loose, or no bootable device exists.
• If the hard drive is your boot device, ensure
that the cables are connected and that the
drive is installed properly and partitioned as
a boot device.
• Enter system setup and ensure that the boot
sequence information is correct (see the
Dell Technology Guide on the Dell Support
website at support.dell.com).
Using Support Tools
No timer tick interrupt — A chip on the system
board might be malfunctioning or motherboard
failure (see “Contacting Dell” on page 52
for assistance).
USB over current error — Disconnect the USB
device. Your USB device needs more power for
it to function properly. Use an external power
source to connect the USB device, or if your
device has two USB cables, connect both
of them.
NOTICE - Hard Drive SELF MONITORING
SYSTEM has reported that a parameter has
exceeded its normal operating range. Dell
recommends that you back up your data
regularly. A parameter out of range may or may
not indicate a potential hard drive problem —
S.M.A.R.T error, possible hard disk drive failure.
This feature can be enabled or disabled in the
BIOS setup (see “Contacting Dell” on page 52
for assistance).
Hardware Troubleshooter
If a device is either not detected during
the operating system setup or is detected
but incorrectly configured, you can use the
Hardware Troubleshooter to resolve the
incompatibility.
To start the Hardware Troubleshooter:
1. Click Start
→ Help and Support.
2. Type hardware troubleshooter in
the search field and press <Enter> to start
the search.
3. In the search results, select the option that
best describes the problem and follow the
remaining troubleshooting steps.
Dell Diagnostics
If you experience a problem with your
computer, perform the checks in “Lockups and
Software Problems” on page 56 and run the
Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for
technical assistance.
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Using Support Tools
It is recommended that you print these
procedures before you begin.
NOTICE: Dell Diagnostics works only on
Dell computers.
NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities media
is optional and may not ship with your
computer.
1. Ensure that the computer is connected to an
electrical outlet that is known to be working
properly.
2. Turn on (or restart) your computer.
3. When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F12>
immediately. Select Diagnostics from the
boot menu and press <Enter>.
See the System Setup section in the Dell
Technology Guide to review your computer’s
configuration information, and ensure that the
device that you want to test displays in the
system setup program and is active.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
Start the Dell Diagnostics from your hard drive
or from the Drivers and Utilities media.
NOTE: If you see a message stating that no
diagnostics utility partition has been found,
run the Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers
and Utilities media.
Starting Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive
The Dell Diagnostics is located on a hidden
diagnostic utility partition on your hard drive.
NOTE: If your computer cannot display a
screen image, see “Contacting Dell” on
page 52.
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4. Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics
from the diagnostics utility partition on your
hard drive.
Using Support Tools
Starting Dell Diagnostics From the Drivers and
Utilities Media
1. Insert the Drivers and Utilities media.
2. Shut down and restart the computer.
When the DELL logo appears, press <F12>
immediately.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
5. Type 1 to start the CD menu and press
<Enter> to proceed.
6. Select Run the 32 Bit Dell Diagnostics from
the numbered list. If multiple versions are
listed, select the version appropriate for
your computer.
7. When the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu
appears, select the test you want to run.
NOTE: The next steps change the boot
sequence for one time only. On the next
start-up, the computer boots according to
the devices specified in the system setup
program.
3. When the boot device list appears, highlight
CD/DVD/CD-RW and press <Enter>.
4. Select the Boot from CD-ROM option from
the menu that appears and press <Enter>.
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Restoring Your Operating System
You can restore your operating system in the
following ways:
• System Restore returns your computer to an
earlier operating state without affecting data
files. Use System Restore as the first solution
for restoring your operating system and
preserving data files.
• Dell Factory Image Restore returns your hard
drive to the operating state it was in when
you purchased the computer. This procedure
permanently delete all data on the hard drive
and remove any programs installed after
you received the computer. Use Dell Factory
Image Restore only if System Restore did not
resolve your operating system problem.
• If you received an Operating System disc
with your computer, you can use it to restore
your operating system. However, using the
Operating System disc also deletes all data
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on the hard drive. Use the disc only if System
Restore did not resolve your operating
system problem.
System Restore
The Windows operating systems provide a
System Restore option which allows 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. Any changes that System Restore makes to
your computer are completely reversible.
NOTICE: Make regular backups of your
data files. System Restore does not monitor
your data files or recover them.
NOTE: The procedures in this document
were written for the Windows default view,
so they may not apply if you set your Dell™
computer to the Windows Classic view.
Restoring Your Operating System
Starting System Restore
1. Click Start
.
2. In the Start Search box, type System
Restore and press <Enter>.
NOTE: The User Account Control window
may appear. If you are an administrator on
the computer, click Continue; otherwise,
contact your administrator to continue the
desired action.
3. Click Next and follow the remaining prompts
on the screen.
In the event that System Restore did not resolve
the issue, you may undo the last system restore.
Undoing the Last System Restore
NOTE: 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 Start
.
2. In the Start Search box, type System
Restore and press <Enter>.
3. Click Undo my last restoration and click
Next.
Dell Factory Image Restore
NOTICE: Using Dell Factory Image Restore
permanently deletes all data on the hard
drive and removes any programs or drivers
installed after you received your computer.
If possible, back up the data before using
these options. Use Dell Factory Image
Restore only if System Restore did not
resolve your operating system problem.
NOTE: Dell Factory Image Restore may
not be available in certain countries or on
certain computers.
Use Dell Factory Image Restore only as the
last method to restore your operating system.
These options restore your hard drive to the
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Restoring Your Operating System
operating state it was in when you purchased
the computer. Any programs or files added
since you received your computer—including
data files—are permanently deleted from
the hard drive. Data files include documents,
spreadsheets, e-mail messages, digital photos,
music files, and so on. If possible, back up all
data before using Factory Image Restore.
Dell Factory Image Restore
1. Turn on the computer. When the Dell logo
appears, press <F8> several times to access
the Vista Advanced Boot Options Window.
2. Select Repair Your Computer.
3. The System Recovery Options window
appears.
4. Select a keyboard layout and click Next.
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5. To access the recovery options, log on as a
local user. To access the command prompt,
type administrator in the User name
field, then click OK.
6. Click Dell Factory Image Restore. The Dell
Factory Image Restore welcome screen
appears.
NOTE: Depending upon your configuration,
you may need to select Dell Factory Tools,
then Dell Factory Image Restore.
7. Click Next. The Confirm Data Deletion
screen appears.
NOTICE: If you do not want to proceed with
Factory Image Restore, click Cancel.
8. Click the checkbox to confirm that you want
to continue reformatting the hard drive and
restoring the system software to the factory
condition, then click Next.
Restoring Your Operating System
The restore process begins and may take
five or more minutes to complete. A message
appears when the operating system and
factory-installed applications have been
restored to factory condition.
9. Click Finish to reboot the system.
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, you need the following
Operating System Reinstallation
• Dell Operating System media
Before you Begin
• Dell Drivers and Utilities media
If you are considering reinstalling the Windows
operating system to correct a problem with a
newly installed driver, first try using Windows
Device Driver Rollback. If Device Driver
Rollback does not resolve the problem, then
use System Restore to return your operating
system to the operating state it was in before
you installed the new device driver. See “Using
Microsoft Windows System Restore”
on page 42.
NOTE: The Dell Drivers and Utilities media
contains drivers that were installed during
the assembly of the computer. Use the
Dell Drivers and Utilities media to load any
required drivers. Depending on the region
from which you ordered your computer, or
whether you requested the media, the Dell
Drivers and Utilities media and Operating
System media may not ship with your
computer.
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Restoring Your Operating System
Reinstalling Windows Vista
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 disc.
3. Click Exit if the Install Windows message
appears.
4. Restart the computer.
5. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12>
immediately.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
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NOTE: The next steps change the boot
sequence for one time only. On the next
start-up, the computer boots according to
the devices specified in the system setup
program.
6. When the boot device list appears, highlight
CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive and press <Enter>.
7. Press any key to Boot from CD-ROM.
Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the installation.
Getting Help
If you experience a problem with your computer,
you can complete the following steps to
diagnose and troubleshoot the problem:
1. See “Solving Problems” on page 32 for
information and procedures that pertain to
the problem your computer is experiencing.
2. See “Dell Diagnostics” on page 39 for
procedures on how to run Dell Diagnostics.
3. Fill out the “Diagnostic Checklist” on
page 51.
4. Use Dell’s extensive suite of online services
available at Dell Support (support.dell.com)
for help with installation and troubleshooting
procedures. See “Online Services” on
page 48 for a more extensive list of Dell
Support online.
5. If the preceding steps have not resolved the
problem, see “Contacting Dell” on page 52.
NOTE: Call Dell Support from a telephone
near or at the computer so that the support
staff 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.
NOTE: Some of the services are not
always available in all locations outside
the continental U.S. Call your local
Dell representative for information on
availability.
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Getting Help
Technical Support and Customer
Service
Dell’s support service is available to answer
your questions about Dell hardware. Our support
staff use computer-based diagnostics to provide
fast, accurate answers.
To contact Dell’s support service, see “Before
You Call” on page 51 and then see the contact
information for your region or go to
support.dell.com.
DellConnect™
DellConnect is a simple online access tool that
allows a Dell service and support associate to
access your computer through a broadband
connection, diagnose your problem and repair it
all under your supervision. For more information,
go to support.dell.com and click DellConnect.
Online Services
You can learn about Dell products and services
on the following websites:
• www.dell.com
• www.dell.com/ap (Asian/Pacific countries
only)
• www.dell.com/jp (Japan only)
• www.euro.dell.com (Europe only)
• www.dell.com/la (Latin American and
Caribbean countries)
• www.dell.ca (Canada only)
You can access Dell Support through the
following websites and e-mail addresses:
Dell Support websites
• support.dell.com
• support.jp.dell.com (Japan only)
• support.euro.dell.com (Europe only)
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Getting Help
Dell Support e-mail addresses
• mobile_support@us.dell.com
• support@us.dell.com
• la-techsupport@dell.com (Latin America and
Caribbean countries only)
• apsupport@dell.com (Asian/Pacific
countries only)
Dell Marketing and Sales e-mail addresses
• apmarketing@dell.com (Asian/Pacific
countries only)
• sales_canada@dell.com (Canada only)
Anonymous file transfer protocol (FTP)
• ftp.dell.com
Log in as user: anonymous, and use your
e-mail address as your password.
AutoTech Service
Dell’s automated 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. For instructions on accessing
the telephone number to call your region, see
“Contacting Dell” on page 52.
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
your region, see “Contacting Dell” on page 52
for 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.
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Getting Help
For the telephone number to call for your region,
see “Contacting Dell” on page 52.
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
for your region or to speak to a sales specialist,
see “Contacting Dell” on page 52.
4. Include a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist
(see “Diagnostic Checklist” on page 51),
indicating the tests that you have run
and any error messages reported by the
Dell Diagnostics (see “Dell Diagnostics”
on page 39).
5. Include any accessories that belong with
the item(s) being returned (power cables,
software, guides, and so on) if the return is
for credit.
Returning Items for Repair Under
Warranty or for Credit
6. Pack the equipment to be returned in the
original (or equivalent) packing materials.
Prepare all items being returned, whether for
repair or credit, as follows:
7. 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.
1. Call Dell to obtain a Return Material
Authorization Number, and write it clearly
and prominently on the outside of the box.
2. For the telephone number to call for your
region, see “Contacting Dell” on page 52.
3. Include a copy of the invoice and a letter
describing the reason for the return.
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8. Returns that are missing any of the
preceding requirements will be refused at
Dell’s receiving dock and returned to you.
Getting Help
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. You may also be
asked for your Service Tag (located on the
back or bottom of your computer).
Remember to fill out the following Diagnostics
Checklist. If possible, turn on your computer
before you call Dell for 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.
Diagnostic Checklist
• Name:
• Date:
• Address:
• Phone number:
• Service Tag (bar code on the back or bottom
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:
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Getting Help
See your operating system documentation
to determine the contents of the computer’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
For customers in the United States, call
800-WWW-DELL (800-999-3355).
NOTE: If you do not have an active
Internet connection, you can find contact
information on your purchase invoice,
packing slip, bill, or Dell product catalog.
Dell provides several online and telephonebased support and service options. Availability
varies by country and product, and some
services may not be available in your area.
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To contact Dell for sales, technical support, or
customer service issues:
1. Visit support.dell.com.
2. Verify your country or region in the Choose
A Country/Region drop-down menu at the
bottom of the page.
3. Click Contact Us on the left side of the page.
4. Select the appropriate service or support link
based on your need.
5. Choose the method of contacting Dell that is
convenient for you.
Getting Help
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Finding More Information and Resources
If you need to:
See:
reinstall your operating system.
the Operating System media.
run a diagnostic program for your computer,
reinstall notebook system software, or update
drivers for your computer, and readme files.
the Drivers and Utilities media.
learn more about your operating system,
maintaining peripherals, RAID, Internet,
Bluetooth®, networking, and e-mail.
the Dell Technology Guide installed on your
hard drive.
upgrade your computer with new or additional
memory, or a new hard drive.
the Service Manual on the Dell Support website
at support.dell.com
reinstall or replace a worn or defective part.
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NOTE: Drivers and documentation updates
can be found on the Dell™ Support website
at support.dell.com.
NOTE: In some countries, opening and
replacing parts of your computer may void
your warranty. Check your warranty and
return policies before working inside your
computer.
Finding More Information and Resources
If you need to:
See:
find safety best practices information for your
computer
the safety and regulatory documents that
shipped with your computer and also see the
Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
review Warranty information, Terms and
Conditions (U.S. only), Safety instructions,
Regulatory information, Ergonomics
information, and End User License Agreement.
find your Service tag/Express Service Code—
You must use the service tag to identify your
computer on support.dell.com or to contact
technical support.
the back or bottom of your computer.
find drivers and downloads.
the Dell™ Support website at
support.dell.com.
access technical support and product help.
check on your order status for new purchases.
find solutions and answers to common
questions.
locate information for last-minute updates
about technical changes to your computer or
advanced technical-reference material for
technicians or experienced users.
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Basic Specifications
System Model
Processor
Dell Studio 1536/1537
Studio 1536
Type
This section provides basic information that you
may need when setting up, updating drivers for,
and upgrading your computer.
NOTE: Offerings may vary by region.
For more information regarding the
configuration of your computer, click
Start
→ Help and Support and select
the option to view information about your
computer.
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L2 cache
®
• AMD Sempron
Processor
™
• AMD® Athlon™ Dual Core
Processor
• AMD® Turion™ Dual Core
Processor
• AMD® Turion™ Ultra Dual
Core Processor
512 KB (AMD
Sempron)
1 MB (AMD
Athlon, AMD
Turion)
2 MB (AMD
Turion Ultra)
Basic Specifications
Processor
Processor
Studio 1537
External bus frequency
Type
®
L2 cache
™
Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor
Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core
Processor
512 KB (1 MB
(Intel Pentium,
Intel Celeron)
Up to 1800 MHz
(Studio 1536)
Up to 1066 MHz
(Studio 1537)
ExpressCard
2 MB or 3 MB
(Intel Core 2
Duo)
ExpressCard
controller
AMD M780G (Studio 1536)
Intel® Celeron® Processor
6 MB (Intel Core
2 Duo)
ExpressCard
connector
one ExpressCard slot
(54 mm)
L1 cache
64 KB (Intel - 32
KB per core)
Cards supported
Intel® Celeron® Dual-Core
Processor
256 KB (AMD 128 KB per core)
Intel ICH9M (Studio 1537)
ExpressCard/34 (34 mm)
ExpressCard/54 (54 mm)
1.5 V and 3.3 V
ExpressCard
connector size
26 pins
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Memory
Computer Information
Connectors
two user-accessible
SODIMM connectors
Capacities
512 MB, 1 GB, and
2 GB
Memory type
800 MHz SODIMM
DDR2
System Chipset
RS780M + SB700
(Studio 1536)
Intel GM/PM 45 +
ICH9M
(Studio 1537)
Data bus width
64 bits
Minimum Memory
512 MB (single
channel)
DRAM bus width
dual channel (2)
64-bit buses
Maximum Memory
4 GB (dual channel
2G x2)
Processor address
bus width
32 bits
Flash EPROM
2 MB
Graphics bus
PCI-E X16
PCI bus
32 bits
NOTE: For instructions on upgrading your
memory, see the Service Manual on the
Dell Support website at support.dell.com.
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Video
Communications
External V.92 56K USB
Modem
Discrete
Video type
integrated on system board
Modem controller
Hardware Modem
video controller
Modem interface
Universal Serial Bus
(USB)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD
3450
video memory
GDDR2 256MB
Network adapter
10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN
on system board
Wireless
internal WLAN
(half-size Mini-Card),
WWAN, Mini-Card with
Bluetooth® wireless
technology
Modem type
WWAN ExpressCard
Bluetooth® wireless
technology
WiMax/Wifi Link half
mini-card
UMA
Video type
integrated on system board
Video controller
Mobile Intel GMA
4500MHD, ATI Radeon™
HD 3200 Graphics
video memory
Intel: Up to 358 MB of
shared memory
AMD: Up to 256 MB of
shared memory
(32 MB dedicated local
frame buffer)
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Video
Audio
LCD interface
LVDS
TV support
HDMI 1.2
Internal speaker
amplifier
2 Watt per channel into
4 ohms
Volume controls
program menus, media
control buttons
Audio
Audio type
IDT 92HD73C High
Definition Audio codec
Audio controller
5.1 channel High
Definition Audio
Stereo conversion
Ports and Connectors
Audio
microphone connector, two
stereo headphone/speakers
connector
24-bit (analog-to-digital
and digital-to-analog)
IEEE 1394a
4-pin serial connector
(optional)
Internal Interface
Intel High Definition
Audio
Consumer IR
sensor compatible with
Philips RC6 (receive only)
External Interface
microphone-in
connector, stereo
headphones/speakers
connector
Mini-Card
one Type IIIA Mini Card
slots, one half-size Mini
Card slot
two 4-ohm speakers
Network
adapter
RJ-45 port
Speaker
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Ports and Connectors
Display
eSATA
one seven-pin/fourpin eSATA/USB combo
connector
Diagonal
USB
four 4-pin USB 2.0-compliant
connectors
WXGA with
TrueLife
1280 x 800
Video
15-hole connector
WXGA+ with
TrueLife
1440 x 900 at 262 K colors
HDMI
19 pin
WUXGA with
TrueLife
1600 x 1200 at 262 K colors
Refresh rate
60 Hz
Operating
angle
0° (closed) to 140°
Display
Type (TrueLife)
391.2 mm (15.4 in)
Maximum resolution
15.4-inch WLED WXGA TL
15.4-inch WLED WXGA+ TL
15.4-inch CCFL WUGA TL
Viewing Angles:
Dimensions:
Horizontal
Height
207 mm (8.14 in)
Width
331.2 mm (13.03 in)
±40° (WXGA with TrueLife)
±55° (WXGA+ with TrueLife)
±55° (WUXGA with TrueLife)
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Display
Vertical
Keyboard
+15°/–30° (WXGA with
TrueLife)
Number of keys
86 (U.S. and Canada);
102 (Europe); 105 (Japan);
104 (Brazil)
Layout
QWERTY/AZERTY/Kanji
±45° (WXGA+ with TrueLife)
±45° (WUXGA with TrueLife)
Pixel pitch
Camera (optional)
WXGA with
TrueLife
0.258 mm
Pixel
2.0 megapixel
WXGA+ with
TrueLife
0.2304 mm
Video
resolution
320x240 ~1600x1200 (640x480
at 30fps)
WUXGA with
TrueLife
0.1725 mm
Diagonal
viewing angle
66°
Controls
brightness can be controlled
through keyboard shortcuts
(see Dell Technology Guide
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Touch pad
Battery
X/Y position
resolution (graphics
table mode)
240 cpi
Width
206.6 mm (8.13 in) (4/6 cell)
284.9 mm (11.2 in) (9 cell)
Weight
Size:
Width
73.09 mm (2.87-in)
sensor-active area
Height
40.09 mm (1.57-in)
rectangle
0.34 kg (0.75 lb) (6 cell)
0.5 kg (1.1 lb) (9 cell)
Voltage
Type
4-cell/6-cell/9-cell “smart”
lithium ion
Depth
48.3 mm (1.9 inches) (4/6/9
cell)
Height
20.4 mm (0.8 in) (4/6 cell)
11.1 VDC (6/9 cell)
14.8 VDC (4 cell)
Charge time
(approximate):
Battery
0.24 kg (0.54 lb) (4 cell)
4 hours
Computer off
37.8 mm (1.5 in) (9 cell)
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Battery
Operating time
AC Adapter
Battery operating time
varies depending on
operating conditions and
can be significantly reduced
under certain powerintensive conditions.
See Dell Technology Guide
for more information..
Life span
(approximate)
Input voltage
100–240 VAC
Input current
(maximum)
1.5 A
Input frequency
50–60 Hz
Output power
65 W or 90 W
Output current (90 W)
5.62 A (maximum at
4-second pulse)
300 discharge/charge
cycles
Temperature range:
Operating
0° to 35°C (32° to 95°F)
Storage
–
Coin-cell
battery
CR-2032
40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F)
4.62 A (continuous)
Output current (65 W)
3.34 A (continuous)
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19.5 +/- 1 VDC
Dimensions:
65 W (E-Series)
Height
64
4.34 A (maximum at
4-second pulse)
16 mm (0.6 in)
Basic Specifications
AC Adapter
Physical
Width
66 mm (2.6 in)
Depth
127 mm (5.0 in)
Weight (with cables)
0.29 kg (0.64 lb)
Height
25.3 mm to 38 mm
(1.0 in to 1.5 in)
Width
355.6 mm (14.0 in)
Depth
261.5 mm (10.30 in)
90 W (E-Series)
Height
16 mm (0.6 in)
Weight (with 4-cell
battery):
Width
70 mm (2.8 in)
Configurable to less than
Depth
147 mm (5.8 in)
Relative humidity (maximum):
Weight (with cables)
0.345 kg (0.76 lb)
Operating
10% to 90%
(noncondensing)
Storage
5% to 95%
(noncondensing)
Temperature ranges:
Operating
0° to 35°C (32° to
95°F)
Storage
–
40° to 65°C (–40° to
149°F)
2.68 kg (5.91 lb)
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Physical
Physical
Maximum vibration (using a random-vibration
spectrum that simulates user environment):
Storage
–
15.2 to 10,668 m
(–50 to 35,000 ft)
Operating
0.66 GRMS
Storage
1.3 GRMS
Airborne contaminant
level
G2 or lower
as defined by
ISA-S71.04-1985
Maximum shock (measured with hard drive
in head-parked position and a 2-ms half-sine
pulse):
Operating
110 G
Storage
163 G
Altitude (maximum):
Operating
–
15.2 to 3048 m
(–50 to 10,000 ft)
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Appendix
Macrovision Product Notice
This product incorporates copyright protection
technology that is protected by method claims
of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual
property rights owned by Macrovision
Corporation and other rights owners. Use of
this copyright protection technology must be
authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is
intended for home and other limited viewing
uses only unless otherwise authorized by
Macrovision Corporation. Reverse engineering
or disassembly is prohibited.
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Index
connect(ing)
A
to the Internet 10
AC adapter
size and weight 64, 65
conserving energy 31
airflow, allowing 5
Contacting Dell online 52
AutoTech 49
customer service 48
customizing
B
your desktop 30
backups
your energy settings 31
creating 31
C
D
damage, avoiding 5
calling Dell 51
data, backing up 31
CDs, playing and creating 30
DellConnect 48
chipset 58
Dell Diagnostics 39
computer capabilities 30
Dell Factory Image Restore 42
computer, setting up 5
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Dell Support Center 37
energy
conserving 31
Dell support website 55
Dell Technology Guide
for further information 54
device status lights 14
Diagnostic Checklist 51
disc drive
supported disc sizes 29
discs
expansion bus 59
F
finding more information 54
FTP login, anonymous 49
H
hardware problems
diagnosing 39
ejecting 29
using 29
drivers and downloads 55
Hardware Troubleshooter 39
help
getting assistance and support 47
DVDs, playing and creating 30
horizontal and vertical stand options 6
E
email addresses
for technical support 49
I
installing the stand 6
Internet connection 10
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ISP
Internet Service Provider 10
P
power problems, solving 33
M
power strips, using 6
memory problems
problems, solving 32
solving 34
memory support 58
processor 56
products
information and purchasing 50
Microsoft™ Windows Vista® 10
N
R
network connection
reinstalling Windows 42
fixing 32
resources, finding more 54
network speed
restoring factory image 43
testing 32
S
O
setup, before you begin 5
order status 49
shipping products
for return or repair 50
software features 30
software problems 35
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solving problems 32
Windows Vista®
specifications 56
Program Compatibility Wizard 36
support email addresses 49
reinstalling 46
support sites
worldwide 48
System Messages 37
setup 10
wired network
network cable, connecting 8
system reinstall options 42
wireless network connection 32
System Restore 42
wireless switch 7, 14, 32
T
technical support 48
V
ventilation, ensuring 5
W
warranty returns 50
Windows, reinstalling 42
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