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Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
Dell™ Inspiron™ 2600 and 2650
A Tour of Your Computer
Solving Problems
Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities
Reinstalling Microsoft® Windows® Operating Systems
System Setup Program
Power Management
Using the Dell Diagnostics
Specifications
Pin Assignments for I/O Connectors
Removing and Replacing Parts
Documentation
Hints, Notices, and Cautions
HINT: A HINT 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.
Abbreviations and Acronyms
For a complete list of abbreviations and acronyms, see the Tell Me How help file. See "Accessing Help."
Information in this document is subject to change without notice.
© 2002–2003 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, Inspiron, Dell Precision, Dimension, OptiPlex, and Latitude are
trademarks of Dell Computer Corporation; Intel, Celeron, Pentium, and Intel SpeedStep are registered trademarks of Intel
Corporation; Microsoft, MS-DOS, and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
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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.
March 2003 Rev. A02
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A Tour of Your Computer
Dell™ Inspiron™ 2600 and 2650
Front View
Left Side View
Right Side View
Back View
Bottom View
Front View
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1
display latch
7
device status lights
2
display
8
hard drive
3
Dell™ AccessDirect™ button
9
speaker
4
keyboard status lights
10
keyboard
5
touch pad
11
power button
6
touch pad buttons
Display Latch — Keeps the display closed.
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Display — For more information on using your color display, see "Using the Display" in the Tell Me
How help file (see "Accessing Help").
Dell AccessDirect Button — Press this button to launch support and educational resources that Dell
has installed on your computer.
Keyboard Status Lights — The green lights located above the keyboard indicate the following:
Turns on when the numeric keypad is enabled
Turns on when the uppercase letter function is enabled
Turns on when the scroll lock function is enabled
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Touch Pad — Use the touch pad and touch pad buttons as you would use a mouse.
Touch Pad Buttons — Correspond to the left and right buttons on a standard mouse.
Device Status Lights
Turns on when you turn on the computer or flashes when the computer is in standby mode
Turns on when the computer reads or writes data
NOTICE: To avoid loss of data, never turn off the computer while the
flashing.
light is
Turns on steadily or blinks to indicate battery charge status
If the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, the
●
Solid green: The battery is fully charged.
●
Flashing green: The battery is charging.
If the computer is running on a battery, the
light operates as follows:
light operates as follows:
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Off: The battery is adequately charged (or the computer is turned off).
●
Flashing orange: The battery charge is critically low.
●
Solid orange: The battery charge is low.
Hard Drive — Reads and writes data on a hard disk.
Speaker — Press the volume control buttons or volume control keyboard shortcuts to adjust the
volume of the integrated speakers.
Keyboard — The keyboard includes a numeric keypad as well as the Microsoft® Windows® logo key
.
Power Button — Press the power button to turn on the computer or to enter standby mode.
NOTICE: Turn off your computer by performing a Windows shutdown rather than by pressing
the power button. Otherwise, you may lose data.
Left Side View
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1
audio connectors (2)
2
network connector
3
PC Card slot
4
floppy drive
Audio Connectors
Attach headphones or speakers to the
Attach a microphone to the
connector.
connector.
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Network Connector (Optional)
HINT: The network connector is slightly larger than the modem connector. Do not plug a
telephone line into the network connector.
Connects the computer to a network. The lights next to the connector indicate
activity for both wired and wireless network communications.
For information on using the network adapter, see the online network adapter
documentation supplied with your computer.
PC Card Slot — Has one connector that supports various types of PC Cards, including modems and
network adapters.
Floppy Drive — Reads and writes data to floppy disks.
Right Side View
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1 security cable slot
2 fixed optical drive
compartment
Security Cable Slot — Lets you attach a commercially available antitheft device to the computer.
Instructions for installing antitheft devices are usually included with the device.
NOTICE: Before you buy an antitheft device, ensure that it will work with the security cable
slot.
Fixed Optical Drive Compartment — Accommodates devices such as a CD drive, DVD drive, CD-RW
drive, or a CD-RW/DVD combo drive.
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Back View
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the computer, wait 5 seconds after turning off the computer
before you disconnect an external device.
CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air
vents. Doing so can damage the computer or cause a fire.
1
modem connector
5
air vents (for Inspiron 2650 only)
2
USB connectors (2)
6
parallel connector
3
PS/2 connector
7
AC adapter connector
4
video connector
8
air vents
Modem Connector
Connect the telephone line to the modem connector.
For information on using the modem, see the online modem documentation
supplied with your computer.
USB Connectors
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Connects USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, or printer.
PS/2 Connector
HINT: You can use the integrated keyboard and an external keyboard at the same time. When
you attach a PS/2 keyboard or PS/2numeric keypad, the integrated keypad is disabled.
Connects PS/2-compatible devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, or external
numeric keypad.
Shut down the computer before attaching or removing a PS/2-compatible
device. If the device does not work, install the device drivers from the
floppy disk or CD that came with the device, and restart the computer.
Video Connector
Connects an external monitor.
Air Vents — The computer uses an internal fan to create airflow through the vents, which prevents
the computer from overheating.
CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air
vents. Doing so can damage the computer or cause a fire.
HINT: The computer turns on the fans when the computer gets hot. The fans may make noise,
which is normal and does not indicate a problem with the fans or the computer.
Parallel Connector
Connects a parallel device, such as a printer.
AC Adapter Connector — Allows you to attach an AC adapter to the computer. The AC adapter
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converts AC power to the DC power required by the computer. You can connect the AC adapter with
your computer turned either on or off.
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 the power strip or electrical outlet may cause fire
or equipment damage.
NOTICE: When you disconnect the AC adapter from the computer, grasp the adapter cable
connector, not the cable itself, and pull firmly but gently to avoid damaging the cable.
Bottom View
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battery lock
2
battery release latch
3
battery
4
memory module cover
5
air vents
Battery Lock — Secures the battery.
Battery Release Latch — Press the release latch to remove the battery.
Battery — When a battery is installed, you can use the computer without connecting it to an electrical
outlet.
Memory Module Cover — Covers the compartment that contains the memory module(s). See
"Memory Module" for information on replacing and installing memory modules.
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Air Vents — The computer uses an internal fan to create airflow through the vents, which prevents
the computer from overheating.
CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air
vents. Doing so can damage the computer or cause a fire.
HINT: The computer turns on the fans when the computer gets hot. The fans may make noise,
which is normal and does not indicate a problem with the fans or the computer.
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Solving Problems
Dell™ Inspiron™ 2600 and 2650
Accessing Help
External Keyboard Problems
Power Problems
Unexpected Characters
Error Messages
Drive Problems
Video and Display Problems
Network Problems
Sound and Speaker Problems
General Program Problems
Printer Problems
E-Mail Problems
Modem and Internet Connection
Problems
Scanner Problems
If Your Computer Gets Wet
If You Drop or Damage Your Computer
Resolving Other Technical Problems
PC Card Problems
Touch Pad or Mouse Problems
Accessing Help
To access the Tell Me How help file
Microsoft® Windows® XP
1. Click the Start button and then click Help and Support.
2. Click User and system guides and then click User's guides.
3. Click Tell Me How.
Windows 2000
1. Click the Start button, point to Programs, and point to User's Guides.
2. Click Tell Me How.
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To access Help in Windows XP
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click the Start button and then click Help and Support.
Type a word or phrase that describes your problem and then click the arrow icon.
Click the topic that describes your problem.
Follow the instructions shown on the screen.
To access Help in Windows 2000
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Click the Start button and then click Help.
Click the Search tab.
Type a word or phrase that describes your problem and then click List Topics.
Click the topic that describes your problem and then click Display.
Follow the instructions shown on the screen.
Power Problems
HINT: See the Tell Me How help file for information on standby mode (see "Accessing
Help").
Check the power light — When the power light is lit or blinking, the computer has
power. If the power light is blinking, the computer is in standby mode—press the power
button to exit standby mode. If the light is off, press the power button to turn on the
computer.
Charge the battery — The battery charge may be depleted.
1. Reinstall the battery.
2. Use the AC adapter to connect the computer to an electrical outlet.
3. Turn on the computer.
Check the battery status light — If the battery status light flashes orange or is a steady
orange, the battery charge is low or depleted. Connect the computer to an electrical outlet.
If the battery status light is off, the battery is too hot to charge. Turn off the computer,
disconnect the computer from the electrical outlet, and then let the battery and computer
cool to room temperature.
If the battery status light rapidly flashes orange, the battery may be defective. for
technical assistance (see "Contacting Dell" in the Dell Owner's Manual that came with your
computer).
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Test the electrical outlet — Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with
another device, such as a lamp.
Check the AC adapter — Check the AC adapter cable connections. If the AC adapter has
a light, ensure that the light is on.
Connect the computer directly to an electrical outlet — Bypass power protection
devices, power strips, and the extension cable to verify that the computer turns on.
Eliminate possible interference — Turn off nearby fans, fluorescent lights, halogen
lamps, or other appliances.
Adjust the power properties — See the Tell Me How help file or search for the keyword
standby in the Help and Support Center (Help in Windows 2000). See "Accessing Help."
Reseat the memory modules — If your computer has 192 MB or more of RAM and the
computer power light turns on but the display remains blank, reseat the memory modules.
If your computer has less than 192 MB of RAM, you do not need to reseat the module.
To check how many MB of RAM your computer has:
●
●
In Windows XP, click Computer Information.
In Windows 2000, right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, and then
click the General tab.
Error Messages
If the message is not listed, see the documentation for the operating system or the program that was
running at the time the message appeared.
Decreasing available memory — Your memory module may be faulty or improperly
seated. If your computer has 192 MB or more of RAM, reseat the memory modules and, if
necessary, replace it. If your computer has less than 192 MB of RAM, you do not need to
reseat the module.
To check how many MB of RAM your computer has:
●
●
In Windows XP, click Computer Information.
In Windows 2000, right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, and then
click the General tab.
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, or the disk is too full. Try copying the file to a
different disk or use a larger capacity disk.
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Insert bootable media — The operating system is trying to boot to a nonbootable floppy
disk or CD. Insert a bootable floppy disk or CD.
Non-system disk or disk error — A floppy disk is in the floppy drive. Remove the floppy
disk and restart the computer.
Operating system not found — Contact Dell for technical assistance
(see "Contacting Dell" in the Dell Owner's Manual that came with your computer).
A required .DLL file was not found — The program that you are trying to open is
missing an essential file. Remove and then reinstall the program.
Microsoft® Windows® XP
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Click the Start button.
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.
Windows 2000
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon.
Select the program that you want to remove.
Click Change or Remove Programs and follow the prompts on the screen.
See the program documentation for installation instructions.
x:\ is not accessible. The device is not ready — Insert a disk into the drive and try
again.
Video and Display Problems
If the display is blank
HINT: If you are using a program that requires a higher resolution than your computer
supports, Dell recommends that you attach an external monitor to your computer.
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Check the
light — When the
light is blinking, the computer has power.
If the
light is blinking, the computer is in standby mode—press the power button to
exit standby mode.
If the
light is off, press the power button.
If the
light is on, your power management settings may have caused the display to
turn off. Try pressing any key or move the cursor to exit standby mode.
Check the battery — If you are using a battery to power your computer, the battery
charge may be depleted. Connect the computer to an electrical outlet using the AC
adapter, and turn on the computer.
Test the electrical outlet — Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with
another device, such as a lamp.
Check the AC adapter — Check the AC adapter cable connections. If the AC adapter has
a light, ensure that it is on.
Connect the computer directly to an electrical outlet — Bypass power protection
devices, power strips, and the extension cable to verify that the computer turns on.
Adjust the Power Properties — See the Tell Me How help file or search for the keyword
standby in the Help and Support Center (Help in Windows 2000). See "Accessing Help."
Switch the video image — If your computer is attached to an external monitor, press
to switch the video image to the display.
If the display is difficult to read
Adjust the brightness — See the Tell Me How help file for instructions on adjusting the
brightness (see "Accessing Help").
Move the subwoofer away from the computer or monitor — If your external speaker
system includes a subwoofer, ensure that the subwoofer is at least 60 cm (2 ft) away from
the computer or external monitor.
Eliminate possible interference — Turn off nearby fans, fluorescent lights, halogen
lamps, or other appliances.
Rotate the computer to face a different direction — Eliminate sunlight glare, which
can cause poor picture quality.
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Adjust the Windows display settings
Windows XP
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click the Start button and then click Control Panel.
Click Appearance and Themes.
Click the area you want to change or click the Display icon.
Try different settings for Color quality and Screen resolution.
Windows 2000
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
2. Double-click the Display icon and then click the Settings tab.
3. Try different settings for Colors, Screen area, and Advanced Settings.
See "Error Messages" — If an error message appears, see "Error Messages."
If only part of the display is readable
Connect an external monitor
1. Turn off your computer and connect an external monitor to the computer.
2. Turn on the computer and the monitor and adjust the monitor brightness and
contrast controls.
If the external monitor works, the computer display or video controller may be defective.
Contact Dell for technical assistance (see "Contacting Dell" in the Dell Owner's Manual that
came with your computer).
Sound and Speaker Problems
If you have a problem with integrated speakers
Adjust the Windows® volume control — Double-click the speaker icon in the lowerright corner of your screen. Ensure that the volume is turned up and that the sound is not
muted. Adjust the volume, bass, or treble controls to eliminate distortion.
Adjust the volume using keyboard shortcuts — Press
or reenable the integrated speakers.
to disable (mute)
Reinstall the sound (audio) driver — See "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities."
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If you have a problem with external speakers
HINT: The volume control in some MP3 players overrides the Windows volume setting. If you
have been listening to MP3 songs, make sure that you did not turn the player volume down or
off.
Check the speaker cable connections — See the setup diagram supplied with the
speakers.
Test the electrical outlet — Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with
another device, such as a lamp.
Ensure that the speakers are turned on — See the setup diagram supplied with the
speakers.
Adjust the Windows volume control — 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. Adjust the volume, bass, or treble controls to eliminate distortion.
Test the speakers — Plug the speaker audio cable into the line-out connector on the
computer. Ensure that the headphone volume control is turned up. Play a music CD.
Run the speaker self-test — Some speaker systems have a self-test button on the
subwoofer. See the speaker documentation for self-test instructions.
Eliminate possible interference — Turn off nearby fans, fluorescent lights, or halogen
lamps to check for interference.
Reinstall the sound (audio) driver — See "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities."
Printer Problems
Check the printer cable connections — Ensure that the printer cable is properly
connected to the computer.
Test the electrical outlet — Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with
another device, such as a lamp.
Ensure that the printer is turned on — See the documentation supplied with the
printer.
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Verify that Windows® recognizes the printer
Windows XP
1.
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 model is listed, rightclick the printer icon.
5. Click Properties and then click the Ports tab.
6. Ensure that the Print to the following port(s) setting is set for your printer type:
●
For a parallel printer: LPT1 (Printer Port)
●
For a USB printer: USB
Windows 2000
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Printers.
If the printer model is listed, right-click the printer icon.
2. Click Properties and then click the Ports tab.
3. Ensure that the Print to the following port: option is set for your printer type:
●
For a parallel printer: LPT1 (Printer Port)
●
For a USB printer: USB
Reinstall the printer driver — See "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities."
Modem and Internet Connection Problems
NOTICE: Connect the modem to an analog telephone wall jack only. Connecting the modem to
a digital telephone network damages the modem.
NOTICE: Modem and network connectors look similar. Do not plug a telephone line into the
network connector.
HINT: If you can connect to your Internet service provider (ISP), your modem is functioning
properly. If you are sure that your modem is working properly and you still experience
problems, contact your ISP.
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Check the telephone wall jack — Disconnect the telephone line from the modem and
connect it to a telephone. Listen for a dial tone. Ensure that you have touchtone telephone
service. Try connecting the modem to a different telephone wall jack. Slow connection
speeds can be caused by telephone noise as well as by telephone line or network
conditions. Contact your telephone company or network administrator for more
information.
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 line to connect the
modem directly to the telephone wall jack.
Check the connection — Verify that the telephone line is connected to the modem.
Check the telephone line — Try using a different telephone line. If you are using a line
that is 3 m (10 ft) or more in length, try a shorter one.
Irregular dial tone — If you have voice mail service, you might hear an irregular dial
tone when you have messages. Contact your telephone company for instructions on
restoring a dial tone.
Turn off call waiting (catch-phone) — See your telephone directory for instructions on
deactivating this feature. Then adjust the dial-up networking connection properties.
Windows® XP
1. Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2. Click Printers and Other Hardware, click Phone and Modem Options, click the
Dialing Rules tab, and then click Edit....
3. In the Edit Location window, ensure that To disable call waiting, dial: is
checked, and then select the proper code as listed in your telephone directory.
4. Click Apply and click OK.
5. Close the Phone and Modems Options window.
6. Close the Control Panel window.
Windows 2000
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
Double-click the Modems icon.
Click Dialing Properties.
Ensure that To disable call waiting, dial: is checked, and then select the proper
code as listed in your telephone directory.
5. Click Apply and click OK.
6. Close the Modems Properties window.
7. Close the Control Panel window.
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Verify that the modem is communicating with Windows
XP
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
Click Printers and Other Hardware and 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.
Windows 2000
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
2. Double-click Phone and Modem Options.
If multiple entries for the same modem or modems are listed but not installed, delete
the entries, restart the computer, and repeat steps 1 and 2.
3. Click the Diagnostics tab.
4. Click the COM port for your modem.
5. Click Query Modem to verify that the modem is communicating with Windows.
If all commands receive responses, the modem is operating properly.
Scanner Problems
Check the power cable connection — Ensure that the scanner power cable is firmly
connected to a working electrical power source and that the scanner is turned on. If the
device is plugged into a surge protector, try plugging it directly into an electrical outlet.
Check the scanner cable connection — Ensure that the scanner cable is firmly
connected to the computer and to the scanner.
Unlock the scanner — Ensure that your scanner is unlocked if it has a locking tab or
button.
Reinstall the scanner driver — See the scanner documentation for instructions.
PC Card Problems
Check the PC Card — Ensure that the PC Card is properly inserted into the connector.
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Ensure that the card is recognized by Windows® — Double-click the Safely Remove
Hardware (Unplug or Eject Hardware in Windows 2000) icon in the Windows taskbar.
Ensure that the card is listed.
If you have problems with a Dell-provided PC Card — Contact Dell for technical
assistance (see "Contacting Dell" in the Dell Owner's Manual that came with your
computer).
If you have problems with a PC Card not provided by Dell — Contact the PC Card
manufacturer.
Touch Pad or Mouse Problems
Check the touch pad settings
Windows® XP
1. Click the Start button, click Control Panel, and then click Printers and Other
Hardware.
2. Click Mouse.
3. Try adjusting the settings.
Windows 2000
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
2. Double-click the Mouse icon.
3. Try adjusting the settings.
Check the mouse cable — Shut down the computer. Disconnect the mouse cable and
check it for damage. For PS/2 cables, check the cable connector for bent or broken pins.
Firmly reconnect the cable.
If you are using a mouse extension cable, disconnect it and connect the mouse directly to
the computer.
To verify that the problem is with the mouse, check the touch pad
1.
2.
3.
4.
Turn off the computer.
Disconnect the mouse.
Turn on the computer.
At the Windows desktop, use the touch pad to move the cursor around, select an
icon, and open it.
If the touch pad operates correctly, the mouse may be defective.
Reinstall the touch pad driver — See "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities."
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External Keyboard Problems
HINT: When you attach an external keyboard, the integrated keyboard remains fully
functional.
Check the keyboard cable — Shut down the computer. Disconnect the keyboard cable
and check it for damage. For PS/2 cables, check the cable connector for bent or broken
pins. Firmly reconnect the cable.
If you are using a keyboard extension cable, disconnect it and connect the keyboard
directly to the computer.
Check the external keyboard
1. Turn off the computer, wait 1 minute, and turn it on again.
2. Verify that the numbers, capitals, and scroll lock lights on the keyboard blink
during the boot routine.
3. From the Windows® desktop, click the Start button, point to Programs (All
Programs in Windows XP), point to Accessories, and click Notepad.
4. Type some characters on the external keyboard and verify that they appear on the
display.
If you cannot verify these steps, you may have a defective external keyboard.
To verify that the problem is with the external keyboard, check the integrated
keyboard
1.
2.
3.
4.
Turn off the computer.
Disconnect the external keyboard.
Turn on the computer.
From the Windows desktop, click the Start button, point to Programs, point to
Accessories, and click Notepad.
5. Type some characters on the integrated keyboard and verify that they appear on
the display.
If the characters appear now but did not with the external keyboard, you may have a
defective external keyboard. Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" in the Dell Owner's
Manual that came with your computer).
Unexpected Characters
Press
to disable the numeric keypad. Verify that the numbers lock light
is not lit.
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Drive Problems
HINT: For information on saving files to a floppy disk, see the Tell Me How help file (see
"Accessing Help").
If you cannot save a file to a floppy disk drive
Ensure that Windows® recognizes the drive — In Windows XP, click the Start button
and click My Computer. In Windows 2000, double-click My Computer. If the 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. Insert a bootable disk
and restart the computer. Verify that the
light is blinking, indicating normal operation.
Ensure that the disk is not write-protected — You cannot save data to a writeprotected disk. See the following figure.
Try another floppy disk — Insert another disk to eliminate the possibility that the
original disk is defective.
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Check the drive for errors — If the drive is a fixed drive:
1. Remove the hard drive.
2. Insert the Drivers and Utilities CD for your computer and turn on the computer.
light is blinking, indicating normal operation. If a drive error
Verify that the
message appears, see "Error Messages" for an explanation.
3. Run the IDE tests. See "Using the Dell Diagnostics."
Clean the drive — See "Cleaning Your Computer" in the Tell Me How help file for
instructions (see "Accessing Help").
If you cannot play a CD, CD-RW, or DVD
HINT: Because of different worldwide file types, not all DVD titles work in all DVD
drives.
High-speed CD drive vibration is normal and may cause noise. This noise does not indicate a defect
with the drive or the CD.
Ensure that Windows® recognizes the drive — In Windows XP, click the Start button
and click My Computer. In Windows 2000, double-click My Computer. If the 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. Insert a bootable disk
and restart the computer. Verify that the
light is blinking, indicating normal operation.
Try another disc — Insert another disc to eliminate the possibility that the original disc is
defective.
Adjust the Windows volume control — 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.
Clean the drive or disc — See "Cleaning Your Computer" in the Tell Me How help file for
instructions (see "Accessing Help").
If you cannot eject the CD, CD-RW, or DVD drive tray
1. Ensure that the computer is turned off.
2. Straighten a paper clip and insert one end into the eject hole at the front of the
drive; push firmly until the tray is partially ejected.
3. Gently pull out the tray until it stops.
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If you hear an unfamiliar scraping or grinding sound
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Ensure that the sound is not caused by the program that is running.
Ensure that the disk or disc is inserted properly.
If the CD-RW drive stops writing
Disable standby mode in Windows before writing to a CD-RW — See the Tell Me
How help file or search for the keyword standby in the Windows XP Help and Support
Center (Help in Windows 2000). See "Accessing Help."
Change the write speed to a slower rate — See the help files for your CD creation
software.
Close all other open programs — Closing all other open programs before writing to the
CD-RW may alleviate the problem.
If you have problems with a hard drive
Allow the computer to cool before turning it on — A hot hard drive may prevent the
operating system from starting. Try allowing the computer to return to room temperature
before turning it on.
Check the drive for errors
1. In Windows XP, click the Start button and click My Computer. In Windows 2000,
double-click My Computer.
2. Right-click the drive letter (local disk) that you want to scan for errors, and then
click Properties.
3. Click the Tools tab.
4. Under Error-checking, click Check Now.
5. Click Start.
6. Run the IDE Drive tests. See Using the Dell Diagnostics."
Network Problems
Check the network cable connector — Ensure that the network cable connector is
firmly connected to the connector on the computer and the network wall jack.
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Check the network lights on the network connector — Green indicates that the
network connection is active. If the status light is not green, try replacing the network
cable. Amber indicates that the network adapter driver is loaded and the adapter is
detecting activity.
Restart the computer — Try to log on to the network again.
Contact your network administrator — Verify that your network settings are correct
and that the network is functioning.
General Program Problems
A program crashes
HINT: Software usually includes installation instructions in its documentation or on a floppy
disk or CD.
See 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. Reinstall the program if necessary.
A program stops responding
End the program
1. Simultaneously press
.
2. Click the Applications tab, and then select the program that is no longer
responding.
3. Click End Task.
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 until the computer turns off. Press the power button
again to restart the computer. The solid blue screen appears because you were not able to
perform a proper Windows® shutdown. ScanDisk automatically runs during the start-up
process. Follow the instructions on the screen.
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Error messages appear
Review "Error Messages" — Look up the message and take the appropriate action. See
the software documentation.
E-Mail Problems
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 check
mark to remove it and connect to the Internet.
Be sure 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.
If Your Computer Gets Wet
CAUTION: Perform this procedure only after you are certain that it is safe to do so. If
the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, Dell recommends that you turn off
AC power at the circuit breaker before attempting to remove the power cables from
the electrical outlet. Use the utmost caution when removing wet cables from a live
power source.
1. Turn off the computer (see "Accessing Help"), disconnect the AC adapter from the computer,
and then disconnect the AC adapter from the electrical outlet.
2. Turn off any attached external devices, and disconnect them from their power sources and then
from the computer.
3. Ground yourself by touching one of the metal connectors on the back of the computer.
4. Remove any installed PC Cards, and put them in a safe place to dry.
5. Remove the battery.
6. Wipe off the battery and put it in a safe place to dry.
7. Remove the hard drive.
8. Remove the memory module.
9. Open the display and place the computer right-side up across two books or similar props to let
air circulate all around it. Let the computer dry for at least 24 hours in a dry area at room
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temperature.
NOTICE: Do not use artificial means, such as a hair dryer or a fan, to speed the drying
process.
CAUTION: To help prevent electrical shock, verify that the computer is thoroughly
dry before continuing with the rest of this procedure.
10. Ground yourself by touching one of the metal connectors on the back of the computer.
11. Replace the memory module, the memory module cover, and the screw.
12. Replace the hard drive.
13. Replace any PC Cards you removed.
14. Replace the battery.
15. Turn on the computer and verify that it is working properly.
If the computer does not start, or if you cannot identify the damaged components, contact Dell for
technical assistance (see "Contacting Dell" in the Dell Owner's Manual that came with your computer).
If You Drop or Damage Your Computer
1. Save and close any open files, exit any open programs, and shut down the computer.
2. Disconnect the AC adapter from the computer and from the electrical outlet.
3. Turn off any attached external devices, and disconnect them from their power sources and then
from the computer.
4. Remove and reinstall the battery.
5. Turn on the computer.
HINT: See "Limited Warranties and Return Policy" in the Dell Owner's Manual that came with
your computer for information on your warranty coverage.
If the computer does not start, or if you cannot identify the damaged components, contact Dell for
technical assistance (see "Contacting Dell" in the Dell Owner's Manual that came with your computer).
Resolving Other Technical Problems
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Go to the Dell Support website — Go to support.dell.com for help with general usage,
installation, and troubleshooting questions. See "Dell Technical Support Policy (U.S. Only)"
in the Owner's Manual that came with your computer for a description of the hardware
and software support provided by Dell.
E-mail Dell — Go to support.dell.com and then click E-Mail Dell in the Communicate
list. Send an e-mail message to Dell about your problem; you can expect to receive an email message from Dell within hours. See "Dell Technical Support Policy (U.S. Only)" in
the Owner's Manual that came with your computer for a description of the hardware and
software support provided by Dell.
Contact Dell — If you cannot solve your problem using the Dell Support website or e-mail
service, call Dell for technical assistance (see "Contacting Dell" in the Dell Owner's Manual
that came with your computer). See "Dell Technical Support Policy (U.S. Only)" in the
Owner's Manual that came with your computer for a description of the hardware and
software support provided by Dell.
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Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities
Dell™ Inspiron™ 2600 and 2650
Overview
Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities
Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities
Using Microsoft® Windows System Restore
Overview
Dell provides software utilities and drivers that help you control certain features of your computer. The
utilities and drivers for Dell-installed devices are installed and operative when you receive the
computer. If you ever need to reinstall any of these drivers, you can use the Dell™ Drivers and Utilities
CD that came with your computer.
Often, device problems can be corrected by reinstalling the appropriate drivers. Also, hardware
manufacturers frequently provide updated drivers that support feature enhancements or that correct
problems. Obtain updated drivers for products purchased from Dell at the Dell Support website,
support.dell.com.
NOTICE: Drivers available on the Dell support website have been validated for correct
operation on Dell computers. Installing drivers obtained from other sources may cause errors or
performance degradation.
To install drivers and utilities, you need the following items:
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Dell Drivers and Utilities CD
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CD or DVD drive
Dell recommends that you print these procedures before you begin.
NOTICE: Ensure that the computer is disconnected from any USB port replicator before you
reinstall drivers.
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Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities
Dell ships your computer to you with required drivers and utilities 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.
To reinstall drivers for optional devices such as wireless communications and DVD drives, you may
need the CD and documentation that came with those devices.
NOTICE: The Dell Support website, support.dell.com, and the Drivers and Utilities CD
provide approved drivers for Dell computers. If you install drivers from other sources, your
computer might not work correctly.
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.
2. Insert the Drivers and Utilities CD.
In most cases, the CD starts running automatically. If it does not, start Microsoft® Windows®
Explorer, click your CD drive directory to display the CD contents, and then double-click the
autocd.exe file. The first time that you run the CD, it might prompt you to install setup files.
Click OK, and follow the instructions on the screen to continue.
3. From the Language pull-down menu in the toolbar, select your preferred language for the
driver or utility (if available).
A welcome screen appears.
4. Click Next.
The CD automatically scans your hardware to detect drivers and utilities used by your computer.
After the CD completes the hardware scan, you can also detect other drivers and utilities. Under
Search Criteria, select the appropriate categories from the System Model, Operating System,
and Topic pull-down menus.
A link or links appear(s) for the specific drivers and utilities used by your computer.
5. Click the link of a specific driver or utility to display information about the driver or utility that
you want to install.
6. Click the Install button (if present) to begin installing the driver or utility. At the welcome
screen, follow the screen prompts to complete the installation.
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If no Install button is present, automatic installation is not an option. For installation
instructions, either see the appropriate instructions in the following subsections, or click the
Extract button, follow the extracting instructions, and read the readme file.
If instructed to navigate to the driver files, click the CD directory on the driver information
window to display the files associated with that driver.
Installing the Modem or Network Adapter Driver
If you ordered the internal modem, install the modem driver. If you ordered the network adapter,
install the network adapter driver.
Windows XP
1. Save and close any open files, exit any open programs, and insert the Drivers and Utilities CD.
2. Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
3. Under Pick a category, click Performance and Maintenance.
4. Under or pick a Control Panel icon, click System.
5. Click the Hardware tab.
6. Click Device Manager. Click Action and click Update Driver.
7. Click Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) and click Next.
8. Verify that Search removable media is selected, and then click Next.
9. When the name of the appropriate driver appears, click Next.
10. Click Finish and restart your computer.
Windows 2000
1. Save and close any open files, exit any open programs, and insert the Drivers and Utilities CD.
2. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
3. Double-click the System icon.
4. Click the Hardware tab.
5. Click Device Manager.
6. Click Action and click Properties.
7. Click the Driver tab, click Update driver, and then click Next.
8. Verify that Search for a suitable driver for my device (Recommended) is selected, and
then click Next.
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9. Verify that CD-ROM drives is selected, and then click Next.
10. When the name of the appropriate driver appears, click Next.
11. Click Finish and restart your computer.
Using Windows XP Device Driver Rollback
If you install a new device driver that causes system instability, you can use Windows XP Device Driver
Rollback to replace the new device driver with the previously installed version of the device driver. If
you cannot reinstall your previous driver by using Device Driver Rollback, then use System Restore to
return your operating system to its previous operating state before you installed the new device driver.
To use Device Driver Rollback:
1. Click the Start button and right-click My Computer.
2. Click Properties.
3. Click the Hardware tab and click Device Manager.
4. In the Device Manager window, right-click the device for which the new driver was installed
and then click Properties.
5. Click the Drivers tab.
6. Click Roll Back Driver.
Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities
IRQ conflicts occur if a device either is not detected during the operating system setup or is detected
but incorrectly configured. See the following subsection that corresponds to your operating system to
check for IRQ conflicts on your computer.
Windows XP
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 conflicts with the other devices.
Conflicts are indicated by a yellow exclamation point (!) beside the conflicting device or a red X if
the device has been disabled.
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5. Double-click any conflicting device listed to bring up the Properties window so that you can
determine what needs to be reconfigured or removed from the Device Manager.
6. Resolve these conflicts before checking specific devices.
7. Double-click the malfunctioning device type in the Device Manager list.
8. Double-click the icon for the specific device in the expanded list.
The Properties window appears.
If an IRQ conflict exists, the Device status area in the Properties window reports what other
devices are sharing the device's IRQ.
9. Resolve any IRQ conflicts.
You can also use Windows XP Hardware Troubleshooter. To use the troubleshooter, click the Start
button and click Help and Support. Type hardware troubleshooter in the Search field, and then
click the arrow to start the search. Click Hardware Troubleshooter in the Search Results list. In
the Hardware Troubleshooter list, click I need to resolve a hardware conflict on my computer,
and then click Next.
Windows 2000
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
2. Double-click the System icon.
3. Click the Hardware tab.
4. Click Device Manager.
5. Click View and click Resources by connection.
6. Double-click Interrupt request (IRQ) to view the IRQ assignments.
Conflicts are indicated by a yellow exclamation point (!) beside the conflicting device or a red X if
the device has been disabled.
7. Double-click any conflicting device listed to bring up the Properties window so that you can
determine what needs to be reconfigured or removed from the Device Manager. Resolve these
conflicts before checking specific devices.
8. Double-click the malfunctioning device type in the Device Manager list.
9. Double-click the icon for the specific device in the expanded list.
The Properties window appears.
If an IRQ conflict exists, the Device status area in the Properties window reports what other
devices are sharing the device's IRQ.
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10. Resolve any IRQ conflicts.
You can also use Windows 2000 Hardware Troubleshooter. To use the troubleshooter, click the Start
button and click Help. Click Troubleshooting and Maintenance on the Contents tab, click
Windows 2000 troubleshooters, and then click Hardware. In the Hardware Troubleshooter list,
click I need to resolve a hardware conflict on my computer, and then click Next.
Using Microsoft® Windows System Restore
The Window XP operating system provides a System Restore feature that allows you to return your
computer to an earlier operating state if changes to the computer's hardware or software (including
new hardware or program installations), or other system settings, have left the computer in an
undesirable operating state. You can also undo the last system restore.
System Restore automatically creates system checkpoints. You can also manually create your own
checkpoints by creating restore points. To limit the amount of hard disk space used, older restore
points will be automatically purged.
To resolve an operating system problem, you can use System Restore from Safe Mode or Normal Mode
to return your computer to an earlier operating state.
System Restore does not cause you to lose personal files stored in the My Documents folder, data
files, or e-mail messages after restoring the computer to an earlier time. If you restore the computer
to an operating state that existed before you installed a program, the program's data files are not lost,
but you must reinstall the actual program again.
NOTICE: It is important to make regular backups of your data files. System Restore does not
monitor changes to or recover your data files. If the original data on the hard disk is
accidentally erased or overwritten, or if it becomes inaccessible because of a hard disk
malfunction, use your backup files to recover the lost or damaged data.
System Restore is enabled on your new computer. However, if you reinstall Windows XP with less than
200 MB of free hard-disk space available, System Restore is automatically disabled. Before you use
System Restore, confirm that it 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 not checked.
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Creating a Restore Point
In Windows XP, you can either use the System Restore Wizard or manually create restore points.
Using the System Restore Wizard
Click the Start button, click Help and Support, click System Restore, and then follow the
instructions on the System Restore Wizard window. You can also create and name a restore point if
you are logged on as the computer administrator or a user with administrator rights.
Manually Creating the Restore Points
1. Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Accessories→ System→ Tools, and then click
System Restore.
2. Click Create a restore point.
3. Click Next.
4. Type a name for the new restore point in the Restore point description field.
The present date and time are automatically added to the description of the new restore point.
5. Click Create.
6. Click OK.
Restoring the Computer to an Earlier Operating State
If problems occur after installing a device driver, first try using Device Driver Rollback. If Device Driver
Rollback does not resolve the problem, then use System Restore.
NOTICE: Before restoring the computer to an earlier operating state, save and close all open
files and exit all 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 bold.
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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 want to use.
NOTICE: Save and close all open files and exit all open programs. Do not alter, open, or delete
any files or programs until the system restoration is complete.
5. Click Next.
The Restoration Complete screen appears after System Restore finishes collecting data, and
then the computer automatically 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: Save and close all open files and exit all 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. Select Undo my last restoration and click Next.
NOTICE: Save and close all open files and exit all open programs. Do not alter, open, or delete
any files or programs until the system restoration is complete.
3. Click Next.
4. The System Restore screen appears, and then the computer automatically restarts.
5. After the computer restarts, click OK.
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Reinstalling Microsoft® Windows® Operating Systems: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
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Reinstalling Microsoft® Windows® Operating
Systems
Dell™ Inspiron™ 2600 and 2650
Reinstalling Windows® XP
Reinstalling Windows 2000
Reinstalling Windows® XP
Before reinstalling the Microsoft® Windows XP operating system to correct a problem, try correcting
the problem by using System Restore.
NOTICE: The Operating System CD provides options for reinstalling the Windows XP operating
system. The options can potentially overwrite files installed by Dell and possibly affect
programs installed on your hard drive. Therefore, Dell does not recommend that you reinstall
your operating system unless instructed to do so by a Dell technical support representative.
HINT: The CD that you need to place in your CD or DVD drive is titled Operating
System.
1. Insert the Operating System CD.
2. Shut down the computer (see "Accessing Help"), and then turn on the computer.
3. Press any key when the Press any key to boot from CD message appears on the screen.
4. When the Windows XP Setup screen appears, press
Windows now.
to select To set up
5. Read the information in the License Agreement window, and then press
keyboard to agree with the license information.
on your
6. 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 go to step 14.
If you want to install a new copy of Windows XP, press
to select the fresh copy option and
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then press
on the next screen to select the highlighted partition (recommended).
Then follow the instructions on the screen.
The Windows XP Setup screen appears and Windows XP begins to copy files and install the
device drivers. The computer automatically restarts multiple times before it requires additional
input.
7. When the Welcome to Microsoft screen appears, click the green arrow icon at the bottom of
the screen to continue. Then follow the instructions on the screen to finish the installation.
8. When the Regional Settings screen appears, select the settings for your locale, and then click
Next.
9. Enter your name and organization in the Personalize Your Software screen, and then click
Next.
10. If you are reinstalling Windows XP Home Edition, enter a name for your computer when the
Computer Name window appears, and then click Next.
If you are reinstalling Windows XP Professional, enter a name for your computer and a password
when the Computer Name and Administrator Password window appears, and then click Next.
11. If you have a modem installed, the Modem Dialing Information screen appears. Enter the
requested information and click Next.
12. Enter the date, time, and time zone in the Date and Time Settings window and click Next.
13. If your computer has a network adapter, select the appropriate network settings. If your
computer does not have a network adapter, you do not see this option.
Windows XP begins to install its components and configure the computer. The computer
automatically restarts.
14. When the Welcome to Microsoft screen appears, click the green arrow icon at the bottom of
the screen to continue. Then follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
15. Remove the CD from the drive.
16. Reinstall the appropriate drivers.
17. Reinstall your virus protection software.
Reinstalling Windows 2000
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NOTICE: The Operating System CD provides options for reinstalling the Windows 2000
operating system. The options can potentially overwrite files installed by Dell and possibly
affect programs installed on your hard drive. Therefore, Dell does not recommend that you
reinstall your operating system unless instructed to do so by a Dell technical support
representative.
HINT: The CD that you need to place in your CD or DVD drive is titled Operating
System.
1. Turn on the computer, and enter the system setup program as directed by a Dell technical
support representative or as follows:
a. Shut down the computer.
b. Before the computer boots into Windows, press
program.
c. Press
to enter the system setup
to move to the Boot menu.
d. In the system setup program Boot menu, follow the instructions on the screen to
change the boot sequence so that the CD or DVD drive boots first. Then insert the
Operating System CD into the drive.
e. Press
to save your changes and exit the system setup program.
f. Press any key to boot the computer from the CD.
2. When the Windows 2000 Setup window appears, ensure that To setup Win2000 now,
press ENTER is highlighted. Then press
.
3. Read the information in the License Agreement window, and then press
to continue.
4. 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.
5. 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
6. Press
again to restart your computer.
7. Click Next when the Welcome to the Windows 2000 Setup Wizard window appears.
8. When the Regional Settings window appears, select your region, and then click Next.
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9. Enter your name and organization in the Personalize Your Software window, and then click
Next.
10. Enter the Windows product key, which is printed on the Microsoft label on your computer. Then
click Next.
11. When the Computer Name and Administrator Password window appears, enter a name for
your computer and a password, if desired. Then click Next.
12. Enter the date and time in the Date and Time Settings window, and then click Next.
Windows 2000 installs components and configures the computer.
13. When the Completing the Windows 2000 Setup Wizard window appears, remove the CD
from the drive, and then click Finish.
The computer automatically restarts.
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System Setup Program: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
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System Setup Program
Dell™ Inspiron™ 2600 and 2650
System Setup Overview
Viewing the System Setup Screens
System Setup Screens
System Setup Overview
The system setup program contains the standard settings for your computer.
NOTICE: Unless you are an expert computer user or are directed to do so by Dell technical
support, do not change the settings for this program. Certain changes might make your
computer work incorrectly.
Viewing the System Setup Screens
1. Turn on (or restart) your computer.
2. When the Dell™ logo appears, press
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 and try again.
Depending on your computer, you may also be able to enter the system setup program by pressing
at any time while the computer is running.
System Setup Screens
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HINT: To see information about a specific item on a system setup screen, highlight the item
and refer to the Help area on the screen.
The system setup screens display the current setup information and settings for your computer. Each
screen is laid out with the system setup options listed at the left. To the right of each option is a field
that displays the setting or value for that option. You can change settings that appear as white type on
the screen. Options or values that you cannot change (because they are determined by the computer)
appear less bright.
A box in the upper-right corner of the screen displays help information for the currently highlighted
option; a box in the lower-right corner displays information about the computer. System setup key
functions are listed across the bottom of the screen.
The screens are titled as follows:
●
Main
●
System devices
●
Security
●
Boot
●
Exit
HINT: Certain options require that you reboot the computer for new settings to take
effect.
Press
to save and exit the system setup program and restart your computer.
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Power Management: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
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Power Management
Dell™ Inspiron™ 2600 and 2650
Management Tips
Power Management Modes
Power Options Properties
Battery Performance
Management Tips
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●
●
Connect the computer to an electrical outlet when possible because the battery life expectancy
is largely determined by the number of times it is charged.
Place the computer in standby mode or hibernate mode when you leave the computer
unattended for long periods of time.
To exit a power management mode, press the power button.
Power Management Modes
Standby Mode
Standby mode conserves power by turning off the display and the hard drive after a predetermined
period of inactivity (a time-out). When the computer exits standby mode, it returns to the same
operating state it was in before entering standby mode.
NOTICE: If your computer loses AC and battery power while in standby mode, it may lose
data.
To enter standby mode:
●
In the Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system, click the Start button, click Turn off
computer, and then click Standby.
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In Windows® 2000, click the Start button, click Shutdown, click Standby, and then click OK.
or
●
Depending on how you set the power management options on the Advanced tab in the Power
Options Properties window, use one of the following methods:
❍
Press the power button.
❍
Close the display.
❍
Press
.
To exit standby mode, press the power button or open the display depending on how you set the
options on the Advanced tab. You cannot make the computer exit standby mode by pressing a key or
touching the touch pad.
Hibernate Mode
Hibernate mode conserves power by copying system data to a reserved area on the hard drive and
then completely turning off the computer. When the computer exits hibernate mode, it returns to the
same operating state it was in before entering hibernate mode.
Your computer enters hibernate mode if the battery charge level becomes critically low.
Depending on how you set the power management options on the Advanced tab in the Power
Options Properties window, use one of the following methods to enter hibernate mode:
●
Press the power button.
●
Close the display.
●
Press
.
HINT: Some PC Cards may not operate correctly after the computer exits hibernate mode.
Remove and reinsert the card, or simply restart (reboot) your computer.
To exit hibernate mode, press the power button. The computer may take a short time to exit hibernate
mode. You cannot make the computer exit hibernate mode by pressing a key or touching the touch
pad. For more information on hibernate mode, see the documentation that came with your operating
system.
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Power Options Properties
HINT: Dell recommends that you use the Portable/Laptop power scheme to maximize battery
power.
To access the Windows Power Options Properties window, see the following subsection that
corresponds to your operating system.
In Windows XP
1. Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2. Under Pick a category, click Performance and Maintenance.
3. Under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Power Options.
In Windows 2000
1. Open the Control Panel.
2. Double-click the Power Options icon.
Power Schemes Tab
The Power schemes pull-down menu displays the selected preset power scheme. Depending on your
operating system, typical power schemes are:
●
Portable/Laptop
●
Home/Office
●
Always On
●
Presentation
●
Minimal Power Management
●
Max Battery
Windows XP controls the performance level of the processor depending on the power scheme you
select. You do not need to make any further adjustments to set the performance level. Each preset
power scheme has different time-out settings for entering standby mode, turning off the display, and
turning off the hard drive. For more information on power management options, see the Windows XP
Help and Support Center (Windows Helpin Windows 2000).
Alarms Tab
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HINT: To enable audible alarms, click each Alarm Action button and select Sound
alarm.
The Low battery alarm and Critical battery alarm settings alert you with a message when the
battery charge falls below a certain percentage. When you receive your computer, the Low battery
alarm and Critical battery alarm check boxes are selected. Dell recommends that you continue to
use these settings. See the battery section in the Tell Me How help file (see "Accessing Help") for more
information on low-battery warnings.
Power Meter Tab
The Power Meter tab displays the current power source and amount of battery charge remaining.
Advanced Tab
The Advanced tab allows you to:
●
Set power icon and standby mode password options.
●
Depending on your operating system, program the following functions:
❍
Prompt user for an action (Ask me what to do).
❍
Activate standby mode.
❍
Activate hibernate mode.
❍
Shut down Windows and turn off the computer.
❍
Choose no action (None or Do nothing).
To program these functions, click an option from the corresponding pull-down menu, and then click OK.
Hibernate Tab
The Hibernate tab lets you enable hibernate mode by clicking the Enable hibernate support check
box.
Intel SpeedStep® Technology Tab
HINT: Windows XP controls the performance level of the processor depending on the power
scheme that you select. See "Power Schemes Tab."
Depending on your operating system and microprocessor, the Power Options Properties window
includes the Intel SpeedStep® Technology tab. The Intel SpeedStep technology allows you to set
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the performance level of the processor according to whether the computer is running on battery or AC
power. Depending on your operating system, typical options are:
●
●
●
Automatic — The processor runs at its highest possible speed (Maximum Performance mode)
when the computer is running on AC power. When the computer is running on battery power,
the processor runs in Battery Optimized mode.
Maximum Performance — The processor runs at its highest possible speed even if the
computer is running on battery power.
Battery Optimized Performance — Processor speed is optimized for battery power even if
the computer is connected to an electrical outlet.
To change additional Intel SpeedStep options:
1. Click the Advanced button and then click one of the following options:
●
Disable Intel SpeedStep technology control
●
Remove flag icon (from the notification area)
●
Disable audio notification when performance changes
2. Click OK to accept any changes, and then click OK to close the Intel SpeedStep window.
You can also change the Intel SpeedStep settings by right-clicking the flag icon in the notification area.
Battery Performance
Battery performance varies depending on operating conditions. The operating life of the battery is
significantly reduced when you perform operations including, but not limited to, the following:
●
Using optical drives, especially DVD and CD-RW drives
●
Using wireless communications devices, PC Cards, or USB devices
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Using high display-brightness settings, 3D screen savers, or other power-intensive programs
such as 3D games
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Running power-intensive programs
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Running the computer in maximum performance mode
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Using the Dell Diagnostics: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
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Using the Dell Diagnostics
Dell™ Inspiron™ 2600 and 2650
When to Use the Dell Diagnostics
Features of the Dell Diagnostics
Starting the Dell Diagnostics
Advanced Testing
Confirming the System Configuration Information
When to Use the Dell Diagnostics
Whenever a major component or device in your computer does not function properly, you may have a
component failure. If you are experiencing a problem with your computer, Dell recommends that you
perform the checks in "Solving Problems" and run the Dell Diagnostics before you call Dell for technical
assistance.
As long as the microprocessor and the display, keyboard, and optical drive are working, you can use
the Dell Diagnostics. Running the Dell Diagnostics may help you to resolve the problem yourself
quickly without having to contact Dell for assistance.
If you are experienced with computers and know what component(s) you need to test, simply select
the appropriate diagnostic test group(s) or subtest(s). If you are unsure about how to begin
diagnosing a problem, see "Starting the Dell Diagnostics" and "Advanced Testing."
Features of the Dell Diagnostics
The Dell Diagnostics helps you check your computer's hardware without any additional equipment and
without destroying any data. By using the diagnostics, you can have confidence in your computer's
operation. And if you find a problem you cannot solve by yourself, the diagnostic tests can provide you
with important information you will need when talking to Dell's service and support personnel. If you
are experiencing a problem with your computer, Dell recommends that you perform the checks in
"Solving Problems" and run the Dell Diagnostics before you call Dell for technical assistance.
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NOTICE: Use the Dell Diagnostics to test only your Dell™ computer. Using this program with
other computers may cause incorrect computer responses or result in error messages.
The diagnostic test groups or subtests also have these helpful features:
●
Options that let you perform quick checks or extensive tests on one or all devices
●
An option that allows you to choose the number of times a test group or subtest is repeated
●
The ability to display test results or to save them in a file
●
Options to temporarily suspend testing if an error is detected, or to terminate testing when an
adjustable error limit is reached
●
Extensive online Help screens that describe the tests and how to run them
●
Status messages that inform you whether test groups or subtests were completed successfully
●
Error messages that appear if any problems are detected
Starting the Dell Diagnostics
HINT: Dell recommends that you print these procedures before you
begin.
Before you can start the Dell Diagnostics you need to reset your boot sequence and boot from the
Drivers and Utilities CD for your computer.
HINT: In the system setup program, a device preceded by an exclamation point (!) indicates
that the device is disabled.
1. Turn off the computer.
2. Ensure that the computer is connected to an electrical outlet.
3. Turn on the computer with the Drivers and Utilities CD in the optical drive.
4. Press
to enter the system setup program as soon as the Dell logo screen appears, and
before the Microsoft® Windows® logo screen appears.
5. Press the right-arrow key to select the Boot tab at the top of the screen.
6. Press the down-arrow key to select the CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive, and then press
move the selected device to the top of the boot list.
to
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7. Press
the CD.
to save and exit the system setup program and restart the computer to boot from
The computer starts and automatically begins to run the Dell Diagnostics.
When you start the diagnostics, the Dell logo screen appears, followed by a message telling you
that the diagnostics is loading. After the diagnostics loads, the Diagnostics Menu appears.
8. When you have completed running the diagnostics, remove the Drivers and Utilities CD.
9. When the computer restarts, press
as soon as the Dell logo screen appears, and before
the Microsoft Windows logo screen appears.
10. Press the right-arrow key to select the Boot tab at the top of the screen.
11. Reset Boot First Device to Hard Drive.
12. Press
to save and exit the system setup program and restart Windows.
13. Remove the CD from the optical drive.
14. To select an option from this menu, highlight the option and press
key that corresponds to the highlighted letter in the option you choose.
, or press the
Diagnostics Menu
Option
Function
Test All Devices
Performs extensive diagnostic tests or quick diagnostic tests on all devices.
Test One Device
Performs extensive diagnostic tests or quick diagnostic tests on one device
after you select it from a list of device groups. After you select Test One
Device, press
Advanced Testing
for more information about a test.
Allows you to modify the parameters of a test and select a group of tests
to perform. You can access online Help for more information about
Advanced Testing.
Information and Results Provides test results, test errors, version numbers of the subtests used by
the Dell Diagnostics, and additional help on the Dell Diagnostics.
Program Options
Allows you to change the settings of the Dell Diagnostics.
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Exit to
MS-DOS
Exits to the MS-DOS® prompt.
For a quick check of your computer, select Quick Tests from the Test All Devices or Test One
Device option. Quick Tests runs only the subtests that do not require user interaction and that do not
take a long time to run. Dell recommends that you choose Quick Tests first to increase the odds of
tracing the source of the problem quickly.
For a thorough check of your computer, select Extended Tests from the Test All Devices option.
To check a particular area of your computer, select Extended Tests from the Test One Device
option, or select the Advanced Testing option to customize your test(s).
Advanced Testing
When you select Advanced Testing from the Diagnostics Menu, the Advanced Testing screen
appears, listing the diagnostic test device groups and devices of the selected device group, and the
screen allows you to select categories from a menu. Press the arrow keys or
the screen.
to navigate
HINT: The test groups reflect the configuration of your
computer.
Advanced Testing Main Screen
Information in the Advanced Testing screen is presented as follows:
●
●
●
On the left side of the screen, the Device Groups area lists the diagnostic test groups in the
order they will run if you select All from the Run tests menu category. Press the up- or downarrow key to highlight a test device group.
On the right side of the screen, the Devices for Highlighted Group area lists the computer's
currently detected hardware and some of the relevant settings.
Two lines at the bottom of the screen make up the menu area (see "Advanced Testing Help
Menu"). The first line lists the categories you can select; press the left- or right-arrow key to
highlight a menu category. The second line gives information about the category currently
highlighted.
Advanced Testing Help Menu
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For more information on using the Advanced Testing option:
1. Press
.
2. Highlight the Help category and press
highlighted letter in the category you choose.
, or press the key that corresponds to the
Advanced Testing Help Categories
Help Category
Description
Menu
Provides descriptions of the main menu screen area, the device groups, the
different diagnostic menus and commands, and instructions on how to use them.
Keys
Explains the functions of the all of the keystrokes that can be used in the Dell
Diagnostics.
Device Group
Describes the test group that is presently highlighted in the Device Groups area
on the main menu screen. It also provides reasoning for using some tests.
Device
Describes the function and purpose of the highlighted device in the Device Groups
area. For example, the following information appears when you select the Device
Help category for Diskette in the Device Groups list:
Diskette
Drive A
The diskette disk drive device reads and writes data to and from
diskettes. Diskettes are flexible recording media, sometimes contained
in hard shells. Diskette recording capacities are small and access
times are slow relative to hard disk drives, but they provide a
convenient means of storing and transferring data.
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Test
Provides a thorough explanation of the test procedure of each highlighted test
group subtest. An example of the Diskette subtest floppy drive Seek Test is as
follows:
Diskette
Drive A - floppy drive Seek Test
This test verifies the drive's ability to position its read/write
heads. The test operates in two passes: first, seeking from the
beginning to ending cylinders inclusively, and second, seeking
alternately from the beginning to ending cylinders with convergence
towards the middle.
Versions
Lists the version numbers of the subtests that are used by the Dell Diagnostics.
Confirming the System Configuration Information
When you boot your computer from your Drivers and Utilities CD, the diagnostics checks your system
configuration information and displays it in the Device Groups area on the main screen.
The following sources supply this configuration information for the diagnostics:
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●
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The system configuration information settings (stored in NVRAM) that you selected while using
the system setup program
Identification tests of the microprocessor, the video controller, the keyboard controller, and
other key components
BIOS configuration information temporarily saved in RAM
Do not be concerned if the Device Groups area does not list the names of all the components or
devices you know are part of your computer. For example, you may not see a printer listed, although
you know one is attached to your computer. Instead, the printer is listed as a parallel port. The
computer recognizes the parallel port as LPT1, which is an address that tells the computer where to
send outgoing information and where to look for incoming information. Because your printer is a
parallel communications device, the computer recognizes the printer by its LPT1 address and identifies
it as a parallel port. You can test your printer connection in the Parallel Ports tests.
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Specifications: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
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Specifications
Dell™ Inspiron™ 2600 and 2650
Microprocessor
Display
System Information
Touch Pad
PC Card
Battery
Memory
AC Adapter
Ports and Connectors
Physical
Communications
Environmental
Video
Microprocessor
Microprocessor type:
Inspiron™ 2650
Mobile Intel® Pentium® 4
processor
Inspiron 2600
Mobile Intel Pentium III
processor-M or Mobile Intel
Celeron® processor
L1 cache
32 KB (internal)
L2 cache
512 KB (Intel Pentium 4 and Intel
Pentium III); 256 KB (Intel
Celeron)
External bus frequency:
Inspiron 2650
400 MHz
Inspiron 2600
133 MHz
System Information
System chip set:
Inspiron 2650
Intel 845MZ
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Inspiron 2600
Intel 830MG
Data bus width
64 bits
DRAM bus width
64 bits
Microprocessor address bus width
32 bits
Flash EPROM:
Inspiron 2650
39F040 (512 KB / 8-bit data bus
Inspiron 2600
28F040 (512 KB / 8-bit data bus)
Graphics bus
integrated graphics
PCI bus
standard 32-bit PCI bus
PC Card
CardBus controller
O2 Micro OZ6912
PC Card connector
supports one Type I or Type II
card
Cards supported
3.3 V and 5 V
PC Card connector size
68 pins
Data width (maximum)
PCMCIA 16 bits
CardBus 32 bits
Memory
Architecture:
Inspiron 2650
DDR200 3.3V DDR
Inspiron 2600
PC133 SDRAM
Memory module connector
one user-accessible SODIMM
sockets
Memory module capacities
128 and 256 MB
Memory type
3.3-V SODIMM
Standard memory
128 MB
Maximum memory
512 MB
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Specifications: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
Ports and Connectors
Parallel
25-hole connector; unidirectional,
bidirectional, or ECP
Video
15-hole connector
Audio
microphone connector, stereo
headphone/speakers connector
PS/2 keyboard/mouse
6-pin mini-DIN connector
USB (2)
4-pin USB-compliant connector
Modem
RJ-11 connector
Ethernet LAN
RJ-45 connector (optional)
Communications
Modem:
Type
v.92 56K MDC
Controller
softmodem
Interface
internal AC 97 bus
Network adapter
10/100 Ethernet LAN on system
board
Video
Video type:
Inspiron 2650
external 4x AGP discreet graphic
solution NV11
Inspiron 2600
direct AGP integrated graphics
Data bus:
Inspiron 2650
external 4x AGP
Inspiron 2600
UMA
Video controller:
Inspiron 2650
NVIDIA GeForce2 Go 100
Inspiron 2600
Intel 830 MG
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Specifications: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
Video memory:
Inspiron 2650
8 MB or 16 MB, external DDR
Inspiron 2600
System
memory 128
MB
System
memory 256
MB
LCD interface
UMA; shared with system memory
up to 32 MB
UMA; shared with system memory
up to 48 MB
SPWG
Display
Type (active-matrix TFT)
XGA
Dimensions:
14.1 inch or 15 inch
Height:
14.1 inch
215.8 mm (8.5 inches)
15 inch
229.7 mm (9 inches)
14.1 inch
287.1 mm (11.3 inches)
15 inch
305.7 mm (12 inches)
Width:
Diagonal:
14.1 inch
359.16 mm (14.1 inches)
15 inch
382.4 mm (15.1 inches)
Maximum resolutions
1024 x 768 at 16.8 million colors
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Specifications: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
Response time (typical)
20-ms rise (maximum),
30-ms fall (maximum)
Refresh rate
60 Hz
Refresh rate
60 Hz
Operating angle
0º (closed) to 180º
Viewing angles:
Horizontal
±40°
Vertical
+10°/–30°
Pixel pitch
0.28 x 0.28 mm
Power consumption:
Panel with backlight (typical)
6.5 W
Touch Pad
X/Y position resolution
(graphics table mode)
240 cpi
Size:
Width
64.88 mm (2.55-inch) sensoractive area
Height
48.88-mm (1.92-inch) rectangle
Battery
Type
8-cell (59 WHr) "smart" lithium
ion
Dimensions:
Depth
88.5 mm (3.48 inches)
Height
21.5 mm (0.83 inch)
Width
139.0 mm (5.47 inches)
Weight
0.40 kg (0.88 lb) (8 cell)
Voltage
14.8 VDC
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Specifications: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
Operating life
2 to 4 hours with average usage
of 8-cell battery; can be
significantly reduced under
certain power intensive conditions
Life span (approximate)
400 discharge/charge cycles0
Temperature range:
Operating
0º to 35ºC (32º to 95ºF)
Storage
–40º to 65ºC (–40º to 149ºF)
AC Adapter
Input voltage
90 to 264 VAC
Input current (maximum)
1.5 A
Input frequency
47 to 63 Hz
Output current
4.5 A (maximum at 4-second
pulse); 3.5 A (continuous)
Output power
70 W standard
Rated output voltage
20 VDC
Dimensions:
Height
27.94 mm (1.1 inches)
Width
58.42 mm (2.3 inches)
Depth
133.85 mm (5.25 inches)
Weight (with cables)
0.4 kg (0.9 lb)
Temperature range:
Operating
0º to 35ºC (32º to 95ºF)
Storage
–40º to 65ºC (–40º to 149ºF)
Physical
Height:
With 14.1-inch or 15-inch
display
37 mm (1.45 inches)
Width:
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Specifications: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
With 14.1-inch display
328 mm (12.9 inches)
With 15-inch display
332 mm (13.1 inches)
Depth
274 mm (10.8 inches)
Weight: (with CD drive, floppy
drive, and battery)
14.1-inch display
3266 g (7.2 lb)
15-inch display
3561 g (7.85 lb)
Environmental
Temperature range:
Operating
0º to 35ºC (32º to 95ºF)
Storage
–40º to 65ºC (–40º to 149ºF)
Relative humidity (maximum):
Operating
10% to 90% (noncondensing)
Storage
5% to 95% (noncondensing)
Maximum vibration:
Operating
0.9 GRMS
Storage
1.3 GRMS
Maximum shock (measured with the hard drive in head-parked
position and 2-ms half-sine pulse):
Operating
122 G
Storage
163 G
Altitude (maximum):
Operating
–15.2 to 3048 m (–50 to 10,000
ft)
Storage
–15.2 to 10,668 m (–50 to
35,000 ft)
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Specifications: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
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Pin Assignments for I/O Connectors: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
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Pin Assignments for I/O Connectors
Dell™ Inspiron™ 2600 and 2650
USB Connector
PS/2 Connector
Video Connector
Parallel Connector
USB Connector
Pin Signal
1
USB5V+
2
USBP–
3
USBP+
4
GND
PS/2 Connector
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Pin Assignments for I/O Connectors: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
Pin Signal
1
KBDATA
2
PS2DATA
3
GND
4
VCC
5
KBCLK
6
PS2CLK
Video Connector
Pin Signal Pin Signal
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Pin Assignments for I/O Connectors: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
1
CRT_R
9
5V+
2
CRT_G 10
GND
3
CRT_B
11
MONITOR_DETECT–
4
NC
12
DDC_DATA
5
GND
13
CRT_HS
6
GND
14
CRT_VS
7
GND
15
DDC_CLK
8
GND
Parallel Connector
Pin Signal
Pin
Signal
1
STROBE– 10
ACK–
2
PD0
11
BUSY
3
PD1
12
PE
4
PD2
13
SLCT
5
PD3
14
AFD/3M–
6
PD4
15
ERROR–
7
PD5
16
INIT–
8
PD6
17
SLIN–
9
PD7
18-25 GND
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Pin Assignments for I/O Connectors: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
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Removing and Replacing Parts: Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650
Removing and Replacing Parts
Dell™ Inspiron™ 2600 and 2650
Before You Remove or Replace
Parts
System Components
Hard Drive
Back-Panel Fan (Inspiron 2650
Only)
Memory Module, Modem,
Optical Drive, and Floppy Drive
Keyboard
EMI Shield, Video Card, and Palm Rest
Microprocessor Thermal-Cooling
Assembly
Microprocessor Module
Speakers
System Board
Base Plastics
Battery Latch Assembly
Display Assembly and Display
Latch
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