INSPIRON
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SETUP GUIDE

INSPIRON
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SETUP GUIDE
Model PP41L
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Contents
Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop������������������5
Solving Problems ����������������������������������������26
Before Setting Up Your Computer ���������������� 5
Removing and Replacing the Battery���������� 26
Connect the AC Adapter �������������������������������� 6
Software Features ���������������������������������������� 27
Connect the Network Cable (Optional)���������� 7
Network Problems ���������������������������������������� 29
Press the Power Button���������������������������������� 8
Power Problems�������������������������������������������� 30
Enable or Disable Wireless ���������������������������� 9
Memory Problems ���������������������������������������� 32
Windows Vista Setup���������������������������������� 10
Lockups and Software Problems ���������������� 33
Connect to the Internet (Optional) �������������� 10
Using Support Tools ������������������������������������35
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Using Your Inspiron Laptop ������������������������14
Dell Support Center �������������������������������������� 35
Right Side Features �������������������������������������� 14
System Messages������������������������������������������ 36
Left Side Features������������������������������������������ 16
Hardware Troubleshooter ���������������������������� 38
Front Side Features �������������������������������������� 18
Dell Diagnostics �������������������������������������������� 38
Computer Base and Keyboard
Features���������������������������������������������������������� 22
Restoring Your Operating System ������������41
Media Controls���������������������������������������������� 24
Display Features�������������������������������������������� 25
System Restore���������������������������������������������� 42
Dell Factory Image Restore�������������������������� 44
Operating System Reinstallation������������������ 45
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Contents
Getting Help��������������������������������������������������47
Technical Support and Customer
Service������������������������������������������������������������ 48
DellConnect™ ������������������������������������������������ 48
Online Services���������������������������������������������� 48
Automated Order-Status Service ���������������� 49
Product Information�������������������������������������� 50
Returning Items for Repair Under
Warranty or for Credit ���������������������������������� 50
Before You Call���������������������������������������������� 52
Contacting Dell���������������������������������������������� 53
Finding More Information and
Resources ����������������������������������������������������54
Specifications����������������������������������������������56
Index��������������������������������������������������������������65
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This section provides information about setting
up your Inspiron 1545 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 Inspiron
laptop may cause it to overheat. To prevent
overheating ensure that you leave at least
10.2 cm (4 inches) at the back of the computer
and a minimum of 5.1 cm (2 inches) on all other
sides. You should never place 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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Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop
Connect the AC Adapter
Connect the AC adapter to the computer and
then plug it into a wall outlet or surge protector.
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.
NOTICE: When you disconnect the
AC adapter cable from the computer, grasp
the connector, not the cable itself, and pull
firmly, but gently to prevent damage to the
cable.
NOTE: Connect the power cord to the
adapter firmly and ensure that the light on
the adapter is on when you turn on power.
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Connect the Network Cable
(Optional)
If you plan to use a wired network connection,
connect the network cable.
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Press the Power Button
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Enable or Disable Wireless
To turn on wireless, with the computer turned
on, press the wireless key
on the keyboard.
A confirmation of your selection appears on the
screen.
The wireless key allows you to quickly turn all
of your wireless radios (Bluetooth and WiFi)
off, such as when you are asked to disable all
wireless radios on an airplane flight. To turn
off all wireless radios, press this key once.
Pressing it again returns your wireless radios to
their respective states they were in before you
turned off wireless.
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Windows Vista® Setup
Your computer is preconfigured with Windows
Vista operating system. To set up Windows
Vista for the first time, follow the instructions
on the screen. The screens 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: Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
and ISP offerings vary by country.
To connect to the Internet, you need an external
modem or network connection and an Internet
service provider.
Setting Up a Wired Internet 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 provider for setup.
Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop
Before you can use your wireless Internet
connection, you must connect the computer to
your wireless router. To set up your connection
to a wireless router:
Setting Up a Wireless Connection
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1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start
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1. Internet service
2. cable or DSL modem
→ Connect To.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the setup.
Setting Up Your Internet Connection
To set up an Internet connection with a provided
ISP desktop shortcut:
3. wireless router
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
4. portable computer with wireless
network card
2. Double-click the ISP icon on the Windows
desktop.
See the documentation for your router for more
information about how to set up and use your
wireless network.
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.
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start
→ Control Panel.
3. In the Network and Internet section, click
Connect to the Internet.
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The Connect to the Internet window appears.
4. Depending on how you want to connect,
click either Broadband (PPPoE) or Dial-up:
––Choose Broadband if you are using a
DSL, satellite modem, cable TV modem, or
wireless technology connection.
––Choose Dial-up if you are using 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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Your Inspiron 1545 laptop has indicators and
buttons that provide information and enable you
to perform common tasks. The connectors on
your computer provide the option of attaching
additional devices.
Right Side Features
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ExpressCard slot – Supports one
34 mm wide ExpressCard for enabling
additional hardware capabilities.
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.
2 Optical drive – Plays or records only
standard-size and shape (12 cm) CDs, and
DVDs. Ensure that the side with print or
writing is facing upward when inserting
discs.
3 Eject button – Press the eject button to
open the optical drive.
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USB 2.0 connector – Connects to
USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard,
printer, external drive, or MP3 player.
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Left Side Features
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1 Security cable slot – Used to attach 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.
2
AC adapter connector – Connects to
the AC adapter to power the computer and
charge the battery when the computer is
not in use.
3
USB 2.0 connectors (2) – Connects
to USB devices, such as a mouse,
keyboard, printer, external drive, or MP3
player.
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VGA connector – Connects to a
monitor or projector.
Network connector – Connects your
computer to a network or a broadband
device if you are using a wired network.
6 Hard drive – Stores software and data.
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Front Side Features
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Power/battery status light –
Indicates the power state and battery
status.
On AC adapter:
•Solid white – the computer on and the
battery is charging or the computer is
turned off or in hibernate state with
less than 90% battery charge and the
battery is charging
•Breathing white – the computer is
in standby state and the battery is
charging
•Off – the computer is turned off or
in hibernate state with more than
90% battery charge and the battery
is charging
On battery:
•Solid white – the computer is on with
more than 10% battery charge
•Breathing white – the computer is
in standby state with more than 10%
battery charge
•Solid amber – the computer is on or
in standby state with less than 10%
battery charge
•Off – the computer is turned off or in
hibernate state
2 Analog microphone – If you do not have
the optional built-in camera with dual
microphones, this single microphone is
used for conferencing and chat.
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Audio out/Headphone connector –
Connects one pair of headphones, or
sends audio to a powered speaker or
sound system.
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Audio in/Microphone connector –
Connects to a microphone or input signal
for use with audio programs.
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SD/MMC - MS/Pro - xD
7-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 High Capacity (SDHC)
card
•Secure Digital High Density (SDHD)
card
•Multi Media Card (MMC/MMC+)
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• Memory Stick
•Memory Stick PRO
•xD-Picture Card (type - M and type - H)
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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Computer Base and Keyboard
Features
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1 Touch pad buttons – Provide left- and
right-click functions those on like a mouse.
2 Touch pad – Provides the functionality of
a mouse to move the cursor, drag or move
selected items, and left-click by tapping
the surface.
3 Keyboard – For more information on
keyboard, see the Dell Technology Guide.
The media controls are also located on
the keyboard. These keys control media
playback.
You can use the Function Key Behavior
setting in the System Setup (BIOS) utility
to configure the media control keys. The
options in the Function Key Behavior
setting are:
Multimedia Key First – This is the default
option. Press any multimedia key directly.
For function key, press <Fn> + the required
function key.
Function Key First – Press any function
key directly. For multimedia key, press
<Fn> + the required multimedia key.
NOTE: Multimedia Key First option is
active only in the operating system.
During POST, press <F2> or <F12>
directly.
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Media Controls
To use the media controls, press the required key.
Mute the sound
Play or pause
Turn down the volume
Play the next track or chapter
Turn up the volume
Eject the disc
Play the previous track or chapter
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Display Features
The display panel holds an optional camera and
accompanying dual digital 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 conferencing and voice recording.
2 Camera activity indicator (optional) –
Light that indicates if the camera is on or
off. Based on selections you made when
purchasing your computer, your computer
may or 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 or may not include a camera.
4 Right digital array microphone (optional) –
Combines with the left digital array
microphone to provide high quality sound
for video conferencing 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.
CAUTION: Before removing the battery,
shut down the computer, and remove
external cables (including the AC adapter).
To remove the battery:
1. Turn off 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.
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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
formats including CDs and DVDs.
You can download or copy pictures and video
files from portable devices, such as digital
cameras and cellular 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® provides
three default options:
It is recommended that you periodically back
up files and folders on your computer. To back
up files:
•Balanced — 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.
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1. Click Start
→ Control Panel→ System
and Maintenance→ Welcome Center→
Transfer files and settings.
2. Click Back up files or Back up computer.
3. Click Continue on the User Account Control
window and follow the instructions in the
Back up Files wizard.
This section provides troubleshooting
information for your computer. If you cannot
solve your problem using the following
guidelines, see “Using Support Tools” on
page 35 or “Contacting Dell” on page 53.
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 instructions.
Solving Problems
Network Problems
Wireless Connections
If the wireless network connection is lost —
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.
b. Click Start
→ Connect To.
c. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
•The wireless key may have been
unintentionally pressed, deactivating your
wireless connections. To turn on wireless,
with the computer turned on, press the
wireless key
on the keyboard. You
can manage the Wireless LAN using Dell
Wireless WLAN Card Utility from your
taskbar. You can also use Windows Wireless
Network Connections, accessed from the
Control Panel, to manage Wireless LAN.
•Interference may be blocking or interrupting
your wireless connection. Try moving the
computer closer to your wireless router.
Wired Connections
If the network connection is lost — The
network 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.
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•Orange — A good connection exists between
a 100-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 temporarily 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.
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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 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 53).
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.
If the power light is blinking amber — The
computer is receiving power, but a device might
be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed. You
may have to remove and then reinstall the
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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).
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•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 “Specifications” on page 56.
•Run the Dell Diagnostics (see “Dell
Diagnostics” on page 38).
•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.
Solving Problems
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:
1. Press <Ctrl><Shift><Esc> simultaneously.
2. Click Applications.
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: Most software includesinstallation
instructions in its documentation or on CD.
If the computer stops responding or a solid blue
screen appears —
NOTICE: You might lose data if you are
unable to perform an operating system
shutdown.
If you are unable to get a response by pressing
a key on your keyboard or moving your mouse,
press and hold the power button for at least 8 to
10 seconds until the computer turns off and then
restart your computer.
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.
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel→
Programs→ Use an older program with this
version of Windows.
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2. In the welcome screen, click Next.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
If you have other software problems —
•Back up your files immediately.
•Use a virus-scanning program to check the
hard drive or CDs.
•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:
––Ensure that the program is compatible
with the operating system installed on
your computer.
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––Ensure that your computer meets the
minimum hardware requirements needed
to run the software. See the software
documentation for information.
––Ensure that the program is installed and
configured properly.
––Verify that the device drivers do not
conflict with the program.
––Uninstall and then reinstall the program, if
necessary.
Dell Support Center
The Dell Support Center helps you find 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)
•Assistance from Dell (Technical Support with
DellConnect™, Customer Service, Training
and Tutorials, How-To Help with Dell on Call,
and Online Scan with PC CheckUp)
•About Your System (System Documentation,
Warranty Information, System Information,
Upgrades & Accessories)
The top of the Dell Support Center home page
displays your computer’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.
•Alerts (technical support alerts relevant to
your computer)
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Using Support Tools
Using Support Tools
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 running
when the message appeared. Alternatively
you could see the Dell Technology
Guide on your computer or on the Dell
Support website at support.dell.com or
see “Contacting Dell” on page 53 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
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same error. See “Contacting Dell” on page 53
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 53 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.
Hard-disk drive failure — Possible hard
disk drive (HDD) failure during POST. See
“Contacting Dell” on page 53 for assistance.
Hard-disk drive read failure — Possible hard
disk drive failure during HDD boot test. See
“Contacting Dell” on page 53 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.
Using Support Tools
•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 your computer or on the
Dell Support website at support.dell.com).
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 53
for assistance).
No timer tick interrupt — A chip on the system
board might be malfunctioning or motherboard
failure (see “Contacting Dell” on page 53 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
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Using Support Tools
Hardware Troubleshooter
Dell Diagnostics
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.
If you experience a problem with your
computer, perform the checks in “Lockups and
Software Problems” on page 33 and run the
Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for
technical assistance.
To start the Hardware Troubleshooter:
It is recommended that you print these
procedures before you begin.
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.
NOTICE: Dell Diagnostics works only on
Dell computers.
NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities disc
is optional and may not ship with your
computer.
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. See the Dell Technology
Guide.
Start the Dell Diagnostics from your hard drive
or from the Drivers and Utilities disc.
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Using Support Tools
Starting Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive
The Dell Diagnostics is located on a hidden
diagnostic utility partition on your hard drive.
4. Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics
from the diagnostics utility partition on your
hard drive.
NOTE: If your computer cannot display a
screen image, see “Contacting Dell” on
page 53.
Starting Dell Diagnostics From the Drivers and
Utilities Disc
1. Ensure that the computer is connected to an
electrical outlet that is known to be working
properly.
2. Shut down and restart the computer.
When the DELL logo appears, press <F12>
immediately.
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>.
™
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.
NOTE: If you see a message stating that no
diagnostics utility partition has been found,
run the Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers
and Utilities disc.
1. Insert the Drivers and Utilities disc.
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.
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>.
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Using Support Tools
4. Select the Boot from CD-ROM option from
the menu that appears and press <Enter>.
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.
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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.
•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
on the hard drive. Use the disc only if System
Restore did not resolve your operating
system problem.
•Dell Factory Image Restore returns your hard
drive to the operating state it was in when
you purchased the computer. This procedure
permanently deletes all data on the hard
drive and removes any programs installed
after you received the computer. Use this
procedure only if System Restore did not
resolve your operating system problem.
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INSPIRON
Restoring Your Operating System
Restoring Your Operating System
System Restore
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.
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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.
Restoring Your Operating System
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.
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Restoring Your Operating System
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.
This option restores your hard drive to the
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,
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music files, and so on. If possible, back up all
data before using Dell Factory Image Restore.
Dell Factory Image Restore
1. Turn on the computer.
2. When the Dell logo appears, press <F8>
several times to access the Vista Advanced
Boot Options Window.
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.
3. Select Repair Your Computer.
The System Recovery Options window appears.
4. Select a keyboard layout and click Next.
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.
Restoring Your Operating System
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.
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.
Operating System Reinstallation
Before you Begin
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 “System Restore” on
page 42.
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
items:
•Dell Operating System disc
•Dell Drivers and Utilities disc
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Restoring Your Operating System
NOTE: The Dell Drivers and Utilities disc
contains drivers that were installed
during the assembly of the computer.
Use the Dell Drivers and Utilities disc
to load any required drivers. Depending
on the region from which you ordered
your computer, or whether you requested
the disc, the Dell Drivers and Utilities disc
and Operating System disc may not ship
with your computer.
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.
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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.
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.
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 26 for
information and procedures that pertain to
the problem your computer is experiencing.
2. See “Dell Diagnostics” on page 38 for
procedures on how to run Dell Diagnostics.
3. Fill out the “Diagnostic Checklist” on
page 52.
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 53.
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 following 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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INSPIRON
Getting Help
Getting Help
Technical Support and Customer
Service
Dell’s support service is available to answer
your questions about Dell hardware. Our
support staff uses computer-based diagnostics
to provide fast, accurate answers.
To contact Dell’s support service, see “Before
You Call” on page 52 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.
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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)
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
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 53.
If you have a problem with your order, such as
missing parts, wrong parts, or incorrect billing,
contact Dell for customer assistance. Have your
invoice or packing slip handy when you call. For
the telephone number to call for your region,
see “Contacting Dell” on page 53.
Log in as user: anonymous, and use your
e-mail address as your password.
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Getting Help
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 53.
Returning Items for Repair Under
Warranty or for Credit
Prepare all items being returned, whether for
repair or credit, as follows:
1. Call Dell to obtain a Return Material
Authorization Number, and write it clearly
and prominently on the outside of the box.
2. For the telephone number to call for your
region, see “Contacting Dell” on page 53.
3. Include a copy of the invoice and a letter
describing the reason for the return.
4. Include a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist
(see “Diagnostic Checklist” on page 52),
indicating the tests that you have run and
any error messages reported by the Dell
Diagnostics (see “Dell Diagnostics” on
page 38).
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Getting Help
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.
6. Pack the equipment to be returned in the
original (or equivalent) packing materials.
NOTE: 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.
NOTE: Returns that are missing any of the
preceding requirements will be refused at
Dell’s receiving dock and returned to you.
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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:
See your operating system documentation
to determine the contents of the computer’s
start-up files. If the computer is connected to
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Getting Help
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.
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.
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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INSPIRON
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 (NSS), or
update drivers for your computer, and readme
files.
the Drivers and Utilities media.
learn more about your operating system,
maintaining peripherals, Internet, Bluetooth®,
networking, and e-mail.
the Dell Technology Guide installed on your
hard drive or on the Dell Support website at
support.dell.com.
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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INSPIRON
Specifications
System model
Processor
Dell™ Inspiron™ 1545
Types
Intel Celeron Dual-Core
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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Intel® Celeron®
Intel Core™2 Duo
Intel Pentium® Dual-Core
L2 cache
1 MB, 2 MB, 3 MB, or 6 MB per
core depending on model
External
bus
frequency
667/800/1066 MHz
Specifications
ExpressCard
Memory
ExpressCard
controller
Intel ICH9M
Connectors
ExpressCard
connector
one ExpressCard slot (34
mm)
two internallyaccessible SO-DIMM
sockets
Capacities
Cards supported
ExpressCard/34 (34 mm)
512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB,
and 4 GB
Memory type
800 MHz DDR2
1.5 V and 3.3 V
ExpressCard
connector size
SO-DIMM
26 pins
Possible memory
configurations
1GB, 1.5GB, 2GB,
3GB, 4GB, 6 GB, and
8GB
NOTE: For instructions on upgrading your
memory, see the Service Manual on the
Dell Support website at support.dell.com.
NOTE: To take advantage of the dual
channel bandwidth capability, you must
populate both memory slots with cards
of the same size.
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Specifications
Computer information
System Chipset
Video
Mobile Intel Express
Cantiga GM45 (UMA),
PM45 (Discrete)
Data bus width
64 bits
DRAM bus width
dual channel (2)
64-bit buses
Processor address
bus width
36 bits
Flash EPROM
2 MB
Communications
Network adapter
10/100 Ethernet LAN
on system board
Wireless
internal WLAN
Mini‑Card
Bluetooth® wireless
technology
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Video type
integrated on system board
LCD interface
Low Voltage Differential
Signaling (LVDS)
Discrete:
Video controller
ATI Mobility Radeon HD
4330
Video memory
GDDR3 256 MB
UMA:
Video controller
GMA X4500HD
Video memory
dynamic based on system
memory capacity
Specifications
Camera (optional)
Audio
Pixel
1.3 megapixel
Video resolution
640 x 480 at 30 fps
(maximum)
Diagonal viewing
angle
66°
Internal speaker
amplifier
1 Watt per channel into
4 ohms
Volume controls
program menus, media
control buttons
Connectors
Audio
Network adapter
RJ45 connector
Audio type
2 channel High Definition
Audio
USB
three 4-pin USB
2.0-compliant connectors
Audio controller
IDT 92HD71
Video
15-hole connector
Internal Interface
Intel High Definition
Audio
External Interface
microphone-in
connector, stereo
headphones/speakers
connector
Speaker
two 4-ohm speakers
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Specifications
Display
Type (activematrix TFT)
Display
15.6-inch HD CCFL with
TrueLife
Luminance
15.6-inch HD WLED with
TrueLife
15.6-inch HD+ WLED with
TrueLife
Dimensions:
193.5 mm (7.62 inches)
Width
344.2 mm (13.55 inches)
Diagonal
394.1 mm (15.6 inches)
Maximum
resolution
1366 x 768 at 262 K colors
(HD CCFL/WLED with
TrueLife)
1600 x 900 at 262 K colors
(HD+ WLED with TrueLife)
Refresh rate
60 Hz
Operating angle
0° (closed) to 155°
60
230 min. 250 typ. cd/m²
(WLED 5 point avg) (HD+
WLED with TrueLife)
Viewing Angles:
Horizontal
Height
200 min. 220 typ. cd/m²
(CCFL/WLED 5 point avg)
±40° (HD CCFL/WLED with
TrueLife)
±60° (HD+ WLED with
TrueLife)
Vertical
+15°/–30° (HD CCFL/WLED
with TrueLife)
±50° (HD+ WLED with
TrueLife)
Pixel pitch
0.252 mm (HD CCFL/WLED
with TrueLife)
0.215 mm (HD+ WLED with
TrueLife)
Specifications
Display
Controls
Touch pad
brightness can be
controlled through
keyboard shortcuts (see
the Dell Technology Guide
for more information)
Size:
Width
74 mm (2.9 inches)
sensor‑active area
Height
42 mm (1.65 inches)
rectangle
Keyboard
Number of keys
Layout
87 (U.S. and Canada);
88 (Europe);
91 (Japan)
QWERTY/AZERTY/
Kanji
Battery
Type
4-cell “smart” lithium ion
6-cell “smart” lithium ion
9-cell “smart” lithium ion
Depth
57.2 mm (2.25 inches)
(4/6-cell)
76.7 mm (3.02 inches) (9-cell)
Height
20 mm (0.78 in) (4/6/9-cell)
Width
205.1 mm (8.07 inches)
(4/6-cell)
221 mm (8.7 inches) (9-cell)
Touch pad
X/Y position
resolution (graphics
table mode)
240 cpi
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Specifications
Battery
Battery
Weight
0.24 kg (0.53 lb) (4-cell)
0.35 kg (0.77 lb) (6-cell)
0.51 kg (1.12 lb) (9-cell)
Life span
(approximate)
Voltage
11.1 VDC (9-cell)
11.1 VDC/10.8 VDC (6-cell)
14.8 VDC (4-cell)
Temperature range:
Charge time at room temperature
(approximate):
Computer off
4 hours
Operating
time
Battery operating time varies
depending on operating
conditions and can be
significantly reduced under
certain power-intensive
conditions.
See the Dell Technology
Guide for more information.
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300 discharge/charge cycles
Operating
0° to 35°C (32° to 95°F)
Storage
–
Coin-cell
battery
CR-2032
40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F)
AC adapter
Types
65 W, 90 W
Input voltage
100–240 VAC
Input current (maximum):
65 W
1.6 A
90 W
1.5 A
Specifications
AC adapter
AC adapter
Input frequency
50–60 Hz
90 W:
Output power
65 W or 90 W
Height
16 mm (0.6 inches)
Width
70 mm (2.8 inches)
Output current:
65 W
3.34 A (continuous)
Length
147 mm (5.8 inches)
90 W
4.62 A (continuous)
Weight (with cables)
0.345 kg (0.76 lb)
Rated output voltage
19.5 +/- 1 VDC
Temperature range:
Dimensions:
65 W:
Height
29 mm (1.14 inches)
Width
46.5 mm (1.83 inches)
Length
107 mm (4.21 inches)
Weight (with cables)
0.25 kg (0.55 lb)
Operating
0° to 35°C (32° to
95°F)
Storage
–
30° to 65°C (–22° to
149°F)
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Specifications
Physical
Height
Computer environment
25.9 mm to 37.5 mm
(1.02 inches to 1.47
inches)
Width
373 mm (14.7 inches)
Depth
244 mm (9.6 inches)
Weight (with 6-cell battery):
Configurable to less
than
2.7 kg (6 lb)
Relative humidity (maximum):
Operating
10% to 90%
(noncondensing)
Storage
5% to 90%
(noncondensing)
Maximum vibration (using a random-vibration
spectrum that simulates user environment):
Operating
0.66 GRMS
Computer environment
Non-Operating
1.33 GRMS
Temperature range:
Maximum shock (measured with hard drive in
head-parked position and a 2-ms half-sine pulse):
Operating
0° to 35°C (32° to
95°F)
Storage
40° to 65°C (–40° to
149°F)
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Operating
110 G
Non-Operating
163 G
Airborne contaminant
level
G2 or lower as
defined by ISAS71.04-1985
INSPIRON
Index
A
connect(ing)
AC adapter
size and weight 63
airflow, allowing 5
B
to the Internet 10
conserving energy 28
Contacting Dell online 53
customer service 48
customizing
your desktop 27
backups
your energy settings 28
creating 28
C
D
calling Dell 52
damage, avoiding 5
CDs, playing and creating 27
data, backing up 28
chipset 58
DellConnect 48
computer capabilities 27
Dell Factory Image Restore 41
computer, setting up 5
Dell Support Center 35
Dell support website 55
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Index
Dell Technology Guide
for further information 54
Hardware Troubleshooter 38
help
drivers and downloads 55
DVDs, playing and creating 27
E
getting assistance and support 47
I
Internet connection 10
email addresses
ISP
for technical support 49
energy
conserving 28
Internet Service Provider 10
M
expansion bus 58
memory problems
F
memory support 57
finding more information 54
FTP login, anonymous 49
H
solving 32
N
network connection
fixing 29
hardware problems
network speed
diagnosing 38
testing 29
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Index
O
S
order status 49
setup, before you begin 5
P
shipping products
power problems, solving 30
software features 27
power strips, using 6
problems, solving 26
processor 56
products
information and purchasing 50
for return or repair 50
software problems 33
solving problems 26
support email addresses 49
System Messages 36
system reinstall options 41
R
System Restore 41
reinstalling Windows 41
T
resources, finding more 54
technical support 48
restoring factory image 44
V
ventilation, ensuring 5
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Index
W
warranty returns 50
Windows, reinstalling 41
Windows Vista®
Program Compatibility Wizard 33
reinstalling 46
setup 10
wired network
network cable, connecting 7
wireless network connection 29
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