SETUP GUIDE
SETUP GUIDE
Model: D03M series Type: D03M001
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July 2009 P/N F674R Rev. A00

Contents
Setting Up Your Studio XPS Desktop ����������5
Back Panel Connectors�������������������������������� 22
Lifting Your Computer�������������������������������������� 6
Software Features ���������������������������������������� 24
Before Setting Up Your Computer ���������������� 7
Dell Dock�������������������������������������������������������� 26
Connect the Display���������������������������������������� 8
Solving Problems ����������������������������������������29
Connect the Keyboard and Mouse�������������� 10
Beep Codes���������������������������������������������������� 29
Connect the Network Cable (Optional)�������� 11
Network Problems ���������������������������������������� 30
Connect the Power Cable ���������������������������� 12
Power Problems�������������������������������������������� 31
Press the Power Button�������������������������������� 12
Memory Problems ���������������������������������������� 32
Set Up Microsoft Windows�������������������������� 13
Lockups and Software Problems ���������������� 34
Connect to the Internet (Optional) �������������� 13
Using Support Tools ������������������������������������36
Using Your Studio XPS Desktop ����������������16
Dell Support Center �������������������������������������� 36
Front View Features�������������������������������������� 16
System Messages������������������������������������������ 37
Top View Features ���������������������������������������� 18
Hardware Troubleshooter ���������������������������� 39
Back View Features�������������������������������������� 20
Dell Diagnostics �������������������������������������������� 39
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Contents
Restoring Your Operating System��������������43
System Restore���������������������������������������������� 44
Finding More Information and
Resources ����������������������������������������������������58
Dell DataSafe Local Backup ������������������������ 45
Basic Specifications ����������������������������������60
Dell Factory Image Restore�������������������������� 47
Appendix ������������������������������������������������������64
Operating System Reinstallation������������������ 49
Macrovision Product Notice������������������������ 64
Getting Help��������������������������������������������������51
Index��������������������������������������������������������������65
Technical Support and Customer
Service������������������������������������������������������������ 52
DellConnect �������������������������������������������������� 52
Online Services���������������������������������������������� 52
Automated Order-Status Service ���������������� 53
Product Information�������������������������������������� 54
Returning Items for Repair Under
Warranty or for Credit ���������������������������������� 54
Before You Call���������������������������������������������� 55
Contacting Dell���������������������������������������������� 57
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Setting Up Your Studio XPS Desktop
This section provides information about
setting up your Studio XPS™ 8000 desktop.
WARNING: Before you begin any of the
procedures in this section, read the
safety information that shipped with
your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory
Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/
regulatory_compliance.
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Setting Up Your Studio XPS Desktop
Lifting Your Computer
To ensure safety and to avoid any damage to
your computer, lift it by holding the lift points in
the front and back of your computer.
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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 computer 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.
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Setting Up Your Studio XPS Desktop
Connect the Display
Your computer does not have an integrated
video connector. Connect the display using the
connector available on the graphics card on
your computer.
NOTE: A DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort
connector may be available on the graphics
card you purchased.
You can purchase the DVI-to-VGA adapter,
HDMI-to-DVI adapter, and additional HDMI or
DVI cables on the Dell website at
www.dell.com.
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Use the appropriate cable based on the
connectors available on your computer and
display. Refer to the following table to identify
the connectors on your computer and display.
NOTE: When connecting to a single display,
connect the display to ONLY ONE of the
connectors on your computer.
Setting Up Your Studio XPS Desktop
Connection Type
Computer
Cable
Display
VGA-to-VGA
(VGA cable)
DVI-to-DVI
(DVI cable)
DVI-to-VGA
(DVI-to-VGA adapter
+ VGA cable)
HDMI-to-HDMI
(HDMI cable)
HDMI-to-DVI
(HDMI-to-DVI
adapter + DVI cable)
DisplayPortto-DisplayPort
(DisplayPort cable)
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Connect the Keyboard and
Mouse
Connect the USB keyboard and mouse to the USB
connectors on the back panel of your computer.
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Connect the Network Cable
(Optional)
A network connection is not required to
complete your computer setup, but if you have
an existing network or Internet connection that
uses a cable connection (such as a broadband
device or Ethernet jack), you can connect
it now.
NOTE: Use only an Ethernet cable to
connect to the network connector
(RJ45 connector). Do not plug a telephone
cable (RJ11 connector) into the network
connector.
To connect your computer to a network or a
broadband device, connect one end of the
network cable to the network port or the
broadband device. Connect the other end of
the network cable to the network connector
(RJ45 connector) on the back panel of your
computer. A click indicates that the network
cable has been securely attached.
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Connect the Power Cable
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Press the Power Button
Setting Up Your Studio XPS Desktop
Set Up Microsoft Windows
Your Dell computer is preconfigured with
Microsoft® Windows® operating system. To
set up Windows for the first time, follow the
instructions on the screen. These steps are
mandatory and may take some time to complete.
The Windows setup screens will take you
through several procedures including accepting
license agreements, setting preferences, and
setting up an Internet connection.
CAUTION: Do not interrupt the operating
system’s setup process. Doing so may
render your computer unusable and you
will need to reinstall the operating system.
NOTE: For optimal performance of your
computer, it is recommended that you
download and install the latest BIOS and
drivers for your computer available on the
Dell Support website at support.dell.com.
Connect to the Internet
(Optional)
To connect to the Internet, you need an external
modem or network connection and an Internet
service provider (ISP).
If an external USB modem or WLAN adapter is
not part of your original order, you can purchase
one from the Dell website at www.dell.com.
Setting Up a Wired Connection
• If you are using a dial-up connection, connect
the telephone line to the external USB modem
(optional) and to the telephone wall jack
before you set up your Internet connection.
•If you are using a DSL or cable/satellite
modem connection, contact your ISP
or cellular telephone service for setup
instructions.
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Setting Up Your Studio XPS Desktop
To complete setting up your wired Internet
connection, follow the instructions in “Setting Up
Your Internet Connection” on page 14.
Setting Up a Wireless Connection
NOTE: To set up your wireless router, see the
documentation that shipped with your router.
Before you can use your wireless Internet
connection, you need to connect to your
wireless router.
To set up your connection to a wireless router:
Windows Vista®
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start
→ Connect To.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the setup.
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Windows® 7
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start
→ Control Panel→ Network
and Internet→ Network and Sharing
Center→ Connect to a network.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the setup.
Setting Up Your Internet Connection
ISPs and ISP offerings vary by country. Contact
your ISP for offerings available in your country.
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.
Setting Up Your Studio XPS Desktop
Have your ISP information ready. If you do not
have an ISP, the Connect to the Internet wizard
can help you get one.
Windows Vista®
Windows® 7
NOTE: The following instructions are
applicable to the Windows default view,
so they may not apply if you set your Dell™
computer to the Windows classic view.
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start
4. Follow the instructions on the screen and
use the setup information provided by your
ISP to complete the setup.
→ Control Panel.
3. Click Network and Internet→ Network and
Sharing Center→ Set up a connection or
network→ Connect to the Internet.
The Connect to the Internet window appears.
NOTE: If you do not know which type of
connection to select, click Help me choose
or contact your ISP.
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start
→ Control Panel.
3. Click Network and Internet→ Network and
Sharing Center→ Set up a new connection
or network→ Connect to the Internet.
The Connect to the Internet window appears.
NOTE: If you do not know which type of
connection to select, click Help me choose
or contact your ISP.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen and
use the setup information provided by your
ISP to complete the setup.
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Using Your Studio XPS Desktop
This section provides information about the features available on your Studio XPS™ 8000 desktop.
Front View Features
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Hard drive activity light — Turns on
when the computer reads or writes data.
A blinking white light indicates hard drive
activity.
CAUTION: To avoid loss of data,
never turn off the computer while the
hard drive activity light is blinking.
2 Optical drive eject buttons (2) — Press
the marked portion on the lower end of the
button to eject the disc tray.
3
USB 2.0 connectors (2) — Connects
to USB devices that are connected
occasionally such as memory keys, digital
cameras, and MP3 players.
4 FlexBay cover — Covers the FlexBay slot.
5 FlexBay slot — Can support a Media Card
Reader or an additional hard drive.
6 Optional Optical drive bay — Can support
an additional optical drive.
7 Optical drive — Plays or records only
standard-size (12 cm) CDs, DVDs, and
Blu‑ray Discs (optional).
8 Media Card Reader — Provides a fast and
convenient way to view and share digital
photos, music, and videos stored on a
media card.
9 Media Card Reader light — Indicates if a
media card is inserted.
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Top View Features
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1 Service Tag and Express Service Code —
Used to identify your computer when you
access the Dell Support website or call
technical support.
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Line-in or microphone connector —
Connects to a microphone for voice or to
an audio cable for audio input.
Power button and light — Turns the
computer on or off when pressed. The light
in the center of this button indicates the
power state:
•Off — The computer is either turned off
or is not receiving power.
•Solid white — The computer is on.
• Solid amber — The computer is in
sleep state or there may be a problem
with either the system board or the
power supply.
•Blinking amber — There may be a
problem with the system board or the
power supply.
Headphone connector — Connects
to headphones.
NOTE: To connect to a powered speaker or
sound system, use the audio out or S/PDIF
connector on the back of your computer.
4 Accessory tray — Used to place devices
or secure cables to avoid clutter.
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NOTE: For information on power problems,
see “Power Problems” on page 31.
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USB 2.0 connectors (2) — Connects
to USB devices that are connected
occasionally such as memory keys, digital
cameras, and MP3 players.
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Back View Features
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1 Padlock rings — Attaches to a standard
padlock to prevent unauthorized access to
the interior of your computer.
2 Security cable slot — Attaches a
commercially available antitheft device to
the computer.
NOTE: Before you buy a lock, ensure that it
works with the security cable slot on your
computer.
3 Expansion card slots — Provides access
to connectors on any installed PCI and
PCI express cards.
4 Back panel connectors — Connects
USB, audio, and other devices into the
appropriate connectors.
5 Power supply light — Indicates power
availability of the power supply.
NOTE: The power supply light may not be
available on all computers.
6 Voltage selector switch — Allows to
select the voltage rating appropriate for
your region.
7 Power connector — Connects to
the power cable. Appearance of this
connector may vary.
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Back Panel Connectors
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IEEE 1394 connector — Connects to
high-speed serial multimedia devices such
as digital video cameras.
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Microphone connector — Connects
to a microphone for voice or audio input
into a sound or telephony program.
2
Network connector and light —
Connects your computer to a network
or broadband device. The network
activity light flashes when the computer
is transmitting or receiving data. A high
volume of network traffic may make this
light appear to be in a steady “on” state.
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Side L/R surround connector —
Connects to side L/R surround speakers.
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Rear L/R surround connector —
Connects to rear L/R surround speakers.
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USB 2.0 connectors (4) — Connects
to USB devices, such as a mouse,
keyboard, printer, external drive, or MP3
player.
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Center/subwoofer connector —
Connects to a center speaker or subwoofer.
4
Line-in connector — Connects to
recording or playback devices such as
a microphone, cassette player, CD player,
or VCR.
5
Front L/R line-out connector —
Connects to front L/R speakers.
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eSATA connector — Connects to
external SATA storage devices.
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S/PDIF connector — Connects to
amplifiers or TVs for digital audio through
optical digital cables. This format carries
an audio signal without going through an
analog audio conversion process.
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Software Features
NOTE: For more information about the
features described in this section, see the
Dell Technology Guide available on your
hard drive or on the Dell Support website
at support.dell.com/manuals.
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 or
download files.
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Entertainment and Multimedia
You can use your computer to watch videos,
play games, create your own CDs, listen to
music and radio stations. Your optical drive may
support multiple disc media formats including
CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs (if the option is
selected at the time of purchase).
You can download or copy pictures and video
files from portable devices, such as digital
cameras and cell phones. Optional software
applications enable you to organize and create
music and video files that can be recorded to a
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.
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Customizing the Desktop
You can customize your desktop to change the
appearance, resolution, wallpaper, screensaver,
or other features of your desktop.
To access the display properties window:
Windows Vista®
Windows® 7
1. Right-click an open area of the desktop.
2. Click Personalize, to open the Change
the visuals and sounds on your computer
window and learn more about your
customization options.
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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Dell Dock
The Dell Dock is a group of icons that provides easy access to frequently-used applications, files,
and folders. You can personalize the Dock by:
•Adding or removing icons
•Changing the color and location of the Dock
•Grouping related icons into categories
Add a Category
•Changing the behavior of the icons
Remove a Category or Icon
1. Right-click the Dock, click Add→ Category.
The Add/Edit Category window is displayed.
1. Right-click the category or icon on the Dock
and click Delete shortcut or Delete category.
2. Enter a title for the category in the Title field.
2. Follow the instructions on the screen.
3. Select an icon for the category from the
Select an image: box.
4. Click Save.
Add an Icon
Drag and drop the icon to the Dock or a
category.
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Personalize the Dock
1. Right-click the Dock and click Advanced
Setting....
2. Choose the desired option to personalize the
Dock.
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Customizing Your Energy Settings
You can use the power options in your operating
system to configure the power settings on your
computer. Microsoft® Windows® operating
system installed on your Dell computer provides
the following options:
Windows Vista®
•Dell Recommended — Offers full
performance when you need it and saves
power during periods of inactivity.
Windows® 7
•Power saver — 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.
•Balanced (recommended) — Automatically
balances the performance of your computer
by consuming energy on capable hardware.
•Power saver — 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 — 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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Transferring Information to a New
Computer
Windows Vista
®
NOTE: The following steps are applicable
for the Windows default view, so they may
not apply if you set your Dell™ computer to
the Windows Classic view.
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel→ System
and Maintenance→ Welcome Center→
Transfer files and settings.
If the User Account Control window appears,
click Continue.
2. Follow the instructions on the Windows Easy
Transfer wizard.
Windows® 7
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel.
2. In the search box type Transfer and then
click Transfer files from another computer.
3. Follow the instructions in the Windows Easy
Transfer wizard.
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Backing Up Your Data
It is recommended that you periodically back up
files and folders on your computer. To back up files:
Windows Vista®
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel→ System
and Maintenance→ Back Up and Restore
Center→ Back up files.
If the User Account Control window appears,
click Continue.
NOTE: Certain editions of Windows Vista
provide an option to back up your computer.
2. Follow the instructions on the Back Up Files
wizard.
Windows® 7
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel→ Back Up
and Restore.
2. Click Set up backup....
3. Follow the instructions on the Configure
Backup wizard.
Solving Problems
This section provides troubleshooting
information for your computer. If you cannot
solve your problem using the following
guidelines, see “Using Support Tools” on
page 36 or “Contacting Dell” on page 57.
Beep Code Possible Problem
One
Possible motherboard failure BIOS ROM checksum failure
Two
No RAM detected
Beep Codes
Your computer might emit a series of beeps during
start-up if thre are errors or problems. This series
of beeps, called a beep code, identifies a problem.
write down the beep code and contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 57).
NOTE: If you installed or
replaced the memory module,
ensure that the memory module
is seated properly.
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Possible motherboard failure Chipset error
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RAM read/write failure
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Real Time Clock failure
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Video card or chip failure
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Processor failure
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Solving Problems
Network Problems
Wireless Connections
If the 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 (see “Setting Up a Wireless
Connection” on page 14).
Wired Connections
If the network connection is lost —
•Check the cable to ensure it is plugged in
and not damaged.
•Check the status of the link integrity light.
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The link integrity light on the integrated network
connector lets you verify that your connection is
working and provides information on the status:
•Off — The computer is not detecting a
physical connection to the network.
•Solid green — A good connection exists
between a 10/100-Mbps network and the
computer.
•Solid orange — A good connection exists
between a 1000-Mbps network and the
computer.
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.
Solving Problems
Power Problems
If the power light is off — The computer is
either turned off or is not receiving power.
•Reseat the power cable into both the
power connector on the computer and the
electrical outlet.
•If the computer is plugged into a power strip,
ensure that the power strip is plugged into
an electrical outlet and that the power strip
is turned on. Also bypass power protection
devices, power strips, and power extension
cables to verify that the computer turns on
properly.
•Ensure that the electrical outlet is working
by testing it with another device, such as
a lamp.
•Ensure that the power supply light on the
back of the computer is on. If the light is off
there may be a possible problem with the
power supply or the power cable.
If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see“Contacting Dell” on page 57).
If the power light is solid white and the
computer is not responding — The display may
not be connected or powered on. Ensure that
the display is properly connected and then turn
it off, then back on.
If the power light is solid amber —
•The computer is in sleep or standby state.
Press a key on the keyboard, move the
connected mouse, or press the power button
to resume normal operation.
•There may be a problem with either the
system board or the power supply. For
assistance, contact Dell (see “Contacting
Dell” on page 57).
If the power light is blinking amber — There
may be a problem with the system board.
For assistance, contact Dell (see “Contacting
Dell” on page 57).
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Solving Problems
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.
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/manuals).
•Reseat the memory modules (see the
Service Manual on the Dell Support
website at support.dell.com/manuals) to
ensure that your computer is successfully
communicating with the memory.
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Solving Problems
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/manuals).
•Reseat the memory modules (see the
Service Manual on the Dell Support
website at support.dell.com/manuals) to
ensure that your computer is successfully
communicating with the memory.
•Check if the memory module is compatible
with your computer. Your computer supports
DDR3 memory. For more information about
the type of memory supported by your
computer, see “Basic Specifications” on
page 60.
•Run the Dell Diagnostics (see “Dell
Diagnostics” on page 39).
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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: Software usually includes installation
instructions in its documentation or on CD.
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If the computer stops responding or a solid blue
screen appears —
CAUTION: 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. 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 an earlier version of Microsoft® Windows®
operating system environments.
Solving Problems
Windows Vista®
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel→
Programs→ Use an older program with this
version of Windows.
2. In the welcome screen, click Next.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
Windows® 7
1. Click Start
.
2. In the search box, type Use an older
program with this version of
Windows and press <Enter>.
3. Follow the instructions on the Program
Compatibility wizard.
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.
––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.
––If necessary, uninstall and then reinstall
the program.
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Using Support Tools
Dell Support Center
The Dell Support Center helps you find
the service, support, and system-specific
information you need.
To launch the application, click the
the taskbar.
icon in
The Dell Support Center home page displays
your computer’s model number, service tag,
express service code, and service contact
information.
The home page also provides links to access:
Self Help (Troubleshooting,
Security, System Performance,
Network/Internet, Backup/
Recovery, and Windows
operating system)
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Alerts (technical support alerts
relevant to your computer)
Assistance from Dell (Technical
Support with DellConnect™,
Customer Service, Training and
Tutorials, How-To Help with
Dell on Call™, and Online Scan
with PC CheckUp)
About Your System (System
Documentation, Warranty
Information, System Information,
Upgrades & Accessories)
For more information about Dell Support Center
and available support tools, click the Services
tab on support.dell.com/manuals.
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.
Alert! Previous attempts at booting this system
have failed at checkpoint [nnnn]. For help
in resolving this problem, please note this
checkpoint and contact Dell Technical
Support — The computer failed to complete
the boot routine three consecutive times for the
same error (see “Contacting Dell” on page 57
for assistance).
CMOS checksum error — Possible
motherboard failure or RTC battery low.
Battery needs replacement. See the Service
Manual on the Dell Support website at
support.dell.com/manuals or see “Contacting
Dell” on page 57 for assistance.
CPU fan failure — CPU fan has failed. CPU
fan needs replacement. See the Service
Manual on the Dell Support website at
support.dell.com/manuals.
Hard-disk drive failure — Possible hard disk
drive failure during HDD POST. See “Contacting
Dell” on page 57 for assistance.
Hard-disk drive read failure — Possible hard
disk drive failure during HDD boot test. See
“Contacting Dell” on page 57 for assistance.
Keyboard failure — Replace keyboard or check
the cable for loose connection.
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Using Support Tools
No boot device available — No bootable
partition on hard drive, the hard drive cable is
loose, or no bootable device exists.
•If the hard drive is your boot device, ensure
that the cables are connected and that the
drive is installed properly and partitioned as
a boot device.
•Enter system setup and ensure that the boot
sequence information is correct. See the
Service Manual on the Dell Support website
at support.dell.com/manuals.
No timer tick interrupt — A chip on the system
board might be malfunctioning or motherboard
failure. See the Service Manual on the Dell
Support website at support.dell.com/manuals or
see “Contacting Dell” on page 57 for assistance.
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USB over current error — Disconnect the USB
device. Your USB device needs more power for
it to function properly. Use an external power
source to connect the USB device, or if your
device has two USB cables, connect both
of them.
NOTICE - Hard Drive SELF MONITORING
SYSTEM has reported that a parameter
has exceeded its normal operating range.
Dell recommends that you back up your data
regularly. A parameter out of range may or may
not indicate a potential hard drive
problem — S.M.A.R.T error, possible hard disk
drive failure. See “Contacting Dell” on page 57
for assistance.
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 34 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.
NOTE: Dell Diagnostics works only on
Dell computers.
NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities disc
is optional and may not ship with your
computer.
See the System Setup section in the Service
Manual to review your computer’s configuration
information, and ensure that the device that
you want to test displays in the system setup
program and is active.
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.
NOTE: If your computer cannot display
a screen image, contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 57).
1. Ensure that the computer is connected to an
electrical outlet that is known to be working
properly.
2. Turn on (or restart) your computer.
3. When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F12>
immediately. Select Diagnostics from the
boot menu and press <Enter>.
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
diagnostic utility partition has been found,
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run the Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers
and Utilities disc.
If Pre-boot Self Assessment (PSA) is invoked:
a. The PSA starts running tests.
b. If the PSA completes successfully, the
following message is displayed: “No
problems have been found
with this system so far.
Do you want to run the
remaining memory tests? This
will take about 30 minutes
or more. Do you want to
continue? (Recommended).”
c. If you are experiencing memory issues
press <y>, else press <n>. The following
message is displayed:
“Booting Dell Diagnostic
Utility Partition. Press any
key to continue.”
d. Press any key to go to the Choose An
Option window.
Using Support Tools
If PSA is not invoked:
Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics from
the diagnostics utility partition on your hard
drive and go to the Choose An Option window.
4. Select the test you want to run.
5. If a problem is encountered during a test,
a message appears with an error code and
a description of the problem. Write down
the error code and problem description
and contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on
page 57).
NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer
is located at the top of each test screen. If
you contact Dell, technical support will ask
for your Service Tag.
6. When the tests are complete, close the test
screen to return to the Choose An Option
window.
To exit the Dell Diagnostics and restart the
computer, click Exit.
Starting Dell Diagnostics From the
Drivers and Utilities Disc
1. Insert the Drivers and Utilities disc.
2. Shut down and restart the computer.
When the DELL logo appears, press <F12>
immediately.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
NOTE: The next steps change the boot
sequence for one time only. On the next
start-up, the computer boots according to
the devices specified in the system setup
program.
3. When the boot device list appears, highlight
CD/DVD/CD-RW and press <Enter>.
4. Select the Boot from CD-ROM option from
the menu that appears and press <Enter>.
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Using Support Tools
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. Select the test you want to run.
8. If a problem is encountered during a test,
a message appears with an error code and
a description of the problem. Write down
the error code and problem description
and contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on
page 57).
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NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer
is located at the top of each test screen. If
you contact Dell, technical support will ask
for your Service Tag.
9. When the tests are complete, close the test
screen to return to the Choose An Option
window. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and
restart the computer, click Exit.
10.Remove the Drivers and Utilities disc.
Restoring Your Operating System
You can restore your operating system in the
following ways:
•System Restore returns your computer to an
earlier operating state without affecting data
files. Use System Restore as the first solution
for restoring your operating system and
preserving data files.
•Dell DataSafe Local Backup restores your
hard drive to the operating state it was in
when you purchased your computer, without
erasing the data files. Use this option if
System Restore did not resolve your 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 Dell
Factory Image Restore only if System
Restore did not resolve your operating
system problem.
• If you received an Operating System disc with
your computer, you can use it to restore your
operating system. However, using the Operating
System disc also deletes all data on the hard
drive. Use the disc only if System Restore did
not resolve your operating system problem.
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Restoring Your Operating System
System Restore
The Windows operating systems provide
a System Restore option which allows
you to restore 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.
CAUTION: Make regular backups of your
data files. System Restore does not monitor
your data files or recover them.
NOTE: The procedures in this document are
applicable 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.
Dell DataSafe Local Backup
NOTE: Dell DataSafe Local Backup may not
be available in all regions.
Dell DataSafe Local Backup is a backup
and recovery application that restores your
computer if you lose data due to a virus attack,
accidentally delete critical files or folders, or if
the hard drive crashes.
This application allows you to:
•Restore files and folders
•Restore your hard drive to the operating
state it was in when you purchased your
computer, without erasing the existing
personal files and data
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Restoring Your Operating System
To schedule backups:
1. Double-click the Dell DataSafe Local icon
on the taskbar.
2. Choose Full System Backup to create and
schedule automatic backup of all the data in
your computer.
To restore data:
1. Turn off your computer.
2. Remove any recently added internal
hardware and disconnect devices such as a
USB drive, printer, and so on.
NOTE: Do not disconnect the display,
keyboard, mouse, and the power cable.
3. Turn on your computer.
4. When the Dell logo appears, press <F8>
several times to access the Advanced Boot
Options window.
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NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
5. Select Repair Your Computer.
6. Select Dell Factory Image Recovery and
DataSafe Options and follow the instructions
on the screen.
NOTE: The duration of the restoration
process depends on the amount of data to
be restored.
NOTE: For more information, see the
knowledge base article 353560 on the Dell
Support website at support.dell.com.
Restoring Your Operating System
Dell Factory Image Restore
CAUTION: 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 this option. Use Dell Factory
Image Restore only if System Restore did
not resolve your operating system problem.
NOTE: Dell Factory Image Restore may
not be available in certain countries or on
certain computers.
Use Dell Factory Image Restore only as the
last method to restore your operating system.
These options restore your hard drive to the
operating state it was in when you purchased
the computer. Any programs or files added
since you received your computer—including
data files—are permanently deleted from
the hard drive. Data files include documents,
spreadsheets, e-mail messages, digital photos,
music files, and so on. If possible, back up all
data before using Factory Image Restore.
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Restoring Your Operating System
Performing Dell Factory Image Restore
1. Turn on the computer. When the Dell logo
appears, press <F8> several times to access
the 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.
2. Select Repair Your Computer.
3. 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.
6. Click Dell Factory Image Restore. The Dell
Factory Image Restore welcome screen
appears.
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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.
NOTE: If you do not want to proceed with
Factory Image Restore, click Cancel.
8. Click the check box 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 restart the computer.
Restoring Your Operating System
Operating System
Reinstallation
Before You Begin
If you are considering reinstalling the
Microsoft® 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 44.
CAUTION: 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
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.
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Restoring Your Operating System
Reinstalling Microsoft® Windows®
The reinstallation process can take 1 to 2 hours
to complete. After you reinstall the operating
system, you must also reinstall the device
drivers, virus protection program, and other
software.
1. Save and close any open files and exit any
open programs.
2. Insert the Operating System disc.
3. Click Exit if the Install Windows message
appears.
4. Restart the computer.
5. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12>
immediately.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
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NOTE: The next steps change the boot
sequence for one time only. On the next
start-up, the computer boots according to
the devices specified in the system setup
program.
6. When the boot device list appears, highlight
CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive and press <Enter>.
7. Press any key to Boot from CD-ROM.
Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the installation.
Getting Help
If you experience a problem with your computer,
you can complete the following steps to
diagnose and troubleshoot the problem:
1. See “Solving Problems” on page 29 for
information and procedures that pertain to
the problem your computer is experiencing.
2. See “Dell Diagnostics” on page 39 for
procedures on how to run Dell Diagnostics.
3. Fill out the “Diagnostic Checklist” on
page 56.
4. Use Dell’s extensive suite of online
services available at Dell Support
(support.dell.com/manuals) for help with
installation and troubleshooting procedures.
See “Online Services” on page 52 for a more
extensive list of Dell Support online.
5. If the preceding steps have not resolved the
problem, see “Contacting Dell” on page 57.
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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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 55 and then see the
contact information for your region or go to
support.dell.com/manuals.
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/dellconnect.
Online Services
You can learn about Dell products and services
on the following websites:
•www.dell.com
•www.dell.com/ap (Asian/Pacific countries
only)
•www.dell.com/jp (Japan only)
•www.euro.dell.com (Europe only)
•www.dell.com/la (Latin American and
Caribbean countries)
•www.dell.ca (Canada only)
You can access Dell Support through the
following websites and e-mail addresses:
Dell Support websites
•support.dell.com
•support.jp.dell.com (Japan only)
•support.euro.dell.com (Europe only)
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Getting Help
Dell Support e-mail addresses
•mobile_support@us.dell.com
•support@us.dell.com
•la-techsupport@dell.com (Latin America and
Caribbean countries only)
•apsupport@dell.com (Asian/Pacific
countries only)
Dell Marketing and Sales e-mail
addresses
•apmarketing@dell.com (Asian/Pacific
countries only)
•sales_canada@dell.com (Canada only)
Anonymous file transfer protocol (FTP)
•ftp.dell.com
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 57.
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 57.
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 57.
Returning Items for Repair
Under Warranty or for Credit
Prepare all items being returned, whether for
repair or credit, as follows:
NOTE: Before you return the product to
Dell, make sure to back up any data on
the hard drive and on any other storage
device in the product. Remove any and
all confidential, proprietary and personal
information, as well as removable media,
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such as CDs and PC Cards. Dell is not
responsible for any of your confidential,
proprietary or personal information; lost
or corrupted data; or damaged or lost
removable media that may be included
with your return.
1. Call Dell to obtain a Return Material
Authorization Number, and write it clearly
and prominently on the outside of the box.
For the telephone number to call for your
region, see “Contacting Dell” on page 57.
2. Include a copy of the invoice and a letter
describing the reason for the return.
3. Include a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist (see
“Diagnostic Checklist” on page 56), indicating
the tests that you have run and any error
messages reported by the Dell Diagnostics
(see “Dell Diagnostics” on page 39).
Getting Help
4. Include any accessories that belong with the
item(s) being returned (power cables, software,
guides, and so on) if the return is for credit.
5. 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.
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 a
label on the top of the 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.
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Getting Help
Diagnostic Checklist
•Name:
•Date:
•Address:
•Phone number:
•Service Tag and Express Service Code
(located on a label on the top of the
computer):
•Return Material Authorization Number
(if provided by Dell support technician):
•Operating system and version:
•Devices:
•Expansion cards:
•Are you connected to a network? Yes /No
•Network, version, and network adapter:
•Programs and versions:
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See your operating system documentation
to determine the contents of the computer’s
start-up files. If the computer is connected to
a printer, print each file. Otherwise, record the
contents of each file before calling Dell.
•Error message, beep code, or diagnostic
code:
•Description of problem and troubleshooting
procedures you performed:
Getting Help
Contacting Dell
For customers in the United States, call
800-WWW-DELL (800-999-3355).
NOTE: If you do not have an active
Internet connection, you can find contact
information on your purchase invoice,
packing slip, bill, or Dell product catalog.
Dell provides several online and telephonebased support and service options. Availability
varies by country and product, and some
services may not be available in your area.
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.
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Finding More Information and Resources
If you need to:
See:
reinstall your operating system
the Operating System disc
find your system model number
the back of your computer
run a diagnostic program for your computer,
reinstall desktop system software, or update
drivers for your computer, and readme files
the Drivers and Utilities disc
learn more about your operating system,
maintaining peripherals, RAID, Internet,
Bluetooth®, networking, and e-mail
the Dell Technology Guide available on your
hard drive
upgrade your computer with new or additional
memory, or a new hard drive
the Service Manual on the Dell Support website
at support.dell.com/manuals
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 information that is shipped with your
computer, before working inside your computer.
For additional safety best practices information,
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 top of the computer
find drivers and downloads
the Dell Support website at
support.dell.com
access technical support and product help
check on your order status for new purchases
find solutions and answers to common
questions
locate information for last-minute updates
about technical changes to your computer or
advanced technical-reference material for
technicians or experienced users
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Basic Specifications
Computer Model
Processors
Studio XPS 8000
Type
™
This section provides information that you may
need when setting up, updating drivers for, and
upgrading your computer.
For more detailed specifications, see the
Comprehensive Specifications on the Dell
Support website at support.dell.com/manuals.
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.
Intel Core i7-860
Intel Core i5-750
Drives
Externally accessible two 5.25-inch bays
for SATA DVD+/-RW
Super Multi Drive or
Blu-ray Disc™ combo
or Blu-ray Disc RW
drive
one 3.5 inch bay
for a Flexdock or a
Bluetooth® module
Internally accessible
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Intel® Core™ i7-870
two 3.5-inch bays for
SATA hard drives
Basic Specifications
Memory
Connectors
Capacities
Memory type
Computer Information
four internallyaccessible DDR3
DIMM sockets
4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB,
12 GB, and 16 GB
(64-bit operating
system)
1066-MHz or
1333‑MHz DDR3
DIMM; non-ECC
memory only
Minimum
4 GB
Maximum
16 GB
System chipset
P55
RAID support
RAID 0 (striping)
RAID 1 (mirroring)
Video
Discrete
PCI Express x16 card
Audio
Type
Integrated 7.1
channel, High
Definition Audio with
S/PDIF support
NOTE: For instructions on upgrading
memory, see the Service Manual on
the Dell Support website at
support.dell.com/manuals.
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Basic Specifications
Communication
Wireless (optional)
External connectors
WiFi/Bluetooth
wireless technology
®
Network adapter
RJ45 connector
USB
two top-panel, two
front‑panel, and four
back-panel USB
2.0-compliant connectors
Audio
Physical
Height
407.75 mm
(16.02 inches)
Width
185.81 mm
(7.31 inches)
top panel - headphone
and microphone
connectors
Depth
454.67 mm
(17.9 inches)
back panel - six
connectors for 7.1 support
Weight
10.18 kg (22.4 lb)
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S/PDIF
one S/PDIF (optical)
connector
eSATA
one back-panel connector
IEEE 1394
one back-panel 6-pin
serial connector
Basic Specifications
Computer Environment
Computer Environment
Temperature ranges:
Maximum shock (measured with hard drive
in head-parked position and a 2-ms half-sine
pulse):
Operating
10°C to 35°C (50°F to 95°F)
Storage
–40°C to 65°C (–40°F to 149°F)
Relative
humidity
(maximum):
20% to 80% (noncondensing)
Operating
40G for 2 ms with a change in
velocity of 20 in/s (51 cm/s)
NonOperating
50G for 26 ms with a change in
velocity of 320 in/s (813 cm/s)
Maximum vibration (using a random-vibration
spectrum that simulates user environment):
Altitude (maximum):
Operating
0.25 GRMS
Operating
NonOperating
2.2 GRMS
–15.2 to 3,048 m
(–50 to 10,000 ft)
Storage
–15.2 to 10,668 m
(–50 to 35,000 ft)
Airborne
contaminant
level
G2 or lower as defined by
ISA-S71.04-1985
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Appendix
Macrovision Product Notice
This product incorporates copyright protection
technology that is protected by method claims
of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual
property rights owned by Macrovision
Corporation and other rights owners. Use of
this copyright protection technology must be
authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is
intended for home and other limited viewing
uses only unless otherwise authorized by
Macrovision Corporation. Reverse engineering
or disassembly is prohibited.
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Index
B
backups
creating 28
customizing
your desktop 25
your energy settings 27
D
C
calling Dell 55
CDs, playing and creating 24
chipset 61
computer capabilities 24
connect(ing)
optional network cable 11
conserving energy 27
Contacting Dell online 57
customer service 52
data, backing up 28
DataSafe Local Backup 45
DellConnect 52
Dell Diagnostics 39
Dell Dock 26
Dell Factory Image Restore 43
Dell support website 59
Dell Technology Guide
for futher information 58
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Index
Diagnostic Checklist 56
drivers and downloads 59
DVDs, playing and creating 24
E
H
hard drive
type 60
hard drive activity light 17
eject button 17
email addresses
for technical support 53
energy
conserving 27
Express Service Code 19, 51
F
hardware problems
diagnosing 39
Hardware Troubleshooter 39
I
IEEE 1394 connector 23
Internet connection 13
ISP
Internet Service Provider 13
front-side connectors 16
FTP login, anonymous 53
L
line-in connector 19
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Index
M
P
memory problems
power button and light 19
solving 32
power problems, solving 31
memory support 61
problems, solving 29
microphone connector 19
processor 60
N
products
network connection
fixing 30
network connector
location 23
O
optical audio connector
S/PDIF connection 23
order status 53
information and purchasing 54
R
reinstalling Windows 49
restoring data 46
restoring factory image 47
S
security cable slot 21
Service Tag 19, 56
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Index
shipping products
for return or repair 54
software features 24
software problems 34
solving problems 29
U
USB 2.0
back connectors 23
front connectors 17
S/PDIF connector 23
W
specifications 60
warranty returns 54
support email addresses 53
Windows
support sites
worldwide 52
System Messages 37
System Restore 43
T
technical support 52
temperature
operating and storage ranges 63
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Program Compatibility Wizard 34
reinstalling 50
wireless network connection 30
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