Dell Inspiron 3800 Specifications

Dell Inspiron 3800 Specifications
Contents: Dell Inspiron 3800 System Reference
Dell™ Inspiron™ 3800 System Reference
Conventions
Technical Overview
Using the Computer
Utilities and Drivers for Microsoft Windows 98
Utilities and Drivers for Microsoft Windows NT
Utilities and Drivers for Microsoft Windows 2000
Technical Specifications
System Setup Program
System Error Messages
Passwords and Security
Ports and Connectors
Power Sources
Power Conservation
Removing and Replacing Parts
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Notes, Notices, and Cautions
Typographical Conventions
Notes, Notices, and Cautions
Throughout this guide, blocks of text may be accompanied by an icon and printed in bold type
or in italic type. These blocks are notes, notices, and cautions, and they are used as follows:
NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better
use of your computer system.
NOTICE: A NOTICE indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of data and
tells you how to avoid the problem.
CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates a potentially hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury.
Typographical Conventions
The following list defines (where appropriate) and illustrates typographical conventions used as
visual cues for specific elements of text throughout this document:
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Interface components are window titles, button and icon names, menu names and
selections, and other options that appear on the monitor screen or display. They are
presented in bold.
Example: Click OK.
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Keycaps are labels that appear on the keys on a keyboard. They are enclosed in angle
brackets.
Example: <Enter>
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Key combinations are series of keys to be pressed simultaneously (unless otherwise
indicated) to perform a single function.
Example: <Ctrl><Alt><Enter>
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Commands presented in lowercase bold are for reference purposes only and are not
intended to be typed when referenced.
Example: “Use the format command to . . . .”
In contrast, commands presented in the Courier New font are part of an instruction
and intended to be typed.
Example: “Type format a: to format the diskette in drive A.”
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Filenames and directory names are presented in lowercase bold.
Examples: autoexec.bat and c:\windows
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Screen text is a message or text that you are instructed to type as part of a command
(referred to as a command line). Screen text is presented in the Courier New font.
Example: The following message appears on your screen:
No boot device available
Example: “Type md c:\programs and press <Enter>.”
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Variables are placeholders for which you substitute a value. They are presented in italics.
Example: DIMM_x (where x represents the DIMM socket designation)
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System Features
IRQ Line Assignments
Video
Memory
System Features
This section describes the major hardware and software features of your computer. Figure 1 and Figure 2 show the front and back view of
the computer, respectively.
Figure 1. Front View of the Computer
1 Display latch
9 DualPoint™ buttons
2 Air intake
10 Battery bay
3 Modem connector
11 Touch pad
4 TV-out S-video connector
12 Keyboard
5 Audio connectors (3)
13 Track stick
6 Integrated microphone
14 Power button
7 Speaker
15 Keyboard status indicators
8 Media bay
16 Display
Figure 2. Back View of the Computer
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1 Speaker
9 PS/2 connector
2 Security cable slot
10 USB connector
3 Hard-disk drive
11 Docking connector
4 PC Card slot
12 Device access/status indicators
5 Security cable slot
13 Parallel port connector
6 Infrared port
14 Video connector
7 AC adapter connector
15 Fan exhaust
8 Serial port connector
Hardware Features
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An Intel® mobile microprocessor incorporating the latest processor technology.
An internal, Level 1 (L1) cache consisting of 64 kilobytes (KB) of high-speed memory that resides in the processor core. The
microprocessor has either a 128-KB or 256-KB (integrated) Level 2 (L2) cache or a 512-KB pipelined-burst static random-access
memory (SRAM) (external) L2 cache.
A minimum of 32 megabytes (MB) of synchronous dynamic random-access memory (SDRAM) system memory, with support for a
maximum of 512 MB.
A media bay in which you can install a variety of modules, including a diskette drive, CD-ROM drive, CD-RW drive, DVD-ROM drive
(on computers running Microsoft® Windows® 98 Second Edition or Windows 2000), Zip drive, SuperDisk LS-120 drive, second
battery, or a second hard-disk drive.
NOTES: Your computer was shipped with a diskette drive in the media bay. For information on removing
the diskette drive and installing a different device in the bay, see "Using the Media Bay" in Chapter 2 of
the Reference and Troubleshooting Guide.
Because the Microsoft Windows NT® operating system does not support DVD technology, the DVDROM drive is available only on computers that use the Windows 98 Second Edition or Windows 2000
operating system.
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A 64-bit hardware-accelerated ATI Mobility-M video controller with 8 MB of video memory, accelerated graphics port (AGP) 2X, 3D
assist, motion compensation, extended desktop, OpenGL support, and a flicker-free TV-out S-video connector.
An active-matrix extended graphics array (XGA) or super extended graphics array (SXGA) thin-film transistor (TFT) color display.
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ESS Maestro-3I audio controller with hardware wavetable support and 3D surround sound.
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Integrated stereo speakers and microphone.
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Connectors for connecting external speakers, headphones, or an external microphone to the computer.
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A TV-out S-video connector and composite TV-out adapter cable that allows you to connect a television to your computer. You can
obtain the latest video drivers on Dell's World Wide Web site at http://www.dell.com/filelib.
Ultra direct memory access (DMA)/33 data transfer protocol for Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA)/integrated drive
electronics (IDE) hard-disk drive interface. Ultra DMA/33 allows data transfer rates of up to 33 MB/second.
An integrated keyboard that includes two special keys that support the Windows operating systems.
A Personal System/2 (PS/2)-compatible touch pad that provides full mouse functionality. A set of left and right buttons, located
below the touch pad, operate like the left and right buttons on a mouse. You can also perform many pointing functions by tapping
the touch pad, which is positioned for both left- and right-handed users. Click-and-drag buttonless functions are also supported.
An optional Dell™ DualPoint™ integrated pointing device is available, which provides a track stick in addition to the PS/2compatible touch pad. The DualPoint options also includes a second set of left and right buttons, located above the touch
pad. The track stick controls the cursor on the display screen and is positioned in the keyboard to allow you to move the
cursor while keeping your fingers in a typing position. You can also perform many pointing functions by tapping the track
stick. Click-and-drag buttonless functions are also supported.
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Universal Serial Bus (USB) capability, which simplifies connecting peripheral devices such as mice, printers, and computer
speakers. The USB port connector on your computer's back panel provides a single connection point for multiple USB-compliant
devices such as keyboards, mice, printers, and computer speakers. Also, you can connect and disconnect USB-compliant devices
while the computer is running.
NOTES: Microsoft Windows NT does not support USB functions.
If you attach a USB device that was not included in your original system configuration, you may need to
install a specific driver for that device to obtain its full functionality. Contact the USB device
manufacturer for more information.
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A lithium-ion battery or nickel-metal hydride battery in the battery bay, with support for a second battery in the media bay. The Dell
ExpressCharge™ technology charges a single lithium-ion battery in approximately 1 hour (when the computer is off or in save-todisk suspend [S2D] mode).
An Infrared Data Association (IrDA) 1.1-compliant infrared port that permits you to transfer files without connecting cables.
NOTE: Windows NT does not support IrDA.
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A PC Card slot with connectors for two 3.3-volt (V) or 5-V cards. Both PC Card connectors support CardBus technology. In
addition, the lower PC Card connector (slot 0) supports the use of a zoomed video (ZV) port card.
NOTE: Windows NT does not support zoomed video functions.
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One high-performance serial port connector.
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One parallel port connector that can be set to AT, PS/2, or Extended Capabilities Port (ECP) mode.
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One PS/2 keyboard/mouse port connector.
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An integrated 56-kilobits per second (Kbps) v.90 modem with support for telephone hardware worldwide.
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One docking connector for the optional advanced port replicator (APR).
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Two security cable connectors to which you can attach a commercially available security cable to prevent unauthorized removal of
the computer.
Two power conservation modes—standby mode and save-to-disk suspend mode—that help you conserve battery power. If the
batteries run out of power, save-to-disk suspend mode prevents data loss by copying all system data to the hard-disk drive and
turning off the computer.
An automatic thermal management system that uses a variable-speed fan and microprocessor speed changes to keep the
computer running at the optimum temperature.
CAUTION: Do not allow your portable computer to operate with the base resting directly on exposed skin.
With extended operation, heat can potentially build up in the base. Allowing sustained contact with the skin
could cause discomfort, or eventually, a burn.
Software Features
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Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows 2000, or Windows NT operating system installed on your hard-disk drive.
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Virus-scanning software.
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A standard set of video drivers provided for supporting video resolutions greater than 640 x 480 pixels.
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Audio utilities for computers with integrated audio capabilities.
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Internal modem software capable of communicating up to a speed of 56K.
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DualPoint integrated pointing device software (for use with the optional Dell integrated pointing device), which allows you to set the
default for the type of cursor pointing device that you want to use, as well as sensitivity, motion, and drag-and-drop features of both
the touch pad and track stick.
Optional software DVD decoder driver on computers that use the Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition or Windows 2000
operating system.
NOTE: Windows NT does not support the DVD decoder driver.
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Two power conservation modes—standby mode and save-to-disk suspend mode—that help you conserve battery power. If the
batteries run out of power, save-to-disk suspend mode prevents data loss by copying all system data to the hard-disk drive and
turning off the computer.
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The System Setup program for quickly viewing and changing system configuration information.
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Software support for the optional advanced port replicator (APR).
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Dell Diagnostics for evaluating the computer's components and devices. For information on using the diagnostics, refer to "Running
the Dell Diagnostics" in Chapter 3 of the Reference and Troubleshooting Guide.
Customizing Your System Configuration
As the computer environment changes, you may want to use the System Setup program to customize the configuration of your computer.
The System Setup program lets you control the hardware and software features of the computer. It also helps you reduce power
consumption when the computer is running on battery power.
Available Options and Upgrades
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APRs
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Additional batteries
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External keyboards and a numeric keypad
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External monitors
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External pointing devices
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External speakers, headphones, and microphones
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Printers
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Hard-disk drives
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Second hard-disk drive for the media bay
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DVD-ROM drive modules
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SuperDisk LS-120 drive modules
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AC adapter
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PC Cards
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32-, 64-, 128-, 192-, and 256-MB memory modules
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Carrying case
Instructions for connecting or installing these options are included in the upgrade kit you receive from Dell.
Video
The Dell-installed video drivers work with the operating system to let you customize the video resolution and number of screen colors on
your display.
NOTE: The Dell-installed video drivers are designed to offer the best performance on your computer. Dell
recommends that you use only these drivers with your factory-installed operating system.
Table 1 lists the combinations of resolutions and colors that the computer supports.
Table 1. Display Resolution, Colors, and Refresh Rates
Resolution
Color Depth
Computer Display Only—
Available Refresh Rate
Television as Secondary Display—
Available Refresh Rate
640 x 480 (video graphics array [VGA])
256 (8-bit)
60, 75, 85 hertz (Hz)
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
640 x 480 (VGA)
65 k (16-bit)
60, 75, 85 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
640 x 480 (VGA)
16 M (24-bit)
60, 75, 85 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
640 x 480 (VGA)
4.2 B (32-bit)
60, 75, 85 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
800 x 600 (super VGA [SVGA])
256 (8-bit)
60, 75, 85 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
800 x 600 (SVGA)
65 k (16-bit)
60, 75, 85 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
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800 x 600 (SVGA)
16 M (24-bit)
60, 75, 85 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
800 x 600 (SVGA)
4.2 B (32-bit)
60, 75, 85 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1024 x 768 (extended graphics array [XGA])
256 (8-bit)
60, 70, 75, 85 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1024 x 768 (XGA)
65 k (16-bit)
60, 70, 75, 85 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1024 x 768 (XGA)
16 M (24-bit)
60, 70, 75, 85 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1024 x 768 (XGA)
4.2 B (32-bit)
60, 70, 75, 85 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1280 x 1024 (super XGA [SXGA])*
256 (8-bit)
60, 70, 75, 85 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1280 x 1024 (SXGA)*
65 k (16-bit)
60, 70, 75, 85 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1280 x 1024 (SXGA)*
16 M (24-bit)
60, 70, 75, 85 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1280 x 1024 (SXGA)*
4.2 B (32-bit)
60, 70, 75, 85 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1400 x 1050 (SXGA Plus)*
256 (8-bit)
60 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1400 x 1050 (SXGA Plus)*
65 k (16-bit)
60 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1400 x 1050 (SXGA Plus)*
16 M (24-bit)
60 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1400 x 1050 (SXGA Plus)*
4.2 B (32-bit)
60 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1600 x 1200 (UGA)*
256 (8-bit)
60 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1600 x 1200 (UGA)*
65 k (16-bit)
60 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1600 x 1200 (UGA)*
16 M (24-bit)
60 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
1600 x 1200 (UGA)*
4.2 B (32-bit)
60 Hz
60-Hz NTSC, 50-Hz PAL
*Pan mode may be turned on for the 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA Plus), and 1600 x 1200 (ultra graphics array [UGA])
computer displays. In pan mode, the screen resolution is too high to be completely displayed on the computer display. For example, the
taskbar that usually appears at the bottom of the desktop may no longer be visible. To view the rest of the screen, use the touch pad or
track stick to pan up and down and left and right.
To display more colors, select a lower resolution. If you select a resolution and color combination that the system does not support, the
system automatically selects the next supported combination.
NOTE: Color depth is based on 256 colors for 8-bit, 65,536 colors for 16-bit, 16,842,752 colors for 24-bit, and
4,294,967,296 colors for 32-bit displays.
To find the maximum color depth for various combinations of resolutions without DVD or 3D software, select the primary resolution in the
first column in Table 2 and move across the row to the right under the corresponding second resolution.
Table 2. Display Resolution and Color Depth Without DVD and 3D Software Running (in Bits)
Secondary
640 x 480 (8 bit)
640 x 480
800 x 600
1024 x 768
1280 x 1024
32
32
32
32
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m
a
r
y
800 x 600 (8 bit)
32
32
32
32
1024 x 768 (8 bit)
32
32
32
32
1280 x 1024 (8 bit)
32
32
32
32
1600 x 1200 (8 bit)
32
32
32
32
640 x 480 (16 bit)
32
32
32
32
800 x 600 (16 bit)
32
32
32
32
1024 x 768 (16 bit)
32
32
32
32
1280 x 1024 (16 bit)
32
32
32
32
1600 x 1200 (16 bit)
32
32
24
24
640 x 480 (24 bit)
32
32
32
32
800 x 600 (24 bit)
32
32
32
32
1024 x 768 (24 bit)
32
32
32
32
1280 x 1024 (24 bit)
32
32
32
24
1600 x 1200 (24 bit)
24
24
16
8
640 x 480 (32 bit)
32
32
32
32
800 x 600 (32 bit)
32
32
32
32
1024 x 768 (32 bit)
32
32
32
24
1280 x 1024 (32 bit)
32
32
24
16
1600 x 1200 (32 bit)
8
8
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IRQ Line Assignments
Problems can arise if two devices attempt to use the same interrupt request (IRQ) line. To avoid this type of conflict, check the
documentation for the default IRQ line setting for each installed device. Then consult Table 3 to configure the device for one of the
available IRQ lines.
NOTE: Installed devices cannot share the same COM port address. The default address of your computer's serial
port is COM1.
To view IRQ line assignments in Windows 98, click the Start button, point to Settings, and click Control Panel. Double-click the System
icon. Select the Device Manager tab, and then double-click Computer.
To view IRQ line assignments in Windows 2000, click the Start button, point to Settings, and click Control Panel. Double-click the
System icon. Select the Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager. Click View, and then click Resources by connection. Doubleclick Interrupt request (IRQ) to view the IRQ assignments.
Table 3. IRQ Line Assignments
IRQ Line Reserved/Available
IRQ0
Reserved; generated by the system timer
IRQ1
Reserved; generated by the keyboard controller to signal that the keyboard output buffer is full
IRQ2
Reserved; generated internally by the interrupt controller to enable IRQ8 through IRQ15
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IRQ3
Available for use by a PC Card unless the integrated serial port or infrared port is configured for COM2 or COM4
IRQ4
Available for use by a PC Card unless the integrated serial port or infrared port is configured for COM1 (the default) or
COM3
IRQ5
Available for use by the audio controller
IRQ6
Generated by the diskette drive controller to indicate that the diskette drive requires the attention of the microprocessor
IRQ7
Available for use by a PC Card or audio controller if the parallel port is disabled
IRQ8
Reserved; generated by the system input/output (I/O) controller's real-time clock (RTC)
IRQ9
Reserved; generated by the video controller
IRQ10
Available for use by a PC Card or audio controller unless the APR is attached
IRQ11
Generated by USB, PC Card, and audio controllers; available for use by a PC Card
IRQ12
Reserved; generated by the keyboard controller to indicate that the output buffer of the DualPoint integrated pointing device
or the external PS/2 mouse is full
IRQ13
Reserved; generated by the math coprocessor
IRQ14
Reserved; generated by the hard-disk drive to indicate that the drive requires the attention of the microprocessor
IRQ15
Reserved; generated by the CD-ROM drive in the media bay to indicate that the drive requires the attention of the
microprocessor
Memory
Memory Allocations
Table 4 provides a map of the conventional memory area. When the microprocessor or a program addresses a location within the
conventional memory range, it is physically addressing a location in main memory.
To view memory allocations in Windows 98, click the Start button, point to Settings, and click Control Panel. Double-click the System
icon. Click the Device Manager tab, and then double-click Computer.
To view memory allocations in Windows NT, start the Windows NT Diagnostics in the Administrative Tools (Common) folder.
To view memory allocations in Windows 2000, click the Start button, point to Settings, and click Control Panel. Double-click the System
icon. Click the Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager.
Table 4. Conventional Memory Map
Address Range
Use
0000h-003FFh
Interrupt vector table
00400h-00FFFF
BIOS data area
00500h-005FFh
MS-DOS® and BASIC work area
00600h-9FBFFh
User memory
Table 5 provides a map of the upper memory area. Some of these addresses are dedicated to various system devices, such as the
system/video basic input/output system (BIOS). Others are available for use by expansion cards and/or an expanded memory manager
(EMM).
When the microprocessor or a program addresses a location within the upper memory area, it is physically addressing a location within
one of these devices.
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Table 5. Upper Memory Map
Address Range
Use
0009FC00-0009FFFF
PS/2-mouse data area
000A0000-000BFFFF
Video random-access memory (RAM)
000C0000-000CFFFF
Video BIOS
000CC000-000CDFFF
Reserved for PC Card
000F0000-000FFFFF
System BIOS
00100000-03FFFFFF
High memory area
FD000000-FDFFFFFF
Video RAM
FF200000-FF2FFFFF
Video RAM
FFFE0000-FFFFFFFF
BIOS ROM
I/O Memory Map
Table 6 provides a map of memory addresses reserved by the system for peripheral I/O devices. Use the information in Table 6 to
determine if the memory address of an external peripheral (such as a PC Card) conflicts with a memory address reserved by the
computer.
Check the documentation of the external I/O device to determine its memory address. If there is a conflict with a memory address
reserved by the computer, change the address of the device.
To view I/O addresses in Windows 98, click the Start button, point to Settings, and click Control Panel. Double-click the System icon.
Click the Device Manager tab, and then double-click Computer.
To view I/O addresses in Windows NT, start the Windows NT Diagnostics in the Administrative Tools (Common) folder.
To view I/O addresses in Windows 2000, click the Start button, point to Settings, and click Control Panel. Double-click the System icon.
Click the Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager.
Table 6. I/O Memory Map
Address
Device
0000-001F
DMA controller #1
0020-003F
Interrupt controller #1
0040-005F
System timers
0060-006F
Keyboard controller
0070-007F
RTC and nonmaskable interrupt (NMI) enable
0080-009F
DMA page registers
00A0-00BF
Interrupt controller #2
00C0-00DF
DMA controller #2
00F0-00FF
Math coprocessor
0170-0177
CD-ROM drive controller
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01F0-01F7
Hard-disk drive controller
0210-0217
Audio controller
0220-022F
Audio controller
0270-0277
Fast IR
0376-0376
Integrated drive electronics (IDE) controller
0378-037F
LPT1
0388-038B
Audio controller
038B-03BB
Video graphics array (VGA)
03C0-03DF
VGA
03E0-03E1
PC Card controller
03E8-03EF
Fast IR
03F0-03F7
Diskette controller
03F8-03FF
COM1
0530-0537
Audio controller
0778-077B
Extended Capabilities Port (ECP) registers
ECE0-ECFF
USB controller
FFA0-FFAF
Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI)-IDE bus registers
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Storage Devices
Touch Pad and Track Stick
CD-ROM, CD-RW, and DVD-ROM Drives
PC Cards
Audio Devices
Display
Embedded Numeric Keypad
Extended Desktop Mode
Key Combinations
Storage Devices
Using the Media Bay
Your computer comes with a diskette drive installed in the media bay. You can also install a battery, a CD drive, a DVD-ROM drive, a SuperDisk LS-120 drive
module, a second hard-disk drive, or a Zip drive in the media bay. To make the computer as light as possible, use the travel module in the media bay in place
the available drives. of any of
NOTICE: When the CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, LS-120, and diskette drives are not inside the computer, they are fragile and must be
handled carefully to avoid damage. Do not press down on the drives or place heavy objects on top of them. Place the drives in a
travel case to keep them free of dust and liquids. Store the drives in a safe place.
If your computer is running Microsoft® Windows NT® with Softex Docking Services or Microsoft Windows® 98 with Softex BayManager, see "Installing
Devices in the Media Bay With Softex Docking Services or Softex BayManager Software."
If your system does not have Softex Docking Services or Softex BayManager, see "Installing Devices in the Media Bay Without Softex Docking Services or
Softex BayManager Software."
Installing Devices in the Media Bay With Softex Docking Services or BayManager Software
Softex Docking Services for Windows NT and Softex BayManager for Windows 98 allow you to swap a device to and from the media bay while the computer is
on. You do not have to shut down or restart the computer for the device to be recognized. You may swap diskette drives, hard-disk drives, SuperDisk LS-120
drives, CD-ROM drives, DVD-ROM drives, and Zip drives.
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To install a device in the media bay, perform the following steps:
1. Verify that the Diskette Reconfig option in the System Setup program is set to Any Time.
2. Save your work and close all open files and application programs.
3. If the computer is docked, undock it.
NOTICE: When the CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, SuperDisk LS-120, diskette drives, and Zip drives are not inside the computer, they are
fragile and must be handled carefully to avoid damage. Do not press down on the drives or place heavy objects on top of them.
Place the drives in a travel case to keep them free of dust and liquids. Store the drives in a safe place.
4. Double-click the Docking Services or BayManager icon in the Windows system tray on the taskbar.
The Softex BayManager window appears for Windows 98, and the Docking Services window appears for Windows NT.
5. Click Remove/Swap.
6. If the media bay contains a device, remove the device as follows:
a. Verify that the Display Close option in the System Setup program is set to Active.
b. Close the computer display and turn the computer over.
c. Slide the media bay latch toward the Unlock icon.
d. Hold the media bay latch with one hand while pulling the device out of the bay your other hand.
e. Release the media bay latch after you remove the device.
f. Turn the computer over and open the computer display.
g. If you want the computer to activate save-to-disk suspend mode when you close the display while the computer is turned on, set the Display
Close option in the System Setup program to Suspend.
7. Slide the new device firmly into the media bay. You should hear a click when the device is fully seated.
NOTE: Softex BayManager and Softex Docking Services do not report a second battery installed in the media bay on the
Storage Devices tab.
8. Click OK. Then click OK again to close the Softex BayManager window.
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Installing Devices in the Media Bay Without Softex Docking Services or Softex BayManager
To install a device in the media bay, perform the following steps:
1. Verify that the Diskette Reconfig option in the System Setup program is set to Any Time.
2. Save and close any open files, exit any open application programs, and shut down the computer.
3. If the computer is docked, undock it.
NOTICE: When the CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, SuperDisk LS-120, diskette drives, and Zip drives are not inside the computer, they are
fragile and must be handled carefully to avoid damage. Do not press down on the drives or place heavy objects on top of them.
Place the drives in a travel case to keep them free of dust and liquids. Store the drives in a safe place.
4. If the media bay contains a device, remove the device as follows:
a. Close the computer display and turn the computer over.
b. Slide the media bay latch toward the Unlock icon.
c. Hold the media bay latch with one hand while pulling the device out of the bay your other hand.
d. Release the media bay latch after you remove the device.
5. Slide the new device firmly into the media bay.
You should hear a click when the device is fully seated.
6. Dock the computer if necessary.
7. Turn on the computer.
Using the Diskette Drive
Your computer was shipped with a 3.5-inch diskette drive (see Figure 1) in the media bay. To use another device in the media bay, first remove the diskette
drive. For detailed instructions on installing devices in the media bay, see "Using the Media Bay" in Chapter 2 of the Reference and Troubleshooting Guide.
NOTE: If the computer is docked to the advanced port replicator (APR), turn off the computer and undock it before installing or
removing a diskette drive.
The diskette drive lets you install programs and transfer data using 3.5-inch diskettes.
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Figure 1. Diskette Drive Installed in Computer
To use the diskette drive, insert a 3.5-inch diskette into the drive (label side up and metal end first). Push the diskette into the drive until the eject button
extends outside the drive casing.
NOTICE: Do not travel with a diskette in the diskette drive. Doing so could break the eject button and damage the drive.
To remove a diskette from the drive, press the eject button to release the diskette, and then pull the diskette out of the drive.
When data is being accessed from the diskette drive in the media bay, the drive access indicator blinks.
NOTE: You can use the diskette drive externally by connecting it to the parallel port connector on the back of the computer. If you are
running the Microsoft Windows 98 or Windows 2000 operating system on your computer and the Diskette Reconfig option is enabled
in the System Setup program, you do not have to reboot the computer when you connect the diskette drive to the parallel port
connector. If you are running the Microsoft Windows NT operating system on your computer, you do need to reboot the computer after
you connect the diskette drive.
Setting Up a Second Hard-Disk Drive
The first time you install a second hard-disk drive in the media bay, you must format that drive. For instructions, see the documentation that came with the
device.
Using the Diskette Drive as an External Device
If the external media bay in your computer is already occupied by another device, you can use the diskette drive as an external device.
NOTICE: Use this diskette drive cable with the diskette drive only.
Use the diskette drive cable to connect the diskette drive to the parallel connector on the back of the computer.
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Figure 2. External Diskette Drive Connected to Computer
CD-ROM, CD-RW, and DVD-ROM Drives
Using the CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Drives
CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives are read-only devices that let you play most commercially available 8- or 12-centimeter (cm) sound and video CDs on the
computer. The DVD-ROM drive can also play DVDs. CD-RW drives are read-writable devices that let you play CDs, and allow you to write information to a CDRW disc. Dell installed the appropriate CD-ROM drive device drivers on your hard-disk drive.
Use the CD-ROM, CD-RW, and DVD-ROM drive in the computer’s media bay. None of the drives can be used externally. You must turn the computer off
before installing the drive in the media bay. For detailed instructions on installing devices in the media bay, see "Using the Media Bay" in Chapter 2 of the
Reference and Troubleshooting Guide.
Figure 3. CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD-ROM Drive Installed in Computer
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NOTICE: Protect the CD-ROM, CD-RW, and DVD-ROM drives when they are not in the media bay. Do not squeeze the drive or place
objects on top of it; doing so could damage the drive motor. Keep the drive as clean as possible.
NOTICE: If the CD or DVD is not seated correctly, the drive can be damaged.
To play a CD, press the eject button on the face of the CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD-ROM drive or press <Fn><F10>. When the tray slides out, place the CD into
the tray label side up. Make sure that the CD is seated correctly on the spindle by pressing down on the disc until it clicks in place. Then gently push in the
tray.
To play a DVD, press the eject button on the face of the DVD-ROM drive or press <Fn><F10>. When the tray slides out, place the DVD into the tray label side
up. Make sure that the DVD is seated correctly on the spindle by pressing down on the disc until it clicks in place. Then gently push in the tray.
NOTICE: Do not use the CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD-ROM drive while the computer is in motion. Doing so could interrupt the flow of
data between the drive and the hard-disk drive or diskette drive.
When the CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD-ROM drive is in use, the drive access indicator blinks on the computer’s front panel.
Caring for CDs and DVDs
When handling and using CDs and DVDs, follow these precautions:
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Never use a damaged or warped CD or DVD.
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Always hold the CD or DVD by its edges. Do not touch the surface of the disc.
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Use a clean, dry cloth to remove dust, smudges, or fingerprints from the surface of the CD or DVD. When cleaning, wipe from the center of the CD or
DVD to the edge.
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Never use solvents, such as benzene, record cleaners, or antistatic sprays, to clean the CD or DVD.
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Do not write on the surface of the CD or DVD.
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Store CD or DVDs in their containers, placing them in a cool, dry place. Extreme temperatures may damage CDs or DVDs.
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Do not bend or drop a CD or DVD.
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Do not place objects on top of a CD or DVD.
Types of Supported Discs
Your computer's CD-ROM, CD-RW, and DVD-ROM drives are able to play the following types of disc formats:
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CD-ROM red-book compact disc-digital audio (CD-DA)
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CD-ROM yellow-book mode-1 and mode-2 data discs
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CD-ROM Extended Architecture (CD-ROM/XA) (mode-2 form 1 and form 2; without Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation [ADPCM])
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CD-Interactive (CD-I) (mode-2 form 1 and form 2)
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CD-I Ready
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CD-Bridge
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Photo CD, CD-recordable (CD-R) (single and multisession)
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Video CD
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CD-rewritable (CD-RW) (The 24x CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives support reading CD-RW discs—this format is supported as read-only for CD-ROM
and DVD-ROM drives; only a CD-RW drive can write to this type of disc.)
DVD-5 (The DVD-ROM drive supports the DVD-5 format.)
Audio Devices
You can connect speakers, a microphone, headphones, and record/playback devices such as cassette players, CD players, and VCRs to the audio connectors
on the computer. The connectors are located on the right side of the computer. Dell recommends using amplified speakers for the best sound.
See your Microsoft Windows documentation for the location of sound application programs such as mixers and volume control.
You can control the sound coming from the external speakers and the computer's integrated speakers with the volume control dial. You can also use the
keyboard to adjust the volumes. Press <Fn><Page Dn> to lower the volume. Press <Fn><Page Up> to increase the volume. Press <Fn><End> to enable or
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disable both the integrated and external speakers.
NOTE: If no sound comes from the speakers, make sure that the sound is not disabled. Press <Fn><End> and check the volume
control dial.
See "Utilities and Drivers for Microsoft Windows 98," "Utilities and Drivers for Microsoft Windows NT® ," and "Utilities and Drivers for Microsoft Windows 2000"
for information about reinstalling the audio drivers. The drivers are located on the System Software CD.
Embedded Numeric Keypad
As you work, you may want to use the embedded numeric keypad (see Figure 4) to enter numbers in spreadsheet or financial programs. The embedded
numeric keypad shares some of the keys on your computer's keyboard. The number and symbol characters are marked to the right on these keys; the cursorcontrol functions are marked on the front of these keys. To activate the embedded numeric keypad, press <Num Lk>. (The Num Lock indicator lights up).
Figure 4. Embedded Numeric Keypad
Some key combinations can be used whether the keypad is off or on.
NOTE: When using the integrated keyboard, you press <Fn> and the appropriate keys to perform certain functions (see Table 1). To
perform such functions on an external keyboard, you press <Scroll Lock> and the appropriate keys. You must be sure that the
External Hot Key option is enabled in the System Setup program.
Use the numeric keypad combinations in Table 1 to enable and disable several numeric keypad functions.
Table 1. Embedded Numeric Keypad Key Combinations
When Keypad Is On
Function
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<Num Lk>
Toggles the embedded numeric keypad off
<Fn><key>
Temporarily disables the embedded numeric keypad; enables the lowercase characters/functions of the keyboard
<Fn><Shift><key>
Temporarily disables the embedded numeric keypad; enables the uppercase characters/functions of the keyboard
<Shift><cursor key>
Temporarily enables a cursor-control key in the embedded numeric keypad
When Keypad Is Off
Function
<Num Lk>
Toggles the embedded numeric keypad on
<Fn><cursor key>
Temporarily enables a cursor-control key in the embedded numeric keypad
Key Combinations
Display Key Combinations
NOTE: When using the integrated keyboard, you press <Fn> and the appropriate keys to perform certain functions (see Table 2). To
perform such functions on an external keyboard, you press <Scroll Lock> and the appropriate keys. You must be sure that the
External Hot Key option is enabled in the System Setup program.
Use the key combinations in Table 2 to adjust the computer's display.
NOTE: The display key combinations function for super-twist nematic (STN) displays only.
Table 2. Display Key Combinations
Key Combinations
Function
<Fn> + down arrow
Incrementally decreases brightness.
<Fn> + up arrow
Incrementally increases brightness.
<Fn> + right arrow
Decreases contrast, which has no effect on an active-matrix display.
<Fn> + left arrow
Increases contrast, which has no effect on an active-matrix display.
<Fn><F5>
Toggles the computer's display between regular video mode and reverse video mode (white on black). This key combination works
only if the computer is in text mode; it has no effect if the computer is running a graphical operating system or application program.
<Fn><F7>
Toggles the computer’s display between expanded mode and regular video mode.
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<Fn><F8>
Switches the video image to the next display in the following sequence: the display, an external monitor, or both the display and the
monitor simultaneously. This key combination may not be supported under certain conditions.1
<Fn><d>
Turns off the display. This key combination may not be supported under certain conditions.2
1
The extended desktop feature (the ability to simultaneously display video of the same content and resolution on both the computer display
screen and the external monitor) is not supported if the computer is booted to MS-DOS®, using a full-screen MS-DOS session under a
Microsoft Windows operating system, or the ATI Mobility M1 video driver is not loaded. This limitation may also be noted in operating
systems other than Microsoft Windows.
2 Certain key combinations may not function with the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) or may require configuration with
the Power Management Properties window in the Control Panel. See "Power Conservation."
Power Conservation Key Combinations
NOTE: When using the integrated keyboard, you press <Fn> and the appropriate keys to perform certain functions (see Table 3). To
perform such functions on an external keyboard, you press <Scroll Lock> and the appropriate keys. You must be sure that the
External Hot Key option is enabled in the System Setup program.
Use the key combinations in Table 3 to activate or turn off the computer's power conservation features.
Table 3. Power Conservation Key Combinations
Key Combinations
Function
<Fn><d>
Turns off the display*
<Fn><h>
Turns off the hard-disk drive*
<Fn><Esc>
Activates sleep or standby mode
<Fn><a> or
<Fn><q> on French keyboards
Activates save-to-disk suspend (S2D) mode or hibernate mode(ACPI only)*
* This key combination does not function with ACPI if the settings have not been configured with the Power Management Properties window in the Control
Panel. See "Power Conservation."
Processing Speed Key Combinations
NOTE: When using the integrated keyboard, you press <Fn> and the appropriate keys to perform certain functions (see Table 4). To
perform such functions on an external keyboard, you press <Scroll Lock> and the appropriate keys. You must be sure that the
External Hot Key option is enabled in the System Setup program.
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Use the key combinations in Table 4 to change the computer's processing speed.
Table 4. Processing Speed Key Combinations
Key Combinations Function
<Fn><\>
Switches between the microprocessor's maximum speed and a slower compatibility speed
<Ctrl><\>
In full MS-DOS mode or in a full-screen DOS box, switches between the microprocessor’s maximum speed and a slower compatibility
speed
Speaker Key Combinations
NOTE: When using the integrated keyboard, you press <Fn> and the appropriate keys to perform certain functions (see Table 5). To
perform such functions on an external keyboard, you press <Scroll Lock> and the appropriate keys. You must be sure that the
External Hot Key option is enabled in the System Setup program.
Use the key combinations in Table 5 to adjust the computer's speaker volume and to enable and disable the speakers.
Table 5. Speaker Key Combinations
Key Combinations
Function
<Fn><Page Up>
Increases the volume of the integrated speakers and the external speakers, if attached
<Fn><Page Dn>
Decreases the volume of the integrated speakers and the external speakers, if attached
<Fn><End>
Enables and disables the integrated speakers and the external speakers, if attached
System Function Key Combinations
NOTE: When using the integrated keyboard, you press <Fn> and the appropriate keys to perform certain functions (see Table 6). To
perform such functions on an external keyboard, you press <Scroll Lock> and the appropriate keys. You must be sure that the
External Hot Key option is enabled in the System Setup program.
Use the key combinations in Table 6 to access MS-DOS, open the System Setup program, and open the Battery Status screen of the System Setup program.
Table 6. System Function Key Combinations
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Key Combinations Function
<Ctrl><Alt><Del>
Restarts (reboots) the computer in MS-DOS mode. In the Microsoft Windows 98 and Windows NT operating systems, click the Start
button and click Shut Down.
<Fn><F1>*
Opens the System Setup program.
<Fn><F3>*
Opens the Battery Status screen of the System Setup program.
* This key combination does not function with ACPI.
CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Drive Key Combinations
NOTE: When using the integrated keyboard, you press <Fn> and the appropriate keys to perform certain functions. To perform such
functions on an external keyboard, you press <Scroll Lock> and the appropriate keys. You must be sure that the External Hot Key
option is enabled in the System Setup program.
To eject the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive tray, press <Fn><F10>.
Touch Pad and Track Stick
Cursor Pointing Devices
Your computer it equipped with a Personal System/2 (PS/2)-compatible touch pad that provides full mouse functionality. A set of left and right buttons, located
below the touch pad, operate like the left and right buttons on a mouse. You can also perform many pointing functions by tapping the touch pad, which is
positioned for both left- and right-handed users. Click-and-drag buttonless functions are also supported.
An optional Dell™ DualPoint™ integrated pointing device is available, which provides a track stick in addition to the PS/2-compatible touch pad. The DualPoint
option also includes a second set of left and right buttons, located above the touch pad (see Figure 5 and Figure 6). The track stick controls the cursor on the
display screen and is positioned in the keyboard to allow you to move the cursor while keeping your fingers in a typing position. You can also perform many
pointing functions by tapping the track stick. Click-and-drag buttonless functions are also supported.
DualPoint integrated pointing device software allows you to set the default for the type of cursor pointing device you want to use, as well as sensitivity, motion,
and drag-and-drop features of both the touch pad and the track stick.
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NOTES: When enabled, the DualPoint integrated pointing device (whether touch pad only, track stick only, or both) uses interrupt
request (IRQ) 12. No other device can use IRQ12 while the DualPoint integrated pointing device is enabled.
When you attach an external Personal System/2 (PS/2)-mouse to the computer, the DualPoint integrated pointing device is
automatically disabled.
Using the Touch Pad
The PS/2 touch pad detects the position of your finger over a touch-sensitive area to position the cursor within the display screen. The touch pad provides the
computer with full mouse functionality. The touch pad’s two buttons, located directly below the touch pad, correspond to the left and right buttons on a standard
mouse.
Figure 5. PS/2 Touch Pad
To best use the touch pad, use the following techniques:
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To move the cursor, lightly slide your finger over the smooth sensor area.
To select an object, gently tap once on the surface of the touch pad or use your thumb to press the left touch pad button. The touch pad buttons perform
standard mouse functions.
To select and move (or drag) an object, position the cursor on the object and double-tap on the touch pad. On the second tap, leave your finger on the
touch pad and move the selected object by sliding your finger across the surface.
To double-click an object, position the cursor on the object and then tap the touch pad or the left touch pad button twice.
Using the Track Stick
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The track stick detects the pressure and direction that you move your finger when touching the track stick cap located near the center of the keyboard. The two
buttons located between the touch pad and the space bar on the keyboard correspond to the left and right buttons on a standard mouse.
Figure 6. Track Stick
To best use the track stick, use the following techniques:
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To move the cursor, apply pressure to the track stick with your right or left index finger. Press up or down to move the cursor to the top or bottom of the
display screen. Press left or right to move the cursor to the left or right of the display screen.
To select an object, tap once on the track stick or use your thumb to press the left track stick button. The track stick buttons perform standard mouse
functions.
To select and move (or drag) an object, position the cursor on the object. Then press and hold the left track stick button. Leave your thumb on the button
and move the selected object by pressing the track stick in the desired direction.
To double-click an object, position the cursor on the object and then tap the left track stick button twice or tap the track stick itself twice. The track stick
functions much like the touch pad in that it allows you to use buttons for mouse functions or the pointing device itself.
Customizing the Touch Pad and Track Stick
The DualPoint integrated pointing device software allows you to set the default for the type of cursor pointing device you want to use, as well as sensitivity,
motion, and drag-and-drop features of both the touch pad and track stick. To customize the DualPoint integrated pointing device, perform the following steps:
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and click Control Panel.
2. Double-click the Mouse icon to open the Mouse Properties window and click the Touch tab.
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3. Select the settings that work best for you and click Apply.
4. Click OK to save the settings and close the window.
You can also click the touch pad icon on the taskbar and click Touch Pad Properties to open the Mouse Properties control panel.
Changing the Track Stick Cap
Your computer came with four additional track stick caps in assorted colors. You may need to change the track stick cap if it wears down from prolonged use.
To change the track stick cap, perform the following steps:
1. Pull the cap off the track stick.
Figure 7. Removing the Track Stick Cap
2. Align a new cap over the square track stick post and gently press the cap down onto the post.
3. Test the track stick to ensure that the cap is seated properly.
PC Cards
About PC Cards
The computer has a slot into which you can install up to two PC Cards if the PC Cards comply with Release 2.01 of the Personal Computer Memory Card
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International Association (PCMCIA) standard and Release 4.2 of the Japanese Electronic Industry Development Association (JEIDA) standard.
The computer supports Type I, Type II, and Type III PC Cards (including memory cards) and advanced technology attachment (ATA) cards that emulate
integrated drive electronics (IDE) hard-disk drives. Also supported are input/output (I/O) cards such as modems, local area network (LAN) cards, wireless LAN
cards, and small computer system interface (SCSI) cards.
If you are using the Microsoft Windows 98 or Windows 2000 operating system, you can use a zoomed video (ZV) PC Card only in the lower PC Card
connector. (The Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 operating system does not support ZV.)
NOTES: A PC Card is not a boot device. The "type" of a card refers to its thickness, not its functionality.
Your computer recognizes most I/O cards and automatically loads the device driver associated with that card.
NOTICE: Take extra precautions if you use extended PC Cards in your computer. Extended cards are longer versions of standard
PC Cards. They fit into, and operate correctly with, your computer. However, they extend beyond the edge of the computer when
installed. If something strikes the exposed end of an installed card, your system board can be damaged. Because of space
considerations, you may have trouble using two PC Cards in your computer if one of them is an extended card. It may be easier to
use an extended card if you install it in the upper PC Card connector. Always remove an extended PC Card before you pack the
computer in its carrying case.
Installing PC Cards
You can use the following PC Card combinations in the PC Card slots:
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A single Type I or Type II card (using either the upper or lower PC Card connector)
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A single Type III card (using the lower PC Card connector only)
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One Type I card and one Type II card (using either connector)
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Two Type I cards or two Type II cards
NOTE: Use a ZV PC Card in the lower connector only.
PC Cards are generally marked with a symbol, such as a triangle or an arrow, to indicate which end should be inserted into the slot. The cards are keyed to
prevent incorrect insertion. If card orientation is not clear, see the documentation that came with the card.
You do not need to turn off your computer or exit standby mode before you install a PC Card. To install a PC Card (see Figure 8), perform the following steps:
1. If necessary, remove the blank from the PC Card connector you intend to use by pressing the eject button and pulling the blank out.
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2. Hold the card with its orientation symbol pointing into the slot and the top side of the card facing up.
3. Insert the card into the slot, and press in firmly until the card is completely seated in the internal PC Card connector.
4. If you encounter too much resistance when inserting it, do not force the card. Check the card's orientation and try again.
Figure 8. Installing a PC Card
PC Card Blanks
Save the blank to use whenever you do not have a PC Card installed. The blank protects the PC Card connector from dust and other particles.
Removing PC Cards
NOTICE: Use the PC Card configuration utility on the taskbar to select and stop a card from functioning before you remove it from
the computer. If you do not remove the card in the configuration utility, you could lose data from open application programs.
To remove a PC Card (see Figure 9), perform the following steps:
1. Press the PC Card eject button. The PC Card or blank protrudes from the slot slightly. It does not come out all the way.
2. Gently remove the card.
Figure 9. Removing a PC Card
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To protect the PC Card connectors, install a blank if you are not going to use the connector.
Configuring PC Cards
The PC Card configuration utility performs the following functions:
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Notifies you whenever a PC Card is inserted and tells you how the card is configured
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Automatically loads the proper device driver if it is available on the hard-disk drive
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If drivers are not available on the hard-disk drive, prompts you to install them using the device driver diskette that came with the card
To configure a PC Card in Windows 98 or Windows 2000, perform the following steps:
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
2. Double-click the PC Card icon to open the PC Card (PCMCIA) Properties window.
For more information, check the documentation that came with your operating system.
To configure a PC Card in Windows NT, perform the following steps:
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
2. Double-click the Softex PC Card Controller icon to open the Softex PC Card Controller window.
For more information, click the Help tab.
Display
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Adjusting the Brightness
To accommodate local lighting conditions or video output from the software you are using, you can use the key combinations shown in Table 7.
NOTE: When you run the computer on battery power, set your computer's brightness control to the lowest setting that affords
comfortable viewing. You can conserve up to 10 percent of battery power by using the minimum brightness setting.
Table 7. Brightness Key Combinations and Their Functions
Key Combinations
Function
<Fn> + down arrow
Decreases brightness
<Fn> + up arrow
Increases brightness
<Fn> + right arrow
Decreases contrast
(has no effect on an active-matrix display)
<Fn> + left arrow
Increases contrast
(has no effect on an active-matrix display)
NOTES: You cannot change contrast on an active-matrix (thin film transistor [TFT]) display. Contrast adjustments are only necessary
on passive matrix displays.
When using the integrated keyboard, you press <Fn> and the appropriate keys to perform certain functions. To perform such functions
on an external keyboard, you press <Scroll Lock> and the appropriate keys. You must be sure that the External Hot Key option is
enabled in the System Setup program.
Expanded Video Mode
When working in text mode, you can select the font used to display text. Press <Fn><F7> to toggle between a regular serif font and a serif font with extra
leading. Expanded video mode is useful if you are working in 800 x 600 resolution on a 14.1-inch extended graphics array (XGA) display.
NOTE: You may have trouble using the display fonts feature with MS-DOS® programs that use downloaded fonts.
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Customizing Video Resolution
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2. Double-click the Display icon.
The Display Properties window appears.
3. Click the Settings tab, and then set the resolution by dragging the slider in the Screen Area box. In the Colors box, choose the number of colors from
the menu provided.
For more information, see your operating system documentation. If you choose a resolution or color palette that is higher than the display
supports, the settings adjust automatically to the closest possible setting.
If You Have Display Problems
If your computer is receiving power, but nothing appears on your display (such as light, text, or graphics) or the display image does not appear as you would
expect, try the following measures to resolve the problem:
1. If the display is blank, you may be in standby mode. Press the power button to resume from standby mode.
If the display is blank and the power light-emitting diode (LED) is on, the display may have timed out. In this case, press any key on the keyboard
to resume normal operation.
2. If the low-battery light is blinking, connect the AC adapter to the computer or replace the battery.
3. Adjust the brightness.
4. If your computer is attached to an external monitor, press <Fn><F8> to switch the video image to the display.
Extended Desktop Mode
With the Microsoft Windows 98 or Windows 2000 operating system, you can use an external monitor as an extension of your display. The extended desktop
feature gives your computer the ability to display video of different content and resolution on both the computer display screen and the external display. To set
up your computer for extended desktop, perform the following steps:
1. Save your work, close all open files and application programs, and shut down the computer.
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2. Connect the external monitor, TV, or projector to the computer.
3. Turn your computer on.
4. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
5. Double-click the Display icon, and then click the Settings tab.
6. Change the Colors option to High Color (16 bit) or True Color (24 bit).
7. Click on the picture of Monitor 2.
The Monitor # 2 dialog box appears. It asks if you want to activate Monitor 2.
8. Click Yes.
9. Adjust the Screen Area to the desired resolution to be displayed on your external monitor.
10. Change the Colors option to High Color (16 bit) or True Color (24 bit).
11. Drag the picture of Monitor 2 to match the physical position of the external monitor relative to your computer's display.
For example, if the external monitor is located physically above your computer's display, drag the Monitor 2 picture to place it above the Monitor 1
picture.
12. Verify that the Extend my Windows desktop to this monitor check box is checked.
If it is not checked, click on the check box to check it.
13. Click Apply.
14. Click OK.
15. Click Yes.
16. Click OK to close the Display Properties dialog box.
NOTE: True Simul-mode (the ability to simultaneously display video of the same content and resolution on both the computer display
screen and the external monitor) is not supported if the computer is booted to MS-DOS, using a full-screen MS-DOS session under a
Microsoft Windows operating system, or the ATI Mobility M1 video driver is not loaded. This limitation may also be noted in operating
systems other than Microsoft Windows.
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Overview
Installing Touch Pad Drivers
Installing the System Utilities
Installing the DVD Decoder Driver
(Optional)
Installing the Video Driver
Installing the Intel SpeedStep Utility
Installing the Audio Driver and the
Modem Driver
Installing MS-DOS CD-ROM Drivers
Installing the Docking Drivers (Optional)
Installing Softex BayManager
Installing the DualPoint Integrated
Pointing Device Drivers
Installing the System Help
Overview
All of your computer’s drivers for Dell-installed devices are operative when you receive the
computer. No further installation or configuration is needed. However, if you ever need to
reinstall any of these drivers, the driver files are provided on the System Software CD. For
instructions on reinstalling a particular driver, see the following subsection that corresponds to
that driver.
Often device problems can be corrected by reinstalling the appropriate drivers. Also, hardware
manufacturers frequently provide updated drivers that support feature enhancements or that
correct problems. Obtain updated drivers for products purchased from Dell at the Dell World
Wide Web support site (http://support.dell.com).
NOTICE: Drivers available on the Dell Web site have been validated for correct operation
on Dell systems. Installing drivers obtained from other sources may cause errors or
performance degradation.
To install the system software, you need the following items:
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System Software CD
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CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive installed in the media bay of the computer
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Microsoft Windows 98 CD
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Microsoft Boot Disk Windows 98 Series diskette
NOTE: Your System Software CD contains drivers for operating systems that
may not be on your computer. Verify that the driver you are loading is under
your operating system subdirectory.
Dell recommends that you print these procedures before you begin. If you need to reinstall
drivers on your computer, reinstall them in the order presented here.
NOTES: For more information on using the operating system installed on your
computer by Dell, see the operating system user's guide that came with your
computer. You can also access system tools and documentation from Dell's
technical support Web site (http://support.dell.com) by entering your service
tag or Express Service Code, and then clicking Go!.
To install the drivers and utilities correctly, you must install them in the order
presented in this document.
NOTICE: Do not dock the computer before turning it on the first time.
Installing the System Utilities
System utilities let you configure features such as the save-to-disk suspend (S2D) partition. To
copy the system utilities to your hard-disk drive, perform the following steps.
NOTE: You can also run the system utilities directly from the System
Software CD.
1. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. Copy each of the following utilities on the System Software CD to the c:\dell directory on
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your hard-disk drive: mks2d.exe, rms2d.exe, and readme.s2d.
For more information on copying files, see the documentation that came with the
operating system.
After you copy the utilities to your hard-disk drive, you must restart your computer in the MSDOS® mode to use the utilities.
See the readme.s2d file on the System Software CD for more information on using the S2D
utilities.
Installing the Video Driver
The video driver controls features such as video resolution and the color palette.
NOTE: If you need to use extended video modes, check the documentation
that came with the application program to determine if the drivers are
provided. If not, contact the software manufacturer to get the necessary
drivers.
To install the video driver for Windows 98, perform the following steps:
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\win98\video\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive, and
click OK or press <Enter>.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
6. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
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After installing the video drivers and restarting your computer, perform the following steps to set
the display parameters:
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2. Double-click the Display icon.
The Display Properties window appears.
3. Click the Settings tab.
4. Change the Colors option from 256 colors to True Color (24 bit).
5. Set the Screen area for your display to 1024 x 768.
6. Click Apply.
Installing the Audio Driver and the Modem Driver
The audio driver allows you to customize the sound features of your computer. For computers
with an integrated modem, installing the audio driver also installs the modem driver, which
allows you to use your computer to send and receive information over telephone lines. To
install the audio driver, perform the following steps:
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\win98\audio\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive, and
click OK or press <Enter>.
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5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
6. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing the Docking Drivers (Optional)
NOTE: If your computer uses Windows 98, the computer is already
configured to work with the advanced port replicator (APR). However, if you
must reinstall Windows 98, you must reload these docking drivers.
If you have an APR, you must install the Dock QuickInstall program to install docking drivers.
Installing Dock QuickInstall
1. If the computer has never been turned on, turn it on now while it is undocked and
complete the operating system setup. Then continue to step 2.
If you have completed the operating system setup, turn on the computer, and then
continue to step 2.
For setup instructions, see the Dell Inspiron Systems Setup Guide that came with
the computer.
2. Save your work in all open applications programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
3. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
4. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
5. Type x:\win98\dockquik\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive,
and click OK or press <Enter>.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen.
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7. When the CMD PCI IDE Driver Setup Utility window appears, click Yes to continue.
8. When prompted to restart the Windows operating system, remove the System Software
CD from the CD-ROM drive, and then click Yes.
9. After Windows restarts, shut down the computer.
10. Dock the computer as described in your Advanced Port Replicator User's Guide.
11. Turn on the computer.
12. When the Add New Hardware Wizard window appears, click Next.
13. When prompted, click the Search for the best driver for your device (Recommended)
radio button, and then click Next.
14. When prompted to specify where Windows should search for the driver, click Next.
15. When Windows locates the driver, click Next to begin the driver installation.
NOTE: The installation may appear to pause for 10 to 15 seconds while
Windows copies files.
16. When Windows has finished installing the driver, click Finish.
17. When prompted to restart, click Yes to restart the computer.
18. After Windows restarts, makes adjustments, and finishes setting up the new
configuration (called Dock 1), click OK.
19. When prompted to restart, click OK. The computer restarts.
20. When the New Display Settings window prompts you to restart, click OK.
21. When the Latitude Docking Utility for Windows 98 window appears and notifies you
that an adjustment must be made, click OK.
The computer shuts down and turns off.
22. Press the power button to restart the computer. The APR is now ready to use.
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Docking for the First Time
To dock your computer for the first time, perform the following steps:
1. If the computer has never been turned on, turn it on now while it is undocked and
complete the operating system setup.
Then go to step 2. For setup instructions, see the Dell Inspiron Systems Setup Guide
that came with the computer.
If you have completed the operating system setup, turn on the computer, and then go to
step 2.
2. Dock the computer by aligning the dock connector on your computer with the dock
connector on the APR and attaching the two.
For instructions, see your Advanced Port Replicator User’s Guide. The operating
system creates a hardware profile for the APR.
3. To load the appropriate drivers for use with the APR, follow the instructions on the
display.
When prompted, restart the computer.
Installing the DualPoint™ Integrated Pointing Device Drivers
DualPoint integrated pointing device drivers and associated utilities allow you to use and
customize the integrated touch pad, track stick, or an external mouse. To install these drivers,
perform the following steps.
NOTICE: Use these steps to install touch pad drivers only if your computer
has a track stick. If your computer does not have a track stick, follow the
instructions in "Installing the Touch Pad Drivers."
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
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2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\win98\touchpad\dual\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CD-ROM
drive, and click OK or press <Enter>.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
6. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing the Touch Pad Drivers
Touch pad drivers and associated utilities allow you to use and customize the integrated touch
pad or external mouse. To install these drivers, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: Use these steps to install touch pad drivers only if your computer
does not have a track stick. If your computer has a track stick, follow the
instructions in "Installing the DualPoint Integrated Pointing Device Drivers."
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\win98\touchpad\single\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CDROM drive, and click OK or press <Enter>.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
6. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
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the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing the DVD Decoder Driver (Optional)
The DVD decoder driver allows you to play DVD movies on the computer.
NOTE: When you are prompted to select a directory, Dell recommends using
the default directory settings.
1. Insert the Software DVD Decoder CD into the DVD-ROM drive.
2. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
3. In the Run dialog box, type x:\setup.exe, where x is the DVD-ROM drive letter. The
DVD-ROM drive letter is usually D.
4. Click OK. The Welcome window appears.
5. Click Next.
6. At the Choose Destination Location screen, click Next.
7. At the Select Program Folder screen, click Next.
8. At the Start Copying Files screen, click Next.
9. At the Setup Complete screen, be sure that the Yes, I want to restart my computer
now radio button is selected, and then click Finish.
The first time you play a DVD after installing this driver, you may be prompted to change the
region setting.
Installing the Intel® SpeedStep™ Utility
Intel SpeedStep conserves battery power by automatically adjusting the processor speed when
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you run your computer from the battery instead of AC power. SpeedStep reduces the processor
speed when using the battery and resumes maximum processor speed when plugged into an
electrical outlet. To install SpeedStep, perform the following steps:
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\win98\speedstp\language\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CDROM drive and language is Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean,
Spanish, Swedish, SChinese (Simplified Chinese), TChinese (Traditional Chinese), or
Thai.
5. Click OK or press <Enter>.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen.
7. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing MS-DOS CD-ROM Drivers
CD-ROM drivers must be installed to use the MS-DOS CD-ROM utility. To install the CD-ROM
drivers, perform the following steps:
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
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4. Type x:\win98\cdrom\setup.
5. Click OK or press <Enter>.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen.
7. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing Softex BayManager
The Softex BayManager software allows you to swap media bay devices without shutting down
and rebooting your computer. To install Softex BayManager, perform the following steps:
1. If the computer is docked, undock it. For instructions, see your Advanced Port Replicator
User's Guide.
2. Make sure that the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive is installed in the media bay.
3. Turn on the computer and insert the System Software CD into your CD-ROM or DVDROM drive.
4. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
5. Type x:\win98\baymgr\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive, and
click OK or press <Enter>.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen.
7. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing the System Help
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The Dell Inspiron system Help is available on the System Software CD. You can also access it
from Dell’s support Web site (http://support.dell.com).
Installing Help From the CD
To install the system Help from the System Software CD, perform the following steps:
1. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
2. Double-click the My Computer icon, and then double-click the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM
drive icon.
3. Double-click the Guide folder, and then double-click the appropriate language folder for
the version of the Help you want to install.
4. Right-click the popup.ocx file, and then click Copy.
NOTE: You must copy the popup.ocx file into the Windows registry;
otherwise, error messages may appear.
5. Double-click the My Computer icon, and then double-click the C: drive icon.
6. Double-click the Windows folder, double-click the System folder, and then right-click
Paste.
7. Click Start, and then click Run.
8. Type regsvr32 popup.ocx and then press <Enter>.
9. Click OK when a window indicates that the file was successfully registered.
10. Double-click the My Computer icon, and then double-click the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM
icon.
11. Double-click the Guide folder, and then double-click the appropriate language folder for
the version of the Help you want to install.
12. Right-click and hold 3800help and drag it to the Windows desktop.
13. Release the right mouse button.
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14. Left-click Copy Here.
15. Double-click the 3800help icon to access the system Help.
Downloading Help From the Support Web Site
To download the system Help from http://support.dell.com, see "Online Documentation" for
instructions.
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Overview
Installing Softex Docking Services
Installing the System Utilities
Installing the DualPoint™ Integrated
Pointing Device Drivers
Installing the Video Driver
Installing the Touch Pad Drivers
Installing the Audio Driver and the
Modem Driver
Installing the Intel SpeedStep Utility
Installing the Power Management Utility
Installing MS-DOS CD-ROM Drivers
Installing the PC Card Utility
Installing the System Help
Overview
All of your computer’s drivers for Dell-installed devices are operative when you receive the
computer. No further installation or configuration is needed. However, if you ever need to
reinstall any of these drivers, the driver files are provided on the System Software CD. For
instructions on reinstalling a particular driver, see the following subsection that corresponds to
that driver.
Often device problems can be corrected by reinstalling the appropriate drivers. Also, hardware
manufacturers frequently provide updated drivers that support feature enhancements or that
correct problems. Obtain updated drivers for products purchased from Dell at the Dell World
Wide Web support site (http://support.dell.com).
NOTICE: Drivers available on the Dell Web site have been validated for correct operation
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on Dell systems. Installing drivers obtained from other sources may cause errors or
performance degradation.
To install the system software, you need the following items:
●
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 CD
●
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 5 CD
●
System Software CD
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CD-ROM drive (installed)
●
One formatted diskette
NOTE: Your System Software CD contains drivers for operating systems that
may not be on your computer. Verify that the driver you are loading is under
your operating system subdirectory.
Dell recommends that you print these procedures before you begin. If you need to reinstall
drivers on your computer, reinstall them in the order presented here.
NOTES: For more information on using the operating system installed on your
computer by Dell, see the operating system user's guide that came with your
computer. You can also access system tools and documentation from Dell's
technical support Web site (http://support.dell.com) by entering your service
tag or Express Service Code, and then clicking Go!.
To install the drivers and utilities correctly, you must install them in the order
presented in this document.
NOTICE: Do not dock the computer before turning it on the first time.
Installing the System Utilities
System utilities allow you to configure features such as the save-to-disk suspend (S2D)
partition. To copy the system utilities to your hard-disk drive, perform the following steps.
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NOTE: You can also run the system utilities directly from the System Software
CD.
1. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. Copy each of the following utilities on the System Software CD to the c:\dell directory on
your hard-disk drive: mks2d.exe, rms2d.exe, and readme.s2d.
For more information on copying files, see the documentation that came with the
operating system.
After you copy the utilities to your hard-disk drive, you must restart your computer in the MSDOS® mode to use the utilities.
See the readme.s2d file on the System Software CD for more information on using the S2D
utilities.
Installing the Video Driver
The video driver controls features such as video resolution and the color palette.
NOTE: If you need to use extended video modes, check the documentation
that came with the application program to determine if the drivers are
provided. If the drivers are not provided, contact the software manufacturer to
get the necessary drivers.
To install the video driver for Windows NT 4.0, perform the following steps:
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
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4. Type x:\winnt4\video\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive, and
click OK or press <Enter>.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
6. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
After installing the video drivers and restarting your computer, perform the following steps to set
the display parameters:
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2. Double-click the Display icon.
The Display Properties window appears.
3. Click the Settings tab.
4. Change the Colors option from 256 colors to True Color (24 bit).
5. Set the Screen area for your display to 1024 x 768.
6. Click Apply.
Installing the Audio Driver and the Modem Driver
The audio driver allows you to customize the sound features of your computer. For computers
with an integrated modem, installing the audio driver also installs the modem driver, which
allows you to use your computer to send and receive information over telephone lines. To install
the audio driver, perform the following steps:
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
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3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\winnt4\audio\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive, and
click OK or press <Enter>.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
6. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing the Power Management Utility
Dell provides a power management utility that helps you conserve battery power and view
available power levels. To install the power management utility, perform the following steps:
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\winnt4\powermgt\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive,
and click OK or press <Enter>.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
6. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing the PC Card Utility
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Dell provides a PC Card utility that allows you to view and configure settings for your PC
Card(s). To install the PC Card utility, perform the following steps:
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\winnt4\pccard\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive,
and click OK or press <Enter>.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
6. Restart your computer.
7. After the computer completes the starting sequence, the Softex PC Card Controller
Diagnostics window appears.
8. Follow the instructions on the screen.
9. When prompted to restart, remove the System Software CD from the CD-ROM drive, and
restart your computer to activate the utility.
Installing Softex Docking Services
Softex Docking Services enables you to connect a computer running Windows NT to a port
replicator and to hot-swap devices to and from the computer's media bay. It also enables you to
dock and undock the computer while it is in standby mode. Softex Docking Services provides
compatibility with the power management controller, which allows you to suspend and resume
the operation of your computer without affecting your ability to use the port replicator.
To install Softex Docking Services, perform the following steps:
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
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2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\winnt4\docking\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive,
and click OK or press <Enter>.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
6. When the installation is complete, click OK.
7. When the Reboot Now dialog box appears, remove the System Software CD from the
CD-ROM drive, and click Restart Now to reboot your computer.
Installing the DualPoint™ Integrated Pointing Device Drivers
DualPoint integrated pointing device drivers and associated utilities allow you to use and
customize the integrated touch pad, track stick, or an external mouse. To install these drivers,
perform the following steps.
NOTICE: Use these steps to install touch pad drivers only if your computer
has a track stick. If your computer does not have a track stick, follow the
instructions in "Installing the Touch Pad Drivers."
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\winnt4\touchpad\dual\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CD-ROM
drive, and click OK or press <Enter>.
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5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
6. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing the Touch Pad Drivers
Touch pad drivers and associated utilities allow you to use and customize the integrated touch
pad or external mouse. To install these drivers, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: Use these steps to install touch pad drivers only if your computer
does not have a track stick. If your computer has a track stick, follow the
instructions in "Installing the DualPoint Integrated Pointing Device Drivers."
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\winnt4\touchpad\single\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CDROM drive, and click OK or press <Enter>.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
6. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing the Intel® SpeedStep™ Utility
Intel SpeedStep conserves battery power by automatically adjusting the processor speed when
you run your computer from the battery instead of AC power. SpeedStep reduces the processor
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speed when using the battery and resumes maximum processor speed when plugged into an
electrical outlet. To install SpeedStep, perform the following steps:
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\winnt4\speedstp\language\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CDROM drive and language is Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean,
Spanish, Swedish, SChinese (Simplified Chinese), TChinese (Traditional Chinese), or
Thai.
5. Click OK or press <Enter>.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen.
7. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing MS-DOS CD-ROM Drivers
CD-ROM drivers must be installed to use the MS-DOS CD-ROM utility. To install the CD-ROM
drivers, perform the following steps:
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\win98\cdrom\setup.
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5. Click OK or press <Enter>.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen.
7. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing the System Help
The Dell Inspiron system Help is available on the System Software CD. You can also access it
from Dell’s support Web site (http://support.dell.com).
NOTE: You must install Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 from the Microsoft
Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 5 CD prior to installing the system Help.
Installing Help From the CD
To install the system Help from the System Software CD, perform the following steps:
1. Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. Double-click the My Computer icon, and then double-click the CD-ROM drive icon.
3. Double-click the Guide folder, and then double-click the appropriate language folder for
the version of the Help you want to install.
4. Right-click and hold 3800help and drag it to the Windows desktop.
5. Release the right mouse button.
6. Left-click Copy Here.
7. Double-click the 3800help icon to access the system Help.
Downloading Help From the Support Web Site
To download the system Help from http://support.dell.com, see "Online Documentation" for
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instructions.
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Utilities and Drivers for Microsoft® Windows®
2000: Dell™ Inspiron™ 3800 System Reference
Overview
Installing the Touch Pad Drivers
Installing the Video Driver
Installing the Intel SpeedStep Utility
Installing the Audio Driver and the
Modem Driver
Installing MS-DOS CD-ROM Drivers
Installing the DualPoint Integrated
Pointing Device Drivers
Installing the System Help
Overview
All of your computer’s drivers for Dell-installed devices are operative when you receive the
computer. No further installation or configuration is needed. However, if you ever need to
reinstall any of these drivers, the driver files are provided on the System Software CD. For
instructions on reinstalling a particular driver, see the following subsection that corresponds to
that driver.
Often device problems can be corrected by reinstalling the appropriate drivers. Also, hardware
manufacturers frequently provide updated drivers that support feature enhancements or that
correct problems. Obtain updated drivers for products purchased from Dell at the Dell World
Wide Web support site (http://support.dell.com).
NOTICE: Drivers available on the Dell Web site have been validated for correct operation
on Dell systems. Installing drivers obtained from other sources may cause errors or
performance degradation.
To install the system software, you need the following items:
●
System Software CD
●
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive installed in the media bay of the computer
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Microsoft Windows 2000 CD
NOTE: Your System Software CD contains drivers for operating systems that
may not be on your computer. Verify that the driver you are loading is under
your operating system subdirectory.
Dell recommends that you print these procedures before you begin.
NOTES: For more information on using the operating system installed on your
computer by Dell, see the operating system user's guide that came with your
computer. You can also access system tools and documentation from Dell's
technical support Web site (http://support.dell.com) by entering your service
tag or Express Service Code, and then clicking Go!.
To install the drivers and utilities correctly, you must install them in the order
presented in this document.
NOTICE: Do not dock the computer before turning it on the first time.
Installing the Video Driver
The video driver controls features such as video resolution and the color palette.
NOTE: If you need to use extended video modes, check the documentation
that came with the application program to determine if the drivers are
provided. If not, contact the software manufacturer to get the necessary
drivers.
To install the video driver for Windows 98, perform the following steps:
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
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4. Type x:\win2000\video\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive,
and click OK or press <Enter>.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
6. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
After installing the video drivers and restarting your computer, perform the following steps to set
the display parameters:
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2. Double-click the Display icon.
The Display Properties window appears.
3. Click the Settings tab.
4. Change the Colors option from 256 colors to True Color (24 bit).
5. Set the Screen area for your display to 1024 x 768.
6. Click Apply.
Installing the Audio Driver and the Modem Driver
The audio driver allows you to customize the sound features of your computer. For computers
with an integrated modem, installing the audio driver also installs the modem driver, which
allows you to use your computer to send and receive information over telephone lines. To
install the audio driver, perform the following steps:
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
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3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\win2000\audio\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive,
and click OK or press <Enter>.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
6. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing the DualPoint™ Integrated Pointing Device Drivers
DualPoint integrated pointing device drivers and associated utilities allow you to use and
customize the integrated touch pad, track stick, or an external mouse. To install these drivers,
perform the following steps.
NOTICE: Use these steps to install touch pad drivers only if your computer
has a track stick. If your computer does not have a track stick, follow the
instructions in "Installing the Touch Pad Drivers."
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\win2000\touchpad\dual\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CDROM drive, and click OK or press <Enter>.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
6. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
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the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing the Touch Pad Drivers
Touch pad drivers and associated utilities allow you to use and customize the integrated touch
pad or external mouse. To install these drivers, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: Use these steps to install touch pad drivers only if your computer
does not have a track stick. If your computer has a track stick, follow the
instructions in "Installing the DualPoint Integrated Pointing Device Drivers."
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\win2000\touchpad\single\setup, where x is the drive letter of your CDROM drive, and click OK or press <Enter>.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
6. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing the Intel® SpeedStep™ Utility
Intel SpeedStep conserves battery power by automatically adjusting the processor speed when
you run your computer from the battery instead of AC power. SpeedStep reduces the processor
speed when using the battery and resumes maximum processor speed when plugged into an
electrical outlet. To install SpeedStep, perform the following steps:
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1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\win2000\speedstp\language\setup, where x is the drive letter of your
CD-ROM drive and language is Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean,
Spanish, Swedish, SChinese (Simplified Chinese), TChinese (Traditional Chinese), or
Thai.
5. Click OK or press <Enter>.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen.
7. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing MS-DOS CD-ROM Drivers
CD-ROM drivers must be installed to use the MS-DOS CD-ROM utility. To install the CD-ROM
drivers, perform the following steps:
1. Save your work in all open application programs, because you will need to restart your
computer at the end of this procedure to complete the installation.
2. Insert the System Software CD into the drive.
3. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type x:\win98\cdrom\setup.
5. Click OK or press <Enter>.
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6. Follow the instructions on the screen.
7. After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, remove the System Software CD from
the CD-ROM drive, and click Finish to restart your computer.
Installing the System Help
The Dell Inspiron system Help is available on the System Software CD. You can also access it
from Dell’s support Web site (http://support.dell.com).
Installing Help From the CD
To install the system Help from the System Software CD, perform the following steps:
1. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
2. Double-click the My Computer icon, and then double-click the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM
drive icon.
3. Double-click the Guide folder, and then double-click the appropriate language folder for
the version of the Help you want to install.
4. Right-click the popup.ocx file, and then click Copy.
NOTE: You must copy the popup.ocx file into the Windows registry;
otherwise, error messages may appear.
5. Double-click the My Computer icon, and then double-click the C: drive icon.
6. Double-click the Windows folder, double-click the System folder, and then right-click
Paste.
7. Click Start, and then click Run....
8. Type regsvr32 popup.ocx and then press <Enter>.
9. Click OK when a window indicates that the file was successfully registered.
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10. Double-click the My Computer icon, and then double-click the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM
icon.
11. Double-click the Guide folder, and then double-click the appropriate language folder for
the version of the Help you want to install.
12. Right-click and hold 3800help and drag it to the Windows desktop.
13. Release the right mouse button.
14. Left-click Copy Here.
15. Double-click the 3800help icon to access the system Help.
Downloading Help From the Support Web Site
To download the system Help from http://support.dell.com, see "Online Documentation" for
instructions.
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System Reference
Microprocessor
Display
Chip Set and Bus
Keyboard
PC Cards
Batteries
Memory
AC Adapter
Connectors
Physical
Modem
Environmental (Computer)
Audio
Touch Pad
Video
Track Stick
Microprocessor
Microprocessor type
Intel® Mobile Pentium® II or III microprocessor
L1 cache
32 KB (internal)
L2 cache
128- or 256-KB (integrated) or 512-KB pipelined-burst
SRAM (external)
External bus frequency
100 MHz
Math coprocessor
internal to the microprocessor
Chip Set and Bus
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System chip set
Intel Mobile 440BX AGP set
Microprocessor data bus width
64 bits
DRAM bus width
64 bits
Address bus width
32 bits
Flash EPROM
4 Mb
AGP bus
133 MHz
PCI bus
33 MHz
PC Cards
CardBus controller
Texas Instruments PCI 1225 CardBus controller
PC Card connectors
two (supports Type I and Type II cards in any
combination; Type III cards can be used only in the
lower connector; the lower connector supports zoomed
video cards on computers using the Microsoft®
Windows® 98 or Windows 2000 operating system)
Cards supported
3.3-V and 5-V cards
PC Card connector size
68 pins
Data width (maximum):
PCMCIA
16 bits
CardBus
32 bits
Memory
Architecture
SDRAM
Memory module sockets
two
Memory module capacities and type
32-, 64-, 128-, 192-, and 256-MB 3.3-V SDRAM
modules
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Minimum RAM
32-MB memory module
Maximum RAM
512 MB
Memory clock speed
100 MHz
Memory access time
CL2 or CL3
NOTE: CL3 indicates a CAS latency of 3 clocks.
BIOS address
F000:0000-F000:FFFF
Connectors
Serial (DTE)
9-pin connector; 16,550-compatible, 16-byte buffer
Parallel
25-hole connector; unidirectional, bidirectional, or ECP
Video
15-hole connector
PS/2
6-pin mini-DIN connector
Infrared
IrDA 1.1 lens
Audio
microphone-in connector;
line-in connector;
line-out connector
USB
4-pin connector
Docking
240-pin connector
TV-out S-video
7-pin mini-DIN connector (an S-video to composite
video adapter is also included with the computer)
Modem
Modem type/speed
internal 56K software modem
Modem cable
minimum wire size of 26 American wire gauge (AWG)
and FCC-compliant RJ-11 connector
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Audio
Audio type
DirectX/PCI Sound Blaster emulation
Audio controller
ESS Maestro 3I
Stereo conversion
16 bit (analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog)
Interfaces:
Internal
PCI bus/AC97
External
microphone in; line-in; line-out
Speakers
two 8-ohm speakers
Internal speaker amplifier
1-W channel into 8-ohms stereo
Controls (volume)
key combinations or application program menus
Video
Video type
256-bit hardware-accelerated
Data bus
2X AGP
Video controller
ATI Mobility M1
Video memory
8.0 MB
Display
Type
active-matrix color (TFT)
Maximum resolution
12.1-inch display
800 x 600 pixels
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14.1-inch display
1024 x 768 pixels
Maximum colors
262,144-color display
Response time (typical)
30 ms rise/20 ms fall
Operating angle
0° to 180°
Dot pitch
0.30 mm
Power consumption:
Panel (typical)
0.7 W
Backlight
1.6 W maximum
Controls
brightness controlled through a key combination
Keyboard
Number of keys
87 (U.S., Canada, Korea, Thailand, and locations that
use traditional Chinese);
88 (Europe);
90 (Japan)
Key travel
3.0 mm + 0.5 mm/–0.2 mm (0.12 inch + 0.02 inch/
–0.0008 inch)
Key spacing
19.05 mm ± 0.3 mm (0.75 inch ± 0.012 inch)
Batteries
Type
lithium ion or nickel-metal hydride
Dimensions:
Height
21.5 mm (0.83 inch)
Depth
88.5 mm (3.48 inches)
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Width
139.0 mm (5.47 inches)
Weight
lithium ion—0.39 kg (0.87 lb)
nickel-metal hydride—0.46 kg (1.01 lb)
Voltage
lithium ion—14.8 VDC
nickel-metal hydride—9.6 VDC
Capacity
lithium ion—53 WH
nickel-metal hydride—32 WH
Charge time (approximate):1
Computer on
2.5 hours
Computer off
lithium ion—1 hour
nickel-metal hydride—2.5 hours
Life span (approximate)1
400 discharge/charge cycles
Temperature range:
Charge
0° to 40°C (32° to 104°F)
Storage
–20° to 60°C (–4° to 140°F)
AC Adapter
Input voltage
90 to 135 VAC and 164 to 264 VAC
Input current (maximum)
1.5 A
Input frequency
47 to 63 Hz
Output current
4.5 A (maximum at 4-second pulse);
3.51 A (continuous)
Output power
70 W
Rated output voltage
20.0 VDC
Dimensions:
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Height
27.94 mm (1.1 inches)
Width
58.42 mm (2.3 inches)
Depth
133.35 mm (5.25 inches)
Weight (with cables)
0.4 kg (0.9 LB)
Temperature range:
Operating
0° to 40°C (32° to 104°F)
Storage
–20° to 60°C (–4° to 140°F)
Physical
Dimensions:
Height
38.6 mm (1.52 inches)
Width
306.0 mm (12.05 inches)
Depth
241.0 mm (9.49 inches)
Environmental (Computer)
Temperature:
Operating
0° to 40°C (32° to 104°F)
Storage
–20° to 60°C (–4° to 140°F)
Relative humidity (maximum):
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Operating
10% to 90% (noncondensing)
Storage
5% to 95% (noncondensing)
Maximum vibration:
Operating
0.9 GRMS using a random-vibration spectrum that
simulates user environment
Storage
1.3 GRMS using a random-vibration spectrum that
simulates air/truck shipment
Maximum shock:2
Operating
152.4 cm/sec (60.0 inches/sec)
(equal to a half-sine pulse width of 2 ms)
Storage
203.2 cm/sec (80 inches/sec)
(equal to a half-sine pulse width of 2 ms)
Altitude (maximum):
Operating
–18.0 to 3048 m (–59 to 10,000 ft)
Storage
–18.0 to 10,668 m (–59 to 35,000 ft)
Touch Pad
Interface
PS/2-compatible
X/Y position resolution (graphics table
mode)
240 cpi
Size:
Thickness
2.8 mm (0.11 inch) at highest component
Width (sensor-active area)
55 mm (2.17 inch)
Height
39 mm (1.54-inch) rectangle
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Weight
9.02 g (0.29 oz)
Power:
Supply voltage
5 V ± 10%
Supply current
25 mA (maximum operating for track stick and touch
pad combined)
ESD
in accordance with IEC-801-2
Track Stick
Interface
PS/2-compatible
X/Y position resolution
250 counts/[email protected]
Size
protrudes .5 mm higher than surrounding keycaps
Power:
Supply voltage
5 V ± .5 VDC
Supply current
25 ma (maximum operating for track stick and touch
pad combined)
ESD
in accordance with IEC-801-2
1
Battery performance features such as charge time and life span can vary according to the
conditions under which the computer and battery are used.
2
Measured with the hard-disk drive in head-parked position.
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Reference
Overview
Page 2 Options
Entering the System Setup Program
Page 3 Options
Using the System Setup Program
Page 4 Options
Page 1 Options
Overview
Each time you turn on your computer, it compares the installed hardware with the system configuration
information stored in nonvolatile random-access memory (NVRAM). If the system detects a
discrepancy, it generates an error message for each incorrect configuration setting. You can use the
System Setup program to adjust the configuration settings.
You can use the System Setup program to:
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Change your system configuration information after you add, change, or remove hardware
connected to or installed inside your computer
Verify information about your computer's current configuration, such as the amount of system
memory
Set or change selectable settings—for example, the system password
For some setup options, you must reboot the computer before any changes take effect. Changes for
other options take effect immediately.
NOTE: If you change an option that is activated by rebooting, the System Setup
program displays the setting you selected rather than the setting currently in effect.
You must reboot for the new setting to take effect.
After you set up your computer, run the System Setup program to familiarize yourself with your system
configuration information and optional settings. Dell recommends that you write down the information
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for future reference.
NOTE: If the computer uses the Microsoft® Windows NT® 4.0 or Windows® 98
operating system, you must use the System Setup program to view and change your
system configuration.
Entering the System Setup Program
NOTICE: To avoid data loss, save and close any open files and exit any open
application programs before you access the System Setup program.
Enter the System Setup program as follows:
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For computers running the Microsoft Windows 98 or Windows NT operating system: Press
<Fn><F1> at any time on the keyboard (or <Scroll Lock><F1> on an external keyboard if the
External Hot Key option is enabled). If you press <Fn><F3> (or <Scroll Lock><F3> on an
external keyboard if the External Hot Key option is enabled), the System Setup program opens
directly to the Battery Status screen. While your computer is booting, you can also press <F2>
when the Dell screen appears.
For computers running the Windows 2000 operating system: While your computer is booting,
press <F2> when the Dell screen appears.
NOTE: Certain key combinations may not function with the Advanced Configuration
and Power Interface (ACPI) or may require activation with the Power Management
Properties window in the Control Panel. See "Power Conservation."
To enter System Setup on a computer running ACPI, you must enter System Setup before the
operating system loads. Enter System Setup by pressing <Fn><F1> or <F2> when the F2 message
appears during system start-up.
To exit the System Setup program, press <Esc>. If you change the setting of an option that requires
rebooting to take effect, exit the operating system before rebooting. The text in the upper-right corner of
the System Setup pages 1, 2, and 4 tells you if the computer must be rebooted.
NOTE: If the System Setup program is running when the computer enters standby
mode, the computer exits the System Setup program and then activates standby
mode.
Using the System Setup Program
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The System Setup screens display the current setup and configuration information and optional settings
for your computer. Information on the screens is organized in five boxed areas:
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Title
The box at the top of all screens lists the page number, system name, and version number of the
basic input/output system (BIOS).
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Options
The box on the left half of screens 1, 2, and 4 lists options that define the installed hardware in
your computer and the power conservation and security features for your computer.
Fields next to the options contain settings or values. You can change those values that appear
bright on the screen. Options or values that you cannot change (because they are determined or
calculated by the computer) appear less bright.
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Help
The box on the upper-right half of screens 1, 2, and 4 displays help information for the option
with a currently highlighted field.
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Computer data
The box in the lower-right corner of screens 1, 2, and 4 displays information about your
computer.
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Key functions
The line of boxes across the bottom of all screens lists keys and their functions within the System
Setup program.
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System Error Messages: Dell™ Inspiron™ 3800
System Reference
Your application programs, operating system, and the computer itself can identify problems and
alert you to them. When this occurs, a message may appear on the computer's display or on an
external monitor (if one is attached), or a flash code may be emitted.
If an error message appears on the display or external monitor, make a note of the message.
For an explanation of the message and suggestions for correcting any errors, see Table 1. The
messages are listed alphabetically.
NOTES: If the message is not listed in Table 1, see the documentation for the
application program that was running at the time the message appeared
and/or the operating system documentation for an explanation of the
message and a recommended action.
When Table 1 suggests that you run a Dell Diagnostics test, refer to "Running
the Dell Diagnostics" in Chapter 3 of the Reference and Troubleshooting
Guide for instructions. When Table 1 suggests that you call Dell for technical
assistance, refer to "Contacting Dell" in the system Help for instructions.
When Table 1 suggests that you enable or disable a System Setup program
option, see "System Setup Program."
Table 1. System Error Messages
Message
Cause
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Auxiliary device failure
The touch pad, track stick,
or external Personal
System/2 (PS/2) mouse
may be faulty.
If you are using an external
mouse only, check the
connection for a loose or
improperly connected cable.
If the problem persists,
enable the Pointing Device
option. For information, see
"Page 2 Options." If the
problem persists, call Dell
for technical assistance.
Bad command or file name
The command you entered
does not exist or is not in
the pathname you
specified.
Make sure that you have
typed the command
correctly, placed spaces in
the proper location, and
used the correct pathname.
Cache disabled due to
failure
The primary cache internal
to the microprocessor has
failed.
Call Dell for technical
assistance.
CD-ROM drive controller
failure 1
The CD-ROM drive does
not respond to commands
from the computer.
Turn off the computer,
remove the drive, and boot
the computer from a
bootable diskette. Then turn
off the computer again,
reinstall the drive, and
reboot the computer. If the
problem persists, try
another drive. Then run the
IDE Devices tests in the
Dell Diagnostics.
Data error
The diskette or hard-disk
drive cannot read the data.
Run the appropriate utility to
check the file structure of
the diskette drive or harddisk drive. See the
documentation that came
with your operating system.
Decreasing available
memory
One or more memory
modules may be faulty or
improperly seated.
Reseat the memory
modules and, if necessary,
replace them.
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Disk C: failed
initialization
The hard-disk drive failed
initialization.
Run the IDE Devices tests
in the Dell Diagnostics.
Diskette drive 0 seek
failure
A cable may be loose, or
the system configuration
information may not match
the hardware
configuration.
Run the Diskette tests in
the Dell Diagnostics. If the
error is not corrected, have
the cables checked by an
authorized service
technician.
Diskette read failure
A cable may be loose, or
the diskette may be faulty.
If the diskette-drive access
indicator lights up, try a
different diskette.
Diskette subsystem reset
failed
The diskette drive
controller may be faulty.
Run the Diskette tests in
the Dell Diagnostics.
Diskette write-protected
Because the diskette is
write-protected, the
operation cannot be
completed.
Slide the write-protect notch
up.
Drive not ready
No diskette is in the
diskette drive, or no harddisk drive is in the media
bay. The operation
requires a diskette in the
drive or a hard-disk drive in
the bay before it can
continue.
Put a diskette in the drive
bay and push the diskette
all the way into the drive
until the eject button pops
out. Or, install a hard-disk
drive in the media bay.
Error reading PCMCIA
card
The computer cannot
identify the PC Card.
Reseat the card or try
another PC Card that you
know works.
Extended memory size has
changed
The amount of memory
recorded in NVRAM does
not match the memory
installed in the computer.
Reboot the computer. If the
error appears on the display
again, call Dell for technical
assistance.
Gate A20 failure
An installed memory
module may be loose.
Reseat the memory
modules and, if necessary,
replace them.
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General failure
The operating system is
unable to carry out the
command.
This message is usually
followed by specific
information—for example,
Printer out of
paper. Respond by taking
the appropriate action.
Hard-disk drive
configuration error
The computer cannot
identify the drive type.
Turn off the computer,
remove the drive, and boot
the computer from a
bootable diskette. Then turn
off the computer, reinstall
the drive, and reboot the
computer. Run the IDE
Devices tests in the Dell
Diagnostics.
Hard-disk drive
controller failure 0
The hard-disk drive does
not respond to commands
from the computer.
Turn off the computer,
remove the drive, and boot
the computer from a
bootable diskette. Then turn
off the computer again,
reinstall the drive, and
reboot the computer. If the
problem persists, try
another drive. Then run the
IDE Devices tests in the
Dell Diagnostics.
Hard-disk drive failure
The hard-disk drive does
not respond to commands
from the computer.
Turn off the computer,
remove the drive, and boot
the computer from a
bootable diskette. Then turn
off the computer again,
reinstall the drive, and
reboot the computer. If the
problem persists, try
another drive. Then run the
IDE Devices tests in the
Dell Diagnostics
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Hard-disk drive read
failure
The hard-disk drive may
be faulty.
Invalid configuration
information-please run
System Setup Program
The system configuration
Correct the appropriate
information does not match options in the System Setup
the hardware
program.
configuration. This
message is most likely to
occur after a memory
module is installed.
Keyboard clock line
failure
A cable or connector may
be loose, or the keyboard
may be faulty.
Run the PC-AT
Compatible Keyboards
test in the Dell Diagnostics.
Keyboard controller
failure
A cable or connector may
be loose, or the keyboard
may be faulty.
Reboot the computer, and
avoid touching the keyboard
or the mouse during the
boot routine. If the problem
persists, run the PC-AT
Compatible Keyboards
test in the Dell Diagnostics.
Keyboard data line
failure
A cable or connector may
be loose, or the keyboard
may be faulty.
Run the PC-AT
Compatible Keyboards
test in the Dell Diagnostics.
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Turn off the computer,
remove the drive, and boot
the computer from a
bootable diskette. Then turn
off the computer again,
reinstall the drive, and
reboot the computer. If the
problem persists, try
another drive. Then run the
IDE Devices tests in the
Dell Diagnostics
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Keyboard stuck key
failure
If an external keyboard or
keypad is being used, a
cable or connector may be
loose or the keyboard may
be faulty. If the integrated
keyboard is being used,
the keyboard may be
faulty.
A key on the integrated
keyboard or external
keyboard may have been
pressed while the
computer was booting.
Run the PC-AT
Compatible Keyboards
test in the Dell Diagnostics.
Memory address line
failure at address, read
value expecting value
An installed memory
module may be faulty or
improperly seated.
Reseat the memory
modules and, if necessary,
replace them.
Memory allocation error
The software you are
attempting to run is
conflicting with the
operating system, another
application program, or a
utility.
Turn off the computer, wait
30 seconds, and then
restart it. Try to run the
program again. If the
problem persists, contact
the software company.
Memory data line failure
at address, read value
expecting value
An installed memory
module may be faulty or
improperly seated.
Reseat the memory
modules and, if necessary,
replace them.
Memory double word logic
failure at address, read
value expecting value
An installed memory
module may be faulty or
improperly seated.
Reseat the memory
modules and, if necessary,
replace them.
Memory odd/even logic
failure at address, read
value expecting value
An installed memory
module may be faulty or
improperly seated.
Reseat the memory
modules and, if necessary,
replace them.
Memory write/read
failure at address, read
value expecting value
An installed memory
module may be faulty or
improperly seated.
Reseat the memory
modules and, if necessary,
replace them.
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No boot device available
The computer cannot find
the diskette or hard-disk
drive.
If the diskette drive is your
boot device, make sure that
there is a bootable diskette
in the drive. If the hard-disk
drive is your boot device,
make sure that the drive is
installed, properly seated,
and partitioned as a boot
device.
No boot sector on harddisk drive
The operating system may
be corrupted.
Reinstall your operating
system. See the
documentation that came
with your operating system.
No timer tick interrupt
A chip on the system
board may be
malfunctioning.
Run the System Board
Devices tests in the Dell
Diagnostics.
Non-system disk or disk
error
The diskette in drive A or
your hard-disk drive does
not have a bootable
operating system installed
on it.
If you are trying to boot from
the diskette, replace it with
one that has a bootable
operating system.
Not a boot diskette
There is no operating
system on the diskette.
Boot the computer with a
diskette that contains an
operating system.
Optional ROM bad
checksum
The optional ROM
apparently failed.
Call Dell for technical
assistance.
Sector not found
The operating system
cannot locate a sector on
the diskette or hard-disk
drive. You probably have a
bad sector or corrupted file
allocation table ( FAT) on
the diskette or hard-disk
drive.
Run the appropriate utility to
check the file structure on
the diskette or hard-disk
drive. If a large number of
sectors are defective, back
up the data (if possible),
and then reformat the
diskette or hard-disk drive.
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Seek error
The operating system
If the error is on the diskette
cannot find a specific track drive, try another diskette in
on the diskette or hard-disk the drive.
drive.
Shutdown failure
A chip on the system
board may be
malfunctioning.
Time-of-day clock lost
power
Data stored in NVRAM has Connect your computer to
become corrupted.
an electrical outlet to charge
the battery. If the problem
persists, try to restore the
data. To restore the data,
press <Fn><F1> to enter
the System Setup program.
Then immediately exit it. If
the message reappears,
call Dell for technical
assistance.
Time-of-day clock
stopped
The reserve battery that
supports the data stored in
NVRAM may be read.
Connect your computer to
an electrical outlet to charge
the battery. If the problem
persists, call Dell for
technical assistance.
Time-of-day not setplease run the System
Setup program
The time or date stored in
the System Setup program
does not watch the system
clock.
Correct the settings for the
Date and Time options.
(For instructions, see
"System Setup Program.")
Timer chip counter 2
failed
A chip on the system
board may be
malfunctioning.
Run the System Board
Devices tests in the Dell
Diagnostics.
Unexpected interrupt in
protected mode
The keyboard controller
may be malfunctioning, or
an installed memory
module may be loose.
Run the System Memory
tests and the PC-AT
Compatible Keyboards
test in the Dell Diagnostics.
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Devices tests in the Dell
Diagnostics.
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Warning: Battery is
critically low.
The battery is running out
of charge.
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Replace the battery, or
connect the computer to an
electrical outlet. Otherwise,
activate save-to-disk
suspend (S2D) mode or
turn off the computer.
Passwords and Security: Dell Inspiron 3800 System Reference
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Passwords and Security: Dell™ Inspiron™ 3800
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About Passwords
Using a Hard-Disk Drive Password
Using a Primary Password
Physically Securing the Computer and
the Hard-Disk Drive
Using an Administrator Password
Asset Tag Utility
About Passwords
A primary password prevents unauthorized access to the computer at start-up. An administrator
password can be used in place of the primary password. A hard-disk drive password helps
prevent the unauthorized access of data on the hard-disk drive, even when the device is placed
into another computer.
NOTES: All three passwords are disabled when you receive your computer.
You need to assign those passwords if you require password security for your
computer. Some companies may assign any or all of these passwords before
distributing the computer.
If you are using the Microsoft® Windows NT® operating system, use the
System Setup program to assign all passwords.
NOTICE: The password features provide a high level of security for the data in
your computer or hard-disk drive. However, they are not foolproof. If your
data requires more security, you should obtain and use additional forms of
protection, such as data encryption programs or PC Cards with encryption
features.
If you forget any of your passwords, call Dell. For your protection, Dell’s technical support staff
will ask you for proof of your identity to make sure that an unauthorized person is not trying to
use the computer.
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Using a Primary Password
The primary password allows you to protect the computer from unauthorized access.
After assigning a primary password, you must enter it each time you turn on your computer.
The following message appears each time you turn on the computer:
Please type in the primary or administrator password and press
<Enter>.
To continue, type your password and press <Enter>.
NOTE: If no password is entered within 2 minutes, the computer returns to its
previous state.
If you have assigned an administrator password, you can use it instead of the primary
password. The computer does not specifically prompt you for the administrator password.
NOTICE: If you disable the administrator password, the primary password is
also disabled.
Using an Administrator Password
The administrator password is designed to give system administrators or service technicians in
large companies access to computers for repair or reconfiguration. The administrators or
technicians can assign identical administrator passwords to groups of computers as they are
unpacked and configured, leaving the primary password free to be assigned by the user.
When you set an administrator password, the Configure Setup option becomes available in
the System Setup program. The Configure Setup option allows you to restrict access to the
System Setup program in the same way a system password restricts access to the system.
The administrator password can be used in place of the primary password. Whenever you are
prompted to enter the primary password, you can enter the administrator password instead.
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NOTE: The administrator password provides access to the system, but it
does not provide access to the hard-disk drive when it is protected by a
password.
If you forget the primary password and do not have an administrator password assigned, or if
you have both a primary and an administrator password assigned but forget them both, call
Dell.
NOTICE: If you disable the administrator password, the primary password is
also disabled.
Using a Hard-Disk Drive Password
The hard-disk drive password helps protect the data on your hard-disk drive from unauthorized
access. You can also assign a password for the modular hard-disk drive (if one is being used)
that can be the same as or different from the password for the primary hard-disk drive.
NOTE: Only hard-disk drives purchased from Dell for use with your Dell
computer support the hard-disk drive password option.
After assigning a hard-disk drive password, you must enter it each time you turn on the
computer and each time you resume normal operation from standby mode.
If the hard-disk drive password is enabled, the following message appears each time you turn
on the computer:
Please type in the hard-disk drive password and press <Enter>.
To continue, enter the hard-disk drive password. Press <Esc> to return the computer to its
previous state—standby mode.
NOTE: If no password is entered within 2 minutes, the computer returns to its
previous state.
If you enter the wrong password, the following message appears:
Invalid password
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[Press Enter to retry]
If the correct password is not entered in three attempts, the computer tries to boot from another
bootable device if the Boot First device option in the System Setup program is set to allow it. If
the Boot First device option is not set to allow booting from another device, the computer
returns to the state it was in when you turned it on—standby mode.
NOTES: If the hard-disk drive password, the modular hard-disk drive
password, and the primary password are the same, you are prompted only for
the primary password. If the hard-disk drive password is different from the
primary password, you are prompted for both. Two different passwords
provide greater security.
The administrator password provides access to the system, but it does not
provide access to the hard-disk drive when it is protected by a password.
Physically Securing the Computer and the Hard-Disk Drive
To prevent unauthorized removal of the computer, you can use a security cable to attach the
computer to an immovable object. Your computer has two security cable slots: One security
cable slot is located between the speaker and the hard-disk drive. (See Figure 1 in "Technical
Overview.") The other security cable slot is located between the TV-out S-video connector and
the fan's air intake. (See Figure 2 in "Technical Overview.")
Description of Security Cable Slots
The security cable slots allow you to attach a commercially available antitheft device to the
computer. Antitheft devices for portable computers usually include a segment of metal-stranded
cable with an attached locking device and associated key.
When your computer is installed in an advanced port replicator (APR), use the security cable
slot located between the TV-out S-video connector and the fan's air intake to secure your
computer.
You can use either security cable slot to secure your computer when it is not docked to an
APR. However, to lock your computer and prevent unauthorized removal of the hard-disk drive,
insert the locking device into the security cable slot located between the hard-disk drive and the
speaker, and lock the device with its associated key.
Basic Instructions for Using Security Cable Slots
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To prevent unauthorized removal of your computer, loop the cable around an immovable
object, insert the locking device into either of the security cable slots, and lock the device. See
Figure 1 for an example of how to secure your computer. Complete instructions for installing
this kind of antitheft device are usually included with the device.
Figure 1. Securing the Computer
NOTE: Antitheft devices are of differing designs. Before purchasing such a
device, make sure that it will work with the security cable slot in your
computer.
Asset Tag Utility
Dell has installed the Asset Tag utility on your computer. The Asset Tag utility allows you to
enter an asset tag number that you or your company assigns to the computer. The default
System Setup screens do not show the asset tag number unless you enter one by using this
utility.
You can also use the Asset Tag utility to enter an owner tag that appears in the system log-on
screen and with the primary password prompt.
Viewing Existing Asset Tag and Service Numbers
To view existing asset tag and service tag numbers, perform the following steps:
1. Click the Start button, point to Programs, and click MS-DOS Prompt.
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2. Type cd c:\dell\util and press <Enter>.
3. Type asset and press <Enter>.
Assigning an Asset Tag Number
An asset tag number can have up to ten characters; any combination of characters excluding
spaces is valid. To assign or change an asset tag number, perform the following steps:
1. Click the Start button, point to Programs, and click MS-DOS Prompt.
2. Type cd c:\dell\util and press <Enter>.
3. Type asset and a space followed by the new number, and press <Enter>. For example,
type the following command line and press <Enter>:
asset 1234$ABCD&
4. When the system prompts you to verify the asset tag number, type y and press <Enter>.
The system displays the new or modified asset tag number and the service tag number.
Deleting an Asset Tag Number
To delete the asset tag number without assigning a new one, perform the following steps:
1. Click the Start button, point to Programs, and click MS-DOS Prompt.
2. Type cd c:\dell\util and press <Enter>.
3. Type asset /d and press <Enter>.
Assigning an Owner Tag
An owner tag can have up to 48 characters; any combination of letters, numbers, and spaces is
valid. To assign an owner tag, perform the following steps:
1. Click the Start button, point to Programs, and click MS-DOS Prompt.
2. Type cd c:\dell\util and press <Enter>.
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3. Type asset /o and a space followed by the new owner tag, and press <Enter>. For
example, type the following command line and press <Enter>:
asset /o ABC Company
4. When the system prompts you to verify the owner tag, type y and press <Enter>. The
system displays the new owner tag.
Deleting an Owner Tag
To delete the owner tag without assigning a new one, perform the following steps:
1. Click the Start button, point to Programs, and click MS-DOS Prompt.
2. Type cd c:\dell\util and press <Enter>.
3. Type asset /o /d and press <Enter>.
NOTE: For security, you cannot set, change, or delete the owner tag if the
primary or administrator password is set.
Table 1 lists the command-line options you can use with the Asset Tag utility. To use one of
these options, open an MS-DOS® prompt, type asset and a space followed by the option, and
then press <Enter>.
Table 1. Asset Tag Utility Command-Line Options
Asset Tag
Option
Description
/d
Deletes the asset tag number
/o <tag>
Specifies a new owner tag
/o /d
Deletes the owner tag
/?
Displays the Asset Tag utility help screen
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About the I/O Connectors
USB Connector
Audio Connectors
PS/2 Connector
Video Connector
Serial Port Connector
Parallel Port Connector
AC Power Connector
Docking Connector
Infrared Port
About the I/O Connectors
You can connect external devices to the input/output (I/O) connectors. The computer's basic
input/output system (BIOS) detects the presence of external devices when you boot (start) or
reboot your computer. Figure 1 shows the connectors on the back of your computer.
NOTICE: When disconnecting external devices from the back of the computer,
wait 5 seconds after turning off the computer before you disconnect a device
to avoid possible damage to the system board.
Figure 1. I/O Connectors
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Mini-Deutsche Industrie Norm (DIN) PS/2
connector
1 Video connector
5
2 Parallel port connector
6 Serial port connector
3 Docking connector
7 AC adapter connector
4 USB connector
8 Infrared port
NOTES: Some external devices require you to load software called device
drivers into system memory before the devices will work. These device
drivers help your computer recognize the external device and direct its
operation. Instructions for installing this software are usually included in the
upgrade kits.
The advanced port replicator (APR) has the same I/O connectors as your
computer. In addition, the APR has a second Personal System/2 (PS/2)
connector, a second Universal Serial Bus (USB) connector, and an Ethernet
network connector.
Audio Connectors
You can connect audio devices such as speakers, microphones, headphones, and
record/playback devices to your computer. The following information tells you how to connect
the cables. Figure 2 shows the locations of the audio connectors and the TV-out S-video
connector.
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Connect the audio cable from a microphone to the microphone-in connector.
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Connect the audio cable from the speakers to the line-out connector.
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Connect the line-out cable from a record/playback device to the line-in connector.
Cassette players, CD players, radios, stereo systems, and tape players are all
record/playback devices.
Connect the TV-out S-video I/O cable from a record/playback device to the TV-out Svideo connector. VCRs and video cameras are record/playback devices.
Figure 2. Connecting Audio and S-Video Devices
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1 Microphone-in connector
2 Line-out connector
3 Line-in connector
4 TV-out S-video connector
TV-Out S-Video Connector
You can connect a television with an S-video connector to your computer. Figure 2 shows the
location of the TV-out S-video connector on your computer.
To connect the cables, follow these guidelines:
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If your television uses an S-video cable for video input, connect one end of that cable
directly to your computer's TV-out S-video connector and connect the other end into your
television's S-video connector. Connecting the S-video cable that came with your
television to the television's S-video connector and to the TV-out S-video connector on
your computer allows your computer to output video information to your television.
If your television uses a composite video cable for video input, you need both the
composite TV-out adapter cable that came with your computer and the composite video
cable that came with your television. Connecting these cables together, and then
connecting them to your television's composite video-in connector and your computer's
TV-out S-video connector, allows your computer to output video information to your
television.
To connect a television that has a composite video-in connector to your
computer's TV-out S-video connector, perform the following steps:
1. Connect the composite TV-out adapter cable that came with your computer
to your computer's TV-out S-video connector.
2. Connect the other end of the composite TV-out adapter cable to your
television's composite video cable.
3. Connect the composite video cable to your television's composite video
connector.
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Video Connector
Use the 15-hole video connector to attach an external monitor to the computer.
Connecting an External Monitor
The computer's video connector is used to connect an external monitor to the computer. To
attach an external monitor, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: Do not place the monitor directly on top of your portable computer,
even if it is closed. Doing so can crack the computer case, the display, or
both.
1. Make sure that the external monitor is turned off. Set the monitor on a monitor stand,
desk top, or other level surface near your computer.
2. Connect the external monitor's video cable to the computer.
Plug the video cable connector into the matching video connector on the back of
the computer, as shown in Figure 3. If the video cable is not permanently attached
to the monitor, connect it to the monitor also.
Figure 3. Connecting an External Monitor
Be sure to tighten all the screws on the video cable connector(s) to eliminate radio
frequency interference (RFI).
3. Connect your external monitor to a grounded electrical outlet.
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Plug the three-prong connector on one end of the monitor's power cable into a
grounded power strip or some other grounded power source. If the cable is not
permanently attached to the monitor, connect it to the monitor also.
You can also connect an external monitor to the APR.
NOTE: If you are using the Microsoft® Windows® 98 operating
system, you can use an external monitor as an extension of your
display. For more information, see the Windows 98
documentation or "Extended Desktop Mode."
Using an External Monitor
When an external monitor is connected to the computer, the video image automatically appears
on the external monitor's screen when you boot your computer.
To toggle the video image between the display, an external monitor, or both simultaneously,
press <Fn><F8> on the keyboard. Press <Scroll Lock><F8> on an external keyboard if the
External Hot Key option is enabled in the System Setup program.
If the external monitor is turned off when you boot your computer, the computer still sends the
video image to the external monitor. In this case, you will not see an image on either the
computer's display or the external monitor. To see an image, turn on the external monitor or
switch the video image to the computer’s display by pressing <Fn><F8> on the keyboard or
<Scroll Lock><F8> on an external keyboard if the External Hot Key option is enabled in the
System Setup program.
Parallel Port Connector
Use the 25-hole parallel port connector to attach a parallel device to the computer. The parallel
port connector is used primarily for printers. You can also connect the diskette drive to the
parallel port connector.
The parallel port sends and receives data in parallel format, where 8 data bits (one byte) are
sent simultaneously over 8 separate lines. The port can be configured as a unidirectional
(output-only) port for devices such as a printer or as a bidirectional port for devices such as a
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network adapter.
The computer's integrated parallel port is designated as LPT1. The Microsoft Windows 98
operating systems automatically recognize the parallel device and configure it correctly. The
parallel port can also be configured for compatibility with the PS/2 standard.
Docking Connector
The docking connector supports Dell's APR docking solution.
USB Connector
The USB connector supports the use of a USB hub device to attach multiple devices. USB
devices are typically low-speed peripherals such as mice, keyboards, printers, and computer
speakers. The APR docking solution has two USB connectors.
NOTE: If you are using a USB external keyboard, do not enter the System
Setup program by using a keyboard command on the external keyboard.
Instead, press <Fn><F1> on the computer's keyboard.
PS/2 Connector
Use the mini-Deutsche Industrie Norm (DIN) PS/2 connector to attach PS/2-compatible devices
such as a mouse, keyboard, or external numeric keypad.
NOTE: If the computer is in standby mode when you attach a mouse, you can
use the mouse when the computer resumes normal operation. Otherwise, you
must reboot the computer to use the mouse. While the mouse is attached to
the computer, the DualPoint™ integrated pointing device is disabled.
Connecting an External Mouse
You can attach a PS/2-compatible mouse to the computer's mini-DIN mouse connector, as
shown in Figure 4.
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Figure 4. Connecting an External Mouse
NOTE: If the computer is in standby mode or save-to-disk-suspend (S2D)
mode when you attach an external mouse, the device is recognized
immediately by the computer when it resumes normal operation. However,
programs that were already running may need to be restarted in order to
recognize the mouse.
When you attach a PS/2 mouse to the computer, the DualPoint integrated pointing device is
automatically disabled. If you disconnect the mouse, you must shut down the computer or enter
standby mode and then resume from it before the DualPoint integrated pointing device is
operational. If you do not do this, the DualPoint integrated pointing device resumes operation in
standard PS/2 mode, which means that many of the configuration features are disabled.
If you are using a PS/2-compatible mouse that is not made by Microsoft and the mouse does
not work properly, reboot the computer. If the mouse still does not work, install the drivers from
the diskette that came with the mouse and reboot the computer.
You can also connect an external mouse to the APR.
Connecting an External Keyboard
You can attach a PS/2-compatible external 101- or 102-key keyboard to the computer's miniDIN connector, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5. Connecting an External Keyboard
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NOTE: If the computer is in standby mode or save-to-disk suspend (S2D)
mode when you attach an external keyboard, the device is recognized
immediately by the computer when it resumes normal operation.
You can use the computer's keyboard and an external keyboard at the same time. When you
attach a keyboard to the computer, the embedded numeric keypad is automatically disabled.
On an external keyboard, the <Scroll Lock> key acts the same way as the <Fn> key on the
computer’s keyboard (if the External Hot Key option is enabled in the System Setup program).
You can also connect an external keyboard to the APR.
Connecting an External Keypad
You can attach a PS/2-compatible external numeric keypad to the computer's mini-DIN keypad
connector.
NOTE: If the computer is in standby mode or S2D mode when you attach an
external keypad, the device is recognized immediately by the computer when
it resumes normal operation.
When you attach a numeric keypad to the computer, the embedded numeric keypad is
automatically disabled. The indicators on the integrated keyboard track the operation of an
external numeric keypad.
You can also connect an external keypad to the APR.
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Serial Port Connector
To attach a serial device to the computer, use the 9-pin serial port connector.
The serial port passes data in serial format (one bit at a time over one line). This port supports
a variety of devices that require serial data transmission, including a serial mouse, serial
printer, plotter, or external modem.
AC Power Connector
Use the AC power connector to attach the AC adapter to the computer. The AC adapter
converts AC power to the DC power required by the computer.
You can connect the AC adapter with your computer either turned on or off.
The AC adapter works with electrical outlets worldwide. However, power connectors vary
among countries. Before using AC power in a foreign country, you may need to obtain a new
power cable designed for use in that country.
Infrared Port
The computer’s infrared (IR) port is compatible with Infrared Data Association (IrDA) 1.1 (Fast
IR) and 1.0 (Slow IR) standards. An infrared port lets you transfer files from your computer to
another infrared-compatible device without using cable connections. An infrared data stream is
transmitted through a lens in the computer up to a distance of 1 meter (m) (3.3 feet [ft]). This
light is received by a compatible computer, printer, mouse, or remote control.
The default address of the infrared port is COM3. To avoid resource conflicts with other
devices, remap the address of the infrared port.
When the computer is being used with the APR docking solution, the infrared port on the
computer is automatically disabled.
Point the computer’s infrared port directly at the compatible device’s infrared port. Infrared
devices transmit data in a 30-degree cone of infrared light. Start the data communications
software on both devices, and then begin to transfer files. Read the documentation that came
with your compatible device to make sure that you operate it correctly.
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For more information about using an infrared device, see the documentation that came with
your operating system. The Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 operating system does not support the
use of infrared devices.
NOTES: Make sure that no books, papers, or other objects come between the
two infrared devices and that the two devices are within the 30-degree cone.
If the infrared device does not work, the computer and device may be
misaligned. Move the device and computer to bring them into the 30-degree
cone.
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AC Adapter
Batteries
AC Adapter
Using the AC Adapter
The AC adapter converts AC power to the DC power required by the computer. The AC adapter kit includes two cables: the AC adapter cable and an AC
power cable.
You can connect the AC adapter with your computer either turned on or off.
The AC adapter works with electrical outlets worldwide. However, power connectors vary among countries. Before you use AC power in a foreign country, you
may need to obtain a new power cable designed for use in that country.
If the computer is docked to an advanced port replicator (APR), you can connect the AC adapter either to the computer or to the APR.
NOTE: If you are running your computer on AC power with a battery installed, the AC adapter charges the battery (if needed) and then
maintains the battery's charge.
NOTICE: The AC adapter should be in a ventilated area, such as on a desk top or on the floor, when used to power the computer or
charge the battery. Do not use the AC adapter in a poorly ventilated environment, such as inside a carrying case.
Connecting the AC Adapter
To connect the AC adapter, perform the following steps:
1. Connect the AC adapter power cable to the AC adapter (see Figure 1).
2. Plug the AC adapter power cable into an electrical outlet.
3. Plug the AC adapter cable into the AC adapter connector on the computer.
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Figure 1. Connecting the AC Adapter
1 AC adapter power cable
2 AC adapter
3 AC adapter cable
Turning the Computer On
To turn on the computer, press the power button.
NOTE: If your computer's operating system is "locked up"—that is, it does not respond to commands—press and hold down the power
button for at least 5 seconds to shut it off.
Batteries
Your computer’s battery provides power when an electrical outlet is not available. A battery in the battery bay is standard with the computer. Lithium-ion and
nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries are longer lived than conventional batteries and do not require replacement as often. To double battery life, install a
second battery in the media bay. Lithium-ion batteries do not have the "memory effect" that is exhibited by NiMH and nickel-cadmium (NiCad) batteries. You do
not need to drain a lithium-ion battery completely before recharging it. A lithium-ion battery will not "forget" at which point it is fully charged. NiMH and NiCad
batteries may not charge fully if they are partially drained and then recharged.
The lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride technology used in your computer’s battery is significantly less hazardous to the environment than the lithium metal
technology used in some other batteries (such as watch batteries). Spent batteries should not be placed with common household waste products. Contact local
authorities for the location of a chemical waste collection program nearest you.
Keep the following information in mind when you are running your computer from the battery:
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You can expect 2.5 to 5 hours of battery life with a single fully charged battery and 5 to 10 hours of battery life with two fully charged batteries. Actual
performance varies, depending on which power management features are enabled and which application programs are being used.
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When two batteries are installed, the computer draws power first from the battery in the media bay. The AC adapter first charges the battery in the
battery bay.
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The integrated charge gauge lets you check a battery’s charge before you insert it into the computer.
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The battery’s self-test capability alerts you to battery conditions such as low charge.
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There is no battery memory effect with lithium-ion batteries—you can charge the battery whenever you like without fear of reducing its charge capacity.
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A battery has a life span of up to 400 full charges and 2000 partial charges, provided it is charged at normal room temperature.
Charging a Hot Battery
If your battery is hot from being used in your computer or being in a hot environment, take note of the following precautions:
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A hot battery will not charge when you connect the AC adapter to the computer. This safety feature is important because charging a hot battery shortens
the battery’s life span and may damage the battery and the computer.
The battery is too hot to start charging if the battery indicator flashes alternately green and amber. If this occurs, disconnect the computer from its
electrical outlet and allow it and the battery to return to room temperature. Reconnect the computer to the electrical outlet and continue charging the
battery.
If the computer is not allowed to return to room temperature, the battery stops charging before it reaches its full capacity.
Battery Usage
The battery is partially charged when you receive it. Dell recommends that you charge your battery to full capacity before using it to power the computer.
If you are powering the computer from a battery, try to conserve battery power. A number of factors affect battery operating time:
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Power conservation features that you use
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Type of display and microprocessor your computer has
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Use of the CD-ROM drive, DVD-ROM drive, or SuperDisk LS-120 drive module
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Number and type of PC Cards and other external devices you use
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Kinds of application programs you run
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Capacity of the memory modules you install (the higher the capacity, the more power used)
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Use of the infrared port
When you activate standby mode, the computer can run on battery power for approximately one week (if the battery was fully charged before activating
standby mode).
If you are going to store the computer, disconnect all peripheral devices and turn off the computer. Remove the battery when you store your computer for an
extended period of time. A battery will drain when not in use during prolonged storage. After a long storage period, recharge the battery fully before you
attempt to run your computer from battery power.
Installing a Battery in the Battery Bay
NOTICE: To avoid data loss, do not replace a battery while the computer is turned on unless the computer is connected to an
electrical outlet or a second battery is installed.
To install a battery in the battery bay, perform the following steps (see Figure 2).
NOTES: You can also install a battery in the media bay.
If necessary, print these instructions for reference before proceeding.
Figure 2. Installing a Battery
1. Save your work and close all open files and application programs.
2. If the computer is docked, undock it.
3. If the battery bay contains a battery and your system is off, go to step 5.
4. If the only battery in the computer is in the battery bay and that is the battery you want to replace, preserve your data in one of these ways, and then
proceed to step 5:
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Use the standby mode.
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Place the computer in standby mode by pressing <Fn><Esc> (or <Scroll Lock><Esc> on an external keyboard if the External Hot
Key option is enabled in the System Setup program).
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Use the save-to-disk suspend (S2D) mode.
Place the computer in S2D mode by pressing <Fn><a> (or <Fn><q> on a French keyboard). When the green power indicator turns
off, continue to step 5.
5. Remove the battery from the battery bay:
a. Close the computer display and turn the computer over.
b. Slide the battery bay latch toward the Unlock icon.
c. Hold the latch with one hand while pulling the battery out of the bay with the other hand.
d. Release the latch after you remove the battery.
6. Slide the new battery firmly into the battery bay.
You should hear a click when the battery is fully seated.
7. If you put the computer into standby or S2D mode, press the power button to resume normal operation.
Installing a Second Battery
NOTICE: To avoid data loss, do not replace a battery while the computer is turned on unless the computer is connected to an
electrical outlet or a second battery is installed.
If your computer is running Windows® 98 with Softex BayManager or Windows NT® with Softex Docking Services, see "Installing a Second Battery With
Softex Docking Services or BayManager Software."
To install a battery in the media bay, perform the following steps:
1. Save and close any open files, exit any open application programs, and shut down the computer.
2. If the computer is docked, undock it.
For instructions see your Advanced Port Replicator User's Guide.
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3. Remove any device that may be installed in the media bay (see Figure 3):
a. Close the computer display and turn the computer over.
b. Slide the media bay latch toward the unlock icon to release the device in the bay.
c. Hold the latch in the unlock position while pulling the device out of the bay.
d. Release the latch after you remove the device.
4. Slide the new battery firmly into the media bay.
You should hear a click when the battery is fully seated.
Figure 3. Removing a Device From the Media Bay
1 Unlock icon
2 Media bay latch
Installing a Second Battery With Softex Docking Services or BayManager Software
NOTICE: To avoid data loss, do not replace a battery while the computer is turned on unless the computer is connected to an
electrical outlet or a second battery is installed.
If your computer is not running Windows 98 with Softex BayManager or Windows NT with Softex Docking Services, see "Installing a Second Battery."
To install a battery in the media bay with Softex Docking Services or Softex BayManager, perform the following steps:
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any open application programs.
2. If the computer is docked, undock it.
For instructions see your Advanced Port Replicator User's Guide.
3. Double-click the Docking Services or BayManager icon in the Windows system tray on the taskbar.\
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The Softex BayManager window appears for Windows 98. The Docking Services window appears for Windows NT.
4. Click the Remove/Swap button.
5. Preserve your data in one of the following ways:
1. Place the computer in standby mode by pressing <Fn><Esc> (or by pressing <Scroll><Esc> on an external keyboard if the External Hot Key
option is enabled in the System Setup program).
2. Place the computer in save-to-disk suspend mode by pressing <Fn><a> (or <Fn><q> on a French keyboard).
When the green power indicator turns off, continue to step 6.
6. Remove any device that may be installed in the media bay (see Figure 3):
1.
2.
3.
4.
Close the computer display and turn the computer over.
Slide the media bay latch toward the unlock icon to release the device in the bay.
Hold the latch in the unlock position while pulling the device out of the bay.
Release the latch after you remove the device.
7. Slide the new battery firmly into the media bay.
You should hear a click when the battery is fully seated.
NOTE: Softex BayManager and Softex Docking Services do not report a second battery installed in the media bay on the Storage
Devices tab.
8. Click OK, and then click OK again to close the Softex BayManager window.
9. Press the power button to resume normal operation.
Battery Charge Gauge
The battery charge gauge consists of five indicators. Each indicator represents 20 percent of full charge. If only one indicator lights up, recharge the battery
before using it.
To check the charge level, press the battery test button that is next to the indicators (see Figure 4). The appropriate number of indicators lights up for a few
seconds to indicate the amount of charge remaining in the battery. For example, if three indicators light up, your battery has between 41 percent and 60
percent of its charge left.
Figure 4. Battery Charge Gauge
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1 Test button
2 Charge-level indicator
NOTES: An indicator that blinks rapidly when you check the battery’s charge level indicates a temporary failure or a potentially recoverable failure like
overheating. Allow the battery to cool for several minutes before checking the charge level again.
If the battery is experiencing a permanent failure, when you press the battery test button, you will see no indicators. If you install such a battery into the
computer, the amber battery status indicator on the computer flashes rapidly. To purchase a new battery, call Dell or access the Dell World Wide Web
site at http://www.dell.com. Dispose of the old battery properly.
Percentage of Charge
When you press the battery test button, the number of indicators that light up shows an estimate of the remaining battery charge:
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If one indicator lights up, the battery has 1 to 20 percent of its charge remaining.
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If two indicators light up, the battery has 21 to 40 percent of its charge remaining.
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If three indicators light up, the battery has 41 to 60 percent of its charge remaining.
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If four indicators light up, the battery has 61 to 80 percent of its charge remaining.
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If five indicators light up, the battery has 81 to 100 percent of its charge remaining.
NOTE: When charging a nickel-metal hydride battery, there may be a sudden jump in the reported charging percentage from partially
charged to fully charged.
First Low-Battery Warning
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The first low-battery warning—a blinking amber battery status indicator—occurs when you have about 15 minutes of battery life left under current conditions
and the computer is not connected to an electrical outlet. Figure 5 shows the battery status indicator.
Figure 5. Status Lights
1 Power indicator
2 Drive access indicator
3 Battery status indicator
NOTICE: When you see a low-battery warning, save your work immediately. Then replace the battery or connect your computer to
an electrical outlet. If your computer uses a nickel-metal hydride battery and you ignore the first low-battery warning, the computer
may activate S2D mode before displaying a second low-battery warning.
After the first low-battery warning, if no input/output (I/O) activity occurs within 75 seconds, the computer activates S2D mode. If the computer has no S2D
partition, the computer enters standby mode. The computer can preserve data for several hours in standby mode.
If you have set the computer to enter S2D mode after a certain amount of time with no I/O activity, the computer enters S2D mode before the final low-battery
warning. Once S2D mode is activated, no further power is consumed.
NOTICE: Never turn off the computer while the drive access indicator is on. Doing so could cause data loss. Instead, close all of
your application programs before you turn off the computer.
Second Low-Battery Warning
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The second low-battery warning—a steady amber battery status indicator—occurs when you have about 5 minutes of battery life left under current conditions
and the computer is not connected to an electrical outlet.
After the second low-battery warning, if no further I/O activity occurs within 15 seconds, the computer activates S2D mode. If there is no S2D partition, the
computer enters standby mode. The computer can preserve data for several hours in standby mode.
If the computer is already in standby mode when a final low-battery warning occurs, the computer activates S2D mode immediately. If S2D mode has been
disabled, the computer reenters standby mode.
NOTICE: If your computer uses a nickel-metal hydride battery and you ignore the first low-battery warning, the computer may
activate S2D mode before displaying a second low-battery warning.
NOTICE: To avoid losing data (and possibly corrupting data areas on your hard-disk drive), save your work immediately after a
second low-battery warning. Then connect your computer to an electrical outlet, or place the computer in standby mode. If the
battery runs completely out of power, the computer shuts off without properly closing any open files.
Charging the Battery
Each time you connect the computer to an electrical outlet or install a battery in a computer that is connected to an electrical outlet, the computer checks the
battery's charge. The AC adapter charges the battery (if needed) and then maintains the battery's charge.
NOTE: For maximum battery performance, charge the battery only at normal room temperature.
If two batteries are installed in the computer, the AC adapter first charges the battery in the battery bay and then the battery in the media bay. When you
charge two lithium-ion batteries, one battery partially charges, then the second battery partially charges, then both batteries completely charge. When you
charge two nickel-metal hydride batteries, one battery will fully charge and then the second battery will fully charge.
When installed in a computer connected to an electrical outlet, the battery immediately starts charging. The green power indicator remains steady while the AC
adapter charges the battery. The indicator starts blinking when the express charge cycle is complete. While the indicator is blinking, the AC adapter provides a
trickle charge to bring the battery to full capacity. The indicator continues to blink until you remove the battery or disconnect the computer from its electrical
outlet.
NOTE: When charging a nickel-metal hydride battery, you may see a sudden rise in the reported charging percentage from partially
charged to fully charged.
NOTICE: If the battery status indicator flashes alternately green and amber while the computer is connected to an electrical outlet,
disconnect the computer from the outlet and allow the computer and the battery to return to room temperature. Then reconnect the
computer to its electrical outlet and continue charging the battery. If the computer is not allowed to return to room temperature, the
battery stops charging before it reaches full capacity.
If the computer is turned off and connected to an electrical outlet through the AC adapter, it takes the AC adapter about 1 hour to fully charge a lithium-ion
battery that has been completely discharged, and 2.5 hours to fully charge a nickel-metal hydride battery. If the computer determines that the battery is near
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full capacity, the AC adapter skips the express-charging process and starts trickle-charging the battery. If the computer is on, it takes up to 2.5 hours to charge
a fully discharged battery, depending on which devices you are using and which programs you are running.
NOTE: You can leave the battery in the computer as long as you like. The battery's integrated circuitry prevents the battery from
overcharging.
Detecting Battery Problems
A battery problem may prevent the battery from being charged to its full potential and can lead to unpredictable operation. To obtain a new battery, call Dell or
access the Dell World Wide Web site at http://www.dell.com.
Dell suggests you follow these precautions when using the battery:
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To avoid installing a defective battery in your computer, first check the battery's charge, indicated by the battery charge-level indicators on the battery
itself, by pressing the battery test button (see Figure 4).
NOTE: If the battery has a 0 (zero) percent charge, you cannot use the battery test button to check the battery's capacity. The battery
gauge indicator will not light if the battery is completely drained.
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If, after you insert the battery into the computer, the computer's battery status indicator (see Figure 5) flashes alternately green and amber, the battery is
too hot to charge. Turn off the computer, and let the battery and computer cool to room temperature.
If, after you insert the battery into the computer, the computer's battery status indicator (see Figure 5) flashes amber for 4 seconds when you connect or
disconnect the AC adapter or when you press the power button, you need to replace the battery.
If, after you insert the battery into the computer, the computer's battery status indicator (see Figure 5) flashes rapidly amber, the battery is defective and
needs to be replaced.
Battery Disposal
When your battery no longer holds a charge, call your local waste disposal agency or environmental agency for advice on disposal of the computer’s lithiumion battery.
CAUTION: Do not puncture or incinerate the battery.
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NOTES: This computer is supplied with a lithium-ion or a nickel-metal hydride battery, which is significantly less hazardous to the
environment than the lithium metal technology used in some other batteries (such as watch batteries).
Lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride batteries are longer lived than conventional batteries and do not require replacement as often. Do
not dispose of these batteries along with common household waste. Contact local authorities for the location of a chemical waste
collection program nearest you. To purchase a new battery, call Dell or access the Dell World Wide Web site at http://www.dell.com.
About Battery Power
You automatically conserve battery power each time you attach the computer to an electrical outlet. The battery is even being recharged when you use AC
power. The battery's life expectancy is largely determined by the number of charges it receives, so use an electrical outlet to run the computer whenever
possible.
You can customize power management by individually controlling the computer's power conservation features. These features reduce power consumption by
monitoring application programs and computer devices for inactivity and slowing down or stopping some of the computer’s internal devices.
NOTES: When you use power conservation features, you often trade some of the performance of the computer for increased battery
operating time. For example, if you turn off the hard-disk drive, you may experience a delay the next time the computer tries to access
the hard-disk drive.
Other power conservation features, such as standby mode, stop almost all system activity. They allow you to maximize power
conservation when your work is interrupted.
Experiment with power conservation features to achieve the optimum power conservation for your work environment.
Turning the Computer On
To turn on the computer, press the power button.
NOTE: If your computer's operating system is "locked up"—that is, it does not respond to commands—press and hold down the power
button for at least 5 seconds to turn it off.
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Experimenting With Power Conservation
Standby Mode
Using Key Combinations
Power Management Properties for
Microsoft Windows 98 and Windows 2000
Closing the Display
Power Management Properties for
Microsoft Windows NT
Suspend Mode
Save-to-Disk Suspend Mode
Experimenting With Power Conservation
In general, the lower the value you set for each power conservation feature, the longer the
battery's charge lasts. On the other hand, setting high values tends to optimize the computer's
performance.
To evaluate the way that different settings affect how long you can operate the computer on
battery power versus the relative efficiency of how the software performs, experiment as
follows:
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Use the computer with all the options set at their default values.
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Use the computer with all the options disabled or set to Off.
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Use the computer with all the options set to their minimum or maximum values.
NOTE: For Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)-compliant
systems, power management settings are controlled from the Power
Management Properties window in the Control Panel. In other systems,
power management settings are controlled from the System Setup program.
Using Key Combinations
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Table 1 identifies the power management key combinations.
NOTE: To use key combinations on an external keyboard, enable the
External Hot Key option in the System Setup program, and press <Scroll
Lock> instead of <Fn>.
Table 1. Key Combinations to Activate/Deactivate Features
Feature
Activate/Deactivate
Turn off display
To activate, press <Fn><d>.*
To deactivate, move the cursor or press a key on the
integrated or external keyboard. (If nothing happens, the
computer may be in standby mode. Press the power button to
resume normal operation.)
Turn off hard-disk drive
To activate, press <Fn><h>.*
Automatically deactivates when the hard-disk drive is
accessed.
NOTE: If a modular hard-disk drive is installed in the media
bay, you cannot turn off the hard-disk drive by pressing
<Fn><h>.
Standby mode
To activate, press <Fn><Esc>.
Sleep mode (ACPIcompliant systems)
To deactivate, press the power button.
Standby mode
(Microsoft® Windows® 98
systems)
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Save-to-disk suspend
mode
To activate, press <Fn><a>. (On a French keyboard, press
<Fn><q>.)*
To deactivate, press the power button.
* These key combinations may not function with the ACPI if the settings have not been
activated with the Power Management Properties window in the Control Panel.
Closing the Display
One way to conserve power on the computer is to close the display when the computer is not in
use. When you close the display and an external monitor is not connected, the computer's
liquid crystal display (LCD) shuts off automatically. If you set the Display Close option in
System Setup to Standby, the computer enters the standby mode when the display is closed. If
you set the Display Option to Active, the display shuts off when it is closed and the computer
does not enter the standby mode.
NOTE: If an external monitor is connected when you close the display, the
computer does not activate standby mode. You can still use the external
monitor.
If the computer detects a wakeup alarm or receives a modem call while the display is closed,
the computer handles the alarm or answers the call. After such input/output (I/O) activity
ceases, the computer waits 1 minute before reactivating standby mode.
To resume work, open the display. (The computer may take several seconds to resume
operation.)
NOTE: With systems running under ACPI, settings for these features are
controlled from the Power Management Properties window in the Control
Panel. To conserve power, use the sleep mode. Activate the sleep mode by
selecting Sleep from the Power Management Properties window.
Suspend Mode
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If your computer is running the Microsoft Windows NT® operating system, suspend mode stops
almost all computer activity, but leaves the computer ready to resume operations immediately
in about 20 to 30 seconds. Use suspend mode whenever you leave the computer unattended.
Suspend mode conserves battery power by turning off the microprocessor clock; the display;
the hard-disk drive; the CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or LS-120 drive module (if installed); the external
monitor connector; the external keyboard (if attached); the parallel port; the serial port; the
touch pad; and the diskette drive.
You can activate suspend mode immediately by pressing <Fn><Esc> (or <Scroll Lock><Esc>
on an external keyboard if the External Hot Key option is enabled in the System Setup
program).
NOTE: With systems running under ACPI, settings for power management
features, such as key combinations, External Hot Key, and sleep mode are
controlled from the Power Management Properties window in the Control
Panel. To activate sleep mode, make sure that you have configured the
appropriate key combinations from the Power Management Properties
window.
When your system is in suspend mode, the power indicator is not lit.
Resume from suspend mode by pressing the power button. The computer may take several
seconds to return to normal operation.
NOTES: On resumption from suspend mode, if a password is set, the system
displays the password prompt screen. At the password prompt screen, if you
do not enter a password within 2 minutes, the system returns to suspend
mode.
Suspend mode is known as standby mode under the Microsoft Windows 98
operating system. For systems with ACPI compliance, hibernate mode is known as
sleep mode.
Standby Mode
If your computer is running the Microsoft Windows 98 or Windows 2000 operating system,
standby mode turns off the display, stops the hard-disk drive, and turns off other internal
devices so that the computer uses less battery power. When the computer resumes operation
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from standby mode, the desktop is restored exactly as it was before entering standby mode.
NOTICE: Windows 98 and Windows 2000 save data to random-access
memory (RAM), not to your hard-disk drive, before entering standby mode. If
the computer enters standby mode while running on battery power, data loss
from RAM can occur if the battery discharges completely.
You can activate standby mode by pressing <Fn><Esc>. To resume operation from standby
mode, press the power button.
NOTE: With systems running under ACPI, settings for power management
features, such as key combinations, External Hot Key, and sleep mode are
controlled from the Power Management Properties window in the Control
Panel. To activate sleep mode, make sure that you have configured the
appropriate key combinations from the Power Management Properties
window.
Power Management Properties for Microsoft Windows 98 and
Windows 2000
Windows with Advanced Power Management (APM) allows you to set power conservation
features for your computer.
To set the power management features through Windows 98, perform the following steps:
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and click Control Panel.
2. Double-click the Power Management Properties icon.
3. Set the power management features in the Power Management Properties window.
To set the power options features through Windows 2000, perform the following steps:
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and click Control Panel.
2. Double-click the Power Options icon.
3. Set the power management features in the Power Options Properties window.
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The Power Schemes tab allows you to select the power scheme (Always On, Home/Office
Desktop, and Portable/Laptop) and power mode settings for your computer. For Windows
2000, the Power Schemes tab allows you to select the battery settings for your computer. The
following power scheme settings are available.
NOTE: With systems running ACPI, select the Portable/Laptop setting as the
Power Scheme to conserve battery operating time while the system is in
standby mode. If the Always On setting is selected, battery operating time
may be much shorter when in standby mode.
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Turn off monitor — Turns off the monitor so that the computer uses less power. You
can press any key to turn on the monitor. The Windows desktop is restored exactly as it
appeared before the monitor was turned off.
Turn off hard disk — Turns off the hard-disk drive so that the computer uses less
power. You can press any key to turn on the hard-disk drive. The Windows desktop is
restored exactly as it appeared before the hard-disk drive was turned off.
System Standby — Turns off monitor, stops the hard-disk drive, and turns off other
internal devices so that the computer uses less power. When the computer resumes
from standby mode, the Windows desktop is restored exactly as it appeared prior to
entering standby mode.
NOTE: Windows may take several seconds to resume from the power
scheme settings.
The Advanced tab allows you to display the Power Management icon on the Windows 98
taskbar, and the Power Options icon on the Windows 2000 taskbar. You may also select a
password prompt when the system resumes from standby mode. For Windows 2000, you may
set the system to power off or to enter standby mode when the power button is pressed.
For Windows 2000, the following tabs are included in the Power Options Properties window:
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The Hibernate tab allows you to enable hibernate support and displays available disk
space for hibernation.
The UPS tab displays the status of the uninterruptible power supply (UPS), if installed.
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Power Management Properties for Microsoft Windows NT
Dell provides Softex software compatible with the Power Management Controller, which allows
you to suspend and resume operation of your portable computer without affecting your ability to
use the docking station or its media bay.
Save-to-Disk Suspend Mode
Save-to-disk suspend (S2D) mode copies all system data to a reserved area—the S2D
partition—on the hard-disk drive and then turns off all power to the computer. When you
resume normal operation, the same programs will be running and the same files will be open
that were loaded before you activated this mode.
Place the computer in S2D mode if you intend to store the computer for longer than 40 days.
S2D mode preserves the configuration information stored in nonvolatile random-access
memory (NVRAM). Typically, the reserve battery maintains this information, but it may run out
of energy after 40 days.
NOTE: S2D mode helps preserve system data by saving it to the hard-disk
drive if you are about to run out of battery power.
To activate S2D, press <Fn><a> (or <Scroll Lock><a> on an external keyboard if the External
Hot Key option is enabled in the System Setup program). On a French keyboard, press
<Fn><q> or <Scroll Lock><q>.
NOTE: With systems running under ACPI, settings for power management
features, such as key combinations, External Hot Key, and S2D mode are
controlled from the Power Management Properties window in the Control
Panel. The key combinations of <Fn><a> or <Scroll Lock><a> may not
function with ACPI if the settings have not been activated from the Power
Management Properties window.
The S2D mode is referred to as the hibernate mode for systems running
ACPI. To activate the hibernate mode, make sure that you have configured
the appropriate key combinations from the Power Management Properties
window.
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Resume from the S2D mode by pressing the power button.
If you connect or remove devices while the computer is in S2D mode, the computer
automatically recognizes the newly connected devices when it resumes normal operation.
NOTE: With computers running ACPI, you cannot remove devices or undock
your computer while in the S2D (hibernate) mode.
Some PC Cards may not operate correctly after resuming from S2D mode. If you encounter
problems with a card, remove and reinsert the card.
NOTE: Dell creates an appropriately sized S2D partition before shipping the
computer to you. Use the S2D utility to remove the file, to increase the size of
the file, or to add the S2D file if you removed it. For more information about
altering or creating an S2D file, see the readme.S2D file, which can be found
in the Dell Utilities folder on your hard-disk drive or on the S2D diskette that
came with your computer.
Save-to-Disk Suspend Utility (for Windows 98 and Windows NT)
The S2D utility allows you to manage the S2D partition in your file system as your computing
needs change. For instance, you can remove the S2D partition if you need the space on the
hard-disk drive for other purposes, or you can use the S2D utility to create the partition if you
have removed it.
Only computers running Windows 98 or Windows NT use an S2D partition. If your computer
runs Windows 2000, you can place the computer into hibernate mode through Power Options
Properties in the Control Panel.
Removing the S2D Partition
If you want to use the S2D partition on your hard-disk drive for another purpose (for instance, if
you are running out of file space), perform the following steps to remove the partition:
1. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. Shut down the computer.
3. If the computer is docked, undock it.
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For instructions, see your Advanced Port Replicator User's Guide.
4. Turn on the computer.
5. Press <F2> at the Dell BIOS splash screen to access the System Setup menu.
6. Press the down-arrow key to move through the field, and press the left- or right-arrow
key to change the device setting.
Select the following boot sequence:
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Boot First Device: Diskette Drive
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Boot Second Device: CDROM/DVDROM Drive
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Boot Third Device: Internal HDD
7. Shut down the computer.
8. If your computer has a diskette drive attached, make sure that the drive does not contain
a diskette.
9. Turn on the computer.
The computer restarts and automatically begins to run the Dell Diagnostics.
10. Type x to exit to MS-DOS.
11. At the MS-DOS prompt, type r:\winx\suspend\rms2d (where winx is your operating
system) and press <Enter>.
NOTE: When you run the Dell Diagnostics from the System Software CD, the
CD-ROM drive letter is r.
Status messages appear on the screen as the removal process progresses. When
the S2D partition has been removed, the following message appears:
The S2D partition was successfully removed.
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NOTE: After you remove the S2D partition, the computer cannot activate S2D
mode until you recreate the partition. If you try to activate S2D mode and
receive the message No Save-To-Disk Suspend partition
available, you must create an S2D partition.
Creating the S2D Partition
The mks2d.exe file creates the S2D partition the computer uses to store the data that is saved
when you put the computer in S2D mode. Use the mks2d.exe file to create a new S2D partition
in the following cases:
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If Dell did not install MS-DOS on your hard-disk drive
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If you increase the amount of system memory by adding a memory module
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If you used the rms2d.exe file to remove the original S2D partition and now want to
recreate the partition
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If your hard-disk drive becomes corrupted
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If you install a new hard-disk drive
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If you received the system utilities separately on diskette or CD or if you deleted the S2D
utility from your hard-disk drive
To create an S2D partition, perform the following steps.
NOTE: If you are creating the partition on a new hard-disk drive, if Dell did not
install MS-DOS on your hard-disk drive, or if you are using an operating
system that is not compatible with MS-DOS, read the readme.s2d file before
performing the following procedure.
1. Insert the System Software CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. Shut down the computer.
3. If the computer is docked, undock it.
For instructions, see your Advanced Port Replicator User's Guide.
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4. Turn on the computer.
5. Press <F2> at the Dell BIOS splash screen to access the System Setup menu.
6. Press the down-arrow key to move through the field, and press the left- or right-arrow
key to change the device setting.
Select the following boot sequence:
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Boot First Device: Diskette Drive
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Boot Second Device: CDROM/DVDROM Drive
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Boot Third Device: Internal HDD
7. Shut down the computer.
8. If your computer has a diskette drive attached, make sure that the drive does not contain
a diskette.
9. Turn on the computer.
The computer restarts and automatically begins to run the Dell Diagnostics.
10. Type x to exit to MS-DOS.
11. At the MS-DOS prompt, type r:\winx\suspend\mks2d (where winx is your operating
system) and press <Enter>.
NOTE: When you run the Dell Diagnostics from the System
Software CD, the CD-ROM drive letter is r.
Status messages appear on the screen. If an error message appears, it provides
information about what steps to take to continue building the partition.
When the S2D partition has been built and verified, the following message
appears:
The S2D partition was successfully created.
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NOTE: After you remove the S2D partition, the computer cannot activate S2D
mode until you recreate the partition. If you try to activate S2D mode and
receive the message No Save-To-Disk Suspend partition
available, you must create an S2D partition.
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NOTICE: Damage due to servicing not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.
Overview
Display Assembly
Recommended Tools
Display Assembly Bezel
Preparing to Work Inside the
Computer
14.1-Inch Display LCD Panel
Screw Identification and
Tightening
12.1-Inch Display LCD Panel
ZIF Connectors
Display Assembly Latch
Removing Field-Replaceable
Parts and Assemblies
Palmrest Assembly
Hard-Disk Drive Assembly
Reserve Battery
Media Bay Devices
Bay Latch Assemblies
Memory Module Cover
Modem Assembly
Memory Modules
System Board Assembly
Keyboard Assembly
Thermal Cooling Assembly
Microprocessor Module
Overview
This section provides instructions for removing and replacing field-replaceable components, assemblies, and
subassemblies in the Dell Inspiron 3800 portable computer. Unless otherwise noted, each procedure in this
document assumes the following conditions:
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The computer and any attached peripherals are turned off, and the peripherals are disconnected from
the input/output (I/O) panel on the back of the computer.
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A part can be replaced by performing the removal procedure in reverse order.
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The computer is undocked from the advanced port replicator (APR).
When the display assembly is open nearly 180 degrees, use a book or something similar to support it. The angle of
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the display assembly with respect to the bottom case should never be allowed to exceed 180 degrees.
Also, when performing the procedures in this document, the locations or directions relative to
the computer are as shown in Figure 1 unless otherwise specified.
Figure 1. Computer Orientation
Recommended Tools
Most of the procedures in this document require the use of one or more of the following tools:
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# 1 magnetized Phillips-head screwdriver
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Small flat-blade screwdriver
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Small plastic scribe
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Processor extractor
Preparing to Work Inside the Computer
Before you start to work on the computer, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: Failure to perform the following steps could result in damage to the computer.
NOTICE: If working inside your computer involves the removal of the palmrest, note this information about the
reserve battery. The reserve battery provides power to the computer’s real-time clock (RTC) and nonvolatile
random-access memory (NVRAM) when the computer is turned off. Removing the palmrest disconnects the
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reserve battery and causes the computer to lose the date and time information as well as all user-specified
parameters in NVRAM. If possible, make a copy of this information before you disconnect the reserve battery.
1. Save any work in progress and close all open application programs.
2. Turn off the computer and any attached peripherals.
NOTE: Make sure that the computer is turned off and not in save-to-disk suspend (S2D) mode. If you cannot shut
down the computer using the computer’s operating system, press the power button for 4 seconds.
3. If the computer is docked in an advanced port replicator (APR), undock the computer.
4. Disconnect the computer and any attached peripherals from their electrical outlets to reduce the
potential for personal injury or shock.
Also disconnect any telephone or telecommunications lines from the computer.
5. Remove the power cable.
6. Disconnect all other external cables from the computer.
7. Remove any installed PC Cards.
NOTICE: Make sure that the work surface is clean to prevent scratching the computer cover.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, remove the power cable, the battery, and the
second battery (if installed) before you service the computer.
8. Remove the main battery assembly from the battery bay:
a. Slide the battery bay latch toward the unlock icon.
b. Slide the battery out of the battery bay (see Figure 2).
Figure 2. Main Battery Assembly Removal
1 Battery bay latch
2 Unlock icon
3 Battery
9. Ground yourself by touching the unpainted metal surface of the I/O panel on the back of the computer.
While you work, periodically touch the I/O panel to dissipate any static electricity that might harm components.
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Screw Identification and Tightening
The illustrations in the following removal procedures provide the correct screw length as part of the screw’s label.
A graphic for that length screw is also included in the illustration. Examples are shown in Figure 3. Match the actual screw to
the graphic in the illustration to check for correct length.
Figure 3. Screw Identification
NOTICE: When reinstalling a screw, you must use a screw of the correct diameter and length. Otherwise, hardware
damage could result. Make sure that the screw is properly aligned with its corresponding hole, and avoid over
tightening.
When you are removing and replacing components, photocopy the Table 1 placement mat as a tool to lay out and keep
track of the component screws.
Table 1. Screw Placement Mat With Component Screw Counts and Sizes
Hard-Disk Drive:
M3 x 5 (1 each)
Keyboard
Assembly:
M2.5 x 10 (7 each)
Display Assembly:
M2.5 x 4 (3 each)
Display Assembly Bezel: Display Assembly Bezel: 14.1 Display
Assembly LCD to Top Cover:
Rubber screw
M2.5 x 4 (6 each)
covers (4 each)
M2 x 3 (6 each)
Plastic screw
covers (2 each)
12.1-Inch Display
Assembly LCD to
Top Cover:
M3 x 5 (4 each)
12.1-Inch Display
Assembly Inverter:
M3 x 3 (3 each)
Palmrest Assembly:
M2.5 x 20 (5 each)
System Board:
M2.5 x 4 (2 each)
Microprocessor Shield:
(three captive and
two removable screws)
M2 x 3 (2 each)
TCA and
Exhaust Fan:
M2.5 x 4 (2 each)
ZIF Connectors
Some of the computer’s interface connectors are zero insertion force (ZIF) connectors. These connectors are not
removable, but they must be released to disconnect a cable from them (see Figure 4).
Figure 4. Disconnecting an Interface Cable
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1 Movable part of connector (do not remove)
NOTICE: The ZIF connectors are fragile. To avoid damage, do not apply too much pressure to the movable part of
the connector.
To disconnect an interface cable from a ZIF connector, perform the following steps:
1. Insert a small flat-blade screwdriver behind the movable part of the connector.
2. Push gently sideways on the movable part of the connector until it releases the interface cable.
3. Grasp the interface cable and pull it out of the connector.
To reconnect an interface cable to a ZIF connector, perform the following steps:
1. Use a small flat-blade screwdriver to open the movable part of the ZIF connector.
2. Orient the end of the interface cable with the ZIF connector, and insert the end of the cable into the connector.
3. While holding the cable in place, close the ZIF connector.
4. To ensure a firm connection, make sure the ZIF connector is completely closed.
Removing Field-Replaceable Parts and Assemblies
Figure 5. Exploded View — Computer
1 Modem (may not
apply to your
system)
2 System board
3 Bottom case
assembly
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4 Case plug for
modem (may not
apply to your
computer)
5 Media bay device
6 Main battery
7 Hard-disk drive
assembly
8 Palmrest
assembly
9 Keyboard
10 Display assembly
The following sections provide instructions for removing and replacing field-replaceable parts and assemblies.
Hard-Disk Drive Assembly
Figure 6. Hard-Disk Drive Assembly
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1 5-mm screw
2 Hard-disk
drive bezel
To remove the hard-disk drive assembly, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, remove the power cable, the battery, and the second battery (if
installed) before you service the computer.
NOTICE: The hard-disk drive is very sensitive to shock. Handle the assembly by its edges (do not squeeze the top
of the hard-disk drive case), and avoid dropping it.
NOTICE: Make sure that the work surface is clean to prevent scratching the computer cover.
1. Turn the computer over, and remove the 5-mm screw from the center of the
hard-disk drive bezel (see Figure 6).
The drive is on the left side of the computer.
2. Slide the drive bezel up and pull the drive out of the computer.
Media Bay Devices
You can install the following devices in the media bay:
●
Diskette drive
●
CD-ROM drive
●
DVD-ROM drive
●
SuperDisk LS-120 drive
●
Battery
●
Travel module
Figure 7. Media Bay Device Removal
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Unlock
1 icon
2 Media
bay latch
To remove a media bay device, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: Make sure that the work surface is clean to prevent scratching the computer cover.
1. Close the display and turn the computer over.
2. Push the media bay latch toward the unlock icon.
Keep holding the latch open while pulling the device out of the media bay with the other hand (see Figure 7).
Memory Module Cover
To remove the memory module cover, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, remove the power cable, the battery, and the second battery (if
installed) before you service the computer.
NOTICE: Make sure that the work surface is clean to prevent scratching the computer cover.
1. Close the display, and turn the computer upside down on a flat work surface.
2. Release the memory module cover.
Insert a flat-bladed screwdriver under the indentation in the bottom case assembly and lift the cover.
Memory Modules
Figure 8. Memory Module Removal
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1 DIMM A
2 DIMM B
3 Memory module sockets (2)
4 Inner tabs (2 per socket)
To remove a memory module, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, remove the power cable, the battery, and the second battery (if
installed) before you service the computer.
1. Remove the memory module cover.
NOTICE: To avoid possible damage to the memory module from electrostatic discharge (ESD), ground yourself by touching
the unpainted metal surface of an I/O connector on the computer’s back panel.
2. To release a memory module from its socket, carefully spread apart the inner tabs of the memory module socket just
far enough for the memory module to disengage from the socket (it should pop up slightly) (see Figure 8).
3. Lift the memory module out of its socket.
To install a memory module, perform the following steps:
NOTICE: If you only have one memory module, install it in the DIMM A socket. Memory modules are keyed, or
designed to fit into their sockets, in only one direction. The slots on the system board are notched so that the
memory module can be firmly seated only one way.
1. Align the memory module’s edge connector with the slot in the center of the memory module socket.
2. With the module at a 45-degree angle, press the memory module’s edge connector firmly into the memory module
socket.
3. Pivot the memory module down until it clicks into place.
If you do not hear a click as each end of the memory module snaps into the tabs, remove the memory module
and reinstall it
NOTE: The 192-megabyte (MB) memory modules are designed for either the socket labeled DIMM A or the socket
labeled DIMM B; however, they are not interchangeable. Be sure that the memory module is inserted with the
double-stacked memory chips facing you. A 192-MB memory module inserted with the double-stacked memory
chips facing down does not fit properly in the socket.
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Keyboard Assembly
To remove the keyboard assembly, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, remove the power cable, the battery, and the second battery (if
installed) before you service the computer.
NOTICE: Make sure that the work surface is clean to prevent scratching the computer cover.
1. Close the display assembly, and turn the computer upside down on a flat work surface.
Figure 9. Removing the Keyboard Assembly Screws
1 10-mm
screws (7)
2. Remove the seven 10-mm screws, labeled with a "circle K," that secure the keyboard to the computer (see Figure 9).
3. Turn the computer right-side up and open the display.
NOTICE: The keycaps on the keyboard are fragile, easily dislodged, and time-consuming to replace. Be careful
when removing and handling the keyboard.
4. Release the keyboard from the palmrest assembly by inserting a small flat-blade screwdriver under the edge of the
blank key (see Figure 10), and lift the right edge of the keyboard.
Figure 10. Keyboard Assembly Removal
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1 Scalloped edge if blank key
2 Palmrest
3 Keyboard
4 Track stick
5. Lift the keyboard out of the palmrest.
6. Rotate the keyboard over its left edge.
7. Rest the key face of the keyboard on the left side of the computer (see Figure 11).
Figure 11. Keyboard and Track Stick Cables
Keyboard
1 cable
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2 Track stick
cable
8. Disconnect the keyboard cable from the connector on the system board.
The keyboard cable is the wide, flexible cable.
9. Carefully disconnect the track stick cable from the ZIF connector on the palmrest’s flexible printed circuit (FPC).
10. Remove the keyboard assembly.
To replace the keyboard assembly, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: Position the track stick and keyboard cables so that they are not twisted when connected to the system
board.
1. Place the keyboard on the left side of the computer with its key face down (see Figure 11).
2. Connect the track stick cable to the ZIF connector.
Ensure that the contact side of the cable is down when you insert the cable into the ZIF connector.
3. Connect the keyboard cable to the connector on the system board.
4. Carefully turn the keyboard over and fit the keyboard into place.
Ensure that the track stick and keyboard cables are not twisted as you lower the keyboard into the palmrest.
5. To push the keyboard down, press on the blank key located below the <Shift> key on the right side of the keyboard.
6. Check that the keyboard is correctly installed.
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The keys should be flush with the left and right surfaces of the palmrest.
7. Reinstall the seven 10-mm screws.
Start by installing the outermost screws on the left and right sides of the computer, and then work inward to the
center.
Microprocessor Module
Figure 12. Microprocessor Module Removal
1 Captive screws (3)
2 Thermal cooling assembly arm
3 Microprocessor module
4 White marks on the
microprocessor board
5 Microprocessor shield
6 3-mm screws (2)
To remove the microprocessor module, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, the power cable, battery, and second battery (if installed) must be
removed before you service the computer.
1. Remove the main battery.
2. Remove the keyboard assembly.
NOTICE: To ensure maximum cooling for the microprocessor, do not touch the heat transfer areas on the thermal
cooling assembly (TCA). The oils in your skin reduce the heat transfer capability of the thermal pads.
3. Remove the two 3-mm screws on the microprocessor shield that secure the thermal cooling assembly to the
microprocessor module (see Figure 12).
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4. Loosen the three captive screws securing the microprocessor shield to the microprocessor module.
5. Remove the microprocessor shield.
6. Rotate the arm of the thermal cooling assembly up and away from the microprocessor module.
NOTICE: When removing the microprocessor module, pull the module straight up. Do not move the tool from side to side to
extract the processor board.
7. Use a microprocessor extractor tool to remove the microprocessor module.
The tool fits on the left side of the module aligned with white marks on the front and back edge of the processor
board (see Figure 12).
Replacing the Microprocessor Module
NOTICE: Proper seating of the microprocessor module requires a considerable amount of force (approximately 35
pounds [16 kilograms]) applied above the module connector. A microprocessor module that is not properly seated
can result in an intermittent connection and subsequent failures.
1. Align the microprocessor connector on the left side of the board and press down firmly on the metal plate that is
directly over the connector.
When the microprocessor module is seated, all four corners must be at the same height. If one or more corners
of the module are higher than the others, the module is not seated correctly.
2. To ensure the microprocessor module is fully seated, apply pressure directly over the corner without the mounting
screw hole.
3. Rotate the arm of the thermal cooling assembly into place.
4. Replace the microprocessor shield.
5. Replace the two 3-mm screws that secure the thermal cooling assembly arm and shield to the microprocessor
module.
6. Tighten the three captive screws on the corners of the shield to secure the microprocessor module and shield.
Display Assembly
Figure 13. Display Assembly
1 4-mm screws (3)
2 Snap tab
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3 Bottom case
assembly
4 Snap tab
5 LCD flex cable
6 Hinge cover
7 Display assembly
To remove the display assembly, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, the power cable, battery, and second battery (if installed) must be
removed before you service the computer.
NOTICE: Do not remove the palmrest before you remove the display.
1. Remove the keyboard assembly.
2. Close the display.
3. Remove the three 4-mm screws, labeled with a "circle D," from the back of the computer (see Figure 13).
4. Open the display.
5. Disconnect the liquid crystal display (LCD) flex cable from the connector on the system board by pulling
the connector straight up.
6. Lift the display assembly from the bottom case assembly.
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7. Pry the hinge cover loose at the seam from the snap tabs on the bottom assembly (see Figure 13).
Display Assembly Bezel
Figure 14. 14.1-Inch Display Assembly
1 Display assembly bezel
6 Hinge cover
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2 Latch
7 LCD panel
3 3-mm screws (6)
8 Plastic screw covers (2)
4 Display-assembly top
cover
9 4-mm screws (6)
5 LCD flex cable
10 Rubber screw covers (4)
To remove the display assembly bezel, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, remove the power cable, the battery, and the second battery (if
installed) before you service the computer.
1. Use a scribe to carefully pry the four rubber screw covers out of the four screw holes located at the top of the bezel
on the front of the display assembly.
2. Remove the four 4-mm screws located at the top of the bezel on the front of the display assembly (see Figure 14).
3. Use a scribe to carefully pry the two plastic screw covers out of the two screw holes located at the bottom of the bezel
on the front of the display assembly.
4. Remove the two 4-mm screws from the bottom of the bezel.
NOTICE: The bezel tabs are fragile. Handle the bezel carefully to avoid breaking the tabs off.
5. Separate the bezel from the display-assembly top cover.
The bezel is secured by three tabs on the left and right side of the display-assembly top cover.
14.1-Inch Display LCD Panel
Removing the 14.1-Inch Display LCD Panel
To remove the 14.1-inch display LCD panel, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, remove the power cable, the battery, and the second battery (if
installed) before you service the computer.
1. Remove the main battery.
2. Remove the keyboard assembly.
3. Remove the display assembly.
4. Remove the display assembly bezel.
5. Remove the three 3-mm screws on the left side of the LCD panel and the three 3-mm screws on the right side of the
LCD panel (see Figure 14).
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6. Lift and rotate the top of the LCD panel out of the top cover.
7. Disconnect the ZIF connector and the display-assembly interface cable connector (see Figure 4).
8. Lift the LCD panel out of the top cover.
NOTES: Remove and replace the LCD panel as a complete assembly.
Use a magnetic screwdriver to reassemble the LCD panel in the display. Secure the right side first.
Removing the 14.1-Inch LCD Flex Cable
1. Remove the 4-mm screw securing the metal cable clip to the left hinge of the display-assembly top cover (see Figure
14).
2. Remove the cable out from under the plastic strain-relief retainer located on the bottom of the display-assembly hinge
cover.
3. Remove the clip from the bottom of the hinge cover located at the bottom of the display assembly.
4. Pry the hinge-cover assembly apart from the display assembly, allowing just enough space for the flex cable to pass
through the opening.
5. Slide the cable through the opening.
12.1-Inch Display LCD Panel
Figure 15. 12.1-Inch Display Assembly
1 Display
assembly
bezel
2 Back-light
plug
3 Latch
4 Inverter
5 ZIF
connector
6 3-mm screws
(3)
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7 Displayassembly top
cover
8 LCD flex
cable
9 LCD panel
10 5-mm screws
(4)
11 Plastic screw
covers (2)
12 4-mm screws
(6)
13 Rubber
screw covers
(4)
Removing the 12.1-Inch Display LCD Panel
To remove the 12.1-inch display LCD panel, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, remove the power cable, the battery, and the second battery (if
installed) before you service the computer.
1. Remove the main battery.
2. Remove the keyboard assembly.
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3. Remove the display assembly.
4. Remove the display assembly bezel.
5. Remove the four 5-mm screws securing the LCD panel to the top cover (see Figure 15).
6. Disconnect the two-wire backlight plug from the connector on the inverter.
7. Lift the LCD panel and carefully disconnect the flex cable from the connector on the left edge of the LCD panel.
8. Remove the LCD panel from the top cover.
Removing the 12.1-Inch LCD Panel Inverter
1. Disconnect the LCD flex cable from the ZIF connector on the inverter.
2. Remove the three 3-mm screws securing the inverter to the top cover.
3. Remove the inverter from the top cover.
Removing the 12.1-Inch LCD Flex Cable
1. Remove the 4-mm screw securing the metal cable clip to the left hinge of the display-assembly top cover (see Figure
15).
2. Remove the cable out from under the plastic strain-relief retainer located on the bottom of the display-assembly hinge
cover.
3. Remove the flex-cable clip from the bottom of the hinge cover located at the bottom of the display assembly.
4. Pry the hinge-cover assembly apart from the display assembly, allowing just enough space for the flex cable to pass
through the opening.
5. Slide the cable through the opening.
Replacing the 12.1-Inch LCD Flex Cable
1. Pry the hinge-cover assembly apart from the display assembly, allowing just enough space for the flex cable to pass
through the opening.
2. Slide the cable through the opening.
3. Attach the flex-cable clip to the bottom of the hinge cover located at the bottom of the display assembly.
4. Slide the flex cable under the plastic strain-relief retainer located on the bottom of the display-assembly hinge cover.
5. Reinstall the 4-mm screw that secures the metal cable clip to the left hinge of the display-assembly top cover.
6. Find the manufacturer’s name on the back of the LCD panel that is to be installed. The manufacturer is either Torisan
or Sharp.
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NOTICE: The LCD flex cable must be folded correctly before the cable connector can be attached to
the connector on the LCD panel.
7. Fold the LCD flex cable at the crease shown in Figure 16, so that the name of the LCD panel manufacturer faces up.
The connectors on the Torisan and Sharp LCD panels are mounted in the reverse of each other. This means
that pin 1 on the Torisan panel connector is at the opposite end when compared to pin 1 on the Sharp panel
connector. Both panels have the same connector, but the connector is mounted differently.
The LCD flex cable can connect to either panel by making one fold to the cable. The words Torisan and Sharp
are printed on the cable (see Figure 16). If you are installing a Torisan LCD panel, fold the cable at the crease
so the word Torisan is facing up. If you are installing a Sharp LCD panel, fold the cable at the crease so the
word Sharp is facing up.
Figure 16. 12.1-Inch LCD Flex Cable
1 Curled back to connect to
panel
2 LCD manufacturer name
3 Crease (underneath)
4 Crease (on top)
Replacing the 12.1-Inch LCD Panel Inverter
To replace the 12.1-inch display LCD panel inverter, perform the following steps:
1. Find the manufacturer’s name on the back of the LCD panel that is to be installed. The manufacturer is either Torisan
or Sharp.
NOTICE: The inverter jumpers must be configured to match the LCD panel that is installed. Improper
jumper configuration can cause damage to the LCD panel.
2. Ensure that the inverter’s configuration jumpers are set correctly (see Figure 17).
If you are installing a Sharp LCD panel, both jumpers are used. If you are installing a Torisan LCD panel, the
bottom jumper is used. See the sticker on the inverter shield for more information.
Figure 17. 12.1-Inch LCD Inverter
1 Backlight connector
2 Label
3 Inverter
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4 Jumpers
5 ZIF connector
3. Place the inverter in the cover top.
4. Reinstall the three 3-mm screws that secure the inverter to the top cover.
5. Connect the LCD flex cable to the ZIF connector on the inverter.
Replacing the 12.1-Inch LCD Panel
1. Find the manufacturer’s name on the back of the LCD panel that is to be installed.
The manufacturer is either Torisan or Sharp.
2. Make sure that the LCD flex cable is folded correctly to accommodate the LCD panel being installed.
For more information, see "Replacing the 12.1-Inch LCD Flex Cable."
3. Verify that the inverter jumpers are set to accommodate the LCD panel being installed.
For more information, see "Replacing the 12.1-Inch LCD Panel Inverter."
4. Place the bottom edge of the LCD panel in the bottom of the top cover, and elevate the top of the panel with your
hand.
NOTICE: The LCD flex cable must be folded correctly before the cable connector can be attached to
the connector on the LCD panel (see Figure 16).
5. Carefully connect the LCD flex cable to the connector on the left edge of the LCD panel.
The flex cable must be curled back to connect to the LCD panel (see Figure 16).
Do not force the LCD flex cable into the connector. If you have trouble, check to make sure the LCD flex cable
is folded correctly and try again.
6. Lay the LCD panel in the top cover.
7. Connect the two-wire backlight plug to the connector on the inverter.
When the plug is all the way in the connector, the key slot in the center of the plug should not be visible. If you
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can see the key slot, the plug is not in the connector correctly. Pull the plug out, turn the plug over, and reinsert
it into the connector.
8. Reinstall the four 5-mm screws to secure the LCD panel to the top cover.
Display Assembly Latch
To remove the display assembly latch, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, remove the power cable, the battery, and the second battery (if
installed) before you service the computer.
1. Remove the display assembly bezel.
2. Remove the LCD panel.
3. Remove the display assembly latch by unsnapping the latch and captive spring from the inside of the displayassembly top cover (see Figure 14).
Palmrest Assembly
The palmrest assembly consists of the touch pad and the palmrest. To remove the palmrest assembly, perform the following
steps.
NOTICE: The reserve battery provides power to the computer’s RTC and NVRAM when the computer is turned off.
Removing the palmrest disconnects the reserve battery and causes the computer to lose the date and time
information as well as all user-specified parameters in NVRAM. If possible, make a copy of this information before
you disconnect the reserve battery.
Figure 18. Removing the Palmrest Assembly Screws
1 20-mm
screws
(5)
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NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, remove the power cable, the battery, and the second battery (if
installed) before you service the computer.
1. Remove the main battery.
2. Remove the device from the media bay.
3. Remove the keyboard assembly.
NOTICE: The display assembly must be removed before you can remove the palmrest.
4. Remove the display assembly.
NOTICE: Make sure that the work surface is clean to prevent scratching the computer cover.
5. Turn the computer upside down on a flat work surface.
6. Remove the five 20-mm screws that secure the palmrest to the computer.
These screws, labeled with a "circle P," are located underneath the front edge of the computer (see Figure 18).
7. Turn the computer right-side up on the work surface.
8. Disconnect the palmrest flexible cable from the touch-pad connector on the system board (see Figure 19).
Figure 19. Palmrest Assembly Removal
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1 Palmrest flexible cable
2 Bottom case assembly
3 Touch-pad connector
4 Palmrest assembly
9. Carefully remove the palmrest assembly from the bottom case assembly (see Figure 19).
Reserve Battery
To remove the reserve battery, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: The reserve battery provides power to the computer’s RTC and NVRAM when the computer is turned off.
Removing the battery causes the computer to lose the date and time information as well as all user-specified
parameters in NVRAM. If possible, make a copy of this information before you remove the reserve battery.
1. Remove the main battery.
2. Remove the device from the media bay.
3. Remove the keyboard assembly.
4. Remove the display assembly.
5. Remove the palmrest assembly.
6. Turn the palmrest assembly over.
7. Remove the two 4-mm screws securing the palmrest bracket.
8. Lift the palmrest bracket and turn it over, taking care not to twist the touch-pad cable.
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9. Disconnect the reserve battery cable from the connector on the palmrest bracket.
10. Remove the reserve battery from the palmrest bracket:
a. Tear the reserve battery free from the foam pad.
b. Remove the remnants of the foam pad from the palmrest bracket.
NOTE: When you replace the reserve battery, first connect the reserve battery cable to the connector
on the palmrest bracket. Then position the reserve battery on the palmrest bracket to minimize slack in
the cable.
Bay Latch Assemblies
Figure 20. Bay Latch Assemblies
1 Bay latches (2)
2 Springs (2)
3 Bottom case
assembly
4 Bay latch buttons (2)
5 Location of snap tabs
(2)
6 Sliders (2)
To remove the bay latch assemblies, perform the following steps:
1. Remove the main battery.
2. Remove the device from the media bay.
3. Remove the keyboard assembly.
4. Remove the display assembly.
5. Remove the palmrest assembly.
6. Remove the left bay-latch button from the outside of the bottom case assembly by carefully squeezing the snap tabs
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to unsnap the latch.
Keep pressure applied to the bay latch and spring while unsnapping the snap tabs to prevent the bay latch
assembly from coming loose from the case. If the bay latch assembly does come loose from the case, perform
the following steps:
a. Carefully reinsert the spring onto the slider on the bay latch, and reinstall the bay latch into the holding
features on the inside of the case.
b. Ensure that the slider is inserted in its respective hole, that the side of the latch with the two bumps is
facing the back of the case, and that the surface with the wear ribs is facing the bottom of the case (see
Figure 21).
7. Snap in the new latch button from the bottom of the case, making certain its snap tabs are fully engaged in the bay
latch.
8. Ensure that the newly installed latch moves smoothly and freely when pushed and released.
9. Repeat steps 6 through 8 for the latch on the right side.
Figure 21. Left Bay Latch and Spring
1 Bump side
2 Wear ribs (2)
Modem Assembly
The modem assembly is optional. If present, you must remove the modem before you can remove the system board (see
Figure 22).
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, you must remove the main battery before you service the computer.
Removing the Modem Assembly
1. Remove the main battery and secondary battery (if present).
2. Remove the keyboard assembly.
3. Remove the display assembly.
4. Remove the palmrest assembly.
5. Remove the 10-mm screw and washer securing the modem assembly.
Figure 22. Modem Assembly
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1 Modem
2 Case plug for modem
3 System board connector
for modem
Replacing the Modem Assembly
1. Press the RJ11 connector of the modem assembly into the hole in the bottom case assembly.
2. Carefully align and press the modem into the system board connector.
3. Replace the internal modem 10-mm screw and washer (see Figure 22).
System Board Assembly
The system board’s basic input/output system (BIOS) chip contains the system service tag number, which is also visible on
a bar-code label on the bottom of the computer. The replacement kit for the system board assembly includes a diskette that
provides a utility for transferring the service tag number to the replacement system board assembly.
To remove the system board assembly, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, remove the power cable, the battery, and the second battery (if
installed) before you service the computer.
1. Remove the main battery.
2. Remove the device from the media bay.
3. Remove the keyboard assembly.
4. Remove the display assembly.
5. Remove the palmrest assembly.
6. Remove the microprocessor module.
7. Remove any PC Cards or plastic blanks from the PC Card slot.
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8. Verify that the PC Card ejectors do not extend from the PC Card slot.
9. Remove the following two screws from the system board assembly (see Figure 23):
●
●
The 4-mm screw with captive washer located on the far left side of the computer between the hard-disk
drive assembly and the PC Card slot.
The 4-mm screw with captive washer located on the far right side of the computer in front of the thermal
cooling assembly (TCA) and to the right of the microprocessor module.
NOTE: Locate these screws by looking for the white circles on the system board that outline the
captive washers.
Figure 23. System Board Assembly
1 System board assembly
2 Bottom case assembly
3 4-mm screws with captive
washers (2)
10. Lift the system board assembly out of the bottom case assembly.
Be sure to transfer the memory module(s) to the replacement system-board assembly.
Insert the diskette that accompanied the replacement system board assembly into the diskette drive, and turn on the
computer. Follow the instructions on the display screen.
After replacing the system board assembly, be sure to enter the system’s service tag number into the BIOS of the
replacement system-board assembly.
Thermal Cooling Assembly
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Figure 24. Thermal Cooling Assembly
1 4-mm screws (2)
2 Thermal cooling assembly and
exhaust fan
To remove the thermal cooling assembly, perform the following steps.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, remove the power cable, the battery, and the
second battery (if installed) before you service the computer.
1. Remove the main battery.
2. Remove the device from the media bay.
3. Remove the keyboard assembly.
4. Remove the display assembly.
5. Remove the palmrest assembly.
6. Remove the microprocessor module.
7. Remove the modem (if present).
8. Remove the system board assembly.
9. Disconnect the exhaust-fan power cable from the connector on the system board.
10. Remove the two 4-mm screws securing the thermal cooling assembly and exhaust fan, and then remove the thermal
cooling assembly and exhaust fan (see Figure 24).
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