Dell 02T7WRA02 Laptop User Manual

INSPIRON
™
SETUP GUIDE
INSPIRON
™
SETUP GUIDE
Regulatory model: P11G series Regulatory type: P11G001
Notes, Cautions, and Warnings
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are not applicable.
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May 2010 P/N 2T7WR Rev. A02

Contents
Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop������������������5
Back View Features �������������������������������������� 27
Before Setting Up Your Computer ���������������� 5
Status Lights and Indicators������������������������ 28
Connect the AC Adapter �������������������������������� 6
Computer Base and Keyboard
Features���������������������������������������������������������� 30
Connect the Network Cable (Optional)���������� 7
Press the Power Button���������������������������������� 8
Touch Pad Gestures�������������������������������������� 32
Set Up the Operating System�������������������������� 9
Multimedia Control Keys ������������������������������ 34
Create System Recovery Media
(Recommended) �������������������������������������������� 10
Using the Optical Drive �������������������������������� 36
Display Features�������������������������������������������� 38
Install the SIM Card (Optional) �������������������� 12
Removing and Replacing the Battery���������� 40
Enable or Disable Wireless (Optional)�������� 14
Software Features ���������������������������������������� 42
Set Up Wireless Display (Optional)�������������� 16
Dell DataSafe Online Backup ���������������������� 43
Connect to the Internet (Optional) �������������� 17
Dell Dock�������������������������������������������������������� 44
Using Your Inspiron Laptop ������������������������22
Solving Problems ����������������������������������������45
Right View Features�������������������������������������� 22
Beep Codes���������������������������������������������������� 45
Left View Features ���������������������������������������� 24
Network Problems ���������������������������������������� 46
Front View Features�������������������������������������� 26
Power Problems�������������������������������������������� 47
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Memory Problems ���������������������������������������� 49
Online Services���������������������������������������������� 69
Lockups and Software Problems����������������� 49
Automated Order-Status Service ���������������� 70
Using Support Tools ������������������������������������52
Product Information�������������������������������������� 70
Dell Support Center �������������������������������������� 52
Returning Items for Repair Under
Warranty or for Credit ���������������������������������� 71
My Dell Downloads���������������������������������������� 53
System Messages������������������������������������������ 53
Hardware Troubleshooter ���������������������������� 55
Dell Diagnostics �������������������������������������������� 55
Restoring Your Operating System ������������59
System Restore���������������������������������������������� 60
Dell DataSafe Local Backup ������������������������ 61
System Recovery Media ������������������������������ 64
Dell Factory Image Restore�������������������������� 65
Getting Help��������������������������������������������������67
Technical Support and Customer
Service������������������������������������������������������������ 68
DellConnect �������������������������������������������������� 68
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Before You Call���������������������������������������������� 72
Contacting Dell���������������������������������������������� 74
Finding More Information and
Resources ����������������������������������������������������76
Specifications����������������������������������������������78
Appendix ������������������������������������������������������86
Macrovision Product Notice������������������������ 86
Information for NOM, or Official
Mexican Standard (Only for Mexico)���������� 87
Index��������������������������������������������������������������88
This section provides information about setting
up your Dell™ Inspiron™ laptop.
Before Setting Up Your
Computer
When positioning your computer, ensure that
you allow easy access to a power source,
adequate ventilation, and a level surface to
place your computer.
Restricting airflow around your laptop may
cause it to overheat. To prevent overheating
ensure that you leave at least 10.2 cm (4 inches)
at the back of the computer and a minimum of
5.1 cm (2 inches) on all other sides. You should
never place your computer in an enclosed
space, such as a cabinet or drawer when it is
powered on.
WARNING: Do not block, push objects
into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air
vents. Do not place your Dell™ computer
in a low-airflow environment, such as a
closed briefcase, while it is powered on.
Restricting the airflow can damage the
computer or cause a fire. The computer
turns on the fan when the computer gets
hot. Fan noise is normal and does not
indicate a problem with the fan or the
computer.
CAUTION: Placing or stacking heavy or
sharp objects on the computer may result
in permanent damage to the computer.
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Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop
Connect the AC Adapter
Connect the AC adapter to the computer and then plug it into an electrical outlet or surge protector.
WARNING: The AC adapter works with electrical outlets worldwide. However, power
connectors and power strips vary among countries. Using an incompatible cable or
improperly connecting the cable to a power strip or electrical outlet may cause fire or
permanent damage to your computer.
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Connect the Network Cable (Optional)
To use a wired network connection, connect the network cable.
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Press the Power Button
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Set Up the Operating System
Your Dell computer is preconfigured with the operating system you selected at the time of purchase.
Set Up Microsoft Windows
To set up Microsoft® Windows® for the first time, follow the instructions on the screen. These
steps are mandatory and may take some time to complete. The Windows setup screens will take
you through several procedures including accepting license agreements, setting preferences, and
setting up an Internet connection.
CAUTION: Do not interrupt the operating system’s setup process. Doing so may render your
computer unusable and you will need to reinstall the operating system.
NOTE: For optimal performance of your computer, it is recommended that you download and
install the latest BIOS and drivers for your computer available at support.dell.com.
NOTE: For more information on the operating system and features, see
support.dell.com/MyNewDell.
Set Up Ubuntu
To set up Ubuntu® for the first time, follow the instructions on the screen. See the Ubuntu
documentation for more operating system specific information.
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Create System Recovery Media (Recommended)
NOTE: It is recommended that you create a system recovery media as soon as you set up
Microsoft Windows.
The system recovery media can be used to restore your computer to the operating state it was in
when you purchased the computer, while preserving data files (without the need of the Operating
System disc). You can use the system recovery media if changes to the hardware, software, drivers,
or other system settings have left the computer in an undesirable operating state.
You will require the following to create the system recovery media:
•Dell DataSafe Local Backup
•USB key with a minimum memory of 8 GB or DVD-R/DVD+R/Blu-ray Disc™
NOTE: Dell DataSafe Local Backup does not support rewritable discs.
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To create a system recovery media:
1. Ensure that the AC adapter is connected (see “Connect the AC Adapter” on page 6).
2. Insert the disc or USB key in the computer.
3. Click Start
→ Programs→ Dell DataSafe Local Backup.
4. Click Create Recovery Media.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
NOTE: For information on using the system recovery media, see “System Recovery Media” on
page 64.
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Install the SIM Card (Optional)
NOTE: Installing a SIM is not required if you are using an EVDO card to access the Internet.
Installing a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card on your computer allows you to connect to the
Internet. To access the Internet you must be within the network of your cellular service provider.
To install the SIM card:
1. Turn off your computer.
2. Remove the battery (see “Removing and Replacing the Battery” on page 40).
3. In the battery bay, slide the SIM card into the SIM card slot.
4. Replace the battery (see “Removing and Replacing the Battery” on page 40).
5. Turn on your computer.
To remove the SIM card, press and eject the SIM card.
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battery bay
SIM card slot
SIM card
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2
3
3
2
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Enable or Disable Wireless (Optional)
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NOTE: The wireless feature is available on your computer only if you ordered a WLAN card
at the time of purchase. For more information on the cards supported by your computer, see
“Specifications” on page 78.
To enable wireless:
1. Ensure that your computer is turned on.
2. Press the wireless key
on the keyboard.
A confirmation of your selection appears on the screen.
Wireless enabled
Wireless disabled
To disable wireless:
Press the wireless key
on the keyboard again to turn off all radios.
NOTE: The wireless key allows you to quickly turn off wireless radios, such as when you are
asked to disable all wireless radios on an airplane flight.
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Set Up Wireless Display
(Optional)
NOTE: Wireless display may not be
supported on all computers.
Wireless display can only be set up on
computers with:
Processor
Intel® Core™ i3 and above
Video
Intel HD Graphics
WLAN
card
Intel Centrino® 6200 or Intel
Centrino Advanced-N + WiMAX
6250
Operating
system
Windows 7 Home Premium,
Professional, or Ultimate
Driver
Download and install the latest
driver for “Intel Wireless
Display Connection Manager”
available at support.dell.com.
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To set up wireless display on your computer:
1. Ensure that your computer is turned on.
2. Ensure that wireless is enabled (see “Enable
or Disable Wireless” on page 14).
3. Connect the wireless display adapter to the TV.
NOTE: The wireless display adapter does
not ship with your computer and must be
purchased separately.
4. Turn on the TV.
5. Select the appropriate video source for your
TV, such as HDMI1, HDMI2, or S-Video.
6. Click the Intel® Wireless Display
icon on
the desktop.
The Intel® Wireless Display window
appears.
7. Select Scan for available displays.
8. Select your wireless display adapter from
the Detected wireless displays list.
9. Enter the security code that appears on your TV.
Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop
To enable wireless display:
1. Click the Intel® Wireless Display
icon on
the desktop.
The Intel® Wireless Display window
appears.
2. Select Connect to Existing Adapter.
NOTE: For more information about wireless
display, see the wireless display adapter
documentation.
Connect to the Internet
(Optional)
To connect to the Internet, you need an external
modem or network connection and an Internet
Service Provider (ISP).
If an external USB modem or WLAN adapter
is not a part of your original order, you can
purchase one at www.dell.com.
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Setting Up a Wired Connection
•If you are using a dial-up connection,
connect the telephone line to the optional
external USB modem and to the telephone
wall connector before you set up your
Internet connection.
•If you are using a DSL or cable/satellite
modem connection, contact your ISP
or cellular telephone service for setup
instructions.
To complete setting up your wired Internet
connection, follow the instructions in “Setting
Up Your Internet Connection” on page 19.
Setting Up a Wireless Connection
NOTE: To set up your wireless router, see
the documentation that shipped with your
router.
Before you can use your wireless Internet
connection, you need to connect to your
wireless router.
To set up your connection to a wireless router:
Windows Vista®
1. Ensure that wireless is enabled on your
computer (see “Enable or Disable Wireless”
on page 14).
2. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
3. Click Start
→ Connect To.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the setup.
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Windows® 7
Setting Up Your Internet Connection
1. Ensure that wireless is enabled on your
computer (see “Enable or Disable Wireless”
on page 14).
2. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
3. Click Start
→ Control Panel.
4. In the search box, type network, and
then click Network and Sharing Center→
Connect to a network.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the setup.
ISPs and ISP offerings vary by country. Contact
your ISP for offerings available in your country.
If you cannot connect to the Internet but have
successfully connected in the past, the ISP
might have a service outage. Contact your ISP
to check the service status, or try connecting
again later.
Have your ISP information ready. If you do not
have an ISP, the Connect to the Internet wizard
can help you get one.
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To set up your Internet connection:
Windows Vista
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start
→ Control Panel.
3. In the search box, type network, and then
click Network and Sharing Center→ Set up
a connection or network→ Connect to the
Internet.
The Connect to the Internet window appears.
NOTE: If you do not know which type of
connection to select, click Help me choose
or contact your ISP.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen and
use the setup information provided by your
ISP to complete the setup.
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Windows 7
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start
→ Control Panel.
3. In the search box, type network, and then
click Network and Sharing Center→ Set up
a new connection or network→ Connect to
the Internet.
The Connect to the Internet window appears.
NOTE: If you do not know which type of
connection to select, click Help me choose
or contact your ISP.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen and
use the setup information provided by your
ISP to complete the setup.
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This section provides information about the features available on your Inspiron™ laptop.
Right View Features
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1 Optical drive — Plays or records CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs.
For more information, see “Using the Optical Drive” on page 36.
2 Optical drive light — Blinks when you press the optical drive eject button or when you insert a
disc and it is being read.
3 Optical drive eject button — Opens the optical drive when pressed.
4
Audio out/Headphone connector — Connects to a pair of headphones or to a powered
speaker or sound system.
5
Audio in/Microphone connector — Connects to a microphone or inputs signal for use
with audio programs.
6
USB 2.0 connector — Connects to USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, printer,
external drive, or MP3 player.
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Left View Features
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2
Network connector — Connects your computer to a network or a broadband device if
you are using a wired network.
HDMI connector — Connects to a TV for both 5.1 audio and video signals.
NOTE: When used with a monitor, only the video signal is read.
3
eSATA/USB combo connector — Connects to eSATA compatible storage devices (such
as external hard drives or optical drives) or USB devices (such as a mouse, keyboard, printer,
external drive, or MP3 player).
4
7-in-1 Media Card Reader — Provides a fast and convenient way to view and
share digital photos, music, videos, and documents stored on the memory cards.
NOTE: Your computer ships with a plastic blank installed in the media card slot. Blanks protect
unused slots from dust and other particles. Save the blank for use when no media card is
installed in the slot; blanks from other computers may not fit your computer.
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Front View Features
1 2 3
1
Power indicator light — Indicates the power states. For more information on the power
indicator light status, see “Status Lights and Indicators” on page 28.
2
Hard drive activity light — Turns on when the computer reads or writes data. A blinking
light indicates hard drive activity.
CAUTION: To avoid loss of data, never turn off the computer while the hard drive activity
light is flashing.
3
Battery status light — Indicates the battery charge status. For more information on the
battery status light, see “Status Lights and Indicators” on page 28.
NOTE: The battery is charging when the computer is powered using an AC adapter.
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Back View Features
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2
3
4
1
AC adapter connector — Connects to the AC adapter to power the computer and charge
the battery.
2
USB 2.0 connector — Connects to USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, printer,
external drive, or MP3 player.
3
VGA connector — Connects to a monitor or projector.
4 Security cable slot — Attaches a commercially available security cable to the computer.
NOTE: Before you buy a security cable, ensure that it fits into the security cable slot on your
computer.
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Status Lights and Indicators
Battery Status Light
AC adapter
Battery
Indicator light status
Computer state(s)
Battery charge level
solid white
on/standby/off/
hibernate
<=98%
off
on/standby/off/
hibernate
>98%
solid amber
on/standby
<=10%
off
on/standby/off/
hibernate
off/hibernate
>10%
<=10%
NOTE: The battery is charging when the computer is powered using the AC adapter.
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Power Button Light/Power Indicator Light
Indicator light status
Computer state(s)
solid white
on
breathing white
standby
off
off/hibernate
NOTE: For information on power problems, see “Power Problems” on page 47.
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Computer Base and Keyboard Features
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Power button and light — Turns the computer on or off when pressed. The light on the
button indicates the power states. For more information on the power button light status, see
“Status Lights and Indicators” on page 28.
2 Function key row — The wireless enable or disable key, brightness increase and decrease
keys, multimedia keys, and the touch pad enable or disable key are located in this row.
For more information on the multimedia keys, see “Multimedia Control Keys” on page 34.
3 Touch pad — Provides the functionality of a mouse to move the cursor, drag or move selected
items, and right-click or left-click by tapping the surface.
The touch pad supports the Scroll, Flick, Zoom, and Rotate gestures. To change the touch pad
settings, double-click the Dell Touch pad icon in the notification area of the desktop. For more
information, see “Touch Pad Gestures” on page 32.
NOTE: To enable or disable the touch pad, press the
keyboard.
key on the function key row on the
4 Touch pad buttons (2) — Provide left-click and right-click functions like those on a mouse.
5 Analog microphone — Provides quality sound for video conferencing and voice recording.
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Touch Pad Gestures
Scroll
Flick
Allows you to scroll through content. The scroll
feature includes:
Allows you to flip content forward or backward
based on the direction of the flick.
Move three fingers quickly in
the desired direction to flip
content in the active window.
Auto Scroll Vertical — Allows you to scroll up
or down on the active window.
Move two fingers up or down
at a fast pace to activate
vertical auto scrolling.
Tap on the touch pad to stop
auto scrolling.
Auto Scroll Horizontal — Allows you to scroll
left or right on the active window.
Move two fingers to your left or
right at a fast pace to activate
horizontal auto scrolling.
Tap on the touch pad to stop
auto scrolling.
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Zoom
Rotate
Allows you to increase or decrease the
magnification of the screen content. The zoom
feature includes:
Allows you to rotate the active content on the
screen. The rotate feature includes:
Pinch — Allows you to zoom in or zoom out
by moving two fingers apart or bringing them
closer together on the touch pad.
To zoom in:
Move two fingers apart to
enlarge the view of the active
window.
Twist — Allows you to rotate active content in
90° increments using two fingers where one
finger is anchored and the other rotates.
Keeping the thumb in place,
move the index finger in
an arced direction right or
left to rotate the selected
item 90° clockwise or
counterclockwise.
To zoom out:
Move two fingers close
together to reduce the view of
the active window.
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Multimedia Control Keys
The multimedia control keys are located on the function key row on the keyboard. To use the
multimedia controls, press the required key. You can configure the multimedia control keys on the
keyboard using the System Setup (BIOS) Utility or the Windows Mobility Center.
System Setup (BIOS) Utility
To access the Function Key Behavior:
1. Press <F2> during POST (Power On Self Test) to enter the System Setup (BIOS) utility.
2. In the Function Key Behavior, select Multimedia Key First or Function Key First.
Multimedia Key First — This is the default option. Press any multimedia key to perform the
associated action. For function key, press <Fn> + the required function key.
Function Key First — Press any function key to perform the associated action.
For multimedia key, press <Fn> + the required multimedia key.
NOTE: The Multimedia Key First option is active only in the operating system.
Windows Mobility Center
3. Press the <
><X> keys to launch the Windows Mobility Center.
4. In the Function Key Row, select Function Key or Multimedia Key.
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Mute the sound
Play the previous track or chapter
Decrease the volume level
Play or pause
Increase the volume level
Play the next track or chapter
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Using the Optical Drive
CAUTION: Do not press down on the optical drive tray when you open or close it. Keep the
optical drive tray closed when you are not using the drive.
CAUTION: Do not move the computer while playing or recording a disc.
This optical drive plays or records CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs. Ensure that the side with print or
writing is facing up when placing discs on the optical drive tray.
To place a disc in the optical drive:
1. Press the eject button on the optical drive.
2. Pull out the optical drive tray.
3. Place the disc, label side up, in the center of the optical drive tray and snap the disc onto the
spindle.
4. Push the optical drive tray back into the drive.
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1
2
3
4
1 disc
2 spindle
3 optical drive tray
4 eject button
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Display Features
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1 Camera activity indicator — Indicates if the camera is on or off. A solid white light indicates
camera activity.
2 Camera — Built-in camera for video capture, conferencing, and chat.
3 Display — Your display can vary based on selections you made when purchasing your
computer. For more information about displays, see the Dell Technology Guide on your hard
drive or at support.dell.com/manuals.
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Removing and Replacing the Battery
WARNING: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety
instructions that shipped with your computer.
WARNING: Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or explosion. This
computer should only use a battery purchased from Dell. Do not use batteries from other
computers.
WARNING: Before removing the battery, shut down the computer, and remove external cables
(including the AC adapter).
To remove the battery:
1. Turn off the computer and turn it over.
2. Slide the battery lock latch until it clicks into place.
3. Slide the battery release latch to the unlock position.
4. Slide and lift the battery out of the battery bay.
To replace the battery:
1. Slide the battery into the battery bay, until it clicks into place.
2. Slide the battery lock latch to the lock position.
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1
2
3
battery lock latch
battery
battery release latch
3
2
1
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Software Features
NOTE: For more information about the
features described in this section, see the
Dell Technology Guide on your hard drive or
at support.dell.com/manuals.
FastAccess Facial Recognition
Your computer may have the FastAccess facial
recognition feature. This feature helps keep
your Dell computer secure by using the unique
appearance of your face to verify your identity
and automatically supply login information that
you would normally enter manually, such as a
user ID and password for a Windows account or
a secure web site. For more information, click
Start
→ Programs→ FastAccess.
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Productivity and Communication
You can use your computer to create
presentations, brochures, greeting cards, fliers,
and spreadsheets. You can also edit and view
digital photographs and images. Check your
purchase order for software installed on
your computer.
After connecting to the Internet, you can access
websites, setup an e-mail account, upload or
download files, and so on.
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Entertainment and Multimedia
You can use your computer to watch videos,
play games, create your own CDs/DVDs, and
listen to music and Internet radio stations.
You can download or copy pictures and video files
from portable devices, such as digital cameras
and cell phones. Optional software applications
enable you to organize and create music and
video files that can be recorded to disc, saved
on portable products such as MP3 players and
handheld entertainment devices, or played and
viewed directly on connected TVs, projectors,
and home theater equipment.
Dell DataSafe Online Backup
NOTE: Dell DataSafe Online may not be
available in all regions.
NOTE: A broadband connection is
recommended for fast upload/download
speeds.
Dell DataSafe Online is an automated backup
and recovery service that helps protect your
data and other important files from catastrophic
incidents like theft, fire, or natural disasters. You
can access the service on your computer using
a password‑protected account.
For more information, go to delldatasafe.com.
To schedule backups:
1. Double-click the Dell DataSafe Online
icon on the taskbar.
2. Follow the instructions that appear on the
screen.
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Using Your Inspiron Laptop
Dell Dock
The Dell Dock is a group of icons that provides easy access to frequently-used applications, files,
and folders. You can personalize the Dock by:
•Adding or removing icons
•Changing the color and location of the Dock
•Grouping related icons into categories
Add a Category
•Changing the behavior of the icons
Remove a Category or Icon
1. Right-click the Dock, click Add→ Category.
The Add/Edit Category window is displayed.
1. Right-click the category or icon on the Dock
and click Delete shortcut or Delete category.
2. Enter a title for the category in the Title field.
2. Follow the instructions on the screen.
3. Select an icon for the category from the
Select an image: box.
4. Click Save.
Add an Icon
Drag and drop the icon to the Dock or a
category.
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Personalize the Dock
1. Right-click the Dock and click Advanced
Setting....
2. Choose the desired option to personalize the
Dock.
INSPIRON
Solving Problems
This section provides troubleshooting
information for your computer. If you cannot
solve your problem using the following
guidelines, see “Using Support Tools” on
page 52 or “Contacting Dell” on page 74.
WARNING: Only trained service
personnel should remove the computer
cover. See the Service Manual at
support.dell.com/manuals for advanced
service instructions.
Beep Code Possible Problem
One
Possible system board failure —
BIOS ROM checksum failure
Two
No RAM detected
NOTE: If you installed or
replaced the memory module,
ensure that the memory module
is seated properly.
Three
Possible system board failure —
Chipset error
Your computer might emit a series of beeps during
start-up if there are errors or problems. This
series of beeps, called a beep code, identifies a
problem. Write down the beep code and contact
Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 74).
Four
RAM read/write failure
Five
Real Time Clock failure
Six
Video card or chip failure
Seven
Processor failure
NOTE: To replace parts, see the Service
Manual at support.dell.com/manuals.
Eight
Display failure
Beep Codes
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Solving Problems
Network Problems
Wireless Connections
If the wireless network connection is lost —
The wireless router is offline or wireless has
been disabled on the computer.
•Ensure that wireless is enabled on your
computer (see “Enable or Disable Wireless”
on page 14).
•Check your wireless router to ensure it is
powered on and connected to your data
source (cable modem or network hub).
•Re-establish your connection to the
wireless router (see “Setting Up a Wireless
Connection” on page 18).
•Interference may be blocking or interrupting
your wireless connection. Try moving the
computer closer to your wireless router.
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Wired Connections
If the wired network connection is lost — The
cable is loose or damaged.
Check the cable to ensure it is plugged in and
not damaged.
Solving Problems
Power Problems
If the power button/indicator light is off — The
computer is either turned off, in hibernate mode,
or is not receiving power.
•Press the power button. The computer
resumes normal operation if it is off or in
hibernate mode.
•Reseat the AC adapter into both the power
connector on the computer and the electrical
outlet.
•If the AC adapter is plugged into a power
strip, ensure that the power strip is plugged
into an electrical outlet and that the power
strip is turned on.
•Temporarily bypass power protection
devices, power strips, and power extension
cables to verify that the computer turns on
properly.
•Ensure that the electrical outlet is working
by testing it with another device, such as
a lamp.
•Check the AC adapter connections. If the AC
adapter has a light, ensure that the light on
the AC adapter is on.
•If the problem persists, contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 74).
If the power button/indicator light is solid
white and the computer is not responding —
The display may not be responding.
•Press the power button until the computer
turns off and then turn it back on.
•If the problem persists, contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 74).
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Solving Problems
If the power button/indicator light is breathing
white — The computer is in standby mode or
the display may not be responding.
•Press a key on the keyboard, move the
connected mouse or a finger on the touch
pad, or press the power button to resume
normal operation.
•If the display is not responding, press the
power button until the computer turns off
and then turn it back on.
•If the problem persists, contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 74).
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If you encounter interference that hinders
reception on your computer — An unwanted
signal is creating interference by interrupting or
blocking other signals. Some possible causes of
interference are:
• Power, keyboard, and mouse extension cables.
• Too many devices connected to a power strip.
•Multiple power strips connected to the same
electrical outlet.
Solving Problems
Memory Problems
If you receive an insufficient memory
message —
•Save and close any open files and exit any
open programs you are not using to see if
that resolves the problem.
•See the software documentation for
minimum memory requirements. If
necessary, install additional memory (see
the Service Manual at
support.dell.com/manuals).
•Reseat the memory module(s) into the
connector(s) (see the Service Manual at
support.dell.com/manuals.)
•If the problem persists, contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 74).
If you experience other memory problems —
•Run the Dell Diagnostics (see “Dell
Diagnostics” on page 55).
• If the problem persists, contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 74).
Lockups and Software
Problems
If the computer does not start up — Ensure
that the AC adapter is firmly connected to the
computer and to the electrical outlet.
If a program stops responding —
End the program:
1. Press <Ctrl><Shift><Esc> simultaneously.
2. Click Applications.
3. Select the program that is no longer
responding.
4. Click End Task.
If a program crashes repeatedly — Check the
software documentation. If necessary, uninstall
and then reinstall the program.
NOTE: Software usually includes
installation instructions in its
documentation or on the CD.
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Solving Problems
If the computer stops responding or a solid blue
screen appears —
CAUTION: You might lose data if you are
unable to perform an operating system
shutdown.
If you are unable to get a response by pressing
a key on your keyboard or moving your mouse,
press the power button for at least 8 to 10 seconds
until the computer turns off and then restart your
computer.
If a program is designed for an earlier
Microsoft® Windows® operating system —
Run the Program Compatibility Wizard. The
Program Compatibility Wizard configures a
program so that it runs in an environment similar
to an earlier version of Microsoft Windows
operating system environments.
To run the Program Compatibility Wizard:
Windows Vista
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel→
Programs→ Use an older program with this
version of Windows.
2. In the welcome screen, click Next.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
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Solving Problems
Windows 7
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel→
Programs→ Run programs made for
previous versions of Windows.
2. In the welcome screen, click Next.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
If you have other software problems —
•Back up your files immediately.
•Use a virus-scanning program to check the
hard drive or CDs.
•Save and close any open files or programs
and shut down your computer through the
Start
menu.
•Check the software documentation or
contact the software manufacturer for
troubleshooting information:
––Ensure that the program is compatible
with the operating system installed on
your computer.
––Ensure that your computer meets the
minimum hardware requirements needed
to run the software. See the software
documentation for information.
––Ensure that the program is installed and
configured properly.
––Verify that the device drivers do not
conflict with the program.
––If necessary, uninstall and then reinstall
the program.
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INSPIRON
Using Support Tools
Dell Support Center
The Dell Support Center helps you find
the service, support, and system-specific
information you need.
To launch the application, click the
the taskbar.
icon in
The Dell Support Center home page displays
your computer’s model number, service tag,
express service code, and service contact
information.
The home page also provides links to access:
Self Help (Troubleshooting,
Security, System Performance,
Network/Internet, Backup/
Recovery, and Windows
operating system)
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Alerts (technical support alerts
relevant to your computer)
Assistance from Dell (Technical
Support with DellConnect™,
Customer Service, Training and
Tutorials, How-To Help with
Solution Station™, and Online
Scan with PC CheckUp)
About Your System (System
Documentation, Warranty
Information, System Information,
Upgrades & Accessories)
For more information about Dell Support Center
and available support tools, click the Services
tab at support.dell.com.
Using Support Tools
My Dell Downloads
NOTE: My Dell Downloads may not be
available in all regions.
Some of the software pre-installed on your new
computer do not include a backup CD or DVD.
This software is available at My Dell Downloads.
From this website you can download available
software for reinstallation or create your own
backup media.
To register and use My Dell Downloads:
1. Go to downloadstore.dell.com/media.
2. Follow the instructions on the screen to
register and download the software.
System Messages
If your computer has an issue or error, it may display
a System Message that will help you identify the
cause and action needed to resolve the issue.
NOTE: If the message that is displayed is
not listed in the following examples, see
the documentation for either the operating
system or the program that was running
when the message appeared. Alternatively
you could see the Dell Technology Guide on
your hard drive or at
support.dell.com/manuals or see
“Contacting Dell” on page 74 for assistance.
3. Reinstall or create backup media of the
software for future use.
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Using Support Tools
Alert! Previous attempts at booting this system
have failed at checkpoint [nnnn]. For help
in resolving this problem, please note this
checkpoint and contact Dell Technical
Support — The computer failed to complete
the boot routine three consecutive times for the
same error. Contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell”
on page 74).
CMOS checksum error — Possible system
board failure or RTC battery low. Replace the
battery (see the Service Manual at
support.dell.com/manuals) or contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 74).
Hard-disk drive failure — Possible hard
drive failure during POST. Contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 74).
Keyboard failure — Keyboard failure or
loose cable.
To replace the keyboard, see the Service
Manual at support.dell.com/manuals.
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No boot device available — No bootable
partition on hard drive, the hard drive cable is
loose, or no bootable device exists.
•If the hard drive is your boot device, ensure
that the cables are connected and that the
drive is installed properly and partitioned as
a boot device.
•Enter system setup and ensure that the boot
sequence information is correct (see the Dell
Technology Guide on your hard drive or at
support.dell.com/manuals).
CAUTION - Hard Drive SELF MONITORING
SYSTEM has reported that a parameter has
exceeded its normal operating range. Dell
recommends that you back up your data
regularly. A parameter out of range may
or may not indicate a potential hard drive
problem — S.M.A.R.T error, possible hard drive
failure. Contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on
page 74).
Using Support Tools
Hardware Troubleshooter
Dell Diagnostics
If a device is either not detected during
the operating system setup or is detected
but incorrectly configured, you can use the
Hardware Troubleshooter to resolve the
incompatibility.
If you experience a problem with your
computer, perform the checks in “Lockups and
Software Problems” on page 49 and run the
Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for
technical assistance. It is recommended that
you print these procedures before you begin.
To start the Hardware Troubleshooter:
1. Click Start
→ Help and Support.
2. Type hardware troubleshooter in
the search field and press <Enter> to start
the search.
3. In the search results, select the option that
best describes the problem and follow the
remaining troubleshooting steps.
NOTE: Dell Diagnostics works only on Dell
computers.
NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities disc
is optional and may not ship with your
computer.
Ensure that the device that you want to test
displays in the system setup program and is
active. Press <F2> during POST (Power On Self
Test) to enter the System Setup (BIOS) utility.
Start the Dell Diagnostics from your hard drive
or from the Drivers and Utilities disc.
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Using Support Tools
Starting Dell Diagnostics From Your
Hard Drive
The Dell Diagnostics is located on a hidden
diagnostic utility partition on your hard drive.
NOTE: If your computer cannot display
a screen image, contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 74).
1. Ensure that the computer is connected to an
electrical outlet that is known to be working
properly.
2. Turn on (or restart) your computer.
3. When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F12>
immediately. Select Diagnostics from the
boot menu and press <Enter>. This may
invoke the Pre-Boot System Assessment
(PSA) on your computer.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating
system logo appears, continue to wait until
you see the Microsoft® Windows® desktop;
then, shut down your computer and try again.
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NOTE: If you see a message stating that no
diagnostics utility partition has been found,
run the Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers
and Utilities disc.
If PSA is invoked:
a. The PSA will start running tests.
b. If the PSA completes successfully, the
following message is displayed: “No
problems have been found
with this system so far.
Do you want to run the
remaining memory tests? This
will take about 30 minutes
or more. Do you want to
continue? (Recommended).”
c. If you are experiencing memory issues,
press <y>, otherwise press <n>.
The following message is displayed:
“Booting Dell Diagnostic
Utility Partition. Press any
key to continue.”
d. Press any key to go to the Choose An
Option window.
Using Support Tools
If PSA is not invoked:
Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics
from the diagnostic utility partition on your
hard drive and to go to the Choose An Option
window.
4. Select the test you want to run.
5. If you encounter a problem during a test,
a message with the error code and a
description of the problem will appear on
your screen. Write down the error code and
problem description and contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 74).
NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer
is displayed at the top of each test screen.
The Service Tag helps you identify your
computer when you contact Dell.
6. When the tests complete, close the test
screen to return to the Choose An Option
window.
Starting Dell Diagnostics From the
Drivers and Utilities Disc
NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities disc may
not ship with your computer.
1. Insert the Drivers and Utilities disc.
2. Shut down and restart the computer.
When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F12>
immediately.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
NOTE: The next steps change the boot
sequence for one time only. On the next
start-up, the computer boots according to
the devices specified in the system setup
program.
7. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and to restart the
computer, click Exit.
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Using Support Tools
3. When the boot device list appears, highlight
CD/DVD/CD-RW and press <Enter>.
4. Select the Boot from CD-ROM option from
the menu that appears and press <Enter>.
5. Type 1 to start the CD menu and press
<Enter> to proceed.
6. Select Run the 32 Bit Dell Diagnostics from
the numbered list. If multiple versions are
listed, select the version appropriate for your
computer.
7. Select the test you want to run.
8. If you encounter a problem during a test,
a message with the error code and a
description of the problem will appear on
your screen. Write down the error code and
problem description and contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 74).
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NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer
is displayed at the top of each test screen.
The Service Tag helps you identify your
computer when you contact Dell.
9. When the tests complete, close the test
screen to return to the Choose An Option
window.
10.To exit the Dell Diagnostics and to restart the
computer, click Exit.
11.Remove the Drivers and Utilities disc.
You can restore the operating system on your computer using any of the following options:
CAUTION: Using Dell Factory Image Restore or the Operating System disc permanently deletes
all data files on your computer. If possible, backup your data files before using these options.
Option
Use
System Restore
as the first solution
Dell DataSafe Local Backup
when System Restore does not resolve your problem
System recovery media
when operating system failure prevents the use of System
Restore and DataSafe Local Backup
when installing the factory image on a newly installed hard
drive
Dell Factory Image Restore
to restore your computer to the operating state it was in
when you received your computer
Operating System disc
to reinstall only the operating system on your computer
NOTE: The Operating System disc may not ship with your computer.
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INSPIRON
Restoring Your Operating System
Restoring Your Operating System
System Restore
The Windows operating systems provide
a System Restore option which allows
you to return your computer to an earlier
operating state (without affecting data files) if
changes to the hardware, software, or other
system settings have left the computer in an
undesirable operating state. Any changes that
System Restore makes to your computer are
completely reversible.
CAUTION: Make regular backups of your
data files. System Restore does not monitor
your data files or recover them.
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Starting System Restore
1. Click Start
.
2. In the Start Search box, type System
Restore and press <Enter>.
NOTE: The User Account Control window
may appear. If you are an administrator on
the computer, click Continue; otherwise,
contact your administrator to continue the
desired action.
3. Click Next and follow the instructions on the
screen.
In the event that System Restore did not resolve
the issue, you may undo the last system restore.
Restoring Your Operating System
Undoing the Last System Restore
NOTE: Before you undo the last system
restore, save and close all open files and
exit any open programs. Do not alter, open,
or delete any files or programs until the
system restoration is complete.
1. Click Start
.
2. In the search box, type System Restore
and press <Enter>.
3. Click Undo my last restoration, click Next
and follow the instructions on the screen.
Dell DataSafe Local Backup
CAUTION: Using Dell DataSafe Local
Backup permanently removes any
programs or drivers installed after you
received your computer. Prepare backup
media of applications you need to install
on your computer before using Dell
DataSafe Local Backup. Use Dell DataSafe
Local Backup only if System Restore did
not resolve your operating system problem.
CAUTION: Although Dell Datasafe Local
Backup is designed to preserve the data
files on your computer, it is recommended
that you backup your data files before
using the Dell DataSafe Local Backup.
NOTE: Dell DataSafe Local Backup may not
be available in all regions.
NOTE: If Dell DataSafe Local Backup is
not available on your computer, use Dell
Factory Image Restore (see “Dell Factory
Image Restore” on page 65) to restore your
operating system.
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Restoring Your Operating System
You can use Dell DataSafe Local Backup to
restore your hard drive to the operating state
it was in when you purchased your computer,
while preserving the data files.
Dell DataSafe Local Backup allows you to:
•Backup and restore your computer to an
earlier operating state
•Create system recovery media
Dell DataSafe Local Backup Basic
To restore the factory image while preserving
the data files:
1. Turn off your computer.
2. Disconnect all the devices (USB drive,
printer, etc.) connected to the computer and
remove any newly added internal hardware.
NOTE: Do not disconnect the display,
keyboard, mouse, or the power cable.
3. Turn on your computer.
4. When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F8>
several times to access the Advanced Boot
Options window.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
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Restoring Your Operating System
5. Select Repair Your Computer.
6. Select Dell DataSafe Restore and
Emergency Backup from the System
Recovery Options menu and follow the
instructions on the screen.
NOTE: The restoration process might take
an hour or more depending on the size of
the data to be restored.
NOTE: For more information, see the
knowledge base article 353560 at
support.dell.com.
Upgrading to Dell DataSafe Local
Backup Professional
NOTE: Dell DataSafe Local Backup
Professional may be installed on your
computer, if you ordered it at the time of
purchase.
Dell DataSafe Local Backup Professional
provides additional features that allow you to:
•Backup and restore your computer based on
file types
•Backup files to a local storage device
•Schedule automated backups
To upgrade to Dell DataSafe Local Backup
Professional:
1. Double-click the Dell DataSafe Local Backup
icon
on the taskbar.
2. Click Upgrade Now!
3. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the upgrade.
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Restoring Your Operating System
System Recovery Media
CAUTION: Although the system recovery
media is designed to preserve the data
files on your computer, it is recommended
that you backup your data files before
using the system recovery media.
You can use the system recovery media, created
using Dell DataSafe Local Backup, to return
your hard drive to the operating state it was
in when you purchased the computer while
preserving the data files on your computer.
Use the system recovery media in case of:
•Operating system failure that prevents the
use of recovery options that are installed on
your computer.
•Hard drive failure that prevents data from
being recovered.
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To restore the factory image of your computer
using the system recovery media:
1. Insert the system recovery disc or USB key
and restart the computer.
2. When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F12>
immediately.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
3. Select the appropriate boot device from the
list and press <Enter>.
Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the recovery process.
Restoring Your Operating System
Dell Factory Image Restore
CAUTION: Using Dell Factory Image
Restore permanently deletes all data on
the hard drive and removes any programs
or drivers installed after you received your
computer. If possible, back up the data
before using this option. Use Dell Factory
Image Restore only if System Restore did
not resolve your operating system problem.
NOTE: Dell Factory Image Restore may
not be available in certain countries or on
certain computers.
You can use Dell Factory Image Restore only
as the last method to restore your operating
system. This option restores your hard drive
to the operating state it was in when you
purchased the computer. Any programs or files
added since you received your computer—
including data files—are permanently
deleted from the hard drive. Data files include
documents, spreadsheets, e-mail messages,
digital photos, music files, and so on. If possible,
back up all data before using Dell Factory Image
Restore.
NOTE: If Dell Factory Image Restore is
not available on your computer, use Dell
DataSafe Local Backup (see “Dell DataSafe
Local Backup” on page 61) to restore your
operating system.
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Restoring Your Operating System
Starting Dell Factory Image Restore
1. Turn on the computer.
2. When the Dell logo appears, press <F8>
several times to access the Advanced Boot
Options window.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
3. Select Repair Your Computer.
The System Recovery Options window
appears.
4. Select a keyboard layout and click Next.
5. To access the recovery options, log on as
a local user. To access the command prompt,
type administrator in the User name
field, then click OK.
6. Click Dell Factory Image Restore. The Dell
Factory Image Restore welcome screen
appears.
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NOTE: Depending upon your configuration,
you may need to select Dell Factory Tools,
then Dell Factory Image Restore.
7. Click Next. The Confirm Data Deletion
screen appears.
NOTE: If you do not want to proceed with
Dell Factory Image Restore, click Cancel.
8. Select the check box to confirm that you
want to continue reformatting the hard drive
and restoring the system software to the
factory condition, then click Next.
The restore process begins and may take
five or more minutes to complete. A message
appears when the operating system and
factory-installed applications have been
restored to factory condition.
9. Click Finish to restart the computer.
If you experience a problem with your computer,
you can complete the following steps to
diagnose and troubleshoot the problem:
1. See “Solving Problems” on page 45 for
information and procedures that pertain to
the problem your computer is experiencing.
2. See the Dell Technology Guide on your hard
drive or at support.dell.com/manuals for
more troubleshooting information.
3. See “Dell Diagnostics” on page 55 for
procedures on how to run Dell Diagnostics.
4. Fill out the “Diagnostic Checklist” on
page 73.
5. Use Dell’s extensive suite of online services
available at support.dell.com for help with
installation and troubleshooting procedures.
See “Online Services” on
page 69 for a more extensive list of Dell
Support online.
6. If the preceding steps have not resolved the
problem, see “Before You Call” on page 72.
NOTE: Call Dell Support from a telephone
near or at the computer so that the support
staff can assist you with any necessary
procedures.
NOTE: Dell’s Express Service Code system
may not be available in all countries.
When prompted by Dell’s automated telephone
system, enter your Express Service Code to
route the call directly to the proper support
personnel. If you do not have an Express
Service Code, open the Dell Accessories folder,
double-click the Express Service Code icon, and
follow the directions.
NOTE: Some of the services are not
always available in all locations outside
the continental U.S. Call your local Dell
representative for information on availability.
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INSPIRON
Getting Help
Getting Help
Technical Support and
Customer Service
Dell’s support service is available to answer
your questions about Dell hardware. Our support
staff use computer-based diagnostics to provide
fast, accurate answers.
To contact Dell’s support service, see “Before
You Call” on page 72 and then see the contact
information for your region or go to
support.dell.com.
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DellConnect
DellConnect™ is a simple online access tool that
allows a Dell service and support associate to
access your computer through a broadband
connection, diagnose your problem and repair it
all under your supervision. For more information,
go to www.dell.com/dellconnect.
Getting Help
Online Services
You can learn about Dell products and services
on the following websites:
•www.dell.com
•www.dell.com/ap (Asian/Pacific countries
only)
•www.dell.com/jp (Japan only)
•www.euro.dell.com (Europe only)
•www.dell.com/la (Latin American and
Caribbean countries)
•www.dell.ca (Canada only)
You can access Dell Support through the
following websites and e-mail addresses:
Dell Support websites
•support.dell.com
•support.jp.dell.com (Japan only)
Dell Support e-mail addresses
•mobile_support@us.dell.com
•support@us.dell.com
•la-techsupport@dell.com (Latin America and
Caribbean countries only)
•apsupport@dell.com (Asian/Pacific
countries only)
Dell Marketing and Sales e-mail
addresses
•apmarketing@dell.com (Asian/Pacific
countries only)
•sales_canada@dell.com (Canada only)
Anonymous file transfer protocol (FTP)
•ftp.dell.com
Log in as user: anonymous, and use your
e-mail address as your password.
•support.euro.dell.com (Europe only)
•supportapj.dell.com (Asia Pacific only)
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Getting Help
Automated Order-Status
Service
To check on the status of any Dell products
that you have ordered, you can go to
support.dell.com, or you can call the automated
order-status service. A recording prompts you
for the information needed to locate and report
on your order.
If you have a problem with your order, such as
missing parts, wrong parts, or incorrect billing,
contact Dell for customer assistance. Have your
invoice or packing slip handy when you call.
For the telephone number to call for your region,
see “Contacting Dell” on page 74.
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Product Information
If you need information about additional
products available from Dell, or if you would
like to place an order, visit www.dell.com. For
the telephone number to call for your region or
to speak to a sales specialist, see “Contacting
Dell” on page 74.
Getting Help
Returning Items for Repair
Under Warranty or for Credit
Prepare all items being returned, whether for
repair or credit, as follows:
NOTE: Before you return the product to
Dell, make sure to back up any data on the
hard drive(s) and on any other storage
device in the product. Remove any and
all confidential, proprietary and personal
information, as well as removable media,
such as CDs and media cards. Dell is not
responsible for any of your confidential,
proprietary or personal information; lost
or corrupted data; or damaged or lost
removable media that may be included with
your return.
1. Call Dell to obtain a Return Material
Authorization Number, and write it clearly
and prominently on the outside of the box.
For the telephone number to call your region,
see “Contacting Dell” on page 74.
2. Include a copy of the invoice and a letter
describing the reason for the return.
3. Include a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist (see
“Diagnostic Checklist” on page 73), indicating
the tests that you have run and any error
messages reported by the Dell Diagnostics
(see “Dell Diagnostics” on page 55).
4. Include any accessories that belong with the
item(s) being returned (power cables, software,
guides, and so on) if the return is for credit.
5. Pack the equipment to be returned in the
original (or equivalent) packing materials.
NOTE: You are responsible for paying
shipping expenses. You are also
responsible for insuring any product
returned, and you assume the risk of loss
during shipment to Dell. Collect On Delivery
(C.O.D.) packages are not accepted.
NOTE: Returns that are missing any of the
preceding requirements will be refused at
Dell’s receiving dock and returned to you.
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Getting Help
Before You Call
NOTE: Have your Express Service Code ready when you call. The code helps Dell’s
automated-support telephone system direct your call more efficiently. You may also be asked
for your Service Tag.
Locating Your Service Tag
The Service Tag for your computer can be found on a label at the bottom of your computer.
1
1 Service Tag
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Getting Help
Remember to fill out the following Diagnostic
Checklist. If possible, turn on your computer
before you call Dell for assistance and call from
a telephone at or near the computer. You may be
asked to type some commands at the keyboard,
relay detailed information during operations, or
try other troubleshooting steps possible only at
the computer itself. Ensure that the computer
documentation is available.
Diagnostic Checklist
•Name:
•Date:
•Address:
•Phone number:
•Service Tag (bar code on the back or bottom
of the computer):
•Express Service Code:
•Return Material Authorization Number (if
provided by Dell support technician):
•Operating system and version:
•Devices:
•Expansion cards:
•Are you connected to a network? Yes /No
•Network, version, and network adapter:
•Programs and versions:
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See your operating system documentation
to determine the contents of the computer’s
start-up files. If the computer is connected to
a printer, print each file. Otherwise, record the
contents of each file before calling Dell.
•Error message, beep code, or diagnostic
code:
•Description of problem and troubleshooting
procedures you performed:
Contacting Dell
For customers in the United States, call
800-WWW-DELL (800-999-3355).
NOTE: If you do not have an active
Internet connection, you can find contact
information on your purchase invoice,
packing slip, bill, or Dell product catalog.
Dell provides several online and
telephone-based support and service options.
Availability varies by country and product, and
some services may not be available in your
area.
To contact Dell for sales, technical support, or
customer service issues:
1. Visit www.dell.com/contactdell.
2. Select your country or region.
3. Select the appropriate service or support link
based on your requirement.
4. Choose the method of contacting Dell that is
convenient for you.
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Getting Help
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Finding More Information and Resources
If you need to:
See:
reinstall your operating system
“System Recovery Media” on page 64
run a diagnostic program for your computer
“Dell Diagnostics” on page 55
reinstall laptop system software
“My Dell Downloads” on page 53
find more information about the Microsoft
Windows® operating system and features
®
upgrade your computer with new or additional
components like a new hard drive
reinstall or replace a worn or defective part
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support.dell.com
the Service Manual at
support.dell.com/manuals
NOTE: In some countries, opening and
replacing parts of your computer may void
your warranty. Check your warranty and
return policies before working inside your
computer.
Finding More Information and Resources
If you need to:
See:
find safety best practices information for your
computer
the safety and regulatory documents that
shipped with your computer and also see the
Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance
review Warranty information, Terms and
Conditions (U.S. only), Safety instructions,
Regulatory information, Ergonomics
information, and End User License Agreement
find your Service tag/Express Service Code —
You must use the service tag to identify your
computer on support.dell.com or to contact
technical support
the bottom of your computer
the Dell Support Center. To launch the Dell
Support Center, click the
icon in the
taskbar.
find drivers and downloads; readme files
support.dell.com
access technical support and product help
check on your order status for new purchases
find solutions and answers to common
questions
locate information for last-minute updates
about technical changes to your computer or
advanced technical-reference material for
technicians or experienced users
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Specifications
This section provides information that you may need when setting up, updating drivers for, and
upgrading your computer.
NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. For more information regarding the configuration of your
computer, click Start
→ Help and Support and select the option to view information about
your computer.
Computer Model
Computer Information
Dell Inspiron N4010
System chipset
Mobile Intel 5 series
express chipset HM57
Processor
Flash EPROM
5 MB
Graphics bus
PCI-E
™
Type
™
Intel® Core™ i3
Intel Core i5
Intel Pentium®
L1 cache
64 KB for each core
L2 cache
256 KB for each core
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Specifications
Memory
Connectors
Memory module
connector
two user-accessible
SODIMM connectors
Memory module
capacities
1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB
Memory type
1333 MHz SODIMM DDR3
Minimum memory 2 GB
Maximum
memory
4 GB
Possible memory
configurations
2 GB, 3 GB, 4 GB, 5 GB,
6 GB, and 8 GB
NOTE: For instructions on upgrading the
memory, see the Service Manual at
support.dell.com/manuals.
Audio
one microphone-in
connector, one stereo
headphones/speakers
connector, and one
analog microphone
Mini-Card
one Type IIIA full MiniCard slot, one half-size
Mini-Card slot
HDMI connector
one 19-pin connector
Network adapter
one RJ45 connector
USB
two four-pin USB
2.0-compliant connectors
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Specifications
Connectors
Communications
eSATA
one seven-pin/four-pin
eSATA/USB combo
connector
Media card
reader
one 7-in-1 slot
Video
15-hole connector
Modem (optional)
External V.92 56K USB
modem
Network adapter
10/100 Ethernet LAN on
system board
Wireless
WLAN Wi-Fi gn/agn;
WiMax/Wi-Fi agn;
Bluetooth® Wireless
technology
Media Card Reader
Cards supported
Secure Digital (SD)
memory card
Secure Digital High
Capacity (SDHC)
Memory Stick
Memory Stick PRO
MultiMedia Card (MMC)
MultiMedia Card plus
(MMC+)
xD-Picture Card
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Audio
Audio controller
Realtek ALC269Q-GR
Speaker
2 x 2 watt speakers
Volume controls
software program
menus and media
controls
Specifications
Video
Keyboard
Discrete
Number of keys
Video controller AMD ATI Mobility
Radeon™ HD 550v
AMD ATI Mobility
Radeon HD 5470
AMD ATI Mobility
Radeon HD 5650
Video memory
DDR3 512 MB/1 GB
Touch Pad
X/Y position
resolution
(graphics table
mode)
240 cpi
Size
UMA
Video controller Intel HD Graphics HM57
Video memory
86 (U.S. and Canada);
87 (Europe); 90 (Japan);
87 (Brazil)
up to 1.7 GB of shared
memory
Width
91.6 mm (3.6-inch)
sensor-active area
Height
46.6 mm (1.8-inch)
rectangle)
Camera
Pixel
1.3 megapixel
Video resolution
640 x 480 at 30 fps
(maximum)
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Specifications
Display
Type
Display
14.0” HD WLED with TrueLife
Dimensions:
Height
173.95 mm (6.85 inches)
Width
309.40 mm (12.18 inches)
Diagonal
355.60 mm (14.00 inches)
Maximum
resolution
1366 x 768
Refresh rate
60 Hz
Operating angle 0° (closed) to 135°
Horizontal
viewing angle
82
40/40
Vertical viewing 15/–30 (H/L)
angle
Pixel pitch
0.252 x 0.252 mm
Controls
brightness can be
controlled through
keyboard shortcuts (see
the Dell Technology Guide
for more information)
Specifications
Battery
Battery
Types and dimensions:
Voltage
11.1 VDC (6/9 cell)
9-cell “smart” lithium ion
Height
22.80 mm (0.90 inches)
Charge time
(approximate):
4 hours (when the
computer is turned off)
Width
214 mm (8.43 inches)
Operating time
Depth
78.76 mm (3.10 inches)
Battery operating time
varies depending on
operating conditions.
Weight
0.52 kg (1.15 lb)
Coin-cell battery
CR-2032
6-cell “smart” lithium ion
Height
22.80 mm (0.90 inches)
Width
214 mm (8.43 inches)
Depth
57.64 mm (2.27 inches)
Weight
0.34 kg (0.75 lb)
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Specifications
AC Adapter
AC Adapter
NOTE: Use only AC adapters specified
for use with your computer. See the
safety information that shipped with your
computer.
Input voltage
100–240 VAC
Input current
(maximum)
1.7 A
Input frequency
50–60 Hz
Output power
65 W or 90 W
Output power
3.34 A (65 W continuous)
4.62 A (90 W continuous)
Rated output
voltage
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19.5 +/- 1 VDC
Temperature range
Operating
0° to 40°C
(32° to 104°F)
Storage
–40° to 70°C
(–40° to 158°F)
Physical
Height
30.5 mm to 33.8 mm
(1.20 inches to
1.33 inches)
Width
343.0 mm (13.50 inches)
Depth
246.0 mm (9.68 inches)
Weight (with 6-cell configurable to less than
battery)
2.4 kg (5.3 lb)
Specifications
Computer Environment
Computer Environment
Temperature range
Maximum shock (for operating — measured
with Dell Diagnostics running on the hard
drive and a 2-ms half-sine pulse; for
non-operating — measured with hard drive
in head-parked position and a 2-ms half-sine
pulse)
Operating
0° to 35°C
(32° to 95°F)
Storage
–40° to 65°C
(–40° to 149°F)
Relative humidity (maximum)
Operating
10% to 90%
(noncondensing)
Storage
5% to 95%
(noncondensing)
Maximum vibration (using a random vibration
spectrum that simulates user environment)
Operating
0.66 GRMS
Non-Operating
1.30 GRMS
Operating
110 G
Non-Operating
160 G
Altitude (maximum)
Operating
–15.2 to 3048 m
(­–50 to 10,000 ft)
Storage
–15.2 to 10,668 m
(–50 to 35,000 ft)
Airborne
contaminant level
G2 or lower as defined
by ISA-S71.04-1985
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Appendix
Macrovision Product Notice
This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by method claims of
certain U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights owned by Macrovision Corporation and
other rights owners. Use of this copyright protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision
Corporation, and is intended for home and other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise
authorized by Macrovision Corporation. Reverse engineering or disassembly is prohibited.
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Appendix
Information for NOM, or Official Mexican Standard
(Only for Mexico)
The following information is provided in the device(s) described in this document in accordance
with the requirements of the Official Mexican Standard (NOM):
Importer:
Dell México S.A. de C.V.
Paseo de la Reforma 2620 – Flat 11°
Col. Lomas Altas
11950 México, D.F.
Regulatory
model number
Voltage
Frequency
Electricity
consumption
Output
Output voltage intensity
P11G
100-240 VAC
50-60 Hz
1.5 A/1.6 A/1.7 A
19.5 VDC
3.34/4.62 A
For details, read the safety information that shipped with your computer.
For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
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Index
A
airflow, allowing 5
C
Dell Diagnostics 55
Dell Factory Image Restore 65
Dell Support Center 52
Diagnostic Checklist 73
calling Dell 72
drivers and downloads 77
CDs, playing and creating 43
DVDs, playing and creating 43
computer capabilities 42
E
computer, setting up 5
Contacting Dell online 74
email addresses
for technical support 69
customer service 68
D
damage, avoiding 5
DellConnect 68
Dell DataSafe Online Backup 43
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F
finding more information 76
FTP login, anonymous 69
Index
H
P
hardware problems
power problems, solving 47
diagnosing 55
power strips, using 6
Hardware Troubleshooter 55
problems, solving 45
help
products
getting assistance and support 67
information and purchasing 70
I
R
Internet connection 17
resources, finding more 76
ISP
restoring factory image 65
Internet Service Provider 17
M
memory problems
solving 49
N
network connection
fixing 46
S
setup, before you begin 5
shipping products
for return or repair 71
SIM card
installation 12
software features 42
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Index
software problems 49
solving problems 45
specifications 78
support email addresses 69
support sites
worldwide 69
System Messages 53
system restore options 59
T
Touch Pad
gestures 32
V
ventilation, ensuring 5
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W
warranty returns 71
Windows
Program Compatibility Wizard 50
setup 9
wired network
network cable, connecting 7
wireless network, solving 46
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