Dell 0F2GGFA00 Laptop User Manual

INSPIRON
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SETUP GUIDE
INSPIRON
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SETUP GUIDE
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August 2009 P/N F2GGF Rev. A00

Contents
Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop������������������5
Display Features�������������������������������������������� 32
Before Setting Up Your Computer ���������������� 5
Removing and Replacing the Battery���������� 34
Connect the AC Adapter �������������������������������� 6
Software Features ���������������������������������������� 36
Connect the Network Cable (Optional)���������� 7
Dell Dock�������������������������������������������������������� 39
Press the Power Button���������������������������������� 8
Solving Problems ����������������������������������������40
Set Up Microsoft Windows���������������������������� 9
Beep Codes���������������������������������������������������� 40
Enable or Disable Wireless (Optional)�������� 10
Network Problems ���������������������������������������� 41
Connect to the Internet (Optional) �������������� 12
Power Problems�������������������������������������������� 41
Using Your Inspiron Laptop ������������������������16
Memory Problems ���������������������������������������� 43
Right Side Features �������������������������������������� 16
Lockups and Software Problems ���������������� 44
Left Side Features������������������������������������������ 18
Using Support Tools ������������������������������������47
Front Side Features �������������������������������������� 20
Dell Support Center �������������������������������������� 47
Computer Base Features������������������������������ 24
System Messages������������������������������������������ 48
Touch Pad Gestures�������������������������������������� 26
Hardware Troubleshooter ���������������������������� 49
Media Controls���������������������������������������������� 28
Dell Diagnostics �������������������������������������������� 49
Using the Optical Drive �������������������������������� 30
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Contents
Restoring Your Operating System��������������53
System Restore���������������������������������������������� 54
Finding More Information and
Resources ����������������������������������������������������70
Dell DataSafe Local Backup ������������������������ 55
Basic Specifications ����������������������������������72
Dell Factory Image Restore�������������������������� 57
Appendix ������������������������������������������������������77
Operating System Reinstallation������������������ 59
Macrovision Product Notice������������������������ 77
Getting Help��������������������������������������������������62
Information for NOM, or Official
Mexican Standard (Only for Mexico)���������� 78
Technical Support and Customer
Service������������������������������������������������������������ 63
DellConnect �������������������������������������������������� 63
Online Services���������������������������������������������� 64
Automated Order-Status Service ���������������� 65
Product Information�������������������������������������� 65
Returning Items for Repair Under
Warranty or for Credit ���������������������������������� 66
Before You Call���������������������������������������������� 67
Contacting Dell���������������������������������������������� 69
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Index��������������������������������������������������������������79
This section provides information about setting
up your 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 Inspiron
laptop may cause it to overheat. To prevent
overheating ensure that you leave at least
10.2 cm (4 inches) at the back of the computer
and a minimum of 5.1 cm (2 inches) on all other
sides. You should never place your computer in
an enclosed space, such as a cabinet or drawer
when it is powered on.
WARNING: Do not block, push objects
into, or allow dust to accumulate in the
air vents. Do not store your Dell™ computer
in a low-airflow environment, such as a
closed briefcase, while it is 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.
WARNING: Only trained service personnel
should remove the computer cover. See
the Service Manual at support.dell.com/
manuals for advanced service instructions.
CAUTION: Placing or stacking heavy or
sharp objects on the computer may result
in permanent damage to the computer.
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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 Microsoft Windows
Your Dell computer is preconfigured with Microsoft® Windows® operating system. To set up
Windows for the first time, follow the instructions on the screen. These steps are mandatory
and may take some time to complete. The Windows setup screens will take you through several
procedures including accepting license agreements, setting preferences, and setting up an Internet
connection.
CAUTION: Do not interrupt the operating system’s setup process. Doing so may render your
computer unusable and you will need to reinstall the operating system.
NOTE: For optimal performance of your computer, it is recommended that you download and
install the latest BIOS and drivers for your computer available at support.dell.com.
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Enable or Disable Wireless (Optional)
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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 all wireless radios (WiFi and Bluetooth®)
on your computer, such as when you are asked to disable all wireless radios on an airplane
flight.
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Connect to the Internet
(Optional)
Setting Up a Wired Connection
To connect to the Internet, you need an external
modem or network connection and an Internet
service provider (ISP).
•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 an external USB modem or WLAN adapter
is not a part of your original order, you can
purchase one from the Dell website at
www.dell.com.
•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 14.
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Setting Up a Wireless Connection
Microsoft Windows® 7
Before you can use your wireless Internet
connection, you need to connect to your
wireless router.
1. Ensure that wireless is enabled on your
computer (see “Enable or Disable Wireless”
on page 10).
To set up your connection to a wireless router:
2. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
Windows Vista®
1. Ensure that wireless is enabled on your
computer (see “Enable or Disable Wireless”
on page 10).
2. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
3. Click Start
3. Click Start
→ Control Panel→ Network
and Internet→ Network and Sharing
Center→ Connect to a network.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the setup.
→ Connect To.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the setup.
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Setting Up Your Internet Connection
To set up your Internet connection:
ISPs and ISP offerings vary by country. Contact
your ISP for offerings available in your country.
Windows Vista®
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.
NOTE: The following instructions are
applicable for the Windows default view, so
they may not apply if you set your computer
to the Windows Classic view.
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start
→ Control Panel.
3. Click Network and Internet→ Network and
Sharing Center→ Set up a 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. 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 Side Features
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1 ExpressCard slot — Supports one 34 mm wide ExpressCard that can provide support for
additional memory, wired and wireless communications, multimedia, and security features.
NOTE: Your computer ships with a plastic blank installed in the ExpressCard slot. Blanks
protect unused slots from dust and other particles. Save the blank for use when no
ExpressCard is installed in the slot; blanks from other computers may not fit your computer.
2 Optical drive — Plays or records CDs and DVDs. Ensure that the side with print or writing is
facing upward when placing discs on the optical drive tray.
3 Eject button — Ejects the optical drive tray when pressed.
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USB 2.0 connector — Connects to USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, printer,
external drive, or MP3 player.
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Left Side Features
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1 Security cable slot — Attaches a commercially available security cable to the computer.
NOTE: Before you buy a security cable, ensure that it works with the security cable slot on
your computer.
2
AC adapter connector — Connects to an AC adapter to power the computer and charge
the battery.
3
USB 2.0 connectors (2) — Connects to USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, printer,
external drive, or MP3 player.
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VGA connector — Connects to a monitor or projector.
Network connector — Connects your computer to a network or a broadband device if
you are using a wired network.
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Front Side Features
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Power/Battery indicator light — The light indicates the following states when the
computer is powered using either the AC adapter or the battery.
AC adapter
Battery
Indicator light status
Computer state(s)
Battery charge level
Solid white
on
off/hibernate
charging
<90%
Breathing white
standby
charging
off
off/hibernate
>90%
Solid white
on
>10%
Breathing white
standby
>10%
Solid amber
on/standby
<10%
off
off/hibernate
n/a
NOTE: The battery is charging when the computer is powered using an AC adapter.
2 Analog microphone — If you do not have the optional built-in camera with dual microphones,
this single microphone is used for conferencing and chat.
3
Audio out/Headphone connector — Connects to a pair of headphones or to a powered
speaker or sound system.
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Audio in/Microphone connector — Connects to a microphone or input signal for use
with audio programs.
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7-in-1 Media Card Reader — Provides a fast and convenient way to view
and share digital photos, music, videos, and documents stored on the following digital media
cards:
•Secure Digital (SD) memory card
•Memory Stick
•Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) card
•Memory Stick PRO
•Multi Media Card (MMC)
•xD-Picture Card (type - M and type - H)
•MMC+
NOTE: Your computer ships with a plastic blank installed in the media card slot. Blanks protect
unused slots from dust and other particles. Save the blank for use when no media card is
installed in the slot. Blanks from other computers may not fit your computer.
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Computer Base Features
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1 Keyboard — For more information on keyboard, see the Dell Technology Guide on your hard
drive or at support.dell.com/manuals.
2 Touch pad buttons (2) — Provide left- and right-click functions like those on a mouse.
3 Touch pad — Provides the functionality of a mouse to move the cursor, drag or move selected
items, and left-click by tapping the surface. It supports the Scroll and Zoom features. For more
information, see “Touch Pad Gestures” on page 26.
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Touch Pad Gestures
Scroll
Allows you to scroll through content. The scroll
feature includes:
Traditional Scroll – Allows you to scroll up and
down, or right and left.
To scroll up and down:
Move a finger up or down in the
vertical scroll zone (extreme
right of the touch pad).
To scroll right and left:
Move a finger right or left in the
horizontal scroll zone (extreme
bottom of the touch pad).
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Circular Scroll – Allows you to scroll up and
down, or right and left.
To scroll up and down:
Move a finger in the vertical
scroll zone (extreme right of
the touch pad), in a counter
clockwise circular motion to
scroll up or clockwise circular
motion to scroll down.
To scroll right and left:
Move a finger in the horizontal
scroll zone (extreme bottom of
the touch pad), in a clockwise
circular motion to scroll right
or counterclockwise circular
motion to scroll left.
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Zoom
Allows you to increase or decrease the
magnification of the screen content. The
zoom feature includes:
One finger zoom – Allows you to zoom in or out.
To zoom in:
Move a finger up in the zoom
zone (extreme left of the touch
pad).
To zoom out:
Move a finger down in the
zoom zone (extreme left of the
touch pad).
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Media Controls
The media control keys are located on the keyboard.
To use the media controls, press the required key. You can configure the media control keys using
the System Setup (BIOS) Utility or the Windows Mobility Center.
System Setup (BIOS) Utility –
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: Multimedia Key First option is active only in the operating system.
Windows Mobility Center –
1. Press <
> <X> to launch the Windows Mobility Center.
2. In the Function Key Row, select Function Key or Multimedia Key.
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Mute the sound
Play or pause
Decrease the volume level
Play the next track or chapter
Increase the volume level
Eject the disc
Play the previous track or chapter
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Using the Optical Drive
CAUTION: Do not press down on the disc tray when you open or close it. Keep the tray
closed when you are not using the drive.
CAUTION: Do not move the computer while playing or recording a disc.
The optical drive plays or records CDs and DVDs. Ensure that the side with print or writing is facing
upward 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 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 tray back into the drive.
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1 disc
2 spindle
3 optical drive tray
4 eject button
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Display Features
The display panel holds an optional camera and accompanying dual digital microphones.
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1 Left digital array microphone (optional) — Provides high quality sound for video conferencing
and voice recording.
2 Camera activity indicator (optional) — Indicates if the camera is on or off. Based on
selections you made when purchasing your computer, your computer may or may not include
a camera.
3 Camera (optional) — Built-in camera for video capture, conferencing, and chat. Based on
selections you made when purchasing your computer, your computer may or may not include
a camera.
4 Right digital array microphone (optional) — Provides high quality sound for video
conferencing and voice recording.
5 Display — For more information about displays, see the Dell Technology Guide available 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).
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To remove the battery:
1. Turn off the computer and turn it over.
2. Slide the battery release latch to the unlock
position until it clicks into place.
3. Slide the battery out of the battery bay.
To replace the battery:
Slide the battery into the battery bay until it
clicks into place.
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2
3
1 battery
2 battery bay
3 battery release latch
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Software Features
NOTE: For more information about the
features described in this section, see the
Dell Technology Guide available on your
hard drive or at support.dell.com/manuals.
Productivity and Communication
You can use your computer to create
presentations, brochures, greeting cards, fliers,
and spreadsheets. You can also edit and view
digital photographs and images. Check your
purchase order for software installed on
your computer.
After connecting to the Internet, you can access
websites, setup an e-mail account, and upload
or download files.
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Entertainment and Multimedia
You can use your computer to watch videos,
play games, 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 saved on portable
products such as MP3 players and handheld
entertainment devices, or played and viewed
directly on connected TVs, projectors, and home
theater equipment.
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Customizing the Desktop
Customizing Your Energy Settings
You can customize your desktop to change the
appearance, resolution, wallpaper, screensaver,
or other features of your desktop.
You can use the power options in your operating
system to configure the power settings on your
computer. The Microsoft Windows operating
system installed on your Dell computer provides
three default options:
To customize your desktop:
Windows Vista®
1. Right-click an open area of the desktop.
2. Click Personalize, to open the Personalize
appearance and sounds window and learn
more about your customization options.
Windows® 7
1. Right-click an open area of the desktop.
2. Click Personalize, to open the Change
the visuals and sounds on your computer
window and learn more about your
customization options.
•Balanced/Dell Recommended — Offers full
performance when you need it and saves
power during periods of inactivity.
•Power saver — Saves power on your
computer by reducing system performance
to maximize the life of the computer and by
reducing the amount of energy consumed by
your computer over its lifetime.
•High performance — Provides the highest
level of system performance on your
computer by adapting processor speed
to your activity and by maximizing system
performance.
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Transferring Information to a New
Computer
To transfer information to a new computer:
Windows Vista®
NOTE: The following instructions are
applicable for the Windows default view, so
they may not apply if you set your computer
to the Windows Classic view.
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel→ System
and Maintenance→ Welcome Center→
Transfer files and settings.
If the User Account Control window appears,
click Continue.
2. Follow the instructions on the Windows Easy
Transfer wizard.
Windows® 7
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel.
2. In the search box, type Transfer and then
click Transfer files from another computer.
3. Follow the instructions on the Windows Easy
Transfer wizard.
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Backing Up Your Data
It is recommended that you periodically back up
files and folders on your computer.
To back up files:
Windows Vista®
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel→ System
and Maintenance→ Backup and Restore
Center→ Backup files.
If the User Account Control window appears,
click Continue.
NOTE: Certain editions of Windows Vista
provide an option to back up your computer.
2. Follow the instructions on the Back up Files
wizard.
Windows® 7
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel→ System
and Security→ Backup and Restore.
2. Click Set up backup....
3. Follow the instructions on the Configure
Backup wizard.
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Dell Dock
The Dell Dock is a group of icons that provides easy access to frequently-used applications, files,
and folders. You can personalize the Dock by:
•Adding or removing icons
•Changing the color and location of the Dock
•Grouping related icons into categories
Add a Category
•Changing the behavior of the icons
Remove a Category or Icon
1. Right-click the Dock, click Add→ Category.
The Add/Edit Category window is displayed.
1. Right-click the category or icon on the Dock
and click Delete shortcut or Delete category.
2. Enter a title for the category in the Title field.
2. Follow the instructions on the screen.
3. Select an icon for the category from the
Select an image: box.
4. Click Save.
Add an Icon
Drag and drop the icon to the Dock or
a category.
Personalize the Dock
1. Right-click the Dock and click Advanced
Setting....
2. Choose the desired option to personalize
the Dock.
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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 47 or “Contacting Dell” on page 69.
Beep Code Possible Problem
One
Possible motherboard 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 motherboard failure Chipset error
Beep Codes
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 69).
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Four
RAM read/write failure
WARNING: Only trained service personnel
should remove the computer cover. See
the Service Manual at support.dell.com/
manuals for advanced service instructions.
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.
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Display failure
Solving Problems
Network Problems
Power Problems
If the wireless network connection is lost —
If the power light is off — The computer is
either turned off, is not receiving power, or in
hibernate state.
Wireless Connections
The wireless router is offline or wireless has
been disabled on the computer.
•Check your wireless router to ensure it is
powered on and connected to your data
source (cable modem or network hub).
•Interference may be blocking or interrupting
your wireless connection. Try moving the
computer closer to your wireless router.
•Re-establish your connection to the
wireless router (see “Setting Up a Wireless
Connection” on page 13).
Wired Connections
If the network connection is lost — The cable
is loose or damaged. Check the cable to ensure
it is plugged in and not damaged.
•Press the power button. The computer
resumes normal operation if it is off or in
hibernate state.
•Reseat the power cable 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. Also temporarily bypass
power protection devices, power strips, and
power extension cables to verify that the
computer turns on properly.
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Solving Problems
•Ensure that the electrical outlet is working
by testing it with another device, such as
a lamp.
•Check the AC adapter cable connections.
If the AC adapter has a light, ensure that the
light on the AC adapter is on.
If the power light is solid white and the
computer is not responding — The computer
is either turned off, in hibernate state or the
display may not be responding.
•Press the power button. The computer
resumes normal operation if it is off or in
hibernate state.
•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 69.)
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If the power light is breathing white and the
computer is not responding — The computer
is in standby state 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 69).
If the power light is solid amber and the
computer is not responding — The computer is
in standby state with low battery or the display
may not be responding.
•Connect the AC adapter to power the
computer and charge the battery.
Solving Problems
•Move the connected mouse or a finger on
the touch pad 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 69).
If you encounter interference that hinders
reception on your computer — An unwanted
signal is creating interference by interrupting or
blocking other signals. Some possible causes of
interference are:
• Power, keyboard, and mouse extension
cables.
• Too many devices connected to a power strip.
•Multiple power strips connected to the same
electrical outlet.
Memory Problems
If you receive an insufficient memory
message —
•Save and close any open files and exit any
open programs you are not using to see if
that resolves the problem.
•See the software documentation for
minimum memory requirements.
•Reseat the memory module(s) into the
connector(s) (see the Service Manual at
support.dell.com/manuals for instructions.)
•If the problem persists, contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 69).
If you experience other memory problems —
•Run the Dell Diagnostics (see “Dell
Diagnostics” on page 49).
•If the problem persists, contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 69).
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Solving Problems
Lockups and Software
Problems
If the computer does not start up — Ensure
that the power cable is firmly connected to the
computer and to the electrical outlet.
If a program stops responding —
End the program:
1. Press <Ctrl><Shift><Esc> simultaneously.
2. Click Applications.
3. Select the program that is no longer
responding.
4. Click End Task.
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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.
If the computer stops responding or a solid blue
screen appears —
WARNING: You might lose data if you are
unable to perform an operating system
shutdown.
Solving Problems
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.
Windows Vista®
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel→
Programs→ Use an older program with this
version of Windows.
2. In the welcome screen, click Next.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
Windows® 7
1. Click Start
2. In the search box, type Use an older
program with this version of
Windows and press <Enter>
3. Follow the instructions on the Program
Compatibility wizard.
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Solving Problems
If you have other software problems —
•Back up your files immediately.
•Use a virus-scanning program to check the
hard drive or CDs.
•Save and close any open files or programs
and shut down your computer through the
Start
menu.
•Check the software documentation or
contact the software manufacturer for
troubleshooting information:
––Ensure that the program is compatible
with the operating system installed on
your computer.
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––Ensure that your computer meets the
minimum hardware requirements needed
to run the software. See the software
documentation for information.
––Ensure that the program is installed and
configured properly.
––Verify that the device drivers do not
conflict with the program.
––If necessary, uninstall and then reinstall
the program.
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
taskbar.
icon in the
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)
Alerts (technical support alerts
relevant to your computer)
Assistance from Dell (Technical
Support with DellConnect™,
Customer Service, Training and
Tutorials, How-To Help with
Dell on Call™, and Online Scan
with PC CheckUp)
About Your System (System
Documentation, Warranty
Information, System Information,
Upgrades & Accessories)
For more information about Dell Support Center
and available support tools, click the Services
tab at support.dell.com.
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Using Support Tools
System Messages
If your computer has an issue or an error, it may
display a System Message that will help you identify
the cause and action needed to resolve the issue.
NOTE: If the message you received is not
listed in the following examples, see the
documentation for either the operating
system or the program that was running
when the message appeared. Alternatively
you could see the Dell Technology
Guide available on your hard drive or at
support.dell.com/manuals or contact
Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 69
for assistance).
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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 available on your hard
drive or at support.dell.com/manuals).
No timer tick interrupt — A chip on the system
board might be malfunctioning or there might
me a system board failure (see “Contacting
Dell” on page 69 for assistance).
Using Support Tools
Hardware Troubleshooter
Dell Diagnostics
If a device is either not detected during
the operating system setup or is detected
but incorrectly configured, you can use the
Hardware Troubleshooter to resolve the
incompatibility.
If you experience a problem with your
computer, perform the checks in “Lockups and
Software Problems” on page 44 and run the
Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for
technical assistance.
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 69).
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.
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NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating
system logo appears, continue to wait until
you see the Microsoft® Windows® desktop;
then, shut down your computer and try again.
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 the 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).”
Using Support Tools
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.
If PSA is not invoked:
Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics
from the diagnostics utility partition on your
hard drive and to go to the Choose An Option
window.
1. Select the test you want to run.
2. 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 69).
NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer
is located at the top of each test screen.
The Service Tag helps you identify your
computer when you contact Dell.
3. When the tests complete, close the test
screen to return to the Choose An Option
window.
4. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and to restart the
computer, click Exit.
Starting Dell Diagnostics From the
Drivers and Utilities Disc
1. Insert the Drivers and Utilities disc.
2. Shut down and restart the computer.
When the DELL logo appears, press <F12>
immediately.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
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Using Support Tools
NOTE: The next steps change the boot
sequence for one time only. On the next
start-up, the computer boots according to
the devices specified in the system setup
program.
3. When the boot device list appears, highlight
CD/DVD/CD-RW and press <Enter>.
4. Select the Boot from CD-ROM option from
the menu that appears and press <Enter>.
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.
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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 69).
NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer
is located 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 your operating system in the
following ways:
•System Restore returns your computer to an
earlier operating state without affecting data
files. Use System Restore as the first solution
for restoring your operating system and
preserving data files.
•Dell DataSafe Local Backup restores your
hard drive to the operating state it was in
when you purchased your computer, without
erasing the data files. Use this option if
System Restore did not resolve your problem.
•Dell Factory Image Restore returns your hard
drive to the operating state it was in when
you purchased the computer. This procedure
permanently deletes all data on the hard
drive and removes any programs installed
after you received the computer. Use Dell
Factory Image Restore only if System
Restore did not resolve your operating
system problem.
•If you received an Operating System disc
with your computer, you can use it to restore
your operating system. However, using the
Operating System disc also deletes all data
on the hard drive. Use the Operating System
disc only if System Restore did not resolve
your operating system problem.
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INSPIRON
Restoring Your Operating System
Restoring Your Operating System
System Restore
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.
NOTE: The procedures in this document
were written for the Windows default view,
so they may not apply if you set your Dell™
computer to the Windows Classic view.
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Starting System Restore
1. Click Start
.
2. In the Start Search box, type System
Restore and press <Enter>.
NOTE: The User Account Control window
may appear. If you are an administrator on
the computer, click Continue; otherwise,
contact your administrator to continue the
desired action.
3. Click Next and follow the 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 Start Search box, type System
Restore and press <Enter>.
3. Click Undo my last restoration and click
Next.
Dell DataSafe Local Backup
NOTE: Dell DataSafe Local Backup may not
be available in all regions.
Dell DataSafe Local Backup is a backup
and recovery application that restores your
computer if you lose data due to a virus attack,
accidentally delete critical files or folders, or if
the hard drive crashes.
This application allows you to:
•Restore files and folders
•Restore your hard drive to the operating
state it was in when you purchased your
computer, without erasing the existing
personal files and data
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Restoring Your Operating System
To schedule backups:
1. Double-click the Dell DataSafe Local icon
on the taskbar.
2. Choose Full System Backup to create and
schedule automatic backup of all the data in
your computer.
To restore data:
1. Turn off your computer.
2. Remove any recently added internal
hardware and disconnect devices such as a
USB drive, printer, and so on.
NOTE: Do not disconnect the display,
keyboard, mouse, and the power cable.
3. Turn on your computer.
4. When the Dell logo appears, press <F8>
several times to access the Advanced Boot
Options window.
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NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
5. Select Repair Your Computer.
6. Select Dell Factory Image Recovery and
DataSafe Options and follow the instructions
on the screen.
NOTE: The 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.
Restoring Your Operating System
Dell Factory Image Restore
CAUTION: Using Dell Factory Image
Restore permanently deletes all data on
the hard drive and removes any programs
or drivers installed after you received your
computer. If possible, back up the data
before using this option. Use Dell Factory
Image Restore only if System Restore did
not resolve your operating system problem.
NOTE: Dell Factory Image Restore may
not be available in certain countries or on
certain computers.
Use Dell Factory Image Restore only as the last
method to restore your operating system. 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.
1. Turn on the computer. When the Dell logo
appears, press <F8> several times to access
the Advanced Boot Options window.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
2. Select Repair Your Computer.
3. The System Recovery Options window
appears.
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Restoring Your Operating System
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.
NOTE: Depending upon your configuration,
you may need to select Dell Factory Tools,
then Dell Factory Image Restore.
7. Click Next. The Confirm Data Deletion
screen appears.
NOTE: If you do not want to proceed with
Factory Image Restore, click Cancel.
8. 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.
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Restoring Your Operating System
Operating System
Reinstallation
Before You Begin
If you are considering reinstalling the Windows
operating system to correct a problem with a
newly installed driver, first try using Windows
Device Driver Rollback.
To roll back a device driver:
1. Click Start
.
If Device Driver Rollback does not resolve the
problem, then use System Restore to return your
operating system to the operating state it was in
before you installed the new device driver.
CAUTION: Before performing the
installation, back up all data files on your
primary hard drive. For conventional hard
drive configurations, the primary hard
drive is the first drive detected by the
computer.
2. Right-click Computer.
3. Click Properties→ Device Manager.
4. Right-click the device for which the new
driver was installed, and click Properties.
5. Click the Drivers tab → Roll Back Driver.
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Restoring Your Operating System
To reinstall Windows, you need the following:
•Dell Operating System disc
•Dell Drivers and Utilities disc
NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities disc
contains drivers that were installed during
the assembly of the computer. Use the
Dell Drivers and Utilities disc to load any
required drivers. Depending on the region
from which you ordered your computer, or
whether you requested the disc, the Dell
Drivers and Utilities disc and Operating
System disc may not ship with your
computer.
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Reinstalling Microsoft Windows
The reinstallation process can take 1 to 2 hours
to complete. After you reinstall the operating
system, you must also reinstall the device
drivers, virus protection program, and other
software.
1. Save and close any open files and exit any
open programs.
2. Insert the Operating System disc.
3. Click Exit if the Install Windows message
appears.
4. Restart the computer.
Restoring Your Operating System
5. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12>
immediately.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
NOTE: The next steps change the boot
sequence for one time only. On the next
start-up, the computer boots according to
the devices specified in the system setup
program.
6. When the boot device list appears, highlight
CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive and press <Enter>.
7. Press any key to Boot from CD-ROM.
Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the installation.
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INSPIRON
Getting Help
If you experience a problem with your computer,
you can complete the following steps to
diagnose and troubleshoot the problem:
1. See “Solving Problems” on page 40 for
information and procedures that pertain to
the problem your computer is experiencing.
2. See the Dell Technology Guide
available on your hard drive or at
support.dell.com/manuals for more
troubleshooting information.
3. See “Dell Diagnostics” on page 49 for
procedures on how to run Dell Diagnostics.
4. Fill out the “Diagnostic Checklist”
on page 68.
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5. Use Dell’s extensive suite of online services
available at Dell Support (support.dell.com)
for help with installation and troubleshooting
procedures. See “Online Services”
on page 64 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 67.
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.
Getting Help
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.
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 67 and then see the contact
information for your region or go to
support.dell.com.
DellConnect
DellConnect™ is a simple online access tool that
allows a Dell service and support associate to
access your computer through a broadband
connection, diagnose your problem and repair it
all under your supervision. For more information,
go to www.dell.com/dellconnect.
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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)
•support.euro.dell.com (Europe only)
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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.
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. For the telephone number to call
your region, see “Contacting Dell” on page 69.
Product Information
If you need information about additional
products available from Dell, or if you would like
to place an order, visit the Dell website at
www.dell.com. For the telephone number to call
your region or to speak to a sales specialist, see
“Contacting Dell” on page 69.
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 your region,
see “Contacting Dell” on page 69.
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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 PC Cards.
Dell is not responsible for any of your
confidential, proprietary or personal
information; lost or corrupted data; or
damaged or lost removable media that may
be included with your return.
1. Call Dell to obtain a Return Material
Authorization Number, and write it clearly
and prominently on the outside of the box.
For the telephone number to call your region,
see “Contacting Dell” on page 69.
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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 68), indicating
the tests that you have run and any error
messages reported by the Dell Diagnostics
(see “Dell Diagnostics” on page 49).
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.
Getting Help
Before You Call
NOTE: Have your Express Service Code ready when you call. The code helps Dell’s automatedsupport 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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Getting Help
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 telephonebased support and service options. Availability
varies by country and product, and some
services may not be available in your area.
To contact Dell for sales, technical support, or
customer service issues:
1. Visit www.dell.com/contactdell.
2. Select your country or region.
3. Select the appropriate service or support link
based on your need.
4. Choose the method of contacting Dell that is
convenient for you.
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INSPIRON
Finding More Information and Resources
If you need to:
See:
reinstall your operating system
the Operating System disc
run a diagnostic program for your computer,
reinstall notebook system software, or update
drivers for your computer, and readme files
the Drivers and Utilities disc
learn more about your operating system,
maintaining peripherals, Internet, Bluetooth®,
networking, and e-mail
the Dell Technology Guide available on your
hard drive or at support.dell.com/manuals
upgrade your computer with new or additional
components, like a new hard drive
the Service Manual at
support.dell.com/manuals
reinstall or replace a worn or defective part
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NOTE: Drivers and documentation updates
can be found at support.dell.com.
NOTE: In some countries, opening and
replacing parts of your computer may void
your warranty. Check your warranty and
return policies before working inside your
computer.
Finding More Information and Resources
If you need to:
See:
find safety best practices information for your
computer review Warranty information, Terms
and Conditions (U.S. only), Safety instructions,
Regulatory information, Ergonomics
information, and End User License Agreement
the safety and regulatory documents that
shipped with your computer and also see the
Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance
find your Service tag/Express Service Code—
You must use the service tag to identify your
computer on support.dell.com or to contact
technical support
the back or bottom of your computer
the Dell Support Center. To launch the Dell
Support Center, click the
icon in the
taskbar.
find drivers and downloads
support.dell.com
access technical support and product help
check on your order status for new purchases
find solutions and answers to common
questions
locate information for last-minute updates
about technical changes to your computer or
advanced technical-reference material for
technicians or experienced users
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Basic Specifications
This section provides information that you may need when setting up, updating drivers for, and
upgrading your computer. For more detailed specifications, see the Comprehensive Specifications
at support.dell.com/manuals.
NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. For more information regarding the configuration of your
computer, click Start
→ Help and Support and select the option to view information about
your computer.
Computer Model
Memory
Dell Inspiron 1546
Memory type
800 MHz DDR2
SO-DIMM
Computer Information
Memory
configurations
possible
1 GB, 2 GB, 3 GB, 4 GB,
6 GB, and 8 GB
™
™
Processor types
AMD Turion™ X2 Ultra
Dual-Core
AMD Turion™ X2 Dual-Core
AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual-Core
AMD Sempron™
System chipset
AMD RS780M/SB700
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Basic Specifications
Communications
Connectors
Network adapter 10/100 Ethernet LAN on
system board
Mini-Card
one half-size Mini-Card
slot
Wireless
Network adapter
one RJ45 connector
USB
three four-pin USB
2.0-compliant connectors
Video
one 15-hole connector
internal WLAN Mini‑Card
with WiFi a/b/g/n;
Bluetooth® wireless
technology (optional)
Camera (Optional)
Pixel
1.3 megapixel
Video resolution
640 x 480 at 30 fps
(maximum)
Connectors
Audio
one microphone-in
connector, one stereo
headphone/speaker
connector
Display
Type (activematrix TFT)
15.6-inch HD WLED with
TrueLife
Dimensions:
Height
193.5 mm (7.62 inches)
Width
344.2 mm (13.55 inches)
Diagonal
394.1 mm (15.6 inches)
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Battery
Battery
Type and dimensions:
Charge time
(approximate):
4 hours (when the
computer is turned off)
Operating time
varies depending on
operating conditions
Coin-cell battery
CR-2032
9-cell “smart” lithium ion
Depth
76.7 mm (3.02 inches)
Height
20.0 mm (0.78 inches)
Width
221.0 mm (8.70 inches)
Weight
0.51 kg (1.12 lb)
Voltage
11.1 VDC
6-cell “smart” lithium ion
AC Adapter
NOTE: Use only AC adapters specified
for use with your computer. See the
safety information that shipped with your
computer.
Depth
57.2 mm (2.25 inches)
Input voltage
100–240 VAC
Height
20.0 mm (0.78 inches)
205.1 mm (8.07 inches)
Input current
(maximum)
1.5 A
Width
Weight
0.35 kg (0.77 lb)
Input frequency
50–60 Hz
Voltage
11.1 VDC
Output power
90 W
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AC Adapter
Physical
Output current
4.62 A (continuous)
Rated output
voltage
19.5 ± 1 VDC
Dimensions:
Height
16 mm (0.6 inches)
Width
70 mm (2.8 inches)
Length
147 mm (5.8 inches)
Weight (with
cables)
0.345 kg (0.76 lb)
Temperature range
Operating
0° to 35°C
(32° to 95°F)
Storage
–30° to 65°C
(–22° to 149°F)
Height
25.9 mm to 37.8 mm
(1.02 inches to 1.49 inches)
Width
373.5 mm (14.70 inches)
Depth
244.0 mm (9.60 inches)
Weight (with
6-cell battery)
configurable to less than
2.7 kg (6 lb)
Computer Environment
Temperature range:
Operating
0° to 35°C (32° to 95°F)
Storage
–40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F)
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Computer Environment
Computer Environment
Relative humidity (maximum):
Altitude (maximum):
Operating
10% to 90%
(noncondensing)
Operating
–15.2 to 3048 m
(–50 to 10,000 ft)
Storage
5% to 95%
(noncondensing)
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
Maximum vibration (using a random-vibration
spectrum that simulates user environment):
Operating
0.66 GRMS
Non-Operating
1.3 GRMS
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 the hard drive in head-parked
position and a 2-ms half-sine pulse):
Operating
110 G
Non-Operating
160 G
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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 voltage
Output
intensity
P02F
100-240 VAC
50-60 Hz
1.5 A
19.5 ± 1 VDC
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
AC adapter
size and weight 75
airflow, allowing 5
B
backups
creating 38
C
Contacting Dell online 69
customer service 63
customizing
your desktop 37
your energy settings 37
D
damage, avoiding 5
data, backing up 38
DellConnect 63
calling Dell 67
Dell DataSafe Local Backup 55
CDs, playing and creating 36
Dell Diagnostics 49
chipset 72
Dell Factory Image Restore 53
computer capabilities 36
Dell Support Center 47
computer, setting up 5
Dell Support Website 64
conserving energy 37
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Index
Dell Technology Guide
for further information 70
Hardware Troubleshooter 49
help
Diagnostic Checklist 68
drivers and downloads 71
getting assistance and support 62
DVDs, playing and creating 36
I
E
ISP
email addresses
for technical support 64
energy
conserving 37
F
Internet connection 12
Internet Service Provider 12
M
memory problems
solving 43
memory support 72
finding more information 70
FTP login, anonymous 64
H
hardware problems
diagnosing 49
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N
network connection
fixing 41
Index
P
support email addresses 64
power strips, using 6
processor 72
products
information and purchasing 65
support sites
worldwide 64
System Messages 48
System Restore 53
V
R
reinstalling Windows 60
resources, finding more 70
restoring factory image 57
S
ventilation, ensuring 5
W
warranty returns 66
Windows
setup, before you begin 5
shipping products
for return or repair 66
reinstalling 59
wired network connection 7
wireless network connection 13
software features 36
software problems 44
specifications 72
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