Dell 0F670RA00 Laptop User Manual

QUICK START GUIDE
QUICK START GUIDE
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January 2009 P/N F670R Rev. A00

Contents
Overview ��������������������������������������������������������5
Using the Web Browser�������������������������������� 16
Getting Started With Your
Dell Desktop ��������������������������������������������������6
Instant Messaging With Pidgin�������������������� 18
Getting Started With Your
Classic Desktop ��������������������������������������������8
Dell Media Experience���������������������������������� 18
Starting an Application ���������������������������������� 8
Connecting Devices�������������������������������������� 20
Customizing Your Desktop������������������������������ 8
Restoring Your Ubuntu System ������������������22
Adding and Removing an Application
Icon on Your Desktop�������������������������������������� 8
Using Totem TV���������������������������������������������� 18
Applications in Ubuntu���������������������������������� 19
Starting System Restore ������������������������������ 22
Getting Started With Ubuntu������������������������9
Connecting to the Internet Using
a Wireless or Wired Connection�������������������� 9
Quickly Viewing a Window in
Full Screen����������������������������������������������������� 10
System Preferences and
Administration������������������������������������������������ 11
Browsing Files and Folders�������������������������� 14
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Overview
Overview
Welcome to your Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini.
This guide helps you to get acquainted with the Ubuntu® operating system, perform basic functions,
and set up your computer just the way you want it.
If you need more information, complete documentation on Ubuntu is available from the Help Center
on your computer. To access the Help Center, click the Help icon on the Panel, found at the top of
your screen.
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Getting Started With Your Dell Desktop
Getting Started With Your Dell Desktop
The Dell Desktop launches when you turn on your computer.
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Launcher — The Launcher organizes applications,
bookmarks, folders, and documents into categories.
Click a Category, and then click an item to open it.
Customize the Launcher by adding your favorite items
to a Category, or even add a new Category — using
the Plus icons.
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Desktop — Right-click the background to change the
background image.
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Categories — Click a category to view a list of
applications, bookmarks, folders, or documents.
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Home icon — Click this icon to minimize all windows
and to display the Launcher.
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Ubuntu icon — The Ubuntu icon opens the Ubuntu
Menu. From the Ubuntu Menu, access applications,
preferences, system commands, system settings,
and tools.
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Help icon — Click this icon to access the Help
Center.
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Running tasks — To bring a running task to the
foreground, click the corresponding item
on the Panel.
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Panel — The Panel provides quick access to open
running tasks on the desktop, or to frequently-used
programs, files, or utilities on your computer.
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Search icon — Click this icon to search for files and
folders.
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Battery/Charging status indicator — Move the
mouse over this icon to view the battery status.
Right-click to change your Power Manager settings.
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Network status indicator — Click the icon to view
the list of available networks. When connected to
a wireless network, the icon changes to a series of
bars indicating signal strength. The more bars, the
stronger the signal.
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Volume control icon — Click this icon to adjust the
volume of the computer.
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Notification area — Includes a clock and icons
associated with programs.
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Plus icons — Click the upper Plus icon to add a
category to the Launcher. Click the lower Plus icon to
add applications or website bookmarks.
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Getting Started With Your Classic Desktop
Getting Started With Your Classic Desktop
To switch from the Dell Desktop Launcher to the
Classic Desktop, click
→ Switch Desktop
Mode→ Classic Desktop.
Starting an Application
1. Click the Applications menu.
2. Select the appropriate category and
application.
Customizing Your Desktop
Personalizing the Panel
You can add frequently used utilities and
applications to the Panel by performing the
following procedures:
1. Right-click the Panel and select Add to
Panel.
2. Select an application in the Add to Panel
dialog box and click Add.
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Adding and Removing an
Application Icon on Your Desktop
You can add an icon on your Desktop to launch
a frequently used application.
1. Select an application in the Applications
menu.
2. Drag and drop the application on to the
Desktop.
To remove an application icon from your
Desktop, drag it into the trash bin.
Getting Started With Ubuntu
Getting Started With Ubuntu
Connecting to the Internet Using a
Wireless or Wired Connection
Connecting to a Wireless Network
1. To initiate a connection to a wireless
network, click the Network Manager icon on
the right side of the Panel.
2. Select the network to which you would
like to connect. If the network requires
a password, the Wireless Network Key
Required screen appears. Enter the network
password. Select the Show password
checkbox to review your password, if
needed.
2. If your network automatically assigns
IP addresses and network settings, your
set‑up is complete.
3. If your network does not automatically
assign a network address to your computer,
you may configure an IP address on your
computer from the Network Administration
screen. Go to
→ System→
Administration→ Network Settings. Use the
IP address and network information provided
by your ISP or network administrator.
Connecting to a Wired Network
1. To use a wired network connection, connect
the network cable into the network port on
the right side of your computer.
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Getting Started With Ubuntu
Quickly Viewing a Window in Full Screen
Press <Ctrl><Alt><F> to toggle between standard view and full screen view.
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System Preferences and
Administration
From the Dell Desktop, use the tools available
→ System to control the appearance
from
and operation of your computer.
•Select Preferences for settings of themes,
keyboard shortcuts, and power management.
•Select Administration to manage computer
monitors and configuration tools functions
such as network, printing, and users and
groups.
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Getting Started With Ubuntu
Setting Screensaver Preferences
1. Click
→ System→ Preferences→
Screensaver.
The Screensaver Preferences window
appears.
2. In the Screensaver theme list, select Blank
for a blank screen, select Random for a
random screensaver, or select a screensaver
of your choice.
3. Adjust the slider for the length of time that
you want your computer to idle before the
screensaver appears.
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4. Ensure that the Activate screensaver when
computer is idle checkbox is selected.
5. If you want the screensaver to lock the
screen, select the Lock screen when
screensaver is active checkbox.
6. Click Close.
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Browsing Files and Folders
Creating a New Folder
The File Manager allows you to view, create,
organize, and search for your files and folders
using an interface similar to a web browser. To
open the file browser from the Dell Launcher,
select Productivity→ Places.
1. Browse to the location where you want to
create the new folder.
Using Bookmarks
3. Name the folder and press Enter.
Bookmarks in the File Manager are similar
to bookmarks in a web browser. Use the
bookmarks feature to help you quickly open
frequently used folders.
To add a bookmark
1. Browse to the folder that you want to
bookmark, and open it.
2. Click Bookmarks→ Add Bookmark or press
<Ctrl><D>.
The bookmark appears in the Bookmarks menu
and in the lower portion of the side pane.
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2. Click File→ Create Folder, or rightclick and select Create Folder, or press
<Shift><Ctrl><N>.
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Using the Web Browser
You can browse the web using the web browser.
The search box allows you to search the web
directly from the toolbar. Tabbed browsing
means you can have multiple pages open, but
contained within the same browser window.
Using Tabbed Browsing
To open a new tab, go to File→ New Tab or
press <Crtl><T>.
To close a tab, click the close button on the tab
or press <Ctrl><W>.
Using Bookmarks
1. To bookmark a page, click Bookmarks→
Bookmark This Page or press <Ctrl><D>
or to bookmark a group of tabs, select
Bookmarks→ Bookmark All Tabs.
2. Select a folder for the bookmark and
click Add.
Bookmarks saved to the Bookmarks Toolbar
Folder appear on the Bookmarks Toolbar.
3. To organize and edit your bookmarks, click
Bookmarks→ Organize Bookmarks.
Adding Bookmarks to the Launcher
If you have the Dell Desktop enabled, you can
add web site bookmarks to the Launcher from
within the web browser.
1. To add a bookmark to the Launcher, choose
one of the following methods:
––Select Bookmarks→ Bookmark in
Launcher
––Press <Ctrl><Shift><D>
––Click the heart icon
navigation bar
from the
2. Select a category and click Apply.
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Instant Messaging With Pidgin
Using Totem TV
The Pidgin messaging client allows you to use
multiple types of instant messaging accounts
and protocols all at once.
If your computer includes the optional TV tuner/
antenna, you can use the Totem TV player to
watch digital TV:
1. From the Dell Launcher, select
Web→ Instant Messenger.
1. From the Dell Launcher, select
Entertainment→ TV Player.
2. If you are opening Pidgin for the first time,
in addition to your Buddy List, an Accounts
dialog box prompts you to add accounts.
2. Totem TV automatically presents a scan
dialog. Choose DVB-T.
Click Add.
3. Select the Protocol of the account that you
want to add, enter the required information,
and click Save.
4. Close the Accounts dialog box and,
optionally, the Buddy List.
To access the Pidgin menu options, right-click
the Pidgin icon on the top Panel.
3. After scanning completes, double-click the
desired channel name from the list to begin
viewing.
Dell Media Experience
For the best multimedia experience, Dell
provides PowerCinema — a media player for
Music, Video, Photos, and Movies. To view DVD
movies, the portable Dell CD/DVD Player and
PowerDVD software are required.
To use Dell Media Experience, select
Entertainment→ Dell Media Experience from
the Dell Launcher.
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Applications in Ubuntu
Adding and Removing Applications
Ubuntu comes with a wide variety of
pre-installed applications.
1. Click
→ Applications→
Add/Remove.
Some of the most frequently used applications
include the following:
2. To add an application, select the required
application checkbox. To remove an
application, deselect the required
application checkbox.
3. Some applications may require additional
supporting applications or will be a part of a
bundle. If you still want to install/remove the
application, click Install All/Remove All in
the confirmation window.
4. When you have finished making changes,
click OK.
5. Check the list of changes you have made in
the confirmation window and click Apply.
6. Progress windows appear while
downloading, installing, and removing
applications. Once the processes finish, the
Changes Applied window appears.
7. Click Close.
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Connecting Devices
Digital Cameras
Ubuntu supports a wide range of peripheral
devices and lets you connect to them easily.
1. Connect your digital camera to an available
USB port on the computer.
USB Drives
2. Turn on the camera and place it in review or
file transfer mode.
1. Connect storage devices like USB hard
drives or pen drives to an available USB port
on the computer
2. The drivers are automatically installed and
the File Browser window appears.
3. You can now transfer files between your
computer and the storage device.
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3. On the screen that appears, choose F-Spot
Photo Manager as the program to open.
4. Select the photo(s) and the location to
transfer the photos.
5. Click Copy and the photos are transferred to
the selected location.
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Bluetooth Devices
1. From the Panel, right-click the Bluetooth
icon
and select Connect new device...
2. The Bluetooth Device Wizard screen
appears. Click Forward.
5. The Successfully configured new device
message appears. Click Close.
6. To transfer or browse files, right-click the
Bluetooth icon
and select Send files to
device... or Browse files on device...
3. The detected Bluetooth devices are listed.
Select the device you wish to use and click
Forward.
4. A PIN code may be necessary to establish
connection. On the Bluetooth device, enter
the PIN code displayed on your computer
screen, and you are connected (paired).
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Restoring Your Ubuntu System
Restoring Your Ubuntu System
Use the Ubuntu LTS DVD that shipped with your
computer to restore your operating system.
CAUTION: Using the Ubuntu LTS DVD
deletes all data on the hard drive.
NOTE: Your computer may or may not have
an optical drive. Use an external optical
drive or any external storage device for the
procedures that involve media.
Starting System Restore
1. Turn off the computer.
2. Connect an external USB optical drive
into an available USB connector on your
computer.
3. Insert the Ubuntu LTS DVD in the external
USB optical disc drive.
CAUTION: Using the Ubuntu LTS DVD
deletes all data on the hard drive.
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4. Turn on the computer.
5. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12>
immediately.
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 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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