Specifications | Dell 0H4MWDA00 Personal Computer User Manual

INSPIRON
™
SETUP GUIDE
INSPIRON
™
SETUP GUIDE
Regulatory Model: D02U series
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you how to avoid the problem.
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August 2009 P/N H4MWD Rev. A00

Contents
Setting Up Your Inspiron Desktop����������������5
Solving Problems ����������������������������������������31
Before Setting Up Your Computer ���������������� 5
Beep Codes���������������������������������������������������� 31
Connect the Display ��������������������������������������� 6
Network Problems ���������������������������������������� 32
Connect the Keyboard and Mouse���������������� 8
Power Problems�������������������������������������������� 33
Connect the Power Cable ������������������������������ 9
Memory Problems ���������������������������������������� 35
Connect the Network Cable (Optional)�������� 10
Lockups and Software Problems ���������������� 36
Press the Power Button�������������������������������� 12
Using Support Tools ������������������������������������38
Set Up the Operating System������������������������ 13
Dell Support Center �������������������������������������� 38
Connect to the Internet (Optional) �������������� 14
System Messages������������������������������������������ 39
Using Your Inspiron Desktop����������������������18
Hardware Troubleshooter ���������������������������� 41
Front View Features�������������������������������������� 18
Dell Diagnostics �������������������������������������������� 41
Top View Features ���������������������������������������� 20
Restoring Your Operating System��������������45
Back View Features�������������������������������������� 22
System Restore���������������������������������������������� 46
Software Features ���������������������������������������� 25
Dell Factory Image Restore�������������������������� 48
Dell Dock ������������������������������������������������������ 30
Operating System Reinstallation������������������ 50
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Getting Help��������������������������������������������������52
Technical Support and Customer
Service������������������������������������������������������������ 53
DellConnect �������������������������������������������������� 53
Online Services���������������������������������������������� 54
Automated Order-Status Service ���������������� 55
Product Information�������������������������������������� 55
Returning Items for Repair Under
Warranty or for Credit ���������������������������������� 56
Before You Call���������������������������������������������� 57
Contacting Dell���������������������������������������������� 59
Finding More Information and
Resources ����������������������������������������������������60
Basic Specifications ����������������������������������62
Appendix ������������������������������������������������������71
Index��������������������������������������������������������������73
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INSPIRON
Setting Up Your Inspiron Desktop
This section provides information about setting
up your Inspiron™ 300/400.
WARNING: Before you begin any of the
procedures in this section, read the
safety information that shipped with
your computer. For additional safety
best practices information, see the
Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
Before Setting Up Your
Computer
When positioning your computer, ensure that
you allow easy access to a power source,
adequate ventilation, and a level surface to
place your computer.
Restricting airflow around your computer may
cause it to overheat. To prevent overheating
ensure that you leave at least 10.2 cm (4 inches)
at the back of the computer and a minimum of
5.1 cm (2 inches) on all other sides. You should
never place your computer in an enclosed
space, such as a cabinet or drawer when it is
powered on.
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Connect the Display
Inspiron 300: Connect the display using the integrated VGA connector.
Inspiron 400: Connect the display using the integrated VGA connector or the HDMI connector. For
better performance it is recommended that you connect the display using the HDMI connector.
You can purchase the HDMI-to-DVI adapter and additional HDMI cables on the Dell website at
www.dell.com.
Use the appropriate cable based on the connectors available on your computer and display. Refer to
the following table to identify the connectors on your computer and display.
NOTE: When connecting to a single display, connect the display to ONLY ONE of the connectors
on your computer.
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Connection Type
Computer
Cable
Display
VGA-to-VGA
(VGA cable)
HDMI-to-HDMI
(HDMI cable)
HDMI-to-DVI
(HDMI-to-DVI
adapter + DVI cable)
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Connect the Keyboard and Mouse
Connect the USB keyboard and mouse to the USB connectors on the back panel of the computer.
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Connect the Power Cable
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Connect the Network Cable (Optional)
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A network connection is not required to complete your computer setup, but if you have an existing
network or Internet connection that uses a cable connection (such as a broadband device or
Ethernet jack), you can connect it now.
NOTE: Use only an Ethernet cable to connect to the network connector (RJ45 connector).
Do not plug a telephone cable (RJ11 connector) into the network connector.
To connect your computer to a network or a broadband device, connect one end of the network
cable to the network port or the broadband device. Connect the other end of the network cable to
the network connector (RJ45 connector) on the back panel of your computer. A click indicates that
the network cable has been securely attached.
The network connector has two indicators, the network activity and the link integrity light.
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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 on the
Dell Support website at support.dell.com.
Set Up Ubuntu
To set up Ubuntu® for the first time, follow the
instructions on the screen. See the Ubuntu
Quick Start Guide that shipped with your
computer for more operating system specific
information.
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Connect to the Internet
(Optional)
To connect to the Internet, you need an external
modem or network connection and an Internet
service provider (ISP).
If an external USB modem or WLAN adapter is
not part of your original order, you can purchase
one from the Dell website at www.dell.com.
Setting Up a Wired Connection
• If you are using a dial-up connection, connect
the telephone line to the optional external USB
modem and to the telephone wall jack before
you set up your Internet connection.
•If you are using a DSL or cable/satellite
modem connection, contact your ISP
or cellular telephone service for setup
instructions.
To complete setting up your wired Internet
connection, follow the instructions in “Setting Up
Your Internet Connection” on page 16.
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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 XP
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start→ Control Panel.
3. Click Network Connections.
4. Under Network Connections, click Create a
New Connection.
Windows Vista®
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start
→ Connect To.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the setup.
Windows 7
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start
→ Control Panel→ Network
and Sharing Center→ Connect to a network.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the setup.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the setup.
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Setting Up Your Internet Connection
4. Click Setup.
ISPs and ISP offerings vary by country. Contact
your ISP for offerings available in your country.
5. Click Connect to the Internet.
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.
To setup your Internet connection:
Windows XP
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start→ Control Panel.
3. Under Network and Internet Connections,
select Setup or Change Your Internet
Connection.
The Internet Properties window appears.
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The New Connection Wizard appears.
6. In the next window, select the appropriate
option:
––If you do not have an ISP and want to
select one, click Choose from a list of
Internet service providers (ISPs).
––If you have already obtained the setup
information from your ISP but did not
receive a setup CD, click Set up my
connection manually.
––If you have a CD, click Use the CD I got
from an ISP.
7. Click Next.
If you selected Set up my connection
manually, continue to step 8. Otherwise,
follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the setup.
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NOTE: If you do not know which type of
connection to select, contact your ISP.
8. Select the appropriate option under How do
you want to connect to the Internet?, and
then click Next.
9. Use the setup information provided by your
ISP to complete the setup.
Windows Vista
NOTE: The following instructions are
applicable to the Windows default view,
so they may not apply if you set your Dell™
computer to the Windows classic view.
1. Save and close any open files, and exit any
open programs.
2. Click Start
→ 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.
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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Using Your Inspiron Desktop
This section provides information about the features available on your Inspiron™ desktop.
Front View Features
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1 Optical drive (optional) — Plays or records only standard-size (12 cm) CDs, DVDs, and
Blu-ray Discs.
2 Optical drive eject button — Opens the optical drive disc tray when pressed.
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4-in-1 Memory card reader — Provides a fast and convenient way to view and share
digital photos, music, videos, and documents stored on the following digital memory cards:
•Secure Digital (SD) memory card
•Mini Secure Digital memory card
•Micro SD/SDHC memory card
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USB 2.0 connectors (2) — Connects to USB devices that are connected occasionally
such as memory keys, digital cameras, and MP3 players.
Headphone connector — Connects to headphones.
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Top View Features
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Power button and light — Turns the power on or off when pressed. The light in the
center of this button indicates the power state:
•Off — The computer is either turned off, in hibernate mode, or is not receiving power.
•Solid white — The computer is on.
•Solid amber — The computer is in sleep state or there is a problem with the system board.
•Blinking amber — Indicates a problem with the system board or the power supply.
NOTE: For information on power problems, see “Power Problems” on page 33.
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Back View Features
Inspiron 300
Inspiron 400
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AC adapter connector — Connects to the AC adapter to power the computer.
Hard drive activity light — Turns on when the computer reads or writes data. A blinking
white light indicates hard drive activity.
CAUTION: To avoid loss of data, never turn off the computer while the hard drive activity
light is blinking.
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Top cover release button — Opens the cover of the computer.
4
VGA connector — Connects video devices such as a monitor or projector.
Network connector and light — Connects your computer to a network or broadband
device.
6 Security cable slot — Attaches a commercially available antitheft device to the computer.
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NOTE: Before you buy an antitheft device, ensure that it works with the security cable slot on
your computer.
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Line-out connector — Connects to headphones and speakers with integrated amplifiers.
Microphone connector — Connects to a microphone for voice or audio input into a
sound or telephony program.
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USB 2.0 connectors (2) — Connects to USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, printer,
external drive, or MP3 player.
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eSATA connectors (2) — Connects to external SATA and eSATA storage devices.
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HDMI connector — Connects to a TV for both 2.1 audio and video signals.
NOTE: When both HDMI and line out connectors are connected, audio is routed through the
analog connectors and not through the HDMI connector.
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Software Features
NOTE: For more information about the
features described in this section, see the
Dell Technology Guide available on your
hard drive or on the Dell Support website
at support.dell.com/manuals.
Productivity and Communication
You can use your computer to create
presentations, brochures, greeting cards, fliers,
and spreadsheets. You can also edit and view
digital photographs and images. Check your
purchase order for software installed on your
computer.
Entertainment and Multimedia
You can use your computer to watch videos,
play games, create your own CDs, listen to
music and radio stations. Your optical disc
drive may support multiple disc media formats
including CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs (if the
option is selected at the time of purchase).
You can download or copy pictures and video
files from portable devices, such as digital
cameras and cell phones. Optional software
applications enable you to organize and create
music and video files that can be recorded to a
disc, saved on portable products such as MP3
players and handheld entertainment devices.
After connecting to the Internet, you can access
websites, setup an e-mail account, and upload or
download files.
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Customizing the Desktop
You can customize your desktop to change the
appearance, resolution, wallpaper, screensaver,
or other features of your desktop.
To customize the desktop:
Windows® XP
1. Right-click an open area of the desktop to
access the display properties window.
2. Click Properties, to open the Display
Properties window and learn more about
your customization options.
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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.
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Customizing Your Energy Settings
You can use the power options in your operating
system to configure the power settings on your
computer. The Microsoft® Windows® operating
system installed on your Dell computer provides
the following options:
Windows Vista
•Dell Recommended — Offers full
performance when you need it and saves
power during periods of inactivity.
•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.
Windows 7
•Power saver — Saves power on your
computer by reducing system performance
to maximize the life of the computer and by
reducing the amount of energy consumed by
your computer over its lifetime.
•Balanced (recommended) — Automatically
balances the performance of your computer
by consuming energy on capable hardware.
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Transferring Information to a New
Computer
Windows XP
NOTE: The following steps are applicable
for the Windows default view, so they may
not apply if you set your Dell™ computer to
the Windows Classic view.
1. Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→
System Tools→ Files and Settings Transfer
Wizard.
2. Follow the instructions on the Files and
Settings Transfer Wizard.
Windows Vista
NOTE: The following steps are applicable
for the Windows default view, so they may
not apply if you set your Dell™ computer to
the Windows Classic view.
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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 XP
1. Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→
System Tools→ Backup.
2. Follow the instructions on the Backup or
Restore wizard.
Windows Vista
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel→ System
and Maintenance→ Back Up and Restore
Center→ Back up files.
2. If the User Account Control window appears,
click Continue.
NOTE: Certain editions of Windows Vista
provide an option to back up your computer.
3. Follow the instructions on the Backup or
Restore wizard.
Windows 7
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel→ System
and Security→ Back Up and Restore.
1. Click Set up backup....
2. 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 appears.
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 38 or “Contacting Dell” on page 59.
Beep Code Possible Problem
One
Possible motherboard failure BIOS ROM checksum failure
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No RAM detected
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 59).
NOTE: If you installed or
replaced the memory module,
ensure that the memory module
is seated properly.
Three
Possible motherboard failure Chipset error
Four
RAM read/write failure
Five
Real Time Clock failure
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Video card or chip failure
Seven
Processor failure
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Network Problems
Wireless Connections
If the network connection is lost — The
wireless router is offline or wireless has been
disabled on the computer.
•Check your wireless router to ensure it is
powered on and connected to your data
source (cable modem or network hub).
•Re-establish your connection to the
wireless router. See “Settting Up a Wireless
Connection” on page 15.
Wired Connections
If the network connection is lost —
•Check the cable to ensure it is plugged in
and not damaged.
•Check the status of the network activity and
link integrity light.
The network activity and link integrity light on
the integrated network connector let you verify
that your connection is working and provides
information on the status:
Network activity light:
•Off — No connection exists between the
network and the computer.
•Blinking yellow — A connection exists
between the network and the computer.
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Link integrity light:
•Off — The computer is not detecting a
physical connection to the network or a
good connection exists between a 10-Mbps
network and the computer.
•Solid green — A good connection exists
between a 100-Mbps network and the
computer.
•Solid orange — A good connection exists
between a 1000-Mbps network and the
computer.
NOTE: The network activity and the link
integrity light on the network connector
is only for the wired cable connection.
The network activity and the link integrity
light do not provide status for wireless
connections.
Power Problems
If the power light is off — The computer is
either turned off or is not receiving power.
•Reseat the AC adapter cable into both the
power connector on the computer and the
electrical outlet.
•If the computer is plugged into a power strip,
ensure that the power strip is plugged into
an electrical outlet and that the power strip
is turned on. Also bypass power protection
devices, power strips, and power extension
cables to verify that the computer turns on
properly.
•Ensure that the electrical outlet is working
by testing it with another device, such as
a lamp.
If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see “Contacting Dell” on page 59).
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If the power light is solid white and there is no
display — The display may not be connected,
powered on, or the appropriate input signal
source has not been selected.
If the power light is blinking amber — There
may be a problem with the system board. For
assistance, contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell”
on page 59).
Ensure that the display is properly connected
and the appropriate input signal source has
been selected. Turn the display off, then
back on.
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:
If the power light is solid amber —
•The computer is in sleep state. Press a
key on the keyboard, move the mouse, or
press the power button to resume normal
operation.
•Power, keyboard, and mouse extension
cables.
•There may be a problem with either the
system board or the power supply. For
assistance, contact Dell (see “Contacting
Dell” on page 59).
•Multiple power strips connected to the same
electrical outlet.
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•Too many devices connected to a power
strip.
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Memory Problems
If you receive an insufficient memory
message —
•Save and close any open files and exit any
open programs you are not using to see if
that resolves the problem.
•See the software documentation for
minimum memory requirements. If
necessary, install additional memory
(see the Service Manual on the Dell Support
website at support.dell.com/manuals).
•Reseat the memory modules (see the
Service Manual on the Dell Support
website at support.dell.com/manuals) to
ensure that your computer is successfully
communicating with the memory.
If you experience other memory problems —
•Ensure that you are following the memory
installation guidelines (see the Service
Manual on the Dell Support website at
support.dell.com/manuals).
•Check if the memory module is compatible
with your computer. Your computer supports
DDR2 memory. For more information about
the type of memory supported by your
computer, see “Basic Specifications” on
page 62.
•Run the Dell Diagnostics (see “Dell
Diagnostics” on page 41).
•Reseat the memory modules (see the
Service Manual on the Dell Support
website at support.dell.com/manuals) to
ensure that your computer is successfully
communicating with the memory.
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Lockups and Software
Problems
If the computer does not start up — Ensure that
the AC adapter cable is firmly connected to the
computer and to the electrical outlet.
If a program stops responding — End the
program:
1. Press <Ctrl><Shift><Esc> simultaneously.
2. Click Applications.
3. Click the program that is no longer
responding
4. Click End Task.
If a program crashes repeatedly — Check the
software documentation. If necessary, uninstall
and then reinstall the program.
NOTE: Software usually includes installation
instructions in its documentation or on CD.
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If the computer stops responding or a solid blue
screen appears —
CAUTION: You might lose data if you are
unable to perform an operating system
shutdown.
If you are unable to get a response by pressing
a key on your keyboard or moving your mouse,
press and hold the power button for at least
8 to 10 seconds until the computer turns off.
Then restart your computer.
If a program is designed for an earlier
Microsoft® Windows® operating system —
Run the Program Compatibility Wizard. The
Program Compatibility Wizard configures a
program so that it runs in an environment similar
to an earlier version of Microsoft® Windows®
operating system environments.
Windows XP
1. Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→
Program Compatibility Wizard.
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2. In the welcome screen, click Next.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
Windows Vista®
1. Click Start
→ Control Panel→
Programs→ Use an older program with this
version of Windows.
2. In the welcome screen, click Next.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
Windows 7
1. Click Start
.
2. In the search box, type Use an older
program with this version of
Windows and press <Enter>.
3. Follow the instructions on the Program
Compatibility wizard.
If you have other software problems —
•Back up your files immediately.
•Use a virus-scanning program to check the
hard drive or CDs.
•Save and close any open files or programs
and shut down your computer through the
Start
menu.
•Check the software documentation or
contact the software manufacturer for
troubleshooting information:
––Ensure that the program is compatible
with the operating system installed on
your computer.
––Ensure that your computer meets the
minimum hardware requirements needed
to run the software. See the software
documentation for information.
––Ensure that the program is installed and
configured properly.
––Verify that the device drivers do not
conflict with the program.
––If necessary, uninstall and then reinstall
the program.
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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 Dell
on Call™, and Online Scan with
PC CheckUp)
About Your System (System
Documentation, Warranty
Information, System Information,
Upgrades & Accessories)
For more information about Dell Support Center
and available support tools, click the Services
tab on support.dell.com.
Using Support Tools
System Messages
If your computer has an issue or error, it may
display a System Message that will help you
identify the cause and action needed to resolve
the issue.
NOTE: If the message you received is not
listed in the following examples, see the
documentation for either the operating
system or the program that was running
when the message appeared.
Alert! Previous attempts at booting this system
have failed at checkpoint [nnnn]. For help
in resolving this problem, please note this
checkpoint and contact Dell Technical
Support — The computer failed to complete
the boot routine three consecutive times for the
same error. Contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell”
on page 59) for assistance.
CMOS checksum error — Possible
motherboard failure or RTC battery low.
Battery needs replacement. See the Service
Manual on the Dell Support website at
support.dell.com/manuals or contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 59) for assistance.
CPU fan failure — CPU fan has failed.
CPU fan needs replacement. See the
Service Manual on the Dell Support website
at support.dell.com/manuals.
Hard-disk drive failure — Possible hard disk
drive failure during HDD POST. Contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 59) for assistance.
Hard-disk drive read failure — Possible hard
disk drive failure during HDD boot test. Contact
Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 59) for
assistance.
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Using Support Tools
Keyboard failure — Replace keyboard or check
the cable for loose connection.
No boot device available — No bootable
partition on hard drive, the hard drive cable is
loose, or no bootable device exists.
•If the hard drive is your boot device, ensure
that the cables are connected and that the
drive is installed properly and partitioned as
a boot device.
•Enter system setup and ensure that the boot
sequence information is correct. See the
Service Manual on the Dell Support website
at support.dell.com/manuals.
No timer tick interrupt — A chip on the system
board might be malfunctioning or motherboard
failure. See the Service Manual on the Dell
Support website at support.dell.com/manuals or
contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 59)
for assistance.
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USB over current error — Disconnect the USB
device. Your USB device needs more power for
it to function properly. Use an external power
source to connect the USB device, or if your
device has two USB cables, connect both
of them.
NOTICE - Hard Drive SELF MONITORING
SYSTEM has reported that a parameter
has exceeded its normal operating range.
Dell recommends that you back up your data
regularly. A parameter out of range may or may
not indicate a potential hard drive problem —
S.M.A.R.T error, possible hard disk drive failure.
Contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 59)
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 xx and run the
Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for
technical assistance.
To start the Hardware Troubleshooter:
It is recommended that you print these
procedures before you begin.
1. Click Start
→ Help and Support.
2. Type hardware troubleshooter in
the search field and press <Enter> to start
the search.
3. In the search results, select the option that
best describes the problem and follow the
remaining troubleshooting steps.
NOTE: Dell Diagnostics works only on
Dell computers.
NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities disc
is optional and may not ship with your
computer.
See the System Setup section in the Service
Manual to review your computer’s configuration
information, and ensure that the device that
you want to test displays in the system setup
program and is active.
Start the Dell Diagnostics from your hard drive
or from the Drivers and Utilities disc.
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Using Support Tools
Starting Dell Diagnostics From Your
Hard Drive
The Dell Diagnostics is located on a hidden
diagnostic utility partition on your hard drive.
NOTE: If your computer cannot display
a screen image, contact Dell (see
“Contacting Dell” on page 59).
1. Ensure that the computer is connected to an
electrical outlet that is known to be working
properly.
2. Turn on (or restart) your computer.
3. When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F12>
immediately. Select Diagnostics from the
boot menu and press <Enter>.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating
system logo appears, continue to wait until
you see the Microsoft® Windows® desktop;
then, shut down your computer and try again.
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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 Pre-boot System Assessment (PSA) is
invoked:
a. The PSA starts running tests.
b. If the PSA completes successfully, you
will receive the following message:
“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.
4. Select the test you want to run.
5. If a problem is encountered during a test,
a message appears with an error code and
a description of the problem. Write down
the error code and problem description
and contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell”
on page 59).
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.
6. When the tests are complete, close the test
screen to return to the Choose An Option
window.
7. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and restart the
computer, click Exit.
Starting Dell Diagnostics From the
Drivers and Utilities Disc
1. Insert the Drivers and Utilities disc.
2. Shut down and restart the computer.
When the DELL logo appears, press <F12>
immediately.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
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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 a problem is encountered during a test,
a message appears with an error code and
a description of the problem. Write down
the error code and problem description
and contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on
page 59).
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 are complete, close the test
screen to return to the Choose An Option
window.
10.To exit the Dell Diagnostics and 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.
• If you received an Operating System disc with
your computer, you can use it to restore your
operating system. However, using the Operating
System disc also deletes all data on the hard
drive. Use the disc only if System Restore did
not resolve your operating system problem.
•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.
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Restoring Your Operating System
Restoring Your Operating System
System Restore
The Windows operating systems provide
a System Restore option which allows
you to restore your computer to an earlier
operating state (without affecting data files)
if changes to the hardware, software, or other
system settings have left the computer in an
undesirable operating state. Any changes that
System Restore makes to your computer are
completely reversible.
CAUTION: Make regular backups of your
data files. System Restore does not monitor
your data files or recover them.
NOTE: The procedures in this document are
applicable for the Windows default view,
so they may not apply if you set your Dell™
computer to the Windows Classic view.
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Starting System Restore
Windows XP
1. Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→
System Tools→ System Restore.
2. In the welcome screen, click Next.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
Windows Vista or Windows 7
1. Click Start
.
2. In the Start Search box, type System
Restore and press <Enter>.
NOTE: The User Account Control window
may appear. If you are an administrator on
the computer, click Continue; otherwise,
contact your administrator to continue the
desired action.
3. Click Next and follow the remaining prompts
on the screen.
Restoring Your Operating System
In the event that System Restore did not resolve
the issue, you may undo the last system restore.
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.
Windows Vista or Windows 7
1. Click Start
.
2. In the Start Search box, type System
Restore and press <Enter>.
3. Click Undo my last restoration and click
Next.
Windows XP
1. Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→
System Tools→ System Restore.
2. In the welcome screen, click Restore my
computer to an earlier time.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
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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
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since you received your computer—including
data files—are permanently deleted from
the hard drive. Data files include documents,
spreadsheets, e-mail messages, digital photos,
music files, and so on. If possible, back up all
data before using Factory Image Restore.
Performing Dell Factory Image Restore
1. Turn on the computer. When the Dell logo
appears, press <F8> several times to access
the Advanced Boot Options Window.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating
system logo appears, continue to wait until
you see the Microsoft® Windows® desktop;
then, shut down your computer and try again.
2. Select Repair Your Computer.
3. The System Recovery Options window
appears.
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.
8. Click the check box to confirm that you want
to continue reformatting the hard drive and
restoring the system software to the factory
condition, then click Next.
The restore process begins and may take
five or more minutes to complete. A message
appears when the operating system and
factory-installed applications have been
restored to factory condition.
9. Click Finish to restart your computer.
7. Click Next. The Confirm Data Deletion
screen appears.
NOTE: If you do not want to proceed with
Factory Image Restore, click Cancel.
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Restoring Your Operating System
Operating System
Reinstallation
Before You Begin
If you are considering reinstalling the
Microsoft® Windows® operating system to
correct a problem with a newly installed driver,
first try using Windows Device Driver Rollback.
To roll back the device driver:
Windows XP
1. Click Start.
2. Right-click My Computer.
3. Click Properties→ Hardware→ 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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Windows Vista or Windows 7
1. Click Start
.
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.
If Device Driver Rollback does not resolve the
problem, then use System Restore to return your
operating system to the operating state it was
in before you installed the new device driver.
See “System Restore” on page 46.
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.
Restoring Your Operating System
To reinstall Windows, you need the following
items:
•Dell Operating System disc
•Dell Drivers and Utilities disc
NOTE: The Dell Drivers and Utilities disc
contains drivers that were installed
during the assembly of the computer.
Use the Dell Drivers and Utilities disc to
load any required drivers. Depending on
the region from which you ordered your
computer, or whether you requested the
disc, the Dell Drivers and Utilities disc and
Operating System disc may not ship with
your computer.
Reinstalling Microsoft® Windows®
The reinstallation process can take 1 to 2 hours
to complete. After you reinstall the operating
system, you must also reinstall the device
drivers, virus protection program, and other
software.
1. Save and close any open files and exit any
open programs.
2. Insert the Operating System disc.
3. Click Exit if the Install Windows message
appears.
4. Restart the computer.
5. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12>
immediately.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer
and try again.
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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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 31 for
information and procedures that pertain to
the problem your computer is experiencing.
2. See “Dell Diagnostics” on page 41 for
procedures on how to run Dell Diagnostics.
3. Fill out the “Diagnostic Checklist” on
page 58.
4. 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 54 for a more extensive list of Dell
Support online.
5. If the preceding steps have not resolved the
problem, see “Contacting Dell” on page 59.
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NOTE: Call Dell Support from a telephone
near or at the computer so that the support
staff can assist you with any necessary
procedures.
NOTE: Dell’s Express Service Code system
may not be available in all countries.
When prompted by Dell’s automated telephone
system, enter your Express Service Code to
route the call directly to the proper support
personnel. If you do not have an Express
Service Code, open the Dell Accessories folder,
double-click the Express Service Code icon, and
follow the directions.
NOTE: Some of the following services
are not always available in all locations
outside the continental U.S. Call your local
Dell representative for information on
availability.
Getting Help
Technical Support and
Customer Service
Dell’s support service is available to answer
your questions about Dell hardware. Our
support staff uses computer-based diagnostics
to provide fast, accurate answers.
To contact Dell’s support service, see
“Before You Call” on page 57 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 support.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 59.
Product Information
If you need information about additional
products available from Dell, or if you would like
to place an order, visit the Dell website at
www.dell.com. For the telephone number to call
for your region or to speak to a sales specialist,
see “Contacting Dell” on page 59.
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 59.
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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 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 for your
region, see “Contacting Dell” on page 59.
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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 58), indicating
the tests that you have run and any error
messages reported by the Dell Diagnostics
(see “Dell Diagnostics” on page 41).
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 of your computer is located on the base of the computer.
1
1
Service Tag/Express Service Code
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Getting Help
Remember to fill out the following Diagnostics
Checklist. If possible, turn on your computer
before you call Dell for assistance and call from
a telephone at or near the computer. You may be
asked to type some commands at the keyboard,
relay detailed information during operations, or
try other troubleshooting steps possible only at
the computer itself. Ensure that the computer
documentation is available.
Diagnostic Checklist
•Name:
•Date:
•Address:
•Phone number:
•Service Tag and Express Service Code
(located on a label on the base of the
computer):
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•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:
See your operating system documentation
to determine the contents of the computer’s
start-up files. If the computer is connected to
a printer, print each file. Otherwise, record the
contents of each file before calling Dell.
•Error message, beep code, or diagnostic
code:
•Description of problem and troubleshooting
procedures you performed:
Getting Help
Contacting Dell
For customers in the United States, call
800-WWW-DELL (800-999-3355).
NOTE: If you do not have an active
Internet connection, you can find contact
information on your purchase invoice,
packing slip, bill, or Dell product catalog.
3. Click Contact Us on the left side of the page.
4. Select the appropriate service or support link
based on your need.
5. Choose the method of contacting Dell that is
convenient for you.
Dell provides several online and telephonebased support and service options. Availability
varies by country and product, and some
services may not be available in your area. To
contact Dell for sales, technical support, or
customer service issues:
1. Visit support.dell.com.
2. Verify your country or region in the Choose
A Country/Region drop-down menu at the
bottom of the page.
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INSPIRON
Finding More Information and Resources
If you need to:
See:
reinstall your operating system
the Operating System disc
find your system model number
the base of your computer
run a diagnostic program for your computer,
reinstall desktop system software, or update
drivers for your computer, and readme files
the Drivers and Utilities disc
learn more about your operating system,
maintaining peripherals, RAID, Internet,
Bluetooth®, networking, and e-mail
the Dell Technology Guide available on your
hard drive
upgrade your computer with new or additional
memory, or a new hard drive
the Service Manual on the Dell Support website
at support.dell.com/manuals.
reinstall or replace a worn or defective part
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NOTE: Drivers and documentation updates
can be found on the Dell™ Support website
at support.dell.com.
NOTE: In some countries, opening and
replacing parts of your computer may void
your warranty. Check your warranty and
return policies before working inside your
computer.
Finding More Information and Resources
If you need to:
See:
find safety best practices information for your
computer
the safety information that is shipped with your
computer, before working inside your computer.
For additional safety best practices information,
see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
review Warranty information, Terms and
Conditions (U.S. only), Safety instructions,
Regulatory information, Ergonomics
information, and End User License Agreement
find your Service Tag/Express Service Code —
You must use the Service Tag to identify your
computer on support.dell.com or to contact
technical support
the base of your computer
find drivers and downloads
the Dell Support website at
support.dell.com
access technical support and product help
check on your order status for new purchases
find solutions and answers to common
questions
locate information for last-minute updates
about technical changes to your computer or
advanced technical-reference material for
technicians or experienced users
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Basic Specifications
This section provides information that you may need when setting up, updating drivers for, and
upgrading your computer.
For more detailed specifications, see the Comprehensive Specifications on the Dell Support website
at support.dell.com/manuals.
NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. For more information regarding the configuration of your
computer, click Start → Help and Support and select the option to view information about
your computer.
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Basic Specifications
Computer Model
Inspiron 300
Inspiron 400
Processor
Intel Atom
AMD Athlon™
®
™
AMD Athlon X2
Chipset
Intel 945GC
RS780G
Video
Intel UMA
AMD® UMA
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
(optional)
Audio
Communication
(optional)
Integrated 2.1 channel, High
Definition Audio
Integrated 2.1 channel, High
Definition Audio
Mini PCIe WLAN card
(802.11 b/g or 802.11 b/g/n)
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Basic Specifications
Computer Model
Inspiron 300
Inspiron 400
Connectors
one
two
Minimum
1 GB (1 x 1 GB DIMM)
1 GB (1 x 1 GB DIMM)
Maximum
1 GB (1 x 1 GB DIMM)
8 GB (2 x 4 GB DIMMs)
Memory type
533-MHz DDR2 UDIMM;
800-MHz DDR2 SODIMM;
non-ECC memory only
non-ECC memory only
1 GB
1 GB, 2GB, 3 GB, 4 GB, 6 GB,
and 8 GB
Memory
Capacities
NOTE: For instructions on upgrading the memory, see the Service Manual on the Dell Support
website at support.dell.com/manuals.
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Basic Specifications
Computer Model
Inspiron 300
Inspiron 400
Externally accessible
(optional)
one 5.25-inch bay for SATA
DVD+/-RW Super Multi Drive
one 5.25-inch bay for SATA
DVD+/-RW Super Multi Drive,
Blu-ray Disc™ combo, or Blu-ray
Disc RW optical drive
Internally accessible
one 3.5-inch bay for SATA hard
drive
one 3.5-inch bay for SATA hard
drive
USB
two USB 2.0-compliant
connectors
two USB 2.0-compliant
connectors
Audio
one headphone connector
one headphone connector
Memory card reader
one 4-in-1 memory card reader
one 4-in-1 memory card reader
Drives
Front Panel Connectors
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Basic Specifications
Computer Model
Inspiron 300
Inspiron 400
one microphone connector
one microphone connector
one line-out connector
one line-out connector
one VGA connector
one VGA connector
Back Panel Connectors
Audio
Video
one HDMI connector
Network adapter
one RJ45 connector (10/100)
eSATA
USB
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one RJ45 connector (10/100/1000)
two connectors
two USB 2.0-compliant
connectors
two USB 2.0-compliant
connectors
Basic Specifications
Computer Model
Inspiron 300
Inspiron 400
Width
197.6 mm (7.77 inches)
197.6 mm (7.77 inches)
Depth
197.6 mm (7.77 inches)
197.6 mm (7.77 inches)
Height
89 mm (3.50 inches)
89 mm (3.50 inches)
Weight (without AC
adapter)
1.6 kg (3.53 lbs)
2.0 kg (4.41 lbs)
Physical
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Basic Specifications
Computer Model
Inspiron 300
Inspiron 400
Input voltage
100–240 VAC
100–240 VAC
Input current
1.7 A
1.7 A
Input frequency
50–60 Hz
50–60 Hz
Output power
65 W
65 W
Output current
3.42 A
3.42 A
Rated output voltage
19 +/- 0.95 VDC
19 +/- 0.95 VDC
Height
31.5 mm (1.24 inches)
31.5 mm (1.24 inches)
Width
45.5 mm (1.79 inches)
45.5 mm (1.79 inches)
Depth
108 mm (4.25 inches)
108 mm (4.25 inches)
Weight (with cables)
0.25 kg (0.55 lbs)
0.25 kg (0.55 lbs)
Weight (Auto-Air adapter
without AC/DC cord)
0.26 kg (0.57 lbs)
0.26 kg (0.57 lbs)
AC Adapter (65W)
Dimensions:
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Basic Specifications
Computer Model
Inspiron 300
Inspiron 400
AC Adapter (75W)
NOTE: The 75W AC adapter is shipped with the optional graphics card.
Input voltage
100–240 VAC
Input current
1.5 A
Input frequency
50–60 Hz
Output power
75 W
Output current
3.95A
Rated output voltage
19 +/- 0.95 VDC
Dimensions:
Height
30.3 mm (1.19 inches)
Width
57 mm (2.24 inches)
Depth
132.5 mm (5.21 inches)
Weight (with cables)
0.45 kg (0.99 lbs)
Weight (Auto-Air adapter
without AC/DC cord)
0.46 kg (1.01 lbs)
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Basic Specifications
Computer Environment
Temperature ranges:
Operating
10°C to 35°C (50°F to 95°F)
Storage
– 40°C to 65°C (–40°F to 149°F)
Relative humidity (maximum):
20% to 80% RH (noncondensing)
Maximum vibration (using a random-vibration spectrum that simulates user environment):
Operating
5 to 350 Hz at 0.0002 G2/Hz
Storage
5 to 500 Hz at 0.001 to 0.01 G2/Hz
Maximum shock (measured with hard drive in head-parked position and a 2-ms half-sine pulse):
Operating
40G +/- 5% with pulse duration of 2 msec +/- 10% (equivalent to
20 in/sec [51 cm/sec])
Storage
105 G +/- 5% with pulse duration of 2 msec +/- 10% (equivalent to
50 in/sec [127 cm/sec])
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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INSPIRON
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.
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Appendix
Laptops
Número de modelo
reglamentario
Suministro
Entrada
Frecuencia
D02U
3.42 A or 3.94 A
19Vdc
50/60 Hz
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 68, 69
B
backups
creating 29
C
Contacting Dell online 59
customer service 53
customizing
your desktop 25
your energy settings 27
D
data, backing up 28
DellConnect 53
calling Dell 57
Dell Diagnostics 41
CDs, playing and creating 25
Dell Dock 30
computer capabilities 25
Dell Factory Image Restore 48
connect(ing)
Dell support website 61
displays 6
optional network cable 10
conserving energy 27
Dell Technology Guide
for futher information 60
Diagnostic Checklist 57
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Index
drivers and downloads 61
hardware problems
DVDs, playing and creating 25
diagnosing 41
Hardware Troubleshooter 41
E
eject button 19
I
email addresses
Internet connection 14
for technical support 54
energy
conserving 27
Express Service Code 52
F
ISP
Internet Service Provider 14
M
memory problems
solving 35
front-side connectors 5, 18
FTP login, anonymous 54
H
hard drive
type 65
hard drive activity light 23
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N
network connection
fixing 32
network connector
location 23
Index
network speed
testing 32
O
S
security cable slot 23
Service Tag 58
order status 55
shipping products
P
software features 25
power button and light 21
software problems 36
power problems, solving 33
solving problems 31
problems, solving 31
specifications 62
products
support email addresses 54
information and purchasing 55
R
reinstalling Windows 45
restoring factory image 48
for return or repair 56
support sites
worldwide 54
System Messages 39
System Restore 45
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Index
T
technical support 53
temperature
operating and storage ranges 70
U
USB 2.0
back connectors 24
front connectors 19
W
warranty returns 56
Windows
Program Compatibility Wizard 36
reinstalling 51
Windows, reinstalling 45
Windows XP 36, 46, 47, 50
wireless network connection 32
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