Owner`s manual | Dell 1200 Laptop User Manual

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Dell™ Vostro™ 1200 Owner’s Manual
Model PP16S
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Notes, Notices, and Cautions
NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of
your computer.
NOTICE: A NOTICE indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of data
and tells you how to avoid the problem.
CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury,
or death.
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Information in this document is subject to change without notice.
© 2007 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly
forbidden.
Trademarks used in this text: Dell, the DELL logo, Vostro, and TravelLite are trademarks of Dell Inc.;
Intel and Celeron are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation; Microsoft, Windows, and Windows
Vista are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States
and/or other countries. Bluetooth is a trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Blu-ray Disc is a trademark
of the Blu-ray Disc Association.
Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming
the marks and names or their products. Dell Inc. disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and
trade names other than its own.
Model PP16S
November 2007
P/N RK930
Rev. A00
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Contents
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Finding Information
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About Your Computer .
Front View
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Right Side View
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Bottom View
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Left Side View
Back View
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Using a Battery
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Battery Performance .
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Checking the Battery Charge
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Microsoft® Windows® Power Meter
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Low-Battery Warning .
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Conserving Battery Power .
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Power Management Modes .
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Standby and Sleep Mode .
Hibernate Mode
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Configuring Power Management Settings
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Accessing Power Options Properties
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Charging the Battery .
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Removing the Battery
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Storing a Battery .
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Using the Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
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Key Combinations
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System Functions
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Power Management
Speaker Functions
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Using the Display .
Using a Projector .
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Microsoft® Windows® XP . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Windows Vista™
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Making Images and Text Look Bigger or Sharper .
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Using Both a Monitor and Your Computer Display
Microsoft® Windows® XP
Windows Vista™
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Microsoft® Windows® XP . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Windows Vista™
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Using a Monitor as Your Primary Display .
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Adjusting Brightness .
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Customizing the Touch Pad .
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Microsoft® Windows® Logo Key Functions
Touch Pad
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Using Multimedia
Playing CDs or DVDs .
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Copying CDs and DVDs
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How to Copy a CD or DVD
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Using Blank CDs and DVDs .
Helpful Tips
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Adjusting the Volume
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Adjusting the Picture
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Setting Up and Using Networks
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Connecting a Network or Broadband Modem Cable .
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Setting Up a Network in the Microsoft® Windows® XP
Operating System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Setting Up a Network in the Microsoft Windows Vista™
Operating System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)
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What You Need to Establish a WLAN Connection .
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Checking Your Wireless Network Card.
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Setting Up a New WLAN Using a Wireless Router and a
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Connecting to a WLAN .
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Microsoft® Windows® Firewall
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Using Cards
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ExpressCards
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ExpressCard Blanks
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Installing an ExpressCard .
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Removing an ExpressCard or Blank
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Securing Your Computer
Security Cable Lock
Passwords
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Using a Primary (or System) Password .
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Computer Tracking Software
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Fingerprint Reader (Optional)
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Using an Administrator Password
If Your Computer Is Lost or Stolen .
10 Troubleshooting Tools
Diagnostic Lights.
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System Messages
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Hardware Troubleshooter
Dell Diagnostics
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Diagnostic Light Codes During POST .
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Starting the Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive
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Starting the Dell Diagnostics From the Drivers and
Utilities Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Dell Diagnostics Main Menu
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When to Use the Dell Diagnostics
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About Passwords .
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11 Troubleshooting .
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Battery Problems .
Error Messages .
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E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems
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Lockups and Software Problems .
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Memory Problems
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Network Problems
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Power Problems
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Printer Problems
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Scanner Problems
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Video and Monitor Problems .
Dell Technical Update Service
Dell Support Utility
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Accessing the Dell Support Utility
Clicking the Dell Support Icon
Double-Clicking the Dell Support Icon .
12 System Setup Program
Overview .
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Touch Pad or Mouse Problems .
Power Lights
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Sound and Speaker Problems
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Viewing the System Setup Screens .
System Setup Screens .
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Commonly Used Options .
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Changing the Boot Sequence
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Enabling the Infrared Sensor .
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13 Reinstalling Software
Drivers
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What Is a Driver?
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Identifying Drivers
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Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities
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Using Microsoft Windows System Restore .
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Using Dell™ PC Restore and Dell Factory Image
Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Using the Operating System Media .
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14 Traveling With Your Computer .
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Identifying Your Computer .
Packing the Computer
Travel Tips
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Traveling by Air
15 Getting Help .
Obtaining Assistance
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DellConnect .
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Online Services .
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AutoTech Service .
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Automated Order-Status Service .
Problems With Your Order .
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Technical Support and Customer Service
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Hardware and Software Problems
Restoring Your Operating System
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Product Information
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Before You Call
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Contacting Dell
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Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit
16 Specifications
17 Appendix
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FCC Notice (U.S. Only) .
FCC Class B .
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Cleaning Your Computer .
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Mouse (Non-Optical)
Touch Pad
CDs and DVDs
Glossary
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Computer, Keyboard, and Display .
Index
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Finding Information
NOTE: Some features or media may be optional and may not ship with your
computer. Some features or media may not be available in certain countries.
NOTE: Additional information may ship with your computer.
What Are You Looking For?
Find It Here
• A diagnostic program for my computer
Drivers and Utilities Media
• Drivers for my computer
Documentation and drivers are already
installed on your computer. You can use
the media to reinstall drivers (see
"Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on
page 106).
• Notebook System Software (NSS)
Readme files may be included on your
media to provide last-minute updates
about technical changes to your computer
or advanced technical-reference material
for technicians or experienced users.
NOTE: Drivers and documentation updates
can be found at support.dell.com.
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What Are You Looking For?
Find It Here
• Warranty information
Dell™ Product Information Guide
• Terms and Conditions (U.S. only)
• Safety instructions
• Regulatory information
• Ergonomics information
• End User License Agreement
• How to set up my computer
Setup Diagram
NOTE: See the setup diagram that came
with your computer.
NOTE: The appearance of your setup
diagram may vary.
• How to set up my computer
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What Are You Looking For?
Find It Here
• Service Tag and Express Service Code
Service Tag and Microsoft® Windows®
License
• Microsoft Windows License Label
NOTE: Your computer’s Service Tag and
Microsoft® Windows® License labels are
located on your computer.
Your computer’s Service Tag contains
both a Service Tag number and an Express
Service Code.
• Use the Service Tag to identify your
computer when you use
support.dell.com or contact support.
• Enter the Express Service Code to direct
your call when contacting support.
• Use the product key on the License
Label if you need to reinstall your
operating system.
NOTE: As an increased security measure,
the newly designed Microsoft Windows
license label incorporates a missing portion
or “hole” to discourage removal of the
label.
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What Are You Looking For?
Find It Here
• Solutions — Troubleshooting hints and Dell Support Website — support.dell.com
tips, articles from technicians, online
NOTE: Select your region or business
courses, and frequently asked questions segment to view the appropriate support
• Community — Online discussion with site.
other Dell customers
• Upgrades — Upgrade information for
components, such as memory, the hard
drive, and the operating system
• Customer Care — Contact information,
service call and order status, warranty,
and repair information
• Service and support — Service call
status and support history, service
contract, and online discussions with
technical support
• Dell Technical Update Service —
Proactive e-mail notification of software
and hardware updates for your computer
• Reference — Computer documentation,
details on my computer configuration,
product specifications, and white papers
• Downloads — Certified drivers, patches,
and software updates
• Notebook System Software (NSS)— If To download NSS System Software:
you reinstall the operating system for
1 Go to support.dell.com and click
your computer, you should also reinstall
Drivers & Downloads.
the NSS utility. NSS provides critical
2 Enter your Service Tag or Product Type
updates for your operating system and
and Product Model, and click Go.
support for processors, optical drives,
3 Scroll to System and Configuration
USB devices, and so on. NSS is necessary
Utilities → Dell Notebook System
for correct operation of your Dell
Software and click Download Now.
computer. The software automatically
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Select Drivers & Downloads and
detects your computer and operating
click Go.
system and installs the updates
appropriate for your configuration.
NOTE: The support.dell.com user interface
may vary depending on your selections.
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What Are You Looking For?
Find It Here
• Software upgrades and troubleshooting
hints — Frequently asked questions, hot
topics, and general health of your
computing environment
Dell Support Utility
• How to find information about my
computer and its components
Windows Welcome Center
• How to connect to the Internet
• How to add user accounts for different
people
• How to transfer files and settings from
another computer
The Dell Support Utility is an automated
upgrade and notification system installed
on your computer. This support provides
real-time health scans of your computing
environment, software updates, and
relevant self-support information. Access
the Dell Support Utility from the
icon in the taskbar. For more information,
see "Dell Support Utility" on page 98
The Windows Welcome Center
automatically appears when you use the
computer for the first time. You can
choose to have it appear every time you
start your computer by placing a check in
the Run at startup checkbox. Another
method of accessing the Welcome Center
is to click the Windows Vista Start button
, and then click Welcome Center.
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What Are You Looking For?
Find It Here
• How to use Microsoft Windows XP or
Windows Vista™
Windows Help and Support
• How to work with programs and files
• How to personalize my desktop
Microsoft Windows XP:
1 Click the Start button and click Help
and Support.
2 Either select one of the topics listed, or
type a word or phrase that describes your
problem into the Search box, click the
arrow icon, and then click the topic that
describes your problem.
3 Follow the instructions on the screen.
Microsoft Windows Vista:
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button
, and then click Help and Support.
2 In Search Help, type a word or phrase
that describes your problem, and then
press <Enter> or click the magnifying
glass.
3 Click the topic that describes your
problem.
4 Follow the instructions on the screen.
• How to reinstall my operating system
Operating System Media
The operating system is already installed
on your computer. To reinstall your
operating system, use the Operating
System media. See "Restoring Your
Operating System" on page 110."
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What Are You Looking For?
Find It Here
After you reinstall your operating system,
use the Drivers and Utilities media to
reinstall drivers for the devices that came
with your computer.
Your operating system product key label is
located on your computer.
NOTE: The color of your CD varies based
on the operating system you ordered.
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About Your Computer
Front View
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4
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5
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13
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8
12
1
11
left array microphone (optional with
camera)
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2
9
camera (optional)
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3
right array microphone (optional with
camera)
4
display
5
media control buttons
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keyboard status lights
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keyboard
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fingerprint reader
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touch pad
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touch pad buttons
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speaker
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device status lights
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power button
M I C R O P H O N E — The built-in microphone allows you to communicate without
connecting an external microphone.
C A M E R A — The built-in camera features a 2.0 mega pixel CMOS web camera.
D I S P L A Y — For more information about your display, see "Using the Display" on
page 43.
M E D I A C O N T R O L B U T T O N S — Press these buttons to adjust the volume. Press
<Fn> and the right-arrow key to toggle on and off these lights for illumination of the
keyboard in low-light environments.
KEYBOARD STATUS LIGHTS
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The green lights located above the keyboard indicate the following:
9
Turns on when the numeric keypad is enabled.
A
Turns on when the uppercase letter function is enabled.
Turns on when the scroll lock function is enabled.
K E Y B O A R D — The keyboard includes a numeric keypad as well as the Windows logo
key. For information on supported keyboard shortcuts, see "Key Combinations" on
page 40.
F I N G E R P R I N T R E A D E R ( O P T I O N A L ) — Helps to keep your Dell™ computer secure.
When you slide your finger over the reader, it uses your unique fingerprint to
authenticate your user identity. For more information on the fingerprint reader, see
"Fingerprint Reader (Optional)" on page 70.
TO U C H P A D — Provides the functionality of a mouse (see "Touch Pad" on page 41).
TO U C H P A D B U T T O N S — Use these buttons much like the buttons on a mouse when
using the touch pad to move the cursor on the display (see "Touch Pad" on page 41).
S P E A K E R — To adjust the volume of the integrated speaker, press the volume control
buttons, mute button, or volume-control keyboard shortcuts (see "Key Combinations"
on page 40).
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DEVICE STATUS LIGHTS
Turns on when you turn on the computer and blinks when the computer is
in a power management mode.
Turns on steadily or blinks to indicate battery charge status.
Turns on when the computer reads or writes data.
NOTICE: To avoid loss of data, never turn off the computer while the
light is flashing.
Turns on when Bluetooth® wireless technology is enabled.
NOTE: Bluetooth wireless technology is an optional feature on your
computer, so the
icon turns on only if you ordered Bluetooth wireless
technology with your computer. For more information, see the documentation
that came with your Bluetooth wireless technology.
If the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, the
– Solid blue: The battery is fully-charged.
– Flashing amber: The battery is charging.
light operates as follows:
If the computer is running on a battery, the
light operates as follows:
– Solid blue: The battery is fully-charged.
– Solid amber: The battery is in low battery state.
P O W E R B U T T O N — Press the power button to turn on the computer or exit a power
management mode (see "Power Management Modes" on page 33).
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NOTICE: To avoid losing data, turn off your computer by performing a Microsoft®
Windows® operating system shutdown rather than by pressing the power button.
If the computer stops responding, press and hold the power button until the computer
turns off completely (which may take several seconds).
Left Side View
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2
3
4
5
1
USB connectors (2)
2
optical drive
3
eject button
4
54mm ExpressCard slot (wireless)
5
3-in-1 memory card reader
USB C O N N E C T O R — Interfaces between the computer and add-on devices (such as
audio players, joysticks, keyboards, telephones, scanners, and printers).
O P T I C A L D R I V E — Supports a floppy or an optical drive, second battery, second hard
drive, or a Dell TravelLite™ module (see "Using Multimedia" on page 49).
E J E C T B U T T O N — Ejects media in the optical drive.
E X P R E S S C A R D S L O T — Supports one ExpressCard (with a PCMIA adapter). The
computer ships with a blank installed in the slot to prevent foreign matter from
entering the computer interior when a card is not installed (see "ExpressCards" on
page 63).
3- I N - 1 M E M O R Y C A R D R E A D E R — 3-in-1 Card Reader. Supports the following card
types: SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro, MS Duo), including SDHC.
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Right Side View
1
3
2
4
1
USB connector
2
audio connectors
3
air vent
4
video connector (VGA)
5
security cable slot
5
U S B C O N N E C T O R — Interfaces between the computer and add-on devices (such as
audio players, joysticks, keyboards, telephones, scanners, and printers).
AUDIO CONNECTORS
Attach headphones to the
Attach a microphone to the
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connector.
connector.
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A I R V E N T S — The computer uses an internal fan to create airflow through the vents,
which prevents the computer from overheating.
CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air
vents. While it is running, do not store your Dell computer in a low-airflow
environment, such as a closed briefcase. 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.
VI DEO C ONNECTOR
Connects video devices, such as a monitor.
S E C U R I T Y C A B L E S L O T — Lets you attach a commercially available antitheft device
to the computer (see "Security Cable Lock" on page 67).
Back View
1
2
3
1
AC adapter connector
3
network connector (RJ-45)
2
modem connector (RJ-11)
AC A D A P T E R C O N N E C T O R
Connects an AC adapter to the computer.
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The AC adapter converts AC power to the DC power required by the
computer. You can connect the AC adapter with your computer turned either
on or off.
CAUTION: 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 the power strip or electrical outlet
may cause fire or equipment damage.
NOTICE: When you disconnect the AC adapter cable from the computer, grasp the
connector, not the cable itself, and pull firmly but gently to avoid damaging the
cable. When you wrap the AC adapter cable, ensure that you follow the angle of the
connector on the AC adapter to avoid damaging the cable.
M O D E M C O N N E C T O R (R J-1 1)
For information on using the modem, see the online
modem documentation supplied with your computer.
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N E T W O R K C O N N E C T O R (R J-4 5)
Connects the computer to a network. The two lights next
to the connector indicate status and activity for wired
network connections.
For information on using the network adapter, see the
device user’s guide supplied with your computer.
NOTICE: The network connector is slightly larger than the modem connector. To
avoid damaging the computer, do not plug a telephone line into the network
connector.
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Bottom View
1
4
2
3
1
air vents
2
cover for optional internal card with
Bluetooth® wireless technology
3
battery
4
battery-bay latch release (2)
BLUETOOTH® WIRELESS
— For more information, see the documentation that came with your
card. To quickly enable or disable all wireless devices, press <Fn><F2>.
COVER FOR OPTIONAL INTERNAL CARD WITH
TECHNOLOGY
A I R V E N T S — The computer uses an internal fan to create airflow through the fan air
vents, preventing the computer from overheating.
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CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air
vents. Do not store your computer in a low-airflow environment, such as a closed
briefcase, while it is running. Restricting the airflow can damage the computer or
cause a fire.
B A T T E R Y — When a battery is installed, you can use the computer without
connecting the computer to an electrical outlet (see "Using a Battery" on page 31).
B A T T E R Y - B A Y L A T C H R E L E A S E S — Release the battery (see "Removing the Battery"
on page 36).
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Using a Battery
Battery Performance
NOTE: For information about the Dell warranty for your computer, see the Product
Information Guide or separate paper warranty document that shipped with your
computer.
For optimal computer performance and to help preserve BIOS settings,
operate your Dell™ portable computer with the main battery installed at all
times. One battery is supplied as standard equipment in the battery bay.
NOTE: Because the battery may not be fully charged, use the AC adapter to
connect your new computer to an electrical outlet the first time you use the
computer. For best results, operate the computer with the AC adapter until the
battery is fully charged. To view battery charge status, check the Power Meter in
Power Options (see "Accessing Power Options Properties" on page 35).
Battery operating time varies depending on operating conditions.
NOTE: Battery operating time (the time the battery can hold a charge) decreases
over time. Depending on how often the battery is used and the conditions under
which it is used, you may need to purchase a new battery during the life of your
computer.
NOTE: It is recommended that you connect your computer to an electrical outlet
when writing to a CD or DVD.
Operating time is significantly reduced when you perform operations
including, but not limited to, the following:
•
Using optical drives.
•
Using wireless communications devices, PC Cards, ExpressCards, media
memory cards, or USB devices.
•
Using high-brightness display settings, 3D screen savers, or other powerintensive programs such as complex 3D graphics applications.
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•
Running the computer in maximum performance mode. See "Configuring
Power Management Settings" on page 35 for information about accessing
Windows Power Options Properties which you can use to configure power
management settings.
You can check the battery charge before you insert the battery into the
computer. You can also set power management options to alert you when the
battery charge is low.
CAUTION: Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or
explosion. Replace the battery only with a compatible battery purchased from
Dell. The battery is designed to work with your Dell computer. Do not use a battery
from other computers with your computer.
CAUTION: Do not dispose of batteries with household waste. When your battery
no longer holds a charge, call your local waste disposal or environmental agency
for advice on disposing of a lithium-ion battery. See "Battery Disposal" in the
Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: Misuse of the battery may increase the risk of fire or chemical burn.
Do not puncture, incinerate, disassemble, or expose the battery to temperatures
above 65°C (149°F). Keep the battery away from children. Handle damaged or
leaking batteries with extreme care. Damaged batteries may leak and cause
personal injury or equipment damage.
Checking the Battery Charge
The Microsoft Windows Power Meter window and
icon, the battery
charge gauge and health gauge, and the low-battery warning provide
information on the battery charge.
Microsoft® Windows® Power Meter
The Windows Power Meter indicates the remaining battery charge. To check
the Power Meter, double-click the
icon on the taskbar.
If the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, a
icon appears.
Low-Battery Warning
NOTICE: To avoid losing or corrupting data, save your work immediately after a
low-battery warning. Then connect the computer to an electrical outlet. If the
battery runs completely out of power, hibernate mode begins automatically.
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A pop-up window warns you when the battery charge is approximately
90 percent depleted. If two batteries are installed, the low-battery warning
means that the combined charge of both batteries is approximately
90 percent depleted. The computer enters hibernate mode when the battery
charge is at a critically low level.
You can change the settings for the battery alarms in the Power Options
Properties window. See "Configuring Power Management Settings" on
page 35 for information about accessing the Power Options Properties
window.
Conserving Battery Power
Perform the following actions to conserve battery power:
•
Connect the computer to an electrical outlet when possible since battery
life is largely determined by the number of times the battery is used and
recharged.
•
Place the computer in standby mode or hibernate mode when leaving the
computer unattended for long periods of time (see "Power Management
Modes" on page 33).
•
Use the Power Options Properties window to select options to optimize
your computer’s power usage. These options can also be set to change
when you press the power button, close the display, or press <Fn><Esc>.
NOTE: See "Configuring Power Management Settings" on page 35 for information
on conserving battery power.
Power Management Modes
Standby and Sleep Mode
Standby mode (sleep mode in Microsoft Windows Vista™) conserves power
by turning off the display and the hard drive after a predetermined period of
inactivity (a time-out). When the computer exits standby or sleep mode, it
returns to the same operating state it was in before entering standby or sleep
mode.
NOTICE: If your computer loses AC and battery power while in standby or sleep
mode, it may lose data.
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To enter standby mode in Windows XP, click the Start button, click Turn off
computer, and then click Stand by.
To enter sleep mode in Windows Vista, click the Windows Vista Start button
, and then click Sleep.
Depending on how you set the power management options in the Power
Options Properties window, you may also use one of the following methods:
•
Press the power button.
•
Close the display.
•
Press <Fn><Esc>.
To exit standby or sleep mode, press the power button or open the display,
depending on how you set the power management options. You cannot make
the computer exit standby or sleep mode by pressing a key.
Hibernate Mode
Hibernate mode conserves power by copying system data to a reserved area on
the hard drive and then completely turning off the computer. When the
computer exits hibernate mode, it returns to the same operating state it was
in before entering hibernate mode.
NOTICE: You cannot remove devices or undock your computer while your
computer is in hibernate mode.
Your computer enters hibernate mode if the battery charge level becomes
critically low.
To manually enter hibernate mode in Windows XP, click the Start button,
click Turn off computer, press and hold <Shift>, and then click Hibernate.
To manually enter hibernate mode in Windows Vista, click the Windows
Vista Start button
, and then click Hibernate.
Depending on how you set the power management options in the Power
Options Properties window, you may also use one of the following methods to
enter hibernate mode:
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•
Press the power button.
•
Close the display.
•
Press <Fn><F1>.
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To exit hibernate mode, press the power button. The computer may take a
short time to exit hibernate mode. You cannot make the computer exit
hibernate mode by pressing a key or touching the touch pad. For more
information on hibernate mode, see the documentation that came with your
operating system.
Configuring Power Management Settings
You can use the Windows Power Options Properties to configure the power
management settings on your computer.
Accessing Power Options Properties
Windows XP
Click the Start button, point to Control Panel→ Performance and
Maintenance, and then click Power Options
Windows Vista
Click the Windows Vista Start button
, click Control Panel, click System
and Maintenance, and then click Power Options.
Charging the Battery
When you connect the computer to an electrical outlet or install a battery
while the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, the computer checks
the battery charge and temperature. If necessary, the AC adapter then charges
the battery and maintains the battery charge.
NOTE: If the battery is hot from being used in your computer or being in a hot
environment, the battery may not charge when you connect the computer to an
electrical outlet.
The battery is too hot to start charging if the
light flashes alternately
green and orange. Disconnect the computer from the electrical outlet and
allow the computer and the battery to cool to room temperature. Then
connect the computer to an electrical outlet to continue charging the battery.
For information about resolving problems with a battery, see "Power
Problems" on page 91.
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Removing the Battery
CAUTION: Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or
explosion. Replace the battery only with a compatible battery purchased from
Dell. The battery is designed to work with your Dell™ computer. Do not use a
battery from other computers with your computer.
CAUTION: Before performing these procedures, turn off the computer, disconnect
the AC adapter from the electrical outlet and the computer, disconnect the modem
from the wall connector and computer, and remove any other external cables from
the computer.
NOTICE: You must remove all external cables from the computer to avoid possible
connector damage.
To remove the battery:
1 If the computer is connected to a docking device (docked), undock it. See
the documentation that came with your docking device for instructions.
2 Ensure that the computer is turned off.
3 Slide the battery-bay latch on the bottom of the computer, and release.
4 Slide the battery-bay latch release closest to the side of the computer, and
then remove the battery from the bay.
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5 To replace the battery, follow the removal procedure in reverse order.
Storing a Battery
Remove the battery when you store your computer for an extended period of
time. A battery discharges during prolonged storage. After a long storage
period, recharge the battery fully (see "Charging the Battery" on page 35)
before using it.
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4
Using the Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
numeric keypad
The numeric keypad functions like the numeric keypad on an external
keyboard. Each key on the keypad has multiple functions. The keypad
numbers and symbols are marked in blue on the right of the keypad keys. To
type a number or symbol, hold down <Fn> and press the desired key.
•
To enable the keypad, press <Num Lk>. The
keypad is active.
•
To disable the keypad, press <Num Lk> again.
9
light indicates that the
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Key Combinations
System Functions
<Ctrl><Shift><Esc>
Opens the Task Manager window.
Power Management
<Fn><Esc>
Activates a power management mode.
You can reprogram this keyboard shortcut
to activate a different power management
mode using the Advanced tab in the
Power Options Properties window (see
"Accessing Power Options Properties" on
page 35).
Speaker Functions
<Fn><Page Up>
Increases the volume of the integrated
speakers and external speakers, if
attached.
<Fn><Page Dn>
Decreases the volume of the integrated
speakers and external speakers, if
attached.
<Fn><End>
Enables and disables the integrated
speakers and external speakers, if
attached.
Microsoft® Windows® Logo Key Functions
Windows logo key and <m>
Minimizes all open windows
Windows logo key and <Shift><m>
Restores all minimized windows. This key
combination functions as a toggle to
restore minimized windows following the
use of the Windows logo key and <m>
key combination.
Windows logo key and <e>
Runs Windows Explorer.
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Windows logo key and <r>
Opens the Run dialog box.
Windows logo key and <f>
Opens the Search Results dialog box.
Windows logo key and <Ctrl><f>
Opens the Search Results-Computer
dialog box (if the computer is connected
to a network).
Windows logo key and <Pause>
Opens the System Properties dialog box.
To adjust keyboard operation, such as the character repeat rate, open the
Control Panel, click Printers and Other Hardware, and click Keyboard. For
information about the Control Panel, see the Windows Help and Support
Center. To access the Help and Support Center, click Start→ Help and
Support.
Touch Pad
The touch pad detects the pressure and movement of your finger to allow you
to move the cursor on the display. Use the touch pad and touch pad buttons
as you would use a mouse.
1
2
1
touch pad
2
silk screen depicting scrolling capabilities
To move the cursor, lightly slide your finger over the touch pad.
•
To select an object, lightly tap once on the surface of the touch pad or use
your thumb to press the left touch-pad button.
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•
To select and move (or drag) an object, position the cursor on the object
and tap twice on the touch pad. On the second tap, leave your finger on
the touch pad and move the selected object by sliding your finger over the
surface.
•
To double-click an object, position the cursor on the object and tap twice
on the touch pad or use your thumb to press the left touch-pad button
twice.
Customizing the Touch Pad
You can use the Mouse Properties window to disable the touch pad and
adjust settings.
1 Open the Control Panel, and then click Mouse. For information about the
Control Panel, see the Windows Help and Support Center. To access the
Help and Support Center, click Start→ Help and Support.
2 In the Mouse Properties window:
•
Click the Device Select tab to disable the touch pad and track stick.
•
Click the Touch Pad tab to adjust touch pad and track stick settings.
3 Click OK to save the settings and close the window.
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Using the Display
Adjusting Brightness
When a Dell™ computer is running on battery power, you can conserve power
by setting the display brightness to the lowest comfortable setting by pressing
<Fn> and the up- or down-arrow key on the keyboard.
NOTE: Brightness key combinations only affect the display on your portable
computer, not monitors or projectors that you attach to your portable computer or
docking device. If your computer is connected to an external monitor and you try to
change the brightness level, the Brightness Meter may appear, but the brightness
level on the external device does not change.
You can press the following keys to adjust display brightness:
•
Press <Fn> and the up-arrow key to increase brightness on the integrated
display only (not on an external monitor).
•
Press <Fn> and the down-arrow key to decrease brightness on the
integrated display only (not on an external monitor).
Using a Projector
When you start the computer with an external device (such as an external
monitor or projector) attached and turned on, the image may appear on
either the computer display or the external device.
Press <Fn><F8> to switch the video image between the display only, the
external device only, or the display and the external device simultaneously.
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Making Images and Text Look Bigger or Sharper
NOTE: If you change the display resolution from the current settings, the image
may appear blurry or text may be hard to read if you change the resolution to one
not supported by your computer and display. Before you change any of the display
settings, make a note of the current settings so you can change back to the
previous settings if you need to.
You can enhance the legibility of text and change the appearance of images
on the screen by adjusting display resolution. As you increase resolution,
items appear smaller on the screen. In contrast, lower resolution causes text
and images to appear larger and can benefit people with vision impairments.
To display a program at a specific resolution, both the video card and the
display must support the program, and the necessary video drivers must be
installed.
NOTE: Use only the Dell-installed video drivers, which are designed to offer the
best performance with your Dell-installed operating system.
If you choose a resolution or color palette that is higher than the display
supports, the settings adjust automatically to the closest supported values.
To set the display resolution and refresh rate for your display, perform the
steps in the following section that corresponds to the operating system your
computer is using.
Microsoft® Windows® XP
1 Click Start→ Settings→ Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a category, click Appearance and Themes.
3 Under Pick a task..., click the area you want to change, or under or pick a
Control Panel icon, click Display.
4 In the Display Properties window, click the Settings tab.
5 Try different settings for Color quality and Screen resolution.
NOTE: As the resolution increases, icons and text appear smaller on the screen.
Windows Vista™
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button
, and click Control Panel.
2 Under Appearance and Personalization, click Adjust screen resolution.
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3 In the Display Settings window, under Resolution, slide the slide bar to
the left/right to decrease/increase the screen resolution.
4 Click How do I get the best display? for further instructions.
If the video resolution setting is higher than that supported by the display, the
computer enters pan mode. In pan mode, the entire video image cannot be
displayed at one time, and the taskbar that usually appears at the bottom of
the desktop may no longer be visible. To view the parts of the video image
that are not visible, you can use the touch pad or track stick to “pan” (or
move) the image up, down, left, and right.
NOTICE: You can damage an external monitor by using an unsupported refresh
rate. Before adjusting the refresh rate on an external monitor, see the user’s guide
for the monitor.
Using Both a Monitor and Your Computer Display
You can attach an external monitor or projector to your computer and use it
as an extension of your display (known as “dual independent display” or
“extended desktop” mode). This mode allows you to use both screens
independently and drag objects from one screen to the other, effectively
doubling the amount of viewable work space.
To use extended desktop mode, perform the steps in the following section
that corresponds to the operating system your computer is using.
Microsoft® Windows® XP
1 Connect the external monitor, TV, or projector to the computer.
2 Click Start→ Settings→ Control Panel.
3 Under Pick a category, click Appearance and Themes.
4 Under Pick a task..., click the area you want to change, or under or pick a
Control Panel icon, click Display.
5 In the Display Properties window, click the Settings tab.
NOTE: If you choose a resolution or color palette that is higher than the display
supports, the settings adjust automatically to the closest supported values. For
more information, see your operating system documentation.
6 Click the monitor 2 icon, click the Extend my Windows desktop... check
box, and then click Apply.
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7 Change Screen Area to the appropriate sizes for both displays and click
Apply.
8 If prompted to restart the computer, click Apply the new color setting
without restarting and click OK.
9 If prompted, click OK to resize your desktop.
10 If prompted, click Yes to keep the settings.
11 Click OK to close the Display Properties window.
To disable dual independent display mode:
1 Click the Settings tab in the Display Properties window.
2 Click the monitor 2 icon, uncheck the Extend my Windows desktop onto
this monitor option, and then click Apply.
If necessary, press <Fn><F8> to bring the screen image back to the
computer display.
Windows Vista™
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button
, and click Control Panel.
2 Under Appearance and Personalization, click Adjust screen resolution.
3 In the Display Settings window, click the monitor 2 icon, click the Extend
the desktop onto this monitor check box, and then click Apply.
4 Click OK to close the Display Settings window.
To disable extended desktop mode:
1 In the Display Settings window, click the Settings tab.
2 Click the monitor 2 icon, uncheck the Extend the desktop onto this
monitor option, and then click Apply.
Using a Monitor as Your Primary Display
To swap your primary and secondary display designations (for example, to use
your external monitor as your primary display after docking), perform the
steps in the following section that corresponds to the operating system your
computer is using.
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Microsoft® Windows® XP
1 Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a category, click Appearance and Themes.
3 Under Pick a task..., click the area you want to change, or under or pick a
Control Panel icon, click Display.
4 Click the Settings tab→ Advanced→ Displays tab.
See the documentation that came with your video card for additional
information.
Windows Vista™
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button
, and click Control Panel.
2 Under Appearance and Personalization, click Adjust screen resolution.
3 In the Display Settings window, click the monitor 2 icon, click the This is
my main monitor check box, and then click Apply.
4 Click OK to close the Display Settings window.
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Using Multimedia
Playing CDs or DVDs
NOTICE: Do not press down on the CD/DVD tray when you open or close it. Keep
the tray closed when you are not using the drive.
NOTICE: Do not move the computer while playing CDs or DVDs.
1 Press the eject button on the front of the drive.
2 Pull out the tray.
3 Place the disc, label side up, in the center of the tray and snap the disc
onto the spindle.
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NOTE: If you use a module that shipped with another computer, you need to install
the drivers and software necessary to play DVDs or write data. For more
information, see the Drivers and Utilities CD (the Drivers and Utilities CD is optional
and may not be available for your computer or in certain countries).
4 Push the tray back into the drive.
To format CDs for storing data, to create music CDs, or to copy CDs, see the
CD software that came with your computer.
NOTE: Ensure that you follow all copyright laws when you create CDs.
A CD player includes the following basic buttons:
Play.
Move backward within the current track.
Pause.
Move forward within the current track.
Stop.
Go to the previous track.
Eject.
Go to the next track.
A DVD player includes the following basic buttons:
Stop.
Restart the current chapter.
Play.
Fast forward.
Pause.
Fast reverse.
Advance a single frame while in pause mode.
Go to the next title or chapter.
Continuously play the current title or chapter.
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Go to the previous title or chapter.
Eject.
For more information on playing CDs or DVDs, click Help on the CD or
DVD player (if available).
Copying CDs and DVDs
NOTE: Ensure that you observe all copyright laws when creating CDs or DVDs.
This section applies only to computers that have a CD-RW, DVD+/-RW, or
CD-RW/DVD (combo) drive.
NOTE: The types of CD or DVD drives offered by Dell may vary by country.
The following instructions explain how to make an exact copy of a CD or
DVD using Roxio Creator Plus - Dell Edition. You can also use Roxio Creator
Plus for other purposes, such as creating music CDs from audio files stored on
your computer or backing up important data. For help, open Roxio Creator
Plus, and then click the question mark icon in the upper-right corner of the
window.
How to Copy a CD or DVD
NOTE: CD-RW/DVD combo drives cannot write to DVD media. If you have a
CD-RW/DVD combo drive and you experience recording problems, check for
available software patches on the Sonic support website at sonic.com.
The DVD-writable drives installed in Dell™ computers can write to and read
DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW and DVD+R DL (dual layer) media, but cannot
write to and may not read DVD-RAM or DVD-R DL media.
NOTE: Most commercial DVDs have copyright protection and cannot be copied
using Roxio Creator Plus.
1 Open Roxio Creator Plus.
2 Under the Copy tab, click Disc Copy.
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3 To copy the CD or DVD:
•
If you have one CD/DVD drive, ensure that the settings are correct, and
then click Disc Copy. The computer reads your source CD or DVD
and copies the data to a temporary folder on your computer hard
drive.
When prompted, insert a blank CD or DVD into the drive and
click OK.
•
If you have two CD/DVD drives, select the drive into which you have
inserted your source CD or DVD, and then click Disc Copy. The
computer copies the data from the source CD or DVD to the blank
CD or DVD.
Once you have finished copying the source CD or DVD, the CD or DVD
that you have created automatically ejects.
Using Blank CDs and DVDs
CD-RW drives can write to CD recording media only (including high-speed
CD-RW media) while DVD-writable drives can write to both CD and DVD
recording media.
Use blank CD-Rs to record music or permanently store data files. After the
maximum storage capacity of a CD-R is reached, you cannot write to that
CD-R again (see the Sonic documentation for more information). Use blank
CD-RWs if you plan to erase, rewrite, or update information on the CD later.
Blank DVD+/-Rs can be used to permanently store large amounts of data.
After you create a DVD+/-R disc, you may not be able to write to that disc
again if the disc is finalized or closed during the final stage of the disc creation
process. Use blank DVD+/-RWs if you plan to erase, rewrite, or update
information on the disc later.
CD-Writable Drives
Media Type
Read
Write
Rewritable
CD-R
Yes
Yes
No
CD-RW
Yes
Yes
Yes
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DVD-Writable Drives
Media Type
Read
Write
Rewritable
CD-R
Yes
Yes
No
CD-RW
Yes
Yes
Yes
DVD+R
Yes
Yes
No
DVD-R
Yes
Yes
No
DVD+RW
Yes
Yes
Yes
DVD-RW
Yes
Yes
Yes
DVD+R DL
Yes
Yes
No
DVD-R DL
Maybe
No
No
DVD-RAM
Maybe
No
No
Helpful Tips
•
Use Microsoft® Windows® Explorer to drag and drop files to a CD-R or
CD-RW only after you start Roxio Creator Plus and open a Creator project.
•
Use CD-Rs to burn music CDs that you want to play in regular stereos.
CD-RWs may not play in many home or car stereos.
•
You cannot create audio DVDs with Roxio Creator Plus.
•
Music MP3 files can be played only on MP3 players or on computers that
have MP3 software installed.
•
Commercially available DVD players used in home theater systems may
not support all available DVD formats. For a list of formats supported by
your DVD player, see the documentation provided with your DVD player
or contact the manufacturer.
•
Do not burn a blank CD-R or CD-RW to its maximum capacity; for
example, do not copy a 650-MB file to a blank 650-MB CD. The CD-RW
drive needs 1–2 MB of blank space to finalize the recording.
•
Use a blank CD-RW to practice CD recording until you are familiar with
CD recording techniques. If you make a mistake, you can erase the data on
the CD-RW and try again. You can also use blank CD-RWs to test music
file projects before you record the project permanently to a blank CD-R.
•
See the Sonic website at sonic.com for additional information.
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Adjusting the Volume
NOTE: When the speakers are muted, you do not hear the CD or DVD playing.
1 Select Start→ Programs→ Accessories→ Entertainment→ Volume
Control.
2 Click and drag the bar in the Volume Control column and slide it up or
down to increase or decrease the volume.
For more information on volume control options, click Help in the Volume
Control window.
Adjusting the Picture
If an error message notifies you that the current resolution and color depth
are using too much memory and preventing DVD playback, adjust the display
properties.
Microsoft Windows XP
1 Click Start→ Control Panel→ Appearance and Themes.
2 Under Pick a task..., click Change the screen resolution.
3 Under Screen resolution, click and drag the bar to reduce the resolution
setting.
4 In the drop-down menu under Color quality, click Medium (16 bit) and
click OK.
Microsoft Windows Vista™ Operating System
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button
click Appearance and Personalization.
, click Control Panel, and then
2 Under Personalization, click Adjust Screen Resolution.
The Display Properties window appears.
3 Under Resolution: click and drag the bar reduce the resolution setting.
4 In the drop-down menu under Colors:, click Medium (16 bit).
5 Click OK.
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Setting Up and Using Networks
7
Setting up a computer network provides connectivity between your computer
and the Internet, another computer, or a network. For example, with a
network set up in a home or small office you can print to a shared printer,
access drives and files on another computer, browse other networks, or access
the Internet. You can set up a local area network (LAN) using a network or
broadband modem cable or set up a wireless LAN (WLAN).
The Microsoft Windows® XP and Microsoft Windows Vista™ operating
systems provide wizards to help guide you through the process of networking
computers. For more information about Networking, see the Windows Help
and Support Center (see "Windows Help and Support" on page 16).
Connecting a Network or Broadband Modem
Cable
Before you connect your computer to a network, the computer must have a
network adapter installed and a network cable connected to it.
1 Connect the network cable to the network adapter connector on the back
of your computer.
NOTE: Insert the cable connector until it clicks into place, and then gently
pull the cable to ensure that it is securely attached.
2 Connect the other end of the network cable to a network connection
device or a network wall connector.
NOTE: Do not use a network cable with a telephone wall connector.
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Setting Up a Network in the Microsoft®
Windows® XP Operating System
1 Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→ Communications→ Network
Setup Wizard→ Next→ Checklist for creating a network.
NOTE: Selecting the connection method labeled This computer connects
directly to the Internet enables the integrated firewall provided with
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).
2 Complete the checklist.
3 Return to the Network Setup Wizard and follow the instructions in the
wizard.
Setting Up a Network in the Microsoft Windows
Vista™ Operating System
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button
Set up a connection or network.
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2 Select an option under Choose a connection option.
3 Click Next, and then follow the instructions in the wizard.
Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)
A WLAN is a series of interconnected computers that communicate with
each other over the air waves rather than through a network cable connected
to each computer. In a WLAN, a radio communications device called an
access point or wireless router connects network computers and provides
Internet, or network, access. The access point or wireless router and the
wireless network card in the computer communicate by broadcasting data
from their antennas over the air waves.
What You Need to Establish a WLAN Connection
Before you can set up a WLAN, you need:
•
High-speed (broadband) Internet access (such as cable or DSL)
•
A broadband modem that is connected and working
•
A wireless router or access point
•
A wireless network card for each computer that you want to connect to
your WLAN
•
A network cable with a network (RJ-45) connector
Checking Your Wireless Network Card
Depending on what you selected when you purchased your computer, the
computer has a variety of configurations. To confirm that your computer has
a wireless network card and to determine the type of card, use one of the
following:
•
The Start button and the Connect To option
•
The order confirmation for your computer
Start Button and Connect To Option
In Microsoft Windows XP, click Start→ Connect To→ Show all connections.
NOTE: If your computer is set to the Classic Start menu option, click Start→
Settings→ Network Connections to view your network connections.
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In Microsoft Windows Vista, click
computers and devices.
→ Connect To→ View network
If Wireless Network Connection does not appear under LAN or High-Speed
Internet, you may not have a wireless network card.
If Wireless Network Connection appears, you have a wireless network card. To
view detailed information about the wireless network card:
1 Right-click Wireless Network Connection.
2 Click Properties.
The Wireless Network Connection Properties window appears. The
wireless network card’s name and model number are listed on the
General tab.
NOTE: If Wireless Network Connection does not appear, you may not have a
wireless network card.
The Order Confirmation for Your Computer
The order confirmation that you received when you ordered your computer
lists the hardware and software that shipped with your computer.
Setting Up a New WLAN Using a Wireless Router and a Broadband
Modem
1 Contact your Internet service provider (ISP) to obtain specific information
about the connection requirements for your broadband modem.
2 Ensure that you have wired Internet access through your broadband
modem before you attempt to set up a wireless Internet connection (see
"Connecting a Network or Broadband Modem Cable" on page 55).
3 Install any software required for your wireless router. Your wireless router
may have been shipped with an installation CD. Installation CDs usually
contain installation and troubleshooting information. Install the required
software according to the instructions provided by the router
manufacturer.
4 Shut down your computer and any other wireless-enabled computers in
the vicinity through the Start or
menu.
5 Disconnect your broadband modem power cable from the electrical outlet.
6 Disconnect the network cable from the computer and the modem.
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7 Disconnect the AC adapter cable from your wireless router to ensure that
there is no power connected to the router.
NOTE: Wait for a minimum of 5 minutes after disconnecting your broadband
modem before you continue with the network setup.
8 Insert a network cable into the network (RJ-45) connector on the
unpowered broadband modem.
9 Connect the other end of the network cable into the Internet network
(RJ-45) connector on the unpowered wireless router.
10 Ensure that no network or USB cables, other than the network cable
connecting the modem and the wireless router, are connected to the
broadband modem.
NOTE: Restart your wireless equipment in the order described below to prevent a
potential connection failure.
11 Turn on only your broadband modem and wait for at least 2 minutes for
the broadband modem to stabilize. After 2 minutes, proceed to step 12.
12 Turn on your wireless router and wait for at least 2 minutes for the wireless
router to stabilize. After 2 minutes, proceed to the step 13.
13 Start your computer and wait until the boot process completes.
14 See the documentation that came with your wireless router to do the
following in order to set up the wireless router:
•
Establish communication between your computer and your wireless
router.
•
Configure your wireless router to communicate with your broadband
router.
•
Find out your wireless router’s broadcast name. The technical term for
the name of your router’s broadcast name is Service Set Identifier
(SSID) or network name.
15 If necessary, configure your wireless network card to connect to the wireless
network (see "Connecting to a WLAN" on page 59).
Connecting to a WLAN
NOTE: Before you connect to a WLAN, ensure that you have followed the
instructions in "Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)" on page 57.
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NOTE: The following networking instructions do not apply to internal cards with
Bluetooth® wireless technology or cellular products.
This section provides general procedures for connecting to a network using
wireless technology. Specific network names and configuration details vary.
See "Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)" on page 57 for more information
about how to prepare for connecting your computer to a WLAN.
Your wireless network card requires specific software and drivers for
connecting to a network. The software is already installed.
NOTE: If the software is removed or corrupted, follow the instructions in the user
documentation for your wireless network card. Verify the type of wireless network
card installed in your computer and then search for that name on the Dell™ Support
website at support.dell.com. For information on the type of wireless network card
that is installed in your computer, see "Checking Your Wireless Network Card" on
page 57.
Determining the Wireless Network Device Manager
Depending on the software installed on your computer, different wireless
configuration utilities may manage your network devices:
•
Your wireless network card’s client utility
•
The Windows XP or Windows Vista operating system
To determine which wireless configuration utility is managing your wireless
network card in Windows XP:
1 Click Start→ Settings→ Control Panel→ Network Connections.
2 Right-click the Wireless Network Connection icon, and then click View
Available Wireless Networks.
If the Choose a wireless network window states Windows cannot configure
this connection, the wireless network card’s client utility is managing the
wireless network card.
If the Choose a wireless network window states Click an item in the list
below to connect to a wireless network in range or to get more information,
the Windows XP operating system is managing the wireless network card.
To determine which wireless configuration utility is managing your wireless
network card in Windows Vista:
1 Click
→ Connect To→ Manage wireless networks.
2 Double-click a profile to open the wireless network properties screen.
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For specific information about the wireless configuration utility installed on
your computer, see your wireless network documentation in the Windows
Help and Support Center (see "Windows Help and Support" on page 16).
Completing the Connection to the WLAN
When you turn on your computer and a network (for which your computer is
not configured) is detected in the area, a pop-up appears near the network
icon in the notification area (in the lower-right corner of the Windows
desktop).
Follow the instructions provided in any utility prompts that appear on your
screen.
Once you have configured your computer for the wireless network that you
selected, another pop-up notifies you that your computer is connected to that
network.
Thereafter, whenever you log on to your computer within the range of the
wireless network that you selected, the same pop-up notifies you of the
wireless network connection.
NOTE: If you select a secure network, you must enter a WEP or WPA key when
prompted. Network security settings are unique to your network. Dell cannot
provide this information.
NOTE: Your computer can take up to 1 minute to connect to the network.
Microsoft® Windows® Firewall
Windows Firewall provides basic protection from unauthorized access to your
computer while it is connected to the Internet. Windows Firewall is
automatically enabled when you run the Network Setup Wizard.
When Windows Firewall is enabled for a network connection, the firewall
icon appears with a red background in the Network Connections section of
the Control Panel.
NOTE: Enabling Windows Firewall does not reduce the need for virus-checking
software.
For more information, click Start→ Control Panel→ Security→ Windows
Firewall, or see "Windows Help and Support" on page 16."
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Using Cards
ExpressCards
ExpressCards provide additional memory, wired and wireless
communications, multimedia and security features. ExpressCards support
two form factors:
•
ExpressCard/54 (54 mm wide in an L-shape with a 34 mm connector)
The 54 mm card only fits into a 54 mm card slot.
See "Specifications" on page 131 for information on supported ExpressCards.
NOTE: An ExpressCard is not a bootable device.
1
1
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ExpressCard Blanks
Your computer shipped 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.
Remove the blank before installing an ExpressCard. To remove the blank,
(see "Removing an ExpressCard or Blank" on page 65).
Installing an ExpressCard
You can install an ExpressCard while the computer is running. The computer
automatically detects the card.
ExpressCards are generally marked with a symbol (such as a triangle or an
arrow) or a label to indicate which end to insert into the slot. The cards are
keyed to prevent incorrect insertion. If card orientation is not clear, see the
documentation that came with the card.
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
To install an ExpressCard:
1 Hold the card with the top side of the card facing up.
2 Slide the card into the slot until the card is completely seated in its
connector.
If you encounter too much resistance, do not force the card. Check the
card orientation and try again.
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1
1
slot
2
2
ExpressCard
The computer recognizes the ExpressCard and automatically loads the
appropriate device driver. If the configuration program tells you to load the
manufacturer's drivers, use the floppy disk or CD that came with the
ExpressCard.
Removing an ExpressCard or Blank
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
Press the release latch and remove the card or blank. For some release latches,
you must press the latch twice: once to pop the latch out, and then a second
time to pop the card out.
Save a blank to use when no ExpressCard is installed in a slot. Blanks protect
unused slots from dust and other particles.
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1
66
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Securing Your Computer
9
Security Cable Lock
NOTE: Your computer does not ship with a security cable lock.
A security cable lock is a commercially available antitheft device. To use the
lock, attach it to the security cable slot on your Dell™ computer. For more
information, see the instructions included with the device.
NOTICE: Before you buy an antitheft device, ensure that it will work with the
security cable slot on your computer.
Passwords
About Passwords
NOTE: Passwords are disabled when you receive your computer.
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A primary (or system) password and an administrator password prevent
unauthorized access to your computer in different ways. The following table
identifies types and features of passwords available on your computer.
Type of Password
Features
Primary (or system)
• Protects the computer from unauthorized access
Administrator
• Gives system administrators or service technicians
access to computers for repair or reconfiguration
• Allows you to restrict access to system setup in the same
way a primary password restricts access to the computer
• Can be used instead of the primary password
NOTE: Some hard drives do not support hard drive passwords.
NOTICE: Passwords provide a high level of security for data in your computer or
hard drive. However, they are not foolproof. If you require more security, obtain and
use additional forms of protection, such as smart cards, data encryption programs,
or PC Cards with encryption features.
When using passwords, observe the following guidelines:
•
Choose passwords that you can remember, but not ones that are easy to
guess. For example, do not use the names of family members or pets for
passwords.
•
It is recommended that you do not write down passwords. If you do write it
down, however, ensure that the password is stored in a secure place.
•
Do not share passwords with other people.
•
Ensure that people are not watching you when you type your password(s).
If you forget any of your passwords, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on
page 129). For your protection, Dell technical support staff will ask you for
proof of your identity to ensure that only an authorized person can use the
computer.
Using a Primary (or System) Password
The primary password allows you to protect the computer from unauthorized
access.
When you first start your computer, you must assign a primary password at
the prompt.
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If you do not enter a password within two minutes, the computer returns to
its previous operating state.
NOTICE: If you disable the administrator password, the primary password is also
disabled.
To add or change passwords, access User Accounts from the Control Panel.
If you have assigned an administrator password, you can use it instead of the
primary password. The computer does not specifically prompt you for the
administrator password.
Using an Administrator Password
The administrator password is designed to give system administrators or
service technicians access to computers for repair or reconfiguration. The
administrators or technicians can assign identical administrator passwords to
groups of computers, allowing you to assign a unique primary password.
To set or change administrator passwords, access User Accounts from the
Control Panel.
When you set an administrator password, the Configure Setup option
becomes available in system setup. The Configure Setup option allows you to
restrict access to system setup in the same way that a primary password
restricts access to the computer.
The administrator password can be used instead of the primary password.
Whenever you are prompted to enter the primary password, you can enter the
administrator password.
NOTICE: If you disable the administrator password, the primary password is also
disabled.
NOTE: The administrator password provides access to the computer, but it does
not provide access to the hard drive when a hard drive password is assigned.
If you forget the primary password and do not have an administrator password
assigned, or if you have both a primary and an administrator password
assigned but forget them both, contact your system administrator or contact
Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 129).
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Computer Tracking Software
Computer tracking software may enable you to locate your computer if it is
lost or stolen. The software is optional and may be purchased when you order
your Dell™ computer, or you can contact your Dell sales representative for
information about this security feature.
NOTE: Computer tracking software may not be available in certain countries.
NOTE: If you have computer tracking software and your computer is lost or stolen,
you must contact the company that provides the tracking service to report the
missing computer.
Fingerprint Reader (Optional)
If your computer has the optional fingerprint reader, you can use the
Fingerprint Reader Suite to add biometric security to your computer. The
Fingerprint Reader Suite gives you the ability to enhance your security in the
following ways:
•
Associate digitized images of your fingerprints with your user name,
password, and generated security keys in your own secure passport
•
Use the fingerprint reader to manage OS-level authentication
•
Register applications and web pages in a password bank so that you can use
the fingerprint reader to enter your password
•
Launch a favorite application by swiping your finger over the fingerprint
reader
•
Store confidential information in an encrypted folder
If Your Computer Is Lost or Stolen
•
Call a law enforcement agency to report the lost or stolen computer.
Include the Service Tag in your description of the computer. Ask that a
case number be assigned and write down the number, along with the
name, address, and phone number of the law enforcement agency. If
possible, obtain the name of the investigating officer.
NOTE: If you know where the computer was lost or stolen, call a law enforcement
agency in that area. If you do not know, call a law enforcement agency where you
live.
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•
If the computer belongs to a company, notify the security office of the
company.
•
Contact Dell customer service to report the missing computer. Provide the
computer Service Tag, the case number, and the name, address, and phone
number of the law enforcement agency to which you reported the missing
computer. If possible, give the name of the investigating officer.
The Dell customer service representative will log your report under the
computer Service Tag and record the computer as missing or stolen. If
someone calls Dell for technical assistance and gives your Service Tag, the
computer is identified automatically as missing or stolen. The representative
will attempt to get the phone number and address of the caller. Dell will then
contact the law enforcement agency to which you reported the missing
computer.
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Troubleshooting Tools
Diagnostic Lights
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
Your computer has three keyboard status lights located above the keyboard
(see "Front View" on page 19). During normal operation, the keyboard status
lights display the current status (on or off) of the Num Lock, Caps Lock, and
Scroll Lock features. If the computer starts without error, the lights flash, and
then turn off. If the computer malfunctions, however, you can use the status
of the lights to help identify the problem.
NOTE: After the computer completes POST, the Num Lock light may remain on,
depending on your BIOS settings (see "Commonly Used Options" on page 102).
Diagnostic Light Codes During POST
To troubleshoot a problem with your computer, read the sequence of the
keyboard status lights in order from left to right (Num Lock, Caps Lock, and
then Scroll Lock). If the computer malfunctions the individual lights display
a status of either On , Off , or Flashing .
Light Pattern
Problem Description
Suggested Resolution
The microcontroller is • Reseat the processor (see your Service
Manual).
handing control of
the system to the
• If the problem persists, contact Dell
Pentium controller. If
(see "Contacting Dell" on page 129).
no processor is
installed, or there is
no FWH/ROM, this
code persists.
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Light Pattern
Problem Description
Suggested Resolution
Memory subsystem
• If available, install working memory of
configuration activity
the same type into your computer (see
is in progress or a
your Service Manual).
memory failure was
• If the problem persists, contact Dell
detected.
(see "Contacting Dell" on page 129).
The system is in flash Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on
recovery mode.
page 129).
No LCD panel
• Reseat the LCD cable (see your
detected or LCD selfService Manual).
test failure occurred. • If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see "Contacting Dell" on page 129).
EEPROM SPD data
indicates all
SODIMMS are
unusable.
• If available, install working memory of
the same type into your computer (see
your Service Manual).
• If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see "Contacting Dell" on page 129).
System Messages
NOTE: If the message you received is not listed in the table, see the documentation
for either the operating system or the program that was running when the message
appeared.
C M OS F A I L U R E — Possible system board failure or the RTC battery is low.
Press <F1> to load defaults.
D E C R E A S I N G A V A I L A B L E M E M O R Y — See "Lockups and Software Problems" on
page 88.
E R R O R 86 02 – A U X I L L I A R Y D E V I C E F A I L U R E V E R I F Y T H A T M O U S E A N D K E Y B O A R D
ARE SECURELY ATTACHED TO CORRECT CONNECTORS.
F L A S H P A R T W R I T E P R O T E C T E D E R R O R — Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on
page 129).
G A T E A 20 F A I L U R E — See "Lockups and Software Problems" on page 88.
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I N V A L I D C O N F I G U R A T I O N I N F O R M A T I O N - P L E A S E R U N S E T U P P R O G R A M — Enter
System Setup (see "Viewing the System Setup Screens" on page 102) and
change System Setup options (see "Commonly Used Options" on page 102)
to correct the configuration error.
K E Y B O A R D F A I L U R E — Keyboard failure or keyboard cable loose (see "Lockups
and Software Problems" on page 88).
M E M O R Y A D D R E S S L I N E F A I L U R E A T ( A D D R E S S ), R E A D V A L U E E X P E C T I N G
( V A L U E ) — See "Lockups and Software Problems" on page 88.
M E M O R Y D O U B L E W O R D L O G I C F A I L U R E A T ( A D D R E S S ), R E A D V A L U E E X P E C T I N G
( V A L U E ) — See "Lockups and Software Problems" on page 88.
MEMORY ODD/EVEN LOGIC FAILURE AT (ADDRESS) READ VALUE EXPECTING
( V A L U E ) — See "Lockups and Software Problems" on page 88.
M E M O R Y W R I T E / R E A D F A I L U R E A T ( A D D R E S S ), R E A D V A L U E E X P E C T I N G
( V A L U E ) — See "Lockups and Software Problems" on page 88.
M E M O R Y S I Z E I N C M O S I N V A L I D — See "Lockups and Software Problems" on
page 88.
N O B O O T D E V I C E A V A I L A B L E – S T R I K E F1 T O R E T R Y B O O T , F2 F O R S E T U P U T I L I T Y .
P R E S S F 5 T O R U N O N B O A R D D I A G N O S T I C S — The system cannot detect a
bootable device or partition.
•
If the floppy drive is your boot device, ensure that the drive is installed
properly and that a bootable floppy disk is in the drive.
•
If the hard drive is your boot device, ensure 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 "Viewing the System Setup Screens" on page 102).
N O B O O T S E C T O R O N H A R D - D I S K D R I V E — Enter System Setup and ensure that
the configuration information for the hard drive is correct (see "Viewing the
System Setup Screens" on page 102).
N O T I M E R T I C K I N T E R R U P T — Run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell
Diagnostics" on page 79).
N O N - S YS T E M D I S K O R D I S K E R R O R — Replace the floppy disk with one that has
a bootable operating system or remove the floppy disk and restart the
computer.
N O T A B O O T D I S K E T T E — Insert a bootable floppy disk and restart your
computer.
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POWER WARNING MESSAGES HAVE BEEN DISABLED. RUN THE SETUP UTILITY TO
E N A B L E T H E S E M E S S A G E S . — See "System Setup Program" on page 101.
R E A D F A I L U R E O N I N T E R N A L H A R D D R I V E — See your Service Manual for more
information.
T H E AC P O W E R A D A P T E R W A T T A G E A N D T Y P E C A N N O T B E D E T E R M I N E D . T H E
B A T T E R Y M A Y N O T C H A R G E . T H E Y S YS T E M W I L L A D J U S T T H E P E R F O R M A N C E T O
M A T C H T H E P O W E R A V A I L A B L E . P L E A S E C O N N E C T A D E L L AC A D A P T E R O R G R E A T E R
F O R B E S T S YS T E M P E R F O R M A N C E ( S E E T H E S P E C I F I C A T I O N S F O R Y O U R AC
A D A P T E R A T "AC A D A P T E R " O N P A G E 1 34 ). S T R I K E T H E F 3 K E Y ( B E F O R E T H E F 1 O R
F2 KEY) IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO SEE POWER WARNING MESSAGES AGAIN. STRIKE
T H E F1 K E Y T O C O N T I N U E , F2 T O R U N T H E S E T U P U T I L I T Y . — Connect the
correct AC adapter to the computer or docking station.
THE COMPUTER IS DOCKED AND ONLY BATTERY POWER IS DETECTED. THIS CAN
HAPPEN IF THE POWER ADAPTER IS MISSING, THE POWER CORD IS UNPLUGGED, OR
THE COMPUTER IS NOT PROPERLY CONNECTED TO THE DOCKING STATION. YOU
S H O U L D U N D O C K , R E D O C K , A T T A C H T H E P O W E R A D A P T E R, O R P L U G I N T H E P O W E R
CORD. STRIKE THE F1 KEY TO SHUTDOWN.
T H E A M O U N T O F S YS T E M M E M O R Y H A S C H A N G E D . I F Y O U D I D N O T C H A N G E Y O U R
F1
K E Y T O C O N T I N U E , F2 T O R U N T H E S E T U P U T I L I T Y . P R E S S F5 T O R U N O N B O A R D
DIAGNOSTICS. —
M E M O R Y ... T O R E S O L V E T H I S I S S U E , T R Y T O R E S E A T T H E M E M O R Y . S T R I K E T H E
•
Reseat the memory (see “Memory” in your Service Manual).
•
If memory was not removed or installed, memory module or system board
failure may have occurred. Contact Dell for assistance (see "Contacting
Dell" on page 129).
U N S U P P O R T E D M E M O R Y . S T R I K E T H E F1 K E Y T O S H U T D O W N . — Ensure that the
memory you are using is supported by your computer (see your Service
Manual).
WAR N ING : A X X X -W AC A D A P T E R H A S B E E N D E T E C T E D , W H I C H I S L E S S T H A N
T H E R E C O M M E N D E D 6 5/ 90 - W A C A D A P T E R O R I G I N A L L Y S H I P P E D . T H I S W I L L
I N C R E A S E T H E T I M E T O C H A R G E T H E B A T T E R Y . T H E Y S YS T E M W I L L A D J U S T T H E
P E R F O R M A N C E T O M A T C H T H E P O W E R A V A I L A B L E . P L E A S E C O N N E C T A D E L L 65 /9 0W AC A D A P T E R O R G R E A T E R F O R B E S T P E R F O R M A N C E . S T R I K E T H E F3 K E Y ( B E F O R E
T H E F1 O R F 2 K E Y ) I F Y O U D O N O T W A N T T O S E E P O W E R W A R N I N G M E S S A G E S
A G A I N . S T R I K E T H E F 1 K E Y T O C O N T I N U E , F2 T O R U N T H E S E T U P
U T I L I T Y . — Connect the correct AC adapter to the computer or docking
station.
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WA RNI NG : T H E P R I M A R Y B A T T E R Y C A N N O T B E I D E N T I F I E D . T H I S S YS T E M W I L L B E
U N A B L E T O C H A R G E B A T T E R I E S U N T I L T H I S B A T T E R Y I S R E M O V E D . — For
computers with two batteries installed, the primary battery may be installed
incorrectly, or the battery or system board may be defective.
WA RNI NG : T H E S E C O N D B A T T E R Y C A N N O T B E I D E N T I F I E D . T H I S S YS T E M W I L L B E
U N A B L E T O C H A R G E B A T T E R I E S U N T I L T H I S B A T T E R Y I S R E M O V E D . — For
computers with two batteries installed, the secondary battery may be installed
incorrectly, or the battery or system board may be defective.
WA RNI NG : T H E B A T T E R I E S C A N N O T B E I D E N T I F I E D . T H I S S YS T E M W I L L B E
U N A B L E T O C H A R G E B A T T E R I E S U N T I L T H I S B A T T E R Y I S R E M O V E D . — For
computers with two batteries installed, one or more of the batteries may be
installed incorrectly, or the batteries or system board may be defective.
WA RNI NG : T H E B A T T E R Y C A N N O T B E I D E N T I F I E D . T H I S S YS T E M W I L L B E U N A B L E
T O C H A R G E T H I S B A T T E R Y . — The battery may be installed incorrectly, or the
battery or system board may be defective.
WA RNI NG : T H E B A T T E R Y A T T A C H E D C A N N O T P O W E R T H E S YS T E M . T H E S YS T E M
W I L L N O T B O O T W I T H T H I S B A T T E R Y P L U G G E D I N . P R E S S F1 T O S H U T D O W N T H E
S YS T E M .
WA RNI NG ! B A T T E R Y I S C R I T I C A L L Y L O W . H I T F1 T O C O N T I N U E .
WARNING MESSAGES HAVE BEEN D ISABLED. RU N THE SETUP UTILI TY TO ENABLE
T H E S E M E S S A G E S . — See "System Setup Program" on page 101.
WA RNI NG : D E L L ’ S D I S K M O N I T O R I N G S YS T E M H A S D E T E C T E D T H A T D R I V E [0 /1 ]
ON THE [PRIMARY/SECONDARY] EIDE CONTROLLER IS OPERATING OUTSIDE OF
NORMAL SPECIFICATIONS. IT IS ADVISABLE TO IMMEDIATELY BACK UP YOUR DATA
AND REPLACE YOUR HARD DRIVE BY CALLING YOUR SUPPORT DESK OR
DELL.
— Contact Dell for assistance (see "Contacting Dell" on page 129).
YO U R P O W E R A D A P T E R D O E S N O T S U P P L Y E N O U G H P O W E R T O R U N T H E A T T A C H E D
D O C K I N G S T A T I O N . E I T H E R U N D O C K O R I N S E R T A N A P P R O P R I A T E A D A P T E R. S T R I K E
T H E F1 K E Y T O S H U T D O W N . — Connect the correct AC adapter.
Y O U R S YS T E M I S D O C K E D , B U T T H E AC A D A P T E R T Y P E C A N N O T B E D E T E R M I N E D .
E I T H E R U N D O C K O R I N S E R T A N A P P R O P R I A T E A D A P T E R . S T R I K E T H E F1 K E Y T O
S H U T D O W N . — The AC adapter may be installed incorrectly, or the AC
adapter or docking station may be defective.
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Y O U R S YS T E M A U T O M A T I C A L L Y P O W E R O F F B E C A U S E I T B E C A M E W A R M E R T H A N
E X P E C T E D . T H I S M A Y H A V E B E E N C A U S E D B Y : O P E R A T I N G O R S T O R I N G T H E S YS T E M
IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE AMBIENT TEMPERATURE IS TOO HIGH, OR
O B S T R U C T I N G T H E A I R F L O W F R O M T H E S YS T E M F A N V E N T S . I F T H E P R O B L E M
R E C U R S , P L E A S E C A L L D E L L S U P P O R T W I T H E R R O R C O D E #M10 04 . — Contact
Dell for assistance (see "Contacting Dell" on page 129).
* ** P R O C E S S O R SS DT D A T A N O T F O U N D * ** O P E R A T I N G S YS T E M P O W E R
MANAGEMENT FOR MULTI CORE PROCESSORS WILL BE DISABLED. —
* ** UL C I R C U I T T R I P P E D * ** T H E U L T R I P C O U N T I S S H O W N B E L O W T H E F 3- K E Y
F3 K E Y T O C L E A R T H E U L C O U N T E R , A N Y O T H E R K E Y T O
C O N T I N U E . — Run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 79).
MESSAGE. STRIKE THE
* ** P R O C E S S O R M I C R O C O D E U P D A T E F A I L U R E ** * T H E R E V I S I O N O F P R O C E S S O R I N
T H E S YS T E M I S N O T S U P P O R T E D . — Ensure that the processor you are using is
supported by your computer (see "Specifications" on page 131).
Hardware Troubleshooter
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.
Windows XP:
1 Click Start→ Help and Support.
2 Type hardware troubleshooter in the search field and press
<Enter> to start the search.
3 In the Fix a Problem section, click Hardware Troubleshooter.
4 In the Hardware Troubleshooter list, select the option that best describes
the problem and click Next to follow the remaining troubleshooting steps.
Windows Vista:
1 Click the Windows Vista start button
, and click 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.
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Dell Diagnostics
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions located in the Product Information Guide.
When to Use the Dell Diagnostics
If you experience a problem with your computer, perform the checks in
"Troubleshooting" on page 85, and then run the Dell Diagnostics before
contacting Dell for assistance.
Start the Dell Diagnostics from your hard drive or from the Drivers and
Utilities media provided with your computer.
NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities media is optional and may not ship with your
computer.
NOTE: The Dell Diagnostics only operate on Dell computers.
Starting the Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive
Before running the Dell Diagnostics, enter System Setup (see "Viewing the
System Setup Screens" on page 102) to review your computer’s configuration
information, and ensure that the device you want to test is displayed in
System Setup and is active.
The Dell Diagnostics is located on a separate diagnostic utility partition on
your hard drive.
NOTE: If the computer is connected to a docking device (docked), undock it. See
the documentation that came with your docking device for instructions.
NOTE: If your computer does not display a screen image contact Dell (see
"Contacting Dell" on page 129).
1 Ensure that the computer is connected to an electrical outlet that is
known to be working properly.
2 Press and hold the <Fn> key or the mute button then turn on your
computer.
NOTE: Alternatively, you can select Diagnostics from the one-time boot menu
at startup to boot to the diagnostic utility partition and run the Dell Diagnostics
(see "Changing the Boot Sequence" on page 102).
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The computer runs the Pre-boot System Assessment (PSA), a series of
initial tests of your system board, keyboard, display, memory, hard
drive, etc.
•
During the assessment, answer any questions that appear.
•
If failures are detected during the PSA, write down the error
code(s) and see "Contacting Dell" on page 129.
•
If the PSA completes successfully, the following message appears:
“Booting Dell Diagnostic Utility Partition.
Press any key to continue.”
NOTE: If you see a message stating that no diagnostics utility partition has
been found, run the Dell Diagnostics from your Drivers and Utilities media (see
"Starting the Dell Diagnostics From the Drivers and Utilities Media" on
page 81).
3 Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics from the diagnostics utility
partition on your hard drive.
4 Press <Tab> to select Test System and then press <Enter>.
NOTE: It is recommended that you select Test System to run a complete test
on your computer. Selecting Test Memory initiates the extended memory test,
which can take up to thirty minutes or more to complete. When the test
completes, record the test results and then press any key to return to the
previous menu.
5 At the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu, left-click with the touch pad/mouse,
or press <Tab> and then <Enter>, to select the test you want to run (see
"Dell Diagnostics Main Menu" on page 82).
NOTE: Write down any error codes and problem descriptions exactly as they
appear and follow the instructions on the screen.
6 After all tests have completed, close the test window to return to the Dell
Diagnostics Main Menu.
7 Close the Main Menu window to exit the Dell Diagnostics and restart the
computer.
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Starting the Dell Diagnostics From the Drivers and Utilities Media
Before running the Dell Diagnostics, enter System Setup (see "Viewing the
System Setup Screens" on page 102) to review your computer’s configuration
information, and ensure that the device you want to test is displayed in
System Setup and is active.
1 Insert the Drivers and Utilities media into the optical drive.
2 Restart your computer.
3 When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> immediately.
NOTE: Keyboard failure may result when a key is held down for extended
periods of time. To avoid possible keyboard failure, press and release <F12> in
even intervals to open the Boot Device Menu.
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.
4 When the boot device list appears, use the up- or down- arrow keys to
highlight CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive then press <Enter>.
NOTE: Using the one-time boot menu changes the boot sequence for the
current boot only. Upon restart, the computer boots according to the boot
sequence specified in System Setup.
5 Press any key to confirm that you want to start from the CD/DVD.
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.
6 Type 1 to Run the 32 Bit Dell Diagnostics.
7 At the Dell Diagnostics Menu, type 1 to select Dell 32-bit Diagnostics for
Resource CD (graphical user interface).
8 Press <Tab> to select Test System and then press <Enter>.
NOTE: It is recommended that you select Test System to run a complete test
on your computer. Selecting Test Memory initiates the extended memory test,
which can take up to thirty minutes or more to complete. When the test
completes, record the test results and then press any key to return to the
previous menu.
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9 At the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu, left-click with the mouse, or press
<Tab> and then <Enter>, to select the test you want to run (see "Dell
Diagnostics Main Menu" on page 82).
NOTE: Write down any error codes and problem descriptions exactly as they
appear and follow the instructions on the screen.
10 After all tests have completed, close the test window to return to the Dell
Diagnostics Main Menu.
11 Close the Main Menu window to exit the Dell Diagnostics and restart the
computer.
12 Remove the Drivers and Utilities media from the optical drive.
Dell Diagnostics Main Menu
After the Dell Diagnostics loads the following menu appears:
Option
Function
Test Memory
Run the stand-alone memory test
Test System
Run system diagnostics
Exit
Exit the diagnostics
Press <Tab> to select the test you want to run and then press <Enter>.
NOTE: It is recommended that you select Test System to run a complete test on
your computer. Selecting Test Memory initiates the extended memory test, which
can take up to thirty minutes or more to complete. When the test completes, record
the test results and then press any key to return to this menu.
After Test System is selected, the following menu appears:
Option
Function
Express Test
Performs a quick test of devices in the
system. This typically can take 10 to
20 minutes.
NOTE: The Express Test requires no interaction on your
part. Run Express Test first to increase the possibility of
tracing a problem quickly.
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Option
Function
Extended Test
Performs a thorough check of devices in
the system. This typically can take an
hour or more.
NOTE: The Extended Test periodically requires your input
to answer specific questions.
Custom Test
Use to test a specific device or
customize the tests to be run.
Symptom Tree
This option allows you to select tests
based on a symptom of the problem you
are having. This option lists the most
common symptoms.
NOTE: It is recommended that you select Extended Test to perform a more
thorough check of devices in the computer.
For any problem 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 exactly as it appears and follow the instructions on the
screen. If you cannot resolve the problem, contact Dell (see “Contacting
Dell” on page 112).
NOTE: When contacting Dell support, have your Service Tag ready. The Service
Tag for your computer is located at the top of each test screen.
The following tabs provide additional information for tests run from the
Custom Test or Symptom Tree option:
Tab
Function
Results
Displays the results of the test
and any error conditions
encountered.
Errors
Displays error conditions encountered,
error codes, and the problem
description.
Help
Describes the test and any requirements
for running the test.
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Tab
Function
Configuration
Displays the hardware configuration for
the selected device.
The Dell Diagnostics obtains
configuration information for all
devices from System Setup, memory, and
various internal tests, and displays
the information in the device list in
the left pane of the screen.
NOTE: The device list may not display the names of all
components installed on your computer or all devices
attached to your computer.
Parameters
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Allows you to customize the test, if
applicable, by changing the test
settings.
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Troubleshooting
Follow these tips when troubleshooting your computer:
•
If you added or removed a part before the problem started, review the
installation procedures and ensure that the part is correctly installed.
•
If a peripheral device does not work, ensure that the device is properly
connected.
•
If an error message appears on the screen, write down the exact message.
This message may help support personnel diagnose and fix the problem(s).
•
If an error message occurs in a program, see the program’s documentation.
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.
Battery Problems
CAUTION: There is a danger of a new battery exploding if it is incorrectly
installed. Replace the battery only with the same or equivalent type recommended
by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer's
instructions.
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
NOTE: Connect the modem to an analog telephone jack only. The modem does not
operate while it is connected to a digital telephone network.
NOTE: Do not plug a telephone cable into the network adapter connector (see
"Back View" on page 25).
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C H E C K T H E M I C R O S O F T O U T L O O K ® E X P R E S S S E C U R I T Y S E T T I N G S — If you cannot
open your e-mail attachments:
1 In Outlook Express, click Tools→ Options→ Security.
2 Click Do not allow attachments to remove the checkmark, as needed.
CHECK THE TELEPHONE LINE CONNECTION
CHECK THE TELEPHONE JACK
CONNECT THE MODEM DIRECTLY TO THE TELEPHONE WALL JACK
USE A DIFFERENT TELEPHONE LINE
•
Verify that the telephone line is connected to the jack on the modem (the
jack has either a green label or a connector-shaped icon next to it).
•
Ensure that you hear a click when you insert the telephone line connector
into the modem.
•
Disconnect the telephone line from the modem and connect it to a
telephone, then listen for a dial tone.
•
If you have other telephone devices sharing the line, such as an answering
machine, fax machine, surge protector, or line splitter, bypass them and
use the telephone to connect the modem directly to the telephone wall
jack. If you are using a line that is 3 meters (10 feet) or more in length, try
a shorter one.
R U N T H E M O D E M D I A G N O S T I C TO O L
Windows XP:
1 Click Start→ All Programs→ Modem Helper.
2 Follow the instructions on the screen to identify and resolve modem
problems. Modem Helper is not available on certain computers.
Windows Vista:
1 Click Start
→ All Programs→ Modem Diagnostic Tool.
2 Follow the instructions on the screen to identify and resolve modem
problems. Modem diagnostics are not available on all computers.
VE R I F Y T H A T T H E M O D E M I S C O M M U N I C A T I N G W I T H W I N D O W S
Windows XP:
1 Click Start→ Control Panel→ Printers and Other Hardware→ Phone and
Modem Options→ Modems.
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2 Click the COM port for your modem→ Properties→ Diagnostics→ Query
Modem to verify that the modem is communicating with Windows.
If all commands receive responses, the modem is operating properly.
Windows Vista:
1 Click Start
→ Control Panel→ Hardware and Sound→ Phone and
Modem Options→ Modems.
2 Click the COM port for your modem→ Properties → Diagnostics→
Query Modem to verify that the modem is communicating with
Windows.
If all commands receive responses, the modem is operating properly.
E N S U R E T H A T Y O U A R E C O N N E C T E D T O T H E I N T E R N E T — Ensure that you have
subscribed to an Internet provider. With the Outlook Express e-mail program
open, click File. If Work Offline has a checkmark next to it, click the
checkmark to remove it and connect to the Internet. For help, contact your
Internet service provider.
Error Messages
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
If the error message is not listed, see the documentation for the operating
system or the program that was running when the message appeared.
A FILENAME CANNOT CONTAIN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERS: \ / : * ? “ <
> | — Do not use these characters in filenames.
A R E Q U I R E D .DLL F I L E W A S N O T F O U N D — The program that you are trying to
open is missing an essential file. To remove and then reinstall the program:
Windows XP:
1 Click Start→ Control Panel→ Add or Remove Programs→ Programs and
Features.
2 Select the program you want to remove.
3 Click Uninstall.
4 See the program documentation for installation instructions.
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Windows Vista:
1 Click Start
→ Control Panel→ Programs→ Programs and Features.
2 Select the program you want to remove.
3 Click Uninstall.
4 See the program documentation for installation instructions.
drive letter : \ I S N O T A C C E S S I B L E . T H E D E V I C E I S N O T R E A D Y — The drive
cannot read the disk. Insert a disk into the drive and try again.
I N S E R T B O O T A B L E M E D I A — Insert a bootable floppy disk, CD, or DVD.
N O N - S YS T E M D I S K E R R O R — Remove the floppy disk from the floppy drive and
restart your computer.
NOT ENOUGH MEMORY OR RESOURCES. CLOSE SOME PROGRAMS AND TRY
A G A I N — Close all windows and open the program that you want to use. In
some cases, you may have to restart your computer to restore computer
resources. If so, run the program that you want to use first.
O P E R A T I N G S YS T E M N O T F O U N D — Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on
page 129).
Lockups and Software Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
The computer stops responding
NOTICE: You may lose data if you are unable to perform an operating system
shutdown.
TU R N T H E C O M P U T E R O F F — 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), and then restart
your computer.
A program stops responding
END THE PROGRAM
1 Press <Ctrl><Shift><Esc> simultaneously to access the Task Manager.
2 Click the Applications tab.
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3 Click to select the program that is no longer responding.
4 Click End Task.
A program crashes repeatedly
NOTE: Most software includes installation instructions in its documentation or on a
floppy disk, CD, or DVD.
C H E C K T H E S O F T W A R E D O C U M E N T A T I O N — If necessary, uninstall and then
reinstall the program.
A program is designed for an earlier Windows operating system
RUN THE PROGRAM COMPATIBILITY WIZARD
Windows XP:
The Program Compatibility Wizard configures a program so that it runs in an
environment similar to non-XP operating system environments.
1 Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→ Program Compatibility
Wizard→ Next.
2 Follow the instructions on the screen.
Windows Vista:
The Program Compatibility Wizard configures a program so that it runs in an
environment similar to non-Windows Vista operating system environments.
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.
A solid blue screen appears
TU R N T H E C O M P U T E R O F F — 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), and then restart
your computer.
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Other software problems
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.
BACK UP YOUR FILES IMMEDIATELY
USE A VIRUS-SCANNING PROGRAM TO CHECK THE HARD DRIVE, FLOPPY DISKS,
C D S , O R DVD S
SAVE AND CLOSE ANY OPEN FILES OR PROGRAMS AND SHUT DOWN YOUR
COMPUTER THROUGH THE START MENU
Memory Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
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 your Service Manual).
•
Reseat the memory modules (see your Service Manual) to ensure that your
computer is successfully communicating with the memory.
•
Run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 79).
IF YOU EXPERIENCE OTHER MEMORY PROBLEMS
•
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Reseat the memory modules (see “Memory” in your Service Manual) to
ensure that your computer is successfully communicating with the
memory.
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•
Ensure that you are following the memory installation guidelines (see
“Installing Memory” in your Service Manual).
•
Ensure that the memory you are using is supported by your computer. For
more information about the type of memory supported by your computer,
see your Service Manual.
•
Run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 79).
Network Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
C H E C K T H E N E T W O R K C A B L E C O N N E C T O R — Ensure that the network cable is
firmly inserted into the network connector on the back of the computer and
the network jack.
C H E C K T H E N E T W O R K L I G H T S — If the link integrity light is off (see "Network
Connector (RJ-45)" on page 27), no network communication is occurring.
Replace the network cable.
RESTART THE COMPUTER AND LOG ON TO THE NETWORK AGAIN
C H E C K Y O U R N E T W O R K S E T T I N G S — Contact your network administrator or
the person who set up your network to verify that your network settings are
correct and that the network is functioning.
R U N T H E H A R D W A R E TR O U B L E S H O O T E R — See "Hardware and Software
Problems" on page 110.
Power Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
I F T H E P O W E R L I G H T I S G R E E N A N D T H E C O M P U T E R I S N O T R E S P O N D I N G — See
"Diagnostic Lights" on page 73.
I F T H E P O W E R L I G H T I S B L I N K I N G G R E E N — The computer is in standby mode.
Press a key on the keyboard, move the mouse, or press the power button to
resume normal operation.
I F T H E P O W E R L I G H T I S O F F — The computer is either turned off or is not
receiving power.
•
Reseat the power cable in the power connector on the back of the
computer and the electrical outlet.
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Bypass power strips, power extension cables, and other power protection
devices to verify that the computer turns on properly.
•
Ensure that any power strips being used are plugged into an electrical
outlet and are turned on.
•
Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with another
device, such as a lamp.
I F T H E P O W E R L I G H T I S B L I N K I N G A M B E R — The computer is receiving
electrical power, but an internal power problem may exist.
•
Ensure that the voltage selection switch is set to match the AC power at
your location (if applicable).
I F T H E P O W E R L I G H T I S S T E A D Y A M B E R — A device may be malfunctioning or
incorrectly installed.
•
Remove and then reinstall all memory modules (see your Service Manual).
•
Remove and then reinstall any expansion cards (see "Removing an
ExpressCard or Blank" on page 65).
E L I M I N A T E I N T E R F E R E N C E — Some possible causes of interference are:
•
Power, keyboard, and mouse extension cables
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Too many devices connected to the same power strip
•
Multiple power strips connected to the same electrical outlet
Printer Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
NOTE: If you need technical assistance for your printer, contact the printer’s
manufacturer.
C H E C K T H E P R I N T E R D O C U M E N T A T I O N — See the printer documentation for
setup and troubleshooting information.
ENSURE THAT THE PRINTER IS TURNED ON
CHECK THE PRINTER CABLE CONNECTIONS
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See the printer documentation for cable connection information.
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Ensure that the printer cables are securely connected to the printer and
the computer.
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TE S T T H E E L E C T R I C A L O U T L E T — Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by
testing it with another device, such as a lamp.
VE R I F Y T H A T T H E P R I N T E R I S R E C O G N I Z E D B Y W I N D O W S
Windows XP:
1 Click Start→ Control Panel→ Printers and Other Hardware→ View
installed printers or fax printers.
2 If the printer is listed, right-click the printer icon.
3 Click Properties→ Ports. For a parallel printer, ensure that the Print to the
following port(s): setting is LPT1 (Printer Port). For a USB printer, ensure
that the Print to the following port(s): setting is USB.
Windows Vista:
1 Click Start
→ Control Panel→ Hardware and Sound→ Printer.
2 If the printer is listed, right-click the printer icon.
3 Click Properties and click Ports.
4 Adjust the settings, as needed.
REINSTALL THE PRINTER DRIVER — SEE THE PRINTER DOCUMENTATION FOR
I N F O R M A T I O N O N R E I N S T A L L I N G T H E P R I N T E R D R I V E R.
Scanner Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
NOTE: If you need technical assistance for your scanner, contact the scanner’s
manufacturer.
C H E C K T H E S C A N N E R D O C U M E N T A T I O N — See the scanner documentation for
setup and troubleshooting information.
U N L O C K T H E S C A N N E R — Ensure that your scanner is unlocked (if the scanner
has a locking tab or button).
RESTART THE COMPUTER AND TRY THE SCANNER AGAIN
CHECK THE CABLE CONNECTIONS
•
See the scanner documentation for information on cable connections.
•
Ensure that the scanner cables are securely connected to the scanner and
the computer.
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VE R I F Y T H A T T H E S C A N N E R I S R E C O G N I Z E D B Y M I C R O S O F T W I N D O W S
Windows XP:
1 Click Start→ Control Panel→ Printers and Other Hardware→ Scanners
and Cameras.
2 If your scanner is listed, Windows recognizes the scanner.
Windows Vista:
1 Click Start
Cameras.
→ Control Panel→ Hardware and Sound→ Scanners and
2 If the scanner is listed, Windows recognizes the scanner.
R E I N S T A L L T H E S C A N N E R D R I V E R — See the scanner documentation for
instructions.
Sound and Speaker Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
No sound from speakers
NOTE: The volume control in MP3 and other media players may override the
Windows volume setting. Always check to ensure that the volume on the media
player(s) has not been turned down or off.
C H E C K T H E S P E A K E R C A B L E C O N N E C T I O N S — Ensure that the speakers are
connected as shown on the setup diagram supplied with the speakers. If you
purchased a sound card, ensure that the speakers are connected to the card.
E N S U R E T H A T T H E S U B W O O F E R A N D T H E S P E A K E R S A R E T U R N E D O N — See the
setup diagram supplied with the speakers. If your speakers have volume
controls, adjust the volume, bass, or treble to eliminate distortion.
A D J U S T T H E W I N D O W S V O L U M E C O N T R O L — Click or double-click the speaker
icon in the lower-right corner of your screen. Ensure that the volume is turned
up and that the sound is not muted.
D I S C O N N E C T H E A D P H O N E S F R O M T H E H E A D P H O N E C O N N E C T O R — Sound from
the speakers is automatically disabled when headphones are connected to the
computer’s front-panel headphone connector.
TE S T T H E E L E C T R I C A L O U T L E T — Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by
testing it with another device, such as a lamp.
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E L I M I N A T E P O S S I B L E I N T E R F E R E N C E — Turn off nearby fans, fluorescent lights,
or halogen lamps to check for interference.
RUN THE SPEAKER DIAGNOSTICS
R E I N S T A L L T H E S O U N D D R I V E R — See "Drivers" on page 105.
R U N T H E H A R D W A R E TR O U B L E S H O O T E R — See "Hardware and Software
Problems" on page 110.
No sound from headphones
C H E C K T H E H E A D P H O N E C A B L E C O N N E C T I O N — Ensure that the headphone
cable is securely inserted into the headphone connector (see "Right Side
View" on page 24).
A D J U S T T H E W I N D O W S V O L U M E C O N T R O L — Click or double-click the speaker
icon in the lower-right corner of your screen. Ensure that the volume is turned
up and that the sound is not muted.
Touch Pad or Mouse Problems
CHECK THE TOUCH PAD SETTINGS —
1 Click Start→ Control Panel→ Printers and Other Hardware→ Mouse.
2 Try adjusting the settings.
C H E C K T H E M O U S E C A B L E — Shut down the computer. Disconnect the mouse
cable, check it for damage, and firmly reconnect the cable.
If you are using a mouse extension cable, disconnect it and connect the
mouse directly to the computer.
TO V E R I F Y T H A T T H E P R O B L E M I S W I T H T H E M O U S E , C H E C K T H E T O U C H P A D
1 Shut down the computer.
2 Disconnect the mouse.
3 Turn on the computer.
4 At the Windows desktop, use the touch pad to move the cursor around,
select an icon, and open it.
If the touch pad operates correctly, the mouse may be defective.
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C H E C K T H E S YS T E M S E T U P P R O G R A M S E T T I N G S — Verify that the system setup
program lists the correct device for the pointing device option. (The
computer automatically recognizes a USB mouse without making any setting
adjustments.) For more information on using the system setup program, see
"System Setup Program" on page 101.
TE S T T H E M O U S E C O N T R O L L E R — To test the mouse controller (which affects
pointer movement) and the operation of the touch pad or mouse buttons,
run the Mouse test in the Pointing Devices test group in the Dell Diagnostics
(see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 79).
R E I N S T A L L T H E T O U C H P A D D R I V E R — See "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities"
on page 106.
Video and Monitor Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
NOTICE: If your computer came with a PCI graphics card installed, removal of the
card is not necessary when installing additional graphics cards; however, the card
is required for troubleshooting purposes. If you remove the card, store it in a safe
and secure location. For information about your graphics card, go to
support.dell.com.
The screen is blank
NOTE: For troubleshooting procedures, see the monitor’s documentation.
The screen is difficult to read
C H E C K T H E D I A G N O S T I C L I G H T S — See "Diagnostic Lights" on page 73.
C H E C K T H E M O N I T O R S E T T I N G S — See the monitor documentation for
instructions on adjusting the contrast and brightness, demagnetizing
(degaussing) the monitor, and running the monitor self-test.
ADJUST THE WINDOWS DISPLAY SETTINGS
Windows XP:
1 Click Start→ Control Panel→ Appearance and Themes.
2 Click the area you want to change or click the Display icon.
3 Try different settings for Color quality and Screen resolution.
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Windows Vista:
1 Click Start
→ Control Panel→ Hardware and Sound→
Personalization→ Display Settings.
2 Adjust Resolution and Colors settings, as needed.
3D image quality is poor
C H E C K T H E G R A P H I C S C A R D P O W E R C A B L E C O N N E C T I O N — Ensure that the
power cable for the graphics card(s) is correctly attached to the card.
Only part of the display is readable
CONNECT AN EXTERNAL MONITOR
1 Shut down your computer and connect an external monitor to the
computer.
2 Turn on the computer and the monitor and adjust the monitor brightness
and contrast controls.
If the external monitor works, the computer display or video controller may
be defective. Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 129).
Power Lights
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
The power button light located on the front of the computer illuminates and
blinks or remains solid to indicate different states:
•
If the power light is green and the computer is not responding, see
"Diagnostic Lights" on page 73.
•
If the power light is blinking green, the computer is in standby mode. Press
a key on the keyboard, move the mouse, or press the power button to
resume normal operation.
•
If the power light is off, the computer is either turned off or is not
receiving power.
–
Reseat the power cable into both the power connector on the back of
the computer and the electrical outlet.
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–
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.
–
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 power light is blinking amber, the computer is receiving electrical
power, but an internal power problem might exist.
–
•
If the power light is steady amber, a device may be malfunctioning or
incorrectly installed.
–
•
Ensure that the voltage selection switch is set to match the AC power
at your location, if applicable.
Remove and then reinstall any cards (see "Using Cards" on page 63).
Eliminate interference. Some possible causes of interference are:
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Too many devices on a power strip
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Multiple power strips connected to the same electrical outlet
Dell Technical Update Service
The Dell Technical Update service provides proactive e-mail notification of
software and hardware updates for your computer. The service is free and can
be customized for content, format, and how frequently you receive
notifications.
To enroll for the Dell Technical Update service, go to
support.dell.com/technicalupdate.
Dell Support Utility
The Dell Support Utility is installed on your computer and available from the
Dell Support,
, icon on the taskbar or from the Start button. Use this
support utility for self-support information, software updates, and health
scans of your computing environment.
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Accessing the Dell Support Utility
Access the Dell Support Utility from the
Start menu.
icon on the taskbar or from the
If the Dell Support icon does not appear in your taskbar:
1 Click Start→ All Programs→ Dell Support→ Dell Support Settings.
2 Ensure that the Show icon on the taskbar option is checked.
NOTE: If the Dell Support Utility is not available from the Start menu, go to
support.dell.com and download the software.
The Dell Support Utility is customized for your computing environment.
The
icon in the taskbar functions differently when you click, doubleclick, or right-click the icon.
Clicking the Dell Support Icon
Click or right-click the
icon to perform the following tasks:
•
Check your computing environment.
•
View the Dell Support Utility settings.
•
Access the help file for the Dell Support Utility.
•
View frequently asked questions.
•
Learn more about the Dell Support Utility.
•
Turn the Dell Support Utility off.
Double-Clicking the Dell Support Icon
Double-click the
icon to manually check your computing environment,
view frequently asked questions, access the help file for the Dell Support
Utility, and view Dell Support settings.
For more information about the Dell Support Utility, click the question mark
(?) at the top of the Dell™ Support screen.
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System Setup Program
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Overview
NOTE: Your operating system may automatically configure most of the options
available in the system setup program, thus overriding options that you set through
the system setup program. (An exception is the External Hot Key option, which you
can disable or enable only through the system setup program.) For more information
on configuring features for your operating system, access the Help and Support
Center. To access the Help and Support Center in Windows XP, click Start→ Help
→ Help
and Support. In Windows Vista, click the Windows Vista Start button
and Support.
You can use the system setup program as follows:
•
To set or change user-selectable features—for example, your computer
password
•
To verify information about the computer's current configuration, such as
the amount of system memory
After you set up the computer, run the system setup program to familiarize
yourself with your system configuration information and optional settings.
You may want to write down the information for future reference.
The system setup screens display the current setup information and settings
for your computer, such as:
•
System configuration
•
Boot order
•
Boot (start-up) configuration and docking-device configuration settings
•
Basic device-configuration settings
•
System security and hard-drive password settings
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NOTE: Unless you are an expert computer user or are directed to do so by Dell
technical support, do not change the system setup settings. Certain changes might
make your computer work incorrectly.
Viewing the System Setup Screens
1 Turn on (or restart) your computer.
2 When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F2> immediately. If you wait too
long and the Microsoft® Windows® logo appears, continue to wait until
you see the Windows desktop. Then shut down your computer and try
again.
System Setup Screens
NOTE: For information about a specific item on a system setup screen, highlight the
item and see the Help area on the screen.
On each screen, the system setup options are listed at the left. To the right of
each option is the setting or value for that option. You can change settings
that appear as white type on the screen. Options or values that you cannot
change (because they are determined by the computer) appear less bright.
The upper-right corner of the screen displays help information for the
currently highlighted option; the lower-right corner displays information
about the computer. System-setup key functions are listed across the bottom
of the screen.
Commonly Used Options
Certain options require that you reboot the computer for new settings to take
effect.
Changing the Boot Sequence
The boot sequence, or boot order, tells the computer where to look to find the
software needed to start the operating system. You can control the boot
sequence and enable/disable devices using the Boot Order page of the system
setup program.
NOTE: To change the boot sequence on a one-time-only basis, see "Performing a
One-Time Boot" on page 103.
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The Boot Order page displays a general list of the bootable devices that may
be installed in your computer, including but not limited to the following:
•
Diskette Drive
•
Internal HDD
•
Optical Drive
During the boot routine, the computer starts at the top of the list and scans
each enabled device for the operating system start-up files. When the
computer finds the files, it stops searching and starts the operating system.
To control the boot devices, select (highlight) a device by pressing the downarrow or up-arrow key, and then enable or disable the device or change its
order in the list.
•
To enable or disable a device, highlight the item and press the space bar.
Enabled items appear as white and display a small triangle to the left;
disabled items appear blue or dimmed without a triangle.
•
To reorder a device in the list, highlight the device and then press <+> or
<->(not case-sensitive) to move the highlighted device up or down.
Boot sequence changes take effect as soon as you save the changes and exit
the system setup program.
Performing a One-Time Boot
You can set a one-time-only boot sequence without entering the system setup
program. (You can also use this procedure to boot the Dell Diagnostics on the
diagnostics utility partition on your hard drive.)
1 Shut down the computer through the Start menu.
2 If the computer is connected to a docking device (docked), undock it. See
the documentation that came with your docking device for instructions.
3 Connect the computer to an electrical outlet.
4 Turn on the computer. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12>
immediately.
If you wait too long and the Windows logo appears, continue to wait until
you see the Windows desktop. Then shut down your computer and try
again.
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5 When the boot device list appears, highlight the device from which you
want to boot and press <Enter>.
The computer boots to the selected device.
The next time you reboot the computer, the previous boot order is restored.
Enabling the Infrared Sensor
1 Press <Alt><p> until you locate Infrared Data Port under Basic Device
Configuration.
NOTE: Ensure that the COM port that you select is different from the COM port
assigned to the serial connector.
2 Press the down-arrow key to select the Infrared Data Port setting, and
press the right-arrow key to change the setting to a COM port.
3 Press <Esc> and then click Yes to save the changes and exit the system
setup program. If you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes.
4 Follow the instructions on the screen.
5 After the infrared sensor has been enabled, click Yes to restart the
computer.
After you enable the infrared sensor, you can use it to establish a link to an
infrared device. To set up and use an infrared device, see the infrared device
documentation and access the Help and Support Center (click Start→ Help
and Support).
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Reinstalling Software
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Drivers
What Is a Driver?
A driver is a program that controls a device such as a printer, mouse, or
keyboard. All devices require a driver program.
A driver acts like a translator between the device and any other programs that
use the device. Each device has its own set of specialized commands that only
its driver recognizes.
Dell ships your computer to you with required drivers already installed—no
further installation or configuration is needed.
NOTICE: The Drivers and Utilities media may contain drivers for operating systems
that are not on your computer. Ensure that you are installing software appropriate
for your operating system.
Many drivers, such as the keyboard driver, come with your Microsoft
Windows operating system. You may need to install drivers if you:
•
Upgrade your operating system.
•
Reinstall your operating system.
•
Connect or install a new device.
Identifying Drivers
If you experience a problem with any device, identify whether the driver is the
source of your problem and, if necessary, update the driver.
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Microsoft® Windows® XP
1 Click Start→ Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a Category, click Performance and Maintenance, and click
System.
3 In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab, and click Device
Manager.
Microsoft Windows Vista™
1 Click the Windows Vista start button
, and right-click Computer.
2 Click Properties→ Device Manager.
NOTE: The User Account Control window may appear. If you are an
administrator on the computer, click Continue; otherwise, contact your
administrator to continue.
Scroll down the list to see if any device has an exclamation point (a yellow
circle with a [!]) on the device icon.
If an exclamation point is next to the device name, you may need to reinstall
the driver or install a new driver (see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on
page 106).
Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities
NOTICE: The Dell Support website at support.dell.com and your Drivers and
Utilities media provide approved drivers for Dell™ computers. If you install drivers
obtained from other sources, your computer might not work correctly.
Using Windows Device Driver Rollback
If a problem occurs on your computer after you install or update a driver, use
Windows Device Driver Rollback to replace the driver with the previously
installed version.
Windows XP:
1 Click Start→ My Computer→ Properties→ Hardware→ Device Manager.
2 Right-click the device for which the new driver was installed and click
Properties.
3 Click the Drivers tab→ Roll Back Driver.
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Windows Vista:
1 Click the Windows Vista start button
, and right-click Computer.
2 Click Properties→ Device Manager.
NOTE: The User Account Control window may appear. If you are an
administrator on the computer, click Continue; otherwise, contact your
administrator to enter the Device Manager.
3 Right-click the device for which the new driver was installed and click
Properties.
4 Click the Drivers tab→ Roll Back Driver.
If Device Driver Rollback does not resolve the problem, then use System
Restore (see "Restoring Your Operating System" on page 110) to return your
computer to the operating state that existed before you installed the new
driver.
1 With the Windows desktop displayed, insert the Drivers and Utilities
media.
If this is your first time to use the Drivers and Utilities media, go to step 2.
If not, go to step 5.
2 When the Drivers and Utilities media installation program starts, follow
the prompts on the screen.
3 When the InstallShield Wizard Complete window appears, remove the
Resource media and click Finish to restart the computer.
4 When you see the Windows desktop, reinsert the Resource media.
5 At the Welcome Dell System Owner screen, click Next.
NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities media displays drivers only for hardware that
came installed in your computer. If you installed additional hardware, the drivers for
the new hardware might not be displayed by the ResourceCD. If those drivers are
not displayed, exit the ResourceCD program. For drivers information, see the
documentation that came with the device.
A message stating that the Resource media is detecting hardware in your
computer appears.
The drivers that are used by your computer are automatically displayed in
the My Drivers—The ResourceCD has identified these components in
your system window.
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6 Click the driver that you want to reinstall and follow the instructions on
the screen.
If a particular driver is not listed, then that driver is not required by your
operating system.
Using the Drivers and Utilities Media
If using Device Driver Rollback or System Restore (see "Restoring Your
Operating System" on page 110) does not resolve the problem, then reinstall
the driver from the Drivers and Utilities media.
1 Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.
2 Insert the Drivers and Utilities media.
In most cases, the CD/DVD starts running automatically. If it does not,
start Windows Explorer, click your CD/DVD drive directory to display the
CD/DVD contents, and then double-click the autorcd.exe file. The first
time that you run the CD/DVD, it might prompt you to install setup files.
Click OK, and follow the instructions on the screen to continue.
3 From the Language drop-down menu in the toolbar, select your preferred
language for the driver or utility (if available).
4 At the welcome screen, click Next and wait for the CD/DVD to complete
the hardware scan
5 To detect other drivers and utilities, under Search Criteria, select the
appropriate categories from the System Model, Operating System, and
Topic drop-down menus.
A link or links appear(s) for the specific drivers and utilities used by your
computer.
6 Click the link of a specific driver or utility to display information about the
driver or utility that you want to install.
7 Click the Install button (if present) to begin installing the driver or utility.
At the welcome screen, follow the screen prompts to complete the
installation.
If no Install button is present, automatic installation is not an option. For
installation instructions, either see the appropriate instructions in the
following subsections, or click Extract, follow the extracting instructions,
and then read the readme file.
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If instructed to navigate to the driver files, click the CD/DVD directory on
the driver information window to display the files associated with that
driver.
Manually Reinstalling Drivers
After extracting the driver files to your hard drive as described in the previous
section:
Windows XP:
1 Click Start→ My Computer→ Properties→ Hardware→ Device Manager.
2 Double-click the type of device for which you are installing the driver (for
example, Audio or Video).
3 Double-click the name of the device for which you are installing the driver.
4 Click the Driver tab→ Update Driver.
5 Click Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)→ Next.
6 Click Browse and browse to the location to which you previously copied
the driver files.
7 When the name of the appropriate driver appears, click Next.
8 Click Finish and restart your computer.
Windows Vista:
1 Click the Windows Vista start button
, and right-click Computer.
2 Click Properties→ Device Manager.
NOTE: The User Account Control window may appear. If you are an
administrator on the computer, click Continue; otherwise, contact your
administrator to enter the Device Manager.
3 Double-click the type of device for which you are installing the driver (for
example, Audio or Video).
4 Double-click the name of the device for which you are installing the driver.
5 Click the Driver tab→ Update Driver→ Browse my computer for driver
software.
6 Click Browse and browse to the location to which you previously copied
the driver files.
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7 When the name of the appropriate driver appears, click the name of the
driver→ OK→ Next.
8 Click Finish and restart your computer.
Hardware and Software Problems
This section discusses issues with Windows XP and Windows Vista operating
systems. 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.
To start the Hardware Troubleshooter:
Windows XP:
1 Click Start→ Help and Support.
2 Type hardware troubleshooter in the search field and press
<Enter> to start the search.
3 In the Fix a Problem section, click Hardware Troubleshooter.
4 In the Hardware Troubleshooter list, select the option that best describes
the problem and click Next to follow the remaining troubleshooting steps.
Windows Vista:
1 Click the Windows Vista start button
, and click 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.
Restoring Your Operating System
You can restore your operating system in the following ways:
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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 PC Restore by Symantec (available in Windows XP) and Dell Factory
Image Restore (available in Windows Vista) returns your hard drive to the
operating state it was in when you purchased the computer. Both
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permanently delete all data on the hard drive and remove any programs
installed after you received the computer. Use Dell PC Restore or 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 disc only if System
Restore did not resolve your operating system problem.
Using Microsoft Windows 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.
NOTICE: 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.
Starting System Restore
Windows XP:
NOTICE: Before you restore the computer to an earlier operating state, save and
close any 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→ All Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools→ System
Restore.
2 Click either Restore my computer to an earlier time or Create a restore
point.
3 Click Next and follow the remaining on-screen prompts.
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Windows Vista:
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.
In the event that System Restore did not resolve the issue, you may undo the
last system restore.
Undoing the Last System Restore
NOTICE: 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 XP:
1 Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools→ System
Restore.
2 Click Undo my last restoration and click Next.
Windows Vista:
1 Click Start
.
2 In the Start Search box, type System Restore and press <Enter>.
3 Click Undo my last restoration and click Next.
Enabling System Restore
NOTE: Windows Vista does not disable System Restore; regardless of low disk
space. Therefore, the steps below apply only to Windows XP.
If you reinstall Windows XP with less than 200 MB of free hard-disk space
available, System Restore is automatically disabled.
To see if System Restore is enabled:
1 Click Start→ Control Panel→ Performance and Maintenance→ System.
2 Click the System Restore tab and ensure that Turn off System Restore is
unchecked.
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Using Dell™ PC Restore and Dell Factory Image Restore
NOTICE: Using Dell PC Restore or 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 these options.
Use PC Restore or Dell Factory Image Restore only if System Restore did not resolve
your operating system problem.
NOTE: Dell PC Restore by Symantec and Dell Factory Image Restore may not be
available in certain countries or on certain computers.
Use Dell PC Restore (Windows XP) or Dell Factory Image Restore (Windows
Vista) only as the last method to restore your operating system. These options
restore 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 PC
Restore or Factory Image Restore.
Windows XP: Dell PC Restore
Using PC Restore:
1 Turn on the computer.
During the boot process, a blue bar with www.dell.com appears at the top
of the screen.
2 Immediately upon seeing the blue bar, press <Ctrl><F11>.
If you do not press <Ctrl><F11> in time, let the computer finish
starting, and then restart the computer again.
NOTICE: If you do not want to proceed with PC Restore, click Reboot.
3 Click Restore and click Confirm.
The restore process takes approximately 6 to 10 minutes to complete.
4 When prompted, click Finish to reboot the computer.
NOTE: Do not manually shut down the computer. Click Finish and let the computer
completely reboot.
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5 When prompted, click Yes.
The computer restarts. Because the computer is restored to its original
operating state, the screens that appear, such as the End User License
Agreement, are the same ones that appeared the first time the computer
was turned on.
6 Click Next.
The System Restore screen appears and the computer restarts.
7 After the computer restarts, click OK.
Removing PC Restore:
NOTICE: Removing Dell PC Restore from the hard drive permanently deletes the PC
Restore utility from your computer. After you have removed Dell PC Restore, you will
not be able to use it to restore your computer operating system.
Dell PC Restore enables you to restore your hard drive to the operating state
it was in when you purchased your computer. It is recommended that you do
not remove PC Restore from your computer, even to gain additional harddrive space. If you remove PC Restore from the hard drive, you cannot ever
recall it, and you will never be able to use PC Restore to return your computer
operating system to its original state.
1 Log on to the computer as a local administrator.
2 In Microsoft Windows Explorer, go to c:\dell\utilities\DSR.
3 Double-click the filename DSRIRRemv2.exe.
NOTE: If you do not log on as a local administrator, a message appears
stating that you that you must log on as administrator. Click Quit, and then log
on as a local administrator.
NOTE: If the partition for PC Restore does not exist on your computer hard
drive, a message appears stating that the partition was not found. Click Quit;
there is no partition to delete.
4 Click OK to remove the PC Restore partition on the hard drive.
5 Click Yes when a confirmation message appears.
The PC Restore partition is deleted and the newly available disk space is
added to the free space allocation on the hard drive.
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6 Right-click Local Disk (C) in Windows Explorer, click Properties, and
verify that the additional disk space is available as indicated by the
increased value for Free Space.
7 Click Finish to close the PC Restore Removal window and restart the
computer.
Windows Vista: Dell Factory Image Restore
1 Turn on the computer. When the Dell logo appears, press <F8> several
times to access the Vista Advanced Boot Options Window.
2 Select Repair Your Computer.
The System Recovery Options window appears.
3 Select a keyboard layout and click Next.
4 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.
5 Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
NOTE: Depending upon your configuration, you may need to select Dell
Factory Tools, then Dell Factory Image Restore.
The Dell Factory Image Restore welcome screen appears.
6 Click Next.
The Confirm Data Deletion screen appears.
NOTICE: If you do not want to proceed with Factory Image Restore, click Cancel.
7 Click the checkbox 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.
8 Click Finish to reboot the system.
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Using the Operating System Media
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. See "Using Windows Device Driver Rollback" on page 106. 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 "Using Microsoft Windows System
Restore" on page 111.
NOTICE: 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.
To reinstall Windows, you need the following items:
•
Dell™ Operating System media
•
Dell Drivers and Utilities media
NOTE: The Dell Drivers and Utilities media contains drivers that were installed
during the assembly of the computer. Use the Dell Drivers and Utilities media to
load any required drivers. Depending on the region from which you ordered your
computer, or whether you requested the media, the Dell Drivers and Utilities
media and Operating System media may not ship with your computer.
Reinstalling Windows XP or Windows Vista
The reinstallation process can take one to two hours to complete. After you
reinstall the operating system, you must also reinstall the device drivers, virus
protection program, and other software.
NOTICE: The Operating System media provides options for reinstalling
Windows XP. The options can overwrite files and possibly affect programs that are
installed on your hard drive. Therefore, do not reinstall Windows XP unless a Dell
technical support representative instructs you to do so.
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.
When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> immediately.
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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: 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.
5 When the boot device list appears, highlight CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive
and press <Enter>.
6 Press any key to Boot from CD-ROM.
7 Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
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Traveling With Your Computer
Identifying Your Computer
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Attach a name tag or business card to the computer.
•
Write down your Service Tag and store it in a safe place away from the
computer or carrying case. Use the Service Tag if you need to report a loss
or theft to law enforcement officials and to Dell.
•
Create a file on the Microsoft® Windows® desktop called if_found. Place
information such as your name, address, and phone number in this file.
•
Contact your credit card company and ask if it offers coded identification
tags.
Packing the Computer
•
Remove any external devices attached to the computer and store them in a
safe place.
•
To make the computer as light as possible, replace any devices installed in
the module bay with the Dell TravelLite™ module.
•
Fully charge the main battery and any spare batteries that you plan to carry
with you.
•
Shut down the computer.
•
Disconnect the AC adapter.
NOTICE: When the display is closed, extraneous items on the keyboard or palm
rest could damage the display.
•
Remove any extraneous items, such as paper clips, pens, and paper, from
the keyboard and palm rest and close the display.
•
Use the optional Dell™ carrying case to pack the computer and its
accessories together safely.
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Avoid packing the computer with items such as shaving cream, colognes,
perfumes, or food.
NOTICE: If the computer has been exposed to extreme temperatures, allow it to
acclimate to room temperature for one hour before turning it on.
•
Protect the computer, the batteries, and the hard drive from hazards such
as extreme temperatures and overexposure to sunlight, dirt, dust, or
liquids.
•
Pack the computer so that it does not slide around in the trunk of your car
or in an overhead storage compartment.
Travel Tips
NOTICE: Do not move the computer while using the optical drive to prevent loss of
data.
NOTICE: Do not check the computer as baggage.
•
Consider disabling wireless activity on your computer to maximize battery
operating time. To disable wireless activity, press<Fn><F2>.
•
Consider changing your power management options to maximize battery
operating time (see "Power Management Modes" on page 33).
•
If you are traveling internationally, carry proof of ownership—or of your
right to use the computer if it is company-owned—to speed your passage
through customs. Investigate the customs regulations of the countries you
plan to visit, and consider acquiring an international carnet (also known as
a merchandise passport) from your government.
•
Find out what type of electrical outlets are used in the countries you will
visit, and have appropriate power adapters.
•
Check with your credit card company for information about the kinds of
emergency travel assistance it offers to users of portable computers.
Traveling by Air
NOTICE: Do not walk the computer through a metal detector. Send the computer
through an X-ray machine or have it hand-inspected.
•
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Ensure that you have a charged battery available in case you are asked to
turn on the computer.
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Prior to entering the airplane, verify that using a computer is permitted.
Some airlines forbid the use of electronic devices during flight. All airlines
forbid the use of electronic devices during takeoff and landing.
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Obtaining Assistance
If you experience a problem with your computer, you can complete the
following steps to diagnose and troubleshoot the problem:
1 See "Troubleshooting" on page 85 for information and procedures that
pertain to the problem your computer is experiencing.
2 See "Dell Diagnostics" on page 79 for procedures on how to run Dell
Diagnostics.
3 Fill out the "Diagnostics Checklist" on page 128.
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 124 for a more extensive list of
Dell Support online.
5 If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, see "Contacting
Dell" on page 129
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.
For instructions on using the Dell Support, see "Technical Support and
Customer Service" on page 124.
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.
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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 127, 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 and click DellConnect.
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:
•
•
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Dell Support websites
•
support.dell.com
•
support.jp.dell.com (Japan only)
•
support.euro.dell.com (Europe only)
Dell Support e-mail addresses
•
mobile_support@us.dell.com
•
support@us.dell.com
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•
•
•
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.
AutoTech Service
Dell's automated support service—AutoTech—provides recorded answers to
the questions most frequently asked by Dell customers about their portable
and desktop computers.
When you call AutoTech, use your touch-tone telephone to select the
subjects that correspond to your questions. For the telephone number to call
for your region, see "Contacting Dell" on page 129.
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 for your region, see "Contacting
Dell" on page 129.
Problems With Your Order
If you have a problem with your order, such as missing parts, wrong parts, or
incorrect billing, contact Dell for customer assistance. Have your invoice or
packing slip handy when you call. For the telephone number to call for your
region, see "Contacting Dell" on page 129.
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Product Information
If you need information about additional products available from Dell, or if
you would like to place an order, visit 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 129.
Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit
Prepare all items being returned, whether for repair or credit, as follows:
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 129.
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 "Diagnostics Checklist"
on page 128), indicating the tests that you have run and any error
messages reported by the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on
page 79).
4 Include any accessories that belong with the item(s) being returned
(power cables, software floppy disks, guides, and so on) if the return is for
credit.
5 Pack the equipment to be returned in the original (or equivalent) packing
materials.
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.
Returns that are missing any of the preceding requirements will be refused at
Dell’s receiving dock and returned to you.
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Before You Call
NOTE: Have your Express Service Code ready when you call. The code helps Dell’s
automated-support telephone system direct your call more efficiently. You may also
be asked for your Service Tag (located on the back or bottom of your computer).
Remember to fill out the Diagnostics Checklist (see "Diagnostics Checklist"
on page 128). 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.
CAUTION: Before working inside your computer, follow the safety instructions in
your Product Information Guide.
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Diagnostics 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:
See your operating system documentation to determine the contents of the
system’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:
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Contacting Dell
For customers in the United States, call 800-WWW-DELL (800-999-3355).
NOTE: If you do not have an active Internet connection, you can find contact
information on your purchase invoice, packing slip, bill, or Dell product catalog.
Dell provides several online and telephone-based support and service options.
Availability varies by country and product, and some services may not be
available in your area. To contact Dell for sales, technical support, or
customer service issues:
1 Visit support.dell.com.
2 Verify your country or region in the Choose A Country/Region drop-down
menu at the bottom of the page.
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.
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Specifications
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.
Processor
Processor type
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo and Solo, Celeron
L2 cache
up to 4 MB
External bus frequency
533, 667, and 800 MHz
System Information
System chipset
Intel GM965
Memory
Memory module capacities
Supports two SODIMM with 512 MB,1 GB,
or 2 GB modules
Memory type
SODIMM
Minimum memory
512 MB
Maximum memory
4 GB
Ports and Connectors
Audio
microphone connector, stereo
headphone/speakers connector
Modem
RJ-11 port
Network adapter
RJ-45 port
USB
2.0
Video
15-pin connector
Specifications
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Ports and Connectors (continued)
PCIe ExpressCard
54 mm PCI ExpressCard
3-in-1 Card Reader
Supports SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro, MS Duo
including SDHC
Communications
Modem Type:
internal MDC 1.5 solution
V.92 56 Kbps
V.90 56 Kbps
Network adapter
Marvell 88E8055 GB LAN (PCI Express
Gigabit Ethernet)
Wireless
internal Bluetooth™ V 2.0 with USB 2.0
interface for wireless support
Video
Video type
Intel integrated UMA graphics
Data bus
PCI Express
Video controller
Intel GM965
Video memory
256 MB shared with system memory
LCD interface
LVDS
Audio
Audio type
Audio controller
RealtekALC268
Stereo conversion
18-bit (analog-to-digital and digital-toanalog)
Interfaces:
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Internal
PCI bus/AC’97
External
microphone-in connector, stereo
headphones/speakers connector
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Audio (continued)
Speaker
one 4-ohm speakers
Internal speaker amplifier
1.5 W channel into 4 ohms
Volume controls
keyboard shortcuts, program menus
Display
Type (active-matrix TFT)
WXGA
Dimensions:
Diagonal
307.34 mm (12.1 inches)
Maximum resolutions:
WXGA
1280 x 800 at 16.7 million colors
Response time (typical)
20-ms rise (maximum),
30-ms fall (maximum)
Refresh rate
60 Hz
Operating angle
0° (closed) to 180°
Viewing angles:
Horizontal
±40° (XGA and SXGA+)
+50°/–60° (UXGA)
±65° (WXGA, WSXGA+, and WUXGA)
Vertical
+50°/–50°
WXGA
supports 12.1 inch (307.34 mm) 1280 x 800,
CCFL
or 12.1 inch (307.34 mm) 1280 x 800, LED
B/L
Controls
brightness can be controlled through
keyboard shortcuts
Keyboard
Number of keys
87 (U.S. and Canada); 88 (Europe); 91
(Japan)
Layout
QWERTY/AZERTY/Kanji
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Touch Pad
X/Y position resolution
(graphics table mode)
240 cpi
Size:
Width
64.88 mm (2.55-inch) sensor-active area
Height
48.88-mm (1.92-inch) rectangle
Battery
Type
4-cell “smart” lithium ion (2400 mAh)
6-cell “smart” lithium ion (4800 mAh)
Weight
Voltage
4-cell: 14.8 Vdc
6-cell: 11.1 Vdc
Charge time (approximate):
Computer off
Operating time
2.5 hours
Battery operating time varies depending on
operating conditions and can be significantly
reduced under certain power-intensive
conditions
See "Battery Performance" on page 31 for
more information on battery life.
Life span (approximate)
300 discharge/charge cycles
Temperature range:
Operating
0° to 35°C (32° to 95°F)
Storage
–40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F)
AC Adapter
Input voltage
100–240 VAC
Input current (maximum)
1.6 A
Input frequency
50–60 Hz
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AC Adapter (continued)
Output current
65W
3.9 A (maximum at 4-second pulse)
3.34 A (continuous)
Output power
65W
Rated output voltage
19.5 +/– 1 VDC
Drives
Optical Disk Drive
Height
12.7 mm (.5 inches)
Supports
CD-RW/DVD-ROM
Type
DVD Super Multi
Hard Disk Drive
Height
9.5 mm (2.5 inch) SATA
Capacity
80, 120, 160 GB (5400 RPM)
Physical
Height
28.3 mm (1.11 inches) (front side)
36.3 mm (1.43 inches) (rear side)
Width
300 mm (11.81 inches)
Depth
222 mm (8.74 inches)
Weight:
With 4-cell battery and 12.1
WXGA screen
1.8 kg (4.0 lb)
Environmental
Temperature range:
Operating
0° to 40°C (32° to 104°F)
Storage
–40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F)
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Environmental (continued)
Relative humidity (maximum):
Operating
10% to 90% (noncondensing)
Storage
5% to 95% (noncondensing)
Maximum vibration (using a
random-vibration spectrum that
simulates user environment):
Operating
0.9 GRMS
Storage
1.3 GRMS
Maximum shock (measured with
hard drive in head-parked position
and a 2-ms half-sine pulse):
Operating
122 G
Storage
163 G
Altitude (maximum):
Operating
–15.2 to 3048 m (–50 to 10,000 ft)
Storage
–15.2 to 10,668 m (–50 to 35,000 ft)
Airborne contaminant level
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FCC Notice (U.S. Only)
FCC Class B
This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and,
if not installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction
manual, may cause interference with radio and television reception. This
equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions:
1 This device may not cause harmful interference.
2 This device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
NOTICE: The FCC regulations provide that changes or modifications not expressly
approved by Dell Inc. could void your authority to operate this equipment.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference with radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on, you are encouraged to try
to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
•
Reorient the receiving antenna.
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Relocate the system with respect to the receiver.
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Move the system away from the receiver.
•
Plug the system into a different outlet so that the system and the receiver
are on different branch circuits.
If necessary, consult a representative of Dell Inc. or an experienced
radio/television technician for additional suggestions.
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The following information is provided on the device or devices covered in this
document in compliance with the FCC regulations:
•
Product name: Dell™ Vostro™ 1200
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Model number: PP16S
•
Company name:
Dell Inc.
Worldwide Regulatory Compliance & Environmental Affairs
One Dell Way
Round Rock, TX 78682 USA
512-338-4400
NOTE: For further regulatory information, see your Product Information Guide.
Cleaning Your Computer
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
Computer, Keyboard, and Display
CAUTION: Before you clean your computer, disconnect the computer from the
electrical outlet and remove any installed batteries. Clean your computer with a
soft cloth dampened with water. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners, which may
contain flammable substances.
•
Use a can of compressed air to remove dust from between the keys on the
keyboard.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the computer or display, do not spray cleaning solution
directly onto the display. Only use products specifically designed for cleaning
displays, and follow the instructions that are included with the product.
NOTICE: Do not allow water from the cloth to seep between the touch pad and the
surrounding palm rest.
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Moisten a soft, lint-free cloth with water or a solution suitable for the
display’s antistatic coating, and then wipe the display until it is clean.
•
Moisten a soft, lint-free cloth with water and wipe the computer and
keyboard.
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Mouse (Non-Optical)
1 Turn the retainer ring on the underside of your mouse counterclockwise,
and then remove the ball.
2 Wipe the ball with a clean, lint-free cloth.
3 Blow carefully into the ball cage to dislodge dust and lint.
4 Clean the rollers inside the ball cage with a cotton swab moistened lightly
with isopropyl alcohol.
5 Recenter the rollers in their channels, as needed. Ensure that fluff from
the swab is not left on the rollers.
6 Replace the ball and retainer ring, and then turn the retainer ring clockwise
until it clicks into place.
Touch Pad
1 Shut down and turn off your computer.
2 Disconnect any attached devices from the computer and from their
electrical outlets.
3 Remove any installed batteries (see "Removing the Battery" on page 36).
4 Moisten a soft, lint-free cloth with water, and wipe it gently across the
surface of the touch pad. Do not allow water from the cloth to seep
between the touch pad and the surrounding palm rest.
CDs and DVDs
NOTICE: Always use compressed air to clean the lens in the CD/DVD drive, and
follow the instructions that come with the compressed-air product. Never touch the
lens in the drive.
If you notice problems, such as skipping, with the playback quality of your
CDs or DVDs, try cleaning the discs.
1 Hold the disc by its outer edge. You can also touch the inside edge of the
center hole.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the surface, do not wipe in a circular motion around
the disc.
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2 With a soft, lint-free cloth, gently wipe the bottom of the disc (the
unlabeled side) in a straight line from the center to the outer edge of the
disc.
For stubborn dirt, try using water or a diluted solution of water and mild
soap. You can also purchase commercial products that clean discs and
provide some protection from dust, fingerprints, and scratches. Cleaning
products for CDs are also safe to use on DVDs.
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Glossary
Terms in this Glossary are provided for informational purposes only and may
or may not describe features included with your particular computer.
A
AC — alternating current — The form of electricity that powers your computer when
you plug the AC adapter power cable in to an electrical outlet.
ACPI — advanced configuration and power interface — A power management
specification that enables Microsoft® Windows® operating systems to put a computer
in standby or hibernate mode to conserve the amount of electrical power allocated to
each device attached to the computer.
AGP — accelerated graphics port — A dedicated graphics port that allows system
memory to be used for video-related tasks. AGP delivers a smooth, true-color video
image because of the faster interface between the video circuitry and the computer
memory.
AHCI — Advanced Host Controller Interface — An interface for a SATA hard drive
Host Controller which allows the storage driver to enable technologies such as Native
Command Queuing (NCQ) and hot plug.
antivirus software — A program designed to identify, quarantine, and/or delete viruses
from your computer.
ASF — alert standards format — A standard to define a mechanism for reporting
hardware and software alerts to a management console. ASF is designed to be
platform- and operating system-independent.
B
battery life span — The length of time (years) during which a portable computer
battery is able to be depleted and recharged.
battery operating time — The length of time (minutes or hours) that a portable
computer battery powers the computer.
BIOS — basic input/output system — A program (or utility) that serves as an
interface between the computer hardware and the operating system. Unless you
understand what effect these settings have on the computer, do not change them. Also
referred to as system setup.
bit — The smallest unit of data interpreted by your computer.
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Blu-ray Disc™ (BD)— An optical storage technology offering storage capacity of up
to 50 GB, full 1080p video resolution (HDTV required), and as many as 7.1 channels
of native, uncompressed surround sound.
Bluetooth® wireless technology — A wireless technology standard for short-range
(9 m [29 feet]) networking devices that allows for enabled devices to automatically
recognize each other.
boot sequence — Specifies the order of the devices from which the computer
attempts to boot.
bootable media — A CD, DVD, or floppy disk that you can use to start your
computer. In case your hard drive is damaged or your computer has a virus, ensure that
you always have a bootable CD, DVD, or floppy disk available. Your Drivers and
Utilities media is an example of bootable media.
bps — bits per second — The standard unit for measuring data transmission speed.
BTU — British thermal unit — A measurement of heat output.
bus — A communication pathway between the components in your computer.
bus speed — The speed, given in MHz, that indicates how fast a bus can transfer
information.
byte — The basic data unit used by your computer. A byte is usually equal to 8 bits.
C
C — Celsius — A temperature measurement scale where 0° is the freezing point and
100° is the boiling point of water.
cache — A special high-speed storage mechanism which can be either a reserved
section of main memory or an independent high-speed storage device. The cache
enhances the efficiency of many processor operations.
L1 cache — Primary cache stored inside the processor.
L2 cache — Secondary cache which can either be external to the processor or
incorporated into the processor architecture.
carnet — An international customs document that facilitates temporary imports into
foreign countries. Also known as a merchandise passport.
CD-R — CD recordable — A recordable version of a CD. Data can be recorded only
once onto a CD-R. Once recorded, the data cannot be erased or written over.
CD-RW — CD rewritable — A rewritable version of a CD. Data can be written to a
CD-RW disc, and then erased and written over (rewritten).
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CD-RW drive — A drive that can read CDs and write to CD-RW (rewritable CDs)
and CD-R (recordable CDs) discs. You can write to CD-RW discs multiple times, but
you can write to CD-R discs only once.
CD-RW/DVD drive — A drive, sometimes referred to as a combo drive, that can read
CDs and DVDs and write to CD-RW (rewritable CDs) and CD-R (recordable CDs)
discs. You can write to CD-RW discs multiple times, but you can write to CD-R discs
only once.
clock speed — The speed, given in MHz, that indicates how fast computer
components that are connected to the system bus operate.
CMOS — A type of electronic circuit. Computers use a small amount of batterypowered CMOS memory to hold date, time, and system setup options.
COA — Certificate of Authenticity — The Windows alpha-numeric code located on a
sticker on your computer. Also referred to as the Product Key or
Product ID.
Consumer IR Port— A port on the front of the computer that allows certain software
applications to be controlled by the Dell Travel Remote in some systems. In other
systems, this port allows you to transfer data between the computer and infraredcompatible devices without using a cable connection.
Control Panel — A Windows utility that allows you to modify operating system and
hardware settings, such as display settings.
controller — A chip that controls the transfer of data between the processor and
memory or between the processor and devices.
CRIMM — continuity rambus in-line memory module — A special module that has
no memory chips and is used to fill unused RIMM slots.
cursor — The marker on a display or screen that shows where the next keyboard, touch
pad, or mouse action will occur. It often is a blinking solid line, an underline character,
or a small arrow.
D
DDR SDRAM — double-data-rate SDRAM — A type of SDRAM that doubles the
data burst cycle, improving system performance.
DDR2 SDRAM — double-data-rate 2 SDRAM — A type of DDR SDRAM that uses a
4-bit prefetch and other architectural changes to boost memory speed to over
400 MHz.
Dell Travel Remote— A small remote control stored in the portable computer’s
ExpressCard slot which provides simple functionality for enjoying multimedia
content.
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device driver — See driver.
DIMM — dual in-line memory module — A circuit board with memory chips that
connects to a memory module on the system board.
DIN connector — A round, six-pin connector that conforms to DIN (Deutsche
Industrie-Norm) standards; it is typically used to connect PS/2 keyboard or mouse
cable connectors.
disk striping — A technique for spreading data over multiple disk drives. Disk striping
can speed up operations that retrieve data from disk storage. Computers that use disk
striping generally allow the user to select the data unit size or stripe width.
DMA — direct memory access — A channel that allows certain types of data transfer
between RAM and a device to bypass the processor.
docking device — provides port replication, cable management, and security features
to adapt your notebook to a desktop workspace.
DMTF — Distributed Management Task Force — A consortium of hardware and
software companies who develop management standards for distributed desktop,
network, enterprise, and Internet environments.
domain — A group of computers, programs, and devices on a network that are
administered as a unit with common rules and procedures for use by a specific group
of users. A user logs on to the domain to gain access to the resources.
DRAM — dynamic random-access memory — Memory that stores information in
integrated circuits containing capacitors.
driver — Software that allows the operating system to control a device such as a
printer. Many devices do not work properly if the correct driver is not installed in the
computer.
DSL — Digital Subscriber Line — A technology that provides a constant, high-speed
Internet connection through an analog telephone line.
dual-core — A technology in which two physical computational units exist inside a
single processor package, thereby increasing computing efficiency and multi-tasking
ability.
dual display mode — A display setting that allows you to use a second monitor as an
extension of your display. Also referred to as extended display mode.
DVD-R — DVD recordable — A recordable version of a DVD. Data can be recorded
only once onto a DVD-R. Once recorded, the data cannot be erased or written over.
DVD+RW — DVD rewritable — A rewritable version of a DVD. Data can be written
to a DVD+RW disc, and then erased and written over (rewritten). (DVD+RW
technology is different from DVD-RW technology.)
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DVD+RW drive — drive that can read DVDs and most CD media and write to
DVD+RW (rewritable DVDs) discs.
DVI — digital video interface — A standard for digital transmission between a
computer and a digital video display.
E
ECC — error checking and correction — A type of memory that includes special
circuitry for testing the accuracy of data as it passes in and out of memory.
ECP — extended capabilities port — A parallel connector design that provides
improved bidirectional data transmission. Similar to EPP, ECP uses direct memory
access to transfer data and often improves performance.
EIDE — enhanced integrated device electronics — An improved version of the IDE
interface for hard drives and CD drives.
EMI — electromagnetic interference — Electrical interference caused by
electromagnetic radiation.
ENERGY STAR® — Environmental Protection Agency requirements that decrease
the overall consumption of electricity.
EPP — enhanced parallel port — A parallel connector design that provides
bidirectional data transmission.
ESD — electrostatic discharge — A rapid discharge of static electricity. ESD can
damage integrated circuits found in computer and communications equipment.
expansion card — A circuit board that installs in an expansion slot on the system
board in some computers, expanding the capabilities of the computer. Examples
include video, modem, and sound cards.
expansion slot — A connector on the system board (in some computers) where you
insert an expansion card, connecting it to the system bus.
ExpressCard — A removable I/O card adhering to the PCMCIA standard. Modems
and network adapters are common types of ExpressCards. ExpressCards support both
the PCI Express and USB 2.0 standard.
Express Service Code — A numeric code located on a sticker on your Dell™
computer. Use the Express Service Code when contacting Dell for assistance. Express
Service Code service may not be available in some countries.
extended display mode — A display setting that allows you to use a second monitor as
an extension of your display. Also referred to as dual display mode.
extended PC Card — A PC Card that extends beyond the edge of the PC Card slot
when installed.
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F
Fahrenheit — A temperature measurement scale where 32° is the freezing point and
212° is the boiling point of water.
FBD — fully-buffered DIMM — A DIMM with DDR2 DRAM chips and an
Advanced Memory Buffer (AMB) that speeds communication between the DDR2
SDRAM chips and the system.
FCC — Federal Communications Commission — A U.S. agency responsible for
enforcing communications-related regulations that state how much radiation
computers and other electronic equipment can emit.
fingerprint reader — A strip sensor that uses your unique fingerprint to authenticate
your user identity to help secure your computer.
folder — A term used to describe space on a disk or drive where files are organized and
grouped. Files in a folder can be viewed and ordered in various ways, such as
alphabetically, by date, and by size.
format — The process that prepares a drive or disk for file storage. When a drive or
disk is formatted, the existing information on it is lost.
FSB — front side bus — The data path and physical interface between the processor
and RAM.
FTP — file transfer protocol — A standard Internet protocol used to exchange files
between computers connected to the Internet.
G
G — gravity — A measurement of weight and force.
GB — gigabyte — A measurement of data storage that equals 1024 MB
(1,073,741,824 bytes). When used to refer to hard drive storage, the term is often
rounded to 1,000,000,000 bytes.
GHz — gigahertz — A measurement of frequency that equals one thousand million
Hz, or one thousand MHz. The speeds for computer processors, buses, and interfaces
are often measured in GHz.
graphics mode — A video mode that can be defined as x horizontal pixels by y vertical
pixels by z colors. Graphics modes can display an unlimited variety of shapes and
fonts.
GUI — graphical user interface — Software that interacts with the user by means of
menus, windows, and icons. Most programs that operate on the Windows operating
systems are GUIs.
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H
hard drive — A drive that reads and writes data on a hard disk. The terms hard drive
and hard disk are often used interchangeably.
heat sink — A metal plate on some processors that helps dissipate heat.
hibernate mode — A power management mode that saves everything in memory to a
reserved space on the hard drive and then turns off the computer. When you restart
the computer, the memory information that was saved to the hard drive is
automatically restored.
HTTP — hypertext transfer protocol — A protocol for exchanging files between
computers connected to the Internet.
Hyper-Threading — Hyper-Threading is an Intel technology that can enhance overall
computer performance by allowing one physical processor to function as two logical
processors, capable of performing certain tasks simultaneously.
Hz — hertz — A unit of frequency measurement that equals 1 cycle per second.
Computers and electronic devices are often measured in kilohertz (kHz), megahertz
(MHz), gigahertz (GHz), or terahertz (THz).
I
iAMT — Intel® Active Management Technology — Delivers more secure systems
management capabilities, regardless of whether the computer is turned on or off, or
the operating system is not responding.
IC — integrated circuit — A semiconductor wafer, or chip, on which thousands or
millions of tiny electronic components are fabricated for use in computer, audio, and
video equipment.
IDE — integrated device electronics — An interface for mass storage devices in which
the controller is integrated into the hard drive or CD drive.
IEEE 1394 — Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. — A highperformance serial bus used to connect IEEE 1394-compatible devices, such as digital
cameras and DVD players, to the computer.
infrared sensor — A port that allows you to transfer data between the computer and
infrared-compatible devices without using a cable connection.
integrated — Usually refers to components that are physically located on the
computer’s system board. Also referred to as built-in.
I/O — input/output — An operation or device that enters and extracts data from your
computer. Keyboards and printers are I/O devices.
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I/O address — An address in RAM that is associated with a specific device (such as a
serial connector, parallel connector, or expansion slot) and allows the processor to
communicate with that device.
IrDA — Infrared Data Association — The organization that creates international
standards for infrared communications.
IRQ — interrupt request — An electronic pathway assigned to a specific device so
that the device can communicate with the processor. Each device connection must be
assigned an IRQ. Although two devices can share the same IRQ assignment, you
cannot operate both devices simultaneously.
ISP — Internet service provider — A company that allows you to access its host server
to connect directly to the Internet, send and receive e-mail, and access websites. The
ISP typically provides you with a software package, user name, and access phone
numbers for a fee.
K
Kb — kilobit — A unit of data that equals 1024 bits. A measurement of the capacity of
memory integrated circuits.
KB — kilobyte — A unit of data that equals 1024 bytes but is often referred to as
1000 bytes.
key combination — A command requiring you to press multiple keys at the same
time.
kHz — kilohertz — A measurement of frequency that equals 1000 Hz.
L
LAN — local area network — A computer network covering a small area. A LAN
usually is confined to a building or a few nearby buildings. A LAN can be connected to
another LAN over any distance through telephone lines and radio waves to form a
wide area network (WAN).
LCD — liquid crystal display — The technology used by portable computer and flatpanel displays.
LED — light-emitting diode — An electronic component that emits light to indicate
the status of the computer.
local bus — A data bus that provides a fast throughput for devices to the processor.
LPT — line print terminal — The designation for a parallel connection to a printer or
other parallel device.
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M
Mb — megabit — A measurement of memory chip capacity that equals 1024 Kb.
Mbps — megabits per second — One million bits per second. This measurement is
typically used for transmission speeds for networks and modems.
MB — megabyte — A measurement of data storage that equals 1,048,576 bytes. 1 MB
equals 1024 KB. When used to refer to hard drive storage, the term is often rounded to
1,000,000 bytes.
MB/sec — megabytes per second — One million bytes per second. This measurement
is typically used for data transfer ratings.
media bay — A bay that supports devices such as optical drives, a second battery, or a
Dell TravelLite™ module.
memory — A temporary data storage area inside your computer. Because the data in
memory is not permanent, it is recommended that you frequently save your files while
you are working on them, and always save your files before you shut down the
computer. Your computer can contain several different forms of memory, such as
RAM, ROM, and video memory. Frequently, the word memory is used as a synonym
for RAM.
memory address — A specific location where data is temporarily stored in RAM.
memory mapping — The process by which the computer assigns memory addresses to
physical locations at start-up. Devices and software can then identify information that
the processor can access.
memory module — A small circuit board containing memory chips, which connects to
the system board.
MHz — megahertz — A measure of frequency that equals 1 million cycles per second.
The speeds for computer processors, buses, and interfaces are often measured in MHz.
Mini PCI — A standard for integrated peripheral devices with an emphasis on
communications such as modems and NICs. A Mini PCI card is a small external card
that is functionally equivalent to a standard PCI expansion card.
modem — A device that allows your computer to communicate with other computers
over analog telephone lines. Three types of modems include: external, PC Card, and
internal. You typically use your modem to connect to the Internet and exchange
e-mail.
module bay — See media bay.
MP — megapixel — A measure of image resolution used for digital cameras.
ms — millisecond — A measure of time that equals one thousandth of a second.
Access times of storage devices are often measured in ms.
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N
network adapter — A chip that provides network capabilities. A computer may
include a network adapter on its system board, or it may contain a PC Card with an
adapter on it. A network adapter is also referred to as a NIC (network interface
controller).
NIC — See network adapter.
notification area — The section of the Windows taskbar that contains icons for
providing quick access to programs and computer functions, such as the clock, volume
control, and print status. Also referred to as system tray.
ns — nanosecond — A measure of time that equals one billionth of a second.
NVRAM — nonvolatile random access memory — A type of memory that stores data
when the computer is turned off or loses its external power source. NVRAM is used for
maintaining computer configuration information such as date, time, and other system
setup options that you can set.
O
optical drive — A drive that uses optical technology to read or write data from CDs,
DVDs, or DVD+RWs. Example of optical drives include CD drives, DVD drives,
CD-RW drives, and CD-RW/DVD combo drives.
P
parallel connector — An I/O port often used to connect a parallel printer to your
computer. Also referred to as an LPT port.
partition — A physical storage area on a hard drive that is assigned to one or more
logical storage areas known as logical drives. Each partition can contain multiple
logical drives.
PC Card — A removable I/O card adhering to the PCMCIA standard. Modems and
network adapters are common types of PC Cards.
PCI — peripheral component interconnect — PCI is a local bus that supports 32-and
64-bit data paths, providing a high-speed data path between the processor and devices
such as video, drives, and networks.
PCI Express — A modification to the PCI interface that boosts the data transfer rate
between the processor and the devices attached to it. PCI Express can transfer data at
speeds from 250 MB/sec to 4 GB/sec. If the PCI Express chip set and the device are
capable of different speeds, they will operate at the slower speed.
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PCMCIA — Personal Computer Memory Card International Association — The
organization that establishes standards for PC Cards.
PIO — programmed input/output — A method of transferring data between two
devices through the processor as part of the data path.
pixel — A single point on a display screen. Pixels are arranged in rows and columns to
create an image. A video resolution, such as 800 x 600, is expressed as the number of
pixels across by the number of pixels up and down.
Plug-and-Play — The ability of the computer to automatically configure devices. Plug
and Play provides automatic installation, configuration, and compatibility with
existing hardware if the BIOS, operating system, and all devices are Plug and Play
compliant.
POST — power-on self-test — Diagnostics programs, loaded automatically by the
BIOS, that perform basic tests on the major computer components, such as memory,
hard drives, and video. If no problems are detected during POST, the computer
continues the start-up.
processor — A computer chip that interprets and executes program instructions.
Sometimes the processor is referred to as the CPU (central processing unit).
PS/2 — personal system/2 — A type of connector for attaching a PS/2-compatible
keyboard, mouse, or keypad.
PXE — pre-boot execution environment — A WfM (Wired for Management)
standard that allows networked computers that do not have an operating system to be
configured and started remotely.
R
RAID — redundant array of independent disks — A method of providing data
redundancy. Some common implementations of RAID include RAID 0, RAID 1,
RAID 5, RAID 10, and RAID 50.
RAM — random-access memory — The primary temporary storage area for program
instructions and data. Any information stored in RAM is lost when you shut down your
computer.
readme file — A text file included with a software package or hardware product.
Typically, readme files provide installation information and describe new product
enhancements or corrections that have not yet been documented.
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read-only — Data and/or files you can view but cannot edit or delete. A file can have
read-only status if:
• It resides on a physically write-protected floppy disk, CD, or DVD.
• It is located on a network in a directory and the system administrator has assigned
rights only to specific individuals.
refresh rate — The frequency, measured in Hz, at which your screen's horizontal lines
are recharged (sometimes also referred to as its vertical frequency). The higher the
refresh rate, the less video flicker can be seen by the human eye.
resolution — The sharpness and clarity of an image produced by a printer or displayed
on a monitor. The higher the resolution, the sharper the image.
RFI — radio frequency interference — Interference that is generated at typical radio
frequencies, in the range of 10 kHz to 100,000 MHz. Radio frequencies are at the
lower end of the electromagnetic frequency spectrum and are more likely to have
interference than the higher frequency radiations, such as infrared and light.
ROM — read-only memory — Memory that stores data and programs that cannot be
deleted or written to by the computer. ROM, unlike RAM, retains its contents after
you shut down your computer. Some programs essential to the operation of your
computer reside in ROM.
RPM — revolutions per minute — The number of rotations that occur per minute.
Hard drive speed is often measured in rpm.
RTC — real time clock — Battery-powered clock on the system board that keeps the
date and time after you shut down the computer.
RTCRST — real-time clock reset — A jumper on the system board of some computers
that can often be used for troubleshooting problems.
S
SAS — serial attached SCSI — A faster, serial version of the SCSI interface (as
opposed to the original SCSI parallel architecture).
SATA — serial ATA — A faster, serial version of the ATA (IDE) interface.
ScanDisk — A Microsoft utility that checks files, folders, and the hard disk’s surface
for errors. ScanDisk often runs when you restart the computer after it has stopped
responding.
SCSI — small computer system interface — A high-speed interface used to connect
devices to a computer, such as hard drives, CD drives, printers, and scanners. The
SCSI can connect many devices using a single controller. Each device is accessed by an
individual identification number on the SCSI controller bus.
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SDRAM — synchronous dynamic random-access memory — A type of DRAM that is
synchronized with the optimal clock speed of the processor.
serial connector — An I/O port often used to connect devices such as a handheld
digital device or digital camera to your computer.
Service Tag — A bar code label on your computer that identifies your computer when
you access Dell Support at support.dell.com or when you call Dell for customer service
or technical support.
setup program — A program that is used to install and configure hardware and
software. The setup.exe or install.exe program comes with most Windows software
packages. Setup program differs from system setup.
shortcut — An icon that provides quick access to frequently used programs, files,
folders, and drives. When you place a shortcut on your Windows desktop and doubleclick the icon, you can open its corresponding folder or file without having to find it
first. Shortcut icons do not change the location of files. If you delete a shortcut, the
original file is not affected. Also, you can rename a shortcut icon.
SIM — Subscriber Identity Module — A SIM card contains a microchip that encrypts
voice and data transmissions. SIM cards can be used in phones or portable computers.
smart card — A card that is embedded with a processor and a memory chip. Smart
cards can be used to authenticate a user on computers equipped for smart cards.
S/PDIF — Sony/Philips Digital Interface — An audio transfer file format that allows
the transfer of audio from one file to another without converting it to and from an
analog format, which could degrade the quality of the file.
standby mode — A power management mode that shuts down all unnecessary
computer operations to save energy.
Strike Zone™ — Reinforced area of the platform base that protects the hard drive by
acting as a dampening device when a computer experiences resonating shock or is
dropped (whether the computer is on or off).
surge protectors — Prevent voltage spikes, such as those that may occur during an
electrical storm, from entering the computer through the electrical outlet. Surge
protectors do not protect against lightning strikes or against brownouts, which occur
when the voltage drops more than 20 percent below the normal AC-line voltage level.
Network connections cannot be protected by surge protectors. Always disconnect the
network cable from the network connector during electrical storms.
SVGA — super-video graphics array — A video standard for video cards and
controllers. Typical SVGA resolutions are 800 x 600 and 1024 x 768.
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The number of colors and resolution that a program displays depends on the
capabilities of the monitor, the video controller and its drivers, and the amount of
video memory installed in the computer.
S-video TV-out — A connector used to attach a TV or digital audio device to the
computer.
SXGA — super-extended graphics array — A video standard for video cards and
controllers that supports resolutions up to 1280 x 1024.
SXGA+ — super-extended graphics array plus — A video standard for video cards and
controllers that supports resolutions up to 1400 x 1050.
system board — The main circuit board in your computer. Also known as the
motherboard.
system setup — A utility that serves as an interface between the computer hardware
and the operating system. System setup allows you to configure user-selectable options
in the BIOS, such as date and time or system password. Unless you understand what
effect the settings have on the computer, do not change the settings for this program.
T
TAPI — telephony application programming interface — Enables Windows programs
to operate with a wide variety of telephony devices, including voice, data, fax, and
video.
text editor — A program used to create and edit files that contain only text; for
example, Windows Notepad uses a text editor. Text editors do not usually provide
word wrap or formatting functionality (the option to underline, change fonts, and
so on).
travel module — A plastic device designed to fit inside the module bay of a portable
computer to reduce the weight of the computer.
U
UAC — user account control— Microsoft Windows Vista™ security feature that,
when enabled, provides an added layer of security between user accounts and access to
operating system settings.
UMA — unified memory allocation — System memory dynamically allocated to
video.
UPS — uninterruptible power supply — A backup power source used when the
electrical power fails or drops to an unacceptable voltage level. A UPS keeps a
computer running for a limited amount of time when there is no electrical power. UPS
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systems typically provide surge suppression and may also provide voltage regulation.
Small UPS systems provide battery power for a few minutes to enable you to shut
down your computer.
USB — universal serial bus — A hardware interface for a low-speed device such as a
USB-compatible keyboard, mouse, joystick, scanner, set of speakers, printer,
broadband devices (DSL and cable modems), imaging devices, or storage devices.
Devices are plugged directly in to a 4-pin socket on your computer or in to a multi-port
hub that plugs in to your computer. USB devices can be connected and disconnected
while the computer is turned on, and they can also be daisy-chained together.
UTP — unshielded twisted pair — Describes a type of cable used in most telephone
networks and some computer networks. Pairs of unshielded wires are twisted to protect
against electromagnetic interference, rather than relying on a metal sheath around
each pair of wires to protect against interference.
UXGA — ultra extended graphics array — A video standard for video cards and
controllers that supports resolutions up to 1600 x 1200.
V
video controller — The circuitry on a video card or on the system board (in computers
with an integrated video controller) that provides the video capabilities—in
combination with the monitor—for your computer.
video memory — Memory that consists of memory chips dedicated to video functions.
Video memory is usually faster than system memory. The amount of video memory
installed primarily influences the number of colors that a program can display.
video mode — A mode that describes how text and graphics are displayed on a
monitor. Graphics-based software, such as Windows operating systems, displays in
video modes that can be defined as x horizontal pixels by y vertical pixels by z colors.
Character-based software, such as text editors, displays in video modes that can be
defined as x columns by y rows of characters.
video resolution — See resolution.
virus — A program that is designed to inconvenience you or to destroy data stored on
your computer. A virus program moves from one computer to another through an
infected disk, software downloaded from the Internet, or e-mail attachments. When
an infected program starts, its embedded virus also starts.
A common type of virus is a boot virus, which is stored in the boot sectors of a floppy
disk. If the floppy disk is left in the drive when the computer is shut down and then
turned on, the computer is infected when it reads the boot sectors of the floppy disk
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expecting to find the operating system. If the computer is infected, the boot virus may
replicate itself onto all the floppy disks that are read or written in that computer until
the virus is eradicated.
V — volt — The measurement of electric potential or electromotive force. One V
appears across a resistance of 1 ohm when a current of 1 ampere flows through that
resistance.
W
W — watt — The measurement of electrical power. One W is 1 ampere of current
flowing at 1 volt.
WHr — watt-hour — A unit of measure commonly used to indicate the approximate
capacity of a battery. For example, a 66-WHr battery can supply 66 W of power for
1 hour or 33 W for 2 hours.
wallpaper — The background pattern or picture on the Windows desktop. Change
your wallpaper through the Windows Control Panel. You can also scan in your favorite
picture and make it wallpaper.
WLAN — wireless local area network. A series of interconnected computers that
communicate with each other over the air waves using access points or wireless routers
to provide Internet access.
write-protected — Files or media that cannot be changed. Use write-protection when
you want to protect data from being changed or destroyed. To write-protect a 3.5-inch
floppy disk, slide its write-protect tab to the open position.
WWAN — wireless wide area network. A wireless high-speed data network using
cellular technology and covering a much larger geographic area than WLAN.
WXGA — wide-aspect extended graphics array — A video standard for video cards
and controllers that supports resolutions up to 1280 x 800.
X
XGA — extended graphics array — A video standard for video cards and controllers
that supports resolutions up to 1024 x 768.
Z
ZIF — zero insertion force — A type of socket or connector that allows a computer
chip to be installed or removed with no stress applied to either the chip or its socket.
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Zip — A popular data compression format. Files that have been compressed with the
Zip format are called Zip files and usually have a filename extension of .zip. A special
kind of zipped file is a self-extracting file, which has a filename extension of .exe. You
can unzip a self-extracting file by double-clicking it.
Zip drive — A high-capacity floppy drive developed by Iomega Corporation that uses
3.5-inch removable disks called Zip disks. Zip disks are slightly larger than regular
floppy disks, about twice as thick, and hold up to 100 MB of data.
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Index
A
air vents
description, 25
B
battery
charging, 35
checking the charge, 32
performance, 31
power meter, 32
problems, 85
removing, 36
storing, 37
blanks
ExpressCards, 64
removing, 65
touch pad, 139
computer
crashes, 88-89
restore to previous state, 110
specifications, 131
stops responding, 88
conflicts
software and hardware
incompatibilities, 78, 110
connecting
Mobile Broadband network, 61
contacting Dell, 129
copying CDs
general information, 51
helpful tips, 53
how to, 51
brightness
adjusting, 43
copying DVDs
general information, 51
helpful tips, 53
how to, 51
C
D
carnet, 120
Dell
contacting, 129
boot sequence, 102
CDs, 51
operating system, 16
playing, 49
cleaning
Dell support site, 14
DellConnect, 124
device latch release
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description, 29
device status lights
description, 22
diagnostic lights, 73
diagnostics
lights, 73
display
adjusting brightness, 43
description, 20
dual display operation, 45
primary and secondary, 46
switching the video image, 43
documentation
End User License Agreement, 12
ergonomics, 12
online, 14
Product Information Guide, 12
regulatory, 12
safety, 12
warranty, 12
drivers, 105
about, 105
identifying, 105
reinstalling, 106
Drivers and Utilities CD, 108
DVDs, 51
playing, 49
E
ergonomics information, 12
error messages
diagnostic lights, 73
problems, 87
ExpressCards
blanks, 64-65
extended, 63
installing, 64
removing, 65
slots, 63
types, 63
F
Factory Image Restore, 113, 115
firewall
Windows 2000, 61
Windows XP, 61
H
hardware
conflicts, 78, 110
Hardware Troubleshooter, 78,
110
hibernate mode, 34
I
e-mail
problems, 85
160
End User License Agreement, 12
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infrared sensor
enabling, 104
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network connections, 61
See also wireless switch
Internet
problems, 85
Internet Connection Firewall, 61
IRQ conflicts, 78, 110
K
keyboard
numeric keypad, 39
shortcuts, 40
keyboard status lights
description, 20
keypad
numeric, 39
L
labels
Microsoft Windows, 13
Service Tag, 13
lights
back of computer, 73
diagnostic, 73
lost computer, 70
M
memory
problems, 90
messages
error, 87
Mobile Broadband
modem
problems, 85
monitor
blank, 96
hard to read, 96
switching the video image, 43
N
network
firewall, 61
problems, 91
O
operating system
media, 116
reinstalling, 16
Operating System CD, 16
P
passwords
about, 67
administrator, 68-69
forgetting, 68
primary, 68
security, 67
system, 68
PC Card slot
description, 23
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program crashes, 89
program stops responding, 88
restore to previous state, 110-111
scanner, 93
screen hard to read, 96
screen is blank, 96
software, 88-90
volume adjusting, 94
PC Restore, 113
phone numbers, 129
playing CDs, 49
playing DVDs, 49
power
hibernate mode, 34
problems, 91
standby mode, 33
power button
description, 22
power light, 97
conditions, 91
printer
problems, 92
problems
battery, 85
blue screen, 89
computer crashes, 88-89
computer stops responding, 88
conflicts, 78, 110
diagnostic lights, 73
e-mail, 85
error messages, 87
general, 88
Internet, 85
memory, 90
modem, 85
monitor hard to read, 96
monitor is blank, 96
network, 91
power, 91
power light conditions, 91
printer, 92
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Product Information Guide, 12
R
regulatory information, 12
S
safety instructions, 12
scanner
problems, 93-94
security cable slot
description, 25
Service Tag, 13
software
conflicts, 78, 110
problems, 88-90
speakers
description, 21
specifications, 131
standby mode
about, 33
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Starting the Dell Diagnostics
From the Drivers and
Utilities CD, 81
stolen computer, 70
V
volume
adjusting, 94
support
contacting Dell, 129
W
support website, 14
warranty information, 12
System Restore, 110-111
Windows 2000
hibernate mode, 34
Internet Connection Firewall, 61
standby mode, 33
system setup program
commonly used options, 102
purpose, 101
screens, 102
viewing, 102
T
telephone numbers, 129
touch pad, 41
cleaning, 139
customizing, 42
track stick/touch pad buttons
description, 21
traveling with the computer
by air, 120
identification tag, 119
packing, 119
tips, 120
Windows Vista
Factory Image Restore, 113
System Restore, 111
Windows XP
Device Driver Rollback, 106-107
Hardware Troubleshooter, 78,
110
hibernate mode, 34
Internet Connection Firewall, 61
PC Restore, 113
reinstalling, 16
standby mode, 33
System Restore, 110-111
WWAN. See Mobile Broadband
troubleshooting
conflicts, 78, 110
diagnostic lights, 73
Hardware Troubleshooter, 78,
110
restore to previous state, 110-111
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