Dell 3100C Personal Computer User Manual

Dell™ Dimension™ 3100C
Owner’s Manual
Service Tag
FlexBay for optional
floppy drive or Media
Card Reader
CD or DVD activity light
CD or DVD eject button
headphone connector
USB 2.0 connectors (2)
diagnostic lights
hard drive activity light
power button
cover latch release
power connector
audio connectors
USB 2.0 connectors (4)
network adapter
card slots for
PCI (2),
PCI Express x1 (1)
Model DCNE
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VGA video connector (integrated)
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.
If you purchased a Dell™ n Series computer, any references in this document to Microsoft® Windows®
operating systems are not applicable.
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Information in this document is subject to change without notice.
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Model DCNE
June 2006
P/N NF132
Rev. A01
Contents
Finding Information
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Setting Up and Using Your Computer
Setting Up a Printer
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Connecting to the Internet .
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Setting Up Your Internet Connection
Playing CDs and DVDs .
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Adjusting the Volume .
Adjusting the Picture .
Copying CDs and DVDs.
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How to Copy a CD or DVD. .
Using Blank CDs and DVDs .
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Connecting to a Network Adapter
Network Setup Wizard . . . . . .
Standby Mode . . . . . .
Hibernate Mode . . . . . .
Power Options Properties
Hyper-Threading .
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Setting Up a Home and Office Network .
Power Management
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Printer Cable . . . . . . .
Connecting a USB Printer.
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Solving Problems
Troubleshooting Tips .
Battery Problems .
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Drive Problems .
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CD and DVD drive problems
Hard drive problems . . . .
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E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems .
Error Messages
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Keyboard Problems
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Lockups and Software Problems
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Memory Problems
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Mouse Problems .
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The computer does not start up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The computer stops responding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A program stops responding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A program crashes repeatedly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A program is designed for an earlier Windows operating system .
A solid blue screen appears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Other software problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Problems
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Network Problems .
Printer Problems .
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Scanner Problems
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Sound and Speaker Problems .
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Video and Monitor Problems
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No sound from speakers . .
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If the screen is blank . . . . . .
If the screen is difficult to read .
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Advanced Troubleshooting
Diagnostic Lights.
Dell Diagnostics
Dell Diagnostics Main Menu
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Media Card Reader Problems
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Drivers
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What Is a Driver? . .
Identifying Drivers .
Reinstalling Drivers .
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Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities
Restoring Your Operating System
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Using Microsoft Windows XP System Restore
Using Dell™ PC Restore by Symantec . . . . . .
Removing Dell PC Restore . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Removing and Installing Parts
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Front View of the Computer
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Back View of the Computer
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Recommended Tools . . . . . . . . . .
Turning Off Your Computer . . . . . . .
Before Working Inside Your Computer .
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Removing the Computer Cover .
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Inside View of Your Computer .
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System Board Components.
Memory .
DDR2 Memory Overview
Installing Memory . . . .
Removing Memory . . .
Cards
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Drives .
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IDE Drive Addressing . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting Drive Cables . . . . . . . . . . .
Drive Interface Connectors . . . . . . . . . .
Power Cable Connector . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting and Disconnecting Drive Cables.
Hard Drive
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Floppy Drive
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Media Card Reader
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DVD Drive
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Replacing the Battery .
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Replacing the Computer Cover
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Removing a DVD Drive
Installing a DVD Drive .
Battery
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Specifications
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System Setup .
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Appendix
Overview . . . . . . .
Entering System Setup
System Setup Options .
Boot Sequence . . . .
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Jumper Locations . . . . . .
Clearing Password Settings
Clearing CMOS Settings . .
Cleaning Your Computer .
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Computer, Keyboard, and Monitor
Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Floppy Drive . . . . . . . . . . . .
CDs and DVDs . . . . . . . . . . .
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Dell Technical Support Policy (U.S. Only) .
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FCC Identification Information
Contacting Dell .
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Definition of "Dell-Installed" Software and Peripherals
Definition of "Third-Party" Software and Peripherals. .
FCC Notices (U.S. Only)
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Clearing Forgotten Passwords and CMOS Settings.
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Removing a Media Card Reader
Installing a Media Card Reader .
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Glossary
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
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Dell™ Product Information Guide
Warranty information
Terms and Conditions (U.S. only)
Safety instructions
Regulatory information
Ergonomics information
End User License Agreement
• How to set up my computer
Setup Diagram
Finding Information
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What Are You Looking For?
Find It Here
• Service Tag and Express Service Code
• Microsoft Windows License Label
Service Tag and Microsoft® Windows® License
These labels are located on your computer.
• Use the Service Tag to
identify your computer
when you use
support.dell.com or
contact technical
support.
• Enter the Express
Service Code to direct
your call when
contacting technical
support.
• Solutions — Troubleshooting hints and tips, articles
from technicians, and online courses, frequently asked
questions
• Community — Online discussion with 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, online discussions with
technical support
• Reference — Computer documentation, details on my
computer configuration, product specifications, and
white papers
• Downloads — Certified rivers, patches, and software
updates
Dell Support Website — support.dell.com
NOTE: Select your region to view the appropriate support
site.
NOTE: Corporate, government, and education customers
can also use the customized Dell Premier Support website at
premier.dell.com.
• Desktop System Software (DSS)— If you reinstall the
operating system for your computer, you should also
reinstall the DSS utility. DSS provides critical updates
for your operating system and support for Dell™
3.5-inch USB floppy drives, Intel® Pentium® M
processors, optical drives, and USB devices. DSS is
necessary for correct operation of your Dell computer.
The software automatically detects your computer and
operating system and installs the updates appropriate
for your configuration.
To download Desktop System Software:
1 Go to support.dell.com and click Downloads.
2 Enter your Service Tag or product model.
3 In the Download Category drop-down menu, click All.
4 Select the operating system and operating system
language for your computer, and click Submit.
5 Under Select a Device, scroll to System and
Configuration Utilities, and click Dell Desktop System
Software.
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What Are You Looking For?
Find It Here
• How to use Windows XP
• How to work with programs and files
• How to personalize my desktop
Windows Help and Support Center
1 Click the Start button and click Help and Support.
2 Type a word or phrase that describes your problem and
click the arrow icon.
3 Click the topic that describes your problem.
4 Follow the instructions on the screen.
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Setting Up and Using Your Computer
Setting Up a Printer
NOTICE: Complete the operating system setup before you connect a printer to the computer.
See the documentation that came with the printer for setup information, including how to:
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Obtain and install updated drivers
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Connect the printer to the computer
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Load paper and install the toner or ink cartridge
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Contact the printer manufacturer for technical assistance
Printer Cable
Your printer connects to your computer with a USB cable. Your printer may not come with a printer
cable, so if you purchase a cable separately, ensure that it is compatible with your printer. If you
purchased a printer cable at the same time you purchased your computer, the cable may arrive in
the computer box.
Connecting a USB Printer
NOTE: You can connect USB devices while the computer is turned on.
1 Complete the operating system setup, if you have not already done so.
2 Install the printer driver, if necessary. See the documentation that came with your printer.
3 Attach the USB printer cable to the USB connectors on the computer and the printer. The
USB connectors only fit into the ports when correctly oriented.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
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USB connector on computer
USB printer cable
USB connector
on printer
Connecting to the Internet
NOTE: ISPs and ISP offerings vary by country.
To connect to the Internet, you need a modem or network connection and an Internet service
provider (ISP), such as AOL or MSN. Your ISP will offer one or more of the following Internet
connection options:
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Dial-up connections that provide Internet access through a telephone line. Dial-up
connections are considerably slower than DSL and cable modem connections.
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DSL connections that provide high-speed Internet access through your existing telephone
line. With a DSL connection, you can access the Internet and use your telephone on the same
line simultaneously.
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Cable modem connections that provide high-speed Internet access through your local cable
TV line.
If you are using a dial-up connection, connect a telephone line to the modem connector on your
computer and to the telephone wall jack before you set up your Internet connection. If you are
using a DSL or cable modem connection, contact your ISP for setup instructions.
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Setting Up Your Internet Connection
To set up an AOL or MSN connection:
1 Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.
2 Double-click the MSN Explorer or AOL icon on the Microsoft® Windows® desktop.
3 Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
If you do not have an MSN Explorer or AOL icon on your desktop or if you want to set up an
Internet connection with a different ISP:
1 Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.
2 Click the Start button and click Internet Explorer.
The New Connection Wizard appears.
3 Click Connect to the Internet.
4 In the next window, click the appropriate option:
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If you do not have an ISP and want to select one, click Choose from a list of Internet
service providers (ISPs).
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If you have already obtained setup information from your ISP but you did not receive a
setup CD, click Set up my connection manually.
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If you have a CD, click Use the CD I got from an ISP.
5 Click Next.
If you selected Set up my connection manually, continue to step 6. Otherwise, follow the
instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
NOTE: If you do not know which type of connection to select, contact your ISP.
6 Click the appropriate option under How do you want to connect to the Internet?, and then
click Next.
7 Use the setup information provided by your ISP to complete the setup.
If you are having problems connecting to the Internet, see "E-Mail, Modem, and Internet
Problems" on page 29. If you cannot connect to the Internet but have successfully connected in the
past, the ISP might have a service outage. Contact your ISP to check the service status, or try
connecting again later.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
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Playing CDs and DVDs
NOTICE: Do not press down on the CD or 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 when you are playing CDs or DVDs.
1 Press the eject button on the front of the drive.
2 Place the disc, label side up in the center of the tray
3 Press the disc into the center of the tray until it clicks into place.
4 Press the eject button or gently push in the tray.
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
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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
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).
Adjusting the Volume
NOTE: When the speakers are muted, you do not hear the CD or DVD playing.
1 Click the Start button, point to All Programs → Accessories→ Entertainment, and then click
Volume Control.
2 In the Volume Control window, 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.
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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:
1 Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a category, click Appearance and Themes.
3 Under Pick a task..., click Change the screen resolution.
4 In the Display Properties window, click and drag the bar in Screen resolution to change the
setting to 800 by 600 pixels.
5 Click the drop-down menu under Color quality, and then click Medium (16 bit).
6 Click OK.
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. You can also use
Sonic DigitalMedia for other purposes, such as creating music CDs from audio files stored on
your computer or backing up important data. For help, open Sonic DigitalMedia 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 www.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 Sonic
DigitalMedia.
1 Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Sonic→ DigitalMedia Projects, and then
click Copy.
2 Under the Copy tab, click Disc Copy.
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If you have one CD or DVD drive, ensure that the settings are correct and click the Disc
Copy button. 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.
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If you have two CD or DVD drives, select the drive into which you have inserted your
source CD or DVD and click the Disc Copy button. 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) 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 creating a CD-R, you
cannot write to that CD-R again (see the Sonic documentation for more information). Use
blank CD-RWs to write to CDs or to erase, rewrite, or update data on CDs.
Blank DVD+/-Rs can be used to permanently store large amounts of information. 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 that disc later.
CD-Writable Drives
Media Type
Read
Write
Rewritable
CD-R
Yes
Yes
No
CD-RW
Yes
Yes
Yes
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-Writable Drives
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Media Type
Read
Write
Rewritable
DVD-R DL
Maybe
No
No
DVD-RAM
Maybe
No
No
Helpful Tips
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Use Microsoft® Windows® Explorer to drag and drop files to a CD-R or CD-RW only after
you start Sonic DigitalMedia and open a DigitalMedia project.
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Use CD-Rs to burn music CDs that you want to play in regular stereos. CD-RWs do not play
in most home or car stereos.
•
You cannot create audio DVDs with Sonic DigitalMedia.
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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 the 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.
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See the Sonic website at www.sonic.com for additional information.
Using a Media Card Reader (Optional)
Use the Media Card Reader to transfer data directly to your computer.
The Media Card Reader supports the following memory types:
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xD-Picture Card
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SmartMedia (SMC)
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CompactFlash Type I and II (CF I/II)
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MicroDrive Card
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SecureDigital Card (SD)
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MultiMediaCard (MMC)
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Memory Stick (MS/MS Pro)
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For information on installing a Media Card Reader, see "Installing a Media Card Reader" on
page 81.
xD-Picture Card
and SmartMedia (SMC)
CompactFlash Type I
and II (CF I/II) and
MicroDrive Card
Memory Stick
(MS/MS Pro)
SecureDigital Card (SD)/
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
To use the Media Card Reader:
1 Check the media or card to determine the proper orientation for insertion.
2 Slide the media or card into the appropriate slot until it is completely seated in the connector.
If you encounter resistance, do not force the media or card. Check the card orientation and
try again.
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Setting Up a Home and Office Network
Connecting to a Network Adapter
NOTICE: Plug the network cable into the network adapter connector on the computer. Do not plug the
network cable into the modem connector on the computer.
NOTICE: Do not plug a network cable into a telephone wall jack.
1 Connect the network cable to the network adapter connector on the back of your computer.
Insert the cable until it clicks into place, and then gently pull it to ensure that it is secure.
2 Connect the other end of the network cable to a network device.
network adapter connector on computer
network adapter
connector
network device
network cable
Network Setup Wizard
The Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system provides a Network Setup Wizard to guide you
through the process of sharing files, printers, or an Internet connection between computers in a
home or small office.
1 Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Accessories→ Communications, and then
click Network Setup Wizard.
2 On the welcome screen, click Next.
3 Click Checklist for creating a network.
NOTE: Selecting the connection method This computer connects directly to the Internet enables the
integrated firewall provided with Windows XP.
4 Complete the checklist and required preparations.
5 Return to the Network Setup Wizard and follow the instructions on the screen.
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Power Management
The Microsoft® Windows® XP power management features can reduce the amount of electricity
your computer uses when it is on and you are not using it. You can reduce power to just the monitor
or the hard drive, or you can use standby mode or hibernate mode to reduce power to the entire
computer. When the computer exits from a power conservation mode, the Windows desktop is
restored to the state it was in before it entered the mode.
NOTE: Windows XP Professional includes security and networking features not available in
Windows XP Home Edition. When a Windows XP Professional computer is connected to a network,
different options related to security and networking appear in certain windows.
Standby Mode
Standby mode conserves power by turning off the display and the hard drive after a time-out.
When the computer exits from standby mode, it returns to the operating state it was in before it
entered standby mode.
To set standby mode to automatically activate after a defined period of inactivity:
1 Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a category, click Performance and Maintenance.
3 Under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Power Options.
To immediately activate standby mode without a period of inactivity, click the Start button, click
Turn Off Computer, and then click Stand by.
To exit from standby mode, press a key on the keyboard or move the mouse.
NOTICE: If your computer loses power while in standby mode, it may lose data.
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 from hibernate mode, the
desktop is restored to the state it was in before it entered hibernate mode.
To activate hibernate mode:
1 Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a category, click Performance and Maintenance.
3 Under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Power Options.
4 Define your hibernate settings on the Power Schemes tab, Advanced tab, and Hibernate tab.
To exit from hibernate mode, press the power button. The computer may take a short time to exit
from hibernate mode. Pressing a key on the keyboard or moving the mouse does not bring the
computer out of hibernation, because the keyboard and the mouse do not function when the
computer is in hibernate mode.
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Because hibernate mode requires a special file on your hard drive with enough disk space to store
the contents of the computer memory, Dell creates an appropriately sized hibernate mode file
before shipping the computer to you. If the computer’s hard drive becomes corrupted,
Windows XP recreates the hibernate file automatically.
Power Options Properties
Define your standby mode settings, hibernate mode settings, and other power settings in the Power
Options Properties window. To access the Power Options Properties window:
1 Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a category, click Performance and Maintenance.
3 Under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Power Options.
4 Define your power settings on the Power Schemes tab, Advanced tab, and Hibernate tab.
Power Schemes Tab
Each standard power setting is called a scheme. If you want to select one of the standard Windows
schemes installed on your computer, choose a scheme from the Power schemes drop-down menu.
The settings for each scheme appear in the fields below the scheme name. Each scheme has
different settings for starting standby mode or hibernate mode, turning off the monitor, and
turning off the hard drive.
The Power schemes drop-down menu displays the following schemes:
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Always On (default) — If you want to use your computer with no power conservation.
•
Home/Office Desk — If you use your computer as a home or office computer and you require
minimal power conservation.
•
Presentation — If you want your computer to run without interruption (using no power
conservation).
•
Minimal Power Management — If you want your computer to run with minimal power
conservation.
•
Max Battery — If your computer is a portable computer and you run your computer from
batteries for extended periods of time.
If you want to change the default settings for a scheme, click the drop-down menu in the Turn off
monitor, Turn off hard disks, System stand by, or System hibernates field, and then select a timeout from the displayed list. Changing the time-out for a scheme field permanently changes the
default settings for that scheme, unless you click Save As and enter a new name for the changed
scheme.
NOTICE: If you set the hard drive (hard disk) to time-out before the monitor does, your computer may
appear to be locked up. To recover, press any key on the keyboard or click the mouse. To avoid this
problem, always set the monitor to time-out before the hard drive.
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Advanced Tab
The Advanced tab allows you to:
•
Place the power options icon
in the Windows taskbar for quick access.
•
Set the computer to prompt you for your Windows password before the computer exits from
standby mode or hibernate mode.
•
Program the power button to activate standby mode, activate hibernate mode, or turn off the
computer.
To program these functions, select an option from the corresponding drop-down menu and
click OK.
Hibernate Tab
The Hibernate tab allows you to enable hibernate mode. If you want to use the hibernate settings
you defined on the Power Schemes tab, click the Enable hibernate support check box on the
Hibernate tab.
For more information on power management options:
1 Click the Start button and click Help and Support.
2 In the Help and Support window, click Performance and maintenance.
3 In the Performance and maintenance window, click Conserving power on your computer.
Hyper-Threading
NOTE: Not all processors support hyper-threading technology.
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. It is recommended that you use the Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 1
(SP1) or later operating system because Windows XP is optimized to take advantage of
Hyper-Threading technology. While many programs can benefit from Hyper-Threading, some
programs have not been optimized for Hyper-Threading and may require an update from the
software manufacturer. Contact the software manufacturer for updates and information about
using Hyper-Threading with your software.
To determine if your computer is using Hyper-Threading technology:
1 Click the Start button, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
2 Click Hardware and click Device Manager.
3 In the Device Manager window, click the plus (+) sign next to Processors. If Hyper-Threading
is enabled, the processor is listed twice.
You can enable or disable Hyper-Threading through system setup. For more information on
accessing system setup, see page 91. For more information on Hyper-Threading, search the
Knowledge Base on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com.
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Troubleshooting Tips
Follow these tips when you troubleshoot 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 technical support personnel diagnose and fix the problem.
•
If an error message occurs in a program, see the program’s documentation.
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
located in the Product Information Guide.
R E P L A C E T H E B A T T E R Y — If you have to repeatedly reset time and date information after turning on
the computer, or if an incorrect time or date displays during start-up, replace the battery (see page 83).
If the battery still does not work properly, contact Dell (see page 102).
Drive Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
E N S U R E T H A T M I C R O S O F T ® W I N D O W S ® R E C O G N I Z E S T H E D R I V E — Click the Start button and
click My Computer. If the floppy, CD, or DVD drive, is not listed, perform a full scan with your
antivirus software to check for and remove viruses. Viruses can sometimes prevent Windows from
recognizing the drive.
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TE S T T H E D R I V E —
• Insert another floppy disk, CD, or DVD to eliminate the possibility that the original one is defective.
• Insert a bootable floppy disk and restart the computer.
C L E A N T H E D R I V E O R D I S K — See "Cleaning Your Computer" on page 99.
CHECK THE CABLE CONNECTIONS
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 "Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities"
on page 49.
R U N T H E D E L L D I A G N O S T I C S — See page 46.
CD and DVD drive problems
NOTE: High-speed CD or DVD drive vibration is normal and may cause noise, which does not indicate a
defect in the drive or the CD or DVD.
NOTE: Because of different regions worldwide and different disc formats, not all DVD titles work in all
DVD drives.
ADJUST THE WINDOWS VOLUME CONTROL —
• Click the speaker icon in the lower-right corner of your screen.
• Ensure that the volume is turned up by clicking the slidebar and dragging it up.
• Ensure that the sound is not muted by clicking any boxes that are checked.
C H E C K T H E S P E A K E R S A N D S U B W O O F E R — See "Sound and Speaker Problems" on page 39.
Problems writing to a DVD-RW drive
C L O S E O T H E R P R O G R A M S — The DVD-RW drive must receive a steady stream of data when writing.
If the stream is interrupted, an error occurs. Try closing all programs before you write to the DVD-RW.
TU R N O F F S T A N D B Y M O D E I N W I N D O W S B E F O R E W R I T I N G T O A D V D - R W D I S C — Search for the
keyword standby in Windows Help.
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Hard drive problems
RUN CHECK DISK —
1 Click the Start button and click My Computer.
2 Right-click Local Disk C:.
3 Click Properties.
4 Click the Tools tab.
5 Under Error-checking, click Check Now.
6 Click Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.
7 Click Start.
E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located 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.
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, click Options, and then click Security.
2 Click Do not allow attachments to remove the checkmark.
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. 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, then 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 m (10 ft) or more in length, try a shorter one.
R U N T H E M O D E M H E L P E R D I A G N O S T I C S — Click the Start button, point to All Programs, and then
click Modem Helper. Follow the instructions on the screen to identify and resolve modem problems.
(Modem Helper is not available on all computers.)
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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 —
1 Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2 Click Printers and Other Hardware.
3 Click Phone and Modem Options.
4 Click the Modems tab.
5 Click the COM port for your modem.
6 Click Properties, click the Diagnostics tab, and then click 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
If the message is not listed, see the documentation for the operating system or the program that
was running when the message appeared.
A F I L E N A M E C A N N O T C O N T A I N A N Y O F T H E F O L L O W I N G C H A R A C T E R S : \ / : * ? “ < > | — Do not
use these characters in filenames.
A R E Q U I R E D . D L L 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:
1 Click the Start button, click Control Panel, and then click Add or Remove Programs.
2 Select the program you want to remove.
3 Click the Change or Remove Program icon.
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 or CD.
N O N - S YS T E M D I S K E R R O R — Remove the floppy disk from the drive and restart your computer.
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N O T E N O U G H M E M O R Y O R R E S O U R C E S . C L O S E S O M E P R O G R A M S A N D T R Y A G A I N — Close all
windows and open the program that you want to use. In some cases, you might 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 page 102).
Media Card Reader Problems
NO DRIVE LETTER IS ASSIGNED —
When Microsoft Windows XP detects the Media Card Reader, the device is automatically assigned a
drive letter as the next logical drive after all other physical drives in the system. If the next logical drive
after the physical drives is mapped to a network drive, Windows XP does not automatically assign a
drive letter to the Media Card Reader.
To manually assign a drive for the Media Card Reader:
1 Right-click My Computer and select Manage.
2 Select the Disk Management option.
3 Right-click the corresponding drive letter in the right pane that needs to be changed.
4 Select Drive Letter and Paths.
5 From the drop-down list, select the new drive letter assignment for the Media Card Reader.
6 Click OK to confirm your selection.
NOTE: Each slot in the Media Card Reader is mapped to a drive letter. A Media Card Reader slot only
appears as a mapped drive when a media card is installed in it. If you attempt to access a drive that is
mapped to an empty Media Card Reader slot, you are prompted to insert media.
FLEXBAY DEVICE IS DISABLED —
There is a FlexBay disable option in the BIOS setup that appears only when the FlexBay device is
installed. If the FlexBay device is physically installed, but it is not running, check to see if it is enabled in
the BIOS setup.
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Keyboard Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
CHECK THE KEYBOARD CABLE —
• Ensure that the keyboard cable is firmly connected to the computer.
• Shut down the computer (see page 53), reconnect the keyboard cable as shown on the setup diagram for
your computer, and then restart the computer.
• Check the cable connector for bent or broken pins and for damaged or frayed cables. Straighten bent
pins.
• Remove keyboard extension cables and connect the keyboard directly to the computer.
TE S T T H E K E Y B O A R D — Connect a properly working keyboard to the computer; then try using the
keyboard.
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 "Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities"
on page 49.
Lockups and Software Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
The computer does not start up
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 page 43.
ENSURE THAT THE POWER CABLE IS FIRMLY CONNECTED TO THE COMPUTER AND TO THE
ELECTRICAL OUTLET
The computer stops responding
NOTICE: You might 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. Then restart your computer.
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A program stops responding
END THE PROGRAM —
1 Press <Ctrl><Shift><Esc> simultaneously.
2 Click Applications.
3 Click the program that is no longer responding.
4 Click End Task.
A program crashes repeatedly
NOTE: Software usually includes installation instructions in its documentation or on a floppy disk or CD.
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 —
The Program Compatibility Wizard configures a program so it runs in an environment similar to nonWindows XP operating system environments.
1 Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Accessories, and then click Program Compatibility
Wizard.
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. 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, OR CDS
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
located 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 page 64).
• Reseat the memory modules (see page 64) to ensure that your computer is successfully communicating
with the memory.
• Run the Dell Diagnostics (see page 46).
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IF YOU EXPERIENCE OTHER MEMORY PROBLEMS —
• Reseat the memory modules (see page 64) to ensure that your computer is successfully communicating
with the memory.
• Ensure that you are following the memory installation guidelines (see page 64).
• Your computer supports DDR2 memory. For more information about the type of memory supported by
your computer, see "Memory" on page 62.
• Run the Dell Diagnostics (see page 46).
Mouse Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
C L E A N T H E M O U S E — For instructions on cleaning the mouse, see "Mouse" on page 99.
CHECK THE MOUSE CABLE —
1 Remove mouse extension cables, if used, and connect the mouse directly to the computer.
2 Reconnect the mouse cable as shown in the setup diagram for your computer.
RESTART THE COMPUTER —
1 Simultaneously press <Ctrl><Esc> to display the Start menu.
2 Type u, press the keyboard arrow keys to highlight Shut down or Turn Off, and then press <Enter>.
3 After the computer turns off, reconnect the mouse cable as shown on the on the setup diagram for your
computer.
4 Start the computer.
TE S T T H E M O U S E — Connect a properly working mouse to the computer, and try using the mouse.
CHECK THE MOUSE SETTINGS —
1 Click the Start button, click Control Panel, and then click Printers and Other Hardware.
2 Click Mouse.
3 Try adjusting the settings.
R E I N S T A L L T H E M O U S E D R I V E R — See "Reinstalling Drivers" on page 48.
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 "Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities"
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Network Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located 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
both the network connector on the back of the computer and the network port or device.
C H E C K T H E N E T W O R K L I G H T S O N T H E B A C K O F T H E C O M P U T E R — If the link integrity light is off,
that indicates no network communication exists. Replace the network cable. For a description of
network lights, see "Controls and Lights" on page 89.
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 "Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities"
on page 49.
Power Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located 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 43.
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.
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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 into both the power connector on the back of the computer and the electrical
outlet.
• If the computer is plugged into a power strip, ensure that the power strip is plugged into an electrical
outlet and that the power strip is turned on. Also bypass power protection devices, power strips, and
power extension cables to verify that the computer turns on properly.
• Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with another device, such as a lamp.
• Ensure that the main power cable and front panel cable are securely connected to the system board (see
page 61).
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 might be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed.
• Remove and then reinstall the memory modules (see page 64).
• Remove and then reinstall any cards (see page 66).
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 might exist.
• Ensure that the voltage selection switch is set to match the AC power at your location (if applicable).
• Ensure that the processor power cable is securely connected to the system board (see page 61).
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
• Too many devices on a 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 located
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
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CHECK THE PRINTER CABLE CONNECTIONS —
• See the printer documentation for cable connection information.
• Ensure that the printer cables are securely connected to the printer and the computer (see "Setting Up a
Printer" on page 13).
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 —
1 Click the Start button, click Control Panel, and then click Printers and Other Hardware.
2 Click View installed printers or fax printers.
If the printer is listed, right-click the printer icon.
3 Click Properties and click the Ports tab. 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.
R E I N S T A L L T H E P R I N T E R D R I V E R — See the printer documentation for instructions.
Scanner Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located 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 it has a locking tab or button.
RESTART THE COMPUTER AND TRY THE SCANNER AGAIN
CHECK THE CABLE CONNECTIONS —
• See the scanner documentation for cable connection information.
• 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 —
1 Click the Start button, click Control Panel, and then click Printers and Other Hardware.
2 Click Scanners and Cameras.
If your 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
located in the Product Information Guide.
No sound from speakers
NOTE: The volume control in some MP3 players overrides the Windows volume setting. If you have been
listening to MP3 songs, ensure that you did not turn the player volume 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.
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.
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R E I N S T A L L T H E S O U N D D R I V E R — See "Reinstalling Drivers" on page 48.
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 "Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities"
on page 49.
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 page 55).
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.
Video and Monitor Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
NOTE: See the monitor documentation for troubleshooting procedures.
If the screen is blank
CHECK THE MONITOR CABLE CONNECTION —
• Ensure that the graphics cable is connected as shown on the setup diagram for your computer.
• If you are using a graphics extension cable and removing the cable solves the problem, the cable is
defective.
• Swap the computer and monitor power cables to determine if the power cable is defective.
• Check the connector for bent or broken pins. (It is normal for monitor cable connectors to have missing
pins.)
C H E C K T H E M O N I T O R P O W E R L I G H T — If the power light is off, firmly press the button to ensure that
the monitor is turned on. If the power light is lit or blinking, the monitor has power. If the power light is
blinking, press a key on the keyboard or move the mouse.
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.
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 page 43.
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If the screen is difficult to read
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.
M O V E T H E S U B W O O F E R A W A Y F R O M T H E M O N I T O R — If your speaker system includes a subwoofer,
ensure that the subwoofer is at least 60 cm (2 ft) away from the monitor.
M O V E T H E M O N I T O R A W A Y F R O M E X T E R N A L P O W E R S O U R C E S — Fans, fluorescent lights, halogen
lamps, and other electrical devices can cause the screen image to appear "shaky." Turn off nearby devices
to check for interference.
ROTATE THE MONITOR TO ELIMINATE SUNLIGHT GLARE AND POSSIBLE INTERFERENCE
ADJUST THE WINDOWS DISPLAY SETTINGS —
1 Click the Start button, click Control Panel, and then click Appearance and Themes.
2 Click Display and click the Settings tab.
3 Try different settings for Screen resolution and Color quality.
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Diagnostic Lights
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
Your computer has four lights labeled "1," "2," "3," and "4" on the front panel to help you
troubleshoot problems (see page 55). When the computer starts normally, the lights flash. After
the computer starts, all four lights display solid green. If the computer malfunctions, the color
and sequence of the lights identify the problem.
Light Pattern
Problem Description
Suggested Resolution
The computer is in a normal "off" condition or Plug the computer into a working electrical
a possible pre-BIOS failure has occurred.
outlet Also see "Power Problems" on page 36.
The diagnostic lights turn off after the system
successfully boots to the operating system.
NOTE: If all of the diagnostic lights are off and
the system does not start, there may be a
problem with the power supply or with the
processor.
A processor failure was detected.
Contact Dell (see page 102).
Memory modules are detected, but a memory
failure has occurred.
• If you have two or more memory modules
installed, remove the modules, reinstall one
module (see page 64), and then restart the
computer. If the computer starts normally,
reinstall an additional module. Continue
until you have identified a faulty module or
reinstalled all modules without error.
• If available, install properly working memory
of the same type into your computer (see
page 64).
• If the problem persists, contact Dell (see
page 102).
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Light Pattern
Problem Description
Suggested Resolution
A possible graphics failure has occurred.
If the problem persists, contact Dell (see
page 102).
A possible floppy drive or hard drive failure has Reseat all power and data cables and restart
occurred.
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A possible USB failure has occurred.
Reinstall all USB devices, check cable
connections, and then restart the computer.
No memory modules are detected.
• If you have two or more memory modules
installed, remove the modules, reinstall one
module (see page 64), and then restart the
computer. If the computer starts normally,
reinstall an additional module. Continue
until you have identified a faulty module or
reinstalled all modules without error.
• If available, install properly working memory
of the same type into your computer (see
page 64).
• If the problem persists, contact Dell (see
page 102).
Memory modules are detected, but a memory
configuration or compatibility error exists.
• Ensure that no special memory
module/memory connector placement
requirements exist (see page 62).
• Verify that the memory modules that you are
installing are compatible with your computer
(see page 62).
• If the problem persists, contact Dell (see
page 102).
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Light Pattern
Problem Description
A possible expansion card failure has occurred.
Suggested Resolution
1 Determine whether a conflict exists by
removing a card and restarting the computer
(see page 66).
2 If the problem persists, reinstall the card that
you removed, remove a different card, and
then restart the computer.
3 Repeat this process for each card. If the
computer starts normally, troubleshoot the
last card removed from the computer for
resource conflicts (see page 49).
4 If the problem persists, contact Dell (see
page 102).
Another failure has occurred.
• Ensure that the cables are properly
connected to the system board from the hard
drive, CD drive, and DVD drive (see
page 61).
• If there is an error message on your screen
identifying a problem with a device (such as
the floppy drive or hard drive), check the
device to ensure that it is functioning
properly.
• The operating system is attempting to boot
from a device (such as the floppy drive or
hard drive); check system setup (see page 91)
to make sure the boot sequence is correct for
the devices installed on your computer.
• If the problem persists, contact Dell (see
page 102).
During normal operation, all of the diagnostic
lights turn on and then turn off before the
system starts.
NOTE: If all of the diagnostic lights are on and
the system does not start, there may be a
problem with the power supply or with the
processor.
If the system does not start, plug the
computer into a working electrical outlet. Also
see "Power Problems" on page 36.
If there are no power problems and the system
does not start, contact Dell (see page 102).
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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.
If you experience a problem with your computer, perform the checks in "Solving Problems" (see
page 27) and run the Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for technical assistance.
NOTICE: The Dell Diagnostics works only on Dell™ computers.
1 Turn on (or restart) your computer.
2 When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F12> immediately.
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 (see page 53) and try again.
3 When the boot device list appears, highlight Boot to Utility Partition and press <Enter>.
4 When the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu appears, select the test you want to run (see
page 46).
Dell Diagnostics Main Menu
1 After the Dell Diagnostics loads and the Main Menu screen appears, click the button for the
option you want.
Option
Function
Express Test
Performs a quick test of devices. This test typically takes 10 to
20 minutes and requires no interaction on your part. Run
Express Test first to increase the possibility of tracing the
problem quickly.
Extended Test
Performs a thorough check of devices. This test typically takes
an hour or more and requires you to answer questions
periodically.
Custom Test
Tests a specific device. You can customize the tests you want to
run.
Symptom Tree
Lists the most common symptoms encountered and allows you
to select a test based on the symptom of the problem you are
having.
2 If a problem is encountered during a test, a message appears with an error code and a
description of the problem. Write down the error code and problem description and follow
the instructions on the screen.
If you cannot resolve the error condition, contact Dell (see page 102).
NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer is located at the top of each test screen. If you contact Dell,
technical support will ask for your Service Tag.
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3 If you run a test from the Custom Test or Symptom Tree option, click the applicable tab
described in the following table for more information.
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 may indicate requirements for running
the test.
Configuration
Displays your hardware configuration for the selected device.
The Dell Diagnostics obtains configuration information for all
devices from system setup, memory, and various internal tests,
and it displays the information in the device list in the left pane
of the screen. The device list may not display the names of all
the components installed on your computer or all devices
attached to your computer.
Parameters
Allows you to customize the test by changing the test settings.
4 Close the test screen to return to the Main Menu screen. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and
restart the computer, close the Main Menu screen.
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.
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.
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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.
Windows XP
1 Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a Category, click Performance and Maintenance.
3 Click System.
4 In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab.
5 Click Device Manager.
6 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.
Reinstalling Drivers
NOTICE: The Dell Support website at support.dell.com provides approved drivers for Dell™ computers.
If you install drivers obtained from other sources, your computer might not work correctly.
Using Windows XP Device Driver Rollback
If a problem occurs on your computer after you install or update a driver, use Windows XP Device
Driver Rollback to replace the driver with the previously installed version.
1 Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a Category, click Performance and Maintenance.
3 Click System.
4 In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab.
5 Click Device Manager.
6 Right-click the device for which the new driver was installed and click Properties.
7 Click the Drivers tab.
8 Click Roll Back Driver.
If Device Driver Rollback does not resolve the problem, then use System Restore to return your
computer to the operating state that existed before you installed the new driver.
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Manually Reinstalling Drivers
1 After copying the required driver files to your hard drive, click the Start button and right-click
My Computer.
2 Click Properties.
3 Click the Hardware tab and click Device Manager.
4 Double-click the type of device for which you are installing the driver.
5 Double-click the name of the device for which you are installing the driver.
6 Click the Driver tab and click Update Driver.
7 Click Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) and click Next.
8 Click Browse and browse to the location to which you previously extracted the driver files.
9 When the name of the appropriate driver appears, click Next.
10 Click Finish and restart your computer.
Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities
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 resolve incompatibilities using the Hardware Troubleshooter:
1 Click the Start button and click Help and Support.
2 Type hardware troubleshooter in the Search field and click the arrow to start the search.
3 Click Hardware Troubleshooter in the Search Results list.
4 In the Hardware Troubleshooter list, click I need to resolve a hardware conflict on my
computer, and click Next.
Restoring Your Operating System
You can restore your operating system in the following ways:
•
Microsoft Windows XP System Restore returns your computer to an earlier operating state
without affecting data files.
•
Dell PC Restore by Symantec restores your hard drive to the operating state it was in when
you purchased the computer. Dell PC Restore permanently deletes all data on the hard drive
and removes any applications installed after you received the computer.
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Using Microsoft® Windows® XP System Restore
The Microsoft Windows XP operating system provides System Restore to allow 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. See the
Windows Help and Support Center for information on using System Restore.
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
work if you set your Dell™ computer to the Windows Classic view.
Creating a Restore Point
1 Click the Start button and click Help and Support.
2 Click System Restore.
3 Follow the instructions on the screen.
Restoring the Computer to an Earlier Operating State
If problems occur after you install a device driver, use Device Driver Rollback (see page 48) to
resolve the problem. If that is unsuccessful, then use System Restore.
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 the Start button, point to All Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools, and then click
System Restore.
2 Ensure that Restore my computer to an earlier time is selected and click Next.
3 Click a calendar date to which you want to restore your computer.
The Select a Restore Point screen provides a calendar that allows you to see and select restore
points. All calendar dates with available restore points appear in boldface type.
4 Select a restore point and click Next.
If a calendar date has only one restore point, then that restore point is automatically selected.
If two or more restore points are available, click the restore point that you prefer.
5 Click Next.
The Restoration Complete screen appears after System Restore finishes collecting data and
then the computer restarts.
6 After the computer restarts, click OK.
To change the restore point, you can either repeat the steps using a different restore point, or you
can undo the restoration.
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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.
1 Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools, and then click
System Restore.
2 Click Undo my last restoration and click Next.
Enabling System Restore
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 the Start button and click Control Panel.
2 Click Performance and Maintenance.
3 Click System.
4 Click the System Restore tab.
5 Ensure that Turn off System Restore is unchecked.
Using Dell™ PC Restore by Symantec
NOTE: Dell PC Restore is not available in all countries.
Use Dell PC Restore by Symantec only as the last method to restore your operating system. PC
Restore restores your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer.
Any programs or files added since you received your computer— including data files—are
permanently deleted from the hard drive. Data files include documents, spreadsheets, e-mail
messages, digital photos, music files, and so on. If possible, back up all data before using PC
Restore.
NOTICE: Using PC Restore permanently deletes all data on the hard drive and removes any applications
or drivers installed after you received your computer. If possible, back up the data before using PC
Restore.
To use PC Restore:
1 Turn on the computer and watch the keyboard status lights.
2 Immediately upon seeing the lights flash, press <Ctrl><F11>.
If you do not press <Ctrl><F11> in time, let the computer finish restarting, and then
restart the computer again.
NOTICE: If you do not want to proceed with PC Restore, click Reboot in the following step.
3 On the next screen that appears, click Restore.
4 On the next screen, click Confirm.
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5 When prompted, click Finish to reboot the computer.
NOTE: Do not manually shut down the computer. Click Finish and let the computer completely reboot.
6 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.
7 Click Next.
The System Restore screen appears and the computer restarts.
8 After the computer restarts, click OK.
Removing Dell 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’s 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 hard-drive 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’s operating system to its original state.
To remove PC Restore:
1 Log on to the computer as a local administrator.
2 In 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 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’s 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.
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.
8 Restart the computer.
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Removing and Installing Parts
Before You Begin
This chapter provides procedures for removing and installing the components in your computer.
Unless otherwise noted, each procedure assumes that the following conditions exist:
•
You have performed the steps in "Turning Off Your Computer" (see page 53) and "Before Working
Inside Your Computer" (see page 54).
•
You have read the safety information in your Dell™ Product Information Guide.
NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, a component can be replaced or—if purchased separately—installed by
performing the removal procedure in reverse order.
Recommended Tools
The procedures in this document may require the following tools:
•
Small flat-blade screwdriver
•
Phillips screwdriver
•
Flash BIOS update program floppy disk or CD
Turning Off Your Computer
NOTICE: To avoid losing data, save and close any open files and exit any open programs before you turn off
your computer.
1 Shut down the operating system:
a
Save and close any open files, exit any open programs, click the Start button, and then click
Turn Off Computer.
b
In the Turn off computer window, click Turn off.
The computer turns off after the operating system shutdown process finishes.
2 Ensure that the computer and any attached devices are turned off. If your computer and attached
devices did not automatically turn off when you shut down your operating system, press and hold
the power button for 4 seconds.
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Before Working Inside Your Computer
Use the following safety guidelines to help protect your computer from potential damage and to help
ensure your own personal safety.
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the
Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: Handle components and cards with care. Do not touch the components or contacts on a card. Hold a
card by its edges or by its metal mounting bracket. Hold a component such as a processor by its edges, not by its
pins.
NOTICE: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing
that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.
NOTICE: When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector or on its strain-relief loop, not on the cable itself.
Some cables have a connector with locking tabs; if you are disconnecting this type of cable, press in the locking
tabs before you disconnect the cable. As you pull connectors apart, keep them evenly aligned to avoid bending any
connector pins. Also, before you connect a cable, ensure that both connectors are correctly oriented and aligned.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the computer, perform the following steps before you begin working inside the
computer.
1 Turn off your computer (see page 53).
NOTICE: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your computer and then unplug it from the
network port or device.
2 Disconnect any telephone or telecommunication lines from the computer.
3 Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets, and then press the
power button to ground the system board.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before
removing the cover.
4 Remove the computer cover (see page 58).
NOTICE: Before touching anything inside your computer, ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface,
such as the metal at the back of the computer. While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface to
dissipate any static electricity that could harm internal components.
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cover latch release
Use this latch to remove the cover. See "Removing the
Computer Cover" on page 58.
2
DVD activity light
The drive light is on when the computer reads data from the
CD or DVD drive.
3
DVD eject button
Press to eject a disk from the CD or DVD drive.
4
USB 2.0 connectors (2)
Use the front USB connectors for devices that you connect
occasionally, such as joysticks or cameras, or for bootable USB
devices (see "System Setup Options" on page 92 for more
information on booting to a USB device). It is recommended
that you use the back USB connectors for devices that typically
remain connected, such as printers and keyboards.
5
hard-drive activity light
The hard drive activity light is on when the computer reads
data from or writes data to the hard drive. The light might also
be on when a device such as a CD player is operating.
6
diagnostic lights (4)
Use the lights to help you troubleshoot a computer problem
based on the diagnostic code. For more information, see
"Diagnostic Lights" on page 43.
7
vents
For adequate cooling, do not block any of the vents.
NOTICE: Ensure that there is a minimum of two inches of
space between all vents and any object near these vents.
NOTICE: Keep the vent area clean and dust-free to ensure
that the system is adequately ventilated. Use only a dry
cloth to clean the vent area to avoid water damage to the
system.
8
power button
Press to turn on the computer.
NOTICE: To avoid losing data, do not use the power button
to turn off the computer. Instead, perform an operating
system shutdown.
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headphone connector
Use the headphone connector to attach headphones and most
kinds of speakers.
10
FlexBay drive
Can contain an optional floppy drive or optional Media Card
Reader. For information on using the Media Card Reader, see
"Using a Media Card Reader (Optional)" on page 20.
11
Service Tag
Use to identify your computer when you access the Dell
Support website or call technical support.
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1
2
3
4
5
6
1
power connector
Insert the power cable.
2
audio connectors (3)
• Line-in connector — Use the blue line-in connector to attach a record/playback
device such as a cassette player, CD player, or VCR.
• Line-out connector — Use the green line-out connector to attach headphones
and most speakers with integrated amplifiers.
• Microphone connector — Use the pink microphone connector to attach a
personal computer microphone for voice or musical input.
3
USB 2.0 connectors (4)
Use the back USB connectors for devices that typically remain connected, such as
printers and keyboards.
It is recommended that you use the front USB connectors for devices that you
connect occasionally, such as joysticks or cameras, or for bootable USB devices.
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4
network adapter connector To attach your computer to a network or broadband device, connect one end of a
network cable to either a network port or your network or broadband device.
Connect the other end of the network cable to the network adapter connector on
your computer. A click indicates that the network cable is securely attached.
NOTE: Do not plug a telephone cable into the network connector.
On computers with a network connector card, use the connector on the card.
It is recommended that you use Category 5 wiring and connectors for your
network. If you must use Category 3 wiring, force the network speed to 10 Mbps to
ensure reliable operation.
5
VGA video connector
6
card slots
Plug the VGA cable from your monitor into the VGA connector on the computer.
Access connectors for installed PCI cards (two slots) and a x1 PCI Express card.
NOTE: Although your computer has 4 card slot openings, it supports a maximum of 3
cards; the bottom slot cannot be used.
Removing the Computer Cover
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the
Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before
removing the cover.
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 53.
NOTICE: Ensure that sufficient space exists to support the removed cover—at least 30 cm (1 ft) of desk top space.
NOTICE: Ensure that you are working on a level, protected surface to avoid scratching either the computer or the
surface on which it is resting.
2 If you have installed a padlock through the padlock ring on the back panel, remove the padlock.
3 Lay your computer on its side with the computer cover facing up.
4 Slide the cover release latch back as you lift the cover.
5 Pivot the cover up using the hinge tabs as leverage points.
6 Remove the cover from the hinge tabs and set it aside on a soft nonabrasive surface.
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1
2
3
1
security cable slot
2
cover release latch
3
padlock ring
Inside View of Your Computer
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the
Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: To avoid electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing
the computer cover.
NOTICE: Be careful when opening the computer cover to ensure that you do not accidentally disconnect cables
from the system board.
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2
1
3
4
6
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5
1
drives bay (CD/DVD, floppy,
and hard drive)
3
system board
5
heat sink assembly
2
power supply
4
card slots
6
front I/O panel
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1
2
3
16
4
15
14
13
12
5
11
6
10
9
8
7
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1
fan connector (FAN)
9
PCI Express x1 card connector
2
processor connector (CPU)
10
PCI card connector (2)
3
power connector (12VPOWER)
11
FlexBay USB connector
4
memory module connectors (DIMM_1, DIMM_2)
12
piezo buzzer
5
serial ATA drive connector (SATA0)
13
password jumper (PSWD)
6
front-panel connector (FNT_PANEL)
14
floppy drive connector (DSKT)
7
power connector (POWER)
15
battery socket (BATT)
8
DVD drive connector (IDE)
16
RTC reset jumper (RTCRST)
Memory
If your computer only has one memory module installed on the system board, you can increase your
computer memory by installing an additional memory module.
Your computer supports DDR2 memory. For additional information on the type of memory supported by
your computer, see "Specifications" on page 87.
DDR2 Memory Overview
DDR2 memory modules should be installed in pairs of matched memory size, speed, and technology. If the
DDR2 memory modules are not installed in matched pairs, the computer will continue to operate, but
with a slight reduction in performance. See the label on the module to determine the module’s capacity.
NOTE: Always install DDR2 memory modules in the order indicated on the system board.
The recommended memory configuration consists of a pair of matched memory modules installed in
DIMM connectors 1 and 2
NOTICE: Do not install ECC or buffered memory modules. Only unbuffered, non-ECC memory is supported.
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If you install mixed pairs of DDR2 400-MHz (PC2-3200) and DDR2 533-MHz (PC2-4300) memory,
the modules function at the slower installed speed.
•
Be sure to install a single memory module in DIMM connector 1, the connector closer to the processor,
before you install a module in the other connector.
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2
matched pair of memory
modules in DIMM
connectors 1 and 2
NOTE: Memory purchased from Dell is covered under your computer warranty.
NOTICE: If you remove your original memory modules from the computer during a memory upgrade, keep them
separate from any new modules that you may have, even if you purchased the new modules from Dell. If possible,
do not pair an original memory module with a new memory module. Otherwise, your computer may not start
properly.
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Installing Memory
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the
Product Information Guide.
NOTICE: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity from your
body before you touch any of your computer’s electronic components. You can do so by touching an unpainted
metal surface on the computer chassis.
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 53.
2 Press out the securing clip at each end of the memory module connector.
1
2
3
1
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2
securing clips (2)
3
connector
3 Align the notch on the bottom of the module with the crossbar in the connector.
3
2
1
4
1
cutouts (2)
3
notch
2
memory module
4
crossbar
NOTICE: To avoid damage to the memory module, press the module straight down into the connector while you
apply equal force to each end of the module.
4 Insert the module into the connector until the module snaps into position.
If you insert the module correctly, the securing clips snap into the cutouts at each end of the module.
5 Replace the computer cover. See "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 84.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network port or device, and then plug it into the
computer.
6 Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on
7 When a message appears stating that memory size has changed, press <F1> to continue.
8 Log on to your computer.
9 Right-click the My Computer icon and click Properties.
10 Click the General tab.
11 To verify that the memory is installed correctly, check the amount of memory (RAM) listed.
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Removing Memory
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the
Product Information Guide.
NOTICE: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity from your
body before you touch any of your computer’s electronic components. You can do so by touching an unpainted
metal surface on the computer chassis.
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 53.
2 Press out the securing clip at each end of the memory module connector.
3 Grasp the module and pull up.
If the module is difficult to remove, gently ease the module back and forth to remove it from the
connector.
Cards
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the
Product Information Guide.
NOTICE: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity from your
body before you touch any of your computer’s electronic components. You can do so by touching an unpainted
metal surface on the computer chassis.
Your Dell™ computer provides the following slots for PCI and PCI Express cards:
•
Two low-profile PCI card slots
•
One low-profile PCI Express x1 card slot
2
1
3
1
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2
PCI Express x1 card
3
PCI Express x1 card slot
If you are installing or replacing an expansion card, follow the procedures in the next section. If you are
removing but not replacing an expansion card, see "Removing an Expansion Card" on page 70.
If you are replacing a card, remove the current driver for the card from the operating system.
Installing an Expansion Card
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 53.
1
2
1
release tab
2
card retention door
2 Gently push the release tab on the inside of the card retention door to pivot the door open. Because
the door is captive, it will remain in the open position.
3 If you are installing a new card, remove the filler bracket to create a card-slot opening. Then continue
with step 5.
4 If you are replacing a card that is already installed in the computer, remove the card.
If necessary, disconnect any cables connected to the card. Grasp the card by its top corners, and ease it
out of its connector.
5 Prepare the card for installation.
See the documentation that came with the card for information on configuring the card, making
internal connections, or otherwise customizing it for your computer.
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CAUTION: Some network adapters automatically start the computer when they are connected to a network. To
guard against electrical shock, be sure to unplug your computer from its electrical outlet before installing any
cards.
6 Place the card in the connector and press down firmly. Ensure that the card is fully seated in the slot.
6
1
5
4
2
3
1
bracket within slot
2
bracket caught outside of slot 4
3
alignment bar
5
fully seated card3
alignment guide
6
not fully seated card4
7 Before you close the card retention door, ensure that:
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The tops of all cards and filler brackets are flush with the alignment bar.
•
The notch in the top of the card or filler bracket fits around the alignment guide.
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1
4
2
3
1
release tab
3
filler bracket
2
card retention door
4
alignment guide
5
alignment bar
8 Close the card retention door by snapping it into place.
NOTICE: Do not route card cables over or behind the cards. Cables routed over the cards can prevent the
computer cover from closing properly or cause damage to the equipment.
9 Connect any cables that should be attached to the card.
See the documentation for the card for information about the card’s cable connections.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network port or device, and then plug it into the
computer.
10 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn
them on.
11 If you installed a sound card:
a
Enter system setup, select Audio Controller, and then change the setting to Off (see page 91).
b
Connect external audio devices to the sound card’s connectors. Do not connect external audio
devices to the microphone, speaker/headphone, or line-in connectors on the back panel.
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12 If you installed an add-in network adapter and want to disable the integrated network adapter:
a
Enter system setup, select Network Controller, and then change the setting to Off (see page 91).
b
Connect the network cable to the add-in network adapter’s connectors. Do not connect the
network cable to the integrated connector on the back panel.
13 Install any drivers required for the card as described in the card documentation.
Removing an Expansion Card
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 53.
2 Gently push the release tab on the card retention door from the inside to pivot the door open. Because
the door is captive, it will remain in the open position.
3 If you are removing the card permanently, install a filler bracket in the empty card-slot opening.
If you need a filler bracket, contact Dell (see page 102).
NOTE: Installing filler brackets over empty card-slot openings is necessary to maintain FCC certification of the
computer. The brackets also keep dust and dirt out of your computer.
4 Close the card retention door by snapping it into place to secure the cards.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network port or device, and then plug it into the
computer.
5 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn
them on.
6 Remove the card’s driver from the operating system.
7 If you removed a sound card:
a
Enter system setup, select Audio Controller, and then change the setting to On (see page 91).
b
Connect external audio devices to the audio connectors on the back panel of the computer.
8 If you removed an add-in network connector:
a
Enter system setup, select Network Controller, and then change the setting to On (see page 91).
9 Connect the network cable to the integrated connector on the back panel of the computer.
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the
Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before
removing the cover.
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Drives
Your computer supports a combination of these devices:
•
One serial ATA hard drive
•
One FlexBay drive (floppy drive or Media Card Reader)
•
One CD or DVD drive
1
2
3
1
DVD drive
2
floppy drive
3
hard drive
Connect DVD drives to the connector labeled "IDE" on the system board. Serial ATA hard drives should
be connected to the connectors labeled "SATA0" or "SATA1" on the system board.
IDE Drive Addressing
When you connect two IDE devices to a single IDE interface cable and configure them for the cable
select setting, the device attached to the last connector on the interface cable is the master or boot
device (drive 0), and the device attached to the middle connector on the interface cable is the slave
device (drive 1). See the drive documentation in your upgrade kit for information on configuring devices
for the cable select setting.
Connecting Drive Cables
When you install a drive, you connect two cables—a DC power cable and a data cable—to the back of
the drive and to the system board.
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Drive Interface Connectors
Most interface connectors are keyed for correct insertion; that is, a notch or a missing pin on one
connector matches a tab or a filled-in hole on the other connector. Keyed connectors ensure that the pin1 wire in the cable (indicated by the colored stripe along one edge of the IDE cable—serial ATA cables do
not use a colored stripe) goes to the pin-1 end of the connector. The pin-1 end of a connector on a board
or a card is usually indicated by a silk-screened “1” printed directly on the board or card.
NOTICE: When you connect an IDE interface cable, do not place the colored stripe away from pin 1 of the
connector. Reversing the cable prevents the drive from operating and could damage the controller, the drive, or
both.
Serial ATA Connector
1
2
1
interface cable
2
interface connector
Power Cable Connector
To connect a drive using the power cable, locate the power input connector on the system board.
1
2
1
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power input connector
Connecting and Disconnecting Drive Cables
When removing an IDE drive data cable, grasp the colored pull tab and pull until the connector
detaches.
When connecting and disconnecting a serial ATA data cable, hold the cable by the black connector at
each end.
Like IDE connectors, the serial ATA interface connectors are keyed for correct insertion; that is, a notch
or a missing pin on one connector matches a tab or a filled-in hole on the other connector.
Hard Drive
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the
Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before
removing the cover.
NOTICE: To avoid damage to the drive, do not set it on a hard surface. Instead, set the drive on a surface, such as
a foam pad, that will sufficiently cushion it.
NOTICE: If you are replacing a hard drive that contains data you want to keep, back up your files before you begin
this procedure.
Check the documentation for the drive to verify that it is configured for your computer.
Removing a Hard Drive
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 53.
NOTE: Since the following steps do not require the complete removal of the DVD drive and the floppy drive, it is not
necessary to disconnect the cables connecting the two drives.
2 Remove the DVD drive from the bay and carefully set it aside.
3 Remove the floppy drive from the bay and carefully set it aside.
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4 Press in on the two plastic securing clips on each side of the drive and slide the drive towards the back
of the computer.
NOTICE: Do not pull the drive out of the computer by the drive cables. Doing so may cause damage to cables and
the cable connectors.
5 Lift the drive out of the computer and disconnect the power and hard-drive cables from the drive.
1
1
securing clips (2)
2
2
hard drive
Installing a Hard Drive
1 Check the documentation for the drive to verify that it is configured for your computer.
NOTICE: To avoid damage to the drive, do not set it on a hard surface. Instead, set the drive on a surface, such as
a foam pad, that will sufficiently cushion it.
2 Unpack the replacement hard drive, and prepare it for installation.
3 If your replacement hard drive does not have the plastic hard-drive bracket attached, remove the
bracket from the existing drive by unsnapping it from the drive.
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1
2
3
1
hard drive
2
release tabs (2)
plastic hard-drive bracket
3
4 Place the replacement hard drive in the bracket and press it in until it clicks into place.
1
2
3
4
1
securing tabs (2)
3
release tabs (2)
2
drive
4
plastic hard-drive bracket
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5 Connect the power and hard-drive cables to the drive.
6 Locate the correct slot for the drive, and slide the drive into the bay until it clicks into place.
1
2
1
hard drive
2
slot verification number
7 Replace the floppy drive and DVD drive.
8 Check all connectors to be certain that they are properly cabled and firmly seated.
9 Replace the computer cover.
10 If the drive you just installed is the primary drive, insert a bootable medium into your boot drive.
11 Turn on the computer.
12 Enter system setup and update the appropriate Primary Drive option (0 or 2).
13 Exit system setup, and reboot the computer.
14 Partition and logically format your drive before you proceed to the next step.
For instructions, see the documentation that came with your operating system.
15 Test the hard drive by running the Dell Diagnostics.
16 Install your operating system on the hard drive. For instructions, see the documentation that came
with your operating system
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Floppy Drive
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the
Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before
removing the cover.
NOTE: If you are adding a floppy drive, see "Installing a Floppy Drive" on page 78.
Removing a Floppy Drive
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 53.
NOTE: Since the following steps do not require the complete removal of the DVD drive, it is not necessary to
disconnect the cables connecting the DVD drive.
2 Remove the DVD drive (see "Removing a DVD Drive" on page 82) and carefully set it aside.
NOTICE: Do not pull the drive out of the computer by the drive cables. Doing so may cause damage to cables and
the cable connectors.
3 Pull up on the drive release latch and slide the floppy drive towards the back of the computer. Then, lift
up to remove the drive from the computer.
1
1
drive release latch
2
2
floppy drive
4 Disconnect the power and floppy-drive cables from the back of the floppy drive.
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Installing a Floppy Drive
1 If you are installing a new drive:
a
Use a small flat-edge screw driver on the back side of the drive-panel insert to gently pop off the
insert.
b
Remove the four shoulder screws from the drive-panel insert.
2 If you are replacing an existing drive:
Remove the four shoulder screws from the existing drive.
3 Insert the four shoulder screws into the sides of the new floppy drive and tighten them.
4 Attach the power and floppy-drive cables to the floppy drive.
5 Align the shoulder screws with the screw guides, and slide the drive into the bay until it clicks into
place.
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6 Replace the DVD drive.
1
2
1
power cable
2
slot verification number
7 Check all cable connections, and fold cables out of the way to provide airflow for the fan and cooling
vents.
8 Replace the computer cover.
Media Card Reader
For information on using the Media Card Reader, see "Using a Media Card Reader (Optional)" on
page 20.
Removing a Media Card Reader
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the
Product Information Guide.
NOTICE: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity from your
body before you touch any of your computer’s electronic components. You can do so by touching an unpainted
metal surface on the computer chassis.
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 53.
NOTE: Since the following steps do not require the complete removal of the DVD drive, it is not necessary to
disconnect the cables connecting the DVD drive.
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2 Remove the DVD drive (see "Removing a DVD Drive" on page 82) and carefully set it aside.
NOTICE: Do not pull the drive out of the computer by the drive cables. Doing so may cause damage to cables and
the cable connectors.
3 Disconnect the USB cable on the back of the Media Card Reader from the FlexBay USB connector on
the system board (see page 61) and route the cable through the clip on the shroud.
1
1 Media Card Reader
4 Grasp the sliding plate lever and push it towards the base of the computer; then, hold it in place while
you slide the drive from the computer.
5 Replace the computer cover (see page 84).
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Installing a Media Card Reader
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the
Product Information Guide.
NOTICE: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity from your
body before you touch any of your computer’s electronic components. You can do so by touching an unpainted
metal surface on the computer chassis.
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 53.
2 Remove the drive panel (see page 70).
3 Remove the Media Card Reader and bracket from its packaging.
4 Insert three shoulder screws into the sides of the Media Card Reader and tighten them.
5 Gently slide the drive (which should not yet be connected to the FlexBay cable) into place until you
hear a click or feel the drive securely installed.
6 Connect the USB cable on the back of the Media Card Reader to the front panel USB connector on
the system board (see page 61).
7 Connect the FlexBay USB cable to the back of the Media Card Reader.
8 Replace the computer cover (see page 84).
DVD Drive
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the
Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before
removing the cover.
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Removing a DVD Drive
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 53.
NOTICE: Do not pull the drive out of the computer by the drive cables. Doing so may cause damage to cables and
the cable connectors.
2 Pull up on the drive release latch and slide the drive towards the back of the computer. Then, lift up to
remove the drive from the computer.
1
drive release latch
1
2
2
CD/DVD drive
3 Disconnect the power and DVD drive cables from the back of the drive.
Installing a DVD Drive
1 Unpack the drive and prepare it for installation.
Check the documentation that accompanied the drive to verify that the drive is configured for your
computer. If you are installing an IDE drive, configure the drive for the cable select setting.
2 If you are installing a new drive:
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a
Press the two snaps on the top of the drive-panel insert and rotate the insert toward the front of
the computer.
b
Remove the three shoulder screws from the drive-panel insert.
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3 If you are replacing an existing drive:
a
Press the two snaps on the top of the drive-panel insert and rotate the insert toward the
front of the computer.
b
Remove the three shoulder screws from the existing drive.
c
Insert the three shoulder screws into the sides of the new drive and tighten them.
4 Connect the power and DVD drive cables to the drive.
5 Align the shoulder screws with the screw guides, and slide the drive into the bay until it clicks
into place.
6 Check all cable connections, and fold cables out of the way to provide airflow for the fan and
cooling vents.
7 Replace the computer cover (see "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 84).
Battery
Replacing the Battery
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
NOTICE: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity
from your body before you touch any of your computer’s electronic components. You can do so by
touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.
A coin-cell battery maintains computer configuration, date, and time information. The battery
can last several years.
If you have to repeatedly reset time and date information after turning on the computer, replace
the battery.
CAUTION: A new battery can explode 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.
To replace the battery:
1 Record all the screens in system setup (see page 91) so that you can restore the correct
settings in step 8.
2 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 53.
3 Locate the battery socket (see page 61).
NOTICE: If you pry the battery out of its socket with a blunt object, be careful not to touch the system
board with the object. Ensure that the object is inserted between the battery and the socket before you
attempt to pry out the battery. Otherwise, you may damage the system board by prying off the socket or
by breaking circuit traces on the system board.
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4 Remove the battery by carefully prying it out of its socket with your fingers or with a blunt,
nonconducting object such as a plastic screwdriver.
5 Insert the new battery into the socket with the side labeled "+" facing up, and snap the battery into
place.
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2
1
battery
2
battery socket
6 Replace the computer cover (see page 84).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network port or device, and then plug it into the
computer.
7 Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
8 Enter system setup (see page 91) and restore the settings you recorded in step 1.
9 Properly dispose of the old battery. See the Product Information Guide for battery disposal information.
Replacing the Computer Cover
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the
Product Information Guide.
1 Ensure that all cables are connected, and fold cables out of the way.
Gently pull the power cables toward you so that they do not get caught underneath the drives.
2 Ensure that no tools or extra parts are left inside the computer.
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3 To replace the cover:
a
Align the bottom of the cover with the hinge tabs located along the bottom edge of the computer.
b
Using the hinge tabs as leverage, rotate the cover downward to close it.
c
Snap the cover into place by pulling back on the cover release latch and then releasing the latch
when the cover is properly seated.
d
Ensure that the cover is seated correctly before moving the computer.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into the
computer.
4 Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
5 Ensure that the cover is seated correctly before setting the computer upright.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network port or device, and then plug it into the
computer.
6 Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
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Appendix
Specifications
Processor
Processor type
Intel® Pentium® or Celeron® processors
Level 1 (L1) cache
32 KB
Level 2 (L2) cache
256K, 1, MB, or 2 MB (dependent upon your computer
configuration) pipelined-burst, eight-way set associative, write-back
SRAM
Memory
Type
400- and 533-MHz DDR2 unbuffered SDRAM
Memory connectors
two
Memory capacities
256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB non-ECC
Minimum memory
256 MB
Maximum memory
2 GB
BIOS address
F0000h
Computer Information
Chipset
Intel 915GV
DMA channels
eight
Interrupt levels
24
BIOS chip (NVRAM)
4 Mb
NIC
Integrated network interface capable of 10/100 communication
System clock
800-MHz data rate
Video
Type
Integrated
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Audio
Type
HDA 2
Expansion Bus
Bus type
Bus speed
PCI 2.3
PCI Express x1
PCI: 33 MHz
PCI Express: 500 MB/s bidirectional speed
PCI
connectors
two
connector size
120 pins
connector data width (maximum)
32 bits
PCI Express
connector
one x1
connector size
36 pins
connector data width (maximum)
1 PCI Express lane
Drives
Externally accessible:
one 3.5-inch drive bay (FlexBay)
one 5.25-inch drive bay
Available devices
Serial ATA drive (1), floppy drive, USB memory devices,
DVD±RW drive, and media reader
Internally accessible
one bay for a single 1-inch high hard drive
Connectors
External connectors:
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15-hole connector
Network adapter
RJ45 connector
USB
two front-panel and four back-panel USB 2.0-compliant connectors
Audio
three connectors for line-in, line-out, and microphone; one frontpanel connector for headphones
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Connectors
System board connectors:
Primary IDE drive
40-pin connector on PCI local bus
Serial ATA
one 7-pin connector
FlexBay Drive
USB 10-pin header for optional floppy drive or optional Media
Card Reader (3.5-inch bay devices)
Fan
one 5-pin connector
PCI 2.3
two 120-pin connectors
PCI Express x1
36-pin connector
Controls and Lights
Power control
push button
Power light
green light — Blinking green in sleep state; solid green for power-on
state.
amber light — Blinking amber indicates a problem with the power
supply inside the computer. If the system cannot boot and there is a
solid amber light, this indicates a problem with the system board
(see "Power Problems" on page 36).
Hard-drive access light
green
Link integrity light (on integrated
network adapter)
green light — A good connection exists between a 10-Mbps
network and the computer.
orange light — A good connection exists between a 100-Mbps
network and the computer.
off (no light) — The computer is not detecting a physical
connection to the network.
Activity light (on integrated network
adapter)
yellow blinking light
Diagnostic lights
four lights on the front panel (see "Diagnostic Lights" on page 43.)
Standby power light
AUX_PWR on the system board
Power
DC power supply:
Wattage
220 W
Heat dissipation
434.6 BTU/hr
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Power
Voltage (see the safety instructions 100 to 240V
located in the Product Information
Guide for important voltage setting
information)
Backup battery
3-V CR2032 lithium coin cell
Physical
Height
36.1 cm (14.2 inches)
Width
11.4 cm (4.5 inches)
Depth
39.9 cm (15.7 inches)
Weight
9.07 kg (20 lb.)
Environmental
Temperature:
Operating
10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F)
Storage
–40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F)
Relative humidity:
Operating
20% to 80% (noncondensing)
Storage
5% to 95% (noncondensing)
Maximum vibration:
Operating
0.25 G at 3 to 200 Hz at 0.5 octave/min
Storage
0.5 G at 3 to 200 Hz at 1 octave/min
Maximum shock:
Operating
bottom half-sine pulse with a change in velocity of 20 inches/sec
(50.8 cm/sec)
Storage
27-G faired square wave with a velocity change of 200 inches/sec
(508 cm/sec)
Altitude:
90
Operating
–15.2 to 3048 m (–50 to 10,000 ft)
Storage
–15.2 to 10668 m (–50 to 35,000 ft)
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System Setup
Overview
Use system setup as follows:
•
To change the system configuration information after you add, change, or remove any
hardware in your computer
•
To set or change a user-selectable option such as the user password
•
To read the current amount of memory or set the type of hard drive installed
Before you use system setup, it is recommended that you write down the system setup screen
information for future reference.
NOTICE: Unless you are an expert computer user, do not change the settings for this program. Certain
changes can make your computer work incorrectly.
Entering System Setup
1 Turn on (or restart) your computer.
2 When the blue DELL™ logo is displayed, you must watch for the F2 prompt to appear.
3 Once this F2 prompt appears, press <F2> immediately.
NOTE: The F2 prompt indicates that the keyboard has initialized. This prompt can appear very quickly, so
you must watch for it to display, and then press <F2>. If you press <F2> before you are prompted, this
keystroke will be lost.
4 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 (see page 53) and try again.
System Setup Screen
The system setup screen displays current or changeable configuration information for your
computer. Information on the screen is divided into three areas: the options list, active options
field, and key functions.
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Options List — This
field appears on the left
side of the system setup
window. The field is a
scrollable list containing
features that define the
configuration of your
computer, including
installed hardware,
power conservation, and
security features.
Option Field — This field contains information about each
option. In this field you can view your current settings and
make changes to your settings.
Use the right and left arrow keys to highlight an option. Press
<Enter> to make that selection active.
Scroll up and down the
list with the up- and
down-arrow keys. As an
option is highlighted, the
Option Field displays
more information about Key Functions — This field appears below the Option Field
and lists keys and their functions within the active system
that option and the
setup field.
option’s current and
available settings. By
pressing <Enter> or the
left and right arrow keys,
you can toggle between a
primary topic (collapsed)
and subtopics
(expanded).
System Setup Options
NOTE: Depending on your computer and installed devices, the items listed in this section may not
appear, or may not appear exactly as listed.
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System Info
Lists system information such as the computer name, the BIOS version
number and date, system tags, and other system-specific information.
CPU Info
Identifies whether the computer’s processor supports Hyper-Threading and
lists the processor bus speed, processor ID, clock speed, and L2 cache.
Memory Info
Indicates amount of installed memory, memory speed, channel mode (dual
or single), and type of memory installed.
Date/Time
Displays current date and time settings.
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Boot Sequence
The computer attempts to boot from the sequence of devices specified in
this list.
NOTE: If you insert a boot device and restart the computer, this option
appears in the system setup menu. To boot from a USB memory device, select
the USB device and move it so it becomes the first device in the list.
Drives
Diskette Drive
Identifies and defines the floppy drive attached to the FLOPPY connector
on the system board as Off, USB, Internal, or Read Only.
Drives 0 through 1
Identifies the drives attached to the SATA connectors on the system board,
and lists the capacity for hard drives.
Onboard Devices
Integrated NIC
Controller
You can set the NIC to On (default), Off, or On w/ PXE. When the On w/
PXE setting is active (available only for the future boot process), the
computer prompts you to press <Ctrl><Alt><b>. Pressing this key
combination causes a menu to display that allows you to select a method
for booting from a network server. If a boot routine is not available from the
network server, the computer attempts to boot from the next device in the
boot sequence list.
Integrated Audio
Controller
Enables or disables the onboard audio controller.
USB Controller
Set to On (default) so that USB devices will be detected and supported in
the operating system.
USB for FlexBay
This field enables and disables the internal USB for FlexBay.
Off = Internal USB for FlexBay is disabled.
On = Internal USB for FlexBay is enabled.
The factory default setting is On.
NOTE: This USB option appears only if a FlexBay device is installed.
Video
Primary Video
This setting specifies which video controller is primary when two video
controllers are present on the computer.
Video Memory Size
Offering selectable options of 1MB and 8MB, this field configures the
system memory allocation reserved for the integrated video controller.
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Performance
HyperThreading
If your computer’s processor supports Hyper-Threading, this option appears
in the Options List.
Hard Drive
Acoustics
• Bypass (default) — Your computer does not test or change the current
acoustics mode setting.
• Quiet — The hard drive operates at its most quiet setting.
• Suggested — The hard drive operates at the level suggested by the drive
manufacturer.
• Performance — The hard drive operates at its maximum speed.
NOTE: Switching to performance mode will cause the drive heads to move
faster, causing the hard drive to be noisier. However, some drives may not see
an increase in data transfer rates.
NOTE: Changing the acoustics setting does not alter your hard drive image.
Security
This section displays available system security options.
Admin Password
This option provides restricted access to the computer's system setup
program in the same way that access to the system can be restricted with
the System Password option.
System Password
Displays the current status of the system's password security feature and
allows a new system password to be assigned and verified.
Password Status
This option locks the system password field with the setup password. When
the field is locked, you can no longer disable password security by pressing
<Ctrl><Enter> when the computer starts.
Power Management
AC Recovery
Determines what happens when AC power is restored to the computer.
Auto Power On
Sets the computer to automatically turn on. Choices are every day or every
Monday through Friday.
The default setting is Off.
This feature does not work if you turn off your computer using a power strip
or surge protector.
Auto Power Time
Sets time to automatically turn on the computer.
Time is kept in the standard 12-hour format (hours:minutes). Change the
startup time by pressing the right- or left-arrow key to increase or decrease
the numbers, or type numbers in both the date and time fields.
This feature does not work if you turn off your computer using a power strip
or surge protector.
Low Power Mode
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When Low Power Mode is selected, remote wakeup events no longer power
up from Hibernate or Off.
Suspend Mode
The options are S1, a suspend state where the computer is running in a lowpower mode, and S3, a standby state where the power is reduced or turned
off for most components, however, system memory remains active.
Maintenance
CMOS Defaults
This setting restores the computer’s default settings.
Event Log
Displays the system event log.
POST Behavior
Fastboot
When set to On (default), your computer starts more quickly because it
skips certain configurations and tests.
Numlock Key
This option involves the rightmost bank of keys on your keyboard. When
set to On (default), this option activates the numeric and mathematical
features shown at the top of each key. When set to Off, this option
activates the cursor-control functions labeled on the bottom of each key.
POST Hotkeys
This option allows you to specify the function keys to display on the screen
when the computer starts.
Keyboard Errors
This option disables or enables keyboard error reporting when the computer
starts.
Boot Sequence
This feature allows you to change the boot sequence for devices.
Option Settings
•
Diskette Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the floppy drive. If the floppy disk in
the drive is not bootable, if no floppy disk is in the drive, or if there is no floppy drive installed
in the computer, the computer generates an error message.
•
Hard Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the primary hard drive. If no operating
system is on the drive, the computer generates an error message.
•
CD Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the CD drive. If no CD is in the drive, or
if the CD has no operating system, the computer generates an error message.
•
USB Flash Device — Insert the memory device into a USB port and restart the computer.
When F12 = Boot Menu appears in the upper-right corner of the screen, press <F12>. The
BIOS detects the device and adds the USB flash option to the boot menu.
NOTE: To boot to a USB device, the device must be bootable. To make sure that your device is bootable,
check the device documentation.
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Changing Boot Sequence for the Current Boot
You can use this feature, for example, to restart your computer to a USB device such as a floppy
drive, memory key, or CD-RW drive.
NOTE: If you are booting to a USB floppy drive, you must first set Diskette Drive to OFF in system setup
(see page 91).
1 If you are booting to a USB device, connect the USB device to a USB connector (see page 88).
2 Turn on (or restart) your computer.
3 When F2 = Setup, F12 = Boot Menu appears in the upper-right corner of the screen,
press <F12>.
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 (see page 53) and try again.
The Boot Device Menu appears, listing all available boot devices. Each device has a number
next to it.
4 At the bottom of the menu, enter the number of the device that is to be used for the current
boot only.
For example, if you are booting to a USB memory key, highlight USB Flash Device and press
<Enter>.
NOTE: To boot to a USB device, the device must be bootable. To ensure that a device is bootable, check
the device documentation.
Changing Boot Sequence for Future Boots
1 Enter system setup (see page 91).
2 Use the arrow keys to highlight the Boot Sequence menu option and press <Enter> to access
the menu.
NOTE: Write down your current boot sequence in case you want to restore it.
3 Press the up- and down-arrow keys to move through the list of devices.
4 Press the spacebar to enable or disable a device (enabled devices have a checkmark).
5 Press plus (+) or minus (–) to move a selected device up or down the list.
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Clearing Forgotten Passwords and CMOS Settings
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 53.
Jumper Locations
PSWD
Jumper
Setting
PSWD
RTCRST
Description
Password features are enabled
(default).
1 2 3
Password features are disabled.
RTCRST
The real-time clock has not been
reset.
3 2 1
The real-time clock is being reset
(jumpered temporarily).
jumpered
unjumpered
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Clearing Password Settings
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 53.
2 Locate the 3-pin password jumper (PSWD) on the system board (see page 97), and attach the
jumper plug to pins 2 and 3 to clear the password.
NOTE: When you receive your computer, the jumper plug is attached to pins 1 and 2.
3 Close the computer cover (see page 84).
4 Connect your computer and monitor to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
5 After the Microsoft® Windows® desktop appears on your computer, shut down the computer
(see page 53).
6 Turn off the monitor and disconnect it from the electrical outlet.
7 Disconnect the computer power cable from the electrical outlet, and press the power button
to ground the system board.
8 Open the computer cover (see page 58).
9 Locate the 3-pin password jumper (PSWD) on the system board (see page 61) and attach the
jumper to pins 1 and 2 to reenable the password feature.
10 Replace the computer cover (see page 84).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network port or device, and then plug
it into the computer.
11 Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
Clearing CMOS Settings
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 53.
2 Reset the current CMOS settings:
a
Locate the 3-pin CMOS jumper (RTCRST) on the system board (see page 97).
b
Remove the jumper plug from pins 2 and 3.
c
Place the jumper plug on pins 1 and 2 and wait approximately five seconds.
d
Replace the jumper plug on pins 2 and 3.
3 Replace the computer cover (see page 84).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network port or device, and then plug
it into the computer.
4 Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
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Cleaning Your Computer
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
Computer, Keyboard, and Monitor
CAUTION: Before you clean your computer, disconnect the computer from the electrical outlet. Clean
your computer with a soft cloth dampened with water. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners, which may
contain flammable substances.
•
Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to gently remove dust from the slots and holes
on your computer and from between the keys on the keyboard.
NOTICE: Do not wipe the display screen with any soap or alcohol solution. Doing so may damage the
antiglare coating.
•
To clean your monitor screen, lightly dampen a soft, clean cloth with water. If possible, use a
special screen-cleaning tissue or solution suitable for the monitor’s antistatic coating.
•
Wipe the keyboard, computer, and plastic part of the monitor with a soft cleaning cloth
moistened with a solution of three parts water and one part dishwashing detergent.
Do not soak the cloth or let water drip inside your computer or keyboard.
Mouse
If your screen cursor skips or moves abnormally, clean the mouse. To clean a non-optical mouse:
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 If the rollers inside the ball cage are dirty, clean the rollers with a cotton swab moistened
lightly with isopropyl alcohol.
5 Recenter the rollers in their channels if they are misaligned. Ensure that fluff from the swab is
not left on the rollers.
6 Replace the ball and retainer ring, and turn the retainer ring clockwise until it clicks into
place.
Floppy Drive
NOTICE: Do not attempt to clean drive heads with a swab. You might accidentally misalign the heads,
which prevents the drive from operating.
Clean your floppy drive using a commercially available cleaning kit. These kits contain pretreated
floppy disks to remove contaminants that accumulate during normal operation.
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CDs and DVDs
NOTICE: Always use compressed air to clean the lens in the DVD drive, and follow the instructions that
come with the compressed air. 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 prevent damaging the surface, do not wipe in a circular motion around the disc.
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 safe to use on DVDs.
Dell Technical Support Policy (U.S. Only)
Technician-assisted technical support requires the cooperation and participation of the customer
in the troubleshooting process and provides for restoration of the operating system, software
programs, and hardware drivers to the original default configuration as shipped from Dell, as well as
the verification of appropriate functionality of the computer and all Dell-installed hardware. In
addition to this technician-assisted technical support, online technical support is available at
support.dell.com. Additional technical support options may be available for purchase.
Dell provides limited technical support for the computer and any "Dell-installed" software and
peripherals1. Support for third-party software and peripherals is provided by the original
manufacturer, including those purchased and/or installed through Dell Software and Peripherals,
Readyware, and Custom Factory Integration2.
1
2
Repair services are provided pursuant to the terms and conditions of your limited warranty and any optional
support service contract purchased with the computer.
All Dell-standard components included in a Custom Factory Integration (CFI) project are covered by the standard Dell limited warranty for your computer. However, Dell also extends a parts replacement program to
cover all nonstandard, third-party hardware components integrated through CFI for the duration of the computer’s service contract.
Definition of "Dell-Installed" Software and Peripherals
Dell-installed software includes the operating system and some of the software programs that are
installed on the computer during the manufacturing process (Microsoft® Office, Norton Antivirus,
and so on).
Dell-installed peripherals include any internal expansion cards, or Dell-branded module bay or PC
Card accessories. In addition, any Dell-branded monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, microphones
for telephonic modems, docking stations/port replicators, networking products, and all associated
cabling are included.
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Definition of "Third-Party" Software and Peripherals
Third-party software and peripherals include any peripheral, accessory, or software program sold by
Dell not under the Dell brand (printers, scanners, cameras, games, and so on). Support for all thirdparty software and peripherals is provided by the original manufacturer of the product.
FCC Notices (U.S. Only)
Most Dell computer systems are classified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as
Class B digital devices. To determine which classification applies to your computer system,
examine all FCC registration labels located on the bottom, side, or back panel of your computer, on
card-mounting brackets, and on the cards themselves. If any one of the labels carries a Class A
rating, your entire system is considered to be a Class A digital device. If all labels carry an FCC
Class B rating as distinguished by either an FCC ID number or the FCC logo, ( ), your system is
considered to be a Class B digital device.
Once you have determined your system’s FCC classification, read the appropriate FCC notice.
Note that FCC regulations provide that changes or modifications not expressly approved by Dell
could void your authority to operate this equipment.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
This device may not cause harmful interference.
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Class A
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. 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 harmful interference with radio
communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful
interference, in which case you will be required to correct the interference at your own expense.
Class B
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. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. 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 communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
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harmful interference to 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 or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
•
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help.
FCC Identification Information
The following information is provided on the device or devices covered in this document in
compliance with FCC regulations:
•
Model number: DCNE
Company name:
Dell Inc.
One Dell Way
Round Rock, Texas 78682 USA
512-338-4400
Contacting Dell
To contact Dell electronically, you can access the following websites:
•
www.dell.com
•
support.dell.com (technical support)
•
premiersupport.dell.com (technical support for educational, government, healthcare, and
medium/large business customers, including Premier, Platinum, and Gold customers)
For specific web addresses for your country, find the appropriate country section in the table below.
NOTE: Toll-free numbers are for use within the country for which they are listed.
NOTE: In certain countries, technical support specific to Dell XPS portable computers is available at a
separate telephone number listed for participating countries. If you do not see a telephone number listed that is
specific for XPS portable computers, you may contact Dell through the technical support number listed and
your call will be routed appropriately.
When you need to contact Dell, use the electronic addresses, telephone numbers, and codes
provided in the following table. If you need assistance in determining which codes to use, contact a
local or an international operator.
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Anguilla
General Support
toll-free: 800-335-0031
Antigua and Barbuda
General Support
1-800-805-5924
Argentina (Buenos Aires)
Website: www.dell.com.ar
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: us_latin_services@dell.com
Country Code: 54
E-mail for desktop and portable computers:
la-techsupport@dell.com
City Code: 11
E-mail for servers and EMC® storage products:
la_enterprise@dell.com
Customer Care
toll-free: 0-800-444-0730
Tech Support
toll-free: 0-800-444-0733
Tech Support Services
toll-free: 0-800-444-0724
Sales
Aruba
General Support
Australia (Sydney)
E-mail (Australia): au_tech_support@dell.com
0-810-444-3355
toll-free: 800-1578
International Access Code: 0011 E-mail (New Zealand): nz_tech_support@dell.com
Country Code: 61
Home and Small Business
1-300-655-533
City Code: 2
Government and Business
toll-free: 1-800-633-559
Preferred Accounts Division (PAD)
toll-free: 1-800-060-889
Customer Care
toll-free: 1-800-819-339
Technical Support (portables and desktops)
toll-free: 1-300-655-533
Technical Support (servers and workstations)
toll-free: 1-800-733-314
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 1-800-808-385
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 1-800-808-312
Fax
toll-free: 1-800-818-341
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Austria (Vienna)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 900
E-mail: tech_support_central_europe@dell.com
Country Code: 43
Home/Small Business Sales
0820 240 530 00
City Code: 1
Home/Small Business Fax
0820 240 530 49
Home/Small Business Customer Care
0820 240 530 14
Preferred Accounts/Corporate Customer Care
0820 240 530 16
Home/Small Business Technical Support
0820 240 530 14
Preferred Accounts/Corporate Technical Support
Switchboard
0660 8779
0820 240 530 00
Bahamas
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-278-6818
Barbados
General Support
1-800-534-3066
Belgium (Brussels)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Country Code: 32
E-mail for French-speaking Customers:
support.euro.dell.com/be/fr/emaildell/
City Code: 2
Technical Support for XPS portable computers only
02 481 92 96
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
02 481 92 88
Technical Support Fax
02 481 92 95
Customer Care
02 713 15 .65
Corporate Sales
02 481 91 00
Fax
02 481 92 99
Switchboard
02 481 91 00
General Support
1-800-342-0671
Bolivia
General Support
toll-free: 800-10-0238
Brazil
Website: www.dell.com/br
International Access Code: 00
Customer Support, Technical Support
Country Code: 55
Technical Support Fax
City Code: 51
Customer Care Fax
Bermuda
Sales
British Virgin Islands
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General Support
0800 90 3355
51 481 5470
51 481 5480
0800 90 3390
toll-free: 1-866-278-6820
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Brunei
Customer Technical Support (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4966
Country Code: 673
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4949
Transaction Sales (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4955
Canada (North York, Ontario)
Online Order Status: www.dell.ca/ostatus
International Access Code: 011
AutoTech (automated technical support)
toll-free: 1-800-247-9362
Customer Care (Home Sales/Small Business)
toll-free: 1-800-847-4096
Customer Care (med./large business, government)
toll-free: 1-800-326-9463
Technical Support (Home Sales/Small Business)
toll-free: 1-800-847-4096
Technical Support (med./large bus., government)
toll-free: 1-800-387-5757
Technical Support (printers, projectors, televisions,
handhelds, digital jukebox, and wireless)
1-877-335-5767
Sales (Home Sales/Small Business)
toll-free: 1-800-387-5752
Sales (med./large bus., government)
toll-free: 1-800-387-5755
Spare Parts Sales & Extended Service Sales
1 866 440 3355
Cayman Islands
General Support
1-800-805-7541
Chile (Santiago)
Sales, Customer Support, and Technical Support
toll-free: 1230-020-4823
Country Code: 56
City Code: 2
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International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
China (Xiamen)
Technical Support website: support.dell.com.cn
Country Code: 86
Technical Support E-mail: cn_support@dell.com
City Code: 592
Customer Care E-mail: customer_cn@dell.com
Technical Support Fax
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
592 818 1350
Technical Support (Dell™ Dimension™ and
Inspiron)
toll-free: 800 858 2969
Technical Support (OptiPlex™, Latitude™, and
Dell Precision™)
toll-free: 800 858 0950
Technical Support (servers and storage)
toll-free: 800 858 0960
Technical Support (projectors, PDAs, switches,
routers, and so on)
toll-free: 800 858 2920
Technical Support (printers)
toll-free: 800 858 2311
Customer Care
toll-free: 800 858 2060
Customer Care Fax
592 818 1308
Home and Small Business
toll-free: 800 858 2222
Preferred Accounts Division
toll-free: 800 858 2557
Large Corporate Accounts GCP
toll-free: 800 858 2055
Large Corporate Accounts Key Accounts
toll-free: 800 858 2628
Large Corporate Accounts North
toll-free: 800 858 2999
Large Corporate Accounts North Government and
Education
toll-free: 800 858 2955
Large Corporate Accounts East
toll-free: 800 858 2020
Large Corporate Accounts East Government and
Education
toll-free: 800 858 2669
Large Corporate Accounts Queue Team
toll-free: 800 858 2572
Large Corporate Accounts South
toll-free: 800 858 2355
Large Corporate Accounts West
toll-free: 800 858 2811
Large Corporate Accounts Spare Parts
toll-free: 800 858 2621
Colombia
General Support
980-9-15-3978
Costa Rica
General Support
0800-012-0435
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Czech Republic (Prague)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: czech_dell@dell.com
Country Code: 420
Technical Support
22537 2727
Customer Care
22537 2707
Fax
22537 2714
Tech Fax
22537 2728
Switchboard
22537 2711
Denmark (Copenhagen)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/dk/da/emaildell/
Country Code: 45
Technical Support for XPS portable computers only
7010 0074
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
7023 0182
Customer Care (Relational)
7023 0184
Home/Small Business Customer Care
3287 5505
Switchboard (Relational)
3287 1200
Switchboard Fax (Relational)
3287 1201
Switchboard (Home/Small Business)
3287 5000
Switchboard Fax (Home/Small Business)
3287 5001
toll-free: 1-866-278-6821
Dominica
General Support
Dominican Republic
General Support
1-800-148-0530
Ecuador
General Support
toll-free: 999-119
El Salvador
General Support
01-899-753-0777
Finland (Helsinki)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 990
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/fi/fi/emaildell/
Country Code: 358
Technical Support
09 253 313 60
City Code: 9
Customer Care
09 253 313 38
Fax
09 253 313 99
Switchboard
09 253 313 00
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
France (Paris) (Montpellier)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/fr/fr/emaildell/
Country Code: 33
Home and Small Business
City Codes: (1) (4)
Technical Support for XPS portable computers only
0825 387 129
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
0825 387 270
Customer Care
0825 823 833
Switchboard
0825 004 700
Switchboard (calls from outside of France)
Sales
Fax
Fax (calls from outside of France)
04 99 75 40 00
0825 004 700
0825 004 701
04 99 75 40 01
Corporate
Technical Support
0825 004 719
Customer Care
0825 338 339
Switchboard
01 55 94 71 00
Sales
01 55 94 71 00
Fax
01 55 94 71 01
Germany (Langen)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: tech_support_central_europe@dell.com
Country Code: 49
Technical Support for XPS portable computers only
06103 766-7222
City Code: 6103
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
06103 766-7200
Home/Small Business Customer Care
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0180-5-224400
Global Segment Customer Care
06103 766-9570
Preferred Accounts Customer Care
06103 766-9420
Large Accounts Customer Care
06103 766-9560
Public Accounts Customer Care
06103 766-9555
Switchboard
06103 766-7000
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Greece
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/gr/en/emaildell/
Country Code: 30
Technical Support
00800-44 14 95 18
Gold Service Technical Support
00800-44 14 00 83
Switchboard
2108129810
Gold Service Switchboard
2108129811
Sales
2108129800
Fax
2108129812
toll-free: 1-866-540-3355
Grenada
General Support
Guatemala
General Support
1-800-999-0136
Guyana
General Support
toll-free: 1-877-270-4609
Hong Kong
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 001
Technical Support E-mail: apsupport@dell.com
Country Code: 852
Technical Support (Dimension and Inspiron)
2969 3188
Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, and Dell
Precision)
2969 3191
Technical Support (PowerApp™, PowerEdge™,
PowerConnect™, and PowerVault™)
2969 3196
Customer Care
3416 0910
Large Corporate Accounts
3416 0907
Global Customer Programs
3416 0908
Medium Business Division
3416 0912
2969 3105
Home and Small Business Division
India
Technical Support
1600 33 8045
Sales (Large Corporate Accounts)
1600 33 8044
Sales (Home and Small Business)
1600 33 8046
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Ireland (Cherrywood)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 16
E-mail: dell_direct_support@dell.com
Country Code: 353
Technical Support for XPS portable computers only
1850 200 722
City Code: 1
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
1850 543 543
U.K. Technical Support (dial within U.K. only)
0870 908 0800
Home User Customer Care
01 204 4014
Small Business Customer Care
01 204 4014
U.K. Customer Care (dial within U.K. only)
Corporate Customer Care
Corporate Customer Care (dial within U.K. only)
Ireland Sales
U.K. Sales (dial within U.K. only)
0870 906 0010
1850 200 982
0870 907 4499
01 204 4444
0870 907 4000
Fax/Sales Fax
01 204 0103
Switchboard
01 204 4444
Italy (Milan)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/it/it/emaildell/
Country Code: 39
Home and Small Business
City Code: 02
Technical Support
02 577 826 90
Customer Care
02 696 821 14
Fax
02 696 821 13
Switchboard
02 696 821 12
Corporate
Technical Support
02 577 826 90
Customer Care
02 577 825 55
Fax
02 575 035 30
Switchboard
Jamaica
110
General Support (dial from within Jamaica only)
Appendix
02 577 821
1-800-682-3639
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Japan (Kawasaki)
Website: support.jp.dell.com
International Access Code: 001
Technical Support (servers)
Country Code: 81
Technical Support outside of Japan (servers)
City Code: 44
Technical Support (Dimension and Inspiron)
Technical Support outside of Japan (Dimension and
Inspiron)
Technical Support (Dell Precision, OptiPlex, and
Latitude)
Technical Support outside of Japan (Dell Precision,
OptiPlex, and Latitude)
Technical Support (PDAs, projectors, printers,
routers)
Technical Support outside of Japan (PDAs,
projectors, printers, routers)
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
toll-free: 0120-198-498
81-44-556-4162
toll-free: 0120-198-226
81-44-520-1435
toll-free:0120-198-433
81-44-556-3894
toll-free: 0120-981-690
81-44-556-3468
Faxbox Service
044-556-3490
24-Hour Automated Order Service
044-556-3801
Customer Care
044-556-4240
Business Sales Division (up to 400 employees)
044-556-1465
Preferred Accounts Division Sales (over 400
employees)
044-556-3433
Large Corporate Accounts Sales (over 3500
employees)
044-556-3430
Public Sales (government agencies, educational
institutions, and medical institutions)
044-556-1469
Global Segment Japan
044-556-3469
Individual User
044-556-1760
Switchboard
044-556-4300
Korea (Seoul)
Technical Support
toll-free: 080-200-3800
International Access Code: 001
Sales
toll-free: 080-200-3600
Country Code: 82
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
City Code: 2
Fax
2194-6202
Switchboard
2194-6000
Technical Support (Electronics and Accessories)
604 633 4949
toll-free: 080-200-3801
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Latin America
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Customer Technical Support (Austin, Texas,
U.S.A.)
512 728-4093
Customer Service (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-3619
Fax (Technical Support and Customer Service)
(Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-3883
Sales (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-4397
SalesFax (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-4600
or 512 728-3772
Luxembourg
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: tech_be@dell.com
Country Code: 352
Technical Support (Brussels, Belgium)
Home/Small Business Sales (Brussels, Belgium)
3420808075
toll-free: 080016884
Corporate Sales (Brussels, Belgium)
02 481 91 00
Customer Care (Brussels, Belgium)
02 481 91 19
Fax (Brussels, Belgium)
02 481 92 99
Switchboard (Brussels, Belgium)
02 481 91 00
toll-free: 0800 105
Macao
Technical Support
Country Code: 853
Customer Service (Xiamen, China)
34 160 910
Transaction Sales (Xiamen, China)
29 693 115
Malaysia (Penang)
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support (Dell Precision, OptiPlex, and
Latitude)
toll-free: 1 800 88 0193
Technical Support (Dimension, Inspiron, and
Electronics and Accessories)
toll-free: 1 800 88 1306
Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge,
PowerConnect, and PowerVault)
toll-free: 1800 88 1386
Country Code: 60
City Code: 4
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
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04 633 4949
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 1 800 888 202
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 1 800 888 213
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Mexico
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Customer Technical Support
001-877-384-8979
or 001-877-269-3383
International Access Code: 00
Country Code: 52
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
50-81-8800
Sales
or 01-800-888-3355
Customer Service
001-877-384-8979
or 001-877-269-3383
50-81-8800
Main
or 01-800-888-3355
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-278-6822
Netherlands Antilles
General Support
001-800-882-1519
Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support for XPS portable computers only
020 674 45 94
Country Code: 31
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
020 674 45 00
City Code: 20
Technical Support Fax
020 674 47 66
Home/Small Business Customer Care
020 674 42 00
Relational Customer Care
020 674 4325
Home/Small Business Sales
020 674 55 00
Relational Sales
020 674 50 00
Home/Small Business Sales Fax
020 674 47 75
Relational Sales Fax
020 674 47 50
Switchboard
020 674 50 00
Switchboard Fax
020 674 47 50
Montserrat
New Zealand
E-mail (New Zealand): nz_tech_support@dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail (Australia): au_tech_support@dell.com
Country Code: 64
Technical Support (for desktop and portable
computers)
toll-free: 0800 446 255
Technical Support (for servers and workstations)
toll-free: 0800 443 563
Home and Small Business
0800 446 255
Government and Business
0800 444 617
Sales
0800 441 567
Fax
0800 441 566
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
001-800-220-1006
Nicaragua
General Support
Norway (Lysaker)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/no/no/emaildell/
Country Code: 47
Technical Support
671 16882
Relational Customer Care
671 17575
Home/Small Business Customer Care
23162298
Switchboard
671 16800
Fax Switchboard
671 16865
General Support
001-800-507-0962
Peru
General Support
0800-50-669
Poland (Warsaw)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 011
E-mail: pl_support_tech@dell.com
Country Code: 48
Customer Service Phone
57 95 700
City Code: 22
Customer Care
57 95 999
Sales
57 95 999
Customer Service Fax
57 95 806
Reception Desk Fax
57 95 998
Switchboard
57 95 999
Panama
Portugal
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/pt/en/emaildell/
Country Code: 351
Technical Support
Customer Care
Sales
Fax
707200149
800 300 413
800 300 410 or 800 300 411 or
800 300 412 or 21 422 07 10
21 424 01 12
Puerto Rico
General Support
1-800-805-7545
St. Kitts and Nevis
General Support
toll-free: 1-877-441-4731
St. Lucia
General Support
1-800-882-1521
St. Vincent and the Grenadines General Support
toll-free: 1-877-270-4609
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Singapore (Singapore)
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 005
Technical Support (Dimension, Inspiron, and
Electronics and Accessories)
toll-free: 1800 394 7430
Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, and Dell
Precision)
toll-free: 1800 394 7488
Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge,
PowerConnect, and PowerVault)
toll-free: 1800 394 7478
Country Code: 65
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4949
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 1 800 394 7412
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 1 800 394 7419
Slovakia (Prague)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: czech_dell@dell.com
Country Code: 421
Technical Support
Customer Care
02 5441 5727
420 22537 2707
Fax
02 5441 8328
Tech Fax
02 5441 8328
Switchboard (Sales)
02 5441 7585
South Africa (Johannesburg)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code:
E-mail: dell_za_support@dell.com
09/091
Gold Queue
011 709 7713
Country Code: 27
Technical Support
011 709 7710
City Code: 11
Customer Care
011 709 7707
Sales
011 709 7700
Fax
011 706 0495
Switchboard
011 709 7700
Customer Technical Support, Customer Service,
and Sales (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4810
Southeast Asian and Pacific
Countries
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Spain (Madrid)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/es/es/emaildell/
Country Code: 34
Home and Small Business
City Code: 91
Technical Support
902 100 130
Customer Care
902 118 540
Sales
902 118 541
Switchboard
902 118 541
Fax
902 118 539
Corporate
Technical Support
902 100 130
Customer Care
902 115 236
Switchboard
91 722 92 00
Fax
91 722 95 83
Sweden (Upplands Vasby)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/se/sv/emaildell/
Country Code: 46
Technical Support
08 590 05 199
City Code: 8
Relational Customer Care
08 590 05 642
Home/Small Business Customer Care
08 587 70 527
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Support
08 590 05 594
Sales
08 590 05 185
Switzerland (Geneva)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: Tech_support_central_Europe@dell.com
Country Code: 41
E-mail for French-speaking HSB and Corporate
Customers: support.euro.dell.com/ch/fr/emaildell/
City Code: 22
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Technical Support Fax
Technical Support (Home and Small Business)
0844 811 411
Technical Support (Corporate)
0844 822 844
Customer Care (Home and Small Business)
0848 802 202
Customer Care (Corporate)
0848 821 721
Fax
022 799 01 90
Switchboard
022 799 01 01
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Taiwan
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 002
E-mail: ap_support@dell.com
Country Code: 886
Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, Inspiron,
Dimension, and Electronics and Accessories)
toll-free: 00801 86 1011
Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge,
PowerConnect, and PowerVault)
toll-free: 00801 60 1256
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 00801 65 1228
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 00801 651 227
Thailand
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 001
Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, and Dell
Precision)
toll-free: 1800 0060 07
Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge,
PowerConnect, and PowerVault)
toll-free: 1800 0600 09
Country Code: 66
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4949
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 1800 006 009
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 1800 006 006
Trinidad/Tobago
General Support
1-800-805-8035
Turks and Caicos Islands
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-540-3355
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
U.K. (Bracknell)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Customer Care website: support.euro.dell.com/uk/en/ECare/Form/Home.asp
Country Code: 44
City Code: 1344
Uruguay
118
E-mail: dell_direct_support@dell.com
Technical Support (Corporate/Preferred
Accounts/PAD [1000+ employees])
0870 908 0500
Technical Support (direct and general)
0870 908 0800
Global Accounts Customer Care
01344 373 186
Home and Small Business Customer Care
0870 906 0010
Corporate Customer Care
01344 373 185
Preferred Accounts (500–5000 employees)
Customer Care
0870 906 0010
Central Government Customer Care
01344 373 193
Local Government & Education Customer Care
01344 373 199
Health Customer Care
01344 373 194
Home and Small Business Sales
0870 907 4000
Corporate/Public Sector Sales
01344 860 456
Home and Small Business Fax
0870 907 4006
General Support
Appendix
toll-free: 000-413-598-2521
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
U.S.A. (Austin, Texas)
Automated Order-Status Service
toll-free: 1-800-433-9014
International Access Code: 011
AutoTech (portable and desktop computers)
toll-free: 1-800-247-9362
Country Code: 1
Consumer (Home and Home Office)
Technical Support
toll-free: 1-800-624-9896
Customer Service
toll-free: 1-800-624-9897
DellNet™ Service and Support
toll-free: 1-877-Dellnet
(1-877-335-5638)
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Customers
toll-free: 1-800-695-8133
Financial Services website:
www.dellfinancialservices.com
Financial Services (lease/loans)
toll-free: 1-877-577-3355
Financial Services (Dell Preferred Accounts [DPA])
toll-free: 1-800-283-2210
Business
Customer Service and Technical Support
toll-free: 1-800-822-8965
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Customers
toll-free: 1-800-695-8133
Printers and Projectors Technical Support
toll-free: 1-877-459-7298
Public (government, education, and healthcare)
Customer Service and Technical Support
toll-free: 1-800-456-3355
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Customers
toll-free: 1-800-234-1490
Dell Sales
toll-free: 1-800-289-3355
or toll-free: 1-800-879-3355
Dell Outlet Store (Dell refurbished computers)
toll-free: 1-888-798-7561
Software and Peripherals Sales
toll-free: 1-800-671-3355
Spare Parts Sales
toll-free: 1-800-357-3355
Extended Service and Warranty Sales
toll-free: 1-800-247-4618
Fax
toll-free: 1-800-727-8320
Dell Services for the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or
Speech-Impaired
toll-free: 1-877-DELLTTY
(1-877-335-5889)
U.S. Virgin Islands
General Support
1-877-673-3355
Venezuela
General Support
8001-3605
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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.
— An internal power source used to operate
portable computers when not connected to an AC adapter
and an electrical outlet.
BATTERY
— The length of time (years)
during which a portable computer battery is able to be
depleted and recharged.
BATTERY LIFE SPAN
A
A C — alternating current — The form of electricity that
powers your computer when you plug the AC adapter
power cable in to an electrical outlet.
A C P I — 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.
A G P — 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.
— A program designed to
identify, quarantine, and/or delete viruses from your
computer.
ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE
A P R — advanced port replicator — A docking device
that allows you to conveniently use a monitor, keyboard,
mouse, and other devices with your portable computer.
A S F — 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
— A copy of a program or data file on a floppy
disk, CD, or hard drive. As a precaution, back up the data
files from your hard drive regularly.
BACKUP
B A T T E R Y O P E R A T I N G T I M E — The length of time
(minutes or hours) that a portable computer battery holds
a charge while powering the computer.
B I O S — 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 the settings have on the computer,
do not change the settings for this program. Also referred
to as system setup.
— The smallest unit of data interpreted by your
computer.
BIT
B L U E T O O T H ™ — A wireless technology standard for
short-range (9 m [29 feet]) networking devices that allows
for enabled devices to automatically recognize each other.
— Specifies the order of the devices
from which the computer attempts to boot.
BOOT SEQUENCE
C D — A CD 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 or floppy disk available. Your Drivers and
Utilities or Resource CD is a bootable CD.
BOOTABLE
— A 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 or floppy disk available.
BOOTABLE DISK
B P S — bits per second — The standard unit for
measuring data transmission speed.
BTU — British thermal unit — A measurement of heat
output.
— A communication pathway between the
components in your computer.
BUS
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— The speed, given in MHz, that indicates
how fast a bus can transfer information.
BUS SPEED
B Y T E — The basic data unit used by your computer. A
byte is usually equal to 8 bits.
C
C — Celsius — A temperature measurement system
where 0° is the freezing point and 100° is the boiling point
of water.
— 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.
CACHE
— An international customs document that
facilitates temporary imports into foreign countries. Also
known as a merchandise passport.
CARNET
C D — compact disc — An optical form of storage
media, typically used for audio and software programs.
C D D R I V E — A drive that uses optical technology to
read data from CDs.
C D - R W / D V D D R I V E — 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.
C L O C K S P E E D — The speed, given in MHz, that
indicates how fast computer components that are
connected to the system bus operate.
C O A — Certificate of Authenticity — The Windows
alpha-numeric code located on a sticker on your
computer. You may need the COA to complete the
operating system setup or reinstallation. Also referred to
as the Product Key or Product ID.
C O N T R O L P A N E L — A Windows utility that allows
you to modify operating system and hardware settings,
such as display settings.
C O N T R O L L E R — A chip that controls the transfer of
data between the processor and memory or between the
processor and devices.
C R I M M — continuity rambus in-line memory module
— A special module that has no memory chips and is used
to fill unused RIMM slots.
C U R S O R — 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.
C D P L A Y E R — The software used to play music CDs.
The CD player displays a window with buttons that you
use to play a CD.
D
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.
D D R S D R A M — double-data-rate SDRAM — A type
of SDRAM that doubles the data burst cycle, improving
system performance.
C D - R W — CD rewritable — A rewritable version of a
CD. Data can be written to a CD-RW disc, and then
erased and written over (rewritten).
D E V I C E — Hardware such as a disk drive, printer, or
keyboard that is installed in or connected to your
computer.
C D - R W D R I V E — 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.
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DEVICE DRIVER
— See driver.
D I N C O N N E C T O R — 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.
— 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.
then erased and written over (rewritten). (DVD+RW
technology is different from DVD-RW technology.)
D M A — direct memory access — A channel that allows
certain types of data transfer between RAM and a device
to bypass the processor.
D V I — digital video interface — A standard for digital
transmission between a computer and a digital video
display; the DVI adapter works through the computer’s
integrated graphics.
DISK STRIPING
DOCKING DEVICE
— See APR.
D M TF — Distributed Management Task Force — A
consortium of hardware and software companies who
develop management standards for distributed desktop,
network, enterprise, and Internet environments.
— 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.
DOMAIN
D R A M — dynamic random-access memory — Memory
that stores information in integrated circuits containing
capacitors.
— 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.
DRIVER
D SL — Digital Subscriber Line — A technology that
provides a constant, high-speed Internet connection
through an analog telephone line.
D U A L D I S P L A Y M O D E — A display setting that allows
you to use a second monitor as an extension of your
display. Also referred to as extended display mode.
D V D + R W D R I V E — A drive that can read DVDs and
most CD media and write to DVD+RW (rewritable
DVDs) discs.
E
E C C — 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.
E C P — 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.
E I D E — 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.
E N E R GY S TA R ® — Environmental Protection
Agency requirements that decrease the overall
consumption of electricity.
E P P — enhanced parallel port — A parallel connector
design that provides bidirectional data transmission.
D V D — digital versatile disc — A disc usually used to
store movies. DVDs are double-sided, whereas CDs are
single-sided. DVD drives read most CD media as well.
ESD — electrostatic discharge — A rapid discharge of
static electricity. ESD can damage integrated circuits
found in computer and communications equipment.
D V D D R I V E — A drive that uses optical technology to
read data from DVDs and CDs.
EXPANSION CARD
D V D P L A Y E R — The software used to watch DVD
movies. The DVD player displays a window with buttons
that you use to watch a movie.
D V D + R W — DVD rewritable — A rewritable version
of a DVD. Data can be written to a DVD+RW disc, and
— 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.
E X P A N S I O N S L O T — A connector on the system board
(in some computers) where you insert an expansion card,
connecting it to the system bus.
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E X P R E S S S E R V I C E C O D E — 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.
— 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 DISPLAY MODE
E X T E N D E D P C C A R D — A PC Card that extends
beyond the edge of the PC Card slot when installed.
F
F A H R E N H E I T — A temperature measurement system
where 32° is the freezing point and 212° is the boiling
point of water.
F C C — Federal Communications Commission — A
U.S. agency responsible for enforcing communicationsrelated regulations that state how much radiation
computers and other electronic equipment can emit.
FLOPPY DRIVE
— A disk drive that can read and write
to floppy disks.
F O L D E R — 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.
F O R M A T — 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.
F S B — front side bus — The data path and physical
interface between the processor and RAM.
F TP — 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.
G B — gigabyte — A measurement of data storage that
equals 1024 MB (1,073,741,824 bytes). When used to
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refer to hard drive storage, the term is often rounded to
1,000,000,000 bytes.
G H Z — 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.
— 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.
GRAPHICS MODE
G U I — 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.
H
H A R D D R I V E — A drive that reads and writes data on a
hard disk. The terms hard drive and hard disk are often
used interchangeably.
H E A T S I N K — A metal plate on some processors that
helps dissipate heat.
H E L P F I L E — A file that contains descriptive or
instructional information about a product. Some help
files are associated with a particular program, such as Help
in Microsoft Word. Other help files function as standalone reference sources. Help files typically have a
filename extension of .hlp or .chm.
— 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.
HIBERNATE MODE
HTML — hypertext markup language — A set of codes
inserted into an Internet web page intended for display on
an Internet browser.
HT TP — hypertext transfer protocol — A protocol for
exchanging files between computers connected to the
Internet.
H Z — 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
I C — Industry Canada — The Canadian regulatory
body responsible for regulating emissions from electronic
equipment, much as the FCC does in the United States.
I C — 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.
I D E — integrated device electronics — An interface for
mass storage devices in which the controller is integrated
into the hard drive or CD drive.
I N F R A R E D S E N S O R — A port that allows you to
transfer data between the computer and infraredcompatible devices without using a cable connection.
— Usually refers to components that are
physically located on the computer’s system board. Also
referred to as built-in.
INTEGRATED
I / O — input/output — An operation or device that
enters and extracts data from your computer. Keyboards
and printers are I/O devices.
I / O A D D R E S S — 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.
I R D A — Infrared Data Association — The organization
that creates international standards for infrared
communications.
I R Q — 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
K B — kilobit — (written as Kb) 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.
K E Y C O M B I N A T I O N — A command requiring you to
press multiple keys at the same time.
KHZ
— kilohertz — (written as kHz) A measurement of
frequency that equals 1000 Hz.
L
L A N — 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).
L C D — liquid crystal display — The technology used by
portable computer and flat-panel displays.
L E D — light-emitting diode — An electronic
component that emits light to indicate the status of the
computer.
— A data bus that provides a fast
throughput for devices to the processor.
LOCAL BUS
L P T — line print terminal — The designation for a
parallel connection to a printer or other parallel device.
M
M B — megabit — (written as Mb) A measurement of
memory chip capacity that equals 1024 Kb.
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M B P S — megabits per second — (written as Mbps) One
million bits per second. This measurement is typically
used for transmission speeds for networks and modems.
M B — 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.
M B / S E C — megabytes per second — One million bytes
per second. This measurement is typically used for data
transfer ratings.
M E M O R Y — 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.
— A specific location where data is
temporarily stored in RAM.
MEMORY ADDRESS
— 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 MAPPING
— A small circuit board containing
memory chips, which connects to the system board.
MEMORY MODULE
M H Z — 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.
the mouse over a hard, flat surface to move the pointer or
cursor on your screen.
M S — millisecond — A measure of time that equals one
thousandth of a second. Access times of storage devices
are often measured in ms.
N
— 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).
NETWORK ADAPTER
N I C — See network adapter.
— 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.
NOTIFICATION AREA
N S — nanosecond — A measure of time that equals one
billionth of a second.
N V R A M — 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
— 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.
O P T I C A L D R I V E — 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.
— A bay that supports devices such as
optical drives, a second battery, or a Dell TravelLite™
module.
P
MODEM
MODULE BAY
— The high-resolution TV-like device that
displays computer output.
MONITOR
— A pointing device that controls the
movement of the cursor on your screen. Typically you roll
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P A R A L L E L C O N N E C T O R — An I/O port often used to
connect a parallel printer to your computer. Also referred
to as an LPT port.
P A R T I T I O N — 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.
P C C A R D — A removable I/O card adhering to the
PCMCIA standard. Modems and network adapters are
common types of PC Cards.
P C I — 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.
P C M C I A — Personal Computer Memory Card
International Association — The organization that
establishes standards for PC Cards.
P I N — personal identification number — A sequence
of numerals and/or letters used to restrict unauthorized
access to computer networks and other secure systems.
P I O — programmed input/output — A method of
transferring data between two devices through the
processor as part of the data path.
P I XE L — 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.
P L U G - A N D -P L A Y — 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.
P O S T — 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.
— A computer chip that interprets and
executes program instructions. Sometimes the processor
is referred to as the CPU (central processing unit).
PROCESSOR
— Any software that processes data for you,
including spreadsheet, word processor, database, and
game packages. Programs require an operating system to
run.
PROGRAM
P S / 2 — personal system/2 — A type of connector for
attaching a PS/2-compatible keyboard, mouse, or keypad.
P X E — 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
R A I D — 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.
R A M — 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.
R E A D M E F I L E — 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.
R E A D - O N L Y — 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.
— 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.
REFRESH RATE
— The sharpness and clarity of an image
produced by a printer or displayed on a monitor. The
higher the resolution, the sharper the image.
RESOLUTION
R F I — 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
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lower end of the electromagnetic frequency spectrum and
are more likely to have interference than the higher
frequency radiations, such as infrared and light.
R O M — 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.
R P M — revolutions per minute — The number of
rotations that occur per minute. Hard drive speed is often
measured in rpm.
R T C — real time clock — Battery-powered clock on the
system board that keeps the date and time after you shut
down the computer.
R T C R S T — real-time clock reset — A jumper on the
system board of some computers that can often be used
for troubleshooting problems.
S
S C A N D I S K — 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.
S D R A M — synchronous dynamic random-access
memory — A type of DRAM that is synchronized with the
optimal clock speed of the processor.
— An I/O port often used to
connect devices such as a handheld digital device or
digital camera to your computer.
SERIAL CONNECTOR
S E R V I C E TA G — 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.
S E T U P P R O G R A M — 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.
S H O R T C U T — An icon that provides quick access to
frequently used programs, files, folders, and drives. When
you place a shortcut on your Windows desktop and
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double-click 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.
S H U T D O W N — The process of closing windows and
exiting programs, exiting the operating system, and
turning off your computer. You can lose data if you turn
off your computer before completing a shutdown.
— 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.
SMART CARD
S O F T W A R E — Anything that can be stored
electronically, such as computer files or programs.
S / P D I F — 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.
S T A N D B Y M O D E — A power management mode that
shuts down all unnecessary computer operations to save
energy.
— 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.
SURGE PROTECTORS
Network connections cannot be protected by surge
protectors. Always disconnect the network cable from the
network connector during electrical storms.
S V G A — super-video graphics array — A video standard
for video cards and controllers. Typical SVGA resolutions
are 800 x 600 and 1024 x 768.
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 - V I D E O T V- O U T — A connector used to attach a TV
or digital audio device to the computer.
S X G A — super-extended graphics array — A video
standard for video cards and controllers that supports
resolutions up to 1280 x 1024.
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.
S X G A + — super-extended graphics array plus — A
video standard for video cards and controllers that
supports resolutions up to 1400 x 1050.
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.
— The main circuit board in your
computer. Also known as the motherboard.
SYSTEM BOARD
S Y S T E M S E T U P — A utility that serves as an interface
between the computer hardware and the operating
system. System setup allows you to configure userselectable 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.
SYSTEM TRAY
— See notification area.
T
TA P I — telephony application programming interface
— Enables Windows programs to operate with a wide
variety of telephony devices, including voice, data, fax,
and video.
T E X T E D I T O R — 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).
— A plastic device designed to fit
inside the module bay of a portable computer to reduce
the weight of the computer.
TRAVEL MODULE
U
U P S — 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 systems typically provide surge
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.
U X G A — ultra extended graphics array — A video
standard for video cards and controllers that supports
resolutions up to 1600 x 1200.
V
— 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 CONTROLLER
— 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 MEMORY
— 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 MODE
VIDEO RESOLUTION
— See resolution.
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V I R U S — 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.
W R I T E - P R O T E C T E D — 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.
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 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.
X
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.
Z I F — 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.
W
W — watt — The measurement of electrical power. One
W is 1 ampere of current flowing at 1 volt.
W H R — 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.
W A L L P A P E R — 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.
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X G A — extended graphics array — A video standard for
video cards and controllers that supports resolutions up to
1024 x 768.
Z
Z I P — 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 selfextracting file by double-clicking it.
Z I P D R I V E — 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.
Index
A
audio connectors, 57
audio. See sound
B
battery
problems, 27
replacing, 83
BIOS, 91
boot sequence
about, 95
changing, 96
option settings, 95
booting
to a USB device, 96
C
cards
installing PCI, 67
PCI, 66
PCI Express, 66
PCI Express slots, 58
PCI slots, 58
removing PCI, 70
slots, 58, 66
types supported, 66
CD/DVD drive
activity light, 56
eject button, 56
problems, 28
copying CDs
general information, 18
helpful tips, 20
how to, 18
CD-RW drive
problems, 28
copying DVDs
general information, 18
helpful tips, 20
how to, 18
CDs, 18
playing, 16
Check Disk, 29
CMOS settings
clearing, 97-98
computer
components inside, 59
crashes, 32-33
inside view, 59
restore to previous state, 50
stops responding, 32
connectors
audio, 57
center/LFE, 57
headphone, 56
line-in, 57
line-out, 57
microphone, 57
network adapter, 58
power, 57
surround, 57
USB, 56-57
VGA, 58
video, 58
cover
removing, 58
replacing, 84
D
Dell
contacting, 102
support policy, 100
support site, 10
Dell Diagnostics, 46
Dell Premier Support
website, 9
diagnostic lights, 43
diagnostics
Dell, 46
lights, 43, 56
documentation
End User License
Agreement, 9
ergonomics, 9
online, 10
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documentation (continued)
Product Information Guide, 9
regulatory, 9
safety, 9
warranty, 9
Flex Bay drive
Media Card Reader, 56
floppy drive
removing, 77
drive panel, 56
drivers
about, 47
identifying, 48
drives, 71
hard drive, 73
problems, 27
removing floppy, 77
serial ATA, 73
DVD drive
problems, 28
DVDs, 18
playing, 16
H
hard drive
activity light, 56
problems, 29
hardware
Dell Diagnostics, 46
Hardware Troubleshooter, 49
headphone
connector, 56
help file
Windows Help and Support
Center, 11
hibernate mode, 23, 25
e-mail
problems, 29
Hyper-Threading, 25
ergonomics information, 9
error messages
diagnostic lights, 43
troubleshooting, 30
F
Files and Settings Transfer
Wizard, 25
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keyboard
problems, 32
L
labels
Microsoft Windows, 10
Service Tag, 10, 56
latch release
cover, 56
lights
diagnostic, 43, 56
front of computer, 43
hard drive activity, 56
Help and Support Center, 11
E
End User License
Agreement, 9
K
I
installing parts
before you begin, 53
recommended tools, 53
turning off your computer, 53
Internet
connection, about, 14
connection, options, 14
connection, setting up, 15
problems, 29
M
Media Card Reader
installing, 79, 81
problems, 31
removing, 79
using, 20
memory
DDR2 overview, 62
installation guidelines, 62
installing, 64
problems, 34
removing, 66
type supported, 62
messages
error, 30
microphone
connector, 57
Microsoft Windows label, 10
modem
problems, 29
monitor
blank, 40
hard to read, 41
motherboard. See system
board
mouse
problems, 35
N
network
connector, 58
Network Setup Wizard, 22
problems, 36
setting up, 22
Network Setup Wizard, 22
O
operating system
reinstalling Windows XP, 50
P
password
clearing, 97
jumper, 97
PCI cards
installing, 67
removing, 70
playing CDs and DVDs, 16
power
button, 56
connector, 57
conserving, 23
hibernate mode, 23, 25
managing, 23
options, 24
options, advanced, 25
options, hibernate, 25
options, schemes, 24
problems, 36
standby mode, 23
power light
conditions, 36
Power Options Properties, 24
printer
cable, 13
connecting, 13
problems, 37
setting up, 13
USB, 13
problems
battery, 27
blue screen, 33
CD drive, 28
CD-RW drive, 28
computer crashes, 32-33
computer stops responding, 32
Dell Diagnostics, 46
diagnostic lights, 43
drives, 27
DVD drive, 28
e-mail, 29
error messages, 30
general, 32
hard drive, 29
Internet, 29
problems (continued)
keyboard, 32
Media Card Reader, 31
memory, 34
modem, 29
monitor is blank, 40
monitor is hard to read, 41
mouse, 35
network, 36
power, 36
power light conditions, 36
printer, 37
program crashes, 33
program stops responding, 33
programs and Windows
compatibility, 33
restore to previous state, 49-50
scanner, 38
screen is blank, 40
screen is hard to read, 41
software, 33-34
sound and speakers, 39
technical support policy, 100
troubleshooting tips, 27
volume adjusting, 39
Product Information Guide, 9
Program Compatibility
Wizard, 33
R
regulatory information, 9
reinstalling
Windows XP, 50
ResourceCD
Dell Diagnostics, 46
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S
standby mode, 23
V
safety instructions, 9
support
contacting Dell, 102
policy, 100
vents, 56
front panel, 56
SATA. See serial ATA
scanner
problems, 38
serial ATA, 73
Service Tag, 10, 56
settings
system setup, 91
software
Hyper-Threading, 25
problems, 33-34
sound
problems, 39
volume, 39
speaker
problems, 39
volume, 39
specifications
audio, 88
computer information, 87
connectors, 88
controls and lights, 89
drives, 88
environmental, 90
expansion bus, 88
memory, 87
physical, 90
power, 89
processor, 87
technical, 87
video, 87
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support website, 10
system board, 61
System Restore, 49-50
system setup
about, 91
entering, 91
options, 92
screens, 91
VGA
connector, 58
video
connector, 58
volume
adjusting, 39
W
warranty information, 9
T
technical support
policy, 100
transferring information to a
new computer, 25
troubleshooting
Dell Diagnostics, 46
diagnostic lights, 43
Hardware Troubleshooter, 49
Help and Support Center, 11
restore to previous state, 49-50
tips, 27
U
USB
booting to devices, 96
connectors, 56-57
Windows XP
Device Driver Rollback, 48
Files and Settings Transfer
Wizard, 25
Hardware Troubleshooter, 49
Help and Support Center, 11
Hyper-Threading, 25
Network Setup Wizard, 22
Program Compatibility
Wizard, 33
reinstalling, 50
scanner, 39
System Restore, 49-50
wizards
Files and Settings Transfer
Wizard, 25
Network Setup Wizard, 22
Program Compatibility
Wizard, 33