Dell 330 Personal Computer User Manual

Dell Precision™ WorkStation 330 Systems
USER’S GUIDE
www.dell.com
support.dell.com
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 potentially hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury.
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Information in this document is subject to change without notice.
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Computer Corporation; Microsoft, Windows, MS-DOS, and Windows NT are registered
trademarks of Microsoft Corporation; Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel
Corporation; 3Com is a registered trademark of 3Com Corporation. As an ENERGY STAR
Partner, Dell Computer Corporation has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR
guidelines for energy efficiency.
Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities
claiming the marks and names or their products. Dell Computer Corporation disclaims any
proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own.
Models WCP and WCM
April 2001 P/N 69TEU Rev. A01
Contents
Safety Instructions
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Safety First—For You and Your Computer .
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Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge
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Ergonomic Computing Habits
1 About Your Computer
Finding Information and Assistance
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Front View of Your Computer
Controls and Indicators
Back View of Your Computer
Connecting Devices
Inside Your Computer
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System Board Components
2 Advanced Features
System Settings
Entering System Setup
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System Setup Screens .
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Network Operations
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Integrated Devices
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System Setup Navigation Keys
Changing the Boot Sequence
Manageability .
Dell OpenManage IT Assistant
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Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation .
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Downloading Systems Management Utilities
Security
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Chassis Intrusion Detection
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Security Cable Slot and Padlock Ring
Password Protection .
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Setup Password
Jumper Settings
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System Password
Installing and Configuring Software
TAPI
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Power Management
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Dell System Utilities .
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AutoShutdown
Asset Tag
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Auto Power On .
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3 Installing Upgrades
Computer Cover
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Replacing the Computer Cover
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Interior Service Label
Power Supply
Front Panel (Mini Tower Chassis Only)
System Memory
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Upgrading System Memory
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Removing a Memory Module
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System Memory Installation Guidelines
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Removing the Computer Cover
Installing a Memory Module
Disk Drives and Media
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Installing a CD, Zip, or Other Externally Accessible Drive in a Mini
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Installing a CD, Zip, or Other Externally Accessible Drive in a Desktop
Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Installing a Hard Drive in a Mini Tower Chassis
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Installing a Hard Drive in a Desktop Chassis
EIDE Device Installation Guidelines .
SCSI Device Installation Guidelines
AGP Card Brace (Mini Tower Chassis Only)
Expansion Cards
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Installing an Expansion Card
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Removing an Expansion Card
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Microprocessor
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Upgrading the Microprocessor
System Battery
4 Technical Specifications
5 Solving Problems
Before You Begin
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Power Problems .
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Monitor Problems
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Video Problems
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Sound and Speaker Problems
Printer Problems
Serial or Parallel Device Problems
Mouse Problems
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Keyboard Problems
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Diskette Drive Problems .
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Hard Drive Problems .
Battery Problems
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Expansion-Card Problems
Network Problems
Recover From a Program That Is Not Responding
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Restart a Computer That Is Not Responding
Repairing a Wet Computer
Repairing a Dropped or Damaged Computer
Hardware Conflicts
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System Memory Problems
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Microprocessor Problems
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System Board Problems
Reset Corrupted BIOS Settings
Dell Diagnostics
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When to Use the Dell Diagnostics
Features
Before You Start Testing
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Running the Dell Diagnostics
Advanced Testing
Messages and Codes .
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System Beep Codes
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Warning Messages
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System Messages
Diagnostics Messages
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Diagnostic Indicators
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Software Problems
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Operating System Compatibility
Input Errors
Error Messages
Device Drivers
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Memory-Resident Programs
Program Conflicts
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Memory Address Conflicts
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Interrupt Assignment Conflicts .
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BIOS Recovery Utility .
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6 Getting Help
Help Overview
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Technical Assistance
Help Tools .
Problems With Your Order
Product Information
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Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit
Before You Call
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Dell Contact Numbers
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7 Additional Information
Regulatory Notices
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Class A
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Class B
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FCC Notices (U.S. Only)
IC Notice (Canada Only)
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CE Notice (European Union)
Battery Disposal
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EN 55022 Compliance (Czech Republic Only)
VCCI Notice (Japan Only) .
Class A ITE
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MIC Notice (Republic of Korea Only)
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Polish Center for Testing and Certification Notice
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Wymagania Polskiego Centrum BadaÒ i Certyfikacji
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BSMI Notice (Taiwan Only)
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ENERGY STAR® Compliance .
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PozostaŠe instrukcje bezpieczeÒstwa
Limited Warranty and Return Policy
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Three-Year Limited Warranty (U.S. Only)
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Three-Year Limited Warranty (Canada Only)
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One-Year End-User Manufacturer Guarantee (Latin America and the
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"Total Satisfaction" Return Policy (U.S. and Canada Only)
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Safety Instructions
Safety First—For You and Your Computer
Before you remove the computer cover, perform the following steps in the
sequence indicated.
NOTICE: Do not attempt to service the computer yourself, except as
explained in your online Dell™ documentation or otherwise provided to you.
Always follow installation and service instructions closely.
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.
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Turn off your computer and any peripherals.
2
Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the
chassis, such as the metal around the card-slot openings at the back of
the computer, before touching anything inside your computer.
While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface on the
computer chassis to dissipate any static electricity that might harm
internal components.
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Disconnect your computer and peripherals from their power sources.
Also, disconnect any telephone or telecommunication lines from the
computer.
Doing so reduces the potential for personal injury or shock.
In addition, take note of these safety guidelines when appropriate:
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When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector or on its strainrelief loop, not on the cable itself. Some cables have a connector with
locking tabs; if you are disconnecting this type of cable, press in on the
locking tabs before disconnecting the cable. As you pull connectors
apart, keep them evenly aligned to avoid bending any connector pins.
Also, before you connect a cable, make sure both connectors are
correctly oriented and aligned.
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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 microprocessor
chip by its edges, not by its pins.
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Also see "Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge." In addition, Dell
recommends that you periodically review the safety instructions in your
System Information Guide.
Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge
Static electricity can harm delicate components inside your computer. To
prevent static damage, discharge static electricity from your body before you
touch any of your computer’s electronic components, such as the
microprocessor. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on
the computer chassis.
As you continue to work inside the computer, periodically touch an
unpainted metal surface to remove any static charge your body may have
accumulated.
You can also take the following steps to prevent damage from electrostatic
discharge (ESD):
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When unpacking a static-sensitive component from its shipping
carton, do not remove the component from the antistatic packing
material until you are ready to install the component in your
computer. Just before unwrapping the antistatic packaging, be sure to
discharge static electricity from your body.
•
When transporting a sensitive component, first place it in an antistatic
container or packaging.
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Handle all sensitive components in a static-safe area. If possible, use
antistatic floor pads and workbench pads.
Ergonomic Computing Habits
CAUTION: Improper or prolonged keyboard use may result in
injury.
CAUTION: Viewing the monitor screen for extended periods of
time may result in eye strain.
For comfort and efficiency, observe the following ergonomic guidelines
when setting up and using your computer system:
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Position your system so that the monitor and keyboard are directly in
front of you as you work. Special shelves are available (from Dell and
other sources) to help you correctly position your keyboard.
•
Set the monitor at a comfortable viewing distance (usually 510 to 610
millimeters [20 to 24 inches] from your eyes).
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Make sure the monitor screen is at eye level or slightly lower when you
are sitting in front of the monitor.
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Adjust the tilt of the monitor, its contrast and brightness settings, and
the lighting around you (such as overhead lights, desk lamps, and the
curtains or blinds on nearby windows) to minimize reflections and
glare on the monitor screen.
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Use a chair that provides good lower back support.
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Keep your forearms horizontal with your wrists in a neutral,
comfortable position while using the keyboard or mouse.
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Always leave space to rest your hands while using the keyboard or
mouse.
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Let your upper arms hang naturally at your sides.
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Sit erect, with your feet resting on the floor and your thighs level.
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When sitting, make sure the weight of your legs is on your feet and not
on the front of your chair seat. Adjust your chair’s height or use a
footrest, if necessary, to maintain proper posture.
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Vary your work activities. Try to organize your work so that you do not
have to type for extended periods of time. When you stop typing, try
to do things that use both hands.
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Monitor screen at or
below eye level
Wrists relaxed and flat
Monitor and keyboard
positioned directly in
front of the user
Arms at desk level
Feet flat on the floor
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Finding Information and Assistance
Front View of Your Computer
Back View of Your Computer
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Finding Information and Assistance
The following table lists the resources that Dell provides as support tools.
Additional resources may be shipped with your computer system.
R e s o u r c e s a n d S u p p o r t To o l s
Resource
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Contents
Using the Resource
Setup and Quick Reference
Guide
• System setup
• Support tools
• Frequently asked questions
• Basic troubleshooting
• Upgrade information
See the Setup and Quick Reference Guide for information
on the following:
• Setting up your computer
• Finding and using support resources
• Diagnosing a problem
• Using tools and utilities
Registration and Service
Labels
• Product Key (also called the
Product ID or Certificate of
Authenticity [COA])
• Express Service Code and
Service Tag Number
The labels are located on the
side of your Dell™ computer.
You will need the Product Key (or Product ID) number to
complete the operating system setup.
Dell Precision ResourceCD
• Dell Diagnostics
• Drivers
• Utilities
• Computer and device
documentation
See the main menu on the ResourceCD that was shipped
with your computer. Use the pull-down menu to make
selections appropriate for your computer. You can perform
the following tasks:
• Diagnose a problem
• Install or reinstall drivers
• Obtain information on your computer and devices
NOTE: User documentation and drivers are already
installed on your computer when shipped from Dell. You
can use this CD to access documentation, reinstall drivers,
or run diagnostics tools.
Abo u t You r C o mp u t er
The Express Service Code and Service Tag Number are
unique identifiers for your Dell computer.
For more information, see the Setup and Quick Reference
Guide.
R e s o u r c e s a n d S u p p o r t To o l s ( c o n t i n u e d )
Resource
Contents
Using the Resource
Operating system CD
To reinstall your operating system, use the operating
system CD that was shipped with your computer.
NOTE: The operating system CD may not include all the
latest drivers for your computer. If you reinstall your
operating system, use the ResourceCD to reinstall drivers
for the devices shipped with your computer.
For more information about reinstalling your operating
system, see the operating system installation
documentation that was shipped with your computer.
Operating system installation See the operating system installation guide for
guide
information on reinstalling and configuring your
operating system.
User’s guides for your
computer and peripherals
Double-click the User’s Guides icon on your desktop to
access the electronic documentation stored on your hard
drive. Obtain information on the following:
• Using your computer
• Installing upgrades in your computer
• Installing and configuring software on your computer
• Diagnosing a system problem
• Technical specifications
• Peripheral documentation
Dell support website
• Ask Dudley
• Dell Knowledge Base
• Dell Documents
• DellTalk
• File downloads
• TechFax
• Vendor links
Go to http://support.dell.com:
• Get help with general usage, installation, and
troubleshooting questions
• Access documentation about your computer and
devices
• Get the latest versions of the drivers for your computer
• Join online discussions with other Dell customers and
Dell technical professionals
• Explore a list of online links to Dell's primary vendors
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R e s o u r c e s a n d S u p p o r t To o l s ( c o n t i n u e d )
Resource
Contents
Using the Resource
Dell Premier Support website Go to http://premiersupport.dell.com:
• Service call status
The Dell Premier Support website is customized for
• Top technical issues by
corporate, government, and education customers.
product
• Frequently asked questions
by product number
• Customized service tags
• System configuration detail
Interior service label
A service label affixed to the inside of your computer
cover provides information about working inside your
computer.
Operating system
documentation
Click Start and select Help to obtain information on your
operating system.
Front View of Your Computer
The following figures show the controls and indicators located on the front
panel of the mini tower and desktop systems.
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F r o n t V i e w o f t h e M i n i To w e r C h a s s i s
diskette-drive
access indicator
power button
reset button
power indicator
hard-drive
access indicator
cover release
button
NOTE: Before you remove the cover from the mini tower chassis, you must
first slide the outer padlock ring to the left to unlock the cover release
mechanism. See "Cover Release Mechanism (Mini Tower Chassis)."
NOTE: See "Front-Panel Indicators" for a description of indicator codes and
operations.
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Front View of the Desktop Chassis
reset button
power indicator
power button
hard-drive
access indicator
diskette-drive
access indicator
NOTE: See "Front-Panel Indicators" for a description of indicator codes and
operations.
Controls and Indicators
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Reset button — reboots (restarts) the system in a way that reduces
stress on system components. Before you push this button, save and
close all open files and application programs if possible to avoid losing
data. Then perform an orderly shutdown of the operating system.
If your computer is not responding, you can press the reset button to
reboot the system. For more information, see "Recover From a
Program That Is Not Responding" and "Restart a Computer That Is
Not Responding."
NOTICE: If your computer is not responding, turning off power or unplugging
the power cord should be done only as a last resort. Doing so can cause
problems with system settings and configuration.
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Power button — controls the system's AC input power. See the
following table for power button functions on systems running
Microsoft® Windows® or Windows NT®.
Power Button Functions
Computer Status
Power Button Function
Off
Press and release to turn the computer on.
On
Press and hold for more than 6 seconds to immediately turn
the computer off.
NOTE: Use this method only if the computer will not shut
down normally.
On (Windows NT)
Press and release to attempt an orderly shutdown.
NOTE: This works only if the Dell System Utilities are
loaded on the computer. Without the utilities, the computer
immediately turns off rather than performs an orderly shut
down.
On (Windows 2000)
Press and release to put the computer in the sleep state.
NOTE: This works depending on how Windows 2000 is
configured. For more information, see "Power
Management."
Sleep state
(Windows 2000)
Press and release to bring the computer out of the sleep
state. For more information, see "Power Management."
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Power indicator — contains an indicator that illuminates in two colors
and blinks or remains solid to indicate different states.
•
Diskette-drive access indicator — lights when the drive is reading data
from, or writing data to, a diskette. Wait until this indicator turns off
before you remove a diskette from the drive.
•
Hard-drive access indicator — lights when a hard drive or CD drive is
reading data from, or writing data to, the drive.
•
Cover release button — releases the computer cover; located on back
of the mini tower chassis and on the sides of the desktop chassis.
Back View of Your Computer
The following figure shows the connectors and indicators on the back of
your computer for attaching external devices.
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Back-Panel Connectors and Indi cators
parallel port connector
line-in jack
line-out/speaker jack
microphone jack
serial port 2 connector
network activity
indicator
NIC connector
network link
integrity indicator
PS/2 mouse connector
serial port 1 connector
video connector
PS/2 keyboard connector
Port 2 USB connectors (2)
Port 1 USB connectors (2)
diagnostic indicators
NOTE: See "Back-Panel Indicators" for a description of indicator codes and
operations.
Connecting Devices
When you connect external devices to your computer's back panel, follow
these guidelines:
•
Check the documentation that accompanied the device for specific
installation and configuration instructions.
For example, you must connect most devices to a particular
input/output (I/O) port or connector to operate properly. Also, external
devices like a printer usually require you to load device drivers before
they will work.
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•
When connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) mouse or keyboard,
ensure that you connect to one of the Port 1 USB connectors.
•
Always attach external devices while your computer is turned off. Then
turn on the computer before turning on any external devices, unless
the documentation for the device specifies otherwise.
NOTICE: When you disconnect external devices from the back of the
computer, wait 5 seconds after turning off the computer before you reconnect
any devices to avoid possible damage to the system board.
Serial Port Connectors
Default port designations: COM1 for serial port 1 and COM2 for serial port
2. You can reassign the serial port's designation in system setup if you add an
expansion card containing a serial port using this designation.
If you set the system’s serial ports to Auto in system setup and add an
expansion card containing a serial port configured to a specific designation,
the computer automatically maps (assigns) the integrated ports to the
appropriate COM setting as necessary.
Before you add a card with a serial port, check the documentation that
accompanied your software to ensure that the software can be mapped to
the new COM port designation.
Parallel Port Connector
Used to connect printers. Default designation: LPT1.
NOTE: The integrated parallel port is automatically disabled if the system
detects an installed expansion card containing a parallel port configured to the
same address as specified in the Parallel Port option in system setup.
Microphone Jack
Used to attach a standard personal computer microphone. Connect the
audio cable from the microphone to the microphone jack.
Line-Out/Speaker Jack
Used to attach computer speakers. This jack is amplified, so speakers with
integrated amplifiers are not required. Connect the audio cable from the
speakers to this jack.
Line-In Jack
Used to attach record/playback devices such as cassette players, CD players,
and VCRs. Connect the line-out cable from any of these devices to the linein jack.
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PS/2 Mouse Connector
Attach the Personal System/2 (PS/2) mouse cable to the 6-pin mouse
connector on the back panel. If your system uses Microsoft Windows, Dell
installed the necessary mouse drivers on your hard drive.
NOTE: This connector is similar to the keyboard connector. Ensure that you
correctly identify the mouse connector before you connect the device.
NOTE: Do not attempt to operate a PS/2 mouse and a USB mouse
simultaneously.
PS/2 Keyboard Connector
Attach the PS/2 keyboard cable to the 6-pin keyboard connector on the back
panel.
NOTE: This connector is similar to the mouse connector. Ensure that you
correctly identify the keyboard connector before you connect the device.
USB Connectors
Used to attach USB-compliant devices such as keyboards, mice, printers,
and computer speakers to your system.
NOTE: When connecting a USB mouse or keyboard, ensure that you connect
to one of the Port 1 USB connectors.
NOTE: Do not attempt to operate a PS/2 mouse and a USB mouse
simultaneously.
NOTICE: USB devices do not operate with Microsoft Windows NT.
NIC Connector
The network interface controller (NIC), which includes a Remote Wake Up
feature, has the following indicators:
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A yellow network activity indicator flashes when the system is
transmitting or receiving network data. (A high volume of network
traffic may make this indicator appear to be in a steady "on" state.)
•
A dual-colored network link integrity and speed indicator, which is
green when a good connection exists between a 10-megabit per second
(Mbps) network and the NIC, or is orange when a good connection
exists between a 100-Mbps network and the NIC. When the orange or
green indicator is off, the computer is not detecting a physical
connection to the network.
NOTICE: Do not connect a modem cable to the network adapter. Voltage
from telephone communications can damage the network adapter.
Network Cable Requirements
The NIC connector attaches an unshielded twisted pair (UTP) Ethernet
cable to your system. Press one end of the UTP cable into the NIC
connector until the cable snaps securely into place. Connect the other end
to an RJ45 jack wall plate or to an RJ45 port on a UTP concentrator or hub,
depending on your network configuration.
Dell recommends the use of Category 5 wiring and connectors for our
customers’ networks.
Video Connector
Used to attach a video graphics array (VGA)-compatible monitor to your
system.
Inside Your Computer
The following figures show the mini tower and desktop chassis with their
covers removed.
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I n s i d e t h e M i n i To w e r C h a s s i s
power supply
AC power receptacle
externally accessible
drive bays
hard-drive bracket
I/O panel
connectors
expansion-card
slots
drive interface cable
DC power cable
system board
padlock ring
security cable slot
NOTE: Before you remove the cover from the mini tower chassis, you must
first slide the outer padlock ring to the left to unlock the cover release
mechanism. See "Cover Release Mechanism (Mini Tower Chassis)."
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Inside the Desktop Chassis
drive interface cable
externally accessible drive bays
DC power cable
hard-drive bracket
power supply
system board
AC power
receptacle
D
security cable slot
I/O panel connectors
padlock ring
expansion-card slots
System Board Components
The following figure shows the system board and the location of its
principal connectors and components.
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System Board Components
telephony connector
CD audio input connector
microprocessor power connector
system power connector
diskette-drive connector
RIMM sockets (4)
1
2
3
4
serial port 2 connector
parallel port connector
serial port 1 connector
microprocessor fan connector
suspend-to-RAM indicator
microphone connector
line-out/speaker connector
line-in connector
microprocessor with
heat sink
primary EIDE connector
secondary EIDE connector
PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors
diagnostic indicators
system-board screw hole
Port 1 USB connectors (2)
NIC and Port 2 USB connectors (2)
control-panel connector
1
VRM connector
3
2
AGP Pro connector
real-time clock reset
(RTCRST) jumper
5
4
PCI expansion card connectors (5)
password jumper
auxiliary hard-drive access
indicator connector
battery socket
external speaker
standby power indicator
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I/O fan connector
SECTION 2
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System Settings
Manageability
Security
Password Protection
Jumper Settings
Installing and Configuring Software
TAPI
Power Management
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System Settings
Each time you start your computer, it compares the installed hardware with
the system configuration information stored in nonvolatile random-access
memory (NVRAM). If the system detects a discrepancy, it generates an error
message for each incorrect configuration setting.
You can use system settings as follows:
•
To set user-selectable options such as date and time or system
password
•
To set the current configuration information such as the amount of
memory or type of hard drive installed
You can view the current settings at any time. Dell recommends that you
record the information for future reference. If you have a line printer
connected to the parallel port on your computer, you can print the system
setup screens by pressing <Print Screen>.
Before you use system setup, you need to know the kind of diskette drive(s)
and hard drive(s) installed in your computer. If you are unsure of this
information, see the Manufacturing Test Report that came with your
system and is located in the Dell Accessories folder.
Entering System Setup
1
Turn on your system.
2
If your system is already on, restart it.
3
When F2 = Setup appears in the upper-right corner of the screen,
press <F2>.
If you wait too long and your operating system begins to load into memory,
let the system complete the load operation; then restart the system and try
again.
NOTE: To ensure an orderly system shutdown, consult the documentation that
accompanied your operating system.
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System Setup Screens
The system setup screens display the current configuration information for
your computer. Information on the screen is organized into four areas:
•
Title — the box at the top of all screens that lists the computer system
name.
•
Computer data — two boxes below the title box that display your
system processor, level 2 (L2) cache, service tag, and the version
number of the basic input/output system (BIOS).
•
Options — a scrollable box listing options that define the
configuration of your computer, including installed hardware, power
conservation, and security features.
Fields to the right of the option titles contain settings or values. Those
that you can change appear bright on the screen. Those that you
cannot change (because they are set by the computer) appear less
bright. When <Enter> appears to the right of an option title, press
<Enter> to access a pop-up menu of additional options.
•
Key functions — a line of boxes across the bottom of all screens that
lists keys and their functions within system setup.
•
Help — press <F1> for information in the currently highlighted
option.
System Setup Navigation Keys
The following table lists the keys you use to view or change information in
system setup and to exit setup.
System Setup Navigation Keys
Keys
Tab
Action
Moves to the next field.
or
Tab
Shift
Moves to the previous field.
or
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System Setup Navigation Keys (continued)
Keys
Action
Cycles through the options in a field. In many fields, you
can also type the appropriate value.
or
or
Page
Down
Page
Up
Enters the selected field's pop-up options menu.
Enter
spacebar or
_
Scrolls through help information.
or
In the selected field's pop-up options menu, cycles through
the options in a field.
+
Alt
X
Exits system setup without rebooting the system and
returns the system to the boot routine.
Alt
B
Exits system setup and reboots the system, implementing
any changes you have made.
Alt
D
Resets the selected option to its default setting.
NOTE: For most of the options, any changes you make are recorded but do not
take effect until the next time you boot the computer. For a few options (as
noted in the help area), the changes take effect immediately.
Changing the Boot Sequence
The boot sequence allows you to specify the order of the devices from which
the system attempts to boot.
1
Press <Enter> to access the Boot Sequence option's pop-up menu.
NOTE: Write down your current boot sequence in case you want to
restore it.
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2
Press the up- and down-arrow keys to move through the list of devices.
3
Press the spacebar to enable or disable a device (enabled devices
appear with a check mark).
4
Press plus (+) or minus (–) to move a selected device up or down the
list.
Option settings:
•
Diskette Drive A: — The system attempts to boot from the diskette
drive. If the system finds a diskette in the drive that is not bootable, an
error message appears. If no diskette is in the drive, the system
attempts to boot from the next device in the list.
•
Hard Drive — The system attempts to boot from the primary hard
drive. If the system does not find an operating system on the drive, it
attempts to boot from the next device in the list.
•
CD Drive — The system attempts to boot from the CD drive. If the
system does not find a CD in the drive or if there is not an operating
system on the CD, the system attempts to boot from the next device
in the list.
•
MBA — The system prompts you to press <Ctrl><Alt><b> at the
Dell logo screen during boot. A menu appears 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 system attempts to boot from
the next device in the list.
Network Operations
For proper network operations, several options in system setup must be
configured properly:
•
Network interface controller
•
Boot sequence
•
Remote wake up
For information on the relationship of the various option settings, see
"Network Configurations."
Network Interface Controller
This option, under the Integrated Devices menu, enables or disables the
integrated network adapter. This field also allows you to enable managed
boot agent (MBA) support.
Option settings:
•
On — The integrated network adapter is enabled.
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On w/ MBA — The integrated network adapter is enabled with MBA
support.
•
Off — The integrated network adapter is disabled.
NOTE: You must restart the computer before Network Interface Controller
option settings will take effect.
Boot Sequence
The Boot Sequence MBA option setting allows you to specify a method for
booting from a network server.
Remote Wake Up
Remote Wake Up provides the ability either to remotely wake a computer
from a low-power sleep state or to remotely start up a computer that is
turned off but connected to a power source.
Option settings:
•
On — The computer will start up when the appropriate signal is
received by the network adapter (Wake-on Lan [WOL]), or modem
(Wake-on Ring [WOR]).
•
On w/ Boot to NIC — When the network adapter or modem receives
the appropriate signal, the computer attempts to boot from a network
server. If a boot routine is not available from the network server, the
computer attempts to boot from the devices specified in the Boot
Sequence.
•
Off — The computer will not start up remotely.
Network Configurations
The system setup options for network operations work together for
particular functions. The following table describes the relationship of the
various option settings:
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Network Option Settings
Network Interface Boot Sequence
Controller
Remote Wake Up
Function
Off
MBA is not available Not available
• The computer attempts to boot from the devices
specified in the Boot Sequence.
• The computer cannot be remotely started.
On
MBA is not available Available
• The computer attempts to boot from the devices
specified in the Boot Sequence.
• The computer can be remotely started by WOL
and/or WOR.
On w/ MBA
MBA is set as first
boot device
• The computer prompts you to press
<Ctrl><Alt><b> during start-up, allowing
you to select a network boot method.
• The computer can be remotely started by WOL
and/or WOR.
Available
NOTE: You must restart the computer before Network Interface Controller
option settings will take effect.
Integrated Devices
You computer has several integrated devices. For these devices to be
accessible to the operating system, the corresponding options in system
setup must be configured properly.
To enable or disable an integrated device, enter system setup, select
Integrated Devices, and change the setting for the appropriate device to On
or Off:
•
Sound
•
PS/2 mouse
•
Universal Serial Bus (USB)
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Manageability
The following systems management applications are optional and can be
included on your computer when you order it. You can also download the
applications from the Dell support website and install them on your
computer. See "Downloading Systems Management Utilities" for more
information.
•
Dell OpenManage™ IT Assistant
•
Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation
Dell OpenManage IT Assistant
Dell OpenManage IT Assistant is the premier Dell™ systems management
application for configuring, managing, and monitoring computers and other
devices on a corporate network. IT Assistant employs the latest remote
management technology to provide asset management, configuration
management, event (alert) management, and security management for
systems equipped with industry-standard management software. Software
of this type is called system management instrumentation.
IT Assistant supports instrumentation that conforms to the following
industry standards:
•
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
•
Desktop Management Interface (DMI)
•
Common Information Model (CIM)
The instrumentation available for your computer is Dell OpenManage
Client Instrumentation, which is based on DMI and CIM. For more
information on IT Assistant, see the Dell OpenManage IT Assistant User’s
Guide available on the Dell support website. See "Downloading Systems
Management Utilities" for more information.
Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation
Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation is software that enables remote
management application programs such as IT Assistant to do the following:
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Access information about your computer, such as how many processors
it has and what operating system it is running
•
Monitor the status of your computer, such as listening for thermal
alerts from temperature probes or hard drive failure alerts from storage
devices
•
Change the state of your computer, such as updating its BIOS or
shutting it down remotely
Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation can be installed on your
computer, which, when set up on a network with IT Assistant, is called a
managed system. For more information about Dell OpenManage Client
Instrumentation, see the Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation User’s
Guide available on the Dell support website. See "Downloading Systems
Management Utilities" for more information.
Downloading Systems Management Utilities
The systems management utilities are available for download from the Dell
support website. See "Finding Information and Assistance" for more
information.
1
Go to http://support.dell.com.
If this is your first time to use this website, complete the one-time
registration.
2
Click Downloads for Your Dell.
3
Enter the Service Tag Number for your computer or select the
appropriate Dell system.
4
Select the appropriate operating system and language for your
computer.
5
Select Systems Management for the download category.
6
Click Go.
7
Follow the instructions on the screen to download and install the
utilities.
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Security
The computer provides the following methods of physically securing the
chassis:
•
Chassis intrusion detection
•
Security cable slot and padlock ring
Chassis Intrusion Detection
The chassis intrusion monitor can detect whether the chassis is opened.
The Chassis Intrusion option in system setup displays the status of the
monitor.
1
Enter system setup.
2
Press the down-arrow key to move to the System Security option.
3
Press <Enter> to access the System Security option's pop-up menu.
4
Press the down-arrow key to move to the Chassis Intrusion option.
5
Press the spacebar to select an option setting.
Option settings:
•
Enabled (the default) — When the computer cover is removed with
this setting, a DMI event is generated, the setting changes to
Detected, and the following message appears during the boot routine
at the next system start-up:
Alert! Cover was previously removed.
To reset the Detected setting, enter system setup during the system's
power-on self-test (POST). In the Chassis Intrusion option, press the
left- or right-arrow key to select Reset, and then choose Enabled,
Enabled-Silent, or Disabled.
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Enabled-Silent — When the computer cover is removed with this
setting, a DMI event is generated and the setting changes to Detected,
but the alert message does not appear during the boot sequence at the
next system start-up.
•
Disabled — No intrusion monitoring occurs and no messages appear.
NOTE: When the setup password is enabled, you must know the setup
password before you can reset the Chassis Intrusion option.
Security Cable Slot and Padlock Ring
These features allow you to attach commercially available antitheft devices.
See "Security Features (Mini Tower Chassis)" and "Security Features
(Desktop Chassis)." To prevent unauthorized removal of your computer,
loop the galvanized security cable around an immovable object, insert the
attached locking device into the security cable slot on the back of your
computer, and lock the device with the key provided.
NOTE: Before you purchase an antitheft device, ensure that it works with the
cable slot on your computer.
NOTE: Before you remove the cover from the mini tower chassis, you must
first slide the outer padlock ring to the left to unlock the cover release
mechanism. See "Cover Release Mechanism (Mini Tower Chassis)."
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security cable slot
padlock ring
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D
security cable slot
padlock ring
Password Protection
The computer provides the following types of password protection:
•
System password
•
Setup password
System Password
System passwords allow only those who know the password to have full use
of the system. Your Dell system does not have the system password feature
enabled when you receive it.
NOTICE: Although passwords provide security for the data on your system,
they are not foolproof. If your data requires more security, it is your
responsibility to obtain and use additional forms of protection, such as data
encryption programs.
NOTICE: If you leave your system running and unattended without having a
system password assigned, or if you leave your computer unlocked so that
someone can disable the password by changing a jumper setting, anyone can
access the data stored on your hard drive.
System Password settings in system setup:
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NOTE: You cannot change or enter a new system password if either of these
options is displayed.
•
Enabled — a system password is assigned
•
Disabled — system password feature is disabled by a jumper setting on
the system board
NOTE: You can only assign a system password when System Password is set to
Not Enabled.
•
Not Enabled — no system password is assigned and the password
jumper on the system board is in the enabled position (its default)
Assigning a System Password
1
Verify that Password Status is set to Unlocked.
2
Highlight System Password and then press the left- or right-arrow key.
The option heading changes to Enter Password, followed by an empty
32-character field in square brackets.
3
Type your new system password.
You can use up to 32 characters.
As you press each character key (or the spacebar for a blank space), a
placeholder appears in the field. The password assignment operation
recognizes keys by their location on the keyboard, without
distinguishing between lowercase and uppercase characters. For
example, if you have an M in your password, the system recognizes
either M or m as correct.
Certain key combinations are not valid. If you enter one of these
combinations, the speaker emits a beep.
To erase a character when entering your password, press <Backspace>
or the left-arrow key.
NOTE: To escape from the field without assigning a system password,
press <Tab> or the <Shift><Tab> combination to move to another
field, or press <Esc> at any time before completing step 5.
4
Press <Enter>.
If the new system password is less than 32 characters, the whole field
fills with placeholders. Then the option heading changes to Verify
Password, followed by another empty 32-character field in square
brackets.
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5
To confirm your password, type it a second time and press <Enter>.
The password setting changes to Enabled. Your system password is
now set; you can exit system setup and begin using your system.
Password protection takes effect when you reboot the system by
pressing the reset button or by turning the system off and then on
again.
Using Your System Password
When you turn on your system or press the reset button, or when you
reboot the system by pressing the <Ctrl><Alt><Del> combination, the
following prompt appears on the screen when Password Status is set to
Unlocked:
Type in the password and
- press <ENTER> to leave password security enabled.
- press <CTRL><ENTER> to disable password security.
Enter password:
If Password Status is set to Locked, the following prompt appears:
Type the password and press <Enter>.
NOTE: If you have assigned a setup password, the system accepts your setup
password as an alternate system password.
If you enter a wrong or incomplete system password, the following message
appears on the screen:
** Incorrect password. **
Enter password:
If you again enter an incorrect or incomplete system password, the same
message appears on the screen. The third and subsequent times you enter
an incorrect or incomplete system password, the system displays the
following message:
** Incorrect password. **
Number of unsuccessful password attempts: 3
System halted! Must power down.
Even after your system is turned off and on, the previous message is
displayed each time an incorrect or incomplete system password is entered.
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NOTE: To further protect your system from unauthorized changes, you can use
the Password Status system setup option in conjunction with the System
Password and Setup Password options.
Deleting or Changing an Existing System Password
1
Enter system setup, and verify that Password Status is set to Unlocked.
2
Reboot your system to force it to prompt you for a system password.
3
When prompted, type the system password.
4
Press <Ctrl><Enter> to disable the existing system password,
instead of pressing <Enter> to continue with the normal operation of
your system.
5
Confirm that Not Enabled is displayed for the System Password
option.
If Not Enabled appears in the System Password option, the system
password has been deleted. If you want to assign a new password,
continue to step 6. If Not Enabled is not displayed for the System
Password option, press <Alt><B> to reboot the system, and then
repeat steps 3 through 5.
6
To assign a new password, follow the procedure in "Assigning a System
Password."
Setup Password
Setup passwords allow only those who know the password to have full use of
system setup. Your Dell system does not have the setup password feature
enabled when you receive it.
Setup Password options in system setup:
•
Enabled — does not allow assignment of setup passwords; users must
enter a setup password to make changes to system setup
•
Not Enabled — allows assignment of setup passwords; password
feature is enabled but no password is assigned
Assigning a Setup Password
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Enter system setup, and verify that Setup Password is set to Not
Enabled.
2
Highlight Setup Password and press the left- or right-arrow key.
The system prompts you to enter and verify the password. If a
character is illegal for password use, the system emits a beep.
3
Type in and then verify the password.
After you verify the password, the Setup Password setting changes to
Enabled. The next time you attempt to enter system setup, the system
prompts you for the setup password.
NOTE: The setup password can be the same as the system password.
NOTE: If the two passwords are different, the setup password can be used as
an alternate system password. However, the system password cannot be used in
place of the setup password.
A change to Setup Password becomes effective immediately (rebooting the
system is not required).
Operating Your System With a Setup Password Enabled
When you start system setup, the Setup Password option is highlighted,
prompting you to type the password.
If you do not enter the correct password, the system lets you view, but not
modify, system setup options.
NOTE: To further protect your system from unauthorized changes, you can use
the Password Status system setup option in conjunction with the System
Password and Setup Password options.
Deleting or Changing an Existing Setup Password
To change an existing setup password, you must know the setup password.
1
Enter system setup.
2
If you have already assigned a setup password, type it at the prompt.
3
Highlight Setup Password and press the left- or right-arrow key to
delete the existing setup password.
The setting changes to Not Enabled.
4
If you want to assign a new setup password, perform the steps in
"Assigning a Setup Password."
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Disabling a Forgotten Password
NOTICE: This process erases both the system and setup passwords.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
Remove the jumper plug from the PSWD jumper to disable the
password feature.
See "Jumper Settings" to locate the password jumper (labeled
"PSWD") on the system board.
3
Replace the computer cover.
4
Reconnect your computer and peripherals to an electrical outlet, and
then turn them on.
This erases the existing password(s).
Proceed to step 5 if you want to assign a new password.
NOTE: Before you assign a new system and/or setup password, you must
replace the PSWD jumper plug to reenable the password feature.
5
Remove the computer cover.
6
Replace the PSWD jumper plug.
7
Replace the computer cover and reconnect the computer and
peripherals to an electrical outlet and turn them on.
Booting your system with the PSWD jumper installed reenables the
password feature. When you enter system setup, both password
options appear as Not Enabled, meaning that the password feature is
enabled but that no password is assigned.
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Assign a new system and/or setup password.
Jumper Settings
The following figure shows the location of the jumpers on the system board.
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System Board Jumpers
PSWD
RTCRST
NOTICE: Ensure that your system is turned off before you change a jumper
setting. Otherwise, damage to your system or unpredictable results may occur.
To change a jumper setting, pull the plug off its pin(s) and carefully fit it
down onto the pin(s) indicated.
The following table lists the system board jumpers and their settings.
System-Board Jumper Settings
Jumper
Setting
PSWD
Description
(default)
Password features are enabled.
Password features are disabled.
RTCRST
jumpered
Real-time clock reset. Can be used for
troubleshooting. See "Reset Corrupted BIOS
Settings."
unjumpered
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Installing and Configuring Software
See "Resources and Support Tools" for a list of software resources available
to you from Dell, including drivers, utilities, documentation, and operating
system backups. Before installing software that was not provided with your
Dell computer, check the software for viruses with virus-scanning software.
Viruses can quickly use all available system memory, damage or destroy data
stored on the hard drive, and permanently affect the performance of the
programs they infect. Several commercial virus-scanning programs are
available for purchase, and many websites distribute virus-scanning
programs that you can download.
Before you install a program, read its documentation to learn how the
program works, what hardware it requires, and what its defaults are. A
program usually includes installation instructions in its accompanying
documentation and a software installation routine on its program
diskette(s) or CD(s).
The software installation routine assists you in transferring the appropriate
program files to your computer's hard drive. Installation instructions may
provide details about how to configure your operating system to successfully
run the program. Always read the installation instructions before running a
program's installation routine.
When you run the installation routine, be prepared to respond to prompts
for information about how your computer's operating system is configured,
what type of computer you have, and what peripherals are connected to
your computer.
NOTE: If you experience any problems while installing or operating your
software, see "Software Problems."
TAPI
The Telephony Application Programming Interface (TAPI) enables
Windows-based applications to operate with a wide variety of telephony
devices, including voice, data, fax, video, and so forth. TAPI applications
require a TAPI service provider (TSP), which is a software driver that allows
TAPI applications to communicate with different types of TAPI hardware.
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Microsoft® Windows® and Windows NT® provide a TSP called
Unimodem, which is a "universal" modem service provider that supports a
wide range of commonly used modems. For more information on
Unimodem, see your Windows documentation. When using a TAPI device
other than a modem, such as a Private Branch Exchange (PBX) or a voice
processing card, you will need a TSP provided by the manufacturer of the
device.
The TAPI system-board connector uses a 4-pin cable to interface your
internal TAPI-compliant expansion card with the audio system in your
computer. To locate the TAPI system-board connector, see "System Board
Components." Your system supports TAPI-compliant cards using the
standard TAPI connector. For example, you can connect your modem to the
TAPI connector and then use your audio speakers and microphone as a
speakerphone. The microphone carries your voice into the computer and
then through the TAPI system board connector to your modem card. The
caller’s voice enters through the modem card to the TAPI system board
connector and then out to the speakers. You can also use this configuration
to record and play sound files over the phone.
Installing a TAPI Device
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
Install the TAPI-compliant expansion card.
See the manufacturer’s documentation for more information.
3
Rotate the power supply away from the system board.
4
Connect the 4-pin TAPI cable to the TAPI system-board connector.
To locate the TAPI connector on the system board, see "System Board
Components."
5
Connect the 4-pin TAPI cable to the TAPI expansion-card connector.
To locate the TAPI connector on the expansion card, see the
manufacturer’s documentation.
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6
Rotate the power supply back into position, making sure that the
securing tab snaps into place.
7
Replace the computer cover.
8
Reconnect your computer and peripherals to an electrical outlet, and
then turn them on.
9
Install the appropriate TSP for the TAPI device.
See the manufacturer’s documentation and your Windows
documentation for more information.
Installing a TAPI Sound Card
You can install a TAPI-compliant sound card that has a standard TAPI
connector. For example, you can connect your modem to the TAPI sound
card connector and then use the audio capabilities as a speakerphone.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
Install the TAPI-compliant sound card.
See the manufacturer’s documentation for more information.
3
Enter system setup, click Integrated Devices, and change the setting
for Sound to Off.
4
Connect external audio devices to the sound card’s connectors. Do not
connect external audio devices to the microphone, line-out, or line-in
connectors on the system back panel (see "Back-Panel Connectors and
Indicators").
5
Connect the 4-pin TAPI cable to the TAPI sound-card connector.
To locate the TAPI connector on the sound card, see the
manufacturer’s documentation.
6
Connect the 4-pin TAPI cable to the TAPI expansion-card connector.
To locate the TAPI connector on the expansion card, see the
manufacturer’s documentation.
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Replace the computer cover.
8
Reconnect your computer and peripherals to an electrical outlet, and
then turn them on.
9
Install the appropriate TSP for the TAPI devices.
See the manufacturer’s documentation and your Windows
documentation for more information.
Power Management
Your computer can be set to use less power when you are not working. You
control the power usage through the operating system (OS) installed on
your computer and certain option settings in system setup. These periods of
reduced power are called "sleep states":
•
Standby. In this sleep state, power to most components is reduced or
turned off. However, system memory remains active.
This state is not supported by Windows NT 4.0.
NOTE: This state can be controlled through the Suspend Mode option in
system setup.
•
Hibernate. This sleep state reduces power consumption to a minimum
by writing all data in system memory to a hard drive and then
removing system power. Waking up from this state restarts the
computer, and the memory contents are restored. Operation then
resumes where the system left off when it entered the hibernation
state.
This state is supported by Windows 2000 only.
NOTE: All components installed in the computer must support this
feature and have the appropriate drivers loaded to enter hibernation. For
more information, see the manufacturer’s documentation for each
component.
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•
Shutdown. This sleep state removes all power from the system except
a small auxiliary amount. As long as the computer remains connected
to an electrical outlet, it can be automatically or remotely started. For
example, the Auto Power On feature allows the computer to
automatically start at a time you specify in system setup. Also, your
network administrator can remotely start your computer using a power
management event (PME) such as access through a network
connection (Wakeup On LAN).
The following table lists the sleep states available for each operating system
as well as the methods you can use to "wake up" from each state.
Power Management
Sleep State
Wake-Up Methods
Windows 2000
Windows NT 4.0
Not supported
Press the power button
Auto power on
PME
Move or click the PS/2 mouse
Move or click the USB mouse
Type on the PS/2 keyboard
Type on the USB keyboard
USB device activity
Standby
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Hibernate
• Press the power button
• Auto power on
• PME
Not supported
Shutdown
• Press the power button
• Auto power on
• PME
• Press the power button
• Auto power on
• PME
NOTE: For more information on power management, see your operating
system documentation.
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Dell System Utilities
If you received your computer from Dell with the operating system
preinstalled, Dell also installed the system utilities. If you are reinstalling
the operating system, you also need to reinstall the system utilities on your
computer. The utilities are available on the Dell ResourceCD and from the
Dell support website. See "Finding Information and Assistance" for more
information.
AutoShutdown
The Dell AutoShutdown utility lets you perform an orderly system
shutdown and then turn off your computer after successfully closing the
OS. All this is done with a single touch of the power button. Additionally,
AutoShutdown works with some application programs to prompt you to
save your files before the computer turns off (such as Microsoft Word and
Excel).
NOTICE: The AutoShutdown utility is intended only for use in Windows NT®.
The functions of this utility are incorporated into Windows® 2000.
To verify whether the utility is installed and running under Windows NT,
open the Control Panel and double-click Services. If the AutoShutdown
service is installed and running, it is listed with the status Started.
Asset Tag
The Dell Asset Tag utility is an MS-DOS® program for displaying and
setting the system asset tag and system owner tag.
Auto Power On
The Dell Auto Power On utility is an MS-DOS program that can be used in
a batch file to determine how the system was turned on (by the power
button or by the Auto Power On option in system setup) or to turn off the
system from DOS.
NOTICE: The Auto Power On utility is intended only for use in MS-DOS.
Turning off the computer by using the autopwr.com utility in Windows NT can
cause loss of data.
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SECTION 3
Installing Upgrades
Computer Cover
Interior Service Label
Power Supply
Front Panel (Mini Tower Chassis Only)
System Memory
Disk Drives and Media
AGP Card Brace (Mini Tower Chassis Only)
Expansion Cards
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Computer Cover
Removing the Computer Cover
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, and disconnect them from
their electrical outlets.
2
If installed, remove the padlock from the padlock ring on the back
panel.
3
Remove the computer cover.
If your computer is a mini tower chassis, perform the following steps:
a
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Face the back of the computer and slide the outer padlock ring to
the left to unlock the cover release mechanism (see the following
figure).
C o v e r R e l e a s e M e c h a n i s m ( M i n i To w e r C h a s s i s )
b
Press the cover release button located at the bottom-left corner of
the front panel (see the following figure).
c
Rotate the bottom of the cover outward, away from the chassis.
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cover release button
d
Lift the cover away from the chassis.
e
Turn the computer on its right side before you begin working
inside the chassis.
If your computer is a desktop chassis, perform the following steps:
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a
Press the two cover release buttons located on the left and right
sides of the cover (see the following figure).
b
Rotate the back of the cover upward, away from the chassis.
Removing the Cover (Desktop Chassis)
padlock ring
cover release buttons (2)
D
c
Lift the cover away from the chassis.
Replacing the Computer Cover
1
Check all cable connections and fold cables out of the way so that they
do not catch on the computer cover. Ensure that cables are not routed
over the drive cage—they will prevent the cover from closing properly.
2
Ensure that no tools or extra parts (including screws) are left inside the
computer chassis.
3
Replace the computer cover.
If your computer is a mini tower chassis, perform the following steps:
a
Hold the cover at a slight angle as shown in the following figure.
While aligning the top of the cover with the top of the chassis,
insert the three hooks on the cover into the three recessed slots on
the computer chassis.
b
Rotate the cover downward toward the bottom of the chassis.
With both hands, press against the bottom edge of the cover to
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ensure that the securing hooks at the bottom of the cover click
into place.
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hook
recessed slot
c
Slide the two parts of the padlock ring together to lock the cover
release mechanism.
If your computer is a desktop chassis, perform the following steps:
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a
Hold the cover at a slight angle as shown in the following figure.
b
Fit the three cover hooks into the recessed slots at the bottom of
chassis. (It might be helpful to look down into the chassis to verify
that the hooks are in place.)
c
Rotate the cover downward and into position. Ensure that the two
cover release buttons click into place.
Replacing the Cover (Desktop Chassis )
recessed
slots (3)
cover release buttons (2)
hooks (3)
Interior Service Label
A service label affixed to the inside of your computer cover indicates the
location of system board components and connectors.
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interior view of
left side cover
service
label
Interior Service Label (Desktop Chassis)
interior view of
top cover
service
label
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Power Supply
To access some of the components on the system board, you may need to
rotate the system power supply out of the way.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
Ensure that the AC power cable is disconnected from the AC power
receptacle on the back of the power supply. See "Rotating the Power
Supply (Mini Tower Chassis)" or "Rotating the Power Supply
(Desktop Chassis)."
3
Free the power supply from the securing tab by pressing the tab
labeled "RELEASE." Then rotate the power supply upward until it
locks in its extended position.
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power supply
AC power
cable
securing tab
release latch
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Rotating the Power Supply (Desktop Chassis)
securing tab
power supply
AC power
cable
release latch
When you have finished accessing components on the system board, rotate
the power supply back to its original position until the release latch snaps
into the securing tab.
Front Panel (Mini Tower Chassis Only)
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
To remove the front panel, you first must remove the computer cover. With
the cover removed, release the front panel by pressing the green front-panel
release button marked with the icon (see the following figure).
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front-panel
latches (2)
front-panel release
button
front-panel tabs (2)
retaining hooks (2)
While pressing the front-panel release button, rotate the top of the panel
outward, away from the chassis. Lift the panel away from the chassis.
To replace the front panel, fit the two front-panel retaining hooks into the
recessed slots at the bottom of the chassis. See "Removing the Front Panel
(Mini Tower Chassis)." Then rotate the top of the panel toward the chassis
until the front-panel latches snap into the tabs on the front panel.
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System Memory
Your computer supports Rambus dynamic random-access memory
(RDRAM) Rambus in-line memory modules (RIMMs) in 64-, 128-, 256-,
and 512-megabyte (MB) capacities (see "Sample Memory Module
Configurations"). Each socket that does not contain a RIMM must contain
a Rambus continuity RIMM (CRIMM). To locate the RIMM sockets on the
system board, see "System Board Components."
System Memory Installation Guidelines
When installing memory modules in the system board sockets, observe the
following guidelines:
•
To reach the maximum 2-gigabyte (GB) memory total, you must
install four 512-MB RIMMs that each have a maximum of 16 memory
devices. The system supports no more than a total of 64 memory
devices on all installed RIMMs.
•
See "RIMM Label" for the location of the label on a RIMM that
identifies the number of memory devices it contains. You can also
determine the number of memory devices installed through the
System Memory option in system setup.
NOTE: The computer does not support RIMMs with six memory devices.
•
Each RIMM socket must be occupied either by a RIMM or a CRIMM,
and must be upgraded in matched pairs of identical capacity in slots 1
and 2 or slots 3 and 4.
•
Mixed RIMM pairs provides a capacity equal to the sum of the four
RIMMs; mixed pairs of RIMMs that provide error checking and
correction (ECC) and non-ECC will all function as non-ECC.
•
Be sure to install a RIMM in socket 1 first (closest to the processor)
before installing modules in the other sockets.
•
The system board supports PC600 and PC800 memory modules.
PC700 memory is supported, but it will operate at PC600 speeds.
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Sample Memory Module Configurations
Total Memory
Socket 1
Socket 2
Socket 3
Socket 4
128 MB
64 MB
64 MB
CRIMM
CRIMM
256 MB
64 MB
64 MB
64 MB
64 MB
256 MB
128 MB
128 MB
CRIMM
CRIMM
512 MB
128 MB
128 MB
128 MB
128 MB
512 MB
256 MB
256 MB
CRIMM
CRIMM
1024 MB
256 MB
256 MB
256 MB
256 MB
1024 MB
512 MB
512 MB
CRIMM
CRIMM
2048 MB
512 MB
512 MB
512 MB
512 MB
RIMM L abel
number of memory
devices in RIMM
128MB/16 ECC xxx
Upgrading System Memory
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
CAUTION: RIMMs can get very hot during system operation. Be
sure that the RIMMs have had sufficient time to cool before you
touch them.
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1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
Rotate the power supply away from the system board.
3
If necessary, remove any modules (RIMMs or CRIMMs) that occupy
sockets in which you plan to install the upgrade modules.
NOTE: The system supports no more than a total of 64 memory devices
on all installed RIMMs. See "RIMM Label" for the location of the label on
the RIMM that identifies the number of memory devices it contains. You
can also determine the number of memory devices installed through the
System Memory option in system setup.
4
Install the upgrade modules.
5
Rotate the power supply back into position, making sure that the
securing tab snaps into place.
6
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following
message to be displayed at the next system start-up:
ALERT! Cover was previously removed.
The system detects that the new memory does not match the existing
system configuration information and generates the following
message:
The amount of system memory has changed.
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup
utility
7
Enter system setup, and check the value for System Memory. The
system should have already changed the value of System Memory to
reflect the newly installed memory. If the new total is correct, skip to
step 9.
8
If the memory total is incorrect, repeat step 1 and step 2. Check the
installed modules to ensure that they are seated properly in their
sockets. Then repeat step 5 through step 7.
9
When the System Memory total is correct, exit system setup.
10
Run the Dell Diagnostics to verify that the memory modules are
operating properly.
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Removing a Memory Module
NOTICE: Before disconnecting a peripheral from the system or removing a
component from the system board, verify that the standby power indicator on
the system board has turned off. To locate this indicator, see "System Board
Components."
NOTICE: To avoid damage to the memory module, press the securing clips
with equal force applied at each end of the socket.
1
Press the securing clips at each end of the socket outward
simultaneously until the module pops out slightly from the socket (see
the following figure).
2
Lift the module away from the socket.
NOTE: If you remove a module (RIMM or CRIMM), you must install another
module in the empty socket before turning on the computer.
Removing a Memor y Module
securing clips (2)
Installing a Memory Module
1
Press the securing clips at each end of the socket outward until they
snap open (see the following figure).
2
Align the slots on the bottom of the module with the two ridges inside
the socket.
NOTICE: To avoid damage to the memory module, press the module straight
down into the socket with equal force applied at each end of the module.
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3
Press the module straight down into the socket until the securing clips
snap into place at the ends of the module.
Installing a Memory Module
securing clips (2)
slots (2)
Disk Drives and Media
Installing a CD, Zip, or Other Externally Accessible Drive in a
Mini Tower Chassis
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
Rotate the power supply away from the system board.
3
Remove the front panel.
4
Remove the drive bracket from the chassis drive bay you want to use.
Squeeze together the metal tabs that extend from each side of the
drive bracket, and pull the bracket out of the bay (see the following
figure).
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bracket tabs (2)
If a drive is already installed in the bay and you are replacing it,
disconnect the DC power cable and interface cable from the back of
the drive before removing the bracket from the bay. To remove the old
drive from the bracket, turn the drive/bracket assembly upside down
and remove the four screws that secure the drive to the bracket (see
"Attaching a Drive Bracket to the New Drive").
5
Unpack the drive and prepare it for installation.
NOTICE: Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the
back of the computer.
See the documentation that accompanied the drive to verify that the
drive is configured for your computer. Change any settings necessary
for your configuration.
6
Attach the new drive to the drive bracket.
Turn the drive upside down, and fit the bracket on the drive so that the
screw holes align. To ensure proper installation, all screw holes should
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be aligned and the tabs on the front of the bracket should be flush
with the front of the drive (see the following figure).
Attaching a Drive Bracket to the New Drive
drive
bracket tabs (2)
drive bracket
screws (4)
To further ensure proper positioning of the drive in the chassis, insert
and tighten all four screws in the order in which the holes are numbered
(the holes are marked "1" through "4").
7
Slide the new drive/bracket assembly into the drive bay until both
drive bracket tabs snap securely into place (see the following figure).
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drive/bracket assembly
bracket tabs (2)
8
Connect the interface cable for the drive. See "Attaching Drive Cables
(Mini Tower Chassis)."
NOTICE: To avoid possible damage, you must match the colored strip on the
interface cable with pin 1 on both the drive and system board connectors.
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a
If you are installing an enhanced integrated drive electronics
(EIDE) device, ensure that the interface cable is properly
connected to the EIDE connector on the system board. For more
information, see "EIDE Device Installation Guidelines."
b
If you are installing a small computer system interface (SCSI)
device, ensure that the SCSI interface cable is properly connected
to the interface connector on the SCSI controller board. For more
information, see "SCSI Device Installation Guidelines."
Connect a DC power cable to the power input connector on the back
of the drive (see the following figure).
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power input
connector
DC power cable
secondary
system board
EIDE connector
interface connector
interface cable
10
Ensure that all cables are firmly connected. Fold cables out of the way
to provide airflow for the fan and cooling vents.
11
If the chassis drive bay was previously empty, remove the
corresponding insert from the front panel.
Hold the front panel with the outside facing you. Press the ends of the
insert with your thumbs until the insert snaps free of the front panel.
12
Replace the front panel.
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13
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following
message to be displayed at the next system start-up:
ALERT! Cover was previously removed.
14
If the drive you installed is a hard drive, enter system setup, and
update the drive settings.
After you update the system settings, exit system setup and reboot the
computer.
15
If the device you installed is a hard drive, partition and logically format
the drive before proceeding to the next step.
See the operating system’s documentation for instructions.
16
17
Test the drive to verify that it is operating properly.
•
If the drive you installed is a hard drive, run the Dell Diagnostics
to test the drive.
•
For other types of drives, see the drive’s documentation for
information on testing the drive.
If the drive you installed is the primary hard drive, install the operating
system on the drive.
See the operating system’s documentation for instructions.
NOTE: Tape drives sold by Dell come with their own operating software and
documentation. After you install a tape drive, refer to the documentation that
came with the drive for instructions on installing and using the tape drive
software.
Installing a CD, Zip, or Other Externally Accessible Drive in a
Desktop Chassis
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
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1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
Rotate the power supply away from the system board.
3
Remove the drive bracket from the chassis drive bay you want to use.
Squeeze together the metal tabs that extend from each side of the
drive bracket, and pull the bracket out of the bay (see the following
figure).
Removing a Drive Bracket (Desktop Chassis)
bracket tabs (2)
If a drive is already installed in the bay and you are replacing it,
disconnect the DC power cable and interface cable from the back of
the drive before removing the bracket from the bay. To remove the old
drive from the bracket, turn the drive/bracket assembly upside down
and remove the four screws that secure the drive to the bracket. See
"Attaching a Drive Bracket to the New Drive."
4
Unpack the drive and prepare it for installation.
NOTICE: Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the
back of the computer.
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See the documentation that accompanied the drive to verify that the
drive is configured for your computer. Change any settings necessary
for your configuration.
5
Attach the new drive to the drive bracket.
Turn the drive upside down, and fit the bracket on the drive so that the
screw holes align. To ensure proper installation, all screw holes should
be aligned and the tabs on the front of the bracket should be flush
with the front of the drive (see the following figure).
Attaching a Drive Bracket to the New Drive
drive
bracket tabs (2)
drive bracket
screws (4)
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To further ensure proper positioning of the drive in the chassis, insert
and tighten all four screws in the order in which the holes are numbered
(the holes are marked "1" through "4").
6
Slide the new drive/bracket assembly into the drive bay until both
drive bracket tabs snap securely into place (see the following figure).
Installing the Drive Bracket (Desktop Chassis)
drive/bracket assembly
bracket tabs (2)
7
Connect the interface cable for the drive. See "Attaching Drive Cables
(Desktop Chassis)."
NOTICE: To avoid possible damage, you must match the colored strip on the
interface cable with pin 1 on both the drive and system board connectors.
a
If you are installing an EIDE device, ensure that the interface
cable is properly connected to the EIDE connector on the system
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board. For more information, see "EIDE Device Installation
Guidelines."
b
8
If you are installing a SCSI device, ensure that the SCSI interface
cable is properly connected to the interface connector on the SCSI
controller board. For more information, see "SCSI Device
Installation Guidelines."
Connect a DC power cable to the power input connector on the back
of the drive (see the following figure).
Attaching Drive Cables (Desktop Chassis)
power input
connector
DC power cable
secondary
system board
EIDE connector
9
10
interface connector
interface cable
Ensure that all cables are firmly connected. Fold cables out of the way
to provide airflow for the fan and cooling vents.
If the chassis drive bay was previously empty, remove the
corresponding insert from the computer cover.
Hold the cover with the outside facing you. Press the ends of the insert
with your thumbs until the insert snaps free of the cover.
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11
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following
message to be displayed at the next system start-up:
ALERT! Cover was previously removed.
12
If the drive you installed is a hard drive, enter system setup, and
update the drive settings.
After you update the system settings, exit system setup and reboot the
computer.
13
If the device you installed is a hard drive, partition and logically format
the drive before proceeding to the next step.
See the operating system’s documentation for instructions.
14
15
Test the drive to verify that it is operating properly.
•
If the drive you installed is a hard drive, run the Dell Diagnostics
to test the drive.
•
For other types of drives, see the drive’s documentation for
information on testing the drive.
If the drive you installed is the primary hard drive, install the operating
system on the drive.
See the operating system’s documentation for instructions.
NOTE: Tape drives sold by Dell come with their own operating software
and documentation. After you install a tape drive, refer to the
documentation that came with the drive for instructions on installing and
using the tape drive software.
Installing a Hard Drive in a Mini Tower Chassis
NOTE: If you are replacing a hard drive that contains data you want to keep,
be sure to back up your files before you begin this procedure.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
Rotate the power supply away from the system board.
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3
Remove the front panel.
4
Remove the drive bracket from the chassis.
Pull the drive door forward and down until the hard-drive bracket is
ejected halfway out of the chassis (see the following figure). Then
grasp the bracket and pull it completely out of the chassis.
R e m o v i n g t h e H a r d - D r i v e B r a c k e t ( M i n i To w e r C h a s s i s )
hard-drive
bracket
drive door
handle
drive door
If a drive is already installed in the bracket, disconnect the DC power
cable and interface cable from the back of the drive before removing
the bracket from the chassis. To remove the old drive from the bracket,
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remove the four screws that secure the drive in the bracket (see the
following figure).
5
Unpack the drive and prepare it for installation.
NOTICE: Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the
back of the computer.
See the documentation that accompanied the drive to verify that the
drive is configured for your computer. Change any settings necessary
for your configuration.
6
Slide the drive into one of bracket bays, oriented so that the
connectors on the back of the drive will face the interior of the chassis
when the bracket is reinstalled (see the following figure).
7
Align the screw holes of the drive and bracket, and secure the drive in
the bracket using the screws that came with the upgrade kit (see the
following figure).
I n s t a l l i n g a H a r d D r i v e i n t h e B r a c k e t ( M i n i To w e r C h a s s i s )
drive bracket
drive
screws (4)
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NOTE: Orient the drive in the bracket so that its bottom will face the left
side of the chassis when the bracket is installed in the chassis.
8
Reinstall the hard-drive bracket in the chassis (see the following
figure).
Insert the drive bracket into the chassis, sliding it in until the tabs snap
into place. Rotate the drive door upward to the chassis until it snaps
securely into place.
NOTE: When you rotate the drive door back into place, ensure that the
tabs on the drive door are inserted between the drive bracket and the drive
cage.
NOTE: Be sure to fold down the drive door handle so that the front panel
can be replaced on the chassis.
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I n s t a l l i n g t h e H a r d - D r i v e B r a c k e t ( M i n i To w e r C h a s s i s )
drive cage
bracket tabs (2)
drive bracket
9
Connect the interface cable for the drive. See "Attaching Hard-Drive
Cables (Mini Tower Chassis)."
NOTICE: To avoid possible damage, you must match the colored strip on the
interface cable with pin 1 on both the drive and system board connectors.
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a
If you are installing an EIDE device, ensure that the IDE interface
cable is properly connected to the EIDE connector on the system
board. For more information, see "EIDE Device Installation
Guidelines."
b
If you are installing a SCSI device, ensure that the SCSI interface
cable is properly connected to the interface connector on the SCSI
controller board. For more information, see "SCSI Device
Installation Guidelines."
Connect a DC power cable to the power input connector on the back
of the drive (see the following figure).
A t t a c h i n g H a r d - D r i v e C a b l e s ( M i n i To w e r C h a s s i s )
power input
connector
DC power cable
primary
system board
EIDE connector
interface connector
interface cable
11
Ensure that all cables are firmly connected. Fold cables out of the way
to provide airflow for the fan and cooling vents.
12
Ensure that the control panel cable is firmly connected to the system
board.
The control panel contains the hard-drive activity indicator. To locate
the control panel system board connector, see "System Board
Components."
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13
Replace the front panel.
14
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following
message to be displayed at the next system start-up:
ALERT! Cover was previously removed.
15
Enter system setup, and update the drive settings.
After you update the system settings, exit system setup and reboot the
computer.
16
Partition and logically format the drive before proceeding to the next
step.
See the operating system’s documentation for instructions.
17
Run the Dell Diagnostics to test the drive.
18
If the hard drive you installed is the primary drive, install the operating
system on the drive.
See the operating system’s documentation for instructions.
Installing a Hard Drive in a Desktop Chassis
NOTE: If you are replacing a hard drive that contains data you want to keep,
be sure to back up your files before you begin this procedure.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
Rotate the power supply away from the system board.
3
Remove the drive bracket from the chassis.
Remove the screw holding the drive bracket in the chassis. Lift the
drive bracket up to disengage it from the latch on the externally
accessible drive bay and the three hooks on the front of the chassis (see
the following figure).
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Removing the Hard- Drive Bracket (Desktop Chassis)
screw
hooks (3)
hard-drive bracket
If a drive is already installed in the bracket, disconnect the DC power
cable and interface cable from the back of the drive before removing
the bracket from the chassis. To remove the old drive from the bracket,
remove the four screws that secure the drive in the bracket (see the
following figure).
4
Unpack the drive and prepare it for installation.
NOTICE: Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the
back of the computer.
See the documentation that accompanied the drive to verify that the
drive is configured for your computer. Change any settings necessary
for your configuration.
5
Slide the drive into one of bracket bays, oriented so that the
connectors on the back of the drive will face the interior of the chassis
when the bracket is reinstalled (see the following figure).
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6
Align the screw holes of the drive and bracket, and secure the drive in
the bracket using the screws that came with the upgrade kit (see the
following figure).
Installing a Hard Drive in the Bracket (Desktop Chassis)
drive bracket
drive
screws (4)
NOTE: Orient the drive in the bracket so that its bottom will face the left
side of the chassis when the bracket is installed in the chassis.
7
Reinstall the hard-drive bracket in the chassis (see the following
figure).
Insert the bracket into the chassis by inserting the hooks in the slots on
the front of the chassis. Then lower the bracket to the bottom of the
chassis, making sure that the latch on the externally accessible drive
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bay is engaged. Replace the screw holding the drive bracket to the
drive bay.
Installing the Hard-Drive Bracket (Desktop Chassis)
screw
hooks (3)
hard-drive bracket
latch
8
Connect the interface cable for the drive. See "Attaching Hard-Drive
Cables (Desktop Chassis)."
NOTICE: To avoid possible damage, you must match the colored strip on the
interface cable with pin 1 on both the drive and system board connectors.
a
If you are installing an EIDE device, ensure that the IDE interface
cable is properly connected to the EIDE connector on the system
board. For more information, see "EIDE Device Installation
Guidelines."
b
If you are installing a SCSI device, ensure that the SCSI interface
cable is properly connected to the interface connector on the SCSI
controller board. For more information, see "SCSI Device
Installation Guidelines."
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9
Connect a DC power cable to the power input connector on the back
of the drive (see the following figure).
Attaching Hard-Drive Cables (Desktop Chassis)
DC power cable
power input connector
interface connector
interface cable
primary system board EIDE connector
10
Ensure that all cables are firmly connected. Fold cables out of the way
to provide airflow for the fan and cooling vents.
11
Ensure that the control panel cable is firmly connected to the system
board.
The control panel contains the hard-drive activity indicator. To locate
the control panel system board connector, see "System Board
Components."
12
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following
message to be displayed at the next system start-up:
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ALERT! Cover was previously removed.
13
Enter system setup, and update the drive settings.
After you update the system settings, exit system setup and reboot the
computer.
14
Partition and logically format the drive before proceeding to the next
step.
See the operating system’s documentation for instructions.
15
Run the Dell Diagnostics to test the drive.
16
If the hard drive you installed is the primary drive, install the operating
system on the drive.
See the operating system’s documentation for instructions.
EIDE Device Installation Guidelines
Jumper Settings
All EIDE drives should be configured for the Cable Select jumper position,
which assigns master and slave status to drives by their position on the
interface cable. When two EIDE drives are connected to a single EIDE
interface cable and are configured for the Cable Select jumper position, the
drive 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). Refer to the documentation
in your drive upgrade kit for information on setting devices to the Cable
Select jumper position.
General Guidelines
With the two EIDE interface connectors on the system board, your system
can support up to four EIDE drives:
•
The primary EIDE system-board connector should be cabled to EIDE
hard drives
•
The secondary EIDE connector should be cabled to EIDE CD, DVD,
tape, LS-120, and Zip drives
NOTE: An LS-120 drive is typically installed as the master device on the
secondary EIDE system-board connector.
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To locate the EIDE interface connectors on the system board, see "System
Board Components." Each EIDE interface connector on the system board
supports the following:
•
Two channels, master and slave
•
Logical block addressing (LBA)
•
PIO Mode 3 and Mode 4
•
Ultra Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA)/100 (backwardcompatible with ATA/66 and ATA/33)
EIDE Cables
To transfer data at full speed, Ultra ATA/100 hard drives require an 80conductor cable like that used with ATA/66 drives. The 80-conductor cable
has a 40-pin connector like the ATA/33 cable, but it has twice as many wires
within the cable. If you use an ATA/33 cable with Ultra ATA/100 hard drives,
the drives will operate properly, but data will transfer at ATA/33 speeds.
NOTICE: Dell recommends that you use only EIDE cables purchased from
Dell. Cables purchased elsewhere are not guaranteed to work with Dell™
computers.
SCSI Device Installation Guidelines
This section describes how to configure and install SCSI devices in your
system. To install a SCSI device, you must have a SCSI controller card
installed in your system.
SCSI ID Numbers
Internal SCSI devices must have a unique SCSI ID number from 0 to 15.
When SCSI devices are shipped from Dell, the default SCSI ID numbers
for the primary and secondary controllers are assigned as follows:
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•
SCSI controller: SCSI ID 7
•
Boot SCSI hard drive: SCSI ID 0
•
SCSI CD drive: SCSI ID 5
•
SCSI tape or digital audio tape (DAT) drive: SCSI ID 6
NOTE: There is no requirement that SCSI ID numbers be assigned
sequentially or that devices be attached to the cable in order by ID
number.
SCSI devices installed by Dell are configured correctly during the
manufacturing process. You do not need to set the SCSI ID for these SCSI
devices.
If you attach additional optional SCSI devices, refer to the documentation
for each device for information about setting the appropriate SCSI ID
number.
NOTICE: Dell recommends that you use only SCSI cables purchased from
Dell. Cables purchased elsewhere are not guaranteed to work with Dell
systems.
Device Termination
SCSI logic requires that termination be enabled for the two devices at
opposite ends of the SCSI chain and disabled for all devices in between.
Dell recommends that you use terminated cables and that you disable
termination on all devices. See the documentation provided with any
optional SCSI device you purchase for information on disabling
termination on the device.
General Guidelines
Follow these general guidelines when installing SCSI devices in your
computer:
•
Although you install SCSI devices essentially the same way as other
devices, their configuration requirements are different. For details on
configuring your particular SCSI subsystem, refer to the
documentation for your SCSI devices and/or your host adapter card.
•
Configure the device for a SCSI ID number and disable termination, if
necessary.
•
If you are installing an external SCSI device, connect one end of the
external SCSI cable to the bus connector on the back of the device.
Attach the other end of the external SCSI cable to the connector on
the controller installed in the computer.
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•
After installing a SCSI hard drive, Primary Drive 0 and Primary Drive
1 should be set to None in system setup. If you have any EIDE devices
on the second EIDE channel, such as a CD or tape drive, Secondary
Drive 0 and/or Secondary Drive 1 should be set to Auto.
•
You may need to use programs other than those provided with the
operating system to partition and format SCSI hard drives. Refer to
the documentation that came with your SCSI software drivers for
information on installing the appropriate drivers and preparing your
SCSI hard drive for use.
SCSI Cables
Ultra 160/m and Ultra2/Wide low-voltage differential (LVD) drives
(typically hard drives) both use a 68-pin cable. One end of the cable
attaches to the SCSI controller card. The remaining connectors on the cable
attach to the various drives.
Narrow SCSI drives (tape drives, CD drives, and some hard drives) use a
50-pin cable. One end of this cable attaches to the SCSI controller card.
The remaining connectors on the cable attach to the various Narrow SCSI
devices.
NOTICE: Dell recommends that you use only SCSI cables purchased from
Dell. Cables purchased elsewhere are not guaranteed to work with Dell
systems.
AGP Card Brace (Mini Tower Chassis
Only)
To access some components on the system board in the mini tower chassis,
you may need to remove the accelerated graphics port (AGP) card brace.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
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1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
Remove the screw that secures the AGP card brace to the chassis (see
the following figure).
R e m o v i n g t h e A G P C a r d B r a c e ( M i n i To w e r C h a s s i s )
expansion-card guide
Front of
Computer
AGP card brace
screw
tab
slot
3
Rotate the brace up until it disengages from the card guide at the front
of the chassis. Then lift the brace away from the chassis.
To replace the AGP card brace, perform the following steps:
1
Insert the tab on one end of the brace into the slot on the card guide at
the front of the chassis. See "Removing the AGP Card Brace (Mini
Tower Chassis)."
2
Lower the brace, ensuring that the AGP retention lever on the bottom
of the brace is aligned with the top of the AGP card.
3
Replace the screw that secures the brace to the chassis.
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Expansion Cards
The system provides expansion slots for the following cards:
•
Up to five 32-bit, 33-megahertz (MHz) Peripheral Component
Interconnect (PCI) expansion cards.
•
One 32-bit AGP card. The expansion slot supports AGP 4x or 2x Pro50
modes operating at 1.5 volts (V).
See "Expansion Card Types" for examples of these cards.
NOTE: 3.3-volt-only AGP cards are not supported. The AGP connector on the
system board is keyed so that these cards will not fit into your computer.
NOTE: To meet PC99 Workstation requirements, your Dell computer uses
only PCI expansion slots. Industry-Standard Architecture (ISA) expansion
cards are not supported. This is an industry standard for ease-of-use.
NOTICE: Before disconnecting a peripheral from the system or removing a
component from the system board, verify that the standby power indicator on
the system board has turned off. To locate this indicator, see "System Board
Components."
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E x p a n s i o n C a r d Ty p e s
32-bit PCI card
AGP 4x card
AGP 4x Pro50 card
Installing an Expansion Card
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
Prepare the expansion card for installation.
See the documentation that came with the expansion card for
information on configuring the card, making internal connections, or
otherwise customizing it for your system.
3
If you have a mini tower chassis and you are installing an AGP card,
remove the AGP card brace.
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4
Remove the screw that secures the expansion-slot filler bracket to the
chassis, and remove the bracket from the chassis (see the following
figure).
Save the screw to use when installing the expansion card later in this
procedure.
Removing the Fil ler Bracket
screw
filler bracket
CAUTION: Some network interface controllers (NICs)
automatically start up the system 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 expansion
cards. Verify that the standby power indicator on the system
board is off. To locate this indicator, see "System Board
Components."
5
Insert the expansion card into the expansion-card connector.
If the expansion card is full-length, insert the end of the card into the
expansion-card guide bracket as you lower the card toward its
connector on the system board. Insert the card firmly into the
expansion-card connector on the system board (see the following
figure).
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NOTE: The procedure for installing an expansion card in the desktop
chassis is the same as that for the mini tower.
Installing an Expansion Card
screw
bracket
expansion card
card edge
connector
card connector
NOTICE: An AGP Pro50 card may use multiple screws on its bracket. Install
all screws on the expansion card’s bracket.
6
Secure the card's bracket to the chassis with the screw you removed in
step 4.
7
Connect any cables that should be attached to the card.
See the documentation for the card for information about the card's
cable connections.
8
If you removed the AGP brace, replace it.
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9
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following
message to be displayed at the next system start-up:
ALERT! Cover was previously removed.
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11
If you installed a sound card, perform the following steps:
a
Enter system setup, select Integrated Devices and change the
setting for Sound to Off.
b
Connect external audio devices to the sound card’s connectors.
Do not connect external audio devices to the microphone, lineout, or line-in connectors on the system back panel (see "BackPanel Connectors and Indicators").
If you installed an add-in NIC, perform the following steps:
a
Enter system setup, select Integrated Devices and change the
setting for Network Interface Card to Off.
b
Connect the network cable to the add-in NIC’s connectors. Do
not connect the network cable to the integrated NIC connector on
the system back panel (see "Back-Panel Connectors and
Indicators").
Removing an Expansion Card
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
If you have a mini tower chassis and you are removing an AGP card,
remove the AGP card brace.
3
If necessary, disconnect any cables connected to the card.
4
Remove the screw that secures the expansion card bracket to the
chassis.
Save the screw to use when installing the expansion card or filler
bracket later in this procedure.
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Grasp the card by its top corners, and ease it out of its connector.
6
If you are removing the card permanently, install a filler bracket in the
empty card-slot opening, using the screw you removed in step 4.
If you need a filler bracket, contact Dell and order part number 81808.
NOTE: Installing filler brackets over empty card-slot openings is
necessary to maintain Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
certification of the system. The brackets also keep dust and dirt out of
your computer.
7
If you removed the AGP brace, replace it.
8
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following
message to be displayed at the next system start-up:
ALERT! Cover was previously removed.
9
10
If you removed a sound card, perform the following steps:
a
Enter system setup, select Integrated Devices and change the
setting for Sound to On.
b
Connect external audio devices to the audio connectors on the
system back panel (see "Back-Panel Connectors and Indicators").
If you removed an add-in NIC, perform the following steps:
a
Enter system setup, select Integrated Devices and change the
setting for Network Interface Card to On.
b
Connect the network cable to the integrated NIC connector on
the system back panel (see "Back-Panel Connectors and
Indicators").
Microprocessor
Upgrading the Microprocessor
NOTE: Dell recommends that only a technically knowledgeable person
perform this procedure.
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NOTE: If your Dell microprocessor upgrade kit includes a replacement
voltage regulator module (VRM), follow the instructions in the documentation
that came with the upgrade kit.
CAUTION: The processor can get very hot during system
operation. Be sure that the processor has had sufficient time to
cool before you touch it.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
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1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
Rotate the power supply away from the system board.
3
Remove the airflow shroud.
•
If your computer is a mini tower chassis, pull back the release tabs
on the top of the shroud and lift the shroud up until the anchor
tabs disengage from the chassis frame. See "Removing the Airflow
Shroud (Mini Tower Chassis)." Then lift the airflow shroud out of
the chassis.
•
If your computer is a desktop chassis, lift the shroud up until the
anchor tabs disengage from the chassis frame. See "Removing the
Airflow Shroud (Desktop Chassis)." Then lift the airflow shroud
out of the chassis.
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release tabs (2)
anchor tabs (3)
airflow shroud
microprocessor
with heat sink
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Removing the Air fl ow Shroud (Desktop Chassis)
anchor tabs (3)
airflow shroud
microprocessor
with heat sink
4
5
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Remove the microprocessor heat sink:
a
For each of the metal clips that secure the heat sink to the
microprocessor, press down on the clip’s latch to release it from
the heat-sink retention base. Then lift the clip away from the heat
sink (see the following figure).
b
Lift the heat sink away from the microprocessor.
Discard the original microprocessor heat sink and securing clips.
NOTE: Your microprocessor upgrade kit should include a replacement
microprocessor heat sink and two replacement securing clips.
NOTICE: Do not discard the original microprocessor heat sink or securing
clips unless you are installing a microprocessor upgrade kit from Dell. If you
are not installing a microprocessor upgrade kit from Dell, reuse the original
heat sink and securing clips when replacing the microprocessor.
Removing the Microprocessor Heat Sink
latch
latch
securing clip
securing clip
heat sink
retention base
microprocessor
socket
6
Remove the microprocessor from its connector.
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Your microprocessor uses a zero insertion force (ZIF) socket with a
lever-type handle that secures or releases the microprocessor.
To remove the microprocessor, pull the socket lever straight up until
the microprocessor is released. Then remove the microprocessor from
the socket (see the following figure).
Removing the Microprocess or
microprocessor
microprocessor
socket
socket lever
7
Install the new microprocessor in the socket:
a
Ensure that the lever on the microprocessor socket is fully
extended to the release position.
NOTICE: When you place the microprocessor in the socket, ensure that the
microprocessor aligns properly with the socket. You must position the
microprocessor correctly in the socket to avoid damage.
b
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Align pin 1 of the new microprocessor with pin 1 of the socket.
NOTE: Pin 1 of the microprocessor is indicated by a small dot or a
triangle in one corner of the microprocessor. Pin 1 of the socket is
indicated by a small triangle in one corner of the socket. See "Replacing
the Microprocessor."
c
Carefully set the microprocessor in the socket and press it down
lightly to seat it.
d
Rotate the socket lever back toward the socket until it snaps into
place, securing the microprocessor.
Replacing the Microproces sor
microprocessor pin-1
indicators
microprocessor
microprocessor
socket
socket lever
8
socket pin-1
indicator
Install the replacement microprocessor heat sink:
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NOTICE: If you are not installing a microprocessor upgrade kit from Dell,
reuse the original heat sink and securing clips when replacing the
microprocessor.
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a
Remove the film covering the thermal grease on the bottom of the
heat sink.
b
Lower the heat sink to the microprocessor so that the heat sink fits
in the heat sink retention base.
c
For each of the replacement metal clips that secure the heat sink
to the microprocessor, fit the end of the clip that does not have the
latch to the heat sink retention base. Then, press down on the
clip’s latch to secure the clip to the heat sink retention base (see
"Removing the Microprocessor Heat Sink").
Replace the airflow shroud.
10
Rotate the power supply back into position, making sure that the
securing tab snaps into place.
11
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following
message to be displayed at the next system start-up:
ALERT! Cover was previously removed.
12
Enter system setup, and confirm that the top line in the System Data
area correctly identifies the new microprocessor. Also, confirm that the
values under the CPU Information menu are correct for the new
microprocessor.
13
Exit system setup, and then run the Dell Diagnostics to verify that the
new microprocessor is operating properly.
System Battery
The 3.0-V CR2032 coin-cell battery installed on the system board provides
power to retain the configuration, date, and time information when the
system is turned off. The system battery is designed to provide years of
service without being replaced. However, you may need to replace the
battery if configuration or clock-related inconsistencies occur or if one of
the following messages is displayed during the boot routine:
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Time-of-day not set - please run SETUP program
or
Invalid configuration information please run SETUP program
or
Strike the F1 key to continue,
F2 to run the setup utility
CAUTION: There is a danger of the new battery exploding if it is
installed incorrectly. 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 perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
If you have not already done so, make a copy of your system
configuration information in system setup.
If the settings are lost while you are replacing the battery, you can refer
to your copy of the system configuration information to restore the
correct settings.
2
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
3
Remove the battery.
To locate the battery on the system board, see "System Board
Components."
NOTICE: If you use a blunt, nonconductive object to pry the battery out of its
socket, be careful not to touch the system board with the object. Be sure 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.
Pry the battery out of its socket with your fingers or with a blunt,
nonconductive object, such as a plastic screwdriver.
4
Install the new battery.
Orient the battery with the side labeled "+" facing up (see the
following figure). Then insert the battery into the socket, and snap it
into place.
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Replacing t he Syst em Batt er y
battery
battery socket
5
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following
message to be displayed at the next system start-up:
ALERT! Cover was previously removed.
6
Enter system setup and enter the current time and date. Then exit
system setup and save the information.
7
Turn off your computer and disconnect it from its electrical outlet.
Leave the computer off for at least 10 minutes.
8
Reconnect the computer to its electrical outlet and turn it on.
9
Enter system setup, and check the date and time.
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If the time and date are still incorrect, see "Getting Help" for
instructions on obtaining technical assistance.
SECTION 4
Te c h n i c a l
Specifications
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Processor
Microprocessor type
Intel® Pentium® 4 microprocessor. Design provides for future Dellsupported upgrades. A slower compatibility speed can be set through system
setup.
Internal cache
8-kilobyte (KB) first-level
L2 cache memory
256-KB pipelined-burst, eight-way set-associative, write-back static
random-access memory (SRAM)
Math coprocessor
internal to microprocessor
Memory
Architecture
Rambus dynamic RAM (RDRAM)
Rambus in-line memory module (RIMM) four
sockets
RIMM capacities
64-, 128-, 256-, and 512-megabyte (MB)
Standard RAM
128 MB minimum
Maximum RAM
2 gigabyte (GB)
Basic input/output system (BIOS) address F8000h
System Information
Chip set
Intel 850 Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI)/accelerated graphics
port (AGP)
Data bus width
64 bits
Address bus width
32 bits
Direct memory access (DMA) channels
eight
Interrupt levels
15
BIOS chip
4 megabits (Mb)
System clock
100 megahertz (MHz) quad-pumped
Video
Video type
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AGP 4x or PCI graphics card (see manufacturer's specifications)
Audio
Audio type
Soundblaster emulation
Audio controller
Analog Devices AD1885 AC97 Codec
Stereo conversion
16 bits (analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog)
Interfaces:
Internal
PCI bus/AC97
External
line-in jack; line-out/speaker jack; microphone jack
Expansion Bus
Bus types
PCI and AGP
Bus speed
PCI: 33 MHz
AGP: 66 MHz
PCI expansion-card connectors
five
PCI expansion-card connector size
120 pins
PCI expansion-card connector data width 32 bits
(maximum)
AGP expansion-card connectors
one
AGP expansion-card connector size
172 pins
AGP expansion-card connector data width 32 bits
(maximum)
AGP bus protocols
4x/2x Pro50 modes at 1.5 volts (V)
Drives
Externally accessible bays:
Mini tower chassis
three 5.25-inch bays for diskette, tape, or CD drives; one 3.5-inch bay for a
diskette drive
Desktop chassis
two 5.25-inch bays for diskette, tape, or CD drives; one 3.5-inch bay for a
diskette drive
Internally accessible bays:
Mini tower chassis
four 3.5-inch bays for four 1-inch-high hard drives or three1.6-inch-high hard
drives
Desktop chassis
two 3.5-inch bays for 1.6-inch-high hard drives
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Ports
Externally accessible:
Serial (DTE)
two 9-pin connectors; 16550-compatible
Parallel
one 25-hole connector (bidirectional)
Video
one 15-hole connector (on video card)
Network interface controller (NIC)
RJ45 connector
Personal System/2 (PS/2)-style
keyboard
6-pin mini-Deutsche Industrie Norm (DIN)
PS/2-compatible mouse
6-pin mini-DIN
Universal Serial Bus (USB)
four USB-compliant connectors
Audio
one line-in jack; one line-out/speaker jack; one microphone jack
Internally accessible:
Primary enhanced integrated drive
electronics (EIDE) hard drive
40-pin connector on PCI local bus
Secondary EIDE hard drive
40-pin connector
Diskette drive
34-pin connector
CD drive audio interface
4-pin connector
Remote Wake Up
3-pin connector
Fan
3-pin connector
Telephony (TAPI)
4-pin connector
Key Combinations
<Ctrl><Alt><Del>
restarts (reboots) the system
<F2>
starts system setup (during power-on self-test [POST] only)
<Ctrl><Alt><\>
toggles microprocessor speeds on 101-key keyboard (in MS-DOS® real mode
only)
<Ctrl><Alt><#>
toggles microprocessor speeds on 102-key keyboard (in MS-DOS real mode
only)
<Ctrl><Enter>
disables the system password at start-up
<F12>
boot from the network (during POST only)
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Controls and Indicators
Reset control
push button
Power control
push button
Power indicators
green indicator; blinking green in sleep state; dual-color indicator on front
panel—green for power, yellow for diagnostics
Hard-drive access indicator
green indicator
Link integrity and speed indicator
(on integrated NIC connector)
green indicator for 10-Mb operation; orange indicator for 100-Mb operation
Activity indicator (on NIC connector)
yellow indicator
Power
DC power supply:
Wattage
330 watts (W)
Heat dissipation
913 British thermal units (BTU) (fully loaded system without monitor)
Voltage
90 to 135 V at 60 hertz (Hz); 180 to 265 V at 50 Hz; auto-switching
Backup battery
3-V CR2032 coin cell
Physical
Mini tower chassis:
Height
49.1 centimeters (cm) (19.3 inches)
Width
22.2 cm (8.7 inches)
Depth
45.3 cm (17.8 inches)
Weight
15 kilograms (kg) (33.0 pounds [lb]) or more, depending on options installed
Desktop chassis:
Height
16.5 cm (6.5 inches)
Width
44.1 cm (17.4 inches)
Depth
44.8 cm (17.7 inches)
Weight
13.3 kg (29.5 lb) or more, depending on options installed
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Environmental
Temperature:
Operating
10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F)
Storage
–40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F)
Relative humidity
20% to 80% (noncondensing)
Maximum vibration:
Operating
0.25 gravities (G) at 3 to 200 Hz at 0.5 octave/minute (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/second (sec)
(50.8 cm/sec)
Storage
27-G faired square wave with a velocity change of 200 inches/sec (508
cm/sec)
Altitude:
Operating
–16 to 3048 meters (m) (–50 to 10,000 feet [ft])
Storage
–16 to 10,600 m (–50 to 35,000 ft)
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SECTION 5
Solving Problems
Before You Begin
Dell Diagnostics
Messages and Codes
Software Problems
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Before You Begin
This section describes system and software problems, offers corrective
actions, describes the Dell Diagnostics utility, and provides system messages
and codes. Before you call Dell for technical assistance, complete the
following tasks to help you resolve computer problems:
•
Read "About Your Computer," including "Finding Information and
Assistance."
•
Read "Safety First—For You and Your Computer."
•
Take the problem-solving action listed in the following table for the
component or equipment that is not working properly.
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Problem
Action
Power indicator does not light
See "Power Problems"
Monitor power indicator does not light
See "Monitor Problems"
No video display on the monitor
See "Video Problems"
No sound
See "Sound and Speaker Problems"
Printer not working properly
See "Printer Problems"
Serial or other parallel devices not
working properly
See "Serial or Parallel Device Problems"
Mouse not working properly
See "Mouse Problems"
Keyboard not working properly
See "Keyboard Problems"
Cannot read or access diskettes
See "Diskette Drive Problems"
Cannot boot the computer or access a
hard drive
See "Hard Drive Problems"
System time resets or loses time
See "Battery Problems"
Expansion card errors or malfunction
See "Expansion-Card Problems"
A program locks up
See "Recover From a Program That Is
Not Responding"
Computer locks up
See "Restart a Computer That Is Not
Responding"
Computer gets wet
See "Repairing a Wet Computer"
Solving Problems
Problem
Action
Computer is dropped or damaged
See "Repairing a Dropped or Damaged
Computer"
Hardware devices conflict
See "Hardware Conflicts"
System memory amount is not correct
See "System Memory Problems"
System board malfunctions
See "System Board Problems"
System board is damaged
See "Reset Corrupted BIOS Settings"
An error message
See "Messages and Codes"
A series of beeps on system startup
See "Messages and Codes"
Power Problems
The power indicator on the front panel communicates codes that can help
you determine whether there is a problem with your computer. The
following table lists the codes for the power indicator. For more information,
see "Diagnostic Indicators."
Power Indicator Codes
Power Indicator Code
Cause
Solid green
Power is on, and the computer is operating normally.
Blinking green
The computer is in the suspended state (Microsoft®
Windows® 2000 only).
Solid yellow
The Dell Diagnostics is running a test, or a device on
the system board may be faulty or incorrectly
installed.
Blinking yellow
There is a system board or power supply failure. Check
the diagnostic indicator codes to see if the specific
problem is identified. Also, see "Power Problems" and
"System Board Problems."
Basic Checks:
•
Test the electrical outlet: ensure that the electrical outlet is working by
testing it with a different device such as a lamp.
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•
Connect the computer power cable directly to an electrical outlet to
ensure that the computer turns on. Do not connect it to a power
protection device, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), power strip, or
extension cord.
•
Ensure that all power cables are firmly connected, verifying that each
power cable is adequately connected at the computer device and to
the electrical outlet.
•
Check for interference: electrical appliances on the same circuit or
operating in close proximity to the computer can cause interference.
•
Swap the power cables between the computer and the monitor to see
whether the problem symptoms change.
If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the
Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:
1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, and disconnect them from
their electrical outlets.
2
Wait approximately 30 seconds, and reconnect the computer and
peripherals to their electrical outlets.
3
Turn on the computer.
Does the power indicator on the front of the computer light up?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. The computer may be defective. Contact Dell for technical
assistance.
Monitor Problems
The power indicator on the monitor communicates codes that can help you
determine whether there is a problem. The following table lists the codes
for the monitor power indicator. For more information, see the
documentation that came with your monitor.
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Monitor Indicator Codes
Monitor Indicator Code Cause
Solid green
Power is on, and the monitor is receiving video input
from the computer. The system is operating normally.
Solid yellow
Power is on, but the monitor is not receiving video
input from the computer.
Basic Checks:
•
Run the monitor self-test as instructed in the monitor user’s guide.
•
Connect the monitor power cable directly to an electrical outlet to
ensure that the monitor turns on. Do not connect it to a power
protection device, UPS, power strip, or extension cord.
•
Ensure that the monitor power cable is firmly connected, verifying
that the power cable is adequately connected at the monitor and to
the electrical outlet.
•
Swap the power cables between the computer and the monitor to see
whether the problem symptoms change.
•
If the monitor display is blank, the computer may be in suspended, or
hibernate, state. Push and release the power button, move the mouse,
or press a key on the keyboard to bring the computer out of the
suspended state.
•
Disconnect the monitor interface cable from the computer and check
the cable connector for bent or broken pins. Check for damaged or
frayed cables.
•
If the monitor interface cable is not damaged, ensure that it is firmly
connected to the computer.
•
Adjust brightness and contrast settings on the monitor.
If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the
Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:
1
Turn off the computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and then turn the
computer back on.
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2
Allow 1 minute for the computer to initialize its components, and
then adjust the monitor's brightness and contrast controls.
Is the monitor readable?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Go to step 3.
3
Turn off nearby fans, lights, lamps, or other electrical devices.
Is the monitor readable?
Yes. One or more of those devices was causing interference. The
problem is resolved.
No. Go to the next question.
Do you have another monitor that is working properly?
Yes. Go to step 4.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
4
Turn off the computer and the monitor, wait at least 30 seconds, and
disconnect the monitor. Connect a different monitor to the computer
and then turn them on.
5
Allow 1 minute for the computer to initialize its components, and
then adjust the monitor's brightness and contrast controls.
Is the monitor readable?
Yes. The original monitor is defective. The problem is resolved.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Video Problems
Basic Checks:
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•
Run the monitor self-test as instructed in the monitor user’s guide.
•
Check the monitor power indicator.
•
Listen for system beep codes that may indicate a display problem.
•
Connect the monitor power cable directly to an electrical outlet to
verify that the monitor turns on. Do not connect it to a power
protection device, UPS, power strip, or extension cord.
•
If the monitor display is blank, the computer may be in suspended, or
hibernate, state. Push and release the power button, move the mouse,
or press a key on the keyboard to bring the computer out of the
suspended state.
•
Disconnect the monitor interface cable from the computer and check
the cable connector for bent or broken pins. Check for damaged or
frayed cables.
•
If the monitor interface cable is not damaged, ensure that it is firmly
connected to the computer.
•
Adjust brightness and contrast settings on the monitor.
•
Check for interference:
•
–
Electrical appliances on the same circuit or operating in close
proximity to the computer can cause interference.
–
Audio equipment and certain types of lamps operating in
immediate proximity to the computer can cause interference.
Restart the computer.
If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the
Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:
1
Perform the procedure in "Monitor Problems."
Is the computer working properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Go to the next question.
Do you have another computer that is working properly?
Yes. Go to step 2.
No. Go to step 6.
2
Turn off the original computer and monitor, wait at least 30 seconds,
and disconnect the monitor.
3
Turn off your other computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and disconnect
its monitor. Connect the monitor from the original computer, and
then turn them on.
4
Allow 1 minute for the computer to initialize its components, and
then adjust the monitor's brightness and contrast controls.
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Is the monitor readable?
Yes. The monitor is working properly. There may be a problem with the
video card in the original computer. Go to step 5.
No. The monitor may be defective. See "Monitor Problems."
5
Turn off the computer and monitor, wait at least 30 seconds, and
disconnect the monitor. Connect the monitor back to the original
computer, and then turn them on.
6
Turn off nearby fans, lights, lamps, or other electrical devices.
Is the monitor readable?
Yes. One or more of those devices was causing interference. The
problem is resolved.
No. Go to step 7.
7
Enter system setup and ensure that Primary Video Controller under
the Integrated Devices option is set correctly. Then exit system setup
properly to save the information, and reboot the system.
•
For an accelerated graphics port (AGP) expansion card, set
Primary Video Controller to AGP
•
For a Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) expansion card,
set Primary Video Controller to Auto.
Is the device working properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Go to step 8.
8
Run the VESA/VGA Interface tests in the Dell Diagnostics.
Did any of the tests fail?
Yes. The video controller on the system board may be defective.
Contact Dell for technical assistance.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Sound and Speaker Problems
Basic Checks:
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If using external speakers:
–
Ensure that external audio devices are connected to the
microphone, line-out/speaker, or line-in connectors on the system
back panel.
–
Ensure that the speaker cable is firmly connected to the computer.
–
Test the electrical outlet: verify that the speakers are connected to
a working electrical outlet.
–
Ensure that the speakers are turned on.
•
If using a sound card, ensure that external audio devices are connected
to the sound card’s connectors and not to the microphone, lineout/speaker, or line-in connectors on the system back panel (see "BackPanel Connectors and Indicators").
•
Ensure that audio is not muted in the operating system (OS) settings.
See the OS documentation for more information.
•
Adjust the volume control on the speakers, if it is provided.
•
Adjust the volume control in the audio software. For more
information, see the documentation for either your OS or your audio
software.
•
If you are trying to listen to an audio CD, try different CDs.
•
Reinstall the audio driver for your operating system.
•
Check for interference: electrical appliances on the same circuit or
operating in close proximity to the computer can cause interference.
If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the
Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:
1
Turn off nearby fans, lights, lamps, or other electrical devices.
Are the external speakers working properly?
Yes. One or more of those electrical devices was causing interference.
The problem is resolved.
No. Go to step 2.
2
Enter system setup and ensure that Sound under the Integrated
Devices option is set to On. Then exit system setup properly to save
the information, and reboot the system.
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Is the device working properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Go to step 3.
3
Run the Misc. PCI Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics.
Did the tests complete successfully?
Yes. The controller is working properly. Go to the next question.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Do you have a set of headphones?
Yes. Go to step 4.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
4
Connect the headphones to the line-out/speaker jack.
Can you hear sound through the headphones?
Yes. The speakers are defective. The problem is resolved.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Printer Problems
Basic Checks:
•
Disconnect the cable from the computer and check the cable
connector for bent or broken pins. Check for damaged or frayed cables.
•
If the cable is not damaged, ensure that it is firmly connected to the
computer.
•
Test the electrical outlet: verify that the printer is connected to a
working electrical outlet.
•
Ensure that the printer is turned on.
•
Check for interference: electrical appliances on the same circuit or
operating in close proximity to the computer can cause interference.
If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the
Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:
1
Perform the procedure in "Serial or Parallel Device Problems."
Is the device working properly?
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Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Go to step 2.
2
Run the printer's self-test.
Does the self-test complete successfully?
Yes. Go to step 3.
No. The printer is probably defective. If you bought the printer from
Dell, contact Dell for technical assistance. If you did not, take it to an
authorized service center for repair.
3
Try to print again.
Does the print operation complete successfully?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Serial or Parallel Device Problems
NOTE: If you are having a problem with a printer, see "Printer Problems."
If a system error message indicates a port problem or if equipment
connected to a port seems to perform incorrectly or not at all, the source of
the problem can be any of the following:
•
A faulty connection between the input/output (I/O) port and the
device
•
Incorrect settings for system setup options
•
Incorrect settings in the operating system's configuration files
•
A faulty cable between the I/O port and the device
•
A faulty device
•
Faulty I/O port logic on the system board
•
Conflicting COM port settings
•
Lack of drivers
Basic Checks:
•
Disconnect the cable from the computer and check the cable
connector for bent or broken pins. Check for damaged or frayed cables.
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If the cable is not damaged, ensure that it is firmly connected to the
computer.
•
Test the electrical outlet. Verify that the device is connected to a
working electrical outlet.
•
Verify that the device is turned on.
•
Check for interference: electrical appliances on the same circuit or
operating in close proximity to the computer can cause interference.
If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the
Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:
1
Enter system setup and check the Integrated Devices option settings.
Then exit system setup properly to save the information, and reboot
the system.
For a serial device, check the Serial Port options; for a parallel device,
check the Parallel Port options. See the device’s documentation for
additional information on port settings and configuration
requirements.
Is the device working properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Go to step 2.
2
Run the Serial Ports device group and/or the Parallel Ports device group
in the Dell Diagnostics.
These device groups check the basic functions of the system board's
I/O port logic. If a printer is connected to the parallel port, the Parallel
Ports device group tests the communication link between the system
board's I/O port logic and the printer.
Do the tests complete successfully?
Yes. Go to step 3.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
3
If the problem is confined to a particular application program, see the
application program's documentation for specific port configuration
requirements.
Is the device working properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
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No. Go to step 4.
4
Turn off the computer and the device, swap the device's cable with a
known working cable, and then turn on the computer and the device.
Is the device working properly?
Yes. You need a new device cable. Contact Dell for technical
assistance.
No. Go to step 5.
5
Turn off the computer and the device, swap the device with a
comparable working device, and then turn on the computer and the
device.
Is the device working properly?
Yes. You need a new device. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Mouse Problems
Basic Checks:
•
Disconnect the cable from the computer and check the cable
connector for bent or broken pins. Check for damaged or frayed cables.
•
Ensure that the cable is firmly connected to the computer.
•
If you are using a Universal Serial Bus (USB) mouse, ensure that you
connect to one of the Port 1 USB connectors on the system back panel
(see "Back-Panel Connectors and Indicators").
•
Reinstall the mouse driver for your operating system.
•
Restart the computer.
If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the
Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:
1
If you are using a Personal System/2 (PS/2) mouse, enter system setup
and ensure that Mouse Port under the Integrated Devices option is set
to On. Then exit system setup properly to save the information, and
reboot the system.
Is the device working properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
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No. Go to step 2.
2
If you are using a PS/2 mouse, run the Mouse test in the Pointing
Devices device group in the Dell Diagnostics.
Did the tests complete successfully?
Yes. Go to the next question.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Do you have another computer that is working properly?
Yes. Go to step 3.
No. Go to the next question.
Do you have another mouse that is working properly?
Yes. Turn off the computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and disconnect
the mouse. Then go to step 5.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
3
Turn off the original computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and
disconnect the mouse.
4
Turn off your other computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and disconnect
its mouse. Connect the mouse from the original computer, and then
turn the computer on.
Is the mouse working properly?
Yes. There is a problem with the original computer. Contact Dell for
technical assistance.
No. The mouse may be defective. Contact Dell for technical
assistance.
5
Connect a different mouse to the computer, and then turn the
computer on.
Is the mouse working properly?
Yes. The original mouse is defective. The problem is resolved.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Keyboard Problems
Basic Checks:
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Disconnect the cable from the computer and check the cable
connector for bent or broken pins. Check for damaged or frayed cables.
•
Ensure that the cable is firmly connected to the computer.
•
If you are using a USB keyboard, ensure that you connect to one of the
Port 1 USB connectors on the system back panel (see "Back-Panel
Connectors and Indicators").
•
If you are using a PS/2 keyboard that can be configured with various
switch settings, ensure that the switch is set to PS/2, Enhanced XT/AT,
or PC/AT. The switch settings are usually on the bottom of the
keyboard, sometimes behind a panel. Refer to the documentation that
came with the keyboard for more information.
•
Check for interference. Keyboard extension cables can cause problems.
•
Restart the computer.
If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the
Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:
1
Turn off the computer, wait 30 seconds, and turn it on again.
During the boot routine, do the Num Lock, Caps Lock, and Scroll
Lock lights on the keyboard blink momentarily?
Yes. Go to step 2.
No. Go to step 3.
2
Use the keyboard to type some characters.
Do the characters appear on the screen?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
3
Run the PC-AT Compatible Keyboards tests in the Dell Diagnostics.
Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?
Yes. The original keyboard may be defective. Go to step 4.
No. Go to the next question.
Do you have another computer that is working properly?
Yes. Go to step 4.
No. Go to the next question.
Do you have another keyboard that is working properly?
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Yes. Turn off the computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and disconnect
the keyboard. Go to step 6.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
4
Turn off the original computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and
disconnect the keyboard.
5
Turn off your other computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and disconnect
its keyboard. Connect the keyboard from the original computer, and
then turn the computer on.
Is the keyboard working properly?
Yes. There is a problem with the original computer. Contact Dell for
technical assistance.
No. The keyboard may be defective. Contact Dell for technical
assistance.
6
Connect a different keyboard to the computer, and then turn the
computer on.
Is the keyboard working properly?
Yes. The original keyboard is defective. The problem is resolved.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Diskette Drive Problems
During the power-on self-test (POST), the computer checks the diskette
drive, comparing its characteristics with the system configuration
information. The diskette-drive access light blinks as the computer
performs this check.
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If you hear an unfamiliar scraping or grinding sound when a drive is
accessed, there could be a hardware malfunction. Contact Dell for
technical assistance.
•
When you turn on the computer, you can hear drive activity during
the boot routine. If your computer does not boot, contact Dell for
technical assistance.
•
If you are trying to copy data to the diskette, ensure that it is not writeprotected.
•
Try a different diskette in the drive. If the new diskette works, the
original one may be defective.
•
Test the diskette drive access indicator by using one of the following
methods:
–
Using MS-DOS®, insert a diskette into the drive, type dir a: at
the prompt, and press <Enter>.
–
Using Microsoft Windows or Windows NT®, insert a diskette into
the drive, open My Computer from the desktop, and double-click
the diskette drive icon.
•
Check the settings in system setup.
•
Clean the drive using a commercially available cleaning kit.
NOTICE: Do not attempt to clean drive heads with a swab. You may
accidentally misalign the heads, rendering the drive inoperable.
If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the
Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Run the Diskette device group in the Dell Diagnostics.
Did any of the tests fail?
Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
No. Go to step 2.
2
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
3
Remove and reinstall the diskette drive.
4
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
Does the diskette-drive access light blink during the boot routine?
Yes. Go to the next question.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Does the computer display a drive error message?
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Yes. See "System Messages" for an explanation of the message, and
then go to step 5.
No. The problem is resolved.
5
Insert a bootable diskette into the diskette drive and reboot the
computer.
Does the drive boot the operating system?
Yes. The problem is probably resolved. If you continue to experience
trouble, contact Dell for technical assistance.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Hard Drive Problems
Basic Checks:
•
If you hear an unfamiliar scraping or grinding sound when a drive is
accessed, there could be a hardware malfunction. Contact Dell for
technical assistance.
•
When you turn on the computer, you can hear drive activity during
the boot routine. If your computer does not boot, contact Dell for
technical assistance.
•
Test the hard drive by using one of the following methods:
–
For MS-DOS, type scandisk x: at an MS-DOS prompt, where x
is the hard drive letter, and press <Enter>.
–
For Microsoft Windows, run the ScanDisk utility by clicking the
Start button, pointing to Run, typing scandskw, and clicking OK.
–
For Microsoft Windows NT, run the error-checking utility by
opening the property sheet of the affected volume(s) and clicking
Check Now in the Error-checking section of the Tools tab.
If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the
Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Enter system setup and ensure that the problem drive is configured
correctly. Make any necessary changes, and reboot the system.
Is the drive operating properly?
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Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Go to step 2.
2
Test the hard drive by using one of the following methods:
•
For MS-DOS, run the ScanDisk utility by typing scandisk x: at
an MS-DOS prompt, where x is the hard drive letter, and press
<Enter>.
•
For Microsoft Windows, run the ScanDisk utility by clicking the
Start button, pointing to Run, typing scandskw, and clicking OK.
•
For Microsoft Windows NT, run the error-checking utility by
opening the property sheet of the affected volume(s) and clicking
Check Now in the Error-checking section of the Tools tab.
Is the drive operating properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Go to step 3.
3
Run the appropriate test group in the Dell Diagnostics:
•
For an integrated drive electronics (IDE) hard drive, run the IDE
Devices device group.
•
For a small computer system interface (SCSI) hard drive, run the
SCSI Devices device group.
Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?
Yes. Go to the next question.
No. Go to step 4.
Did any of the diagnostics tests indicate a faulty drive?
Yes. The hard drive may be faulty. Contact Dell for technical
assistance.
No. Go to the next question.
Did any of the diagnostics tests indicate a faulty drive controller?
Yes. The system board may be faulty. Contact Dell for technical
assistance.
No. Go to step 4.
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4
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
5
Ensure that the DC power cables from the power supply are firmly
connected to the connectors on each drive. Also verify that the
interface cable for each drive is firmly connected to the drive and to
the system board.
6
Ensure that the control panel cable is firmly connected to the system
board. The control panel contains the hard drive activity indicator. To
locate the control panel system board connector, see "System Board
Components."
7
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
Does the hard drive activity light blink during the boot routine?
Yes. Go to the next question.
No. The system board may be faulty. Contact Dell for technical
assistance.
Does the computer display a drive error message?
Yes. See "System Messages" for an explanation of the message. If you
cannot correct the problem by performing the action described in the
table, then contact Dell for technical assistance.
No. Go to the next question.
Is this the primary hard drive that contains the operating system?
Yes. Go to the next question.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Does the drive boot the operating system?
Yes. Go to the next question.
No. Files in the operating system may be corrupt. See your operating
system documentation.
Is the drive operating properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
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Battery Problems
If an error message indicates a problem with the battery or if configuration
information is lost from system setup when the computer is turned off, the
battery may be defective.
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 perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
Reseat the battery in its socket with the side labeled "+" facing up.
3
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
4
Enter system setup and reenter the current time and date. Then exit
system setup properly to save the information.
5
Turn off your computer and disconnect it from its electrical outlet.
Leave the computer off for at least 10 minutes.
6
Reconnect the computer to its electrical outlet and turn it on.
7
Enter system setup, and check the date and time.
Are the date and time correct?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. The battery may be defective. Go to step 8.
8
Replace the battery.
Is the battery working properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. You may have a faulty system board. Contact Dell for technical
assistance.
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Expansion-Card Problems
If an error message indicates an expansion-card problem or if an expansion
card seems to perform incorrectly or not at all, the problem could be a faulty
connection, a conflict with software or other hardware, or a faulty expansion
card.
Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Run the diagnostics provided by the manufacturers of all expansion
cards installed in your computer.
NOTE: The manufacturers of many expansion cards, such as video,
network interface, and sound cards, provide diagnostics programs. If you
do not have any diagnostics for your cards, go to step 2.
Did any of the diagnostics identify a problem?
Yes. Contact the manufacturer of the card(s).
No. Go to step 2.
2
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
3
If you have a mini tower chassis, remove the AGP card brace.
4
Ensure that each expansion card is firmly seated in its connector. If any
expansion cards are loose, reseat them.
5
Ensure that all cables are firmly connected to their corresponding
connectors on the expansion cards. If any cables appear loose,
reconnect them.
For instructions on which cables should be attached to specific
connectors on an expansion card, see the expansion card's
documentation.
6
If you have a mini tower chassis, replace the AGP card brace.
7
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
Is the system working properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
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No. You may have a faulty expansion card. Go to step 8.
8
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
9
Remove all expansion cards except the video card.
NOTE: If your primary hard drive is connected to a drive controller card
and not one of the system board enhanced integrated drive electronics
(EIDE) connectors, leave the drive controller card installed in the
computer.
10
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
11
Run the RAM test group in the Dell Diagnostics.
Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?
Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
No. Go to step 12.
12
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
13
Reinstall one of the expansion cards that you removed previously, and
repeat step 10 and step 11.
Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?
Yes. The expansion card you just reinstalled is faulty and needs to be
replaced.
No. Repeat step 12 and step 13 with a different expansion card. Go to
step 14.
14
If you have replaced all the expansion cards and the problem is not
resolved, contact Dell for technical assistance.
Network Problems
Basic Checks:
•
Check the network activity indicators to see if the computer is
communicating with the network.
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If you are using a modem and a network adapter, ensure that the
modem cable is not connected to the network adapter.
•
Disconnect the network cable from the computer and check the cable
connector for bent or broken pins. Check for damaged or frayed cables.
•
If the cable is not damaged, ensure that it is firmly connected to the
computer.
•
Ensure that a hardware conflict does not exist between devices.
•
Enter system setup and ensure that the appropriate network
operations settings are configured correctly.
•
Verify the type of network device to which you are connecting the
computer. A hub typically operates at 10 megabits per second (Mbps).
A switch operates at 10 or 100 Mbps. Ensure that the network adapter
is configured for the appropriate speed. See the network adapter
diagnostics and configuration utility in the Dell Diagnostics.
Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps.
NOTICE: Do not connect a modem cable to the network adapter. Voltage
from telephone communications can cause damage to the network adapter.
1
Determine the type of network adapter you are using.
If you are using a network expansion card, go to step 2.
If you are using the integrated network adapter, skip to step 3.
2
Perform the procedure in "Expansion-Card Problems."
Is the computer operating properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Go to step 4.
3
Run the Network Adapter Diagnostics from the Dell Diagnostics
menu.
Did any of the tests fail?
Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
No. Go to step 4.
4
Run the Network Interfaces tests in the Dell Diagnostics.
Did the tests complete successfully?
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Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Go to step 5.
5
Turn off the computer, swap the network cable with a known working
cable, and then turn on the computer.
Is the computer working properly?
Yes. You need a new network cable. Contact Dell for technical
assistance.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Recover From a Program That Is Not Responding
1
Press <Ctrl><Alt><Delete>.
Did the Close Program window appear?
Yes. Go to step 2.
No. Skip to step 4.
2
Click the program that no longer responds.
3
Click End Task.
Is the computer operating properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Go to step 4.
4
Press the reset button to reboot the computer.
Restart a Computer That Is Not Responding
1
Press the reset button to reboot the system.
Did the computer reboot?
Yes. Skip to step 4.
No. Go to step 2.
2
Press and hold the power button until the computer turns off.
Did the computer reboot?
Yes. Skip to step 4.
No. Go to step 3.
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3
Unplug the AC power cable from the computer, wait approximately 30
seconds, and plug in the AC power cable.
4
Press the power button to turn on the computer.
NOTICE: If your computer is not responding, turning off power or unplugging
the power cord should be done only as a last resort. Doing so can cause
problems with system settings and configuration.
Repairing a Wet Computer
Spills, splashes, and excessive humidity can cause damage to the system. If
an external device, such as a printer or modem, gets wet, contact the
manufacturer of the device for instructions.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:
1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
Let the computer dry for at least 24 hours. Ensure that it is thoroughly
dry before you proceed.
3
If you have a mini tower chassis, remove the AGP card brace.
4
Remove all expansion cards installed in the computer except a video
expansion card.
NOTE: If your primary hard drive is connected to a drive controller card
and not one of the system board EIDE connectors, leave the drive
controller card installed in the computer.
5
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
Does the system have power?
Yes. Go to step 6.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
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Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
7
Reinstall all expansion cards.
8
If you have a mini tower chassis, replace the AGP card brace.
9
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
10
Run the System Board Devices test group in the Dell Diagnostics.
Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?
Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
No. The problem is resolved.
Repairing a Dropped or Damaged Computer
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:
1
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
2
Check all the expansion-card connections in the computer, and reseat
any loose expansion cards.
3
Ensure that all cables are properly connected and that all components
are properly seated in their connectors and sockets.
4
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
5
Run the System Board Devices test group in the Dell Diagnostics.
Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?
Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
No. The problem is resolved.
Hardware Conflicts
Hardware conflicts occur when the operating system detects multiple
devices that are attempting to operate on the same system resources when
those resources cannot be shared between the devices.
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Symptoms:
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System hangs or locks up, particularly while using a specific device.
•
Memory parity errors occur on parity-enabled systems.
•
Noise or other problems from sound cards.
•
Unintelligible characters printed on the printer.
•
Mouse pointer hangs and will not move or moves in a stuttering
fashion.
•
Messages stating that the computer is not operating at maximum
performance.
•
While running Microsoft Windows, the system drops to Safe Mode.
•
Errors and crashes of applications for no apparent reason.
•
Nothing displays on the video monitor.
To resolve hardware conflicts:
•
Ensure that the conflict is not a software problem.
•
Remove any newly added hardware and contact the hardware
manufacturer.
•
See your operating system documentation.
System Memory Problems
During POST, the computer checks the computer's memory, determines the
amount of installed memory, and then writes to and reads from the number
of available bytes to ensure proper operation.
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If an insufficient memory message appears, save and close any open
files and exit any open application programs not in use.
•
Consider installing additional system memory.
•
Run the System Memory test in the Dell Diagnostics.
•
Reseat the memory modules.
•
Restart the computer.
If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the
Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Reboot the computer.
Does the random access memory (RAM) count displayed correctly
match the actual amount of memory installed in the computer?
Yes. The computer needed to update the memory count. The problem
is resolved.
No. Go to step 2.
2
Run the System Memory test group in the Dell Diagnostics.
Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?
Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
No. Go to step 3.
3
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
4
Rotate the power supply away from the system board.
5
Replace the memory module(s).
6
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
Does the RAM count displayed correctly match the actual amount of
memory installed in the computer?
Yes. The memory module(s) were defective. The problem is resolved.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Microprocessor Problems
During POST, the computer checks the computer's microprocessor and
determines its operational specifications. This information is stored in
system setup.
Basic Checks:
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Check the diagnostic indicators to see if the specific problem is
identified.
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Ensure that a voltage regulator module (VRM) is installed for the
microprocessor.
•
If a system message indicated a problem with the microprocessor, the
processor may need to be replaced.
•
Run the System Board Devices and Processor Cache test groups in the
Dell Diagnostics.
•
Reseat the microprocessor.
•
Reseat the VRM.
•
Reconnect the cooling fan for the installed microprocessor.
•
Restart the computer.
If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the
Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
NOTICE: Before disconnecting a device from the computer, wait 10 to 20
seconds after disconnecting the computer from its electrical outlet. Before
removing a component from the system board, verify that the standby power
light on the system board has turned off. To locate this light, see "System Board
Components" or "Interior Service Label."
1
Run the System Board Devices and Processor Cache test groups in the
Dell Diagnostics.
Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?
Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
No. Go to the next question.
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2
Turn off the computer and devices, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, and wait 10 to 20 seconds.
3
Lay the computer on its right side.
4
Remove the computer cover.
5
Remove and install the microprocessor.
6
Ensure that the microprocessor fan cables are firmly connected to the
connectors on the system board.
7
Remove and install the VRM.
8
Replace the computer cover.
9
Stand the computer upright.
10
Reconnect the computer and devices to their electrical outlets, and
turn them on.
Is the computer working properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
System Board Problems
A system board problem can result from a defective system board
component, a faulty power supply, or a defective component connected to
the system board. If an error message indicates a system board problem, fill
out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
1
Reboot the system and run the System Board Devices test group in the
Dell Diagnostics.
Did any of the tests fail?
Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
No. Go to step 2.
2
Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the
computer cover.
3
Ensure that the power cables from the power supply are firmly
connected to the connectors on the system board.
4
Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals
to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
Is the computer working properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
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No. Go to step 5.
5
Perform the procedure in "Expansion-Card Problems."
Is the computer working properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Go to step 6.
6
Perform the procedure in "Keyboard Problems."
Is the computer working properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Go to step 7.
7
Perform the procedure in "Reset Corrupted BIOS Settings."
Is the computer working properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
Reset Corrupted BIOS Settings
If the system cannot boot and you have exhausted all other troubleshooting
options, perform the following steps.
CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First—
For You and Your Computer."
NOTICE: Before disconnecting a device from the computer, wait 10 to 20
seconds after disconnecting the computer from its electrical outlet. Before
removing a component from the system board, verify that the standby power
light on the system board has turned off. To locate this light, see "System Board
Components" or "Interior Service Label."
1
Turn off the computer and devices, disconnect them from their
electrical outlets, and wait 10 to 20 seconds.
2
Remove the computer cover.
3
Install a jumper plug on the RTCRST jumper pins and then remove it.
This resets the basic input/output system (BIOS) settings to the
factory configuration.
See "System Board Components" to locate the real-time clock reset
jumper (labeled "RTCRST") on the system board.
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NOTE: If you do not have a spare jumper, you can use the PSWD jumper.
However, ensure that you install the PSWD jumper back on the PSWD
pins before you turn on the computer.
4
Replace the computer cover.
5
Reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets,
and turn them on.
6
Enter system setup and change the configuration information
appropriate for your computer.
After you change the system settings, exit system setup and reboot the
computer.
Is the computer working properly?
Yes. The problem is resolved.
No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.
NOTE: After you reset the computer using the RTCRST jumper, you must
enter system setup and restore any option settings that were not in your default
configuration.
Dell Diagnostics
When to Use the Dell Diagnostics
If you experience a problem with your computer, run the Dell Diagnostics
before you call Dell for technical assistance. The Dell Diagnostics tests
check your computer's hardware without additional equipment and without
the risk of destroying data. When the diagnostics tests complete without
indicating any problems, you can have confidence in your computer's
operation. If the tests indicate a problem you cannot solve by yourself, the
test results provide important information you will need when talking to
Dell's service and support personnel.
NOTICE: Only use the Dell Diagnostics to test your Dell computer. Using this
program with other computers may cause incorrect computer responses or
result in error messages.
Features
The diagnostic test groups features allow you to take the following actions:
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Perform quick checks or extensive tests on one or all devices
•
Choose the number of times a test group or subtest is repeated
•
Display or print test results or save them in a file
•
Suspend testing if an error is detected or terminate testing when an
adjustable error limit is reached
•
Access online Help screens that describe the tests and tell how to run
them
•
Read status messages that inform you whether test groups or subtests
completed successfully
•
Receive error messages that appear if problems are detected
Before You Start Testing
•
Read "Safety First—For You and Your Computer" and the safety
instructions in your System Information Guide.
•
Turn on your printer if one is attached, and ensure that it is online.
•
Enter system setup, confirm your computer's system configuration
information, and enable all of its components and devices, such as
ports.
Running the Dell Diagnostics
NOTE: Dell recommends that you print these procedures before you begin. For
additional information, refer to the Dell Precision WorkStations ResourceCD
User's Guide, located on the Dell ResourceCD.
1
Insert the Dell ResourceCD into the CD drive.
NOTE: Some of the diagnostics tests allow you to print the results. If you
want to print test results, turn on your printer, if one is attached, and
ensure that it is online.
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2
Shut down and restart the computer.
3
Enter system setup.
4
Change the Boot Sequence to use the CD drive as the first device in
the boot sequence.
NOTE: Write down your current boot sequence in case you want to
restore it after running the Dell Diagnostics.
5
Press <Alt><b> to exit system setup and save your changes.
The computer reboots and the Dell logo screen appears followed by a
list of the available languages.
NOTE: If you are starting the ResourceCD for the first time on this
computer, the ResourceCD Installation window opens to inform you that
the ResourceCD is about to begin installation. Click OK to continue. To
complete the installation, respond to the prompts offered by the
installation program. If the Welcome Dell System Owner screen opens,
click Next to continue.
6
Select the number for the language that you want.
A numbered list displays the following options:
•
Option 1 – Reinstall Microsoft® Windows NT® 4.0: Reinstalls
Windows NT 4.0 on your system
NOTICE: This option reformats your hard drive and causes data loss.
For more information on this option, refer to the Windows NT
installation guide provided with your computer.
•
Option 2 – Dell Diagnostics: Loads the Dell Diagnostics that run
system tests
•
Option 3 – ZZTOP: Restores a corrupted hard drive by
reinstalling the Windows operating system and reconfiguring the
system to factory defaults
NOTE: ZZTOP is not an option for Windows 2000.
NOTICE: This option reformats your hard drive and causes data loss. Do not
select this option unless a qualified Dell technician has instructed you to do so.
•
Option 4 – SCSI Hard-Drive Diagnostics: Runs a diagnostic test
on your SCSI hard drive
NOTE: The SCSI hard-drive diagnostics are intended for systems with
SCSI hard drives and will ignore IDE hard drives.
•
Option 5 – 3Com® Network Card Diagnostics and
Configuration Utility: Configures the resources and settings for
the integrated network interface controller (NIC) and runs MSDOS–based diagnostics on the NIC
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For more information on this utility, refer to the 3Com
documentation provided with your computer.
•
Option 6 – RAID Configuration Utility: Configures the
redundant arrays of independent disks (RAID) subsystem, if a
RAID controller is installed in your computer
NOTICE: This utility can cause data loss if used improperly.
For more information on this utility, refer to the Adaptec RAID
documentation provided with your computer.
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•
Option 7 – Video Diagnostics Menu: Displays a list of video
adapters that might be installed in your system
•
Option 8 – Exit DOS: Exits the main menu and returns to an
MS-DOS prompt
Select Option 2 – Dell Diagnostics.
After the diagnostics load, the Dell Diagnostics main menu appears:
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Test All Devices: Performs quick or extensive tests on all devices.
•
Test One Device: Performs quick or extensive tests on a single
device after you select it from a list of device groups. After you
select Test One Device, press <F1> for more information about a
test.
•
Advanced Testing: Allows you to modify the parameters of a test,
select a group of tests to perform, and access additional
information about Advanced Testing.
•
Information and Results: Provides test results, test errors, version
numbers of subtests, and additional information on the Dell
Diagnostics.
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•
Program Options: Allows you to change the settings of the Dell
Diagnostics.
•
Exit to MS-DOS: Exits to the MS-DOS prompt.
Select the type of tests to perform:
•
To perform a quick check of your computer or a specific device,
select Quick Tests from the Test All Devices or Test One Device
option.
Quick Tests runs only the tests that run fast and do not require
user interaction. Dell recommends that you choose Quick Tests
first to increase the odds of tracing the source of the problem
quickly.
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10
•
For a thorough check of your computer or to check a particular
area of your computer, select Extended Tests from the Test All
Devices or Test One Device option.
•
To customize your test(s), select the Advanced Testing option.
Remove the ResourceCD from the CD drive when you finish running
the Dell Diagnostics.
Enter system setup and change the Boot Sequence to your original
configuration.
Advanced Testing
When you select Advanced Testing from the Diagnostics Menu, the
following screen appears:
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A d v a n c e d Te s t i n g S c r e e n
NOTE: The groups and devices listed in your screen can vary somewhat based
on the components installed in your computer.
Information in the Advanced Testing screen is presented as follows:
•
Device Groups — lists the diagnostic test groups in the order they will
run if you select All from the Run tests menu option.
To select a test device group, press the up- or down-arrow key to
highlight the group.
NOTE: The diagnostics may not list in the Device Groups area the names
of all components or devices that are part of your computer system. For
example, it may not list a printer even though it is connected to your
computer. However, the parallel port to which the printer is connected
appears in the Device Groups list. You can test your printer connection in
the Parallel Ports tests.
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Devices for Highlighted Group — lists the computer's current
hardware.
•
Device groups menu bar — contains the options Run tests, Devices,
Select, Config, and Help
To select a menu option, press the left- or right-arrow key to highlight
the option and press <Enter>, or press the key that corresponds to the
highlighted letter in the category title.
NOTE: The options displayed on your screen should reflect the hardware
configuration of your computer.
Advanced Testing Help Menu
The Help options and a description of their functions are presented in the
following table:
A d v a n c e d Te s t i n g H e l p C a t e g o r i e s
Help Option
Description
Menu
Describes the Advanced Testing screen, the Device Groups, and
the diagnostic menus and commands, and gives instructions on
how to use them
Keys
Explains the functions of all keystrokes that can be used in Dell
Diagnostics
Device Group
Describes the highlighted group in the Device Groups list on the
main menu and provides reasons for using certain tests
Device
Describes the highlighted device in the Device Groups list on the
Advanced Testing screen
Test
Describes the test procedure for each highlighted test group
subtest
Versions
Lists the version numbers of the Dell Diagnostics modules
associated with the Device Groups
Messages and Codes
Your application programs, operating system, and computer can identify
problems and alert you to them. When a problem occurs, a message may
appear on your monitor screen or a beep code may sound. The following two
subsections present information about each message or beep code.
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System Messages
If you receive a system message, see the following table for suggestions on
resolving problems indicated by the message. The system messages are
listed alphabetically.
NOTE: If the system message you received is not listed in the table, check the
documentation for the application program that you were running at the time
the message appeared and/or the operating system documentation for an
explanation of the message and a recommended action.
System Messages
Message
Cause
Action
Address mark not found
The BIOS found a faulty disk sector
or could not find a particular disk
sector.
See "Hard Drive Problems."
Alert! Cover was
previously removed.
The computer cover was removed.
Reset Chassis Intrusion in system setup.
Alert! Hard drive thermal
probe not detected.
No hard-drive thermal probe is
Ensure that an operational hard-drive
installed; computer has a defective
thermal probe is installed and connected
thermal probe; thermal probe cable is to the control panel.
not connected to the control panel.
Alert! Previous attempts
at booting this system
have failed at checkpoint
[nnnn]. For help in
resolving this problem,
please note this
checkpoint and contact
Dell Technical Support.
The system failed to complete the
Contact Dell for technical assistance, and
boot routine three consecutive times report the checkpoint code (nnnn) to the
for the same error.
support technician.
Alert! Previous hard drive One of the hard drives overheated the Make sure that nothing is blocking the
thermal failure.
last time you started the computer. vents on the back of the computer and
that all fans inside the computer are
working.
Alert! Previous shutdown
due to thermal event.
Microprocessor(s) or hard drive(s)
overheated the last time you started
the computer. Computer was shut
down to protect the components.
Make sure that nothing is blocking the
vents on the back of the computer and
that all fans inside the computer are
working.
Alert! System battery
voltage is low.
System battery is providing
inadequate voltage.
See "Battery Problems."
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System Messages (continued)
Message
Cause
Action
Alert! System fan not
detected.
No system fan is installed; system fan Ensure that an operational system fan is
has failed; system fan is not
installed and connected to the system
connected to the system board.
board.
Alert! Uncorrectable
memory error previously
detected in XXXXh.
Faulty or improperly seated Rambus See "System Memory Problems" and
in-line memory modules (RIMMs) or "System Board Problems."
defective system board.
Alert! Unsupported AGP
adapter card installed.
System halted!
A high-power AGP Pro110 graphics
card is installed in a desktop
computer.
Replace the AGP Pro110 graphics card
with an AGP Pro50 graphics card.
Attachment failed to
respond
The diskette drive or hard drive
controller cannot send data to the
associated drive.
See "Diskette Drive Problems" and "Hard
Drive Problems."
Bad command or file name
The command you entered does not Ensure that you have spelled the
exist or the file name you specified is command correctly, put spaces in the
faulty.
proper place, and used the correct
pathname.
Bad error-correction code
(ECC) on disk read
The diskette drive or hard drive
See "Diskette Drive Problems" and "Hard
controller detected an uncorrectable Drive Problems."
read error.
Controller has failed
The hard drive or the associated
controller is defective.
See "Hard Drive Problems."
Data error
The diskette or hard drive cannot
read the data.
Run the ScanDisk utility in the Microsoft
Windows operating system to check the
file structure of the diskette or hard drive.
See your operating system documentation
for more information.
If you are using a different operating
system, run the appropriate utility to
check the file structure of the diskette or
hard drive. See your operating system
documentation.
Decreasing available
memory
One or more RIMMs may be faulty or See "System Memory Problems."
improperly seated.
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System Messages (continued)
Message
Cause
Action
Diskette drive 0 seek
failure
A cable may be loose, or the system
configuration information may not
match the hardware configuration.
See "Diskette Drive Problems."
Diskette drive 1 seek
failure
Diskette read failure
A cable may be loose, or the diskette See "Diskette Drive Problems."
may be faulty.
Diskette subsystem reset
failed
The diskette drive controller may be
faulty.
Run the Diskette tests in the Dell
Diagnostics.
Diskette write protected
The diskette write-protect feature is
activated.
Remove the diskette from drive A and
move the write-protect tab to the
unlocked position.
Drive not ready
No diskette is in the drive. The
operation requires a diskette in the
drive before it can continue.
Put a diskette in the drive or close the
drive latch.
Error! The previous boot
failed to complete. Last
reported checkpoint was
nnnn.
The system could not complete the
boot routine.
Restart the system. If the error recurs,
listen for a beep code and refer to "System
Beep Codes." If no beep code is emitted,
run the System Board Devices tests in the
Dell Diagnostics.
Gate A20 failure
One or more RIMMs may be loose.
See "System Memory Problems."
General failure
The operating system is unable to
carry out the command.
This message is usually followed by
specific information—for example,
PRINTER OUT OF PAPER. Respond by
taking the appropriate action.
Hard disk configuration
error
The hard drive failed initialization.
See "Hard Drive Problems."
Hard disk controller
failure
The hard drive failed initialization.
See "Hard Drive Problems."
The system configuration
information does not match the
hardware configuration.
Enter system setup and correct the system
configuration information.
Hard disk failure
Hard drive read failure
Invalid configuration
information - please run
SETUP program
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System Messages (continued)
Message
Cause
Keyboard clock line
failure
A cable or connector may be loose, or See "Keyboard Problems."
the keyboard or keyboard/mouse
controller may be faulty.
Keyboard controller
failure
Action
Keyboard data line failure
Keyboard failure
Keyboard stuck key failure
Memory address line
failure at address, read
value expecting value
One or more RIMMs may be faulty or See "System Memory Problems."
improperly seated.
Memory allocation error
The software you are attempting to
run is conflicting with the operating
system or another application
program or utility.
Memory data line failure
at address, read value
expecting value
One or more RIMMs may be faulty or See "System Memory Problems."
improperly seated.
Turn off the computer, wait 30 seconds,
and turn it on. Try to run the program
again. If the problem persists, contact the
software company.
Memory double word logic
failure at address, read
value expecting value
Memory odd/even logic
failure at address, read
value expecting value
Memory write/read failure
at address, read value
expecting value
Memory size in CMOS
invalid
The amount of memory recorded in Reboot the computer. If the error appears
the system configuration information again, contact Dell for technical
does not match the memory installed assistance.
in the computer.
No boot device available
The computer cannot find the
diskette or hard drive.
Enter system setup, check the system
configuration information for the diskette
and hard drive, and if necessary, correct
the information.
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System Messages (continued)
Message
Cause
Action
No boot sector on hard
drive
The system configuration
information in system setup may be
incorrect, or the operating system
may be corrupted.
Enter system setup, check the system
configuration information for the hard
drive, and if necessary, correct the
information.
If the message persists, reinstall your
operating system. See the documentation
that came with your operating system.
No timer tick interrupt
A chip on the system board might be Run the System Board Devices tests in the
malfunctioning.
Dell Diagnostics.
Non-system disk or disk
error
The diskette in drive A or your hard
drive does not have a bootable
operating system installed.
A nonbootable diskette is in drive A.
Either replace the diskette with one that
has a bootable operating system, or
remove the diskette from drive A and
restart the computer.
Not a boot diskette
There is no operating system on the
diskette.
Boot the computer with a diskette that
contains an operating system.
Please connect USB
Keyboard/Mouse to USB
port 1 on the back of the
computer.
The USB keyboard and/or mouse
Turn your system off, connect the USB
must be connected to the port 1 USB keyboard and/or mouse to one of the
connectors.
Port 1 USB connectors, and restart your
system. See "Back-Panel Connectors and
Indicators."
Plug and Play
Configuration Error
The system has encountered a
Turn your system off and unplug it.
problem in trying to configure one or Remove all but one of the cards. Plug in
more expansion cards.
your system and reboot it. If the message
persists, the expansion card might be
malfunctioning. If the message does not
appear, turn off the power and reinsert one
of the other cards. Repeat this process
until you identify the card that is
malfunctioning.
The operating system cannot read
Requested sector not found from the diskette or hard drive.
The system could not find a
particular sector on the disk, or the
requested sector is defective.
Read fault
Reset failed
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The disk reset operation failed.
See "Diskette Drive Problems" and "Hard
Drive Problems."
See "Diskette Drive Problems" and "Hard
Drive Problems."
System Messages (continued)
Message
Cause
Action
Sector not found
The operating system is unable to
See "Diskette Drive Problems" and "Hard
locate a sector on the diskette or hard Drive Problems."
drive.
Seek error
The operating system is unable to
If the error is on the diskette drive, try a
find a specific track on the diskette or different diskette in the drive.
hard drive.
Shutdown failure
A chip on the system board might be Run the System Board Devices tests in the
malfunctioning.
Dell Diagnostics.
Time-of-day clock stopped
The battery may be dead.
Enter system setup and correct the date or
time.
If the problem persists, see "Battery
Problems."
Time-of-day not set
The time or date displayed in the
system configuration information
does not match the system clock.
Timer chip counter 2
failed
A chip on the system board might be Run the System Board Devices tests in
malfunctioning.
the Dell Diagnostics.
Unexpected interrupt in
protected mode
The keyboard controller might be
malfunctioning, or one or more
RIMMs may be loose.
Run the System Memory and the
Keyboard tests in the Dell Diagnostics.
WARNING: Dell’s Disk
Monitoring System has
detected that drive [0/1]
on the [primary/secondary]
EIDE controller is
operating outside of
normal specifications. It
is advisable to
immediately back up your
data and replace your hard
drive by calling your
support desk or Dell
Computer Corporation.
Power-on self-test (POST) has
queried the EIDE drive for status
information. The drive has returned a
parameter from the call that indicates
it has detected possible error
conditions for its operating
specifications.
When your computer finishes booting,
immediately back up your data and
replace your hard drive. Restore the data
to the replaced drive.
Write fault
The operating system cannot write to See "Diskette Drive Problems" and "Hard
the diskette or hard drive.
Drive Problems."
Write fault on selected
drive
Enter system setup and correct the date or
time.
Back up the data on your hard drive. If a
replacement drive is not immediately
available and the drive is not the only
bootable drive, enter system setup and
change the appropriate drive setting to
None. Remove the drive from the system.
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System Beep Codes
When errors occur during a boot routine that cannot be reported on the
monitor, your computer may emit a beep code that identifies the problem.
The beep code is a pattern of sounds: for example, one beep, followed by a
second beep, and then a burst of three beeps (code 1-1-3) means that the
computer was unable to read the data in nonvolatile random-access
memory (NVRAM). This information is invaluable to the Dell support staff
if you need to call for technical assistance.
When a beep code is emitted, write it down on a copy of the Diagnostics
Checklist and look it up in the following table. If you are unable to resolve
the problem by looking up the meaning of the beep code, use the Dell
Diagnostics to identify a more serious cause. If you are still unable to resolve
the problem, contact Dell for technical assistance.
If the system loses power and beeps constantly when you turn it back on,
the BIOS is probably corrupted. See "BIOS Recovery Utility" for
information on restoring the BIOS.
System Beep Codes
Code
Cause
Action
1-1-2
Microprocessor register failure
Contact Dell for technical assistance.
1-1-3
NVRAM
Run the System Board Devices tests in
the Dell Diagnostics.
1-1-4
ROM BIOS checksum failure
Run the System Board Devices tests in
the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.
1-2-1
Programmable interval timer
Run the System Board Devices tests in
the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.
1-2-2
Direct memory access (DMA)
initialization failure
Run the System Board Devices tests in
the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.
1-2-3
DMA page register read/write
failure
Run the System Board Devices tests in
the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.
1-3
Video Memory Test failure
Run the VESA/VGA Interface tests in
the Dell Diagnostics.
1-3-1
RIMMs not being properly
through identified or used
2-4-4
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See "System Memory Problems."
System Beep Codes (continued)
Code
Cause
Action
3-1-1
Slave DMA register failure
Run the System Board Devices tests in
the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.
3-1-2
Master DMA register failure
Run the System Board Devices tests in
the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.
3-1-3
Master interrupt mask register
failure
Contact Dell for technical assistance.
3-1-4
Slave interrupt mask register
failure
Contact Dell for technical assistance.
3-2-2
Interrupt vector loading failure
Contact Dell for technical assistance.
3-2-4
Keyboard Controller Test failure Run the Keyboard tests in the Dell
Diagnostics. Otherwise, contact Dell
for technical assistance.
3-3-1
NVRAM power loss
Run the System Board Devices tests in
the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.
3-3-2
NVRAM configuration
Run the System Board Devices tests in
the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.
3-3-4
Video Memory Test failure
Run the VESA/VGA Interface tests in
the Dell Diagnostics.
3-4-1
Screen initialization failure
Run the VESA/VGA Interface tests in
the Dell Diagnostics.
3-4-2
Screen retrace failure
Run the VESA/VGA Interface tests in
the Dell Diagnostics.
3-4-3
Search for video ROM failure
Run the VESA/VGA Interface tests in
the Dell Diagnostics.
4-2-1
No timer tick
Contact Dell for technical assistance.
4-2-2
Shutdown failure
Contact Dell for technical assistance.
4-2-3
Gate A20 failure
Contact Dell for technical assistance.
4-2-4
Unexpected interrupt in
protected mode
Contact Dell for technical assistance.
4-3-1
Memory failure above address
0FFFFh
Run the System Memory tests in the
Dell Diagnostics.
4-3-3
Timer-chip counter 2 failure
Contact Dell for technical assistance.
4-3-4
Time-of-day clock stopped
Contact Dell for technical assistance.
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System Beep Codes (continued)
Code
Cause
Action
4-4-1
Serial or parallel port test failure Run the Serial Ports and the Parallel
Ports tests in the Dell Diagnostics.
4-4-2
Failure to decompress code to
shadowed memory
Run the System Board Devices tests in
the Dell Diagnostics.
5-2-2-1
Mismatch Rambus dynamic
random-access memory
(RDRAM) device count;
unsupported RIMM device
count or technology
Verify that both RIMM sockets contain
a RIMM or Rambus continuity RIMM
(CRIMM). If the problem recurs,
replace the module in socket 2 (if any),
then the module in socket 1. If the
problem is still not resolved, contact
Dell for technical assistance.
5-2-2-2
Mismatch channel pair
See "System Memory Problems."
5-2-2-3
RDRAM levelization failure
Verify that both RIMM sockets contain
a RIMM or CRIMM. If the problem
recurs, replace the module in socket 2
(if any), then the module in socket 1. If
the problem is still not resolved,
contact Dell for technical assistance.
Warning Messages
Your application programs or operating system generate warning messages
to alert you to a possible problem and ask you to take an action before you
continue. For example, before you format a diskette, a message may warn
you that you can lose all data on the diskette as a way to protect against
inadvertently erasing or writing over the data. These warning messages
usually interrupt the procedure and require you to respond by typing a y
(yes) or n (no).
Diagnostics Messages
When you run a test group or subtest in the Dell Diagnostics, an error
message may result. These error messages are not covered in this section.
Record the message on a copy of your Diagnostics Checklist and contact
Dell for technical assistance.
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Diagnostic Indicators
Indicators are located on the front panel and back panel of the chassis.
These indicators communicate diagnostic codes that can help you solve
problems with your computer.
CAUTION: Before servicing any components inside your computer,
see "Safety First—For You and Your Computer."
Front-Panel Indicators
The following table lists the codes for the front panel diagnostic indicators,
gives probable causes, and suggests corrective actions.
Front-Panel Diagnos tic Indicator Codes
Power
Indicator
Code
Hard Drive Cause
Indicator
Code
Corrective Action
Solid green
N/A
Power is on, and the
No corrective action is
computer is operating required.
normally.
Blinking green
Blank
The computer is in the Push and release the
suspended state
power button, move the
(Windows 2000 only). mouse, or press a key on
the keyboard to bring the
computer out of the
suspended state.
Solid yellow
N/A
The Dell Diagnostics
is running a test, or
a device on the system
board may be faulty or
incorrectly installed.
If the Dell Diagnostics is
running, allow the testing
to complete. Otherwise,
see "System Board
Problems."
If the system does not
boot, contact Dell for
technical assistance.
Blinking yellow
Blank
There is a system
power supply failure.
Check the diagnostic
indicator codes to see if
the specific problem is
identified. Also, see
"Power Problems."
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Front-Panel Diagnos tic Indicator Codes (continued)
Power
Indicator
Code
Hard Drive Cause
Indicator
Code
Corrective Action
Blinking yellow
Solid green
Voltage regulator
failure on the system
board.
Check the diagnostic
indicator codes to see if
the specific problem is
identified. Also, see
"System Board Problems."
Solid green and a N/A
beep code during
POST
A problem was
detected while the
BIOS was executing.
See "System Beep Codes"
for instructions on
diagnosing the beep code.
Solid green power N/A
indicator and no
beep code and no
video during
POST
The monitor or the
graphics card may be
faulty or incorrectly
installed.
See "Video Problems."
Solid green power N/A
indicator and no
beep code but the
system locks up
during POST
An integrated system
board device may be
faulty.
Contact Dell for
technical assistance.
Back-Panel Indicators
When you turn on your system, it performs a POST, which is a series of selfdiagnostic checks. A successful POST ends with a single beep that signifies
the start of normal operation. If the system fails to emit the single beep or
appears to stop responding during POST, a series of indicators located at the
rear of the computer can help you understand which POST test failed or
why the system stopped responding. These indicators communicate
problems encountered during POST only, not during normal operation.
CAUTION: Before servicing any components inside your computer,
see "Safety First—For You and Your Computer."
The indicator patterns described in the following table can help you
determine what to do to resolve the problem. If a problem resolution
requires you to remove the computer cover, refer to "Installing Upgrades" for
procedures you must complete before performing the suggested resolution.
If the problem persists after you perform the suggested resolution, contact
Dell for technical assistance.
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The following table lists the codes for the back-panel diagnostic indicators,
gives probable causes, and suggests corrective actions. The indicator
patterns are shown as they appear on the back of your computer. The
indicators are labeled to help you match the pattern on your computer with
one of the patterns shown in the table.
Back-Panel Diagnos tic Indicator Codes
Indicator Pattern
Cause
Action
Normal off condition
or start-up default
Ensure that the front-panel
power indicator is on. If the
power indicator is off, ensure
that the computer is
connected to a working
electrical outlet.
If the problem is still not
resolved, contact Dell for
technical assistance.
Possible BIOS failure, and
Run the BIOS Recovery
the system is in the recovery Utility, and restart the
mode
system to retest.
If the problem is still not
resolved, perform the
procedure in "Reset
Corrupted BIOS Settings."
Possible microprocessor
failure
Reseat the microprocessor
and restart the system to
retest. For instructions on
removing and replacing the
microprocessor, see
"Upgrading the
Microprocessor."
If the problem is still not
resolved, contact Dell for
technical assistance.
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Back-Panel Diagnos tic Indicator Codes (continued)
Indicator Pattern
Cause
Action
Possible memory failure
Perform the procedure in
"System Memory Problems."
Possible expansion card
failure or conflict
Perform the procedure in
"Expansion-Card Problems"
and see "Hardware
Conflicts."
Possible video card failure
Reseat the video card, and
restart the system to retest.
For instructions on removing
and replacing an expansion
card, see "Removing an
Expansion Card."
If the problem is still not
resolved, contact Dell for
technical assistance.
Possible diskette drive or
hard drive failure
Perform the procedures in
"Diskette Drive Problems"
and "Hard Drive Problems."
Possible USB failure
Disconnect all USB devices
and cables, and restart the
system to retest. Then
reconnect all USB devices
and cables, and restart the
system to retest.
If the problem is still not
resolved, contact Dell for
technical assistance.
Possible system board
resource and/or hardware
failure
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Perform the procedure in
"System Board Problems"
and see "Hardware
Conflicts."
Back-Panel Diagnos tic Indicator Codes (continued)
Indicator Pattern
Cause
Action
Possible system board
resource and/or hardware
failure
Perform the procedure in
"System Board Problems"
and see "Hardware
Conflicts."
Possible expansion card
failure or conflict
Perform the procedure in
"Expansion-Card Problems"
and see "Hardware
Conflicts."
Possible system board
resource and/or hardware
failure
Perform the procedure in
"System Board Problems"
and see "Hardware
Conflicts."
Normal operating condition No action is necessary.
after POST
SNMP Platform Event Traps
Your system generates simple network management protocol (SNMP)
platform event trap (PET) messages that are sent to network management
software to inform the network manager that specific events have occurred
on your system.
The following table lists the SNMP platform event traps your system
generates.
S N M P P l a t f o r m E v e n t Tr a p s
Description
Code
BIOS boot failure
02 03 23 6f 00
Chassis intrusion
02 03 05 6f 00
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S N M P P l a t f o r m E v e n t Tr a p s ( c o n t i n u e d )
Description
Code
Temperature failure
02 03 01 06 01
Invalid password
02 03 06 6f 01
Voltage failure
02 03 02 06 01
SOS enable / PC presence
02 03 25 6f 00
Software Problems
This section provides general guidelines for analyzing software problems.
See "Resources and Support Tools" for a list of software resources available
to you from Dell, including drivers, utilities, documentation, and operating
system backups. For detailed troubleshooting information on a particular
application program, see the documentation that accompanied the software
or consult the support service for the software vendor.
If your system is behaving erratically, back up your files immediately. If your
system has a tape drive installed, see the documentation that came with the
tape backup software for instructions on performing a backup operation.
Otherwise, see your operating system documentation for information on
backing up data files.
Basic Checks:
•
Ensure that the application program is compatible with the operating
system installed in your computer and that your computer meets the
minimum hardware requirements needed to run the software.
•
Ensure that you properly installed and configured the application
program. Reinstall the program if necessary.
Consult the software documentation or contact the software
manufacturer for detailed troubleshooting information on a particular
application program.
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Ensure that you have not made an error while entering data.
•
Ensure that problems are not caused by a virus — Use a virus-scanning
application program to check the software installation diskettes or
CDs before using them.
•
After you have checked the software installation diskettes or CDs with
a virus-scanning application program, you should disable the virusscanning application program before installing the software. You
should also disable any other application programs that are "hidden,"
or operate in the background.
•
Verify that the program’s device drivers do not conflict with certain
application programs.
•
Confirm that a problem is software-related by running the System
Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics. If all tests run successfully,
the error condition may be related to a software problem.
•
Ensure that the use of terminate-and-stay-resident (TSR) programs
has not resulted in a memory conflict.
•
Remove or confirm the possibility of a program conflict by rebooting
your computer system.
•
Ensure that a hardware conflict does not exist between devices.
Operating System Compatibility
Ensure that the computer's operating environment is set up to
accommodate the application programs you use. Whenever you change the
operating environment parameters, you may also affect the successful
operation of the application programs. Sometimes, after modifying the
operating environment, you may need to reinstall a program that no longer
runs properly.
Input Errors
If a specific key or set of keys is pressed at the wrong time, a program may
give you unexpected results. See the documentation that came with your
application program to ensure that the values or characters you are entering
are valid.
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Error Messages
Error messages are produced by the operating system, an application
program, or the computer. "Messages and Codes" discusses error messages
that are generated by the operating system. If you receive an error message
that is not listed in "Messages and Codes," check your computer or
application program documentation.
Device Drivers
Programs that use specialized subroutines called device drivers can also
cause problems with your system. For example, a variation in the way the
data is sent to the monitor may require a special screen driver program that
expects a certain kind of video mode or monitor. In such cases, you may
have to develop an alternative method of running that particular program—
the creation of a boot file made especially for that program, for example.
Call the support service for the software you are using to help you with this
problem.
Memory-Resident Programs
Many utilities and supplementary programs load either when the computer
boots or from an operating system prompt. These programs are designed to
stay resident in system memory and thus always be available for use.
Because they remain in the computer's memory, memory conflicts and
errors can result when other programs require use of all or part of the
memory already occupied by these TSR programs.
Typically, your operating system's start-up files (such as config.sys and
autoexec.bat) contain commands to start TSR programs when you boot
your system. If you suspect that one of these TSR programs is causing a
memory conflict, remove the commands that start them from the start-up
file. If the problem you were experiencing does not recur, one of the TSR
programs probably created the conflict. Add the TSR commands back into
the start-up files one at a time until you identify which TSR program is
creating the conflict.
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Program Conflicts
Some programs may leave portions of their setup information behind, even
though you have exited from them. As a result, other programs cannot run.
Rebooting your system can confirm whether these programs are causing the
problem.
Memory Address Conflicts
Memory address conflicts occur when two or more devices try to access the
same address in the upper memory blocks (UMB). For example, if a network
expansion card and an expanded-memory page frame are assigned an
overlapping block of addresses, a memory address conflict arises. As a result,
when you try to log in to the network, the operation fails.
To resolve this type of conflict, you can change the address of one of the
devices. For example, in the case of the network expansion card and
expanded-memory page-frame address conflict, you can move the network
card to an address block in the range of CC000h through D0000h. To
reassign the expansion card's address block, refer to the documentation for
the card.
Interrupt Assignment Conflicts
Problems can arise if two devices attempt to use the same interrupt request
(IRQ) line. To avoid this type of conflict, check the documentation for the
default IRQ-line setting for each installed expansion card. Then consult the
following table to configure the card for one of the available IRQ lines.
NOTE: The following table lists default IRQ settings. In systems with Plug and
Play capabilities, you can modify the defaults. If you install a Plug and Play
card in a Plug and Play computer, the computer automatically selects an open
IRQ line if any are available.
Default IRQ Line Assignments
IRQ Line
Used/Available
IRQ0
Used by the system timer
IRQ1
Used by the keyboard to signal that the output buffer is full
IRQ2
Used by interrupt controller 1 to enable IRQ8 through IRQ15
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Default IRQ Line Assignments (continued)
IRQ Line
Used/Available
IRQ3
Used by serial port 2
IRQ4
Used by serial port 1
IRQ5
Available
IRQ6
Used by the diskette/tape drive controller
IRQ7
Used by the parallel port
IRQ8
Used by the real-time clock (RTC)
IRQ9
Used by the advanced configuration and power interface (ACPI)
IRQ10
Available
IRQ11
Used by the USB controllers
IRQ12
Used by the mouse port
IRQ13
Used by the math coprocessor (if applicable)
IRQ14
Used by the primary IDE controller
IRQ15
Used by the secondary IDE controller
BIOS Recovery Utility
If your system loses power and beeps constantly but does not boot when
power is restored, the BIOS is probably corrupted. To restore the BIOS,
perform the following steps:
1
Disconnect the system from its power source.
2
Go to a different system that is working properly, and download the
BIOS flash executable utility for the system from the File Library
located on the Dell support website at http://support.dell.com.
3
On the working system, go to an MS-DOS prompt and type the
command xxxxx -writehdrfile (where xxxxx is the name of the
BIOS flash executable utility you downloaded).
Running this utility generates a file with an .hdr extension.
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4
Copy the .hdr file to a diskette.
5
Insert the diskette into the diskette drive of the corrupted system and
turn it on.
The system automatically flashes the BIOS from the diskette.
6
When the system begins to restart and the Dell logo screen appears,
remove the diskette from the diskette drive so that the system does not
boot from the diskette again.
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Getting Help
Help Overview
Dell Contact Numbers
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Help Overview
This chapter describes the tools Dell provides to help you when you have a
problem with your computer. It also tells you when and how to contact Dell
for technical or customer assistance.
Technical Assistance
If you need assistance with a technical problem, perform the following
steps:
1
Complete the procedures in "Solving Problems."
2
Run the Dell Diagnostics.
3
Make a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist, and fill it out.
4
Use Dell’s extensive suite of online services available at Dell’s website
(http://www.dell.com) for help with installation and troubleshooting
procedures.
For more information, see "World Wide Web."
5
If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, call Dell for
technical assistance.
When prompted by Dell’s automated telephone system, enter your
Express Service Code to route the call directly to the proper support
personnel. If you do not have an Express Service Code, open the Dell
Accessories folder, double-click the Express Service Code icon, and
follow the directions.
NOTE: Dell’s Express Service Code system may not be available in all
countries.
For instructions on using the technical support service, see "Technical
Support Service" and "Before You Call."
Help Tools
Dell provides a number of tools to assist you. These tools are described in
the following sections.
NOTE: Some of the following tools are not always available in all locations
outside the continental U.S. Please call your local Dell representative for
information on availability.
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World Wide Web
The Internet is your most powerful tool for obtaining information about
your computer and other Dell products. Through the Internet, you can
access most of the services described in this section, including AutoTech,
TechFax, order status, technical support, and product information.
You can access Dell’s support website at http://support.dell.com. To select
your country, click the map that appears. The Welcome to support.dell.com
page opens. Enter your system information to access help tools and
information.
Dell can be accessed electronically using the following addresses:
•
World Wide Web
http://www.dell.com/
http://www.dell.com/ap/ (for Asian/Pacific countries only)
http://www.euro.dell.com (for Europe only)
http://www.dell.com/la (for Latin American countries)
•
Anonymous file transfer protocol (FTP)
ftp.dell.com/
Log in as user: anonymous, and use your e-mail address as your
password.
•
Electronic Support Service
support@us.dell.com
apsupport@dell.com (for Asian/Pacific countries only)
support.euro.dell.com (for Europe only)
•
Electronic Quote Service
sales@dell.com
apmarketing@dell.com (for Asian/Pacific countries only)
•
Electronic Information Service
info@dell.com
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AutoTech Service
Dell’s automated technical support service—AutoTech—provides recorded
answers to the questions most frequently asked by Dell customers.
When you call AutoTech, you use your touch-tone telephone to select the
subjects that correspond to your questions.
The AutoTech service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can
also access this service through the technical support service. For the
telephone number to call, see "Dell Contact Numbers."
TechFax Service
Dell takes full advantage of fax technology to serve you better. Twenty-four
hours a day, seven days a week, you can call the Dell TechFax line toll-free
for all kinds of technical information.
Using a touch-tone phone, you can select from a full directory of topics. The
technical information you request is sent within minutes to the fax number
you designate. For the TechFax telephone number to call, see "Dell Contact
Numbers."
Automated Order-Status System
You can call this automated service to check on the status of any Dell
products that you have ordered. A recording prompts you for the
information needed to locate and report on your order. For the telephone
number to call, see "Dell Contact Numbers."
Technical Support Service
Dell’s industry-leading hardware technical-support service is available 24
hours a day, seven days a week, to answer your questions about Dell
hardware.
Our technical support staff pride themselves on their track record: more
than 90 percent of all problems and questions are taken care of in just one
toll-free call, usually in less than 10 minutes. When you call, our experts can
refer to records kept on your Dell system to better understand your
particular question. Our technical support staff use computer-based
diagnostics to provide fast, accurate answers to questions.
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To contact Dell’s technical support service, see "Before You Call" and then
call the number for your country as listed in "Dell Contact Numbers."
Problems With Your Order
If you have a problem with your order, such as missing parts, wrong parts, or
incorrect billing, contact Dell for customer assistance. Have your invoice or
packing slip handy when you call. For the telephone number to call, see
"Dell Contact Numbers."
Product Information
If you need information about additional products available from Dell, or if
you would like to place an order, visit Dell’s website at http://www.dell.com/.
For the telephone number to call to speak to a sales specialist, see "Dell
Contact Numbers."
Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit
Prepare all items being returned, whether for repair or credit, as follows:
1
Call Dell to obtain an authorization number, and write it clearly and
prominently on the outside of the box.
For the telephone number to call, see "Dell Contact Numbers."
2
Include a copy of the invoice and a letter describing the reason for the
return.
3
Include a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist indicating the tests you
have run and any error messages reported by the Dell Diagnostics.
4
Include any accessories that belong with the item(s) being returned
(power cables, software diskettes, guides, and so on) if the return is for
credit.
5
Pack the equipment to be returned in the original (or equivalent)
packing materials.
You are responsible for paying shipping expenses. You are also
responsible for insuring any product returned, and you assume the risk
of loss during shipment to Dell. Collect-on-delivery (C.O.D.) packages
are not accepted.
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Returns that are missing any of the preceding requirements will be refused
at our receiving dock and returned to you.
Before You Call
NOTE: Have your Express Service Code ready when you call. The code helps
Dell’s automated-support telephone system direct your call more efficiently.
Remember to fill out the Diagnostics Checklist below. If possible, turn on
your system before you call Dell for technical assistance and call from a
telephone at or near the computer. You may be asked to type some
commands at the keyboard, relay detailed information during operations, or
try other troubleshooting steps possible only at the computer system itself.
Ensure that the system documentation is available.
CAUTION: Before servicing any components inside your computer,
see "Safety First—For You and Your Computer."
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Diagnostics Checklist
Name: _____________________________________________________ Date: ______________________________
Address: ___________________________________________________ Phone number: ______________________
Service tag (bar code on the back of the computer): ______________________________________________________
Express Service Code: _____________________________________________________________________________
Return Material Authorization Number (if provided by Dell support technician): _______________________________
Operating system and version: _______________________________________________________________________
Peripherals: ______________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________
Expansion cards: __________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________
Are you connected to a network?
yes
no
Network, version, and network card: __________________________________________________________________
Programs and versions: _____________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________
Refer to your operating system documentation to determine the contents of the system’s startup files.
Print each file if possible. Otherwise, record the contents of each file before calling Dell.
Error message, beep code, or diagnostic code: ___________________________________________________________
Description of problem and troubleshooting procedures you performed: ______________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Dell Contact Numbers
The following table provides country-specific access codes and telephone
numbers, websites, and email addresses that you can use to contact Dell.
The codes required depend on where you are calling from as well as the
destination of your call; in addition, each country has a different dialing
protocol. If you need assistance in determining which codes to use, contact
a local or an international operator.
NOTE: Toll-free numbers are for use only within the country for which they
are listed. Area codes are most often used to call long distance within your own
country (not internationally)—in other words, when your call originates in the
same country you are calling.
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Australia (Sydney)
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-mail Address
Home and Small Business
1-300-65-55-33
International Access Code: 0011 Government and Business
toll free: 1-800-633-559
Country Code: 61
Preferred Accounts Division (PAD)
toll free: 1-800-060-889
City Code: 2
Customer Care
toll free: 1-800-819-339
Corporate Sales
toll free: 1-800-808-385
Transaction Sales
toll free: 1-800-808-312
Fax
toll free: 1-800-818-341
Austria (Vienna)
Home/Small Business Sales
01 795 67602
International Access Code: 900
Home/Small Business Fax
01 795 67605
Country Code: 43
Home/Small Business Customer Care
01 795 67603
City Code: 1
Preferred Accounts/Corporate Customer Care
Home/Small Business Technical Support
Preferred Accounts/Corporate Technical Support
Switchboard
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: tech_support_central_europe@dell.com
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0660 8056
01 795 67604
0660 8779
01 491 04 0
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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
Belgium (Brussels)
Technical Support
02 481 92 88
International Access Code: 00
Customer Care
02 481 91 19
Country Code: 32
Home/Small Business Sales
City Code: 2
Corporate Sales
02 481 91 00
Fax
02 481 92 99
Switchboard
02 481 91 00
toll free: 0800 16884
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: tech_be@dell.com
Brazil
Customer Support, Technical Support
International Access Code: 0021 Sales
Country Code: 55
0800 90 3355
0800 90 3366
Website: http://www.dell.com/br
City Code: 51
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)
Automated Order-Status System
toll free: 1-800-433-9014
International Access Code: 011
AutoTech (Automated technical support)
toll free: 1-800-247-9362
Customer Care (From outside Toronto)
toll free: 1-800-387-5759
Customer Care (From within Toronto)
Chile (Santiago)
416 758-2400
Customer Technical Support
toll free: 1-800-847-4096
Sales (Direct Sales—from outside Toronto)
toll free: 1-800-387-5752
Sales (Direct Sales—from within Toronto)
416 758-2200
Sales (Federal government, education, and
medical)
toll free: 1-800-567-7542
Sales (Major Accounts)
toll free: 1-800-387-5755
TechFax
toll free: 1-800-950-1329
Sales, Customer Support, and Technical Support
toll free: 1230-020-4823
Country Code: 56
City Code: 2
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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
China (Xiamen)
Technical Support
toll free: 800 858 2437
Country Code: 86
Customer Experience
toll free: 800 858 2060
City Code: 592
Home and Small Business
toll free: 800 858 2222
Preferred Accounts Division
toll free: 800 858 2062
Large Corporate Accounts
toll free: 800 858 2999
Czech Republic (Prague)
Technical Support
02 22 83 27 27
International Access Code: 00
Customer Care
02 22 83 27 11
Country Code: 420
Fax
02 22 83 27 14
City Code: 2
TechFax
02 22 83 27 28
Switchboard
02 22 83 27 11
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: czech_dell@dell.com
Denmark (Horsholm)
Technical Support
45170182
International Access Code: 00
Relational Customer Care
45170184
Country Code: 45
Home/Small Business Customer Care
32875505
Switchboard
45170100
Fax Technical Support (Upplands Vasby, Sweden)
Fax Switchboard
46 0 859005594
45170117
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: den_support@dell.com
E-mail Support for Servers:
Nordic_server_support@dell.com
Finland (Helsinki)
Technical Support
09 253 313 60
International Access Code: 990
Technical Support Fax
09 253 313 81
Country Code: 358
Relational Customer Care
09 253 313 38
City Code: 9
Home/Small Business Customer Care
09 693 791 94
Fax
09 253 313 99
Switchboard
09 253 313 00
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: fin_support@dell.com
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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)
Home and Small Business
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support
Country Code: 33
Customer Care
0825 823 833
City Code: (1) (4)
Switchboard
0825 004 700
Switchboard (Alternative)
0825 387 270
04 99 75 40 00
Sales
0825 004 700
Fax
0825 004 701
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: web_fr_tech@dell.com
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
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: web_fr_tech@dell.com
Germany (Langen)
Technical Support
International Access Code: 00
Home/Small Business Customer Care
Country Code: 49
Global Segment Customer Care
06103 766-9570
City Code: 6103
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
06103 766-7200
0180-5-224400
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: tech_support_central_europe@dell.com
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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
Hong Kong
Technical Support
International Access Code: 001
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
Country Code: 852
Transaction Sales
toll free: 800 96 4109
Corporate Sales
toll free: 800 96 4108
toll free: 800 96 4107
604 633 4949
Ireland (Cherrywood)
Technical Support
International Access Code: 16
Home User Customer Care
Country Code: 353
Small Business Customer Care
01 204 4026
City Code: 1
Corporate Customer Care
01 204 4003
Sales
01 286 0500
SalesFax
01 204 0144
Fax
Switchboard
0870 908 0800
01 204 4095
0870 907 5590
01 286 0500
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: dell_direct_support@dell.com
Italy (Milan)
Home and Small Business
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support
02 577 826 90
Country Code: 39
Customer Care
02 696 821 14
City Code: 02
Fax
02 696 821 13
Switchboard
02 696 821 12
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: web_it_tech@dell.com
Corporate
Technical Support
02 577 826 90
Customer Care
02 577 825 55
Fax
02 575 035 30
Switchboard
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: web_it_tech@dell.com
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02 577 821
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
Japan (Kawasaki)
Technical Support (Server)
toll free: 0120-1984-35
International Access Code: 001
Technical Support (Dimension™ and Inspiron™)
toll free: 0120-1982-26
Country Code: 81
Technical Support Outside of Japan (Dimension
and Inspiron)
81-44-520-1435
City Code: 44
Technical Support (Dell Precision™, OptiPlex™
and Latitude™)
Technical Support Outside of Japan (Dell
Precision, OptiPlex, and Latitude)
toll free: 0120-1984-33
81-44-556-3894
24-Hour Automated Order Service
044 556-3801
Customer Care
044 556-4240
Home and Small Business Group Sales
044 556-3344
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
Government, Education, and Medical Sales
044 556 3345
Dell Global Japan
044 556 3469
Individual User
044 556 1760
Faxbox Service
044 556-3490
Switchboard
044 556-4300
Website: http://support.jp.dell.com
Korea (Seoul)
Technical Support
toll free: 080-200-3800
International Access Code: 001
Sales
toll free: 080-200-3777
Country Code: 82
Customer Service (Seoul, Korea)
City Code: 2
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
2194-6220
604 633 4949
Fax
2194-6202
Switchboard
2194-6000
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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
Technical Support (Brussels, Belgium)
International Access Code: 00
Home/Small Business Sales (Brussels, Belgium)
Country Code: 352
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
02 481 92 88
toll free: 080016884
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: tech_be@dell.com
Macau
Technical Support
Country Code: 853
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
Transaction Sales
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604 633 4949
toll free: 0800 581
Malaysia (Penang)
Technical Support
toll free: 1 800 888 298
International Access Code: 00
Customer Service
04 633 4949
Country Code: 60
Transaction Sales
toll free: 1 800 888 202
City Code: 4
Corporate Sales
toll free: 1 800 888 213
Ge tt ing Help
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Mexico
International Access Code: 95
Country Code: 52
City Code: 5
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll Free Numbers
Automated Order-Status System (Austin, Texas,
U.S.A.)
512 728-0685
AutoTech (Automated technical support) (Austin,
Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-0686
Customer Technical Support
525 228-7870
Sales
525 228-7811
or toll free: 91-800-900-37
or toll free: 91-800-904-49
Customer Service
525 228-7878
Main
525 228-7800
Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Technical Support
020 581 8838
International Access Code: 00
Customer Care
020 581 8740
Country Code: 31
Home/Small Business Sales
City Code: 20
Home/Small Business Sales Fax
020 682 7171
Corporate Sales
020 581 8818
Corporate Sales Fax
020 686 8003
Fax
020 686 8003
Switchboard
020 581 8818
toll free: 0800-0663
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: tech_nl@dell.com
New Zealand
Home and Small Business
0800 446 255
International Access Code: 00
Government and Business
0800 444 617
Country Code: 64
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
Norway (Lysaker)
Technical Support
671 16882
International Access Code: 00
Relational Customer Care
671 17514
Country Code: 47
Home/Small Business Customer Care
23162298
Switchboard
671 16800
Fax Technical Support (Upplands Vasby, Sweden)
Fax Switchboard
46 0 85 590 05 594
671 16865
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: nor_support@dell.com
E-mail Support for Servers:
Nordic_server_support@dell.com
Poland (Warsaw)
Technical Support
22 57 95 700
International Access Code: 011
Customer Care
22 57 95 999
Country Code: 48
Sales
22 57 95 999
City Code: 22
Fax
22 57 95 998
Switchboard
22 57 95 999
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: pl_support@dell.com
Portugal
Technical Support
35 800 834 077
International Access Code: 00
Customer Care
800 300 415 or
35 800 834 075
Sales
800 300 410 or
800 300 411 or
800 300 412 or
Country Code: 35
351 214 220 710
Fax
35 121 424 01 12
E-mail: es_support@dell.com
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Singapore (Singapore)
Technical Support
International Access Code: 005
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
Country Code: 65
Transaction Sales
toll free: 800 6011 054
Corporate Sales
toll free: 800 6011 053
Ge tt ing Help
toll free: 800 6011 051
604 633 4949
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
South Africa (Johannesburg)
Technical Support
011 709 7710
International Access Code:
09/091
Customer Care
011 709 7707
Country Code: 27
Sales
011 709 7700
Fax
011 706 0495
Switchboard
011 709 7700
City Code: 11
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: dell_za_support@dell.com
Southeast Asian and Pacific
Countries
Customer Technical Support, Customer Service,
and Sales (Penang, Malaysia)
Spain (Madrid)
Home and Small Business
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support
902 100 130
Country Code: 34
Customer Care
902 118 540
City Code: 91
Sales
902 118 541
Switchboard
902 118 541
Fax
902 118 539
604 633 4810
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: web_esp_tech@dell.com
Corporate
Technical Support
902 100 130
Customer Care
902 118 546
Switchboard
91 722 92 00
Fax
91 722 95 83
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: web_esp_tech@dell.com
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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
Sweden (Upplands Vasby)
Technical Support
08 590 05 199
International Access Code: 00
Relational Customer Care
08 590 05 642
Country Code: 46
Home/Small Business Customer Care
08 587 70 527
City Code: 8
Fax Technical Support
08 590 05 594
Sales
08 590 05 185
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: swe_support@dell.com
E-mail Support for Latitude and Inspiron:
Swe-nbk_kats@dell.com
E-mail Support for OptiPlex: Swe_kats@dell.com
E-mail Support for Servers:
Nordic_server_support@dell.com
Switzerland (Geneva)
Technical Support (Home and Small Business)
0844 811 411
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support (Corporate)
0844 822 844
Country Code: 41
Customer Care (Home and Small Business)
0848 802 202
City Code: 22
Customer Care (Corporate)
0848 821 721
Fax
022 799 01 90
Switchboard
022 799 01 01
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: swisstech@dell.com
Taiwan
Technical Support
toll free: 0080 60 1255
International Access Code: 002
Technical Support (Servers)
toll free: 0080 60 1256
Country Code: 886
Transaction Sales
toll free: 0080 651 228
or 0800 33 556
Corporate Sales
toll free: 0080 651 227
or 0800 33 555
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Thailand
Technical Support
International Access Code: 001
Customer Support (Penang, Malaysia)
Country Code: 66
Sales
Ge tt ing Help
toll free: 0880 060 07
604 633 4949
toll free: 0880 060 09
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
U.K. (Bracknell)
International Access Code: 010
Country Code: 44
City Code: 1344
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll Free Numbers
Technical Support (Corporate/Preferred
Accounts/PAD [1000+ employees])
0870 908 0500
Technical Support (Direct/PAD and General)
0870 908 0800
Global Accounts Customer Care
01344 723186
Home and Small Business Customer Care
0870 906 0010
Corporate Customer Care
0870 908 0500
Preferred Accounts (500-5000 employees)
Customer Care
01344 723196
Central Government Customer Care
01344 723193
Local Government Customer Care
01344 723194
Home/Small Business Sales
0870 907 4000
Corporate/Public Sector Sales
01344 860456
Website: http://support.euro.dell.com
E-mail: dell_direct_support@dell.com
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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 System
toll free: 1-800-433-9014
International Access Code: 011
AutoTech (for portable and desktop computers)
toll free: 1-800-247-9362
Country Code: 1
Dell Home and Small Business Group (for portable and desktop computers):
Customer Technical Support (Return Material
Authorization Numbers)
toll free: 1-800-624-9896
Customer Technical Support (Home sales
purchased via http://www.dell.com)
toll free: 1-877-576-3355
Customer Service (Credit Return Authorization
Numbers)
toll free: 1-800-624-9897
National Accounts (systems purchased by established Dell national accounts
[have your account number handy], medical institutions, or value-added resellers
[VARs]):
Customer Service and Technical Support (Return
Material Authorization Numbers)
toll free: 1-800-822-8965
Public Americas International (systems purchased by governmental agencies
[local, state, or federal] or educational institutions):
Customer Service and Technical Support (Return
Material Authorization Numbers)
Dell Sales
toll free: 1-800-234-1490
toll free: 1-800-289-3355
or toll free: 1-800-879-3355
Spare Parts Sales
toll free: 1-800-357-3355
DellWare™
toll free: 1-800-753-7201
Desktop and Portable Fee-Based Technical Support
toll free: 1-800-433-9005
Server Fee-Based Technical Support
toll free: 1-800-967-0765
Sales (Catalogs)
toll free: 1-800-426-5150
Fax
toll free: 1-800-727-8320
TechFax
Dell Services for the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or
Speech-Impaired
Switchboard
Dellnet Technical Support
toll free: 1-800-950-1329
toll free: 1-877-DELLTTY
(1-877-335-5889)
512 338-4400
toll free: 1-877-Dellnet
(1-877-335-5638)
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Additional
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Regulatory Notices
ENERGY STAR® Compliance
Limited Warranty and Return Policy
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Regulatory Notices
Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) is any signal or emission, radiated in
free space or conducted along power or signal leads, that endangers the
functioning of a radio navigation or other safety service or seriously
degrades, obstructs, or repeatedly interrupts a licensed radio
communications service. Radio communications services include but are
not limited to AM/FM commercial broadcast, television, cellular services,
radar, air-traffic control, pager, and Personal Communication Services
(PCS). These licensed services, along with unintentional radiators such as
digital devices, including computer systems, contribute to the
electromagnetic environment.
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) is the ability of items of electronic
equipment to function properly together in the electronic environment.
While this computer system has been designed and determined to be
compliant with regulatory agency limits for EMI, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment
does cause interference with radio communications services, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on, you are encouraged to try
to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
•
Reorient the receiving antenna.
•
Relocate the computer with respect to the receiver.
•
Move the computer away from the receiver.
•
Plug the computer into a different outlet so that the computer and the
receiver are on different branch circuits.
If necessary, consult a Dell Technical Support representative or an
experienced radio/television technician for additional suggestions. You may
find the FCC Interference Handbook, 1986, to be helpful. It is available from
the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, Stock No.
004-000-00450-7 or on the World Wide Web at
http://www.fcc.gov/cib/Publications/tvibook.html.
Dell computer systems are designed, tested, and classified for their
intended electromagnetic environment. These electromagnetic
environment classifications generally refer to the following harmonized
definitions:
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Class A is typically for business or industrial environments.
•
Class B is typically for residential environments.
Information Technology Equipment (ITE), including peripherals,
expansion cards, printers, input/output (I/O) devices, monitors, and so on,
that are integrated into or connected to the system should match the
electromagnetic environment classification of the computer system.
A Notice About Shielded Signal Cables: Use only shielded cables for
connecting peripherals to any Dell device to reduce the possibility of
interference with radio communications services. Using shielded cables
ensures that you maintain the appropriate EMC classification for the
intended environment. For parallel printers, a cable is available from Dell.
If you prefer, you can order a cable from Dell on the World Wide Web at
http://www.dell.com/products/dellware/index.htm.
Most Dell computer systems are classified for Class B environments. To
determine the electromagnetic classification for your system or device, refer
to the following sections specific for each regulatory agency. Each section
provides country-specific EMC/EMI or product safety information.
FCC Notices (U.S. Only)
Most Dell computer systems are classified by the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) as Class B digital devices. However, the inclusion of
certain options can change the rating of some configurations to Class A. To
determine which classification applies to your computer system, examine all
FCC registration labels located on the bottom 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:
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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 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:
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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.
The following information is provided on the device or devices covered in
this document in compliance with FCC regulations:
•
Model number: WCP and WCM
•
Company name: Dell Computer Corporation
EMC Engineering Department
One Dell Way
Round Rock, Texas 78682 USA
512-338-4400
IC Notice (Canada Only)
Most Dell computer systems (and other Dell digital apparatus) are
classified by the Industry Canada (IC) Interference-Causing Equipment
Standard #3 (ICES-003) as Class B digital devices. To determine which
classification (Class A or B) applies to your computer system (or other Dell
digital apparatus), examine all registration labels located on the bottom or
the back panel of your computer (or other digital apparatus). A statement in
the form of “IC Class A ICES-003” or “IC Class B ICES-003” will be
located on one of these labels. Note that Industry Canada regulations
provide that changes or modifications not expressly approved by Dell could
void your authority to operate this equipment.
This Class B (or Class A, if so indicated on the registration label) digital
apparatus meets the requirements of the Canadian InterferenceCausing Equipment Regulations.
Cet appareil numérique de la Classe B (ou Classe A, si ainsi indiqué sur
l’étiquette d’enregistration) respecte toutes les exigences du Reglement
sur le Materiel Brouilleur du Canada.
CE Notice (European Union)
Marking by the symbol
indicates compliance of this Dell system to
the EMC Directive and the Low Voltage Directive of the European Union.
Such marking is indicative that this Dell system meets the following
technical standards:
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EN 55022 — “Limits and Methods of Measurement of Radio
Interference Characteristics of Information Technology Equipment.”
•
EN 50082-1 — "Electromagnetic compatibility – Generic immunity
standard Part 1: Residential, commercial, and light industry."
•
EN 60950 — “Safety of Information Technology Equipment.”
NOTE: EN 55022 emissions requirements provide for two classifications:
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Class A is for typical commercial areas.
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Class B is for typical domestic areas.
RF INTERFERENCE WARNING: This is a Class A product. In a
domestic environment this product may cause radio frequency (RF)
interference, in which case the user may be required to take adequate
measures.
This Dell device is classified for use in a typical Class B domestic
environment.
A “Declaration of Conformity” in accordance with the preceding directives
and standards has been made and is on file at Dell Computer Corporation
Products Europe BV, Limerick, Ireland.
Battery Disposal
Your computer system uses a lithium battery. The lithium is a long-life
battery, and it is very possible that you will never need to replace it.
However, should you need to replace it, refer to the section about replacing
the battery in your Dell system documentation for instructions.
Do not dispose of the battery along with household waste. Contact your
local waste disposal agency for the address of the nearest battery deposit
site.
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EN 55022 Compliance (Czech Republic Only)
This device belongs to Class B devices as described in EN 55022, unless
it is specifically stated that it is a Class A device on the specification
label. The following applies to devices in Class A of EN 55022 (radius of
protection up to 30 meters). The user of the device is obliged to take all
steps necessary to remove sources of interference to telecommunication
or other devices.
Pokud není na typovém štitku poèítaèe uvedeno, že spadá do tøídy
A podle EN 55022, spadá automaticky do tøídy B podle EN 55022.
Pro zaøízení zaøazená do tøídy A (ochranné pásmo 30m) podle EN
55022 platí následující. Dojde-li k rušení telekomunikaèních nebo
jinych zaøízení, je uživatel povinen provést taková opatøení, aby
rušení odstranil.
VCCI Notice (Japan Only)
Most Dell computer systems are classified by the Voluntary Control Council
for Interference (VCCI) as Class B information technology equipment
(ITE). However, the inclusion of certain options can change the rating of
some configurations to Class A. ITE, including peripherals, expansion cards,
printers, input/output (I/O) devices, monitors, and so on, integrated into or
connected to the system, should match the electromagnetic environment
classification (Class A or B) of the computer system.
To determine which classification applies to your computer system,
examine the regulatory labels/markings (see "VCCI Class A ITE Regulatory
Mark" and "VCCI Class B ITE Regulatory Mark") located on the bottom or
back panel of your computer. Once you have determined your system’s
VCCI classification, read the appropriate VCCI notice.
Class A ITE
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This is a Class A product based on the standard of the Voluntary Control
Council for Interference (VCCI) for information technology equipment. If
this equipment is used in a domestic environment, radio disturbance may
arise. When such trouble occurs, the user may be required to take corrective
actions.
VCCI Class A I TE Regulator y Mark
VCCI-A
Class B ITE
This is a Class B product based on the standard of the Voluntary Control
Council for Interference (VCCI) for information technology equipment. If
this equipment is used near a radio or television receiver in a domestic
environment, it may cause radio interference. Install and use the equipment
according to the instruction manual.
VCCI Class B I TE Regulator y Mark
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MIC Notice (Republic of Korea Only)
To determine which classification (Class A or B) applies to your computer
system (or other Dell digital device), examine the Republic of Korean
Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) registration labels
located on your computer (or other Dell digital device). The MIC label may
be located separately from the other regulatory marking applied to your
product. Line three of the label identifies the emissions class for the
product—"(A)" for Class A products or "(B)" for Class B products.
NOTE: MIC emissions requirements provide for two classifications:
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Class A devices are for business purposes.
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Class B devices are for nonbusiness purposes.
Class A Device
Please note that this device has been approved for business purposes with
regard to electromagnetic interference. If you find that this device is not
suitable for your use, you may exchange it for a nonbusiness-purpose device.
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Class B Device
Please note that this device has been approved for nonbusiness purposes
and may be used in any environment, including residential areas.
Polish Center for Testing and Certification Notice
The equipment should draw power from a socket with an attached
protection circuit (a three-prong socket). All equipment that works together
(computer, monitor, printer, and so on) should have the same power supply
source.
The phasing conductor of the room’s electrical installation should have a
reserve short-circuit protection device in the form of a fuse with a nominal
value no larger than 16 amperes (A).
To completely switch off the equipment, the power supply cable must be
removed from the power supply socket, which should be located near the
equipment and easily accessible.
A protection mark “B” confirms that the equipment is in compliance with
the protection usage requirements of standards PN-93/T-42107 and PN-EN
55022: 1996.
Wymagania Polskiego Centrum Badañ i Certyfikacji
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Urz¹dzenie powinno byæ zasilane z gniazda z przy³¹czonym
obwodem ochronnym (gniazdo z ko³kiem). Wspó³pracuj¹ce ze sob¹
urz¹dzenia (komputer, monitor, drukarka) powinny byæ zasilane z
tego samego Ÿród³a.
Instalacja elektryczna pomieszczenia powinna zawieraæ w
przewodzie fazowym rezerwow¹ ochronê przed zwarciami, w
postaci bezpiecznika o wartoœci znamionowej nie wiêkszej ni¿ 16A
(amperów).
W celu ca³kowitego wy³¹czenia urz¹dzenia z sieci zasilania, nale¿y
wyj¹æ wtyczkê kabla zasilaj¹cego z gniazdka, które powinno
znajdowaæ siê w pobli¿u urz¹dzenia i byæ ³atwo dostêpne.
Znak bezpieczeñstwa "B" potwierdza zgodnoœæ urz¹dzenia z
wymaganiami bezpieczeñstwa u¿ytkowania zawartymi w PN93/T-42107 i PN-EN 55022:1996.
JeŸeli na tabliczce znamionowej umieszczono informacjê, Ÿe
urz¹dzenie jest klasy A, to oznacza to, Ÿe urz¹dzenie w œrodowisku
mieszkalnym moŸe powodowaæ zaklócenia radioelektryczne. W
takich przypadkach moŸna Ÿ¹daæ od jego uŸytkownika
zastosowania odpowiednich œrodków zaradczych.
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Pozosta³e instrukcje bezpieczeñstwa
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Nie nale¿y u¿ywaæ wtyczek adapterowych lub usuwaæ ko³ka
obwodu ochronnego z wtyczki. Je¿eli konieczne jest u¿ycie
przed³u¿acza to nale¿y u¿yæ przed³u¿acza 3-¿y³owego z
prawid³owo po³¹czonym przewodem ochronnym.
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System komputerowy nale¿y zabezpieczyæ przed nag³ymi,
chwilowymi wzrostami lub spadkami napiêcia, u¿ywaj¹c
eliminatora przepiêæ, urz¹dzenia dopasowuj¹cego lub
bezzak³óceniowego Ÿród³a zasilania.
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Nale¿y upewniæ siê, aby nic nie le¿a³o na kablach systemu
komputerowego, oraz aby kable nie by³y umieszczone w miejscu,
gdzie mo¿na by³oby na nie nadeptywaæ lub potykaæ siê o nie.
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Nie nale¿y rozlewaæ napojów ani innych p³ynów na system
komputerowy.
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Nie nale¿y wpychaæ ¿adnych przedmiotów do otworów systemu
komputerowego, gdy¿ mo¿e to spowodowaæ po¿ar lub pora¿enie
pr¹dem, poprzez zwarcie elementów wewnêtrznych.
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System komputerowy powinien znajdowaæ siê z dala od
grzejników i Ÿróde³ ciep³a. Ponadto, nie nale¿y blokowaæ otworów
wentylacyjnych. Nale¿y unikaæ k³adzenia luŸnych papierów pod
komputer oraz umieszczania komputera w ciasnym miejscu bez
mo¿liwoœci cyrkulacji powietrza wokó³ niego.
BSMI Notice (Taiwan Only)
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ENERGY STAR® Compliance
Certain configurations of Dell computer systems comply with the
requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for
energy-efficient computers. If the front panel of your computer bears the
ENERGY STAR® Emblem, your original configuration complies with these
requirements and all ENERGY STAR® power management features of the
computer are enabled.
NOTE: As an ENERGY STAR® Partner, Dell Computer Corporation has
determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR® guidelines for energy
efficiency.
NOTE: Any Dell computer bearing the ENERGY STAR® Emblem is certified
to comply with EPA ENERGY STAR® requirements as configured when
shipped by Dell. Any changes you make to this configuration (such as installing
additional expansion cards or drives) may increase the system's power
consumption beyond the limits set by the EPA's ENERGY STAR® Computers
program.
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E N E R G Y S TA R ® E m b l e m
The EPA's ENERGY STAR® Computers program is a joint effort between
the EPA and computer manufacturers to reduce air pollution by promoting
energy-efficient computer products. The EPA estimates that use of
ENERGY STAR® computer products can save computer users up to two
billion dollars annually in electricity costs. In turn, this reduction in
electricity usage can reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, the gas primarily
responsible for the greenhouse effect, and sulfur dioxide and nitrogen
oxides, which are the two primary causes of acid rain.
Computer users can also help to reduce electricity usage and its side effects
by turning off their computer systems when they are not in use for extended
periods of time—particularly at night and on weekends.
Limited Warranty and Return Policy
Three-Year Limited Warranty (U.S. Only)
Dell Computer Corporation ("Dell") manufactures its hardware products
from parts and components that are new or equivalent to new in accordance
with industry-standard practices. Dell warrants that the hardware products
it manufactures will be free from defects in materials and workmanship.
The limited warranty term is three years beginning on the date of invoice, as
described in the following text.
Damage due to shipping the products to you is covered under this limited
warranty. Otherwise, this limited warranty does not cover damage due to
external causes, including accident, abuse, misuse, problems with electrical
power, servicing not authorized by Dell, usage not in accordance with
product instructions, failure to perform required preventive maintenance,
and problems caused by use of parts and components not supplied by Dell.
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This limited warranty does not cover any items that are in one or more of
the following categories: software; external devices (except as specifically
noted); accessories or parts added to a Dell system after the system is
shipped from Dell; accessories or parts added to a Dell system through
Dell’s system integration department; accessories or parts that are not
installed in the Dell factory; or DellWare™ products. Monitors, keyboards,
and mice that are Dell-branded or that are included on Dell’s standard price
list are covered under this limited warranty; all other monitors, keyboards,
and mice (including those sold through the DellWare program) are not
covered. Batteries for portable computers are covered only during the initial
one-year period of this limited warranty.
Coverage During Year One
During the one-year period beginning on the invoice date, Dell will repair or
replace products covered under this limited warranty that are returned to
Dell’s facility. To request warranty service, you must contact Dell’s
Customer Technical Support within the warranty period. See "Getting
Help" to obtain customer assistance. If warranty service is required, Dell will
issue a Return Material Authorization Number. You must ship the products
back to Dell in their original or equivalent packaging, prepay shipping
charges, and insure the shipment or accept the risk of loss or damage during
shipment. Dell will ship the repaired or replacement products to you freight
prepaid if you use an address in the continental U.S., where applicable.
Shipments to other locations will be made freight collect.
NOTE: Before you ship the product(s) to Dell, back up the data on the hard
drive(s) and any other storage device(s) in the product(s). Remove any
removable media, such as diskettes, CDs, or PC Cards. Dell does not accept
liability for lost data or software.
Dell owns all parts removed from repaired products. Dell uses new and
reconditioned parts made by various manufacturers in performing warranty
repairs and building replacement products. If Dell repairs or replaces a
product, its warranty term is not extended.
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Coverage During Years Two and Three
During the second and third years of this limited warranty, Dell will provide,
on an exchange basis and subject to Dell’s Exchange Policy in effect on the
date of the exchange, replacement parts for the Dell hardware product(s)
covered under this limited warranty when a part requires replacement. You
must report each instance of hardware failure to Dell’s Customer Technical
Support in advance to obtain Dell’s concurrence that a part should be
replaced and to have Dell ship the replacement part. Dell will ship parts
(freight prepaid) if you use an address in the continental U.S., where
applicable. Shipments to other locations will be made freight collect. Dell
will include a prepaid shipping container with each replacement part for
your use in returning the replaced part to Dell. Replacement parts are new
or reconditioned. Dell may provide replacement parts made by various
manufacturers when supplying parts to you. The warranty term for a
replacement part is the remainder of the limited warranty term.
You will pay Dell for replacement parts if the replaced part is not returned to
Dell. The process for returning replaced parts, and your obligation to pay for
replacement parts if you do not return the replaced parts to Dell, will be in
accordance with Dell’s Exchange Policy in effect on the date of the
exchange.
You accept full responsibility for your software and data. Dell is not required
to advise or remind you of appropriate backup and other procedures.
General Provisions
THIS LIMITED WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS,
AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS, WHICH VARY FROM
STATE TO STATE (OR JURISDICTION TO JURISDICTION). DELL'S
RESPONSIBILITY FOR MALFUNCTIONS AND DEFECTS IN
HARDWARE IS LIMITED TO REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT AS SET
FORTH IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY STATEMENT. ALL EXPRESS
AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES FOR THE PRODUCT, INCLUDING
BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF AND
CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTIBILITY AND FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE
WARRANTY PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE AND NO WARRANTIES,
WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WILL APPLY AFTER SUCH
PERIOD.
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SOME STATES (OR JURISDICTIONS) DO NOT ALLOW
LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO
THE PRECEDING LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
DELL DOES NOT ACCEPT LIABILITY BEYOND THE REMEDIES
SET FORTH IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY STATEMENT OR
LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES,
INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY LIABILITY FOR
PRODUCTS NOT BEING AVAILABLE FOR USE OR FOR LOST DATA
OR SOFTWARE.
SOME STATES (OR JURISDICTIONS) DO NOT ALLOW THE
EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE PRECEDING EXCLUSION
OR LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
These provisions apply to Dell’s three-year limited warranty only. For
provisions of any service contract covering your system, refer to your invoice
or the separate service contract that you will receive.
If Dell elects to exchange a system or component, the exchange will be
made in accordance with Dell’s Exchange Policy in effect on the date of the
exchange. In any instance in which Dell issues a Return Material
Authorization Number, Dell must receive the product(s) for repair prior to
the expiration of the warranty period in order for the repair(s) to be covered
by the limited warranty.
NOTE: If you chose one of the available warranty and service options in place
of the standard three-year limited warranty described in the preceding text, the
option you chose will be listed on your invoice.
Three-Year Limited Warranty (Canada Only)
Dell Computer Corporation ("Dell") manufactures its hardware products
from parts and components that are new or equivalent to new in accordance
with industry-standard practices. Dell warrants that the hardware products
it manufactures will be free from defects in materials and workmanship.
The warranty term is three years beginning on the date of invoice, as
described in the following text.
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Damage due to shipping the products to you is covered under this limited
warranty. Otherwise, this limited warranty does not cover damage due to
external causes, including accident, abuse, misuse, problems with electrical
power, servicing not authorized by Dell, usage not in accordance with
product instructions, failure to perform required preventive maintenance,
and problems caused by use of parts and components not supplied by Dell.
This limited warranty does not cover any items that are in one or more of
the following categories: software; external devices (except as specifically
noted); accessories or parts added to a Dell system after the system is
shipped from Dell; accessories or parts added to a Dell system through
Dell’s system integration department; accessories or parts that are not
installed in the Dell factory; or DellWare products. Monitors, keyboards,
and mice that are Dell-branded or that are included on Dell’s standard price
list are covered under this limited warranty; all other monitors, keyboards,
and mice (including those sold through the DellWare program) are not
covered. Batteries for portable computers are covered only during the initial
one-year period of this limited warranty.
Coverage During Year One
During the one-year period beginning on the invoice date, Dell will repair or
replace products covered under this limited warranty that are returned to
Dell’s facility. To request warranty service, you must contact Dell’s
Customer Technical Support within the warranty period. See "Getting
Help" to obtain customer assistance. If warranty service is required, Dell will
issue a Return Material Authorization Number. You must ship the products
back to Dell in their original or equivalent packaging, prepay shipping
charges, and insure the shipment or accept the risk of loss or damage during
shipment. Dell will ship the repaired or replacement products to you freight
prepaid if you use an address in Canada, where applicable. Shipments to
other locations will be made freight collect.
NOTE: Before you ship the product(s) to Dell, back up the data on the hard
drive(s) and any other storage device(s) in the product(s). Remove any
removable media, such as diskettes, CDs, or PC Cards. Dell does not accept
liability for lost data or software.
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Dell owns all parts removed from repaired products. Dell uses new and
reconditioned parts made by various manufacturers in performing warranty
repairs and building replacement products. If Dell repairs or replaces a
product, its warranty term is not extended.
Coverage During Years Two and Three
During the second and third years of this limited warranty, Dell will provide,
on an exchange basis and subject to Dell’s Exchange Policy in effect on the
date of the exchange, replacement parts for the Dell hardware product(s)
covered under this limited warranty when a part requires replacement. You
must report each instance of hardware failure to Dell’s Customer Technical
Support in advance to obtain Dell’s concurrence that a part should be
replaced and to have Dell ship the replacement part. Dell will ship parts
(freight prepaid) if you use an address in Canada, where applicable.
Shipments to other locations will be made freight collect. Dell will include a
prepaid shipping container with each replacement part for your use in
returning the replaced part to Dell. Replacement parts are new or
reconditioned. Dell may provide replacement parts made by various
manufacturers when supplying parts to you. The warranty term for a
replacement part is the remainder of the limited warranty term.
You will pay Dell for replacement parts if the replaced part is not returned to
Dell. The process for returning replaced parts, and your obligation to pay for
replacement parts if you do not return the replaced parts to Dell, will be in
accordance with Dell’s Exchange Policy in effect on the date of the
exchange.
You accept full responsibility for your software and data. Dell is not required
to advise or remind you of appropriate backup and other procedures.
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General Provisions
DELL MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS
BEYOND THOSE STATED IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY
STATEMENT. DELL DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER WARRANTIES AND
CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT
LIMITATION IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
SOME STATES (OR JURISDICTIONS) DO NOT ALLOW
LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS, SO
THIS LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
DELL’S RESPONSIBILITY FOR MALFUNCTIONS AND DEFECTS IN
HARDWARE IS LIMITED TO REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT AS SET
FORTH IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY STATEMENT. THESE
WARRANTIES GIVE YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY
ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS, WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO
STATE (OR JURISDICTION TO JURISDICTION).
DELL DOES NOT ACCEPT LIABILITY BEYOND THE REMEDIES
SET FORTH IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY STATEMENT OR
LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES,
INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY LIABILITY FOR
PRODUCTS NOT BEING AVAILABLE FOR USE OR FOR LOST DATA
OR SOFTWARE.
SOME STATES (OR JURISDICTIONS) DO NOT ALLOW THE
EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE PRECEDING EXCLUSION
OR LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
These provisions apply to Dell’s three-year limited warranty only. For
provisions of any service contract covering your system, refer to your invoice
or the separate service contract that you will receive.
If Dell elects to exchange a system or component, the exchange will be
made in accordance with Dell’s Exchange Policy in effect on the date of the
exchange. In any instance in which Dell issues a Return Material
Authorization Number, Dell must receive the product(s) for repair prior to
the expiration of the warranty period in order for the repair(s) to be covered
by the limited warranty.
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NOTE: If you chose one of the available warranty and service options in place
of the standard three-year limited warranty described in the preceding text, the
option you chose will be listed on your invoice.
One-Year End-User Manufacturer Guarantee (Latin America and
the Caribbean Only)
Guarantee
Dell Computer Corporation ("Dell") warrants to the end user in accordance
with the following provisions that its branded hardware products, purchased
by the end user from a Dell company or an authorized Dell distributor in
Latin America or the Caribbean, will be free from defects in materials,
workmanship, and design affecting normal use, for a period of one year from
the original purchase date. Products for which proper claims are made will,
at Dell’s option, be repaired or replaced at Dell’s expense. Dell owns all
parts removed from repaired products. Dell uses new and reconditioned
parts made by various manufacturers in performing repairs and building
replacement products.
Exclusions
This Guarantee does not apply to defects resulting from: improper or
inadequate installation, use, or maintenance; actions or modifications by
unauthorized third parties or the end user; accidental or willful damage; or
normal wear and tear.
Making a Claim
Claims must be made in Latin America or the Caribbean by contacting the
Dell point of sale within the guarantee period. The end user must always
supply proof of purchase, indicating name and address of the seller, date of
purchase, model and serial number, name and address of the customer, and
details of symptoms and configuration at the time of malfunction,
including peripherals and software used. Otherwise, Dell may refuse the
guarantee claim. Upon diagnosis of a warranted defect, Dell will make
arrangements and pay for ground freight and insurance to and from Dell’s
repair/replacement center. The end user must ensure that the defective
product is available for collection properly packed in original or equally
protective packaging together with the details listed above and the return
number provided to the end user by Dell.
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Limitation and Statutory Rights
Dell makes no other warranty, guarantee or like statement other than as
explicitly stated above, and this Guarantee is given in place of all other
guarantees whatsoever, to the fullest extent permitted by law. In the absence
of applicable legislation, this Guarantee will be the end user’s sole and
exclusive remedy against Dell or any of its affiliates, and neither Dell nor
any of its affiliates shall be liable for loss of profit or contracts, or any other
indirect or consequential loss arising from negligence, breach of contract, or
howsoever.
This Guarantee does not impair or affect mandatory statutory rights of the
end user against and/or any rights resulting from other contracts
concluded by the end user with Dell and/or any other seller.
Dell World Trade LP
One Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682, USA
Dell Computadores do Brasil Ltda (CNPJ No. 72.381.189/0001-10)/
Dell Commercial do Brasil Ltda (CNPJ No. 03 405 822/0001-40)
Avenida Industrial Belgraf, 400
92990-000 - Eldorado do Sul – RS - Brasil
Dell Computer de Chile Ltda
Coyancura 2283, Piso 3- Of.302,
Providencia, Santiago - Chile
Dell Computer de Colombia Corporation
Carrera 7 #115-33 Oficina 603
Bogota, Colombia
Dell Computer de Mexico SA de CV
Paseo de la Reforma 2620 - 11° Piso
Col. Lomas Altas
11950 México, D.F.
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"Total Satisfaction" Return Policy (U.S. and Canada Only)
If you are an end-user customer who bought new products directly from a
Dell company, you may return them to Dell within 30 days of the date of
invoice for a refund or credit of the product purchase price. If you are an
end-user customer who bought reconditioned or refurbished products from
a Dell company, you may return them to Dell within 14 days of the date of
invoice for a refund or credit of the product purchase price. In either case,
the refund or credit will not include any shipping and handling charges
shown on your invoice. If you are an organization that bought the products
under a written agreement with Dell, the agreement may contain different
terms for the return of products than specified by this policy.
To return products, you must contact Dell Customer Service to receive a
Credit Return Authorization Number. See "Getting Help" to obtain
customer assistance. To expedite the processing of your refund or credit,
Dell expects you to return the products to Dell in their original packaging
within five days of the date that Dell issues the Credit Return Authorization
Number. You must also prepay shipping charges and insure the shipment or
accept the risk of loss or damage during shipment. You may return software
for refund or credit only if the sealed package containing the diskette(s) or
CD(s) is unopened. Returned products must be in as-new condition, and all
of the manuals, diskette(s), CD(s), power cables, and other items included
with a product must be returned with it. For customers who want to return,
for refund or credit only, either applications software or an operating system
that has been installed by Dell, the whole system must be returned, along
with any media and documentation that may have been included in the
original shipment.
This "Total Satisfaction" Return Policy does not apply to DellWare
products, which may be returned under DellWare's then-current return
policy. In addition, reconditioned parts purchased through Dell Spare Parts
Sales in Canada are nonreturnable.
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