Specifications | Dell 4700 Personal Computer User Manual

Dell™ Dimension™ 4700 Series
Service Tag
CD or DVD drive
activity light
floppy drive light*
CD or DVD eject button
power light
floppy drive eject button*
power button
hard-drive activity light
headphones
USB 2.0 connectors (2)
*On computers with a floppy drive.
power connector
parallel connector
voltage selection switch
diagnostic lights (4)
serial connector
mouse connector
integrated VGA video connector
surround connector
keyboard connector
line-in connector
center/LFE connector
network adapter connector
line-out connector
microphone connector
cover latch
USB 2.0 connectors (6)
PCI card (2), PCI Express x1 card (1),
PCI Express x16 card (1) slots
VGA video connector*
TV-OUT connector*
optional sound card connector*
*Not present on
all computers.
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DVI video connector*
Notes, Notices, and Cautions
NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer.
NOTICE: A NOTICE indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of data and tells you how to avoid the
problem.
CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death.
Abbreviations and Acronyms
For a complete list of abbreviations and acronyms, see the Dell Dimension Help file. To access the help file, see
page 9.
If you purchased a Dell™ n Series computer, any references in this document to Microsoft® Windows®
operating systems are not applicable.
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Information in this document is subject to change without notice.
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Model DMC
July 2004
P/N Y6949 Rev. A00
Contents
Finding Information
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Setting Up and Using Your Computer
Setting Up a Printer
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Connecting Two Monitors
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Connecting Two Monitors With VGA Connectors . . . .
Connecting One Monitor With a VGA connector and One
Monitor With a DVI Connector:. . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting a Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing the Display Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting Up a Home and Office Network .
Connecting to a Network Adapter
Network Setup Wizard . . . . .
Connecting to the Internet
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How to Copy a CD or DVD . . . .
Using Blank CD-Rs and CD-RWs .
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Hyper-Threading .
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Setting Up Your Internet Connection
Copying CDs and DVDs .
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Printer Cable . . . . . . . .
Connecting a USB Printer . .
Connecting a Parallel Printer
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Solving Problems
Troubleshooting Tips .
Battery Problems
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Drive Problems
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CD and DVD drive problems
Hard drive problems . . . .
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E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems
Error Messages
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Keyboard Problems
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Lockups and Software Problems
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Memory Problems
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Mouse Problems .
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The computer does not start up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The computer stops responding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A program stops responding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A program crashes repeatedly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A program is designed for an earlier Windows operating system.
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Power Problems .
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Printer Problems .
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Network Problems .
Scanner Problems .
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Sound and Speaker Problems
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Diagnostic Lights
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Dell Diagnostics .
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If the screen is blank . . . . .
If the screen is difficult to read .
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Advanced Troubleshooting
Dell Diagnostics Main Menu .
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IEEE 1394 Device Problems .
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Drivers
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What Is a Driver? .
Identifying Drivers.
Reinstalling Drivers
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Restoring Your Operating System .
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Using Microsoft Windows XP System Restore
Using Dell PC Restore by Symantec . . . . .
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Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities
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Removing and Installing Parts
Before You Begin
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Recommended Tools . . . . . . . .
Turning Off Your Computer . . . . . .
Before Working Inside Your Computer
Front and Back View of the Computer .
Front View
Back View
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Removing the Computer Cover
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Inside View of Your Computer
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System Board Components .
Memory .
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DDR Memory Overview . . . . . . . . . . .
Addressing Memory With 4-GB Configurations
Installing Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cards
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PCI Cards . . . . .
PCI Express Cards.
Front Panel
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Removing the Front Panel . . . .
Removing the Front-Panel Insert .
Reattaching the Front Panel . . .
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Drives .
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Hard Drive .
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Floppy Drive .
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Removing a Floppy Drive
Installing a Floppy Drive .
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Removing a Hard Drive . . .
Installing a Hard Drive . . . .
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Removing a CD/DVD Drive . . . .
Installing a CD/DVD Drive . . . .
Adding a Second CD or DVD Drive
Battery
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General Installation Guidelines.
Connecting Drive Cables . . .
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Replacing the Computer Cover
A Appendix
Specifications .
System Setup
Overview . . . . . . .
Entering System Setup.
System Setup Options .
Boot Sequence . . . .
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Clearing Forgotten Passwords
Clearing CMOS Settings
Dell Technical Support Policy (U.S. Only) .
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Definition of "Dell-Installed" Software and Peripherals
Definition of "Third-Party" Software and Peripherals .
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Contacting Dell
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Contents
Finding Information
What Are You Looking For?
Find it Here
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How to access tutorials and other how to information
How to get a copy of my invoice
How to extend my warranty
How to access Dell Support on my Microsoft®
Windows® desktop (U.S. only)
• Additional documentation, tools, troubleshooting
information, and links to online support resources
Dell Solution Center
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Dell™ Product Information Guide
Warranty information
Safety instructions
Regulatory information
Ergonomics information
End User License Agreement
• How to set up my computer
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Tips on using Microsoft® Windows®
How to play CDs and DVDs
How to use standby mode and hibernate mode
How to change my display resolution
How to clean my computer
On your Windows desktop
Setup Diagram
The Dell Dimension Help file
1 Click the Start button and click Help and Support.
2 Click User and system guides and click User’s guides.
3 Click Dell Dimension Help.
Finding Infor mation
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What Are You Looking For?
Find it Here
• Service Tag and Express Service Code
• Microsoft Windows License Label
Service Tag and Microsoft Windows License
These labels are located on your computer.
• Use the Service Tag to
identify your computer
when you use
support.dell.com or
contact technical
support.
• Enter the Express Service Code to direct your call when
contacting technical support. The Express Service Code
is not available in all countries.
• Latest drivers for my computer
• Answers to technical service and support questions
• Online discussions with other users and technical
support
• Documentation for my computer
Dell Support Website — support.dell.com
NOTE: Select your region to view the appropriate support
site.
• How to use Windows XP
• Documentation for my computer
• Documentation for devices (such as a modem)
Windows Help and Support Center
1 Click the Start button and click Help and Support.
2 Type a word or phrase that describes your problem and
click the arrow icon.
3 Click the topic that describes your problem.
4 Follow the instructions on the screen.
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Finding Infor mation
The Dell Support website provides several online tools,
including:
• Solutions — Troubleshooting hints and tips, articles
from technicians, and online courses
• Community — Online discussion with other Dell
customers
• Upgrades — Upgrade information for components, such
as memory, the hard drive, and the operating system
• Customer Care — Contact information, order status,
warranty, and repair information
• Downloads — Drivers, patches, and software updates
• Reference — Computer documentation, product
specifications, and white papers
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
Setting Up a Printer
NOTICE: Complete the operating system setup before you connect a printer to the computer.
See the documentation that came with the printer for setup information, including how to:
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Obtain and install updated drivers.
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Connect the printer to the computer.
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Load paper and install the toner or ink cartridge.
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Contact the printer manufacturer for technical assistance.
Printer Cable
Your printer connects to your computer with either a USB cable or a parallel cable. Your printer may
not come with a printer cable, so if you purchase a cable separately, ensure that it is compatible
with your printer. If you purchased a printer cable at the same time you purchased your computer,
the cable may arrive in the computer box.
Connecting a USB Printer
NOTE: You can connect USB devices while the computer is turned on.
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Complete the operating system setup if you have not already done so.
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Install the printer driver if necessary. See the documentation that came with your printer.
3
Attach the USB printer cable to the USB connectors on the computer and the printer. The
USB connectors fit only one way.
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USB connector on computer
USB connector
on printer
USB printer
cable
Connecting a Parallel Printer
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Complete the operating system setup, if you have not already done so.
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Turn off the computer (see page 47).
NOTICE: For best results, use a 3-m (10-ft) or shorter parallel cable.
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Attach the parallel printer cable to the parallel connector on the computer and tighten the
two screws. Attach the cable to the connector on the printer and snap the two clips into the
two notches.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
parallel connector on computer
connector on printer
clips (2)
screws (2)
notches (2)
parallel printer cable
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Turn on the printer and then turn on the computer. If the Add New Hardware Wizard
window appears, click Cancel.
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Install the printer driver if necessary. See the documentation that came with your printer.
Connecting Two Monitors
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
NOTE: If you are connecting two monitors that have VGA connectors, you must have the optional DVI
adapter. If you are connecting two flat-panel monitors, at least one of them must have a VGA connector.
If you are connecting a television, you may connect only one monitor (VGA or DVI) in addition to the
television.
If you purchased a graphics card that supports dual monitors, follow these instructions to connect
and enable your monitors. The instructions tell you how to connect either two monitors (each with
a VGA connector), one monitor with a VGA connector and one monitor with a DVI connector, or a
television.
Connecting Two Monitors With VGA Connectors
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Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
NOTE: If your computer has integrated video, do not connect either monitor to the integrated video
connector. If the integrated video connector is covered by a cap, do not remove the cap to connect the
monitor. The monitor will not function.
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Connect one of the monitors to the VGA (blue) connector on the back of the computer.
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Connect the other monitor to the optional DVI adapter and connect the DVI adapter to the
DVI (white) connector on the back of the computer.
optional DVI adapter
DVI (white) connector
TV-OUT connector
VGA (blue) connector
Connecting One Monitor With a VGA connector and One Monitor With a DVI Connector:
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Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
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Connect the VGA connector on the monitor to the VGA (blue) connector on the back of the
computer.
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Connect the DVI connector on the other monitor to the DVI (white) connector on the back
of the computer.
Connecting a Television
NOTE: To connect a television to your computer, you must purchase an S-video cable, which is available
at most consumer electronics stores. An S-video cable is not included with your computer.
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Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
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Connect one end of the S-video cable to the TV-OUT connector on the back of the computer.
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Connect the other end of the S-video cable to the S-video input connector on your television.
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Connect the VGA or DVI monitor as described on page 14.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
Changing the Display Settings
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After you connect the monitor(s) or television, turn on the computer.
The Microsoft® Windows® desktop displays on the primary monitor.
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Enable clone mode or extended desktop mode in the display settings.
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In clone mode, both monitors display the same image.
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In extended desktop mode, you can drag objects from one screen to the other, effectively
doubling the amount of viewable work space.
For information on changing the display settings for your graphics card, see the user’s guide in
the Help and Support Center (click the Start button, click Help and Support, click User and
system guides, click Device guides, and then click the guide for your graphics card).
Setting Up a Home and Office Network
Connecting to a Network Adapter
NOTE: Plug the network cable into the network adapter connector on the computer. Do not plug the
network cable into the modem connector on the computer. Do not plug a network cable into a telephone
wall jack.
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Connect the network cable to the network adapter connector on the back of your computer.
Insert the cable until it clicks into place, and then gently pull it to ensure that it is secure.
2
Connect the other end of the network cable to a network device.
network adapter connector
network adapter connector on computer
network device
network cable
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Network Setup Wizard
The Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system provides a Network Setup Wizard to guide you
through the process of sharing files, printers, or an Internet connection between computers in a
home or small office.
1
Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Accessories→ Communications, and then
click Network Setup Wizard.
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On the welcome screen, click Next.
3
Click Checklist for creating a network.
NOTE: Selecting the connection method This computer connects directly to the Internet enables the
integrated firewall provided with Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1).
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Complete the checklist and required preparations.
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Return to the Network Setup Wizard and follow the instructions on the screen.
Connecting to the Internet
NOTE: ISPs and ISP offerings vary by country.
To connect to the Internet, you need a modem or network connection and an Internet service
provider (ISP), such as AOL or MSN. Your ISP will offer one or more of the following Internet
connection options:
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Dial-up connections that provide Internet access through a telephone line. Dial-up
connections are considerably slower than DSL and cable modem connections.
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DSL connections that provide high-speed Internet access through your existing telephone
line. With a DSL connection, you can access the Internet and use your telephone on the same
line simultaneously.
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Cable modem connections that provide high-speed Internet access through your local cable
TV line.
If you are using a dial-up connection, connect a telephone line to the modem connector on your
computer and to the telephone wall jack before you set up your Internet connection. If you are
using a DSL or cable modem connection, contact your ISP for setup instructions.
Setting Up Your Internet Connection
To set up an AOL or MSN connection:
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Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.
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Double-click the MSN Explorer or AOL icon on the Microsoft® Windows® desktop.
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Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
If you do not have an MSN Explorer or AOL icon on your desktop or if you want to set up an
Internet connection with a different ISP:
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Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.
2
Click the Start button and click Internet Explorer.
The New Connection Wizard appears.
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Click Connect to the Internet.
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In the next window, click the appropriate option:
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If you do not have an ISP and want to select one, click Choose from a list of Internet
service providers (ISPs).
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If you have already obtained setup information from your ISP but you did not receive a
setup CD, click Set up my connection manually.
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If you have a CD, click Use the CD I got from an ISP.
Click Next.
If you selected Set up my connection manually, continue to step 6. Otherwise, follow the
instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
NOTE: If you do not know which type of connection to select, contact your ISP.
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Click the appropriate option under How do you want to connect to the Internet?, and then
click Next.
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Use the setup information provided by your ISP to complete the setup.
If you are having problems connecting to the Internet, see "E-Mail, Modem, and Internet
Problems" on page 23. If you cannot connect to the Internet but have successfully connected in the
past, the ISP might have a service outage. Contact your ISP to check the service status, or try
connecting again later.
Copying CDs and DVDs
NOTE: Ensure that you follow all copyright laws when you create CDs or DVDs.
This section applies only to computers that have a CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R, or
DVD/CD-RW combo drive.
NOTE: The types of CD or DVD drives offered by Dell may vary by country.
The following instructions show how to make an exact copy of a CD or DVD. You can also use
Sonic RecordNow for other purposes, including creating CDs from audio files on your computer
and creating MP3 CDs. For instructions, see the Sonic RecordNow documentation that came with
your computer. Open Sonic RecordNow, click the question mark icon in the upper-right corner of
the window, and then click RecordNow Help or RecordNow Tutorial.
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How to Copy a CD or DVD
NOTE: If you have a DVD/CD-RW combo drive and you experience recording problems, check for
available software patches at the Sonic support website at support.sonic.com.
Currently, five DVD-writable disc formats are available: DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW,
and DVD-RAM. The DVD-writable drives installed in Dell™ computers can write to DVD+R and
DVD+RW media, and can read DVD-R and DVD-RW media. However, DVD-writable drives do
not write to and might not read DVD-RAM media. In addition, commercially available DVD
players for home theater systems might not read all five formats.
NOTE: Most commercial DVDs have copyright protection and cannot be copied using Sonic
RecordNow.
1
Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Sonic→ RecordNow!, and then click
RecordNow!
2
Click either the audio tab or the data tab, depending on the kind of CD or DVD you want to
copy.
3
Click Exact Copy.
4
To copy the CD or DVD:
•
If you have one CD or DVD drive, ensure that the settings are correct and click Copy. The
computer reads your source CD or DVD and copies it to a temporary folder on your
computer hard drive.
When prompted, insert a blank CD or DVD into the CD or DVD drive and click OK.
•
If you have two CD or DVD drives, select the drive into which you have inserted your
source CD or DVD and click Copy. The computer copies the data on the CD or DVD to
the blank CD or DVD.
Once you have finished copying the source CD or DVD, the CD or DVD that you have
created automatically ejects.
Using Blank CD-Rs and CD-RWs
Your CD-RW drive can write to two different types of recording media—CD-Rs and CD-RWs
(including high-speed CD-RWs). Use blank CD-Rs to record music or permanently store data files.
After creating a CD-R, you cannot write to that CD-R again (see the Sonic documentation for
more information). Use blank CD-RWs to write to CDs or to erase, rewrite, or update data
on CDs.
Your DVD-writable drive can write to four different types of recording media—CD-Rs, CD-RWs
(including high-speed CD-RWs), DVD+Rs, and DVD+RWs. Blank DVD+Rs can be used to
permanently store large amounts of information. After you create a DVD+R disc, you may not be
able to write to that disc again if the disc is "finalized" or "closed" during the final stage of the disc
creation process. Use blank DVD+RWs if you plan to erase, rewrite, or update information on that
disc later.
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Helpful Tips
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Use Microsoft® Windows® Explorer to drag and drop files to a CD-R or CD-RW only after
you start Sonic RecordNow and open a RecordNow project.
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You must use CD-Rs to burn music CDs that you want to play in regular stereos. CD-RWs do
not play in most home or car stereos.
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You cannot create audio DVDs with Sonic RecordNow.
•
Music MP3 files can be played only on MP3 players or on computers that have MP3 software
installed.
•
Do not burn a blank CD-R or CD-RW to its maximum capacity; for example, do not copy a
650-MB file to a 650-MB blank CD. The CD-RW drive needs 1 or 2 MB of the blank CD to
finalize the recording.
•
Use a blank CD-RW to practice CD recording until you are familiar with CD recording
techniques. If you make a mistake, you can erase the data on the CD-RW and try again. You
can also use blank CD-RWs to test music file projects before you record the project
permanently to a blank CD-R.
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See the Sonic support website at support.sonic.com for additional information.
Hyper-Threading
Hyper-Threading is an Intel® technology that can enhance overall computer performance by
allowing one physical processor to function as two logical processors, capable of performing certain
tasks simultaneously. It is recommended that you use the Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 1
(SP1) or later operating system because Windows XP is optimized to take advantage of
Hyper-Threading technology. While many programs can benefit from Hyper-Threading, some
programs have not been optimized for Hyper-Threading and may require an update from the
software manufacturer. Contact the software manufacturer for updates and information about
using Hyper-Threading with your software.
To determine if your computer is using Hyper-Threading technology:
1
Click the Start button, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
2
Click Hardware and click Device Manager.
3
In the Device Manager window, click the plus (+) sign next to Processors. If Hyper-Threading
is enabled, the processor is listed twice.
You can enable or disable Hyper-Threading through system setup. For more information on
accessing system setup, see page 96. For more information on Hyper-Threading, search the
Knowledge Base on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com.
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Troubleshooting Tips
Follow these tips when you troubleshoot your computer:
•
If you added or removed a part before the problem started, review the installation procedures
and ensure that the part is correctly installed.
•
If a peripheral device does not work, ensure that the device is properly connected.
•
If an error message appears on the screen, write down the exact message. This message may
help technical support personnel diagnose and fix the problem(s).
•
If an error message occurs in a program, see the program’s documentation.
Battery Problems
CAUTION: There is a danger of a new battery exploding if it is incorrectly installed. Replace the
battery only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used
batteries according to the manufacturer's instructions.
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
R E P L A C E T H E B A T T E R Y — If you have to repeatedly reset time and date information after turning on
the computer, or if an incorrect time or date displays during start-up, replace the battery (see page 88).
If the battery still does not work properly, contact Dell (see page 105).
Drive Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
E N S U R E T H A T M I C R O S O F T ® W I N D O W S ® R E C O G N I Z E S T H E D R I V E — Click the Start button and
click My Computer. If the floppy, CD, or DVD drive, is not listed, perform a full scan with your
antivirus software to check for and remove viruses. Viruses can sometimes prevent Windows from
recognizing the drive.
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TE S T T H E D R I V E —
• Insert another floppy disk, CD, or DVD to eliminate the possibility that the original one is defective.
• Insert a bootable floppy disk and restart the computer.
C L E A N T H E D R I V E O R D I S K — See the Dell Dimension Help file. To access help files, see page 9.
CHECK THE CABLE CONNECTIONS
C H E C K F O R R U N T H E H A R D W A R E TR O U B L E S H O O T E R — See page 46.
R U N T H E D E L L D I A G N O S T I C S — See page 40.
CD and DVD drive problems
NOTE: High-speed CD or DVD drive vibration is normal and may cause noise, which does not indicate a
defect in the drive or the CD or DVD.
NOTE: Because of different regions worldwide and different disc formats, not all DVD titles work in all
DVD drives.
ADJUST THE WINDOWS VOLUME CONTROL —
• Click the speaker icon in the lower-right corner of your screen.
• Ensure that the volume is turned up by clicking the slidebar and dragging it up.
• Ensure that the sound is not muted by clicking any boxes that are checked.
C H E C K T H E S P E A K E R S A N D S U B W O O F E R — See "Sound and Speaker Problems" on page 33.
Problems writing to a CD/DVD-RW drive
C L O S E O T H E R P R O G R A M S — The CD/DVD-RW drive must receive a steady stream of data when
writing. If the stream is interrupted, an error occurs. Try closing all programs before you write to the
CD/DVD-RW.
TU R N O F F S T A N D B Y M O D E I N W I N D O W S B E F O R E W R I T I N G T O A C D / D V D - R W D I S C — See the Dell
Dimension Help file (see page 9) or search for the keyword standby in Windows Help (see page 10) for
information on power management modes.
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Hard drive problems
RUN CHECK DISK —
1 Click the Start button and click My Computer.
2 Right-click Local Disk C:.
3 Click Properties.
4 Click the Tools tab.
5 Under Error-checking, click Check Now.
6 Click Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.
7 Click Start.
E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
NOTE: Connect the modem to an analog telephone jack only. The modem does not operate while it is
connected to a digital telephone network.
C H E C K T H E M I C R O S O F T O U T L O O K ® E X P R E S S S E C U R I T Y S E T T I N G S — If you cannot open your
e-mail attachments:
1 In Outlook Express, click Tools, click Options, and then click Security.
2 Click Do not allow attachments to remove the checkmark.
CHECK THE TELEPHONE LINE CONNECTION —
CHECK THE TELEPHONE JACK —
CONNECT THE MODEM DIRECTLY TO THE TELEPHONE WALL JACK —
USE A DIFFERENT TELEPHONE LINE —
• Verify that the telephone line is connected to the jack on the modem. (The jack has either a green label
or a connector-shaped icon next to it.)
• Ensure that you hear a click when you insert the telephone line connector into the modem.
• Disconnect the telephone line from the modem and connect it to a telephone. Listen for a dial tone.
• If you have other telephone devices sharing the line, such as an answering machine, fax machine, surge
protector, or line splitter, then bypass them and use the telephone to connect the modem directly to the
telephone wall jack. If you are using a line that is 3 m (10 ft) or more in length, try a shorter one.
R U N T H E M O D E M H E L P E R D I A G N O S T I C S — Click the Start button, point to All Programs, and then
click Modem Helper. Follow the instructions on the screen to identify and resolve modem problems.
(Modem Helper is not available on all computers.)
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VE R I F Y T H A T T H E M O D E M I S C O M M U N I C A T I N G W I T H W I N D O W S —
1 Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2 Click Printers and Other Hardware.
3 Click Phone and Modem Options.
4 Click the Modems tab.
5 Click the COM port for your modem.
6 Click Properties, click the Diagnostics tab, and then click Query Modem to verify that the modem is
communicating with Windows.
If all commands receive responses, the modem is operating properly.
E N S U R E T H A T Y O U A R E C O N N E C T E D T O T H E I N T E R N E T — Ensure that you have subscribed to an
Internet provider. With the Outlook Express e-mail program open, click File. If Work Offline has a
checkmark next to it, click the checkmark to remove it and connect to the Internet. For help, contact
your Internet service provider.
Error Messages
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
If the message is not listed, see the documentation for the operating system or the program that
was running when the message appeared.
A F I L E N A M E C A N N O T C O N T A I N A N Y O F T H E F O L L O W I N G C H A R A C T E R S : \ / : * ? “ < > | — Do not
use these characters in filenames.
A R E Q U I R E D . D L L F I L E W A S N O T F O U N D — The program that you are trying to open is missing an
essential file. To remove and then reinstall the program:
1 Click the Start button, click Control Panel, and then click Add or Remove Programs.
2 Select the program you want to remove.
3 Click the Change or Remove Program icon.
4 See the program documentation for installation instructions.
drive letter : \ I S N O T A C C E S S I B L E . T H E D E V I C E I S N O T R E A D Y — The drive cannot read the disk.
Insert a disk into the drive and try again.
I N S E R T B O O T A B L E M E D I A — Insert a bootable floppy disk or CD.
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N O N - S YS T E M D I S K E R R O R — Remove the floppy disk from the drive and restart your computer.
N O T E N O U G H M E M O R Y O R R E S O U R C E S . C L O S E S O M E P R O G R A M S A N D T R Y A G A I N — Close all
windows and open the program that you want to use. In some cases, you might have to restart your
computer to restore computer resources. If so, run the program that you want to use first.
O P E R A T I N G S YS T E M N O T F O U N D — Contact Dell (see page 105).
IEEE 1394 Device Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
E N S U R E T H A T T H E C A B L E F O R T H E IEEE 1394 D E V I C E I S P R O P E R L Y I N S E R T E D I N T O T H E D E V I C E A N D
INTO THE CONNECTOR ON THE COMPUTER
E N S U R E T H A T T H E IEEE 1394 D E V I C E I S R E C O G N I Z E D B Y W I N D O W S —
1 Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2 Click Printers and Other Hardware.
If your IEEE 1394 device is listed, Windows recognizes the device.
I F Y O U H A V E P R O B L E M S W I T H A D E L L IEEE 1394 D E V I C E — Contact Dell (see page 105).
I F Y O U H A V E P R O B L E M S W I T H A N IEEE 1394 D E V I C E N O T P R O V I D E D B Y D E L L — Contact the
manufacturer of the IEEE 1394 device.
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Keyboard Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
CHECK THE KEYBOARD CABLE —
• Ensure that the keyboard cable is firmly connected to the computer.
• Shut down the computer (see page 47), reconnect the keyboard cable as shown on the setup diagram for
your computer, and then restart the computer.
• Check the cable connector for bent or broken pins and for damaged or frayed cables. Straighten bent
pins.
• Remove keyboard extension cables and connect the keyboard directly to the computer.
TE S T T H E K E Y B O A R D — Connect a properly working keyboard to the computer, and try using the
keyboard.
R U N T H E H A R D W A R E TR O U B L E S H O O T E R — See page 46.
Lockups and Software Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
The computer does not start up
C H E C K T H E D I A G N O S T I C L I G H T S — See page 37.
ENSURE THAT THE POWER CABLE IS FIRMLY CONNECTED TO THE COMPUTER AND TO THE ELECTRICAL OUTLET
The computer stops responding
NOTICE: You might lose data if you are unable to perform an operating system shutdown.
TU R N T H E C O M P U T E R O F F — If you are unable to get a response by pressing a key on your keyboard or
moving your mouse, press and hold the power button for at least 8 to 10 seconds until the computer
turns off. Then restart your computer.
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A program stops responding
END THE PROGRAM —
1 Press <Ctrl><Shift><Esc> simultaneously.
2 Click Applications.
3 Click the program that is no longer responding.
4 Click End Task.
A program crashes repeatedly
NOTE: Software usually includes installation instructions in its documentation or on a floppy disk or CD.
C H E C K T H E S O F T W A R E D O C U M E N T A T I O N — If necessary, uninstall and then reinstall the program.
A program is designed for an earlier Windows operating system
RUN THE PROGRAM COMPATIBILITY WIZARD —
The Program Compatibility Wizard configures a program so it runs in an environment similar to nonWindows XP operating system environments.
1 Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Accessories, and then click Program Compatibility
Wizard.
2 In the welcome screen, click Next.
3 Follow the instructions on the screen.
A solid blue screen appears
TU R N T H E C O M P U T E R O F F — If you are unable to get a response by pressing a key on your keyboard or
moving your mouse, press and hold the power button for at least 8 to 10 seconds until the computer
turns off. Then restart your computer.
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Other software problems
CHECK THE SOFTWARE DOCUMENTATION OR CONTACT THE SOFTWARE MANUFACTURER FOR
TROUBLESHOOTING INFORMATION —
• Ensure that the program is compatible with the operating system installed on your computer.
• Ensure that your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements needed to run the software. See
the software documentation for information.
• Ensure that the program is installed and configured properly.
• Verify that the device drivers do not conflict with the program.
• If necessary, uninstall and then reinstall the program.
BACK UP YOUR FILES IMMEDIATELY
USE A VIRUS-SCANNING PROGRAM TO CHECK THE HARD DRIVE, FLOPPY DISKS, OR CDS
SAVE AND CLOSE ANY OPEN FILES OR PROGRAMS AND SHUT DOWN YOUR COMPUTER THROUGH THE START MENU
Memory Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
IF YOU RECEIVE AN INSUFFICIENT MEMORY MESSAGE —
• Save and close any open files and exit any open programs you are not using to see if that resolves the
problem.
• See the software documentation for minimum memory requirements. If necessary, install additional
memory (see page 57).
• Reseat the memory modules to ensure that your computer is successfully communicating with the
memory (see page 57).
• Run the Dell Diagnostics (see page 40).
IF YOU EXPERIENCE OTHER MEMORY PROBLEMS —
• Reseat the memory modules (see page 57) to ensure that your computer is successfully communicating
with the memory.
• Ensure that you are following the memory installation guidelines (see page 57).
• Your Dell Dimension™ computer supports DDR2 memory. For additional information on the type of
memory supported by your computer, see "Memory" on page 91.
• Run the Dell Diagnostics (see page 40).
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Mouse Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
C L E A N T H E M O U S E — See the Dell Dimension Help file for instructions on cleaning the mouse. To
access the help file, see page 9.
CHECK THE MOUSE CABLE —
1 Check the cable connector for bent or broken pins and for damaged or frayed cables. Straighten bent
pins.
2 Remove mouse extension cables, if used, and connect the mouse directly to the computer.
3 Shut down the computer (see page 47), reconnect the mouse cable as shown on the setup diagram for
your computer, and then restart the computer.
RESTART THE COMPUTER —
1 Simultaneously press <Ctrl><Esc> to display the Start menu.
2 Type u, press the keyboard arrow keys to highlight Shut down or Turn Off, and then press <Enter>.
3 After the computer turns off, reconnect the mouse cable as shown on the on the setup diagram for your
computer.
4 Start the computer.
TE S T T H E M O U S E — Connect a properly working mouse to the computer, and try using the mouse.
CHECK THE MOUSE SETTINGS —
1 Click the Start button, click Control Panel, and then click Printers and Other Hardware.
2 Click Mouse.
3 Try adjusting the settings.
R E I N S T A L L T H E M O U S E D R I V E R — See page 43.
R U N T H E H A R D W A R E TR O U B L E S H O O T E R — See page 46.
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Network Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
C H E C K T H E N E T W O R K C A B L E C O N N E C T O R — Ensure that the network cable is firmly inserted into
both the network connector on the back of the computer and the network jack.
C H E C K T H E N E T W O R K L I G H T S O N T H E B A C K O F T H E C O M P U T E R — If the link integrity light is off,
that indicates no network communication exists. Replace the network cable. For a description of
network lights, see "Connectors" on page 93.
RESTART THE COMPUTER AND LOG ON TO THE NETWORK AGAIN
C H E C K Y O U R N E T W O R K S E T T I N G S — Contact your network administrator or the person who set up
your network to verify that your network settings are correct and that the network is functioning.
R U N T H E H A R D W A R E TR O U B L E S H O O T E R — See page 46.
Power Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
I F T H E P O W E R L I G H T I S G R E E N A N D T H E C O M P U T E R I S N O T R E S P O N D I N G — See "Diagnostic Lights"
on page 37.
I F T H E P O W E R L I G H T I S B L I N K I N G G R E E N — The computer is in standby mode. Press a key on the
keyboard, move the mouse, or press the power button to resume normal operation.
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I F T H E P O W E R L I G H T I S O F F — The computer is either turned off or is not receiving power.
• Reseat the power cable into both the power connector on the back of the computer and the electrical
outlet.
• If the computer is plugged into a power strip, ensure that the power strip is plugged into an electrical
outlet and that the power strip is turned on. Also bypass power protection devices, power strips, and
power extension cables to verify that the computer turns on properly.
• Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with another device, such as a lamp.
• Ensure that the main power cable and front panel cable are securely connected to the system board (see
page 56).
I F T H E P O W E R L I G H T I S B L I N K I N G A M B E R — The computer is receiving electrical power, but an
internal power problem might exist.
• Ensure that the voltage selection switch (see page 51) is set to match the AC power at your location (if
applicable).
• Ensure that the processor power cable (see page 56) is securely connected to the system board.
IF
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•
•
— A device might be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed.
Remove and then reinstall the memory modules (see page 57).
Remove and then reinstall any cards (see page 60).
Remove and then reinstall the graphics card, if applicable (see page 60).
THE POWER LIGHT IS STEADY AMBER
E L I M I N A T E I N T E R F E R E N C E — Some possible causes of interference are:
• Power, keyboard, and mouse extension cables
• Too many devices on a power strip
• Multiple power strips connected to the same electrical outlet
Printer Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located
in the Product Information Guide.
NOTE: If you need technical assistance for your printer, contact the printer’s manufacturer.
C H E C K T H E P R I N T E R D O C U M E N T A T I O N — See the printer documentation for setup and
troubleshooting information.
ENSURE THAT THE PRINTER IS TURNED ON
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CHECK THE PRINTER CABLE CONNECTIONS —
• See the printer documentation for cable connection information.
• Ensure that the printer cables are securely connected to the printer and the computer (see page 11).
TE S T T H E E L E C T R I C A L O U T L E T — Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with another
device, such as a lamp.
VE R I F Y T H A T T H E P R I N T E R I S R E C O G N I Z E D B Y W I N D O W S —
1 Click the Start button, click Control Panel, and then click Printers and Other Hardware.
2 Click View installed printers or fax printers.
If the printer is listed, right-click the printer icon.
3 Click Properties and click the Ports tab. For a parallel printer, ensure that the Print to the following
port(s): setting is LPT1 (Printer Port). For a USB printer, ensure that the Print to the following port(s):
setting is USB.
R E I N S T A L L T H E P R I N T E R D R I V E R — See the printer documentation for instructions.
Scanner Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
NOTE: If you need technical assistance for your scanner, contact the scanner’s manufacturer.
C H E C K T H E S C A N N E R D O C U M E N T A T I O N — See the scanner documentation for setup and
troubleshooting information.
U N L O C K T H E S C A N N E R — Ensure that your scanner is unlocked if it has a locking tab or button.
RESTART THE COMPUTER AND TRY THE SCANNER AGAIN
CHECK THE CABLE CONNECTIONS —
• See the scanner documentation for cable connection information.
• Ensure that the scanner cables are securely connected to the scanner and the computer.
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VE R I F Y T H A T T H E S C A N N E R I S R E C O G N I Z E D B Y M I C R O S O F T W I N D O W S —
1 Click the Start button, click Control Panel, and then click Printers and Other Hardware.
2 Click Scanners and Cameras.
If your scanner is listed, Windows recognizes the scanner.
R E I N S T A L L T H E S C A N N E R D R I V E R — See the scanner documentation for instructions.
Sound and Speaker Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
No sound from speakers
NOTE: The volume control in some MP3 players overrides the Windows volume setting. If you have been
listening to MP3 songs, ensure that you did not turn the player volume down or off.
C H E C K T H E S P E A K E R C A B L E C O N N E C T I O N S — Ensure that the speakers are connected as shown on
the setup diagram supplied with the speakers. If you purchased a sound card, ensure that the speakers
are connected to the card.
E N S U R E T H A T T H E S U B W O O F E R A N D T H E S P E A K E R S A R E T U R N E D O N — See the setup diagram
supplied with the speakers. If your speakers have volume controls, adjust the volume, bass, or treble to
eliminate distortion.
A D J U S T T H E W I N D O W S V O L U M E C O N T R O L — Click or double-click the speaker icon in the lower-right
corner of your screen. Ensure that the volume is turned up and that the sound is not muted.
D I S C O N N E C T H E A D P H O N E S F R O M T H E H E A D P H O N E C O N N E C T O R — Sound from the speakers is
automatically disabled when headphones are connected to the computer’s front-panel headphone
connector.
TEST THE ELECTRICAL OUTLET — Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with another device,
such as a lamp.
E L I M I N A T E P O S S I B L E I N T E R F E R E N C E — Turn off nearby fans, fluorescent lights, or halogen lamps to
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RUN THE SPEAKER DIAGNOSTICS
R E I N S T A L L T H E S O U N D D R I V E R — See page 43.
R U N T H E H A R D W A R E TR O U B L E S H O O T E R — See page 46.
No sound from headphones
C H E C K T H E H E A D P H O N E C A B L E C O N N E C T I O N — Ensure that the headphone cable is securely inserted
into the headphone connector (see page 49).
A D J U S T T H E W I N D O W S V O L U M E C O N T R O L — Click or double-click the speaker icon in the lower-right
corner of your screen. Ensure that the volume is turned up and that the sound is not muted.
Video and Monitor Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
NOTE: See the monitor documentation for troubleshooting procedures.
If the screen is blank
C O N N E C T T H E M O N I T O R T O T H E C O R R E C T V I D E O C O N N E C T O R — If the integrated video connector on
your computer is covered by a cap, do not remove the cap to connect the monitor, or the monitor will
not function. Connect your monitor to the video connector on the graphics card..
CHECK THE MONITOR CABLE CONNECTION —
• Ensure that the graphics cable is connected as shown on the setup diagram for your computer.
• If you are using a graphics extension cable and removing the cable solves the problem, the cable is
defective.
• Swap the computer and monitor power cables to determine if the power cable is defective.
• Check the connector for bent or broken pins. (It is normal for monitor cable connectors to have missing
pins.)
C H E C K T H E M O N I T O R P O W E R L I G H T — If the power light is off, firmly press the button to ensure that
the monitor is turned on. If the power light is lit or blinking, the monitor has power. If the power light is
blinking, press a key on the keyboard or move the mouse.
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TE S T T H E E L E C T R I C A L O U T L E T — Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with another
device, such as a lamp.
C H E C K T H E D I A G N O S T I C L I G H T S — See page 37.
R U N T H E D E L L D I A G N O S T I C S — See page 40.
If the screen is difficult to read
C H E C K T H E M O N I T O R S E T T I N G S — See the monitor documentation for instructions on adjusting the
contrast and brightness, demagnetizing (degaussing) the monitor, and running the monitor self-test.
M O V E T H E S U B W O O F E R A W A Y F R O M T H E M O N I T O R — If your speaker system includes a subwoofer,
ensure that the subwoofer is at least 60 cm (2 ft) away from the monitor.
M O V E T H E M O N I T O R A W A Y F R O M E X T E R N A L P O W E R S O U R C E S — Fans, fluorescent lights, halogen
lamps, and other electrical devices can cause the screen image to appear "shaky." Turn off nearby devices
to check for interference.
ROTATE THE MONITOR TO ELIMINATE SUNLIGHT GLARE AND POSSIBLE INTERFERENCE
ADJUST THE WINDOWS DISPLAY SETTINGS —
1 Click the Start button, click Control Panel, and then click Appearance and Themes.
2 Click Display and click the Settings tab.
3 Try different settings for Screen resolution and Color quality.
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Diagnostic Lights
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
To help you troubleshoot a problem, your computer has four lights labeled "A," "B," "C," and "D" on
the back panel (see page 51). The lights can be yellow or green. When the computer starts
normally, the lights flash. After the computer starts, all four lights display solid green. If the
computer malfunctions, the color and sequence of the lights identify the problem.
Light Pattern
A B C D
Problem Description
Suggested Resolution
The computer is in a normal off
Plug the computer into a working
condition or a possible pre-BIOS failure electrical outlet and press the power
has occurred.
button.
= yellow
= green
= off
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Light Pattern
Problem Description
Suggested Resolution
Memory modules are detected, but a
memory failure has occurred.
• If you have one memory module
installed, reinstall it (see page 57) and
restart the computer.
• If you have two or more memory
modules installed, remove the
modules, reinstall one module (see
page 57), and then restart the
computer. If the computer starts
normally, reinstall an additional
module. Continue until you have
identified a faulty module or
reinstalled all modules without error.
• If available, install properly working
memory of the same type into your
computer (see page 57).
• If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see page 105).
A possible graphics card failure has
occurred.
• If the computer has a graphics card,
remove the card, reinstall it (see
page 60), and then restart the
computer.
• If the problem still exists, install a
graphics card that you know works and
restart the computer.
• If the problem persists or the
computer has integrated graphics,
contact Dell (see page 105).
A possible floppy or hard drive failure
has occurred.
Reseat all power and data cables and
restart the computer.
A possible USB failure has occurred.
Reinstall all USB devices, check cable
connections, and then restart the
computer.
A B C D
A B C D
A B C D
A B C D
= yellow
= green
= off
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Light Pattern
A B C D
Problem Description
Suggested Resolution
Memory modules are detected, but a
memory configuration or compatibility
error exists.
• Ensure that no special memory
module/memory connector placement
requirements exist (see page 57).
• Verify that the memory modules that
you are installing are compatible with
your computer (see page 57).
• If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see page 105).
A possible expansion card failure has
occurred.
A B C D
1 Determine if a conflict exists by
removing a card (not a graphics card)
and restarting the computer (see
page 60).
2 If the problem persists, reinstall the
card that you removed, remove a
different card, and then restart the
computer.
3 Repeat this process for each card. If
the computer starts normally,
troubleshoot the last card removed
from the computer for resource
conflicts (see "Resolving Software and
Hardware Incompatibilities" on
page 46).
4 If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see page 105).
= yellow
= green
= off
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Light Pattern
Problem Description
Suggested Resolution
Another failure has occurred.
• Ensure that the cables are properly
connected to the system board from
the hard drive, CD drive, and DVD
drive (see page 56).
• If there is an error message on your
screen identifying a problem with a
device (such as the floppy drive or
hard drive), check the device to make
sure it is functioning properly.
• The operating system is attempting to
boot from a device (such as the floppy
drive or hard drive); check system
setup (see page 95) to make sure that
the boot sequence is correct for the
devices installed on your computer.
• If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see page 105).
The computer is in a normal operating
condition after POST.
None.
A B C D
A B C D
= yellow
= green
= off
Dell Diagnostics
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
If you experience a problem with your computer, perform the checks in "Solving Problems" on
page 21 and run the Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for technical assistance.
NOTICE: The Dell Diagnostics works only on Dell™ computers.
1
Turn on (or restart) your computer.
2
When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F12> immediately.
If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the
Microsoft® Windows® desktop. Then shut down your computer (see page 47) and try again.
3
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When the boot device list appears, highlight Boot to Utility Partition and press <Enter>.
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When the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu appears, select the test you want to run (see
page 41).
Dell Diagnostics Main Menu
1
2
After the Dell Diagnostics loads and the Main Menu screen appears, click the button for the
option you want.
Option
Function
Express Test
Performs a quick test of devices. This test typically takes 10 to
20 minutes and requires no interaction on your part. Run
Express Test first to increase the possibility of tracing the
problem quickly.
Extended Test
Performs a thorough check of devices. This test typically takes
an hour or more and requires you to answer questions
periodically.
Custom Test
Tests a specific device. You can customize the tests you want
to run.
Symptom Tree
Lists the most common symptoms encountered and allows
you to select a test based on the symptom of the problem you
are having.
If a problem is encountered during a test, a message appears with an error code and a
description of the problem. Write down the error code and problem description and follow
the instructions on the screen.
If you cannot resolve the error condition, contact Dell (see page 105).
NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer is located at the top of each test screen. If you contact Dell,
technical support will ask for your Service Tag.
3
If you run a test from the Custom Test or Symptom Tree option, click the applicable tab
described in the following table for more information.
Tab
Function
Results
Displays the results of the test and any error conditions
encountered.
Errors
Displays error conditions encountered, error codes, and the
problem description.
Help
Describes the test and may indicate requirements for running
the test.
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Tab
Function
Configuration
Displays your hardware configuration for the selected device.
The Dell Diagnostics obtains configuration information for all
devices from system setup, memory, and various internal tests,
and it displays the information in the device list in the left
pane of the screen. The device list may not display the names
of all the components installed on your computer or all devices
attached to your computer.
Parameters
4
Allows you to customize the test by changing the test settings.
Close the test screen to return to the Main Menu screen. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and
restart the computer, close the Main Menu screen.
Drivers
What Is a Driver?
A driver is a program that controls a device such as a printer, mouse, or keyboard. All devices require
a driver program.
A driver acts like a translator between the device and any other programs that use the device. Each
device has its own set of specialized commands that only its driver recognizes.
Dell ships your computer to you with required drivers already installed—no further installation or
configuration is needed.
Many drivers, such as the keyboard driver, come with your Microsoft® Windows® operating
system. You may need to install drivers if you:
•
Upgrade your operating system.
•
Reinstall your operating system.
•
Connect or install a new device.
Identifying Drivers
If you experience a problem with any device, identify whether the driver is the source of your
problem and, if necessary, update the driver.
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1
Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2
Under Pick a Category, click Performance and Maintenance.
3
Click System.
4
In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab.
5
Click Device Manager.
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Scroll down the list to see if any device has an exclamation point (a yellow circle with a [!]) on
the device icon.
If an exclamation point is next to the device name, you may need to reinstall the driver or
install a new driver.
Reinstalling Drivers
NOTICE: The Dell Support website at support.dell.com provides approved drivers for Dell™ computers.
If you install drivers obtained from other sources, your computer might not work correctly.
Using Windows XP Device Driver Rollback
If a problem occurs on your computer after you install or update a driver, use Windows XP Device
Driver Rollback to replace the driver with the previously installed version.
1
Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2
Under Pick a Category, click Performance and Maintenance.
3
Click System.
4
In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab.
5
Click Device Manager.
6
Right-click the device for which the new driver was installed and click Properties.
7
Click the Drivers tab.
8
Click Roll Back Driver.
If Device Driver Rollback does not resolve the problem, then use System Restore to return your
computer to the operating state that existed before you installed the new driver.
Restoring Your Operating System
You can restore your operating system in the following ways:
•
Microsoft Windows XP System Restore returns your computer to an earlier operating state
without affecting data files.
•
Dell PC Restore by Symantec restores your hard drive to the operating state it was in when
you purchased the computer. Dell PC Restore permanently deletes all data on the hard drive
and removes any applications installed after you received the computer.
Using Microsoft Windows XP System Restore
The Microsoft Windows XP operating system provides System Restore to allow you to return your
computer to an earlier operating state (without affecting data files) if changes to the hardware,
software, or other system settings have left the computer in an undesirable operating state. See the
Windows Help and Support Center for information on using System Restore. To access help, see
page 10.
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NOTICE: Make regular backups of your data files. System Restore does not monitor your data files or
recover them.
NOTE: The procedures in this document were written for the Windows default view, so they may not
work if you set your Dell™ computer to the Windows Classic view.
Creating a Restore Point
1
Click the Start button and click Help and Support.
2
Click System Restore.
3
Follow the instructions on the screen.
Restoring the Computer to an Earlier Operating State
If problems occur after you install a device driver, use Device Driver Rollback (see page 43) to
resolve the problem. If that is unsuccessful, then use System Restore.
NOTICE: Before you restore the computer to an earlier operating state, save and close any open files
and exit any open programs. Do not alter, open, or delete any files or programs until the system
restoration is complete.
1
Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools, and then click
System Restore.
2
Ensure that Restore my computer to an earlier time is selected and click Next.
3
Click a calendar date to which you want to restore your computer.
The Select a Restore Point screen provides a calendar that allows you to see and select restore
points. All calendar dates with available restore points appear in boldface type.
4
Select a restore point and click Next.
If a calendar date has only one restore point, then that restore point is automatically selected.
If two or more restore points are available, click the restore point that you prefer.
5
Click Next.
The Restoration Complete screen appears after System Restore finishes collecting data and
then the computer restarts.
6
After the computer restarts, click OK.
To change the restore point, you can either repeat the steps using a different restore point, or you
can undo the restoration.
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Undoing the Last System Restore
NOTICE: Before you undo the last system restore, save and close all open files and exit any open
programs. Do not alter, open, or delete any files or programs until the system restoration is complete.
1
Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools, and then click
System Restore.
2
Click Undo my last restoration and click Next.
Using Dell PC Restore by Symantec
Use Dell PC Restore by Symantec only as the last method to restore your operating system. PC
Restore restores your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer.
Any programs or files added since you received your computer— including data files—are
permanently deleted from the hard drive. Data files include documents, spreadsheets, e-mail
messages, digital photos, music files, and so on. If possible, back up all data before using PC
Restore.
NOTICE: Using PC Restore permanently deletes all data on the hard drive and removes any applications or
drivers installed after you received your computer. If possible, back up the data before using PC Restore.
To use PC Restore:
1
Turn on the computer.
During the boot process, a blue bar with www.dell.com appears at the top of the screen.
2
Immediately upon seeing the blue bar, press <Ctrl><F11>.
If you do not press <Ctrl><F11> in time, let the computer finish restarting, and then
restart the computer again.
NOTICE: If you do not want to proceed with PC Restore, click Reboot in the following step.
3
On the next screen that appears, click Restore.
4
On the next screen, click Confirm.
The restore process takes approximately 6–10 minutes to complete.
5
When prompted, click Finish to reboot the computer.
NOTE: Do not manually shut down the computer. Click Finish and let the computer completely reboot.
6
When prompted, click Yes.
The computer restarts. Because the computer is restored to its original operating state, the
screens that appear, such as the End User License Agreement, are the same ones that
appeared the first time the computer was turned on.
7
Click Next.
The System Restore screen appears and the computer restarts.
8
After the computer restarts, click OK.
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Enabling System Restore
If you reinstall Windows XP with less than 200 MB of free hard-disk space available, System
Restore is automatically disabled. To see if System Restore is enabled:
1
Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2
Click Performance and Maintenance.
3
Click System.
4
Click the System Restore tab.
5
Ensure that Turn off System Restore is unchecked.
Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities
If a device is either not detected during the operating system setup or is detected but incorrectly
configured, you can use the Hardware Troubleshooter to resolve the incompatibility.
To resolve incompatibilities using the Hardware Troubleshooter:
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1
Click the Start button and click Help and Support.
2
Type hardware troubleshooter in the Search field and click the arrow to start the search.
3
Click Hardware Troubleshooter in the Search Results list.
4
In the Hardware Troubleshooter list, click I need to resolve a hardware conflict on my
computer, and click Next.
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Removing and Installing Parts
Before You Begin
This chapter provides procedures for removing and installing the components in your computer.
Unless otherwise noted, each procedure assumes that the following conditions exist:
•
You have performed the steps in "Turning Off Your Computer" and "Before Working Inside
Your Computer."
•
You have read the safety information in your Dell™ Product Information Guide.
•
A component can be replaced by performing the removal procedure in reverse order.
Recommended Tools
The procedures in this document may require the following tools:
•
Small flat-blade screwdriver
•
Phillips screwdriver
Turning Off Your Computer
NOTICE: To avoid losing data, save and close any open files and exit any open programs before you turn
off your computer.
1
Shut down the operating system:
a
Save and close any open files, exit any open programs, click the Start button, and then
click Turn Off Computer.
b
In the Turn off computer window, click Turn off.
The computer turns off after the operating system shutdown process finishes.
2
Ensure that the computer and any attached devices are turned off. If your computer and
attached devices did not automatically turn off when you shut down your operating system,
press and hold the power button for 4 seconds.
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Before Working Inside Your Computer
Use the following safety guidelines to help protect your computer from potential damage and to
help ensure your own personal safety.
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: Handle components and cards with care. Do not touch the components or contacts on a
card. Hold a card by its edges or by its metal mounting bracket. Hold a component such as a processor
by its edges, not by its pins.
NOTICE: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to
servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.
NOTICE: When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector or on its strain-relief loop, not on the cable
itself. Some cables have a connector with locking tabs; if you are disconnecting this type of cable, press
in on the locking tabs before you disconnect the cable. As you pull connectors apart, keep them evenly
aligned to avoid bending any connector pins. Also, before you connect a cable, ensure that both
connectors are correctly oriented and aligned.
NOTICE: To avoid damaging the computer, perform the following steps before you begin working inside
the computer.
1
Turn off your computer (see page 47).
NOTICE: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your computer and then unplug it
from the network wall jack.
2
Disconnect any telephone or telecommunication lines from the computer.
3
Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets, and then
press the power button to ground the system board.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet
before opening the cover.
4
Open the computer cover (see page 54).
NOTICE: Before touching anything inside your computer, ground yourself by touching an unpainted
metal surface, such as the metal at the back of the computer. While you work, periodically touch an
unpainted metal surface to dissipate any static electricity that could harm internal components.
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Front and Back View of the Computer
Front View
1
10
2
9*
3*
8
4
7
6
5
*On computers with an optional floppy drive.
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1
CD or DVD driveactivity light
The drive activity light is on when the computer reads data from the CD or DVD
drive.
2
CD or DVD drive eject
button
Press to eject a disc from the CD or DVD drive.
3
floppy-drive eject button Press to eject a floppy disk from the floppy drive.
4
hard-drive activity light
The light is on when the computer reads data from or writes data to the hard drive.
The light might also be on when a device such as your CD player is operating.
5
headphone connector
Use the headphone connector to attach headphones and most kinds of speakers.
6
USB 2.0 connectors (2)
Use the front USB connectors for devices that you connect occasionally, such as
joysticks or cameras, or for bootable USB devices (see "System Setup" on page 95
for more information on booting to a USB device).
(On computers with an optional floppy drive.)
It is recommended that you use the back USB connectors for devices that typically
remain connected, such as printers and keyboards.
7
power button
Press to turn on the computer.
NOTICE: To avoid losing data, do not use the power button to turn off the
computer. Instead, perform an operating system shutdown.
8
power light
The power light illuminates and blinks or remains solid to indicate different states:
• No light — The computer is turned off.
• Steady green — The computer is in a normal operating state.
• Blinking green — The computer is in a power-saving state.
• Blinking or solid amber — See "Power Problems" on page 30.
9
floppy-drive activity
light
The floppy drive light is on when the computer reads data from or writes data to
the floppy drive. Wait until this light turns off before you remove the floppy disk
from the drive.
(On computers with an optional floppy drive.)
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Used to identify your computer when you access the Dell Support website or call
technical support.
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Back View
22
21
1
20
2
19
3
18
4
17
5
6
16
7
15
8*
14
13*
9
12*
11*
*Not present on
all computers
10*
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parallel connector
Connect a parallel device, such as a printer, to the parallel connector. If you have a
USB printer, plug it into a USB connector.
2
diagnostic lights (4)
Use the lights to help you troubleshoot a computer problem based on the
diagnostic code. For more information, see "Diagnostic Lights" on page 37.
3
mouse connector
Plug a standard mouse into the green mouse connector. Turn off the computer
and any attached devices before you connect a mouse to the computer. If you have
a USB mouse, plug it into a USB connector.
4
surround connector
Use the black surround connector to attach multichannel-capable speakers.
On computers with a sound card, use the connector on the card.
5
line-in connector
Use the blue line-in connector to attach a record/playback device such as a cassette
player, CD player, or VCR.
On computers with a sound card, use the connector on the card.
6
network adapter
connector
To attach your computer to a network or broadband device, connect one end of a
network cable to either a network jack or your network or broadband device.
Connect the other end of the network cable to the network adapter connector on
your computer. A click indicates that the network cable has been securely
attached.
NOTE: Do not plug a telephone cable into the network connector.
On computers with a network connector card, use the connector on the card.
It is recommended that you use Category 5 wiring and connectors for your
network. If you must use Category 3 wiring, force the network speed to 10 Mbps to
ensure reliable operation.
7
cover latch
Releases the cover from the computer. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on
page 54.
8
DVI video connector
If your monitor has a DVI connector, plug it into the DVI connector on the
computer. If your monitor has a VGA connector, plug it into the VGA connector
on the computer.
9
card slots
Access connectors for any installed PCI cards (two slots) and PC I Express cards
(one x16 slot and one x1 slot).
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optional sound card
connectors
• Line-in connector — Use the blue line-in connector to attach a record/playback
device such as a cassette player, CD player, or VCR.
• Microphone connector — Use the pink microphone connector to attach a
personal computer microphone for voice or musical input into a sound or
telephony program.
• Line-out connector — Use the green line-out connector to attach headphones
and most speakers with integrated amplifiers.
• Surround connector — Use the black surround connector to attach multichannelcapable speakers.
• Center/Low-Frequency Effects (LFE) connector— Use the yellow center/LFE
connector to attach your subwoofer.
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modem connector
(Optional) If you have a modem, connect a telephone cable to either of the modem
connectors. Do not connect the telephone cable to the network connector.
NOTE: Not all modems have two connectors.
12
TV-OUT connector
Connects your computer to a TV. For more information, see Connecting Two
Monitors (see page 13).
(Available on computers with a graphics card.)
13
VGA video connector
14
USB 2.0 connectors (6)
Plug the cable from your monitor into the blue connector.
(Available on computers with a graphics card.)
Use the back USB connectors for devices that typically remain connected, such as
printers and keyboards.
It is recommended that you use the front USB connectors for devices that you
connect occasionally, such as joysticks or cameras, or for bootable USB devices.
15
microphone connector
Use the pink microphone connector to attach a personal computer microphone
for voice or musical input into a sound or telephony program.
On computers with a sound card, the microphone connector is on the card.
16
line-out connector
Use the green line-out connector to attach headphones and most speakers with
integrated amplifiers.
On computers with a sound card, use the connector on the card.
center/Low-Frequency
Effects (LFE) connector
Use the yellow center/LFE connector to attach your subwoofer.
18
keyboard connector
If you have a standard keyboard, plug it into the purple keyboard connector. If you
have a USB keyboard, plug it into a USB connector.
19
integrated video
connector
If this connector has a protective cap over it, then your computer has the optional
video card installed. If this connector does not have a protective cap over it, plug the
cable from your monitor into the blue connector.
20
serial connector
Connect a serial device, such as a handheld device, to the serial port.
21
voltage selection switch
(may not be available on
all computers)
See the safety instructions located in the Product Information Guide for more
information.
22
power connector
Insert the power cable.
17
On computers with a sound card, use the connector on the card.
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Removing the Computer Cover
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet
before opening the cover.
1
Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
2
Lay your computer on its side with the computer cover facing up.
3
If your computer cover has a cover latch, slide and hold the cover latch.
4
Grip the indents on the computer cover, and slide the computer cover toward the back of the
computer.
computer cover
cover latch
back of computer
5
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Inside View of Your Computer
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, see the safety instructions located in
the Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet
before opening the computer cover.
release lever*
CD or DVD drive
floppy drive
hard drive
power supply
system board
*May not be present on all computers.
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System Board Components
main power
connector
(J3J1)
floppy drive
connector
(FLOPPY)
(J4J1)
IDE drive
connector
(PRI-IDE)
J6J1)
clear CMOS
jumper
(CLR CMOS)
(J8J3)
standby power
light CR3J1
memory module
connectors
(1, 2, 3, 4)
control panel
connector (J7J2)
password jumper
(PSWRD) (J8J2)
SATA connectors (2)
(SATA-0, SATA-2)
(J9H2, J9J2)
front-panel I/O
connector (J9G2)
fan connector
CPU FAN)
(J1F1)
PCI Express x16
card connector
(J6C1)
battery socket
(BATTERY) (BT8F1)
internal speaker
processor and
heat sink
connector (J3E1)
telephony
connector (J9D1)
processor power
connector
(J5B1)
front panel audio
connector (J9C2)
CD audio
connector (J9D1)
back of computer
PCI Express x1 card
connector (J9C1)
PCI card slots (2)
(PCI SLOT 1, PCI SLOT 2)
(J7B1, J8B1)
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Memory
You can increase your computer memory by installing memory modules on the system board.
Your Dell Dimension™ computer supports DDR2 memory. For additional information on the type
of memory supported by your computer, see "Memory" on page 91.
DDR Memory Overview
DDR2 memory modules should be installed in pairs of matched memory size, speed, and technology.
If the DDR2 memory modules are not installed in matched pairs, the computer will continue to
operate, but with a slight reduction in performance. See the label on the upper-right corner of the
module to determine the module’s capacity.
NOTE: Always install DDR2 memory modules in the order indicated on the system board.
The recommended memory configurations are:
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A memory module installed in connector DIMM connector 1
or
–
A pair of matched memory modules installed in DIMM connectors 1 and 2
or
–
A pair of matched memory modules installed in DIMM connectors 1 and 2 and another
matched pair installed in DIMM connectors 3 and 4
NOTICE: Do not install ECC memory modules.
•
If you install mixed pairs of DDR2 400- and 533-MHz the modules function at the slowest
speed installed.
•
Be sure to install a single memory module in DIMM connector 1, the connector closest to the
processor, before you install modules in the other connectors.
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matched pair of memory modules in
DIMM connectors 1 and 2 (white
securing clips)
matched pair of memory modules
in DIMM connectors 3 and 4
(black securing clips)
NOTE: Memory purchased from Dell is covered under your computer warranty.
NOTICE: If you remove your original memory modules from the computer during a memory upgrade,
keep them separate from any new modules that you may have, even if you purchased the new modules
from Dell. If possible, do not pair an original memory module with a new memory module. Otherwise, your
computer may not start properly. You should install your original memory modules in pairs either in DIMM
connectors 1 and 2 or DIMM connectors 3 and 4.
Addressing Memory With 4-GB Configurations
Your computer supports a maximum of 4 GB of memory when you use four 1-GB DIMMs. Current
operating systems, such as Microsoft® Windows® XP, can only use a maximum of 4 GB of address
space; however, the amount of memory available to the operating system is less than 4 GB. Certain
components within the computer require address space in the 4-GB range. Any address space
reserved for these components cannot be used by computer memory.
Installing Memory
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
NOTICE: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity
from your body before you touch any of your computer’s electronic components. You can do so by
touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.
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1
Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
2
Lay the computer on its side so that the system board is on the bottom of the inside of the
computer.
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3
Press out the securing clip at each end of the memory module connector.
memory connector closest to processor
securing clips (2)
connector
4
Align the notch on the bottom of the module with the crossbar in the connector.
notch
memory module
cutouts (2)
crossbar
NOTICE: To avoid damage to the memory module, press the module straight down into the connector
while you apply equal force to each end of the module.
5
Insert the module into the connector until the module snaps into position.
If you insert the module correctly, the securing clips snap into the cutouts at each end of the
module.
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Close the computer cover.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into
the computer.
7
Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
8
Right-click the My Computer icon and click Properties.
9
Click the General tab.
10
To verify that the memory is installed correctly, check the amount of memory (RAM) listed.
Removing Memory
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
NOTICE: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity
from your body before you touch any of your computer’s electronic components. You can do so by
touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.
1
Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
2
Press out the securing clip at each end of the memory module connector.
3
Grasp the module and pull up.
If the module is difficult to remove, gently ease the module back and forth to remove it from
the connector.
Cards
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
NOTICE: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity
from your body before you touch any of your computer’s electronic components. You can do so by
touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.
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Your Dell™ computer provides the following slots for PCI and PCI Express cards:
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Two PCI card slots
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One PCI Express x16 card slot
•
One PCI Express x1 card slot
PCI Cards
If you are installing or replacing a card, follow the procedures in the next section. If you are
removing but not replacing a card, see "Removing a PCI Card" on page 63.
If you are replacing a card, remove the current driver for the card from the operating system.
If you are installing or replacing a PCI Express card, see "Installing a PCI Express Card" on page 65.
Installing a PCI Card
1
Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
2
Unscrew and remove the filler bracket for the card slot you want to use.
securing screw
filler bracket
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CAUTION: Some network adapters automatically start the computer when they are connected to a
network. To guard against electrical shock, be sure to unplug your computer from its electrical outlet
before installing any cards.
3
Align the cutout on the bottom of the card with the crossbar in the system board connector.
Gently rock the card into the connector until it is fully seated.
card
card cutout
card connector
on system board
crossbar
Ensure that the card is fully seated and that its bracket is within the card slot.
not fully seated card
fully seated card
bracket
within slot
bracket caught
outside of slot
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4
Secure the card bracket with the screw you removed in step 2.
5
Connect any cables that should be attached to the card.
See the documentation for the card for information about the card’s cable connections.
NOTICE: Do not route card cables over or behind the cards. Cables routed over the cards can cause
damage to the equipment.
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7
8
If you installed a sound card:
a
Enter system setup (see page 96), select Audio Controller, and then change the setting to
Off.
b
Connect external audio devices to the sound card’s connectors. Do not connect external
audio devices to the microphone, speaker/headphone, or line-in connectors on the back
panel.
If you installed an add-in network adapter and want to disable the integrated network
adapter:
a
Enter system setup (see page 96), select Network Controller, and then change the setting
to Off.
b
Connect the network cable to the add-in network adapter’s connectors. Do not connect
the network cable to the integrated connector on the back panel.
Install any drivers required for the card as described in the card documentation.
Removing a PCI Card
1
Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
2
If necessary, disconnect any cables connected to the card.
3
Remove the securing screw from the card bracket.
4
Grasp the card by its top corners, and ease it out of its connector.
5
If you are removing the card permanently, install a filler bracket in the empty card-slot
opening.
If you need a filler bracket, contact Dell (see page 105).
NOTE: Installing filler brackets over empty card-slot openings is necessary to maintain FCC certification
of the computer. The brackets also keep dust and dirt out of your computer.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into
the computer.
6
Close the computer cover, reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then
turn them on.
7
Remove the card’s driver from the operating system.
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9
If you removed a sound card:
a
Enter system setup (see page 96), select Audio Controller, and then change the setting to
On.
b
Connect external audio devices to the audio connectors on the computer back panel.
If you removed an add-in network connector:
a
Enter system setup (see page 96), select Network Controller, and then change the setting
to On.
b
Connect the network cable to the integrated connector on the computer back panel.
PCI Express Cards
Your computer supports one PCI Express x16 card and one PCI Express x1 card.
PCI Express
x16 card
PCI Express
x16 card slot
PCI Express
x1 card
PCI Express
x1 card slot
If you are installing or replacing a PCI Express card, follow the procedures in the next section. If
you are removing but not replacing a PCI Express card, see "Removing a PCI Express Card" on
page 68.
If you are replacing a card, remove the current driver for the card from the operating system.
If you are installing or replacing a PCI card, see "Installing a PCI Card" on page 61.
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Installing a PCI Express Card
1
Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
2
If you are installing a new card, unscrew and remove the filler bracket to create a card-slot
opening. Then continue with step 4.
securing screw
filler bracket
3
If you are replacing a card that is already installed in the computer, remove the card.
If necessary, disconnect any cables connected to the card. If your card includes a retention
mechanism, remove the top of the retention mechanism by pressing the tab and pulling up
on the top. Gently pull the securing tab, grasp the card by its top corners, and then ease it out
of its connector.
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top of retention
mechanism
tab
x16 card
securing slot
edge connector
filler bracket
card connector
securing tab
x1 card
edge connector
card connector
4
Prepare the card for installation.
See the documentation that came with the card for information on configuring the card,
making internal connections, or otherwise customizing it for your computer.
CAUTION: Some network adapters automatically start the computer when they are connected to a
network. To guard against electrical shock, be sure to unplug your computer from its electrical outlet
before installing any cards.
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5
If you are installing the card into the x16 card connector, position the card so the securing slot
is aligned with the securing tab, and gently pull the securing tab.
6
Place the card in the connector and press down firmly. Ensure that the card is fully seated and
that the bracket is within the card slot.
not fully seated card
fully seated card
bracket
within slot
bracket caught
outside of slot
7
If you replaced a card that was already installed in the computer and you removed the top of
the retention mechanism, you may reinstall the top.
8
Secure the card bracket with the screw you removed in step 2.
NOTICE: Do not route card cables over or behind the cards. Cables routed over the cards can prevent
the computer cover from closing properly or cause damage to the equipment.
9
Connect any cables that should be attached to the card.
See the documentation for the card for information about the card’s cable connections.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network device and then plug it into
the computer.
10
Close the computer cover, reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then
turn them on.
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12
13
If you installed a sound card:
a
Enter system setup (see page 96), select Audio Controller, and then change the setting to
Off.
b
Connect external audio devices to the sound card’s connectors. Do not connect external
audio devices to the microphone, speaker/headphone, or line-in connectors on the back
panel.
If you installed an add-in network adapter and want to disable the integrated network
adapter:
a
Enter system setup (see page 96), select Network Controller, and then change the setting
to Off.
b
Connect the network cable to the add-in network adapter’s connectors. Do not connect
the network cable to the integrated connector on the back panel.
Install any drivers required for the card as described in the card documentation.
Removing a PCI Express Card
1
Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
2
If necessary, disconnect any cables connected to the card.
3
If your card includes a retention mechanism, remove the top of the retention mechanism by
pressing the tab and pulling up on the top.
4
Remove the securing screw from the card bracket.
5
Gently pull back the securing tab, grasp the card by its top corners, and then ease it out of its
connector.
6
If you are removing the card permanently, install a filler bracket in the empty card-slot
opening.
If you need a filler bracket, contact Dell (see page 105).
NOTE: Installing filler brackets over empty card-slot openings is necessary to maintain FCC certification
of the computer. The brackets also keep dust and dirt out of your computer.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network device and then plug it into
the computer.
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7
Close the computer cover, reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then
turn them on.
8
Remove the card’s driver from the operating system.
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10
11
If you removed a sound card:
a
Enter system setup (see page 96), select Audio Controller, and then change the setting to
On.
b
Connect external audio devices to the audio connectors on the computer back panel.
If you removed an add-in network connector:
a
Enter system setup (see page 96), select Network Controller, and then change the setting
to On.
b
Connect the network cable to the integrated connector on the computer back panel.
Install any drivers required for the card as described in the card documentation.
Front Panel
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet
before opening the cover.
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Removing the Front Panel
1
Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
2
Remove the computer cover (see page 54).
3
Release and remove the front panel:
a
If your computer has a release lever, push the release lever to release the top tab.
b
Reach inside the computer and push the top and bottom tab towards you to release
them.
c
Rotate the front panel to separate it from the side hinges.
side hinges (3)
front panel
top tab
release lever*
bottom tab
*May not be present on all computers.
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Removing the Front-Panel Insert
1
Press in the two insert tabs.
tabs (2)
insert
2
Push out the front-panel insert.
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Reattaching the Front Panel
1
Reattach the front panel to the side hinges.
side hinges (3)
front panel
2
Rotate the front panel until it snaps onto the front of the computer.
Drives
Your computer supports a combination of these devices:
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Up to two hard drives
•
One optional floppy
•
Up to two CD or DVD drives
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General Installation Guidelines
Connect serial ATA hard drives to the system board connectors labeled SATA-0 or SATA-2.
Connect CD/DVD drives to the connector labeled PRI IDE.
When you connect two IDE devices to a single IDE interface cable and configure them for the
cable select setting, the device attached to the last connector on the interface cable is primary or
the boot device (drive 0), and the device attached to the middle connector on the interface cable is
the secondary device (drive 1). See the drive documentation in your upgrade kit for information on
configuring devices for the cable select setting.
Connecting Drive Cables
When you install a drive, you connect two cables—a DC power cable and a data cable—to the back
of the drive and to the system board. Some drives may also have an audio connector; one end of the
audio cable will attach to the drive connector and the other will attach to the system board.
Drive Interface Connectors
Serial ATA Connector
interface cable
interface connector
Most interface connectors are keyed for correct insertion; that is, a notch or a missing pin on one
connector matches a tab or a filled-in hole on the other connector.
When connecting an IDE cable, ensure you align the colored stripe with the pin 1 connector.
When disconnecting an IDE cable, grasp the colored pull tab and pull until the connector
detaches.
When connecting and disconnecting a serial ATA cable, hold the cable by the connector at
each end.
NOTE: The system board serial ATA connector may have an attached cover or shroud.
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Power Cable Connector
power input
connector
power cable
Hard Drive
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet
before opening the cover.
NOTICE: To avoid damage to the drive, do not set it on a hard surface. Instead, set the drive on a
surface, such as a foam pad, that will sufficiently cushion it.
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1
If you are replacing a hard drive that contains data you want to keep, back up your files before
you begin this procedure.
2
Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
3
Remove the computer cover (see page 54).
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Removing a Hard Drive
1
Disconnect the power and data cables from the drive and from the system board.
data cable
power cable
2
Remove the hard drive bracket from the computer:
a
Remove the bracket-securing screws for the hard drive.
b
Remove the bracket for the hard drive from the computer.
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hard drive
bracket-securing
screw
hard drive-securing
screws (3)
drive bracket
bracket-securing
screw
3
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If you are replacing the hard drive, remove the drive from the bracket:
a
Remove the hard drive-securing screws.
b
Remove the hard drive from the bracket.
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small bracket
tabs (2)
drive bracket
drive
securing
screws (3)
Installing a Hard Drive
1
Unpack the replacement hard drive, and prepare it for installation.
2
Check the documentation for the drive to verify that it is configured for your computer.
3
Remove the hard drive bracket (see page 75).
4
Attach the hard drive to the hard drive bracket:
5
a
Place the small bracket tabs into the drive-securing screw holes on one side of the drive.
b
Gently swing the drive toward the bracket and align the three screw holes on the other
side of the drive with the screen holes on the bracket.
c
Attach the hard drive bracket to the hard drive.
d
Insert and tighten all three drive-securing screws.
Install the hard drive:
a
Place the two bracket tabs into the drive slots inside the bracket for the additional hard
drive.
b
Swing the bracket forward so that it is flush with the bracket for the additional hard drive.
c
Replace the bracket-securing screws.
6
Connect a power cable to the drive.
7
Connect the data cable to the drive and to the system board (see page 56).
8
Close the computer cover (see page 89).
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NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into
the computer.
9
Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
See the documentation that came with the drive for instructions on installing any software
required for drive operation.
10
If the drive you just installed is the primary drive, insert a bootable floppy disk into drive A.
11
Turn on the computer.
12
Enter system setup (see page 96), and update the appropriate Drive option.
13
Exit system setup, and restart the computer.
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Partition and logically format your drive before you proceed to the next step.
See the documentation for your operating system for instructions.
15
Test the hard drive by running the Dell Diagnostics (see page 40).
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If the drive you just installed is the primary drive, install your operating system on the hard
drive.
Adding a Second Hard Drive
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet
before opening the cover.
NOTICE: To avoid damage to the drive, do not set it on a hard surface. Instead, set the drive on a
surface, such as a foam pad, that will sufficiently cushion it.
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1
Check the documentation for the drive to verify that it is configured for your computer.
2
Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
3
Remove the computer cover (see page 54).
4
Remove the existing hard drive (see page 75).
5
Remove the additional hard drive bracket from the computer:
a
Remove the bracket-securing screws for the additional drive.
b
Remove the bracket for the additional drive from the computer.
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6
If you are replacing the additional hard drive, remove the drive from the bracket:
a
Remove the hard drive-securing screws.
b
Remove the hard drive from the bracket.
drive slots (2)
bracket tabs (2)
front computer frame
bracket-securing
screw
drive bracket
bracket-securing
screw
NOTICE: Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the back of the computer.
NOTICE: When you unpack the drive, do not set it on a hard surface, which may damage the drive.
Instead, set the drive on a soft surface, such as a foam pad, that will sufficiently cushion it.
7
Install the additional hard drive:
a
Place the two bracket tabs into the drive slots inside the computer’s front panel.
b
Swing the bracket forward so that it is flush with the computer’s front panel.
c
Replace the bracket-securing screws.
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additional hard drive
drive slots (2)
bracket tabs (2)
front computer frame
bracket-securing
screw
drive bracket
bracket-securing
screw
8
Reinstall the existing hard drive into the computer in front of the additional drive
(see page 77).
9
Connect a power cable to the drive.
10
Connect the data cable to the drive and to the system board (see page 56).
11
Replace the computer cover (see page 89).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into
the computer.
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12
Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
13
See the documentation that came with the drive for instructions on installing any software
required for drive operation.
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Floppy Drive
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet
before opening the cover.
1
Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
2
Release and remove the front panel (see page 70).
NOTE: If you are adding a floppy drive, see "Installing a Floppy Drive" on page 82.
Removing a Floppy Drive
1
Disconnect the power and data cables from the back of the floppy drive and from the system
board (see page 56).
power cable
data cable
2
Remove the floppy drive bracket from the computer:
a
Remove the bracket-securing screw for the floppy drive.
b
Remove the bracket for the floppy drive from the computer.
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securing
screws (4)
top bracket screw
drive bracket
floppy drive
3
Remove the floppy drive from the bracket:
a
Remove all four drive-securing screws (two on each side).
b
Remove the floppy drive from the bracket.
Installing a Floppy Drive
1
Remove the floppy drive bracket from the computer (see page 81).
2
If you are replacing a floppy drive, remove the drive from the bracket (see page 82).
3
Attach the floppy drive bracket to the floppy drive:
4
a
Align the screw holes on the drive with the screw holes on the bracket.
b
Insert and tighten all four drive-securing screws (two on each side).
Position the top of the floppy drive bracket so that it is completely flush with the bottom of
the upper drive bay, and then slide the floppy drive bracket forward into position.
NOTE: The top of the floppy drive bracket has two slots that fit into two clips on the bottom of the upper
drive bay. When the floppy drive bracket is properly mounted, it remains in place without support.
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Secure the floppy drive bracket with the top bracket screw that came with your drive.
6
Reattach the front panel (see page 72).
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7
Connect the data cable to the back of the drive and to the floppy drive connector on the
system board (see page 56).
power cable
data cable
NOTICE: Match the colored strip on the cable with pin 1 on the drive (pin 1 is marked as "1").
8
Reattach the front panel (see page 72).
9
Replace the computer cover (see page 89).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable in to the network wall jack and then plug it in
to the computer.
10
Connect your computer and devices to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
See the documentation that came with the drive for instructions on installing any software
required for drive operation.
11
Enter system setup (see page 96) and update the appropriate Diskette Drive option.
12
Verify that your computer works correctly by running the Dell Diagnostics (see page 40).
CD/DVD Drive
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet
before opening the cover.
1
Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
2
Remove the computer cover (see page 54).
3
Release and remove the front panel (see page 70).
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Removing a CD/DVD Drive
1
Disconnect the power, audio, and CD/DVD drive cables from the back of the drive and from
the system board.
data cable
power cable
2
Remove the CD/DVD drive securing screw.
3
Slide the drive forward and remove it from the drive bay.
drive
securing
screw
extra alignment
screws (2 or 4)
alignment screws (2)
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Installing a CD/DVD Drive
1
If you are installing a new drive, unpack the drive and prepare it for installation.
Check the documentation that accompanied the drive to verify that the drive is configured
for your computer. If you are installing an IDE drive, configure the drive for the cable select
setting.
2
If you are replacing a drive, remove the existing drive (see page 84).
3
Gently slide the drive into place in the drive bay.
4
After the drive is in place, apply pressure to ensure that the drive is fully seated.
5
Use the securing screw that came with the drive to attach the drive to the computer.
NOTICE: Match the colored strip on the cable with pin 1 on the drive (pin 1 is marked as "1").
6
Connect the power cable to the system board (see page 56).
7
Connect the power and CD/DVD drive cables to the drive and to the system board
(see page 56).
8
If you are installing a drive that has its own controller card, install the controller card in a card
slot.
9
Reattach the front panel (see page 72).
10
Replace the computer cover (see page 89).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable in to the network wall jack and then plug it into
the computer.
11
Connect your computer and devices to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.
See the documentation that came with the drive for instructions on installing any software
required for drive operation.
12
Enter system setup (see page 96) and select the appropriate Drive option.
13
Verify that your computer works correctly by running Dell Diagnostics (see page 40).
Adding a Second CD or DVD Drive
1
Ensure that the jumper setting on the new drive is set for "cable select" (see the
documentation that came with the drive for information).
2
Remove two extra alignment screws, shown in the illustration on page 86, from the front of
the computer and insert them into the drive.
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drive
alignment screws (2)
NOTE: Some computers come with only two extra alignment screws; others come with four. You only
need two alignment screws for this procedure.
3
Gently slide the drive into place in the drive bay.
drive
securing
screw
extra alignment
screws (2 or 4)
alignment screws (2)
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After the drive is in place, apply pressure to ensure that the drive is fully seated.
5
Use the securing screw that came with the drive to attach the drive to the computer.
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NOTICE: Match the colored strip on the cable with pin 1 on the drive (pin 1 is marked as "1").
6
Connect the power cable to the system board (see page 56).
7
Locate the data cable from the CD or DVD drive in the upper drive bay and connect its
middle data connector to the new drive.
power cable
first CD/DVD
connector
(primary drive)
second CD/DVD
connector (secondary
drive)
8
Reattach the front panel (see page 72).
9
Replace the computer cover (see page 89).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into
the computer.
10
Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.
11
See the documentation that came with the drive for instructions on installing any software
required for drive operation.
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Battery
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
NOTICE: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity
from your body before you touch any of your computer’s electronic components. You can do so by
touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.
A coin-cell battery maintains computer configuration, date, and time information. The battery can
last several years.
If you have to repeatedly reset time and date information after turning on the computer, replace
the battery.
CAUTION: A new battery can explode if it is incorrectly installed. Replace the battery only with the
same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.
To replace the battery:
1
Record all the screens in system setup (see page 96) so that you can restore the correct
settings in step 8.
2
Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
3
Locate the battery socket (see "System Board Components" on page 56).
NOTICE: If you pry the battery out of its socket with a blunt object, be careful not to touch the system
board with the object. Ensure that the object is inserted between the battery and the socket before you
attempt to pry out the battery. Otherwise, you may damage the system board by prying off the socket or
by breaking circuit traces on the system board.
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4
Remove the battery by carefully prying it out of its socket with your fingers or with a blunt,
nonconducting object such as a plastic screwdriver.
5
Insert the new battery into the socket with the side labeled "+" facing up, and snap the
battery into place.
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battery
battery socket
tab
6
Replace the computer cover (see page 89).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network device and then plug it into
the computer.
7
Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
8
Enter system setup (see page 96) and restore the settings you recorded in step 1.
9
Properly dispose of the old battery (see the "Battery Disposal" section of your Product
Information Guide).
Replacing the Computer Cover
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
1
Ensure that all cables are connected, and fold cables out of the way.
Gently pull the power cables toward you so that they do not get caught underneath the drives.
2
Ensure that no tools or extra parts are left inside the computer.
3
Place the cover on the computer.
4
Slide the cover towards the front of the computer until it fits completely into place.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into
the computer.
5
Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
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Specifications
Processor
Processor type
Intel® Pentium® 4 with HT Technology
NOTE: Not all Pentium 4 processors support Hyper-Threading
technology.
Level 1 (L1) cache
16 KB
Level 2 (L2) cache
1-MB (displayed in system setup) pipelined-burst, eight-way set
associative, write-back SRAM
Memory
Type
400- and 533-MHz (PC2-3200) DDR2 unbuffered SDRAM nonECC
Memory connectors
four
Memory capacities
128-, 256-, 512-, or 1-GB non-ECC
Minimum memory
128 MB
NOTE: Up to 128 MB of system memory may be allocated to support
graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors.
Maximum memory
4 GB
NOTE: See "Addressing Memory With 4-GB Configurations" on
page 58 to verify the amount of memory available to the operating
system.
BIOS address
F0000h
Computer Information
Chipset
Intel 915G Express
DMA channels
eight
Interrupt levels
24
BIOS chip (NVRAM)
4-Mb
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Computer Information (continued)
NIC
integrated network interface capable of 10/100 communication.
System Clock
800 -MHz data rate
Video
Type
integrated or PCI Express
Audio
Type
ADI 1980 AC97 Codec
Expansion Bus
Bus type
PCI 2.2
PCI Express x1 and PCI Express x16
Bus speed
PCI: 33 MHz
PCI Express:
x1 slot bidirectional speed - 500 MB/s
x16 slot bidirectional speed - 8 GB/s
PCI
connectors
two
connector size
120 pins
connector data width (maximum)
32 bits
PCI Express
connector
one PCI Express x1
connector size
36 pins
connector data width (maximum)
1 PCI Express lane
PCI Express
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one PCI Express x16
connector size
164 pins
connector data width (maximum)
16 PCI Express lanes
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Drives
Externally accessible:
one 3.5-inch drive bay
two 5.25-inch drive bays
Available devices
Serial ATA drives, floppy drive, USB memory devices, CD drive,
CD-RW drive, DVD drive, DVD-RW drive, and DVD and CD-RW
combo drive
Internally accessible:
two bays for 1-inch high hard drives
Connectors
External connectors:
Serial
9-pin connector; 16550C-compatible
Parallel
25-hole connector (bidirectional)
Video
15-hole connector
Network adapter
RJ45 connector
PS/2 (keyboard and mouse)
6-pin mini-DIN
USB
two front-panel and six back-panel USB 2.0–compliant connectors
Audio
five connectors for line-in, line-out, microphone, surround, and
center/Low Frequency Effects (LFE) channel; one front-panel
connector for headphones
System board connectors:
Primary IDE drive
40-pin connector on PCI local bus
Serial ATA
two 7-pin connectors
Floppy drive
34-pin connector
CD Audio
4-pin connector
Fan
5-pin connector
PCI 2.2
120-pin connector
PCI Express x1
36-pin connector
PCI Express x16
164-pin connector
Telephony (TAPI)
4-pin connector
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Controls and Lights
Power control
push button
Power light
green light — Blinking green in sleep state; solid green for poweron state.
amber light — Blinking amber indicates a problem with an
installed device; solid amber indicates an internal power problem
(see "Power Problems" on page 30).
Hard-drive access light
green
Link integrity light (on integrated
network adapter)
green light — A good connection exists between a 10-Mbps
network and the computer.
orange light — A good connection exists between a 100-Mbps
network and the computer.
off (no light) — The computer is not detecting a physical
connection to the network.
Activity light (on integrated network yellow blinking light
adapter)
Diagnostic lights
four lights on the back panel (See "Diagnostic Lights" on page 37.)
Standby power light
CR3J1 on the system board
Power
DC power supply:
Wattage
305 W
Heat dissipation
434.6 BTU/hr
Voltage (see the safety instructions 90 to 135 V and 180 to 265 V at 50/60 Hz
located in the Product Information
Guide for important voltage setting
information)
Backup battery
3-V CR2032 lithium coin cell
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Height
36.8 cm (14.5 inches)
Width
18.4 cm (7.25 inches)
Depth
42.6 cm (16.75 inches)
Weight
10.4 kg (23 lbs)
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Environmental
Temperature:
Operating
10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F)
NOTE: At 35°C (95°F), the maximum operating altitude is 914 m
(3000 ft).
Storage
–40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F)
Relative humidity
20% to 80% (noncondensing)
Maximum vibration:
Operating
0.25 G at 3 to 200 Hz at 0.5 octave/min
Storage
0.5 G at 3 to 200 Hz at 1 octave/min
Maximum shock:
Operating
bottom half-sine pulse with a change in velocity of 20 inches/sec
(50.8 cm/sec)
Storage
27-G faired square wave with a velocity change of 200 inches/sec
(508 cm/sec)
Altitude:
Operating
–15.2 to 3048 m (–50 to 10,000 ft)
Storage
–15.2 to 10,668 m (–50 to 35,000 ft)
System Setup
Overview
Use system setup as follows:
•
To change the system configuration information after you add, change, or remove any
hardware in your computer
•
To set or change a user-selectable option such as the user password
•
To read the current amount of memory or set the type of hard drive installed
Before you use system setup, it is recommended that you write down the system setup screen
information for future reference.
NOTICE: Unless you are an expert computer user, do not change the settings for this program. Certain
changes can make your computer work incorrectly.
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Entering System Setup
1
Turn on (or restart) your computer.
2
When the blue DELL™ logo appears, press <F2> immediately.
If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the
Microsoft® Windows® desktop. Then shut down your computer (see page 47) and try again.
System Setup Screens
The system setup screen displays current or changeable configuration information for your
computer. Information on the screen is divided into three areas: the options list, active options
field, and key functions.
Options List — This
field appears on the left
side of the system setup
window. The field is a
scrollable list containing
features that define the
configuration of your
computer, including
installed hardware,
power conservation, and
security features.
Option Field — This field contains information about each
option. In this field you can view your current settings and
make changes to your settings.
Use the right and left arrow keys to highlight an option. Press
<Enter> to make that selection active.
Scroll up and down the
list by using the up- and
down- arrow keys. As an
option is highlighted, the
Option Field displays
more information about Key Functions — This field appears below the Option Field
and lists keys and their functions within the active system
that option and the
setup field.
option’s current and
available settings.
Press <Enter> to
expand or contract each
of the main option fields.
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System Setup Options
NOTE: Depending on your computer and installed devices, the items listed in this section may not
appear, or may not appear exactly as listed.
System
System Info
Lists system information such as the computer name, the BIOS version
number and date, system tags, and other system-specific information.
CPU Info
Identifies whether the computer’s processor supports Hyper-Threading and
lists the processor bus speed, processor ID, clock speed, and L2 cache.
Memory Info
Indicates amount of installed memory, memory speed, channel mode (dual
or single), and type of memory installed.
Date/Time
Displays current date and time settings.
Boot Sequence
The computer attempts to boot from the sequence of devices specified in
this list.
NOTE: If you insert a boot device and restart the computer, this option appears
in the system setup menu. To boot from a USB memory device, select the USB
device and move it so it becomes the first device in the list.
Drives
Diskette Drive
Identifies and defines the floppy drive attached to the FLOPPY connector
on the system board as Off, USB, Internal, or Read Only.
Drives 0
through 3
Identifies the drives attached to the SATA or PRI IDE connectors on the
system board, and lists the capacity for hard drives.
Drive Controller
Sets the SATA controller operating mode.
Use the Normal option ATA native mode. Use the Compatible option for
SATA/PATA combination mode.
Onboard Devices
NIC Controller
You can set the NIC to On (default), Off, or On w/ PXE. When the On w/
PXE setting is active (available only for the future boot process), the
computer prompts the user to press <Ctrl><Alt><b>. Pressing this key
combination causes a menu to display that allows you to select a method for
booting from a network server. If a boot routine is not available from the
network server, the computer attempts to boot from the next device in the
boot sequence list.
Audio Controller
Enables or disables the onboard audio controller
USB
Set to On (default) so that USB devices will be detected and supported in
the operating system.
The No Boot option restricts external access to drive data. Use this option
to prohibit users from booting the computer using an external USB device.
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Mouse Port
Enables or disables the onboard PS/2-compatible mouse controller.
LPT Port Mode
Identifies and defines the parallel port settings. You can set the parallel port
to Off, AT, PS/2, EPP, or ECP.
LTP Port Address
Identifies the address for the parallel port.
LPT Port DMA
Identifies and defines the parallel port DMA settings. You can set the
parallel port DMA to Off, DMA1, or DMA3.
Serial Port #1
Identifies and defines the serial port settings. Auto, the default setting,
automatically configures a connector to a particular designation (COM1 or
COM3).
Video
Primary Video
This setting specifies which video controller is primary when two video
controllers are present on the computer.
Video Memory Size
Sets the amount of system memory to be reserved for the onboard video
controller.
Performance
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Hyperthreading
If your computer’s processor supports Hyper-Threading, this options
appears in the Options List.
Performance
• Bypass — Your computer does not test or change the current acoustics
mode setting.
• Quiet (default) — The hard drive operates at its most quiet setting.
• Suggested — The hard drive operates at the level suggested by the drive
manufacturer.
• Performance — The hard drive operates at its maximum speed.
NOTE: Switching to performance mode may cause the drive to be noisier, but
its performance may not be affected.
NOTE: Changing the acoustics setting does not alter your hard drive image.
Security
This section displays available system security options.
Admin Password
This option provides restricted access to the computer's system setup
program in the same way that access to the system can be restricted with the
System Password option.
System Password
Displays the current status of the system's password security feature and
allows a new system password to be assigned and verified.
Password Status
This option locks the system password field with the setup password. When
the field is locked, the option to disable password security by pressing
<Ctrl><Enter> when the computer starts is no longer available.
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Power Management
AC Recovery
Determines what happens when AC power is restored to the computer.
Auto Power On
Sets the computer to automatically turn on. Choices are every day or
weekdays (every Monday through Friday).
The default setting is Off.
This feature does not work if you turn off your computer using a power strip
or surge protector.
Auto Power Time
Sets time to automatically turn on the computer.
Time is kept in a 24-hour format (hours:minutes). Change the start-up time
by pressing the right- or left-arrow key to increase or decrease the numbers,
or type numbers in both the date and time fields.
This feature does not work if you turn off your computer using a power strip
or surge protector.
Low Power Mode
When Low Power Mode is selected, remote wakeup events no longer power
up from Hibernate or Off.
Remote Wake Up
This option allows the computer to power up when a NIC or Remote
Wakeup-capable modem receives a wake up signal.
On is the default setting. On w/ Boot to NIC allows the computer to
attempt to boot from a network prior to using the boot sequence.
NOTE: Normally, the computer can be powered up remotely from suspend
mode, hibernate mode, or when powered off. When Low Power Mode (in the
Power Management menu) is enabled, the computer can only be powered up
remotely from Suspend.
Suspend Mode
The options are S1, a suspend state where the computer is running in a lowpower mode, and S3, a standby state where the power is reduced or turned
off for most components, however, system memory remains active.
Maintenance
CMOS Defaults
This setting restores the computer’s factory-installed default settings.
Event Log
Displays the system event log.
BIOS Update
After downloading a new version of the BIOS, use this option to identify
and define the location of the BIOS update file. The options are Diskette or
Disk.
POST Behavior
Fastboot
When set to On (default), your computer starts more quickly because it
skips certain configurations and tests.
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Numlock Key
This option involves the rightmost bank of keys on your keyboard. When set
to On (default), this option activates the numeric and mathematical
features shown at the top of each key. When set to Off, this option activates
the cursor-control functions labeled on the bottom of each key.
OS Install
This setting turns the OS Install Mode either On or Off (default).
POST Hotkeys
This option allows you to specify the function keys to display on the screen
when the computer starts.
Keyboard Errors
This option disables or enables keyboard error reporting when the computer
starts.
Boot Sequence
This feature allows you to change the boot sequence for devices.
Option Settings
•
Diskette Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the floppy drive. If the floppy disk in
the drive is not bootable, if no floppy disk is in the drive, or if there is no floppy drive installed
in the computer, the computer generates an error message.
•
Hard Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the primary hard drive. If no operating
system is on the drive, the computer generates an error message.
•
CD Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the CD drive. If no CD is in the drive, or
if the CD has no operating system, the computer generates an error message.
•
USB Flash Device — Insert the memory device into a USB port and restart the computer.
When F12 = Boot Menu appears in the upper-right corner of the screen, press <F12>. The
BIOS detects the device and adds the USB flash option to the boot menu.
NOTE: To boot to a USB device, the device must be bootable. To make sure your device is bootable,
check the device documentation.
Changing Boot Sequence for the Current Boot
You can use this feature, for example, to restart your computer to a USB device such as a floppy
drive, memory key, or CD-RW drive.
NOTE: If you are booting to a USB floppy drive, you must first set the floppy drive to OFF in system setup
(see page 95).
1
If you are booting to a USB device, connect the USB device to a USB connector (see page 56).
2
Turn on (or restart) your computer.
3
When F2 = Setup, F12 = Boot Menu appears in the upper-right corner of the screen,
press <F12>.
If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the
Microsoft Windows desktop. Then shut down your computer (see page 47) and try again.
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The Boot Device Menu appears, listing all available boot devices. Each device has a number
next to it.
4
At the bottom of the menu, enter the number of the device that is to be used for the current
boot only.
For example, if you are booting to a USB memory key, highlight USB Flash Device and press
<Enter>.
NOTE: To boot to a USB device, the device must be bootable. To make sure your device is bootable,
check the device documentation.
Changing Boot Sequence for Future Boots
1
Enter system setup (see page 96).
2
Use the arrow keys to highlight the Boot Sequence menu option and press <Enter> to access
the menu.
NOTE: Write down your current boot sequence in case you want to restore it.
3
Press the up- and down-arrow keys to move through the list of devices.
4
Press the spacebar to enable or disable a device (enabled devices have a checkmark).
5
Press plus (+) or minus (–) to move a selected device up or down the list.
Clearing Forgotten Passwords
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
1
Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
CLR CMOS
(page 102)
PSWRD
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2
Locate the 3-pin password jumper (PSWD) on thesystem board (see page 56), and attach the
jumper plug to pins 2 and 3 to clear the password.
NOTE: When you receive your computer, the jumper plug is attached to pins 1 and 2.
3
Close the computer cover (see page 89).
4
Connect your computer and monitor to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
5
After the Microsoft® Windows® desktop appears on your computer, shut down the computer.
(see page 47).
6
Turn off the monitor and disconnect it from the electrical outlet.
7
Disconnect the computer power cable from the electrical outlet, and press the power button
to ground the system board.
8
Open the computer cover (see page 54).
9
Locate the 3-pin password jumper on the system board ( see page 56) and attach the jumper
to pins 1 and 2 to reenable the password feature.
10
Replace the computer cover (see page 89).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into
the computer.
11
Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on.
Clearing CMOS Settings
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions
located in the Product Information Guide.
1
Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 47.
2
Reset the current CMOS settings:
3
a
Locate the 3-pin CMOS jumper (CLR CMOS) on the system board (see page 56).
b
Remove the jumper plug from pins 1 and 2.
c
Place the jumper plug on pins 2 and 3 and wait approximately 5 seconds.
d
Replace the jumper plug on pins 1 and 2.
Replace the computer cover (see page 89).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into
the computer.
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Dell Technical Support Policy (U.S. Only)
Technician-assisted technical support requires the cooperation and participation of the customer
in the troubleshooting process and provides for restoration of the operating system, software
programs, and hardware drivers to the original default configuration as shipped from Dell, as well as
the verification of appropriate functionality of the computer and all Dell-installed hardware. In
addition to this technician-assisted technical support, online technical support is available at
support.dell.com. Additional technical support options may be available for purchase.
Dell provides limited technical support for the computer and any "Dell-installed" software and
peripherals1. Support for third-party software and peripherals is provided by the original
manufacturer, including those purchased and/or installed through Dell Software and Peripherals,
Readyware, and Custom Factory Integration2.
1
2
Repair services are provided pursuant to the terms and conditions of your limited warranty and any optional
support service contract purchased with the computer.
All Dell-standard components included in a Custom Factory Integration (CFI) project are covered by the standard Dell limited warranty for your computer. However, Dell also extends a parts replacement program to
cover all nonstandard, third-party hardware components integrated through CFI for the duration of the computer’s service contract.
Definition of "Dell-Installed" Software and Peripherals
Dell-installed software includes the operating system and some of the software programs that are
installed on the computer during the manufacturing process (Microsoft® Office, Norton Antivirus,
and so on).
Dell-installed peripherals include any internal expansion cards, or Dell-branded module bay or PC
Card accessories. In addition, any Dell-branded monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, microphones
for telephonic modems, docking stations/port replicators, networking products, and all associated
cabling are included.
Definition of "Third-Party" Software and Peripherals
Third-party software and peripherals include any peripheral, accessory, or software program sold by
Dell not under the Dell brand (printers, scanners, cameras, games, and so on). Support for all thirdparty software and peripherals is provided by the original manufacturer of the product.
FCC Notices (U.S. Only)
Most Dell computer systems are classified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as
Class B digital devices. To determine which classification applies to your computer system,
examine all FCC registration labels located on the bottom, side, or back panel of your computer, on
card-mounting brackets, and on the cards themselves. If any one of the labels carries a Class A
rating, your entire system is considered to be a Class A digital device. If all labels carry an FCC
Class B rating as distinguished by either an FCC ID number or the FCC logo, ( ), your system is
considered to be a Class B digital device.
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Once you have determined your system’s FCC classification, read the appropriate FCC notice.
Note that FCC regulations provide that changes or modifications not expressly approved by Dell
could void your authority to operate this equipment.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
This device may not cause harmful interference.
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Class A
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction manual, may cause harmful interference with radio
communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful
interference, in which case you will be required to correct the interference at your own expense.
Class B
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s
instruction manual, may cause interference with radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
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.
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FCC Identification Information
The following information is provided on the device or devices covered in this document in
compliance with FCC regulations:
•
Model number: DMC
Company name:
Dell Inc.
One Dell Way
Round Rock, Texas 78682 USA
512-338-4400
Contacting Dell
To contact Dell electronically, you can access the following websites:
•
www.dell.com
•
support.dell.com (technical support)
•
premiersupport.dell.com (technical support for educational, government, healthcare, and
medium/large business customers, including Premier, Platinum, and Gold customers)
For specific web addresses for your country, find the appropriate country section in the table below.
NOTE: Toll-free numbers are for use within the country for which they are listed.
When you need to contact Dell, use the electronic addresses, telephone numbers, and codes
provided in the following table. If you need assistance in determining which codes to use, contact a
local or an international operator.
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Anguilla
General Support
toll-free: 800-335-0031
Antigua and Barbuda
General Support
1-800-805-5924
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Argentina (Buenos Aires)
Website: www.dell.com.ar
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: us_latin_services@dell.com
Country Code: 54
E-mail for desktop and portable computers:
la-techsupport@dell.com
City Code: 11
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
E-mail for servers and EMC:
la_enterprise@dell.com
Customer Care
toll-free: 0-800-444-0730
Tech Support
toll-free: 0-800-444-0733
Tech Support Services
toll-free: 0-800-444-0724
Sales
Aruba
General Support
Australia (Sydney)
E-mail (Australia): au_tech_support@dell.com
0-810-444-3355
toll-free: 800-1578
International Access Code: 0011 E-mail (New Zealand): nz_tech_support@dell.com
Country Code: 61
Home and Small Business
1-300-65-55-33
City Code: 2
Government and Business
toll-free: 1-800-633-559
Preferred Accounts Division (PAD)
toll-free: 1-800-060-889
For servers and storage
toll-free: 1-800-505-095
For desktop and portable computers
toll-free: 1-800-733-314
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)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 900
E-mail: tech_support_central_europe@dell.com
Country Code: 43
Home/Small Business Sales
0820 240 530 00
City Code: 1
Home/Small Business Fax
0820 240 530 49
Home/Small Business Customer Care
0820 240 530 14
Preferred Accounts/Corporate Customer Care
0820 240 530 16
Home/Small Business Technical Support
0820 240 530 14
Preferred Accounts/Corporate Technical Support
Switchboard
Bahamas
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0660 8779
0820 240 530 00
toll-free: 1-866-278-6818
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Barbados
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
General Support
Belgium (Brussels)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Country Code: 32
E-mail for French Speaking Customers:
support.euro.dell.com/be/fr/emaildell/
City Code: 2
Technical Support
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
1-800-534-3066
02 481 92 88
Technical Support Fax
02 481 92 95
Customer Care
02 713 15 .65
Corporate Sales
02 481 91 00
Fax
02 481 92 99
Switchboard
02 481 91 00
Bermuda
General Support
1-800-342-0671
Bolivia
General Support
toll-free: 800-10-0238
Brazil
Website: www.dell.com/br
International Access Code: 00
Customer Support, Technical Support
Country Code: 55
Technical Support Fax
51 481 5470
City Code: 51
Customer Care Fax
51 481 5480
Sales
0800 90 3355
0800 90 3390
British Virgin Islands
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-278-6820
Brunei
Customer Technical Support (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4966
Country Code: 673
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4949
Transaction Sales (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4955
Canada (North York, Ontario)
Online Order Status: www.dell.ca/ostatus
International Access Code: 011
AutoTech (automated technical support)
toll-free: 1-800-247-9362
Customer Care (Home Sales/Small Business)
toll-free: 1-800-847-4096
Customer Care (med./large business, government)
toll-free: 1-800-326-9463
Technical Support (Home Sales/Small Business)
toll-free: 1-800-847-4096
Technical Support (med./large bus., government)
toll-free: 1-800-387-5757
Sales (Home Sales/Small Business)
toll-free: 1-800-387-5752
Sales (med./large bus., government)
toll-free: 1-800-387-5755
Cayman Islands
Spare Parts Sales & Extended Service Sales
1 866 440 3355
General Support
1-800-805-7541
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International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Chile (Santiago)
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Sales, Customer Support, and Technical Support
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
toll-free: 1230-020-4823
Country Code: 56
City Code: 2
China (Xiamen)
Technical Support website: support.dell.com.cn
Country Code: 86
Technical Support E-mail: cn_support@dell.com
City Code: 592
Technical Support Fax
818 1350
Technical Support (Dimension™ and Inspiron™)
toll-free: 800 858 2969
Technical Support (OptiPlex™, Latitude™, and
Dell Precision™)
toll-free: 800 858 0950
Technical Support (servers and storage)
toll-free: 800 858 0960
Technical Support (projectors, PDAs, printers,
switches, routers, and so on)
toll-free: 800 858 2920
Customer Advocacy
toll-free: 800 858 2060
Customer Advocacy Fax
592 818 1308
Home and Small Business
toll-free: 800 858 2222
Preferred Accounts Division
toll-free: 800 858 2557
Large Corporate Accounts GCP
toll-free: 800 858 2055
Large Corporate Accounts Key Accounts
toll-free: 800 858 2628
Large Corporate Accounts North
toll-free: 800 858 2999
Large Corporate Accounts North Government and
Education
toll-free: 800 858 2955
Large Corporate Accounts East
toll-free: 800 858 2020
Large Corporate Accounts East Government and
Education
toll-free: 800 858 2669
Large Corporate Accounts Queue Team
toll-free: 800 858 2572
Large Corporate Accounts South
toll-free: 800 858 2355
Large Corporate Accounts West
toll-free: 800 858 2811
Large Corporate Accounts Spare Parts
toll-free: 800 858 2621
Colombia
General Support
980-9-15-3978
Costa Rica
General Support
0800-012-0435
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Czech Republic (Prague)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: czech_dell@dell.com
Country Code: 420
Technical Support
02 2186 27 27
City Code: 2
Technical Support Fax
02 2186 27 28
Customer Care
02 2186 27 11
Customer Care Fax
02 2186 27 14
Switchboard
02 2186 27 11
Denmark (Copenhagen)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail Support (portable computers):
den_nbk_support@dell.com
Country Code: 45
E-mail Support (desktop computers):
den_support@dell.com
E-mail Support (servers):
Nordic_server_support@dell.com
Technical Support
7023 0182
Customer Care (Relational)
7023 0184
Home/Small Business Customer Care
3287 5505
Switchboard (Relational)
3287 1200
Switchboard Fax (Relational)
3287 1201
Switchboard (Home/Small Business)
3287 5000
Switchboard Fax (Home/Small Business)
3287 5001
Dominica
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-278-6821
Dominican Republic
General Support
1-800-148-0530
Ecuador
General Support
toll-free: 999-119
El Salvador
General Support
01-899-753-0777
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International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Finland (Helsinki)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 990
E-mail: fin_support@dell.com
Country Code: 358
E-mail Support (servers):
Nordic_support@dell.com
City Code: 9
Technical Support
09 253 313 60
Technical Support Fax
09 253 313 81
Relational Customer Care
09 253 313 38
Home/Small Business Customer Care
09 693 791 94
Fax
09 253 313 99
Switchboard
09 253 313 00
France (Paris) (Montpellier)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/fr/fr/emaildell/
Country Code: 33
Home and Small Business
City Codes: (1) (4)
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Technical Support
0825 387 270
Customer Care
0825 823 833
Switchboard
0825 004 700
Switchboard (calls from outside of France)
Sales
Fax
Fax (calls from outside of France)
04 99 75 40 00
0825 004 700
0825 004 701
04 99 75 40 01
Corporate
Technical Support
Customer Care
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0825 004 719
0825 338 339
Switchboard
01 55 94 71 00
Sales
01 55 94 71 00
Fax
01 55 94 71 01
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Germany (Langen)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: tech_support_central_europe@dell.com
Country Code: 49
Technical Support
City Code: 6103
Home/Small Business Customer Care
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
06103 766-7200
0180-5-224400
Global Segment Customer Care
06103 766-9570
Preferred Accounts Customer Care
06103 766-9420
Large Accounts Customer Care
06103 766-9560
Public Accounts Customer Care
06103 766-9555
Switchboard
06103 766-7000
Greece
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/gr/en/emaildell/
Country Code: 30
Technical Support
00800-44 14 95 18
Gold Service Technical Support
00800-44 14 00 83
Switchboard
2108129810
Gold Service Switchboard
2108129811
Sales
2108129800
Fax
2108129812
Grenada
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-540-3355
Guatemala
General Support
1-800-999-0136
Guyana
General Support
toll-free: 1-877-270-4609
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Hong Kong
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 001
E-mail: apsupport@dell.com
Country Code: 852
Technical Support (Dimension™ and Inspiron™)
2969 3188
Technical Support (OptiPlex™, Latitude™, and
Dell Precision™)
2969 3191
Technical Support (PowerApp™, PowerEdge™,
PowerConnect™, and PowerVault™)
2969 3196
Gold Queue EEC Hotline
2969 3187
Customer Advocacy
3416 0910
Large Corporate Accounts
3416 0907
Global Customer Programs
3416 0908
Medium Business Division
3416 0912
Home and Small Business Division
2969 3155
India
Technical Support
1600 33 8045
Sales
1600 33 8044
Ireland (Cherrywood)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 16
E-mail: dell_direct_support@dell.com
Country Code: 353
Technical Support
City Code: 1
U.K. Technical Support (dial within U.K. only)
01 204 4014
Small Business Customer Care
01 204 4014
Corporate Customer Care
Corporate Customer Care (dial within U.K. only)
Ireland Sales
U.K. Sales (dial within U.K. only)
Appendix
0870 908 0800
Home User Customer Care
U.K. Customer Care (dial within U.K. only)
112
1850 543 543
0870 906 0010
1850 200 982
0870 907 4499
01 204 4444
0870 907 4000
Fax/Sales Fax
01 204 0103
Switchboard
01 204 4444
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
Italy (Milan)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/it/it/emaildell/
Country Code: 39
Home and Small Business
City Code: 02
Technical Support
02 577 826 90
Customer Care
02 696 821 14
Fax
02 696 821 13
Switchboard
02 696 821 12
Corporate
Technical Support
02 577 826 90
Customer Care
02 577 825 55
Fax
02 575 035 30
Switchboard
Jamaica
General Support (dial from within Jamaica only)
02 577 821
1-800-682-3639
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Japan (Kawasaki)
Website: support.jp.dell.com
International Access Code: 001
Technical Support (servers)
Country Code: 81
Technical Support outside of Japan (servers)
City Code: 44
Technical Support (Dimension™ and Inspiron™)
Technical Support outside of Japan (Dimension and
Inspiron)
Technical Support (Dell Precision™, OptiPlex™,
and Latitude™)
Technical Support outside of Japan (Dell Precision,
OptiPlex, and Latitude)
Technical Support (PDAs, projectors, printers,
routers)
Technical Support outside of Japan (PDAs,
projectors, printers, routers)
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
toll-free: 0120-198-498
81-44-556-4162
toll-free: 0120-198-226
81-44-520-1435
toll-free:0120-198-433
81-44-556-3894
toll-free: 0120-981-690
81-44-556-3468
Faxbox Service
044-556-3490
24-Hour Automated Order Service
044-556-3801
Customer Care
044-556-4240
Business Sales Division (up to 400 employees)
044-556-1465
Preferred Accounts Division Sales (over 400
employees)
044-556-3433
Large Corporate Accounts Sales (over 3500
employees)
044-556-3430
Public Sales (government agencies, educational
institutions, and medical institutions)
044-556-1469
Global Segment Japan
044-556-3469
Individual User
044-556-1760
Switchboard
044-556-4300
Korea (Seoul)
Technical Support
toll-free: 080-200-3800
International Access Code: 001
Sales
toll-free: 080-200-3600
Country Code: 82
Customer Service (Seoul, Korea)
toll-free: 080-200-3800
City Code: 2
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
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Fax
2194-6202
Switchboard
2194-6000
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Latin America
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Customer Technical Support (Austin, Texas,
U.S.A.)
512 728-4093
Customer Service (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-3619
Fax (Technical Support and Customer Service)
(Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-3883
Sales (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-4397
SalesFax (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-4600
or 512 728-3772
Luxembourg
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: tech_be@dell.com
Country Code: 352
Technical Support (Brussels, Belgium)
Home/Small Business Sales (Brussels, Belgium)
3420808075
toll-free: 080016884
Corporate Sales (Brussels, Belgium)
02 481 91 00
Customer Care (Brussels, Belgium)
02 481 91 19
Fax (Brussels, Belgium)
02 481 92 99
Switchboard (Brussels, Belgium)
02 481 91 00
Macao
Technical Support
Country Code: 853
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
Malaysia (Penang)
toll-free: 1 800 88 0193
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support (Dell Precision, OptiPlex, and
Latitude)
Country Code: 60
Technical Support (Dimension and Inspiron)
toll-free: 1 800 88 1306
City Code: 4
Technical Support (PowerEdge and PowerVault)
toll-free: 1800 88 1386
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 0800 582
604 633 4949
toll-free: 0800 581
Customer Service
04 633 4949
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 1 800 888 202
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 1 800 888 213
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International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Mexico
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Customer Technical Support
International Access Code: 00
Country Code: 52
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
001-877-384-8979
or 001-877-269-3383
Sales
50-81-8800
or 01-800-888-3355
Customer Service
001-877-384-8979
or 001-877-269-3383
Main
50-81-8800
or 01-800-888-3355
Montserrat
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-278-6822
Netherlands Antilles
General Support
001-800-882-1519
Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support
020 674 45 00
Country Code: 31
Technical Support Fax
020 674 47 66
City Code: 20
Home/Small Business Customer Care
020 674 42 00
Relational Customer Care
020 674 4325
Home/Small Business Sales
020 674 55 00
Relational Sales
020 674 50 00
Home/Small Business Sales Fax
020 674 47 75
Relational Sales Fax
020 674 47 50
Switchboard
020 674 50 00
Switchboard Fax
020 674 47 50
New Zealand
E-mail (New Zealand): nz_tech_support@dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail (Australia): au_tech_support@dell.com
Country Code: 64
Technical Support (for desktop and portable
computers)
0800 443 563
Technical Support (for servers and storage)
0800 505 098
Home and Small Business
0800 446 255
Government and Business
0800 444 617
Sales
0800 441 567
Fax
0800 441 566
Nicaragua
116
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Norway (Lysaker)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail Support (portable computers):
Country Code: 47
nor_nbk_support@dell.com
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
E-mail Support (desktop computers):
nor_support@dell.com
E-mail Support (servers):
nordic_server_support@dell.com
Technical Support
671 16882
Relational Customer Care
671 17514
Home/Small Business Customer Care
23162298
Switchboard
671 16800
Fax Switchboard
671 16865
Panama
General Support
001-800-507-0962
Peru
General Support
0800-50-669
Poland (Warsaw)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 011
E-mail: pl_support_tech@dell.com
Country Code: 48
Customer Service Phone
57 95 700
City Code: 22
Customer Care
57 95 999
Sales
57 95 999
Customer Service Fax
57 95 806
Reception Desk Fax
57 95 998
Switchboard
57 95 999
Portugal
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/pt/en/emaildell/
Country Code: 351
Technical Support
707200149
Customer Care
Sales
800 300 413
800 300 410 or 800 300 411 or
800 300 412 or 21 422 07 10
Fax
21 424 01 12
Puerto Rico
General Support
1-800-805-7545
St. Kitts and Nevis
General Support
toll-free: 1-877-441-4731
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
St. Lucia
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
General Support
1-800-882-1521
St. Vincent and the Grenadines General Support
toll-free: 1-877-270-4609
Singapore (Singapore)
Technical Support (Dimension and Inspiron)
toll-free: 1800 394 7430
International Access Code: 005
Technical Support (Optiplex, Latitude, and
Precision)
toll-free: 1800 394 7488
Technical Support (PowerEdge and PowerVault)
toll-free: 1800 394 7478
Country Code: 65
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4949
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 800 6011 054
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 800 6011 053
South Africa (Johannesburg)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code:
E-mail: dell_za_support@dell.com
09/091
Gold Queue
011 709 7713
Country Code: 27
Technical Support
011 709 7710
City Code: 11
Customer Care
011 709 7707
Sales
011 709 7700
Fax
011 706 0495
Switchboard
011 709 7700
Southeast Asian and Pacific
Countries
Customer Technical Support, Customer Service,
and Sales (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4810
Spain (Madrid)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.euro.dell.com/es/es/emaildell/
Country Code: 34
Home and Small Business
City Code: 91
Technical Support
902 100 130
Customer Care
902 118 540
Sales
902 118 541
Switchboard
902 118 541
Fax
902 118 539
Corporate
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Technical Support
902 100 130
Customer Care
902 115 236
Switchboard
91 722 92 00
Fax
91 722 95 83
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Sweden (Upplands Vasby)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: swe_support@dell.com
Country Code: 46
E-mail Support for Latitude and Inspiron:
Swe-nbk_kats@dell.com
City Code: 8
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
E-mail Support for OptiPlex: Swe_kats@dell.com
E-mail Support for Servers:
Nordic_server_support@dell.com
Technical Support
08 590 05 199
Relational Customer Care
08 590 05 642
Home/Small Business Customer Care
08 587 70 527
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Support
Technical Support Fax
08 590 05 594
Sales
08 590 05 185
Switzerland (Geneva)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: Tech_support_central_Europe@dell.com
Country Code: 41
E-mail for French-speaking HSB and Corporate
Customers: support.euro.dell.com/ch/fr/emaildell/
City Code: 22
Technical Support (Home and Small Business)
0844 811 411
Technical Support (Corporate)
0844 822 844
Customer Care (Home and Small Business)
0848 802 202
Customer Care (Corporate)
0848 821 721
Fax
022 799 01 90
Switchboard
Taiwan
20 140 14 44
022 799 01 01
toll-free: 00801 86 1011
International Access Code: 002
Technical Support (portable and desktop
computers)
Country Code: 886
Technical Support (servers and storage)
toll-free: 00801 60 1256
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 00801 651 227
Thailand
toll-free: 1800 0060 07
International Access Code: 001
Technical Support (Optiplex, Latitude, and
Precision)
Country Code: 66
Technical Support (PowerEdge and PowerVault)
toll-free: 1800 0600 09
Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia)
Sales
604 633 4949
toll-free: 0880 060 09
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Trinidad/Tobago
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
General Support
1-800-805-8035
Turks and Caicos Islands
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-540-3355
U.K. (Bracknell)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Customer Care website: support.euro.dell.com/uk/en/ECare/Form/Home.asp
Country Code: 44
City Code: 1344
Uruguay
120
E-mail: dell_direct_support@dell.com
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 373 186
Home and Small Business Customer Care
0870 906 0010
Corporate Customer Care
01344 373 185
Preferred Accounts (500–5000 employees)
Customer Care
0870 906 0010
Central Government Customer Care
01344 373 193
Local Government & Education Customer Care
01344 373 199
Health Customer Care
01344 373 194
Home and Small Business Sales
0870 907 4000
Corporate/Public Sector Sales
01344 860 456
Home and Small Business Fax
0870 907 4006
General Support
Appendix
toll-free: 000-413-598-2521
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
U.S.A. (Austin, Texas)
Automated Order-Status Service
toll-free: 1-800-433-9014
International Access Code: 011
AutoTech (portable and desktop computers)
toll-free: 1-800-247-9362
Country Code: 1
Consumer (Home and Home Office)
Technical Support
toll-free: 1-800-624-9896
Customer Service
toll-free: 1-800-624-9897
DellNet™ Service and Support
toll-free: 1-877-Dellnet
(1-877-335-5638)
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Customers
toll-free: 1-800-695-8133
Financial Services website: www.dellfinancialservices.com
Financial Services (lease/loans)
toll-free: 1-877-577-3355
Financial Services (Dell Preferred Accounts [DPA])
toll-free: 1-800-283-2210
Business
Customer Service and Technical Support
toll-free: 1-800-822-8965
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Customers
toll-free: 1-800-695-8133
Printers and Projectors Technical Support
toll-free: 1-877-459-7298
Public (government, education, and healthcare)
Customer Service and Technical Support
toll-free: 1-800-456-3355
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Customers
toll-free: 1-800-234-1490
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toll-free: 1-800-289-3355
or toll-free: 1-800-879-3355
Dell Outlet Store (Dell refurbished computers)
toll-free: 1-888-798-7561
Software and Peripherals Sales
toll-free: 1-800-671-3355
Spare Parts Sales
toll-free: 1-800-357-3355
Extended Service and Warranty Sales
toll-free: 1-800-247-4618
Fax
toll-free: 1-800-727-8320
Dell Services for the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or
Speech-Impaired
toll-free: 1-877-DELLTTY
(1-877-335-5889)
U.S. Virgin Islands
General Support
1-877-673-3355
Venezuela
General Support
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Index
A
audio. See sound
B
battery
problems, 21
replacing, 88
bios, 95
boot sequence, 100
changing, 100-101
option settings, 100
booting
to a USB device, 100
C
cards
installing PCI, 61
installing PCI Express, 65
PCI, 61
PCI Express, 64
PCI Express slots, 52
PCI slots, 52
removing PCI, 63
removing PCI Express, 68
slots, 52, 60
types supported, 60
CD/DVD drive
activity light, 50
eject button, 50
installing, 85
CD/DVD drive (continued)
installing second, 85
problems, 22
removing, 84
connectors (continued)
USB, 50, 53
video, 52-53
CD-RW drive
problems, 22
cover
cover latch, 52
removing, 54
replacing, 89
CDs
copying, 17
copying CDs and DVDs, 17
Check Disk, 23
computer
components inside, 55
crashes, 26-27
inside view, 55
restore to previous state, 43
stops responding, 26
connectors
center/LFE, 52-53
DVI, 52
headphone, 50
keyboard, 53
line-in, 52
line-out, 52-53
microphone, 52-53
modem, 53
mouse, 52
network adapter, 52
parallel, 52
power, 53
serial, 53
sound, 52-53
surround, 52
TV-OUT, 53
D
Dell
contacting, 105
Dell Dimension Help file, 9
Dell Solution Center, 9
support site, 10
Dell support policy, 103
diagnostic lights, 37
diagnostics
lights, 37, 52
display. See monitor
documentation
Dell Dimension Help file, 9
Dell Solution Center, 9
End User License
Agreement, 9
ergonomics, 9
Finding Information, 9
online, 10
Product Information Guide, 9
regulatory, 9
safety, 9
Index
123
124
Index
documentation (continued)
Setup Diagram, 9
warranty, 9
drivers, 42
about, 42
identifying, 42
drives
hard drive, 74
installing CD/DVD, 85
installing floppy, 82
installing hard drive, 77
problems, 21
removing CD/DVD, 84
removing floppy, 81
removing hard drive, 75
second CD/DVD drive, 85
second hard drive, 78
serial ATA, 74
DVD drive
problems, 22
DVDs
copying, 17
DVI
connector, 52
E
e-mail
problems, 23
End User License
Agreement, 9
F
Finding Information, 9
floppy drive
activity light, 50
eject button, 50
installing, 82
removing, 81
front panel, 69
insert, 71
removing, 70
H
hard drive
activity light, 50
installing, 77
installing second, 78
problems, 23
removing, 75
Hardware Troubleshooter, 46
headphone
connector, 50
Help and Support Center, 10
help file
Dell Dimension Help, 9
Windows Help and Support
Center, 10
keyboard
connector, 53
problems, 26
L
labels
Microsoft Windows, 10
Service Tag, 10, 50
lights
back of computer, 37
CD/DVD drive activity, 50
diagnostic, 37, 52
floppy drive activity, 50
hard drive activity, 50
power, 50
Hyper-Threading, 19
M
I
error messages, 24
diagnostic lights, 37
IEEE 1394
problems, 25
Index
internet
connection, about, 16
connection, options, 16
connection, setting up, 16
problems, 23
K
ergonomics information, 9
124
installing parts
before you begin, 47
recommended tools, 47
turning off your computer, 47
memory
4-GB configurations, 58
DDR2 overview, 57
installation guidelines, 57
installing, 58
memory (continued)
problems, 28
removing, 60
type supported, 57
O
messages
error, 24
operating system
reinstalling Windows XP, 43
microphone
connector, 52-53
Network Setup Wizard, 16
Microsoft Windows label, 10
P
modem
connector, 53
problems, 23
password
clearing, 101
jumper, 101
monitor
blank, 34
clone mode, 15
connect DVI, 13-14
connect TV, 13-14
connect two, 13-14
connect VGA, 13-14
display settings, 15
extended desktop mode, 15
hard to read, 35
problems, 34
PCI cards
installing, 61
removing, 63
motherboard. See system
board
mouse
connector, 52
problems, 29
N
network
connector, 52
Network Setup Wizard, 16
problems, 30
setting up, 15
PCI Express cards
installing, 65
removing, 68
power
button, 50
connector, 53
light, 50
problems, 30
power light
conditions, 30
printer
cable, 11
connecting, 11
parallel, 12
problems, 31
setting up, 11
USB, 11
problems
battery, 21
blue screen, 27
CD drive, 22
problems (continued)
CD-RW drive, 22
computer crashes, 26-27
computer stops responding, 26
diagnostic lights, 37
drives, 21
DVD drive, 22
e-mail, 23
error messages, 24
general, 26
hard drive, 23
IEEE 1394, 25
internet, 23
keyboard, 26
memory, 28
modem, 23
monitor is blank, 34
monitor is hard to read, 35
network, 30
power, 30
power light conditions, 30
printer, 31
program crashes, 27
program stops responding, 27
programs and Windows
compatibility, 27
restore to previous state, 43
scanner, 32
screen is blank, 34
screen is hard to read, 35
software, 27-28
sound and speakers, 33
troubleshooting tips, 21
video and monitor, 34
volume adjusting, 33
Product Information Guide, 9
Program Compatibility
Wizard, 27
Index
125
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Index
R
regulatory information, 9
reinstalling
Windows XP, 43
speaker
problems, 33
volume, 33
specifications, 91
support
contacting Dell, 105
S
support.dell.com, 10
safety instructions, 9
system board, 56
SATA. See serial ATA
System Restore, 43
scanner
problems, 32
system setup, 95
entering, 96
options, 97
screens, 96
screen. See monitor
serial ATA, 74
Service Tag, 10, 50
settings
system setup, 95
Setup Diagram, 9
software
Hyper-Threading, 19
problems, 27-28
sound
problems, 33
volume, 33
sound connectors, 52
center/LFE, 53
line-in, 52
line-out, 53
surround, 52
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Index
T
troubleshooting
diagnostic lights, 37
Hardware Troubleshooter, 46
Help and Support Center, 10
restore to previous state, 43
tips, 21
TV
connect to computer, 13-14,
53
U
USB
booting to devices, 100
connectors, 50, 53
V
video
connector, 52-53
problems, 34
voltage selection switch, 53
volume
adjusting, 33
W
warranty information, 9
Windows XP
Device Driver Rollback, 43
Hardware Troubleshooter, 46
Help and Support Center, 10
Hyper-Threading, 19
Network Setup Wizard, 16
Program Compatibility
Wizard, 27
reinstalling, 43
scanner, 33
System Restore, 43
wizards
Network Setup Wizard, 16
Program Compatibility
Wizard, 27
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