Owner`s manual | Dell 9200 Network Card User Manual

Dell™ Dimension™ 9200
Owner’s Manual
Service Tag
CD or DVD eject button
cover release latch
CD or DVD activity light
FlexBays (2) for optional
floppy drive or optional
Media Card Reader
microphone connector
headphone connector
diagnostic lights
hard drive activity light
power button
USB 2.0 connectors (2)
power connector
audio connectors
USB 2.0 connectors (4) (rear quad)
USB 2.0 connectors (2) (rear dual)
network adapter
card slots for PCI Express x1 (1),
PCI Express x16 (1), PCI Express x4 (1),
PCI (3)
Model DCTA
w w w. d e l l . c o m | s u p p o r t . d e l l . c o m
Notes, Notices, and Cautions
NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer.
NOTICE: A NOTICE indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of data and tells you how to avoid the
problem.
CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death.
If you purchased a Dell™ n Series computer, any references in this document to Microsoft® Windows®
operating systems are not applicable.
____________________
Information in this document is subject to change without notice.
© 2006 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly forbidden.
Trademarks used in this text: Dell, the DELL logo, Inspiron, Dell Precision, Dimension, OptiPlex, Latitude, PowerEdge, PowerVault, PowerApp,
PowerConnect, XPS, DellNet, Dell TravelLite, Dell OpenManage, and StrikeZone are trademarks of Dell Inc.; Intel, Pentium, Intel SpeedStep,
Core, Celeron, and Viiv are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation; Microsoft, Windows, and Outlook are registered trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation; EMC is a registered trademark of EMC Corporation; the Bluetooth word mark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of
such marks by Dell Inc. is under license.
Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products.
Dell Inc. disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own.
Model DCTA
June 2006
P/N YH242
Rev. A00
Contents
Finding Information
1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting Up and Using Your Computer .
9
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13
Front View of the Computer
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13
Back View of the Computer
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
15
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
16
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
17
Back Panel Connectors
Connecting Monitors .
. . . . . . . .
18
. . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . .
18
19
19
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
20
Connecting Two Monitors With VGA Connectors . . . . .
Connecting One Monitor With a VGA connector and One
Monitor With a DVI Connector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting a Television (TV) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing the Display Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting Up a Printer
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
20
20
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
21
Printer Cable . . . . . . .
Connecting a USB Printer.
Connecting to the Internet .
. . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
21
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
22
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
22
23
Setting Up Your Internet Connection
Setting Up a Home and Office Network .
Connecting to a Network Adapter
Network Setup Wizard . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Transferring Information to a New Computer .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard With the
Operating System CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard Without the
Operating System CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playing CDs and DVDs .
23
. . . . . . .
24
. . . . . . .
25
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
26
Playing a CD or DVD .
Adjusting the Volume .
Adjusting the Picture .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
26
27
28
Contents
3
Copying CDs and DVDs.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
How to Copy a CD or DVD. .
Using Blank CDs and DVDs .
Helpful Tips . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using a Media Card Reader (Optional)
30
IEEE 1394 (Optional)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
31
Power Management
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
32
Cleaning Your Computer .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
32
32
32
33
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
34
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
34
35
35
35
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
37
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
37
Cleaning the Computer, Keyboard, and Monitor
Cleaning the Mouse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the Floppy Drive . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning CDs and DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . .
Optimizing Performance .
Hyper-Threading .
About Your RAID Configuration
Dell DataSafe (Optional) .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
RAID Level 0 Configuration . . . . . . . .
RAID Level 1 Configuration . . . . . . . .
Configuring Your Computer for RAID . . .
Using the Intel® RAID Option ROM Utility
Using the Intel® Application Accelerator
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
45
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Intel® Viiv™ Quick Resume Technology (QRT)
Enabling the QRT Feature in System Setup . . . . . .
Enabling the QRT Feature in the Operating system . .
Contents
37
38
38
39
40
41
Intel® Viiv™ Technology (Optional) .
4
28
29
30
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Overview . . . . . . . . .
Standby Mode . . . . . .
Hibernate Mode . . . . . .
Power Options Properties
2
28
. . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . .
46
46
46
46
3
Solving Problems.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
49
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
49
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
49
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
49
Troubleshooting Tips .
Battery Problems .
Drive Problems .
CD and DVD drive problems
Hard drive problems . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
51
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
52
E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems .
Error Messages
50
51
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
53
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
54
Media Card Reader Problems
Keyboard Problems
Lockups and Software Problems
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
54
. . . .
54
54
55
55
55
55
56
Memory Problems
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
56
Mouse Problems .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
57
The computer does not start up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The computer stops responding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A program stops responding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A program crashes repeatedly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A program is designed for an earlier Windows operating system .
A solid blue screen appears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Other software problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Network Problems .
Power Problems
. . . .
. . . .
. . . .
. . . .
. . . .
. . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
58
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
58
Printer Problems .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
59
Scanner Problems
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
60
Sound and Speaker Problems .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Video and Monitor Problems
61
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
61
62
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
62
No sound from speakers . .
No sound from headphones
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The screen is blank . . . . . .
The screen is difficult to read.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
62
63
Contents
5
4
Troubleshooting Tools
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
65
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
65
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
68
Diagnostic Lights.
Dell Diagnostics
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
69
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
70
Dell Diagnostics Main Menu
Drivers
What Is a Driver? . .
Identifying Drivers .
Reinstalling Drivers .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . .
72
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
72
Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities
Restoring Your Operating System
Using Microsoft Windows XP System Restore .
Using Dell PC Restore by Symantec . . . . . .
5
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
72
74
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
77
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
77
Removing and Installing Parts.
Before You Begin .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
77
77
78
Removing the Computer Cover .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
78
Inside View of Your Computer .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
80
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
81
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
82
Recommended Tools . . . . . . . . . .
Turning Off Your Computer . . . . . . .
Before Working Inside Your Computer .
System Board Components.
Memory .
Cards
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
86
PCI Cards . . . . .
PCI Express Cards
Drive Panels
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing the Drive Panel . . . .
Removing the Drive-Panel Insert .
Replacing the Drive-Panel Insert .
Replacing the Drive Panel . . . .
Contents
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
82
83
85
Memory Overview
Installing Memory .
Removing Memory
6
70
70
71
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
86
91
100
100
101
102
103
Drives .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hard Drive
104
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
104
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
105
105
107
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
108
Removing a Hard Drive . . .
Installing a Hard Drive . . .
Adding a Second Hard Drive
Floppy Drive
Media Card Reader
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
108
110
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
111
Removing a Floppy Drive
Installing a Floppy Drive
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
111
113
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
114
Removing a Media Card Reader
Installing a Media Card Reader .
CD/DVD Drive.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
118
Replacing the Battery .
Appendix
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replacing the Computer Cover
6
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
115
116
Removing a CD/DVD Drive
Installing a CD/DVD Drive .
Battery
103
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
General Installation Guidelines .
118
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
119
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
121
Specifications
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
121
System Setup .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
125
Overview . . . . . . .
Entering System Setup
System Setup Options .
Boot Sequence . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
132
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
133
Clearing Forgotten Passwords.
Clearing CMOS Settings .
125
125
127
130
Dell Technical Support Policy (U.S. Only) .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Definition of "Dell-Installed" Software and Peripherals
Definition of "Third-Party" Software and Peripherals. .
. . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . .
134
134
134
Contents
7
FCC Notice (U.S. Only)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
134
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
134
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
135
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
157
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
167
FCC Class B
Contacting Dell .
Glossary
Index .
8
Contents
Finding Information
NOTE: Some features or media may be optional and may not ship with your computer. Some features or media may
not be available in certain countries.
NOTE: This Owner’s Manual is available as a PDF at support.dell.com.
NOTE: Additional information may ship with your computer.
What Are You Looking For?
Find It Here
•
•
•
•
Drivers and Utilities CD (ResourceCD)
NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities CD may be optional and may
not ship with your computer.
A diagnostic program for my computer
Drivers for my computer
My device documentation
Desktop System Software (DSS)
Documentation and drivers are already installed on your
computer. You can use the CD to reinstall drivers (see
"Drivers" on page 70), run the Dell diagnostics (see "Dell
Diagnostics" on page 68), or access your documentation.
Readme files may be
included on your CD to
provide last-minute
updates about technical
changes to your computer
or advanced, technical
reference material for
technicians or experienced
users.
NOTE: Drivers and documentation updates can be found at
support.dell.com.
•
•
•
•
•
•
Warranty information
Terms and Conditions (U.S. only)
Safety instructions
Regulatory information
Ergonomics information
End User License Agreement
Dell™ Product Information Guide
Finding Information
9
What Are You Looking For?
Find It Here
• Service Tag and Express Service Code
• Microsoft® Windows® Product Key Label
Service Tag and Microsoft Windows Product Key
These labels are located on your computer.
• Use the Service Tag to
identify your computer
when you use
support.dell.com or
contact support.
• Enter the Express
Service Code to direct your call when contacting support.
• Solutions — Troubleshooting hints and tips, articles
from technicians, online courses, and frequently asked
questions
• Community — Online discussion with other Dell
customers
• Upgrades — Upgrade information for components, such
as the memory, hard drive, and operating system
• Customer Care — Contact information, service call and
order status, and warranty and repair information
• Service and support — Service call status, support
history, service contract, and online discussions with
support
• Reference — Computer documentation, details on my
computer configuration, product specifications, and
white papers
• Downloads — Certified drivers, patches, and software
updates
• Desktop System Software (DSS)— If you reinstall the
operating system for your computer, you should also
reinstall the DSS utility. DSS automatically detects your
computer and operating system and installs the updates
appropriate for your configuration, providing critical
updates for your operating system and support for Dell™
3.5-inch USB floppy drives, Intel® processors, optical
drives, and USB devices. DSS is necessary for correct
operation of your Dell computer.
10
Finding Information
Dell Support Website — support.dell.com
NOTE: Select your region or business segment to view the
appropriate support site.
To download Desktop System Software:
1 Go to support.dell.com, select your region or business
segment, then enter your Service Tag or product model.
2 Select Drivers & Downloads, then click Go.
3 Select your operating system and language, and then
search for the keyword Desktop System Software.
NOTE: The support.dell.com user interface may vary
depending on your selections.
What Are You Looking For?
Find It Here
• How to use Windows XP
• How to work with programs and files
• How to personalize my desktop
Windows Help and Support Center
1 Click Start→ Help and Support.
2 Type a word or phrase that describes your problem, then
click the arrow icon.
3 Click the topic that describes your problem.
4 Follow the instructions on the screen.
• How to reinstall my operating system
Operating System CD
NOTE: The Operating System CD may be optional and may
not ship with your computer.
The operating system is already installed on your computer.
To reinstall your operating system see "Restoring Your
Operating System" on page 72.
After you reinstall your
operating system, use the
Drivers and Utilities CD to
reinstall drivers for the
devices that came with
your computer.
Your operating system
product key label is located
on your computer.
NOTE: The color of your CD varies according to the
operating system you ordered.
• How to use Linux
• E-mail discussions with users of Dell Precision™
products and the Linux operating system
• Additional information regarding Linux and my Dell
Precision computer
Dell Supported Linux Sites
• linux.dell.com
• lists.us.dell.com/mailman/listinfo/linux-precision
Finding Information
11
12
Finding Information
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
Front View of the Computer
1
12
2
11
3
10
9
8
4
7
6
5
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
13
1
cover release latch
Use this latch to remove the cover (see "Removing the Computer Cover" on
page 78).
2
CD or DVD activity
light
The CD or DVD drive light is on when the computer reads data from or writes
data to the CD or DVD drive.
3
CD or DVD eject
button
Press the CD or DVD eject button to eject a disc from the CD or DVD drive.
4
FlexBay drives (2)
Can contain an optional floppy drive or optional Media Card Reader. For
information on using the Media Card Reader, see "Using a Media Card Reader
(Optional)" on page 30.
5
vents
For adequate cooling, do not block any of the vents.
NOTICE: Ensure that there is a minimum of two inches of space between all
vents and any object near the vents.
NOTICE: Keep the vent area clean and dust-free to ensure that the system is
adequately ventilated. Use only a dry cloth to clean the vent area to avoid
water damage to the system.
6
USB 2.0 connectors (2)
Use the front USB connectors for devices that you connect occasionally, such as
flash memory keys, cameras, or bootable USB devices. For more information on
booting to a USB device see "System Setup Options" on page 127.
NOTE: 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 the power button 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.
14
8
hard-drive activity light
The hard-drive light is on when the computer reads data from or writes data to
the hard drive. The light may also be on when a device such as a CD player is
operating.
9
diagnostic lights (4)
Use the sequence of the diagnostic lights to help you troubleshoot a problem
with your computer (see "Diagnostic Lights" on page 65).
10
headphone connector
Use the headphone connector to attach headphones and most kinds of speakers.
11
microphone connector
Use the microphone connector to attach a personal computer microphone for
voice or musical input into a sound or telephony program.
12
Service Tag
Use the Service Tag to identify your computer when you access the Dell Support
website or contact support.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
Back View of the Computer
1
2
3
1
power connector
Insert the power cable.
2
back I/O connectors
Plug serial, USB, and other devices into the appropriate connectors (see "Back
Panel Connectors" on page 16).
3
card slots (6)
Access connectors for any installed PCI or PCI Express cards.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
15
Back Panel Connectors
1
2
3
4
5
7
6
8
9
12
1
link integrity light
2
network adapter
connector
11
10
• Green — A good connection exists between a 10-Mbps network and the
computer.
• Orange — A good connection exists between a 100-Mbps network and the
computer.
• Yellow — A good connection exists between a 1000-Mbps (1-Gbps) network and
the computer.
• Off — The computer is not detecting a physical connection to the network.
NOTICE: Do not plug a telephone cable into the network connector.
Use the 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, and then 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.
On computers with an additional network connector card, use the connectors on
the card and on the back of the computer when setting up multiple network
connections (such as a separate intra- and extranet).
NOTE: 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.
16
3
network activity light
Flashes a yellow light when the computer is transmitting or receiving network
data. A high volume of network traffic may make this light appear to be in a
steady "on" state.
4
USB 2.0 connectors (2)
(rear dual)
Use the back, rear-dual USB connectors for devices that typically remain
connected, such as printers and keyboards.
NOTE: It is recommended that you use the front USB connectors for devices that
you connect occasionally, such as joysticks, cameras, or bootable USB devices.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
5
USB 2.0 connectors (4)
(rear quad)
Use the back, rear-quad USB connectors for devices that typically remain
connected, such as printers and keyboards.
NOTE: It is recommended that you use the front USB connectors for devices that
you connect occasionally, such as joysticks, cameras, or bootable USB devices.
6
surround sound
connector
Use the (black) surround sound connector to attach multichannel-capable
speakers.
On computers with a sound card, use the connector on the card.
7
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.
8
line-out/headphone
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.
9
microphone connector
10
center/subwoofer LFE
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, use the connector on the card.
Use the (orange) center/subwoofer connector to attach a center speaker or a
single subwoofer.
On computers with a sound card, use the connector on the card.
NOTE: The LFE (Low Frequency Effects) Audio channel, found in digital surround
sound audio schemes, carries only low frequency information of 80 Hz and below.
The LFE channel drives a subwoofer to provide extremely low bass extension.
Systems not using subwoofers can shunt the LFE information to the main speakers in
the surround sound setup.
11
side surround sound
connector
Use the (gray) side surround sound connector to attach multichannel-capable
speakers. The side-surround output provides enhanced surround audio for
computers with 7.1 speakers.
On computers with a sound card, use the connector on the card.
12
S/PDIF connector
Use the S/PDIF connector to transmit digital audio without going through an
analog audio conversion process.
On computers with a sound card, use the connector on the card.
Connecting Monitors
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
NOTE: Your computer supports one VGA and one DVI connector. If you are connecting two monitors that have
VGA connectors, you must use the optional DVI-to-VGA 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.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
17
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 two monitors with VGA connectors, one
monitor with a VGA connector and one monitor with a DVI connector, or a television.
Connecting Two Monitors With VGA Connectors
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 77.
2 Connect one of the monitors to the (blue) VGA connector on the back of the computer.
3 Connect the other monitor to the optional DVI-to-VGA adapter, then connect the adapter to the
(white) DVI connector on the back of the computer.
1
2
3
Two VGA Connectors
1
optional DVI-to-VGA adapter
4
VGA connector (blue)
2
4
DVI connector (white)
One VGA Connector and
one DVI Connector
3
TV-OUT connector
Connecting One Monitor With a VGA connector and One Monitor With a DVI Connector
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 77.
2 Connect the VGA connector of the first monitor to the (blue) VGA connector on the back of the
computer.
3 Connect the DVI connector of the second monitor to the (white) DVI connector on the back of the
computer.
18
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
Connecting a Television (TV)
NOTE: See the documentation that came with your TV to ensure that you properly configure and connect the TV.
NOTE: To connect a TV to your computer, an S-video cable is required. If you do not have an S-video cable, you
may purchase one at most consumer electronics stores. An S-video cable is not included with your computer.
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 77.
2 Connect one end of the S-video cable to the TV-OUT connector on the back of the computer.
3 Connect the other end of the S-video cable to the S-video input connector on your TV.
4 Connect a VGA or DVI monitor (see "Connecting Monitors" on page 17).
Changing the Display Settings
1 After you connect the monitor(s) or television, turn on the computer.
The Microsoft® Windows® desktop displays on the primary monitor.
2 Enable clone mode or extended desktop mode in the display settings.
•
In clone mode, both monitors display the same image.
•
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).
For dual-monitor capable cards with one DVI connector and one VGA connector
One DVI connector and one VGA connector:
Two VGA connectors with one VGA adapter:
DVI
VGA
Use the appropriate connector(s) when you want to
connect your computer to one or two monitors.
VGA
VGA
Use the DVI-to-VGA adapter when you want to connect
your computer to two VGA monitors.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
19
For dual-monitor capable cards with two DVI connectors
Two DVI connectors with a DVI-toVGA adapter:
Two DVI connectors:
DVI
Two DVI connectors with two DVIto-VGA adapters:
DVI
DVI
VGA
Use the DVI connectors to connect
your computer to one or two DVI
monitors.
VGA
VGA
Use two DVI-to-VGA adapters to
Use the DVI-to-VGA adapter to
connect a VGA monitor to one of the connect two VGA monitors to the
DVI connectors on your computer.
DVI connectors on 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:
•
Obtain and install updated drivers
•
Connect the printer to the computer
•
Load paper and install the toner or ink cartridge
•
Contact the printer manufacturer for technical assistance
Printer Cable
Your printer connects to your computer with a USB cable. Your printer may not come with a printer cable,
so if you purchase a cable separately, ensure that it is compatible with your printer. If you purchased a
printer cable at the same time you purchased your computer, the cable may arrive in the computer box.
Connecting a USB Printer
NOTE: You can connect USB devices while the computer is turned on.
1 Complete the operating system setup, if you have not already done so.
2 Install the printer driver, if necessary (see the documentation that came with your printer).
3 Attach the USB printer cable to the appropriate USB connector on the computer and the printer. The
connectors fit only one way.
20
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
1
2
1
USB connector on computer
2
USB printer cable
3
3
USB connector on printer
Connecting to the Internet
NOTE: ISPs and ISP offerings vary by country.
To connect to the Internet, you need a modem or network connection and an Internet service provider
(ISP), such as AOL or MSN. Your ISP will offer one or more of the following Internet connection options:
•
Dial-up connections that provide Internet access through a telephone line. Dial-up connections are
considerably slower than DSL and cable modem connections.
•
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.
•
Cable modem connections that provide high-speed Internet access through your local cable TV line.
NOTE: If you use a dial-up connection, you need an add-in PCI modem expansion card.
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:
1 Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.
2 Double-click the MSN Explorer or AOL icon on the Microsoft® Windows® desktop.
3 Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
21
If you do not have an MSN Explorer or AOL icon on your desktop, or if you want to set up an Internet
connection with a different ISP:
1 Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.
2 Click the Start button, then click Internet Explorer.
The New Connection Wizard appears.
3 Click Connect to the Internet.
4 In the next window, click the appropriate option:
•
If you do not have an ISP and want to select one, click Choose from a list of Internet service
providers (ISPs).
•
If you have already obtained setup information from your ISP but you did not receive a setup CD,
click Set up my connection manually.
•
If you have a CD, click Use the CD I got from an ISP.
NOTE: If you do not know which type of connection to select, contact your ISP.
5 Click Next.
If you selected Set up my connection manually, continue to step 6. Otherwise, follow the instructions
on the screen to complete the setup.
6 Click the appropriate option under How do you want to connect to the Internet?, and then click Next.
7 Use the setup information provided by your ISP to complete the setup.
If you are having problems connecting to the Internet, see "E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems" on
page 51. If you cannot connect to the Internet, but have successfully connected in the past, the ISP
might have a service outage. Contact your ISP to check the service status, or try connecting again later.
Setting Up a Home and Office Network
Connecting to a Network Adapter
NOTICE: Plug the network cable into the network adapter connector on the computer. Do not plug the network
cable into the modem connector on the computer. Do not plug a network cable into a telephone wall jack.
1 Connect the network cable to the network adapter connector on the back of your computer.
Insert the cable until it clicks into place, and then gently pull it to ensure that it is secure.
2 Connect the other end of the network cable to a network device.
22
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
3
2
1
1
network adapter connector on
computer
4
network cable
2
4
network adapter connector
3
network device
Network Setup Wizard
The Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system provides a Network Setup Wizard to guide you through the
process of sharing files, printers, or an Internet connection between computers in a home or small office.
1 Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Accessories→ Communications, and then click
Network Setup Wizard.
2 On the welcome screen, click Next.
3 Click Checklist for creating a network.
NOTE: Selecting the connection method This computer connects directly to the Internet enables the integrated
firewall provided with Windows XP Service Pack.
4 Complete the checklist and required preparations.
5 Return to the Network Setup Wizard and follow the instructions on the screen.
Transferring Information to a New Computer
The Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system provides a Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to move
data from a source computer to a new computer. You can transfer data, such as:
•
E-mail messages
•
Toolbar settings
•
Window sizes
•
Internet bookmarks
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
23
You can transfer the data to the new computer over a network or serial connection, or you can store it on
a removable media, such as a writable CD, for transfer to the new computer.
NOTE: You can transfer information from the old computer to the new computer by directly connecting a serial
cable to the input/output (I/O) ports of the two computers. To transfer data over a serial connection, you must
access the Network Connections utility from the Control Panel and perform additional configuration steps, such as
setting up an advanced connection and designating the host computer and the guest computer.
For instructions on setting up a direct cable connection between two computers, see Microsoft Knowledge Base
Article #305621, titled How to Set Up a Direct Cable Connection Between Two Computers in Windows XP. This
information may not be available in some countries.
For transferring information to a new computer, you must run the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.
You can use the optional Operating System CD for this process or you can create a wizard disk with the
Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard With the Operating System CD
NOTE: This procedure requires the Operating System CD. This CD is optional and may not be included with all
computers.
To prepare the new computer for the file transfer:
1 Start the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.
2 When the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen appears, click Next.
3 On the Which computer is this? screen, click New Computer, then click Next.
4 On the Do you have a Windows XP CD? screen, click I will use the wizard from the Windows XP
CD, then click Next.
5 When the Now go to your old computer screen appears, go to your old or source computer. Do not
click Next at this time.
To copy data from the old computer:
1 On the old computer, insert the Windows XP Operating System CD.
2 On the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP screen, click Perform additional tasks.
3 Under What do you want to do?, click Transfer files and settings.
4 On the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen, click Next.
5 On the Which computer is this? screen, click Old Computer, then click Next.
6 On the Select a transfer method screen, click the transfer method you prefer.
7 On the What do you want to transfer? screen, select the items you want to transfer, then click Next.
After the information has been copied, the Completing the Collection Phase screen appears.
8 Click Finish.
24
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
To transfer data to the new computer:
1 On the Now go to your old computer screen on the new computer, click Next.
2 On the Where are the files and settings? screen, select the method you chose for transferring your
settings and files, then click Next.
The wizard reads the collected files and settings and applies them to your new computer.
When all of the settings and files have been applied, the Finished screen appears.
3 Click Finished, and then restart the new computer.
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard Without the Operating System CD
To run the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard without the Operating System CD, you must create a
wizard disk that will allow you to create a backup image file to removable media.
To create a wizard disk, use your new computer with Windows XP and perform the following steps:
1 Click the Start button.
2 Click Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.
3 When the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen appears, click Next.
4 On the Which computer is this? screen, click New Computer, then click Next.
5 On the Do you have a Windows XP CD? screen, click I want to create a Wizard Disk in the following
drive:, then click Next.
6 Insert the removable media, such as a writable CD, then click OK.
7 When the disk creation completes and the Now go to your old computer message appears, do not click
Next.
8 Go to the old computer.
To copy data from the old computer:
1 On the old computer, insert the wizard disk.
2 Click the Start button, then click Run.
3 In the Open field on the Run window, browse to the path for fastwiz (on the appropriate removable
media), then click OK.
4 On the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen, click Next.
5 On the Which computer is this? screen, click Old Computer, then click Next.
6 On the Select a transfer method screen, click the transfer method you prefer.
7 On the What do you want to transfer? screen, select the items you want to transfer, then click Next.
After the information has been copied, the Completing the Collection Phase screen appears.
8 Click Finish.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
25
To transfer data to the new computer:
1 On the Now go to your old computer screen on the new computer, click Next.
2 On the Where are the files and settings? screen, select the method you chose for transferring your
settings and files, then click Next. Follow the instructions on the screen.
The wizard reads the collected files and settings and applies them to your new computer.
When all of the settings and files have been applied, the Finished screen appears.
3 Click Finished, and then restart the new computer.
NOTE: For more information about this procedure, search support.dell.com for document #PA1089586 (How Do I
Transfer Files From My Old Computer to My New Dell Computer Using the Microsoft® Windows® XP Operating
System?).
NOTE: Access to the Dell™ Knowledge Base document may not be available in some countries.
Playing CDs and DVDs
Playing a CD or DVD
NOTICE: Do not press down on the CD or DVD tray when you open or close it. Keep the tray closed when you are
not using the drive.
NOTICE: Do not move or tilt the computer when you are playing CDs or DVDs.
1 Press the eject button on the front of the drive.
2 Place the disc, label side up, in the center of the tray.
3 Press the eject button or gently push on the tray to close it.
To format CDs for storing data, to create music CDs, or to copy CDs, see the CD software that came
with your computer.
26
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
NOTE: Ensure that you observe all copyright laws when you create CDs or DVDs.
A CD player includes the following basic buttons:
Play
Move backward within the current track
Pause
Move forward within the current track
Stop
Go to the previous track
Eject
Go to the next track
A DVD player includes the following basic buttons:
Stop
Restart the current chapter
Play
Fast forward
Pause
Fast reverse
Advance a single frame while in pause mode
Go to the next title or chapter
Continuously play the current title or chapter
Go to the previous title or chapter
Eject
For more information on playing CDs or DVDs, click Help on the CD or DVD player (if available).
Adjusting the Volume
NOTE: When the speakers are muted, you do not hear the CD or DVD playing.
1 Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Accessories→ Entertainment, and then click Volume
Control.
2 In the Master Volume control window, click and drag the bar in the Master Volume column and slide
it up or down to increase or decrease the volume.
For more information on volume control options, click Help in the Volume Control window.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
27
Adjusting the Picture
If an error message notifies you that the current resolution and color depth are using too much memory
and preventing DVD playback, adjust the display properties.
1 Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a category, click Appearance and Themes.
3 Under Pick a task..., click Change the screen resolution.
4 In the Display Properties window, click and drag the bar in Screen resolution to change the setting to
800 by 600 pixels.
5 Under Color quality, click the drop-down menu, and then click Medium (16 bit).
6 Click OK.
Copying CDs and DVDs
NOTE: Ensure that you observe all copyright laws when creating CDs or DVDs.
This section applies only to computers that have a CD-RW, DVD+/-RW, or CD-RW/DVD (combo)
drive.
NOTE: The types of CD or DVD drives offered by Dell may vary by country.
The following instructions explain how to make an exact copy of a CD or DVD using Roxio Creator Plus
- Dell Edition. You can also use Roxio Creator Plus for other purposes, such as creating music CDs from
audio files stored on your computer or backing up important data. For help, open Roxio Creator Plus,
and then click the question mark icon in the upper-right corner of the window.
How to Copy a CD or DVD
NOTE: CD-RW/DVD combo drives cannot write to DVD media. If you have a CD-RW/DVD combo drive and you
experience recording problems, check for available software patches on the Sonic support website at
www.sonic.com.
The DVD-writable drives installed in Dell computers can write to and read DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW and
DVD+R DL (dual layer) media, but cannot write to and may not read DVD-RAM or DVD-R DL media.
NOTE: Most commercial DVDs have copyright protection and cannot be copied using Roxio Creator Plus.
1 Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Roxio→ Creator Projects, and then click RecordNow
Copy.
2 Under the Copy tab, click Disc Copy.
3 To copy the CD or DVD:
•
If you have one CD/DVD drive, ensure that the settings are correct and click the Disc Copy button.
The computer reads your source CD or DVD and copies the data to a temporary folder on your
computer hard drive.
When prompted, insert a blank CD or DVD into the drive and click OK.
28
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
•
If you have two CD/DVD drives, select the drive into which you have inserted your source CD or
DVD and click the Disc Copy button. The computer copies the data from the source CD or DVD
to the blank CD or DVD.
Once you have finished copying the source CD or DVD, the CD or DVD that you have created
automatically ejects.
Using Blank CDs and DVDs
CD-RW drives can write to CD recording media only (including high-speed CD-RW media) while
DVD-writable drives can write to both CD and DVD recording media.
Use blank CD-Rs to record music or permanently store data files. After the maximum storage capacity of
a CD-R is reached, you cannot write to that CD-R again (see the Sonic documentation for more
information). Use blank CD-RWs if you plan to erase, rewrite, or update information on the CD later.
Blank DVD+/-Rs can be used to permanently store large amounts of data. After you create a DVD+/-R
disc, you may not be able to write to that disc again if the disc is finalized or closed during the final stage
of the disc creation process. Use blank DVD+/-RWs if you plan to erase, rewrite, or update information
on the disc later.
CD-Writable Drives
Media Type
Read
Write
Rewritable
CD-R
Yes
Yes
No
CD-RW
Yes
Yes
Yes
Media Type
Read
Write
Rewritable
CD-R
Yes
Yes
No
CD-RW
Yes
Yes
Yes
DVD+R
Yes
Yes
No
DVD-R
Yes
Yes
No
DVD+RW
Yes
Yes
Yes
DVD-RW
Yes
Yes
Yes
DVD+R DL
Yes
Yes
No
DVD-Writable Drives
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
29
Helpful Tips
•
Use Microsoft® Windows® Explorer to drag and drop files to a CD-R or CD-RW only after you start
Roxio Creator Plus and open a Creator project.
•
Use CD-Rs to burn music CDs that you want to play in regular stereos. CD-RWs may not play in
many home or car stereos.
•
You cannot create audio DVDs with Roxio Creator Plus.
•
Music MP3 files can be played only on MP3 players or on computers that have MP3 software installed.
•
Commercially available DVD players used in home theater systems may not support all available DVD
formats. For a list of formats supported by your DVD player, see the documentation provided with your
DVD player or contact the manufacturer.
•
Do not burn a blank CD-R or CD-RW to its maximum capacity; for example, do not copy a 650-MB
file to a blank 650-MB CD. The CD-RW drive needs 1–2 MB of blank space to finalize the recording.
•
Use a blank CD-RW to practice CD recording until you are familiar with CD recording techniques. If
you make a mistake, you can erase the data on the CD-RW and try again. You can also use blank
CD-RWs to test music file projects before you record the project permanently to a blank CD-R.
•
See the Sonic website at www.sonic.com for additional information.
Using a Media Card Reader (Optional)
Use the Media Card Reader to transfer data directly to your computer.
The Media Card Reader supports the following memory types:
•
xD-Picture Card
•
SmartMedia (SMC)
•
CompactFlash Type I and II (CF I/II)
•
MicroDrive Card
•
SecureDigital Card (SD)
•
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
•
Memory Stick (MS/MS Pro)
For information on installing a Media Card Reader, see "Installing a Media Card Reader" on page 113.
30
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
2
1
4
3
1
xD-Picture Card and
SmartMedia (SMC)
4
CompactFlash Type I and II (CF
I/II) and MicroDrive Card
2
Memory Stick (MS/MS Pro)
3
SecureDigital Card (SD) and
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
To use the Media Card Reader:
1 Check the media or card to determine the proper orientation for insertion.
2 Slide the media or card into the appropriate slot until it is completely seated in the connector.
If you encounter resistance, do not force the media or card. Check the card orientation and try again.
IEEE 1394 (Optional)
IEEE 1394 is a digital interface that can move large amounts of data between computers and peripheral
devices. IEEE 1394 is ideal for use with multimedia devices because it speeds the transfer of data and
large files, which enables a computer to connect directly to devices such as digital video cameras.
NOTE: The connector can accept 4-pin IEEE 1394 devices with the use of an adapter.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
31
Your computer may have an optional front IEEE 1394 connector (see "Front View of the Computer" on
page 13). This connector is only available if you purchased an add-in card that uses IEEE 1394. To
purchase a card, contact Dell.
Power Management
Overview
The Microsoft® Windows® XP power management features can reduce the amount of electricity your
computer uses when it is on and you are not using it. You can reduce power to just the monitor or the
hard drive, or you can use standby mode or hibernate mode to reduce power to the entire computer.
When the computer exits from a power conservation mode, it returns to the operating state it was in
prior to entering the mode.
NOTE: Windows XP Professional includes security and networking features not available in Windows XP Home
Edition. When a Windows XP Professional computer is connected to a network, different options related to security
and networking appear in certain windows.
NOTE: The procedures to activate the standby and hibernate modes may vary according to your operating system.
Standby Mode
Standby mode conserves power by turning off the display and the hard drive after a designated period of
time, known as a time-out. When the computer exits from standby mode, it returns to the operating
state it was in prior to entering standby mode.
NOTICE: If your computer loses power while in standby mode, it may lose data.
To set standby mode to automatically activate after a defined period of inactivity:
1 Click the Start button, then click Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a category, click Performance and Maintenance.
3 Under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Power Options.
To immediately activate standby mode without a period of inactivity, click the Start button, click Turn
Off Computer, and then click Stand by.
To exit from standby mode, press a key on the keyboard or move the mouse.
Hibernate Mode
Hibernate mode conserves power by copying system data to a reserved area on the hard drive, and then
completely turning off the computer. When the computer exits from hibernate mode, the desktop is
restored to the state it was in prior to entering hibernate mode.
To activate hibernate mode:
1 Click the Start button, then click Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a category, click Performance and Maintenance.
32
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
3 Under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Power Options.
4 Define your hibernate settings on the Power Schemes tab, Advanced tab, and Hibernate tab.
To exit from hibernate mode, press the power button. The computer may take a short time to exit from
hibernate mode. Because the keyboard and the mouse do not function when the computer is in
hibernate mode, pressing a key on the keyboard or moving the mouse does not bring the computer out of
hibernation.
Because hibernate mode requires a special file on your hard drive with enough disk space to store the
contents of the computer memory, Dell creates an appropriately sized hibernate mode file before
shipping the computer to you. If the computer’s hard drive becomes corrupted, Windows XP recreates
the hibernate file automatically.
Power Options Properties
Define your standby mode settings, hibernate mode settings, and other power settings in the Power
Options Properties window. To access the Power Options Properties window:
1 Click the Start button, then click Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a category, click Performance and Maintenance.
3 Under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Power Options.
4 Define your power settings on the Power Schemes tab, Advanced tab, and Hibernate tab.
Power Schemes Tab
Each standard power setting is called a scheme. If you want to select one of the standard Windows
schemes installed on your computer, choose a scheme from the Power schemes drop-down menu. The
settings for each scheme appear in the fields below the scheme name. Each scheme has different settings
for starting standby mode, hibernate mode, turning off the monitor, and turning off the hard drive.
NOTICE: If you set the hard drive to time-out before the monitor does, your computer may appear to be locked up.
To recover, press any key on the keyboard or click the mouse. To avoid this problem, always set the monitor to timeout before the hard drive.
The Power schemes drop-down menu displays the following schemes:
•
Always On (default) — If you want to use your computer with no power conservation.
•
Home/Office Desk — If you use your computer as a home or office computer and you require minimal
power conservation.
•
Minimal Power Management — If you want your computer to run with minimal power conservation.
•
Max Battery — If your computer is a portable computer and you run your computer from batteries for
extended periods of time.
If you want to change the default settings for a scheme, click the drop-down menu in the Turn off
monitor, Turn off hard disks, System stand by, or System hibernates field, and then select a time-out
from the displayed list. Changing the time-out for a scheme field permanently changes the default
settings for that scheme, unless you click Save As and enter a new name for the changed scheme.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
33
Advanced Tab
The Advanced tab allows you to:
•
Place the power options icon
in the Windows taskbar for quick access.
•
Set the computer to prompt you for your Windows password before the computer exits from standby
mode or hibernate mode.
•
Program the power button to activate standby mode, activate hibernate mode, or turn off the
computer.
To program these functions, click an option from the corresponding drop-down menu and click OK.
Hibernate Tab
The Hibernate tab allows you to enable hibernate mode. If you want to use the hibernate settings as
defined on the Power Schemes tab, click the Enable hibernate support check box on the Hibernate tab.
For more information on power management options:
1 Click the Start button, then click Help and Support.
2 In the Help and Support window, click Performance and maintenance.
3 In the Performance and maintenance window, click Conserving power on your computer.
Cleaning Your Computer
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
Cleaning the Computer, Keyboard, and Monitor
CAUTION: Before you clean your computer, disconnect the computer from the electrical outlet. Clean your
computer with a soft cloth dampened with water. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners, which may contain
flammable substances.
•
Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to gently remove dust from the slots and holes on your
computer and from between the keys on the keyboard.
NOTICE: Do not wipe the display screen with any soap or alcohol solution. Doing so may damage the antiglare
coating.
•
To clean your monitor screen, lightly dampen a soft, clean cloth with water. If possible, use a special
screen-cleaning tissue or solution suitable for the monitor’s antistatic coating.
•
Wipe the keyboard, computer, and plastic part of the monitor with a soft cleaning cloth moistened
with a solution of three parts water and one part dishwashing detergent.
Do not soak the cloth or let water drip inside your computer or keyboard.
34
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
Cleaning the Mouse
If your screen cursor skips or moves abnormally, clean the mouse. To clean a non-optical mouse:
1 Turn the retainer ring on the underside of your mouse counterclockwise, and then remove the ball.
2 Wipe the ball with a clean, lint-free cloth.
3 Blow carefully into the ball cage to dislodge dust and lint.
4 If the rollers inside the ball cage are dirty, clean the rollers with a cotton swab moistened lightly with
isopropyl alcohol.
5 Recenter the rollers in their channels if they are misaligned. Ensure that fluff from the swab is not left
on the rollers.
6 Replace the ball and retainer ring, and then turn the retainer ring clockwise until it clicks into place.
Cleaning the Floppy Drive
NOTICE: Do not attempt to clean drive heads with a swab. You might accidentally misalign the heads, which
prevents the drive from operating.
Clean your floppy drive using a commercially available cleaning kit. These kits contain pretreated
floppies to remove contaminants that accumulate during normal operation.
Cleaning CDs and DVDs
NOTICE: Always use compressed air to clean the lens in the CD/DVD drive, and follow the instructions that come
with the compressed air. Never touch the lens in the drive.
If you notice problems, such as skipping, with the playback quality of your CDs or DVDs, try cleaning
the discs.
1 Hold the disc by its outer edge. You can also touch the inside edge of the center hole.
NOTICE: To prevent damaging the surface, do not wipe in a circular motion around the disc.
2 With a soft, lint-free cloth, gently wipe the bottom of the disc (the unlabeled side) in a straight line
from the center to the outer edge of the disc.
For stubborn dirt, try using water or a diluted solution of water and mild soap. You can also purchase
commercial products that clean discs and provide some protection from dust, fingerprints, and
scratches. Cleaning products for CDs are safe to use on DVDs.
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
35
36
Setting Up and Using Your Computer
Optimizing Performance
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 HyperThreading 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 HyperThreading 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, then 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 "Entering System Setup" on page 125. For more information on Hyper-Threading,
search the Knowledge Base on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com.
About Your RAID Configuration
This section provides an overview of the RAID configuration you may have selected when you
purchased your computer. There are several RAID configurations are available in the computer
industry for different types of uses. Your Dell Dimension™ computer supports RAID level 0 and
RAID level 1. A RAID level 0 configuration is recommended for high-performance programs or
gaming, and a RAID level 1 configuration is recommended for users that desire a high level of data
integrity, such as that required in digital photography and audio.
NOTE: RAID levels do not represent a hierarchy. A RAID level 1 configuration is not inherently better or worse
than a RAID level 0 configuration.
The drives in a RAID configuration should be the same size in order to ensure that the larger drive
does not contain unallocated (and therefore unusable) space.
Optimizing Performance
37
RAID Level 0 Configuration
NOTICE: Because RAID level 0 configurations provide no data redundancy, a failure of one drive results in the loss
of all data (the data on the remaining drive is also inaccessible). Therefore, ensure that you perform regular
backups when you use a RAID level 0 configuration.
A RAID level 0 configuration uses a storage technique known as data striping to provide a high data
access rate. Data striping is a method of writing consecutive segments, or stripes, of data sequentially
across the physical drives to create a large virtual drive. Data striping allows one of the drives to read data
while the other drive is searching for and reading the next block.
serial ATA RAID
configured for
RAID level 0
segment 1
segment 2
segment 3
segment 4
segment 5
segment 6
hard drive 1
hard drive 2
Another advantage of a RAID level 0 configuration is that it utilizes the full storage capacities of the
drives. For example, two 120-GB drives combine to provide 240 GB of hard drive space on which to store
data.
NOTE: In a RAID level 0 configuration, the size of the configuration is equal to the size of the smallest drive
multiplied by the number of drives in the configuration.
RAID Level 1 Configuration
A RAID level 1 configuration uses a data-redundancy storage technique known as mirroring to enhance
data integrity. When data is written to the primary drive, the data is also duplicated, or mirrored, on the
second drive in the configuration. RAID level 1 sacrifices high data-access rates for its data redundancy
advantages.
38
Optimizing Performance
serial ATA RAID
configured for
RAID level 1
segment 1
segment 1 duplicated
segment 2
segment 2 duplicated
segment 3
segment 3 duplicated
segment 4
segment 4 duplicated
segment 5
segment 5 duplicated
segment 6
segment 6 duplicated
hard drive 1
hard drive 2
If a drive failure occurs, subsequent read and write operations are directed to the surviving drive. A
replacement drive can then be rebuilt using the data from the surviving drive.
NOTE: In a RAID level 1 configuration, the size of the configuration is equal to the size of the smallest drive in the
configuration.
Configuring Your Computer for RAID
Your computer can be configured for RAID, even if you did not select a RAID configuration when the
computer was purchased. You must have at least two hard drives installed in your computer to set up a
RAID configuration. For an explanation of RAID levels, see "About Your RAID Configuration" on
page 37. For instructions on how to install a hard drive, see "Installing a Hard Drive" on page 105.
You can use one of two methods to configure RAID hard drive volumes. The first method uses the Intel®
RAID Option ROM utility and is performed before you install the operating system onto the hard drive.
The second method uses the Intel Matrix Storage Manager, or Intel Matrix Storage Console, and is
performed after you have installed the operating system and the Intel Matrix Storage Console.
Both methods require that you set your computer to RAID-enabled mode before beginning any of the
RAID configuration procedures in this document.
Setting Your Computer to RAID-Enabled Mode
1 Enter system setup (see "Entering System Setup" on page 125).
2 Press the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight Drives, then press <Enter>.
3 Press the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight SATA Operation, then press <Enter>.
Optimizing Performance
39
4 Press the left- and right-arrow keys to highlight RAID On, press <Enter>, and then press <Esc>.
NOTE: For more information about RAID options, see "System Setup Options" on page 127.
5 Press the left- and right-arrow keys to highlight Save/Exit, and then press <Enter> to exit system
setup and resume the boot process.
Using the Intel® RAID Option ROM Utility
NOTE: Hard drives of any size may be used to create a RAID configuration using the Intel RAID Option ROM utility.
Ideally, however, the drives should be of equal size to avoid unallocated or unused space. For an explanation of
RAID levels, see "About Your RAID Configuration" on page 37.
Creating a RAID Level 0 Configuration
NOTICE: The following procedure will result in the loss of all data on your hard drives. Back up any data you want
to keep before continuing.
NOTE: Use the following procedure only if you are reinstalling your operating system. Do not use the following
procedure to migrate an existing storage configuration to RAID level 0 configuration.
1 Set your computer to RAID-enabled mode (see "Setting Your Computer to RAID-Enabled Mode" on
page 39).
2 Press <Ctrl><i> when you are prompted to enter the Intel® RAID Option ROM utility.
3 Press the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight Create RAID Volume, then press <Enter>.
4 Enter a RAID volume name or accept the default name, then press <Enter>.
5 Press the up- and down-arrow keys to select RAID0 (Stripe), then press <Enter>.
6 If there are more than two hard drives available, press the up- and down-arrow keys and spacebar to
select the two or three drives you want to use to make up your configuration, then press <Enter>.
NOTE: Select the strip size closest to the size of the average file you want to store on the RAID volume. If you do
not know the average file size, choose 128 KB as your strip size.
7 Press the up- and down-arrow keys to change the strip size, then press <Enter>.
8 Select the desired capacity for the volume, then press <Enter>.
The default value is the maximum available size.
9 Press <Enter> to create the volume.
10 Press <y> to confirm that you want to create the RAID volume.
11 Confirm that the correct volume configuration is displayed on the main Intel® RAID Option ROM
utility screen.
12 Press the up- and down-arrow keys to select Exit, and then press <Enter>.
13 Install the operating system (see "Using Microsoft Windows XP System Restore" on page 72).
40
Optimizing Performance
Creating a RAID Level 1 Configuration
1 Set your computer to RAID-enabled mode (see "Setting Your Computer to RAID-Enabled Mode" on
page 39).
2 Press <Ctrl><i> when you are prompted to enter the Intel RAID Option ROM utility.
3 Use the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight Create RAID Volume, then press <Enter>.
4 Enter a RAID volume name or accept the default name, then press <Enter>.
5 Use the up- and down-arrow keys to select RAID1 (Mirror), then press <Enter>.
6 If there are more than two hard drives available, press the up- and down-arrow keys and spacebar to
select the two drives you want to use to make up your volume, then press <Enter>.
7 Select the desired capacity for the volume, then press <Enter>.
The default value is the maximum available size.
8 Press <Enter> to create the volume.
9 Press <y> to confirm that you want to create the RAID volume.
10 Confirm that the correct volume configuration is displayed on the main Intel RAID Option ROM
utility screen.
11 Use the up- and down-arrow keys to select Exit, and then press <Enter>.
12 Install the operating system (see "Using Microsoft Windows XP System Restore" on page 72).
Deleting a RAID Volume
NOTICE: The following procedure will result in the loss of all data on the hard drives in your RAID configuration.
Back up any data you want to keep before continuing.
NOTICE: If your computer currently boots to RAID and you delete the RAID volume in the Intel RAID Option ROM
utility, your computer will become unbootable.
1 Press <Ctrl><i> when you are prompted to enter the Intel RAID Option ROM utility.
2 Use the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight Delete RAID Volume, then press <Enter>.
3 Use the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight the RAID volume you want to delete, then press
<Delete>.
4 Press <y> to confirm the deletion of the RAID volume.
5 Press <Esc> to exit the Intel RAID Option ROM utility.
Using the Intel® Application Accelerator
If you already have one hard drive with the operating system installed on it, and you want to add a second
hard drive then reconfigure both drives into a RAID volume without losing the existing operating system
or data, use the migrating option (see "Migrating to a RAID Level 0 Configuration" on page 43 or
"Migrating to a RAID Level 1 Configuration" on page 44). Create a RAID level 0 volume or RAID level 1
volume only when:
Optimizing Performance
41
•
You are adding two new drives to an existing single-drive computer (with the operating system installed
on the single drive), and you want to configure the two new drives into a RAID volume.
•
You already have a two-hard drive computer configured into a volume, but you still have some space
left on the volume that you want to designate as a second RAID volume.
Creating a RAID Level 0 Configuration
NOTICE: The following procedure will result in the loss of all data on the hard drives in your RAID configuration.
Back up any data you want to keep before continuing.
1 Set your computer to RAID-enabled mode (see "Setting Your Computer to RAID-Enabled Mode" on
page 39).
2 Click Start and point to Programs→ Intel(R) Application Accelerator→ Intel Matrix Storage
Manager to launch the Intel® Storage Utility.
NOTE: If you do not see an Actions menu option, you have not yet set your computer to RAID-enabled mode
(see "Setting Your Computer to RAID-Enabled Mode" on page 39).
3 On the Actions menu, select Create RAID Volume to launch the Create RAID Volume Wizard, then
click Next.
4 On the Select Volume Location screen, click the first hard drive you want to include in your RAID
level 0 volume, then click the right arrow.
5 Click to add a second hard drive, then click Next.
To add a third hard drive in your RAID level 0 volume, click the right arrow and click on the third drive
until three drives appear in the Selected window, and then click Next.
6 In the Specify Volume Size window, click the Volume Size desired, then click Next.
7 Click Finish to create the volume, or click Back to make changes.
Creating a RAID Level 1 Configuration
NOTICE: The following procedure will result in the loss of all data on the hard drives in your RAID configuration.
Back up any data you want to keep before continuing.
1 Set your computer to RAID-enabled mode (see "Setting Your Computer to RAID-Enabled Mode" on
page 39).
2 Click the Start button and point to Programs→ Intel(R) Application Accelerator→ Intel Matrix
Storage Manager to launch the Intel® Storage Utility.
NOTE: If you do not see an Actions menu option, you have not yet set your computer to RAID-enabled mode
(see "Setting Your Computer to RAID-Enabled Mode" on page 39).
3 On the Actions menu, select Create RAID Volume to launch the Create RAID Volume Wizard.
4 Click Next at the first screen.
5 Confirm the volume name, select RAID 1 as the RAID level, and then click Next to continue.
42
Optimizing Performance
6 On the Select Volume Location screen, click the first hard drive you want to use to create your RAID
level 0 volume, then click the right arrow. Click to add a second hard drive until two drives appear in
the Selected window, and then click Next.
7 In the Specify Volume Size window, select the Volume Size desired, then click Next.
8 Click Finish to create the volume, or click Back to make changes.
9 Follow Microsoft Windows procedures for creating a partition on the new RAID volume.
Deleting a RAID Volume
NOTE: While this procedure deletes the RAID 1 volume, it also splits the RAID 1 volume into two non-RAID hard
drives with a partition, and leaves any existing data files intact. Deleting a RAID 0 volume, however, destroys all
data on the volume.
1 Click the Start button and point to Programs→ Intel(R) Application Accelerator→ Intel Matrix
Storage Manager to launch the Intel® Storage Utility.
2 Right-click the Volume icon of the RAID volume you want to delete, then select Delete Volume.
3 On the Delete RAID Volume Wizard screen, click Next.
4 Highlight the RAID volume you want to delete in the Available box, click the right-arrow button to
move the highlighted RAID volume into the Selected box, and then click Next.
5 Click Finish to delete the volume.
Migrating to a RAID Level 0 Configuration
1 Set your computer to RAID-enabled mode (see "Setting Your Computer to RAID-Enabled Mode" on
page 39).
2 Click the Start button and point to All Programs→ Intel(R) Application Accelerator→ Intel Matrix
Storage Manager to launch the Intel® Storage Utility.
NOTE: If you do not see an Actions menu option, you have not yet set your computer to RAID-enabled mode
(see "Setting Your Computer to RAID-Enabled Mode" on page 39).
3 On the Actions menu, select Create RAID Volume From Existing Hard Drive to launch the
Migration Wizard.
4 Click Next on the Migration Wizard screen.
5 Enter a RAID volume name or accept the default name.
6 From the drop-down box, select RAID 0 as the RAID level.
7 Select the appropriate strip size from the drop-down box, and then click Next.
NOTE: Select the strip size closest to the size of the average file you want to store on the RAID volume. If you
do not know the average file size, choose 128 KB as your strip size.
Optimizing Performance
43
8 On the Select Source Hard Drive screen, double-click the hard drive from which you want to migrate,
and click Next.
NOTE: The source hard drive should be the hard drive containing the data or operating system files that you
want to keep on the RAID volume.
9 On the Select Member Hard Drive screen, double-click the hard drive(s) to select the member
drive(s) to span the stripe array, then click Next.
10 On the Specify Volume Size screen, select the Volume Size you want, then click Next.
NOTICE: The next step will result in the loss of all data on the member drive.
11 Click Finish to start migrating, or click Back to make changes. You can use your computer normally
during the migration process.
Migrating to a RAID Level 1 Configuration
1 Set your computer to RAID-enabled mode (see "Setting Your Computer to RAID-Enabled Mode" on
page 39).
2 Click the Start button and point to All Programs→ Intel(R) Application Accelerator→ Intel Matrix
Storage Manager to launch the Intel® Storage Utility.
NOTE: If you do not see an Actions menu option, you have not yet set your computer to RAID-enabled mode
(see "Setting Your Computer to RAID-Enabled Mode" on page 39).
3 On the Actions menu, click Create RAID Volume From Existing Hard Drive to launch the Migration
Wizard.
4 Click Next on the first Migration Wizard screen.
5 Enter a RAID volume name or accept the default name.
6 From the drop-down box, select RAID 1 as the RAID level.
7 On the Select Source Hard Drive screen, double-click the hard drive from which you want to migrate,
and click Next.
NOTE: The source hard drive should be the hard drive containing the data or operating system files that you
want to keep on the RAID volume.
8 On the Select Member Hard Drive screen, double-click the hard drive to select the member drive that
you want to act as the mirror in the configuration, then click Next.
9 On the Specify Volume Size screen, select the volume size you want, then click Next.
NOTICE: The next step will result in the loss of all data on the member drive.
10 Click Finish to start migrating, or click Back to make changes. You can use your computer normally
during migration process.
44
Optimizing Performance
Creating a Spare Hard Drive
A spare hard drive may be created with a RAID level 1 configuration. The spare hard drive will not be
recognized by the operating system, but you will be able to see the spare drive from within Disk Manager
or the Intel RAID Option ROM utility. When a member of the RAID level 1 configuration fails, the
computer automatically rebuilds the mirror configuration using the spare hard drive as the failed
member’s replacement.
To mark a drive as a spare hard drive:
1 Click the Start button and point to Programs→ Intel(R) Application Accelerator→ Intel Matrix
Storage Manager to launch the Intel® Storage Utility.
2 Right-click the hard drive you want to mark as a spare hard drive.
3 Click Mark as Spare.
To remove a drive as a spare hard drive:
1 Right-click the spare hard drive icon.
2 Click Reset Hard Drive to Non-RAID.
Rebuilding a Degraded RAID Level 1 Configuration
If your computer does not have a spare hard drive, and the computer has reported a degraded RAID level
1 volume, you can manually rebuild the computer’s redundancy mirror to a new hard drive by performing
the following steps:
1 Click the Start button and point to Programs→ Intel(R) Application Accelerator→ Intel Matrix
Storage Manager to launch the Intel® Storage Utility.
2 Right-click the available hard drive to which you want to rebuild the RAID level 1 volume, then click
Rebuild to this Disk.
You can use your computer while the computer is rebuilding the RAID level 1 volume.
Dell DataSafe (Optional)
Dell DataSafe is a solution to help you protect your data against unfortunate events such as data loss
from system crashes, hard drive failures, software corruption, viruses, and other accidents. Using Intel
technology, your computer has a robust level of data protection out of the factory! With Dell DataSafe,
you will have a selected area on your system that automatically stores periodic copies of your computer's
hard drive data. Not only does Dell DataSafe help you to store and protect your valuable data such as
photos, music, videos, files, and more, it also helps restore your computer and your data in the event of a
failure. The included software can give you the power to roll back your system to a healthy state after a
system problem, easily retrieve deleted files, and recover individual files or an entire hard drive, and the
Intel Matrix Storage Console (RAID) allows for continued functionality in the case of a single hard drive
failure.
Optimizing Performance
45
Intel® Viiv™ Technology (Optional)
Intel Viiv technology is a technology aimed at the digital home enthusiast that includes:
•
A BIOS that supports Intel® Quick Resume Technology
•
Device drivers
This technology allows the user’s system to quickly return to an active state after non-use.
Intel Viiv technology is an option for systems that are ordered with Microsoft® Windows® XP Media
Center Edition 2005 and dual core processors.
Using Intel® Viiv™ Quick Resume Technology (QRT)
When running in the Intel Viiv QRT mode, your power button is used as a quick on/off feature. Pressing
the power button once causes the display to go blank and the audio to mute. In this mode, the computer
is still operating as indicated by the power button indicator and diagnostic lights 1, 2, and 4 being lit.
Also, you may notice that the hard drive indicator may blink when the hard drive is being accessed by an
external device.
To resume normal computer operation, briefly press the power button, press any key on the keyboard,
move the mouse, or press a button on the optional Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center
Edition 2005 remote control.
Enabling the QRT Feature in System Setup
The QRT drivers must be installed before the Quick Resume feature becomes active. The QRT drivers
are installed when this option is ordered. Also, Quick Resume is enabled in system setup when this
feature is ordered.
1 Enter system setup (see "Entering System Setup" on page 125).
2 Press the arrow keys to highlight the Power Management menu option, then press <Enter> to access
the menu.
3 Press the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight the Quick Resume option, then press <Enter> to
access the menu.
4 Press the left- and right-arrow keys to highlight the On option, and then press <Enter> to enable the
Quick Resume feature.
Enabling the QRT Feature in the Operating system
1 Click the Start button, then click Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a category, click Performance and Maintenance.
3 Under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Power Options.
4 Click the Away tab.
5 Ensure that the check boxes for Enable away mode and Options are checked.
46
Optimizing Performance
6 Click the Advanced tab.
7 From the When I press the power button on my computer drop-down menu, select Do Nothing.
8 From the When I press the sleep button on my computer drop-down menu, select Do Nothing.
Optimizing Performance
47
48
Optimizing Performance
Solving Problems
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
support personnel diagnose and fix the problem(s).
•
If an error message occurs in a program, see the program’s documentation.
•
If you cannot boot to your operating system after you have changed your SATA operation settings,
restore your previous SATA operation settings and retry booting to the operating system.
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 perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions 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 "Replacing
the Battery" on page 118). If the battery still does not work properly, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell"
on page 135).
Drive Problems
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the
Product Information Guide.
Solving Problems
49
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 Start, then 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.
TE S T T H E D R I V E —
• Insert another floppy, CD, or DVD to eliminate the possibility that the original is defective.
• Insert a bootable floppy and restart the computer.
C L E A N T H E D R I V E O R D I S K — See "Cleaning Your Computer" on page 34.
CHECK THE CABLE CONNECTIONS
R U N T H E H A R D W A R E TR O U B L E S H O O T E R — See "Using Microsoft Windows XP System Restore" on
page 72.
R U N T H E D E L L D I A G N O S T I C S — See "Dell Diagnostics" on page 68.
CD and DVD drive problems
NOTE: High-speed CD or DVD drive vibration is normal and may cause noise. This 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 61.
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.
50
Solving Problems
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 — Search for
the keyword standby in Windows Help.
Hard drive problems
RUN CHECK DISK —
1 Click Start, then 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 perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
NOTE: Connect the modem to an analog telephone jack only. The modem does not operate while it is connected to
a digital telephone network.
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 feel 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, 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.
Solving Problems
51
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 Start, 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.
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 Start, then 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, then connect to the Internet. For help, contact
your Internet service provider.
Error Messages
If the error message is not listed, see the documentation for the operating system or the program that
was running when the message appeared.
A 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 Start, 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.
A L E R T ! A I R T E M P E R A T U R E S E N S O R N O T D E T E C T E D — The ambient thermal sensor is not detected.
Press F1 to continue or F2 to enter system setup.
52
Solving Problems
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 or CD.
N O N - S YS T E M D I S K E R R O R — Remove the floppy 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 may have to restart your
computer to restore computer resources. If so, run the program that you want to use first.
O P E R A T I N G S YS T E M N O T F O U N D — Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 135).
Media Card Reader Problems
N O D R I V E L E T T E R I S A S S I G N E D — When Microsoft Windows XP detects the Media Card Reader, the
device is automatically assigned a drive letter as the next logical drive after all other physical drives in
the system. If the next logical drive after the physical drives is mapped to a network drive, Windows XP
does not automatically assign a drive letter to the Media Card Reader.
To manually assign a drive for the Media Card Reader:
1 Right-click My Computer and select Manage.
2 Select the Disk Management option.
3 Right-click the corresponding drive letter in the right pane that needs to be changed.
4 Select Drive Letter and Paths.
5 From the drop-down list, select the new drive letter assignment for the Media Card Reader.
6 Click OK to confirm your selection.
NOTE: The Media Card Reader appears as a mapped drive only when it is connected. Each of the four
Media Card Reader slots are mapped to a drive even if no media is installed. If you attempt to access the
Media Card Reader when no media is inserted, you are prompted to insert media.
F L E X B A Y D E V I C E I S D I S A B L E D — There is a FlexBay disable option in the BIOS setup that appears
only when the FlexBay device is installed. If the FlexBay device is physically installed, but it is not
running, check to see if it is enabled in the BIOS setup.
Solving Problems
53
Keyboard Problems
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions 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 "Turning Off Your Computer" on page 77), reconnect the keyboard cable
as shown on the setup diagram for your computer, and then restart the computer.
• Ensure that the cable is not damaged or frayed, and check cable connectors for bent or broken pins.
Straighten any bent pins.
• Remove any keyboard extension cables, and connect the keyboard directly to the computer.
TE S T T H E K E Y B O A R D — Connect a properly working keyboard to the computer, then try using the
keyboard.
R U N T H E H A R D W A R E TR O U B L E S H O O T E R — See "Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities"
on page 72.
Lockups and Software Problems
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions 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 "Diagnostic Lights" on page 65.
ENSURE THAT THE POWER CABLE IS FIRMLY CONNECTED TO THE COMPUTER AND TO THE
ELECTRICAL OUTLET
The computer stops responding
NOTICE: You may lose data if you are unable to perform an operating system shutdown.
TU R N T H E C O M P U T E R O F F — If you are unable to get a response by pressing a key on your keyboard or
moving your mouse, press and hold the power button for at least 8 to 10 seconds until the computer
turns off, and then restart your computer.
54
Solving Problems
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: Most software 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
R U N T H E P R O G R A M C O M P A T I B I L I T Y W I Z A R D — The Program Compatibility Wizard configures a
program so that it runs in an environment similar to non-Windows XP operating system environments.
1 Click Start, 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, and then restart your computer.
Solving Problems
55
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 perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
IF YOU RECEIVE AN INSUFFICIENT MEMORY MESSAGE —
• Save and close any open files and exit any open programs you are not using.
• See the software documentation for minimum memory requirements. If necessary, install additional
memory (see "Installing Memory" on page 83).
• Reseat the memory modules (see "Memory" on page 82) to ensure that your computer is successfully
communicating with the memory.
• Run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 68).
IF YOU EXPERIENCE OTHER MEMORY PROBLEMS —
• Reseat the memory modules (see "Memory" on page 82) to ensure that your computer is successfully
communicating with the memory.
• Ensure that you are following the memory installation guidelines (see "Installing Memory" on page 83).
• Your computer supports DDR2 memory. For more information about the type of memory supported by
your computer, see "Memory" on page 121.
• Run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 68).
56
Solving Problems
Mouse Problems
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
C L E A N T H E M O U S E — For instructions on cleaning the mouse, see "Cleaning the Mouse" on page 35.
CHECK THE MOUSE CABLE —
1 Remove any mouse extension cables, and connect the mouse directly to the computer.
2 Verify that the mouse cable is connected as shown on the setup diagram for your computer.
RESTART THE COMPUTER —
1 Simultaneously press <Ctrl><Esc> to display the Start menu.
2 Press <u>, press the up- and down-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 Turn on the computer.
TE S T T H E M O U S E — Connect a properly working mouse to the computer, then try using the mouse.
CHECK THE MOUSE SETTINGS —
1 Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Printers and Other Hardware.
2 Click Mouse.
3 Adjust the settings as needed.
R E I N S T A L L T H E M O U S E D R I V E R — See "Reinstalling Drivers" on page 71.
R U N T H E H A R D W A R E TR O U B L E S H O O T E R — See "Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities"
on page 72.
Solving Problems
57
Network Problems
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
C H E C K T H E N E T W O R K C A B L E C O N N E C T O R — Ensure that the network cable is firmly inserted into the
network connector on the back of the computer and the network jack.
C H E C K T H E N E T W O R K L I G H T S 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, no
network communication exists. Replace the network cable. For a description of network lights, see
"Controls and Lights" on page 124.
RESTART THE COMPUTER AND LOG ON TO THE NETWORK AGAIN
C H E C K Y O U R N E T W O R K S E T T I N G S — Contact your network administrator or the person who set up
your network to verify that your network settings are correct and that the network is functioning.
R U N T H E H A R D W A R E TR O U B L E S H O O T E R — See "Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities"
on page 72.
Power Problems
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
I F T H E P O W E R L I G H T I S G R E E N A N D T H E C O M P U T E R I S N O T R E S P O N D I N G — See "Dell Diagnostics"
on page 68.
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.
58
Solving Problems
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 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.
• 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
"System Board Components" on page 81).
I F T H E P O W E R L I G H T I S S T E A D Y A M B E R — A device may be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed.
• Remove and then reinstall the memory modules (see "Memory" on page 82).
• Remove and then reinstall any cards, including graphics cards (see "Cards" on page 86).
I F T H E P O W E R L I G H T I S B L I N K I N G A M B E R — The computer is receiving electrical power, but an
internal power problem may exist.
• Ensure that the voltage selection switch is set to match the AC power at your location, if applicable.
• Ensure that the processor power cable is securely connected to the system board (see "System Board
Components" on page 81).
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 connected to the same power strip
• Multiple power strips connected to the same electrical outlet
Printer Problems
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
NOTE: If you need technical assistance for your printer, contact the printer’s manufacturer.
C H E C K T H E P R I N T E R D O C U M E N T A T I O N — See the printer documentation for setup and
troubleshooting information.
ENSURE THAT THE PRINTER IS TURNED ON
Solving Problems
59
CHECK THE PRINTER CABLE CONNECTIONS —
• See the printer documentation for cable connection information.
• Ensure that the printer cables are securely connected to the printer and the computer (see "Setting Up a
Printer" on page 20).
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 Start, 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, then click the Ports tab. For a USB printer, ensure that Print to the following port(s):
is set to 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 perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
NOTE: If you need technical assistance for your scanner, contact the scanner’s manufacturer.
C H E C K T H E S C A N N E R D O C U M E N T A T I O N — See the scanner documentation for setup and
troubleshooting information.
U N L O C K T H E S C A N N E R — Ensure that your scanner is unlocked (if the scanner has a locking tab or
button).
RESTART THE COMPUTER AND TRY THE SCANNER AGAIN
CHECK THE CABLE CONNECTIONS —
• See the scanner documentation for cable connection information.
• Ensure that the scanner cables are securely connected to the scanner and the computer.
60
Solving Problems
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 Start, 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 perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
No sound from speakers
NOTE: The volume control in MP3 and other media players may override the Windows volume setting. Always
check to ensure that the volume on the media player(s) has not been turned down or off.
C H E C K T H E S P E A K E R C A B L E C O N N E C T I O N S — Ensure that the speakers are connected as shown on
the setup diagram supplied with the speakers. If you purchased a sound card, ensure that the speakers
are connected to the card.
E N S U R E T H A T T H E S U B W O O F E R A N D T H E S P E A K E R S A R E T U R N E D O N — See the setup diagram
supplied with the speakers. If your speakers have volume controls, adjust the volume, bass, or treble to
eliminate distortion.
A D J U S T T H E W I N D O W S V O L U M E C O N T R O L — Click or double-click the speaker icon in the lower-right
corner of your screen. Ensure that the volume is turned up and that the sound is not muted.
D I S C O N N E C T H E A D P H O N E S F R O M T H E H E A D P H O N E C O N N E C T O R — Sound from the speakers is
automatically disabled when headphones are connected to the computer’s front-panel headphone
connector.
TE S T T H E E L E C T R I C A L O U T L E T — Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with another
device, such as a lamp.
E L I M I N A T E P O S S I B L E I N T E R F E R E N C E — Turn off nearby fans, fluorescent lights, or halogen lamps to
check for interference.
Solving Problems
61
R E I N S T A L L T H E S O U N D D R I V E R — See "Reinstalling Drivers" on page 71.
R U N T H E H A R D W A R E TR O U B L E S H O O T E R — See "Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities"
on page 72.
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 "Front View of the Computer" on page 13).
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 perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
NOTE: See the monitor documentation for troubleshooting procedures.
The screen is blank
CHECK THE MONITOR CABLE CONNECTION —
• Ensure that the monitor cable is connected as shown on the setup diagram for your computer.
• Remove any video extension cables and connect the monitor directly to the computer.
• Swap the computer and monitor power cables to determine if the power cable is defective.
• Check the connectors for bent or broken pins (it is normal for monitor cable connectors to have missing
pins).
CHECK THE MONITOR POWER LIGHT —
• 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 to resume normal
operation.
62
Solving Problems
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 "Diagnostic Lights" on page 65.
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 Start, click Control Panel, and then click Appearance and Themes.
2 Click Display, then click the Settings tab.
3 Adjust Screen resolution and Color quality settings, as needed.
Solving Problems
63
64
Solving Problems
Troubleshooting Tools
Diagnostic Lights
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the
Product Information Guide.
To help you troubleshoot a problem, your computer has four lights labeled 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the front
panel (see "Front View of the Computer" on page 13). When the computer starts normally, the lights
flash before turning off. If the computer malfunctions, the sequence of the lights help to identify the
problem.
Light Pattern
Problem Description
Suggested Resolution
The computer is in a normal "off"
condition or a possible pre-BIOS failure
has occurred.
• Plug the computer into a working
electrical outlet (see "Power Problems"
on page 58).
• If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see "Contacting Dell" on page 135).
All four diagnostic lights display solid
green and then turn off after the system
successfully boots to the operating
system.
A possible processor failure has occurred. Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on
page 135).
Troubleshooting Tools
65
Light Pattern
66
Problem Description
Suggested Resolution
Memory modules are detected, but a
memory failure has occurred.
• If two or more memory modules are
installed, remove the modules (see
"Removing Memory" on page 85), then
reinstall one module (see "Installing
Memory" on page 83) and restart the
computer. If the computer starts
normally, continue to install additional
modules (one at a time) 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 "Installing Memory" on
page 83).
• If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see "Contacting Dell" on page 135).
A possible graphics card failure has
occurred.
• Reseat any installed graphics card (see
"Cards" on page 86).
• If available, install a working graphics
card into your computer.
• If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see "Contacting Dell" on page 135).
A possible floppy drive or hard drive
failure has occurred.
Reseat all power and data cables.
A possible USB failure has occurred.
Reinstall all USB devices and check all
cable connections.
Troubleshooting Tools
Light Pattern
Problem Description
Suggested Resolution
No memory modules are detected.
• If two or more memory modules are
installed, remove the modules (see
"Removing Memory" on page 85), then
reinstall one module (see "Installing
Memory" on page 83) and restart the
computer. If the computer starts
normally, continue to install additional
modules (one at a time) 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 "Installing Memory" on
page 83).
• If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see "Contacting Dell" on page 135).
Memory modules are detected, but a
memory configuration or compatibility
error has occurred.
• Ensure that no special requirements
for memory module/connector
placement exist (see "Memory" on
page 82).
• Ensure that the memory you are using
is supported by your computer (see
"Memory" on page 121).
• If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see "Contacting Dell" on page 135).
A possible expansion card failure has
occurred.
1 Determine if a conflict exists by
removing a card (not a graphics card)
and restarting the computer (see
"Cards" on page 86).
2 If the problem persists, reinstall the
card that you removed, then remove a
different card and restart the computer.
3 Repeat this process for each card
installed. If the computer starts
normally, troubleshoot the last card
removed from the computer for
resource conflicts (see "Resolving
Software and Hardware
Incompatibilities" on page 72).
4 If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see "Contacting Dell" on page 135).
Troubleshooting Tools
67
Light Pattern
Problem Description
Suggested Resolution
The system is operating in quick resume
mode. See "Using Intel® Viiv™ Quick
Resume Technology (QRT)" on page 46
for additional information.
•
•
•
•
Another failure has occurred.
• Ensure that all hard drive and
CD/DVD cables are properly
connected to the system board (see
"System Board Components" on
page 81).
• If there is an error message on your
screen identifying a problem with a
device (such as the floppy drive or hard
drive), check the device to ensure that
it is functioning properly.
• If the operating system is attempting to
boot from a device (such as the floppy
drive or hard drive), check system setup
(see "System Setup" on page 125) to
ensure the boot sequence is correct for
the devices installed on your computer.
• If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see "Contacting Dell" on page 135).
Press the power button
Move the mouse
Press any key on the keyboard
Press any key on the optional MCE
remote control
• If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see "Contacting Dell" on page 135).
Dell Diagnostics
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
If you experience a problem with your computer, perform the checks in "Solving Problems" on page 49
and run the Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for technical assistance.
NOTE: The Dell Diagnostics only operate 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 and try again.
3 When the boot device list appears, highlight Boot to Utility Partition, then press <Enter>.
4 When the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu appears, select the test you want to run.
68
Troubleshooting Tools
Dell Diagnostics Main Menu
1 After the Dell Diagnostics loads and the Main Menu screen appears, click the button for the option
you want.
Option
Function
Express Test
Performs a quick test of devices. This test typically takes 10 to
20 minutes and requires no interaction on your part. Run
Express Test first to increase the possibility of tracing the
problem quickly.
Extended Test
Performs a thorough check of devices. This test typically takes
1 hour or more and requires you to answer questions
periodically.
Custom Test
Tests a specific device. You can customize the tests you want
to run.
Symptom Tree
Lists the most common symptoms encountered and allows
you to select a test based on the symptom of the problem you
are having.
2 If a problem is encountered during a test, a message appears with an error code and a description of the
problem. Write down the error code and problem description and follow the instructions on the
screen.
If you cannot resolve the error condition, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 135).
NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer is located at the top of each test screen. When contacting Dell
support, have your Service Tag ready.
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.
Troubleshooting Tools
69
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 displays the information in the device list in the left pane of
the screen. The device list may not display the names of all the
components installed on your computer or all devices attached to
your computer.
Parameters
Allows you to customize the test by changing the test settings.
4 Close the test screen to return to the Main Menu screen. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and restart the
computer, close the Main Menu screen.
Drivers
What Is a Driver?
A driver is a program that controls a device such as a printer, mouse, or keyboard. All devices require a
driver program.
A driver acts like a translator between the device and any 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.
Windows XP
1 Click Start, then 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.
70
Troubleshooting Tools
5 Click Device Manager.
6 Scroll down the list to see if any device has an exclamation point (a yellow circle with a [!]) on the
device icon.
If an exclamation point is next to the device name, you may need to reinstall the driver or install a new
driver.
Reinstalling Drivers
NOTICE: The Dell Support website at support.dell.com provides approved drivers for Dell computers. If you install
drivers obtained from other sources, your computer might not work correctly.
Using Windows XP Device Driver Rollback
If a problem occurs on your computer after you install or update a driver, use Windows XP Device Driver
Rollback to replace the driver with the previously installed version.
1 Click Start, then 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, then click Properties.
7 Click the Drivers tab.
8 Click Roll Back Driver.
If Device Driver Rollback does not resolve the problem, use System Restore to return your computer to
the operating state that existed before you installed the new driver.
Manually Reinstalling Drivers
1 After copying the required driver files to your hard drive, click Start, and then right-click My
Computer.
2 Click Properties.
3 Click the Hardware tab, then click Device Manager.
4 Double-click the type of device for which you are installing the driver.
5 Double-click the name of the device for which you are installing the driver.
6 Click the Driver tab, then click Update Driver.
7 Click Install from a list or specific location (Advanced), then click Next.
8 Click Browse and browse to the location to which you previously extracted the driver files.
9 When the name of the appropriate driver appears, click Next.
10 Click Finish, and then restart your computer.
Troubleshooting Tools
71
Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities
If a device is not detected during the operating system setup or is detected but incorrectly configured,
you can use the Hardware Troubleshooter to resolve the incompatibility.
To resolve incompatibilities using the Hardware Troubleshooter:
1 Click Start, then click Help and Support.
2 Type hardware troubleshooter in the Search field, then 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
then click Next.
Restoring Your Operating System
You can restore your operating system in the following ways:
•
Microsoft® Windows® XP System Restore returns your computer to an earlier operating state without
affecting data files. Use System Restore as the first solution for restoring your operating system and
preserving 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. Use PC Restore only if System Restore did
not resolve your operating system problem.
•
If you received an Operating System CD with your computer, you can use it to restore your operating
system. However, using the Operating System CD also deletes all data on the hard drive. Use the CD
only if System Restore did not resolve your operating system problem.
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 the Windows Help and Support
Center:
1 Click Start→ Help and Support.
2 Type a word or phrase that describes your problem, then click the arrow icon.
3 Click the topic that describes your problem.
4 Follow the instructions on the screen.
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 and may not apply if you set
your Dell computer to the Windows Classic view.
72
Troubleshooting Tools
Creating a Restore Point
1 Click Start, then click Help and Support.
2 Click the task for 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 "Using Windows XP
Device Driver Rollback" on page 71) to resolve the problem. If that is unsuccessful, 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 Start, point to All Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools, and then click System Restore.
2 Ensure that Restore my computer to an earlier time is selected, then 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, then click Next.
If a calendar date has only one restore point, 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, 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.
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 Start, point to All Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools, and then click System Restore.
2 Click Undo my last restoration, and then click Next.
Enabling System Restore
If you reinstall Windows XP with less than 200 MB of free hard-disk space available, System Restore is
automatically disabled. To see if System Restore is enabled:
1 Click Start, then click Control Panel.
2 Click Performance and Maintenance.
Troubleshooting Tools
73
3 Click System.
4 Click the System Restore tab.
5 Ensure that Turn off System Restore is unchecked.
Using Dell PC Restore by Symantec
NOTICE: Using Dell 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. Use PC
Restore only if System Restore did not resolve your operating system problem.
NOTE: Dell PC Restore by Symantec is not available in all countries or on all computers.
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, etc. If possible, back up all 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 starting, 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.
74
Troubleshooting Tools
Removing Dell PC Restore
NOTICE: Removing Dell PC Restore from the hard drive permanently deletes the PC Restore utility from your
computer. After you have removed Dell PC Restore, you will not be able to use it to restore your computer’s
operating system.
Dell PC Restore enables you to restore your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you
purchased your computer. It is recommended that you do not remove PC Restore from your computer,
even to gain additional hard-drive space. If you remove PC Restore from the hard drive, you can never
recall it, and you will not be able to use PC Restore to return your computer’s operating system to its
original state.
1 Log on to the computer as a local administrator.
2 In Windows Explorer, go to c:\dell\utilities\DSR.
3 Double-click the filename DSRIRRemv2.exe.
NOTE: If you do not log on as a local administrator, a message appears stating that you that you must log on
as administrator. Click Quit, and then log on as a local administrator.
NOTE: If the partition for PC Restore does not exist on your computer’s hard drive, a message appears stating
that the partition was not found. Click Quit; there is no partition to delete.
4 Click OK to remove the PC Restore partition on the hard drive.
5 Click Yes when a confirmation message appears.
The PC Restore partition is deleted and the newly available disk space is added to the free space
allocation on the hard drive.
6 Right-click Local Disk (C) in Windows Explorer, click Properties and verify that the additional disk
space is available as indicated by the increased value for Free Space.
7 Click Finish to close the PC Restore Removal window.
8 Restart the computer.
Troubleshooting Tools
75
76
Troubleshooting Tools
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" on page 77 and "Before Working
Inside Your Computer" on page 78.
•
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
•
Flash BIOS update program floppy disk or CD
Turning Off Your Computer
NOTICE: To avoid losing data, save and close any open files and exit any open programs before you turn off
your computer.
1 Shut down the operating system:
a
Save and close any open files, exit any open programs, click Start, 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.
Removing and Installing Parts
77
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 perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions 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 "Turning Off Your Computer" on page 77).
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.
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.
Removing the Computer Cover
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before
removing the cover.
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.
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 77.
2 If you have installed a security cable, remove it from the security cable slot.
NOTICE: Ensure that sufficient space exists to support the removed cover—at least 30 cm (1 ft) of desk top space.
78
Removing and Installing Parts
NOTICE: Ensure that you are working on a level, protected surface to avoid scratching either the computer or the
surface on which it is resting.
3 Lay your computer on its side with the computer cover facing up.
4 Pull back the cover release latch on the top panel.
1
2
3
1
cover release latch
2
computer cover
3
hinge tabs (3)
5 Locate the three hinge tabs on the bottom edge of the computer.
6 Grip the sides of the computer cover and pivot the cover up.
7 Lift the cover away and set it aside in a secure location.
Removing and Installing Parts
79
Inside View of Your Computer
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
2
1
5
4
3
80
1
power supply
2
system board
4
floppy drive (may not be
present on all computers)
5
CD or DVD drive
Removing and Installing Parts
3
hard drive
System Board Components
1
3
2
4
5
20
6
19
7
8
9
18
10
17
11
16
12
14
15
13
1
memory module connectors
(1, 2, 3, 4)
2
battery socket (BATTERY)
3
SATA Connectors SATA0,
SATA1)
4
front panel I/O connector
5
main power connector
6
SATA connectors (4) (SATA2,
SATA3, SATA4, SATA5
7
FlexBay USB connector
8
clear CMOS jumper
(CLRCMOS)
9
password jumper (CLRPSWD)
Removing and Installing Parts
81
10 PCI Express x1 card connector 11
PCI Express x16 card
connector
12
PCI Express x4 card connector
13 PCI card connectors
14
floppy drive connector
(FLOPPY)
15
PS/2 and Serial connector
16 rear fan connector
17
thermal sensor connector
18
CPU fan connector
19 processor and heat sink
connector
20
processor power connector
Memory
You can increase your computer memory by installing memory modules on the system board. For
information on the type of memory supported by your computer, see "Memory" on page 121.
Memory Overview
•
Memory modules should be installed in pairs of matched memory size, speed, and technology. If the
memory modules are not installed in matched pairs, the computer will continue to operate, but with a
slight reduction in performance. See the label in the upper-right corner of the module to determine
the module’s capacity.
NOTE: Always install memory modules in the order indicated on the system board.
The recommended memory configurations are:
–
A pair of matched memory modules installed in connectors DIMM_1 and DIMM_2
or
–
82
A pair of matched memory modules installed in connectors DIMM_1 and DIMM_2 and another
matched pair installed in connectors DIMM_3 and DIMM_4
•
If you install mixed pairs of DDR2 533-MHz (PC2-4300), DDR2 667-MHz (PC2-5300), and DDR2
800-MHz (PC2-6400) memory, the modules function at the slowest speed installed.
•
Be sure to install a single memory module in the DIMM_1 connector, the connector closest to the
processor, before you install modules in the other connectors.
•
While installing memory modules, ensure that you do not mix ECC and non-ECC memory.
Removing and Installing Parts
Channel A: matched pair of memory
modules in connectors DIMM_1
and DIMM_2 (white securing clips)
Channel B: matched pair of memory
modules in connectors DIMM_3
and DIMM_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 connectors DIMM_1 and DIMM_2 or
connectors DIMM_3 and DIMM_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 perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions 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.
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 77.
2 Remove the computer cover (see "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 78).
3 Lay the computer on its side so that the system board is on the bottom of the inside of the computer.
Removing and Installing Parts
83
4 Press out the securing clip at each end of the memory module connector.
5 Align the notch on the bottom of the module with the crossbar in the connector.
3
3
2
2
1)
1
4
4
3
2
1
4
84
1
cutouts (2)
4
crossbar
Removing and Installing Parts
2
memory module
3
notch
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.
6 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.
7 Replace 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.
8 Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.
9 Right-click the My Computer icon, then click Properties.
10 Click the General tab.
11 To verify that the memory is installed correctly, check the amount of memory (RAM) listed.
Removing Memory
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions 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.
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 77.
2 Remove the computer cover (see "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 78).
3 Press out the securing clip at each end of the memory module connector.
4 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.
Removing and Installing Parts
85
Cards
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions 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.
Your Dell™ computer provides the following slots for PCI and PCI Express cards:
•
Three PCI card slots
•
One PCI Express x1 card slot
•
One PCI Express x16 card slot
•
One PCI Express x4 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 90.
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 92.
Installing a PCI Card
NOTE: Dell offers an optional customer kit for Audigy II and IEEE 1394 PCI add-in-cards that includes a frontmounted IEEE 1394 connector.
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 77.
2 Remove the computer cover (see "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 78).
86
Removing and Installing Parts
1
5
4
3
2
1
release tabs (2)
2
filler bracket
4
alignment bar
5
card retention door
3
alignment guide
Removing and Installing Parts
87
3 Push the two release tabs on the card retention door from the inside to pivot the door open. Because
the door is captive, it will remain in the open position.
2
3
1
1
release tab
2
card retention mechanism
3
card retention door
4 If your computer includes a card retention mechanism, to secure the x16 card in place from the top:
a
Pivot the mechanism upward and gently press the release tab downward to release the mechanism
from the two tab slots holding it in place.
b
Set the retention mechanism aside in a secure location.
5 If you are installing a new card, remove the filler bracket to create a card-slot opening. Then continue
with step 7.
6 If you are replacing a card that is already installed in the computer, remove the card.
If necessary, disconnect any cables connected to the card. Grasp the card by its top corners, and ease it
out of its connector.
7 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.
8 Place the card in the connector and press down firmly. Ensure that the card is fully seated in the slot.
88
Removing and Installing Parts
2
3
1
6
4
4
1
fully seated card
2
not fully seated card
3
bracket within slot
4
bracket caught outside of slot
5
alignment bar
6
alignment guide
9 Before you close the card retention door, ensure that:
•
The tops of all cards and filler brackets are flush with the alignment bar.
•
The notch in the top of the card or filler bracket fits around the alignment guide.
1
2
1
card retention door
2
release tabs (2)
Removing and Installing Parts
89
10 Close the card retention door by snapping it into place to secure the card(s).
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.
11 Connect any cables that should be attached to the card.
See the documentation for the card for information about the card cable connections.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network device and then plug the cable into the
computer.
12 If you replaced a card that was already installed in the computer and you removed the retention
mechanism, you may reinstall the retention mechanism.
13 Before replacing the card retention mechanism, ensure that:
•
The tops of all cards and filler brackets are flush with the alignment bar.
•
The notch in the top of the card or filler bracket fits around the alignment guide.
14 Snap the card retention mechanism into place, securing the PCI card.
15 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn
them on.
16 If you installed a sound card:
a
Enter system setup, select Integrated Audio Controller, and then change the setting to Off.
b
Connect external audio devices to the sound card connectors. Do not connect external audio
devices to the integrated microphone, speaker/headphone, or line-in connectors on the back panel.
17 If you installed an add-in network adapter and want to disable the integrated network adapter:
a
Enter system setup, select Integrated NIC Controller, and then change the setting to Off.
b
Connect the network cable to the add-in network adapter connectors. Do not connect the network
cable to the integrated connector on the back panel.
18 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 77.
2 Remove the computer cover (see "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 78).
3 If you are removing the card permanently, install a filler bracket in the empty card-slot opening.
If you need a filler bracket, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 135).
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 the cable into the
computer.
90
Removing and Installing Parts
4 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn
them on.
5 Remove the card driver from the operating system.
6 If you removed a sound card:
a
Enter system setup, select Integrated Audio Controller, and then change the setting to On.
b
Connect external audio devices to the audio connectors on the back panel of the computer.
7 If you removed an add-in network connector:
a
Enter system setup, select Integrated NIC Controller, and then change the setting to On.
b
Connect the network cable to the integrated connector on the back panel of the computer.
PCI Express Cards
Your computer supports:
•
One PCI Express x1 card
•
One PCI Express x16 card
•
One PCI Express x4 card
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 card, see "Removing a PCI Express Card" on page 97.
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 86.
Removing and Installing Parts
91
Installing a PCI Express Card
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 77.
2
3
1
6
5
4
1
card retention door
2
release tabs (2)
3
lever on chassis wall (may not
be present on all computers)
4
filler bracket
5
alignment guide
6
alignment bar
2 If present on your computer, rotate the lever on the chassis wall upward.
3 Push the two release tabs on the card retention door toward each other and pivot the door open.
Because the door is captive, it will remain in the open position.
92
Removing and Installing Parts
2
1
1
release tab
2
card retention mechanism
3
3
card retention door
4 If you are installing a new card, remove the filler bracket to create a card-slot opening. Then continue
with step 7.
5 If you are replacing a card that is already installed in the computer, remove the existing 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.
Removing and Installing Parts
93
6 Pull the securing tab, grasp the card by its top corners, and then ease it out of its connector.
4
2
3
5
1
1
PCI Express x16 card slot
2
PCI Express x16 card
4
PCI Express x1 card
5
PCI Express x1 card slot
3
securing tab
7 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.
8 If you are installing the card into the x16 card connector, position the card so that the securing slot is
aligned with the securing tab.
NOTICE: Ensure that you release the securing tab to seat the card. If the card is not installed correctly, you may
damage the system board.
9 Place the card in the connector and press down firmly. Ensure that the card is fully seated in the slot.
94
Removing and Installing Parts
2
3
1
6
4
5
1
fully seated card
2
not fully seated card
3
bracket within slot
4
bracket caught outside of slot
5
alignment bar
6
alignment guide
10 Ensure that:
•
The tops of all cards and filler brackets are flush with the alignment bar.
•
The notch in the top of the card or filler bracket fits around the alignment guide.
11 If you removed a card retention mechanism, snap it into place, securing the PCI-E card.
Removing and Installing Parts
95
2
1
1
release tab
2
card retention mechanism
3
3
card retention door
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.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network device and then plug the cable into the
computer.
12 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn
them on.
13 If you installed a sound card:
a
Enter system setup, select Integrated 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 integrated microphone, speaker/headphone, or line-in connectors on the back panel.
14 If you installed an add-in network adapter and want to disable the integrated network adapter:
a
Enter system setup, select Integrated NIC 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.
15 Install any drivers required for the card as described in the card documentation.
96
Removing and Installing Parts
Removing a PCI Express Card
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 77.
2 Remove the computer cover (see "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 78).
2
3
1
6
5
4
1
card retention door
2
release tabs (2)
3
lever on chassis wall (may not
be present on all computers)
4
filler bracket
5
alignment guide
6
alignment bar
3 If present on your computer, rotate the lever on the chassis wall upward.
Removing and Installing Parts
97
4 Push the two release tabs on the card retention door toward each other and pivot the door open.
Because the door is captive, it will remain in the open position.
1
release tab
3
2
1
2
card retention mechanism
3
card retention door
5 If your computer includes a card retention mechanism, to remove the x16 card:
a
Pivot the mechanism upward and gently squeeze in on the sides to release the mechanism from
the two tab slots holding it in place.
b
Set the retention mechanism aside in a secure location.
4
2
3
5
1
98
1
PCI Express x16 card slot
2
PCI Express x16 card
4
PCI Express x1 card
5
PCI Express x1 card slot
Removing and Installing Parts
3
securing tab
NOTICE: Ensure that you release the securing tab to unseat the card. If the card is not removed correctly, the
system board may be damaged.
6 Release the securing tab on the card slot to unseat the card.
7 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 "Contacting Dell" on page 135).
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.
8 Reseat the card retention mechanism in the tabs and pivot downward to snap it into place.
9 Close the card retention door to snap it into place, securing the card(s).
NOTE: For full-length PCI-E cards, if a "piano" bracket is present on your computer you need to rotate it down into
place.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network device and then plug the cable into the
computer.
10 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn
them on.
11 Remove the card driver from the operating system.
12 If you removed a sound card:
a
Enter system setup, select Integrated Audio Controller, and then change the setting to On.
b
Connect external audio devices to the integrated audio connectors on the back panel of the
computer.
13 If you removed an add-in network connector:
a
Enter system setup, select Integrated NIC Controller, and then change the setting to On.
b
Connect the network cable to the integrated connector on the back panel of the computer.
NOTE: Install any drivers required for the card as described in the card documentation.
Removing and Installing Parts
99
Drive Panels
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before
removing the cover.
Removing the Drive Panel
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 77.
2
1
3
1
100
sliding plate
Removing and Installing Parts
2
sliding plate lever
3
drive panel
2 Grasping the lever on the sliding plate, pull the sliding plate to the right and hold in place.
NOTE: The sliding plate secures and releases the drive panel and helps to secure the drives.Push from the inside
and pivot the drive panel to the left to release the panel from its side hinges.
3 Set the drive panel aside in a secure location.
Removing the Drive-Panel Insert
1
2
3
1
drive panel
2
drive-panel insert tab
3
drive-panel insert
1 Turn the drive panel sideways and find the tip of the drive-panel insert tab that latches over a tab on
the right side of the drive panel.
2 Pull the inner tip of the drive-panel insert tab away from the drive panel.
3 Pivot the drive-panel insert out and away from the drive panel.
4 Set the drive-panel insert aside in a secure location.
Removing and Installing Parts
101
Replacing the Drive-Panel Insert
2
1
3
4
1
center drive-panel tab
4
drive-panel insert
2
drive panel
3
drive-panel insert tab
1 Slide the tab on the left side of the drive-panel insert under the center drive panel tab.
2 Rotate the drive-panel insert into place and snap the drive-panel insert tab over the corresponding tab
on the drive panel.
3 Ensure that the drive-panel insert is correctly seated in the drive panel.
102
Removing and Installing Parts
Replacing the Drive Panel
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 77.
2
1
3
1
sliding plate
2
sliding plate lever
3
drive panel
2 Align the drive panel tabs with the side-door hinges.
3 Rotate the drive panel toward the computer until the sliding plate lever clicks into place and the drive
panel snaps into place on the front panel.
Drives
Your computer supports:
•
Two hard drives (Serial ATA)
•
Two FlexBay drives (can contain an optional floppy drive or optional Media Card Reader)
•
Two CD or DVD drives
Removing and Installing Parts
103
General Installation Guidelines
Connect hard drives to the connector labeled "SATA0" and "SATA1", starting with the lower number
first. Connect CD/DVD drives to the connector labeled "SATA4" or "SATA5", starting with the lower
number first.
Serial ATA hard drives and CD/DVD drives should be connected to the connector labeled "SATA" on the
system board.
When connecting and disconnecting a serial ATA cable, hold the cable by the connector at each end.
Hard Drive
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions 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.
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 77.
3 Remove the computer cover (see "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 78).
104
Removing and Installing Parts
Removing a Hard Drive
1 Disconnect the power and hard drive cables from the drive.
1
2
1
power cable
2
hard drive cable
2 Press in on the tabs on each side of the drive and slide the drive up and out.
1
2
1
tabs (2)
2
hard drive
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 the drive is configured for your computer.
Removing and Installing Parts
105
3 If your replacement hard drive does not have the hard drive bracket attached, remove the bracket from
the old hard drive by unsnapping it from the drive.
4 Snap the hard drive bracket onto the replacement hard drive.
5 Install the hard drive into the computer by sliding the drive into place until you feel it click into place.
1
2
1
hard drive
2
hard drive bracket
6 Connect the power and hard drive cables to the hard drive.
1
2
1
power cable
2
hard drive cable
7 Check all connectors to be certain that they are properly cabled and firmly seated.
8 Replace the computer cover.
106
Removing and Installing Parts
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable in to the network wall jack and then plug the cable into
the computer.
9 Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.
See the documentation that came with the hard drive for instructions about installing any software
required for the operation of the hard drive.
Adding a Second Hard Drive
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions 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.
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 77.
3 Press in on the tabs on each side of the hard drive bracket in the empty drive bay and slide the bracket
up and out.
4 Snap the hard drive bracket onto the new hard drive.
NOTICE: Do not install any drive into the lower hard-drive bay until you have removed the hard drive bracket from
the inside of the hard drive bay.
5 Slide the new hard drive into empty bay until you feel a click.
NOTE: If your replacement hard drive does not have the hard drive bracket attached, remove the bracket from the old
hard drive by unsnapping it from the drive. Snap the bracket onto the new hard drive.
1
2
1
hard drive
2
hard drive bracket
Removing and Installing Parts
107
6 Gently slide the drive into place until you feel a click or feel the drive securely installed.
7 Connect the power and hard drive cables to the drive.
8 Check all connectors to be certain that they are properly cabled and firmly seated.
9 Replace the computer cover ("Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 119).
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.
See the documentation that came with the drive for instructions on installing any software required for
drive operation.
Floppy Drive
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before
opening the cover.
NOTE: If you are adding a floppy drive, see "Installing a Floppy Drive" on page 110.
Removing a Floppy Drive
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 77.
2 Remove the computer cover (see "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 78).
3 Disconnect the power and floppy drive cables from the back of the floppy drive.
4 Disconnect the other end of the floppy drive cable from the system board.
108
Removing and Installing Parts
1
5
2
4
3
1
power cable
2
floppy drive cable
4
sliding plate lever
5
sliding plate
3
floppy drive
5 Pull the sliding plate to the right and hold in place.
6 Slide the floppy drive out of the floppy drive bay.
Removing and Installing Parts
109
Installing a Floppy Drive
1 If you are installing a new floppy drive, remove the shoulder screws from the inside of the drive-panel
insert and attach the screws to the new drive.
1
2
1
floppy drive
2
shoulder screws (4)
2 Slide the floppy drive into the floppy drive bay until the sliding plate clicks into place and the drive
snaps into position.
3 Attach the power and floppy-drive cables to the floppy drive.
4 Check all cable connections, and fold cables out of the way to provide airflow for the fan and cooling
vents.
5 Replace the computer cover.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable in to the network wall jack and then plug it in to the
computer.
6 Connect your computer and devices to their electrical outlets, and then turn them on.
See the documentation that came with the floppy drive for instructions on installing any software
required for the operation of the drive.
7 Enter system setup (see "System Setup" on page 125) and select the appropriate Diskette Drive
option.
8 Verify that your computer works correctly by running the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on
page 68).
110
Removing and Installing Parts
Media Card Reader
For information on using the Media Card Reader, see "Using a Media Card Reader (Optional)" on
page 30.
Removing a Media Card Reader
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions 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 77.
2 Lay the computer on its side so that the system board is on the bottom of the inside of the computer.
3 Remove the computer cover (see "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 78).
4 Remove the drive panel (see "Removing the Drive Panel" on page 100).
2
1
1
Media Card Reader (not
present on all computers)
2
USB cable
Removing and Installing Parts
111
5 Disconnect the USB cable on the back of the Media Card Reader to the front panel USB connector on
the system board (see "System Board Components" on page 81) and route the cable through the clip
on the shroud.
2
1
3
1
sliding plate
2
sliding plate lever
3
Media Card Reader (not
present on all computers)
6 While pushing on the back of the drive, remove the Media Card Reader by sliding and holding the
sliding plate.
7 Replace the drive panel (see "Replacing the Drive Panel" on page 103).
8 Replace the computer cover (see "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 119).
112
Removing and Installing Parts
Installing a Media Card Reader
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions 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 77.
1
2
1
Media Card Reader
2
screws (4)
2 Lay the computer on its side so that the system board is on the bottom of the inside of the computer.
3 Remove the computer cover (see "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 78).
4 Remove the drive panel (see "Removing the Drive Panel" on page 100).
5 Remove the Media Card Reader from its packaging and ensure that all four screws are included.
6 Gently slide the drive into place until you feel a click or feel the drive securely installed.
Ensure that the Media Card Reader is installed before the FlexBay cable is connected.
Removing and Installing Parts
113
7 Connect the FlexBay USB cable to the back of the Media Card Reader and to the Media Card Reader
connector on the system board (see "System Board Components" on page 81).
2
1
1
Media Card Reader (not
present on all computers)
2
USB cable
8 Insert the Media Card Reader into the bay and slide the drive in to seat it in the computer.
9 Route the USB cable through the cable routing clip.
10 Replace the computer cover (see "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 119).
CD/DVD Drive
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before
opening the cover.
114
Removing and Installing Parts
Removing a CD/DVD Drive
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 77.
2 Remove the computer cover (see "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 78).
3 Disconnect the power cable from the back of the drive and the CD/DVD drive cable from the back of
the drive and the system board.
1
2
3
1
CD/DVD drive cable
2
power cable
3
system board
Removing and Installing Parts
115
4 Slide the drive release mechanism to the right to release the shoulder screw and slide the drive out to
remove it from the drive bay.
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 installing a new drive, remove the three shoulder screws from the inside of the drive-panel
insert and attach the screws to the new drive.
1
2
1
116
CD/DVD drive
Removing and Installing Parts
2
shoulder screws (3)
3 Slide the drive into the drive bay until the drive clicks into position.
4 Connect the power cable to the drive and the CD/DVD cable to the drive and system board.
1
2
3
1
CD/DVD drive
2
power cable
3
system board
5 If you are installing a new CD/DVD drive rather than replacing a drive, remove the front panel inserts.
6 Check all cable connections, and fold cables out of the way to provide airflow for the fan and cooling
vents.
7 Replace the computer cover.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable in to the network wall jack and then plug it in to the
computer.
8 Connect your computer and devices to their electrical outlets, and then turn them on.
See the documentation that came with the drive for instructions on installing any software required for
drive operation.
9 Enter system setup (see "System Setup" on page 125) and select the appropriate Drive option.
10 Verify that your computer works correctly by running the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on
page 68).
Removing and Installing Parts
117
Battery
Replacing the Battery
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions 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.
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 Enter the system setup program and record the values for all the screens (see "Entering System Setup"
on page 125) so that you can restore the correct settings after installing the new battery.
2 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 77.
3 Remove the computer cover (see "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 78).
4 Locate the battery socket (see "System Board Components" on page 81).
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.
5 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.
6 Insert the new battery into the socket with the side labeled "+" facing up, and then snap the battery
into place.
118
Removing and Installing Parts
1
3
1
battery
2
2
tab
3
battery socket
7 Replace the computer cover.
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network device and then plug it into the computer.
8 Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.
9 Enter system setup and restore the settings you recorded in step 1.
10 Properly dispose of the old battery.
Replacing the Computer Cover
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions 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 Lower the cover into place:
a
Pivot the cover down.
b
Press down on the right side of the cover until it closes.
c
Press down on the left side of the cover until it closes.
4 Ensure that both sides of the cover are locked. If not, repeat all of step 3.
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 then turn them on.
Removing and Installing Parts
119
120
Removing and Installing Parts
Appendix
Specifications
Processor
Processor type
Intel® Pentium® 4
Intel® Pentium® D
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo
Intel® Celeron® D
Level 2 (L2) Cache
at least 256 KB on Intel Celeron D
at least 2 MB on Intel Pentium D, Pentium 4, and Core processors
Memory
Type
dual-channel 533-, 667-, and 800-MHz DDR2
Memory connectors
four
Memory capacities
512 MB or 1 GB
Minimum memory
512 MB
Maximum memory
4 GB
BIOS address
F0000h
Computer Information
Chipset
Intel P965 Express Chipset
DMA channels
eight
Interrupt levels
24
BIOS chip (NVRAM)
4 Mb
NIC
Integrated Intel 82566DC Gigabit Network Connection
System clock
800- or 1066-MHz data rate (depending on your processor)
Video
Type
PCI Express
Appendix
121
Audio
Type
Sigmatel 9227 audio codec
Internal 7.1 channel or PCI option cards
Expansion Bus
Bus type
PCI 32-bit (PCI Specification 2.2)
PCI Express x1, x4, and x16 (PCI express 1.1a)
Bus speed
PCI: 33 MHz
PCI Express:100 MHz
Bus throughput
PCI Express:
x1 slot bidirectional speed - 500 MB/s
x4 slot bidirectional speed - 2 GB/s
x16 slot bidirectional speed - 8 GB/s
PCI
connectors
three
connector size
120 pins
connector data width (maximum)
32 bits
PCI Express
connector
one x1
connector size
36 pins
connector data width (maximum)
1 PCI Express lane
PCI Express
connector
one x4 (x8 connector wired as x4 electrically)
connector size
98 pins
connector data width (maximum)
4 PCI Express lanes
PCI Express
122
connector
one x16
connector size
164 pins
connector data width (maximum)
16 PCI Express lanes
Appendix
Drives
Externally accessible:
two 3.5-inch drive bays (FlexBay)
two 5.25-inch drive bays
Available devices
PS/2 and serial ATA drives (2), floppy drive, USB memory devices,
CD drive, CD-RW drive, DVD drive, DVD-RW drive, Media Card
Reader, and DVD/CD-RW combo drive
Internally accessible:
two 3.5-inch hard-drive bays
Connectors
External connectors:
Video (external card)
15-pin VGA connector
28-pin DVI connector
Network adapter
RJ-45 connector
USB
two front-panel and six back-panel USB 2.0-compliant connectors
Audio
seven back-panel connectors for line-in, line-out, microphone,
surround, side surround, center/subwoofer Low Frequency Effects
(LFE) channel, and S/PDIF; two front-panel connectors for
headphones/microphone
System board connectors:
Serial ATA
four 7-pin connectors
FlexBay Drive
USB 10-pin header for optional floppy drive or optional Media
Card Reader (3.5-inch bay devices)
Fan
5-pin connector
PCI
three 120-pin connectors
PCI Express x1
36-pin connector
PCI Express x4 /x8
98-pin connector
PCI Express x16
164-pin connector
Thermal sensor 1x2
2-pin connector
PS/2 and serial port connector 2x12 24-pin connector
Appendix
123
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 the power
supply inside the computer. If the system cannot boot and there is
a solid amber light, this indicates a problem with the system board
(see "Power Problems" on page 58).
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 light — Blinking indicates activity on the network.
adapter)
Diagnostic lights
four lights on the front panel (see "Diagnostic Lights" on page 65)
Standby power light
AUXPWR on the system board
Power
DC power supply:
Wattage
375 W
Heat dissipation
683 BTU/hr
Voltage (see the safety instructions 90 to 135 V and 180 to 265 V at 50/60 Hz
in the Product Information Guide
for important voltage setting
information)
Backup battery
3-V CR2032 lithium coin cell
Physical
124
Height
46.05 cm (18.13 in)
Width
18.75 cm (7.38 in)
Depth
45.42 cm (17.88 in)
Weight
12.7 kg (28 lb)
Appendix
Environmental
Temperature:
Operating
10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F)
Storage
–40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F)
Relative humidity
20% to 80% (noncondensing)
Maximum vibration:
Operating
0.25 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 cause your computer to work incorrectly.
Entering System Setup
1 Turn on (or restart) your computer.
2 When the blue DELL™ logo is displayed, watch for the F2 prompt to appear.
Appendix
125
3 Once the F2 prompt appears, press <F2> immediately.
NOTE: The F2 prompt indicates that the keyboard has initialized. If you press <F2> before you are prompted,
the keystroke will be lost.
4 If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the
Microsoft® Windows® desktop, then shut down your computer (see "Turning Off Your Computer" on
page 77) 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.
Scroll up and down the
list with the up- and
down-arrow keys. As an
option is highlighted,
the Option Field
displays more
information about that
option and the option’s
current and available
settings. By pressing
<Enter> or the leftand right-arrow keys,
you can toggle between
a primary topic
(collapsed) and
subtopics (expanded).
126
Appendix
Option Field — This field contains information about
each option. In this field you can view and make changes
to your current settings.
Use the right- and left-arrow keys to highlight an option.
Press <Enter> to make that selection active.
Key Functions — This field appears below the Option
Field and lists keys and their functions within the active
system setup field.
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.
NOTE: The system name listed in the BIOS may not appear exactly as the name
that appears on the computer or in the computer’s documentation.
CPU Info
Lists the processor type, processor bus speed, processor ID, clock speed, L2
cache, and additional features supported by your processor.
Memory Info
Indicates the type and amount of installed memory, memory speed and
channel mode (dual or single).
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 (by pressing <U>) so that 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. The options restrict identification of drives to USB only,
Internal only, or none (Off). The Read Only option restricts the ability to
boot from any floppy device.
SATA 0 through 5
Identifies the drives attached to the SATA connectors on the system board,
and lists the capacity for hard drives.
SATA Operation
Identifies and defines the SATA controller settings for RAID. You can set the
SATA controller to RAID Autodetect/ATA or RAID On.
Onboard Devices
Integrated NIC
You can set the NIC to On (default), Off, or On w/PXE. When the On
w/PXE setting is active (available only for the future boot process), the
computer prompts you to press <Ctrl><Alt><b>. Pressing this key
combination causes a menu to display that allows you to select a method for
booting from a network server. If a boot routine is not available from the
network server, the computer attempts to boot from the next device in the
boot sequence list.
Appendix
127
Integrated Audio
Enables or disables the onboard audio controller.
USB Controller
Set to On (default) so that USB devices will be detected and supported in the
operating system.
USB for FlexBay
This field enables and disables the internal USB for FlexBay.
• Off — Internal USB for FlexBay is disabled.
• On — Internal USB for FlexBay is enabled.
• No Boot — Internal USB for FlexBay is enabled but not bootable.
The factory default setting is No Boot.
NOTE: This USB option appears only if a FlexBay device is installed.
Rear Quad USB
Enables or disables the 4-stack of USB ports on the back of the computer.
Real Dual USB
Enables or disables the 2-stack of USB ports on the back of the computer.
Front USB
Enables or disables the 2-stack of USB ports on the front of the computer.
Serial #1 Port
If your computer has an integrated serial (COM) port, then this option is
listed.
Video
Primary Video
This setting specifies which video controller is primary when two video
controllers are present on the computer.
Performance
Multiple CPU Core
If your computer processor supports more than one core, this option appears
in the Options List.
Virtualization
If your computer processor supports virtual technology, this option appears in
the Options List.
SpeedStep
HyperThreading
128
Appendix
If your computer processor supports Intel® SpeedStep® technology, then this
option is listed and it allows you to enable or disable support for this feature.
If your computer processor supports Hyper-Threading, this option appears in
the Options List.
HDD Acoustic Mode
• Bypass (default) — Your computer does not test or change the current
acoustics mode setting.
• Quiet — The hard drive operates at its most quiet setting.
• Suggested — The hard drive operates at the level suggested by the drive
manufacturer.
• Performance — The hard drive operates at its maximum speed.
NOTE: Switching to performance mode will cause the drive heads to move
faster, causing the hard drive to be noisier. However, some drives may not see an
increase in data transfer rates.
NOTE: Changing the acoustics setting does not alter your hard drive image.
Security
Admin Password
This option provides restricted access to the computer's system setup program
in the same way that access to the system can be restricted with the System
Password option.
System Password
Displays the current status of the system's password security feature and
allows a new system password to be assigned and verified.
Password Status
This option locks the system password field with the setup password. When
the field is locked, you can no longer disable password security by pressing
<Ctrl><Enter> when the computer starts.
Execute Disable
Specifies whether Execute Disable Memory Protection Technology will be on
or off.
Power Management
AC Recovery
Determines what happens when AC power is restored to the computer.
Auto Power On
Sets the computer to automatically turn on. Choices are every day or every
Monday through Friday.
The default setting is Off.
This feature does not work if you turn off your computer using a power strip
or surge protector.
Auto Power Time
Sets time to automatically turn on the computer.
Time is kept in the standard 12-hour format (hours:minutes). Change the
startup time by pressing the right- or left-arrow key to increase or decrease the
numbers, or type numbers in both the date and time fields.
This feature does not work if you turn off your computer using a power strip
or surge protector.
Low Power Mode
When Low Power Mode is selected, remote wakeup events no longer power
up the system from Hibernate or Off.
Appendix
129
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 system 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
Quick Resume
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.
This feature enables/disables the Intel® Viiv™ Quick Resume Technology.
The default setting is Off.
Maintenance
Service Tag
Displays the system service tag which is a unique seven-digit alphanumeric
system identifier.
SERR Message
Controls SERR message mechanism to support some add-in cards.
Load Defaults
Allows you to reset all options in the setup menu to the factory default.
Event Log
Displays the system event log.
POST Behavior
Fastboot
When set to On (default), your computer starts more quickly because it skips
certain configurations and tests.
Numlock Key
This option involves the rightmost bank of keys on your keyboard. When set
to On (default), this option activates the numeric and mathematical features
shown at the top of each key. When set to Off, this option activates the
cursor-control functions labeled on the bottom of each key.
POST Hotkeys
This option allows you to specify the function keys to display on the screen
when the computer starts.
Keyboard Errors
This option disables or enables keyboard error reporting when the computer
starts.
Boot Sequence
This feature allows you to set the order in which the BIOS will search devices when trying to find an
operating system.
NOTICE: If you modify any boot sequence settings, save the new settings to avoid losing the changes.
130
Appendix
Option Settings
NOTE: The computer attempts to boot from all bootable devices, but if no bootable device is found, the computer
generates an error message that states No boot device available. Press the <F1> key to retry the boot,
or press the <F2> key to enter the setup utility.
•
Onboard or USB Floppy Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the floppy drive. If there is no
floppy in the drive or there is no floppy drive installed, the computer attempts to boot from the next
bootable device in the sequence.
NOTE: If there is a non-bootable floppy in the drive, the computer generates an error message. Follow the
on-screen instructions to retry the boot.
•
Onboard SATA Hard Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the primary hard drive. If no
operating system is on the drive, the computer attempts to boot from the next bootable device.
•
Onboard or USB CD-ROM 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 attempts to boot from the next
bootable device.
•
USB 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 option to the boot menu.
NOTE: To boot to a USB device, the device must be bootable. To ensure that 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
"System Setup Options" on page 127).
1 If you are booting to a USB device, connect the USB device to a USB connector (see "Front View of the
Computer" on page 13).
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 "Turning Off Your Computer" on
page 77) and try again.
The Boot Device Menu appears, listing all available boot devices. Each device has a number next to it.
Appendix
131
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 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 "Entering System Setup" on page 125).
2 Use the arrow keys to highlight the Boot Sequence menu option, then 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 number assigned to them;
disabled devices have no number assigned.
5 Press <U> or <D> to move a selected device up or down the list.
Clearing Forgotten Passwords
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
1 Follow the procedures in "Before Working Inside Your Computer" on page 78.
2 Locate the 2-pin password jumper (CLRPSWD) on the system board (see "System Board
Components" on page 81), and remove the jumper to clear the password.
NOTE: When you receive your computer, the jumper plug is attached to pins 1 and 2.
3 Replace the computer cover (see "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 119).
132
Appendix
4 Connect your computer and monitor to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.
5 After the Microsoft® Windows® desktop appears on your computer, shut down the computer (see
"Turning Off Your Computer" on page 77).
6 Turn off the monitor and disconnect it from the electrical outlet.
7 Disconnect the computer power cable from the electrical outlet, then press the power button to
ground the system board.
8 Remove the computer cover (see "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 78).
9 Locate the 2-pin password jumper (CLRPSWD) on the system board (see "System Board
Components" on page 81) and attach the jumper to pins 1 and 2 to reenable the password feature.
10 Replace the computer cover (see "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 119).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network device and then plug it into the
computer.
11 Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.
Clearing CMOS Settings
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product
Information Guide.
1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 77.
2 Reset the current CMOS settings:
a
Locate the 2-pin CMOS jumper (CLRCMOS) on the system board (see "System Board
Components" on page 81).
b
Remove the jumper plug from the password jumper (CLRPSWD) pins 1 and 2.
c
Place the jumper plug on the CMOS jumper (CLRCMOS) pins 1 and 2 and wait approximately
five seconds.
d
Remove the jumper plug and replace it on the password jumper (CLRPSWD) pins 1 and 2.
NOTE: When you receive your computer, there is no jumper plug on the CMOS jumper.
3 Replace the computer cover (see "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 119).
NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into the
computer.
4 Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.
Appendix
133
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 technicianassisted 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, etc.).
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, etc.). Support for all third-party software
and peripherals is provided by the original manufacturer of the product.
FCC Notice (U.S. Only)
FCC Class B
This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction manual, may cause interference with radio and television
reception. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
134
Appendix
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1 This device may not cause harmful interference.
2 This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
NOTICE: The FCC regulations provide that changes or modifications not expressly approved by Dell Inc. could void
your authority to operate this equipment.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference with radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on, you are encouraged to try to correct the interference by
one or more of the following measures:
•
Reorient the receiving antenna.
•
Relocate the system with respect to the receiver.
•
Move the system away from the receiver.
•
Plug the system into a different outlet so that the system and the receiver are on different branch
circuits.
If necessary, consult a representative of Dell Inc. or an experienced radio/television technician for
additional suggestions.
The following information is provided on the device or devices covered in this document in compliance
with the FCC regulations:
•
Product name: Dell™ Dimension™ 9200
•
Model number: DCTA
•
Company name:
Dell Inc.
Worldwide Regulatory Compliance & Environmental Affairs
One Dell Way
Round Rock, TX 78682 USA
512-338-4400
NOTE: For Further regulatory information, see your Product Information Guide.
Contacting Dell
To contact Dell electronically, you can access the following websites:
•
www.dell.com
•
support.dell.com (support)
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.
Appendix
135
NOTE: In certain countries, support specific to Dell™ XPS™ computers is available at a separate telephone
number. If you do not see a telephone number listed that is specific for XPS computers, you may contact Dell
through the support number listed and your call will be routed appropriately.
When you need to contact Dell, use the electronic addresses, telephone numbers, and codes provided in
the following table. If you need assistance in determining which codes to use, contact a local or
international operator.
NOTE: The contact information provided was deemed correct at the time that this document went to print and is
subject to change.
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Anguilla
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Website: www.dell.com.ai
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
Antigua and Barbuda
toll-free: 800-335-0031
Website: www.dell.com.ag
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
Argentina (Buenos Aires)
Website: www.dell.com.ar
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
Country Code: 54
E-mail for desktop and portable computers:
la-techsupport@dell.com
City Code: 11
E-mail for servers and EMC® storage products:
la_enterprise@dell.com
Customer Care
toll-free: 0-800-444-0730
Technical Support
toll-free: 0-800-444-0733
Technical Support Services
toll-free: 0-800-444-0724
Sales
Aruba
1-800-805-5924
0-810-444-3355
Website: www.dell.com.aw
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
Australia (Sydney)
toll-free: 800-1578
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 0011 E-mail: support.ap.dell.com/contactus
Country Code: 61
City Code: 2
136
Appendix
General Support
13DELL-133355
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Austria (Vienna)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 900
E-mail: tech_support_central_europe@dell.com
Country Code: 43
Home/Small Business Sales
0820 240 530 00
City Code: 1
Home/Small Business Fax
0820 240 530 49
Home/Small Business Customer Care
0820 240 530 14
Preferred Accounts/Corporate Customer Care
0820 240 530 16
Support for XPS
0820 240 530 81
Home/Small Business Support for all other Dell
computers
0820 240 530 17
Preferred Accounts/Corporate Support
0820 240 530 17
Switchboard
0820 240 530 00
Bahamas
Website: www.dell.com.bs
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
Barbados
toll-free: 1-866-278-6818
Website: www.dell.com/bb
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
1-800-534-3142
Belgium (Brussels)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Tech Support for XPS
02 481 92 96
Country Code: 32
Tech Support for all other Dell computers
02 481 92 88
City Code: 2
Tech 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
Website: www.dell.com/bm
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
Bolivia
1-877-890-0751
Website: www.dell.com/bo
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
toll-free: 800-10-0238
Appendix
137
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
Brazil
Website: www.dell.com/br
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
Country Code: 55
Customer Support, Tech Support
0800 90 3355
City Code: 51
Technical Support Fax
51 3481 5470
Customer Care Fax
51 3481 5480
Sales
0800 90 3390
British Virgin Islands
General Support
Brunei
Technical Support (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4966
Country Code: 673
Customer Care (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4888
Transaction Sales (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4955
Canada (North York, Ontario)
Online Order Status: www.dell.ca/ostatus
International Access Code: 011
AutoTech (automated Hardware and Warranty
Support)
toll-free: 1-800-247-9362
Customer Service (Home Sales/Small Business)
toll-free: 1-800-847-4096
Customer Service (med./large business,
government)
toll-free: 1-800-326-9463
Customer Service (printers, projectors, televisions,
handhelds, digital jukebox, and wireless)
toll-free: 1-800-847-4096
Hardware Warranty Support (Home Sales/Small
Business)
toll-free: 1-800-906-3355
Hardware Warranty Support (med./large bus.,
government)
toll-free: 1-800-387-5757
Hardware Warranty Support (printers, projectors,
televisions, handhelds, digital jukebox, and wireless)
toll-free: 1-800-387-5752
Sales (med./large bus., government)
toll-free: 1-800-387-5755
Chile (Santiago)
Website: www.dell.com/cl
Country Code: 56
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
City Code: 2
Sales and Customer Support
Appendix
1 866 440 3355
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
138
1-877-335-5767
Sales (Home Sales/Small Business)
Spare Parts Sales & Extended Service Sales
Cayman Islands
toll-free: 1-866-278-6820
1-877-262-5415
toll-free: 1230-020-4823
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
China (Xiamen)
Technical Support website: support.dell.com.cn
Country Code: 86
Technical Support E-mail: cn_support@dell.com
City Code: 592
Customer Care E-mail: customer_cn@dell.com
Technical Support Fax
592 818 1350
Technical Support (Dell™ Dimension™ and
Inspiron)
toll-free: 800 858 2968
Technical Support (OptiPlex™, Latitude™, and
Dell Precision™)
toll-free: 800 858 0950
Technical Support (servers and storage)
toll-free: 800 858 0960
Technical Support (projectors, PDAs, switches,
routers, and so on)
toll-free: 800 858 2920
Technical Support (printers)
toll-free: 800 858 2311
Customer Care
toll-free: 800 858 2060
Customer Care Fax
Colombia
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
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
Website: www.dell.com/cl
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
01-800-915-4755
Appendix
139
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Costa Rica
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Website: www.dell.com/cr
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
0800-012-0231
Czech Republic (Prague)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: czech_dell@dell.com
Country Code: 420
Technical Support
22537 2727
Customer Care
22537 2707
Fax
22537 2714
Technical Fax
22537 2728
Switchboard
22537 2711
Denmark (Copenhagen)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support for XPS
7010 0074
Country Code: 45
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
7023 0182
Customer Care (Relational)
7023 0184
Home/Small Business Customer Care
3287 5505
Switchboard (Relational)
3287 1200
Switchboard Fax (Relational)
3287 1201
Switchboard (Home/Small Business)
3287 5000
Switchboard Fax (Home/Small Business)
3287 5001
Dominica
Website: www.dell.com/dm
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
Dominican Republic
toll-free: 1-866-278-6821
Website: www.dell.com/do
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
Ecuador
1-800-156-1588
Website: www.dell.com/ec
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support (calling from Quito)
General Support (calling from Guayaquil)
140
Appendix
toll-free: 999-119-877-655-3355
toll-free: 1800-999-119-877-6553355
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
El Salvador
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Website: www.dell.com/ec
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
800-6132
Finland (Helsinki)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 990
E-mail: fi_support@dell.com
Country Code: 358
Technical Support
0207 533 555
City Code: 9
Customer Care
0207 533 538
Switchboard
0207 533 533
Sales under 500 employees
0207 533 540
Fax
0207 533 530
Sales over 500 employees
0207 533 533
Fax
0207 533 530
France (Paris) (Montpellier)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Home and Small Business
Country Code: 33
Technical Support for XPS
0825 387 129
City Codes: (1) (4)
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
0825 387 270
Customer Care
0825 823 833
Switchboard
0825 004 700
Switchboard (calls from outside of France)
04 99 75 40 00
Sales
0825 004 700
Fax
0825 004 701
Fax (calls from outside of France)
04 99 75 40 01
Corporate
Technical Support
0825 004 719
Customer Care
0825 338 339
Switchboard
01 55 94 71 00
Sales
01 55 94 71 00
Fax
01 55 94 71 01
Appendix
141
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
Germany (Frankfurt)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: tech_support_central_europe@dell.com
Country Code: 49
Technical Support for XPS
069 9792 7222
City Code: 69
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
069 9792-7200
Home/Small Business Customer Care
0180-5-224400
Global Segment Customer Care
069 9792-7320
Preferred Accounts Customer Care
069 9792-7320
Large Accounts Customer Care
069 9792-7320
Public Accounts Customer Care
069 9792-7320
Switchboard
069 9792-7000
Greece
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support
00800-44 14 95 18
Country Code: 30
Gold Service Technical Support
00800-44 14 00 83
Grenada
Switchboard
2108129810
Gold Service Switchboard
2108129811
Sales
2108129800
Fax
2108129812
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
Guatemala
General Support
Guyana
1-800-999-0136
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
142
toll-free: 1-866-540-3355
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
Appendix
toll-free: 1-877-270-4609
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
Technical Support E-mail: HK_support@Dell.com
Country Code: 852
Technical Support (Dimension and Inspiron)
2969 3188
Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, and Dell
Precision)
2969 3191
Technical Support (PowerApp™, PowerEdge™,
PowerConnect™, and PowerVault™)
2969 3196
Customer Care
3416 0910
Large Corporate Accounts
3416 0907
Global Customer Programs
3416 0908
Medium Business Division
3416 0912
Home and Small Business Division
2969 3105
India
E-mail: india_support_desktop@dell.com
india_support_notebook@dell.com
india_support_Server@dell.com
1600338045
Technical Support
and 1600448046
Sales (Large Corporate Accounts)
1600 33 8044
Sales (Home and Small Business)
1600 33 8046
Appendix
143
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Ireland (Cherrywood)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: dell_direct_support@dell.com
Country Code: 353
Sales
City Code: 1
Ireland Sales
01 204 4444
Dell Outlet
1850 200 778
Online Ordering HelpDesk
1850 200 778
Customer Care
Home User Customer Care
01 204 4014
Small Business Customer Care
01 204 4014
Corporate Customer Care
1850 200 982
Technical Support
Technical Support for XPS computers only
1850 200 722
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
1850 543 543
General
Fax/Sales Fax
01 204 0103
Switchboard
01 204 4444
U.K. Customer Care (dial within U.K. only)
0870 906 0010
Corporate Customer Care (dial within U.K. only)
0870 907 4499
U.K. Sales (dial within U.K. only)
0870 907 4000
Italy (Milan)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Home and Small Business
Country Code: 39
Technical Support
02 577 826 90
City Code: 02
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
144
Appendix
02 577 821
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Jamaica
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
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)
General Support (dial from within Jamaica only)
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
1-800-440-9205
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 Status 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
Public Sales (government agencies, educational
institutions, and medical institutions)
044-556-5963
Global Segment Japan
044-556-3469
Individual User
044-556-1760
Switchboard
044-556-4300
Appendix
145
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
Korea (Seoul)
E-mail: krsupport@dell.com
International Access Code: 001
Support
toll-free: 080-200-3800
Country Code: 82
Support (Dimension, PDA, Electronics and
Accessories)
toll-free: 080-200-3801
Sales
toll-free: 080-200-3600
City Code: 2
Latin America
Fax
2194-6202
Switchboard
2194-6000
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
Support
Country Code: 352
Home/Small Business Sales
342 08 08 075
+32 (0)2 713 15 96
Corporate Sales
26 25 77 81
Customer Care
+32 (0)2 481 91 19
Fax
26 25 77 82
Macao
Technical Support
Country Code: 853
Customer Service (Xiamen, China)
34 160 910
Transaction Sales (Xiamen, China)
29 693 115
146
Appendix
toll-free: 0800 105
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
Malaysia (Penang)
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support (Dell Precision, OptiPlex, and
Latitude)
toll-free: 1 800 880 193
Technical Support (Dimension, Inspiron, and
Electronics and Accessories)
toll-free: 1 800 881 306
Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge,
PowerConnect, and PowerVault)
toll-free: 1800 881 386
Customer Care
toll-free: 1800 881 306
(option 6)
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 1 800 888 202
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 1 800 888 213
Country Code: 60
City Code: 4
Mexico
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Customer Technical Support
001-877-384-8979
or 001-877-269-3383
Country Code: 52
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
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
Netherlands Antilles
toll-free: 1-866-278-6822
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
001-800-882-1519
Appendix
147
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
Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support for XPS
020 674 45 94
Country Code: 31
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
020 674 45 00
City Code: 20
Technical Support Fax
020 674 47 66
Home/Small Business Customer Care
020 674 42 00
Relational Customer Care
020 674 4325
Home/Small Business Sales
020 674 55 00
Relational Sales
020 674 50 00
Home/Small Business Sales Fax
020 674 47 75
Relational Sales Fax
020 674 47 50
Switchboard
020 674 50 00
Switchboard Fax
020 674 47 50
New Zealand
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.ap.dell.com/contactus
Country Code: 64
General Support
Nicaragua
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
0800 441 567
001-800-220-1377
Norway (Lysaker)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support for XPS
815 35 043
Country Code: 47
Technical Support for all other Dell products
671 16882
Relational Customer Care
671 17575
Home/Small Business Customer Care
23162298
Switchboard
671 16800
Fax Switchboard
671 16865
Panama
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
Peru
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
148
011-800-507-1264
Appendix
0800-50-669
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
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
Technical Support
Country Code: 351
Customer Care
Sales
707200149
800 300 413
800 300 410 or 800 300 411 or
800 300 412 or 21 422 07 10
Fax
Puerto Rico
General Support
St. Kitts and Nevis
21 424 01 12
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
1-877-537-3355
Website: www.dell.com/kn
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
St. Lucia
toll-free: 1-866-540-3355
Website: www.dell.com/lc
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
1-800-882-1521
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Website: www.dell.com/vc
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
toll-free: 1-877-441-4740
Appendix
149
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Singapore (Singapore)
NOTE: The phone numbers in this section should be
International Access Code: 005
called from within Singapore or Malaysia only.
Country Code: 65
Website: support.ap.dell.com
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Technical Support (Dimension, Inspiron, and
Electronics and Accessories)
toll-free: 1 800 394 7430
Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, and Dell
Precision)
toll-free: 1 800 394 7488
Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge,
PowerConnect, and PowerVault)
toll-free: 1 800 394 7478
Customer Care
toll-free: 1 800 394 7430
(option 6)
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 1 800 394 7412
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 1 800 394 7419
Slovakia (Prague)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: czech_dell@dell.com
Country Code: 421
Technical Support
Customer Care
02 5441 5727
420 22537 2707
Fax
02 5441 8328
Tech Fax
02 5441 8328
Switchboard (Sales)
02 5441 7585
South Africa (Johannesburg)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code:
E-mail: dell_za_support@dell.com
09/091
Gold Queue
011 709 7713
Country Code: 27
Technical Support
011 709 7710
City Code: 11
Customer Care
011 709 7707
Sales
011 709 7700
Fax
011 706 0495
Switchboard
011 709 7700
Technical Support, Customer Service, and Sales
(Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4810
Southeast Asian and Pacific
Countries
150
Appendix
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Spain (Madrid)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Home and Small Business
Country Code: 34
Technical Support
902 100 130
City Code: 91
Customer Care
902 118 540
Sales
902 118 541
Switchboard
902 118 541
Fax
902 118 539
Corporate
902 100 130
Technical Support
Customer Care
902 115 236
Switchboard
91 722 92 00
Fax
91 722 95 83
Sweden (Upplands Vasby)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support for XPS
0771 340 340
Country Code: 46
Technical Support for all other Dell products
08 590 05 199
City Code: 8
Relational Customer Care
08 590 05 642
Home/Small Business Customer Care
08 587 70 527
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Support
020 140 14 44
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
Technical Support for XPS
0848 33 88 57
City Code: 22
Technical Support (Home and Small Business) for
all other Dell products
0844 811 411
Technical Support (Corporate)
0844 822 844
Customer Care (Home and Small Business)
0848 802 202
Customer Care (Corporate)
0848 821 721
Fax
022 799 01 90
Switchboard
022 799 01 01
Appendix
151
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Taiwan
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 002
E-mail: ap_support@dell.com
Country Code: 886
Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, Inspiron,
Dimension, and Electronics and Accessories)
toll-free: 00801 86 1011
Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge,
PowerConnect, and PowerVault)
toll-free: 00801 60 1256
Customer Care
toll-free: 00801 60 1250
(option 5)
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 00801 65 1228
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 00801 651 227
Thailand
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 001
Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, and Dell
Precision)
toll-free: 1800 0060 07
Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge,
PowerConnect, and PowerVault)
toll-free: 1800 0600 09
Customer Care
toll-free: 1800 006 007
(option 7)
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 1800 006 009
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 1800 006 006
Country Code: 66
Trinidad/Tobago
Website: www.dell.com/tt
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
Turks and Caicos Islands
1-800-805-8035
Website: www.dell.com/tc
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
152
Appendix
toll-free: 1-877-441-4735
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
U.K. (Bracknell)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: dell_direct_support@dell.com
Country Code: 44
Customer Care website:
support.euro.dell.com/uk/en/ECare/form/home.asp
City Code: 1344
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Sales
Home and Small Business Sales
0870 907 4000
Corporate/Public Sector Sales
01344 860 456
Customer Care
Home and Small Business Customer Care
0870 906 0010
Corporate Customer Care
01344 373 185
Preferred Accounts (500–5000 employees)
0870 906 0010
Global Accounts Customer Care
01344 373 186
Central Government Customer Care
01344 373 193
Local Government & Education Customer Care
01344 373 199
Health Customer Care
01344 373 194
Technical Support
Technical Support for XPS computers only
0870 366 4180
Technical Support (Corporate/Preferred
Accounts/PAD [1000+ employees])
0870 908 0500
Technical Support for all other products
0870 353 0800
General
Home and Small Business Fax
Uruguay
0870 907 4006
Website: www.dell.com/uy
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
toll-free: 000-413-598-2521
Appendix
153
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
Hardware and Warranty Support (Dell TV,
Printers, and Projectors) for Relationship
customers
toll-free: 1-877-459-7298
Americas Consumer XPS Support
toll-free: 1-800-232-8544
Consumer (Home and Home Office) Support for
all other Dell products
toll-free: 1-800-624-9896
Customer Service
toll-free: 1-800-624-9897
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 Support
toll-free: 1-800-456-3355
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Customers
toll-free: 1-800-695-8133
Support for printers, projectors, PDAs, and MP3
players
toll-free: 1-877-459-7298
Public (government, education, and healthcare)
Customer Service and Support
toll-free: 1-800-456-3355
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Customers
toll-free: 1-800-695-8133
Dell Sales
toll-free: 1-800-289-3355
or toll-free: 1-800-879-3355
Dell Outlet Store (Dell refurbished computers)
toll-free: 1-888-798-7561
Software and Peripherals Sales
toll-free: 1-800-671-3355
Spare Parts Sales
toll-free: 1-800-357-3355
Extended Service and Warranty Sales
toll-free: 1-800-247-4618
Fax
toll-free: 1-800-727-8320
Dell Services for the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or
Speech-Impaired
154
Appendix
toll-free: 1-877-DELLTTY
(1-877-335-5889)
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
U.S. Virgin Islands
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
Venezuela
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
1-877-702-4288
Website: www.dell.com/ve
E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com
General Support
0800-100-4752
Appendix
155
156
Appendix
Glossary
Terms in this Glossary are provided for
informational purposes only and may or may not
describe features included with your particular
computer.
A
AC — alternating current — The form of electricity that
powers your computer when you plug the AC adapter
power cable in to an electrical outlet.
ACPI — advanced configuration and power interface —
A power management specification that enables
Microsoft® Windows® operating systems to put a
computer in standby or hibernate mode to conserve the
amount of electrical power allocated to each device
attached to the computer.
AGP — accelerated graphics port — A dedicated graphics
port that allows system memory to be used for videorelated tasks. AGP delivers a smooth, true-color video
image because of the faster interface between the video
circuitry and the computer memory.
AHCI — Advanced Host Controller Interface — An
interface for a SATA hard drive Host Controller which
allows the storage driver to enable technologies such as
Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and hot plug.
ALS — ambient light sensor — A feature that helps to
control display brightness.
antivirus software — A program designed to identify,
quarantine, and/or delete viruses from your computer.
ASF — alert standards format — A standard to define a
mechanism for reporting hardware and software alerts to a
management console. ASF is designed to be platform- and
operating system-independent.
B
battery life span — The length of time (years) during
which a portable computer battery is able to be depleted
and recharged.
battery operating time — The length of time (minutes or
hours) that a portable computer battery powers the
computer.
BIOS — basic input/output system — A program (or
utility) that serves as an interface between the computer
hardware and the operating system. Unless you
understand what effect these settings have on the
computer, do not change them. Also referred to as system
setup.
bit — The smallest unit of data interpreted by your
computer.
Bluetooth® wireless technology — A wireless technology
standard for short-range (9 m [29 feet]) networking
devices that allows for enabled devices to automatically
recognize each other.
boot sequence — Specifies the order of the devices from
which the computer attempts to boot.
bootable CD — A CD that you can use to start your
computer. In case your hard drive is damaged or your
computer has a virus, ensure that you always have a
bootable CD or floppy disk available. Your Drivers and
Utilities (or ResourceCD) is a bootable CD.
bootable disk — A disk that you can use to start your
computer. In case your hard drive is damaged or your
computer has a virus, ensure that you always have a
bootable CD or floppy disk available.
bps — bits per second — The standard unit for measuring
data transmission speed.
BTU — British thermal unit — A measurement of heat
output.
Glossary
157
bus — A communication pathway between the
components in your computer.
bus speed — The speed, given in MHz, that indicates how
fast a bus can transfer information.
COA — Certificate of Authenticity — The Windows
alpha-numeric code located on a sticker on your
computer. Also referred to as the Product Key or
Product ID.
byte — The basic data unit used by your computer. A byte
is usually equal to 8 bits.
Control Panel — A Windows utility that allows you to
modify operating system and hardware settings, such as
display settings.
C
controller — A chip that controls the transfer of data
between the processor and memory or between the
processor and devices.
C — Celsius — A temperature measurement scale where
0° is the freezing point and 100° is the boiling point of
water.
cache — A special high-speed storage mechanism which
can be either a reserved section of main memory or an
independent high-speed storage device. The cache
enhances the efficiency of many processor operations.
L1 cache — Primary cache stored inside the processor.
L2 cache — Secondary cache which can either be external
to the processor or incorporated into the processor
architecture.
carnet — An international customs document that
facilitates temporary imports into foreign countries. Also
known as a merchandise passport.
CRIMM — continuity rambus in-line memory module
— A special module that has no memory chips and is used
to fill unused RIMM slots.
cursor — The marker on a display or screen that shows
where the next keyboard, touch pad, or mouse action will
occur. It often is a blinking solid line, an underline
character, or a small arrow.
D
DDR SDRAM — double-data-rate SDRAM — A type of
SDRAM that doubles the data burst cycle, improving
system performance.
CD-R — CD recordable — A recordable version of a CD.
Data can be recorded only once onto a CD-R. Once
recorded, the data cannot be erased or written over.
DDR2 SDRAM — double-data-rate 2 SDRAM — A type
of DDR SDRAM that uses a 4-bit prefetch and other
architectural changes to boost memory speed to over
400 MHz.
CD-RW — CD rewritable — A rewritable version of a
CD. Data can be written to a CD-RW disc, and then
erased and written over (rewritten).
device — Hardware such as a disk drive, printer, or
keyboard that is installed in or connected to your
computer.
CD-RW drive — A drive that can read CDs and write to
CD-RW (rewritable CDs) and CD-R (recordable CDs)
discs. You can write to CD-RW discs multiple times, but
you can write to CD-R discs only once.
device driver — See driver.
CD-RW/DVD drive — A drive, sometimes referred to as a
combo drive, that can read CDs and DVDs and write to
CD-RW (rewritable CDs) and CD-R (recordable CDs)
discs. You can write to CD-RW discs multiple times, but
you can write to CD-R discs only once.
clock speed — The speed, given in MHz, that indicates
how fast computer components that are connected to the
system bus operate.
158
Glossary
DIMM — dual in-line memory module — A circuit board
with memory chips that connects to a memory module on
the system board.
DIN connector — A round, six-pin connector that
conforms to DIN (Deutsche Industrie-Norm) standards;
it is typically used to connect PS/2 keyboard or mouse
cable connectors.
disk striping — A technique for spreading data over
multiple disk drives. Disk striping can speed up operations
that retrieve data from disk storage. Computers that use
disk striping generally allow the user to select the data
unit size or stripe width.
DMA — direct memory access — A channel that allows
certain types of data transfer between RAM and a device
to bypass the processor.
docking device — See APR.
DMTF — Distributed Management Task Force — A
consortium of hardware and software companies who
develop management standards for distributed desktop,
network, enterprise, and Internet environments.
domain — A group of computers, programs, and devices
on a network that are administered as a unit with common
rules and procedures for use by a specific group of users. A
user logs on to the domain to gain access to the resources.
DRAM — dynamic random-access memory — Memory
that stores information in integrated circuits containing
capacitors.
DVI — digital video interface — A standard for digital
transmission between a computer and a digital video
display.
E
ECC — error checking and correction — A type of
memory that includes special circuitry for testing the
accuracy of data as it passes in and out of memory.
ECP — extended capabilities port — A parallel connector
design that provides improved bidirectional data
transmission. Similar to EPP, ECP uses direct memory
access to transfer data and often improves performance.
EIDE — enhanced integrated device electronics — An
improved version of the IDE interface for hard drives and
CD drives.
EMI — electromagnetic interference — Electrical
interference caused by electromagnetic radiation.
driver — Software that allows the operating system to
control a device such as a printer. Many devices do not
work properly if the correct driver is not installed in the
computer.
ENERGY STAR® — Environmental Protection Agency
requirements that decrease the overall consumption of
electricity.
DSL — Digital Subscriber Line — A technology that
provides a constant, high-speed Internet connection
through an analog telephone line.
EPP — enhanced parallel port — A parallel connector
design that provides bidirectional data transmission.
dual-core — An Intel® technology in which two physical
computational units exist inside a single processor
package, thereby increasing computing efficiency and
multi-tasking ability.
dual display mode — A display setting that allows you to
use a second monitor as an extension of your display. Also
referred to as extended display mode.
DVD-R — DVD recordable — A recordable version of a
DVD. Data can be recorded only once onto a DVD-R.
Once recorded, the data cannot be erased or written over.
DVD+RW — DVD rewritable — A rewritable version of
a DVD. Data can be written to a DVD+RW disc, and
then erased and written over (rewritten). (DVD+RW
technology is different from DVD-RW technology.)
DVD+RW drive — drive that can read DVDs and most
CD media and write to DVD+RW (rewritable DVDs)
discs.
ESD — electrostatic discharge — A rapid discharge of
static electricity. ESD can damage integrated circuits
found in computer and communications equipment.
expansion card — A circuit board that installs in an
expansion slot on the system board in some computers,
expanding the capabilities of the computer. Examples
include video, modem, and sound cards.
expansion slot — A connector on the system board (in
some computers) where you insert an expansion card,
connecting it to the system bus.
ExpressCard — A removable I/O card adhering to the
PCMCIA standard. Modems and network adapters are
common types of ExpressCards. ExpressCards support
both the PCI Express and USB 2.0 standard.
Express Service Code — A numeric code located on a
sticker on your Dell™ computer. Use the Express Service
Code when contacting Dell for assistance. Express Service
Code service may not be available in some countries.
Glossary
159
extended display mode — A display setting that allows
you to use a second monitor as an extension of your
display. Also referred to as dual display mode.
G
extended PC Card — A PC Card that extends beyond the
edge of the PC Card slot when installed.
GB — gigabyte — A measurement of data storage that
equals 1024 MB (1,073,741,824 bytes). When used to
refer to hard drive storage, the term is often rounded to
1,000,000,000 bytes.
F
G — gravity — A measurement of weight and force.
Fahrenheit — A temperature measurement scale where
32° is the freezing point and 212° is the boiling point of
water.
GHz — gigahertz — A measurement of frequency that
equals one thousand million Hz, or one thousand MHz.
The speeds for computer processors, buses, and interfaces
are often measured in GHz.
FBD — fully-buffered DIMM — A DIMM with DDR2
DRAM chips and an Advanced Memory Buffer (AMB)
that speeds communication between the DDR2 SDRAM
chips and the system.
graphics mode — A video mode that can be defined as x
horizontal pixels by y vertical pixels by z colors. Graphics
modes can display an unlimited variety of shapes and
fonts.
FCC — Federal Communications Commission — A U.S.
agency responsible for enforcing communications-related
regulations that state how much radiation computers and
other electronic equipment can emit.
GUI — graphical user interface — Software that interacts
with the user by means of menus, windows, and icons.
Most programs that operate on the Windows operating
systems are GUIs.
fingerprint reader — A strip sensor that uses your unique
fingerprint to authenticate your user identity to help
secure your computer.
H
folder — A term used to describe space on a disk or drive
where files are organized and grouped. Files in a folder can
be viewed and ordered in various ways, such as
alphabetically, by date, and by size.
format — The process that prepares a drive or disk for file
storage. When a drive or disk is formatted, the existing
information on it is lost.
FSB — front side bus — The data path and physical
interface between the processor and RAM.
FTP — file transfer protocol — A standard Internet
protocol used to exchange files between computers
connected to the Internet.
160
Glossary
hard drive — A drive that reads and writes data on a hard
disk. The terms hard drive and hard disk are often used
interchangeably.
heat sink — A metal plate on some processors that helps
dissipate heat.
hibernate mode — A power management mode that saves
everything in memory to a reserved space on the hard
drive and then turns off the computer. When you restart
the computer, the memory information that was saved to
the hard drive is automatically restored.
HTTP — hypertext transfer protocol — A protocol for
exchanging files between computers connected to the
Internet.
Hyper-Threading — Hyper-Threading is an Intel
technology that can enhance overall computer
performance by allowing one physical processor to
function as two logical processors, capable of performing
certain tasks simultaneously.
Hz — hertz — A unit of frequency measurement that
equals 1 cycle per second. Computers and electronic
devices are often measured in kilohertz (kHz), megahertz
(MHz), gigahertz (GHz), or terahertz (THz).
I
IC — integrated circuit — A semiconductor wafer, or
chip, on which thousands or millions of tiny electronic
components are fabricated for use in computer, audio, and
video equipment.
IDE — integrated device electronics — An interface for
mass storage devices in which the controller is integrated
into the hard drive or CD drive.
IEEE 1394 — Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers, Inc. — A high-performance serial bus used to
connect IEEE 1394-compatible devices, such as digital
cameras and DVD players, to the computer.
infrared sensor — A port that allows you to transfer data
between the computer and infrared-compatible devices
without using a cable connection.
integrated — Usually refers to components that are
physically located on the computer’s system board. Also
referred to as built-in.
I/O — input/output — An operation or device that enters
and extracts data from your computer. Keyboards and
printers are I/O devices.
I/O address — An address in RAM that is associated with
a specific device (such as a serial connector, parallel
connector, or expansion slot) and allows the processor to
communicate with that device.
IrDA — Infrared Data Association — The organization
that creates international standards for infrared
communications.
must be assigned an IRQ. Although two devices can share
the same IRQ assignment, you cannot operate both
devices simultaneously.
ISP — Internet service provider — A company that allows
you to access its host server to connect directly to the
Internet, send and receive e-mail, and access websites.
The ISP typically provides you with a software package,
user name, and access phone numbers for a fee.
K
Kb — kilobit — A unit of data that equals 1024 bits. A
measurement of the capacity of memory integrated
circuits.
KB — kilobyte — A unit of data that equals 1024 bytes
but is often referred to as 1000 bytes.
key combination — A command requiring you to press
multiple keys at the same time.
kHz — kilohertz — A measurement of frequency that
equals 1000 Hz.
L
LAN — local area network — A computer network
covering a small area. A LAN usually is confined to a
building or a few nearby buildings. A LAN can be
connected to another LAN over any distance through
telephone lines and radio waves to form a wide area
network (WAN).
LCD — liquid crystal display — The technology used by
portable computer and flat-panel displays.
LED — light-emitting diode — An electronic component
that emits light to indicate the status of the computer.
local bus — A data bus that provides a fast throughput for
devices to the processor.
LPT — line print terminal — The designation for a
parallel connection to a printer or other parallel device.
IRQ — interrupt request — An electronic pathway
assigned to a specific device so that the device can
communicate with the processor. Each device connection
Glossary
161
M
Mb — megabit — A measurement of memory chip
capacity that equals 1024 Kb.
Mbps — megabits per second — One million bits per
second. This measurement is typically used for
transmission speeds for networks and modems.
MB — megabyte — A measurement of data storage that
equals 1,048,576 bytes. 1 MB equals 1024 KB. When used
to refer to hard drive storage, the term is often rounded to
1,000,000 bytes.
MB/sec — megabytes per second — One million bytes
per second. This measurement is typically used for data
transfer ratings.
media bay — A bay that supports devices such as optical
drives, a second battery, or a Dell TravelLite™ module.
memory — A temporary data storage area inside your
computer. Because the data in memory is not permanent,
it is recommended that you frequently save your files
while you are working on them, and always save your files
before you shut down the computer. Your computer can
contain several different forms of memory, such as RAM,
ROM, and video memory. Frequently, the word memory is
used as a synonym for RAM.
memory address — A specific location where data is
temporarily stored in RAM.
memory mapping — The process by which the computer
assigns memory addresses to physical locations at start-up.
Devices and software can then identify information that
the processor can access.
memory module — A small circuit board containing
memory chips, which connects to the system board.
MHz — megahertz — A measure of frequency that equals
1 million cycles per second. The speeds for computer
processors, buses, and interfaces are often measured in
MHz.
Mini PCI — A standard for integrated peripheral devices
with an emphasis on communications such as modems
and NICs. A Mini PCI card is a small external card that is
functionally equivalent to a standard PCI expansion card.
162
Glossary
Mini-Card — A small card designed for integrated
peripherals, such as communication NICs. The MiniCard is functionally equivalent to a standard PCI
expansion card.
modem — A device that allows your computer to
communicate with other computers over analog
telephone lines. Three types of modems include: external,
PC Card, and internal. You typically use your modem to
connect to the Internet and exchange e-mail.
module bay — See media bay.
MP — megapixel — A measure of image resolution used
for digital cameras.
ms — millisecond — A measure of time that equals one
thousandth of a second. Access times of storage devices
are often measured in ms.
N
network adapter — A chip that provides network
capabilities. A computer may include a network adapter
on its system board, or it may contain a PC Card with an
adapter on it. A network adapter is also referred to as a
NIC (network interface controller).
NIC — See network adapter.
notification area — The section of the Windows taskbar
that contains icons for providing quick access to programs
and computer functions, such as the clock, volume
control, and print status. Also referred to as system tray.
ns — nanosecond — A measure of time that equals one
billionth of a second.
NVRAM — nonvolatile random access memory — A type
of memory that stores data when the computer is turned off
or loses its external power source. NVRAM is used for
maintaining computer configuration information such as
date, time, and other system setup options that you can set.
O
optical drive — A drive that uses optical technology to
read or write data from CDs, DVDs, or DVD+RWs.
Example of optical drives include CD drives, DVD drives,
CD-RW drives, and CD-RW/DVD combo drives.
P
parallel connector — An I/O port often used to connect a
parallel printer to your computer. Also referred to as an
LPT port.
partition — A physical storage area on a hard drive that is
assigned to one or more logical storage areas known as
logical drives. Each partition can contain multiple logical
drives.
processor — A computer chip that interprets and executes
program instructions. Sometimes the processor is referred
to as the CPU (central processing unit).
PS/2 — personal system/2 — A type of connector for
attaching a PS/2-compatible keyboard, mouse, or keypad.
PXE — pre-boot execution environment — A WfM
(Wired for Management) standard that allows networked
computers that do not have an operating system to be
configured and started remotely.
PC Card — A removable I/O card adhering to the
PCMCIA standard. Modems and network adapters are
common types of PC Cards.
R
PCI — peripheral component interconnect — PCI is a
local bus that supports 32-and 64-bit data paths,
providing a high-speed data path between the processor
and devices such as video, drives, and networks.
RAID — redundant array of independent disks — A
method of providing data redundancy. Some common
implementations of RAID include RAID 0, RAID 1,
RAID 5, RAID 10, and RAID 50.
PCI Express — A modification to the PCI interface that
boosts the data transfer rate between the processor and
the devices attached to it. PCI Express can transfer data at
speeds from 250 MB/sec to 4 GB/sec. If the PCI Express
chip set and the device are capable of different speeds,
they will operate at the slower speed.
RAM — random-access memory — The primary
temporary storage area for program instructions and data.
Any information stored in RAM is lost when you shut
down your computer.
PCMCIA — Personal Computer Memory Card
International Association — The organization that
establishes standards for PC Cards.
PIO — programmed input/output — A method of
transferring data between two devices through the
processor as part of the data path.
readme file — A text file included with a software package
or hardware product. Typically, readme files provide
installation information and describe new product
enhancements or corrections that have not yet been
documented.
pixel — A single point on a display screen. Pixels are
arranged in rows and columns to create an image. A video
resolution, such as 800 x 600, is expressed as the number
of pixels across by the number of pixels up and down.
read-only — Data and/or files you can view but cannot
edit or delete. A file can have read-only status if:
• It resides on a physically write-protected floppy disk,
CD, or DVD.
• It is located on a network in a directory and the
system administrator has assigned rights only to
specific individuals.
Plug-and-Play — The ability of the computer to
automatically configure devices. Plug and Play provides
automatic installation, configuration, and compatibility
with existing hardware if the BIOS, operating system, and
all devices are Plug and Play compliant.
refresh rate — The frequency, measured in Hz, at which
your screen's horizontal lines are recharged (sometimes
also referred to as its vertical frequency). The higher the
refresh rate, the less video flicker can be seen by the
human eye.
POST — power-on self-test — Diagnostics programs,
loaded automatically by the BIOS, that perform basic tests
on the major computer components, such as memory, hard
drives, and video. If no problems are detected during
POST, the computer continues the start-up.
resolution — The sharpness and clarity of an image
produced by a printer or displayed on a monitor. The
higher the resolution, the sharper the image.
Glossary
163
RFI — radio frequency interference — Interference that
is generated at typical radio frequencies, in the range of
10 kHz to 100,000 MHz. Radio frequencies are at the
lower end of the electromagnetic frequency spectrum and
are more likely to have interference than the higher
frequency radiations, such as infrared and light.
ROM — read-only memory — Memory that stores data
and programs that cannot be deleted or written to by the
computer. ROM, unlike RAM, retains its contents after
you shut down your computer. Some programs essential to
the operation of your computer reside in ROM.
RPM — revolutions per minute — The number of
rotations that occur per minute. Hard drive speed is often
measured in rpm.
RTC — real time clock — Battery-powered clock on the
system board that keeps the date and time after you shut
down the computer.
RTCRST — real-time clock reset — A jumper on the
system board of some computers that can often be used
for troubleshooting problems.
S
SAS — serial attached SCSI — A faster, serial version of
the SCSI interface (as opposed to the original SCSI
parallel architecture).
SATA — serial ATA — A faster, serial version of the ATA
(IDE) interface.
ScanDisk — A Microsoft utility that checks files, folders,
and the hard disk’s surface for errors. ScanDisk often runs
when you restart the computer after it has stopped
responding.
SCSI — small computer system interface — A high-speed
interface used to connect devices to a computer, such as
hard drives, CD drives, printers, and scanners. The SCSI
can connect many devices using a single controller. Each
device is accessed by an individual identification number
on the SCSI controller bus.
SDRAM — synchronous dynamic random-access memory
— A type of DRAM that is synchronized with the optimal
clock speed of the processor.
164
Glossary
serial connector — An I/O port often used to connect
devices such as a handheld digital device or digital camera
to your computer.
Service Tag — A bar code label on your computer that
identifies your computer when you access Dell Support at
support.dell.com or when you call Dell for customer
service or technical support.
setup program — A program that is used to install and
configure hardware and software. The setup.exe or
install.exe program comes with most Windows software
packages. Setup program differs from system setup.
shortcut — An icon that provides quick access to
frequently used programs, files, folders, and drives. When
you place a shortcut on your Windows desktop and
double-click the icon, you can open its corresponding
folder or file without having to find it first. Shortcut icons
do not change the location of files. If you delete a
shortcut, the original file is not affected. Also, you can
rename a shortcut icon.
SIM — Subscriber Identity Module — A SIM card
contains a microchip that encrypts voice and data
transmissions. SIM cards can be used in phones or
portable computers.
smart card — A card that is embedded with a processor
and a memory chip. Smart cards can be used to
authenticate a user on computers equipped for smart
cards.
S/PDIF — Sony/Philips Digital Interface — An audio
transfer file format that allows the transfer of audio from
one file to another without converting it to and from an
analog format, which could degrade the quality of the file.
standby mode — A power management mode that shuts
down all unnecessary computer operations to save energy.
Strike Zone™ — Reinforced area of the platform base
that protects the hard drive by acting as a dampening
device when a computer experiences resonating shock or
is dropped (whether the computer is on or off).
surge protectors — Prevent voltage spikes, such as those
that may occur during an electrical storm, from entering
the computer through the electrical outlet. Surge
protectors do not protect against lightning strikes or
against brownouts, which occur when the voltage drops
more than 20 percent below the normal AC-line voltage
level.
Network connections cannot be protected by surge
protectors. Always disconnect the network cable from the
network connector during electrical storms.
SVGA — super-video graphics array — A video standard
for video cards and controllers. Typical SVGA resolutions
are 800 x 600 and 1024 x 768.
TPM — trusted platform module — A hardware-based
security feature that when combined with security
software enhances network and computer security by
enabling features such as file and e-mail protection.
travel module — A plastic device designed to fit inside
the module bay of a portable computer to reduce the
weight of the computer.
The number of colors and resolution that a program
displays depends on the capabilities of the monitor, the
video controller and its drivers, and the amount of video
memory installed in the computer.
U
S-video TV-out — A connector used to attach a TV or
digital audio device to the computer.
UPS — uninterruptible power supply — A backup power
source used when the electrical power fails or drops to an
unacceptable voltage level. A UPS keeps a computer
running for a limited amount of time when there is no
electrical power. UPS systems typically provide surge
suppression and may also provide voltage regulation.
Small UPS systems provide battery power for a few
minutes to enable you to shut down your computer.
SXGA — super-extended graphics array — A video
standard for video cards and controllers that supports
resolutions up to 1280 x 1024.
SXGA+ — super-extended graphics array plus — A video
standard for video cards and controllers that supports
resolutions up to 1400 x 1050.
system board — The main circuit board in your computer.
Also known as the motherboard.
system setup — A utility that serves as an interface
between the computer hardware and the operating
system. System setup allows you to configure userselectable options in the BIOS, such as date and time or
system password. Unless you understand what effect the
settings have on the computer, do not change the settings
for this program.
T
TAPI — telephony application programming interface —
Enables Windows programs to operate with a wide variety
of telephony devices, including voice, data, fax, and video.
text editor — A program used to create and edit files that
contain only text; for example, Windows Notepad uses a
text editor. Text editors do not usually provide word wrap
or formatting functionality (the option to underline,
change fonts, and so on).
UMA — unified memory allocation — System memory
dynamically allocated to video.
USB — universal serial bus — A hardware interface for a
low-speed device such as a USB-compatible keyboard,
mouse, joystick, scanner, set of speakers, printer,
broadband devices (DSL and cable modems), imaging
devices, or storage devices. Devices are plugged directly in
to a 4-pin socket on your computer or in to a multi-port
hub that plugs in to your computer. USB devices can be
connected and disconnected while the computer is turned
on, and they can also be daisy-chained together.
UTP — unshielded twisted pair — Describes a type of
cable used in most telephone networks and some
computer networks. Pairs of unshielded wires are twisted
to protect against electromagnetic interference, rather
than relying on a metal sheath around each pair of wires to
protect against interference.
UXGA — ultra extended graphics array — A video
standard for video cards and controllers that supports
resolutions up to 1600 x 1200.
V
video controller — The circuitry on a video card or on the
system board (in computers with an integrated video
Glossary
165
controller) that provides the video capabilities—in
combination with the monitor—for your computer.
video memory — Memory that consists of memory chips
dedicated to video functions. Video memory is usually
faster than system memory. The amount of video memory
installed primarily influences the number of colors that a
program can display.
video mode — A mode that describes how text and
graphics are displayed on a monitor. Graphics-based
software, such as Windows operating systems, displays in
video modes that can be defined as x horizontal pixels by y
vertical pixels by z colors. Character-based software, such
as text editors, displays in video modes that can be
defined as x columns by y rows of characters.
video resolution — See resolution.
virus — A program that is designed to inconvenience you
or to destroy data stored on your computer. A virus
program moves from one computer to another through an
infected disk, software downloaded from the Internet, or
e-mail attachments. When an infected program starts, its
embedded virus also starts.
A common type of virus is a boot virus, which is stored in
the boot sectors of a floppy disk. If the floppy disk is left in
the drive when the computer is shut down and then
turned on, the computer is infected when it reads the
boot sectors of the floppy disk expecting to find the
operating system. If the computer is infected, the boot
virus may replicate itself onto all the floppy disks that are
read or written in that computer until the virus is
eradicated.
V — volt — The measurement of electric potential or
electromotive force. One V appears across a resistance of
1 ohm when a current of 1 ampere flows through that
resistance.
W
W — watt — The measurement of electrical power. One
W is 1 ampere of current flowing at 1 volt.
WHr — watt-hour — A unit of measure commonly used
to indicate the approximate capacity of a battery. For
example, a 66-WHr battery can supply 66 W of power for
1 hour or 33 W for 2 hours.
166
Glossary
wallpaper — The background pattern or picture on the
Windows desktop. Change your wallpaper through the
Windows Control Panel. You can also scan in your favorite
picture and make it wallpaper.
WLAN — wireless local area network. A series of
interconnected computers that communicate with each
other over the air waves using access points or wireless
routers to provide Internet access.
write-protected — Files or media that cannot be changed.
Use write-protection when you want to protect data from
being changed or destroyed. To write-protect a 3.5-inch
floppy disk, slide its write-protect tab to the open
position.
WWAN — wireless wide area network. A wireless highspeed data network using cellular technology and covering
a much larger geographic area than WLAN.
WXGA — wide-aspect extended graphics array — A video
standard for video cards and controllers that supports
resolutions up to 1280 x 800."
X
XGA — extended graphics array — A video standard for
video cards and controllers that supports resolutions up to
1024 x 768.
Z
ZIF — zero insertion force — A type of socket or connector
that allows a computer chip to be installed or removed with
no stress applied to either the chip or its socket.
Zip — A popular data compression format. Files that have
been compressed with the Zip format are called Zip files
and usually have a filename extension of .zip. A special
kind of zipped file is a self-extracting file, which has a
filename extension of .exe. You can unzip a self-extracting
file by double-clicking it.
Zip drive — A high-capacity floppy drive developed by
Iomega Corporation that uses 3.5-inch removable disks
called Zip disks. Zip disks are slightly larger than regular
floppy disks, about twice as thick, and hold up to 100 MB
of data.
Index
A
Check Disk, 51
audio. See sound
CMOS settings
clearing, 133
B
battery
problems, 49
replacing, 118
BIOS, 125
boot sequence
about, 130
changing, 131-132
option settings, 131
computer
components inside, 80
crashes, 54-55
inside view, 80
restore to previous state, 72
stops responding, 54
copying CDs
general information, 28
helpful tips, 30
how to, 28
booting
to a USB device, 131
copying DVDs
general information, 28
helpful tips, 30
how to, 28
C
cover
replacing, 119
cards
installing PCI Express, 92
PCI Express, 91
removing PCI, 90
removing PCI Express, 97
CD/DVD drive
problems, 50
CD-RW drive
problems, 50
CDs, 28
operating system, 11
playing, 26
D
Dell
contacting, 135
Dell Diagnostics, 68
Dell support site, 10
documentation
End User License
Agreement, 9
ergonomics, 9
online, 10
Product Information Guide, 9
regulatory, 9
safety, 9
warranty, 9
drive panel, 100
removing, 100
replacing, 103
drive-panel insert
removing, 101
replacing, 102
drivers
about, 70
identifying, 70
Drivers and Utilities CD, 9
drives
problems, 49
RAID, 37
DVD drive
problems, 50
DVDs, 28
playing, 26
diagnostic lights, 65
diagnostics
Dell, 68
lights, 65
E
e-mail
problems, 51
Index
167
168
Index
End User License
Agreement, 9
ergonomics information, 9
error messages
diagnostic lights, 65
troubleshooting, 52
Internet
connection, about, 21
connection, options, 21
connection, setting up, 21
problems, 51
K
F
Files and Settings Transfer
Wizard, 23, 26, 37
keyboard
problems, 54
L
H
hard drive
problems, 51
hardware
Dell Diagnostics, 68
drives, RAID configuration, 37
labels
Microsoft Windows, 10
Service Tag, 10
lights
diagnostic, 65
front of computer, 65
Hardware Troubleshooter, 72
Help and Support Center, 11
M
help file
Windows Help and Support
Center, 11
Media Card Reader
installing, 111, 113
problems, 53
removing, 111
using, 30
hibernate mode, 32, 34
Hyper-Threading, 37
memory
problems, 56
I
installing parts
before you begin, 77
recommended tools, 77
turning off your computer, 77
168
Index
messages
error, 52
modem
problems, 51
monitor
blank, 62
clone mode, 19
connect DVI, 17-18
connect TV, 17, 19
connect two, 17-18
connect VGA, 17-18
display settings, 19
extended desktop mode, 19
hard to read, 63
motherboard. See system
board
mouse
problems, 57
N
network
Network Setup Wizard, 23
problems, 58
setting up, 22
Network Setup Wizard, 23
O
operating system
reinstalling, 11
reinstalling Windows XP, 72
Operating System CD, 11
P
password
clearing, 132
jumper, 132
PC Restore, 74
PCI cards
removing, 90
PCI Express cards
installing, 92
removing, 97
playing CDs, 26
playing DVDs, 26
power
conserving, 32
hibernate mode, 32, 34
managing, 32
options, 33
options, schemes, 33
problems, 58
standby mode, 32
power light
conditions, 58
power options properties, 33
printer
cable, 20
connecting, 20
problems, 59
setting up, 20
USB, 20
problems
battery, 49
blue screen, 55
CD drive, 50
CD-RW drive, 50
computer crashes, 54-55
computer stops responding, 54
Dell Diagnostics, 68
problems (continued)
diagnostic lights, 65
drives, 49
DVD drive, 50
e-mail, 51
error messages, 52
general, 54
hard drive, 51
Internet, 51
keyboard, 54
Media Card Reader, 53
memory, 56
modem, 51
monitor is blank, 62
monitor is hard to read, 63
mouse, 57
network, 58
power, 58
power light conditions, 58
printer, 59
program crashes, 55
program stops responding, 55
programs and Windows
compatibility, 55
restore to previous state, 72
scanner, 60
screen is blank, 62
screen is hard to read, 63
software, 55-56
sound and speakers, 61
troubleshooting tips, 49
volume adjusting, 61
Product Information Guide, 9
Program Compatibility
Wizard, 55
R
RAID
configuring, 37
regulatory information, 9
reinstalling
Windows XP, 72
S
safety instructions, 9
scanner
problems, 60
Service Tag, 10
settings
system setup, 125
software
Hyper-Threading, 37
problems, 55-56
sound
problems, 61
volume, 61
speaker
problems, 61
volume, 61
specifications
audio, 122
computer information, 121
connectors, 123
controls and lights, 124
drives, 123
environmental, 125
expansion bus, 122
Index
169
170
Index
specifications (continued)
memory, 121
physical, 124
power, 124
processor, 121
technical, 121
video, 121
U
standby mode, 32
volume
adjusting, 61
support
contacting Dell, 135
USB
booting to devices, 131
V
support website, 10
W
system board, 81
warranty information, 9
System Restore, 72
Windows XP
Device Driver Rollback, 71
Files and Settings Transfer
Wizard, 23, 26, 37
Hardware Troubleshooter, 72
Help and Support Center, 11
Hyper-Threading, 37
Network Setup Wizard, 23
Program Compatibility
Wizard, 55
reinstalling, 11, 72
scanner, 61
System Restore, 72
system setup
about, 125
entering, 125
options, 127
screens, 126
T
transferring information to a
new computer, 23, 26, 37
troubleshooting
Dell Diagnostics, 68
diagnostic lights, 65
Hardware Troubleshooter, 72
Help and Support Center, 11
restore to previous state, 72
tips, 49
TV
connect to computer, 17, 19
170
Index
wizards
Files and Settings Transfer
Wizard, 23, 26, 37
Network Setup Wizard, 23
Program Compatibility
Wizard, 55
Download PDF

advertising