Setup and Quick Reference Guide

Setup and Quick Reference Guide
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Dell™ Precision™
Mobile Workstation M2400
Setup and Quick Reference Guide
This guide provides a features overview, specifications, quick setup, software,
and troubleshooting information for your computer. For more information about
your operating system, devices, and technologies, see the
Dell™ Technology Guide at support.dell.com.
Model PP27L
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Notes, Notices, and Cautions
NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of
your computer.
NOTICE: A NOTICE indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of data
and tells you how to avoid the problem.
A CAUTION indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death.
If you purchased a Dell™ n Series computer, any references in this document to
Microsoft® Windows® operating systems are not applicable.
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Information in this document is subject to change without notice.
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ExpressCharge, and the DELL logo are trademarks of Dell Inc.; Bluetooth is a registered trademark
owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and is used by Dell under license; Intel is a registered trademark and
Core is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries; Microsoft, Windows, Windows
Vista, and the Windows Vista start button logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries; TouchStrip is a trademark of UPEK,
Inc.
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 PP27L
May 2008
P/N C106C
Rev. A00
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Contents
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About Your Computer .
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Front View
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Back View
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Bottom View
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Battery Removal
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Wireless Switch and Dell™ Wi-Fi Catcher™
Network Locator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Setting Up Your Computer .
Quick Setup
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Connecting to the Internet .
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Setting Up Your Internet Connection .
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Transferring Information to a New Computer .
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Microsoft Windows® XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Microsoft®
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Windows Vista Operating
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Specifications
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Troubleshooting .
Tools
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Beep Codes .
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Troubleshooting Software and Hardware
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Dell Diagnostics .
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Troubleshooting Tips .
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Power Problems
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Memory Problems
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Dell Technical Update Service
Dell Support Utility
Reinstalling Software
Drivers
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Identifying Drivers
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Lockups and Software Problems .
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Restoring Your Operating System
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Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities
Using Microsoft® Windows® System Restore
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System Messages .
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Power Lights
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Using Dell™ Factory Image Restore
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Using the Operating System Media .
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Finding Information
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Getting Help .
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Obtaining Assistance
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Technical Support and Customer Service
DellConnect™.
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Online Services .
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Problems With Your Order .
Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit
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Automated Order-Status Service .
Product Information
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Before You Call
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Contacting Dell
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Contents
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About Your Computer
Front View
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microphone (optional)
camera light (optional)
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camera (optional)
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display latch
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display
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keyboard status lights
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volume control buttons
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power button
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USB connectors (2)
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Wi-Fi Catcher™ Network
Locator
11 wireless switch
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audio connectors (2)
13 right speaker
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media bay (with optical drive)
15 fingerprint reader (optional)
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ExpressCard slot
17 IEEE 1394a connector
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contactless smart-card reader
19 Secure Digital (SD) memorycard reader
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touch pad
21 display latch release
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touch pad buttons/track stick
buttons
23 left speaker
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track stick
25 keyboard
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device status lights
27 ambient light sensor
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Back View
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RJ-11 connector (optional)
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RJ-45 network connector
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battery/power lights
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multimode DisplayPort
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AC adapter
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security cable slot
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video connector
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eSATA/USB connector
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USB PowerShare connector
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smart card Reader
CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air
vents. Do not store your Dell™ computer in a low-airflow environment, such as a
closed briefcase, while it is running. Restricting the airflow can damage the
computer or cause a fire. The computer turns on the fan when the computer gets
hot. Fan noise is normal and does not indicate a problem with the fan or the
computer.
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Bottom View
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battery charge gauge
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air vents
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battery latch release
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battery
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docking device connector
Battery Removal
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions that shipped with your computer.
CAUTION: Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or
explosion. Replace the battery only with a compatible battery purchased from
Dell. The battery is designed to work with your Dell™ computer. Do not use a
battery from other computers with your computer.
CAUTION: Before removing or replacing the battery, turn off the computer,
disconnect the AC adapter from the electrical outlet and the computer, disconnect
the modem from the wall connector and computer, and remove any other external
cables from the computer.
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Wireless Switch and Dell™ Wi-Fi Catcher™
Network Locator
wireless switch icon
Dell Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator icon
Use the wireless switch to enable or disable wireless network devices and the
Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator to locate networks. For information about
connecting to the Internet, see "Connecting to the Internet" on page 16.
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Setting Up Your Computer
Quick Setup
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions that shipped with your computer.
CAUTION: The AC adapter works with electrical outlets worldwide. However,
power connectors and power strips vary among countries. Using an incompatible
cable or improperly connecting the cable to the power strip or electrical outlet
may cause fire or equipment damage.
NOTICE: When you disconnect the AC adapter cable from the computer, grasp the
connector, not the cable itself, and pull firmly but gently to avoid damaging the
cable. When you wrap the AC adapter cable, ensure that you follow the angle of the
connector on the AC adapter to avoid damaging the cable.
NOTE: Some devices may not be included if you did not order them.
1 Connect the AC adapter to the AC adapter connector on the computer
and to the electrical outlet.
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2 Connect the network cable.
3 Connect USB devices such as a mouse or keyboard.
4 Connect IEEE 1394 devices, such as a DVD player.
5 Open the computer display and press the power button to turn on the
computer.
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NOTE: It is recommended that you turn on and shut down your computer at least
once before you install any cards or connect the computer to a docking device or
other external device, such as a printer.
Connect to the Internet. See "Connecting to the Internet" on page 16 for more
information.
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Internet service
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cable or DSL modem
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wireless router
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laptop with wired connection
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laptop with wireless connection
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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). If you are using a dial-up connection, connect
a telephone line to the modem connector on your computer and to the
telephone wall connector before you set up your Internet connection. If you
are using a DSL or cable/satellite modem connection, contact your ISP or
cellular phone service for setup instructions.
Setting Up Your Internet Connection
To set up an Internet connection with a desktop shortcut provided by your ISP:
1 Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.
2 Double-click the ISP icon on the Microsoft® Windows® desktop.
3 Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
If you do not have an ISP icon on your desktop or if you want to set up an
Internet connection with a different ISP, perform the steps in the appropriate
section below.
NOTE: If you cannot connect to the Internet, see the Dell Technology Guide. If you
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.
NOTE: Have your ISP information ready. If you do not have an ISP, consult the
Connect to the Internet wizard.
Microsoft® Windows Vista® Operating System
1 Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.
2 Click the Windows Vista Start button
→ Control Panel
3 Under Network and Internet, click Connect to the Internet.
4 In the Connect to the Internet window, click either Broadband (PPPoE)
or Dial-up, depending on how you want to connect:
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Choose Broadband if you will use a DSL, satellite modem, cable TV
modem, or Bluetooth wireless technology connection.
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Chose Dial-up if you will use a dial-up modem or ISDN.
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NOTE: If you do not know which type of connection to select, click Help me choose
or contact your ISP.
5 Follow the instructions on the screen and use the setup information
provided by your ISP to complete the setup.
Microsoft Windows® XP
1 Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.
2 Click Start→ Internet Explorer→ Connect to the Internet.
3 In the next window, click the appropriate option:
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If you do not have an ISP, click Choose from a list of Internet service
providers (ISPs).
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If you have already obtained setup information from your ISP but you
did not receive a setup CD, click Set up my connection manually.
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If you have a setup CD, click Use the CD I got from an ISP.
4 Click Next.
If you selected Set up my connection manually in step 3, continue to
step 5. Otherwise, follow the instructions on the screen to complete the
setup.
NOTE: If you do not know which type of connection to select, contact your ISP.
5 Click the appropriate option under How do you want to connect to the
Internet?, and click Next.
6 Use the setup information provided by your ISP to complete the setup.
Transferring Information to a New Computer
Microsoft® Windows Vista® Operating System
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button
, and then click Transfer files
and settings→ Start Windows Easy Transfer.
2 In the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
3 Click Start a new transfer or Continue a transfer in progress.
4 Follow the instructions provided on the screen by the Windows Easy
Transfer wizard.
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Microsoft Windows® XP
Windows XP provides the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to move data
from a source computer to a new computer.
You can transfer the data to the new computer over a network or serial
connection, or you can store it on removable media, such as a writable CD,
for transfer to the new computer.
NOTE: You can transfer information from an old computer to a new computer by
directly connecting a serial cable to the input/output (I/O) ports of the two computers.
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 certain countries.
For transferring information to a new computer, you must run the Files and
Settings Transfer Wizard.
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard With the Operating System Media
NOTE: This procedure requires the Operating System media. This media is optional
and may not be included with certain computers.
To prepare a new computer for the file transfer:
1 Open the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard: click Start→ All Programs→
Accessories→ System Tools→ 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→ Next.
4 On the Do you have a Windows XP CD? screen, click I will use the wizard
from the Windows XP CD→ 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 media.
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→ Next.
4 On the Which computer is this? screen, click Old Computer→ Next.
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5 On the Select a transfer method screen, click the transfer method you prefer.
6 On the What do you want to transfer? screen, select the items you want to
transfer and click Next.
After the information has been copied, the Completing the Collection
Phase screen appears.
7 Click Finish.
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 and click Next.
The wizard applies the collected files and settings to your new computer.
3 On the Finished screen, click Finished, and restart the new computer.
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard Without the Operating System
Media
To run the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard without the Operating System
media, 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 Open the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard: click Start→ All Programs→
Accessories→ System Tools→ 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→ Next.
4 On the Do you have a Windows XP CD? screen, click I want to create a
Wizard Disk in the following drive→ Next.
5 Insert the removable media, such as a writable CD, and click OK.
6 When the disk creation completes and the Now go to your old
computer message appears, do not click Next.
7 Go to the old computer.
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To copy data from the old computer:
1 On the old computer, insert the wizard disk, and click Start→ Run.
2 In the Open field on the Run window, browse to the path for fastwiz (on
the appropriate removable media) and click OK.
3 On the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen, click Next.
4 On the Which computer is this? screen, click Old Computer→ Next.
5 On the Select a transfer method screen, click the transfer method you
prefer.
6 On the What do you want to transfer? screen, select the items you want to
transfer and click Next.
After the information has been copied, the Completing the Collection
Phase screen appears.
7 Click Finish.
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 and 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 restart the new computer.
NOTE: For more information about this procedure, search support.dell.com for
document #154781 (What Are The Different Methods To 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
certain countries.
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Specifications
NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. For more information regarding the
configuration of your computer, click Start→ Help and Support and select the
option to view information about your computer.
Processor
Processor type
Intel® Core™2 Duo
L1 cache
32 KB per instruction, 32 KB data cache per
core
L2 cache
Shared 3 MB or 6 MB
Front side bus frequency
1067 MHz
System Information
Chip set
Intel PM45
Data bus width
64 bit
DRAM bus width
64 bit
Processor address bus width
36 bit
Flash EPROM
SPI 32 Mbit
PCI bus (discrete graphics only)
x16 PCI Express
ExpressCard (optional)
ExpressCard connector
ExpressCard slot (supports both USB and
PCIe based interfaces)
Cards supported
34 mm and 54 mm
Specifications
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Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card Reader
Cards supported
SD, SDIO, SD HC, Mini SD (with adapter)
MMC, MMC+, Mini MMC (with adapter)
Memory
Memory module connector
two DIMM slots
Memory configurations available
1 GB (one 1 GB DIMM or two 512 MB
DIMMs)
2 GB (two DIMMs)
4 GB (two DIMMs)
8 GB (two DIMMS, requires 64-bit
Windows XP or Windows Vista operating
system)
Memory type
DDR2 800 MHz (if supported by chipset
and/or processor combinations). Non-ECC
memory only.
Minimum memory
1 GB
Maximum memory
8 GB (requires 64-bit Windows XP or
Windows Vista operating system)
NOTE: In order to take advantage of the dual-channel bandwidth capability, both
memory slots must be populated and must match in size.
NOTE: The available memory displayed does not reflect the complete maximum
memory installed because some memory is reserved for system files.
NOTE: To enable Intel® Active Management Technology (iAMT), you must have a
DIMM in the memory connector labeled "A". For more information about the memory
connector, see your computer’s Service Manual at support.dell.com. For more
information about iAMT, see the Dell™ Systems Management Administrator's Guide at
support.dell.com.
Ports and Connectors
Audio
microphone connector, stereo
headphone/speakers connector
IEEE 1394a
4-pin connector
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Ports and Connectors (continued)
Mini-Card Support (internal
expansion slots)
one dedicated half Mini-Card slot for
WLAN
one dedicated full Mini-Card slot for
WWAN (mobile broadband)
one dedicated full Mini-Card slot for WPAN
(Bluetooth®wireless technology or ultra
wideband [UWB])
NOTE: You can use the WWAN or WPAN full
Mini-Card slot for the Intel® Flash Cache
Modem
RJ-11 modem connector
Network adapter
RJ-45 modem connector
Smart card reader
integrated smart-card reader
USB, USB PowerShare, eSATA
four 4-pin USB 2.0 compliant connectors
NOTE: Your laptop can support four USB
devices. One of the USB connectors is USB
PowerShare that can provide power for third
party devices (e.g. cell phone). Another USB
connector can be used as an eSATA port.
Video
VGA connector
multimodeDisplayPort
Communications
Modem
internal modem optional
Network adapter
10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN on system board
Wireless
WLAN half Mini-Card, WWAN, WPAN
full Mini-Card
Bluetooth® wireless technology
UWB technology
Mobile Broadband
full Mini-Card
GPS
supported by Mobile Broadband full
Mini-Card
Specifications
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Video
Video type
discrete video on system board, hardware
accelerated, OpenGL support
Data bus
PCI-E graphics x16
Video controller
nVIDIA Quadro FX370M
Video memory
discrete video: 256 MB dedicated memory
Video output
VGA connector, multimode DisplayPort
Audio
Audio type
two-channel high definition audio
Audio controller
IDT 92HD71B
Stereo conversion
24-bit (analog-to-digital and digital-toanalog)
Interfaces:
Internal
internal high definition audio codec
External
external microphone-in connector, stereo
headphones/speakers connector
Speakers
two 1-watt, 4-ohm speakers
Internal speaker amplifier
1 watt per channel, 4 ohms
Internal microphone
single digital microphone
Volume controls
volume control buttons
Display
Type (active-matrix TFT)
WXGA, WXGA+
Active X/Y
303.36 x 189.84
Dimensions:
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Height
207 mm (8.15 inches)
Width
320 mm (12.6 inches)
Diagonal
358.14 mm (14.1 inches)
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Display (continued)
Maximum resolutions
WXGA CCFL
1280 x 800 pixels
WXGA+ WLED
1440 x 900 pixels
Refresh rate
60 Hz
Operating angle
0° (closed) to 160° (except when docked)
Viewing angles:
Horizontal
40/40°
Vertical
15/30°
Pixel pitch:
WXGA CCFL
0.2373
WXGA+
0.2109
Typical power consumption (panel
with backlight):
WXGA CCFL
6.2 W (maximum) with no inverter losses
WXGA+
7.5 W (maximum)
Keyboard
Number of keys
83 (U.S. and Canada); 84 (Europe);
87 (Japan)
Layout
QWERTY/AZERTY/Kanji
Size
full sized (19-mm key pitch)
Touch Pad
X/Y position resolution
(graphics table mode)
240 cpi
Size:
Width
73.0-mm (2.9-inch) sensor-active area
Height
42.9-mm (1.7-inch) rectangle
Specifications
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Battery
Type
12-cell "smart" lithium ion prismatic slice
(84 Whr)
9-cell "smart" lithium ion (85 Whr)
6-cell "smart" lithium ion (56Whr)
Dimensions
6-cell lithium-ion battery:
Depth
206 mm (8.11 inches)
Height
19.8 mm (0.78 inches)
Width
47.0 mm (1.85 inch)
Dimensions
9-cell lithium-ion batteries:
Depth
208 mm (8.67 inches)
Height
22.3 mm (0.88 inch)
Width
68.98 mm (2.70 inches)
Dimensions
12-cell lithium-ion slice batteries:
Depth
14.48 mm
Height
217.24 mm
Width
322.17 mm
Weight:
6-cell Primary battery
0.33 kg (0.73 lb)
9-cell high capacity battery
0.51 kg (1.12 lb)
12-cell slice battery
0.85 kg (1.87 lb)
Voltage:
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6-cell and 9-cell
11.1 VDC
12-cell slice battery
14.8 VDC
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Battery (continued)
NOTE: Battery operating time varies depending on operating conditions and can be
significantly reduced under certain power-intensive conditions.
Charge time (approximate):
Computer off
Life span (approximate)
Approximately 1 hour to 80% in Dell™
ExpressCharge™ mode
1 year
Temperature range:
Operating
0° to 40°C (32° to 104°F)
Storage
–10° to 65°C (14° to 149°F)
Coin-cell battery
CR-2032
AC Adapter
Input voltage
100–240 VAC
Input current (maximum)
1.5 A
Input frequency
50–60 Hz
Temperature range:
Operating
0° to 35°C (32° to 95°F)
Storage
–40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F)
PA-12 65 W Travel AC adapter:
Output voltage
19.5 V DC
Output current
3.34 A
Height
15 mm (0.6 inches)
Width
66 mm (2.6 inches)
Depth
127 mm (5.0 inches)
Weight
0.29 kg (0.64 lb)
Specifications
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AC Adapter (continued)
PA-10 90 W D-Series AC adapter:
Output voltage
19.5 V DC
Output current
4.62 A
Height
32 mm (1.3 inches)
Width
60 mm (2.4 inches)
Depth
140 mm (5.5 inches)
Weight
0.425 kg (0.9 lb)
PA-3E 90 W E-Series AC adapter:
Output voltage
19.5 V DC
Output current
4.62 A
Height
15 mm (0.6 inches)
Width
70 mm (2.8 inches)
Length
147 mm (5.8 inches)
Weight
0.345 kg (0.76 lb)
Fingerprint reader (optional)
Type
UPEK TCS3 TouchStrip strip sensor with
CMOS active capacitive pixel-sensing
technology
Physical
Height
26.3 mm (1.035 inches)
Width
335 mm (13.189 inches)
Depth
238.3 mm (9.382 inches)
Weight
2.18 kg (4.8 lb) with discrete graphics, 6-cell
battery, and optical drive
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Environmental
Temperature range:
Operating
0° to 35°C (32° to 95°F)
Storage
–40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F)
Relative humidity (maximum):
Operating
10% to 90% (noncondensing)
Storage
5% to 95% (noncondensing)
Maximum vibration (using a random vibration spectrum that simulates user
environment):
Operating
0.66 GRMS
Storage
1.3 GRMS
Maximum shock (Measured with hard drive in operating status and a 2-ms half-sine
pulse for operating. Also measured with hard drive in head-parked position and a
2-ms halfsine pulse for storage):
Operating
143 G
Storage
163 G
Altitude (maximum):
Operating
–15.2 to 3048 m (–50 to 10,000 ft)
Storage
–15.2 to 3048 m (–50 to 10,000 ft)
Camera (Optional)
Resolution
640 x 480 pixels (VGA)
Specifications
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Troubleshooting
CAUTION: To guard against the likelihood of electric shock, laceration by moving
fan blades, or other expected injuries, always unplug your computer from the
electrical outlet before opening the cover.
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions that shipped with your computer
Tools
Power Lights
The two-color power-button light located on the front of the computer turns
on and blinks or remains solid to indicate different states:
•
If the power light is off, the computer is either turned off or is not
receiving power.
•
If the power light is steady blue and the computer is not responding,
ensure that the display is connected and powered on.
•
If the power light is blinking blue, the computer is in standby mode. Press
a key on the keyboard, move the mouse, or press the power button to
resume normal operation. If the power light is blinking amber, the
computer is receiving electrical power, a device such as a memory module
or graphics card might be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed.
•
If the power light is steady amber, there may be a power problem or an
internal device malfunction.
Beep Codes
Your computer might emit a series of beeps during start-up if the monitor
cannot display errors or problems. This series of beeps, called a beep code,
identifies a problem. One possible beep code consists of repetitive three short
beeps. This beep code tells you that the computer encountered a possible
motherboard failure.
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If your computer beeps during start-up:
1 Write down the beep code.
2 Run the Dell Diagnostics to identify a more serious cause (see "Dell
Diagnostics" on page 40).
Code
Description
(repetitive
short beeps)
Suggested Remedy
1
BIOS checksum
Contact Dell.
failure. Possible
motherboard failure.
2
No memory modules
detected
3
Possible system
board failure
4
RAM Read/Write
failure
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Troubleshooting
1 If you have two or more memory modules
installed, remove the modules, reinstall one
module (see your Service Manual at
support.dell.com), and then restart the
computer. If the computer starts normally,
reinstall an additional module. Continue until
you have identified a faulty module or
reinstalled all modules without error.
2 If available, install good memory of the same
type into your computer see your Service
Manual at support.dell.com).
3 If the problem persists, contact Dell.
Contact Dell.
1 Ensure that no special memory
module/memory connector placement
requirements exist (see your Service Manual at
support.dell.com).
2 Verify that the memory modules that you are
installing are compatible with your computer
(see your Service Manual at
support.dell.com).
3 If the problem persists, contact Dell.
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Code
Description
(repetitive
short beeps)
5
Real-time clock
failure. Possible
battery failure or
motherboard failure.
Suggested Remedy
1 Replace the battery (see your Service Manual
at support.dell.com).
2 If the problem persists, contact Dell.
6
Video BIOS Test
Failure
Contact Dell.
7
CPU-cache test
failure
Contact Dell.
Error Messages
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions that shipped with your computer.
If the message is not listed, see the documentation for the operating system
or the program that was running when the message appeared.
A U X I L I A R Y D E V I C E F A I L U R E — The touch pad or external mouse may be faulty.
For an external mouse, check the cable connection. Enable the Pointing
Device option in the system setup program. See your Service Manual at
support.dell.com for more information. If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see "Contacting Dell" on page 65).
B A D C O M M A N D O R F I L E N A M E — Ensure that you have spelled the command
correctly, put spaces in the proper place, and used the correct pathname.
C A C H E D I S A B L E D D U E T O F A I L U R E — The primary cache internal to the
microprocessor has failed. Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 65).
CD D R I V E C O N T R O L L E R F A I L U R E — The CD drive does not respond to
commands from the computer.
D A T A E R R O R — The hard drive cannot read the data.
D E C R E A S I N G A V A I L A B L E M E M O R Y — One or more memory modules may be
faulty or improperly seated. Reinstall the memory modules and, if necessary,
replace them. See your Service Manual at support.dell.com for more
information.
D I S K C : F A I L E D I N I T I A L I Z A T I O N — The hard drive failed initialization. Run the
hard drive tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 40).
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D R I V E N O T R E A D Y — The operation requires a hard drive in the bay before it
can continue. Install a hard drive in the hard drive bay. See your Service
Manual at support.dell.com for more information.
E R R O R R E A D I N G P C M C I A C A R D — The computer cannot identify the
ExpressCard. Reinsert the card or try another card. See your Service Manual
at support.dell.com for more information.
E X T E N D E D M E M O R Y S I Z E H A S C H A N G E D — The amount of memory recorded in
nonvolatile memory (NVRAM) does not match the memory installed in the
computer. Restart the computer. If the error appears again, contact Dell (see
"Contacting Dell" on page 65).
T H E F I L E B E I N G C O P I E D I S T O O L A R G E F O R T H E D E S T I N A T I O N D R I V E — The file
that you are trying to copy is too large to fit on the disk, or the disk is full. Try
copying the file to a different disk or use a larger capacity disk.
A FILENAME CANNOT CONTAIN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERS: \ / : * ? “ <
> | — Do not use these characters in filenames.
G A T E A 2 0 F A I L U R E — A memory module may be loose. Reinstall the memory
modules and, if necessary, replace them. See your Service Manual at
support.dell.com for more information.
G E N E R A L F A I L U R E — The operating system is unable to carry out the
command. The message is usually followed by specific information—for
example, Printer out of paper. Take the appropriate action.
H A R D - D I S K D R I V E C O N F I G U R A T I O N E R R O R — The computer cannot identify the
drive type. Shut down the computer, remove the hard drive (see your Service
Manual at support.dell.com), and boot the computer from a CD. Then, shut
down the computer, reinstall the hard drive, and restart the computer. Run
the Hard Disk Drive tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on
page 40).
H A R D - D I S K D R I V E C O N T R O L L E R F A I L U R E 0 — The hard drive does not respond
to commands from the computer. Shut down the computer, remove the hard
drive (see your Service Manual at support.dell.com), and boot the computer
from a CD. Then, shut down the computer, reinstall the hard drive, and
restart the computer. If the problem persists, try another drive. Run the Hard
Disk Drive tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 40).
H A R D - D I S K D R I V E F A I L U R E — The hard drive does not respond to commands
from the computer. Shut down the computer, remove the hard drive (see your
Service Manual at support.dell.com), and boot the computer from a CD.
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Then, shut down the computer, reinstall the hard drive, and restart the
computer. If the problem persists, try another drive. Run the Hard Disk Drive
tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 40).
H A R D - D I S K D R I V E R E A D F A I L U R E — The hard drive may be defective. Shut
down the computer, remove the hard drive (see your Service Manual at
support.dell.com), and boot the computer from a CD. Then, shut down the
computer, reinstall the hard drive, and restart the computer. If the problem
persists, try another drive. Run the Hard Disk Drive tests in the Dell
Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 40).
I N S E R T B O O T A B L E M E D I A — The operating system is trying to boot to
nonbootable media, such as a floppy disk or CD. Insert bootable media.
I N V A L I D C O N F I G U R A T I O N I N F O R M A T I O N - P L E A S E R U N S YS T E M S E T U P
P R O G R A M — The system configuration information does not match the
hardware configuration. The message is most likely to occur after a memory
module is installed. Correct the appropriate options in the system setup
program. See your Service Manual at support.dell.com for more information.
K E Y B O A R D C L O C K L I N E F A I L U R E — For external keyboards, check the cable
connection. Run the Keyboard Controller test in the Dell Diagnostics (see
"Dell Diagnostics" on page 40).
K E Y B O A R D C O N T R O L L E R F A I L U R E — For external keyboards, check the cable
connection. Restart the computer, and avoid touching the keyboard or the
mouse during the boot routine. Run the Keyboard Controller test in the Dell
Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 40).
K E Y B O A R D D A T A L I N E F A I L U R E — For external keyboards, check the cable
connection. Run the Keyboard Controller test in the Dell Diagnostics (see
"Dell Diagnostics" on page 40).
K E Y B O A R D S T U C K K E Y F A I L U R E — For external keyboards or keypads, check the
cable connection. Restart the computer, and avoid touching the keyboard or
keys during the boot routine. Run the Stuck Key test in the Dell Diagnostics
(see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 40).
L I C E N S E D C O N T E N T I S N O T A C C E S S I B L E I N M E D I A D I R E C T — Dell™
MediaDirect™ cannot verify the Digital Rights Management (DRM)
restrictions on the file, so the file cannot be played (see "Dell Diagnostics" on
page 40).
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MEMORY ADDRESS LINE FAILURE AT ADDRESS, READ VALUE EXPECTING VALUE —
A memory module may be faulty or improperly seated. Reinstall the memory
modules and, if necessary, replace them. See your Service Manual at
support.dell.com for more information.
M E M O R Y A L L O C A T I O N E R R O R — The software you are attempting to run is
conflicting with the operating system, another program, or a utility. Shut
down the computer, wait 30 seconds, and then restart it. Try to run the
program again. If the error message still appears, see the software
documentation.
MEMORY DATA LINE FAILURE AT ADDRESS, READ VALUE EXPECTING VALUE — A
memory module may be faulty or improperly seated. Reinstall the memory
modules and, if necessary, replace them. See your Service Manual at
support.dell.com for more information.
MEMORY DOUBLE WORD LOGIC FAILURE AT ADDRESS, READ VALUE EXPECTING
V A L U E — A memory module may be faulty or improperly seated. Reinstall the
memory modules and, if necessary, replace them. See your Service Manual at
support.dell.com for more information.
MEMORY ODD/EVEN LOGIC FAILURE AT ADDRESS, READ VALUE EXPECTING
V A L U E — A memory module may be faulty or improperly seated. Reinstall the
memory modules and, if necessary, replace them. See your Service Manual at
support.dell.com for more information.
MEMORY WRITE/READ FAILURE AT ADDRESS, READ VALUE EXPECTING VALUE — A
memory module may be faulty or improperly seated. Reinstall the memory
modules and, if necessary, replace them. See your Service Manual at
support.dell.com for more information.
N O B O O T D E V I C E A V A I L A B L E — The computer cannot find the hard drive. If
the hard drive is your boot device, ensure that the drive is installed, properly
seated, and partitioned as a boot device.
N O B O O T S E C T O R O N H A R D D R I V E — The operating system may be corrupted.
Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 65).
N O T I M E R T I C K I N T E R R U P T — A chip on the system board may be
malfunctioning. Run the System Set tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell
Diagnostics" on page 40).
NOT ENOUGH MEMORY OR RESOURCES. EXIT SOME PROGRAMS AND TRY AGAIN —
You have too many programs open. Close all windows and open the program
that you want to use.
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O P E R A T I N G S YS T E M N O T F O U N D — Reinstall the hard drive (see your at
support.dell.com). If the problem persists, contact Dell (see "Dell
Diagnostics" on page 40).
O P T I O N A L R O M B A D C H E C K S U M — The optional ROM has failed. Contact
Dell (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 40).
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. Remove and then reinstall the program.
Microsoft® Windows Vista®:
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button
Programs and Features.
→ Control Panel→ Programs→
2 Select the program you want to remove.
3 Click Uninstall.
4 See the program documentation for installation instructions.
Microsoft Windows® XP:
1 Click Start→ Control Panel→ Add or Remove Programs→ Programs and
Features.
2 Select the program you want to remove.
3 Click Uninstall.
4 See the program documentation for installation instructions.
S E C T O R N O T F O U N D — The operating system cannot locate a sector on the
hard drive. You may have a defective sector or corrupted FAT on the hard
drive. Run the Windows error-checking utility to check the file structure on
the hard drive. See Windows Help and Support for instructions (click Start→
Help and Support). If a large number of sectors are defective, back up the
data (if possible), and then reformat the hard drive.
S E E K E R R O R — The operating system cannot find a specific track on the hard
drive.
S H U T D O W N F A I L U R E — A chip on the system board may be malfunctioning.
Run the System Set tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on
page 40).
T I M E - O F - D A Y C L O C K L O S T P O W E R — System configuration settings are
corrupted. Connect your computer to an electrical outlet to charge the
battery. If the problem persists, try to restore the data by entering the system
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setup program, then immediately exit the program (see your Service Manual
at support.dell.com). If the message reappears, contact Dell (see "Contacting
Dell" on page 65).
T I M E - O F - D A Y C L O C K S T O P P E D — The reserve battery that supports the system
configuration settings may require recharging. Connect your computer to an
electrical outlet to charge the battery. If the problem persists, contact Dell
(see "Contacting Dell" on page 65).
T I M E - O F - D A Y N O T S E T - P L E A S E R U N T H E S YS T E M S E T U P P R O G R A M — The time
or date stored in the system setup program does not match the system clock.
Correct the settings for the Date and Time options. See your Service Manual
at support.dell.com for more information.
T I M E R C H I P C O U N T E R 2 F A I L E D — A chip on the system board may be
malfunctioning. Run the System Set tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell
Diagnostics" on page 40).
U N E X P E C T E D I N T E R R U P T I N P R O T E C T E D M O D E — The keyboard controller may
be malfunctioning, or a memory module may be loose. Run the System
Memory tests and the Keyboard Controller test in the Dell Diagnostics (see
"Dell Diagnostics" on page 40).
X:\ IS NOT ACCESSIBLE.
T H E D E V I C E I S N O T R E A D Y — Insert a disk into the
drive and try again.
W A R N I N G : B A T T E R Y I S C R I T I C A L L Y L O W — The battery is running out of
charge. Replace the battery, or connect the computer to an electrical outlet;
otherwise, activate hibernate mode or shut down the computer.
System Messages
NOTE: If the message you received is not listed in the table, see the documentation
for either the operating system or the program that was running when the message
appeared.
A L E R T ! P R E V I O U S A T T E M P T S A T B O O T I N G T H I S S YS T E M H A V E F A I L E D A T
CHECKPOINT [NNNN]. FOR HELP IN RESOLVING THIS PROBLEM, PLEASE NOTE THIS
C H E C K P O I N T A N D C O N T A C T D E L L TE C H N I C A L S U P P O R T — The computer failed
to complete the start routine three consecutive times for the same error (see
"Contacting Dell" on page 65 for assistance).
C M O S C H E C K S U M E R R O R — Possible system board failure or RTC battery low.
Replace the battery. See your Service Manual at support.dell.com or see
"Contacting Dell" on page 65 for assistance.
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C P U F A N F A I L U R E — Processor fan failure. Replace processor fan. See your
Service Manual at support.dell.com.
H A R D - D I S K D R I V E F A I L U R E — Possible hard drive failure during hard drive
POST. Check cables, swap hard disks, or see "Contacting Dell" on page 65 for
assistance.
H A R D - D I S K D R I V E R E A D F A I L U R E — Possible hard drive failure during harddrive start test (see "Contacting Dell" on page 65 for assistance).
K E Y B O A R D F A I L U R E — Keyboard failure or keyboard cable loose.
N O B O O T D E V I C E A V A I L A B L E — No bootable partition on hard drive, or the
hard drive cable is loose, or no bootable device exists.
•
If the hard drive is your boot device, ensure that the cables are connected
and that the drive is installed properly and partitioned as a boot device.
•
Enter system setup and ensure that the boot sequence information is
correct (see your Service Manual at support.dell.com).
N O T I M E R T I C K I N T E R R U P T — A chip on the system board might be
malfunctioning or system board failure (see "Contacting Dell" on page 65 for
assistance).
U S B O V E R C U R R E N T E R R O R — Disconnect the USB device. Use external power
source for the USB device.
NOTICE - H A R D D R I V E S E L F M O N I T O R I N G S Y S T E M H A S R E P O R T E D T H A T A
PARAMETER HAS EXCEEDED ITS NORMAL OPERATING RANGE. DELL RECOMMENDS
T H A T Y O U B A C K U P Y O U R D A T A R E G U L A R L Y. A P A R A M E T E R O U T O F R A N G E M A Y O R
M A Y N O T I N D I C A T E A P O T E N T I A L H A R D D R I V E P R O B L E M — S.M.A.R.T error,
possible hard drive failure. This feature can be enabled or disabled in BIOS
setup.
Troubleshooting Software and Hardware Problems
If a device is either not detected during the operating system setup or is
detected but incorrectly configured, you can use the Hardware
Troubleshooter to resolve the incompatibility.
To start the Hardware Troubleshooter:
Windows Vista:
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button
, and click Help and Support.
2 Type hardware troubleshooter in the search field and press
<Enter> to start the search.
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3 In the search results, select the option that best describes the problem and
follow the remaining troubleshooting steps.
Windows XP:
1 Click Start→ Help and Support.
2 Type hardware troubleshooter in the search field and press
<Enter> to start the search.
3 In the Fix a Problem section, click Hardware Troubleshooter.
4 In the Hardware Troubleshooter list, select the option that best describes
the problem and click Next to follow the remaining troubleshooting steps.
Dell Diagnostics
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions that shipped with your computer.
When to Use the Dell Diagnostics
If you experience a problem with your computer, perform the checks in
Lockups and Software Problems (see "Lockups and Software Problems" on
page 44) and run the Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for technical
assistance.
It is recommended that you print these procedures before you begin.
NOTICE: The Dell Diagnostics works only on Dell computers.
NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities media is optional and may not ship with your
computer.
See your Service Manual at support.dell.com to review your computer’s
configuration information, and ensure that the device that you want to test
displays in the system setup program and is active.
Start the Dell Diagnostics from your hard drive or from the Drivers and
Utilities media.
Starting the Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive
NOTE: If your computer cannot display a screen image, see "Contacting Dell" on
page 65.
1 Ensure that the computer is connected to an electrical outlet that is
known to be working properly.
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2 Turn on (or restart) your computer.
3 When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F12> immediately. Select
Diagnostics from the start menu and press <Enter>.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows® desktop, and then shut down
your computer and try again.
NOTE: If you see a message stating that no diagnostics utility partition has
been found, run the Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers and Utilities media.
4 Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics from the diagnostics utility
partition on your hard drive, and follow the instructions on the screen.
Starting the Dell Diagnostics From the Drivers and Utilities Media
1 Insert the Drivers and Utilities media.
2 Shut down and restart the computer.
When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> immediately.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue
to wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows® desktop; then, shut down your
computer and try again.
NOTE: The next steps change the boot sequence for one time only. On the
next start-up, the computer starts according to the devices specified in the
system setup program.
3 When the boot device list appears, highlight CD/DVD/CD-RW and press
<Enter>.
4 Select the Boot from CD-ROM option from the menu that appears and
press <Enter>.
5 Type 1 to start the CD menu and press <Enter> to proceed.
6 Select Run the 32 Bit Dell Diagnostics from the numbered list. If
multiple versions are listed, select the version that is appropriate for your
computer.
7 When the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu appears, select the test that you
want to run, and follow the instructions on the screen.
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Troubleshooting Tips
Follow these tips when troubleshooting your computer:
•
If you added or removed a part before the problem started, review the
installation procedures and ensure that the part is correctly installed (see
your Service Manual at support.dell.com).
•
If a 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 to diagnose and fix the
problem(s).
•
If an error message occurs in a program, see the program documentation.
NOTE: The procedures in this document were written for the Windows default
view, so they may not apply if you set your Dell computer to the Windows Classic
view.
Power Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety information that shipped with your computer.
I F T H E P O W E R L I G H T I S O F F — The computer is either turned off or is not
receiving power.
•
Reseat the power cable in the power connector on the back of the
computer and the electrical outlet.
•
Bypass power strips, power extension cables, and other power protection
devices to verify that the computer turns on properly.
•
Ensure that any power strips being used are plugged into an electrical
outlet and are turned on.
•
Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with another
device, such as a lamp.
• Ensure that the main power cable and front panel cable are securely
connected to the system board (see your Service Manual at
support.dell.com).
IF THE POWER LIGHT IS BLUE AND THE COMPUTER IS NOT RESPONDING —
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•
Ensure that the display is connected and powered on.
•
If the display is connected and powered on, see "Beep Codes" on page 31.
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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 B L U E — The computer is in standby mode.
Press a key on the keyboard, move the mouse, or press the power button to
resume normal operation.
I F T H E P O W E R L I G H T I S B L I N K I N G A M B E R — The computer is receiving
electrical power, a device might be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed.
•
Remove and then reinstall all memory modules (see your Service Manual
at support.dell.com).
•
Remove and then reinstall any expansion cards, including graphics cards
(see your Service Manual at support.dell.com).
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 — There is a power problem, a device
may be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed.
•
Ensure that the processor power cable is securely connected to the system
board power connector (see your Service Manual at support.dell.com).
•
Ensure that the main power cable and the front panel cable are securely
connected to the system board connector (see your Service Manual at
support.dell.com).
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
Memory Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety information that shipped with your computer.
IF YOU RECEIVE AN INSUFFICIENT MEMORY MESSAGE —
•
Save and close any open files and exit any open programs you are not using
to see if that resolves the problem.
•
See the software documentation for minimum memory requirements. If
necessary, install additional memory (see your Service Manual at
support.dell.com).
•
Reseat the memory modules (see your Service Manual at
support.dell.com) to ensure that your computer is successfully
communicating with the memory.
•
Run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 40).
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IF YOU EXPERIENCE OTHER MEMORY PROBLEMS —
•
Reseat the memory modules (see your Service Manual at
support.dell.com) to ensure that your computer is successfully
communicating with the memory.
•
Ensure that you are following the memory installation guidelines (see your
Service Manual at support.dell.com).
•
Ensure that the memory you are using is supported by your computer. For
more information about the type of memory supported by your computer,
see "Specifications" on page 21.
•
Run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 40).
Lockups and Software Problems
CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety information that shipped with your computer.
The computer does not start up
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.
A program stops responding
END THE PROGRAM —
1 Press <Ctrl><Shift><Esc> simultaneously to access the Task Manager,
and click the Applications tab.
2 Click to select the program that is no longer responding, and click End
Task.
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A program crashes repeatedly
NOTE: Most software includes installation instructions in its documentation or on a
floppy disk, CD, or DVD.
C H E C K T H E S O F T W A R E D O C U M E N T A T I O N — If necessary, uninstall and then
reinstall the program.
A program is designed for an earlier Microsoft® Windows® operating system
RUN THE PROGRAM COMPATIBILITY WIZARD —
Windows Vista:
The Program Compatibility Wizard configures a program so that it runs in an
environment similar to non-Windows Vista operating system environments.
1 Click Start
→ Control Panel→ Programs→ Use an older program
with this version of Windows.
2 In the welcome screen, click Next.
3 Follow the instructions on the screen.
Windows XP:
The Program Compatibility Wizard configures a program so that it runs in an
environment similar to non-XP operating system environments.
1 Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→ Program Compatibility
Wizard→ Next.
2 Follow the instructions on the screen.
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.
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.
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•
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, CDs, or
DVDs
•
Save and close any open files or programs and shut down your computer
through the Start menu
Dell Technical Update Service
The Dell Technical Update service provides proactive e-mail notification of
software and hardware updates for your computer. The service is free and can
be customized for content, format, and how frequently you receive
notifications.
To enroll for the Dell Technical Update service, go to
support.dell.com/technicalupdate.
Dell Support Utility
The Dell Support Utility is installed on your computer and available from the
Dell Support,
, icon on the taskbar or from the Start button. Use this
support utility for self-support information, software updates, and health
scans of your computing environment.
Accessing the Dell Support Utility
Access the Dell Support Utility from the
Start menu.
icon on the taskbar or from the
If the Dell Support icon does not appear in your taskbar:
1 Click Start→ All Programs→ Dell Support→ Dell Support Settings.
2 Ensure that the Show icon on the taskbar option is checked.
NOTE: If the Dell Support Utility is not available from the Start menu, go to
support.dell.com and download the software.
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The Dell Support Utility is customized for your computing environment.
The
icon in the taskbar functions differently when you click, doubleclick, or right-click the icon.
Clicking the Dell Support Icon
Click or right-click the
icon to perform the following tasks:
•
Check your computing environment.
•
View the Dell Support Utility settings.
•
Access the help file for the Dell Support Utility.
•
View frequently asked questions.
•
Learn more about the Dell Support Utility.
•
Turn off the Dell Support Utility.
Double-Clicking the Dell Support Icon
Double-click the
icon to manually check your computing environment,
view frequently asked questions, access the help file for the Dell Support
Utility, and view Dell Support settings.
For more information about the Dell Support Utility, click the question mark
(?) at the top of the Dell™ Support screen.
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Reinstalling Software
Drivers
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.
Microsoft® Windows Vista®:
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button™
, and right-click Computer.
2 Click Properties→ Device Manager.
NOTE: The User Account Control window may appear. If you are an
administrator on the computer, click Continue; otherwise, contact your
administrator to continue.
Microsoft Windows® XP:
1 Click Start→ Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a Category, click Performance and Maintenance, and click
System.
3 In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab, and click Device
Manager.
Scroll down the list to see if any device has an exclamation point (a yellow
circle with a [!]) on the device icon.
If an exclamation point is next to the device name, you may need to reinstall
the driver or install a new driver (see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on
page 50).
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Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities
NOTICE: The Dell Support website at support.dell.com and your Drivers and
Utilities media provide approved drivers for Dell™ computers. If you install drivers
obtained from other sources, your computer might not work correctly.
Returning to a Previous Device Driver Version
Windows Vista:
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button
, and right-click Computer.
2 Click Properties→ Device Manager.
NOTE: The User Account Control window may appear. If you are an
administrator on the computer, click Continue; otherwise, contact your
administrator to enter the Device Manager.
3 Right-click the device for which the new driver was installed and click
Properties.
4 Click the Drivers tab→ Roll Back Driver.
Windows XP:
1 Click Start→ My Computer→ Properties→ Hardware→ Device Manager.
2 Right-click the device for which the new driver was installed and click
Properties.
3 Click the Drivers tab→ Roll Back Driver.
If Device Driver Rollback does not resolve the problem, then use System
Restore (see "Restoring Your Operating System" on page 52) to return your
computer to the operating state that existed before you installed the new
driver.
Using the Drivers and Utilities Media
If using Device Driver Rollback or System Restore (see "Restoring Your
Operating System" on page 52) does not resolve the problem, reinstall the
driver from your Drivers and Utilities media.
1 With the Windows desktop displayed, insert your Drivers and Utilities
media.
If this is your first time to use the Drivers and Utilities media, go to step 2.
If not, go to step 5.
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2 When the Drivers and Utilities media installation program starts, follow
the prompts on the screen.
NOTE: In most cases, the Drivers and Utilities program starts running
automatically. If it does not, start Windows Explorer, click your media drive
directory to display the media contents, and then double-click the autorcd.exe
file.
3 When the InstallShield Wizard Complete window appears, remove the
Drivers and Utilities media and click Finish to restart the computer.
4 When you see the Windows desktop, reinsert the Drivers and Utilities
media.
5 At the Welcome Dell System Owner screen, click Next.
NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities program displays drivers only for hardware
that came installed in your computer. If you installed additional hardware, the
drivers for the new hardware might not be displayed. If those drivers are not
displayed, exit the Drivers and Utilities program. For drivers information, see
the documentation that came with the device.
A message stating that the Resource media is detecting hardware in your
computer appears.
The drivers that are used by your computer are automatically displayed in
the My Drivers—The ResourceCD has identified these components in
your system window.
6 Click the driver that you want to reinstall and follow the instructions on
the screen.
If a particular driver is not listed, then that driver is not required by your
operating system.
Manually Reinstalling Drivers
After extracting the driver files to your hard drive as described in the previous
section:
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button
, and right-click Computer.
2 Click Properties→ Device Manager.
NOTE: The User Account Control window may appear. If you are an
administrator on the computer, click Continue; otherwise, contact your
administrator to enter the Device Manager.
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3 Double-click the type of device for which you are installing the driver (for
example, Audio or Video).
4 Double-click the name of the device for which you are installing the driver.
5 Click the Driver tab→ Update Driver→ Browse my computer for driver
software.
6 Click Browse and browse to the location to which you previously copied
the driver files.
7 When the name of the appropriate driver appears, click the name of the
driver→ OK→ Next.
8 Click Finish and restart your computer.
Restoring Your Operating System
You can restore your operating system in the following ways:
•
Microsoft Windows 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 Factory Image Restore (available in Windows Vista) returns your hard
drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer.
The program permanently deletes all data on the hard drive and removes
any programs installed after you received the computer. Use Dell Factory
Image Restore only if System Restore did not resolve your operating
system problem.
•
If you received an Operating System media with your computer, you can
use it to restore your operating system. However, using the Operating
System media also deletes all data on the hard drive. Use the media only if
System Restore did not resolve your operating system problem.
Using Microsoft® Windows® System Restore
The Windows operating systems provide a System Restore option that allows
you to return your computer to an earlier operating state (without affecting
data files) if changes to the hardware, software, or other system settings have
left the computer in an undesirable operating state. Any changes that System
Restore makes to your computer are completely reversible.
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NOTICE: Make regular backups of your data files. System Restore does not
monitor your data files or recover them.
NOTE: The procedures in this document were written for the Windows default
view, so they may not apply if you set your Dell™ computer to the Windows Classic
view.
NOTE: Set your Dell™ computer to the Windows Classic view.
Starting System Restore
Windows Vista:
1 Click Start
.
2 In the Start Search box, type System Restore and press <Enter>.
NOTE: The User Account Control window may appear. If you are an
administrator on the computer, click Continue; otherwise, contact your
administrator to continue the desired action.
3 Click Next and follow the remaining prompts on the screen.
In the event that System Restore did not resolve the issue, you may undo the
last system restore (see "Undoing the Last System Restore" on page 53).
Windows XP:
NOTICE: Before you restore the computer to an earlier operating state, save and
close any open files and exit any open programs. Do not alter, open, or delete any
files or programs until the system restoration is complete.
1 Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools→ System
Restore.
2 Click either Restore my computer to an earlier time or Create a restore
point.
3 Click Next and follow the remaining on-screen prompts.
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.
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Windows Vista:
1 Click Start
.
2 In the Start Search box, type System Restore and press <Enter>.
3 Click Undo my last restoration and click Next.
Windows XP:
1 Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools→ System
Restore.
2 Click Undo my last restoration and click Next.
Enabling System Restore
NOTE: Windows Vista does not disable System Restore; regardless of low disk
space. Therefore, the steps below apply only to Windows XP.
If you reinstall Windows XP with less than 200 MB of free hard-disk space
available, System Restore is automatically disabled.
To see if System Restore is enabled:
1 Click Start→ Control Panel→ Performance and Maintenance→ System.
2 Click the System Restore tab and ensure that Turn off System Restore is
unchecked.
Using Dell™ Factory Image Restore
NOTICE: Using Dell Factory Image Restore permanently deletes all data on the
hard drive and removes any programs or drivers installed after you received your
computer. If possible, back up the data before using this option. Use Dell Factory
Image Restore only if System Restore did not resolve your operating system
problem.
NOTE: Dell Factory Image Restore may not be available in certain countries or on
certain computers.
Use Dell Factory Image Restore (Windows Vista) only as the last method to
restore your operating system. This option restores your hard drive to the
operating state it was in when you purchased the computer. Any programs or
files added since you received your computer—including data files—are
permanently deleted from the hard drive. Data files include documents,
spreadsheets, e-mail messages, digital photos, music files, and so on. If
possible, back up all data before using Dell Factory Image Restore.
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Dell Factory Image Restore (Windows Vista Only)
1 Turn on the computer. When the Dell logo appears, press <F8> several
times to access the Vista Advanced Boot Options Window.
2 Select Repair Your Computer.
The System Recovery Options window appears.
3 Select a keyboard layout and click Next.
4 To access the recovery options, log on as a local user. To access the
command prompt, type administrator in the User name field, then
click OK.
5 Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
NOTE: Depending upon your configuration, you may need to select Dell
Factory Tools, then Dell Factory Image Restore.
6 On the Dell Factory Image Restore welcome screen, click Next.
The Confirm Data Deletion screen appears.
NOTICE: If you do not want to proceed with Factory Image Restore, click Cancel.
7 Click the checkbox to confirm that you want to continue reformatting the
hard drive and restoring the system software to the factory condition, then
click Next.
The restore process begins and may take 5 or more minutes to complete. A
message appears when the operating system and factory-installed
applications have been restored to factory condition.
8 Click Finish to restart the computer.
Using the Operating System Media
Before you Begin
If you are considering reinstalling the Windows operating system to correct a
problem with a newly installed driver, first try using Windows Device Driver
Rollback. See "Returning to a Previous Device Driver Version" on page 50. If
Device Driver Rollback does not resolve the problem, use Microsoft Windows
System Restore to return your operating system to the operating state it was
in before you installed the new device driver. See "Using Microsoft®
Windows® System Restore" on page 52.
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NOTICE: Before performing the installation, back up all data files on your primary
hard drive. For conventional hard drive configurations, the primary hard drive is the
first drive detected by the computer.
To reinstall Windows, you need the Dell™ Operating System media and the
Dell Drivers and Utilities media.
NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities media contains drivers that were installed during
the assembly of the computer. Use the Dell Drivers and Utilities media to load any
required drivers. Depending on the region from which you ordered your computer,
or whether you requested the media, the Dell Drivers and Utilities media and
Operating System media may not ship with your computer.
Reinstalling Windows
The reinstallation process can take 1 to 2 hours to complete. After you
reinstall the operating system, you must also reinstall the device drivers, virus
protection program, and other software.
1 Save and close any open files and exit any open programs.
2 Insert the Operating System media.
3 If the Install Windows message appears, click Exit.
4 Restart the computer.
When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> immediately.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue
to wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows® desktop; then, shut down your
computer and try again.
NOTE: The next steps change the boot sequence for one time only. On the
next start-up, the computer boots according to the devices specified in the
system setup program.
5 When the boot device list appears, highlight CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive
and press <Enter>.
6 Press any key to Boot from CD-ROM, and follow the instructions on the
screen to complete the installation.
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Finding Information
NOTE: Some features or media may be optional and may not ship with your
computer. Some features or media may not be available in certain countries.
NOTE: Additional information may ship with your computer.
Document/Media/Label
Contents
Service Tag/Express Service Code
• Use the Service Tag to identify your
computer when you use
support.dell.com or contact support.
The Service Tag/Express Service Code is
located on your computer.
• Enter the Express Service Code to direct
your call when contacting support
NOTE: Your Service Tag/Express Service
Code is located on your computer.
Drivers and Utilities Media
• A diagnostic program for your computer
The Drivers and Utilities media is a CD or • Drivers for your computer
DVD that may have shipped with your
NOTE: Drivers and documentation updates
computer.
can be found at support.dell.com.
• Notebook System Software (NSS)
• Readme files
NOTE: Readme files may be included on
your media to provide last-minute updates
about technical changes to your computer
or advanced technical-reference material
for technicians or experienced users.
Operating System Media
Reinstall your operating system
The Operating System media is a CD or
DVD that may have shipped with your
computer.
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Document/Media/Label
Contents
Safety, Regulatory, Warranty, and
Support Documentation
• Warranty information
This type of information may have
shipped with your computer. For
additional regulatory information, see the
Regulatory Compliance Homepage on
www.dell.com at the following location:
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
• Safety instructions
Service Manual
• How to remove and replace parts
The Service Manual for your computer
can be found at support.dell.com.
• How to configure system settings
Dell Technology Guide
• About your operating system
The Dell Technology Guide is available at
support.dell.com.
• Using and maintaining devices
Microsoft® Windows® License Label
Your Microsoft Windows License is
located on your computer.
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• Terms and Conditions (U.S. only)
• Regulatory information
• Ergonomics information
• End User License Agreement
• How to troubleshoot and solve problems
• Understanding technologies such as
RAID, Internet, Bluetooth® wireless
technology, e-mail, networking, and
more.
• Provides your operating system product
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Getting Help
Obtaining Assistance
CAUTION: If you need to remove the computer cover, first disconnect the
computer power and modem cables from all electrical outlets. Follow the safety
instructions that shipped with your computer.
If you experience a problem with your computer, you can complete the
following steps to diagnose and troubleshoot the problem:
1 See "Troubleshooting Tips" on page 42 for information and procedures
that pertain to the problem your computer is experiencing.
2 See "Dell Diagnostics" on page 40 for procedures on how to run Dell
Diagnostics.
3 Fill out the "Diagnostics Checklist" on page 64.
4 Use Dell's extensive suite of online services available at Dell Support
(support.dell.com) for help with installation and troubleshooting
procedures. See "Online Services" on page 60 for a more extensive list of
Dell Support online.
5 If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, see "Contacting
Dell" on page 65.
NOTE: Call Dell Support from a telephone near or at the computer so that the
support staff can assist you with any necessary procedures.
NOTE: Dell's Express Service Code system may not be available in all countries.
When prompted by Dell's automated telephone system, enter your Express
Service Code to route the call directly to the proper support personnel. If you
do not have an Express Service Code, open the Dell Accessories folder,
double-click the Express Service Code icon, and follow the directions.
For instructions on using the Dell Support, see "Technical Support and
Customer Service" on page 60.
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NOTE: Some of the following services are not always available in all locations
outside the continental U.S. Call your local Dell representative for information on
availability.
Technical Support and Customer Service
Dell's support service is available to answer your questions about Dell™
hardware. Our support staff uses computer-based diagnostics to provide fast,
accurate answers.
To contact Dell's support service, see "Before You Call" on page 63, and then
see the contact information for your region or go to support.dell.com.
DellConnect™
DellConnect is a simple online access tool that allows a Dell service and
support associate to access your computer through a broadband connection,
diagnose your problem and repair it all under your supervision. For more
information, go to support.dell.com and click DellConnect.
Online Services
You can learn about Dell products and services at the following websites:
www.dell.com
www.dell.com/ap (Asian/Pacific countries only)
www.dell.com/jp (Japan only)
www.euro.dell.com (Europe only)
www.dell.com/la (Latin American and Caribbean countries)
www.dell.ca (Canada only)
You can access Dell Support through the following websites and e-mail
addresses:
•
Dell Support websites:
support.dell.com
support.jp.dell.com (Japan only)
support.euro.dell.com (Europe only)
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•
Dell Support e-mail addresses
mobile_support@us.dell.com
support@us.dell.com
la-techsupport@dell.com (Latin America and Caribbean countries only)
apsupport@dell.com (Asian/Pacific countries only)
•
Dell Marketing and Sales e-mail addresses
apmarketing@dell.com (Asian/Pacific countries only)
sales_canada@dell.com (Canada only)
•
Anonymous file transfer protocol (FTP)
ftp.dell.com
Log in as user: anonymous, and use your e-mail address as your password.
AutoTech Service
Dell's automated support service—AutoTech—provides recorded answers to
the questions most frequently asked by Dell customers about their laptop and
desktop computers.
When you call AutoTech, use your touch-tone telephone to select the
subjects that correspond to your questions. For the telephone number to call
for your region, see "Contacting Dell" on page 65.
Automated Order-Status Service
To check on the status of any Dell products that you have ordered, you can go
to support.dell.com, or you can call the automated order-status service. A
recording prompts you for the information needed to locate and report on
your order. For the telephone number to call for your region, see "Contacting
Dell" on page 65.
Problems With Your Order
If you have a problem with your order, such as missing parts, wrong parts, or
incorrect billing, contact Dell for customer assistance. Have your invoice or
packing slip handy when you call. For the telephone number to call for your
region, see "Contacting Dell" on page 65.
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Product Information
If you need information about additional products available from Dell, or if
you would like to place an order, visit the Dell website at www.dell.com. For
the telephone number to call for your region or to speak to a sales specialist,
see "Contacting Dell" on page 65.
Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit
Prepare all items being returned, whether for repair or credit, as follows:
1 Call Dell to obtain a Return Material Authorization Number, and write it
clearly and prominently on the outside of the box.
For the telephone number to call for your region, see "Contacting Dell" on
page 65. Include a copy of the invoice and a letter describing the reason for
the return.
2 Include a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist (see "Diagnostics Checklist"
on page 64), indicating the tests that you have run and any error messages
reported by the Dell Diagnostics (see "Contacting Dell" on page 65).
3 Include any accessories that belong with the item(s) being returned
(power cables, software floppy disks, guides, and so on) if the return is for
credit.
4 Pack the equipment to be returned in the original (or equivalent) packing
materials.
You are responsible for paying shipping expenses. You are also responsible for
insuring any product returned, and you assume the risk of loss during
shipment to Dell. Collect On Delivery (C.O.D.) packages are not accepted.
Returns that are missing any of the preceding requirements will be refused at
Dell’s receiving dock and returned to you.
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Before You Call
NOTE: Have your Express Service Code ready when you call. The code helps Dell’s
automated-support telephone system direct your call more efficiently. You may also
be asked for your Service Tag (located on the back or bottom of your computer).
Remember to fill out the Diagnostics Checklist (see "Diagnostics Checklist"
on page 64). If possible, turn on your computer before you call Dell for
assistance and call from a telephone at or near the computer. You may be
asked to type some commands at the keyboard, relay detailed information
during operations, or try other troubleshooting steps possible only at the
computer itself. Ensure that the computer documentation is available.
CAUTION: Before working inside your computer, follow the safety instructions in
the documentation that shipped with your computer.
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Diagnostics Checklist
Name:
Date:
Address:
Phone number:
Service Tag (bar code on the back or bottom of the computer):
Express Service Code:
Return Material Authorization Number (if provided by Dell support technician):
Operating system and version:
Devices:
Expansion cards:
Are you connected to a network? Yes No
Network, version, and network adapter:
Programs and versions:
See your operating system documentation to determine the contents of the
system’s start-up files. If the computer is connected to a printer, print each file.
Otherwise, record the contents of each file before calling Dell.
Error message, beep code, or diagnostic code:
Description of problem and troubleshooting procedures you performed:
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Contacting Dell
For customers in the United States, call 800-WWW-DELL (800-999-3355).
NOTE: If you do not have an active Internet connection, you can find contact
information on your purchase invoice, packing slip, bill, or Dell product catalog.
Dell provides several online and telephone-based support and service options.
Availability varies by country and product, and some services may not be
available in your area. To contact Dell for sales, technical support, or
customer service issues:
1 Visit support.dell.com, and verify your country or region in the Choose A
Country/Region drop-down menu at the bottom of the page.
2 Click Contact Us on the left side of the page, and select the appropriate
service or support link based on your need.
3 Choose the method of contacting Dell that is convenient for you.
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Index
B
Dell Factory Image Restore, 55
beep codes, 31
Dell Technology Guide, 58
DellConnect, 60
C
computer
specifications, 21
connecting
AC adapter, 13
IEEE 1394 devices, 14
Internet, 16
contacting Dell, 59, 65
D
Dell
contacting, 59, 65
Factory Image Restore, 54
software updates, 46
Support Utility, 46
technical support and customer
service, 60
Technical Update Service, 46
Dell Diagnostics, 40
starting from the Drivers and
Utilities media, 41
starting from your hard drive, 40
diagnostics
beep codes, 31
Dell, 40
documentation, 57
Dell Technology Guide, 58
Service Manual, 58
drivers, 49
Drivers and Utilities media, 57
identifying, 49
reinstalling, 50
returning to a previous version, 50
Drivers and Utilities media, 50,
57
Dell Diagnostics, 40
E
End User License Agreement
(EULA), 58
ergonomics information, 58
error messages
beep codes, 31
Express Service Code, 57
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F
O
Factory Image Restore, 54
operating system
Dell Factory Image Restore, 54
media, 55
PC Restore, 54
reinstalling, 57
System Restore, 52
Files and Settings Transfer
Wizard, 17
finding information, 57
Operating System media, 57
I
Internet
connecting, 16
setting up, 16
Wi-Fi Catcher network
locator, 11
wireless switch, 11
M
media
Drivers and Utilities, 57
operating system, 57
memory
troubleshooting, 43
operating system product key, 58
P
PC Restore, 54
phone numbers, 65
power
power light conditions, 42
troubleshooting, 42
problems
restore to previous state, 52
R
regulatory information, 58
N
networks
overview, 15
Wi-Fi Catcher network
locator, 11
wireless switch, 11
Notebook System Software, 57
reinstalling
drivers and utilities, 50
software, 49
S
S.M.A.R.T, 39
safety information, 58
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Service Manual, 58
Service Tag, 57
setup
Internet, 16
software
problems, 45
reinstalling, 49
troubleshooting, 44-45
updates, 46
specifications, 21
support, 59
contacting Dell, 65
DellConnect, 60
online services, 60
regional, 60
technical support and customer
service, 60
support information, 58
System Restore, 52
enabling, 54
T
Terms and Conditions, 58
transferring information to a new
computer, 17
troubleshooting, 31, 58
blue screen, 45
computer not responding, 44
Dell Diagnostics, 40
error messages, 33
memory, 43
power, 42
troubleshooting (continued)
power light conditions, 42
power lights, 31
program crashes, 44
programs and Windows
compatibility, 45
restore to previous state, 52
software, 44-45
tips, 42
U
updates
software and hardware, 46
W
warranty information, 58
Windows License label, 58
Windows Vista
Dell Factory Image
Restore, 54-55
Program Compatibility wizard, 45
reinstalling, 57
System Restore, 52
Windows XP
Device Driver Rollback, 50
Files and Settings Transfer
Wizard, 17
PC Restore, 54
reinstalling, 57
returning to a previous device
driver version, 50
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Windows XP (continued)
setting up Internet
connection, 17
System Restore, 52
wizards
Files and Settings Transfer
Wizard, 17
Program Compatibility wizard, 45
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