Setup and Quick Reference Guide. Dell Precision 650, 650, 450

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Dell Precision™ Workstations 450 and 650

Setup and Quick Reference

Guide

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.

Abbreviations and Acronyms

For a complete list of abbreviations and acronyms, see the “Glossary” in the

User’s Guide.

____________________

Information in this document is subject to change without notice.

© 2002 Dell Computer Corporation. All rights reserved.

Reproduction in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Computer

Corporation is strictly forbidden.

Trademarks used in this text: Dell, the DELL logo, and Dell Precision are trademarks of Dell

Computer Corporation; Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Dell Computer Corporation disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own.

December 2002 P/N 7T144 Rev. A01

Contents

Finding Information and Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Connect the keyboard and the mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Connect the modem or the network cable . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Connect the monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Connect the speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Connect the power cables and turn on the computer and monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Install additional software or devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Connect the keyboard and mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Connect the modem or network cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Connect the monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Connect the speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Connect the power cables and turn on the computer and monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Install Additional Software or Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Caring for Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Solving Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities . . . . . . 27

Using System Restore in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Using Last Known Good Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

When to Use the Dell Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Starting the Dell Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

System Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Beep Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Diagnostic Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Frequently Asked Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Opening the Computer Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Contents 3

4 C o n t e n t s

Finding Information and Assistance

The following table lists the resources that Dell provides as support tools.

Additional resources may be shipped with your computer.

What Are You Looking For?

• A diagnostic program for my computer

• Drivers for my computer

• My User’s Guide

• My device documentation

Find it Here

D r i v e r s a n d U t i l i t i e s C D ( a l s o k n o w n a s t h e

R e s o u r c e C D )

• How to set up my computer

• How to care for my computer

• Troubleshooting information

• How to open my computer cover

• How to locate other documentation

You can use this CD to access documentation, reinstall drivers, or run diagnostics tools.

S e t u p a n d Q u i c k R e f e r e n c e G u i d e

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What Are You Looking For?

• Express Service Code and Service Tag

• Microsoft

®

Windows

®

License Label

Find it Here

E x p r e s s S e r v i c e C o d e a n d P r o d u c t K e y

• How to reinstall my operating system

The labels are located on your computer.

O p e r a t i n g S y s t e m C D a n d I n s t a l l a t i o n G u i d e

After you reinstall your operating system, use the Drivers and Utilities

CD to reinstall drivers for the devices that came with your computer.

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What Are You Looking For?

• How to remove and replace parts

• Technical specifications

• How to configure system settings

• How to troubleshoot and solve problems

Find it Here

U s e r ’ s G u i d e I c o n ( M i c r o s o f t W i n d o w s 2 0 0 0 )

Double-click the User’s Guide icon on your desktop.

W i n d o w s X P H e l p a n d S u p p o r t C e n t e r

1

2

Click the Start button and click Help and Support .

Click User’s Guide .

• Location of connectors on the system board S y s t e m I n f o r m a t i o n L a b e l or

The label is located on the inside of your computer cover.

• Latest drivers for my computer

• Answers to technical service and support questions

• Online discussions with other users and technical support

• Documentation for my computer including the Service Manual

D e l l S u p p o r t W e b s i t e — support.dell.com

The Dell Support website provides several online tools, including:

• Knowledge Base — Hints, tips, and online courses

• Customer Forum — Online discussion with other Dell customers

• Upgrades — Upgrade information for components, such as memory, the hard drive, and the operating system

• Customer Care — Contact information, order status, warranty, and repair information

• Downloads — Drivers, patches, and software updates

• Reference — Computer documentation, product specifications, and white papers

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What Are You Looking For?

• Service call status and support history

• Top technical issues for my computer

• Frequently asked questions

• File downloads

• Details on my computer’s configuration

• Service contract for my computer

• Warranty information

Find it Here

D e l l P r e m i e r S u p p o r t W e b s i t e — p r e m i e r s u p p o r t . d e l l . c o m

The Dell Premier Support website is customized for corporate, government, and education customers. This website may not be available in all regions.

S y s t e m I n f o r m a t i o n G u i d e

• How to use Windows XP

• Documentation for my computer and devices

W i n d o w s X P H e l p a n d S u p p o r t C e n t e r

1 Click the Start button, and click Help and Support .

2 Type a word or phrase that describes your problem, and click the arrow icon.

3 Click the topic that describes your problem.

4 Follow the instructions shown on the screen.

NOTE: For help using Windows 2000, click the Start button and click

Help .

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Setting Up Your Dell Precision™ 650

Computer

You must complete all steps to properly set up your computer.

Connect the keyboard and the mouse

or or

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NOTE: If your computer has a network card installed, connect the network cable to the card.

Connect the modem or the network cable

NOTICE: Do not connect a modem cable to the network adapter. Voltage from telephone communications can damage the network adapter.

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Connect the monitor

Depending on your graphics card, you can connect your monitor in various ways.

A B C D

NOTICE: Your computer may require the use of the provided adapter or cable to connect to your monitor.

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For single- and dual-monitor capable cards with a single connector

VGA Adapter

VGA

• Use the VGA adapter when you have a single monitor graphics card and you want to connect to a

VGA monitor.

Dual VGA Y Cable Adapter Dual DVI Y Cable Adapter

VGA

DVI

VGA DVI

• Use the appropriate Y cable when your graphics card has a single connector and you want to connect to one or two VGA monitors.

• Use the appropriate Y cable when your graphics card has a single connector and you want to connect to one or two DVI monitors.

The dual-monitor cable is color coded; the blue connector is for the primary monitor, and the black connector is for the secondary monitor. To enable dual-monitor support, both monitors must be attached when the computer starts.

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For dual-monitor capable cards with 1 DVI and 1 VGA connector

Single DVI/Single VGA Dual VGA With VGA Adapter

DVI

VGA

VGA

VGA

• Use the appropriate connector when you connect to one or two monitors.

• Use the VGA adapter when you want to connect to two VGA monitors.

For dual-monitor capable cards with 2 DVI connectors

Dual DVI Dual DVI With One VGA Adapter Dual DVI With Two VGA Adapters

DVI

DVI

• Use the DVI connectors to connect to one or two DVI monitors.

DVI

VGA VGA

VGA

• Use the VGA adapter to connect a VGA monitor to one DVI connector.

• Use two VGA adapters to connect two VGA monitors to the DVI connectors.

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NOTE: If your computer has an audio card installed, connect the speakers to the card.

Connect the speakers

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Connect the power cables and turn on the computer and monitor

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Install additional software or devices

Before you install any devices or software that did not come with your computer, read the documentation that came with the software or device or contact the vendor to verify that the software or device is compatible with your computer and operating system.

Congratulations! You have completed the setup for your computer.

Your Dell Precision Workstation 650 User’s Guide contains additional information about your computer such as:

• Technical specifications

• Front and back views of your computer, including all of the available connectors

• Inside views of your computer, including a detailed graphic of the system board and the connectors

• Instructions for cleaning your computer

• Information on software features, such as LegacySelect Technology control, using a password, and system setup options

• A description of the Windows XP operating system

• Instructions for removing and installing parts, including memory, cards, drives, the microprocessor, the VRM, and the battery

• Information for troubleshooting various computer problems

• Instructions for using the Dell Diagnostics and reinstalling drivers

• Information on how to contact Dell

You can access the User’s Guide from your hard drive, the Drivers and

Utilities CD, or the Dell Support website.

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To access the User’s Guide from your hard drive:

If you have Windows 2000 , double-click the User’s Guides icon.

If you have Windows XP , click the Start button and click Help and

Support .

To access the User’s Guide from the CD:

1

2

Insert the Drivers and Utilities CD into the drive.

If you are using the Drivers and Utilities CD for the first time, the

ResourceCD Installation window opens to inform you that the CD is about to begin installation.

Click OK to continue and then respond to the prompts offered by the installation program.

3

4

Click Next at the Welcome Dell System Owner screen.

Select the appropriate System Model , Operating System , and Topic .

To access your User’s Guide from the Dell Support Site:

1 Go to support.dell.com.

2

3

Follow the prompts on the website that ask you for information specific to your computer.

At the Dell Support website home page, click Reference , click User’s

Guides , click Systems , and then select your Dell Precision computer.

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Setting Up Your Dell Precision 450

Computer

You must complete all steps to properly set up your computer.

Connect the keyboard and mouse

or or

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Connect the modem or network cable

NOTICE: Do not connect a modem cable to the network adapter. Voltage from telephone communications cause damage the network adapter.

NOTE: If your computer has a network card installed, connect the network cable to the card.

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Connect the monitor

Depending on your graphics card, you can connect your monitor in various ways.

A B C D

NOTICE: Your computer may require the use of the provided adapter or cable to connect to your monitor.

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For single- and dual-monitor capable cards with a single connector

VGA Adapter

VGA

• Use the VGA adapter when you have a single monitor graphics card and you want to connect to a

VGA monitor.

Dual VGA Y Cable Adapter Dual DVI Y Cable Adapter

VGA

DVI

VGA DVI

• Use the appropriate Y cable when your graphics card has a single connector and you want to connect to one or two VGA monitors.

• Use the appropriate Y cable when your graphics card has a single connector and you want to connect to one or two DVI monitors.

The dual-monitor cable is color coded; the blue connector is for the primary monitor, and the black connector is for the secondary monitor. To enable dual-monitor support, both monitors must be attached when the computer starts.

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For dual-monitor capable cards with 1 DVI and 1 VGA connector

Single DVI/Single VGA Dual VGA With VGA Adapter

DVI

VGA

VGA

VGA

• Use the appropriate connector when you connect to one or two monitors.

• Use the VGA adapter when you want to connect to two VGA monitors.

For dual-monitor capable cards with 2 DVI connectors

Dual DVI Dual DVI With One VGA Adapter Dual DVI With Two VGA Adapters

DVI

DVI

• Use the DVI connectors to connect to one or two DVI monitors.

DVI

VGA VGA

VGA

• Use the VGA adapter to connect a VGA monitor to one DVI connector.

• Use two VGA adapters to connect two VGA monitors to the DVI connectors.

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Connect the speakers

NOTE: If your computer has an audio card installed, connect the speakers to the card.

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Connect the power cables and turn on the computer and monitor

Install Additional Software or Devices

Before you install any devices or software that did not come with your computer, read the documentation that came with the software or device or contact the vendor to verify that the software or device is compatible with your computer and operating system.

Congratulations! You have completed the setup for your computer.

Your Dell Precision Workstation 450 User’s Guide contains additional information about your computer such as:

• Technical specifications

• Front and back views of your computer, including all of the available connectors

• Inside views of your computer, including a detailed graphic of the system board and the connectors

• Instructions for cleaning your computer

• Information on software features, such as LegacySelect Technology control, using a password, and system setup options

• A description of the Windows XP operating system

• Instructions for removing and installing parts, including memory, cards, drives, the microprocessor, the VRM, and the battery

• Information for troubleshooting various computer problems

• Instructions for using the Dell Diagnostics and reinstalling drivers

• Information on how to contact Dell

You can access the User’s Guide from your hard drive, the Drivers and

Utilities CD, or the Dell Support website.

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To access the User’s Guide from your hard drive:

If you have Windows 2000 , double-click the User’s Guides icon.

If you have Windows XP , click the Start button and click Help and

Support .

To access the User’s Guide from the CD:

1

2

3

4

Insert the Drivers and Utilities CD into the drive.

If you are using the Drivers and Utilities CD for the first time, the

ResourceCD Installation window opens to inform you that the CD is about to begin installation.

Click OK to continue and then respond to the prompts offered by the installation program.

Click Next at the Welcome Dell System Owner screen.

Select the appropriate System Model , Operating System , and Topic .

To access your User’s Guide from the Dell Support Site:

1

2

3

Go to support.dell.com.

Follow the prompts on the website that ask you for information specific to your computer.

At the Dell Support website home page, click Reference , click User’s

Guides , click Systems , and then select your Dell Precision computer.

Caring for Your Computer

To help maintain your computer, follow these suggestions:

• To avoid losing or corrupting data, never turn off your computer when the hard drive light is on.

• Schedule regular virus scans using virus software.

• Manage hard drive space by periodically deleting unnecessary files and defragmenting the drive.

• Back up files on a regular basis.

• Periodically clean your monitor screen, mouse, and keyboard (see your

User’s Guide for more information).

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Solving Problems

Follow these tips when troubleshooting your computer:

• If you added or removed a computer part before the problem started, review the installation procedures and ensure that the part is correctly installed.

• If a peripheral device does not work, ensure that the device is properly connected.

• If an error message appears on the screen, write down the exact message. This message may help technical support diagnose and fix the problem(s).

• If an error message occurs in a program, consult the program’s documentation.

• If the recommended action in the troubleshooting section is to see a section in your User’s Guide , you can use your Drivers and Utilities CD or go to support.dell.com

(on another computer if necessary) to access your User’s Guide .

Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities

Windows XP

Windows XP IRQ conflicts occur if a device either is not detected during the operating system setup or is detected but incorrectly configured.

To check for conflicts on a computer running Windows XP:

3

4

1

2

5

Click the Start button and click Control Panel .

Click Performance and Maintenance and click System .

Click the Hardware tab and click Device Manager .

In the Device Manager list, check for conflicts with the other devices.

Conflicts are indicated by a yellow exclamation point (

!

) beside the conflicting device or a red

X

if the device has been disabled.

Double-click any conflict to display the Properties window.

If an IRQ conflict exists, the Device status area in the Properties window reports the cards or devices that share the device's IRQ.

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Resolve conflicts by reconfiguring the devices or removing the devices from the Device Manager.

To use the Windows XP Hardware Troubleshooter:

3

4

1

2

Click the Start button and click Help and Support .

Type hardware troubleshooter

in the Search field, and click the arrow to start the search.

Click Hardware Troubleshooter in the Search Results list.

In the Hardware Troubleshooter list, click I need to resolve a hardware conflict on my computer , and then click Next .

Windows 2000

To check for conflicts on a computer running Windows 2000:

4

5

2

3

6

1

7

8

Click the Start button, point to Settings , and then click Control

Panel .

In the Control Panel window, double-click System .

Click the Hardware tab.

Click Device Manager .

Click View and click Resources by connection .

Double-click Interrupt request (IRQ) to view the IRQ assignments.

Conflicts are indicated by a yellow exclamation point (

!

) beside the conflicting device or a red

X

if the device has been disabled.

Double-click any conflict to display the Properties window.

If an IRQ conflict exists, the Device status area in the Properties window reports the cards or devices that share the device's IRQ.

Resolve conflicts by reconfiguring the devices or removing the devices from the Device Manager.

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To use the Windows 2000 Hardware Troubleshooter:

1

2

3

Click the Start button and click Help .

Click Troubleshooting and Maintenance on the Contents tab, click

Windows 2000 troubleshooters , and then click Hardware .

In the Hardware Troubleshooter list, click I need to resolve a hardware conflict on my computer , and then click Next .

Using System Restore in Windows XP

The 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 "Windows XP Help and

Support Center" on page 8 for additional information on using System

Restore.

NOTICE: Back up your data files regularly. System Restore does not monitor your data files or recover them.

Creating a Restore Point

1

2

3

Click the Start button and click Help and Support .

Click System Restore .

Follow the instructions on the screen.

Restoring the Computer to an Earlier Operating State

1

NOTICE: Before you restore the computer to an earlier operating state, save and close all open files and close all open programs. Do not alter, open, or delete any files or programs until the system restoration is complete.

Click the Start button, point to All Programs → Accessories → System

Tools , and then click System Restore .

2

3

Ensure that Restore my computer to an earlier time is selected, and click Next .

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 bold.

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4

5

6

Select a restore point and click Next .

If a calendar date has only one restore point, then that restore point is automatically selected. If two or more restore points are available, click the restore point that you prefer.

Click Next .

The Restoration Complete screen appears after System Restore finishes collecting data, and then the computer automatically restarts.

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.

Using Last Known Good Configuration

1

2

Restart your computer and press <F8> when the message

Please select the operating system to start

appears.

Highlight Last Known Good Setting, press <Enter>, press <l>, and then select your operating system when prompted.

Other Options to Help Resolve Additional Device or Software Conflicts

NOTICE: The following processes erase all of the information on your hard drive.

• Reinstall your operating system using the operating system installation guide and operating system CD.

During the operating system reinstallation, you can select to delete the existing partitions and reformat your hard drive.

• Reinstall all drivers, beginning with the choppiest, using the Drivers and Utilities CD.

When to Use the Dell Diagnostics

If you experience a problem with your computer, perform the checks in

"Solving Problems" in your User’s Guide and run the Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for technical assistance. Running the Dell Diagnostics may help you resolve the problem without contacting Dell. If you do contact

Dell, the test results can provide important information for Dell's service and support personnel.

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The Dell Diagnostics allows you to:

• Perform express, extended, or custom tests on one or all devices

• Select tests based on a symptom of the problem you are having

• Choose how many times a test is run

• Display test results

• Suspend testing if an error is detected

• Access online help information that describes the tests and devices

• Receive status messages that tell you whether tests completed successfully

• Receive error messages if problems are detected

Starting the Dell Diagnostics

It is recommended that you print these procedures before you begin.

NOTICE: Only use the Dell Diagnostics to test your Dell™ computer. Using this program with other computers can result in error messages.

Enter system setup, review your computer’s configuration information, and ensure that the device you want to test displays in system setup and is active.

Start the Dell Diagnostics from either your hard drive or from the Drivers and Utilities CD (also known as the ResourceCD).

Starting the Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive

1

2

3

4

Shut down and restart the computer.

When the DELL

®

logo appears, press <F12> immediately.

If you wait too long and the Windows logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop. Then shut down your computer through the Start menu and try again.

When the boot device list appears, highlight Boot to Utility Partition and press <Enter>.

When the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu appears, select the test you want to run.

NOTE: If you receive a message stating that no

Diagnostics utility partition has been found, follow the instructions to run the Dell Diagnostics from your Drivers and

Utilities CD.

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NOTE: This feature changes the boot sequence for one time only. On the next start-up, the computer boots according to the devices specified in system setup.

Starting the Dell Diagnostics From the Drivers and Utilities CD

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Insert the Drivers and Utilities CD into the CD drive.

Shut down and restart the computer.

When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> immediately.

If you wait too long and the Windows logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop. Then shut down your computer through the Start menu and try again.

When the boot device list appears, highlight IDE CD-ROM Device and press <Enter>.

Select the IDE CD-ROM Device option from the CD boot menu.

Select the Boot from CD-ROM option from the menu that appears.

Type

1

to start the ResourceCD menu.

Type

2

to start the Dell Diagnostics.

Select Run the 32 Bit Dell Diagnostics from the numbered list. If multiple versions are listed, select the version appropriate for your platform.

When the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu appears, select the test you want to run.

Dell Diagnostics Main Menu

1 After the Dell Diagnostics loads and the Main Menu screen appears, click the button for the option you want.

NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer is located at the top of each test screen

Option

Express

Test

Extended

Test

Custom

Test

Symptom

Tree

Function

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.

Performs a thorough check of devices. This test typically takes an hour or more and requires you to answer questions periodically.

Tests a specific device. You can customize the tests you want to run.

Lists the most common symptoms encountered and allows you to select a test based on the symptom of the problem you are having.

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2

3

If a problem is encountered during a test, a message displaying the error code and a description of the problem appear. Write down the error code and problem description and follow the instructions on the screen.

If you cannot resolve the error condition, contact Dell.

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

Errors

Displays the results of the test and any error conditions encountered.

Displays error conditions encountered, error codes, and problem description.

Help

Configuration Displays your hardware configuration for the selected device.

The Dell Diagnostics obtains your configuration information for all devices from system setup, memory, and various internal tests and displays it 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

Describes the test and may indicate requirements for running the test.

Allows you to customize the test by changing the test settings.

4

5

When the tests are completed, if you are running the Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers and Utilities CD , remove the CD.

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.

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Power Light

Solid green

Blinking green

Blinks green several times and then turns off

N/A

Solid yellow N/A

Blinking yellow

Blinking yellow

Hard-Drive

Light

N/A

Blank

Blank

Solid green

Solid green and a beep code during

POST

N/A

System Lights

The lights on the front of the computer can indicate a computer problem.

Cause Corrective Action

Power is on, and the computer is operating normally.

The computer is in the suspended state (Windows 2000 and

Windows XP).

A configuration error exists.

The Dell Diagnostics is running a test, or a device on the system board may be faulty or incorrectly installed.

A power supply or system board failure has occurred.

A system board or VRM failure has occurred.

A problem was detected while the

BIOS was executing.

No corrective action is required.

Press the power button, move the mouse, or press a key on the keyboard to wake the computer. See

"Power Management" in the User’s

Guide for more information.

Check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is identified.

See the User’s Guide for more information.

If the Dell Diagnostics is running, allow the testing to complete.

Check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is identified.

Also, see "System Board Problems" in the User’s Guide .

If the computer does not boot, contact Dell for technical assistance.

Check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is identified.

See "Power Problems" and "System

Board Problems" in the User’s

Guide .

Check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is identified.

Also, see "System Board Problems" in the User’s Guide .

See "Beep Codes" on page 35 for

instructions on diagnosing the beep code. Also, check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is identified.

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Power Light Hard-Drive

Light

N/A Solid green power light and no beep code and no video during POST

Solid green power light and no beep code, but the computer locks up during POST

N/A

Cause

Beep Codes

Your computer might emit a series of beeps that identify a problem. One possible series (code 1-3-1) consists of one beep, a burst of three beeps, and then one beep. This series tell you that the computer encountered a memory problem.

If a beep code is emitted, write it down and look it up under "Beep Codes" in the User’s Guide .

Error Messages

If an error occurs during start-up, a message may be displayed on the monitor identifying the problem. See "Error Messages" in the User’s Guide for suggestions on resolving any problems.

Diagnostic Lights

To help you troubleshoot a problem, your computer is equipped with four lights on the front panel labeled "A," "B," "C," and "D." The lights can be yellow or green. When the computer starts normally, the lights flash. After the computer starts, the lights remain green. If the computer malfunctions, the color and sequence of the lights identify the problem.

CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the System Information Guide .

Corrective Action

The monitor or the graphics card may be faulty or incorrectly installed.

An integrated system board device may be faulty.

Check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is identified.

Also, see "Video Problems" in the

User’s Guide .

Check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is identified. If the problem is not identified, contact Dell for technical assistance.

NOTE: If the message is not listed, see the documentation for either the operating system or the program that was running when the message appeared.

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Light Pattern

A B C D

A B C D

A B C D

A B C D

A B C D

= y e l l o w

= g r e e n

= o f f

D i a g n o s t i c L i g h t C o d e s B e f o r e P O S T

Problem Description

No electrical power is supplied to the computer.

The computer is in a normal off condition; the computer is connected to its electrical outlet.

The computer is in a reduced power or "sleep" state.

The BIOS is not executing.

A possible power supply or power cable failure has occurred.

Suggested Resolution

Connect the computer to its electrical outlet. Ensure that the front-panel power light is on. If the power light is off, ensure that the computer is connected to a working electrical outlet, and then press the power button.

If the problem is still not resolved, contact Dell for technical assistance.

Press the power button to turn the computer on.

If the computer does not turn on, ensure that the frontpanel power light is on. If the power light is off, ensure that the computer is connected to a working electrical outlet, and then press the power button.

If the problem is still not resolved, contact Dell for technical assistance.

Use one of the appropriate methods to "wake up" the computer. See "Advanced Features" in your User’s

Guide .

If the problem is not resolved and you are trying to wake the computer with a USB mouse or keyboard, substitute the mouse or keyboard with a working PS/2 mouse or keyboard and try to wake the computer.

If the problem is still not resolved, contact Dell for technical assistance.

Ensure that the microprocessor is seated correctly and restart the computer.

If the problem is still not resolved, contact Dell for technical assistance.

Perform the procedure in "Power Problems" in the

User’s Guide .

If the problem is still not resolved, contact Dell for technical assistance.

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Light Pattern Problem Description

A possible system board failure has occurred.

Suggested Resolution

Contact Dell for technical assistance.

A B C D

A microprocessor and/or VRM mismatch exists.

A B C D

A possible VRM 0 failure has occurred.

A B C D

A possible VRM 1 failure has occurred.

A B C D

A possible VRM 0 and VRM 1 failure has occurred.

A B C D

= y e l l o w

= g r e e n

= o f f

D i a g n o s t i c L i g h t C o d e s D u r i n g P O S T

Perform the procedure in "Microprocessor Problems" in your User’s Guide .

If the problem is still not resolved, contact Dell for technical assistance.

Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Perform the procedure in "Microprocessor Problems" in your User’s Guide .

If the problem is still not resolved, contact Dell for technical assistance.

Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Light Pattern Problem Description

A possible BIOS failure has occurred; the computer is in the recovery mode.

Suggestion Resolution

Run the BIOS Recovery utility, wait for recovery completion, and then restart the computer.

A B C D

= y e l l o w

= g r e e n

= o f f

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Light Pattern

A B C D

A B C D

Problem Description

A possible microprocessor failure has occurred.

Suggestion Resolution

Reinstall the microprocessor and restart the computer.

Memory modules are detected, but a memory failure has occurred.

1 Reset the memory modules to ensure that your computer is successfully communicating with the memory.

2 Restart the computer.

3 If the problem still exists, remove all the memory modules and install one memory module in memory module connector 4.

4 Restart the computer.

The following message appears: Alert!

Operating in Debug Mode. Please

Populate Memory in Pairs for Normal

Operation .

5

6

Press <F1> to boot to the operating system.

Run the System Memory test group in the Dell

Diagnostics.

7 If the memory module passes, shut down the computer, remove the memory module, and repeat the process with the remaining memory modules until a memory error occurs during start-up or diagnostic testing.

If the first memory module tested is defective, repeat the process with the remaining modules to ensure that the remaining modules are not defective.

8 When the defective memory module is identified, contact Dell for a replacement.

NOTE: If necessary, the computer can operate in debug mode until new memory modules are installed.

= y e l l o w

= g r e e n

= o f f

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Light Pattern

A B C D

A B C D

A B C D

A B C D

= y e l l o w

= g r e e n

= o f f

Problem Description

A possible expansion card failure has occurred.

A possible graphics card failure has occurred.

A possible floppy or hard drive failure has occurred.

Suggestion Resolution

1 Determine if a conflict exists by removing a card

(not the graphics card) and then restarting the computer.

2 If the problem persists, reinstall the card that you removed, remove a different card, and then restart the computer.

3 Repeat this process for each card. If the computer starts normally, troubleshoot the last card removed from the computer for resource conflicts (see

"Resolving Software and Hardware

Incompatibilities" in your User’s Guide ).

4 If the problem persists, contact Dell.

Reinstall the graphics card and restart the computer.

If the problems still exists, install a graphics card that you know works and restart the computer.

If the problem persists, contact Dell.

Check all power and data cable connections, and then restart the computer.

A possible USB failure has occurred.

Reinstall all USB devices, check cable connections, and then restart the computer.

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Light Pattern

A B C D

A B C D

= y e l l o w

= g r e e n

= o f f

Problem Description

No memory modules are detected.

System board failure has occurred.

Suggestion Resolution

1 Reset the memory modules to ensure that your computer is successfully communicating with the memory.

2 Restart the computer.

3 If the problem still exists, remove all the memory modules and install one memory module in memory module connector 4.

4 Restart the computer.

The following message appears: Alert!

Operating in Debug Mode. Please

Populate Memory in Pairs for Normal

Operation .

5

6

Press <F1> to boot to the operating system.

Run the System Memory test group in the Dell

Diagnostics.

7 If the memory module passes, shut down the computer, remove the memory module, and repeat the process with the remaining memory modules until a memory error occurs during start-up or diagnostic testing.

If the first memory module tested is defective, repeat the process with the remaining modules to ensure that the remaining modules are not defective.

8 When the defective memory module is identified, contact Dell for a replacement.

NOTE: If necessary, the computer can operate in debug mode until new memory modules are installed.

Perform the procedures in "System Board Problems" in your User’s Guide .

If the problem persists, contact Dell.

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Light Pattern

A B C D

A B C D

A B C D

A B C D

A B C D

= y e l l o w

= g r e e n

= o f f

Problem Description Suggestion Resolution

Memory modules are detected, but a memory configuration or compatibility error exists.

Ensure that there are no special memory module/memory connector placement requirements

(see "Memory" in your User’s Guide ).

Verify that the memory modules that you are installing are compatible with your computer (see

"Memory" in your User’s Guide ).

Reinstall the memory modules and then restart the computer.

If the problem persists, contact Dell.

A possible system board resource and/or hardware failure has occurred.

A possible expansion card failure has occurred.

Perform the procedure in "System Board Problem" and see "Resolving Software and Hardware

Incompatibilities" in your User’s Guide .

If the problem persists, contact Dell.

1 Determine if a conflict exists by removing a card

(not the graphics card) and then restarting the computer.

2 If the problem persists, reinstall the card that you removed, remove a different card, and then restart the computer.

3 Repeat this process for each card. If the computer starts normally, troubleshoot the last card removed from the computer for resource conflicts (see

"Resolving Software and Hardware

Incompatibilities" in your User’s Guide ).

4 If the problem persists, contact Dell.

Other failure has occurred.

Ensure that the cables are properly connected from the hard drive, CD drive, and DVD drive to the system board.

If the problem persists, contact Dell.

The computer is in a normal operating condition after POST.

None.

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If a computer problem occurs that you are unable to resolve through the steps in this section or the procedures in "Finding Solutions" in your User’s

Guide, complete the following steps before you contact Dell:

1

2

3

Write a detailed description of the error, beep code, or diagnostic light problem.

Record your Express Service Code and Service Tag.

Contact Dell from the same location as your computer.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I...

Solution

Set up my computer to use two monitors?

Connect my monitor when the monitor cable connector doesn’t seem to fit the connector on the back of my computer?

Connect my speakers?

If your computer has the required graphics card to support dualmonitor setup, then look in your box for a Y-cable. The cable has a single connector on one end (plug this connector into the back panel) and branches into two connectors

(plug these connectors in the monitor cables). For the Dell

Precision 650 computer, see

"Connect the monitor" on page 11

and for the Dell Precision 450

computer, see "Connect the monitor" on page 20.

If your graphics card has a DVI connector but your monitor has a

VGA connector, then you need to use an adapter. An adapter should be included in the box.

If you have a sound card installed, connect the speakers to the connectors on the card. For the

Dell Precision 650 computer, see

"Connect the speakers" on page 14

and for the Dell Precision 450

computer, see "Connect the speakers" on page 23.

Where to Find Additional

Information

To locate additional information about using dual monitors, see the graphics card documentation on the Drivers and Utilities CD.

Contact Dell Support for more information.

See the documentation that came with your speakers for more information.

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How Do I...

Solution

Find the right connectors for my

USB or IEEE 1394 devices?

Locate information about the hardware and other technical specifications for my computer?

Find documentation for my computer?

Your Dell Precision 650 computer has six USB connectors (two on the front and four on the back). It also has two IEEE 1394 connectors

(one on the front and one on the

back). See "Setting Up Your Dell

Precision™ 650 Computer" on page 9.

Your Dell Precision 450 computer has six USB connectors (two on the front and four on the back).

See "Setting Up Your Dell

Precision 450 Computer" on page 18.

Your User’s Guide has a specifications table that provides more detailed information about your computer and the hardware.

To locate your User’s Guide, see

"Finding Information and

Assistance" on page 5.

The following documentation is available for your computer:

• User’s Guide

• Setup and Quick Reference

Guide

• System Information Guide

• System Information Label

• Service Manual

To locate these documents, see

"Finding Information and

Assistance" on page 5.

Where to Find Additional

Information

See the front and back view graphics of your computer in your

User’s Guide . For help with locating your User’s Guide, see

"Finding Information and

Assistance" on page 5.

Go to the Dell Support website at support.dell.com and use one of the following support tools: read white papers on the latest technology or communicate with other Dell users at the Dell forum chat room.

If you lose your documentation, it is available on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com

.

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Opening the Computer Cover

1

. CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the System Information

Guide .

Shut down the computer through the Start menu.

2 Ensure that your computer and attached devices are turned off. If your computer and attached devices did not automatically turn off when you shut down your computer, turn them off now.

NOTICE: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your computer and then unplug it from the network wall jack.

3

4

Disconnect any telephone or telecommunication lines from the computer.

Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from electrical outlets, and then press the power button to ground the system board.

5 If you have installed a padlock through the padlock ring on the back panel, remove the padlock.

CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before opening the cover.

6 Lay the computer on its side as shown in the illustration.

NOTICE: Ensure that sufficient space exists to support the open cover—at least 30 am (1 ft) of desktop space.

7 a b

Open the computer cover:

Slide the cover release latch toward the top of the computer.

Raise the cover, and pivot it toward the front of the computer.

8 Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer, such as the metal at the back of computer, before touching anything inside your computer.

While you work, periodically touch any unpainted metal surface on the computer to dissipate any static electricity that could harm internal components.

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D e l l P r e c i s i o n 6 5 0 C o m p u t e r cover release latch security cable slot padlock ring

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chassis intrusion switch

I n s i d e t h e D e l l P r e c i s i o n 6 5 0 C o m p u t e r floppy drive

CD/DVD drive hard drive system board microprocessor airflow shroud power supply

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D e l l P r e c i s i o n 4 5 0 C o m p u t e r cover release latch padlock ring

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I n s i d e t h e D e l l P r e c i s i o n 4 5 0 C o m p u t e r

CD/DVD drive floppy drive hard drive chassis intrusion switch system board microprocessor airflow shroud power supply

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