Contents. Dell Inspiron 1720, Inspiron 1721, Inspiron 1721 - 17" Notebook PC. AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core TL-60, Inspiron PP22X, Inspiron GU051

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Contents. Dell Inspiron 1720, Inspiron 1721, Inspiron 1721 - 17

Contents

Finding Information

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1

About Your Computer

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21

Determining Your Computer’s Configuration

. . . . . . 21

Front View

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Left Side View

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Right Side View

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Back View

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Bottom View

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

2

Setting Up Your Computer

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35

Connecting to the Internet

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Setting Up Your Internet Connection

. . . . . . . . 36

Transferring Information to a New Computer

. . . . . 37

Windows Easy Transfer

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Setting Up a Printer

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Printer Cable

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Connecting a USB Printer

. . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Contents

3

Power Protection Devices

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Surge Protectors

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Line Conditioners

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Uninterruptible Power Supplies

. . . . . . . . . . 40

3

Using the Keyboard and Touch Pad

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41

Numeric Keypad

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Key Combinations

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

System Functions

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Display Functions

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Battery

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Power Management

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Microsoft® Windows® Logo Key Functions

. . . 42

Dell™ QuickSet Key Combinations

. . . . . . . . . 42

Adjusting Keyboard Settings

. . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Touch Pad

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Customizing the Touch Pad

. . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

4

Using the Display

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

45

Adjusting Brightness

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Switching the Video Image From Your

Computer Display To a Projector

. . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Setting Display Resolution and Refresh Rate

. . . . . . 45

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Contents

5

Using a Battery

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47

Battery Performance

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Checking the Battery Charge

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Dell QuickSet Battery Meter

. . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Microsoft

®

Windows

®

Battery Meter . . . . . . . 49

Charge Gauge

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Low-Battery Warning

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Conserving Battery Power

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Configuring Power Management Settings

. . . . . 50

Using the Sleep Power State

. . . . . . . . . . . 51

Charging the Battery

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Replacing the Battery

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Storing a Battery

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6

Using Multimedia

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55

Playing Media

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Playing Media Using Dell Travel Remote

. . . . . . . . 57

Copying CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) Media

. . . 58

How to Copy a CD, DVD, or BD

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Using Blank CD, DVD, and BD Media

. . . . . . . 59

Helpful Tips

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Adjusting the Volume

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Adjusting the Picture

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Using Dell MediaDirect™

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Contents

5

Connecting Your Computer to a TV or

Audio Device

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

S-Video and Standard Audio

. . . . . . . . . . . . 65

S-Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio

. . . . . . . . . 66

Composite Video and Standard Audio

. . . . . . . 68

Composite Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio

. . . . 70

Component Video and Standard Audio

. . . . . . 72

Component Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio

. . . . 75

Enabling the Display Settings for a TV

. . . . . . . 78

7

Using ExpressCards

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79

ExpressCard Blanks

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

Installing an ExpressCard

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Removing an ExpressCard or Blank

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8

Using the Memory Card Reader

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83

Memory Card Blanks

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Installing a Memory Card

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Removing a Memory Card or Blank

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9

Setting Up and Using Networks

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85

Connecting a Network or

Broadband Modem Cable

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Setting Up a Network

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Contents

Wireless Local Area Network

. . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

What You Need to Establish a

WLAN Connection

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Checking Your Wireless Network Card

. . . . . . 87

Setting Up a New WLAN Using a

Wireless Router and a Broadband Modem

. . . . 88

Connecting to a WLAN

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Mobile Broadband

(or Wireless Wide Area Network)

. . . . . . . . . . . 91

What You Need to Establish a

Mobile Broadband Network Connection

. . . . . 91

Checking Your Dell Mobile Broadband Card

. . . . 92

Connecting to a Mobile Broadband Network

. . . 92

Enabling/Disabling the

Dell Mobile Broadband Card . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Dell Wi-Fi Catcher™ Network Locator

. . . . . . . . . 94

10 Securing Your Computer

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95

Security Cable Lock

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Passwords

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

If Your Computer is Lost or Stolen

. . . . . . . . . . . 97

11 Troubleshooting

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99

Dell Technical Update Service

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Dell Diagnostics

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Contents

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8

Contents

Dell Support Center

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Dell Support 3

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

DellConnect

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Network Assistant

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

PC TuneUp

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

PC CheckUp

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Drive Problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

Optical drive problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

Hard drive problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems

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Error Messages

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

ExpressCard Problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

IEEE 1394 Device Problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Keyboard Problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

External keyboard problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Unexpected characters

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Lockups and Software Problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . 118

The computer does not start

. . . . . . . . . . . . 118

The computer stops responding

. . . . . . . . . . 118

A program stops responding or crashes repeatedly

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

A program is designed for an earlier

Microsoft

®

Windows

®

operating system . . . . . 118

A solid blue screen appears

. . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Dell MediaDirect problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Other software problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

Memory Problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

Network Problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

Mobile Broadband

(Wireless Wide Area Network [WWAN])

. . . . . 122

Power Problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

Printer Problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Scanner Problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Sound and Speaker Problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

No sound from integrated speakers

. . . . . . . . 125

No sound from external speakers

. . . . . . . . . 125

No sound from headphones

. . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Touch Pad or Mouse Problems

. . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Video and Display Problems

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If the display is blank

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

If the display is difficult to read

. . . . . . . . . . 128

If only part of the display is readable

. . . . . . . 129

Drivers

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What is a Driver?

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Identifying Drivers

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities

. . . . . . . . . . 130

Troubleshooting Software and Hardware Problems in the Windows Vista™ Operating System

. . . . . . . 132

Restoring Your Operating System

. . . . . . . . . . . . 133

Using Windows Vista System Restore

. . . . . . . 134

Contents

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12 Adding and Replacing Parts

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137

Before You Begin

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Recommended Tools

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

Turning Off Your Computer

. . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

Before Working Inside Your Computer

. . . . . . . 138

Hard Drive

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

Removing the Hard Drive

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

Replacing the Hard Drive

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

Returning a Hard Drive to Dell

. . . . . . . . . . . 142

Optical Drive

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

Removing the Optical Drive

. . . . . . . . . . . . 142

Replacing the Optical Drive

. . . . . . . . . . . . 143

Hinge Cover

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

Removing the Hinge Cover

. . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

Replacing the Hinge Cover

. . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

Keyboard

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

Removing the Keyboard

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

Replacing the Keyboard

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146

Memory

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

Removing the DIMM A Memory Module

. . . . . . 148

Replacing the DIMM A Memory Module

. . . . . 149

Removing the DIMM B Memory Module

. . . . . . 150

Replacing the DIMM B Memory Module

. . . . . 152

Subscriber Identity Module

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153

Wireless Mini Cards

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154

Removing a WLAN Card

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

Replacing a WLAN Card

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157

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Contents

Removing a Mobile Broadband or

WWAN Card

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158

Replacing a WWAN Card

. . . . . . . . . . . . . 160

Removing a WPAN Card

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161

Replacing a WPAN Card

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162

Flash Cache Module

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162

Removing the FCM

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162

Replacing the FCM

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163

Internal Card With

Bluetooth

®

Wireless Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . 164

Removing the Card

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164

Replacing the Card

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165

Coin-Cell Battery

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165

Removing the Coin-Cell Battery

. . . . . . . . . . 166

Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery

. . . . . . . . . . 166

13 Dell™ QuickSet Features

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167

14 Traveling With Your Computer

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169

Identifying Your Computer

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Packing the Computer

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Travel Tips

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170

Traveling by Air

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170

Contents

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15 Getting Help

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

171

Obtaining Assistance

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

Technical Support and Customer Service

. . . . . 172

DellConnect

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

Online Services

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

AutoTech Service

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

Automated Order-Status Service

. . . . . . . . . 173

Problems With Your Order

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

Product Information

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit

. . . . . 174

Before You Call

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

Contacting Dell

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

16 Specifications

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

179

A Appendix

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187

Using the System Setup Program

. . . . . . . . . . . . 187

Viewing the System Setup Screen

. . . . . . . . . 188

System Setup Screen

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188

Commonly Used Options

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188

Cleaning Your Computer

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190

Computer, Keyboard, and Display

. . . . . . . . . 190

Touch Pad

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

Mouse

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

Media

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192

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Dell Technical Support Policy (U.S. Only)

. . . . . . . 192

Definition of "Dell-Installed" Software and

Peripherals

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193

Definition of "Third-Party" Software and

Peripherals

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193

FCC Notice (U.S. Only)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193

FCC Class B

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193

Macrovision Product Notice

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194

Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195

Index

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Finding Information

NOTE:

Some features may be optional and may not ship with your computer. Some features may not be available in certain countries.

NOTE:

Additional information may ship with your computer.

What Are You Looking For?

• A diagnostic program for my computer

• Drivers for my computer

• Device documentation

• Notebook System Software (NSS)

Find It Here

Drivers and Utilities Media

Documentation and drivers are already installed on your computer. You can use the Drivers and Utilities media to

reinstall drivers (see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on page 130) or run the

Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 99).

Readme files may be included on your

Drivers and Utilities media to provide last-minute updates about technical changes to your computer or advanced technical-reference material for technicians or experienced users.

NOTE:

Drivers and documentation updates can be found at support.dell.com.

Finding Information

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What Are You Looking For?

• Warranty information

• Terms and Conditions (U.S. only)

• Safety instructions

• Regulatory information

• Ergonomics information

• End User License Agreement

Find It Here

Dell™ Product Information Guide

• How to set up my computer Setup Diagram

• Service Tag and Express Service Code

• Microsoft

®

Windows

®

Product Key

Service Tag and Microsoft Windows

Product Key

These labels are located on your computer.

• Use the Service Tag to identify your computer when you use support.dell.com or contact support.

• Enter the Express Service Code to direct your call when contacting support.

NOTE:

As an increased security measure, the newly designed Microsoft Windows license label incorporates a "security portal," which looks like a missing portion of the label, to discourage removal of the label.

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Finding Information

What Are You Looking For?

Find It Here

• Solutions — Troubleshooting hints and tips, articles from technicians, online courses, and frequently asked questions

• Community — Online discussion with other Dell customers

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

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

• Service and support — Service call status, support history, service contract, and online discussions with support

• Dell Technical Update Service —

Proactive e-mail notification of software and hardware updates for your computer

• Reference — Computer documentation, details on my computer configuration, product specifications, and white papers

• Downloads — Certified drivers, patches, and software updates

• Notebook System Software (NSS) — If you reinstall the operating system on your computer, you should also reinstall the NSS utility. NSS automatically detects your computer and operating system, and installs the updates appropriate for your configuration, providing critical updates for your operating system and support for Dell

3.5-inch USB floppy drives, Intel

® processors, optical drives, and USB devices. NSS is necessary for correct operation of your Dell computer.

Dell Support Website — support.dell.com

NOTE:

Select your region or business segment to view the appropriate support site.

To download Notebook System Software:

1

Go to support.dell.com, select your country/region, and then click Drivers

& Downloads.

2

Enter your Service Tag or product model, and then click Go.

3

Select your operating system and language, and then click Find

Downloads, or under Downloads

Search, search for the keyword

Notebook System Software.

NOTE:

The support.dell.com user interface may vary depending on your selections.

Finding Information

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What Are You Looking For?

Find It Here

• Software upgrades and troubleshooting hints — Frequently asked questions, hot topics, and general health of your computing environment

Dell Support Utility

The Dell Support Utility is an automated upgrade and notification system installed on your computer. This support provides real-time health scans of your computing environment, software updates, and relevant self-support information. Access the Dell Support Utility from the icon on the taskbar. For more information,

see "Dell Support Center" on page 104.

• How to use Microsoft Windows Vista™

• How to work with programs and files

• How to personalize my desktop

Windows Help and Support

1

2

Click the Windows Vista Start button

, and then click Help and Support.

In

Search Help, type a word or phrase that describes your problem, and then press <Enter> or click the magnifying glass.

3

Click the topic that describes your problem.

4

Follow the instructions on the screen.

• Information on network activity, the

Power Management Wizard, hotkeys, and other items controlled by Dell

QuickSet.

Dell QuickSet Help

To view Dell QuickSet Help, right-click the Dell QuickSet icon in the Windows notification area.

For more information on Dell QuickSet,

see "Dell™ QuickSet Features" on page 167.

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Finding Information

What Are You Looking For?

Find It Here

• How to reinstall my operating system Operating System Media

The operating system is already installed on your computer. To reinstall your operating system, use one of the following methods:

• Microsoft Windows System Restore

Microsoft Windows System Restore returns your computer to an earlier operating state without affecting data files.

• Dell PC Restore — Dell PC Restore returns your computer to its original operating state. Dell PC Restore may not ship with your computer.

• Operating System Installation Media —

If you received operating system media with your computer, you can use it to restore your operating system.

For more information, see "Restoring

Your Operating System" on page 133.

After you reinstall your operating system, use the Drivers and Utilities media to reinstall drivers for the devices that came with your computer.

Your operating system product key label is located on your computer.

NOTE:

The color of your operating system installation media varies according to the operating system you ordered.

Finding Information

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Finding Information

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Key Features

  • Intel® Core™2 Duo T8100 2.1 GHz
  • 43.2 cm (17") 1440 x 900 pixels 16:10
  • 3 GB DDR2-SDRAM 667 MHz
  • 320 GB DVD±RW
  • NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600M GT
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • 90 W
  • Windows Vista Home Premium

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