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Dell™ Vostro™ 410
Setup and Quick Reference Guide
Model DCGAF
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Summary of Contents

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    Dell™ Vostro™ 410 Setup and Quick Reference Guide Model DCGAF w w w . d e l l . c o m | s u p p o r t . d e l l . c o m...

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    Trademarks used in this text: Dell, Vostro, DellConnect, 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, Core, and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries;...

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents About Your Computer Front View Back View Back Panel Connectors Setting Up Your Computer Quick Setup Installing Your Computer in an Enclosure Connecting to the Internet Setting Up Your Internet Connection Transferring Information to a New Computer Microsoft Microsoft Windows Vista™ Specifications Troubleshooting Tools...

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    Reinstalling Software Drivers Identifying Drivers Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities Restoring Your Operating System Using Microsoft Windows System Restore Using Dell™ PC Restore and Dell Factory Image Restore Using the Operating System Media Finding Information Getting Help Obtaining Assistance Technical Support and Customer Service DellConnect™...

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Product Information Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit Before You Call Contacting Dell Appendix ......

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    Contents...

  • Page 7: About Your Computer, Front View

    About Your Computer NOTE: For more information about the ports and connectors on your computer, see the Dell Technology Guide on your computer or at support.dell.com. Front View optical drive optical-drive eject button USB 2.0 connectors (4) headphone connector power button, power light...

  • Page 8: Back View

    Back View power connector security cable slot expansion card slots power supply light About Your Computer power supply vent padlock rings back panel connectors voltage selector switch...

  • Page 9: Back Panel Connectors

    Back Panel Connectors link integrity light network activity light line-in connector microphone rear L/R surround connector VGA video connector network adapter connector center/subwoofer connector front L/R line-out connector side L/R surround connector USB 2.0 connectors (4) About Your Computer...

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    About Your Computer...

  • Page 11: Setting Up Your Computer, Quick Setup

    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. NOTE: Some devices may not be included if you did not order them. 1 Connect the monitor using only one of the following cables: the dual monitor Y-adapter cable, the white DVI cable, or the blue video cable.

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    Setting Up Your Computer...

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    2 Connect a USB device, such as a keyboard or mouse. 3 Connect the network cable. Setting Up Your Computer...

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    4 Connect the modem. 5 Connect the power cable(s). Setting Up Your Computer...

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    6 Press the power buttons on the monitor and the computer. 7 Connect to your network. Internet service wireless router desktop computer with USB wireless adapter cable or DSL modem desktop computer with network adapter USB wireless adapter Setting Up Your Computer...

  • Page 16: Installing Your Computer In An Enclosure

    Installing Your Computer in an Enclosure Installing your computer in an enclosure can restrict the airflow and impact your computer’s performance, possibly causing it to overheat. Follow the guidelines below when installing your computer in an enclosure. CAUTION: Before installing your computer in an enclosure, read the safety instructions that shipped with your computer.

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    • If your computer is installed in a corner on a desk or under a desk, leave at least 5.1-cm (2-in) clearance from the back of the computer to the wall to permit the airflow required for proper ventilation. Setting Up Your Computer...

  • Page 18: Connecting To The Internet, Setting Up Your Internet Connection

    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.

  • Page 19: Transferring Information To A New Computer

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    #154781 (What Are The Different Methods To Transfer Files From My Old Computer To My New Dell™ Computer Using the Microsoft Operating System?). NOTE: Access to the Dell™ Knowledge Base document may not be available in certain countries. Setting Up Your Computer ®...

  • Page 23: Microsoft Windows Vista

    Microsoft Windows Vista 1 Click the Windows Vista Start button 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. Follow the instructions provided on the screen by the Windows Easy Transfer wizard.

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    Setting Up Your Computer...

  • Page 25: Specifications

    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 Level 2 (L2) cache System Information Chipset RAID support DMA channels...

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    Video Type: Integrated Discrete Audio Type Expansion Bus Bus type Bus speed PCI: Connectors Connector size Connector data width (maximum) Specifications Intel integrated up to 64-MB video memory (shared) at total system memory of less than 512 MB up to 256-MB video memory (shared) at total system memory of greater than 512 MB nVidia Geforce 8800 GT (optional) supports Blu-ray Disc™...

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    Expansion Bus (continued) PCI Express x1: Connectors Connector size Connector data width (maximum) PCI Express x16 Connectors Connector size Connector data width (maximum) Drives Externally accessible: Internally accessible Available devices Connectors External connectors: Video Network adapter IEEE 1394 one x1 36 pins 1 PCI Express lane one x16...

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    Connectors Audio System board connectors: Serial ATA Internal USB device Floppy drive Processor fan Chassis fan PCI 2.3 PCI Express x1 PCI Express x16 Front panel control Front panel USB Front panel audio HDA header Processor Memory Power 12V Power Specifications one front-panel microphone connector one front-panel headphone connector...

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    Controls and Lights Front of computer: Power button Power light Drive activity light Rear of computer: Link integrity light (on integrated network adapter) Network activity light (on integrated network adapter) push button blue light — blinking blue in sleep state; solid blue for power-on state amber light —...

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    Power DC power supply: Wattage Maximum heat dissipation (MHD) Voltage (See the safety information that shipped with your computer for important voltage setting information.) Coin-cell battery Physical Height Width Depth Weight Environmental Temperature: Operating Storage Relative humidity Maximum vibration: Operating Storage Maximum shock: Operating...

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    Environmental (continued) Altitude: Operating Storage Airborne contaminant level G2 or lower as defined by ISA-S71.04-1985 –15.2 to 3048 m (–50 to 10,000 ft) –15.2 to 10,668 m (–50 to 35,000 ft) Specifications...

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    Specifications...

  • Page 33: Troubleshooting, Tools, Power Lights, Beep Codes

    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.

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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 42). Code Description (repetitive short beeps) BIOS checksum failure. Possible motherboard failure.

  • Page 35: Error Messages

    I S K F A I L E D I N I T I A L I Z A T I O N hard drive tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 42). Suggested Remedy Replace the battery (see your Service Manual at support.dell.com).

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    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 42). 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 to commands from the computer.

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    E Y B O A R D S T U C K K E Y F A I L U R E 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 42).

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    Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 69). O T I M E R T I C K I N T E R R U P T malfunctioning. Run the System Set tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 42).

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    H U T D O W N F A I L U R E — Run the System Set tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 42). I M E D A Y C L O C K L O S T P O W E R corrupted.

  • Page 40: System Messages

    D A Y C L O C K S T O P P E D 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 69).

  • Page 41: Troubleshooting Software And Hardware Problems

    Service Manual at support.dell.com. A R D D I S K D R I V E F A I L U R E POST. Check cables, swap hard disks, or see "Contacting Dell" on page 69 for assistance. A R D D I S K D R I V E R E A D F A I L U R E drive start test (see "Contacting Dell"...

  • Page 42: 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 46) and run the Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for technical assistance. It is recommended that you print these procedures before you begin.

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    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.

  • Page 44: Troubleshooting Tips, Power Problems

    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...

  • Page 45: Memory Problems

    • 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.

  • Page 46: Lockups And Software Problems

    F Y O U E X P E R I E N C E O T H E R M E M O R Y P R O B L E M S • Reseat the memory modules (see your Service Manual at support.dell.com) to ensure that your computer is successfully communicating with the memory.

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    A program is designed for an earlier Microsoft U N T H E R O G R A M O M P A T I B I L I T Y Windows XP: The Program Compatibility Wizard configures a program so that it runs in an environment similar to non-XP operating system environments.

  • Page 48: Dell Technical Update Service, Dell Support Utility

    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. The Dell Support Utility is customized for your computing environment.

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    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...

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    Troubleshooting...

  • Page 51: Reinstalling Software, Drivers, Identifying Drivers

    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. Windows XP: 1 Click Start→ Control Panel. 2 Under Pick a Category, click Performance and Maintenance, and click System.

  • Page 52: 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 XP: 1 Click Start→...

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    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.

  • Page 54: Restoring Your Operating System, Using Microsoft Windows System Restore

    • Dell PC Restore by Symantec (available in Windows XP) and Dell Factory Image Restore (available in Windows Vista) returns your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer. Both permanently delete all data on the hard drive and remove any programs installed after you received the computer.

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    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.

  • Page 56: Using Dell™ Pc Restore And Dell Factory Image Restore

    If possible, back up the data before using these options. Use PC Restore or Dell Factory Image Restore only if System Restore did not resolve your operating system problem.

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    NOTICE: Removing Dell PC Restore from the hard drive permanently deletes the PC Restore utility from your computer. After you have removed Dell PC Restore, you will not be able to use it to restore your computer operating system. Reinstalling Software...

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    Dell PC Restore enables you to restore your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased your computer. It is recommended that you do not remove PC Restore from your computer, even to gain additional hard drive space.

  • Page 59: Using The Operating System Media

    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: Drivers and Utilities media during the assembly of the computer.

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    2 Insert the Operating System disc. 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 computer and try again.

  • Page 61: Finding Information

    Code is located on your computer. • A diagnostic program for your computer • Drivers for your computer NOTE: Drivers and documentation updates can be found at support.dell.com. • Desktop System Software (DSS) • Readme files NOTE: Readme files may be included on...

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    Service Manual The Service Manual for your computer can be found at support.dell.com. Dell Technology Guide The Dell Technology Guide is available on your hard drive and at support.dell.com. Microsoft ® Windows ® License Label Your Microsoft Windows License is located on your computer.

  • Page 63: Getting Help, Obtaining Assistance

    1 See "Troubleshooting Tips" on page 44 for information and procedures that pertain to the problem your computer is experiencing. 2 See "Dell Diagnostics" on page 42 for procedures on how to run Dell Diagnostics. 3 Fill out the "Diagnostics Checklist" on page 68.

  • Page 64: Technical Support And Customer Service, Dellconnect, Online Services

    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 66, and then see the contact information for your region or go to support.dell.com. DellConnect™...

  • Page 65: Autotech Service, Automated Order-status Service, Problems With Your Order

    "Contacting Dell" on page 69. 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.

  • Page 66: Product Information, Returning Items For Warranty Repair Or Credit, Before You Call

    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"...

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    Remember to fill out the Diagnostics Checklist (see "Diagnostics Checklist" on page 68). 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.

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    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...

  • Page 69: Contacting Dell

    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.

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    Getting Help...

  • Page 71: Appendix, Fcc Notice (u.s. Only)

    NOTICE: The FCC regulations provide that changes or modifications not expressly approved by Dell Inc. could void your authority to operate this equipment. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.

  • Page 72: Macrovision Product Notice

    The following information is provided on the device or devices covered in this document in compliance with the FCC regulations: • Product name: Dell • Model number: DCGAF • Company name: Dell Inc. Worldwide Regulatory Compliance & Environmental Affairs One Dell Way...

  • Page 73: Index

    Technical Update Service, 48 Dell Diagnostics, 42 starting from the Drivers and Utilities media, 43 starting from your hard drive, 43 Dell Factory Image Restore, 58 Dell Technology Guide, 62 DellConnect, 64 Desktop System Software, 61 diagnostics beep codes, 33...

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    18 media Drivers and Utilities, 61 operating system, 61 memory troubleshooting, 45 operating system Dell Factory Image Restore, 56 media, 59 PC Restore, 56 reinstalling, 61 System Restore, 54 Operating System media, 61 operating system product key, 62...

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    46-47 tips, 44 updates software and hardware, 48 Windows License label, 62 Windows Vista Dell Factory Image Restore, 56, Device Driver Rollback, 52 Program Compatibility wizard, 47 reinstalling, 61 returning to a previous device driver version, 52 System Restore, 54...

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    Windows XP (continued) returning to a previous device driver version, 52 setting up Internet connection, 18 System Restore, 54 wizards Files and Settings Transfer Wizard, 19 Program Compatibility wizard, 47 Index...

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