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INSPIRON
SETUP GUIDE

Summary of Contents

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    INSPIRON ™ SETUP GUIDE...

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    INSPIRON ™ SETUP GUIDE Model PP42L...

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    Reproduction of these materials in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly forbidden. Trademarks used in this text: Dell , the DELL logo, Inspiron , YOURS IS HERE , and DellConnect are trademarks of Dell Inc.;...

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Hardware Troubleshooter ....39 Dell Diagnostics ..... . 40...

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    Before You Call......52 Contacting Dell......53 Finding More Information and Resources .

  • Page 7: Before Setting Up Your Computer

    Setting Up Your Inspiron This section provides information about setting up your Inspiron 1440 laptop and connecting peripherals. Before Setting Up Your Computer When positioning your computer, ensure that you allow easy access to a power source, adequate ventilation, and a level surface to place your computer.

  • Page 8: Connect The Ac Adapter

    Connect the AC Adapter Connect the AC adapter to the computer and then plug it into a wall outlet or surge protector. WARNING: The AC adapter works with electrical outlets worldwide. However, power connectors and power strips vary among countries. Using an incompatible cable or improperly connecting the cable to a power strip or electrical outlet may cause fire or permanent damage to your computer.

  • Page 9: Setting Up Your Inspiron ™ Laptop, Connect The Network Cable (optional)

    Setting Up Your Inspiron™ Laptop Connect the Network Cable (Optional) To use a wired network connection, connect the network cable.

  • Page 10: Press The Power Button

    Setting Up Your Inspiron™ Laptop Press the Power Button...

  • Page 11: Enable Or Disable Wireless

    Windows Vista Setup ® If you selected Windows Vista operating system while ordering, your Dell computer is preconfigured with Windows Vista. To set up Windows Vista for the first time, follow the instructions on the screen. These steps are mandatory and may take up to 15 minutes to complete.

  • Page 12: Connect To The Internet (optional)

    To connect to the Internet, you need an external modem or network connection and an ISP. If WLAN adapter is not a part of your original order, you can purchase one from the Dell website at www.dell.com. NOTE: If you cannot connect to the Internet but have successfully connected in the past, the ISP might have a service outage.

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    Setting Up a Wireless Connection NOTE: To set up your wireless router, see the documentation that shipped with your router. Before you can use your wireless Internet connection, you need to connect to your wireless router. To set up your connection to a wireless router: Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.

  • Page 14: Using Your Inspiron ™ Laptop, Right Side Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop ™ Your Inspiron 1440 laptop has indicators and buttons that provide information and enable you to perform common tasks. The connectors on your computer provide the option of attaching additional devices. Right Side Features...

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    ExpressCard slot – Provides support for additional memory, wired and wireless communications, multimedia, and security features. Supports 34 mm ExpressCards. NOTE: Your computer ships with a plastic blank installed in the ExpressCard slot. Blanks protect unused slots from dust and other particles. Save the blank for use when no ExpressCard is installed in the slot;...

  • Page 16: Left Side Features

    Using Your Inspiron™ Laptop Left Side Features...

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    1 Security cable slot – Attaches a commercially available antitheft device to the computer. NOTE: Before you buy an antitheft device, ensure that it works with the security cable slot on your computer. AC adapter connector – Connects to the AC adapter to power the computer and charge the battery.

  • Page 18: Front Side Features

    Using Your Inspiron™ Laptop Front Side Features...

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    1 Integrated single analog microphone – Provides quality sound for video chatting and voice recording. 7-in-1 Media Card Reader – Provides a fast and convenient way to view and share digital photos, music, videos, and documents stored on these digital memory cards: •...

  • Page 20: Computer Base And Keyboard Features

    Using Your Inspiron™ Laptop Computer Base and Keyboard Features...

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    1 Keyboard – For more information about the keyboard, see the Dell Technology Guide . The media controls are also located on the keyboard. These keys control CD, DVD, Blu-ray (optional), and media playback. 2 Touch pad buttons – Provide left- and right-click functions like those on a mouse.

  • Page 22: Touch Pad Gestures

    Touch Pad Gestures Scroll Allows you to scroll through content. The scroll feature includes: Traditional Scroll – Allows you to scroll up and down, or right and left. To scroll up and down: Move a finger up or down in the vertical scroll zone (extreme right of the touch pad) to scroll up or down on the active window.

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    Zoom Allows you to increase or decrease the magnification of the screen content. The zoom feature includes: One finger zoom – Allows you to zoom in or out. To zoom in: Move a finger up in the zoom zone (extreme left of the touch pad) to zoom in.

  • Page 24: Media Controls

    Using Your Inspiron™ Laptop Media Controls You can configure the media control keys using the Function Key Behavior in the System Setup utility. The options in the Function Key Behavior setting are: Multimedia Key First – This is the default setting. Pressing any media control key performs the associated multimedia action.

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    Mute the sound Turn down the volume Turn up the volume Play the previous track or chapter Play or pause Play the next track or chapter Eject the disc...

  • Page 26: Display Features

    Using Your Inspiron™ Laptop Display Features...

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    4 Right digital array microphone (optional) – Combines with the left digital array microphone to provide high quality sound for video chatting and voice recording. 5 Display – Your display can vary based on selections you made when purchasing your computer. For more information about displays, see the Dell Technology Guide .

  • Page 28: Removing And Replacing The Battery

    Removing and Replacing the Battery 1 Battery 2 Battery release latch 3 Battery bay...

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    WARNING: Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or explosion. This computer should only use a battery purchased from Dell. Do not use batteries from other computers. WARNING: Before removing the battery, shut down the computer, and remove external cables (including the AC adapter).

  • Page 30: Software Features

    Software Features NOTE: For more information about the features described in this section, see the Dell Technology Guide on your hard drive or on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com. Productivity and Communication You can use your computer to create...

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    • Power saver — This power option saves power on your computer by reducing system performance to maximize the life of the computer and by reducing the amount of energy consumed by your computer over its lifetime. • High performance —...

  • Page 32: Solving Problems, Network Problems

    This section provides troubleshooting information for your computer. If you cannot solve your problem using the following guidelines, see “Using Support Tools” on page 36 or see “Contacting Dell” on page 53. Network Problems Wireless Connections If the wireless network connection is lost —...

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    Wired Connections If the wired network connection is lost — The cable is loose or damaged. • Check the cable to ensure it is plugged in and not damaged. The link integrity light on the integrated network connector lets you verify that your connection is working and provides information on the status: •...

  • Page 34: Power Problems

    Power Problems If the power light is off — The computer is either turned off or is not receiving power. • Reseat the power cable into both the power connector on the computer and the electrical outlet. • If the computer is plugged into a power strip, ensure that the power strip is plugged into an electrical outlet and that the power strip is turned on.

  • Page 35: Memory Problems

    • See the software documentation for minimum memory requirements. If necessary, install additional memory (see the Service Manual on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com). • Reseat the memory modules (see the Manual on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com) to ensure that your computer...

  • Page 36: Lockups And Software Problems

    Lockups and Software Problems If the computer does not start up — Ensure that the power cable is firmly connected to the computer and to the electrical outlet. If a program stops responding — End the program: Press <Ctrl><Shift><Esc> simultaneously. Click Applications.

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    Click → Control Panel→ Start Programs→ Use an older program with this version of Windows. In the welcome screen, click Follow the instructions on the screen. If you have other software problems — • Back up your files immediately. • Use a virus-scanning program to check the hard drive or CDs.

  • Page 38: Using Support Tools, Dell Support Center

    Online Scan with PCCheckUp) • About Your System (System Documentation, Warranty Information, System Information, Upgrades & Accessories) The top of the Dell Support Center home page displays your computer’s model number along with its service tag and express service code.

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    Using Support Tools For more information about the Dell Support Center, see the Dell Technology Guide on your hard drive or on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com.

  • Page 40: System Messages

    Alternatively you could see the Service Manual on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com or see “Contacting Dell” on page 53 for assistance. Alert! Previous attempts at booting this system have failed at checkpoint [nnnn]. For help...

  • Page 41: Hardware Troubleshooter

    No timer tick interrupt — A chip on the system board might be malfunctioning or motherboard failure (see the Service Manual on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com). USB over current error — Disconnect the USB device. Your USB device needs more power for it to function properly.

  • Page 42: Dell Diagnostics

    Start the Dell Diagnostics from your hard drive or from the Drivers and Utilities disc. Starting Dell Diagnostics From Your...

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    NOTE: If you see a message stating that no diagnostics utility partition has been found, run the Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers and Utilities disc. Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics from the diagnostics utility partition on your hard drive. Starting Dell Diagnostics From the...

  • Page 44: Restoring Your Operating System, System Restore

    This procedure permanently delete all data on the hard drive and remove any programs installed after you received the computer. Use Dell Factory Image Restore only if System Restore did not resolve your operating system problem.

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    System Restore does not monitor your data files or recover them. NOTE: The procedures in this document were written for the Windows default view, so they may not apply if you set your Dell computer to the Windows Classic view. Starting System Restore Click...

  • Page 46: Dell Factory Image Restore

    NOTE: Dell Factory Image Restore may not be available in certain countries or on certain computers. Use Dell Factory Image Restore only as the last method to restore your operating system. These options restore your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer.

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    Dell Factory Image Restore Turn on the computer. When the Dell logo appears, press <F8> several times to access the Vista Advanced Boot Options Window. Select Repair Your Computer. System Recovery Options window appears. Select a keyboard layout and click To access the recovery options, log on as a local user.

  • Page 48: Operating System Reinstallation

    NOTE: The Dell Drivers and Utilities disc contains drivers that were installed during the assembly of the computer. Use the Dell Drivers and Utilities disc to load any required drivers. Depending on the region from which you ordered your computer, or...

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    Operating System disc. Click Exit if the Install Windows message appears. 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 desktop;...

  • Page 50: Getting Help

    Dell Support (support.dell.com) for help with installation and troubleshooting procedures. See “Online Services” on page 50 for a more extensive list of Dell Support online. If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, see “Before You Call” on page 52 and then “Contacting Dell”...

  • Page 51: Service

    Express Service Code to route the call directly to the proper support personnel. If you do not have an Express Service Code, open the Dell Accessories folder, double-click the Express Service Code icon, and follow the directions.

  • Page 52: Online Services

    Online Services You can learn about Dell products and services on the following websites: • www.dell.com • www.dell.com/ap (Asian/Pacific countries only) • (Japan only) www.dell.com/jp • (Europe only) www.euro.dell.com • (Latin American and www.dell.com/la Caribbean countries) • www.dell.ca (Canada only)

  • Page 53: Automated Order-status Service, Product Information

    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 54: Before You Call

    Remember to fill out the following Diagnostics Checklist. 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,...

  • Page 55: Contacting Dell

    Dell product catalog. Dell provides several online and telephone-based support and service options. Availability varies by country and product, and some services may not be available in your area. To contact Dell for sales, technical support, or customer service issues: Visit support.dell.com.

  • Page 56: Resources

    ™ at support.dell.com. the Dell Technology Guide installed on your hard drive. the Service Manual on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com NOTE: In some countries, opening and replacing parts of your computer may void your warranty. Check your warranty and return policies before working inside your computer.

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    End User License Agreement. find your Service tag/Express Service Code — You must use the service tag to identify your computer on support.dell.com or to contact technical support. find drivers and downloads. access technical support and product help.

  • Page 58: Specifications

    Specifications System model Inspiron 1440 This section provides information that you may need when setting up, updating drivers for, and upgrading your computer. NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. For more information regarding the configuration of your computer, click → Help and Support and select...

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    DDR2 SO-DIMM Minimum memory 1 GB Maximum memory 8 GB NOTE: For instructions on upgrading your memory, see the Service Manual on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com. ExpressCard Connector one 34 mm ExpressCard slot Connector size 26 pins Computer information...

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    Audio Audio type two-channel high definition audio (Azalia) Audio controller IDT 92HD81 Stereo conversion 24-bit (analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog) Internal interface Intel high-definition audio Speaker two 4-ohm speaker Volume controls program menus, keyboard hotkeys Ports and connectors Audio one microphone connector, stereo headphone/speaker connector, digital MIC with camera module...

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    Display Viewing Angles: Horizontal ±40° (HD) ±60° (HD+) Vertical +15/-30° (HD) ±50° (HD+) Pixel pitch 0.2265 mm (HD) 0.1935 mm (HD+) Power 4.8 W (max) (HD) consumption 5.5 W (max) (HD+) (panel with backlight) (typical) Camera (optional) Pixel 1.3 megapixel Video resolution 320 x 240 ~1280 x 1024 (640 x 480 at 30 fps)

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    Keyboard Number of keys 86 (U.S. and Canada); 87 (Europe); 90 (Japan) Layout QWERTY/AZERTY/Kanji Battery Type 4-cell lithium ion 6-cell lithium ion 9-cell lithium ion Depth 48.45 mm (1.91 inches) Height 20.15 mm (0.79 inches) (4/6-cell) 40.05 mm (1.58 inches) (9-cell) Width 205.22 mm (8.08 inches)

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    AC adapter Dimensions: 65 W Height 29.0 mm (1.14 inches) Width 46.5 mm (1.83 inches) Depth 107 mm (4.21 inches) Weight (with 0.250 kg (0.55 lb) cables) 65 W (E-Series) Height 16.0 mm (0.67 inches) Width 66.0 mm (2.60 inches) Depth 127.0 mm (5.00 inches)

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    Physical Height 25.4 to 38.9 mm (1.0 to 1.5 inches) Width 339 mm (13.35 inches) Depth 238 mm (9.37 inches) Weight (with 2.3 kg (5.07 lb) 4-cell battery) Weight (with 2.4 kg (5.29 lb) 6-cell battery) Computer environment Temperature range: Operating 0°...

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    5 connect(ing) to the Internet 10 conserving energy 28 customer service 49 customizing your energy settings 28 damage, avoiding 5 data, backing up 29 Dell Factory Image Restore 42 Dell Support Center 36 Dell support website 55...

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    Dell Technology Guide for further information 54 Diagnostic Checklist 52 drivers and downloads 55 e-mail addresses for technical support 50 energy conserving 28 expansion bus 57 finding more information 54 FTP login, anonymous 50 hardware problems diagnosing 40 Hardware Troubleshooter 40...

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    network connection fixing 30, 31 network speed testing 30 order status 51 power problems, solving 32 power strips, using 6 problems, solving 30 processor 56 products information and purchasing 51 reinstalling Windows 42 resources, finding more 54 restoring factory image 44 setup, before you begin 5 software features 28 software problems 34...

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    technical support 49 ventilation, ensuring 5 Windows, reinstalling 42 Windows Vista ® Program Compatibility Wizard 34 reinstalling 47 setup 9 wired network network cable, connecting 7...

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    Printed in the U.S.A. www.dell.com | support.dell.com 0M792NA00...

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