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Dell Inspiron N4030 User Manual

Dell Inspiron N4030 User Manual (354 pages)

Dell Inspiron 545 MT: User Guide  
Brand: Dell | Category: Desktop | Size: 4.09 MB
Table of contents
Table Of Contents3................................................................................................................................................................
Finding Information23................................................................................................................................................................
Start Button23................................................................................................................................................................
Microsoft Windows Help and Support24................................................................................................................................................................
Windows Vista25................................................................................................................................................................
Windows ® XP25................................................................................................................................................................
Control Panel26................................................................................................................................................................
Information About Installed Hardware26................................................................................................................................................................
Device Manager26................................................................................................................................................................
Hardware Devices Installed on Your Computer27................................................................................................................................................................
Programs Installed on Your Computer28................................................................................................................................................................
Wireless Networking28................................................................................................................................................................
Dell Support Website29................................................................................................................................................................
Technical Support29................................................................................................................................................................
Customer Service30................................................................................................................................................................
Warranty Information30................................................................................................................................................................
Dell Forums31................................................................................................................................................................
Contact Us31................................................................................................................................................................
BIOS (System Setup Program) Settings31................................................................................................................................................................
Microsoft Windows Desktop33................................................................................................................................................................
Overview33................................................................................................................................................................
Taskbar34................................................................................................................................................................
Displaying the Taskbar35................................................................................................................................................................
Customizing the Taskbar35................................................................................................................................................................
Area35................................................................................................................................................................
Adding Icons in the Notification Area35................................................................................................................................................................
Desktop Icons and Shortcuts36................................................................................................................................................................
Deleting an Icon From the Desktop36................................................................................................................................................................
Creating and Deleting Program Shortcuts on the Desktop37................................................................................................................................................................
Shortcut Menus38................................................................................................................................................................
Changing the Desktop Appearance39................................................................................................................................................................
Setting up a Screen Saver41................................................................................................................................................................
Windows XP41................................................................................................................................................................
Start Button (Menu)42................................................................................................................................................................
Customizing the Start Menu43................................................................................................................................................................
Accessing and Using the Control Panel45................................................................................................................................................................
Customizing Your Computer Settings45................................................................................................................................................................
Managing Your Computer Performance45................................................................................................................................................................
Monitors and Displays47................................................................................................................................................................
Cleaning Your Computer's Display Screen47................................................................................................................................................................
Adjusting the Resolution of Your Display48................................................................................................................................................................
Troubleshooting50................................................................................................................................................................
Choosing the Best Display Settings50................................................................................................................................................................
Setting the Display Resolution for External LCD Monitors50................................................................................................................................................................
Setting the Display for Multiple Monitors51................................................................................................................................................................
Low-Light Environments53................................................................................................................................................................
Cables and Connections55................................................................................................................................................................
DisplayPort™ - Features and Benefits56................................................................................................................................................................
NVIDIA SLI and ATI Crossfire Technologies56................................................................................................................................................................
Mouse58................................................................................................................................................................
Controlling the Speed of the Mouse Buttons58................................................................................................................................................................
Controlling the Speed of the Scroll Wheel59................................................................................................................................................................
Cleaning a Non-Optical Mouse59................................................................................................................................................................
Cleaning an Optical Mouse60................................................................................................................................................................
Touch Pad62................................................................................................................................................................
Circular Scrolling62................................................................................................................................................................
Single Finger Zoom63................................................................................................................................................................
Cleaning the Touch Pad63................................................................................................................................................................
Using a Touch Pointer (Track Stick or Tablet PC Pen)63................................................................................................................................................................
Using a USB Pointing Device (Mouse)64................................................................................................................................................................
Troubleshooting a USB Pointing Device64................................................................................................................................................................
Keyboard65................................................................................................................................................................
Customizing Your Keyboard66................................................................................................................................................................
Backlit Keyboard66................................................................................................................................................................
Using the Numeric Keypad on a Laptop Computer68................................................................................................................................................................
General Keyboard Shortcuts69................................................................................................................................................................
Printers—Settings and Drivers71................................................................................................................................................................
Accessing Printer Information71................................................................................................................................................................
Changing Printer Settings72................................................................................................................................................................
For Windows Vista72................................................................................................................................................................
Setting up Printers73................................................................................................................................................................
Adding a Printer73................................................................................................................................................................
Setting the Default Printer74................................................................................................................................................................
Sharing Printers on a Network74................................................................................................................................................................
Installing a Printer Driver75................................................................................................................................................................
Drives and Media77................................................................................................................................................................
Freeing up Hard Drive Space77................................................................................................................................................................
Shadow Storage77................................................................................................................................................................
Storage78................................................................................................................................................................
Solid-State Drive (SSD)78................................................................................................................................................................
Installing Drivers for Media Drives79................................................................................................................................................................
Determining Whether a Device Driver is the Source of a Device Problem79................................................................................................................................................................
Replacing a Driver With a Previous Version of the Driver79................................................................................................................................................................
Using the Drivers and Utilities Media to Reinstall a Driver80................................................................................................................................................................
Manually Reinstalling a Driver80................................................................................................................................................................
Drive Problems81................................................................................................................................................................
Optical Drive Problems82................................................................................................................................................................
Hard Drive Problems82................................................................................................................................................................
Working with RAID83................................................................................................................................................................
RAID Level 083................................................................................................................................................................
RAID Level 184................................................................................................................................................................
RAID Level 0+1 Configuration86................................................................................................................................................................
RAID Level 5 Configuration87................................................................................................................................................................
Mode87................................................................................................................................................................
Configuring RAID88................................................................................................................................................................
Shutting Down Your Computer99................................................................................................................................................................
Shutdown States101................................................................................................................................................................
Microsoft ® Windows Vista101................................................................................................................................................................
Ending a Program That is not Responding101................................................................................................................................................................
Ending a Process That is not Responding103................................................................................................................................................................
Docking and Undocking Your Laptop Computer104................................................................................................................................................................
Running— Hot Undocking104................................................................................................................................................................
Undocking Without Shutting Down104................................................................................................................................................................
Shutting Down Your Computer When it Fails to Shut Down Normally105................................................................................................................................................................
Shutting Down a Stalled or "Frozen Computer105................................................................................................................................................................
Shutting Down a Computer When it Stops Responding and Displays a Solid Blue Screen106................................................................................................................................................................
Starting Your Computer in Safe Mode107................................................................................................................................................................
Restarting Your Computer After a Power Loss108................................................................................................................................................................
Files and Folders109................................................................................................................................................................
Navigating to Files110................................................................................................................................................................
Selecting and Opening Files111................................................................................................................................................................
Selecting a Group of Files111................................................................................................................................................................
Selecting Several Random Files111................................................................................................................................................................
Opening and Saving a File112................................................................................................................................................................
Opening a Graphic Image (Picture or Art)112................................................................................................................................................................
Finding Files112................................................................................................................................................................
Searching for a File112................................................................................................................................................................
Renaming Files113................................................................................................................................................................
Printing Files113................................................................................................................................................................
Deleting Files113................................................................................................................................................................
Sharing Files114................................................................................................................................................................
Sharing Files With Password Protection115................................................................................................................................................................
Restricting Access to a File115................................................................................................................................................................
Transferring Files and Settings to a New Computer116................................................................................................................................................................
Transferring Files Between Computers Running Windows XP117................................................................................................................................................................
Backing up Files117................................................................................................................................................................
Running Backup When the Settings Have Been Preconfigured118................................................................................................................................................................
Running Backup With Hidden Drives119................................................................................................................................................................
Restoring Files119................................................................................................................................................................
Managing Applications (Programs)121................................................................................................................................................................
Installing Applications on Your Computer121................................................................................................................................................................
Internet121................................................................................................................................................................
Installing Applications From a Network122................................................................................................................................................................
Removing Applications From Your Computer123................................................................................................................................................................
Ending an Application When it Does not Respond124................................................................................................................................................................
Performing Maintenance Tasks to Increase Computer Speed and Ensure Security125................................................................................................................................................................
Cleaning Your Computer126................................................................................................................................................................
Before You Start126................................................................................................................................................................
Cleaning the Computer126................................................................................................................................................................
Media126................................................................................................................................................................
Performance Tuning129................................................................................................................................................................
System Setup Based Performance Tuning129................................................................................................................................................................
Software Based Performance Tuning129................................................................................................................................................................
NVIDIA Performance129................................................................................................................................................................
NVIDIA Monitor130................................................................................................................................................................
Cleaning Up Your Hard Drive131................................................................................................................................................................
Defragmenting Your Hard Drive132................................................................................................................................................................
Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors133................................................................................................................................................................
Scanning for Viruses and Spyware133................................................................................................................................................................
Setting Power Options135................................................................................................................................................................
Power Protection Devices140................................................................................................................................................................
Surge Protector140................................................................................................................................................................
Power Line Conditioner140................................................................................................................................................................
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)141................................................................................................................................................................
Laptop Computer Batteries141................................................................................................................................................................
Using Your Laptop Computer for the First Time142................................................................................................................................................................
Preserving the Life of a Battery142................................................................................................................................................................
Replacing a Battery143................................................................................................................................................................
Checking the Battery Charge143................................................................................................................................................................
Microsoft Windows144................................................................................................................................................................
Conserving Battery Power145................................................................................................................................................................
Charging the Battery145................................................................................................................................................................
Storing a Battery146................................................................................................................................................................
Notebook Battery Restrictions146................................................................................................................................................................
Dell™ ControlPoint Power Manager146................................................................................................................................................................
Local Area Networks (LAN)150................................................................................................................................................................
Setting up a new LAN151................................................................................................................................................................
Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN)153................................................................................................................................................................
Checking Your Wireless Network Card154................................................................................................................................................................
Reinstalling Software and Drivers for Your Wireless Network Card154................................................................................................................................................................
Setting up a new Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)155................................................................................................................................................................
Ad Hoc Networks158................................................................................................................................................................
Networks159................................................................................................................................................................
Establishing a Mobile Broadband Network Connection160................................................................................................................................................................
Checking Your Mobile Broadband Card160................................................................................................................................................................
Connecting to a Mobile Broadband Network160................................................................................................................................................................
Activating Mobile Broadband Service160................................................................................................................................................................
Managing the Network With the Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility161................................................................................................................................................................
WiMAX161................................................................................................................................................................
WPAN162................................................................................................................................................................
Managing Your Network162................................................................................................................................................................
Securing Your Network162................................................................................................................................................................
Ensuring Security When Using Public Wi-Fi Networks (Hotspots)165................................................................................................................................................................
Locating Networks With the Dell Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator166................................................................................................................................................................
Scanning for a Wireless Network167................................................................................................................................................................
Enabling the Network Locator167................................................................................................................................................................
Managing Networked Computers With Intel Active Management Technology168................................................................................................................................................................
Accessing the Internet171................................................................................................................................................................
What you Need to Connect to the Internet171................................................................................................................................................................
Web Browsers for Viewing Internet Sites172................................................................................................................................................................
Web Addresses173................................................................................................................................................................
Setting up Your Internet Connection173................................................................................................................................................................
Web Browser Settings175................................................................................................................................................................
Setting the Browser Home175................................................................................................................................................................
Setting the Way the Browser Displays Web176................................................................................................................................................................
Saving Space by Setting the way the Browser Logs Viewing History177................................................................................................................................................................
Increasing Computer Speed by Limiting the Number of Open Internet Windows177................................................................................................................................................................
Using Accessibility Options for Visual Impairments178................................................................................................................................................................
Internet Security and Privacy178................................................................................................................................................................
Increasing Security for Your Computer While Accessing the Internet178................................................................................................................................................................
Viruses179................................................................................................................................................................
Firewalls180................................................................................................................................................................
Spyware and Malware182................................................................................................................................................................
Spam183................................................................................................................................................................
Phishing Scams183................................................................................................................................................................
Shopping Securely Over the Internet183................................................................................................................................................................
Controlling Pop-ups184................................................................................................................................................................
Controlling Unwanted Toolbars185................................................................................................................................................................
Content Advisory/Parental Controls185................................................................................................................................................................
Bookmarking Favorite Websites185................................................................................................................................................................
Searching for Information on the Internet186................................................................................................................................................................
Changing the Internet Communications Protocol TCP/IP) Settings187................................................................................................................................................................
Printing a Web187................................................................................................................................................................
Freeing up Space and Protecting Your Computer188................................................................................................................................................................
Clearing Browser History188................................................................................................................................................................
Deleting Temporary Internet Files188................................................................................................................................................................
Decreasing the Size of the Temporary Files Folder188................................................................................................................................................................
Maintaining Privacy by Blocking and Deleting Cookies189................................................................................................................................................................
E-mail191................................................................................................................................................................
Setting up a new E-mail Account191................................................................................................................................................................
Managing and Organizing E-mail Messages192................................................................................................................................................................
Securing Your E-mail194................................................................................................................................................................
Reducing Spam195................................................................................................................................................................
Viruses and Phishing196................................................................................................................................................................
Avoiding E-mail Attachments197................................................................................................................................................................
Viewing E-mail Messages197................................................................................................................................................................
Sending E-mail197................................................................................................................................................................
Creating a Contact Group (Mailing List)198................................................................................................................................................................
Backing Up E-mail Messages200................................................................................................................................................................
CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Disc™ Media204................................................................................................................................................................
Playing a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc Media204................................................................................................................................................................
Copying CD, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc Media205................................................................................................................................................................
Audio207................................................................................................................................................................
Setting up the 5.1 Audio Connections207................................................................................................................................................................
Laptop Media Devices (MP3 Players)208................................................................................................................................................................
Connecting a Laptop Media Device (MP3 Player to Your Computer208................................................................................................................................................................
Setting up the Laptop Media Device to Sync in Windows Media Player208................................................................................................................................................................
Setting up the Laptop Media Device the First Time209................................................................................................................................................................
Media Device209................................................................................................................................................................
Playing Media Using the Dell Travel Remote210................................................................................................................................................................
Adjusting the Volume on Your Computer210................................................................................................................................................................
Software210................................................................................................................................................................
Driver211................................................................................................................................................................
Setting up the Cyberlink (CL) Headphones211................................................................................................................................................................
Using a Digital Camera With Your Computer212................................................................................................................................................................
Using Windows Media Player212................................................................................................................................................................
Adjusting Display Settings215................................................................................................................................................................
Accessing a TV With Your Computer Using a TV Tuner Card215................................................................................................................................................................
Device215................................................................................................................................................................
Need217................................................................................................................................................................
Identifying the Connectors on Your Computer217................................................................................................................................................................
Identifying the Connectors on Your TV219................................................................................................................................................................
Determining the Combination of Cables and Adapters you Need219................................................................................................................................................................
Physically Connecting Your Computer to a TV or Audio Device222................................................................................................................................................................
Performing the Basic Connection Steps224................................................................................................................................................................
TV Menu Example227................................................................................................................................................................
Signal228................................................................................................................................................................
Evaluating Suggested Connection Configurations229................................................................................................................................................................
Enabling the Display View for the Computer and the TV239................................................................................................................................................................
Verify the Connection to the TV239................................................................................................................................................................
Verify the Input Signal for the TV239................................................................................................................................................................
Set up the TV as a Display Device239................................................................................................................................................................
Configure the Display Views240................................................................................................................................................................
Dual Independent Display Mode241................................................................................................................................................................
Swapping Primary and Secondary Displays242................................................................................................................................................................
Switching the Display Image242................................................................................................................................................................
Configuring Display Settings242................................................................................................................................................................
Setting Display Resolution With the Windows Display Properties Menu243................................................................................................................................................................
Properties Menu244................................................................................................................................................................
Accessing Additional Functions With the Advanced Button245................................................................................................................................................................
Accessing the Video Card Control Features245................................................................................................................................................................
Problems245................................................................................................................................................................
Adjusting Display Settings With the Vendor Video Card Control Panel246................................................................................................................................................................
Using the Wizards247................................................................................................................................................................
Using a Video Card Wizard to Configure Display Settings247................................................................................................................................................................
Settings248................................................................................................................................................................
Getting Help for Video Card Control Panels249................................................................................................................................................................
Troubleshooting Display Settings249................................................................................................................................................................
Where to Find Help249................................................................................................................................................................
Resolving Common Problems249................................................................................................................................................................
Security and Privacy251................................................................................................................................................................
Rights, User Groups, and Passwords251................................................................................................................................................................
Administrator Rights251................................................................................................................................................................
User Groups252................................................................................................................................................................
Passwords253................................................................................................................................................................
Smart Cards254................................................................................................................................................................
Fingerprint Readers254................................................................................................................................................................
Facial Recognition Software255................................................................................................................................................................
Using a Firewall to Secure Your Computer255................................................................................................................................................................
Turning On Windows Firewall255................................................................................................................................................................
Encrypting Files and Folders256................................................................................................................................................................
Using Antivirus Software256................................................................................................................................................................
Maintaining Security When Using a Public Wireless Network256................................................................................................................................................................
Reducing the Risk of Getting Computer Viruses257................................................................................................................................................................
Dealing With Cookies258................................................................................................................................................................
Blocking all Cookies258................................................................................................................................................................
Avoiding Spyware and Malware259................................................................................................................................................................
Remote Desktop261................................................................................................................................................................
Enabling Remote Desktop on the Host Computer261................................................................................................................................................................
Installing Remote Desktop Client Software262................................................................................................................................................................
Calling From a Remote Location262................................................................................................................................................................
Restoring Your Operating System265................................................................................................................................................................
Starting System Restore266................................................................................................................................................................
Undoing the Last System Restore266................................................................................................................................................................
Enabling System Restore267................................................................................................................................................................
Using Dell™ PC Restore and Dell Factory Image Restore267................................................................................................................................................................
Windows Vista: Dell Factory Image Restore268................................................................................................................................................................
Using the Operating System Media269................................................................................................................................................................
Before you Begin269................................................................................................................................................................
Reinstalling Windows XP or Windows Vista269................................................................................................................................................................
Troubleshooting Tools272................................................................................................................................................................
Power Lights for Desktop Computers273................................................................................................................................................................
Diagnostic Lights for Desktop Computers274................................................................................................................................................................
Diagnostic Lights for Laptop Computers275................................................................................................................................................................
System Messages for Desktop Computers275................................................................................................................................................................
System Messages for Laptop Computers276................................................................................................................................................................
Windows Hardware Troubleshooter280................................................................................................................................................................
Running the Dell Diagnostics281................................................................................................................................................................
Dell Support Center285................................................................................................................................................................
Solving Problems287................................................................................................................................................................
Battery Problems287................................................................................................................................................................
E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems289................................................................................................................................................................
Error Messages290................................................................................................................................................................
IEEE 1394 Device Problems291................................................................................................................................................................
Keyboard Problems for External Keyboards292................................................................................................................................................................
Lockups and Software Problems292................................................................................................................................................................
Memory Problems294................................................................................................................................................................
Mouse Problems295................................................................................................................................................................
Network Problems296................................................................................................................................................................
Power Problems296................................................................................................................................................................
Printer Problems298................................................................................................................................................................
Scanner Problems299................................................................................................................................................................
Sound and Speaker Problems299................................................................................................................................................................
Touch Pad or Mouse Problems for Laptop Computers301................................................................................................................................................................
Video and Monitor Problems302................................................................................................................................................................
Power Lights304................................................................................................................................................................
Dell Technical Update Service305................................................................................................................................................................
System Setup307................................................................................................................................................................
Program307................................................................................................................................................................
Entering the System Setup Program308................................................................................................................................................................
Working With Options on the System Setup Program Screen308................................................................................................................................................................
Changing the Boot Sequence309................................................................................................................................................................
Performing a One-Time Boot310................................................................................................................................................................
Changing Boot Sequence to a USB Device310................................................................................................................................................................
Changing the BIOS Settings310................................................................................................................................................................
Viewing the BIOS Settings311................................................................................................................................................................
Upgrading the BIOS (Flashing the BIOS)311................................................................................................................................................................
Ports313................................................................................................................................................................
USB Port313................................................................................................................................................................
IEEE 1394 Port314................................................................................................................................................................
RS232 Serial Port315................................................................................................................................................................
Parallel Port316................................................................................................................................................................
eSATA Port317................................................................................................................................................................
Modem318................................................................................................................................................................
Ethernet Port319................................................................................................................................................................
Keyboard and Mouse Port (PS2)320................................................................................................................................................................
VGA Port321................................................................................................................................................................
DVI-I Port322................................................................................................................................................................
S-Video TV-Out Port323................................................................................................................................................................
Component Video324................................................................................................................................................................
Composite Video325................................................................................................................................................................
HDMI Port326................................................................................................................................................................
DisplayPort327................................................................................................................................................................
S/PDIF Port (Coaxial RCA)328................................................................................................................................................................
S/PDIF Port (Toslink)328................................................................................................................................................................
Audio Ports329................................................................................................................................................................
Getting Help331................................................................................................................................................................
Obtaining Assistance331................................................................................................................................................................
Dell Support Service332................................................................................................................................................................
Technical Support and Customer Service332................................................................................................................................................................
DellConnect332................................................................................................................................................................
Online Services333................................................................................................................................................................
AutoTech Service334................................................................................................................................................................
Automated Order-Status Service334................................................................................................................................................................
Problems With Your Order334................................................................................................................................................................
Product Information334................................................................................................................................................................
Credit334................................................................................................................................................................
Before You Call335................................................................................................................................................................
Contacting Dell337................................................................................................................................................................
Dell Inspiron N4030 Setup Manual

Dell Inspiron N4030 Setup Manual (92 pages)

Dell Laptop Setup Guide  
Brand: Dell | Category: Laptop | Size: 1.46 MB
Table of contents
Table Of Contents5................................................................................................................................................................
Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop7................................................................................................................................................................
Before Setting Up Your Computer7................................................................................................................................................................
Connect the AC Adapter8................................................................................................................................................................
Connect the Network Cable (Optional)9................................................................................................................................................................
Press the Power Button10................................................................................................................................................................
Set Up the Operating System11................................................................................................................................................................
Enable or Disable Wireless (Optional)14................................................................................................................................................................
Connect to the Internet (Optional)16................................................................................................................................................................
Using Your Inspiron Laptop20................................................................................................................................................................
Right View Features20................................................................................................................................................................
Left View Features22................................................................................................................................................................
Front View Features24................................................................................................................................................................
Status Lights and Indicators26................................................................................................................................................................
Computer Base and Keyboard Features28................................................................................................................................................................
Touch Pad Gestures30................................................................................................................................................................
Multimedia Control Keys32................................................................................................................................................................
Using the Optical Drive34................................................................................................................................................................
Display Features36................................................................................................................................................................
Removing and Replacing the Battery38................................................................................................................................................................
Software Features40................................................................................................................................................................
Dell DataSafe Online Backup41................................................................................................................................................................
Dell Dock42................................................................................................................................................................
Solving Problems43................................................................................................................................................................
Beep Codes43................................................................................................................................................................
Network Problems44................................................................................................................................................................
Power Problems45................................................................................................................................................................
Memory Problems46................................................................................................................................................................
Lockups and Software Problems47................................................................................................................................................................
Using Support Tools50................................................................................................................................................................
Dell Support Center50................................................................................................................................................................
My Dell Downloads51................................................................................................................................................................
System Messages51................................................................................................................................................................
Hardware Troubleshooter53................................................................................................................................................................
Dell Diagnostics53................................................................................................................................................................
Restoring Your Operating System58................................................................................................................................................................
System Restore59................................................................................................................................................................
Dell DataSafe Local Backup60................................................................................................................................................................
System Recovery Media63................................................................................................................................................................
Dell Factory Image Restore64................................................................................................................................................................
Getting Help66................................................................................................................................................................
Service67................................................................................................................................................................
DellConnect67................................................................................................................................................................
Online Services68................................................................................................................................................................
Automated Order‑Status Service69................................................................................................................................................................
Product Information69................................................................................................................................................................
Warranty or for Credit70................................................................................................................................................................
Before You Call72................................................................................................................................................................
Contacting Dell74................................................................................................................................................................
and Resources76................................................................................................................................................................
Specifications78................................................................................................................................................................
Appendix85................................................................................................................................................................
Macrovision Product Notice85................................................................................................................................................................
Standard (Only for Mexico)86................................................................................................................................................................
Index87................................................................................................................................................................