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Dell Vostro 3250
Owner's Manual
Regulatory Model: D13S
Regulatory Type: D13S001

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    Dell Vostro 3250 Owner's Manual Regulatory Model: D13S Regulatory Type: D13S001...

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    WARNING: A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death. Copyright © 2015 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. This product is protected by U.S. and international copyright and intellectual property laws. Dell and the Dell logo are trademarks of Dell Inc.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents 1 Working on Your Computer................5 ....................5 Before Working Inside Your Computer ........................6 Turning Off Your Computer ....................7 After Working Inside Your Computer ..........................7 Removing the Cover ..........................8 Installing the Cover ........................8 Removing the Front Bezel ........................9 Installing the Front Bezel ....................

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    ........................32 Accessing System Setup .........................32 System Setup Options 4 Specifications...................... 36 5 Contacting Dell....................39...

  • Page 5: Working On Your Computer

    Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that came with the product.

  • Page 6: Turning Off Your Computer

    CAUTION: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your computer and then unplug the cable from the network device. Disconnect all network cables from the computer. Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets. Press and hold the power button while the computer is unplugged to ground the system board.

  • Page 7: After Working Inside Your Computer

    Connect any telephone or network cables to your computer. Connect your computer and all attached devices to their electrical outlets. Turn on your computer. If required, verify that the computer works correctly by running the Dell Diagnostics. Removing the Cover Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.

  • Page 8: Installing The Cover

    Figure 1. Installing the Cover Slide the cover from the back of the computer, until the latches snap-in. Tighten the screws to secure the cover. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer Removing the Front Bezel Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.

  • Page 9: Installing The Front Bezel

    Figure 2. Installing the Front Bezel Hold the bezel and ensure that the hooks on the bezel snap into the notches on the computer. Rotate the front bezel toward the computer. Press the front bezel until the tabs snap in. Install cover.

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    Figure 3. Follow the steps to remove the hard-drive assembly: a. Remove the screws that secure the hard drive to the drive bay [1]. b. Lift the drive bay handle [2] and slide it from the drive bay [3]. Figure 4. Follow the steps to remove hard-drive bracket: a.

  • Page 11: Installing The Hard-drive Assembly

    Figure 5. NOTE: Remove the hard-drive bracket only if you are replacing with a new hard drive. Otherwise, if hard drive removal is only a pre-requisite to remove other components, then ignore Step 5. Installing the Hard-Drive Assembly Slide the hard drive into the bracket. Tighten the screws to secure the hard drive to the bracket.

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    Figure 6. Follow the steps to remove the optical drive: a. Press the blue tab to loosen the optical drive [1]. b. Slide the optical drive [2] and lift it up to remove it from the chassis [3]. Figure 7. Follow the steps to remove the bracket from the optical drive.

  • Page 13: Installing The Optical Drive

    Figure 8. NOTE: Remove the optical-drive bracket only if you are replacing with a new optical drive. Otherwise, if optical drive removal is only a pre-requisite to remove other components, then ignore Step 5 and Step 6 Installing the Optical Drive Slide the optical drive into the drive bay until it snaps.

  • Page 14: Installing The Heatsink Fan Cover

    Figure 9. Installing the Heatsink Fan Cover Place the heatsink assembly in the slot by aligning with the screw holes. Tighten the screws to secure the heatsink assembly to the system board. Connect the heatsink-assembly cable to the system board. Install: optical drive hard-drive assembly...

  • Page 15: Installing The Heatsink Assembly

    Figure 10. Installing the Heatsink Assembly Place the heatsink assembly in the slot by aligning with the screw holes. Tighten the screws to secure the heatsink assembly to the system board. Connect the heatsink-assembly cable to the system board. Install: heatsink-fan cover optical drive hard-drive assembly...

  • Page 16: Installing The Memory

    Figure 11. Installing the Memory Align the notch on the memory card with the tab in the memory connector. Insert the memory module into the memory socket and press until it clicks into place Install the cover. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer.

  • Page 17: Installing The Power Supply Unit (psu)

    b. Press the blue PSU release tab to release the PSU. [2] c. Lift and remove the PSU from the computer. [3] Installing the Power Supply Unit (PSU) Slide the PSU towards the back of the computer until it snaps into place. Replace the screws to secure the power supply unit to the computer.

  • Page 18: Installing The System Fan

    Remove the screws that secure the system fan to the computer chassis and remove it from the computer. [1,2] Installing the System Fan Place the system fan on the computer Tighten the screws to secure the system fan to the computer. Connect the system-fan cable to the connector on the system board.

  • Page 19: Removing The Wlan Card

    Removing the WLAN Card Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer. Remove: cover front bezel hard-drive assembly optical drive Perform the following steps to remove the WLAN card from the computer: a. Remove the screw to release the plastic tab that secures the WLAN card to the computer. [1][2] b.

  • Page 20: Installing The Coin-cell Battery

    Figure 12. Installing the Coin-Cell Battery Place the coin-cell battery into its slot on the system board. Press the coin-cell battery downward until the release latch springs back into place and secures it. Install: optical drive hard-drive assembly front bezel cover Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your...

  • Page 21: Installing The Expansion Card

    Installing the Expansion Card Insert the expansion card in its connector on the system board. Secure the expansion card by pushing the card-retention latch until it snaps into place. Push the metal tab until it snaps in place to secure the expansion card. Close the front-bezel door Install: front bezel...

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    Figure 13. Follow the steps to release the I/O panel: a. Remove the screw that secures the I/O panel to the chassis [1]. b. Press the tab to release the I/O panel from the chassis [2]. c. Pull the I/O panel to release the I/O panel. Figure 14.

  • Page 23: Installing The System Board

    Figure 15. Installing the System Board Insert the system board and ensure that ports are aligned to the holes on the back panel. Push the I/O panel to its original position until it snaps in. Tighten the screw to secure the I/O panel to the chassis. Connect the cables to the system board.

  • Page 24: System Board Layout

    System Board Layout Figure 16. SD card connector Headset jack USB 3.0 connector USB 3.0 connector Light Bar connector System FAN connector SATA power connector SATA connector SATA connector 10. FPSU connector 11. SATA connector 12. PCIex16 slot 13. PCIex1 slot 14.

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    16. Network connector 17. USB 2.0 connector 18. USB2 3.0 connector 19. HDMI connector 20. Line-in, line-out and microphone connectors 21. Processor socket 22. CPU fan connector 23. PSU connector 24. Memory slot 25. NGFF cslot 26. power-switch connector 27. Coin-cell battery connector...

  • Page 26: Troubleshooting Your Computer

    Troubleshooting Your Computer You can troubleshoot your computer using indicators like Diagnostic Lights, Beep Codes, and Error Messages during the operation of the computer. Diagnostic Power LED Codes Table 1. Diagnostic power LED codes Power Possible Cause Troubleshooting Steps LED Light Status •...

  • Page 27: Diagnostic Error Messages

    DISK C: FAILED INITIALIZATION The hard drive failed initialization. Run the hard drive tests in the Dell Diagnostics. DRIVE NOT READY The operation requires a hard drive in the bay before it can continue. Install a hard drive in the hard drive bay.

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    Then, shut down the computer, reinstall the hard drive, and restart the computer. If the problem persists, try another drive. Run the Hard Disk Drive tests in the Dell Diagnostics. HARD-DISK DRIVE FAILURE The hard drive does not respond to commands from the computer.

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    For external keyboards or keypads, check the cable connection. Restart the computer, and avoid touching the keyboard or keys during the boot routine. Run the Stuck Key test in the Dell Diagnostics. LICENSED CONTENT IS NOT ACCESSIBLE IN Dell MediaDirect cannot verify the Digital Rights...

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    TIMER CHIP COUNTER 2 FAILED A chip on the system board may be malfunctioning. Run the System Set tests in the Dell Diagnostics. UNEXPECTED INTERRUPT IN PROTECTED MODE The keyboard controller may be malfunctioning, or a memory module may be loose. Run the System...

  • Page 31: System Error Messages

    S.M.A.R.T error, possible hard disk drive failure. has reported that a parameter has exceeded its normal operating range. Dell recommends that you back up your data regularly. A parameter out of range may or may not indicate a potential hard...

  • Page 32: System Setup Overview

    Accessing System Setup Turn on (or restart) your computer. After the white Dell logo appears, press <F2> or <F12> immediately. The System Setup page displays. NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the desktop.

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    SATA 0 Displays the model number and capacity of the hard drive. SATA 1 Displays the model number and capacity of the hard drive. AC Adapter Type Displays the type of adapter. System Memory Displays the size of the memory installed. Memory Speed Displays the speed of the memory installed Table 5.

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    Auto Power On Mode: Allows you to select the day (Default: disabled) Auto Power On Date: Allows you to select the date Auto Power On Time: Allows you to select the time SMART Settings Allows you to enable to enable or disable the SMART feature.

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    File Browser Add Boot Option and File Browser Del Boot Option are enabled Secure Boot Allows you to enable or disable the Secure Boot control. Default: Enabled Legacy Option ROMs Allows you to load the legacy option ROMs. Default: Disabled Boot Option Priorities Displays the boot option priorities.

  • Page 36: Specifications

    Specifications NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. The following specifications are only those required by law to ship with your computer. For more information about the configuration of your computer, go to Help and Support in your Windows operating system and select the option to view information about your computer.

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    Table 15. — Expansion Bus Bus speed SATA 6 Gbps for hard drive; 3 Gbps for optical drive USB 2.0 480 Mbps USB 3.0 5 Gbps Table 16. — Expansion Bus Bus speed SATA 6 Gbps for hard drive; 3 Gbps for optical drive USB 2.0 480 Mbps USB 3.0...

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    Memory-card reader Table 20. — Control Lights And Diagnostic Lights • white light — solid white light indicates power- power button light on state. • blinking white light — solid white light indicates sleep state of the computer; steady / blinking amber light indicates a problem with the system board.

  • Page 39: 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 dell.com/support.

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