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Dell™ Inspiron™ 1521 Owner's Manual
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  • Page 1 Dell™ Inspiron™ 1521 Owner’s Manual w w w . d e l l . c o m | s u p p o r t . d e l l . c o m Model PP22L...
  • Page 2 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.; Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is used by Dell under license.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Finding Information About Your Computer Determining Your Computer’s Configuration Front View Left Side View Right Side View Back View Bottom View Setting Up Your Computer Connecting to the Internet Setting Up Your Internet Connection Transferring Information to a New Computer Windows Easy Transfer Setting Up a Printer Printer Cable...
  • Page 4 System Functions Display Functions Battery Power Management Microsoft® Windows® Logo Key Functions Dell™ QuickSet Key Combinations Adjusting Keyboard Settings Touch Pad Customizing the Touch Pad Contents ....
  • Page 5 Using a Battery Battery Performance Checking the Battery Charge Dell QuickSet Battery Meter ® Microsoft Charge Gauge Low-Battery Warning Conserving Battery Power Configuring Power Management Settings Using the Sleep Power State Charging the Battery Replacing the Battery Storing a Battery...
  • Page 6 Connecting Your Computer to a TV or Audio Device S-Video and Standard Audio S-Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio Composite Video and Standard Audio Composite Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio Component Video and Standard Audio Component Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio Enabling the Display Settings for a TV Using ExpressCards ExpressCard Blanks...
  • Page 7 ..... . What You Need to Establish a Mobile Broadband Network Connection Checking Your Dell Mobile Broadband Card Connecting to a Mobile Broadband Network Enabling/Disabling the Dell Mobile Broadband Card Dell Wi-Fi Catcher™...
  • Page 8 The computer stops responding A program stops responding or crashes repeatedly A program is designed for an earlier Microsoft Windows A solid blue screen appears Dell MediaDirect problems Other software problems Memory Problems Network Problems Mobile Broadband (Wireless Wide Area Network [WWAN])
  • Page 9 ......Restoring Your Operating System Using Microsoft Windows System Restore Using Dell PC Restore by Symantec Using the Operating System Media 12 Adding and Replacing Parts...
  • Page 10 ....Returning a Hard Drive to Dell ..... . .
  • Page 11 Removing the Card Replacing the Card Coin-Cell Battery Removing the Coin-Cell Battery Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery 13 Dell™ QuickSet Features 14 Traveling With Your Computer Identifying Your Computer Packing the Computer Travel Tips ......
  • Page 12 17 Appendix Using the System Setup Program Cleaning Your Computer Dell Technical Support Policy (U.S. Only) FCC Notice (U.S. Only) Macrovision Product Notice Glossary ......193 Index .
  • Page 13: Finding Information

    Drivers and Utilities media to reinstall drivers (see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on page 127) or run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 99). Readme files may be included on your Drivers and Utilities media to provide...
  • Page 14 • How to set up my computer • Service Tag and Express Service Code ® • Microsoft Windows Finding Information Find It Here Dell™ Product Information Guide Setup Diagram Service Tag and Microsoft Windows ® Product Key Product Key These labels are located on your computer.
  • Page 15 • Service and support — Service call status, support history, service contract, and online discussions with support • Dell Technical Update Service — Proactive e-mail notification of software and hardware updates for your computer • Reference — Computer...
  • Page 16 Dell QuickSet Finding Information Find It Here Dell Support Utility The Dell Support Utility is an automated upgrade and notification system installed on your computer. This support provides real-time health scans of your computing environment, software updates, and relevant self-support information.
  • Page 17 Microsoft Windows System Restore returns your computer to an earlier operating state without affecting data files. • Dell PC Restore — Dell PC Restore returns your computer to its original operating state. Dell PC Restore may not ship with your computer.
  • Page 18 Finding Information...
  • Page 19: About Your Computer

    About Your Computer Determining Your Computer’s Configuration Based on selections that you made when purchasing your computer, your computer has one of several different video controller configurations. To determine your computer’s video controller configuration: 1 Click Start , and then click Help and Support. 2 Under Pick a Task, click Use Tools to view your computer information and diagnose problems.
  • Page 20: Front View

    Front View camera indicator (optional) display latch power button device status lights consumer IR touch pad buttons keyboard status lights About Your Computer camera (optional) display keyboard touch pad media control buttons Dell™ MediaDirect™ button digital array microphones...
  • Page 21: Display Latch

    C A M E R A I N D I C A T O R — Indicates that the camera is on. Based on configuration selections you made when ordering your computer, your computer may not include a camera. C A M E R A —...
  • Page 22: Device Status Lights

    D E V I C E S T A T U S L I G H T S The blue lights located to the right of the keyboard indicate the following: Power light – Turns on when you turn on the computer, and blinks when the computer is in a power management mode.
  • Page 23: Touch Pad Buttons

    ® Bluetooth status light – Turns on when a card with Bluetooth wireless technology is enabled. NOTE: The card with Bluetooth wireless technology is an optional feature. light turns on only if you ordered the card with your computer. For more information, see the documentation that came with your card.
  • Page 24: Digital Array Microphones

    ™ M ™ Dell MediaDirect (see "Using Dell MediaDirect™" on page 60). K E Y B O A R D S T A T U S L I G H T S The blue lights located above the keyboard indicate the following: Turns on when the numeric keypad is enabled.
  • Page 25: Left Side View

    W I R E L E S S S W I T C H — When enabled through Dell QuickSet, this switch can scan for a wireless local area network (WLAN) in your vicinity. You can also use it to rapidly turn off or on any wireless devices such as WLAN cards and internal cards with Bluetooth wireless technology (see "Dell Wi-Fi Catcher™...
  • Page 26 Wi-Fi Catcher light CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air vents. Do not store your computer in a low-airflow environment, such as a closed briefcase, while it is running. Restricting the airflow can damage the computer or cause a fire.
  • Page 27: Right Side View

    Right Side View battery status light power light eject button IEEE 1394 connector network connector (RJ-45) O P T I C A L D R I V E — For more information about the optical drive, see "Using Multimedia" on page 55. E J E C T B U T T O N —...
  • Page 28: Back View

    V I D E O C O N N E C T O R N E T W O R K C O N N E C T O R (RJ-45) U S B C O N N E C T O R S Back View S-video TV-out connector AC adapter connector...
  • Page 29 V I D E O O U T C O N N E C T O R Connects your computer to a TV. Also connects digital audio-capable devices using the TV/digital audio adapter cable. U S B C O N N E C T O R S Connect USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, or printer.
  • Page 30: Bottom View

    M O D E M C O N N E C T O R (RJ-11) Bottom View left speaker consumer IR wireless mini card compartment About Your Computer Connect the telephone line to the modem connector. For information on using the modem, see the online modem documentation supplied with your computer.
  • Page 31 battery charge/health gauge L E F T S P E A K E R — To adjust the volume of the integrated speaker, press the volume control buttons or the mute button. M E M O R Y M O D U L E C O I N C E L L B A T T E R Y C O M P A R T M E N T contains the DIMM B memory module and the coin-cell battery.
  • Page 32 About Your Computer...
  • Page 33: Setting Up Your Computer

    Setting Up Your Computer Connecting to the Internet NOTE: ISPs and ISP offerings vary by country. To connect to the Internet, you need a modem or network connection and an Internet service provider (ISP). Your ISP will offer one or more of the following Internet connection options: •...
  • Page 34: Setting Up Your Internet Connection

    Setting Up Your Internet Connection To set up an Internet connection with a provided ISP desktop shortcut: 1 Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs. 2 Double-click the ISP icon on the Microsoft 3 Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup. NOTE: If you are having problems connecting to the Internet, see "E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems"...
  • Page 35: Transferring Information To A New Computer

    Transferring Information to a New Computer You can transfer the following types of data from one computer to another: • E-mail messages • Toolbar settings • Window sizes • Internet bookmarks Use one of the following methods for transferring data: •...
  • Page 36: Printer Cable

    Printer Cable Your printer connects to your computer with a USB cable. Your printer may not come with a printer cable, so if you purchase a cable separately, ensure that it is compatible with your printer and computer. If you purchased a printer cable at the same time you purchased your computer, the cable may arrive in the computer’s shipping box.
  • Page 37: Power Protection Devices

    3 Turn on the printer, and then turn on the computer. If the Add New Hardware Wizard window appears, click Cancel. 4 Click Start , and then click Network. 5 Click Add a printer to start the Add Printer Wizard. NOTE: To install the printer driver, see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities"...
  • Page 38: Line Conditioners

    Line Conditioners NOTICE: Line conditioners do not protect against power interruptions. Line conditioners are designed to maintain AC voltage at a fairly constant level. Uninterruptible Power Supplies NOTICE: Loss of power while data is being saved to the hard drive may result in data loss or file damage.
  • Page 39: Using The Display

    Using the Display Adjusting Brightness When a Dell™ computer is running on battery power, you can conserve power by setting the display brightness to the lowest comfortable level. • Press <Fn> and the up-arrow key to increase brightness on the integrated display only (not on an external monitor).
  • Page 40 NOTE: Use only the Dell-installed video drivers, which are designed to offer the best performance with your Dell-installed operating system. If you choose a resolution or color palette that is higher than the display supports, the settings adjust automatically to the closest supported values.
  • Page 41: Using The Keyboard And Touchpad

    Using the Keyboard and Touchpad Numeric Keypad numeric keypad The numeric keypad functions like the numeric keypad on an external keyboard. Each key on the keypad has multiple functions. The keypad numbers and symbols are marked in blue on the right of the keypad keys. To type a number or symbol, hold down <Fn>...
  • Page 42: Key Combinations

    Increases brightness on the integrated display only (not on an external monitor). Decreases brightness on the integrated display only (not on an external monitor). Displays the Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter (see "Dell QuickSet Battery Meter" on page 48). Activates a power management mode. You can...
  • Page 43: Microsoft® Windows® Logo Key Functions

    Windows logo key and <Pause> Opens the System Properties dialog box. Dell™ QuickSet Key Combinations If Dell QuickSet is installed, you can use other shortcut keys for functions such as the Battery Meter or activating power management modes. For more information about Dell QuickSet key combinations, right-click the QuickSet icon in the notification area, and then click Help.
  • Page 44: Customizing The Touch Pad

    touch pad • To move the cursor, lightly slide your finger over the touch pad. • To select an object, lightly tap once on the surface of the touch pad or use your thumb to press the left touch pad button. •...
  • Page 45 3 Click Keyboard. 4 In the Mouse Properties window: • Click the Device Select tab to disable the touch pad. • Click the Touch Pad tab to adjust touch pad settings. 5 Click OK to save the settings and close the window. Using the Keyboard and Touchpad...
  • Page 46 Using the Keyboard and Touchpad...
  • Page 47: Using A Battery

    Using a Battery Battery Performance NOTE: For information about the Dell warranty for your computer, see the Product Information Guide or separate paper warranty document that shipped with your computer. For optimal computer performance and to help preserve BIOS settings, operate your Dell™...
  • Page 48: Checking The Battery Charge

    Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or explosion. Replace the battery only with a compatible battery purchased from Dell. The battery is designed to work with your Dell computer. Do not use batteries from other computers with your computer.
  • Page 49: Microsoft ® Windows ® Battery Meter

    You can check battery health in one of two ways: by using the charge gauge on the battery, as described below, and by using the Battery Meter in Dell QuickSet. For information about QuickSet, right-click the QuickSet icon in the notification area, and then click Help.
  • Page 50: Low-Battery Warning

    90 percent depleted. The computer enters Sleep state when the battery charge is at a critically low level. You can change the settings for the battery alarms in Dell QuickSet or the Power Options window (see "Configuring Power Management Settings" on page 50).
  • Page 51: Using The Sleep Power State

    To enter Sleep state: • Click Start , click • Depending on how you set the power management options in the Windows Power Options or Dell QuickSet, use one of the following methods: • Press the power button. • Close the display.
  • Page 52: Replacing The Battery

    Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or explosion. Replace the battery only with a compatible battery purchased from Dell. The battery is designed to work with your Dell computer. Do not use batteries from other computers with your computer.
  • Page 53: Storing A Battery

    4 Slide and click the battery release latches to keep them open. 5 Slide the battery out of the bay. battery To replace the battery, follow the removal procedure in reverse order. Storing a Battery Remove the battery when you store your computer for an extended period of time.
  • Page 54 Using a Battery...
  • Page 55: Using Multimedia

    Using Multimedia Playing Media NOTICE: Do not press down on the optical drive tray when you open or close it. Keep the tray closed when you are not using the drive. NOTICE: Do not move the computer while playing media. 1 Press the eject button on the front of the drive.
  • Page 56: Copying Cd And Dvd Media

    A CD player includes the following basic buttons: A DVD player includes the following basic buttons: For more information on playing media, click Help on the media player (if available). Copying CD and DVD Media This section applies only to computers that have a DVD+/-RW drive. NOTE: Ensure that you observe all copyright laws when copying media.
  • Page 57: How To Copy A Cd Or Dvd

    NOTE: The types of optical drives offered by Dell may vary by country. The following instructions explain how to make an exact copy of a CD or DVD using Roxio Creator. You can also use Roxio Creator for other purposes, such as creating music CDs from audio files stored on your computer or backing up important data.
  • Page 58: Helpful Tips

    Blank DVD+/-R media can be used to permanently store large amounts of information. After you create a DVD+/-R, you may not be able to write to that disc again if the disc is finalized or closed during the final stage of the disc creation process.
  • Page 59: Adjusting The Volume

    • Use a blank CD-RW to practice CD recording until you are familiar with CD recording techniques. If you make a mistake, you can erase the data on the CD-RW and try again. You can also use blank CD-RWs to test music file projects before you record the project permanently to a blank CD-R.
  • Page 60: Using Dell Mediadirect

    Press the Dell MediaDirect button, located on the hinge cover, to launch Dell MediaDirect. When your computer is turned off or in Sleep state, you can press the Dell MediaDirect button to start the computer and automatically launch the Dell MediaDirect application.
  • Page 61: Connecting Your Computer To A Tv Or Audio Device

    Your computer has an S-video TV-out connector that, together with a standard S-video cable, a composite video adapter cable, or a component video adapter cable (available from Dell), enable you to connect the computer to a TV. Your TV has either an S-video input connector, a composite video-input connector, or a component video-input connector.
  • Page 62 S-video TV-out connector S/PDIF digital audio connector Pb (blue) component video-output connector If you want to connect your computer to a TV or audio device, it is recommended that you connect video and audio cables to your computer in one of the following combinations: •...
  • Page 63: S-Video And Standard Audio

    S-Video and Standard Audio audio connector standard S-video cable 1 Turn off the computer and the TV and/or audio device that you want to connect. NOTE: If your TV or audio device supports S-video but not S/PDIF digital audio, you can connect an S-video cable directly to the S-video TV-out connector on the computer (without the TV/digital audio adapter cable).
  • Page 64: S-Video And S/Pdif Digital Audio

    4 Plug the single-connector end of the audio cable into the headphone connector on your computer. 5 Plug the two RCA connectors on the other end of the audio cable into the audio input connectors on your TV or other audio device. 6 Turn on the TV and any audio device that you connected (if applicable), and then turn on the computer.
  • Page 65 composite video adapter S/PDIF digital audio cable 1 Turn off the computer and the TV and/or the audio device that you want to connect. 2 Connect the composite video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on your computer. 3 Plug one end of the S-video cable into the S-video output connector on the composite video adapter.
  • Page 66: Composite Video And Standard Audio

    composite video adapter 6 Plug the other end of the S/PDIF digital audio cable into the audio input connector on your TV or audio device. 7 Turn on the TV, turn on any audio device that you connected (if applicable), and then turn on the computer. 8 See "Enabling the Display Settings for a TV"...
  • Page 67 composite video adapter standard audio cable 1 Turn off the computer and the TV and/or audio device that you want to connect. 2 Connect the composite video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on your computer. 3 Plug one end of the composite video cable into the composite video- output connector on the composite video adapter.
  • Page 68: Composite Video And S/Pdif Digital Audio

    5 Plug the single-connector end of the audio cable into the headphone connector on the computer. 6 Plug the two RCA connectors on the other end of the audio cable into the audio input connectors on your TV or other audio device. 7 Turn on the TV, turn on any audio device that you connected (if applicable), and then turn on the computer.
  • Page 69 composite video adapter standard audio cable 1 Turn off the computer and the TV and/or audio device that you want to connect. 2 Connect the composite video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on the computer. 3 Plug one end of the composite video cable into the composite video-input connector on the composite video adapter.
  • Page 70: Component Video And Standard Audio

    composite video adapter 6 Plug the other end of the digital audio cable into the S/PDIF input connector on your TV or other audio device. 7 Turn on the TV, turn on any audio device that you connected (if applicable), and then turn on the computer. 8 See "Enabling the Display Settings for a TV"...
  • Page 71 component video adapter standard audio cable 1 Turn off the computer and the TV and/or audio device that you want to connect. 2 Connect the component video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on your computer. 3 Plug all three ends of the component video cable into the component video-output connectors on the component video adapter.
  • Page 72 component video adapter 4 Plug all three connectors from the other end of the component video cable into the component video-input connectors on the TV. Make sure that the red, green, and blue colors of the cable match the colors of the TV input connectors.
  • Page 73: Component Video And S/Pdif Digital Audio

    Component Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio S-video TV-out connector component video adapter Using Multimedia...
  • Page 74 component video adapter standard audio cable 1 Turn off the computer and the TV and/or audio device that you want to connect. 2 Connect the component video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on the computer. 3 Plug all three ends of the component video cable into the component video-output connectors on the component video adapter.
  • Page 75 component video adapter component video cable 4 Plug all three connectors from the other end of the component video cable into the component video-input connectors on the TV. Make sure that the red, green, and blue colors of the cable match the colors of the TV input connectors.
  • Page 76: Enabling The Display Settings For A Tv

    Enabling S/PDIF Digital Audio 1 Double-click the speaker icon in the Windows notification area. 2 Click the Options menu and then click Advanced Controls. 3 Click Advanced. 4 Click S/PDIF Interface. 5 Click Close. 6 Click OK. Enabling the Display Settings for a TV NOTE: To ensure that the display options appear correctly, connect the TV to the computer before you enable the display settings.
  • Page 77: Using Expresscards

    Using ExpressCards ExpressCards provide additional memory, wired and wireless communications, multimedia and security features. For example, you can add an ExpressCard to make wireless wide area network (WWAN) connectivity available on your computer. ExpressCards support two form factors: • ExpressCard/34 (34 mm wide) •...
  • Page 78: Installing An Expresscard

    Remove the blank before installing an ExpressCard. To remove the blank, see "Removing an ExpressCard or Blank" on page 79. Installing an ExpressCard You can install an ExpressCard while the computer is running. The computer automatically detects the card. ExpressCards are generally marked with a symbol (such as a triangle or an arrow) or a label to indicate which end to insert into the slot.
  • Page 79: Removing An Expresscard Or Blank

    The computer recognizes the ExpressCard and automatically loads the appropriate device driver. If the configuration program tells you to load the manufacturer's drivers, use the media that came with the ExpressCard. Removing an ExpressCard or Blank CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
  • Page 80 Using ExpressCards...
  • Page 81: Using The Memory Card Reader

    Using the Memory Card Reader The memory card reader provides a fast and convenient way to view and share digital photos, music, and videos stored on a memory card. NOTE: A memory card is not a bootable device. The 8-in-1 memory card reader reads the following memory cards: •...
  • Page 82 CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. To install a memory card: 1 Hold the card with the top side of the card facing up. 2 Slide the card into the slot until the card is completely seated in its connector.
  • Page 83: Removing A Memory Card Or Blank

    Removing a Memory Card or Blank CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. NOTICE: Use the memory card configuration utility (click the notification area) to select a card and stop it from functioning before you remove it from the computer.
  • Page 84 Using the Memory Card Reader...
  • Page 85: Setting Up And Using Networks

    Setting Up and Using Networks Setting up a computer network provides connectivity between your computer and the Internet, another computer, or a network. For example, with a network set up in a home or small office you can print to a shared printer, access drives and files on another computer, browse other networks, or access the Internet.
  • Page 86: Setting Up A Network

    Setting Up a Network 1 Click Start , and then click Connect To. 2 Click Set up a connection or network. 3 Select an option under Choose a connection option. 4 Click Next, and then follow the instructions in the wizard. Wireless Local Area Network A wireless local area network (WLAN) is a series of interconnected computers that communicate with each other over the air waves rather than through a...
  • Page 87: Checking Your Wireless Network Card

    • A wireless router or access point • A wireless network card for each computer that you want to connect to your WLAN • A network cable with a network (RJ-45) connector Checking Your Wireless Network Card Depending on what you selected when you purchased your computer, the computer has a variety of configurations.
  • Page 88: Setting Up A New Wlan Using A Wireless Router And A Broadband Modem

    Setting Up a New WLAN Using a Wireless Router and a Broadband Modem 1 Contact your Internet service provider (ISP) to obtain specific information about the connection requirements for your broadband modem. 2 Ensure that you have wired Internet access through your broadband modem before you attempt to set up a wireless Internet connection (see "Connecting a Network or Broadband Modem Cable"...
  • Page 89: Connecting To A Wlan

    If the software is removed or corrupted, follow the instructions in the user documentation for your wireless network card. Verify the type of wireless network card installed in your computer and then search for that name on the Dell™ Support website at support.dell.com. For information on the type of wireless network card that is installed in your computer, see "Checking Your Wireless Network Card"...
  • Page 90: Mobile Broadband (Or Wireless Wide Area Network)

    NOTE: If you select a secure network, you must enter a WEP or WPA key when prompted. Network security settings are unique to your network. Dell cannot provide this information. NOTE: Your computer can take up to 1 minute to connect to the network.
  • Page 91: What You Need To Establish A Mobile Broadband Network Connection

    If the utility is corrupted or deleted from your computer, see the Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility user’s guide in Windows Help and Support (click Start media that accompanied your card if you purchased it separately from your computer.
  • Page 92: Connecting To A Mobile Broadband Network

    Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility, see the user's guide available through Windows Help and Support (click Start and Support). The user's guide is also available on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com and on the media included with your Mobile Broadband card if you purchased the card separately from your computer.
  • Page 93: Enabling/Disabling The Dell Mobile Broadband Card

    Mobile Broadband card. If the switch is in the off position, move the switch to the on position to enable the switch and the Dell Mobile Broadband card. For information about the wireless switch positions, see "wireless switch"...
  • Page 94 Setting Up and Using Networks...
  • Page 95: Securing Your Computer

    Your computer does not ship with a security cable lock. A security cable lock is a commercially available antitheft device. To use the lock, attach it to the security cable slot on your Dell computer. For more information, see the instructions included with the device.
  • Page 96: If Your Computer Is Lost Or Stolen

    For more information, see your Windows documentation. If you forget any of your passwords, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 175). For your protection, Dell technical support staff will ask you for proof of your identity to ensure that only an authorized person can use the computer.
  • Page 97 Dell for technical assistance and gives your Service Tag, the computer is identified automatically as missing or stolen. The representative will attempt to get the phone number and address of the caller. Dell will then contact the law enforcement agency to which you reported the missing computer.
  • Page 98 Securing Your Computer...
  • Page 99: Troubleshooting

    (see "Using the System Setup Program" on page 185). Start the Dell Diagnostics from your hard drive or from your Drivers and Utilities media (see "Drivers and Utilities Media" on page 13).
  • Page 100 If the Pre-boot System Assessment completes successfully, you receive the message Booting Dell Diagnostic Utility Partition. Press any key to continue. 4 Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics from the diagnostics utility partition on your hard drive. Starting the Dell Diagnostics From the Drivers and Utilities Media 1 Insert your Drivers and Utilities media.
  • Page 101 Write down any error codes and problem descriptions exactly as they appear and follow the instructions on the screen. 9 After all tests have completed, close the test window to return to the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu. 10 Remove your Drivers and Utilities media, then close the Main Menu window to exit the Dell Diagnostics and restart the computer.
  • Page 102 Write down the error code and problem description exactly as it appears and follow the instructions on the screen. If you cannot resolve the problem, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 175).
  • Page 103: Dell Support Utility

    Help Configuration Parameters Dell Support Utility The Dell Support Utility is customized for your computing environment. This utility provides self-support information, software updates, and health scans for your computer. Use this utility to do the following: • Check your computing environment •...
  • Page 104: Drive Problems

    • Click the Start Settings. Ensure that the Show icon on the taskbar option is checked. NOTE: If the Dell Support Utility is not available from the Start menu, go to support.dell.com and download the software. Drive Problems CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
  • Page 105: Optical Drive Problems

    M E D I A I S S N A P P E D O N T O T H E S P I N D L E See "Troubleshooting Software — See "Dell Diagnostics" on page 99. — CD-RW and DVD+/-RW drives must receive a —...
  • Page 106: Hard Drive Problems

    Hard drive problems L L O W T H E C O M P U T E R T O C O O L B E F O R E T U R N I N G I T O N prevent the operating system from starting.
  • Page 107 Internet, your computer might be infected with spyware. Use an anti-virus program that includes anti-spyware protection (your program may require an upgrade) to scan the computer and remove spyware. For more information, go to support.dell.com and search for the keyword spyware. Click the Start —...
  • Page 108: Error Messages

    F A I L E D I N I T I A L I Z A T I O N hard drive tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 99). R I V E N O T R E A D Y —...
  • Page 109 "Hard Drive" on page 139), and boot the computer from a CD. 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 (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 99).
  • Page 110 E Y B O A R D S T U C K K E Y F A I L U R E cable connection. Restart the computer, and avoid touching the keyboard or keys during the boot routine. Run the Stuck Key test in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 99).
  • Page 111 P E R A T I N G S YS T E M N O T F O U N D on page 139). If the problem persists, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 175).
  • Page 112 H U T D O W N F A I L U R E — Run the System Set tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 99). I M E D A Y C L O C K L O S T P O W E R corrupted.
  • Page 113: Expresscard Problems

    F Y O U H A V E P R O B L E M S W I T H A Dell or the IEEE 1394 device manufacturer (see "Contacting Dell" on page 175). The battery is running out of —...
  • Page 114: Keyboard Problems

    F Y O U H A V E P R O B L E M S W I T H A N Contact Dell or the IEEE 1394 device manufacturer (see "Contacting Dell" on page 175). Ensure that the IEEE 1394 device is properly inserted into the connector.
  • Page 115: Unexpected Characters

    U N T H E K E Y B O A R D D I A G N O S T I C S T E S T S Keyboards tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 99). If the tests indicate a defective external keyboard, contact Dell (see "Contacting...
  • Page 116: A Program Stops Responding Or Crashes Repeatedly

    H E C K T H E E L L E D I A menu to access Dell MediaDirect Help. O P L A Y M O V I E S W I T H Troubleshooting If you are unable to get a response by pressing a —...
  • Page 117: Other Software Problems

    NOTICE: You cannot reinstall the Dell MediaDirect feature if you voluntarily reformat the hard drive. Contact Dell for assistance (see "Contacting Dell" on page 175). Other software problems H E C K T H E S O F T W A R E D O C U M E N T A T I O N O R C O N T A C T T H E S O F T W A R E M A N U F A C T U R E R F O R T R O U B L E S H O O T I N G I N F O R M A T I O N •...
  • Page 118: Memory Problems

    U N T H E E L L I A G N O S T I C S is related to a software problem (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 99). Memory Problems Fill out the "Diagnostics Checklist" on page 174 as you complete these checks.
  • Page 119: Network Problems

    Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility. To access the utility, double-click the at the lower-right corner of your screen. If your ExpressCard is not a Dell- branded card, see the manufacturer’s instructions for your card. H E C K N E T W O R K C O N N E C T I O N S T A T U S I N T H E...
  • Page 120: Power Problems

    If the battery status light rapidly flashes Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 175). H E C K T H E B A T T E R Y T E M P E R A T U R E (32°F), the computer will not start.
  • Page 121: Printer Problems

    H E C K T H E A D A P T E R AC adapter has a light, ensure that the light is on. O N N E C T T H E C O M P U T E R D I R E C T L Y T O A N E L E C T R I C A L O U T L E T protection devices, power strips, and extension cables to verify that the computer turns on.
  • Page 122: Scanner Problems

    3 Click Properties, and then click the Ports tab. For a parallel printer, ensure that the Print to the following port(s): setting is LPT1 (Printer Port). For a USB printer, ensure that the Print to the following port(s): setting is USB.
  • Page 123: No Sound From Integrated Speakers

    Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by — Turn off nearby fans, fluorescent lights, — See "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on — See "Dell Diagnostics" on page 99. — Ensure that the headphone — Press <Fn><End> to See the —...
  • Page 124: Touch Pad Or Mouse Problems

    E S T T H E M O U S E C O N T R O L L E R pointer movement) and the operation of the touch pad or mouse buttons, run the Mouse test in the Pointing Devices test group in the "Dell Diagnostics" on page 99.
  • Page 125: Video And Display Problems

    Video and Display Problems Fill out the "Diagnostics Checklist" on page 174 as you complete these checks. CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. If the display is blank NOTE: If you are using a program that requires a higher resolution than your computer supports, it is recommended that you attach an external monitor to your...
  • Page 126: If Only Part Of The Display Is Readable

    I D E O D I A G N O S T I C S T E S T S still have a display problem, but the display is not completely blank, run the Video device group in the "Dell Diagnostics" on page 99, then contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 175).
  • Page 127: Identifying Drivers

    Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities NOTICE: The Dell Support website at support.dell.com and your Drivers and Utilities media provide approved drivers for Dell computers. If you install drivers obtained from other sources, your computer might not work correctly. Using Windows Device Driver Rollback...
  • Page 128 Drivers and Utilities disc and click Finish to restart the computer. 4 When you see the Windows desktop, reinsert the Drivers and Utilities disc. 5 At the Welcome Dell System Owner screen, click Next. NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities program displays drivers only for hardware that came installed in your computer.
  • Page 129 The drivers that are used by your computer are automatically displayed in the My Drivers—The ResourceCD has identified these components in your system window. 6 Click the driver that you want to reinstall and follow the instructions on the screen. If a particular driver is not listed, then that driver is not required by your operating system.
  • Page 130: Troubleshooting Software And Hardware Problems

    For instructions, see "Using Microsoft Windows System Restore" on page 131. • Dell PC Restore by Symantec restores your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer. Dell PC Restore permanently deletes all data on the hard drive and removes any applications installed after you received the computer.
  • Page 131: Using Microsoft Windows System Restore

    NOTE: The procedures in this document were written for the Windows default view, so they may not apply if you set your Dell computer to the Windows Classic view. 1 Click Start → Help and Support.
  • Page 132 NOTE: Dell PC Restore by Symantec may not be available in certain countries or on certain computers. Use Dell PC Restore by Symantec only as the last method to restore your operating system. PC Restore restores your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer.
  • Page 133 NOTICE: Removing Dell PC Restore from the hard drive permanently deletes the PC Restore utility from your computer. After you have removed Dell PC Restore, you will not be able to use it to restore your computer’s operating system. Dell PC Restore enables you to restore your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased your computer.
  • Page 134: Using The Operating System Media

    The Operating System media provides options for reinstalling Windows. The options can overwrite files and possibly affect programs that are installed on your hard drive. Therefore, do not reinstall Windows unless a Dell technical support representative instructs you to do so.
  • Page 135 4 Restart the computer. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> immediately. NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Microsoft Windows desktop, then shut down your computer and try again.
  • Page 136 Troubleshooting...
  • Page 137: Adding And Replacing Parts

    • You have performed the steps in "Turning Off Your Computer" on page 137 and "Before Working Inside Your Computer" on page 138. You have read the safety information in your Dell Product Information • Guide. •...
  • Page 138: Before Working Inside Your Computer

    Hold a component such as a processor by its edges, not by its pins. NOTICE: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. NOTICE: When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector or on its strain-relief loop, not on the cable itself.
  • Page 139: Hard Drive

    NOTE: To avoid damage to the computer, use only the battery designed for this particular Dell computer. Do not use batteries designed for other Dell computers. 5 Turn the computer over. 6 Slide and click the battery release latches.
  • Page 140: Removing The Hard Drive

    Dell. NOTE: If you are installing a hard drive from a source other than Dell, you need to install an operating system, drivers, and utilities on the new hard drive (see "Restoring Your Operating System" on page 130 and "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities"...
  • Page 141: Replacing The Hard Drive

    5 Install the drivers and utilities for your computer, as needed (see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on page 127). Returning a Hard Drive to Dell Return your old hard drive to Dell in its original, or comparable, foam packaging. Otherwise, the hard drive may be damaged in transit. foam packaging...
  • Page 142: Optical Drive

    Optical Drive CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. Removing the Optical Drive 1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 137. 2 Turn the computer over. 3 Remove the locking screw from the optical drive.
  • Page 143: Replacing The Optical Drive

    Replacing the Optical Drive 1 Slide the optical drive into the bay. 2 Replace and tighten the locking screw. Hinge Cover CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a...
  • Page 144: Replacing The Hinge Cover

    hinge cover Replacing the Hinge Cover 1 Insert the left edge of the hinge cover. 2 Press from left to right until the cover snaps into place. Keyboard For more information about the keyboard, see "Using the Keyboard and Touchpad" on page 41. CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
  • Page 145: Removing The Keyboard

    Removing the Keyboard 1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 137. 2 Remove the hinge cover (see "Hinge Cover" on page 143). 3 Remove the two screws at the top of the keyboard. NOTICE: The key caps on the keyboard are fragile, easily dislodged, and time- consuming to replace.
  • Page 146: Replacing The Keyboard

    Install only memory modules that are intended for your computer. NOTE: Memory modules purchased from Dell are covered under your computer warranty. Your computer has two user-accessible SODIMM sockets, one accessed from beneath the keyboard (DIMM A), and the other accessed from the bottom of the computer (DIMM B).
  • Page 147 3 Remove the keyboard (see "Keyboard" on page 144). NOTE: It is not necessary to disconnect the keyboard cable from the memory module cover. 4 Lift the memory module cover but do not remove it. NOTICE: To prevent damage to the memory module connector, do not use tools to spread the memory module securing clips.
  • Page 148: Replacing The Dimm A Memory Module

    Replacing the DIMM A Memory Module NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer). 1 Align the notch in the module edge connector with the tab in the connector slot.
  • Page 149: Removing The Dimm B Memory Module

    To confirm the amount of memory installed in the computer, click Start → Help and Support→ Dell System Information. Removing the DIMM B Memory Module The DIMM B memory module is located under the memory module cover on the bottom of the computer.
  • Page 150: Replacing The Dimm B Memory Module

    3 Use your fingertips to carefully spread apart the securing clips on each end of the memory module connector until the module pops up. 4 Remove the module from the connector. securing clips (2) Replacing the DIMM B Memory Module NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a...
  • Page 151: Subscriber Identity Module

    As the computer boots, it detects the additional memory and automatically updates the system configuration information. To confirm the amount of memory installed in the computer, click Start → Help and Support→ Dell System Information. Subscriber Identity Module Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) identify users uniquely through an International Mobile Subscriber Identity.
  • Page 152: Wireless Mini Cards

    NOTE: Only Cingular and Vodafone need a SIM. Verizon, Sprint, and Telus do not use SIMs. 1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 137. 2 In the battery bay, slide the SIM into the compartment with the cut-off corner of the card facing away from the compartment.
  • Page 153: Removing A Wlan Card

    If you ordered a wireless Mini Card with your computer, the card is already installed. Your computer supports three types of wireless Mini Cards: • Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) • Mobile Broadband or Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) • Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) Removing a WLAN Card 1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin"...
  • Page 154 4 Disconnect the antenna cables from the card. WLAN antenna cable connectors (2) WLAN card 5 Release the card by pushing the metal securing tabs toward the WLAN back of the computer until the card pops up slightly. 6 Lift the out of its system board connector.
  • Page 155: Replacing A Wlan Card

    metal securing tabs (2) Replacing a WLAN Card NOTICE: The connectors are keyed to ensure correct insertion. If you feel resistance, check the connectors on the card and on the system board, and realign the card. NOTICE: To avoid damage to the WLAN card, never place cables under the card. 1 Insert the card connector into the system board connector labeled WLAN...
  • Page 156: Removing A Mobile Broadband Or Wwan Card

    3 Connect the appropriate antenna cables to the installing: If the WLAN card has two triangles on the label (white and black), connect the white antenna cable to the connector labeled "main" (white triangle), and connect the black antenna cable to the connector labeled "aux"...
  • Page 157 captive screws (2) cover Adding and Replacing Parts...
  • Page 158 4 Disconnect the two antenna cables from the card. WWAN antenna cable connectors (2) WWAN card 5 Release the card by pushing the metal securing tabs toward the WWAN back of the computer until the card pops up slightly. 6 Lift the out of its system board connector.
  • Page 159: Replacing A Wwan Card

    metal securing tabs (2) Replacing a WWAN Card NOTICE: The connectors are keyed to ensure correct insertion. If you feel resistance, check the connectors on the card and on the system board, and realign the card. NOTICE: To avoid damage to the WWAN card, never place cables under the card. 1 Insert the WWAN "WWAN"...
  • Page 160: Removing A Wpan Card

    3 Connect the black antenna cable with a gray stripe to the connector labeled "aux" (black triangle) and connect the white antenna cable with a gray stripe to the connector labeled "main" (white triangle). 4 Secure unused antenna cables in the protective mylar sleeve. 5 Replace the cover and tighten the captive screws.
  • Page 161: Replacing A Wpan Card

    Replacing a WPAN Card NOTICE: The connectors are keyed to ensure correct insertion. If you feel resistance, check the connectors on the card and on the system board, and realign the card. NOTICE: To avoid damage to the WPAN card, never place cables under the card. 1 Insert the card connector into the system board connector labeled WPAN...
  • Page 162: Replacing The Card

    securing tab securing tab Replacing the Card 1 Replace the card at an angle to slide it under the securing tabs in the card compartment. 2 Connect the cable to the card. Coin-Cell Battery CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
  • Page 163: Removing The Coin-Cell Battery

    Removing the Coin-Cell Battery 1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 137. 2 Turn the computer over. 3 Loosen the captive screw on the memory module/coin-cell battery cover (see "Bottom View" on page 30), and remove the cover. 4 Disconnect the coin-cell battery cable from the system board.
  • Page 164 Adding and Replacing Parts...
  • Page 165: Dell™ Quickset Features

    • Power management • Display • System information Depending on what you want to do in Dell QuickSet, you can start it by either clicking, double-clicking, or right-clicking the QuickSet icon in the ® ® Microsoft Windows the lower-right corner of your screen.
  • Page 166 Dell™ QuickSet Features...
  • Page 167: Traveling With Your Computer

    Remove any extraneous items, such as paper clips, pens, and paper, from the keyboard and palm rest and close the display. • Use the optional Dell carrying case to pack the computer and its accessories together safely. • Avoid packing the computer with items such as shaving cream, colognes, perfumes, or food.
  • Page 168: Travel Tips

    • Protect the computer, the batteries, and the hard drive from hazards such as extreme temperatures and overexposure to sunlight, dirt, dust, or liquids. • Pack the computer so that it does not slide around in the trunk of your car or in an overhead storage compartment.
  • Page 169: Getting Help

    1 See "Troubleshooting" on page 99 for information and procedures that pertain to the problem your computer is experiencing. 2 See "Dell Diagnostics" on page 99 for procedures on how to run Dell Diagnostics. 3 Fill out the "Diagnostics Checklist" on page 174.
  • Page 170: Technical Support And Customer Service

    Dell's support service is available to answer your questions about Dell™ hardware. Our support staff uses computer-based diagnostics to provide fast, accurate answers. To contact Dell's support service, see "Before You Call" on page 173, and then see the contact information for your region or go to support.dell.com. DellConnect...
  • Page 171: Autotech Service

    "Contacting Dell" on page 175. Automated Order-Status Service To check on the status of any Dell products that you have ordered, you can go to support.dell.com, or you can call the automated order-status service. A recording prompts you for the information needed to locate and report on your order.
  • Page 172: Product Information

    If you need information about additional products available from Dell, or if you would like to place an order, visit the Dell website at www.dell.com. For the telephone number to call for your region or to speak to a sales specialist, see the "Contacting Dell"...
  • Page 173: Before You Call

    Service Tag (located on the back or bottom of your computer). Remember to fill out the Diagnostics Checklist (see "Diagnostics Checklist" on page 174). If possible, turn on your computer before you call Dell for assistance and call from a telephone at or near the computer. You may be...
  • Page 174 Address: Phone number: Service Tag (bar code on the back or bottom of the computer): Express Service Code: Return Material Authorization Number (if provided by Dell support technician): Operating system and version: Devices: Expansion cards: Are you connected to a network? Yes No...
  • Page 175: Contacting Dell

    NOTE: If you do not have an active Internet connection, you can find contact information on your purchase invoice, packing slip, bill, or 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.
  • Page 176 Getting Help...
  • Page 177: Specifications

    Specifications NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. For more information regarding the configuration of your computer, click Start select the option to view information about your computer. Processor Processor type L1 cache L2 cache External bus frequency System Information System chipset Data bus width DRAM bus width Processor address bus width...
  • Page 178 ExpressCard (continued) Cards supported ExpressCard connector size 8-in-1 Memory Card Reader 8-in-1 memory card controller 8-in-1 memory card connector Cards supported Memory Memory module connector Memory module capacities Memory type Minimum memory Maximum memory NOTE: In order to take advantage of the dual channel bandwidth capability, both memory slots must be populated and must match in size.
  • Page 179 Ports and Connectors (continued) Consumer IR Mini Card Modem Network adapter S-video TV-out Video Communications Modem: Type Controller Interface Network adapter Wireless Video Video type: Video controller Video memory LCD interface TV support sensor compatible with Philips RC6 (receive only) three Type IIIA Mini-Card slots RJ-11 port RJ-45 port...
  • Page 180 Audio Audio type Audio controller Stereo conversion Interfaces: Internal External Speaker Internal speaker amplifier Volume controls Display Type (active-matrix TFT) Dimensions: Height Width Diagonal Maximum resolutions: WXGA WXGA with TrueLife WXGA+ with TrueLife WSXGA+ with TrueLife Refresh rate Operating angle Viewing angles: Specifications two-channel high-definition audio codec...
  • Page 181 Display (continued) Horizontal Vertical Pixel pitch: WXGA WXGA with TrueLife WXGA+ with TrueLife WSXGA+ with TrueLife Controls Keyboard Number of keys Layout Touch Pad X/Y position resolution (graphics table mode) Size: Width Height ±40° (WXGA) ±40° (WXGA with TrueLife) ±55° (WXGA+ with TrueLife) ±60°...
  • Page 182 Battery Type Dimensions: Depth Height Width Weight Voltage Charge time (approximate) Computer off Operating time Life span (approximate) Temperature range: Operating Storage Coin-cell battery AC Adapter Input voltage Input current (maximum) Input frequency Specifications 9-cell "smart" lithium ion 6-cell "smart" lithium ion 67.6 mm (2.66 in) (9 cell) 47.5 mm (1.87 in) (6 cell) 20.4 mm (0.8 in)
  • Page 183 AC Adapter (continued) Output current (65 W) Output current (90 W) Output power Rated output voltage Dimensions (65 W): Height Width Depth Weight (with cables) Dimensions (90 W): Height Width Depth Weight (with cables) Temperature range: Operating Storage Physical Height Width Depth Weight (with 6-cell battery):...
  • Page 184 Environmental Temperature range: Operating Storage Relative humidity (maximum): Operating Storage Maximum vibration (using a random vibration spectrum that simulates user environment): Operating Storage Maximum shock (Measured with hard drive in operating status and a 2-ms half-sine pulse for operating. Also measured with hard drive in head-parked position and a 2-ms halfsine pulse for storage): Operating...
  • Page 185: Appendix

    System security and hard drive password settings NOTE: Unless you are an expert computer user or are directed to do so by Dell technical support, do not change the system setup settings. Certain changes might make your computer work incorrectly.
  • Page 186: Viewing The System Setup Screen

    Viewing the System Setup Screen 1 Turn on (or restart) your computer. 2 When the DELL logo appears, press <F2> immediately. If you wait too long and the Microsoft Windows logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop, then shut down your computer and try again.
  • Page 187 Performing a One-Time Boot You can set a one-time-only boot sequence without entering the system setup program (you can also use this procedure to boot the Dell Diagnostics on the diagnostics utility partition on your hard drive). 1 Shut down the computer through the Start menu.
  • Page 188: Cleaning Your Computer

    Cleaning Your Computer CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the Product Information Guide. Computer, Keyboard, and Display CAUTION: Before you clean your computer, disconnect the computer from the electrical outlet and remove any installed batteries. Clean your computer with a soft cloth dampened with water.
  • Page 189: Mouse

    2 Disconnect any attached devices from the computer and from their electrical outlets. 3 Remove any installed batteries (see "Battery Performance" on page 47). 4 Moisten a soft, lint-free cloth with water, and wipe it gently across the surface of the touch pad. Do not allow water from the cloth to seep between the touch pad and the surrounding palm rest.
  • Page 190: Dell Technical Support Policy (U.s. Only)

    Dell, as well as the verification of appropriate functionality of the computer and all Dell-installed hardware.
  • Page 191: Definition Of "Dell-Installed" Software And Peripherals

    Definition of "Third-Party" Software and Peripherals Third-party software and peripherals include any peripheral, accessory, or software program sold by Dell not under the Dell brand (printers, scanners, cameras, games, etc). Support for all third-party software and peripherals is provided by the original manufacturer of the product.
  • Page 192: Macrovision Product Notice

    Plug the system into a different outlet so that the system and the receiver are on different branch circuits. If necessary, consult a representative of Dell Inc. or an experienced radio/television technician for additional suggestions. The following information is provided on the device or devices covered in this...
  • Page 193: Glossary

    Glossary Terms in this Glossary are provided for informational purposes only and may or may not describe features included with your particular computer. AC — alternating current — The form of electricity that powers your computer when you plug the AC adapter power cable in to an electrical outlet. ACPI —...
  • Page 194 understand what effect these settings have on the computer, do not change them. Also referred to as system setup. bit — The smallest unit of data interpreted by your computer. ® Bluetooth wireless technology — A wireless technology standard for short-range (9 m [29 feet]) networking devices that allows for enabled devices to automatically recognize each other.
  • Page 195 CD-RW disc, and then erased and written over (rewritten). CD-RW drive — A drive that can read CDs and write to CD-RW (rewritable CDs) and CD-R (recordable CDs) discs. You can write to CD-RW discs multiple times, but you can write to CD-R discs only once. CD-RW/DVD drive —...
  • Page 196 DIMM — dual in-line memory module — A circuit board with memory chips that connects to a memory module on the system board. DIN connector — A round, six-pin connector that conforms to DIN (Deutsche Industrie-Norm) standards; it is typically used to connect PS/2 keyboard or mouse cable connectors.
  • Page 197 ExpressCards. ExpressCards support both the PCI Express and USB 2.0 standard. Express Service Code — A numeric code located on a sticker on your Dell™ computer. Use the Express Service Code when contacting Dell for assistance. Express Service Code service may not be available in some countries.
  • Page 198 FBD — fully-buffered DIMM — A DIMM with DDR2 DRAM chips and an Advanced Memory Buffer (AMB) that speeds communication between the DDR2 SDRAM chips and the system. FCC — Federal Communications Commission — A U.S. agency responsible for enforcing communications-related regulations that state how much radiation computers and other electronic equipment can emit.
  • Page 199 heat sink — A metal plate on some processors that helps dissipate heat. hibernate mode — A power management mode that saves everything in memory to a reserved space on the hard drive and then turns off the computer. When you restart the computer, the memory information that was saved to the hard drive is automatically restored.
  • Page 200 assigned an IRQ. Although two devices can share the same IRQ assignment, you cannot operate both devices simultaneously. ISP — Internet service provider — A company that allows you to access its host server to connect directly to the Internet, send and receive e-mail, and access websites. The ISP typically provides you with a software package, user name, and access phone numbers for a fee.
  • Page 201 — A bay that supports devices such as optical drives, a second battery, or a Dell TravelLite™ module. memory — A temporary data storage area inside your computer. Because the data in...
  • Page 202 MP — megapixel — A measure of image resolution used for digital cameras. ms — millisecond — A measure of time that equals one thousandth of a second. Access times of storage devices are often measured in ms. network adapter — A chip that provides network capabilities. A computer may include a network adapter on its system board, or it may contain a PC Card with an adapter on it.
  • Page 203 PCI Express — A modification to the PCI interface that boosts the data transfer rate between the processor and the devices attached to it. PCI Express can transfer data at speeds from 250 MB/sec to 4 GB/sec. If the PCI Express chip set and the device are capable of different speeds, they will operate at the slower speed.
  • Page 204 read-only — Data and/or files you can view but cannot edit or delete. A file can have read-only status if: • It resides on a physically write-protected floppy disk, CD, or DVD. • It is located on a network in a directory and the system administrator has assigned rights only to specific individuals.
  • Page 205 Service Tag — A bar code label on your computer that identifies your computer when you access Dell Support at support.dell.com or when you call Dell for customer service or technical support.
  • Page 206 The number of colors and resolution that a program displays depends on the capabilities of the monitor, the video controller and its drivers, and the amount of video memory installed in the computer. S-video TV-out — A connector used to attach a TV or digital audio device to the computer.
  • Page 207 UPS — uninterruptible power supply — A backup power source used when the electrical power fails or drops to an unacceptable voltage level. A UPS keeps a computer running for a limited amount of time when there is no electrical power. UPS systems typically provide surge suppression and may also provide voltage regulation.
  • Page 208 turned on, the computer is infected when it reads the boot sectors of the floppy disk expecting to find the operating system. If the computer is infected, the boot virus may replicate itself onto all the floppy disks that are read or written in that computer until the virus is eradicated.
  • Page 209 ZIF — zero insertion force — A type of socket or connector that allows a computer chip to be installed or removed with no stress applied to either the chip or its socket. Zip — A popular data compression format. Files that have been compressed with the Zip format are called Zip files and usually have a filename extension of .zip.
  • Page 210 Glossary...
  • Page 211: Index

    Index Numbers 8-in-1 memory card reader, 83 audio device connecting, 61 enabling, 76 audio. See sound battery charge gauge, 49 charging, 51 checking the charge, 48 performance, 47 power meter, 49 removing, 52 replacing coin-cell battery, 164 storing, 53 blank cards ExpressCards, 79 memory card, 83 removing, 81, 84...
  • Page 212 Drivers and Utilities media, 102 starting from your hard drive, 101 Dell MediaDirect about, 24 problems, 118 Dell support site, 16 DellConnect, 174 Device Driver Rollback, 129 device latch release description, 31 device status lights description, 22...
  • Page 213 79, 81 installing, 80 removing, 81 description, 31 hard drive description, 31 problems, 108 replacing, 141 returning to Dell, 143 hardware Dell Diagnostics, 101 Hardware Troubleshooter, 132 hinge cover removing, 145 icons adjusting the size, 167 IEEE 1394 connector...
  • Page 214 55 media control buttons Dell MediaDirect button, 60 description, 23 media memory cards, 83 installing, 83 reader, 27 types, 83 memory DIMM A, 150 DIMM B, 151 installing, 148 removing, 149, 152 memory card blanks, 83 memory card reader, 83...
  • Page 215 118 CD drive, 107 CD-RW drive, 107 computer crashes, 117-118 computer does not start up, 117 computer stops responding, 117 Dell Diagnostics, 101 Dell MediaDirect, 118 drives, 106 DVD drive, 107 error messages, 110 hard drive, 108 IEEE 1394 connector, 115...
  • Page 216 29 System Restore, 132-133 system setup program commonly used options, 190 screens, 190 viewing, 190 taskbar Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility, 121 Dell Support Utility, 17 QuickSet icon, 167 Safely Remove Hardware, 115 wireless activity indicator, 92 telephone numbers, 179...
  • Page 217 35 traveling with the computer by air, 170 identification tag, 169 packing, 169 tips, 170 troubleshooting Dell Diagnostics, 101 Hardware Troubleshooter, 132 restore computer to previous operating state, 132-133 connecting, 61 uninterruptible power supply. See UPS UPS, 37...
  • Page 218 Index...

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