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This document explains how to install the Microsoft
and the Dell device drivers and utilities on your Dell Inspiron 3500 portable computer.
You may need to use this document under the following conditions:
Dell did not install an operating system or other system software on your
computer.
You are reinstalling the version of Windows 98 that came with your computer,
and you need to reinstall the drivers and utilities that Dell provides.
You have a new hard-disk drive and you need to install all of the system software.
To install the system software, you must have the following items:
Microsoft Windows 98 CD
Microsoft Boot Disk Windows 98 Series diskette
Dell Inspiron 3500 System Software CD
Diskette drive cable
NOTE: Refer to "Reinstalling the Device Drivers," found later in this document, if
some of the drivers and/or utilities that came with your computer are corrupted, and
you need to reinstall them individually.
Before you begin the installation, you must install the CD-ROM or the optional
DVD-ROM drive in the options bay of your computer, and you must attach the diskette
drive externally. For instructions on installing the CD-ROM or the optional DVD-ROM
drive in the options bay, refer to the Dell Inspiron 3500 Portable Computer — Using
the Options Bay document. To install the external diskette drive, follow these steps:
1.
Plug the squared end of the cable into the parallel connector on the back of the
computer, and tighten the screws on either side of the cable connector.
Dell Inspiron 3500 Portable Computer — Installing System Software
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   Summary of Contents for Dell Inspiron 3500

  • Page 1

    For instructions on installing the CD-ROM or the optional DVD-ROM drive in the options bay, refer to the Dell Inspiron 3500 Portable Computer — Using the Options Bay document. To install the external diskette drive, follow these steps: Plug the squared end of the cable into the parallel connector on the back of the computer, and tighten the screws on either side of the cable connector.

  • Page 2

    NOTE: If you need to use extended video modes, check the documentation that accompanied the application program to determine if the drivers are provided. If they are not, contact the software manufacturer to obtain the necessary drivers. Dell Inspiron 3500 Portable Computer — Installing System Software Video driver Internal modem driver...

  • Page 3

    To install the video driver, follow these steps: Insert the Dell Inspiron 3500 System Software CD into the CD-ROM or optional DVD-ROM drive. Click Start, point to Settings, and click Control Panel. In the Control Panel, double-click the Display Properties window.

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    When the drive has been detected, click Next>. Messages indicating that files are being copied and driver information is being built appear on your screen. When prompted, click Finish. The New Hardware Wizard appears again. Dell Inspiron 3500 Portable Computer — Installing System Software...

  • Page 5

    All of the device drivers are now installed. You may now install the System User’s Guide . You can download the Dell Inspiron online System User’s Guide , if needed, from Dell’s World Wide Web site (www.dell.com) as follows: On the Dell home page, click the Support icon.

  • Page 6

    Dell Inspiron 3500 System Software CD to create a save-to-disk suspend file. When save-to-disk suspend mode is activated, all system data is stored in this file.

  • Page 7

    To reinstall the audio driver, follow these steps: Save your work and exit all open application programs. Insert the Dell Inspiron 3500 System Software CD into the CD-ROM or optional DVD-ROM drive. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and click Control Panel.

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    In addition, if you have access to a computer with a modem and/or fax capabilities, you can access Dell’s TechConnect bulletin board service (BBS), Auto Tech service, and TechFax service. Dell’s Web site also contains links to some of these services.

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