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Dell Inspiron 1012 Setup Manual

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    INSPIRON ™ SETUP GUIDE Regulatory Model P04T series Regulatory Type P04T001...

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

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Dell DataSafe Online Backup ... . 35 Dell Dock ......36 Solving Problems .

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    Before You Call......62 Contacting Dell......64 Finding More Information and Resources .

  • Page 7: Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop, Before Setting Up Your Computer

    WARNING: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air vents. Do not store your Dell™ computer in a low-airflow environment, such as a closed briefcase, while it is powered on. Restricting the airflow can damage the computer or cause a fire.

  • Page 8: Connect The Ac Adapter

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

  • Page 9: Connect The Network Cable (optional)

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

  • Page 10: Press The Power Button

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

  • Page 11: Set Up The Operating System

    Set Up the Operating System Your Dell computer is preconfigured with the operating system you selected at the time of purchase. Microsoft Windows ® ® To set up Windows for the first time, follow the instructions on the screen. These steps are mandatory and may take some time to complete.

  • Page 12: Install The Sim Card (optional)

    Install the SIM Card (Optional) Installing a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card allows you to browse the Internet, check e-mail, and connect to a Virtual Private Network. To access these features, you must be within the network of your cellular service provider. 1 battery bay 2 SIM card 3 SIM card slot...

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    To install the SIM card: Turn off your computer. Remove the battery (see “Removing and Replacing the Battery” on page In the battery bay, slide the SIM card into the SIM card slot. Replace the battery (see “Removing and Replacing the Battery” on page Turn on your computer.

  • Page 14: Enable Or Disable Wireless (optional)

    Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop Enable or Disable Wireless (Optional)

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    To enable wireless: Turn on your computer. Double-click the icon on the system tray or press <F2>. The Wireless Enable/Disable dialog box appears. Select the option(s) you want to enable: – Enable Bluetooth – Enable Wireless LAN/WiMax – Enable Wireless WAN/GPS Click To disable wireless: Double-click the...

  • Page 16: Connect To The Internet (optional)

    Windows XP NOTE: The following steps were written for the Windows default view, so they may not apply if you set your Dell™ computer to the Windows Classic view. Ensure that wireless is enabled on your computer (see “Enable or Disable Wireless”...

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    Click Start→ Connect to→ Wireless Network Connections→ View Wireless Networks. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup. Windows 7 Ensure that wireless is enabled on your computer (see “Enable or Disable Wireless” on page 12). Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.

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    Windows XP NOTE: The following steps were written for the Windows default view, so they may not apply if you set your Dell™ computer to the Windows Classic view. Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.

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    Dell Digital TV→ Dell Digital TV and follow the instructions on the screen. To re-configure your TV tuner settings: Click Start→ All Programs. Click Dell Digital TV → Dell Digital TV Click Scan The scan wizard will scan for the channels available in your region.

  • Page 20: Using Your Inspiron Laptop, Right Side Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop This section provides information about the features available on your Inspiron laptop. ™ Right Side Features...

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    Audio out/Headphone connector — Connects to a pair of headphones or to a powered speaker or sound system. Audio in/Microphone connector — Connects to a microphone or inputs signal for use with audio programs. USB 2.0 connector — Connects to USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, external drive, or MP3 player.

  • Page 22: Left Side Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Left Side Features...

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    VGA connector — Connects to a monitor or projector. USB 2.0 connectors (2) — Connect to USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, external drive, or MP3 player. 3 Antenna in connector (on supported models) — Connects to an external antenna, through a MCX connector, to view programs using the TV tuner card (optional).

  • Page 24: Back Side Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Back Side Features...

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

  • Page 26: Computer Base Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Computer Base Features...

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    Power button — Turns the computer on or off when pressed. Power/Battery indicator light — The light indicates the following states when the computer is powered using either the AC adapter or the battery. Indicator light status AC adapter Solid white Breathing white Solid white Battery...

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    4 Keyboard — For more information on keyboard, see the Dell Technology Guide available on your hard drive or at 5 Touch pad — Provides the functionality of a mouse to move the cursor, drag or move selected items, and left-click by tapping the surface. It supports the Scroll feature. For more information, see “Touch Pad Gestures”...

  • Page 29: Touch Pad Gestures

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

  • Page 30: Display Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Display Features The display panel holds a camera and accompanying dual digital microphones. 1 2 3...

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    3 Camera activity indicator — Indicates if the camera is on or off. 4 Display — Your display can vary based on selections you made when purchasing your computer. For more information about displays, see the Dell Technology Guide available on your hard drive or at

  • Page 32: Removing And Replacing The Battery

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

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    Using Your Inspiron Laptop 1 battery release latches (2) 2 battery 3 battery bay 4 battery bay slots (3)

  • Page 34: Software Features

    Software Features NOTE: For more information about the features described in this section, see the Dell Technology Guide available on your hard drive or at Productivity and Communication You can use your computer to create presentations, brochures, greeting cards, fliers, and spreadsheets.

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    Customizing Your Energy Settings You can use the power options in your operating system to configure the power settings on your computer. The Windows operating system installed on your Dell computer provides the following options: — Recommended default power •...

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    Transferring Information to a New Computer To transfer information to a new computer: Windows XP NOTE: The following instructions are applicable for the Windows default view, and may not apply if you set your computer to the Windows Classic view. Click Start→...

  • Page 37: Dell Datasafe Online Backup

    NOTE: A broadband connection is recommended for fast upload/download speeds. Dell DataSafe Online is an automated backup and recovery service that helps protect your data and other important files from catastrophic incidents like theft, fire, or natural disasters. You can access the service on your computer using a password-protected account.

  • Page 38: Dell Dock

    Dell Dock The Dell Dock is a group of icons that provides easy access to frequently-used applications, files, and folders. You can personalize the Dock by: • Adding or removing icons • Grouping related icons into categories Add a Category Right-click the Dock, click The Add/Edit Category window is displayed.

  • Page 39: Solving Problems, Troubleshooting, Beep Codes

    If you cannot solve your problem using the following guidelines, see “Using Support Tools” on page 43 or “Contacting Dell” on page 64. Beep Codes Your computer might emit a series of beeps during start-up if there are errors or problems.

  • Page 40: Network Problems

    Network Problems Wireless Connections If the wireless network connection is lost — The wireless router is offline or wireless has been disabled on the computer. • Ensure that wireless is enabled (see “Enable or Disable Wireless” on page 12). • Check your wireless router to ensure it is powered on and connected to your data source (cable modem or network hub).

  • Page 41: Power Problems

    Press the power button until the computer turns off and then turn it back on. • If the problem persists, contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 64). If the power light is blinking white — The computer is in standby state or the display may not be responding.

  • Page 42: Memory Problems

    Reseat the memory module(s) into the connector(s) (see the Service Manual at for instructions.) • If the problem persists, contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 64.) If you experience other memory problems — • Run the Dell Diagnostics (see “Dell Diagnostics”...

  • Page 43: Lockups And Software Problems

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

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    – Verify that the device drivers do not Program conflict with the program. – If necessary, uninstall and then reinstall the program. – Write down any error message that is displayed to help in troubleshooting when Contacting Dell. menu.

  • Page 45: Using Support Tools, Dell Support Center

    Using Support Tools Dell Support Center The Dell Support Center is an easy-to-use application that provides information about your computer, personalized service and support resources. To launch the application, click the taskbar. The Dell Support Center home page displays your computer’s model number, service tag, express service code, and service contact information.

  • Page 46: System Messages

    Alternatively you could see the Dell Technology Guide available on your hard drive or at or contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 64).

  • Page 47: Hardware Troubleshooter

    • Enter system setup and ensure that the boot sequence information is correct (see the Dell Technology Guide available on your hard drive or at No timer tick interrupt — A chip on the system board might be malfunctioning or motherboard failure.

  • Page 48: Dell Diagnostics

    Press <F2> during POST (Power On Self Test) to enter the System Setup (BIOS) utility. Start the Dell Diagnostics from your hard drive or from the Drivers and Utilities disc. Starting Dell Diagnostics From Your...

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    Press any key to continue. The Option window appears. If PSA is not invoked: Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics from the diagnostics utility partition on your hard drive and to go to the Choose An Option window.

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    Dell. When the tests are complete, close the test screen to return to the Choose An Option window. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and to restart the computer, click Exit. Starting Dell Diagnostics From the Drivers and Utilities Disc NOTE: Your computer does not have an internal optical drive.

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    Dell. When the tests are complete, close the test screen to return to the Choose An Option window. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and to restart the computer, click Exit. Drivers and Utilities disc. Remove the...

  • Page 52: Restoring Your Operating System, System Restore

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

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    Starting System Restore To restore your computer: Windows XP Click Start→ All Programs→ Acessories→ System Tools→ System Restore. In the welcome screen, click Follow the instructions on the screen Windows 7 Click Start Start Search box, type System In the Restore and press <Enter>.

  • Page 54: Dell Factory Image Restore

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

  • Page 55: Operating System Reinstallation

    Click Dell Factory Image Restore. The Dell Factory Image Restore welcome screen appears. NOTE: Depending upon your configuration, you may need to select Dell Factory Tools, then Dell Factory Image Restore. Click Next. The Confirm Data Deletion screen appears. NOTE: If you do not want to proceed with Factory Image Restore, click Cancel.

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

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    Operating System disc. Exit if the Install Windows Click message appears. Restart the computer. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> immediately. NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Microsoft desktop;...

  • Page 58: Getting Help

    See “Online Services” 37 for on page 58 for a more extensive list of Dell Support online. If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, see “Before You Call” on page 62.

  • Page 59: Service, Dellconnect

    DellConnect DellConnect is a simple online access tool that ™ allows a Dell service and support associate to access your computer through a broadband connection, diagnose your problem and repair it all under your supervision. For more information, go to

  • Page 60: Online Services

    Online Services You can learn about Dell products and services on the following websites: • • (Asian/Pacific countries only) • (Japan only) • (Europe only) • (Latin American and Caribbean countries) • (Canada only)

  • Page 61: Automated Order-status Service, Product Information

    Automated Order-Status Service To check on the status of any Dell products that you have ordered, you can go to, 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 62: Or For Credit

    Prepare all items being returned, whether for repair or credit, as follows: NOTE: Before you return the product to Dell, make sure to back up any data on the hard drive(s) and on any other storage device in the product. Remove any and...

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    You are also responsible for insuring any product returned, and you assume the risk of loss during shipment to Dell. Collect On Delivery (C.O.D.) packages are not accepted. NOTE: Returns that are missing any of the preceding requirements will be refused at...

  • Page 64: Before You Call

    Before You Call NOTE: Have your Express Service Code ready when you call. The code helps Dell’s automated- support telephone system direct your call more efficiently. You may also be asked for your Service Tag. Locating Your Service Tag The Service Tag is located on a label at the bottom of your computer.

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    Remember to fill out the following Diagnostic Checklist. If possible, turn on your computer before you call Dell for assistance and call from a telephone at or near the computer. You may be asked to type some commands at the keyboard,...

  • Page 66: Contacting Dell

    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

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    Getting Help...

  • Page 68: Resources

    See: the Operating System disc the Drivers and Utilities disc NOTE: Drivers and documentation updates can be found at the Dell Technology Guide available on your hard drive or at ® the Service Manual at NOTE: In some countries, opening and replacing parts of your computer may void your warranty.

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    Regulatory Compliance Homepage at the bottom of your computer the Dell Support Center. To launch the Dell Support Center, click the icon in the task...

  • Page 70: Basic Specifications

    This section provides information that you may need when setting up, updating drivers for, and upgrading your computer. For more detailed specifications, see the Comprehensive Specifications at NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. For more information regarding the configuration of your computer, click Start→...

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    Connectors Audio one microphone-in connector, one stereo headphone/speaker connector Mini-Card one full Mini-Card slot and two half Mini-Card slots Network adapter RJ45 connector three 4-pin USB 2.0-compliant connectors 15-hole connector Antenna in MCX connector Communications Modem (optional) External V.92 56K USB Modem Network adapter 10/100 Ethernet LAN on...

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    Display Dimensions: Height 222.72 mm (8.77 inches) Width 125.28 mm (4.93 inches) Diagonal 255.52 mm (10.10 inches) Battery 3/6-cell “smart” lithium ion Depth 60.62 mm (2.39 inches) Height 22.56 mm (0.89 inches) Width 206 mm (8.11 inches) Weight 0.22 kg (0.48 lb) (3-cell) 0.38 kg (0.84 lb) (6-cell) Voltage 11.1 VDC (3/6-cell)

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    AC Adapter Temperature range: Operating 0° to 40°C (32° to 104°F) Storage –40° to 70°C (–40° to 158°F) Physical Height 25.5 mm to 32.8 mm (0.98 inches to 1.29 inches) Width 268 mm (10.6 inches) Depth 196.6 mm (7.74 inches) Weight (with 3-cell Configurable to battery):...

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    Operating 0.66 GRMS Non-operating 1.30 GRMS Maximum shock (for operating — measured with Dell Diagnostics running on the hard drive and a 2-ms half-sine pulse; for non-operating — measured with hard drive in head-parked position and a 2-ms half-sine pulse):...

  • Page 75: Appendix, Macrovision Product Notice

    Appendix Macrovision Product Notice This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by method claims of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights owned by Macrovision Corporation and other rights owners. Use of this copyright protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is intended for home and other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision Corporation.

  • Page 76: Standard (only For Mexico)

    The following information is provided in the device(s) described in this document in accordance with the requirements of the Official Mexican Standard (NOM): Importer: Dell México S.A. de C.V. Paseo de la Reforma 2620 – Flat 11° Col. Lomas Altas 11950 México, D.F.

  • Page 77: Index

    57 customizing your desktop 32 your energy settings 33 damage, avoiding 5 DataSafe Online Backup 35 DellConnect 57 Dell Diagnostics 46 Dell Dock 36 Dell Factory Image Restore 52 Dell Support Center 43 Dell Technology Guide for further information 66...

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    Diagnostic Checklist 63 drivers and downloads 67 DVDs, playing and creating 32 email addresses for technical support 58 energy conserving 33 finding more information 66 FTP login, anonymous 58 hardware problems diagnosing 45 Hardware Troubleshooter 45 help getting assistance and support 56 Internet connection 14 Internet Service Provider 14 memory problems...

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    power problems, solving 39 power strips, using 6 products information and purchasing 59 reinstalling Windows 53 resources, finding more 66 restoring factory image 52 setting up internet connection internet connection 15 shipping products for return or repair 60 software features 32 software problems 41 support email addresses 58 support sites...

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