Dell Inspiron 1120 Setup Manual
Dell Inspiron 1120 Setup Manual

Dell Inspiron 1120 Setup Manual

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  • Page 3 INSPIRON ™ SETUP GUIDE Regulatory model: P07T series Regulatory type: P07T002...
  • Page 4 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, YOURS IS HERE , Inspiron , Solution Station , and DellConnect are trademarks of Dell Inc.;...
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Software Features ..... 36 Dell Dock ......37 Dell DataSafe Online Backup .
  • Page 6 Hardware Troubleshooter ....48 Dell Diagnostics ..... . . 49 Restoring Your Operating System .
  • Page 7: Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop

    WARNING: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air vents. Do not place your Dell™ computer in a low-airflow environment, such as a closed briefcase, or on fabric surfaces, such as carpets or rugs, while it is powered on.
  • 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 Microsoft Windows

    NOTE: For optimal performance of your computer, it is recommended that you download and install the latest BIOS and drivers for your computer available at NOTE: For more information on the operating system and features, see
  • Page 12: Create System Recovery Media

    You will require the following to create the system recovery media: • Dell DataSafe Local Backup • USB key with a minimum capacity of 8 GB or DVD‑R/DVD+R/Blu‑ray Disc NOTE: Dell DataSafe Local Backup does not support rewritable discs. ™...
  • Page 13 Ensure that the AC adapter is connected (see “Connect the AC Adapter” on page Insert the disc or USB key in the computer. Click Start → Programs→ Dell DataSafe Local Backup. Click Create Recovery Media. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  • Page 14: Install The Sim Card (Optional)

    Install the SIM Card (Optional) NOTE: Installing a SIM card is not required if you are using an EVDO card to access the Internet. Installing a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card on your computer allows you to connect to the Internet.
  • Page 15 SIM card slot SIM card battery bay...
  • Page 16: Enable Or Disable Wireless (Optional)

    Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop Enable or Disable Wireless (Optional)
  • Page 17 NOTE: The wireless feature is available on your computer only if you ordered a WLAN card at the time of purchase. For more information on the cards supported by your computer, see “Specifications” on page 70. To enable or disable wireless: Ensure that your computer is turned on.
  • Page 18: Connect To The Internet (Optional)

    Internet Service Provider (ISP). If an external USB modem or WLAN adapter is not a part of your original order, you can purchase one at Setting Up a Wired Connection • If you are using a dial‑up connection, connect...
  • Page 19 Setting Up Your Internet Connection ISPs and ISP offerings vary by country. Contact your ISP for offerings available in your country. If you cannot connect to the Internet but have successfully connected in the past, the ISP might have a service outage. Contact your ISP to check the service status, or try connecting again later.
  • Page 20: Using Your Inspiron Laptop

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop This section provides information about the features available on your Inspiron laptop. Right View Features...
  • Page 21 1 Antenna-in connector (on supported models) — Connects to an external antenna to view programs using the TV tuner card (optional). 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.
  • Page 22: Left View Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Left View Features...
  • Page 23 Network connector — Connects your computer to a network or a broadband device if you are using a wired network. HDMI connector — Connects to a TV for both multi‑channel digital audio and video signals. NOTE: For a monitor without built‑in speakers, only the video signal will be read. USB 2.0 connector —...
  • Page 24: Back View Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Back View Features...
  • Page 25 1 Security cable slot — Attaches a commercially available security cable to the computer. NOTE: Before you buy an security cable, ensure that it fits into the security cable slot on your computer. VGA connector — Connects to a monitor or projector.
  • Page 26: Computer Base And Keyboard Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Computer Base and Keyboard Features...
  • Page 27 Power button — Turns the computer on or off when pressed. 2 Function key row — The wireless enable or disable key, brightness increase and decrease keys, multimedia keys, and the touch pad enable or disable key are located in this row. For more information on the multimedia keys, see “Multimedia Control Keys”...
  • Page 28: Status Lights And Indicators

    Status Lights and Indicators Power/Battery Indicator Light Indicator light status AC adapter solid white breathing white Battery solid white breathing white solid amber NOTE: The battery is charging when the computer is powered using the AC adapter. Computer state(s) Battery charge level charging off/hibernate <=90%...
  • Page 29 Using Your Inspiron Laptop...
  • Page 30: Touch Pad Gestures

    Touch Pad Gestures Scroll Allows you to scroll through content. The scroll feature includes: Auto Scroll Vertical — Allows you to scroll up or down on the active window. Move two fingers up or down at a fast pace to activate vertical auto scrolling.
  • Page 31 Zoom Allows you to increase or decrease the magnification of the screen content. The zoom feature includes: Pinch — Allows you to zoom in or zoom out by moving two fingers apart or bringing them closer together on the touch pad. To zoom in: Move two fingers apart to enlarge the view of the active...
  • Page 32: Multimedia Control Keys

    Press <F2> during POST (Power On Self Test) to enter the System Setup (BIOS) utility. In the Function Key Behavior, select Multimedia or Function (Inspiron 1120) Multimedia/Multimedia Key First — This is the default option. Press any multimedia key to perform the associated action. For function key, press <Fn> + the required function key.
  • Page 33 Mute the sound Decrease the volume level Increase the volume level Play the previous track or chapter Play or pause Play the next track or chapter...
  • Page 34: Display Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Display Features...
  • Page 35 2 Camera — Built‑in camera for video capture, conferencing, and chat. 3 Camera activity indicator — Indicates if the camera is on or off. 4 Display — For more information about displays, see the Dell Technology Guide on your hard drive or at
  • Page 36: 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).
  • Page 37 battery release latch battery battery lock latch...
  • Page 38: Software Features

    Software Features NOTE: For more information about the features described in this section, see the Dell Technology Guide on your hard drive or at Productivity and Communication You can use your computer to create presentations, brochures, greeting cards, fliers, and spreadsheets.
  • Page 39: 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...
  • Page 40: Dell Datasafe Online Backup

    Dell DataSafe Online Backup NOTE: Dell DataSafe Online may not be available in all regions. 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.
  • Page 41: Solving Problems

    If you cannot solve your problem using the following guidelines, see “Using Support Tools” on page 45 or “Contacting Dell” on page 67. WARNING: Only trained service personnel should remove the computer cover. See the Service Manual at for advanced...
  • Page 42: 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. • Check your wireless router to ensure it is powered on and connected to your data source (cable modem or network hub).
  • Page 43: Power Problems

    • If the display is not responding, 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 67).
  • Page 44: Memory Problems

    Reseat the memory module(s) into the connector(s) (see the Service Manual at • If the problem persists, contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 67). If you experience other memory problems — • Run the Dell Diagnostics (see “Dell Diagnostics”...
  • Page 45: Lockups And Software Problems

    Lockups and Software Problems If the computer does not start up — Ensure that the AC adapter 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.
  • Page 46 If a program is designed for an earlier operating system — Microsoft Windows ® ® Run the Program Compatibility Wizard. The Program Compatibility Wizard configures a program so that it runs in an environment similar to an earlier version of Microsoft Windows operating system environments.
  • Page 47: Using Support Tools

    Using Support Tools Dell Support Center The Dell Support Center helps you find the service, support, and system‑specific information you need. To launch the application, click the the taskbar. The Dell Support Center home page displays your computer’s model number, service tag, express service code, and service contact information.
  • Page 48: My Dell Downloads

    Some of the software pre‑installed on your new computer do not include a backup CD or DVD. This software is available at My Dell Downloads. From this website you can download available software for reinstallation or create your own backup media.
  • Page 49 “Contacting Dell” on page 67) for assistance. Hard-disk drive read failure — Possible hard‑disk drive failure during HDD boot test. Contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 67) for assistance. CPU fan failure — CPU fan has failed. Replace the CPU fan (see the Service Manual at
  • Page 50: Hardware Troubleshooter

    A parameter out of range may or may not indicate a potential hard drive problem — S.M.A.R.T error, possible hard drive failure. Contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 67) for assistance. Hardware Troubleshooter If a device is either not detected during...
  • Page 51: 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...
  • Page 52 Press any key to go to the Option window. If PSA is not invoked: Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics from the diagnostic utility partition on your hard drive and to go to the Choose An Option window.
  • Page 53 Dell. When the tests 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: The Drivers and Utilities disc may not ship with your computer.
  • Page 54 The Service Tag helps you identify your computer when you contact Dell. When the tests complete, close the test screen to return to the Choose An Option window. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and restart the computer, click Exit. Drivers and Utilities disc. Remove the...
  • Page 55: Restoring Your Operating System

    You can restore the operating system on your computer using any of the following options: CAUTION: Using Dell Factory Image Restore or the Operating System disc permanently deletes all data files on your computer. If possible, backup your data files before using these options.
  • Page 56: System Restore

    System Restore The Windows operating systems provide a System Restore option which allows you to return your computer to an earlier operating state (without affecting data files) if changes to the hardware, software, or other system settings have left the computer in an undesirable operating state.
  • Page 57: Dell Datasafe Local Backup

    Factory Image Restore (see “Dell Factory Image Restore” on page 58) to restore your operating system. You can use Dell DataSafe Local Backup to restore your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased your computer, while preserving the data files.
  • Page 58 Backup and restore your computer based on file types • Backup files to a local storage device • Schedule automated backups To upgrade to Dell DataSafe Local Backup Professional: Double‑click the Dell DataSafe Local Backup icon on the taskbar. Click...
  • Page 59: System Recovery Media

    You can use the system recovery media, created using Dell DataSafe Local Backup, to return your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer while preserving the data files on your computer.
  • Page 60: Dell Factory Image Restore

    DataSafe Local Backup (see “Dell DataSafe Local Backup” on page 55) to restore your operating system. 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 61 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 Dell Factory Image Restore, click Cancel.
  • Page 62: Getting Help

    Dell Support ( for help with installation and troubleshooting procedures. See “Online Services” on page 62 for a more extensive list of Dell Support online. If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, see “Before You Call” on page 65.
  • Page 63: Technical Support And Customer

    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 64: 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) You can access Dell Support through the following websites and e‑mail addresses:...
  • Page 65: Automated Order-Status Service

    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 66: Returning Items For Repair Under Warranty 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...
  • Page 67: 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 for your computer can be found on a label at the bottom of your computer.
  • Page 68 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 69: 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 Select your country or region.
  • Page 70: Resources

    See: “System Recovery Media” on page 57 “Dell Diagnostics” on page 49 “My Dell Downloads” on page 46 ® the Service Manual at NOTE: In some countries, opening and replacing parts of your computer may void your warranty.
  • Page 71 Regulatory Compliance Homepage at the bottom of your computer the Dell Support Center. To launch the Dell Support Center, click the taskbar. icon in the...
  • Page 72: Specifications

    Start → Help and Support and select the option to view information about your computer. Computer Model Dell Inspiron 1120 ™ ™ Processor Type Inspiron 1120 Athlon ™ System Chipset Inspiron 1120 Memory II Neo Memory module ™ connector...
  • Page 73 Memory Minimum memory 2 GB Maximum memory 8 GB NOTE: For instructions on upgrading the memory, see the Service Manual at Connectors Audio one microphone‑in connector, one stereo headphones/speakers connector, one digital microphone Mini‑Card one half‑size Mini‑Card slot one full‑size Mini‑Card...
  • Page 74 Wireless WLAN Wi‑Fi a/b/g/n; WWAN/GPS (optional); Bluetooth Audio Audio controller Speaker Volume controls Video Video controller Inspiron 1120 Video memory Inspiron 1120 3.0 (optional) ® ALC259‑GR 2 x 1.5 watt speakers software program menus and media controls ATI integrated RS880M...
  • Page 75 Vertical viewing +15°/–30° min angle Pixel pitch 0.1875 x 0.1875 mm Controls brightness can be controlled through keyboard shortcuts (see the Dell Technology Guide for more information) Keyboard Number of keys 86 (U.S. and Canada); 87 (Europe and Brazil); 90 (Japan)
  • Page 76 Touch Pad X/Y position 240 cpi resolution (graphics table mode) Size Width 74 mm (2.91 inches) sensor‑active area Height 34 mm (1.34 inches) rectangle Battery 6‑cell “smart” lithium ion Height 21.71 mm (0.85 inches) Width 207 mm (8.15 inches) Depth 51.83 mm (2.04 inches) Weight 0.32 kg (0.71 lb)
  • Page 77 AC Adapter NOTE: Use only AC adapters specified for use with your computer. See the safety information that shipped with your computer. Input voltage 100–240 VAC Input current 1.5 A Input frequency 50–60 Hz Output power 65 W Output current 3.34 A Rated output voltage 19.5 VDC Temperature range:...
  • Page 78 0.66 GRMS Non‑Operating 1.30 GRMS Computer Environment 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 79: Appendix

    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 80: Information For Nom, Or Official Mexican 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 81: Index

    5 Contacting Dell online 67 customer service 61 damage, avoiding 5 DataSafe Local Backup 55 DellConnect 61 Dell Factory Image Restore 58 Dell Support Center 45 Diagnostic Checklist 66 drivers and downloads 69 DVDs, playing and creating 36 e‑mail addresses...
  • Page 82 hardware problems diagnosing 48 Hardware Troubleshooter 48 help getting assistance and support 60 Internet connection 16 Internet Service Provider 16 memory problems solving 42 network connection fixing 40 Power/battery indicator light 25 power problems, solving 41 power strips, using 6 problems, solving 39 products information and purchasing 63...
  • Page 83 specifications 70 support e‑mail addresses 62 support sites worldwide 62 System Messages 46 System Restore 53 ventilation, ensuring 5 warranty returns 64 Windows Program Compatibility Wizard 44 setup 9 Windows, reinstalling 53 wired network network cable, connecting 7 wireless network connection 40...
  • Page 86 Printed in the U.S.A. | 07R3VHA00...

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