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Dell Inspiron 1764 Setup Manual

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    INSPIRON ™ SETUP GUIDE Regulatory Model: P07E series Regulatory Type: P07E001...

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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 ... . 39 Dell Dock ......40 Solving Problems .

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    Before You Call......66 Contacting Dell......68 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 place your Dell computer in a low-airflow environment, such as a closed briefcase, while it is powered on.

  • Page 8: Connect The Ac Adapter

    NOTE: Connect the power cable to the adapter firmly and ensure that the light on the adapter is on when you turn on power. NOTE: Use only Dell AC adapter family PA-2E, PA-3E, and PA-12 with 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 Windows operating system. To set up ®...

  • 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. SIM card SIM card slot battery bay...

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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: Ensure that your computer is turned on. Press the wireless key A confirmation of your selection appears on the screen. Wireless enabled Wireless disabled To disable wireless: Press the wireless key on the function key row on the keyboard again to turn off all radios. NOTE: The wireless key allows you to quickly turn off all wireless radios (WiFi and Bluetooth on your computer, such as when you are asked to disable all wireless radios on an airplane flight.

  • Page 16: 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 from Setting Up a Wired Connection • If you are using a DSL or cable/satellite...

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    Setting Up a Wireless Connection NOTE: To set up your wireless router, see the documentation that shipped with your router. Before you can use your wireless Internet connection, you need to connect to your wireless router. To set up your connection to a wireless router: ®...

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    Windows Vista NOTE: The following instructions are applicable to 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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    Windows 7 Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs. Click → Control Panel→ Network Start and Internet→ Network and Sharing Center→ Set up a new connection or network→ Connect to the Internet. The Connect to the Internet window appears. NOTE: If you do not know which type of connection to select, click Help me choose or contact your ISP.

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

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

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    SD/MMC - MS/Pro 7-in-1 media card reader — Provides a fast and convenient way to view and share digital photos, music, videos, and documents stored on the following digital media cards: • Secure Digital (SD) memory card • Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) card •...

  • Page 22: Left View Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Left View Features...

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

  • Page 24: Front View Features

    Front View Features 1 2 3 Power indicator light — Indicates the following power states: • Solid white — The computer is on. • Breathing white — The computer is in standby mode. • Off — The computer is off or in hibernate state. Hard drive indicator light —...

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    Battery indicator 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 solid amber Battery NOTE: The battery is charging when the computer is powered using an AC adapter. 4 Analog microphone —...

  • Page 26: Computer Base And Keyboard Features

    Computer Base and Keyboard Features...

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    Power button — Turns the computer on or off when pressed. 2 Function key row — The wireless enable and 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: Touch Pad Gestures

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

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    Zoom Allows you to increase or decrease the magnification of the screen content. The zoom feature includes: One finger zoom — Allows you to zoom in or out. To zoom in: Move a finger up in the zoom zone (extreme left of the touch pad).

  • Page 30: Multimedia Control Keys

    Multimedia Control Keys The multimedia control keys are located on the function key row on the keyboard. To use the multimedia controls, press the required key. You can configure the multimedia control keys on the keyboard using the Function Key Behavior in the System Setup (BIOS) utility or the Windows Mobility Center.

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    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 32: Using The Optical Drive

    Using the Optical Drive CAUTION: Do not press down on the optical drive tray when you open or close it. Keep the optical drive tray closed when you are not using the optical drive. CAUTION: Do not move the computer while playing or recording a disc. The optical drive plays or records CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs (optional).

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    Using Your Inspiron Laptop 1 disc 2 spindle 3 optical drive tray 4 eject button...

  • Page 34: Display Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Display Features...

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    2 Camera — Built-in camera for video capture, conferencing, and chat. 3 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 36: Dell Extended Battery Life, Removing And Replacing The Battery

    Dell Extended Battery Life The Dell Extended Battery Life feature provides options to derive the maximum backup time from your battery. This feature is enabled by default and is activated when you disconnect the AC power. Press <F3> to enable or disable the feature.

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    To replace the battery: Align the tabs on the battery with the slots on the battery bay. Slide the battery into the battery bay until it clicks into place. battery battery bay battery release latch...

  • Page 38: 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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    You can use the power options in your operating system to configure the power settings on your computer. The Microsoft Windows operating ® system installed on your Dell computer provides the following options: Windows Vista • Dell Recommended — Offers full performance when you need it and saves power during periods of inactivity.

  • Page 40: Transferring Information To A New Computer

    To transfer information to a new computer: Windows Vista NOTE: The following steps are applicable for the Windows default view, so they may — Automatically not apply if you set your Dell the Windows Classic view. Click and Maintenance→ Welcome Center→ Transfer files and settings.

  • Page 41: 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 42: 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 43: Solving Problems, Troubleshooting, Beep Codes

    If you cannot solve your problem using the following guidelines, see “Using Support Tools” on page 48 or “Contacting Dell” on page 68. Beep Codes Your computer may emit a series of beeps during start-up if there are errors or problems.

  • Page 44: 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 45: Power Problems

    • Press a key on the keyboard, move the connected mouse or a finger on the touch pad, or press the power button to resume normal operation. • If the problem persists, contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 68).

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    • If the problem persists, contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 68). If the battery indicator light is solid amber — The computer is in standby mode and the battery charge is low.

  • Page 47: Memory Problems

    Reseat the memory modules into the connector(s) (see the Service Manual at • If the problem persists, contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 68.) If you experience other memory problems — • Ensure that you are following the memory installation guidelines (see the Service Manual at

  • Page 48: 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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    To run the Program Compatability Wizard: Windows Vista ® Click → Control Panel→ Start Programs→ Use an older program with this version of Windows. In the welcome screen, click Follow the instructions on the screen. Windows 7 Click Start In the search box, type Use an older program with this version of Windows and press <Enter>.

  • Page 50: Using Support Tools, Dell Support Center

    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. The home page also provides links to access:...

  • Page 51: System Messages

    POST. Contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 68). Hard-disk drive read failure — Possible hard drive failure during HDD boot test. Contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 68). Keyboard failure — Keyboard failure or loose cable.

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    It is recommended that you back up your data regularly. 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 68).

  • Page 53: Hardware Troubleshooter, Dell Diagnostics

    Ensure that the device that you want to test displays in the system setup program and is active. 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.

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    Starting Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive The Dell Diagnostics is located on a hidden diagnostic utility partition on your hard drive. NOTE: If your computer cannot display a screen image, contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 68). Ensure that the computer is connected to an electrical outlet that is known to be working properly.

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    Choose An 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 Insert the Shut down and restart the computer.

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    The Service Tag helps you identify your computer when you contact Dell. When the tests are complete, close the test screen to return to the Choose An Option window. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and restart the computer, click Exit. Remove the Drivers and Utilities disc.

  • Page 57: Restoring Your Operating System

    Use System Restore as the first solution for restoring your operating system and preserving data files. • Dell Factory Image Restore returns your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer. This procedure permanently deletes all data on the hard drive and removes any programs installed after you received the computer.

  • Page 58: System Restore

    System Restore makes to your computer are completely reversible. NOTE: The procedures in this document are applicable for the Windows default view, so they may not apply if you set your Dell computer to the Windows Classic view. To run System Restore: Click...

  • Page 59: Dell Factory Image Restore

    If possible, back up the data before using this option. Use Dell Factory Image Restore only if System Restore did not resolve your operating system problem.

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    If possible, back up all data before using Dell Factory Image Restore. To restore the Dell factory image on your hard drive: Turn on the computer. When the Dell logo appears, press <F8> several times to access the Advanced Boot Options window.

  • Page 61: Operating System Reinstallation

    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 whether you requested the disc, the...

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    Click Exit if the Install Windows 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 Windows desktop, then shut down your computer and try again.

  • Page 63: Getting Help

    See “Online Services” on 41 for page 63 for a more extensive list of Dell Support online. If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, see “Before You Call” on page 66.

  • Page 64: Service, Dellconnect

    Dell hardware. Our support staff use computer-based diagnostics to provide fast, accurate answers. To contact Dell’s support service, see “Before You Call” on page 66 and “Contacting Dell” on page 68. DellConnect DellConnect is a simple online access tool that ™...

  • Page 65: 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 66: 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 67: Warranty Or For Credit

    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 and on any other storage device in the product.

  • Page 68: 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 on the bottom of your computer.

  • Page 69: Diagnostic Checklist

    Remember to fill out the following Diagnostics 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 70: 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 72: And Resources

    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 taskbar.

  • Page 74: 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 →...

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    Connectors Audio one microphone-in connector, one stereo headphone/speaker connector Mini-Card one Type IIIA full Mini-Card slot, one half-size Mini-Card slot HDMI one 19-pin connector Network one RJ45 connector four 4-pin USB 2.0-compliant connectors Video one 15-hole connector Media card one 7-in-1 slot reader Communications Network...

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    Display Type 17.3-inch HD WLED with TrueLife Height 214.81 mm (8.46 inches) Width 381.88 mm (15.03 inches) Diagonal 439.42 mm (17.3 inches) Battery 6-cell “smart” lithium ion Depth 53.1 mm (2.09 inches) Height 22.3 mm (0.88 inches) Width 274.5 mm (10.8 inches) Weight 0.35 kg (0.77 lb) Battery...

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    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 or 90 W Output current 3.34 A (65 W) (continuous) 4.62 A (90 W) (continuous)

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    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, 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 80: 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

    Index AC adapter connecting 6 light status 23 specifications 75 airflow computer safety 5 audio connecting 18 backup and recovery 39 backups creating 39 battery 6-cell 74 9-cell 74 coin-cell 74 light status 23 camera 33 video resolution 73 CDs, playing and creating 36 chipset 72 computer capabilities 36...

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    Contacting Dell online 68 customizing your desktop 36 your energy settings 37 damage, avoiding 5 data, backing up 38 Dell Diagnostics 51 Dell Factory Image Restore 57 display size 74 types 74 drivers and downloads 71 DVDs, playing and creating 36 e-mail address...

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    Internet connection 14 Internet Service Provider 14 Macrovision 77 media card reader 19 memory configurations 72 types 72 microphone analog 23 connecting external 18 Mini-Cards 73 network connector 73 NOM 78 optical drive 19 playing CD/DVD 29 power/battery indicator lights 22, 23 powering up the computer 8 processors 72 recovering data 39...

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    security cable, connecting 21 setup, before you begin 5 SIM card 10 support e-mail addresses 63 system reinstall options 55 System Restore 55 touch pad gestures 26 USB 19, 21 ventilation, ensuring 5 connecting 21 video connector 73 volume 29 Windows reinstalling 60 setting up 9...

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