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Dell Inspiron N3010 Setup Manual

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    INSPIRON ™ SETUP GUIDE Regulatory model: P10S Regulatory type: P10S001...

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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, YOURS IS HERE , Inspiron , Solution Station , 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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    Hardware Troubleshooter ....50 Dell Diagnostics ..... . . 51 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, 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 The Operating System

    Set Up the Operating System Your Dell computer is preconfigured with the operating system you selected at the time of purchase. Set Up 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: 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. ™...

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    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: Enable Or Disable Wireless (optional)

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

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    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 74. To enable wireless: Ensure that your computer is turned on. Press the wireless key A confirmation of your selection appears on the screen.

  • Page 16: Set Up Wireless Display (optional)

    Set Up Wireless Display (Optional) NOTE: The wireless display feature may not be supported on all computers. For information about the hardware and software requirements for setting up wireless display, see The Intel wireless display feature allows you to share your computer display to a TV without the use of cables.

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    The Intel Wireless Display window appears. Select Connect to Existing Adapter. NOTE: You can download and install the latest driver for “Intel Wireless Display Connection Manager” from NOTE: For more information about wireless display, see the wireless display adapter documentation.

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    Connect the External Optical Drive (Optional) NOTE:Your computer does not have an internal optical drive. Use an external optical drive for the procedures that involve discs. Connect the external optical drive to the USB connectors on your computer.

  • Page 19: 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,...

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    Windows ® 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. Click → Control Panel. Start In the search box, type network, and then click Network and Sharing Center→...

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    To set up your Internet connection: Windows Vista Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs. → Control Panel. Click Start network, and then In the search box, type click Network and Sharing Center→ Set up a connection or network→ Connect to the Internet.

  • Page 22: Using Your Inspiron Laptop

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

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    7-in-1 Media Card Reader — Provides a fast and convenient way to view and share digital photos, music, videos, and documents stored on memory cards. NOTE: Your computer ships with a plastic blank installed in the media card slot. Blanks protect unused slots from dust and other particles.

  • Page 24: 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 the cable fits into the security cable slot on your computer. HDMI connector — Connects to a TV for both 5.1 audio and video signals. NOTE: When used with a monitor, only the video signal is read.

  • Page 26: Front View Features

    Front View Features 1 2 3 Power indicator light — Indicates the power states. For more information on the power button light, see “Status Lights and Indicators” on page 26. Hard drive activity light — Turns on when the computer reads or writes data. A solid white light indicates hard drive activity.

  • Page 27: Back View Features

    Back View Features AC adapter connector — Connects to the AC adapter to power the computer and charge the battery. VGA connector — Connects to a monitor or projector.

  • Page 28: Status Lights And Indicators

    Status Lights and Indicators Battery Status Light NOTE: The battery is charging when the computer is powered using the AC adapter. Indicator light status solid white AC adapter solid amber Battery Computer state(s) Battery charge level on/standby/off/ <=98% hibernate on/standby/off/ >98% hibernate on/standby...

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    Power Button Light/Power Indicator Light Indicator light status solid white breathing white NOTE: For information on power problems, see “Power Problems” on page 43. Computer state(s) standby off/hibernate...

  • Page 30: Features

    Computer Base and Keyboard Features...

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    The touch pad supports the Scroll, Flick, Zoom, and Rotate. To change the touch pad settings, double-click the Dell Touch pad icon in the notification area of the desktop. For more information, see “Touch Pad Gestures” on page 30.

  • Page 32: 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.

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    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 34: 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 System Setup (BIOS) Utility or the Windows Mobility Center. System Setup (BIOS) Utility Press <F2>...

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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 36: 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 on your hard drive or at

  • Page 38: 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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    battery lock latch battery battery release latch...

  • Page 40: 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 FastAccess Facial Recognition Your computer may have the FastAccess facial recognition feature. This feature helps keep...

  • Page 41: Dell Datasafe Online Backup

    TVs, projectors, and home theater equipment. 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.

  • 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

    If you cannot solve your problem using the following guidelines, see “Using Support Tools” on page 47 or “Contacting Dell” on page 70. WARNING: Only trained service personnel should remove the computer cover. See the Service Manual at for advanced...

  • 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 on your computer (see “Enable or Disable Wireless” on page 12). •...

  • Page 45: Power Problems

    — The display may not be 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 70).

  • Page 46: Memory 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 70). If you encounter interference that hinders reception on your computer — An unwanted signal is creating interference by interrupting or blocking other signals.

  • Page 47: 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 Compatibility 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 ® → Control Panel→ Click Start Programs→...

  • Page 49: Using Support Tools

    All the support you need – one convenient location. The Dell Support Center provides system alerts, performance improvement offers, system information, and links to other Dell tools and diagnostic services. To launch the application, click Start All Programs→ Dell→ Dell Support Center→...

  • Page 50: 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 web site you can download available software for reinstallation or create your own backup media.

  • Page 51: System Messages

    Alternatively you could see the Dell Technology Guide on your hard drive or at or see “Contacting Dell” on page 70 for assistance.

  • Page 52: Hardware Troubleshooter

    • Enter system setup and ensure that the boot sequence information is correct (see the Dell Technology Guide on your hard drive or at CAUTION - Hard Drive SELF MONITORING SYSTEM has reported that a parameter has exceeded its normal operating range. Dell recommends that you back up your data regularly.

  • Page 53: 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 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.

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    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: Your computer does not have an internal optical drive.

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    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. Remove the Drivers and Utilities disc.

  • Page 57: 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 58: 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 59: Dell Datasafe Local Backup

    CAUTION: Although Dell Datasafe Local Backup is designed to preserve the data files on your computer, it is recommended that you backup your data files before using Dell DataSafe Local Backup. NOTE: Dell DataSafe Local Backup may not be available in all regions.

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    Factory Image Restore (see “Dell Factory Image Restore” on page 61) 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 on your computer.

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    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 62: 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 persevering the data files on your computer.

  • Page 63: Dell Factory Image Restore

    DataSafe Local Backup (see “Dell DataSafe Local Backup” on page 57) 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.

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    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 65: Getting Help

    Dell Support ( for help with installation and troubleshooting procedures. See “Online Services” on page 65 for a more extensive list of Dell Support online. If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, see “Before You Call” on page 68.

  • Page 66: 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 67: 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 68: 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 69: 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 70: 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.

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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 72: 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.

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    Getting Help...

  • Page 74: Resources

    See: “System Recovery Media” on page 60 “Dell Diagnostics” on page 51 “My Dell Downloads” on page 48 the Dell Technology Guide available on your hard drive or at ® the Service Manual at

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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 task bar icon in the...

  • Page 76: Specifications

    NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. For more information regarding the configuration of your computer, click Start → Help and Support and select the option to view information about your computer. Computer Model Dell Inspiron N3010 ™ ® Processor...

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    Memory Possible memory 2 GB, 3 GB, 4 GB, 5 GB, configurations 6 GB, and 8 GB NOTE: For instructions on upgrading the memory, see the Service Manual at Connectors Audio one microphone-in connector, stereo headphones/speakers connector, analog microphone...

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    Communications Modem (optional) External V.92 56K USB modem Network adapter 10/100 Ethernet LAN on system board Wireless WLAN Wi-Fi gn/agn and Bluetooth technology Video Discrete Video controller AMD ATI Mobility ™ Radeon Video memory DDR3 1 GB Video Video controller Intel Video memory wireless ®...

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    Vertical viewing 15/30 (H/L) angle Pixel pitch 0.252 x 0.252 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); 90 (Japan); 87 (Brazil)

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    Touch Pad X/Y position 240 cpi resolution (graphics table mode) Size Width 72.3 mm (2.81 inches) sensor-active area Height 35.38 mm (1.39 inches) rectangle Battery Types and dimensions: 6-cell “smart” lithium ion Height 22.80 mm (0.90 inches) Width 214 mm (8.43 inches) Depth 57.64 mm (2.27 inches) Battery...

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    AC Adapter Input frequency 50–60 Hz Output power 65 W or 90 W Output power 3.34 A (65 W continuous) 4.62 A (90 W continuous) Rated output 19.5 +/- 1 VDC voltage Temperature range: Operating 0° to 40°C (32° to 104°F) Storage –40°...

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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 83: 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 84: 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 85: Index

    5 battery status light 26 calling Dell 68 CDs, playing and creating 39 computer capabilities 38 computer, setting up 5 Contacting Dell online 70 customer service 64 damage, avoiding 5 DellConnect 64 Dell Diagnostics 51 Dell Support Center 47...

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    Hardware Troubleshooter 50 help getting assistance and support 63 Internet connection 17 Internet Service Provider 17 memory problems solving 44 my dell downloads 48 network connection fixing 42 power indicator light 27 power strips, using 6 problems, solving 41 products...

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    setup, before you begin 5 shipping products for return or repair 67 software features 38 software problems 45 solving problems 41 specifications 74 support e-mail addresses 65 support sites worldwide 64 System Messages 49 system recovery media 10 Touch Pad Gestures 30 ventilation, ensuring 5 warranty returns 67...

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