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Dell Studio 1555 Setup Manual

Dell Studio 1555 Setup Manual

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  • Page 1 SETUP GUIDE...
  • Page 3 SETUP GUIDE Model PP39L...
  • 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 , Solution Station , and DellConnect are trademarks of Dell Inc.;...
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Free Fall Sensor ..... . . 45 Dell Dock ......46 Dell DataSafe Online Backup .
  • Page 6 Before You Call......75 Contacting Dell......76 Finding More Information and Resources .
  • Page 7: Setting Up Your Studio 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 Studio 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 Studio 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 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. To access the Internet you must be within the network of your cellular service provider. To install the SIM card: Turn off your computer.
  • Page 15 battery bay SIM card slot SIM card...
  • Page 16: Enable Or Disable Wireless (Optional)

    Enable or Disable Wireless (Optional) 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 80. To enable wireless: Ensure that your computer is turned on.
  • Page 17 Setting Up Your Studio Laptop...
  • 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,...
  • Page 19 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 setup your connection to a wireless router: Windows ®...
  • Page 20 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 Internet Service Provider (ISP) might have a service outage.
  • Page 21 Windows Vista Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs. Click → Control Panel. 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 Studio Laptop

    Using Your Studio Laptop This section provides information about the features available on your Studio 1555/1557/1558 laptop. Right Side Features...
  • Page 23 1 ExpressCard slot — Provides support for additional memory, wired and wireless communications, multimedia, and security features. The slot supports 34 mm ExpressCards. NOTE: The ExpressCard slot is designed only for ExpressCards. It does NOT support PC cards. NOTE: Your computer ships with a plastic blank installed in the ExpressCard slot. Blanks protect unused slots from dust and other particles.
  • Page 24 3 Optical drive — Plays or records CDs, DVDs, and Blu‑ray Discs (optional). Ensure that you insert the disc with the printed side facing upwards. CAUTION: Do not use non‑standard size or shape discs (including mini‑CDs and mini‑DVDs) or you will damage the drive. Place the disc in the center of the disc slot, with the label facing upwards and gently push the disc into the slot.
  • Page 25 Battery status light — Turns on steadily or blinks to indicate the battery charge status. The light indicates the following states when the computer is powered by the AC adapter: • Solid white — The battery is charging. • Off — The battery is fully charged. the battery: •...
  • Page 26: Left Side Features

    Using Your Studio Laptop Left Side Features...
  • Page 27 1 Security cable slot — Attaches a commercially available security cable to the computer. NOTE: Before you buy a security cable, ensure that it 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 28 IEEE 1394a connector — Connects to high‑speed serial multimedia devices, such as digital video cameras. Audio in/Microphone connector — Connects to a microphone or inputs signal for use with audio programs. Audio out/Headphone connectors (2) — Connect to a pair of headphones or sends audio to a powered speaker or sound system.
  • Page 29 Using Your Studio Laptop...
  • Page 30: Computer Base Features

    Using Your Studio Laptop Computer Base Features...
  • Page 31 The touch pad supports the Scroll and Zoom features. To change the touch pad settings, double‑click the Dell Touch pad icon in the notification area of your desktop. on it. The optional backlit keyboard provides...
  • Page 32: Touch Pad Gestures

    Touch Pad Gestures NOTE: The touch pad gestures can be enabled or disabled by double‑clicking the Dell Touch pad icon in the notification area of your desktop. Zoom Allows you to increase or decrease the magnification of the screen content. The zoom feature includes: One finger zoom —...
  • Page 33 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) to scroll up or down on the active window.
  • 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 To access the Function Key Behavior: Press <F2>...
  • Page 35 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 Eject the disc...
  • Page 36: Display Features

    Using Your Studio Laptop Display Features The display panel holds a camera and accompanying dual microphones.
  • Page 37 5 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: Using The Touch Screen (Optional)

    The touch screen feature on your laptop converts your computer into an interactive display. Dell Touch Zone To launch the Dell Touch Zone software click → All Programs→ Dell→ Dell Touch Start Zone. You can access the following features in the Dell Touch Zone: •...
  • Page 39 Touch Screen Gestures NOTE: Some of these gestures may not work outside the Dell Touch Zone. Zoom Allows you to increase or decrease the magnification of the screen content. Pinch — Allows you to zoom in or zoom out by moving two fingers apart or bringing them closer together on the screen.
  • Page 40 Scroll Allows you to scroll through content. Pan — Allows you to move the focus on the selected object when the entire object is not visible. Move two fingers in the desired direction to pan scroll the selected object. Scroll Vertical — Allows you to scroll up or down on the active window.
  • Page 41 Flick Allows you to flip content forward or backward based on the direction of the flick. Move a finger quickly in the desired direction to flip through content in the active window, like pages in a book. Flick also works vertically when navigating content such as images or songs in a playlist.
  • Page 42: Using The Optical Drive

    Using Your Studio Laptop Using the Optical Drive...
  • Page 43 Using Your Studio Laptop CAUTION: Do not move the computer while playing or recording a disc. Ensure that you insert the disc with the printed side facing upwards. Place the disc in the center of the disc slot and gently push the disc into the slot. The drive will automatically pull the disc in and begin reading its content.
  • Page 44: Removing And Replacing The Battery

    Removing and Replacing the Battery 1 battery 2 battery bay 3 battery release latch...
  • Page 45 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 46: 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 47: Free Fall Sensor

    Entertainment and Multimedia You can use your computer to watch videos, play games, create your own CDs/DVDs, listen to music and radio stations. Your optical drive may support multiple disc media formats including CDs, DVDs, and Blu‑ray Discs (optional). You can download or copy pictures and video files from portable devices, such as digital cameras and cell phones.
  • Page 48: 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 49: 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 50: Solving Problems

    If you cannot solve your problem using the following guidelines, see “Using Support Tools” on page 55 or “Contacting Dell” on page 76. WARNING: Only trained service personnel should remove the computer cover. See the Service Manual at for advanced...
  • Page 51: Beep Codes

    This series of beeps, called a beep code, identifies a problem. If this occurs, write down the beep code and contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 76). NOTE: To replace parts, see the Service Manual at
  • Page 52: 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 14). •...
  • Page 53: Power Problems

    AC adapter is on. • If the problem persists, contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 76). If the power light is solid white and the computer is not responding — The display may not be responding.
  • Page 54: 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 76). If you encounter interference that hinders reception on your computer — An unwanted signal is creating interference by interrupting or blocking other signals.
  • Page 55: 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.
  • Page 56 To run the Program Compatibility Wizard: Windows 7 Click → Control Panel→ Start Programs→ Run programs made for previous versions of Windows. In the welcome screen, click Follow the instructions on the screen. Windows Vista Click → Control Panel→ Start Programs→...
  • Page 57: Using Support Tools

    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. The home page also provides links to access:...
  • Page 58: 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 59 POST. Contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 76). Hard-disk drive read failure — Possible hard drive failure during HDD boot test. Contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 76). Keyboard failure — Keyboard failure or loose cable.
  • Page 60: Hardware Troubleshooter

    No timer tick interrupt — A chip on the system board might be malfunctioning or system board failure. Contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 76). USB over current error — Disconnect the USB device. Your USB device needs more power for it to function properly.
  • Page 61: 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 62 Press any key to go to the Option window. 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.
  • Page 63 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: The Drivers and Utilities disc may not ship with your computer.
  • Page 64 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 65: 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 66: 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 67: Dell Datasafe Local Backup

    Factory Image Restore (see “Dell Factory Image Restore” on page 68) 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 68 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 69: 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 70: Dell Factory Image Restore

    Data files include documents, spreadsheets, e‑mail messages, digital photos, music files, and so on. If possible, back up all data before using Dell Factory Image Restore.
  • Page 71 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 72: Getting Help

    Dell Technology Guide on your hard drive or at for more troubleshooting information. See “Dell Diagnostics” on page procedures on how to run Dell Diagnostics. Fill out the “Diagnostic Checklist” on page 75. Use Dell’s extensive suite of online services available at for help with...
  • Page 73: 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 74: 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 75: 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 76: Returning Items For Repair Under 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 77: Before You Call

    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 78: 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
  • Page 79 Getting Help...
  • Page 80: Resources

    See: “System Recovery Media” on page 67 “Dell Diagnostics” on page 59 “My Dell Downloads” on page 56 ® the Service Manual at NOTE: In some countries, opening and replacing parts of your computer may void your warranty.
  • Page 81 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 82: Specifications

    → Help and Support and select the option to view information about computer, click Start your computer. Computer Model Studio 1555/1557/1558 Computer Information System chipset Intel GM45/PM45 + ICH9M (Studio 1555) Mobile Intel 5 series express chipset PM55 (Studio 1557) Mobile Intel 5 series express chipset HM55 (Studio 1558) Computer Information...
  • Page 83 Computer Model Studio 1555 Processor Type Intel Core ® Intel Pentium Dual‑Core Intel Celeron Intel Celeron L1 cache 64 KB (32 KB for each core) L2 cache 3 MB or 6 MB (Intel Core2 Duo) 1 MB (Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium Dual‑Core, and Intel Celeron Dual‑Core)
  • Page 84 Computer Model Studio 1555 Video LCD interface Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) TV support HDMI 1.3B Discrete Video type integrated on system board Video controller ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 Video memory GDDR3 256 MB/512 MB Studio 1557 Studio 1558...
  • Page 85 Computer Model Studio 1555 Video type integrated on system board Video controller Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD Video memory up to 358 MB of shared memory Studio 1557 Studio 1558 integrated on system board Intel GMA HD up to 1.7 GB of shared...
  • Page 86 ExpressCard ExpressCard Intel ICH9M (Studio 1555) controller Mobile Intel 5 series express chipset PM55 (Studio 1557) Mobile Intel 5 series express chipset HM55 (Studio 1558) Cards supported ExpressCard/34 (34 mm) 1.5 V and 3.3 V Connector size 26 pins Memory Connectors two user‑accessible...
  • Page 87 Connectors Audio one microphone‑in connector and two stereo headphones/ speakers connectors IEEE 1394a one 4‑pin mini, non‑ powered connector Mini‑Card one Type IIIA full Mini‑Card slot, one half‑size Mini‑Card slot HDMI 19 pins Network adapter one RJ45 connector eSATA one seven‑pin/four‑pin eSATA/USB combo connector two four‑pin USB...
  • Page 88 Audio Audio type IDT 92HD73C High Definition audio codec Audio controller 5.1 channel High Definition audio Stereo conversion 24‑bit (analog‑to‑digital and digital‑to‑analog) Internal Interface Intel High Definition audio Speaker two 4.5‑ohm speakers and one 4 ohm subwoofer Internal speaker 2 watt per channel into amplifier 4.5 ohm and 3 watt per channel subwoofer...
  • Page 89 HD+/FHD: 60/60 Vertical HD: 15/30 HD+/FHD: 50/50 Pixel pitch HD: 0.252 x 0.252 mm HD+: 0.215 x 0.215 mm FHD: 0.18 x 0.18 mm Controls brightness can be controlled through keyboard shortcuts (see the Dell Technology Guide for more information)
  • Page 90 Height 40.09 mm (1.57‑inches) rectangle Battery Type 4‑cell “smart” lithium ion (Studio 1555) 6‑cell/9‑cell “smart” lithium ion (Studio 1555/1557/1558) Depth 48.3 mm (1.9 inches) (4/6/9‑cell) Height 20.4 mm (0.8 inches) (4/6‑cell) 37.8 mm (1.5 inches) (9‑cell) Width 206.6 mm (8.13 inches) (4/6‑cell)
  • Page 91 4 hours (when the computer (approximate) is turned off) Operating time varies depending on operating conditions and can be significantly reduced under certain power‑intensive conditions. see the Dell Technology Guide for more information. Battery Life span 300 discharge/charge (approximate) cycles Temperature range: Operating 0°...
  • Page 92 AC Adapter Input voltage 100–240 VAC Input current 1.5 A/1.6 A/1.7 A Input frequency 50–60 Hz Output power 65 W or 90 W Output current 4.34 A (maximum at (65 W) 4‑second pulse) 3.34 A (continuous) Output current 5.62 A (maximum at (90 W) 4‑second pulse) 4.62 A (continuous)
  • Page 93 AC Adapter 90 W (E‑Series) Height 16 mm (0.6 inches) Width 70 mm (2.8 inches) Depth 147 mm (5.8 inches) Weight (with 0.34 kg (0.76 lb) cables) Temperature ranges: Operating 0° to 35°C (32° to 95°F) 0° to 40°C (32° to 104°F) (Auto‑Air Adapter) Storage –40°...
  • Page 94 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 95: 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 96: 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 ‑ 11° Col. Lomas Altas 11950 México, D.F.
  • Page 97: Index

    5 Contacting Dell online 76 customer service 71 damage, avoiding 5 DellConnect 71 Dell Diagnostics 59 Dell Factory Image Restore 68 Dell Support Center 55 Dell Touch Zone 36 Diagnostic Checklist 75 discs using 40 drivers and downloads 79...
  • Page 98 email addresses for technical support 72 finding more information 78 flick 39 FTP login, anonymous 72 gestures touch pad 30 touch screen 37 hardware problems diagnosing 58 Hardware Troubleshooter 58 help getting assistance and support 70 Internet connection 16 Internet Service Provider 16 memory problems solving 52 memory support 84...
  • Page 99 power problems, solving 51 power strips, using 6 problems, solving 48 products information and purchasing 73 resources, finding more 78 restoring factory image 68 setup, before you begin 5 shipping products for return or repair 74 software features 44 software problems 53 solving problems 48 specifications 80 supported sites...
  • Page 100 warranty returns 74 Windows Program Compatibility Wizard 53 wired network network cable, connecting 7 wireless network connection 50...
  • Page 102 Printed in the U.S.A. | 0641RMA00...

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