Dell Inspiron 640M Owner's Manual
Dell Inspiron 640M Owner's Manual

Dell Inspiron 640M Owner's Manual

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Dell™ Inspiron™ 640M/ E1405
Owner's Manual
Model PP19L
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  • Page 1 Dell™ Inspiron™ 640M/ E1405 Owner’s Manual Model PP19L w w w . d e l l . c o m | s u p p o r t . d e l l . c o m...
  • Page 2 Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation; Microsoft, Outlook, and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is used by Dell under license; IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation;...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Finding Information A Tour of Your Computer Front View ........Left Side View .
  • Page 4 ........Customizing the Touch Pad Using a Battery Battery Performance Checking the Battery Charge Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter ® Microsoft Windows Charge Gauge...
  • Page 5 Dell MediaDirect and Dell Media Experience Help Using the Dell MediaDirect™ Repair Utility CD or the Dell MediaDirect Reinstallation ........
  • Page 6 Connecting to a Wireless Local Area Network Enabling/Disabling the Wireless Network Card Monitoring the Status of Wireless Network Connections Through Dell™ QuickSet Mobile Broadband or Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) What You Need to Establish a Mobile Broadband Network Connection...
  • Page 7 Accessing the Dell Support Utility Clicking the Dell Support Icon Double-Clicking the Dell Support Icon Drive Problems ........
  • Page 8 Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities Restoring Your Operating System Using Microsoft Windows XP System Restore Using Dell PC Restore by Symantec Using the Operating System CD 11 Adding and Replacing Parts Before You Begin ....... .
  • Page 9 ....... Dell Technical Support Policy (U.S. Only) ......
  • Page 10 Definition of "Dell-Installed" Software and Peripherals Definition of "Third-Party" Software and Peripherals FCC Notice (U.S. Only) FCC Class B ....... .
  • Page 11: Finding Information

    Documentation and drivers are already installed on your computer. You can use the CD to reinstall drivers (see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on page 102) or to run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 81). Readme files may be included on your CD to...
  • Page 12 Service Tag and Microsoft Windows These labels are located on the bottom of • Use the Service Tag to identify your computer when you use support.dell.com or contact technical support. • Enter the Express Service Code to direct your call when contacting technical support.
  • Page 13 Select your region to view the appropriate support site. NOTE: Corporate, government, and education customers can also use the customized Dell Premier Support website at premier.support.dell.com. To download Notebook System Software: Go to support.dell.com and click Downloads. Enter your Service Tag or product model.
  • Page 14 What Are You Looking For? • Information on network activity, the Power Management Wizard, hotkeys, and other items controlled by Dell QuickSet • How to reinstall my operating system Finding Information Find It Here Dell QuickSet Help To view Dell QuickSet Help, right-click the ®...
  • Page 15: Tour Of Your Computer

    A Tour of Your Computer Front View display latch release device status lights speakers 10 keyboard and wireless status lights display touch pad touch pad buttons display latches (2) power button media control buttons keyboard A Tour of Your Computer...
  • Page 16 D I S P L A Y L A T C H R E L E A S E — Slide and hold to release the display latches and open the display. D I S P L A Y — For more information about your display, see "Using the Display" on page 31. P O W E R B U T T O N —...
  • Page 17 Stop. Launch Dell MediaDirect or Microsoft "Using Dell Media Experience™ and Dell MediaDirect™" on page 46. S P E A K E R S — To adjust the volume of the integrated speakers, press the media control buttons or speaker-volume keyboard shortcuts.
  • Page 18: Keyboard And Wireless Status Lights

    K E Y B O A R D A N D W I R E L E S S S T A T U S L I G H T S The green lights located above the keyboard indicate the following: D I S P L A Y L A T C H E S —...
  • Page 19: Left Side View

    Left Side View security cable slot IEEE 1394 connector 5-in-1 media memory card reader CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air vents. Do not store your computer in a low-airflow environment, such as a closed briefcase, while it is running. Restricting the airflow can damage the computer or cause a fire.
  • Page 20 V I D E O O U T C O N N E C T O R T V- Connects your computer to a TV. Also connects digital audio capable devices using the TV/digital audio adapter cable. C O N N E C T O R IEEE 1394 —...
  • Page 21: Right Side View

    Right Side View optical drive bay modem connector (RJ-11) O P T I C A L D R I V E B A Y — You can install devices such as a DVD drive or other optical drive in the optical drive bay. For more information, see "Optical Drives"...
  • Page 22: Back View

    N E T W O R K C O N N E C T O R (RJ-45) Connects the computer to a network. The green and yellow lights next to the connector indicate activity for wired network communications. For information on using the network adapter, see the online network adapter documentation supplied with your computer.
  • Page 23: Bottom View

    CAUTION: 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 the power strip or electrical outlet may cause fire or equipment damage. NOTICE: When you disconnect the AC adapter cable from the computer, grasp the connector, not the cable itself, and pull firmly but gently to avoid damaging the cable.
  • Page 24 P R O C E S S O R A N D T H E R M A L M O D U L E C O V E R — Covers the processor and thermal module. M O D E M I N I A R D W I R E L E S S C O V E R...
  • Page 25: Setting Up Your Computer

    Setting Up Your Computer Connecting to the Internet NOTE: ISPs and ISP offerings vary by country. To connect to the Internet, you need a modem or network connection and an Internet service provider (ISP). Your ISP will offer one or more of the following Internet connection options: •...
  • Page 26: Transferring Information To A New Computer

    • If you have already obtained setup information from your ISP but you did not receive a setup CD, click Set up my connection manually. • If you have a CD, click Use the CD I got from an ISP. 5 Click Next.
  • Page 27: Running The Files And Settings Transfer Wizard Without The Operating System Cd

    3 On the Which computer is this? screen, click New Computer and click Next. 4 On the Do you have a Windows XP CD? screen, click I will use the wizard from the Windows XP CD and click Next. 5 When the Now go to your old computer screen appears, go to your old or source computer. Do not click Next at this time.
  • Page 28: Setting Up A Printer

    When all of the settings and files have been applied, the Finished screen appears. 3 Click Finished and restart the new computer. NOTE: For more information about this procedure, search dell.support.com for document #PA1089586 (How Do I Transfer Files From My Old Computer to My New Dell Computer Using the Microsoft System CD?).
  • Page 29: Printer Cable

    Printer Cable Your printer connects to your computer with either a USB cable or a parallel cable. Your printer may not come with a printer cable, so if you purchase a cable separately, ensure that it is compatible with your printer and computer.
  • Page 30: Power Protection Devices

    Power Protection Devices Several devices are available to protect against power fluctuations and failures: • Surge protectors • Line conditioners • Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) Surge Protectors Surge protectors and power strips equipped with surge protection help prevent damage to your computer from voltage spikes that can occur during electrical storms or after power interruptions.
  • Page 31: Using The Display

    Using the Display Adjusting Brightness When a Dell™ computer is running on battery power, you can conserve power by setting the brightness to the lowest comfortable setting by pressing <Fn> and the up- or down-arrow key on the keyboard. NOTE: Brightness key combinations only affect the display on your portable computer, not monitors or projectors that you attach to your portable computer or docking device.
  • Page 32 Using the Display...
  • Page 33: Using The Keyboard And Touch Pad

    Using the Keyboard and Touch Pad Numeric Keypad The numeric keypad functions like the numeric keypad on an external keyboard. Each key on the keypad has multiple functions. The keypad numbers and symbols are marked in blue on the right of the keypad keys.
  • Page 34: Key Combinations

    "Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter" on page 38. CD or DVD Tray <Fn><F10> Ejects the tray out of the drive (if Dell QuickSet is installed). This feature is not supported in Dell MediaDirect. For more information on QuickSet, see "Dell™ QuickSet Features" on page 131.
  • Page 35: Speaker Functions

    Speaker Functions <Fn><Page Up> Increases the volume of the integrated speakers and external speakers, if attached. <Fn><Page Dn> Decreases the volume of the integrated speakers and external speakers, if attached. <Fn><End> Enables and disables the integrated speakers and external speakers, if attached. ®...
  • Page 36: Touch Pad

    Touch Pad The touch pad detects the pressure and movement of your finger to allow you to move the cursor on the display. Use the touch pad and touch pad buttons as you would use a mouse. • To move the cursor, lightly slide your finger over the touch pad. •...
  • Page 37: Using A Battery

    Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or explosion. Replace the battery only with a compatible battery purchased from Dell. The battery is designed to work with your Dell computer. Do not use a battery from other computers with your computer.
  • Page 38: Checking The Battery Charge

    Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter If Dell QuickSet is installed, press <Fn><F3> to display the QuickSet Battery Meter. The Battery Meter displays status, charge level, and charge completion time for the battery in your computer. For information about QuickSet, right-click the ®...
  • Page 39: Low-Battery Warning

    You can check battery health in one of two ways: by using the charge gauge on the battery as described below or by using the Battery Meter in Dell QuickSet. For information about QuickSet, right-click the the taskbar, and click Help.
  • Page 40 To enter standby mode: • Click the Start button, click Turn off computer, and then click Stand by. • Depending on how you set the power management options on the Advanced tab (see "Configuring Power Management Settings" on page 41) in the Power Options Properties window, use one of the following methods: –...
  • Page 41: Configuring Power Management Settings

    Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or explosion. Replace the battery only with a compatible battery purchased from Dell. The battery is designed to work with your Dell™ computer; do not use a battery from other computers.
  • Page 42: Storing A Battery

    To remove the battery: 1 If the computer is connected to a docking device (docked), undock it. See the documentation that came with your docking device for instructions. 2 Ensure that the computer is turned off or suspended in a power management mode. 3 Slide and hold the battery-bay latch release on the bottom of the computer, and then slide the battery from the bay.
  • Page 43: Using Cds, Dvds, And Other Multimedia

    Using CDs, DVDs, and Other Multimedia Playing CDs or DVDs NOTICE: Do not press down on the CD or DVD tray when you open or close it. Keep the tray closed when you are not using the drive. NOTICE: Do not move the computer while playing CDs or DVDs. 1 Press the eject button on the front of the drive.
  • Page 44: Adjusting The Volume

    To format CDs for storing data, to create music CDs, or to copy CDs, see the CD software that came with your computer. NOTE: Ensure that you follow all copyright laws when you create CDs. A CD player includes the following basic buttons: Play.
  • Page 45: Adjusting The Picture

    2 In the Volume Control window, click and drag the bar in the Volume Control column and slide it up or down to increase or decrease the volume. For more information on volume control options, click Help in the Volume Control window. The Volume Meter displays the current volume level, including mute, on your computer.
  • Page 46: Using Dell Media Experience™ And Dell Mediadirect

    Windows XP Media Center Manager or Dell Media Experience launches, depending on your system setup. If the computer is off or in hibernate mode When your computer is off or in hibernate mode, you can press the Dell MediaDirect button to start the computer and automatically launch the Dell MediaDirect application. NOTE: You cannot reinstall the Dell Media Experience or Dell MediaDirect feature if you voluntarily reformat the hard drive.
  • Page 47: Dell Mediadirect And Dell Media Experience Help

    For more information about using the repair utility, see "Repairing Dell MediaDirect." Reinstallation CD Use the Reinstallation CD to reinstall Dell MediaDirect if you are receiving this kit in order to replace your existing hard drive with a new drive. For more information, see "Reinstalling the Dell MediaDirect Software."...
  • Page 48: Repairing Dell Mediadirect

    Repairing Dell MediaDirect NOTE: See "Repair Utility CD" to verify that you need to repair Dell MediaDirect rather than reinstall it. If you use the Repair Utility CD when you should be reinstalling Dell MediaDirect, the process may not complete properly.
  • Page 49: Connecting Your Computer To A Tv Or Audio Device

    Reinstalling the Dell MediaDirect Software NOTE: See "Reinstallation CD" to verify that you need to reinstall Dell MediaDirect rather than repair it. If you use the Reinstallation CD when you should be repairing Dell MediaDirect, the process may not complete properly.
  • Page 50 Your computer has an S-video TV-out connector that, together with a standard S-video cable, a composite video adapter cable, or a component video adapter cable (available from Dell), enable you to connect the computer to a TV. S-video TV-out connector...
  • Page 51: S-Video And Standard Audio

    Your TV has either an S-video input connector, a composite video-input connector, or a component video-input connector. Depending on what type of connector is available on your TV, you can use a commercially available S-video cable, composite video cable, or component video cable to connect your computer to your TV.
  • Page 52 standard S-video cable 1 Turn off the computer and the TV and/or audio device that you want to connect. NOTE: You can connect an S-video cable directly to the S-video TV-out connector on the computer (without the TV/digital audio adapter cable) if your TV or audio device supports S-video but not S/PDIF digital audio. 2 Plug one end of the S-video cable into the S-video output connector on the computer.
  • Page 53: S-Video And S/Pdif Digital Audio

    S-Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio S-video TV-out connector composite video adapter 1 Turn off the computer and the TV and/or the audio device that you want to connect. 2 Connect the composite video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on your computer. 3 Plug one end of the S-video cable into the S-video output connector on the composite video adapter.
  • Page 54 composite video adapter 4 Plug the other end of the S-video cable into the S-video input connector on the TV. 5 Plug one end of the S/PDIF digital audio cable into the digital audio connector on the composite video adapter cable. composite video adapter 6 Plug the other end of the S/PDIF digital audio cable into the audio input connector on your TV or audio device.
  • Page 55: Composite Video And Standard Audio

    Composite Video and Standard Audio audio input connector composite video adapter 1 Turn off the computer and the TV and/or audio device that you want to connect. 2 Connect the composite video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on your computer. 3 Plug one end of the composite video cable into the composite video-output connector on the composite video adapter.
  • Page 56: Composite Video And S/Pdif Digital Audio

    composite video adapter 4 Plug the other end of the composite video cable into the composite video-input connector on the TV. 5 Plug the single-connector end of the audio cable into the headphone connector on the computer. 6 Plug the two RCA connectors on the other end of the audio cable in to the audio input connectors on your TV or other audio device.
  • Page 57 composite video adapter 1 Turn off the computer and the TV and/or audio device that you want to connect. 2 Connect the composite video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on the computer. 3 Plug one end of the composite video cable into the composite video-input connector on the composite video adapter.
  • Page 58: Component Video And Standard Audio

    6 Plug the other end of the digital audio cable into the S/PDIF input connector on your TV or other audio device. 7 Turn on the TV, turn on any audio device that you connected (if applicable), and then turn on the computer.
  • Page 59 1 Turn off the computer and the TV and/or audio device that you want to connect. 2 Connect the component video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on your computer. 3 Plug all three ends of the component video cable into the component video-output connectors on the component video adapter.
  • Page 60: Component Video And S/Pdif Digital Audio

    Component Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio S-video TV-out connector component video adapter Using CDs, DVDs, and Other Multimedia component video adapter component video cable standard audio cable...
  • Page 61 1 Turn off the computer and the TV and/or audio device that you want to connect. 2 Connect the component video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on the computer. 3 Plug all three ends of the component video cable into the component video-output connectors on the component video adapter.
  • Page 62: Configuring Dvd Playback Using Headphones

    Enabling S/PDIF Digital Audio NOTE: Your DVD software may vary. Please review the setup instructions included with your DVD software. If your computer has a DVD drive, you can enable digital audio for DVD playback. 1 Click Start, point to All Programs, and select the DVD application. 2 Insert a DVD into the DVD drive.
  • Page 63: Enabling The Display Settings For A Tv

    8 Click the arrows beside the Dynamic range compression option to select the most suitable option. 9 Click the Back button once, and then click the Back button again to return to the main menu screen. Enabling the Display Settings for a TV Video Controller NOTE: To ensure that the display options appear correctly, connect the TV to the computer before you enable the...
  • Page 64 Using CDs, DVDs, and Other Multimedia...
  • Page 65: Using Expresscards

    Using ExpressCards ExpressCard Types See "Specifications" on page 157 for information on supported ExpressCards. NOTE: An ExpressCard is not a bootable device. ExpressCard Blanks Your computer shipped with a plastic blank installed in the ExpressCard slot. Blanks protect unused slots from dust and other particles. Save the blank for use when no ExpressCard is installed in the slot;...
  • Page 66: Removing An Expresscard Or Blank

    CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. To install an ExpressCard: 1 Hold the card with the top side of the card facing up. The latch may need to be in the "in" position before you insert the card.
  • Page 67: Media Memory Card Types

    Save a blank to use when no ExpressCard is installed in a slot. Blanks protect unused slots from dust and other particles. release button Media Memory Card Types The 5-in-1 media memory card reader provides a fast and convenient way to view and share digital photos, music, and videos stored on a memory card.
  • Page 68: Installing A Media Memory Card

    Installing a Media Memory Card You can install a media memory card in the computer while the computer is running. The computer automatically detects the card. Media memory cards are generally marked with a symbol (such as a triangle or an arrow) or a label to indicate which end to insert into the slot.
  • Page 69: Removing A Media Memory Card Or Blank

    Removing a Media Memory Card or Blank NOTICE: Use the media memory card configuration utility (click the stop it from functioning before you remove it from the computer. If you do not stop the card in the configuration utility, you could lose data. CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
  • Page 70 Using ExpressCards...
  • Page 71: Setting Up A Network

    Setting Up a Network Physically Connecting to a Network or Broadband Modem Before you connect your computer to a network that is not wireless, the computer must have a network adapter installed and a network cable connected to it. To connect a network cable: 1 Connect the network cable to the network adapter connector on the right side of your computer.
  • Page 72: Wireless Local Area Network (Wlan)

    3 Click Checklist for creating a network. NOTE: Selecting the connection method labeled This computer connects directly to the Internet enables the integrated firewall provided with Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). 4 Complete the checklist. 5 Return to the Network Setup Wizard and follow the instructions on the screen. Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) A WLAN is a series of interconnected computers that communicate with each other over the air waves rather than through a network cable connected to each computer.
  • Page 73: Setting Up A New Wlan

    If Wireless Network Connection appears, you have a wireless network card. To view detailed information about the wireless network card: 1 Right-click Wireless Network Connection. 2 Click Properties. The Wireless Network Connection Properties window appears. The wireless network card’s name and model number are listed on the General tab. NOTE: If your computer is set to the Classic Start menu option, you can view network connections by clicking the Start button, pointing to Settings, and then pointing to Network Connections.
  • Page 74: Connecting To A Wireless Local Area Network

    Verify the type of wireless network card installed in your computer and then search for that name on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com. For information on the type of wireless network card that is installed in your computer, see "Checking Your Wireless Network Card" on page 72.
  • Page 75: Enabling/Disabling The Wireless Network Card

    To access the Help and Support Center: 1 Click the Start button and click Help and Support. 2 Under Pick a Help topic, click Dell User and System Guides. 3 Under Device Guides, select the documentation for your wireless network card.
  • Page 76: Monitoring The Status Of Wireless Network Connections Through Dell™ Quickset

    CD that accompanied your card if purchased separately from your computer) If the utility is corrupted or deleted from your computer, see the Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility user’s guide for instructions. The user’s guide is available through the Windows Help and Support Center (or on the CD that accompanied your card if you purchased it separately from your computer).
  • Page 77: Bluetooth Network

    Windows Help and Support Center. To access the Help and Support Center, see "Windows Help and Support Center" on page 13. The user's guide is also available on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com and on the CD included with your Mobile Broadband card if you purchased the card separately from your computer.
  • Page 78 Setting Up a Network...
  • Page 79: Securing Your Computer

    Your computer does not ship with a security cable lock. A security cable lock is a commercially available antitheft device. To use the lock, attach it to the security cable slot on your Dell™ computer. For more information, see the instructions included with the device.
  • Page 80: Computer Tracking Software

    If you forget any of your passwords, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 135). For your protection, Dell technical support staff will ask you for proof of your identity to ensure that only an authorized person can use the computer.
  • Page 81: Troubleshooting

    NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities CD is optional and may not ship with your computer. Start the Dell Diagnostics from either your hard drive or from the Drivers and Utilities CD (also known as the ResourceCD). Starting the Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive The Dell Diagnostics is located on a hidden diagnostic utility partition on your hard drive.
  • Page 82: Starting The Dell Diagnostics From The Drivers And Utilities Cd

    If the Pre-boot System Assessment completes successfully, you receive the message Booting Dell Diagnostic Utility Partition. Press any key to continue. 4 Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics from the diagnostics utility partition on your hard drive. Starting the Dell Diagnostics From the Drivers and Utilities CD 1 Insert the Drivers and Utilities CD.
  • Page 83: Dell Diagnostics Main Menu

    If you cannot resolve the error condition, contact Dell. NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer is located at the top of each test screen. If you contact Dell, technical support will ask for your Service Tag. 3 If you run a test from the Custom Test or Symptom Tree option, click the applicable tab described in the following table for more information.
  • Page 84: Dell Support Utility

    Configuration Parameters 4 When the tests are completed, if you are running the Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers and Utilities CD, remove the CD. 5 When the tests are completed, close the test screen to return to the Main Menu screen. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and restart the computer, close the Main Menu screen.
  • Page 85: Clicking The Dell Support Icon

    Dell Support Utility, and view Dell Support settings. For more information about the Dell Support Utility, click the question mark (?) at the top of the Dell Support screen.
  • Page 86: If You Cannot Eject The Cd, Cd-Rw, Dvd, Or Dvd+Rw Drive Tray

    Problems writing to a CD/DVD-RW drive The CD/DVD-RW drive must receive a steady stream of data when writing. L O S E O T H E R P R O G R A M S — If the stream is interrupted, an error occurs. Try closing all programs before you write to the CD/DVD-RW.
  • Page 87 Use an anti-virus program that includes anti-spyware protection (your program may require an upgrade) to scan the computer and remove spyware. For more information, go to support.dell.com and search for the keyword spyware. ® X P R E S S...
  • Page 88: Error Messages

    X T E N D E D M E M O R Y S I Z E H A S C H A N G E D the memory installed in the computer. Restart the computer. If the error appears again, contact Dell. See "Contacting Dell"...
  • Page 89 Shut down the computer, remove the hard drive (see "Hard Drive" on page 111), and boot the computer from a CD. Then shut down the computer, reinstall the hard drive, and restart the computer. If the problem persists, try another drive. Run the Hard-Disk Drive tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 81).
  • Page 90 O T I M E R T I C K I N T E R R U P T — tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 81). O T E N O U G H M E M O R Y O R R E S O U R C E S programs open.
  • Page 91: Expresscard Problems

    If the problem persists, try to restore the data by entering the system setup program. Then immediately exit the program. See "Using the System Setup Program" on page 165. If the message reappears, contact Dell. See "Contacting Dell" on page 135. I M E D A Y C L O C K S T O P P E D —...
  • Page 92: Ieee 1394 Device Problems

    Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. NOTE: Use the integrated keyboard when running the Dell Diagnostics or the system setup program. When you attach an external keyboard, the integrated keyboard remains fully functional. External Keyboard problems NOTE: When you attach an external keyboard, the integrated keyboard remains fully functional.
  • Page 93: Unexpected Characters

    U N T H E K E Y B O A R D D I A G N O S T I C S T E S T S Diagnostics. See "Dell Diagnostics" on page 81. If the tests indicate a defective external keyboard, contact Dell.
  • Page 94: A Program Is Designed For An Earlier Microsoft ® Windows ® Operating System

    Click EagleVision to use a video enhancement technology that detects video content and dynamically adjusts the brightness/contrast/saturation ratios. NOTICE: You cannot reinstall the Dell MediaDirect feature if you voluntarily reformat the hard drive. Contact Dell "Contacting Dell" on page 135 for assistance. See Troubleshooting If necessary, uninstall and then reinstall the program.
  • Page 95: Other Software Problems

    • Run the Dell Diagnostics. See "Dell Diagnostics" on page 81. F Y O U E X P E R I E N C E O T H E R M E M O R Y P R O B L E M S •...
  • Page 96: Network Problems

    If the battery status light rapidly flashes orange, the battery may be defective. Contact Dell. See "Contacting Dell" on page 135.
  • Page 97: Ensuring Sufficient Power For Your Computer

    Your computer is designed to use the 90-W AC adapter; for optimum system performance, you should always use this adapter. The 65-W AC adapters used in other Dell™ portable computers can be used with your computer, but they will decrease system performance. Using less-powerful AC adapters, including the 65-W AC adapter, will cause you to receive a WARNING message.
  • Page 98: Scanner Problems

    Scanner Problems CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. NOTE: If you need technical assistance for your scanner, contact the scanner’s manufacturer. H E C K T H E P R I N T E R D O C U M E N T A T I O N information.
  • Page 99: No Sound From Headphones

    Turn off nearby fans, fluorescent lights, or halogen lamps to check — See "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on page 102. See "Dell Diagnostics" on page 81. Ensure that the headphone cable is securely inserted into — Click or double-click the speaker icon in the lower-right —...
  • Page 100: Video And Display Problems

    Video and Display Problems CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. If the display is blank NOTE: If you are using a program that requires a higher resolution than your computer supports, it is recommended that you attach an external monitor to your computer.
  • Page 101: If Only Part Of The Display Is Readable

    1 Shut down your computer and connect an external monitor to the computer. 2 Turn on the computer and the monitor and adjust the monitor brightness and contrast controls. If the external monitor works, the computer display or video controller may be defective. Contact Dell. See "Contacting Dell" on page 135.
  • Page 102: Reinstalling Drivers And Utilities

    NOTICE: The Dell Support website at support.dell.com and your Drivers and Utilities CD provide approved drivers for Dell™ computers. If you install drivers obtained from other sources, your computer might not work correctly. NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities CD is optional and may not ship with your computer.
  • Page 103: Resolving Software And Hardware Incompatibilities

    5 After the CD completes the hardware scan, you can also detect other drivers and utilities. Under Search Criteria, select the appropriate categories from the System Model, Operating System, and Topic drop-down menus. A link or links appear(s) for the specific drivers and utilities used by your computer. 6 Click the link of a specific driver or utility to display information about the driver or utility that you want to install.
  • Page 104: Restoring Your Operating System

    • Dell PC Restore by Symantec restores your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer. Dell PC Restore permanently deletes all data on the hard drive and removes any applications installed after you received the computer. Use PC Restore only if System Restore did not resolve your operating system problem.
  • Page 105 Restoring the Computer to an Earlier Operating State If problems occur after you install a device driver, use Device Driver Rollback (see "Using Windows XP Device Driver Rollback" on page 102) to resolve the problem. If that is unsuccessful, then use System Restore.
  • Page 106: Using Dell Pc Restore By Symantec

    Dell PC Restore by Symantec may not be available in certain countries nor on certain computers. Use Dell PC Restore by Symantec only as the last method to restore your operating system. PC Restore restores your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer. Any programs or files added since you received your computer—including data files—are permanently deleted from the...
  • Page 107: Using The Operating System Cd

    NOTICE: Removing Dell PC Restore from the hard drive permanently deletes the PC Restore utility from your computer. After you have removed Dell PC Restore, you will not be able to use it to restore your computer’s operating system. NOTE: Dell PC Restore by Symantec may not be available in certain countries nor on certain computers.
  • Page 108 The Operating System CD provides options for reinstalling Windows XP. The options can overwrite files and possibly affect programs installed on your hard drive. Therefore, do not reinstall Windows XP unless a Dell technical support representative instructs you to do so.
  • Page 109: Adding And Replacing Parts

    You have performed the steps in "Turning Off Your Computer" (see this page) and "Before Working Inside Your Computer" (see page 110). • You have read the safety information in your Dell™ Product Information Guide. • A component can be replaced—or if purchased separately—installed by performing the removal procedure in reverse order.
  • Page 110: Before Working Inside Your Computer

    NOTICE: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. NOTICE: When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector or on its strain-relief loop, not on the cable itself.
  • Page 111: Hard Drive

    Dell does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for hard drives from sources other than Dell. NOTE: If you are installing a hard drive from a source other than Dell, you need to install an operating system, drivers, and utilities on the new hard drive.
  • Page 112 To replace the hard drive in the hard drive bay: 1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 109. 2 Turn the computer over, and loosen the two captive screws in the hard drive cover. NOTICE: When the hard drive is not in the computer, store it in protective antistatic packaging. See "Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge"...
  • Page 113: Returning A Hard Drive To Dell

    9 Install the drivers and utilities for your computer. See "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on page 102. Returning a Hard Drive to Dell Return your old hard drive to Dell in its original or comparable foam packaging. Otherwise, the hard drive may be damaged in transit.
  • Page 114: Optical Drives

    You do not need to install the device security screw unless you want to prevent the module from being easily removed. Your Dell™ computer ships with an optical drive installed in the module bay and a device security screw, which may not be installed in the optical drive but packaged separately. When you install a module in the bay, you can install the device security screw to prevent the module from being easily removed.
  • Page 115: Memory

    533MHz and not the maximum memory speed of 667MHz. NOTE: Memory modules purchased from Dell are covered under your computer warranty. CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
  • Page 116: Installing A Memory Module In Connector Dimm B

    The computer has two memory module connectors labeled "DIMM A" and "DIMM B." Connector DIMM A (located under the keyboard) holds the basic memory module as configured from the factory. If you did not order additional memory, connector DIMM B (located on the bottom of the computer under the memory module cover) will be empty.
  • Page 117 memory module NOTICE: If you need to install memory modules in two connectors, install a memory module in the connector labeled “DIMM A” before you install a module in the connector labeled “DIMM B.” Insert memory modules at a 45-degree angle to avoid damaging the connector. NOTE: If the memory module is not installed properly, the computer may not boot properly.
  • Page 118: Installing A Memory Module In Connector Dimm A

    6 Replace the memory module cover and tighten the screws. NOTICE: If the cover is difficult to close, remove the module and reinstall it. Forcing the cover to close may damage your computer. 7 Insert the battery into the battery bay, or connect the AC adapter to your computer and an electrical outlet.
  • Page 119 3 Remove the hinge cover. See "Hinge Cover" on page 125. NOTE: Ensure that you remove the two screws in the battery bay as part of the hinge removal procedure. 4 Remove the keyboard. See "Keyboard" on page 127. NOTICE: To prevent damage to the memory module connector, do not use tools to spread the memory-module securing clips.
  • Page 120: Modem (Optional)

    7 Replace the keyboard. See "Keyboard" on page 127. 8 Replace the hinge cover. See "Hinge Cover" on page 125. NOTE: Ensure that you replace the two screws inside the battery bay as part of the hinge replacement procedure. 9 Insert the battery into the battery bay, or connect the AC adapter to your computer and an electrical outlet.
  • Page 121 1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 109. 2 Turn the computer over, loosen the captive screws on the modem/Mini-Card/wireless cover, and then remove the cover. 3 Remove the existing modem: Remove the screw securing the modem to the system board, and set it aside. Pull straight up on the attached pull-tab to lift the modem out of its connector on the system board, and disconnect the modem cable.
  • Page 122 screw pull-tab 4 Install the replacement modem: Connect the modem cable to the modem. NOTICE: The connectors are keyed to ensure correct insertion. If you feel resistance, check the connectors and realign the card. Align the modem with the screw holes and press the modem into the connector on the system board.
  • Page 123: Mini-Card

    Mini-Card If you ordered a Mini-Card with your computer, the card is already installed. CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. 1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 109. 2 If a Mini-Card is not already installed, go to step .
  • Page 124 metal securing tabs (2) NOTICE: The connectors are color-keyed to ensure correct insertion. If you feel resistance, check the connectors and realign the card. 3 Install the replacement Mini-Card: NOTICE: To avoid damaging the Mini-Card, make sure the antenna cables are not under the card when you click the card into place.
  • Page 125: Hinge Cover

    Hinge Cover Removing the Hinge Cover CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
  • Page 126 screws (2) 4 Turn the computer right-side up, and then open the display all the way (180 degrees) so that it rests on your work surface. NOTICE: To avoid damaging the hinge cover, do not lift the cover on both sides simultaneously. 5 Insert a scribe into the indent to lift the hinge cover on the right side.
  • Page 127: Replacing The Hinge Cover

    Replacing the Hinge Cover 1 Insert the left edge of the cover into place. 2 Press from left to right until the cover snaps into place. 3 Close the display and turn the computer upside down. 4 Replace the two screws in the battery bay. 5 Replace the battery (see "Replacing the Battery"...
  • Page 128: Replacing The Keyboard

    keyboard tabs (6) Replacing the Keyboard NOTICE: To avoid scratching the palm rest when replacing the keyboard, hook the six tabs along the front edge of the keyboard into the palm rest, and then secure the keyboard in place. 1 Connect the keyboard cable to the system board. 2 Fasten the keyboard cable with the lever on the system board connector.
  • Page 129 NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, you must remove the main battery before you begin working inside the computer. If you ordered a card with Bluetooth wireless technology with your computer, the card is already installed. 1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 109. 2 Loosen the captive screws in the modem/Mini-Card/wireless cover, and then remove the cover.
  • Page 130: Coin-Cell Battery

    Coin-Cell Battery Removing the Coin-Cell Battery CAUTION: Before you perform the following procedures, see the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as the back panel) on the computer. NOTICE: To avoid damaging the system board, you must remove the main battery before you begin working inside the computer.
  • Page 131: Dell™ Quickset Features

    Display • System information Depending on what you want to do in Dell™ QuickSet, you can start it by either clicking, double- clicking, or right-clicking the QuickSet icon, is located in the lower-right corner of your screen. For more information about QuickSet, right-click the QuickSet icon and select Help.
  • Page 132 Dell™ QuickSet Features...
  • Page 133: Traveling With Your Computer

    Write down your Service Tag and store it in a safe place away from the computer or carrying case • Use the Service Tag if you need to report a loss or theft to law enforcement officials and to Dell. •...
  • Page 134: Travel Tips

    Travel Tips NOTICE: Do not move the computer while using the optical drive to prevent loss of data. NOTICE: Do not check the computer as baggage. • Consider disabling wireless activity on your computer to maximize battery operating time. To disable wireless activity, press<Fn><F2>.
  • Page 135: Contacting Dell

    If you do not see a telephone number listed that is specific for XPS computers, you may contact Dell through the support number listed and your call will be routed appropriately. When you need to contact Dell, use the electronic addresses, telephone numbers, and codes provided in the following table.
  • Page 136 Country Code: 43 Home/Small Business Sales City Code: 1 Home/Small Business Fax Home/Small Business Customer Care Preferred Accounts/Corporate Customer Care Support for XPS Home/Small Business Support for all other Dell computers Preferred Accounts/Corporate Support Switchboard Bahamas Website: www.dell.com.bs E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com...
  • Page 137 E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com General Support Belgium (Brussels) Website: support.euro.dell.com International Access Code: 00 Tech Support for XPS Country Code: 32 Tech Support for all other Dell computers City Code: 2 Tech Support Fax Customer Care Corporate Sales Switchboard Bermuda Website: www.dell.com/bm E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com...
  • Page 138 Country (City) International Access Code Country Code City Code Canada (North York, Ontario) Online Order Status: www.dell.ca/ostatus International Access Code: 011 AutoTech (automated Hardware and Warranty Support) Customer Service (Home Sales/Small Business) Customer Service (med./large business, government) Customer Service (printers, projectors, televisions,...
  • Page 139 Country Code: 86 Technical Support E-mail: cn_support@dell.com City Code: 592 Customer Care E-mail: customer_cn@dell.com Technical Support Fax Technical Support (Dell™ Dimension™ and Inspiron) Technical Support (OptiPlex™, Latitude™, and Dell Precision™) Technical Support (servers and storage) Technical Support (projectors, PDAs, switches,...
  • Page 140 Switchboard Denmark (Copenhagen) Website: support.euro.dell.com International Access Code: 00 Technical Support for XPS Country Code: 45 Technical Support for all other Dell computers Customer Care (Relational) Home/Small Business Customer Care Switchboard (Relational) Switchboard Fax (Relational) Switchboard (Home/Small Business) Switchboard Fax (Home/Small Business) Dominica Website: www.dell.com/dm...
  • Page 141 International Access Code: 00 Home and Small Business Country Code: 33 Technical Support for XPS City Codes: (1) (4) Technical Support for all other Dell computers Customer Care Switchboard Switchboard (calls from outside of France) Sales Fax (calls from outside of France)
  • Page 142 International Access Code: 00 E-mail: tech_support_central_europe@dell.com Country Code: 49 Technical Support for XPS City Code: 69 Technical Support for all other Dell computers Home/Small Business Customer Care Global Segment Customer Care Preferred Accounts Customer Care Large Accounts Customer Care Public Accounts Customer Care...
  • Page 143 Hong Kong Website: support.ap.dell.com International Access Code: 001 Technical Support E-mail: HK_support@Dell.com Country Code: 852 Technical Support (Dimension and Inspiron) Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, and Dell Precision) Technical Support (PowerApp™, PowerEdge™, PowerConnect™, and PowerVault™) Customer Care Large Corporate Accounts Global Customer Programs...
  • Page 144 Home User Customer Care Small Business Customer Care Corporate Customer Care Technical Support Technical Support for XPS computers only Technical Support for all other Dell computers General Fax/Sales Fax Switchboard U.K. Customer Care (dial within U.K. only) Corporate Customer Care (dial within U.K. only) U.K.
  • Page 145 Technical Support (Dimension and Inspiron) Technical Support outside of Japan (Dimension and Inspiron) Technical Support (Dell Precision, OptiPlex, and Latitude) Technical Support outside of Japan (Dell Precision, OptiPlex, and Latitude) Technical Support (PDAs, projectors, printers, routers) Technical Support outside of Japan (PDAs,...
  • Page 146 Country (City) International Access Code Country Code City Code Korea (Seoul) E-mail: krsupport@dell.com International Access Code: 001 Support Country Code: 82 Support (Dimension, PDA, Electronics and Accessories) City Code: 2 Sales Switchboard Latin America Customer Technical Support (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.) Customer Service (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
  • Page 147 International Access Code Country Code City Code Malaysia (Penang) Website: support.ap.dell.com International Access Code: 00 Technical Support (Dell Precision, OptiPlex, and Latitude) Country Code: 60 Technical Support (Dimension, Inspiron, and City Code: 4 Electronics and Accessories) Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge,...
  • Page 148 City Code Netherlands (Amsterdam) Website: support.euro.dell.com International Access Code: 00 Technical Support for XPS Country Code: 31 Technical Support for all other Dell computers City Code: 20 Technical Support Fax Home/Small Business Customer Care Relational Customer Care Home/Small Business Sales...
  • Page 149 Website: www.dell.com/kn E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com General Support St. Lucia Website: www.dell.com/lc E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com General Support St. Vincent and the Grenadines Website: www.dell.com/vc E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com General Support Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-Mail Address Area Codes, Local Numbers, and Toll-Free Numbers...
  • Page 150 Singapore or Malaysia only. International Access Code: 005 Website: support.ap.dell.com Country Code: 65 Technical Support (Dimension, Inspiron, and Electronics and Accessories) Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, and Dell Precision) Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge, PowerConnect, and PowerVault) Customer Care Transaction Sales...
  • Page 151 Sweden (Upplands Vasby) Website: support.euro.dell.com International Access Code: 00 Technical Support for XPS Country Code: 46 Technical Support for all other Dell products City Code: 8 Relational Customer Care Home/Small Business Customer Care Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Support Technical Support Fax...
  • Page 152 Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge, PowerConnect, and PowerVault) Customer Care Transaction Sales Corporate Sales Thailand Website: support.ap.dell.com International Access Code: 001 Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, and Dell Precision) Country Code: 66 Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge, PowerConnect, and PowerVault) Customer Care Corporate Sales Transaction Sales Trinidad/Tobago Website: www.dell.com/tt...
  • Page 153 Country (City) International Access Code Country Code City Code U.K. (Bracknell) Website: support.euro.dell.com International Access Code: 00 E-mail: dell_direct_support@dell.com Country Code: 44 Customer Care website: support.euro.dell.com/uk/en/ECare/form/home.asp City Code: 1344 Sales Home and Small Business Sales Corporate/Public Sector Sales Customer Care...
  • Page 154 Dell Sales Dell Outlet Store (Dell refurbished computers) Software and Peripherals Sales Spare Parts Sales Extended Service and Warranty Sales Dell Services for the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or Speech-Impaired Contacting Dell Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-Mail Address ) for Relationship...
  • Page 155 Country (City) International Access Code Country Code City Code U.S. Virgin Islands E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com General Support Venezuela Website: www.dell.com/ve E-mail: la-techsupport@dell.com General Support Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-Mail Address Area Codes, Local Numbers, and Toll-Free Numbers 1-877-702-4288...
  • Page 156 Contacting Dell...
  • Page 157: Specifications

    Specifications Processor Processor type L1 cache L2 cache External bus frequency (front side bus) System Information System chip set Data bus width DRAM bus width Processor address bus width Flash EPROM Graphics bus PCI bus ExpressCard NOTE: The ExpressCard slot is designed only for ExpressCards. It does NOT support PC cards.
  • Page 158 5-in-1 Media Card Reader 5-in-1 media memory card controller Ricoh R5C832 5-in-1 media memory card connector 5-in-1 combo card connector Cards supported 5-in-1 media memory card connector size Memory Memory module connector Memory module capacities Memory type Minimum memory Maximum memory Ports and Connectors Audio IEEE 1394a...
  • Page 159 Communications Modem: Type Controller Interface Network adapter Wireless Video Video type: Video controller Video memory LCD interface TV support Audio Audio type Audio controller Stereo conversion Interfaces: Internal External Speaker Internal speaker amplifier Volume controls v.92 56K MDC softmodem internal HDA bus 10/100 Ethernet LAN on system board internal Mini-Card Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology support...
  • Page 160 Display Type (active-matrix TFT) Dimensions: Height Width Diagonal Maximum resolutions: WXGA WXGA+ Refresh rate Operating angle Viewing angles: Horizontal Vertical Pixel pitch: WXGA WXGA+ Controls Keyboard Number of keys Layout Touch Pad X/Y position resolution (graphics table mode) Size: Width Height Specifications 14.1-inch WXGA and...
  • Page 161 Battery Type Dimensions: Depth Height Width Weight Voltage Charge time (approximate) Computer off Operating time Life span (approximate) Temperature range: Operating Storage Coin-cell battery AC Adapter Input voltage Input current (maximum) Input frequency Output current Output power Rated output voltage 9-cell "smart"...
  • Page 162 AC Adapter (continued) Dimensions: Height Width Depth Weight (with cables) Temperature range: Operating Storage Physical Height Width Depth Weight (with 6-cell battery, CDRW/DVD combo, and 40G hard drive): Configurable to less than Environmental Temperature range: Operating Storage Relative humidity (maximum): Operating Storage Maximum vibration (using a...
  • Page 163 Environmental (continued) Maximum shock (measured with hard drive in operating status and a 2-ms half-sine pulse for operating. Also measured with hard drive in head-parked position and a 2-ms half- sine pulse for storage): Operating Storage Altitude (maximum): Operating Storage 142 G 163 G –15.2 to 3048 m (–50 to 10,000 ft)
  • Page 164 Specifications...
  • Page 165: Appendix

    Wireless control settings NOTICE: Unless you are an expert computer user or are directed to do so by Dell technical support, do not change the system setup program settings. Certain changes might make your computer work incorrectly. Viewing the System Setup Screen 1 Turn on (or restart) your computer.
  • Page 166: Commonly Used Options

    You can set a one-time-only boot sequence without entering the system setup program. (You can also use this procedure to boot the Dell Diagnostics on the diagnostics utility partition on your hard drive.) 1 Shut down the computer through the Start menu.
  • Page 167: Cleaning Your Computer

    3 Turn on the computer. When the DELL logo appears, press <F2> immediately. If you wait too long and the Windows logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop. Then shut down your computer and try again.
  • Page 168: Floppy Drive

    All Dell-standard components included in a Custom Factory Integration (CFI) project are covered by the standard Dell lim- ited warranty for your computer. However, Dell also extends a parts replacement program to cover all nonstandard, third- party hardware components integrated through CFI for the duration of the computer’s service contract.
  • Page 169: Definition Of "Dell-Installed" Software And Peripherals

    Third-party software and peripherals include any peripheral, accessory, or software program sold by Dell not under the Dell brand (printers, scanners, cameras, games, and so on). Support for all third-party software and peripherals is provided by the original manufacturer of the product.
  • Page 170: Macrovision Product Notice

    If necessary, consult a representative of Dell Inc. or an experienced radio/television technician for additional suggestions. The following information is provided on the device or devices covered in this document in compliance with the FCC regulations: Product name: Dell™ Inspiron™ 640M/ E1405...
  • Page 171: Glossary

    Glossary Terms in this Glossary are provided for informational purposes only and may or may not describe features included with your particular computer. AC — alternating current — The form of electricity that powers your computer when you plug the AC adapter power cable in to an electrical outlet.
  • Page 172 bootable disk — A disk that you can use to start your computer. In case your hard drive is damaged or your computer has a virus, ensure that you always have a bootable CD or floppy disk available. bps — bits per second — The standard unit for measuring data transmission speed.
  • Page 173 DDR2 SDRAM — double-data-rate 2 SDRAM — A type of DDR SDRAM that uses a 4-bit prefetch and other architectural changes to boost memory speed to over 400 MHz. device — Hardware such as a disk drive, printer, or keyboard that is installed in or connected to your computer.
  • Page 174 PCI Express and USB 2.0 standard. Express Service Code — A numeric code located on a sticker on your Dell™ computer. Use the Express Service Code when contacting Dell for assistance. Express Service Code service may not be available in some countries.
  • Page 175 heat sink — A metal plate on some processors that helps dissipate heat. help file — A file that contains descriptive or instructional information about a product. Some help files are associated with a particular program, such as Help in Microsoft Word. Other help files function as stand- alone reference sources.
  • Page 176 PC Card, and internal. You typically use your modem to connect to the Internet and exchange e-mail. module bay — A bay that supports devices such as optical drives, a second battery, or a Dell TravelLite™ module. monitor — The high-resolution TV-like device that displays computer output.
  • Page 177 NVRAM — nonvolatile random access memory — A type of memory that stores data when the computer is turned off or loses its external power source. NVRAM is used for maintaining computer configuration information such as date, time, and other system setup options that you can set.
  • Page 178 Service Tag — A bar code label on your computer that identifies your computer when you access Dell Support at support.dell.com or when you call Dell for customer service or technical support.
  • Page 179 software — Anything that can be stored electronically, such as computer files or programs. S/PDIF — Sony/Philips Digital Interface — An audio transfer file format that allows the transfer of audio from one file to another without converting it to and from an analog format, which could degrade the quality of the file.
  • Page 180 UTP — unshielded twisted pair — Describes a type of cable used in most telephone networks and some computer networks. Pairs of unshielded wires are twisted to protect against electromagnetic interference, rather than relying on a metal sheath around each pair of wires to protect against interference.
  • Page 181 ZIF — zero insertion force — A type of socket or connector that allows a computer chip to be installed or removed with no stress applied to either the chip or its socket. Zip — A popular data compression format. Files that have been compressed with the Zip format are called Zip files and usually have a filename extension of .zip.
  • Page 182 Glossary...
  • Page 183: Index

    13 Dell Diagnostics about, 81, 84 starting from the Drivers and Utilities CD, 82 starting from your hard drive, 81 Dell MediaDirect, 17 about, 46 problems, 94 Dell Premier Support website, 11 device security screw about, 114 device status lights, 16...
  • Page 184 USB connector, 21-22 hard drive description, 24 problems, 86 replacing, 111 returning to Dell, 113 hardware conflicts, 103 Dell Diagnostics, 81, 84 Hardware Troubleshooter, 103 Help and Support Center, 13 help file Windows Help and Support...
  • Page 185 33 labels Microsoft Windows, 12 Service Tag, 12 lost computer, 80 media control buttons Dell MediaDirect button, 46 description, 17 play/pause/Dell MediaDirect, 17 media memory cards blanks, 69 CardBus technology, 67 installing, 68 removing, 69 slots, 67 types, 67...
  • Page 186 QuickSet Help, 14 Index RAM. See memory regulatory information, 11 reinstalling Windows XP , 104 resolution setting, 31 ResourceCD Dell Diagnostics, 81, 84 S/PDIF digital audio enabling, 62 safety instructions, 11 scanner problems, 98 screen. See monitor security device security screw, 114...
  • Page 187 134 identification tag, 133 packing, 133 tips, 134 troubleshooting conflicts, 103 Dell Diagnostics, 81, 84 external keyboard problems, 92 Hardware Troubleshooter, 103 Help and Support Center, 13 restore computer to previous operating state, 104 connecting, 49 uninterruptible power supply.
  • Page 188 Index...

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