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Dell Inspiron 1470 Setup Manual

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    INSPIRON ™ SETUP GUIDE Models P04F and P04G series Types P04F001 and P04G001...

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    Reproduction of these materials in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly forbidden. Trademarks used in this text: Dell , the DELL logo, Inspiron , YOURS IS HERE , and DellConnect are trademarks of Dell Inc.;...

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Software Features ..... 32 Dell Dock ......35 Solving Problems .

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    Before You Call......61 Contacting Dell......63 Finding More Information and Resources .

  • 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

    NOTE: Connect the power cord to the adapter firmly and ensure that the light on the adapter is on when you turn on power. NOTE: Use only Dell AC adapter family PA-3E, PA-10, and PA-12 with your computer.

  • Page 9: Connect The Network Cable (optional)

    Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop Connect the Network Cable (Optional) To use a wired network connection, connect the network cable.

  • Page 10: Press The Power Button

    Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop Press the Power Button...

  • Page 11: Set Up Microsoft Windows

    NOTE: For optimal performance of your computer, it is recommended that you download and install the latest BIOS and drivers for your computer available on the Dell Support website at

  • Page 12: Enable Or Disable Wireless (optional)

    Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop Enable or Disable Wireless (Optional) Press the key or press the <Fn><F2> keys on the keyboard to enable or disable wireless. The wireless on or off icons appear on the screen to indicate the status.

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    Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop...

  • Page 14: Connect To The Internet (optional)

    Internet Service Provider (ISP). If an external USB modem or WLAN adapter is not a part of your original order, you can purchase one from the Dell website at Setting Up a Wired Connection •...

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

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    Windows Vista NOTE: The following instructions are applicable to the Windows default view, so they may not apply if you set your Dell™ computer to the Windows Classic view. Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.

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

  • Page 18: Using Your Inspiron Laptop

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop This section provides information about the features available on your Inspiron 1470/1570 laptop. Right View Features...

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    USB 2.0 connectors (2) – Connects to USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, external drive, or MP3 player. 2 Optical drive – Plays or records CDs, DVDs, or Blu-ray Discs (optional). Ensure that the side with print or writing is facing upward when inserting discs. CAUTION: This drive supports nonstandard-sized and -shaped discs;...

  • Page 20: Left View Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Left View Features...

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    1 Security cable slot – Attaches a commercially available antitheft device to the computer. NOTE: Before you buy an antitheft device, ensure that it works with the security cable slot on your computer. VGA connector – Connects to video devices, such as a monitor or a projector. HDMI connector –...

  • Page 22: Front View Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Front View Features...

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    Audio in/Microphone connector – Connects to a microphone or inputs signal for use with audio programs. Audio out/Headphone connector – Connects to headphones or sends audio to a powered speaker or sound system.

  • Page 24: Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Computer Base and Keyboard Features...

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    The touch pad supports the Scroll, Flick, Zoom, Rotate, and Desktop features. To change the touch pad settings, double-click the Dell Touch pad icon in the notification area of the desktop.

  • Page 26: Touch Pad Gestures

    Touch Pad Gestures Scroll Allows you to scroll through content. The scroll feature includes: 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.

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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 window.

  • Page 28: Multimedia Control Keys

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Multimedia Control Keys You can configure the multimedia control keys on the keyboard using the Function Key Behavior in the System Setup (BIOS) utility. The options in the Function Key Behavior setting are: Multimedia Key First – This is the default setting. Pressing any multimedia control key performs the associated multimedia action.

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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 Eject the disc...

  • Page 30: Display Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Display Features The display panel holds a camera and accompanying digital microphone.

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    2 Camera activity indicator – Indicates if the camera is on or off. 3 Camera – Built-in camera for video capture, conferencing, and chat. 4 Display – Your display can vary based on selections you made when purchasing your computer. For more information about displays, see the Dell Technology Guide.

  • Page 32: Dell Extended Battery Life

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

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    battery battery bay battery release latch...

  • Page 34: 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 on the Dell Support website at Productivity and Communication You can use your computer to create presentations, brochures, greeting cards, fliers, and spreadsheets.

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    Customizing Your Energy Settings You can use the power options in your operating system to configure the power settings on your computer. The Microsoft Windows ® system installed on your Dell computer provides three default options: ® Windows Vista • Dell Recommended —...

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    Computer ® Windows Vista NOTE: The following steps are applicable for the Windows default view, so they may not apply if you set your Dell the Windows Classic view. Click Start → Control Panel→ System and Maintenance→ Welcome Center→ Transfer files and settings.

  • Page 37: Dell Dock

    Dell Dock The Dell Dock is a group of icons that provide 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 Add→...

  • Page 38: Solving Problems

    If you cannot solve your problem using the following guidelines, see “Using Support Tools” on page 42 or “Contacting Dell” on page 63. WARNING: Only trained service personnel should remove the computer cover. See the Service Manual on the Dell Support website at for advanced...

  • Page 39: Network Problems

    Network Problems Wireless Connections If the wireless network connection is lost — The wireless router is offline or wireless has been disabled on the computer. • Check your wireless router to ensure it is powered on and connected to your data source (cable modem or network hub).

  • Page 40: Power Problems

    Power Problems If the power light is off — The computer is either turned off, in hibernate state, or not receiving power. • Press the power button. The computer resumes normal operation if it is off or in hibernate mode. •...

  • Page 41: Memory Problems

    “Basic Specifications” on page 66. • Run the Dell Diagnostics (see “Dell Diagnostics” on page 45). • Reseat the memory modules (see the Service Manual on the Dell Support website at to ensure that your computer is successfully communicating with the memory.

  • Page 42: Lockups And Software Problems

    Lockups and Software Problems If the computer does not start up — Ensure that the power cable is firmly connected to the computer and to the electrical outlet. If a program stops responding — End the program: Press <Ctrl><Shift><Esc> simultaneously. Click Applications.

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

  • Page 44: Using Support Tools

    To launch the application, click the taskbar. The Dell Support Center home page displays your computer’s model number, service tag, express service code, and service contact information. The home page also provides links to access:...

  • Page 45: System Messages

    Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 63). CPU fan failure — CPU fan has failed. Replace the CPU fan (see the Service Manual on the Dell Support website at Hard-disk drive failure — Possible hard disk drive failure during POST.

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    • Enter system setup and ensure that the boot sequence information is correct (see the Dell Technology Guide on the Dell Support website at No timer tick interrupt — A chip on the system board might be malfunctioning or motherboard failure.

  • Page 47: Hardware Troubleshooter

    NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities disc is optional and may not ship with your computer. See the Dell Technology Guide to review your computer’s configuration information, and ensure that the device that you want to test appears in the system setup program and is active.

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    Starting Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive The Dell Diagnostics is located on a hidden diagnostic utility partition on your hard drive. NOTE: If your computer cannot display a screen image, contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 63). Ensure that the computer is connected to an electrical outlet that is known to be working properly.

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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 diagnostics utility partition on your hard drive. Select the test you want to run. If a problem is encountered during a test, a message appears with an error code and a description of the problem.

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    Drivers and Utilities Disc Insert the Drivers and Utilities disc. Shut down and restart the computer. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> immediately. NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Microsoft desktop;...

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

  • Page 52: Restoring Your Operating System

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

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    System Restore does not monitor your data files or recover them. NOTE: The procedures in this document are applicable for the Windows default view, so they may not apply if you set your Dell computer to the Windows Classic view. Starting System Restore Click...

  • Page 54: 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. Starting Dell Factory Image Restore Turn on the computer. When the Dell logo appears, press <F8>...

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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 Factory Image Restore, click Cancel.

  • Page 56: Operating System Reinstallation

    NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities disc contains drivers that were installed during the assembly of the computer. Use the Dell Drivers and Utilities disc to load any required drivers. Depending on the region from which you ordered your computer, or whether you requested the disc, the...

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    Operating System disc. Click Exit if the Install Windows message appears. Restart the computer. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> immediately. NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Microsoft Windows desktop;...

  • Page 58: Getting Help

    Dell Support ( for help with installation and troubleshooting procedures. See “Online Services” on page 58 for a more extensive list of Dell Support online. If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, see “Before You Call” on page 61.

  • Page 59: 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 60: 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 61: 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 62: Returning Items For Repair Under Warranty Or For Credit

    Remove any and all confidential, proprietary and personal information, as well as removable media, such as CDs and PC Cards. Dell is not responsible for any of your confidential, proprietary or personal information; lost or corrupted data; or damaged or lost removable media that may be included with your return.

  • Page 63: 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,...

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    See your operating system documentation to determine the contents of the computer’s start-up files. If the computer is connected to a printer, print each file. Otherwise, record the contents of each file before calling Dell. • Error message, beep code, or diagnostic code: •...

  • Page 65: 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 66: Resources

    ™ at the Dell Technology Guide installed on your hard drive the Service Manual on the Dell Support website at NOTE: In some countries, opening and replacing parts of your computer may void your warranty. Check your warranty and return policies before working inside your computer.

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    End User License Agreement find your Service tag/Express Service Code — You must use the service tag to identify your computer on or to contact technical support find drivers and downloads access technical support and product help...

  • Page 68: Basic Specifications

    This section provides information that you may need when setting up, updating drivers for, and upgrading your computer. For more detailed specifications, see the Comprehensive Specifications on the Dell Support website at NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. For more information regarding the configuration of your computer, click →...

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    Memory module 1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB capacities Memory type DDR3 1067 MHz NOTE: For instructions on upgrading memory, see the Service Manual on the Dell Support website at Connectors Audio one microphone-in connector, one stereo headphone/speaker connector...

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    Communications Modem External V.92 56K USB (optional) Modem Network adapter 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN on system board Wireless WLAN and Bluetooth wireless technology Display Inspiron 1470: Type Height Width Diagonal Inspiron 1570: Type Height Width Diagonal ® 14.0” HD WLED backlight, TrueLife 173.95 mm (6.85 inches)

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    Battery 4-cell/6-cell “smart” lithium ion: Depth 53.2 mm (2.09 inches) Height 21.4 mm (0.84 inches) Width 209.4 mm (8.24 inches) Weight 0.26 kg (0.57 lb) (4-cell) 0.35 kg (0.77 lb) (6-cell) 9-cell “smart” lithium ion: Depth 53.2 mm (2.09 inches) Height 41.7 mm (1.64 inches)

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    Operating 0° to 40°C temperature (32° to 104°F) Storage –40° to 70°C temperature (–40° to 158°F) Physical Inspiron 1470: Height 26.3 mm to 29.2 mm (1.03 inches to 1.5 inches) Width 340.0 mm (13.39 inches) Physical Depth 242.5 mm (9.54 inches)

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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 74: 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...

  • Page 75: 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 76: Index

    32 your energy settings 33 damage, avoiding 5 data, backing up 34 Dell Diagnostics 45 Dell Factory Image Restore 52 Dell support website 65 drivers and downloads 65 DVDs, playing and creating 32 email addresses for technical support 58...

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    energy conserving 33 FTP login, anonymous 58 help getting assistance and support 56 Internet connection 12 Internet Service Provider 12 reinstalling Windows 55 restoring factory image 52 setup, before you begin 5 support email addresses 58 system reinstall options 50 System Restore 50 Touch Pad Gestures 24...

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