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Dell Inspiron G374R Setup Manual

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    INSPIRON ™ SETUP GUIDE Model P04S series Regulatory type: P04S001...

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

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Hardware Troubleshooter ....40 Dell Diagnostics ..... . 40 Restoring Your Operating System .

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    Before You Call......54 Contacting Dell......55 Finding More Information and Resources .

  • Page 7: Before Setting Up Your Computer

    ™ WARNING: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air vents. Do not store your Dell™ computer in a low-airflow environment, such as a closed briefcase, while it is powered on. Restricting the airflow can damage the computer or cause a fire.

  • Page 8: Connect The Ac Adapter

    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. NOTE: Use only Dell AC adapter family PA-12, PA-2E, and PA-3E with your computer.

  • Page 9: Setting Up Your Inspiron ™ Laptop, 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 Vista

    Set Up Microsoft Windows Vista ® Your computer is preconfigured with Windows Vista operating system if you ordered it while purchasing your computer. To set up Windows Vista for the first time, follow the instructions on the screen. These steps are mandatory and may take up to 15 minutes to complete. The Windows Vista setup screen will take you through several procedures including accepting license agreements, setting preferences, and setting up an Internet connection.

  • Page 12: Enable Or Disable Wireless (optional)

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

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    Press the <F2> key or press the wireless enable or disable dialog box will appear on your screen. Press the left-arrow key or the right-arrow keys to: – Enable Bluetooth – Enable Wireless LAN – Enable Bluetooth and Wireless LAN –...

  • Page 14: Connect To The Internet (optional)

    (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 You can connect to the Internet using either a wired or a wireless connection.

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    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 ISP might have a service outage. Contact your ISP to check the service status, or try connecting again later.

  • Page 16: Using Your Inspiron Laptop, Right Side Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Your Inspiron 1320 laptop has indicators and buttons that provide information and enable you to perform common tasks. The connectors on your computer provide the option of attaching additional devices. Right Side Features ExpressCard slot – Supports one ExpressCard. The computer ships with a plastic blank installed in the slot.

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    Audio out/Headphone connector – Connects to a pair of headphones, or sends audio to a powered speaker or sound system. Audio in/Microphone connector – Connects to a microphone or inputs signal for use with audio programs. IEEE 1394 connector – Connects to high-speed serial multimedia devices, such as digital video cameras.

  • Page 18: Left Side Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Left Side Features...

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    AC adapter connector – Connects to the AC adapter to power the computer and charge the battery. VGA connector – Connects to a monitor or projector. 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 20: Computer Base Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Computer Base Features...

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    Power/Battery indicator light – The light indicates the following states when powered using an AC adapter or a battery. Indicator light status Solid white AC Adapter Breathing white Battery Solid white Breathing white Solid amber NOTE: The battery is charging when the computer is powered using an AC adapter. Computer state(s) Battery charge level off/hibernate...

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    3 Keyboard – The media controls are also located on the keyboard. These keys control CD, DVD, and media playback. For more information about the keyboard, see the Dell Technology Guide on your hard drive or on the Dell Support website at

  • Page 23: Media Controls

    Media Controls The media control keys are located on the keyboard. To use the media controls, press the required key. You can use the Function Key Behavior setting in the System Setup (BIOS) utility to configure the media control keys. The options in the Function Key Behavior setting are: Multimedia Key First –...

  • Page 24: Display Features

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Display Features...

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    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 on your hard drive or on the Dell Support website at

  • Page 26: Removing And Replacing The Battery

    WARNING: Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or explosion. This computer should only use a battery purchased from Dell. Do not use batteries from other computers. WARNING: Before removing the battery, shut down the computer, and remove external cables (including the AC adapter).

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    Using Your Inspiron Laptop 1 battery 2 battery bay 3 battery release latch...

  • Page 28: 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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    You can use the power options in your operating system to configure the power settings on your computer. Microsoft Windows Vista ® on your Dell computer provides three default options: — This power option • Dell Recommended offers full performance when you need it and saves power during periods of inactivity.

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    Transferring Information to a New Computer Click → Control Panel→ System Start and Maintenance→ Welcome Center→ Transfer files and settings. If the User Account Control window appears, click Continue. Follow the instructions in the Transfer wizard. Backing Up Your Data It is recommended that you periodically back up files and folders on your computer.

  • Page 31: Solving Problems, Beep Codes

    If you cannot solve your problem using the following guidelines, see “Using Support Tools” on page 37 or “Contacting Dell” on page 55. WARNING: Only trained service personnel should remove the computer cover. See the Service Manual on the Dell Support website at for advanced...

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    If the problem persists, contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 55). Three beeps — Possible motherboard failure - Chipset error Contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 55). Four beeps — RAM read/write failure • Ensure that no special memory module/...

  • Page 33: 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 34: Power Problems

    • If the problem persists, contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 55 for assistance). If the power light is solid amber and the computer is not responding — The computer is in standby mode with low battery or the display may not be responding.

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    • If the problem persists, contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 55 for assistance). If the power light is breathing white and the computer is not responding — The computer is in standby mode or the display may not be responding.

  • Page 36: Memory Problems

    “Specifications” on page 58. • Run the Dell Diagnostics (see “Dell Diagnostics” on page 40). • 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 37: 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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    If a program is designed for an earlier operating system — Microsoft Windows ® ® Run the Program Compatibility Wizard. The Program Compatibility Wizard configures a program so that it runs in an environment similar to non-Windows Vista operating system environments.

  • Page 39: Using Support Tools, Dell Support Center

    About Your System (System Documentation, Warranty Information, System Information, Upgrades & Accessories) The top of the Dell Support Center home page displays your system’s model number along with its service tag and express service code. For more information about the Dell Support Center and available support tools, click the Services tab on

  • Page 40: System Messages

    “Contacting Dell” on page 55 for assistance). 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 (see “Contacting Dell”...

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    A parameter out of range may or may not indicate a potential hard drive problem — S.M.A.R.T error, possible hard disk drive failure. This feature can be enabled or disabled in the BIOS setup (see “Contacting Dell” on page 55 for assistance).

  • Page 42: Hardware Troubleshooter, Dell Diagnostics

    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 displays in the system setup program and is active.

  • Page 43: Hard Drive

    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, see “Contacting Dell” on page 55. Ensure that the computer is connected to an electrical outlet that is known to be working properly.

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    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;...

  • Page 45: Restoring Your Operating System

    This procedure permanently deletes all data on the hard drive and removes any programs installed after you received the computer. Use Dell Factory Image Restore only if System Restore did not resolve your operating system problem.

  • Page 46: System Restore

    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 47: Dell Factory Image Restore

    NOTE: Dell Factory Image Restore may not be available in certain countries or on certain computers. Use Dell Factory Image Restore only as the last method to restore your operating system. This option restores your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer.

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    If possible, back up all data before using Dell Factory Image Restore. Turn on the computer. When the Dell logo appears, press <F8> several times to access the Vista Advanced Boot Options window. NOTE: If you wait too long and the...

  • Page 49: 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...

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    Insert the 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 desktop;...

  • Page 51: Getting Help

    Dell Support ( for help with installation and troubleshooting procedures. See “Online Services” on page 51 for a more extensive list of Dell Support online. If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, see “Before You Call” on page 54.

  • Page 52: Service, Dellconnect

    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 53: 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 54: Automated Order-status Service, Product Information

    Automated Order-Status Service To check on the status of any Dell products that you have ordered, you can go to, or you can call the automated order-status service. A recording prompts you for the information needed to locate and report on your order.

  • Page 55: 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 56: 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 57: 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 58: Resources

    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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    Regulatory information, Ergonomics information, and 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 60: Specifications

    Specifications System Model Inspiron 1320 This section provides information that you may need when setting up, updating drivers for, and upgrading your computer. NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. For more information regarding the configuration of your computer, click Start→ Help and Support and select the option to view information about your computer.

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    Memory Connectors two user-accessible SODIMM connectors Capacities 1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB Type 800 MHz SODIMM DDR2 Memory configuration 1 GB, 2 GB, 3 GB, 4 possible GB, 6 GB, and 8 GB Minimum 1 GB (single channel) Maximum 8 GB (dual channel) NOTE: Memory specification of greater...

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    ExpressCard Controller Mobile Intel Express (ICH9m) Cards supported ExpressCard/34 (34 mm) 1.5 V and 3.3 V Connector size 26 pins Communications Network adapter 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN on system board Wireless WPAN with Bluetooth wireless technology, wireless internal WLAN with WiFi bg and WiFi agn Video Video type integrated on system...

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    Audio Audio type IDT 92HD81B High Definition Audio codec with SRS Premium Sound Audio controller IDT 92HD81B Stereo 24-bit (analog-to-digital conversion and digital-to-analog) Internal Intel High Definition Audio Interface External microphone-in connector, Interface stereo headphone/ speaker connector Speaker two 4-ohm speakers Internal speaker 1 watt per channel into amplifier...

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    ±45° (WLED) typ. Vertical +15°/–35° (WLED) typ. Pixel pitch 0.2148 mm Display Controls brightness can be controlled through keyboard shortcuts (see the Dell Technology Guide for more information) Keyboard Number of keys 86/103 (English-U.S., Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Thai) Layout QWERTY...

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    Camera Pixel 1.3 megapixel Video resolution 320 x 240 ~1280 x 1024 (640 x 480 at 30 fps) Diagonal viewing 60° ± 1° angle Touch Pad Resolution: X coordinate 1701 DPI Y coordinate 2540 DPI Size: Width 79.62 mm (3.13 inches) sensor-active area Height 39.51 mm (1.56 inches)

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    See the Dell Technology Guide on your hard drive or on the Dell Support website at com for more information. Life span 300 discharge/charge (approximate) cycles Temperature range: Operating 0°...

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    AC Adapter Depth 137.0 mm (5.39 inches)/ 127 mm (5.0 inches) Weight 0.56 kg (1.23 lb)/0.25 kg (with cables) (0.55 lb) 90 W Height 21 mm (0.83 inches)/ 16 mm (0.63 inches) Width 70 mm (2.76 inches)/ 65 mm (2.56 inches) Depth 147 mm (5.79 inches)/ 90 mm (3.54 inches)

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    0.66 GRMS Non-Operating 1.3 GRMS 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 69: Appendix, Macrovision Product Notice

    Appendix Macrovision Product Notice This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by method claims of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights owned by Macrovision Corporation and other rights owners. Use of this copyright protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is intended for home and other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by...

  • Page 70: Index

    50 customizing your desktop 26 your energy settings 27 damage, avoiding 5 data, backing up 28 Dell Diagnostics 40 Dell Factory Image Restore 43 Dell Support Center 37 Dell support website 57 Dell Technology Guide for further information 56...

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    Diagnostic Checklist 54 drivers and downloads 57 DVDs, playing and creating 26 email addresses for technical support 51 energy conserving 27 expansion bus 60 finding more information 56 FTP login, anonymous 51 hardware problems diagnosing 40 Hardware Troubleshooter 40 help getting assistance and support 49 Internet connection 12 Internet Service Provider 12...

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    power problems, solving 32 power strips, using 6 processor 58 products information and purchasing 52 reinstalling Windows 43 resources, finding more 56 restoring factory image 45 setup, before you begin 5 shipping products for return or repair 53 software features 26 software problems 35 specifications 56, 58 support email addresses 51...

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    Printed in the U.S.A. | 0G374RA00...

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Inspiron p04s series, Inspiron 1320

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