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Dell Inspiron N073F Setup Manual

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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

    Hardware Troubleshooter ....33 Dell Diagnostics ..... . 34...

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    Before You Call......45 Contacting Dell......46 Finding More Information and Resources .

  • Page 7: Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop

    Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop This section provides information about setting up your Inspiron 1318 laptop and connecting peripherals. Before Setting Up Your Computer When positioning your computer, ensure that you allow easy access to a power source, adequate ventilation, and a level surface to place your computer.

  • Page 8: Connect The Ac Adapter

    Connect the AC Adapter Connect the AC adapter to the computer and then plug it into a wall outlet or surge protector. 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 a power strip or electrical outlet may cause fire or equipment damage.

  • Page 9: Connect The Network Cable

    Setting Up Your Inspiron Laptop Connect the Network Cable Press the Power Button (optional) If you plan to use a wired network connection, plug in the network cable.

  • Page 10: Windows Vista ® Setup

    Windows Vista Setup ® Your Dell computer is preconfigured with Windows Vista. 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 screens...

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    NOTE: If an external USB modem or WLAN adapter is not part of your original order you can purchase one from the Dell website at Setting Up a Wired Internet Connection If you are using a dial-up connection, connect...

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    Setting Up Your Internet Connection To set up an Internet connection with a provided ISP desktop shortcut: Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs. Double-click the ISP icon on the Microsoft Windows desktop. ® Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.

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    Click either Broadband (PPPoE) or Dial-up, depending on how you want to connect: Choose Broadband if you will use a DSL, satellite modem, cable TV modem, or Bluetooth wireless technology ® connection. Chose Dial-up if you will use an optional USB dial-up modem or ISDN.

  • Page 14: Using Your Inspiron Laptop

    Using Your Inspiron Laptop Your Inspiron 1318 has several indicators, buttons, and features that provide information at-a-glance and time-saving shortcuts for common tasks. Device Status Lights The device status lights located to the left of the power button provide information for wireless communication and keyboard input options.

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    WiFi status light – Turns on when wireless networking is enabled. Use the wireless switch located at the front, right side of the computer to quickly turn all wireless communication On and Off. Using The Wireless Switch To turn on the wireless switch, slide it away from the front of the computer until it clicks into place.

  • Page 16: Right Side Features

    To turn the switch On, slide the switch away from the front of the computer until it clicks into place. NOTE: This switch can be deactivated through Dell QuickSet or the BIOS (system setup program). ExpressCard slot – Supports one ExpressCard. The computer ships with a plastic blank installed in the slot.

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    3 Optical Drive – Plays or burns only standard-size and shape (12 cm) CDs, and DVDs. Ensure that the side with print or writing is facing upward when inserting discs. NOTE: Do not use non-standard-size or shape discs (including mini-CDs and mini-DVDs) or you will damage the drive.

  • Page 18: Left Side Features

    Left Side Features the AC adapter to power the computer and charge the battery when the computer is not in use. a monitor or projector. using a cabled network signal, this connects your computer to a network or broadband device. USB device, such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, external drive, or MP3 player.

  • Page 19: Front Side Features

    Front Side Features Audio Out/ Headphone connector – Connects one pair of headphones, or sends audio to a powered speaker or sound system. Audio In/ Microphone connector – Connects to a microphone or input signal for use with audio programs. 8-in-1 Media card reader –...

  • Page 20: Computer Base And Keyboard

    2 Touch pad buttons – Provide left- and right-click functions those on like a mouse. 3 Keyboard – The settings for this keyboard can be personalized by using Dell QuickSet. For more information, see the Dell Technology Guide. 4 Media Controls – Controls CD, DVD, and...

  • Page 21: Media Controls

    Media Controls To use the media controls, lightly touch the symbol and then release. The control’s symbol will shine for 2 seconds to confirm your selection then fade away. Eject the disc Play the previous track or chapter Stop Play or pause Play the next track or chapter Mute the sound Turn down the volume...

  • Page 22: Display Features

    Combines with the left digital array microphone to provide high quality sound for video chatting and voice recording. 5 Display – Your display can vary based on selections you made when purchasing your computer. For more information about displays, see the Dell Technology Guide.

  • Page 23: Removing And Replacing

    CAUTION: 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. CAUTION: Before removing the battery, shut down the computer, and remove external cables (including the AC adapter).

  • Page 24: Using The Optical Disc Drive

    Using the Optical Disc Drive NOTICE: Do not use non-standard-size or shape discs (including mini-CDs and mini-DVDs) or you will damage the drive. NOTE: Do not move the computer while playing or recording CDs and DVDs. Place the disc in the center of the disc slot, with the label facing upwards and gently push the disc into the slot.

  • Page 25: 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. Microsoft Windows Vista ® three default options: — This power option offers full • Balanced performance when you need it and saves power during periods of inactivity.

  • Page 27: Network Problems

    If you can not solve your problem using the following guidelines, see “Using Support Tools” on page 31 or “Contacting Dell” on page 46. Network Problems Wireless Connections If the network connection is lost —...

  • Page 28: Power Problems

    Wired Connections If the network connection is lost — The network cable is loose or damaged. • Check the cable to ensure it is plugged in and not damaged. The link integrity light on the integrated network connector lets you verify that your connection is working and provides information on the status: •...

  • Page 29: Memory Problems

    You may have to remove and then reinstall the memory modules (for information on removing and replacing memory modules, see the Service Manual on the Dell Support website at If you encounter interference that hinders reception on your computer — An unwanted signal is creating interference by interrupting or blocking other signals.

  • Page 30: Memory Problems

    • 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. If you experience other memory problems — • Ensure that you are following the memory...

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    Turn the computer off. If you are unable to get a response by pressing a key on your keyboard or moving your mouse, press and hold the power button for at least 8 to 10 seconds until the computer turns off. Then restart your computer. If a program is designed for an earlier Microsoft Windows...

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    See the software documentation for information. – Ensure that the program is installed and configured properly. – Verify that the device drivers do not conflict with the program. – If necessary, uninstall and then reinstall the program. Dell Support Center...

  • Page 33: 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...

  • Page 34: System Messages

    “Contacting Dell” on page 46 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 HDD POST see “Contacting...

  • Page 35: Hardware Troubleshooter

    No timer tick interrupt — A chip on the system board might be malfunctioning or motherboard failure (see the Service Manual on the Dell Support website at USB over current error — Disconnect the USB device. Your USB device needs more power for it to function properly.

  • Page 36: Dell Diagnostics

    Start the Dell Diagnostics from your hard drive or from the Drivers and Utilities media. Starting Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive The Dell Diagnostics is located on a hidden diagnostic utility partition on your hard drive.

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    Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics from the diagnostics utility partition on your hard drive. Starting Dell Diagnostics From the Drivers and Utilities Media Insert the Drivers and Utilities media. Shut down and restart the computer. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12>...

  • Page 38: Restoring Your Operating System

    Both procedures 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. •...

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    NOTE: The procedures in this document were written 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 Start Start Search box, type System In the Restore and press <Enter>.

  • Page 40: 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. These options restore your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer.

  • Page 41: Operating System Reinstallation

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

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    Operating System media. 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 ®...

  • Page 43: Getting Help

    Dell Support ( for help with installation and troubleshooting procedures. See “Online Services” on page 42 for a more extensive list of Dell Support online. If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, see “Contacting Dell” on page 46.

  • Page 44: Technical Support And Customer Service

    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 and click DellConnect.

  • Page 45: Autotech Service

    “Contacting Dell” on page 46. 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.

  • Page 46: Product Information

    Product Information If you need information about additional products available from Dell, or if you would like to place an order, visit the Dell website at For the telephone number to call for your region or to speak to a sales specialist, see “Contacting Dell”...

  • Page 47: 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 48: 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

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    Getting Help...

  • Page 50: Finding More Information And 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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    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 52: Basic Specifications

    Basic Specifications System Model Dell Inspiron 1318 This section provides basic 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 →...

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    1 GB, 1.5 GB, 2 GB, 3 GB, configuration 4 GB possible NOTE: For instructions on upgrading your memory, see the Service Manual on the Dell Support website at Computer Information System Chipset Mobile Intel Express (GM 965 or PM 965) Data bus width...

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    Communications Modem type External V.92 56K USB Modem Modem controller Hardware Modem Modem interface Universal Serial Bus (USB) Network adapter 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN on system board Wireless internal WLAN (Mini-Card), Bluetooth wireless technology Video Video type integrated on system board Video controller Intel 965 GM Video memory...

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    Audio Audio type 2 channel High Definition Audio Audio controller IDT STAC9228 Stereo conversion 24-bit (analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog) Internal Interface Intel High Definition Audio External Interface microphone-in connector, stereo headphone/ speaker connector Speaker two 4-ohm speakers Internal speaker 2 watt per channel into amplifier 4 ohms Volume controls...

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    ±40° (CCFL) min. Vertical +15°/ 30° (CCFL) min. – Pixel pitch 0.2235 mm Controls brightness can be controlled through keyboard shortcuts (see Dell Technology Guide for more information.) Keyboard Number of 86/103 (U.S. and Canada); keys 87/104 (Europe); 90/107 (Japan) Layout QWERTY/AZERTY/Kanji...

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    11.1 VDC (6,9 cell) 14.8 VDC (4 cell) Charge time 4 hours (approximate): Computer off Operating time Battery operating time varies depending on operating conditions and can be significantly reduced under certain power- intensive conditions. See Dell Technology Guide for more information.

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    Battery Life span 300 discharge/charge cycles (approximate) Temperature range: Operating 0° to 35°C (32° to 95°F) Storage 40° to 65°C ( – Coin-cell CR-2032 battery AC Adapter Input voltage 100–240 VAC Input current 1.5 A/1.6 A (maximum) Input frequency 50–60 Hz Output power 65 W or 90 W AC Adapter...

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    AC Adapter 90 W (D Series) Height 34.2 mm (1.35 in) Width 60.8 mm (2.39 in) Depth 153.42 mm (6.04 in) Weight (with 0.46 kg (1.01 lb) cables) Temperature range Operating 0° to 35°C (32° to 95°F) Storage 40° to 65°C ( –...

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    Computer Environment Relative humidity (maximum): Operating 10% to 90% (noncondensing) Storage 5% to 95% (noncondensing) Maximum vibration (using a random-vibration spectrum that simulates user environment): Operating 0.66 GRMS Storage 1.3 GRMS Maximum shock (measured with hard drive in head-parked position and a 2-ms half-sine pulse): Operating 110 G...

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    5 connect(ing) to the Internet 8 using dial-up 9 via DSL 9 via WLAN 9 conserving energy 24 Contacting Dell online 46 customer service 42 customizing your desktop 23 your energy settings 24 damage, avoiding 5 data, backing up 24...

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    Dell Factory Image Restore 36 Dell Support Center 31 Dell support website 49 Dell Technology Guide for further information 48 Diagnostic Checklist 45 disc drive supported disc sizes 22 discs ejecting 22 using 22 drivers and downloads 49 DVDs, playing and creating 23...

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    network connection fixing 26 network speed testing 25 order status 43 power problems, solving 26 power strips, using 6 problems, solving 25 processor 50 products information and purchasing 44 reinstalling Windows 36 resources, finding more 48 restoring factory image 38 setup, before you begin 5 shipping products for return or repair 44...

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    technical support 42 ventilation, ensuring 5 warranty returns 44 Windows, reinstalling 36 Windows Vista® Program Compatibility Wizard 29 reinstalling 40 setup 8 wired network network cable, connecting 7 wireless network connection 25 wireless switch 6, 13, 25...

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