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Dell Inspiron PP22L Owner's Manual

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Dell™ Inspiron™ 1521 Owner's Manual
Model PP22L
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    Dell™ Inspiron™ 1521 Owner’s Manual Model PP22L w w w . d e l l . c o m | s u p p o r t . d e l l . c o m...

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    Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is used by Dell under license. Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Finding Information About Your Computer Determining Your Computer’s Configuration Front View Left Side View Right Side View Back View Bottom View Setting Up Your Computer Connecting to the Internet Setting Up Your Internet Connection Transferring Information to a New Computer Windows Easy Transfer Setting Up a Printer Printer Cable...

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    Numeric Keypad Key Combinations System Functions Display Functions Battery Power Management Microsoft® Windows® Logo Key Functions Dell™ QuickSet Key Combinations Adjusting Keyboard Settings Touch Pad Customizing the Touch Pad Using a Battery Battery Performance Checking the Battery Charge Dell QuickSet Battery Meter Contents .

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    ..... . Playing Media Playing Media Using Dell Travel Remote Copying CD and DVD Media How to Copy a CD or DVD...

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    Component Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio Enabling the Display Settings for a TV Using ExpressCards ExpressCard Blanks Installing an ExpressCard Removing an ExpressCard or Blank Using the Memory Card Reader Memory Card Blanks Installing a Memory Card Removing a Memory Card or Blank 10 Setting Up and Using Networks Connecting a Network or Broadband Modem Cable Setting Up a Network...

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    Checking Your Dell Mobile Broadband Card Connecting to a Mobile Broadband Network Enabling/Disabling the Dell Mobile Broadband Card 95 Dell Wi-Fi Catcher™ Network Locator 11 Securing Your Computer Security Cable Lock ......

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    A program stops responding or crashes repeatedly 120 A program is designed for an earlier Microsoft operating system A solid blue screen appears Dell MediaDirect problems Other software problems Memory Problems Network Problems Mobile Broadband (Wireless Wide Area Network [WWAN]) 124...

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    Hard Drive Removing the Hard Drive Replacing the Hard Drive Returning a Hard Drive to Dell ..... . Optical Drive...

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    Memory Subscriber Identity Module Wireless Mini Cards Internal Card With Bluetooth Coin-Cell Battery 14 Dell™ QuickSet Features 15 Traveling With Your Computer Identifying Your Computer Packing the Computer Travel Tips Contents ....

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    Product Information Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit Before You Call Contacting Dell 17 Specifications A Appendix ......

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    ......Media Definition of "Dell-Installed" Software and Peripherals 195 Definition of "Third-Party" Software and Peripherals 195 ....

  • Page 13: Finding Information

    Drivers and Utilities media to reinstall drivers (see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on page 132) or run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 101). Readme files may be included on your Drivers and Utilities media to provide...

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    • How to set up my computer • Service Tag and Express Service Code ® • Microsoft Windows Finding Information Find It Here Dell™ Product Information Guide Setup Diagram Service Tag and Microsoft Windows ® Product Key Product Key These labels are located on your computer.

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    • Service and support — Service call status, support history, service contract, and online discussions with support • Dell Technical Update Service — Proactive e-mail notification of software and hardware updates for your computer • Reference — Computer...

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    Dell QuickSet Finding Information Find It Here Dell Support Utility The Dell Support Utility is an automated upgrade and notification system installed on your computer. This support provides real-time health scans of your computing environment, software updates, and relevant self-support information.

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    Microsoft Windows System Restore returns your computer to an earlier operating state without affecting data files. • Dell PC Restore — Dell PC Restore returns your computer to its original operating state. Dell PC Restore may not ship with your computer.

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    Finding Information...

  • Page 19: About Your Computer, Determining Your Computer's Configuration

    About Your Computer Determining Your Computer’s Configuration Based on selections that you made when purchasing your computer, your computer has one of several different video controller configurations. To determine your computer’s video controller configuration: 1 Click Start , and then click Help and Support. 2 Under Pick a Task, click Use Tools to view your computer information and diagnose problems.

  • Page 20: Front View

    Front View camera indicator (optional) display latch power button device status lights consumer IR touch pad buttons keyboard status lights About Your Computer camera (optional) display keyboard touch pad media control buttons Dell™ MediaDirect™ button digital array microphones...

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    — Indicates that the camera is on. Based on configuration C A M E R A I N D I C A T O R selections you made when ordering your computer, your computer may not include a camera. — Built-in camera for video capture, conferencing, and chat. Based on C A M E R A configuration selections you made when ordering your computer, your computer may not include a camera.

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    D E V I C E S T A T U S L I G H T S The blue lights located to the right of the keyboard indicate the following: Power light – Turns on when you turn on the computer, and blinks when the computer is in a power management mode.

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    ® Bluetooth status light – Turns on when a card with Bluetooth wireless technology is enabled. NOTE: The card with Bluetooth wireless technology is an optional feature. light turns on only if you ordered the card with your computer. For more information, see the documentation that came with your card.

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    E D I A I R E C T Dell MediaDirect (see "Using Dell MediaDirect™" on page 61). K E Y B O A R D S T A T U S L I G H T S The blue lights located above the keyboard indicate the following: Turns on when the numeric keypad is enabled.

  • Page 25: Left Side View

    S E C U R I T Y C A B L E S L O T to the computer (see "Security Cable Lock" on page 97). — When enabled through Dell QuickSet, this switch can scan for W I R E L E S S S W I T C H a wireless local area network (WLAN) in your vicinity.

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    Wi-Fi Catcher light NOTE: The Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator light appears only when the computer is turned off and the wireless switch is configured in the system setup program (BIOS) to control Wi-Fi network connections. CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air vents.

  • Page 27: Right Side View

    Right Side View battery status light power light eject button IEEE 1394 connector network connector (RJ-45) — For more information about the optical drive, see "Using O P T I C A L D R I V E Multimedia" on page 55. —...

  • Page 28: Back View

    V I D E O C O N N E C T O R N E T W O R K C O N N E C T O R C O N N E C T O R S U S B Back View S-video TV-out connector...

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    V I D E O O U T C O N N E C T O R 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 S U S B Connect USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, or printer.

  • Page 30: Bottom View

    M O D E M C O N N E C T O R (RJ-11) Bottom View About Your Computer Connect the telephone line to the modem connector. For information on using the modem, see the online modem documentation supplied with your computer.

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    IR — A port on the front of the computer that allows certain software C O N S U M E R applications to be controlled by the Dell Travel Remote. R I G H T S P E A K E R —...

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    About Your Computer...

  • Page 33: Setting Up Your Computer, Connecting To The Internet

    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 34: Setting Up Your Internet Connection

    Setting Up Your Internet Connection To set up an Internet connection with a provided ISP desktop shortcut: 1 Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs. 2 Double-click the ISP icon on the Microsoft 3 Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup. NOTE: If you are having problems connecting to the Internet, see "E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems"...

  • Page 35: Transferring Information To A New Computer, Windows Easy Transfer, Setting Up A Printer

    Transferring Information to a New Computer You can transfer the following types of data from one computer to another: • E-mail messages • Toolbar settings • Window sizes • Internet bookmarks Use one of the following methods for transferring data: •...

  • Page 36: Printer Cable, Connecting A Usb Printer

    Printer Cable Your printer connects to your computer with a USB 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. If you purchased a printer cable at the same time you purchased your computer, the cable may arrive in the computer’s shipping box.

  • Page 37: Power Protection Devices, Surge Protectors

    3 Turn on the printer, and then turn on the computer. If the Add New Hardware Wizard window appears, click Cancel. 4 Click Start , and then click Network. 5 Click Add a printer to start the Add Printer Wizard. NOTE: To install the printer driver, see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities"...

  • Page 38: Line Conditioners, Uninterruptible Power Supplies

    Line Conditioners NOTICE: Line conditioners do not protect against power interruptions. Line conditioners are designed to maintain AC voltage at a fairly constant level. Uninterruptible Power Supplies NOTICE: Loss of power while data is being saved to the hard drive may result in data loss or file damage.

  • Page 39: Using The Display, Adjusting Brightness, Projector, Setting Display Resolution And Refresh Rate

    Using the Display Adjusting Brightness When a Dell™ computer is running on battery power, you can conserve power by setting the display brightness to the lowest comfortable level. • Press <Fn> and the up-arrow key to increase brightness on the integrated display only (not on an external monitor).

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    NOTE: Use only the Dell-installed video drivers, which are designed to offer the best performance with your Dell-installed operating system. If you choose a resolution or color palette that is higher than the display supports, the settings adjust automatically to the closest supported values.

  • Page 41: Using The Keyboard And Touchpad, Numeric Keypad

    Using the Keyboard and Touchpad Numeric Keypad 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. To type a number or symbol, hold down <Fn>...

  • Page 42: Key Combinations, System Functions, Display Functions, Battery, Power Management

    Increases brightness on the integrated display only (not on an external monitor). Decreases brightness on the integrated display only (not on an external monitor). Displays the Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter (see "Dell QuickSet Battery Meter" on page 48). Activates a power management mode. You can...

  • Page 43: Dell™ Quickset Key Combinations, Adjusting Keyboard Settings, Touch Pad

    Windows logo key and <Pause> Opens the System Properties dialog box. Dell™ QuickSet Key Combinations If Dell QuickSet is installed, you can use other shortcut keys for functions such as the Battery Meter or activating power management modes. For more information about Dell QuickSet key combinations, right-click the QuickSet icon in the notification area, and then click Help.

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    touch pad • To move the cursor, lightly slide your finger over the touch pad. • To select an object, lightly tap once on the surface of the touch pad or use your thumb to press the left touch pad button. •...

  • Page 45: Customizing The Touch Pad

    Customizing the Touch Pad You can use the Mouse Properties window to disable the touch pad or adjust the touch pad settings. 1 Click Start , and then click Control Panel. 2 Click Hardware and Sound. 3 Click Keyboard. 4 In the Mouse Properties window: •...

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    Using the Keyboard and Touchpad...

  • Page 47: Using A Battery, Battery Performance

    Using a Battery Battery Performance NOTE: For information about the Dell warranty for your computer, see the Product Information Guide or separate paper warranty document that shipped with your computer. For optimal computer performance and to help preserve BIOS settings, operate your Dell™...

  • Page 48: Checking The Battery Charge, Dell Quickset Battery Meter

    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 batteries from other computers with your computer.

  • Page 49: Charge Gauge

    You can check battery health in one of two ways: by using the charge gauge on the battery, as described below, and by using the Battery Meter in Dell QuickSet. For information about QuickSet, right-click the QuickSet icon in the notification area, and then click Help.

  • Page 50: Low-battery Warning, Conserving Battery Power, Configuring Power Management Settings

    90 percent depleted. The computer enters Sleep state when the battery charge is at a critically low level. You can change the settings for the battery alarms in Dell QuickSet or the Power Options window (see "Configuring Power Management Settings" on page 50).

  • Page 51: Using The Sleep Power State, Charging The Battery

    To enter Sleep state: • Click Start , click • Depending on how you set the power management options in the Windows Power Options or Dell QuickSet, use one of the following methods: • Press the power button. • Close the display.

  • Page 52: Replacing The 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 batteries from other computers with your computer.

  • Page 53: Storing A Battery

    battery battery release latches (2) To replace the battery, follow the removal procedure in reverse order. Storing a Battery Remove the battery when you store your computer for an extended period of time. A battery discharges during prolonged storage. After a long storage period, recharge the battery fully (see "Charging the Battery"...

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    Using a Battery...

  • Page 55: Using Multimedia, Playing Media

    Using Multimedia Playing Media NOTICE: Do not press down on the optical drive tray when you open or close it. Keep the tray closed when you are not usinmg the drive. NOTICE: Do not move the computer while playing media. 1 Press the eject button on the front of the drive.

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    A CD player includes the following basic buttons: A DVD player includes the following basic buttons: For more information on playing media, click Help on the media player (if available). Using Multimedia Play Move backward within the current track Pause Move forward within the current track Stop Go to the previous track...

  • Page 57: Playing Media Using Dell Travel Remote

    Playing Media Using Dell Travel Remote The Dell Travel Remote is designed to control Dell Media Direct and ® Windows Vista Media Center. It can work only with specified computers. For more details, refer to the Dell Support website at support.dell.com.

  • Page 58: Copying Cd And Dvd Media

    Ensure that you observe all copyright laws when copying media. NOTE: The types of optical drives offered by Dell may vary by country. The following instructions explain how to make an exact copy of a CD or DVD using Roxio Creator. You can also use Roxio Creator for other purposes, such as creating music CDs from audio files stored on your computer or backing up important data.

  • Page 59: Using Blank Cd And Dvd Media

    How to Copy a CD or DVD NOTE: Most commercial DVDs have copyright protection and cannot be copied using Roxio Creator Plus. 1 Click Start → All Programs→ Roxio Creator DE→ Projects→ Copy. 2 Under the Copy tab, click Copy Disc. 3 To copy the CD or DVD: •...

  • Page 60: Helpful Tips

    DVD-Writable Drives Media Type Read CD-R CD-RW DVD+R DVD-R DVD+RW DVD-RW DVD+R DL DVD-R DL Helpful Tips ® • Use Microsoft Windows CD-RW only after you start Roxio Creator and open a Creator project. • Do not burn a blank CD-R or CD-RW to its maximum capacity; for example, do not copy a 650-MB file to a blank 650-MB CD.

  • Page 61: Adjusting The Volume, Adjusting The Picture, Using Dell Mediadirect

    Press the Dell MediaDirect button, located on the hinge cover, to launch Dell MediaDirect. When your computer is turned off or in Sleep state, you can press the Dell MediaDirect button to start the computer and automatically launch the Dell MediaDirect application.

  • Page 62: Connecting Your Computer To A Tv Or Audio Device

    You need the installation software to reinstall Dell MediaDirect. Contact Dell for assistance (see "Contacting Dell" on page 179). For more information on using Dell MediaDirect, use the Help menu in the Dell MediaDirect application. Connecting Your Computer to a TV or Audio Device...

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    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.

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    S-video TV-out connector S/PDIF digital audio connector Pb (blue) component video-output connector If you want to connect your computer to a TV or audio device, it is recommended that you connect video and audio cables to your computer in one of the following combinations: •...

  • Page 65: S-video And Standard Audio

    S-Video and Standard Audio audio connector standard S-video cable 1 Turn off the computer and the TV and/or audio device that you want to connect. NOTE: If your TV or audio device supports S-video but not S/PDIF digital audio, 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).

  • Page 66: S-video And S/pdif Digital Audio

    4 Plug the single-connector end of the audio cable into the headphone connector on your computer. 5 Plug the two RCA connectors on the other end of the audio cable into the audio input connectors on your TV or other audio device. 6 Turn on the TV and any audio device that you connected (if applicable), and then turn on the computer.

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    composite video adapter S/PDIF digital audio cable 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 68: Composite Video And Standard Audio

    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. 7 Turn on the TV, turn on any audio device that you connected (if applicable), and then turn on the computer. 8 See "Enabling the Display Settings for a TV"...

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    composite video adapter standard audio cable 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 70: Composite Video And S/pdif Digital Audio

    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 into the audio input connectors 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.

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    composite video adapter standard audio cable 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 72: Component Video And Standard Audio

    composite video adapter 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. 8 See "Enabling the Display Settings for a TV"...

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    component video adapter standard audio cable 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.

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    component video adapter 4 Plug all three connectors from the other end of the component video cable into the component video-input connectors on the TV. Make sure that the red, green, and blue colors of the cable match the colors of the TV input connectors.

  • Page 75: Component Video And S/pdif Digital Audio

    Component Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio S-video TV-out connector component video adapter Using Multimedia...

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    component video adapter standard audio cable 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.

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    component video adapter component video cable 4 Plug all three connectors from the other end of the component video cable into the component video-input connectors on the TV. Make sure that the red, green, and blue colors of the cable match the colors of the TV input connectors.

  • Page 78: Enabling The Display Settings For A Tv

    Enabling S/PDIF Digital Audio 1 Double-click the speaker icon in the Windows notification area. 2 Click the Options menu and then click Advanced Controls. 3 Click Advanced. 4 Click S/PDIF Interface. 5 Click Close. 6 Click OK. Enabling the Display Settings for a TV NOTE: To ensure that the display options appear correctly, connect the TV to the computer before you enable the display settings.

  • Page 79: Using Expresscards, Expresscard Blanks

    Using ExpressCards ExpressCards provide additional memory, wired and wireless communications, multimedia and security features. For example, you can add an ExpressCard to make wireless wide area network (WWAN) connectivity available on your computer. ExpressCards support two form factors: • ExpressCard/34 (34 mm wide) •...

  • Page 80: Installing An Expresscard

    Remove the blank before installing an ExpressCard. To remove the blank, see "Removing an ExpressCard or Blank" on page 81. Installing an ExpressCard You can install an ExpressCard while the computer is running. The computer automatically detects the card. ExpressCards 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 81: Removing An Expresscard Or Blank

    The computer recognizes the ExpressCard and automatically loads the appropriate device driver. If the configuration program tells you to load the manufacturer's drivers, use the media that came with the ExpressCard. 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.

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    Using ExpressCards...

  • Page 83: Using The Memory Card Reader, Memory Card Blanks, Installing A Memory Card

    Using the Memory Card Reader The memory card reader provides a fast and convenient way to view and share digital photos, music, and videos stored on a memory card. NOTE: A memory card is not a bootable device. The 8-in-1 memory card reader reads the following memory cards: •...

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    CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. To install a memory card: 1 Hold the card with the top side of the card facing up. 2 Slide the card into the slot until the card is completely seated in its connector.

  • Page 85: Removing A Memory Card Or Blank

    Removing a Memory Card or Blank CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. NOTICE: Use the memory card configuration utility (click the notification area) to select a card and stop it from functioning before you remove it from the computer.

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    Using the Memory Card Reader...

  • Page 87: Setting Up And Using Networks, Connecting A Network Or Broadband Modem Cable

    Setting Up and Using Networks Setting up a computer network provides connectivity between your computer and the Internet, another computer, or a network. For example, with a network set up in a home or small office you can print to a shared printer, access drives and files on another computer, browse other networks, or access the Internet.

  • Page 88: Setting Up A Network, Wireless Local Area Network

    Setting Up a Network 1 Click Start , and then click Connect To. 2 Click Set up a connection or network. 3 Select an option under Choose a connection option. 4 Click Next, and then follow the instructions in the wizard. Wireless Local Area Network A wireless local area network (WLAN) is a series of interconnected computers that communicate with each other over the air waves rather than through a...

  • Page 89: Checking Your Wireless Network Card

    • A wireless router or access point • A wireless network card for each computer that you want to connect to your WLAN • A network cable with a network (RJ-45) connector Checking Your Wireless Network Card Depending on what you selected when you purchased your computer, the computer has a variety of configurations.

  • Page 90: Broadband Modem

    Setting Up a New WLAN Using a Wireless Router and a Broadband Modem 1 Contact your Internet service provider (ISP) to obtain specific information about the connection requirements for your broadband modem. 2 Ensure that you have wired Internet access through your broadband modem before you attempt to set up a wireless Internet connection (see "Connecting a Network or Broadband Modem Cable"...

  • Page 91: Connecting To A Wlan

    If the software is removed or corrupted, follow the instructions in the user documentation for your wireless network card. 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"...

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    NOTE: If you select a secure network, you must enter a WEP or WPA key when prompted. Network security settings are unique to your network. Dell cannot provide this information. NOTE: Your computer can take up to 1 minute to connect to the network.

  • Page 93: Mobile Broadband (or Wireless Wide Area Network)

    If the utility is corrupted or deleted from your computer, see the Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility user’s guide in Windows Help and Support (click Start media that accompanied your card if you purchased it separately from your computer.

  • Page 94: Checking Your Dell Mobile Broadband Card, Connecting To A Mobile Broadband Network

    Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility, see the user's guide available through Windows Help and Support (click Start and Support). The user's guide is also available on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com and on the media included with your Mobile Broadband card if you purchased the card separately from your computer.

  • Page 95: Enabling/disabling The Dell Mobile Broadband Card

    Use the Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility to establish and manage a Mobile Broadband network connection to the Internet: 1 Click the Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility icon notification area to run the utility. 2 Click Connect. NOTE: The Connect button changes to the Disconnect button.

  • Page 96: Dell Wi-fi Catcher™ Network Locator

    Wi-Fi network connections. Because the Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator is disabled and not configured for use when your computer is shipped to you, you must first use Dell QuickSet to enable and configure the switch to control Wi-Fi network connections.

  • Page 97: Securing Your Computer, Security Cable Lock, Passwords

    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.

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    For more information, see your Windows documentation. If you forget any of your passwords, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 179). 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 99: If Your Computer Is Lost Or Stolen

    Dell for technical assistance and gives your Service Tag, the computer is identified automatically as missing or stolen. The representative will attempt to get the phone number and address of the caller. Dell will then contact the law enforcement agency to which you reported the missing computer.

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    Securing Your Computer...

  • Page 101: Troubleshooting, Dell Technical Update Service, Dell Diagnostics

    (see "Using the System Setup Program" on page 189). Start the Dell Diagnostics from your hard drive or from your Drivers and Utilities media (see "Drivers and Utilities Media" on page 13). Troubleshooting...

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    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. Troubleshooting ®...

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    Write down any error codes and problem descriptions exactly as they appear and follow the instructions on the screen. 8 After all tests have completed, close the test window to return to the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu. 9 Remove your Drivers and Utilities media, and then close the Main Menu window to exit the Dell Diagnostics and restart the computer.

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    Dell Diagnostics Main Menu After the Dell Diagnostics loads and the Main Menu screen appears, click the button for the option you want. NOTE: It is recommended that you select on your computer. Option Test Memory Test System Exit After you have selected the Test System option from the main menu, the following menu appears.

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    Write down the error code and problem description exactly as it appears and follow the instructions on the screen. If you cannot resolve the problem, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 179).

  • Page 106: Dell Support Center, Dell Support 3

    In addition, using your Service Tag, Dell can link you to the most relevant www.dell.com web pages for information about your warranty, ordering accessories and details about installing recommended drivers and downloads.

  • Page 107: Dell Pc Tune-up

    • Learn more about Dell Support 3 • Turn Dell Support 3 off For more information about Dell Support 3, click the question mark (?) at the top of the Dell Support 3 window. To access Dell Support 3: •...

  • Page 108: Dell Pc Checkup, Dell Network Assistant, Dellconnect

    2 Click Self Help→ Network / Internet→ Network Management. DellConnect DellConnect is a simple online access tool that allows a Dell service and support associate to access your computer through an Internet connection, diagnose the problem and repair it. The associate works with your permission under your supervision, and you can work with Dell’s associate during the...

  • Page 109: Drive Problems, Optical Drive Problems

    To begin a live session with a Dell associate: 1 Click the Dell Support Center icon 2 Click Assistance From Dell→ Technical Support→ DellConnect→ Phone and follow the instructions. Drive Problems CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.

  • Page 110: Hard Drive Problems

    Problems writing to a CD-RW or DVD+/-RW drive L O S E O T H E R P R O G R A M S steady stream of data when writing. If the stream is interrupted, an error occurs. Try closing all programs before you write to the drive. U R N O F F L E E P S T A T E I N See "Using the Sleep Power State"...

  • Page 111: E-mail, Modem, And Internet Problems

    E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. NOTE: Connect the modem to an analog telephone jack only. The modem does not operate while it is connected to a digital telephone network. H E C K T H E I C R O S O F T cannot open your e-mail attachments:...

  • Page 112: Error Messages

    For an external mouse, check the cable connection. Enable the Pointing Device option in the system setup program (see "Using the System Setup Program" on page 189). If the problem persists, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 179). A D C O M M A N D O R F I L E N A M E correctly, put spaces in the proper place, and used the correct pathname.

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    F A I L E D I N I T I A L I Z A T I O N hard drive tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 101). The operation requires a hard drive in the bay before it R I V E N O T R E A D Y —...

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    "Hard Drive" on page 143), 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 101).

  • Page 115

    E Y B O A R D S T U C K K E Y F A I L U R E cable connection. Restart the computer, and avoid touching the keyboard or keys during the boot routine. Run the Stuck Key test in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 101).

  • Page 116

    P E R A T I N G S YS T E M N O T F O U N D on page 143). If the problem persists, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 179).

  • Page 117: Expresscard Problems

    D A Y C L O C K S T O P P E D configuration settings may require recharging. Connect your computer to an electrical outlet to charge the battery. If the problem persists, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 179).

  • Page 118: Ieee 1394 Device Problems, Keyboard Problems, External Keyboard Problems

    F Y O U H A V E P R O B L E M S W I T H A Dell or the IEEE 1394 device manufacturer (see "Contacting Dell" on page 179). F Y O U H A V E P R O B L E M S W I T H A N Contact Dell or the IEEE 1394 device manufacturer (see "Contacting Dell"...

  • Page 119: 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 Keyboards tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 101).

  • Page 120: Lockups And Software Problems, The Computer Does Not Start, The Computer Stops Responding

    Lockups and Software Problems CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. The computer does not start H E C K T H E A C A D A P T E R the computer and to the electrical outlet.

  • Page 121: A Solid Blue Screen Appears, Dell Mediadirect Problems

    NOTICE: You cannot reinstall the Dell MediaDirect feature if you voluntarily reformat the hard drive. Contact Dell for assistance (see "Contacting Dell" on page 179). If you are unable to get a response by pressing a —...

  • Page 122: Other Software Problems

    U N T H E E L L I A G N O S T I C S is related to a software problem (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 101). Troubleshooting T A R T M E N U If you are experiencing slow computer —...

  • Page 123: Memory Problems, Network Problems

    • Run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 101). 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 124: Mobile Broadband (wireless Wide Area Network [wwan])

    Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility. To access the utility, double-click the at the lower-right corner of your screen. If your ExpressCard is not a Dell- branded card, see the manufacturer’s instructions for your card. H E C K N E T W O R K C O N N E C T I O N S T A T U S I N T H E...

  • Page 125: Power Problems

    If the battery status light rapidly flashes Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 179). H E C K T H E B A T T E R Y T E M P E R A T U R E (32°F), the computer will not start.

  • Page 126: Printer Problems

    O N N E C T T H E C O M P U T E R D I R E C T L Y T O A N E L E C T R I C A L O U T L E T protection devices, power strips, and extension cables to verify that the computer turns on.

  • Page 127: Scanner Problems, Sound And Speaker Problems, No Sound From Integrated Speakers

    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 S C A N N E R D O C U M E N T A T I O N setup and troubleshooting information.

  • Page 128: No Sound From External Speakers, No Sound From Headphones, Touch Pad Or Mouse Problems

    Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by — Turn off nearby fans, fluorescent lights, — See "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on — See "Dell Diagnostics" on page 101. — Ensure that the headphone — Click or double-click the speaker —...

  • Page 129: Video And Display Problems, If The Display Is Blank

    E S T T H E M O U S E C O N T R O L L E R pointer movement) and the operation of the touch pad or mouse buttons, run the Mouse test in the Pointing Devices test group in the "Dell Diagnostics" on page 101.

  • Page 130: If The Display Is Difficult To Read

    I D E O D I A G N O S T I C S T E S T S still have a display problem, but the display is not completely blank, run the Video device group in the "Dell Diagnostics" on page 101, then contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 179).

  • Page 131: If Only Part Of The Display Is Readable, Drivers, What Is A Driver

    2 Turn on the computer and the monitor, and then 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 179). Drivers What Is a Driver? A driver is a program that controls a device such as a printer, mouse, or keyboard.

  • Page 132: Identifying Drivers, Reinstalling Drivers And Utilities

    Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities NOTICE: The Dell Support website at support.dell.com and your Drivers and Utilities media provide approved drivers for Dell computers. If you install drivers obtained from other sources, your computer might not work correctly. Using Windows Device Driver Rollback...

  • Page 133

    Drivers and Utilities disc and click Finish to restart the computer. 4 When you see the Windows desktop, reinsert the Drivers and Utilities disc. 5 At the Welcome Dell System Owner screen, click Next. NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities program displays drivers only for hardware that came installed in your computer.

  • Page 134: Troubleshooting Software And Hardware Problems In The Windows Vista ® Operating System

    Manually Reinstalling Drivers NOTE: If your computer has a Consumer IR port and you are reinstalling a Consumer IR driver, you must first enable the Consumer IR port in the system setup program (see "Using the System Setup Program" on page 189) before continuing with the driver installation (see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities"...

  • Page 135

    "Using Windows Vista System Restore" on page 136. • Dell Factory Image Restore restores your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer. Dell Factory Image Restore permanently deletes all data on the hard drive and removes any applications installed after you received the computer.

  • Page 136: Using Windows Vista System Restore

    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. Creating a Restore Point You can either automatically or manually create a restore point from the Windows Vista Back Up and Restore Center.

  • Page 137

    NOTICE: Before you restore the computer to an earlier operating state, save and close all open files and exit any open programs. Do not alter, open, or delete any files or programs until the system restoration is complete. 1 Click Start →...

  • Page 138

    Restoring the Computer to the Default Factory Configuration The Dell Factory Image Restore option allows you to restore your hard drive back to its original factory configuration as when you first purchased it from Dell. This option appears on Dell computers that were originally pre-installed ®...

  • Page 139: Using The Operating System Media

    The Operating System media provides options for reinstalling Windows. The options can overwrite files and possibly affect programs that are installed on your hard drive. Therefore, do not reinstall Windows unless a Dell technical support representative instructs you to do so.

  • Page 140

    6 Press any key to Boot from CD-ROM. 7 Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. NOTE: You cannot reinstall Dell MediaDirect if you voluntarily reformat the hard drive. You need the installation software to reinstall Dell MediaDirect. See "Contacting Dell" on page 179.

  • Page 141: Adding And Replacing Parts, Before You Begin, Recommended Tools, Turning Off Your Computer

    You have performed the steps in "Turning Off Your Computer" on page 141 and "Before Working Inside Your Computer" on page 142. • 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 142: Before Working Inside Your Computer

    Hold a component such as a processor by its edges, not by its pins. 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 143: Hard Drive

    5 Turn the computer over. 6 Slide and click the battery release latches. 7 Slide the battery out of the battery bay. battery 8 Turn the computer top-side up, open the display, and press the power button to ground the system board. 9 Remove any installed cards from the ExpressCard slot (see "Removing an ExpressCard or Blank"...

  • Page 144: Restoring Your Microsoft ® Windows Vista ® Operating System, Removing The Hard Drive

    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 (see "Restoring Your Microsoft® Windows Vista® Operating System" on page 135 and "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities"...

  • Page 145: Replacing The Hard Drive, Returning A Hard Drive To Dell

    5 Install the drivers and utilities for your computer, as needed (see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on page 132). 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. foam packaging...

  • Page 146: Optical Drive, Removing The Optical Drive

    Optical Drive CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. Removing the Optical Drive 1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 141. 2 Turn the computer over. 3 Remove the locking screw from the optical drive.

  • Page 147: Replacing The Optical Drive, Hinge Cover, Removing The Hinge Cover

    Replacing the Optical Drive 1 Slide the optical drive into the bay. 2 Replace and tighten the locking screw. 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...

  • Page 148: Replacing The Hinge Cover, Keyboard

    hinge cover Replacing the Hinge Cover 1 Insert the left edge of the hinge cover. 2 Press from left to right until the cover snaps into place. Keyboard For more information about the keyboard, see "Using the Keyboard and Touchpad" on page 41. CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.

  • Page 149: Removing The Keyboard

    Removing the Keyboard 1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 141. 2 Remove the hinge cover (see "Hinge Cover" on page 147). 3 Remove the two screws at the top of the keyboard. NOTICE: The key caps on the keyboard are fragile, easily dislodged, and time- consuming to replace.

  • Page 150: Replacing The Keyboard, Memory, Removing The Dimm A Memory Module

    Install only memory modules that are intended for your computer. NOTE: Memory modules purchased from Dell are covered under your computer warranty. Your computer has two user-accessible SODIMM sockets, one accessed from beneath the keyboard (DIMM A), and the other accessed from the bottom of the computer (DIMM B).

  • Page 151

    3 Remove the keyboard (see "Keyboard" on page 148). NOTE: It is not necessary to disconnect the keyboard cable from the memory module cover. 4 Lift the memory module cover but do not remove it. NOTICE: To prevent damage to the memory module connector, do not use tools to spread the memory module securing clips.

  • Page 152: Replacing The Dimm A Memory Module

    As the computer boots, it detects the additional memory and automatically updates the system configuration information. To confirm the amount of memory installed in the computer, click Start → Help and Support→ Dell System Information. Adding and Replacing Parts notch...

  • Page 153: Removing The Dimm B Memory Module

    Removing the DIMM B Memory Module The DIMM B memory module is located under the memory module cover on the bottom of the computer. 1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 141. 2 Turn the computer upside-down, loosen the captive screw on the memory module cover (see "Bottom View"...

  • Page 154: Replacing The Dimm B Memory Module

    securing clips (2) Replacing the DIMM B Memory Module 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). 1 Align the notch in the module edge connector with the tab in the connector slot.

  • Page 155

    As the computer boots, it detects the additional memory and automatically updates the system configuration information. To confirm the amount of memory installed in the computer, click Start → Help and Support→ Dell System Information. notch Adding and Replacing Parts...

  • Page 156: Subscriber Identity Module

    Subscriber Identity Module Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) identify users uniquely through an International Mobile Subscriber Identity. CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. NOTE: Only Cingular and Vodafone need a SIM. Verizon, Sprint, and Telus do not use SIMs.

  • Page 157: Wireless Mini Cards, Removing A Wlan Card

    Wireless Mini Cards CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. NOTICE: To help prevent damage to the system board, you must remove the battery from the battery bay before you begin working inside the computer. If you ordered a wireless Mini Card with your computer, the card is already installed.

  • Page 158

    4 Disconnect the antenna cables from the card. WLAN antenna cable connectors (2) WLAN card 5 Release the card by pushing the metal securing tabs toward the WLAN back of the computer until the card pops up slightly. 6 Lift the out of its system board connector.

  • Page 159: Replacing A Wlan Card

    metal securing tabs (2) Replacing a WLAN Card NOTICE: The connectors are keyed to ensure correct insertion. If you feel resistance, check the connectors on the card and on the system board, and realign the card. NOTICE: To avoid damage to the WLAN card, never place cables under the card. 1 Insert the card connector into the system board connector labeled WLAN...

  • Page 160: Removing A Mobile Broadband Or Wwan Card

    3 Connect the appropriate antenna cables to the installing: NOTE: The gray antenna cable may not be available in all computers. The presence of the gray antenna cable in your Mini Card compartment depends upon the type of display. If the WLAN card has two triangles on the label (white and black), connect the white antenna cable to the connector labeled "main"...

  • Page 161

    captive screws (2) cover Adding and Replacing Parts...

  • Page 162

    4 Disconnect the two antenna cables from the card. WWAN antenna cable connectors (2) WWAN card 5 Release the card by pushing the metal securing tabs toward the WWAN back of the computer until the card pops up slightly. 6 Lift the out of its system board connector.

  • Page 163: Replacing A Wwan Card

    metal securing tabs (2) Replacing a WWAN Card NOTICE: The connectors are keyed to ensure correct insertion. If you feel resistance, check the connectors on the card and on the system board, and realign the card. NOTICE: To avoid damage to the WWAN card, never place cables under the card. 1 Insert the WWAN "WWAN"...

  • Page 164: Removing A Wpan Card

    3 Connect the black antenna cable with a gray stripe to the connector labeled "aux" (black triangle) and connect the white antenna cable with a gray stripe to the connector labeled "main" (white triangle). 4 Secure unused antenna cables in the protective mylar sleeve. 5 Replace the cover and tighten the captive screws.

  • Page 165: Replacing A Wpan Card, Removing The Card

    Replacing a WPAN Card NOTICE: The connectors are keyed to ensure correct insertion. If you feel resistance, check the connectors on the card and on the system board, and realign the card. NOTICE: To avoid damage to the WPAN card, never place cables under the card. 1 Insert the card connector into the system board connector labeled WPAN...

  • Page 166: Replacing The Card, Coin-cell Battery

    securing tab securing tab Replacing the Card 1 Replace the card at an angle to slide it under the securing tabs in the card compartment. 2 Connect the cable to the card. Coin-Cell Battery CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.

  • Page 167: Removing The Coin-cell Battery, Replacing The Coin-cell Battery

    Removing the Coin-Cell Battery 1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 141. 2 Turn the computer over. 3 Loosen the captive screw on the memory module/coin-cell battery cover (see "Bottom View" on page 30), and remove the cover. 4 Disconnect the coin-cell battery cable from the system board.

  • Page 168

    Adding and Replacing Parts...

  • Page 169: Dell™ Quickset Features

    • Power management • 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 in the ® ® Microsoft Windows the lower-right corner of your screen.

  • Page 170

    Dell™ QuickSet Features...

  • Page 171: Traveling With Your Computer, Identifying Your Computer, Packing The Computer

    Remove any extraneous items, such as paper clips, pens, and paper, from the keyboard and palm rest and close the display. • Use the optional Dell carrying case to pack the computer and its accessories together safely. • Avoid packing the computer with items such as shaving cream, colognes, perfumes, or food.

  • Page 172: Travel Tips, Traveling By Air

    • Protect the computer, the batteries, and the hard drive from hazards such as extreme temperatures and overexposure to sunlight, dirt, dust, or liquids. • Pack the computer so that it does not slide around in the trunk of your car or in an overhead storage compartment.

  • Page 173: Getting Help, Obtaining Assistance

    1 See "Troubleshooting" on page 101 for information and procedures that pertain to the problem your computer is experiencing. 2 See "Dell Diagnostics" on page 101 for procedures on how to run Dell Diagnostics. 3 Fill out the "Diagnostics Checklist" on page 178.

  • Page 174: Technical Support And Customer Service, Dellconnect, Online Services

    Dell's support service is available to answer your questions about Dell™ hardware. Our support staff uses computer-based diagnostics to provide fast, accurate answers. To contact Dell's support service, see "Before You Call" on page 177, and then see the contact information for your region or go to support.dell.com. DellConnect...

  • Page 175: Autotech Service, Automated Order-status Service, Problems With Your Order, Product Information

    "Contacting Dell" on page 179. Automated Order-Status Service To check on the status of any Dell products that you have ordered, you can go to support.dell.com, 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 176: Returning Items For Warranty Repair Or Credit

    Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit Prepare all items being returned, whether for repair or credit, as follows: 1 Call Dell to obtain a Return Material Authorization Number, and write it clearly and prominently on the outside of the box.

  • Page 177: Before You Call

    Service Tag (located on the back or bottom of your computer). Remember to fill out the Diagnostics Checklist (see "Diagnostics Checklist" on page 178). 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...

  • Page 178

    Address: Phone number: Service Tag (bar code on the back or bottom of the computer): Express Service Code: Return Material Authorization Number (if provided by Dell support technician): Operating system and version: Devices: Expansion cards: Are you connected to a network? Yes No...

  • Page 179: Contacting Dell

    NOTE: If you do not have an active Internet connection, you can find contact information on your purchase invoice, packing slip, bill, or Dell product catalog. 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.

  • Page 180

    Getting Help...

  • Page 181: Specifications

    Specifications NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. For more information regarding the configuration of your computer, click Start select the option to view information about your computer. Processor Processor type L1 cache L2 cache External bus frequency System Information System chipset Data bus width DRAM bus width Processor address bus width...

  • Page 182

    ExpressCard (continued) Cards supported ExpressCard connector size 8-in-1 Memory Card Reader 8-in-1 memory card controller 8-in-1 memory card connector Cards supported Memory Memory module connector Memory module capacities Memory type Minimum memory Maximum memory NOTE: In order to take advantage of the dual channel bandwidth capability, both memory slots must be populated and must match in size.

  • Page 183

    Ports and Connectors (continued) Consumer IR Mini Card Modem Network adapter S-video TV-out Video Communications Modem: Type Controller Interface Network adapter Wireless Video Video type: Video controller Video memory LCD interface TV support sensor compatible with Philips RC6 (receive only) three Type IIIA Mini-Card slots RJ-11 port RJ-45 port...

  • Page 184

    Audio Audio type Audio controller Stereo conversion Interfaces: Internal External Speaker Internal speaker amplifier Volume controls Display Type (active-matrix TFT) Dimensions: Height Width Diagonal Maximum resolutions: WXGA WXGA with TrueLife WXGA+ with TrueLife WSXGA+ with TrueLife Refresh rate Operating angle Viewing angles: Specifications two-channel high-definition audio codec...

  • Page 185

    Display (continued) Horizontal Vertical Pixel pitch: WXGA WXGA with TrueLife WXGA+ with TrueLife WSXGA+ with TrueLife Controls Keyboard Number of keys Layout Touch Pad X/Y position resolution (graphics table mode) Size: Width Height ±40° (WXGA) ±40° (WXGA with TrueLife) ±55° (WXGA+ with TrueLife) ±60°...

  • Page 186

    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 Specifications 9-cell "smart" lithium ion 6-cell "smart" lithium ion 67.6 mm (2.66 in) (9 cell) 47.5 mm (1.87 in) (6 cell) 20.4 mm (0.8 in) 209.9 mm (8.26 in) 0.48 kg (1.06 lb) (9 cell)

  • Page 187

    AC Adapter Input voltage Input current (maximum) Input frequency Output current (65 W) Output current (90 W) Output power Rated output voltage Dimensions (65 W): Height Width Depth Weight (with cables) Dimensions (90 W): Height Width Depth Weight (with cables) Temperature range: Operating Storage...

  • Page 188

    Physical Height Width Depth Weight (with 6-cell battery): Configurable to less than Environmental Temperature range: Operating Storage Relative humidity (maximum): Operating Storage Maximum vibration (using a random vibration spectrum that simulates user environment): Operating Storage Maximum shock (Measured with hard drive in operating status and a 2-ms half-sine pulse for operating.

  • Page 189: Using The System Setup Program

    System security and hard drive password settings NOTE: Unless you are an expert computer user or are directed to do so by Dell technical support, do not change the system setup settings. Certain changes might make your computer work incorrectly.

  • Page 190: Viewing The System Setup Screen, System Setup Screen, Commonly Used Options

    Viewing the System Setup Screen 1 Turn on (or restart) your computer. 2 When the DELL logo appears, press <F2> immediately. If you wait too long and the Microsoft Windows logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop, then shut down your computer and try again.

  • Page 191

    Performing a One-Time Boot 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 192: Cleaning Your Computer, Computer, Keyboard, And Display, Touch Pad

    Cleaning Your Computer CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the Product Information Guide. Computer, Keyboard, and Display CAUTION: Before you clean your computer, disconnect the computer from the electrical outlet and remove any installed batteries. Clean your computer with a soft cloth dampened with water.

  • Page 193: Mouse, Media

    3 Remove any installed batteries (see "Battery Performance" on page 47). 4 Moisten a soft, lint-free cloth with water, and wipe it gently across the surface of the touch pad. Do not allow water from the cloth to seep between the touch pad and the surrounding palm rest. Mouse NOTICE: Disconnect the mouse from the computer before cleaning the mouse...

  • Page 194: Dell Technical Support Policy (u.s. Only)

    Dell, as well as the verification of appropriate functionality of the computer and all Dell-installed hardware.

  • Page 195: Definition Of "dell-installed" Software And Peripherals, Definition Of "third-party" Software And Peripherals

    Definition of "Third-Party" 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, etc). Support for all third-party software and peripherals is provided by the original manufacturer of the product.

  • Page 196: Macrovision Product Notice

    Plug the system into a different outlet so that the system and the receiver are on different branch circuits. 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...

  • Page 197: 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. ACPI —...

  • Page 198

    bit — The smallest unit of data interpreted by your computer. ® Bluetooth wireless technology — A wireless technology standard for short-range (9 m [29 feet]) networking devices that allows for enabled devices to automatically recognize each other. boot sequence — Specifies the order of the devices from which the computer attempts to boot.

  • Page 199

    Consumer IR — A port on the front of the computer that allows certain software applications to be controlled by the Dell Travel Remote in some systems. In other systems, this port allows you to transfer data between the computer and infrared- compatible devices without using a cable connection.

  • Page 200

    DIMM — dual in-line memory module — A circuit board with memory chips that connects to a memory module on the system board. DIN connector — A round, six-pin connector that conforms to DIN (Deutsche Industrie-Norm) standards; it is typically used to connect PS/2 keyboard or mouse cable connectors.

  • Page 201

    ExpressCards. ExpressCards support both the 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 202

    FBD — fully-buffered DIMM — A DIMM with DDR2 DRAM chips and an Advanced Memory Buffer (AMB) that speeds communication between the DDR2 SDRAM chips and the system. FCC — Federal Communications Commission — A U.S. agency responsible for enforcing communications-related regulations that state how much radiation computers and other electronic equipment can emit.

  • Page 203

    heat sink — A metal plate on some processors that helps dissipate heat. hibernate mode — A power management mode that saves everything in memory to a reserved space on the hard drive and then turns off the computer. When you restart the computer, the memory information that was saved to the hard drive is automatically restored.

  • Page 204

    IRQ — interrupt request — An electronic pathway assigned to a specific device so that the device can communicate with the processor. Each device connection must be assigned an IRQ. Although two devices can share the same IRQ assignment, you cannot operate both devices simultaneously.

  • Page 205

    — A bay that supports devices such as optical drives, a second battery, or a Dell TravelLite™ module. memory — A temporary data storage area inside your computer. Because the data in...

  • Page 206

    MP — megapixel — A measure of image resolution used for digital cameras. ms — millisecond — A measure of time that equals one thousandth of a second. Access times of storage devices are often measured in ms. network adapter — A chip that provides network capabilities. A computer may include a network adapter on its system board, or it may contain a PC Card with an adapter on it.

  • Page 207

    PCI Express — A modification to the PCI interface that boosts the data transfer rate between the processor and the devices attached to it. PCI Express can transfer data at speeds from 250 MB/sec to 4 GB/sec. If the PCI Express chip set and the device are capable of different speeds, they will operate at the slower speed.

  • Page 208

    read-only — Data and/or files you can view but cannot edit or delete. A file can have read-only status if: • It resides on a physically write-protected floppy disk, CD, or DVD. • It is located on a network in a directory and the system administrator has assigned rights only to specific individuals.

  • Page 209

    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 210

    The number of colors and resolution that a program displays depends on the capabilities of the monitor, the video controller and its drivers, and the amount of video memory installed in the computer. S-video TV-out — A connector used to attach a TV or digital audio device to the computer.

  • Page 211

    UPS — uninterruptible power supply — A backup power source used when the electrical power fails or drops to an unacceptable voltage level. A UPS keeps a computer running for a limited amount of time when there is no electrical power. UPS systems typically provide surge suppression and may also provide voltage regulation.

  • Page 212

    A common type of virus is a boot virus, which is stored in the boot sectors of a floppy disk. If the floppy disk is left in the drive when the computer is shut down and then turned on, the computer is infected when it reads the boot sectors of the floppy disk expecting to find the operating system.

  • Page 213

    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 214

    Glossary...

  • Page 215: Index

    Index Numerics 8-in-1 memory card reader, 83 audio device connecting, 62 enabling, 78 audio. See sound battery charge gauge, 49 charging, 51 checking the charge, 48 performance, 47 power meter, 49 removing, 52 replacing coin-cell battery, 166 storing, 53 blank cards ExpressCards, 79 memory card, 83 removing, 81, 85...

  • Page 216

    Drivers and Utilities media, 103 starting from your hard drive, 102 Dell MediaDirect about, 24 problems, 121 Dell support site, 15 DellConnect, 174 Device Driver Rollback, 132 device latch release description, 31 device status lights description, 22...

  • Page 217

    79, 81 installing, 80 removing, 81 description, 31 hard drive description, 31 problems, 110 replacing, 143 returning to Dell, 145 hardware Dell Diagnostics, 101 Hardware Troubleshooter, 134 hinge cover removing, 147 icons adjusting the size, 169 IEEE 1394 connector...

  • Page 218

    55 media control buttons Dell MediaDirect button, 61 description, 23 media memory cards, 83 installing, 83 reader, 27 types, 83 memory DIMM A, 152 DIMM B, 153 installing, 150 removing, 151, 153 memory card blanks, 83 memory card reader, 83...

  • Page 219

    121 CD drive, 109 CD-RW drive, 110 computer crashes, 120-121 computer does not start up, 120 computer stops responding, 120 Dell Diagnostics, 101 Dell MediaDirect, 121 drives, 109 DVD drive, 109 error messages, 112 hard drive, 110 IEEE 1394 connector, 118...

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    System Restore, 135-136 system setup program commonly used options, 190 screens, 190 Index viewing, 190 taskbar Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility, 124 Dell Support Utility, 16 QuickSet icon, 169 Safely Remove Hardware, 117 wireless activity indicator, 92 toolbars adjusting the size, 169...

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    connecting, 62 uninterruptible power supply. See UPS UPS, 37 USB connector description, 29 video problems, 129 video controller determining configuration, 19 video controller configuration determining what controller is installed, 19 volume adjusting, 128 warranty information, 14 Windows Easy Transfer wizard, 35 Windows Vista Device Driver Rollback, 132 Program Compatibility...

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    Index...

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Inspiron rt722, Inspiron 1521

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  • Jackie Murphey Jun 17, 2013 06:35:
    I had the directions for Dell Computers. No one can tell you why the lid stays locked. I've never heard of it.

    It's a Dell Inspiron: Model # PP22LL