Dell™ Inspiron™ 1525/1526
Owner's Manual
Model PP29L
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    Dell™ Inspiron™ 1525/1526 Owner’s Manual Model PP29L 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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    Devices, Inc.; Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are either trademarks or registered trademarks of 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. Blu-ray Disc is a trademark of the Blu-ray Disc Association.

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    Contents Finding Information ....About Your Computer ....Front View .

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    ® Microsoft Windows Logo Key Functions ..Dell™ QuickSet Key Combinations ..Adjusting Keyboard Settings ... . Touch Pad .

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    ..... . Playing Media Using Dell Travel Remote (Optional) ....

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    Component Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio ..HDMI (Optional) ....Enabling the Display Settings for a TV ..Using the Optional Camera .

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    ... What You Need to Establish a Mobile Broadband Network Connection ..Checking Your Dell Mobile Broadband Card ..Connecting to a Mobile Broadband Network . . .

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    ..A solid blue screen appears ... . Dell MediaDirect problems ... . . Other software problems .

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    Printer Problems ....Scanner Problems ....Sound and Speaker Problems .

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

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    ..... Contacting Dell .....

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    Media ......Dell Technical Support Policy (U.S. Only) ..Definition of "Dell-Installed" Software and Peripherals .

  • Page 13: Finding Information

    Drivers and Utilities media to • Notebook System Software (NSS) reinstall drivers (see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on page 125) or run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 95). Readme files may be included on your Drivers and Utilities media to provide...

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    What Are You Looking For? Find It Here • Warranty information Dell™ Product Information Guide • Terms and Conditions (U.S. only) • Safety instructions • Regulatory information • Ergonomics information • End User License Agreement • How to set up my computer Setup Diagram ®...

  • Page 15: Finding Information

    • 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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    Find It Here • Software upgrades and troubleshooting Dell Support Utility hints — Frequently asked questions, The Dell Support Utility is an automated hot topics, and general health of your upgrade and notification system installed computing environment on your computer. This support provides...

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    What Are You Looking For? Find It Here • How to reinstall my operating system Operating System Media The operating system is already installed on your computer. To reinstall your operating system, use one of the following methods: • Microsoft Windows System Restore — Microsoft Windows System Restore returns your computer to an earlier operating state without affecting data...

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    Finding Information...

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    About Your Computer Front View About Your Computer...

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    (2) consumer IR touch pad buttons (2) device status lights Dell MediaDirect™ button keyboard status lights digital array microphones (optional) C A M E R A I N D I C A T O R — Indicates that the camera is on. Based on configuration selections you made when ordering your computer, your computer may not include a camera.

  • Page 21: About Your Computer

    O N S U M E R I R — Infrared sensor for using the Dell Travel Remote. See "Playing Media Using Dell Travel Remote (Optional)" on page 53. T O U C H P A D B U T T O N S —...

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    D E V I C E S T A T U S L I G H T S The lights located on the palm rest towards the front of the computer 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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    B U T T O N — Press the Dell MediaDirect button to launch Dell MediaDirect (see "Using Dell MediaDirect™" on page 62). K E Y B O A R D S T A T U S L I G H T S...

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    Turns on when the numeric keypad is enabled. Turns on when the uppercase letter (caps lock) function is enabled. Turns on when the scroll lock function is enabled. D I G I T A L A R R A Y M I C R O P H O N E S —...

  • Page 25: Left Side View

    Left Side View security cable slot AC power adapter USB connectors (2) video connector (VGA) network connector (RJ-45) modem connector (RJ-11) HDMI connector IEEE 1394a connector hard drive S E C U R I T Y C A B L E S L O T —...

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    CAUTION: The AC adapter works with electrical outlets worldwide. However, power connectors and power strips vary among countries. Using an incompatible cable or improperly connecting the cable to the power strip or electrical outlet may cause fire or equipment damage. NOTICE: When you disconnect the AC adapter cable from the computer, grasp the connector, not the cable itself, and pull firmly, but gently to help prevent damage to...

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    Connects devices supporting IEEE 1394a high-speed IEEE 1394 C O N N E C T O R — transfer rates, such as some digital video cameras. Stores software and data. A R D R I V E — Right Side View wireless switch Wi-Fi Catcher light ExpressCard slot...

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    W I R E L E S S S W I T C H — When enabled through Dell QuickSet, this switch can scan for a wireless local area network (WLAN) in your vicinity. You can also use it to rapidly turn off or on any wireless devices such as WLAN cards and internal cards with Bluetooth wireless technology (see "Dell Wi-Fi Catcher™...

  • Page 29: Back View

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

  • Page 30: Bottom View

    Bottom View battery battery release latch processor/memory module/mini-card compartment hard drive optical drive B A T T E R Y — When a battery is installed, you can use the computer without connecting the computer to an electrical outlet (see "Using a Battery" on page 45). B A T T E R Y R E L E A S E L A T C H —...

  • Page 31: Setting Up Your Computer, Connecting To The Internet

    Setting Up Your Computer Connecting to the Internet NOTE: Internet Service Providers (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 32: 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 Windows desktop.

  • Page 33: Setting Up Your Computer, 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 34: 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 35: Power Protection Devices

    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 36: 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 37: Switching The Video Image From Your Computer Display To A Projector

    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).

  • Page 38: Setting Display Resolution And Refresh Rate

    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 39: 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 40: System Functions

    <Fn> and down-arrow key Decreases brightness on the integrated display only (not on an external monitor). Battery <Fn><F3> Displays the Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter (see "Dell QuickSet Battery Meter" on page 46). Power Management <Fn><Esc> Activates a power management mode.

  • Page 41: Adjusting Keyboard Settings

    Opens the 3D Windows Flip on Windows Vista 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.

  • Page 42: Touch Pad

    Touch Pad The touch pad detects the pressure and movement of your finger to allow you to move the cursor on the display. Use the touch pad and touch pad buttons as you would use a mouse. touch pad scroll zones •...

  • Page 43: 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 45: Using A Battery, Battery Performance

    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™ portable computer with the main battery installed at all times. One battery is supplied as standard equipment in the battery bay. NOTE:...

  • Page 46: 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 47: Conserving Battery Power

    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 48).

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    Configuring Power Management Settings You can use Dell QuickSet or Windows Power Options to configure the power management settings on your computer. • For information on how to use the Dell QuickSet Power Management wizard, right-click the QuickSet icon in the notification area, click Help, and then select Power Management.

  • Page 49: Charging The Battery, 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 50: Storing A Battery

    To remove the battery: 1 Ensure that the computer is turned off. 2 Turn the computer over. 3 Slide the battery release latch toward the side of the computer until it is engaged. 4 Slide the battery out of the bay. battery battery release latch To replace the battery, follow the removal procedure in reverse order.

  • Page 51: 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 using the drive. NOTICE: Do not move the computer while playing media. NOTE: To prevent vibration and noise do not stick any additional labels or stickers on the media.

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    To format media for storing or copying data, see the media software that came with your computer. NOTE: Ensure that you follow all copyright laws when copying media. A CD player includes the following basic buttons: Play. Move backward within the current track. Pause.

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    Playing Media Using Dell Travel Remote (Optional) 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.

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    CDs from audio files stored on your computer or backing up important data. For help, open Roxio Creator, and then press <F1>. The DVD drives and BD drives installed in Dell computers do not support HD-DVD media. For a list of supported media formats, see "Using Blank CD, DVD, and BD Media"...

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    How to Copy a CD, DVD or BD NOTE: Most commercial DVDs and BDs have copyright protection and cannot be copied using Roxio Creator Plus. NOTE: BD media can only be copied to other BD media. NOTE: Copying a BD-R to BD-RE does not produce an exact copy. 1 Click Start →...

  • Page 56: Helpful Tips

    DVD-Writable and Combo Drives Media Type Read Write Rewritable CD-R CD-RW DVD+R DVD-R DVD+RW DVD-RW DVD+R DL DVD-R DL Blu-ray Drives Media Type Read Write Rewritable CD-R CD-RW DVD+R DVD-R DVD+RW DVD-RW DVD+R DL DVD-R DL BD-R BD-RE Helpful Tips ®...

  • Page 57: Adjusting The Volume

    • Use CD-Rs to burn music CDs that you want to play in regular stereos. CD-RWs do not play in most home or car stereos. • Music MP3 files can be played only on MP3 players or on computers that have MP3 software installed.

  • Page 58: Adjusting The Picture

    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 59: Audio Device

    Your computer may have an optional S-video TV-out connector and optional HDMI out connector that, together with a standard S-video cable, a composite video adapter cable, HDMI cable (available from Dell) or a component video adapter cable (available from Dell), enable you to connect the computer to a TV.

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    S-video TV-out connector component video adapter S/PDIF digital audio connector Pr (red) component video-output connector Pb (blue) component video-output Y (green) component video-output connector 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: •...

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    S-Video and Standard Audio audio connector S-video TV-out connector standard S-video cable standard audio 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 62: 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-video cable 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.

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    composite video adapter S/PDIF digital audio cable 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.

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    composite video adapter composite video cable 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.

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    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 composite video cable 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 68: Component Video And Standard Audio

    composite video adapter S/PDIF digital audio cable 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.

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    component video adapter component video cable 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 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 71: Component Video And S/pdif Digital Audio

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

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    1 Turn off the computer and the TV and/or audio device that you want to connect. 2 Connect the component video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on the computer. 3 Plug all three ends of the component video cable into the component video-output connectors on the component video adapter.

  • Page 73: Hdmi (optional)

    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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    3 Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI input connector on your TV. 4 Turn on the TV and any audio device that you connected (if applicable), and then turn on the computer. 5 See "Enabling the Display Settings for a TV" on page 74 to ensure that the computer recognizes and works properly with the TV.

  • Page 75: Using The Optional Camera

    Using the Optional Camera If you ordered a camera when you bought your computer, the camera is integrated in the computer display. The camera and its integrated digital microphones allow you to take photos and videos and to communicate visually and verbally with other computer users. The blue camera light appears when the camera is turned on.

  • Page 76: Manually Adjusting The Camera Settings, Creating A Picture Or A Video

    To record a video, click Record. Unless you designate a different location, the picture or video is automatically saved to the My Documents → Dell Webcam Center folder on your hard drive. For more information about creating pictures or videos, see the camera’s Video Software Help file (see "Accessing the Camera’s Help File"...

  • Page 77: Using Cards

    Using Cards 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 78: Expresscard Blanks

    ExpressCard Blanks Your computer shipped with a plastic blank installed in the ExpressCard slot. Blanks protect unused slots from dust and other particles. Save the blank for use when no ExpressCard is installed in the slot; blanks from other computers may not fit your computer.

  • Page 79: Removing An Expresscard Or Blank, Memory Card Reader

    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. Press the card or blank to remove it from its slot. Save a blank to use when no ExpressCard is installed in a slot. Blanks protect unused slots from dust and other particles.

  • Page 80: Installing A Memory Card

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

  • Page 81: 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: Click the icon in the notification area to select a card and stop it from functioning before you remove it from the computer.

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    Using Cards...

  • Page 83: 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 84: Setting Up A 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 85: Setting Up A New Wlan Using A Wireless Router And A Broadband Modem

    Device Manager 1 Click Start , and then click Control Panel. 2 Click Classic View on the menu on the left side of the Control Panel. 3 Double-click Device Manager. NOTE: The User Account Control window may open. 4 Click Continue on the User Account Control window if it opens. 5 Click the + next to Network adapters to list the utility that manages your wireless network card.

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    6 Disconnect the network cable from the computer and the modem. 7 Disconnect the AC adapter cable from your wireless router to ensure that there is no power connected to the router. NOTE: Wait for a minimum of 5 minutes after disconnecting your broadband modem before continuing with the network setup.

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    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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    Monitoring the Status of the Wireless Network Card Through Dell QuickSet The wireless activity indicator provides you with an easy way to monitor the status of your computer’s wireless devices. To turn the wireless activity indicator on or off, click the QuickSet icon in the taskbar and select Hotkey Popups.

  • Page 89: Checking Your Dell Mobile Broadband Card

    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 , and then click Help and Support) or on the media that accompanied your card if you purchased it separately from your computer.

  • Page 90: Enabling/disabling The Dell Mobile Broadband Card

    Windows Help and Support (click Start , and then click Help 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.

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    Mobile Broadband card. If the switch is in the off position, move the switch to the on position to enable the switch and the Dell Mobile Broadband card. For information about the wireless switch positions, see "wireless switch"...

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    Setting Up and Using Networks...

  • Page 93: Securing Your Computer, Security Cable Lock

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

  • Page 94: 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...

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    Securing Your Computer...

  • Page 97: Troubleshooting, Dell Technical Update Service, Dell Diagnostics

    (see "Using the System Setup Program" on page 171). Start the Dell Diagnostics from your hard drive or from your Drivers and Utilities media (see "Drivers and Utilities Media" on page 13).

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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. 9 After all tests have completed, close the test window to return to the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu. 10 Remove your Drivers and Utilities media, 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 to run a complete test Test System on your computer.

  • Page 101: Dell Support Utility

    Allows you to customize the test by changing the test settings. Parameters Dell Support Utility The Dell Support Center helps you find the service, support and system-specific information you need. For more information about Dell Support Center and available support tools, click the Services tab at support.dell.com.

  • Page 102: Dell Support 3

    In addition, using your service tag, we can link you to the most relevant Dell.com web pages for information about your warranty, ordering accessories and installing recommended drivers and downloads.

  • Page 103: Dellconnect, Network Assistant, Pc Tuneup

    DellConnect is also available for a fee through "Dell On Call." In order to use DellConnect, you will need to be guided by a Dell technician. To begin a live session with a Dell technician: From the Dell Support Center home page on your desktop, select Assistance From Dell→...

  • Page 104: Pc Checkup, Drive Problems

    Dell recommends that you run PC Checkup on a regular basis or before contacting Dell for assistance. The application creates a detailed report that can be used by Dell technicians to resolve your issue quickly. Drive Problems...

  • Page 105: Optical Drive Problems

    — ® and Hardware Problems in the Windows Vista Operating System" on page 127. See "Dell Diagnostics" on page 95. U N T H E E L L I A G N O S T I C S — Optical drive problems...

  • Page 106: Hard Drive Problems, E-mail, Modem, And Internet Problems

    Hard drive problems A hot hard drive may L L O W T H E C O M P U T E R T O C O O L B E F O R E T U R N I N G I T O N —...

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    Internet, your computer might be infected with spyware. Use an anti-virus program that includes anti-spyware protection (your program may require an upgrade) to scan the computer and remove spyware. For more information, go to support.dell.com and search for the keyword spyware. Troubleshooting...

  • Page 108: Error Messages

    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 95). 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 135), 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 95).

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    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 95). Dell MediaDirect™...

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    P E R A T I N G S YS T E M N O T F O U N D — on page 135). If the problem persists, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 160). The optional ROM has failed. Contact...

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    A chip on the system board may be malfunctioning. Run H U T D O W N F A I L U R E — the System Set tests in the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 95). System configuration settings are I M E D A Y C L O C K L O S T P O W E R —...

  • Page 113: Expresscard Problems, Ieee 1394 Device Problems

    D E V I C E — Contact Dell or the IEEE 1394 device manufacturer (see "Contacting Dell" on page 160). F Y O U H A V E P R O B L E M S W I T H A N...

  • Page 114: Keyboard Problems, External Keyboard Problems

    Fill out the "Diagnostics Checklist" on page 159 as you perform the various checks. NOTE: Use the integrated keyboard when running the Dell Diagnostics or the system setup program. When you attach an external keyboard, the integrated keyboard remains fully functional.

  • Page 115: Unexpected Characters, Lockups And Software Problems, The Computer Does Not Start, The Computer Stops Responding

    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 95). If the tests indicate a defective external keyboard, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell"...

  • Page 116: A Program Stops Responding Or Crashes Repeatedly, A Solid Blue Screen Appears

    I R E C T H E L P F I L E F O R I N F O R M A T I O N — menu to access Dell MediaDirect Help. O P L A Y M O V I E S W I T H...

  • Page 117: Other Software 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 160). Other software problems H E C K T H E S O F T W A R E D O C U M E N T A T I O N O R C O N T A C T T H E S O F T W A R E M A N U F A C T U R E R F O R T R O U B L E S H O O T I N G I N F O R M A T I O N —...

  • Page 118: Memory Problems, Network Problems

    • Run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 95). 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 119

    Utility. To access the utility, double-click the icon located in the taskbar, 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 120: Power Problems

    , the battery may be defective. amber Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 160). If the battery temperature is below 0°C 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 —...

  • Page 121: Printer Problems

    Bypass power 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 —...

  • Page 122: 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. See the scanner documentation for 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 —...

  • Page 123: No Sound From External Speakers, No Sound From Headphones, Touch Pad Or Mouse Problems

    E I N S T A L L T H E A U D I O D R I V E R — page 125. See "Dell Diagnostics" on page 95. U N T H E E L L I A G N O S T I C S —...

  • Page 124: 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 95. See "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities"...

  • Page 125: If The Display Is Difficult To Read

    — still have a display problem, but the display is not completely blank, run the Video device group in the "Dell Diagnostics" on page 95, then contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 160). If an error message appears, see "Error Messages"...

  • Page 126: 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 160). Drivers What Is a Driver? A driver is a program that controls a device such as a printer, mouse, or keyboard.

  • Page 127: 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 128

    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 129: 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 171) before continuing with the driver installation (see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities"...

  • Page 130: Restoring Your Operating System, Using Windows Vista System Restore

    To start the Hardware Troubleshooter: 1 Click Start → Help and Support. 2 In the Find an answer section, click Troubleshooting. Type hardware troubleshooter in the search field, then press <Enter>. 3 In the search results, select the option that best describes the problem and follow the troubleshooting steps.

  • Page 131

    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 automatically and manually create a restore point from the Windows Vista Back Up and Restore Center.

  • Page 132

    3 Click Undo my last restoration, and then click Next. 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 ordered it from Dell.

  • Page 133

    5 Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK. 6 Click Dell Factory Image Restore. 7 In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next. 8 Select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition checkbox.

  • Page 134

    Troubleshooting...

  • Page 135: 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 133 and "Before Working Inside Your Computer" on page 134. • 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 136: 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 137: Hard Drive

    6 Slide the battery release latch toward the side of the computer until it is engaged. 7 Slide the battery out of the battery bay. battery release latch battery 8 Turn the computer top-side up, open the display, and press the power button to ground the system board.

  • Page 138: 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 Operating System" on page 128 and "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities"...

  • Page 139: 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 125). 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 140: Optical Drive, Removing The Optical Drive, Replacing 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 133. 2 Turn the computer over. 3 Remove the locking screw from the optical drive.

  • Page 141: Hinge Cover, Removing The Hinge Cover

    Hinge Cover CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).

  • Page 142: Replacing The Hinge Cover, Keyboard

    hinge cover scribe Replacing the Hinge Cover 1 Replace the media control buttons connector to the systemboard. 2 Insert the left edge of the hinge cover. 3 Press from left to right until the cover snaps into place. 4 Replace the two screws that secure the hinge cover from the battery bay. Keyboard For more information about the keyboard, see "Using the Keyboard and Touchpad"...

  • Page 143: Removing The Keyboard

    Removing the Keyboard 1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin" on page 133. 2 Remove the hinge cover (see "Hinge Cover" on page 139). 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 144: Replacing The Keyboard, Memory, Removing 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, DIMM A and DIMM B, accessed from the bottom of the computer.

  • Page 145

    cover captive screws (5) NOTICE: To prevent damage to the memory module connector, do not use tools to spread the memory module securing clips. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).

  • Page 146: Replacing Memory Module

    securing clips (2) memory module Replacing 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 147

    5 Turn on the computer. 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...

  • Page 148: Subscriber Identity Module (optional)

    Subscriber Identity Module (Optional) 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 GSM (HSDPA) type cards need a SIM. EVDO cards do not use a SIM. 1 Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin"...

  • Page 149: Wireless Mini-cards, Removing Mini-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 150

    4 Disconnect the antenna cables from the card. Mini- NOTE: The Mini-card may have two or three connectors, depending on the type of card you ordered. antenna cable connectors securing screw 5 Release the card by removing the securing screw. Mini- 6 Lift the out of its system board connector.

  • Page 151: Replacing Mini-card, Flash Cache Module, Removing The Fcm

    Replacing Mini-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 Mini-card, never place cables under the card. 1 Insert the card connector into the system board connector at a 45-degree angle.

  • Page 152: Replacing The Fcm

    4 Remove the M2 x 3-mm securing screw. 5 Remove the FCM. FCM Card M2 x 3-mm securing screw Replacing the FCM NOTICE: Install the FCM in the WWAN slot. Do not install an FCM in the WLAN card slot. Doing so may cause damage to your computer. 1 Insert the connector at a 45-degree angle into the system board connector labeled "FCM".

  • Page 153

    ® Broadcom Media PC Card The Broadcom Media PC card is used in conjunction with blu-ray optical drives to render high definition content. The Broadcom Media PC card can be installed either in the UWB or WWAN Mini-Card slots. You can remove and replace the Media PC card the same way you would remove or replace FCM.

  • Page 154: Replacing The Card

    securing screw card Replacing the Card 1 Replace the screw securing the card and insert the card at an angle to slide it in the card compartment. 2 Connect the cable to the card. Adding and Replacing Parts...

  • Page 155: 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 156: 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 157: Getting Help, Obtaining Assistance

    5 If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, see "Contacting Dell" on page 160. NOTE: Call Dell Support from a telephone near or at the computer so that the support staff can assist you with any necessary procedures. NOTE: Dell's Express Service Code system may not be available in all countries.

  • Page 158: 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 158, and then see the contact information for your region or go to support.dell.com. DellConnect...

  • Page 159: Autotech Service, Automated Order-status Service, Problems With Your Order, Product Information

    "Contacting Dell" on page 160. 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 160: Returning Items For Warranty Repair Or Credit, 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 159). 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 161

    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 162: 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: 1 Visit support.dell.com.

  • Page 163: Specifications

    Specifications NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. For more information regarding the configuration of your computer, click Start , click Help and Support, and then select the option to view information about your computer. Processor ® Processor type Turion™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology ®...

  • Page 164

    System Information ® System chipset AMD M690T Chipset with ATI™ Radeon X1270 Graphics Mobile Intel Express GM 965 Data bus width 64 bits DRAM bus width dual-channel (2) 64-bit buses Processor address bus width 36 bits (Intel) and 32 bits (AMD) Flash EPROM 2 MB PCI bus...

  • Page 165

    8-in-1 Memory Card Reader 8-in-1 memory card controller Ricoh R5C833 8-in-1 memory card connector 8-in-1 combo card connector Cards supported • Secure Digital (SD) • SDIO • MultiMediaCard (MMC) • Memory Stick • Memory Stick PRO • xD-Picture Card • Hi Speed-SD •...

  • Page 166

    Ports and Connectors (continued) Network adapter RJ-45 port S-video TV-out 7-pin mini-DIN connector (optional S-video to composite video adapter cable) four 4-pin USB 2.0-compliant connectors Video 15-hole connector HDMI one 29 pin Type B HDMI connector. Communications Modem: Type v.92 56K Data/FAX MDC Controller softmodem Interface...

  • Page 167

    Audio Audio type two-channel high-definition audio codec Audio controller Sigmatel STAC9228 Codec Stereo conversion 24-bit (analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog) Interfaces: Internal Intel High Definition Audio External microphone-in connector, stereo headphones/speakers connector Speaker two 4-ohm speakers Internal speaker amplifier 1 Watt per channel into 4 ohms Volume controls program menus, media control buttons Display...

  • Page 168

    (see "Display Functions" on page 40) Media Drive DVD combo, DVD+RW, Blu-ray® (need Broadcom Media PC card to support Blu-ray disc) Interface Roxio® Creator Plus®, Dell MediaDirect™ 3.3 Keyboard Number of keys 87 (U.S. and Canada); 88 (Europe); 91 (Japan) Layout QWERTY/AZERTY/Kanji Camera (optional) Pixel 2.0 mega pixel...

  • Page 169

    Touch Pad X/Y position resolution (graphics table mode) 240 cpi Size: Width 73.7-mm (2.9-in) sensor-active area Height 34.0-mm (1.3-in) rectangle Battery Type 9-cell "smart" lithium ion 6-cell "smart" lithium ion 4-cell "smart" lithium ion Dimensions: Depth 57.2 mm (2.25 in) (4/6 cell) 76.7 mm (3.01 in) (9 cell) Height 20 mm (0.78 in)

  • Page 170

    Battery (continued) Temperature range: Operating 0° to 35°C (32° to 95°F) Storage –40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F) Coin-cell battery CR-2032 AC Adapter Input voltage 100–240 VAC Input current (maximum) 1.5 A Input frequency 50–60 Hz Output current 3.34 A (continuous) 4.34 A (peak for 4-second pulse) Output power 65 W...

  • Page 171

    Environmental Temperature range: Operating 0° to 35°C (32° to 95°F) Storage –40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F) Relative humidity (maximum): Operating 10% to 90% (noncondensing) Storage 5% to 90% (noncondensing) Maximum vibration (using a random vibration spectrum that simulates user environment): Operating 0.66 GRMS Maximum shock (Measured with...

  • Page 172

    Specifications...

  • Page 173: 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 174: 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 175

    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 176: Cleaning Your Computer, Computer, Keyboard, And Display

    3 Turn on the computer. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> immediately. If you wait too long and the Windows logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop, then shut down your computer and try again.

  • Page 177: Touch Pad, Mouse, Media

    • To clean your monitor screen, lightly dampen a soft, clean cloth with water. You can also use a special screen-cleaning tissue or solution suitable for the monitor’s antistatic coating. • Wipe the keyboard, computer, and monitor plastics with a soft cleaning cloth moistened with a solution of three parts water and one part dishwashing detergent.

  • Page 178: 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 179: Fcc Notice (u.s. Only)

    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 180: 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 181: 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 182

    BD — See Blu-ray Disc. BIOS — basic input/output system — A program (or utility) that serves as an interface between the computer hardware and the operating system. Unless you understand what effect these settings have on the computer, do not change them. Also referred to as system setup.

  • Page 183

    COA — Certificate of Authenticity — The Windows alpha-numeric code located on a sticker on your computer. Also referred to as the Product Key or Product ID. Consumer IR — Sensor for using Dell Travel remote control. Control Panel — A Windows utility that allows you to modify operating system and hardware settings, such as display settings.

  • Page 184

    DDR SDRAM — double-data-rate SDRAM — A type of SDRAM that doubles the data burst cycle, improving system performance. DDR2 SDRAM — double-data-rate 2 SDRAM — A type of DDR SDRAM that uses a 4-bit prefetch and other architectural changes to boost memory speed to over 400 MHz. device —...

  • Page 185

    DVD-R — DVD recordable — A recordable version of a DVD. Data can be recorded only once onto a DVD-R. Once recorded, the data cannot be erased or written over. DVD+RW — DVD rewritable — A rewritable version of a DVD. Data can be written to a DVD+RW disc, and then erased and written over (rewritten).

  • Page 186

    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. extended display mode — A display setting that allows you to use a second monitor as an extension of your display.

  • Page 187

    IEEE 1394 — Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. — A high- performance serial bus used to connect IEEE 1394-compatible devices, such as digital cameras and DVD players, to the computer. infrared sensor — Consumer Infrared sensor to operate the Dell Travel Remote. Glossary...

  • Page 188

    integrated — Usually refers to components that are physically located on the computer’s system board. Also referred to as built-in. I/O — input/output — An operation or device that enters and extracts data from your computer. Keyboards and printers are I/O devices. I/O address —...

  • Page 189

    — 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 memory is not permanent, it is recommended that you frequently save your files while you are working on them, and always save your files before you shut down the computer.

  • Page 190

    Mobile Broadband network — (also known as a WWAN) is a series of interconnected computers that communicate with each other through wireless cellular technology and provides Internet access in the same varied locations from which cellular telephone service is available. Your computer can maintain the Mobile Broadband network connection regardless of its physical location, as long as the computer remains in the service area of your cellular service provider.

  • Page 191

    parallel connector — An I/O port often used to connect a parallel printer to your computer. Also referred to as an LPT port. partition — A physical storage area on a hard drive that is assigned to one or more logical storage areas known as logical drives.

  • Page 192

    RAID — redundant array of independent disks — A method of providing data redundancy. Some common implementations of RAID include RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, and RAID 50. RAM — random-access memory — The primary temporary storage area for program instructions and data.

  • Page 193

    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 194

    Strike Zone™ — Reinforced area of the platform base that protects the hard drive by acting as a dampening device when a computer experiences resonating shock or is dropped (whether the computer is on or off). surge protectors — Prevent voltage spikes, such as those that may occur during an electrical storm, from entering the computer through the electrical outlet.

  • Page 195

    TPM — trusted platform module — A hardware-based security feature that when combined with security software enhances network and computer security by enabling features such as file and e-mail protection. travel module — A plastic device designed to fit inside the module bay of a portable computer to reduce the weight of the computer.

  • Page 196

    video memory — Memory that consists of memory chips dedicated to video functions. Video memory is usually faster than system memory. The amount of video memory installed primarily influences the number of colors that a program can display. video mode — A mode that describes how text and graphics are displayed on a monitor.

  • Page 197

    WPAN — wireless personal area network. A computer network used for communication among computer devices (including telephones and personal digital assistants) close to one person. WWAN — wireless wide area network. A wireless high-speed data network using cellular technology and covering a much larger geographic area than WLAN. WXGA —...

  • Page 198

    Glossary...

  • Page 199: Index

    Index Numerics brightness adjusting, 37 8-in-1 memory card reader, 79 camera, 20 audio device carnet, 154 connecting, 59 enabling, 73 blank, 55 audio. See sound CD-RW drive problems, 103 drive problems, 103 Check Disk, 104 cleaning battery touch pad, 175 charging, 49 checking the charge, 46 computer...

  • Page 200

    124 Dell MediaDirect identifying, 125 about, 23 reinstalling, 125 problems, 114 Drivers and Utilities CD Dell support site, 15 Dell Diagnostics, 95 DellConnect, 156 Drivers and Utilities media, 13 Device Driver Rollback, 125 about, 126 device latch release drives...

  • Page 201

    Flash Cache Module, 149 labels Microsoft Windows, 14 hard drive Service Tag, 14 problems, 104 replacing, 135 lost computer, 94 returning to Dell, 137 hardware Dell Diagnostics, 95 Hardware Troubleshooter, 127 media playing, 51 hinge cover removing, 139 media control buttons...

  • Page 202

    113-114 installing WLAN Mini Card, 147 computer does not start up, 113 Mobile Broadband computer stops responding, 113 (WWAN), 116 Dell Diagnostics, 95 problems, 116 Dell MediaDirect, 114 network connector drives, 102 description, 25 DVD drive, 103...

  • Page 203

    problems (continued) regulatory information, 14 error messages, 106 reinstalling hard drive, 104 Windows Vista, 128-130 IEEE 1394 connector, 111 resolution keyboard, 112 setting, 38 lockups, 113 network, 116 power, 118 power light conditions, 118 printer, 119 S/PDIF digital audio program crashes repeatedly, 114 enabling, 73 program stops responding, 114 Safely Remove Hardware...

  • Page 204

    172 connecting, 59 screens, 172 viewing, 172 uninterruptible power supply. See UPS taskbar UPS, 35 Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility, 117 Dell Support Utility, 16 Safely Remove Hardware, 111 wireless activity indicator, 88 video problems, 122 touch pad, 42...

  • Page 205

    warranty information, 14 Windows Easy Transfer wizard, 33 Windows Vista Device Driver Rollback, 125 Program Compatibility wizard, 114 reinstalling, 128-130 System Restore, 128-129 Windows Easy Transfer wizard, 33 wizards Program Compatibility wizard, 114 Windows Easy Transfer, 33 WLAN installing Mini Card, 147 WWAN See also Mobile Broadband Index...

  • Page 206

    Index...

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