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For more information about your display, see
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Press the power button to turn on the computer or exit a power management mode.
To avoid losing data, turn off your computer by performing a Microsoft® Windows® operating system shutdown rather than by pressing the
power button.
If the computer stops responding, press and hold the power button until the computer turns off completely (which may take several seconds).
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  • Page 1: About Your Computer, Front View

    About Your Computer     Front View   Left View   Right View   Back View   Bottom View Front View     display display latch power button speakers device status lights touch pad buttons keyboard keyboard status lights touch pad   display — For more information about your display, see "Using the Display."...

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      Turns on when you turn on the computer and blinks when the computer is in Standby mode. Turns on when the computer reads or writes data. NOTICE: To avoid loss of data, never turn off the computer while the light is flashing.

  • Page 3: Left View

    The green lights located above the keyboard indicate the following:   Turns on when the numeric keypad is enabled. Turns on when wireless devices are enabled. Turns on when the uppercase letter function is enabled. Turns on when Bluetooth® wireless technology is enabled.

  • Page 4: Right View

      IEEE 1394 Connector — Connects devices supporting IEEE 1394 high-speed transfer rates, such as some digital video cameras.   PC Card slot — Supports one PC Card, such as a modem or network adapter. The computer ships with a plastic blank installed in the slot. For more information, see "Using PC Cards."...

  • Page 5: Back View

      module bay device latch release USB connectors   module bay — You can install devices such as an optical drive or a Dell TravelLite™ module in the module bay. For more information, see "Using the Module Bay."   device latch release — Releases the module bay device. See "Using the Module Bay" for instructions.   USB connectors     Connect USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, or printer.

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    the online modem documentation supplied with your computer. See "Finding Information."   network connector (RJ-45) NOTICE: The network connector is slightly larger than the modem connector. To avoid damaging the computer, do not plug a telephone line into the network connector.  ...

  • Page 7: Bottom View

      The AC adapter converts AC power to the DC power required by the computer. You can connect the AC adapter with your computer turned either on or off. 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.

  • Page 8

      battery charge gauge — Provides information on the battery charge. See "Using a Battery."   battery — When a battery is installed, you can use the computer without connecting the computer to an electrical outlet. See "Using a Battery."  ...

  • Page 9: Macrovision Product Notice, Fcc Identification Information

      Most Dell computers are classified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as Class B digital devices. To determine which classification applies to your computer, examine all FCC registration labels located on the bottom, side, or back panel of your computer, on card-mounting brackets, and on the cards themselves.

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      Company name: Dell Inc. One Dell Way Round Rock, Texas 78682 USA 512-338-4400...

  • Page 11: Using A Battery, Battery Performance, 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 lithium-ion battery is designed to work with your Dell computer. Do not use a battery from other computers with your computer.

  • Page 12: Microsoft Windows Power Meter, Charge Gauge, Health Gauge

    Dell QuickSet is installed, press <Fn><F3> to display the QuickSet Battery Meter.   The Battery Meter window displays status, charge level, and charge completion time for the battery in your computer.   In addition, when your computer is connected to a docking device (docked), the Battery Meter window includes a Dock Battery tab, which displays the charge level and current status of the docking device battery.

  • Page 13: Charging The Battery, Removing A Battery

    lights appear, the battery is in good condition, and more than 80 percent of its original charge capacity remains. Each light represents incremental degradation. If five lights appear, less than 60 percent of the charge capacity remains, and you should consider replacing the battery. See "Specifications" for more information about the battery operating time.

  • Page 14: Installing A Battery, Storing A Battery

    Installing a Battery   Slide the battery into the bay until the latch release clicks.   For information about installing the second battery, see "Using the Module Bay." 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 before you use it.

  • Page 15: About The Module Bay, Removing And Installing Devices While The Computer Is Turned Off

    You do not need to install the device security screw (optional) unless you want to prevent the module from being easily removed.   Your Dell™ computer may ship with a device security screw, which is not installed in the CD/DVD drive but packaged separately. When you install a module in  the bay, you can install the device security screw to prevent the module from being easily removed.

  • Page 16: Removing And Installing Devices While The Computer Is Running

    3. Pull the device out of the module bay.   4. Push the new device into the bay until it clicks. Removing and Installing Devices While the Computer Is Running NOTICE: If the device security screw is installed, you must turn off the computer before removing the screw. NOTICE: If you are running on battery power and you have received a message that the battery operating time is very low, turn off the computer or connect to AC power before removing the device.

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    4. Push the new device into the bay until it clicks. The operating system automatically recognizes the device. 5. If necessary, enter your password to unlock your computer.

  • Page 18: Adjusting The Volume

    Using CDs, DVDs, and Other Multimedia     Playing a CD or DVD   Adjusting the Volume   Adjusting the Picture   Connecting Your Computer to a TV or Audio Device Playing a CD or DVD NOTICE: Do not press down on the CD or DVD tray when you open or close it. Keep the tray closed when you are not using the drive. NOTICE: Do not move the computer when you are playing CDs or DVDs.

  • Page 19: Adjusting The Picture, Connecting Your Computer To A Tv Or Audio Device

    If available in your country, cables may be purchased at most consumer electronics stores or from Dell.   Your computer has an S-video TV-out connector that, together with a standard S-video cable (available from Dell), enables you to connect the computer to a  ...

  • Page 20: Composite Video And Standard Audio

      It is recommended that you connect video and audio cables to your computer in one of the following combinations. NOTE: See the diagrams at the beginning of each subsection to help you determine which method of connection you should use.  ...

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        standard S-video to 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 standard video to composite video adapter cable to the S-video TV-out connector on the computer. 3.

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    8. Click the arrows beside the Dynamic range compression option to select the most suitable option. 9. Click the Back button once, and then click the Back button again to return to the main menu screen. Enabling the Display Settings for a TV in Microsoft® Windows® XP NOTE: Ensure that you properly connect the TV before you enable the display settings.

  • Page 23: Cleaning Your Computer, Cds And Dvds

    Cleaning Your Computer     Computer, Keyboard, and Display   CDs and DVDs 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 24: Using The Dell Diagnostics, Dell Diagnostics, When To Use The Dell Diagnostics

    NOTICE: The Dell Diagnostics works only on Dell™ computers.   Start the Dell Diagnostics from either your hard drive or from the Drivers and Utilities CD (also known as the ResourceCD). Starting the Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive   The Dell Diagnostics is located on a hidden diagnostic utility partition on your hard drive.

  • Page 25: Dell Diagnostics Main Menu

    4. When the tests are completed, if you are running the Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers and Utilities CD, remove the CD. 5. When the tests are complete, close the test screen to return to the Main Menu screen. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and restart the computer, close the Main Menu screen.

  • Page 26: Using The Display, Adjusting Brightness, Switching The Video Image, Setting Display Resolution

    When the Dell™ computer is running on battery power, you can conserve power by setting the brightness to the lowest comfortable setting by pressing <Fn>  and the up- or down-arrow key on the keyboard.   The Dell QuickSet Brightness Meter shows the current brightness setting for the display. Right-click the icon in the taskbar to enable or disable the Brightness Meter on the screen.

  • Page 27: Extended Desktop Mode, Swapping Primary And Secondary Displays

    Before you change any of the default display settings, make a note of the default settings for future reference. NOTE: Use only the Dell-installed video drivers, which are designed to offer the best performance with your Dell-installed operating system. 1. Click the Start button and click Control Panel.

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    8. Click Apply. 9. Click OK.  ...

  • Page 29: Reinstalling Software, What Is A Driver, Identifying Drivers, Reinstalling Drivers And Utilities

      Dell ships your computer to you with required drivers already installed—no further installation or configuration is needed. NOTICE: The Drivers and Utilities CD may contain drivers for operating systems that are not on your computer. Ensure that you are installing software appropriate for your operating system.

  • Page 30: Using The Drivers And Utilities Cd, Manually Reinstalling Drivers, Resolving Software And Hardware Incompatibilities

    2. Under Pick a Category, click Performance and Maintenance. 3. Click System. 4. In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab. 5. Click Device Manager. 6. Right-click the device for which the new driver was installed and click Properties. 7.

  • Page 31: Windows 2000, Creating A Restore Point, Restoring The Computer To An Earlier Operating State

    Support Center for information on using System Restore. NOTICE: Make regular backups of your data files. System Restore does not monitor your data files or recover them. NOTE: The procedures in this document were written for the Windows default view, so they may not work if you set your Dell™ computer to the  Windows Classic view. Creating a Restore Point 1. Click the Start button and click Help and Support.

  • Page 32: Enabling System Restore, Reinstalling Windows Xp, Booting From The Operating System Cd

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

  • Page 33: Windows Xp Setup

      To download the utility, go to Downloads at and select your computer model from the drop-down menu. Under Select Your Download Category, select System and Configuration Utilities, select your operating system and language, and then follow the instructions.

  • Page 34: Finding Information

    How to remove and install parts NOTE: The Quick Reference Guide is optional and may not ship with your computer. NOTE: This document is available as a PDF at Warranty information Dell™ Product Information Guide Terms and Conditions (U.S. only)   Safety instructions...

  • Page 35

    NSS utility. NSS provides critical updates for your operating system and support for Dell™ 3.5-inch USB floppy drives, Intel® Pentium® M processors, optical drives, and USB devices. NSS is necessary for correct operation of your Dell computer. The software automatically detects your computer and operating system and installs the updates appropriate for your configuration.

  • Page 37: Getting Help, Technical Assistance, Online Services

      When prompted by Dell's automated telephone system, enter your Express Service Code to route the call directly to the proper support personnel. If you do not have an Express Service Code, open the Dell Accessories folder, double-click the Express Service Code icon, and follow the directions.

  • Page 38: Autotech Service, Technical Support Service, Problems With Your Order, Product Information

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

  • Page 39: Returning Items For Warranty Repair Or Credit, Before You Call, Contacting Dell

    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. For the telephone number to call, see the contact numbers for your region.

  • Page 40

    Toll-free numbers are for use within the country for which they are listed.   When you need to contact Dell, use the electronic addresses, telephone numbers, and codes provided in the following table. If you need assistance in determining which codes to use, contact a local or an international operator.

  • Page 41

    604 633 4966 Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia) 604 633 4949 Country Code: 673 Transaction Sales (Penang, Malaysia) 604 633 4955 Canada (North York, Ontario) Online Order Status:    AutoTech (automated technical support) toll-free: 1-800-247-9362 International Access Code: 011 Customer Care (Home Sales/Small Business) toll-free: 1-800-847-4096 Customer Care (med./large business, government) toll-free: 1-800-326-9463...

  • Page 42

    General Support toll-free: 1-877-270-4609 Hong Kong Website:     Technical Support E-mail:     International Access Code: 001 Technical Support (Dimension and Inspiron) 2969 3188 Country Code: 852 Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, and Dell Precision) 2969 3191 Technical Support (PowerApp™, PowerEdge™, PowerConnect™, and  2969 3196 PowerVault™) Customer Care 3416 0910...

  • Page 43

    81-44-520-1435 City Code: 44 Technical Support (Dell Precision, OptiPlex, and Latitude) toll-free:0120-198-433 Technical Support outside of Japan (Dell Precision, OptiPlex, and Latitude) 81-44-556-3894 Technical Support (PDAs, projectors, printers, routers) toll-free: 0120-981-690 Technical Support outside of Japan (PDAs, projectors, printers, routers)

  • Page 44

    Country Code: 853 Transaction Sales (Xiamen, China) 29 693 115 Malaysia (Penang) Website:   Technical Support (Dell Precision, OptiPlex, and Latitude) toll-free: 1 800 88 0193 International Access Code: 00 Technical Support (Dimension, Inspiron, and Electronics and Accessories) toll-free: 1 800 88 1306 Country Code: 60 Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge, PowerConnect, and PowerVault) toll-free: 1800 88 1386...

  • Page 45

    Singapore (Singapore) Website:   Technical Support (Dimension, Inspiron, and Electronics and Accessories) toll-free: 1800 394 7430 International Access Code: 005 Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, and Dell Precision) toll-free: 1800 394 7488 Country Code: 65 Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge, PowerConnect, and PowerVault) toll-free: 1800 394 7478 Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia) 604 633 4949...

  • Page 46

    Transaction Sales toll-free: 00801 65 1228 Corporate Sales toll-free: 00801 651 227 Thailand Website:   Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, and Dell Precision) toll-free: 1800 0060 07 International Access Code: 001 Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge, PowerConnect, and PowerVault) toll-free: 1800 0600 09  Country Code: 66 Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia) 604 633 4949 Corporate Sales toll-free: 1800 006 009...

  • Page 47

    Dell Outlet Store (Dell refurbished computers) toll-free: 1-888-798-7561 Software and Peripherals Sales toll-free: 1-800-671-3355 Spare Parts Sales toll-free: 1-800-357-3355 Extended Service and Warranty Sales toll-free: 1-800-247-4618 toll-free: 1-800-727-8320 Dell Services for the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or Speech-Impaired toll-free: 1-877-DELLTTY (1-877-335-5889) U.S. Virgin Islands General Support 1-877-673-3355 Venezuela General Support 8001-3605...

  • Page 48

    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 49

    — A connector on the system board (in some computers) where you insert an expansion card, connecting it to the system bus. 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 50

    — A device that allows your computer to communicate with other computers over analog telephone lines. Three types of modems include: external, PC Card, and internal. You typically use your modem to connect to the Internet and exchange e-mail. module bay — A bay that supports devices such as optical drives, a second battery, or a Dell TravelLite™ module. monitor — The high-resolution TV-like device that displays computer output.

  • Page 51

    — An I/O port often used to connect devices such as a handheld digital device or digital camera to your computer. Service Tag — A bar code label on your computer that identifies your computer when you access Dell Support at or when you call Dell for customer service or technical support.

  • Page 52

    and double-click the icon, you can open its corresponding folder or file without having to find it first. Shortcut icons do not change the location of files. If you delete a shortcut, the original file is not affected. Also, you can rename a shortcut icon. shutdown —...

  • Page 53

    XGA — extended graphics array — A video standard for video adapters and controllers that supports resolutions up to 1024 x 768. 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.

  • Page 54: Using The Keyboard And Touch Pad, Numeric Keypad, Key Combinations, System Functions, Display Functions

    System Functions   <Ctrl><Shift><Esc> Opens the Task Manager window <Fn><Num Lock> Enables and disables the scroll lock Battery   <Fn><F3> Displays the Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter CD or DVD Tray   <Fn><F10> Ejects the tray out of the drive (if Dell QuickSet is installed). Display Functions  ...

  • Page 55: Power Management, Speaker Functions, Touch Pad

    <Fn> and down-arrow Decreases brightness on the integrated display only (not on an external monitor). Radios (Including Wireless Networking and Bluetooth® Wireless Technology)   <Fn><F2> Enables and disables radios, including wireless networking and Bluetooth wireless technology. Power Management   <Fn><Esc> Activates Standby mode. You can reprogram this keyboard shortcut to activate a different power management mode using the Advanced tab in the Power Options Properties window.

  • Page 56: Customizing The Touch Pad

    1 touch pad 2 touch pad buttons   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 57: About Passwords

    If you forget any of your passwords, contact your system administrator or contact Dell. 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 58: Using An Administrator Password, Using A Hard Drive Password

    If you forget the primary password and do not have an administrator password assigned, or if you have both a primary and an administrator password assigned but forget them both, contact your system administrator or contact Dell. Using a Hard Drive Password  ...

  • Page 59

    You can also use the Asset Tag utility to enter an owner tag that appears in the system log-on screen and with the primary password prompt.   Go to to obtain the Asset Tag utility.   Use a bootable floppy to assign an asset tag.

  • Page 60

    Asset Tag Options   To use one of the asset tag options (see the following table): 1. Boot the computer using the bootable floppy you created in "Assigning an Asset Tag." 2. Type asset and a space followed by the option, and then press <Enter>.  ...

  • Page 61: Using Pc Cards, Pc Card Types, Extended Pc Cards, Installing A Pc Card

    Using PC Cards     PC Card Types   Extended PC Cards   Installing a PC Card   Removing a PC Card CAUTION: Before performing any of the procedures listed below, read and follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. PC Card Types  ...

  • Page 62: Removing A Pc Card

      The computer recognizes most PC Cards and automatically loads the appropriate device driver. If the configuration program tells you to load the manufacturer's drivers, use the floppy disk or CD that came with the PC Card. Removing a PC Card NOTICE: Before you remove a PC Card from the computer, click the icon on the taskbar to select a card and stop it from functioning.

  • Page 63: Power Management Tips

    Power Management     Power Management Tips   Power Management Wizard   Power Management Modes   Power Options Properties Power Management Tips NOTE: "Using a Battery" for more information on conserving battery power.   Connect the computer to an electrical outlet when possible because battery life is largely determined by the number of times the battery is charged.  ...

  • Page 64: Power Management Modes, Standby Mode

      The screen allows you to select, create, and edit power scheme settings. In addition, you can delete power schemes that you create, but you cannot delete Dell™ QuickSet predefined power schemes (Maximum Battery, Maximum Performance, Presentation, and Network Disabled). NOTE: QuickSet automatically adds the word (QuickSet) after the names of power schemes created using QuickSet.

  • Page 65: Hibernate Mode, Power Options Properties, Power Schemes Tab

    Standby mode conserves power by turning off the display and the hard drive after a predetermined period of inactivity (a time-out). When the computer exits standby mode, it returns to the same operating state it was in before entering standby mode. NOTICE: If your computer loses AC and battery power while in standby mode, it may lose data.

  • Page 66: Advanced Tab, Hibernate Tab

      The Power Meter tab displays the current power source and amount of battery charge remaining. Advanced Tab   The Advanced tab allows you to:   Set power icon and standby mode password options.   Program the following functions (depending on your operating system): Prompt a user for an action (Ask me what to do).

  • Page 67

      Right-Clicking the QuickSet Icon NOTE: This feature may not be available on your computer.   Dell QuickSet runs from the icon located in the taskbar and functions differently when you click, double-click, or right-click the icon. Clicking the QuickSet Icon  ...

  • Page 68: Adding And Replacing Parts, Recommended Tools, Shutting Down Your Computer

    Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. 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.

  • Page 69

    You can increase your computer memory by installing memory modules on the system board. See "Specifications" for information on the memory supported by your computer. Be sure to add only memory modules that are intended for your computer. NOTE: Memory modules purchased from Dell are covered under your computer warranty. CAUTION: Before working inside your Dell™ computer, read the safety instructions in your Product Information Guide.

  • Page 70

    NOTICE: If you need to install memory modules in two connectors, install a memory module in the connector labeled "JDIM (DIMMA)" before you install a module in the connector labeled "JDIM2 (DIMMB)." NOTICE: Do not attempt to install non-DDR2 memory modules in the connectors. Installing incompatible memory modules can damage the connectors. 3.

  • Page 71

        center control cover 3. Remove the keyboard: a.  Remove the two M2.5 x 5-mm screws across the top of the keyboard. NOTICE: The keycaps on the keyboard are fragile, easily dislodged, and time-consuming to replace. Be careful when removing and handling the keyboard.

  • Page 72

      If you ordered an internal card with Bluetooth wireless technology with your computer, the card is already installed. CAUTION: Before working inside your computer, read the safety instructions in your Product Information Guide. 1. Ensure that the work surface is flat and clean to prevent scratching the computer cover. 2.

  • Page 73: Mini Pci Card

    FCC rules strictly prohibit users from installing 5-GHz (802.11a,802.11a/b, 802.11a/b/g) Wireless LAN Mini PCI cards. Under no circumstances should the user install such a device. Only trained Dell service personnel are authorized to install a 5-GHz Wireless LAN Mini PCI card.

  • Page 74: Hard Drive

    Before working inside your computer, read the safety instructions in your Product Information Guide. NOTE: Dell does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for hard drives from sources other than Dell. 1. Turn the computer over. Use a small screwdriver to loosen the two M3x5-mm hard drive screws.

  • Page 75

      M3 x 5-mm screws (2) 2. Turn the computer over so that it is upright. NOTICE: You cannot remove your hard drive unless you open your display first. 3. Open the display approximately 2.54 cm (1 in).   NOTICE: When the hard drive is not in the computer, store it in protective antistatic packaging.

  • Page 76: Using The System Setup Program, Viewing The System Setup Screens, System Setup Screen

    System security and hard-drive password settings NOTICE: 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. Viewing the System Setup Screens 1.

  • Page 77: Changing The Boot Sequence

    3. Connect the computer to an electrical outlet. 4. 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 78

    Serial Port allows you to map the serial port COM address or disable the serial port and its address, which frees computer resources for another device to use. Enabling the Infrared Sensor 1. Under Onboard Devices, select Fast IR. 2. Press <Enter> to select the Fast IR setting, and use the right-arrow or left-arrow keys to change the setting to a COM port. NOTE: The default setting is Off.

  • Page 79: Solving Problems, Drive Problems, Cd And Dvd Drive Problems

    Check for hardware incompatibilities   Run the Dell Diagnostics CD and DVD drive problems NOTE: High-speed CD or DVD drive vibration is normal and may cause noise, which does not indicate a defect in the drive or the CD or DVD.

  • Page 80: If You Hear An Unfamiliar Scraping Or Grinding Sound, Hard Drive Problems

      Change the write speed to a slower rate — See the help files for your CD or DVD creation software. If you cannot eject the CD, CD-RW, DVD, or DVD+RW drive tray   1.  Ensure that the computer is shut down. 2.

  • Page 81: Error Messages

    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 and search for the keyword spyware. Error Messages  ...

  • Page 82

    The computer cannot identify the drive type. Shut down the computer, remove the hard drive, and boot the computer from a CD. Then shut down the computer, reinstall the hard drive, and restart the computer. Run the Hard-Disk Drive tests as described in "Using the Dell Diagnostics."  ...

  • Page 83: Ieee 1394 Device Problems

    A chip on the system board may be malfunctioning. Run the System Set tests as described in "Using the Dell Diagnostics."   Operating system not found — Reinstall the hard drive. If the problem persists, contact Dell.   Optional ROM bad checksum — The optional ROM apparently failed. Contact Dell.

  • Page 84: Keyboard Problems, External Keyboard Problems, Unexpected Characters, Lockups And Software Problems

    NOTE: Use the integrated keyboard when working in MS-DOS® mode or when running the Dell Diagnostics or the system setup program. When you attach an external keyboard, the integrated keyboard remains fully functional. External keyboard problems  ...

  • Page 85: The Computer Stops Responding, A Program Stops Responding, A Program Crashes Repeatedly

        Ensure that the AC adapter is firmly connected to the computer and to the electrical outlet. The computer stops responding NOTICE: You might lose data if you are unable to perform an operating system shutdown.     Turn the computer off  —  If you are unable to get a response by pressing a key on your keyboard or moving your mouse, press and hold the power button for at least 8 to 10 seconds until the computer turns off.

  • Page 86: Memory Problems, Network Problems

    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 and search for the keyword spyware.  ...

  • Page 87: Pc Card Problems, Power Problems

     Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the Windows taskbar. Ensure that the card is listed.   Reinstall any software (drivers) required for the PC Card —   If you have problems with a Dell-provided PC Card  —  Contact Dell.   If you have problems with a PC Card not provided by Dell  —  Contact the PC Card manufacturer.

  • Page 88: Ensuring Sufficient Power For Your Computer, Docking Power Considerations, Printer Problems

    Docking While the Computer Is Running   If a computer is connected to the Dell D/Port while the computer is running, presence of the docking device is ignored until the AC adapter is connected to the computer. AC Power Loss While the Computer Is Docked  ...

  • Page 89: Scanner Problems, Sound And Speaker Problems, No Sound From Integrated Speakers

    If the printer is listed, right-click the printer icon. 3.  Click Properties and click the Ports tab. For a parallel printer, ensure that the Print to the following port(s): setting is LPT1 (Printer Port). For a USB printer, ensure that the Print to the following port(s): setting is USB.  ...

  • Page 90: No Sound From Headphones, Touch Pad Or Mouse Problems

     Turn off nearby fans, fluorescent lights, or halogen lamps to check for interference.   Reinstall the audio driver   Run the Dell Diagnostics No sound from headphones     Check the headphone cable connection  —  Ensure that the headphone cable is securely inserted into the headphone connector.

  • Page 91: Video And Display Problems, If The Display Is Blank

    Mouse test in the Pointing Devices test group in the Dell Diagnostics.   Reinstall the touch pad driver — "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities." Video and Display Problems   Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you complete these checks.

  • Page 92: If Only Part Of The Display Is Readable

    1.  Shut down your computer and connect an external monitor to the computer. 2.  Turn on the computer and the monitor and adjust the monitor brightness and contrast controls. If the external monitor works, the computer display or video controller may be defective. Contact Dell.

  • Page 93: Specifications

    Specifications     Processor    Display    System Information    Keyboard    PC Card    Touch Pad    Memory    Battery    Ports and Connectors    AC Adapter    Communications    Physical    Video    Environmental    Audio    Processor  Processor type Intel® Pentium® M or Intel Celeron M L1 cache 64KB (internal); 32-KB instruction and 32-KB write- back data cache L2 cache 2 MB (for Pentium M processor) 1 MB (for Celeron M processor) External bus frequency...

  • Page 94

    Ports and Connectors  Audio microphone connector, stereo headphone/speakers connector IEEE 1394 IEEE 1394-compliant connector Infrared sensor compatible with IrDA Standard 1.1 (Fast IR) and IrDA Standard 1.0 (Slow IR) Mini PCI Type IIIA Mini PCI card slot Modem RJ-11 port Network adapter RJ-45 port Parallel 25-hole connector;...

  • Page 95

    Height 214.3 mm (8.4 inches) Width 285.7 mm (11.3 inches) Diagonal 357.1 mm (14.1 inches) 15-inch display Height 228.1 mm (8.9 inches) Width 304.1 mm (12.0 inches) Diagonal 381 mm (15 inches) Maximum resolution 1024 x 768 at 262,144 colors Operating angle 0° (closed) to 180°...

  • Page 96

    Input current (maximum) 1.7 A (both) Input frequency 47–63 Hz (both) Output current:   90 W 4.62 A (maximum at 4-second pulse); 4.62 A (continuous) 65 W 3.34 A (maximum at 4-second pulse); 3.34 A (continuous) Output power 90 W or 65 W Rated output voltage 19.5 VDC (both) Dimensions:...

  • Page 98: Abbreviations And Acronyms

    Dell™ Latitude™ D510   User's Guide                                             Click the links to the left for information on the features and operation of your computer. For information on other documentation included with your computer, "Finding...

  • Page 99

    Dell Inc.; Intel, Intel SpeedStep, and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation; Microsoft, MS-DOS, Outlook, and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is used by Dell Inc. under license; ENERGY STAR is a registered trademark of the U.S.

  • Page 100: Identifying Your Computer, Packing The Computer, Travel Tips

    Write down your Service Tag and store it in a safe place away from the computer or carrying case. Use the Service Tag if you need to report a loss or theft to law enforcement officials and to Dell.  ...

  • Page 101: If Your Computer Is Lost Or Stolen

      The Dell customer service representative will log your report under the computer Service Tag and flag the computer as missing or stolen. If someone calls 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...

  • Page 102: Connecting To A Wireless Local Area Network, Determining Your Network Type

    The user's guide is located on your Drivers and Utilities CD (that came with your computer) in the "User's Guides-Network User's Guides" category. The user's guide is also available on the Dell Support website at

  • Page 103

    (identified by a icon), you must enter a WEP or WPA password when prompted. NOTE: 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 104: Help And Support Center, Start Menu, Control Panel

    You can change the appearance of the Windows desktop, Start menu, and Control Panel so that they look more like previous versions of the Windows operating system. NOTE: The procedures in this document were written for the Windows default view, so they may not work if you set your Dell™ computer to the  Windows classic view. Desktop 1. Click the Start button and click Control Panel.

  • Page 105: Desktop Cleanup Wizard, Transferring Information To A New Computer

    2. In the left panel, click Switch to Classic View. Desktop Cleanup Wizard   Your computer is set up to use the Desktop Cleanup Wizard to move programs that are not frequently used to a designated folder 7 days after you first start your computer and every 60 days after that.

  • Page 106: User Accounts And Fast User Switching, Adding User Accounts, Fast User Switching

    3. Under What do you want to do?, click Transfer files and settings. 4. On the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen, click Next. 5. On the Which computer is this? screen, click Old Computer and click Next. 6. On the Select a transfer method screen, click the transfer method you prefer. 7.

  • Page 107: Network Setup Wizard, Internet Connection Firewall

    2. Connect the other end of the network cable to a network connection device, such as a network wall connector. NOTE: Do not use a network cable with a telephone wall connector.   Network Setup Wizard   ® ® The Microsoft Windows XP operating system provides a Network Setup Wizard to guide you through the process of sharing files, printers, or an Internet connection between computers in a home or small office.

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