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Using the Dell Diagnostics
Dell™ Latitude™ D610 User's Guide
Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
When to Use the Dell Diagnostics
If you experience a problem with your computer, perform the checks in
It is recommended that you print these procedures before you begin.
The Dell Diagnostics works only on Dell™ computers.
Start the Dell Diagnostics from either your hard drive or from the optional 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.
If your computer cannot display a screen image,
Shut down the
2. If the computer is connected to a docking device (docked), undock it. See the documentation that came with your docking device for instructions.
3. Connect the computer to an electrical outlet.
4. Turn on the computer. When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F12> immediately.
If you cannot see anything on your display, hold down the mute button and press the computer's power button to begin the Dell Diagnostics.
The computer automatically runs the Pre-boot System Assessment.
If you see a message stating that no diagnostics utility partition has been found, run the
If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows® desktop. Then
and try again.
5. When the boot device list appears, highlight Diagnostics and press <Enter>.
The computer runs the Pre-boot System Assessment, a series of initial tests of your system board, keyboard, hard drive, and display.
During the assessment, answer any questions that appear.
If a failure is detected, the computer stops and beeps. To stop the assessment and restart the computer, press <n>; to continue to the next
test, press <y>; to retest the component that failed, press <r>.
If failures are detected during the Pre-boot System Assessment, write down the error code(s) and
If the Pre-boot System Assessment completes successfully, you receive the message Booting Dell Diagnostic Utility Partition. Press any key to
6. Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics from the diagnostics utility partition on your hard drive.
Starting the Dell Diagnostics From the Optional Drivers and Utilities CD
1. Insert the Drivers and Utilities CD.
Problems" and run the Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for technical
from your optional Drivers and Utilities
before continuing on to the Dell
shut down your