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Dell Vostro 15 – 3546 Owner's Manual

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Dell Vostro 15 – 3546
Owner's Manual
Regulatory Model: P45F
Regulatory Type: P45F001

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    Dell Vostro 15 – 3546 Owner's Manual Regulatory Model: P45F Regulatory Type: P45F001...

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    WARNING: A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death. Copyright © 2014 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. This product is protected by U.S. and international copyright and intellectual property laws. Dell and the Dell logo are trademarks of Dell Inc.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents 1 Working on Your Computer................5 ......................5 Connecting the Power Adapter ........................... 6 System Overview ........................6 Front and Back View ....................7 Before Working Inside Your Computer ..........................8 Recommended Tools ........................8 Turning Off Your Computer ....................9 After Working Inside Your Computer 2 Removing and Installing Components............

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    Deleting or Changing an Existing System and/or Setup Password 4 Diagnostics......................41 ............41 Enhanced Pre-Boot System Assessment (ePSA) Diagnostics ..........................42 Device Status Lights ..........................42 Power Status Lights 5 Specifications...................... 43 ............................43 Specifications 6 Contacting Dell....................48 ........................... 48 Contacting Dell...

  • Page 5: Working On Your Computer

    Working on Your Computer Connecting the Power Adapter Connect the power adapter and turn on your computer.

  • Page 6: System Overview

    System Overview Front and Back View microphone camera camera-status light power button optical drive USB 2.0 connector memory-card reader touchpad power and battery-status light speakers audio connector USB 3.0 connector USB 2.0 connector network connector...

  • Page 7: Before Working Inside Your Computer

    Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that came with the product.

  • Page 8: Recommended Tools

    Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets. Close the display and turn the computer upside-down on a flat work surface. NOTE: To avoid damaging the system board, you must remove the main battery before you service the computer. Remove the main battery.

  • Page 9: After Working Inside Your Computer

    CAUTION: To avoid damage to the computer, use only the battery designed for this particular Dell computer. Do not use batteries designed for other Dell computers. Connect any external devices, such as a port replicator or media base, and replace any cards, such as an ExpressCard.

  • Page 10: Removing And Installing Components

    Removing and Installing Components This section provides detailed information on how to remove or install the components from your computer. Removing the Battery Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer. Perform the following steps as shown in the illustration: a.

  • Page 11: Installing The Battery

    Installing the Battery Insert the battery into the battery slot and press to lock in place. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your computer. Removing the Optical Drive Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer Remove the battery. Perform the following steps as shown in the illustration: a.

  • Page 12: Installing The Access Panel

    Lift the access panel off the computer. Installing the Access Panel Insert the access panel into the chassis. Tighten the screw to secure the access panel to the chassis. Install battery. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your computer. Removing the Hard Drive Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your...

  • Page 13: Installing The Hard Drive

    c. Lift the hard drive upwards from the computer [3]. Installing the Hard Drive Slide the hard drive into the connector. Tighten the screw to secure it to the chassis. Install: access panel battery Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your computer.

  • Page 14: Installing The Memory Module

    Installing the Memory Module Insert the memory module into the socket and press to lock the securing clips. Install the access panel. Install the battery. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your computer. Removing the WLAN Card Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.

  • Page 15: Removing The Keyboard

    Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your computer. Removing the Keyboard Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer. Release the keyboard by pressing the tabs using a scribe. Perform the following steps as shown in the illustration: a.

  • Page 16: Installing The Keyboard

    Installing the Keyboard Connect the keyboard cable to the connector on the system board. Flip the keyboard after connecting the keyboard cable. Slide the keyboard into the retaining slots. Press the top edge to lock the keyboard in place. Install the battery. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your computer.

  • Page 17: Removing The Palmrest Assembly

    Once done the folds should look as shown below. Removing the Palmrest Assembly Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer. Remove the Battery. Remove the access panel. Remove the keyboard. Flip the computer and remove the screws at the base of the computer. Then, release the tabs securing the base cover.

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    Perform the following steps as shown in the illustration: a. Flip the computer and disconnect the touchpad and power cables by pressing locking tab [1]. b. Lift the touchpad and power cables from locking tab [2]. c. Remove the screws from inside the keyboard cavity [3]. Perform the following steps as shown in the illustration: a.

  • Page 19: Installing The Palmrest Assembly

    Installing the Palmrest Assembly Place the palmrest on the chassis and press the notches until it clicks in place. Connect the touchpad and power cables to the system board. Tighten the screws to secure it to the system board. Turn the computer over and tighten the screws at the base of the computer. Install: keyboard memory module...

  • Page 20: Installing The Battery Connector

    a. Remove the screws that secure the battery connector to the computer [1]. b. Lift the battery connector partially to a 45-degree angle [2]. c. Remove the battery connector from the computer [3]. Installing the Battery Connector Tighten the screws to secure the battery connector to the computer. Install the: palmrest assembly keyboard...

  • Page 21: Installing The Coin-cell Battery

    Installing the Coin-cell battery Insert the coin-cell battery and press to lock. Install: palmrest assembly keyboard memory module hard drive WLAN card access panel optical disk-drive battery Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your computer. Removing the Optical Drive Connector Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.

  • Page 22: Installing The Optical Drive Connector

    Installing the Optical Drive Connector Tighten the screws to secure the optical drive connector to the computer. Install the: palmrest assembly keyboard memory module hard drive WLAN card access panel optical disk-drive battery Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your computer.

  • Page 23: Installing The Input/output (i/o) Board

    Lift the I/O board from the computer. Installing the Input/Output (I/O) Board Insert the I/O board into the chassis. Connect the I/O board cable to the system board. Install: palmrest assembly keyboard memory module hard drive WLAN card access panel optical disk-drive battery Follow the procedures in...

  • Page 24: Removing The Speakers

    Removing the Speakers Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer. Remove: a. Battery. optical disk-drive. access panel. hard drive. memory module. f. keyboard. palmrest assembly. Perform the following steps as shown in the illustration: a. Disconnect the speaker cables from the system board [1]. b.

  • Page 25: Installing The Speakers

    Installing the Speakers Insert the speakers into the chassis and press the retaining clips to lock in place. Connect the speakers to the system board. Install: palmrest assembly keyboard memory module hard drive WLAN card access panel optical disk-drive battery Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your computer.

  • Page 26: Installing The System Board

    Perform the following steps as shown in the illustration a. Lift the locking tab [1]. b. Disconnect I/O cable [2]. c. Disconnect and lift the eDP cable away from the system board [3,4]. d. Remove the screws that secure the system board to the chassis [5]. Lift and remove the system board from the chassis.

  • Page 27: Removing The Display Assembly

    Connect the speakers to the system board. Connect the power connector to the system board. Tighten the screws to secure the system board to the computer. Install: palmrest assembly keyboard memory module hard drive WLAN card access panel optical disk-drive battery Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your...

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    Remove the screws that secure the display hinges to the display assembly. Then, lift and remove the display hinges away from the display assembly. Remove the screws securing the display panel to the display assembly. Then, flip the display panel to access the cables underneath.

  • Page 29: Installing The Display Assembly

    Perform the following steps as shown in the illustration: a. Lift the eDP cable from the computer [1]. b. Disconnect the eDP cable. c. Remove the display panel from the computer [3]. Installing the Display Assembly Connect the eDP cable to the display panel. Tighten the screws to secure the display panel to the display assembly.

  • Page 30: Removing The Camera

    Install: system board palmrest assembly keyboard memory module hard drive access panel optical disk-drive battery Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your computer. Removing the Camera Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer. Remove: Battery optical disk-drive access panel hard drive memory module...

  • Page 31: Installing The Camera

    Installing the Camera Insert the camera into the display assembly. Connect the camera cable. Install: display assembly palmrest assembly keyboard memory module hard drive WLAN card access panel optical disk-drive battery Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your computer. Removing the Heatsink Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your...

  • Page 32: Installing The Heatsink Assembly

    Installing the Heatsink Assembly Insert the heatsink and tighten the screws to secure it to the system board. Connect the system fan’s cable to the system board. Install: system board palmrest assembly keyboard memory module hard drive WLAN card access panel optical disk-drive battery Follow the procedures in...

  • Page 33: Installing The Power Connector

    b. Unroute the cable from the retention clips [2]. c. Lift the power connector from the computer [3]. Installing the Power Connector Insert the power connector into its slot on the chassis and guide the cable into the retention tabs. Connect the power connector cable to the system board.

  • Page 34: System Setup

    Boot Sequence allows you to bypass the System Setup‐defined boot device order and boot directly to a specific device (for example: optical drive or hard drive). During the Power-on Self Test (POST), when the Dell logo appears, you can: •...

  • Page 35: System Setup Options

    Table 1. Navigation Keys Keys Navigation Up arrow Moves to the previous field. Down arrow Moves to the next field. <Enter> Allows you to select a value in the selected field (if applicable) or follow the link in the field. Spacebar Expands or collapses a drop‐down list, if applicable.

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    Option Description CPU Speed Displays the speed of the processor. CPU ID Displays the processor CPU Cache L1 Cache Displays the processor L1 cache size. L2 Cache Displays the processor L2 cache size. L3 Cache Displays the processor L3 cache size. Fixed HDD Displays the model number and capacity of...

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    Option Description Integrated NIC Enable or disable the Default: Enabled power supply to the on– board network card. USB Emulation Enable or disable the Default: Enabled USB emulation feature. USB Wake Support Allows USB devices to Default: Disabled wake up the computer from standby.

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    The Security tab displays the security status and allows you to manage the security features of the computer. Table 4. Security Options Option Description Unlock Setup Status Admin Password This field displays if an admin password is set for this computer or not (Default: Not Set) System Password This field displays if a system password is set for this computer or not (Default: Not Set)

  • Page 39: Updating The Bios

    For laptops, ensure that your computer battery is fully charged and connected to a power outlet Re-start the computer. Go to dell.com/support. Enter the Service Tag or Express Service Code and click Submit. NOTE: To locate the Service Tag, click Where is my Service Tag? NOTE: If you cannot find your Service Tag, click Detect My Product.

  • Page 40: Assigning A System Password And Setup Password

    Assigning a System Password and Setup Password You can assign a new System Password and/or Setup Password or change an existing System Password and/or Setup Password only when Password Status is Unlocked. If the Password Status is Locked, you cannot change the System Password. NOTE: If the password jumper is disabled, the existing System Password and Setup Password is deleted and you need not provide the system password to log on to the computer.

  • Page 41: Diagnostics

    Power-on the computer. As the computer boots, press the <F12> key as the Dell logo appears. On the boot menu screen, select the Diagnostics option. The Enhanced Pre-boot System Assessment window is displayed, listing all devices detected in the computer.

  • Page 42: Device Status Lights

    Device Status Lights Icon Description Turns on when you turn on the computer and blinks when the computer is in a power management mode. Turns on steadily or blinks to indicate battery charge status. Power Status Lights If the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, the battery light operates as follows: Solid yellow Battery charge is low to critical.

  • Page 43: Specifications

    Specifications Specifications NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. For more information regarding the configuration of your computer, click Start (Start icon) → Help and Support, and then select the option to view information about your computer. Table 6. System Information Feature Description Chipset...

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    Table 9. Audio Feature Description Type 2 channel high-definition audio Controller Realtek ALC3234 Stereo conversion 24-bit (analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog) Interface Intel HDA bus Speakers 2 x 2 W Volume controls program menu and keyboard media-control keys Table 10. Video Feature Description Video type Video Controller:...

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    Feature Description • two USB 2.0 ports NOTE: The powered USB 3.0 connector also supports Microsoft Kernel Debugging. The ports are identified in the documentation shipped with your computer. Media card reader one 3-in-1 slot Table 14. Display Feature Type 15.6 inches HD WLED Dimensions: Height...

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    Table 17. Battery Feature Description • 4-cell “smart” lithium ion (40 WHr) Type Dimensions: Height 20.00 mm (0.79 inch) Width 49.6 mm (1.95 inches) Depth 272.40 mm (10.72 inches) Weight 0.26 kg (0.57 lb) Life span 300 discharge/charge cycle • 14.80 VDC (4 cells) Voltage Temperature range:...

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    Table 20. Environmental Feature Description Temperature: Operating 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F) Storage –40 °C to 65 °C (–40 °F to 149 °F) Relative humidity (maximum): Operating 10 % to 90 % (non-condensing) Storage 0 % to 95 % (non-condensing) Altitude (maximum): –15.2 m to 3048 m (–50 to 10,000 ft) Operating...

  • Page 48: Contacting Dell

    Dell product catalog. Dell provides several online and telephone-based support and service options. Availability varies by country and product, and some services may not be available in your area. To contact Dell for sales, technical support, or customer service issues: Go to dell.com/support.

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Vostro 15, Votro 3546

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