This section provides information about WARNING: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in setting up your Dell XPS laptop. the air vents. Do not place your Dell Before Setting Up Your computer in a low-airflow environment, Computer...
Setting Up Your XPS Laptop Connect the AC Adapter Connect the AC adapter to the computer and then plug it into an electrical outlet or surge protector. WARNING: 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 a power strip or electrical outlet may cause fire or permanent damage to your computer.
Setting Up Your XPS Laptop Set Up Microsoft Windows Your Dell computer is preconfigured with the Microsoft Windows operating system. To set up Windows for the first time, follow the instructions on the screen. These steps are mandatory and may take some time to complete. The Windows setup screens will take you through several procedures including accepting license agreements, setting preferences, and setting up an Internet connection.
You will require the following to create the system recovery media: • Dell DataSafe Local Backup • USB key with a minimum capacity of 8 GB or DVD‑R/DVD+R/Blu‑ray Disc NOTE: Dell DataSafe Local Backup does not support rewritable discs.
1. Ensure that the AC adapter is connected (see “Connect the AC Adapter” on page 8). 2. Insert the disc or USB key in the computer. → All Programs→ Dell DataSafe Local Backup. 3. Click Start 4. Click Create Recovery Media.
Setting Up Your XPS Laptop Install the SIM Card (Optional) NOTE: Installing a SIM card is not required if you are using an EVDO card to access the Internet. NOTE: Installing a mini B‑CAS card into the SIM card slot is required to set up and view ISDB‑T digital TV in Japan.
Setting Up Your XPS Laptop battery bay SIM card slot SIM card...
Setting Up Your XPS Laptop Enable or Disable Wireless (Optional)
Setting Up Your XPS Laptop To enable or disable wireless: 1. Ensure that your computer is turned on. 2. Press the <Fn><F2> keys on the keyboard. The current status of the wireless radios appears on the screen. Wireless enabled Wireless disabled 3.
Setting Up Your XPS Laptop Set Up Wireless Display To set up wireless display: 1. Turn on your computer. (Optional) 2. Ensure that wireless is enabled (see NOTE: The wireless display feature may “Enable or Disable Wireless (Optional)” on not be supported on all computers. For page 16).
Setting Up Your XPS Laptop Set Up the TV Tuner To enable wireless display: 1. Double‑click the Intel Wireless Display (Optional) icon on the desktop. The Intel Wireless Display window NOTE: Availability of the TV tuner may appears. vary by region.
Setting Up Your XPS Laptop Set Up 3D TV (Optional) NOTE: If you are unable to view the entire Windows desktop on your TV, use NOTE: To know if your TV supports the the 3D TV’s settings to reduce the display 3D features available on your computer, resolution.
Setting Up Your XPS Laptop 4. Set up the NVIDIA 3DTV Play application: c. For Blu‑ray 3D playback, set the resolution to 1080p, 1920x1080 and a. In the NVIDIA Control Panel window, refresh rate to 24/23 Hz in HD 3D click Stereoscopic 3D to expand the mode.
Setting Up Your XPS Laptop Connect to the Internet Setting Up a Wireless Connection NOTE: To set up your wireless router, (Optional) see the documentation that shipped with To connect to the Internet, you need an your router. external modem or network connection and Before you can use your wireless Internet an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Setting Up Your XPS Laptop Setting Up Your Internet To set up your Internet connection: Connection 1. Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs. ISPs and ISP offerings vary by country. → Control Panel. 2. Click Start Contact your ISP for offerings available in your country.
Using Your XPS Laptop This section provides information about the features available on your Dell XPS laptop. Right View Features...
Using Your XPS Laptop 1 Optical drive — Plays or records CDs, DVDs, and Blu‑ray Discs (optional). For more information, see “Using the Optical Drive” on page 44. 2 Optical drive light — Blinks when you press the optical drive eject button or when you insert a disc and it is being read.
Using Your XPS Laptop Audio-in/Microphone connector — Connects to a microphone or inputs signal for use with audio programs. eSATA/USB combo connector with USB PowerShare — Connects to eSATA compatible storage devices (such as external hard drives or optical drives) or USB devices (such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, external drive, or MP3 player).
Using Your XPS Laptop Left View Features USB 3.0 connector — Connects to USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, external drive, or MP3 player. Provides faster data transmission between your computer and USB devices.
Using Your XPS Laptop Front View Features 9-in-1 Media Card Reader — Provides a fast and convenient way to view and share digital photos, music, videos, and documents stored on memory cards. For the supported memory cards, see “Specifications” on page 94.
Using Your XPS Laptop Mini-DisplayPort connector — Digital interface standard connector that connects to external DisplayPort monitors and projectors. HDMI connector — Connects to a TV for both 5.1 audio and video signals. NOTE: When used with a monitor, only the video signal is read.
Using Your XPS Laptop Computer Base and Keyboard Features...
For more information on the control strip, see “Control Strip Features” on page 42. 4 XPS logo light — The light on the XPS logo indicates the power states. For more information on the logo light, see “Status Lights and Indicators” on page 36.
Using Your XPS Laptop 6 Keyboard/Backlit Keyboard (optional) — The backlit keyboard provides visibility in dark environments by illuminating all symbols on the keys. Backlit keyboard brightness settings — Press the <Fn><F6> keys to toggle the three lighting states (in the given order): • half keyboard brightness...
Using Your XPS Laptop Status Lights and Indicators Battery Status Light Indicator light status Computer state(s) Battery charge status AC adapter solid white on/standby/off/ charging hibernate on/standby/off/ fully charged hibernate Battery solid amber on/standby low battery (<= 10%) on/standby/off/ not charging...
2. Click Start 3. In the search box, type Power Options and press <Enter>. 4. In the Power Options window, click Dell Battery Meter. 5. In the Battery Settings window, click Turn off Battery Charging and then click OK. NOTE: Battery charging can also be disabled in the System Setup (BIOS) utility.
Using Your XPS Laptop Touch Pad Gestures Scroll Horizontal — Allows you to scroll left or right on the active window. Scroll Move two fingers left or right Allows you to scroll through content. The to scroll the selected object.
Using Your XPS Laptop Zoom Rotate Allows you to increase or decrease the Allows you to rotate the active content on the magnification of the screen content. The screen. The rotate feature includes: zoom feature includes: Twist — Allows you to rotate the active Pinch —...
Using Your XPS Laptop Multimedia Control Keys The multimedia control keys are located on the function key row on the keyboard. To use the multimedia controls, press the required key. You can configure the multimedia control keys using the System Setup (BIOS) utility or Windows Mobility Center.
Using Your XPS Laptop Mute the sound Play the previous track or chapter Decrease the volume level Play or pause Increase the volume level Play the next track or chapter...
Instant launch control — Touch to launch a predefined application of your choice. Audio control-panel control — Touch to launch the Dell Audio control panel. The control panel allows you to setup studio‑quality audio output on your computer. You can also change the audio settings such as volume, external speaker setup, and microphone setup.
Using Your XPS Laptop Using the Optical Drive CAUTION: Do not press down on the optical drive tray when you open or close it. Keep the optical drive tray closed when you are not using the drive. CAUTION: Do not move the computer while playing or recording a disc.
Using Your XPS Laptop disc spindle optical drive tray 4 emergency eject hole eject button...
Using Your XPS Laptop 1 Microphone — Provides high‑quality sound for video conferencing and voice recording. 2 Camera indicator light — Indicates if the camera is on or off. 3 Camera — Built‑in camera for video capture, conferencing, and chat. The camera supports the H.264 video compression codec, which provides high‑quality video at low...
Using Your XPS Laptop Touch Screen Gestures Dwell Allows you to access additional information (Optional) by simulating a right‑click. NOTE: Some of these gestures are Press and hold a finger on application‑specific and may not work the touch screen, to open across applications.
Using Your XPS Laptop Scroll Scroll Horizontal — Allows you to scroll right or left on the active window. Allows you to scroll through content. The Move a finger to the scroll features include: right or left to activate Pan — Allows you to move the focus on the horizontal scrolling.
WARNING: Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or explosion. This computer should only use a battery purchased from Dell. Do not use batteries from other computers. WARNING: Before removing the battery, shut down the computer, and remove external cables (including the AC adapter).
Using Your XPS Laptop battery release latch battery tabs (3)
You can also edit recognition feature. This feature helps keep and view digital photographs and images. your Dell computer secure by learning the Check your purchase order for software unique appearance of your face and uses this installed on your computer.
Dell • DOCUMENTS — Provides quick access to Stage. the Documents folder on your computer. • Minimize — Drag the Dell Stage window to the bottom of the screen. • Personalize — Select the settings icon and then choose the desired option.
Internet. STICKYNOTES. You can also save notes on your desktop. • DELL WEB — Provides a preview of up to four of your favorite web pages. Click or • Web Tile — Provides a preview of up to four tap the web page preview to open it in the of your favorite web pages.
GPU is enabled and the application Technology (Optional) runs in performance mode. The NVIDIA GPU is disabled automatically when the Your XPS laptop is equipped with NVIDIA’s application is closed. Optimus technology. The Optimus • If an application profile does not exist, only technology enhances the performance of the integrated Intel GPU is used.
Using Your XPS Laptop NVIDIA 3DTV Play Changing the Application Profile Settings The NVIDIA 3DTV Play application installed on 1. Right‑click the desktop and select NVIDIA your computer allows you to play 3D games, Control Panel. watch Blu‑ray 3D videos, and browse 3D photos.
Using Your XPS Laptop Keyboard Shortcuts The following are some of the keyboard shortcuts available for 3D gaming: Keys Description Function <Ctrl><t> Show/hide Turns 3DTV Play on/off. stereoscopic 3D NOTE: The gaming performance may reduce effects when using HD 3D mode even if 3DTV Play is disabled.
Using Your XPS Laptop <Ctrl><F6> Increases Moves objects towards you; maximum convergence convergence places all objects in front of the scene in your space; also used to place the laser sight. <Ctrl><F5> Decreases Moves objects away from you; minimum convergence convergence places all objects behind the scene in your space;...
Using Your XPS Laptop 3D Photos Blu-ray 3D You can view stereoscopic 3D photos using The NVIDIA 3DTV Play application allows the NVIDIA Photo Viewer available in the you to watch Blu‑ray 3D videos at 1080p NVIDIA 3DTV Play application. The photo resolution.
Using Your XPS Laptop Free Fall Sensor Free fall sensor protects your computer hard drive from possible damage, by detecting a free fall state caused by accidentally dropping the computer. When a free fall state is detected, the hard drive is placed in a safe state to protect against damage to the...
This series of beeps, called a beep Five Real Time Clock failure code, identifies a problem. If this occurs, write down the beep code and contact Dell Video card or chip failure (see “Contacting Dell” on page 91 for Seven Processor failure assistance.
Solving Problems Touch Screen Problems If the touch screen starts losing its sensitivity — The touch screen may have Some or all multi-touch features are not foreign particles (such as sticky notes) that are working — blocking the touch sensors. To remove these • Certain touch and multi‑touch features particles: may be disabled.
Solving Problems Network Problems Wired Connections If the wired network connection is lost — Wireless Connections The network cable is loose or damaged. If the wireless network connection is lost — • Check the network cable to ensure it is The wireless router is offline or wireless has plugged in and not damaged.
• If the AC adapter cable is plugged into a • If the problem persists, contact Dell (see power strip, ensure that the power strip is “Contacting Dell” on page 91). plugged into an electrical outlet and that the power strip is turned on.
(see and then turn it back on. the Service Manual at • If the problem persists, contact Dell (see support.dell.com/manuals). “Contacting Dell” on page 91). • Reseat the memory module(s) into the If you encounter interference that hinders connector(s) (see the Service Manual at reception on your computer —...
Solving Problems Lockups and Software If the computer stops responding or a solid blue screen appears — Problems CAUTION: You might lose data if you are unable to perform an operating system If the computer does not start up — Ensure shutdown.
– Write down any error message that is and shut down your computer through the displayed to help in troubleshooting Start menu. when contacting Dell. • Check the software documentation or contact the software manufacturer for troubleshooting information: – Ensure that the program is compatible with the operating system installed on your computer.
The Dell Support Center provides system alerts, changes made to your computer each day. performance improvement offers, system PC Checkup Utilities information, and links to other Dell tools and • Drive Space Manager — Manage your hard diagnostic services. drive using a visual representation of the →...
Some of the software pre‑installed on your and operating system configurations; access new Dell computer do not include a backup copies of your service contracts, warranty CD or DVD. This software is available on information, and warranty renewal options.
Press <F2> during POST (Power On best describes the problem and follow the Self Test) to enter the System Setup (BIOS) remaining troubleshooting steps. utility. Start Dell Diagnostics from your hard drive or from the Drivers and Utilities disc.
This will take 2. Turn on (or restart) your computer. about 30 minutes or more. Do you want to continue? 3. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> (Recommended).” immediately. Select Diagnostics from the boot menu and press <Enter>. This may invoke the Pre‑Boot System Assessment...
If PSA is not invoked: The Service Tag helps you identify your Press any key to start Dell Diagnostics from computer when you contact Dell. the diagnostic utility partition on your hard 6.
5. Type 1 to start the CD menu and press When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> <Enter> to proceed. immediately. 6. Select Run the 32 Bit Dell Diagnostics NOTE: If you wait too long and the from the numbered list. If multiple versions operating system logo appears, continue...
9. When the tests complete, close the test screen to return to the Choose An Option window. 10. To exit Dell Diagnostics and restart the computer, click Exit. 11. Remove the Drivers and Utilities disc.
You can restore the operating system on your computer using any of the following options: CAUTION: Using Dell Factory Image Restore or the Operating System disc to restore your operating system permanently deletes all data files on your computer. If possible, backup your data files before using these options.
Restoring Your Operating System System Restore 3. Click Next and follow the instructions on the screen. The Microsoft Windows operating systems In the event that System Restore did not provide a System Restore option which allows resolve the issue, you may undo the last you to return your computer to an earlier system restore.
Backup to restore your operating system permanently removes any programs You can use Dell DataSafe Local Backup to restore your hard drive to the operating state or drivers installed after you received it was in when you purchased your computer, your computer.
3. Turn on your computer. of the data to be restored. 4. When the DELL logo appears, press <F8> NOTE: For more information, see several times to access the Advanced Boot knowledge base article 353560 at Options window.
Dell DataSafe Local Backup Professional provides additional features that allow you to: You can use the system recovery media, created using Dell DataSafe Local Backup, to • Backup and restore your computer based return your hard drive to the operating state...
CAUTION: Using Dell Factory Image and restart the computer. Restore to restore your operating system permanently deletes all data 2. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> on the hard drive and removes any immediately. programs or drivers installed after you NOTE: If you wait too long and the received your computer.
NOTE: Depending upon your 1. Turn on the computer. configuration, you may need to select 2. When the DELL logo appears, press <F8> Dell Factory Tools, then Dell Factory several times to access the Advanced Boot Image Restore.
Restoring Your Operating System 8. Select the check box to confirm that you want to continue to reformat the hard drive and restore the system software to the factory condition, then click Next. The restore process begins and may take five or more minutes to complete. A message appears when the operating system and factory‑installed applications have been restored to factory condition.
Service Code to route the call directly to the proper support personnel. If you do not 4. Use Dell’s extensive suite of online have an Express Service Code, open the Dell services available at Dell Support (support. Accessories folder, double‑click the Express dell.com) for help with installation and...
Technical Support and DellConnect Customer Service DellConnect is a simple online access tool that allows a Dell service and support Dell’s support service is available to answer associate to access your computer through your questions about Dell hardware. Our a broadband connection, diagnose your support staff use computer‑based diagnostics...
Getting Help Online Services Dell Support E-mail Addresses • firstname.lastname@example.org You can learn about Dell products and services on the following websites: • email@example.com • dell.com • firstname.lastname@example.org (Latin America and Caribbean countries only) • dell.com/ap (Asian/Pacific countries only) • email@example.com (Asian/Pacific • dell.com/jp (Japan only) countries only) • euro.dell.com (Europe only)
If you need information about additional products available from Dell, or if you To check on the status of any Dell products would like to place an order, go to the Dell that you have ordered, you can go to website at dell.com. For the telephone support.dell.com, or you can call the...
(see “Dell Diagnostics” on page 71). NOTE: Before you return the product to 4. Include any accessories that belong with Dell, ensure that you back up any data the item(s) being returned (AC adapter on the hard drive(s) and on any other cable, software, guides, and so on) if the storage device in the product.
Getting Help Before You Call NOTE: Have your Express Service Code ready when you call. The code helps Dell’s automated‑support telephone system direct your call more efficiently. You may also be asked for your Service Tag. Locating Your Service Tag The Service Tag for your computer can be found on a label at the bottom of your computer.
Remember to fill out the following Diagnostic Checklist Diagnostic Checklist. If possible, turn on your • Name: computer before you call Dell for assistance • Date: and call from a telephone at or near the • Address: computer. You may be asked to type some commands at the keyboard, relay detailed • Phone number:...
Availability performed: 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. Go to dell.com/ContactDell. 2. Select your country or region.
Service Tag/Express Service Code — the bottom of your computer You must use the service tag to identify your “Dell Support Center” on page 69. computer on support.dell.com or to contact technical support upgrade your computer with new or the Service Manual at additional components like a new hard drive support.dell.com/manuals...
Regulatory Compliance Homepage at review Warranty information, Terms and dell.com/regulatory_compliance Conditions (U.S. only), Safety instructions, Regulatory information, Ergonomics information, and End User License Agreement find drivers and downloads; readme files support.dell.com...
NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. For more information regarding the configuration of your computer, see the About Your System section in the Dell Support Center. To launch the Dell Support Center, click the icon in the notification area of your desktop.
HDMI one 19‑pin connector SODIMM DDR3 connector NOTE: For instructions on upgrading Network one RJ45 connector the memory, see the Service Manual at adapter support.dell.com/manuals. two 4‑pin USB 3.0‑compliant connectors Connectors Mini‑ one 20‑pin connector Audio one microphone‑in DisplayPort connector, one stereo eSATA one 7‑pin/4‑pin eSATA/...
Specifications Media Card Reader Camera Cards Secure Digital (SD) Camera 2.0 megapixel HD supported memory card resolution Secure Digital Input Video resolution 1280 x 720 Output (SDIO) Communications Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Modem external V.92 56 K USB Secure Digital eXtended (optional) modem Capacity (SDXC)
Specifications Audio Video Integrated Audio Realtek ALC665 controller Video Intel HD Graphics controller Speakers 2 x 4 Watt main speakers + 12 Watt subwoofer Video up to 1.6 GB memory Peak output 20 W Discrete Volume software program menus controls and media controls Video NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M...
Specifications Display Display Type 15.6‑inch HD WLED, Horizontal 40/40 TrueLife viewing angle 15.6‑inch Full HD Vertical 15/30 (H/L) RGBLED, TrueLife viewing angle (optional) Pixel pitch 0.2265 mm x 0.2265 mm Multi‑touch 15.6‑inch HD Battery WLED, TrueLife (optional) 9‑cell “smart” lithium ion: Dimensions: Height 221.07 mm (8.70 inches)
Specifications Battery AC Adapter Voltage 11.1 V (6‑/9‑cell) Input 50‑60 Hz frequency Charge time 4 hours (when the Output power 90 W/130 W (approximate) computer is turned off) Operating time battery operating time Output current: varies depending on 90 W 4.62 A (continuous) operating conditions 130 W...
Specifications Keyboard Physical Number of 86 (U.S. and Canada); Height 32.2 mm to 38.2 mm keys (1.27 inches to 87 (Europe); 90 (Japan); 1.50 inches) 87 (Brazil) Width 381 mm (15 inches) Layout QWERTY/AZERTY/Kanji Depth 265.4 mm (10.45 inches) Touch Pad Weight (with configurable to less than 6‑cell battery)
Specifications Computer Environment Computer Environment Temperature range: Maximum shock (for operating — measured with Dell Diagnostics running on the hard Operating 0° to 35°C drive and a 2‑ms half‑sine pulse; for (32° to 95°F) non‑operating — measured with the hard Storage –40°...
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DataSafe Local Backup 78 backup and recovery 53 DellConnect 85 battery status light 33 Dell Diagnostics 71 B‑CAS card 14 Dell Factory Image Restore 81 Dell Stage 54 Diagnostic Checklist 90 calling Dell 89 drivers and downloads 93 Camera 47...
Index finding more information 92 memory problems flick 48 solving 66 FTP login, anonymous 86 mini‑DisplayPort connector 31 Multimedia Control Keys 40 hard drive activity light 33 hardware problems network connection diagnosing 71 fixing 64 Hardware Troubleshooter 71 NVIDIA Optimus Technology 56 help getting assistance and support 84 Optical Drive...
Index specifications 94 support email addresses 86 power problems, solving 65 support sites power strips, using 8 worldwide 86 problems, solving 62 System Recovery Media 80 products system reinstall options 76 information and purchasing 87 System Restore 77 System Setup entering 40 resources, finding more 92 function key behavior 40...
Index USB PowerShare 27 warranty returns 88 Windows Program Compatibility Wizard 67 Windows Mobility Center 40 wired network network cable, connecting 9 wireless network connection 64...
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