Dell Inspiron E1405 manual

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  • Brand: Dell
  • Product: Laptop
  • Model/name: Inspiron E1405
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English

Table of Contents

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Notes, Notices, and Cautions
NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer.
NOTICE: A NOTICE indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of data and tells you how to avoid the
problem.
CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death.
Abbreviations and Acronyms
For a complete list of abbreviations and acronyms, see the "Glossary" on page 171.
If you purchased a Dell™ n Series computer, any references in this document to Microsoft® Windows®
operating systems are not applicable.
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Information in this document is subject to change without notice.
© 2006–2007 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly forbidden.
Trademarks used in this text: Dell, the DELL logo, Inspiron, Dell Precision, Dimension, OptiPlex, Latitude, PowerEdge, PowerConnect,
PowerVault, PowerApp, Dell TravelLite, ExpressCharge, Dell Media Experience, and Strike Zone are trademarks of Dell Inc.; Intel and Pentium
are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation; Microsoft, Outlook, and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation; Bluetooth
is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is used by Dell under license; IBM is a registered trademark of International
Business Machines Corporation; EMC is a registered trademark of EMC Corporation; ENERGY STAR is a registered trademark of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency.
Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products.
Dell Inc. disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own.
Model PP19L
March 2007 P/N YF920 Rev. A02
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Contents
Finding Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
1 A Tour of Your Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Front View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Left Side View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Right Side View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Back View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Bottom View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
2 Setting Up Your Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Connecting to the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Setting Up Your Internet Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Transferring Information to a New Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard With the
Operating System CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard Without the
Operating System CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Setting Up a Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Printer Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Connecting a USB Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Power Protection Devices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Surge Protectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Line Conditioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Uninterruptible Power Supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
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3 Using the Display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Adjusting Brightness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Switching the Video Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Setting Display Resolution and Refresh Rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
4 Using the Keyboard and Touch Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Numeric Keypad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Key Combinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
System Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
CD or DVD Tray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Display Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Radios (Including Wireless Networking and an Internal Card With
Bluetooth®
Wireless Technology) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Power Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Speaker Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Microsoft®
Windows®
Logo Key Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Touch Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Customizing the Touch Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
5 Using a Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Battery Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Checking the Battery Charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Microsoft®
Windows®
Power Meter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Charge Gauge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Low-Battery Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Conserving Battery Power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Power Management Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Configuring Power Management Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Charging the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
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Replacing the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Storing a Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
6 Using CDs, DVDs, and Other Multimedia . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Playing CDs or DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Adjusting the Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Adjusting the Picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Microsoft®
Windows®
XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Using Dell Media Experience™ and Dell MediaDirect™ . . . . . . . . . . . 46
If the computer is on or in standby mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
If the computer is off or in hibernate mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Dell MediaDirect and Dell Media Experience Help . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Using the Dell MediaDirect™ Repair Utility CD or the Dell
MediaDirect Reinstallation CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Repairing Dell MediaDirect. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Reinstalling Dell MediaDirect. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Connecting Your Computer to a TV or Audio Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
S-Video and Standard Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
S-Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Composite Video and Standard Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Composite Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Component Video and Standard Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Component Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Configuring DVD Playback Using Headphones. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Enabling the Display Settings for a TV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
7 Using ExpressCards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
ExpressCard Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
ExpressCard Blanks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Installing an ExpressCard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Removing an ExpressCard or Blank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Media Memory Card Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
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Media Memory Card Blanks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Installing a Media Memory Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Removing a Media Memory Card or Blank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
8 Setting Up a Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Physically Connecting to a Network or Broadband Modem . . . . . . . . . . 71
Network Setup Wizard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
What You Need to Establish a WLAN Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Checking Your Wireless Network Card. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Setting Up a New WLAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Connecting to a Wireless Local Area Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Enabling/Disabling the Wireless Network Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Monitoring the Status of Wireless Network Connections Through
Dell™ QuickSet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Mobile Broadband or Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN). . . . . . . . . 76
What You Need to Establish a Mobile Broadband
Network Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Connecting to a Mobile Broadband Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Bluetooth Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Setting up your Bluetooth Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Connecting to a Bluetooth Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
9 Securing Your Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Security Cable Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Computer Tracking Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
If Your Computer Is Lost or Stolen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
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10 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Dell Technical Update Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Dell Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
When to Use the Dell Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Starting the Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Starting the Dell Diagnostics From the Drivers and Utilities CD . . . . . . 82
Dell Diagnostics Main Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Dell Support Utility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Accessing the Dell Support Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Clicking the Dell Support Icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Double-Clicking the Dell Support Icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Drive Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
CD and DVD drive problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
If you cannot eject the CD, CD-RW, DVD, or DVD+RW drive tray . . . . . 86
If you hear an unfamiliar scraping or grinding sound . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Hard drive problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
ExpressCard Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
IEEE 1394 Device Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Keyboard Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
External Keyboard problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Unexpected characters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Lockups and Software Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
The computer does not start up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
The computer stops responding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
A program stops responding or crashes repeatedly . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
A program is designed for an earlier Microsoft®
Windows®
operating system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
A solid blue screen appears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Dell MediaDirect problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Other software problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Memory Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Network Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
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Power Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Printer Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Scanner Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Sound and Speaker Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
No sound from integrated speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
No sound from external speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
No sound from headphones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Touch Pad or Mouse Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Video and Display Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
If the display is blank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
If the display is difficult to read . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
If only part of the display is readable. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
What Is a Driver? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Identifying Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Resolving Software and Hardware Incompatibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Restoring Your Operating System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Using Microsoft Windows XP System Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Using Dell PC Restore by Symantec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Using the Operating System CD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
11 Adding and Replacing Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Before You Begin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Recommended Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Turning Off Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Before Working Inside Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Returning a Hard Drive to Dell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Optical Drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
About the Device Security Screw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Removing and Installing Optical Drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
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Memory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Installing a Memory Module in Connector DIMM B . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Installing a Memory Module in Connector DIMM A . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Modem (Optional) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Mini-Card. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Hinge Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Removing the Hinge Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Replacing the Hinge Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Removing the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Replacing the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Internal Card With Bluetooth®
Wireless Technology. . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Coin-Cell Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Removing the Coin-Cell Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
12 Dell™ QuickSet Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
13 Traveling With Your Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Identifying Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Packing the Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Travel Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Traveling by Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
14 Contacting Dell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
15 Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
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16 Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Using the System Setup Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Viewing the System Setup Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
System Setup Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Commonly Used Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Cleaning Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Computer, Keyboard, and Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Touch Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Floppy Drive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
CDs and DVDs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Dell Technical Support Policy (U.S. Only). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Definition of "Dell-Installed" Software and Peripherals . . . . . . . . . 169
Definition of "Third-Party" Software and Peripherals. . . . . . . . . . . 169
FCC Notice (U.S. Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
FCC Class B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Macrovision Product Notice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
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Finding Information 11
Finding Information
NOTE: Some features or media may be optional and may not ship with your computer. Some features or media may
not be available in certain countries.
NOTE: Additional information may ship with your computer.
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here
• A diagnostic program for my computer
• Drivers for my computer
• My device documentation
• Notebook System Software (NSS)
Drivers and Utilities CD (also known as ResourceCD)
NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities CD may be optional and may
not ship with your computer.
Documentation and drivers are already installed on your
computer. You can use the CD to reinstall drivers (see
"Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on page 101) or to run
the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 81).
Readme files may be
included on your CD to
provide last-minute
updates about technical
changes to your computer
or advanced technical-
reference material for
technicians or experienced
users.
NOTE: Drivers and documentation updates can be found at
support.dell.com.
• Warranty information
• Terms and Conditions (U.S. only)
• Safety instructions
• Regulatory information
• Ergonomics information
• End User License Agreement
Dell™ Product Information Guide
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12 Finding Information
• How to set up my computer Setup Diagram
• Service Tag and Express Service Code
• Microsoft Windows License Label
Service Tag and Microsoft® Windows® License
These labels are located on the bottom of your computer.
• Use the Service Tag to identify your computer when you
use support.dell.com or contact technical support.
• Enter the Express
Service Code to direct
your call when
contacting technical
support.
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here
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Finding Information 13
• Solutions — Troubleshooting hints and tips, articles
from technicians, and online courses, frequently asked
questions
• Community — Online discussion with other Dell
customers
• Upgrades — Upgrade information for components, such
as memory, the hard drive, and the operating system
• Customer Care — Contact information, service call and
order status, warranty, and repair information
• Service and support — Service call status and support
history, service contract, online discussions with
technical support
• Reference — Computer documentation, details on my
computer configuration, product specifications, and
white papers
• Downloads — Certified drivers, patches, and software
updates
• Notebook System Software (NSS)— If you reinstall the
operating system for your computer, you should also
reinstall the 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.
Dell Support Website — support.dell.com
NOTE: Select your region to view the appropriate support
site.
NOTE: Corporate, government, and education customers
can also use the customized Dell Premier Support website at
premier.support.dell.com.
To download Notebook System Software:
1 Go to support.dell.com and click Downloads.
2 Enter your Service Tag or product model.
3 In the Download Category drop-down menu, click All.
4 Select the operating system and operating system
language for your computer, and click Submit.
5 Under Select a Device, scroll to System and
Configuration Utilities, and click Dell Notebook System
Software.
• Software upgrades and troubleshooting hints —
Frequently asked questions, hot topics, and general
health of your computing environment
Dell Support Utility
The Dell Support Utility is an automated upgrade and
notification system installed on your computer. This
support provides real-time health scans of your computing
environment, software updates, and relevant self-support
information. Access the Dell Support Utility from the
icon in the taskbar. For more information, see "Dell Support
Utility" on page 84.
• How to use Windows XP
• How to work with programs and files
• How to personalize my desktop
Windows Help and Support Center
1 Click the Start button and click Help and Support.
2 Type a word or phrase that describes your problem and
click the arrow icon.
3 Click the topic that describes your problem.
4 Follow the instructions on the screen.
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here
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• Information on network activity, the Power Management
Wizard, hotkeys, and other items controlled by Dell
QuickSet
Dell QuickSet Help
To view Dell QuickSet Help, right-click the icon
in the Microsoft®
Windows®
taskbar.
For more information on Dell QuickSet, see "Dell™
QuickSet Features" on page 131.
• How to reinstall my operating system Operating System CD
NOTE: The Operating System CD may be optional and may
not ship with your computer.
The operating system is
already installed on your
computer. To reinstall your
operating system, use the
Operating System CD. See
"Using the Operating
System CD" on page 107.
After you reinstall your
operating system, use the
Drivers and Utilities CD
(ResourceCD) to reinstall
drivers for the devices that came with your computer.
NOTE: The color of your CD varies based on the operating
system you ordered.
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here
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A Tour of Your Computer
Front View
1 display latch release 2 display 3 power button
4 device status lights 5 touch pad 6 media control buttons
7 speakers 8 touch pad buttons 9 keyboard
10 keyboard and wireless
status lights
11 display latches (2)
1
9
2
5
8
3
7
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DISPLAY LATCH RELEASE — Slide and hold to release the display latches and open the display.
DISPLAY — For more information about your display, see "" on page 31.
POWER BUTTON — Press the power button to turn on the computer or to enter or exit a power management mode.
NOTICE: To avoid losing data when you turn off your computer, shut down your computer through the Start menu
instead of pressing the power button.
DEVICE STATUS LIGHTS
If the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, the light operates as follows:
• Solid green: The battery is charging.
• Flashing green: The battery is almost fully charged.
If the computer is running on a battery, the light operates as follows:
• Off: The battery is adequately charged (or the computer is turned off).
• Flashing orange: The battery charge is low.
• Solid orange: The battery charge is critically low.
Turns on when you turn on the computer, and blinks when the computer is in a power
management 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.
Turns on steadily or blinks to indicate battery charge status.
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TOUCH PAD — Provides the functionality of a mouse.
MEDIA CONTROL BUTTONS — Control CD, DVD, and Media Player playback.
SPEAKERS — To adjust the volume of the integrated speakers, press the media control buttons or speaker-volume
keyboard shortcuts. For more information, see "Speaker Functions" on page 35.
TOUCH PAD BUTTONS — Touch pad buttons provide the functionality of a mouse.
KEYBOARD — The keyboard includes a numeric keypad as well as the Microsoft Windows logo key. For information
on supported keyboard shortcuts, see "Key Combinations" on page 34.
Mute the sound.
Turn the volume down.
Turn the volume up.
Play or pause.
Play the previous track.
Play the next track.
Stop.
Launch Dell MediaDirect or Microsoft®
Windows®
Media Center Edition. See
"Using Dell Media Experience™ and Dell MediaDirect™" on page 46.
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KEYBOARD AND WIRELESS STATUS LIGHTS
The green lights located above the keyboard indicate the following:
DISPLAY LATCHES — Keep the display closed.
Turns on when the numeric keypad is enabled.
Turns on when the uppercase letter function is enabled.
Turns on when the scroll lock function is enabled.
Turns on when wireless networking is enabled. To enable
or disable wireless networking, press <Fn><F2>.
Turns on when a card with Bluetooth® wireless
technology is enabled.
NOTE: The card with Bluetooth wireless technology is an
optional feature, so the light turns on only if you
ordered the card with your computer. For more information,
see the documentation that came with your card.
To turn off only the Bluetooth wireless technology
functionality, right-click the icon in the notification
area and click Disable Bluetooth Radio.
To quickly enable or disable all wireless devices, press
<Fn><F2>.
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Left Side View
CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air vents. Do not store your
computer in a low-airflow environment, such as a closed briefcase, while it is running. Restricting the airflow
can damage the computer or cause a fire.
NOTICE: Before you buy an antitheft device, ensure that it will work with the security cable slot.
SECURITY CABLE SLOT — Lets you attach a commercially available antitheft device to the computer. For more
information, see the instructions included with the device.
AIR VENT — The computer uses fans to create airflow through the vents, which prevents the computer from
overheating.
1 security cable slot 2 air vent 3 S-video TV-out connector
4 IEEE 1394 connector 5 microphone connector 6 headphone connector
7 5-in-1 media memory card
reader
8 ExpressCard slot
3 4 5
2 6 7 8
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S-VIDEO TV-OUT CONNECTOR
IEEE 1394 CONNECTOR — Connects devices supporting IEEE 1394 high-speed transfer rates, such as some digital
video cameras.
AUDIO CONNECTORS
5-IN-1 MEDIA MEMORY CARD READER — Provides a fast and convenient way to view and share digital photos,
music, and videos stored on a memory card. The 5-in-1 media memory card reader reads the following digital media
memory cards:
• Secure Digital (SD) card/SDIO
• MultiMediaCard (MMC)
• Memory Stick
• Memory Stick PRO
• xD-Picture Card
EXPRESSCARD SLOT — Supports one ExpressCard. The computer ships with a plastic blank installed in the slot.
For more information, see "Using ExpressCards" on page 65.
NOTE: The ExpressCard slot does NOT support PC cards.
Connects your computer to a TV. Also connects digital audio capable devices
using the TV/digital audio adapter cable.
Attach a microphone to the connector.
Attach headphones or speakers to the connector.
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Right Side View
OPTICAL DRIVE BAY — You can install devices such as a DVD drive or other optical drive in the optical drive bay.
For more information, see "Optical Drives" on page 114.
OPTICAL DRIVE-TRAY EJECT BUTTON — Press this button to eject a CD or DVD from the optical drive.
USB CONNECTORS
MODEM CONNECTOR (RJ-11)
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.
1 optical drive bay 2 optical drive-tray eject
button
3 USB connectors (2)
4 modem connector (RJ-11) 5 network connector (RJ-45) 6 video connector
Connect USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, or printer. You can also connect
the optional floppy drive directly to a USB connector using the optional floppy-
drive cable.
To use the internal modem, connect the telephone line to the modem connector.
For additional information on using the modem, see the online modem
documentation supplied with your computer.
3 4 5
2 6
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NETWORK CONNECTOR (RJ-45)
VIDEO CONNECTOR
Back View
USB CONNECTORS
AC ADAPTER CONNECTOR — Attaches an AC adapter to the computer. 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.
Connects the computer to a network. The green and yellow lights next to the
connector indicate activity for wired network communications.
For information on using the network adapter, see the online network adapter
documentation supplied with your computer.
Connects an external VGA-compatible monitor.
1 USB connectors (2) 2 AC adapter connector
Connect USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, or printer. You can also connect
the optional floppy drive directly to a USB connector using the optional floppy-
drive cable.
2
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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 avoid damaging the cable.
Bottom View
BATTERY — When a battery is installed, you can use the computer without connecting the computer to an
electrical outlet. For more information, see "Using a Battery" on page 37.
MEMORY MODULE COVER — Covers the compartment that contains the memory modules. For more information,
see page 115.
BATTERY-BAY LATCH RELEASE — Releases the battery from the battery bay. See "Replacing the Battery" on
page 41.
FAN — The computer uses a fan to create airflow through the vents, which prevents the computer from
overheating.
1 battery 2 memory module cover 3 battery-bay latch release
4 fan vent 5 processor and thermal
module cover
6 modem/Mini-Card/
wireless cover
7 optical-drive locking screw 8 hard drive 9 battery charge gauge
6
5
7
4
1 3
2
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PROCESSOR AND THERMAL MODULE COVER — Covers the processor and thermal module.
MODEM/MINI CARD/WIRELESS COVER — Covers the compartment that contains the modem, Mini Card, and
internal card with Bluetooth wireless technology. For more information, see page 121.
OPTICAL-DRIVE LOCKING SCREW — Secures the optical drive in the optical drive bay. For more information, see
"Optical Drives" on page 114.
HARD DRIVE — Stores software and data. For more information, see "Hard Drive" on page 111 and "Hard drive
problems" on page 86. The size displayed for your hard drive in Windows Explorer is the capacity of the drive before
any operating system or programs are installed.
BATTERY CHARGE GAUGE — Provides information on the battery charge status. See "Checking the Battery Charge"
on page 38.
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Setting Up Your Computer
Connecting to the Internet
NOTE: 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:
• Dial-up connections that provide Internet access through a telephone line. Dial-up connections
are considerably slower than DSL and cable modem connections.
• DSL connections that provide high-speed Internet access through your existing telephone line.
With a DSL connection, you can access the Internet and use your telephone on the same line
simultaneously.
• Cable modem connections that provide high-speed Internet access through your local cable TV
line.
If you are using a dial-up connection, connect a telephone line to the modem connector on your
computer and to the telephone wall jack before you set up your Internet connection. If you are using
a DSL or cable modem connection, contact your ISP for setup instructions.
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.
3 Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
If you do not have an ISP icon on your desktop or if you want to set up an Internet connection with
a different ISP:
1 Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.
2 Click the Start button and click Internet Explorer.
The New Connection Wizard appears.
3 Click Connect to the Internet.
4 In the next window, click the appropriate option:
• If you do not have an ISP and want to select one, click Choose from a list of Internet service
providers (ISPs).
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• If you have already obtained setup information from your ISP but you did not receive a setup CD,
click Set up my connection manually.
• If you have a CD, click Use the CD I got from an ISP.
5 Click Next.
If you selected Set up my connection manually, continue to step 6. Otherwise, follow the instructions
on the screen to complete the setup.
NOTE: If you do not know which type of connection to select, contact your ISP.
6 Click the appropriate option under How do you want to connect to the Internet?, and then click Next.
7 Use the setup information provided by your ISP to complete the setup.
If you are having problems connecting to the Internet, see "E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems" on
page 86. If you cannot connect to the Internet but have successfully connected in the past, the ISP might
have a service outage. Contact your ISP to check the service status, or try connecting again later.
Transferring Information to a New Computer
The Microsoft®
Windows®
XP operating system provides a Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to move
data from a source computer to a new computer. You can transfer data, such as:
• E-mail messages
• Toolbar settings
• Window sizes
• Internet bookmarks
You can transfer the data to the new computer over a network connection, or you can store it on a
removable medium, such as a writable CD or floppy, for transfer to the new computer.
NOTE: For instructions on setting up a direct cable connection between two computers, see Microsoft Knowledge
Base Article #305621, titled How to Set Up a Direct Cable Connection Between Two Computers in Windows XP. This
information may not be available in some countries.
For transferring information to a new computer, you must run the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.
You can use the optional Operating System CD for this process or you can create a wizard disk with the
Files and Settings Transfer Wizard utility.
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard With the Operating System CD
NOTE: This procedure requires the Operating System CD. This CD is optional and may not be included with all
computers.
To open the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard:
1 Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools, and then click Files and
Settings Transfer Wizard.
2 When the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen appears, click Next.
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3 On the Which computer is this? screen, click New Computer and click Next.
4 On the Do you have a Windows XP CD? screen, click I will use the wizard from the Windows XP CD
and click Next.
5 When the Now go to your old computer screen appears, go to your old or source computer. Do not
click Next at this time.
To copy data from the old computer:
1 On the old computer, insert the Windows XP Operating System CD.
2 On the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP screen, click Perform additional tasks.
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 On the What do you want to transfer? screen, select the items you want to transfer and click Next.
After the information has been copied, the Completing the Collection Phase screen appears.
8 Click Finish.
To transfer data to the new computer:
1 On the Now go to your old computer screen on the new computer, click Next.
2 On the Where are the files and settings? screen, select the method you chose for transferring your
settings and files and click Next.
The wizard reads the collected files and settings and applies them to your new computer.
When all of the settings and files have been applied, the Finished screen appears.
3 Click Finished and restart the new computer.
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard Without the Operating System CD
To run the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard without the optional Operating System CD, you must
create a wizard disk that will allow you to create a backup image file to removable media.
To create a wizard disk, use your new computer with Windows XP and perform the following steps:
1 Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools, and then click Files and
Settings Transfer Wizard.
2 When the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen appears, click Next.
3 On the Which computer is this? screen, click New Computer and click Next.
4 On the Do you have a Windows XP CD? screen, click I want to create a Wizard Disk in the following
drive: and click Next.
5 Insert the removable media, such as a floppy disk or CD, and click OK.
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6 When the disk creation completes and the Now go to your old computer message appears, do not
click Next.
7 Go to the old computer.
To copy data from the old computer:
1 On the old computer, insert the wizard disk.
2 Click the Start button and click Run.
3 In the Open field on the Run window, browse to the path for fastwiz (on the appropriate removable
media) and click OK.
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 On the What do you want to transfer? screen, select the items you want to transfer and click Next.
After the information has been copied, the Completing the Collection Phase screen appears.
8 Click Finish.
To transfer data to the new computer:
1 On the Now go to your old computer screen on the new computer, click Next.
2 On the Where are the files and settings? screen, select the method you chose for transferring your
settings and files and click Next. Follow the instructions on the screen.
The wizard reads the collected files and settings and applies them to your new computer.
When all of the settings and files have been applied, the Finished screen appears.
3 Click Finished and restart the new computer.
NOTE: For more information about this procedure, search dell.support.com for document #PA1089586 (How Do I
Transfer Files From My Old Computer to My New Dell Computer Using the Microsoft®
Windows®
XP Operating
System CD?).
NOTE: Access to the Dell Knowledge Base document may not be available in some countries.
Setting Up a Printer
NOTICE: Complete the operating system setup before you connect a printer to the computer.
See the documentation that came with the printer for setup information, including how to:
• Obtain and install updated drivers.
• Connect the printer to the computer.
• Load paper and install the toner or ink cartridge.
For technical assistance, refer to the printer owner's manual or contact the printer manufacturer.
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Printer Cable
Your printer connects to your computer with either a USB cable or a parallel 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 box in which your computer was shipped.
Connecting a USB Printer
NOTE: You can connect USB devices while the computer is turned on.
1 Complete the operating system setup if you have not already done so.
2 Attach the USB printer cable to the USB connectors on the computer and the printer. The USB
connectors fit only one way.
3 Turn on the printer and then turn on the computer. If the Add New Hardware Wizard window
appears, click Cancel.
4 Install the printer driver if necessary. See the documentation that came with your printer.
1 USB connector on
computer
2 USB printer cable 3 connector on printer
2
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Power Protection Devices
Several devices are available to protect against power fluctuations and failures:
• Surge protectors
• Line conditioners
• Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)
Surge Protectors
Surge protectors and power strips equipped with surge protection help prevent damage to your computer
from voltage spikes that can occur during electrical storms or after power interruptions. Some surge
protector manufacturers include warranty coverage for certain types of damage. Carefully read the device
warranty when choosing a surge protector. A device with a higher joule rating offers more protection.
Compare joule ratings to determine the relative effectiveness of different devices.
NOTICE: Most surge protectors do not protect against power fluctuations or power interruptions caused by
nearby lightning strikes. When lightning occurs in your area, disconnect the telephone line from the telephone wall
jack and disconnect your computer from the electrical outlet.
Many surge protectors have a telephone jack for modem protection. See the surge protector
documentation for modem connection instructions.
NOTICE: Not all surge protectors offer network adapter protection. Disconnect the network cable from the
network wall jack during electrical storms.
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.
NOTE: To ensure maximum battery operating time, connect only your computer to a UPS. Connect other devices,
such as a printer, to a separate power strip that provides surge protection.
A UPS protects against power fluctuations and interruptions. UPS devices contain a battery that
provides temporary power to connected devices when AC power is interrupted. The battery charges while
AC power is available. See the UPS manufacturer documentation for information on battery operating
time and to ensure that the device is approved by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
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Using the Display
Adjusting Brightness
When a 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.
NOTE: Brightness key combinations only affect the display on your portable computer, not monitors or
projectors that you attach to your portable computer or docking device. If your computer is connected to an
external monitor and you try to change the brightness level, the Brightness Meter may appear, but the
brightness level on the external device does not change.
You can press the following keys to adjust display brightness:
• Press <Fn> and the up-arrow key to increase brightness on the integrated display only (not on an
external monitor).
• Press <Fn> and the down-arrow key to decrease brightness on the integrated display only (not on
an external monitor).
Switching the Video Image
When you start the computer with an external device (such as an external monitor or projector)
attached and turned on, the image may appear on either the computer display or the external device.
Press <Fn><F8> to switch the video image between the display only, the external device only, or
the display and the external device simultaneously.
Setting Display Resolution and Refresh Rate
To display a program at a specific resolution, both the graphics card and the display must support the
program, and the necessary video drivers must be installed.
Before you change any of the default display settings, make a note of the default settings for future
reference.
If you choose a resolution or color palette that is higher than the display supports, the settings adjust
automatically to the closest supported values.
1 Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a category, click Appearance and Themes.
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3 Under Pick a task..., click the area you want to change, or under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Display.
4 Try different settings for Color quality and Screen resolution.
NOTE: As the resolution increases, icons and text appear smaller on the screen.
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Using the Keyboard and Touch Pad
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, press <Fn> and the desired key after enabling the
keypad.
• To enable the keypad, press <Num Lk>. The light indicates that the keypad is active.
• To disable the keypad, press <Num Lk> again.
1 numeric keypad
1
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Key Combinations
System Functions
Battery
CD or DVD Tray
Display Functions
Radios (Including Wireless Networking and an Internal Card With
Bluetooth®
Wireless Technology)
Power Management
<Ctrl><Shift><Esc> Opens the Task Manager window.
<Fn><F3> Displays the Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter. This feature
is not supported in Dell MediaDirect. For more
information, see "Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter" on
page 38.
<Fn><F10> Ejects the tray out of the drive (if Dell QuickSet is
installed). This feature is not supported in Dell
MediaDirect. For more information on QuickSet, see
"Dell™ QuickSet Features" on page 131.
<Fn><F8> Switches the video image to the next display option. The
options include the integrated display, an external
monitor, and both displays simultaneously.
<Fn> and up-arrow key Increases brightness on the integrated display only (not
on an external monitor).
<Fn> and down-arrow
key
Decreases brightness on the integrated display only (not
on an external monitor).
<Fn><F2> Enables and disables radios, including wireless
networking and Bluetooth wireless technology.
<Fn><Esc> Activates a power management mode. You can
reprogram this keyboard shortcut to activate a different
power management mode using the Advanced tab in the
Power Options Properties window. See "Power
Management Modes" on page 39.
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Speaker Functions
Microsoft®
Windows®
Logo Key Functions
To adjust keyboard operation, such as the character repeat rate, open the Control Panel, click Printers
and Other Hardware, and click Keyboard. For information about the Control Panel, see the Windows
Help and Support Center. To access the Help and Support Center, see page 13.
<Fn><Page Up> Increases the volume of the integrated speakers and
external speakers, if attached.
<Fn><Page Dn> Decreases the volume of the integrated speakers and
external speakers, if attached.
<Fn><End> Enables and disables the integrated speakers and external
speakers, if attached.
Windows logo key and
<m>
Minimizes all open windows.
Windows logo key and
<Shift><m>
Maximizes all windows.
Windows logo key and <e> Runs Windows Explorer. This opens the same
window as double-clicking "My Computer" on your
desktop.
Windows logo key and <r> Opens the Run dialog box.
Windows logo key and <f> Opens the Search Results dialog box.
Windows logo key and
<Ctrl><f>
Opens the Search Results-Computer dialog box
(if the computer is connected to a network).
Windows logo key and
<Pause>
Opens the System Properties dialog box.
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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.
• 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.
• To select and move (or drag) an object, position the cursor on the object and tap twice on the touch
pad. On the second tap, leave your finger on the touch pad and move the selected object by sliding
your finger over the surface.
• To double-click an object, position the cursor on the object and tap twice on the touch pad or use your
thumb to press the left touch-pad button twice.
Customizing the Touch Pad
You can use the Mouse Properties window to disable the touch pad or adjust their settings.
1 Open the Control Panel, click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Mouse. For information
about the Control Panel, see the Windows Help and Support Center. To access the Help and Support
Center, see page 13.
2 In the Mouse Properties window, click the Touch Pad tab to adjust touch pad settings.
3 Click OK to save the settings and close the window.
1 touch pad
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Using a Battery
Battery Performance
NOTE: For information about the Dell warranty for your computer, see the 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 battery installed at all times. One battery is supplied as standard equipment in
the battery bay.
NOTE: Because the battery may not be fully charged, use the AC adapter to connect your new computer to an
electrical outlet the first time you use the computer. For best results, operate the computer with the AC
adapter until the battery is fully charged. To view battery charge status, access the Control Panel, click Power
Options, and then click the Power Meter tab.
NOTE: Battery operating time (the time the battery can hold a charge) decreases over time. Depending on
how often the battery is used and the conditions under which it is used, you may need to purchase a new
battery during the life of your computer.
Battery operating time varies depending on operating conditions. Operating time is significantly
reduced when you perform operations including, but not limited to, the following:
• Using optical drives
• Using wireless communications devices, ExpressCards, media memory cards, or USB devices
• Using high-brightness display settings, 3D screen savers, or other power-intensive programs such
as 3D games
• Running the computer in maximum performance mode (See "Configuring Power Management
Settings" on page 41.)
NOTE: It is recommended that you connect your computer to an electrical outlet when writing to a CD or DVD.
You can check the battery charge (see "Checking the Battery Charge" on page 38) before you insert
the battery into the computer. You can also set power management options to alert you when the
battery charge is low. See "Configuring Power Management Settings" on page 41 for information
about accessing QuickSet or the Power Options Properties window.
CAUTION: 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 a battery from other computers with your computer.
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CAUTION: Do not dispose of batteries with household waste. When your battery no longer holds a charge, call
your local waste disposal or environmental agency for advice on disposing of a lithium-ion battery. See "Battery
Disposal" in the Product Information Guide.
CAUTION: Misuse of the battery may increase the risk of fire or chemical burn. Do not puncture, incinerate,
disassemble, or expose the battery to temperatures above 65°C (149°F). Keep the battery away from children.
Handle damaged or leaking batteries with extreme care. Damaged batteries may leak and cause personal injury
or equipment damage.
Checking the Battery Charge
The Dell QuickSet Battery Meter, the Microsoft®
Windows®
Power Meter window and icon, the
battery charge gauge and health gauge, and the low-battery warning provide information on the battery
charge.
Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter
If Dell QuickSet is installed, press <Fn><F3> to display the QuickSet Battery Meter. The Battery
Meter displays status, charge level, and charge completion time for the battery in your computer. For
information about QuickSet, right-click the icon in the taskbar, and click Help.
Microsoft®
Windows®
Power Meter
The Windows Power Meter indicates the remaining battery charge. To check the Power Meter, double-
click the icon on the taskbar. For instructions on accessing more information about the Power Meter,
see "Configuring Power Management Settings" on page 41.
If the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, a icon appears.
Charge Gauge
By either pressing once or pressing and holding the status button on the charge gauge on the battery, you
can check:
• Battery charge (check by pressing and releasing the status button)
• Battery health (check by pressing and holding the status button)
The battery operating time is largely determined by the number of times it is charged. After hundreds of
charge and discharge cycles, batteries lose some charge capacity—or battery health. That is, a battery can
show a status of "charged" but maintain a reduced charge capacity (health).
Check the Battery Charge
To check the battery charge, press and release the status button on the battery charge gauge to illuminate
the charge-level lights. Each light represents approximately 20 percent of the total battery charge. For
example, if four of the lights are on, the battery has 80 percent of its charge remaining. If no lights
appear, the battery has no charge.
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Check the Battery Health
NOTE: You can check battery health in one of two ways: by using the charge gauge on the battery as described
below or by using the Battery Meter in Dell QuickSet. For information about QuickSet, right-click the icon in
the taskbar, and click Help.
To check the battery health using the charge gauge, press and hold the status button on the battery
charge gauge for at least 3 seconds. If no 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" on page 157 for more information about the battery operating time.
Low-Battery Warning
NOTICE: To avoid losing or corrupting data, save your work immediately after a low-battery warning, and then
connect the computer to an electrical outlet. If the battery runs completely out of power, hibernate mode begins
automatically.
By default, a pop-up window warns you when the battery charge is approximately 90 percent depleted.
You can change the settings for the battery alarms. See "Configuring Power Management Settings" on
page 41 for information about accessing QuickSet or the Power Options Properties window.
Conserving Battery Power
Perform the following actions to conserve 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 used and recharged.
• Place the computer in standby mode or hibernate mode when you leave the computer unattended for
long periods of time. See "Power Management Modes" on page 39 for more information about standby
and hibernate modes.
• Use the Power Management Wizard to select options to optimize your computer’s power usage. These
options can also be set to change when you press the power button, close the display, or press
<Fn><Esc>. See "Configuring Power Management Settings" on page 41 for more information on
using the Power Management Wizard.
NOTE: See "Battery Performance" on page 37 for more information on conserving battery power.
Power Management Modes
Standby Mode
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.
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To enter standby mode:
• Click the Start button, click Turn off computer, and then click Stand by.
or
• Depending on how you set the power management options on the Advanced tab (see "Configuring
Power Management Settings" on page 41) in the Power Options Properties window, use one of the
following methods:
– Press the power button.
– Close the display.
– Press <Fn><Esc>.
To exit standby mode, press the power button or open the display depending on how you set the options
on the Advanced tab. You cannot make the computer exit standby mode by pressing a key or touching
the touch pad.
Hibernate Mode
Hibernate mode conserves power by copying system data to a reserved area on the hard drive and then
completely turning off the computer. When the computer exits hibernate mode, it returns to the same
operating state it was in before entering hibernate mode.
NOTICE: You cannot remove devices or undock your computer while your computer is in hibernate mode.
Your computer enters hibernate mode if the battery charge level becomes critically low.
To manually enter hibernate mode:
• Click the Start button, click Turn off computer, press and hold <Shift>, and then click Hibernate.
or
• Depending on how you set the power management options on the Advanced tab in the Power Options
Properties window, use one of the following methods to enter hibernate mode:
– Press the power button.
– Close the display.
– Press <Fn><F1>.
NOTE: Some ExpressCards may not operate correctly after the computer exits hibernate mode. Remove and
reinsert the card (see "Removing an ExpressCard or Blank" on page 66), or simply restart (reboot) your computer.
To exit hibernate mode, press the power button. The computer may take a short time to exit hibernate
mode. You cannot make the computer exit hibernate mode by pressing a key or touching the touch pad.
For more information on hibernate mode, see the documentation that came with your operating system.
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Configuring Power Management Settings
You can use the QuickSet Power Management Wizard or Windows Power Options Properties to
configure the power management settings on your computer.
• To access the QuickSet Power Management Wizard, double-click the icon in the taskbar. For more
information about QuickSet, click the Help button in the Power Management Wizard.
• To access the Power Options Properties window, click the Start button→ Control Panel→
Performance and Maintenance→ Power Options. For information on any field in the Power Options
Properties window, click the question mark icon on the title bar and then click on the area
corresponding to the information that you need.
Charging the Battery
NOTE: With Dell™ ExpressCharge™, the AC adapter charges a completely discharged battery in approximately
1 hour with the computer turned off. Charge time is longer with the computer turned on. You can leave the battery in
the computer as long as you like. The battery’s internal circuitry prevents the battery from overcharging.
When you connect the computer to an electrical outlet or install a battery while the computer is
connected to an electrical outlet, the computer checks the battery charge and temperature. If necessary,
the AC adapter then charges the battery and maintains the battery charge.
If the battery is hot from being used in your computer or being in a hot environment, the battery may
not charge when you connect the computer to an electrical outlet.
The battery is too hot to start charging if the light flashes alternately green and orange. Disconnect
the computer from the electrical outlet and allow the computer and the battery to cool to room
temperature. Then connect the computer to an electrical outlet to continue charging the battery.
For more information about resolving problems with a battery, see "Power Problems" on page 96.
Replacing the Battery
CAUTION: Before performing these procedures, turn off the computer, disconnect the AC adapter from the
electrical outlet and the computer, disconnect the modem from the wall connector and computer, and remove any
other external cables from the computer.
NOTICE: You must remove all external cables from the computer to avoid possible connector damage.
CAUTION: 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 a battery from other computers.
NOTICE: If you choose to replace the battery with the computer in standby mode, you have up to 1 minute to
complete the battery replacement before the computer shuts down and loses any unsaved data.
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To remove the battery:
1 If the computer is connected to a docking device (docked), undock it. See the documentation that
came with your docking device for instructions.
2 Ensure that the computer is turned off or suspended in a power management mode.
3 Slide and hold the battery-bay latch release on the bottom of the computer, and then slide the battery
from the bay.
To replace the battery, follow the removal procedure in reverse order.
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 (see "Charging the
Battery" on page 41) before you use it.
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Using CDs, DVDs, and Other Multimedia
Playing CDs or DVDs
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 while playing CDs or DVDs.
1 Press the eject button on the front of the drive.
2 Pull out the tray.
3 Place the disc, label side up, in the center of the tray and snap the disc onto the spindle.
NOTE: If you use a module that shipped with another computer, you need to install the drivers and software
necessary to play DVDs or write data. For more information, see the Drivers and Utilities CD (the Drivers and
Utilities CD is optional and may not be available for your computer or in certain countries).
4 Push the tray back into the drive.
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To format CDs for storing data, to create music CDs, or to copy CDs, see the CD software that came
with your computer.
NOTE: Ensure that you follow all copyright laws when you create CDs.
A CD player includes the following basic buttons:
A DVD player includes the following basic buttons:
For more information on playing CDs or DVDs, click Help on the CD or DVD player (if available).
Play.
Move backward within the current track.
Pause.
Move forward within the current track.
Stop.
Go to the previous track.
Eject.
Go to the next track.
Stop.
Restart the current chapter.
Play.
Fast forward.
Pause.
Fast reverse.
Advance a single frame while in pause mode.
Go to the next title or chapter.
Continuously play the current title or chapter.
Go to the previous title or chapter.
Eject.
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Adjusting the Volume
NOTE: When the speakers are muted, you do not hear the CD or DVD playing.
1 Click the Start button, point to All Programs (or Programs)→ Accessories→ Entertainment (or
Multimedia), and then click Volume Control.
2 In the Volume Control window, click and drag the bar in the Volume Control column and slide it up
or down to increase or decrease the volume.
For more information on volume control options, click Help in the Volume Control window.
The Volume Meter displays the current volume level, including mute, on your computer. Either click the
icon in the taskbar and select or deselect Disable On Screen Volume Meter, or press the volume
control buttons to enable or disable the Volume Meter on the screen.
When the meter is enabled, adjust the volume with the volume control buttons or by pressing the
following keys:
• Press <Fn> <PageUp> to increase volume.
• Press <Fn> <PageDn> to decrease volume.
• Press <Fn> <End> to mute volume.
For more information about QuickSet, right-click the icon in the taskbar and click Help.
Adjusting the Picture
If an error message notifies you that the current resolution and color depth are using too much memory
and preventing DVD playback, adjust the display properties.
Microsoft® Windows® XP
1 Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a category, click Appearance and Themes.
1 volume icon 2 Volume Meter 3 mute icon
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3 Under Pick a task..., click Change the screen resolution.
4 In the Display Properties window, click and drag the bar in Screen resolution to change the setting to
1024 by 768 pixels.
5 Click the drop-down menu under Color quality, and then click Medium (16 bit).
6 Click OK.
Using Dell Media Experience™ and Dell MediaDirect™
NOTE: Dell MediaDirect™ is optional and may not ship with your computer.
NOTE: Dell QuickSet is necessary for Dell MediaDirect to function. Changing or disabling QuickSet’s default
settings can limit Dell MediaDirect’s functionality. For more information about Dell QuickSet, see "Dell™ QuickSet
Features" on page 131.
Press the Dell MediaDirect button, located on the front of the computer, to launch either Dell Media
Experience or Dell MediaDirect.
If the computer is on or in standby mode
If you press the Dell MediaDirect button while the computer is on or in standby mode, either
Windows XP Media Center Manager or Dell Media Experience launches, depending on your system
setup.
If the computer is off or in hibernate mode
When your computer is off or in hibernate mode, you can press the Dell MediaDirect button to start the
computer and automatically launch the Dell MediaDirect application.
NOTICE: You cannot reinstall the Dell Media Experience or Dell MediaDirect feature if you voluntarily reformat the
hard drive. You will need the installation software to reinstall these media applications. Contact Dell for assistance.
See "Contacting Dell" on page 135.
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Dell MediaDirect and Dell Media Experience Help
The Dell media application on your computer provides help information. When you launch the media
application, click on the desktop icon for additional help.
Using the Dell MediaDirect™ Repair Utility CD or the Dell MediaDirect Reinstallation CD
Repair Utility CD
NOTE: In some cases, the repair utility is stored on the Drivers and Utilities CD rather than the Repair Utility CD, or
it may be available as a download.
Use the Repair Utility CD to repair Dell MediaDirect if:
• Your computer is still equipped with the original
factory-installed hard drive but:
– Dell MediaDirect is not working properly.
– Dell MediaDirect fails to launch when you press the Dell MediaDirect button.
– You need to reinstall the Microsoft® Windows® operating system.
• You are receiving this kit with a new computer and you want to change the way your hard drive is
partitioned.
NOTICE: Do not change the way your hard drive is partitioned unless you are confident of what you are doing.
For more information about using the repair utility, see "Repairing Dell MediaDirect."
Reinstallation CD
Use the Reinstallation CD to reinstall Dell MediaDirect if you are receiving this kit in order to replace
your existing hard drive with a new drive. For more information, see "Reinstalling the Dell MediaDirect
Software."
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Repairing Dell MediaDirect
NOTE: See "Repair Utility CD" to verify that you need to repair Dell MediaDirect rather than reinstall it. If you use
the Repair Utility CD when you should be reinstalling Dell MediaDirect, the process may not complete properly.
NOTE: In some cases, the repair utility is stored on the Drivers and Utilities CD rather than the Repair Utility CD, or
it may be available as a download.
To repair Dell MediaDirect on your hard drive:
1 Place the Repair Utility CD (or the Drivers and Utilities CD, if applicable) into the optical drive and
restart your computer.
2 Press the <F12> key as soon as the Dell logo screen appears to enter the boot menu.
3 Press the down-arrow key to highlight the first CD listing.
4 Press <Enter> to boot from the CD.
NOTE: If you are using the Drivers and Utilities CD, type <Q> after you boot from the CD.
5 At the prompt, type cd \MD2 and press <Enter>.
6 Type Repair and press <Enter>.
The Dell MediaDirect repair utility opens. To use the utility to repair Dell MediaDirect:
1 Use the arrow keys to select OK and press <Enter>.
2 When the Done message appears, remove the CD from the drive and press the power button to turn
off the computer.
You can now use the Dell MediaDirect button on your computer to launch Dell MediaDirect.
Reinstalling Dell MediaDirect
NOTE: See "Reinstallation CD" to verify that you need to reinstall Dell MediaDirect rather than repair it. If you use
the Reinstallation CD when you should be repairing Dell MediaDirect, the process may not complete properly.
Before you can reinstall the actual Dell MediaDirect software, you must prepare your hard drive for the
reinstallation. After replacing the hard drive, follow the instructions in "Preparing the Hard Drive for the
Dell MediaDirect Reinstallation" while you are installing the Windows XP operating system.
Once you have prepared your hard drive, you can reinstall your hardware drivers and software programs
(see the Dell Reinstall Guides at support.dell.com). Then follow the instructions in "Reinstalling the
Dell MediaDirect Software."
Preparing the Hard Drive for the Dell MediaDirect Reinstallation
While you are installing the Windows XP operating system, you must partition the hard drive so that
1308 MB of space is left unpartitioned and reserved for Dell MediaDirect.
NOTE: You can create a maximum of three partitions in addition to the unpartitioned space reserved for Dell
MediaDirect.
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To create a partition on your hard drive:
1 Press the <F8> key to agree to the license agreement while you are installing Windows XP
2 When the setup partition window appears, use the arrow keys to select the unpartitioned space.
3 Type C to create a new partition using unpartitioned space.
NOTE: To create sufficient space for the Dell MediaDirect partition on your hard drive, you need to calculate the
partition size in megabytes (MB) by deducting 1308 from the total available space in MB on the hard drive.
4 Type the size in MB that you want to use for the new partition and press <Enter>.
5 Use the arrow keys to select the partition that you created and press <Enter>.
6 Select Format the partition by using the NTFS file system (Quick) and press <Enter>.
7 Return to the Windows XP install guide to complete the installation of Windows XP. When you have
finished all of the steps in the Windows XP install guide and the desktop appears, you can reinstall the
Dell MediaDirect software.
Reinstalling the Dell MediaDirect Software
NOTE: See "Reinstallation CD" to verify that you need to reinstall Dell MediaDirect rather than repair it. If you use
the Reinstallation CD when you should be repairing Dell MediaDirect, the process may not complete properly.
NOTE: You must follow the instructions in "Preparing the Hard Drive for the Dell MediaDirect Reinstallation" prior to
reinstalling the Dell MediaDirect software or you will receive an error message when attempting to reinstall the
software. If you receive an error message, you need to install Windows XP again or purchase a third-party utility
that allows you to partition a single partitioned hard drive with an operating system installed on it.
To reinstall the Dell MediaDirect software:
1 Insert the Reinstallation CD into the optical drive.
The Dell MediaDirect™ window opens.
2 Press <Enter> to reinstall Dell MediaDirect.
A message appears indicating that the reinstallation process is complete.
3 Remove the Reinstallation CD from the optical drive and press <Enter> to exit the reinstallation
window.
4 Shut down the computer through the Start menu.
5 Use the Dell MediaDirect button on your computer to launch the Dell MediaDirect to complete the
reinstallation process.
Connecting Your Computer to a TV or Audio Device
NOTE: Video and audio cables for connecting your computer to a TV or other audio device are not included with
your computer. Cables and TV/digital audio adapter cables are available for purchase from Dell.
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Your computer has an S-video TV-out connector that, together with a standard S-video cable, a
composite video adapter cable, or a component video adapter cable (available from Dell), enable you to
connect the computer to a TV.
1 S-video TV-out connector 2 S-video connector
1 S-video TV-out connector 2 composite video adapter 3 S/PDIF digital audio
connector
4 composite video-output
connector
5 S-video connector
1 S-video TV-out connector 2 component video adapter 3 S/PDIF digital audio
connector
4 Pr (red) component video-
output connector
5 Pb (blue) component video-
output connector
6 Y (green) component video-
output connector
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Your TV has either an S-video input connector, a composite video-input connector, or a component
video-input connector. Depending on what type of connector is available on your TV, you can use a
commercially available S-video cable, composite video cable, or component video cable to connect your
computer to your TV.
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.
• S-video and standard audio
• Composite video and standard audio
• Component-out video and standard audio
When you finish connecting the video and audio cables between your computer and your TV, you must
enable your computer to work with the TV. See "Enabling the Display Settings for a TV" on page 63 to
ensure that the computer recognizes and works properly with the TV. Additionally, if you are using
S/PDIF digital audio, see "Enabling S/PDIF Digital Audio" on page 62.
S-Video and Standard Audio
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