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  • Brand: Dell
  • Product: Laptop
  • Model/name: Latitude ATG D630
  • 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.
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.
© 2007–2008 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.
Trademarks used in this text: Dell, the DELL logo, Latitude, ExpressCharge, TravelLite, Strike Zone, and Wi-Fi Catcher are trademarks of Dell
Inc.; Core is a trademark and Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation; Windows Vista, 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;
TouchStrip is a trademark of UPEK, Inc.; EMC is a registered trademark of EMC Corporation; ENERGY STAR is a registered trademark of
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As an ENERGY STAR partner, Dell Inc. has determined that this product meets the ENERGY
STAR guidelines for energy efficiency; Blu-ray Disc is a trademark of the Blu-ray Disc Association.
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 PP18L
May 2008 P/N YT465 Rev. A02
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Contents
1 Finding Information
2 About Your Computer
Front View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Left Side View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Right Side View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Back View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Bottom View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
3 Transferring Information to Another Computer
Microsoft®
Windows®
XP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard With the Operating System Media
27
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard Without the Operating System Media
28
Microsoft Windows Vista®
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Easy Transfer Cable for Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
4 Using a Battery
Battery Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Checking the Battery Charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Microsoft®
Windows®
Power Meter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Charge Gauge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Low-Battery Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Conserving Battery Power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Power Management Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Standby and Sleep Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
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Hibernate Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Configuring Power Management Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Accessing Power Options Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Charging the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Replacing the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Storing a Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Battery Errors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
5 Using the Keyboard
Numeric Keypad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Key Combinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Keyboard Illumination. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
System Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Display Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Power Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Microsoft®
Windows®
Logo Key Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Touch Pad and Track Stick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Customizing the Touch Pad and Track Stick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Changing the Track Stick Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
6 Using the Display
Adjusting Brightness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Using the Ambient Light Sensor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Switching the Video Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Setting Display Resolution and Refresh Rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Dual Independent Display Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Swapping Primary and Secondary Displays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
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7 Setting Up and Using Networks
Connecting a Network or Broadband Modem Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Setting Up a Network in the Microsoft®
Windows®
XP Operating System . . 50
Setting Up a Network in the Microsoft Windows Vista®
Operating System. . 50
Wireless Local Area Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
What You Need to Establish a WLAN Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Checking Your Wireless Network Card. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Setting Up a New WLAN Using a Wireless Router and a Broadband Modem 51
Connecting to a WLAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Mobile Broadband (or Wireless Wide Area Network) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
What You Need to Establish a Mobile Broadband Network Connection . 54
Checking Your Dell Mobile Broadband Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Connecting to a Mobile Broadband Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Enabling/Disabling the Dell™ Mobile Broadband Card . . . . . . . . . . 55
Managing Your Network Settings Through the Dell QuickSet Location Profiler 56
Dell Wi-Fi Catcher™ Network Locator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Microsoft®
Windows®
Firewall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
8 Using Multimedia
Playing Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Copying Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
How to Copy Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Using Blank Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Helpful Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Adjusting the Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Adjusting the Picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Microsoft® Windows® XP Operating System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Microsoft Windows Vista® Operating System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
9 Using Cards
Card Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
PC Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
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ExpressCards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Smart Cards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Card Blanks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Extended Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Installing a PC Card or ExpressCard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
PC Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
ExpressCard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Removing a Card or Blank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
10 Securing Your Computer
Security Cable Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Smart Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
About Smart Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Installing a Smart Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
About Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Using a Primary (or System) Password. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Using an Administrator Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Using a Hard Drive Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Enabling the TPM Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Security Management Software. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Activating the Security Management Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Using the Security Management Software. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Computer Tracking Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
If Your Computer Is Lost or Stolen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Cleaning Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Computer, Keyboard, and Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Touch Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Mouse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Floppy Drive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
CDs and DVDs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
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11 Troubleshooting
Diagnostic Lights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Diagnostic Light Codes During POST. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
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 Media . . . . 82
Dell Diagnostics Main Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Dell Support Utility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Accessing the Dell Support Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Clicking the Dell Support Icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Double-Clicking the Dell Support Icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Drive Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Media 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
IEEE 1394 Device Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Keyboard Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
External Keyboard problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Unexpected characters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Lockups and Software Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
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 93
A solid blue screen appears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Other software problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Memory Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Network Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
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Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Mobile Broadband (Wireless Wide Area Network) . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
PC Card Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Power Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Ensuring Sufficient Power for Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Docking Power Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Printer Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Scanner Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Sound and Speaker Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
No sound from integrated speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
No sound from external speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
No sound from headphones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Touch Pad or Mouse Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Video and Display Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
If the display is blank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
If the display is difficult to read . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
If only part of the display is readable. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
12 System Setup Program
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Viewing the System Setup Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
System Setup Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Commonly Used Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Changing the Boot Sequence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Changing Printer Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Changing COM Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
13 Reinstalling Software
Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
What Is a Driver? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Identifying Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
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Using the Hardware Troubleshooter Tool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Microsoft Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Microsoft Windows Vista. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Restoring Your Operating System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Using Microsoft®
Windows®
System Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Using the Operating System Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
14 Adding and Replacing Parts
Before You Begin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Recommended Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Turning Off Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Before Working Inside Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Hinge Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Internal Card With Bluetooth®
Wireless Technology. . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Coin-Cell Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Memory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Mobile Broadband Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Returning a Hard Drive to Dell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Media Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Removing Media Bay Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
FCM (Flash Cache Module) Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
15 Dell™ QuickSet
16 Traveling With Your Computer
Identifying Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
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Packing the Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Travel Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Traveling by Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
17 Specifications
18 Getting Help
Obtaining Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Technical Support and Customer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
DellConnect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
Online Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
AutoTech Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Automated Order-Status Service. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Problems With Your Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Product Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Before You Call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Contacting Dell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
19 Appendix
FCC Notice (U.S. Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
FCC Class B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Macrovision Product Notice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
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Finding Information 11
1
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
• Notebook System Software (NSS)
Drivers and Utilities Media
NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities media may be optional and
may not ship with your computer.
Documentation and drivers are already installed on your
computer. You can use the media to reinstall drivers (see
"Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on page 108) or to run
the Dell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 81).
Readme files may be
included on your media 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.
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12 Finding Information
• How to set up my computer
• Basic troubleshooting information
• How to run the Dell Diagnostics
• How to open my computer
Quick Reference Guide
NOTE: This document may be optional and may not ship with
your computer.
NOTE: This document is available as a PDF 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
• Service Tag and Express Service Code
• Microsoft Windows License Label
Service Tag and Microsoft® Windows® License
These labels are located on your computer.
• Use the Service Tag to identify your computer when you
use support.dell.com or contact support.
• Enter the Express Service Code to direct your call when
contacting support.
NOTE: As an increased security measure, the newly
designed Microsoft Windows license label incorporates a
missing portion or "hole" to discourage removal of the label.
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
• Dell Technical Update Service — Proactive e-mail
notification of software and hardware updates for your
computer
• 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 processors,
optical drives, USB devices, and so on. 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 or business segment to view the
appropriate support site.
To download Notebook System Software:
1 Go to support.dell.com, select your region or business
segment, and enter your Service Tag.
2 Select Drivers & Downloads and click Go.
3 Click your operating system and search for the keyword
Notebook System Software.
NOTE: The support.dell.com user interface may vary
depending on your selections.
• 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.
• How to use Windows
• How to work with programs and files
• How to personalize my desktop
Windows Help and Support Center
1 Click Start→ 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 QuickSet
icon in the Microsoft® Windows® taskbar.
For more information on Dell QuickSet, see "Dell™
QuickSet" on page 137.
• How to reinstall my operating system Operating System Media
NOTE: The Operating System media 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 media (see "Reinstalling Windows" on page 113).
After you reinstall your
operating system, use the
optional Drivers and
Utilities media to reinstall
drivers for the devices that
came with your computer.
Your operating system
product key label is located
on your computer.
NOTE: The color of your
media varies based on the operating system you ordered.
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here
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Front View
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DEVICE STATUS LIGHTS
1 display latch 2 display 3 power button
4 device status lights 5 keyboard 6 touch pad
7 fingerprint reader
(optional)
8 speaker 9 touch pad buttons/track stick
buttons
10 track stick 11 keyboard status lights 12 volume control buttons
13 ambient light sensor 14 mute button 15 keyboard illumination lights
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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.
– Off: The battery is adequately charged (or external power is not available to charge the battery).
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.
VOLUME CONTROL BUTTONS — –Press these buttons to adjust the volume.
MUTE BUTTON — –Press this button to turn off the volume.
DISPLAY — For more information about your display, see "Using the Display" on page 45.
DISPLAY LATCH — Keeps the display closed.
DISPLAY LATCH BUTTON — Press this button to release the display latch and open the display.
KEYBOARD — The keyboard includes a numeric keypad as well as the Microsoft®
Windows®
logo key. For
information on supported keyboard shortcuts, see "Using the Keyboard" on page 39.
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.
Turns on when wireless devices are enabled.
Turns on when Bluetooth®
wireless technology is enabled. To enable or
disable Bluetooth wireless technology, move the wireless switch to the "on"
position. See "wireless switch" on page 20 for more information.
NOTE: Bluetooth wireless technology is an optional feature on your
computer, so the icon turns on only if you ordered Bluetooth wireless
technology with your computer. For more information, see the documentation
that came with your Bluetooth wireless technology.
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KEYBOARD STATUS LIGHTS
The green lights located above the keyboard indicate the following:
KEYBOARD ILLUMINATION LIGHTS — Press <Fn> and the right-arrow key to toggle on and off these lights for
illumination of the keyboard in low-light environments (see "Keyboard Illumination" on page 40).
TOUCH PAD — Provides the functionality of a mouse (see "Touch Pad and Track Stick" on page 41).
TRACK STICK — Provides the functionality of a mouse (see "Touch Pad and Track Stick" on page 41).
TOUCH PAD BUTTONS/TRACK STICK BUTTONS — Use these buttons much like the buttons on a mouse when you
use the touch pad and track stick to move the cursor on the display (see "Touch Pad and Track Stick" on page 41).
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, shut down your computer instead of pressing the power button.
FINGERPRINT READER (OPTIONAL) — Helps to keep your Dell™ computer secure. When you slide your finger over
the reader, it uses your unique fingerprint to authenticate your user identity. For information on how to activate and
use the security management software that controls the fingerprint reader, see "Security Management Software" on
page 74.
SPEAKER — To adjust the volume of the integrated speaker, press the volume control buttons, mute button, or
volume-control keyboard shortcuts (see "Key Combinations" on page 40).
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.
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AMBIENT LIGHT SENSOR — Detects available environmental light and automatically increases or decreases the
display backlighting to compensate for low-light and high-light environments. Press the <Fn> and left-arrow keys to
enable or disable the sensor ("Using the Ambient Light Sensor" on page 45).
Left Side View
AIR VENTS — The computer uses an internal fan to create airflow through the vents, which prevents the computer
from overheating.
CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air vents. Do not store your Dell
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.
NOTE: The computer turns on the fan when the computer gets hot. Fan noise is normal and does not indicate a
problem with the fan or the computer.
SECURITY CABLE SLOT — Lets you attach a commercially available antitheft device to the computer (see "Security
Cable Lock" on page 69).
AUDIO CONNECTORS
1 security cable slot 2 air vents 3 audio connectors (2)
4 IEEE 1394 connector 5 smart card slot (with blank) 6 wireless switch
7 Wi-Fi Catcher™ light 8 PC Card slot 9 hard drive
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9
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IEEE 1394 CONNECTOR — Connects devices supporting IEEE 1394 high-speed transfer rates, such as some digital
video cameras.
SMART CARD SLOT (WITH BLANK) — Supports one smart card. Smart cards provide a variety of functions,
including security features and data storage. The blank prevents foreign matter from entering the interior of the
computer when a smart card is not installed in the smart card slot. For more information and instructions on
removing the blank, see "Smart Cards" on page 65.
WIRELESS SWITCH — When enabled through Dell QuickSet, this switch can scan for a wireless LAN (WLAN) in
your vicinity. You can also use it to rapidly turn off or on any wireless devices such as WLAN cards and internal cards
with Bluetooth wireless technology (see "Dell Wi-Fi Catcher™ Network Locator" on page 56).
WI-FI CATCHER™ LIGHT — The light operates as follows:
– Flashing green: Searching for networks
– Solid green: Strong network found
– Solid yellow: Weak network found
– Flashing yellow: Error
– Off: No signal found
Attach headphones to the connector.
Attach a microphone to the connector.
1 "off" position Disables wireless devices
2 "on" position Enables wireless devices
3 "momentary" position Scans for WLAN networks (see
"Dell Wi-Fi Catcher™ Network
Locator" on page 56)
4 Wi-Fi Catcher light
1 2 3 4
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NOTE: The Dell Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator light appears only when the computer is turned off and wireless
networking is activated in the system setup program. While working in Microsoft Windows operating systems, the
light is designed not to appear.
PC CARD SLOT — Supports one PC Card, such as a modem or network adapter. The computer ships with a blank
installed in the slot to prevent foreign matter from entering the computer interior when a card is not installed (see
"Card Types" on page 65).
NOTE: You must use an adapter with the 34-mm ExpressCard before you insert the card into the PC Card
connector.
HARD DRIVE — Stores software and data.
Right Side View
MEDIA BAY — Supports a floppy or an optical drive, second battery, second hard drive, or a Dell TravelLite™
module (see "Using Multimedia" on page 59).
DEVICE LATCH RELEASE — Press the latch release to eject any device installed in the media bay.
USB CONNECTORS
USB PORT COVER — Protects the USB connectors.
1 optical drive in media bay 2 media-bay device latch release 3 USB connectors (2)
4 USB port cover
Connect USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, or printer.
1 2 3 4
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Back 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.
1 network connector (RJ-45) 2 modem connector (RJ-11) 3 USB connectors (2)
4 serial connector 5 video connector 6 AC adapter connector
7 air vents 8 port cover
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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NETWORK CONNECTOR (RJ-45)
NOTICE: The network connector is slightly larger than the modem connector. To avoid damaging the computer, do
not plug a telephone line into the network connector.
MODEM CONNECTOR (RJ-11)
USB CONNECTORS
SERIAL CONNECTOR
VIDEO CONNECTOR
AC ADAPTER CONNECTOR
Connects the computer to a network. The two lights next to
the connector indicate status and activity for wired network
connections.
For information on using the network adapter, see the device
user’s guide supplied with your computer.
Connect the telephone line to the modem connector.
For information on using the modem, see the online modem
documentation supplied with your computer (see "Finding
Information" on page 11).
Connects USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, or
printer.
Connects serial devices, such as a mouse or handheld device.
Connects video devices, such as a monitor.
Connects an AC adapter to the computer.
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The AC adapter converts AC power to the DC power required by the computer. You can connect the AC adapter
with your computer turned either on or off.
CAUTION: The AC adapter works with electrical outlets worldwide. However, power connectors and power
strips vary among countries. Using an incompatible cable or improperly connecting the cable to the power strip
or electrical outlet may cause fire or equipment damage.
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. When you wrap the AC adapter cable, ensure that you follow
the angle of the connector on the AC adapter to avoid damaging the cable.
AIR VENTS — The computer uses an internal fan to create airflow through the vents, which prevents the computer
from overheating.
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.
PORT COVER — Protects the connectors.
1 AC adapter 2 port cover
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Bottom View
BATTERY CHARGE GAUGE/HEALTH GAUGE — Provides information on the battery charge (see "Checking the
Battery Charge" on page 32).
BATTERY — When a battery is installed, you can use the computer without connecting the computer to an
electrical outlet (see "Using a Battery" on page 31).
BATTERY-BAY LATCH RELEASES — Releases the battery (see "Replacing the Battery" on page 36 for instructions).
DEVICE LOCKING SCREW — If present, locks devices, such as an optical drive, in place.
DOCKING-DEVICE CONNECTOR — Lets you attach your computer to a docking device. See the Dell documentation
that came with your docking device for more information.
MEMORY MODULE COVER — Covers the compartment that contains the second memory module connector
(DIMM B) (see "Memory" on page 122).
AIR VENTS — The computer uses an internal fan to create airflow through the fan air vents, which prevents the
computer from overheating.
1 memory module cover 2 battery charge gauge/health
gauge
3 battery
4 battery-bay latch releases (2) 5 docking-device connector 6 air vents
7 hard drive
1 2 3
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Transferring Information to Another Computer
You can use your operating system wizards to help you transfer files and other data from one computer to
another. For instructions, see the following section that corresponds to the operating system that your
computer is running.
NOTE: "Old computer" or "source computer" refers to the original computer from which the information is
transferred; "new computer" or "destination computer" refers to the computer to which you transfer the information.
Microsoft® Windows® XP
The Microsoft Windows XP operating system provides the Files and Settings Transfer wizard to move
data from a source computer to a new—destination—computer. You can transfer data such as:
• E-mail messages
• Toolbar settings
• Window sizes
• Internet bookmarks
You can transfer the data to the destination computer over a network, serial connection, or on removable
media such as a writable CD.
NOTE: You can transfer information from the source computer to the destination computer by directly connecting
a serial cable to the input/output (I/O) ports of the two computers. To transfer data over a serial connection, you
must access the Network Connections utility from the Control Panel and perform additional configuration steps,
such as setting up an advanced connection and designating the host computer and the guest computer.
For instructions on setting up a direct cable connection between two computers, see Microsoft Knowledge Base
87uArticle #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 media for this process or you can create a wizard disk with the
Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard With the Operating System Media
NOTE: This procedure requires the Operating System media. This media is optional and may not be included with
all computers.
To prepare the new computer for the file transfer:
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1 Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools→ 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 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 source computer:
1 On the source computer, insert the Windows XP Operating System media.
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 destination computer:
1 On the Now go to your old computer screen on the destination 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 destination computer.
When all of the settings and files have been applied, the Finished screen appears.
3 Click Finished and restart the destination computer.
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard Without the Operating System Media
To run the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard without the Operating System media, 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 destination computer with Windows XP and perform the following
steps:
1 Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools→ 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→ Next.
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4 On the Do you have a Windows XP CD? screen, click I want to create a Wizard Disk in the following
drive→ Next.
5 Insert the removable media, such as a writable CD, and click OK.
6 When the disk creation completes and the Now go to your old computer message appears,
do not click Next.
7 Go to the source computer.
To copy data from the source computer:
1 On the source computer, insert the wizard disk.
2 Click Start→ 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→ 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 destination computer:
1 On the Now go to your old computer screen on the destination 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 destination computer.
When all of the settings and files have been applied, the Finished screen appears.
3 Click Finished and restart the destination computer.
NOTE: For more information about this procedure, search support.dell.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?).
NOTE: Access to the Dell™ Knowledge Base document may not be available in some countries.
Microsoft Windows Vista®
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button, , and then click Transfer files and settings→ Start Windows
Easy Transfer.
2 In the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
3 Click Start a new transfer or Continue a transfer in progress.
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Follow the instructions provided on the screen by the Windows Easy Transfer wizard.
Easy Transfer Cable for Windows Vista
NOTE: Dell does not provide the Easy Transfer Cable.
1 Insert the Easy Transfer Cable for Windows Vista Application Software media into the computer from
which you are transferring data.
2 Follow the on-screen instructions until you are prompted to connect the Transfer Cable.
3 Connect the Easy Transfer Cable to the source computer.
You are prompted to select a device option.
4 Continue until you are prompted to plug the other end of the Easy Transfer Cable into the destination
computer.
The screen indicates that a connection has been made.
5 At the computer from which you are transferring data, follow the on-screen instructions to select the
settings and files you want to transfer.
6 You will come to a screen that indicates that you are ready to transfer files.
7 From the destination computer, view the transfer and wait for the indication that the transfer is
complete.
8 Select Close.
You are prompted to restart the computer.
9 Select Yes.
The computer reboots and the transfer is complete.
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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 main 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, check the Power Meter in Power Options (see
"Accessing Power Options Properties" on page 35).
Battery operating time varies depending on operating conditions. You can install an optional second
battery in the media bay to significantly increase operating time.
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.
NOTE: It is recommended that you connect your computer to an electrical outlet when writing to a CD or DVD.
Operating time is significantly reduced when you perform operations including, but not limited to, the
following:
• Using optical drives.
• Using wireless communications devices, PC Cards, media memory cards, or USB devices.
• Using high-brightness display settings, 3D screen savers, or other power-intensive programs such as
complex 3D graphics applications.
• Running the computer in maximum performance mode. See "Configuring Power Management
Settings" on page 35 for information about accessing Windows Power Options Properties or Dell
QuickSet, which you can use to configure power management settings.
You can check the battery charge (see "Checking the Battery Charge" on page 32) before you insert the
battery into the computer. You can also set power management options to alert you when the battery
charge is low.
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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.
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 battery meter icon
( or ), 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, battery health, charge level, and charge completion time for the battery in your
computer.
For more information about QuickSet, right-click the QuickSet 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 battery meter icon ( or ) on the taskbar.
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).
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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 the battery has 80 percent of its charge remaining, four of the lights are on. If no lights
appear, the battery has no charge.
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 and 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 "Charge Gauge" on page 32 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. Then
connect the computer to an electrical outlet, or install a second battery in the media bay. If the battery runs
completely out of power, hibernate mode begins automatically.
A pop-up window warns you when the battery charge is approximately 90 percent depleted. If two
batteries are installed, the low-battery warning means that the combined charge of both batteries is
approximately 90 percent depleted. The computer enters hibernate mode when the battery charge is at a
critically low level.
You can change the settings for the battery alarms in QuickSet or the Power Options Properties window.
See "Configuring Power Management Settings" on page 35 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 34.
• Use the Power Management Wizard or the Power Options Properties window 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>.
NOTE: See "Configuring Power Management Settings" on page 35 for information on conserving battery power.
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Power Management Modes
Standby and Sleep Mode
Standby mode (sleep mode in Microsoft Windows Vista®) 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 or sleep mode, it returns to the same operating state it was in before entering standby or sleep
mode.
NOTICE: If your computer loses AC and battery power while in standby or sleep mode, it may lose data.
To enter standby mode in Windows XP
, click the Start button, click Turn off computer, and then click
Stand by.
To enter sleep mode in Windows Vista, click the Windows Vista Start button, , and then click Sleep.
Depending on how you set the power management options in the Power Options Properties window or
the QuickSet Power Management Wizard, you may also use one of the following methods:
• Press the power button.
• Close the display.
• Press <Fn><Esc>.
To exit standby or sleep mode, press the power button or open the display, depending on how you set the
power management options. You cannot make the computer exit standby or sleep mode by pressing a key
or touching the touch pad or track stick.
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 in Windows XP
, click Start→ Turn off computer, press and hold
<Shift>, and click Hibernate.
For information about the hibernate mode in Windows Vista, search for the keyword hibernate in
Windows Help and Support (click Start→ Help and Support).
Depending on how you set the power management options in the Power Options Properties window or
the QuickSet Power Management Wizard, you may also use one of the following methods to enter
hibernate mode:
• Press the power button.
• Close the display.
• Press <Fn><F1>.
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NOTE: Some PC Cards may not operate correctly after the computer exits hibernate mode. Remove and reinsert
the card (see "Removing a Card or Blank" on page 67), 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
or track stick. For more information on hibernate mode, see the documentation that came with your
operating system.
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. For more information about QuickSet,
right-click the QuickSet icon in the taskbar and click Help.
Accessing Power Options Properties
Windows XP
Click Start→ Control Panel→ Performance and Maintenance→ Power Options.
Windows Vista
Click Start→ Control Panel→ System and Maintenance→ Power Options.
Charging the Battery
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.
NOTE: With Dell™ ExpressCharge™, when the computer is turned off, the AC adapter charges a completely
discharged battery to 80 percent in about 1 hour and to 100 percent in approximately 2 hours. Charge time is longer
with the computer turned on. You can leave the battery in the computer for as long as you like. The battery’s internal
circuitry prevents the battery from overcharging.
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 information about resolving problems with a battery, see "Power Problems" on page 96.
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Replacing the Battery
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.
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.
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.
3 Slide the two battery-bay latch releases on the bottom of the computer, and then remove the battery
from the bay.
To replace the battery, follow the removal procedure in reverse order.
1 battery 2 battery-bay latch releases (2) 3 battery tab
1
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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 35) before you use it.
Battery Errors
To address error codes generated by the battery, refer to "Error Messages" on page 88.
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Using the Keyboard
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, hold down <Fn> and press the desired key.
• To enable the keypad, press <Num Lk>. The light indicates that the keypad is active.
• To disable the keypad, press <Num Lk> again.
numeric keypad
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Key Combinations
Keyboard Illumination
System Functions
Battery
Display Functions
Power Management
<Fn> and right-arrow key Toggles the keyboard illumination lights on and off.
<Ctrl><Shift><Esc> Opens the Task Manager window.
<Fn><F3> Displays the Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter (see "Dell™
QuickSet Battery Meter" on page 32).
<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><F7> Scales between wide-screen and standard aspect ratio
video resolutions.
<Fn> and left-arrow key Activates the ambient light sensor, which controls
brightness of the display based on light level in the
current environment.
<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><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 "Accessing Power
Options Properties" on page 35).
<Fn><F1> Puts the computer into hibernate, or sleep, mode. Dell
QuickSet is required (see "Dell™ QuickSet" on
page 137).
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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, access the Help and
Support Center (click Start→ Help and Support).
Touch Pad and Track Stick
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.
Windows logo key and <m> Minimizes all open windows.
Windows logo key and <Shift><m> Restores all minimized windows. This key
combination functions as a toggle to restore
minimized windows following the use of the
Windows logo key and <m> key combination.
Windows logo key and <e> Runs Windows Explorer.
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.
1 touch pad buttons/track stick buttons 2 track stick 3 touch pad
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• 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.
You can also use the track stick to move the cursor. Press the track stick left, right, up, or down to change
the direction of the cursor on the display. Use the track stick and track stick buttons as you would use a
mouse.
Customizing the Touch Pad and Track Stick
You can use the Mouse Properties window to disable the touch pad and track stick or adjust their
settings.
1 Open the Control Panel, and then click Mouse. For information about the Control Panel, access the
Help and Support Center (click Start→ Help and Support).
2 In the Mouse Properties window:
• Click the Device Select tab to disable the touch pad and track stick.
• Click the Touch Pad tab to adjust touch pad and track stick settings.
3 Click OK to save the settings and close the window.
Changing the Track Stick Cap
You can replace your track stick cap if it wears down from prolonged use. You can purchase additional
caps by visiting the Dell website at dell.com.
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1 Pull the cap off the track stick.
2 Align the new cap over the square track stick post and gently press the cap down onto the post.
NOTICE: The track stick can damage the display if it is not properly seated on the post.
3 Test the track stick to ensure that the cap is seated properly.
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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).
Using the Ambient Light Sensor
The ambient light sensor is located on the bottom of the computer display panel. The ambient light
sensor detects available environmental light and automatically increases or decreases the display
backlighting to compensate for low-light and high-light environments.
You can enable or disable the ambient light sensor by pressing the <Fn> and left-arrow key
combination.
NOTE: Do not cover the ambient light sensor with any adhesive labels. If covered up, the ambient light sensor
automatically sets the display brightness to the minimum level.
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The ambient light sensor is disabled when your computer is shipped to you. If you enable the ambient
light sensor and then use any of the display brightness key combinations, the ambient light sensor is
disabled and the display brightness is increased or decreased accordingly.
Dell™ QuickSet allows you to enable or disable the ambient light sensor. You can also adjust maximum
and minimum brightness settings that are activated when you enable the ambient light sensor feature.
For more information about QuickSet, right-click the QuickSet icon in the taskbar, and click Help.
NOTE: Rebooting the computer returns the ambient light sensor to the last setting of enabled or disabled.
NOTE: The ambient light sensor adjusts the display backlighting on your portable computer only. It does not
control the brightness on any external monitors or projectors.
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.
1 ambient light sensor
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NOTE: Use only the Dell-installed video drivers, which are designed to offer the best performance with your Dell-
installed operating system.
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.
3 Under Pick a task..., click the area you want to change, or under or pick a Control Panel icon, click
Display.
4 In the Display Properties window, click the Settings tab.
5 Try different settings for Color quality and Screen resolution.
NOTE: As the resolution increases, icons and text appear smaller on the screen.
If the video resolution setting is higher than that supported by the display, the computer enters pan
mode. In pan mode, the entire screen cannot be displayed at one time. For example, the taskbar that
usually appears at the bottom of the desktop may no longer be visible. To view the rest of the screen, use
the touch pad or track stick to pan up, down, left, and right.
NOTICE: You can damage an external monitor by using an unsupported refresh rate. Before adjusting the refresh
rate on an external monitor, see the user’s guide for the monitor.
Dual Independent Display Mode
You can attach an external monitor or projector to your computer and use it as an extension of your
display (known as "dual independent display" or "extended desktop" mode). This mode allows you to use
both screens independently and drag objects from one screen to the other, effectively doubling the
amount of viewable work space.
1 Connect the external monitor, TV, or projector to the computer.
2 Under Pick a category, click Appearance and Themes.
3 Under Pick a task..., click the area you want to change, or under or pick a Control Panel icon, click
Display.
4 In the Display Properties window, click the Settings tab.
NOTE: If you choose a resolution or color palette that is higher than the display supports, the settings adjust
automatically to the closest supported values. For more information, see your operating system documentation.
5 Click the monitor 2 icon, click the Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor check box, and
then click Apply.
6 Change Screen resolution to the appropriate sizes for both displays and click Apply.
7 If prompted to restart the computer, click Apply the new color setting without restarting and click
OK.
8 If prompted, click OK to resize your desktop.
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9 If prompted, click Yes to keep the settings.
10 Click OK to close the Display Properties window.
To disable dual independent display mode:
1 Click the Settings tab in the Display Properties window.
2 Click the monitor 2 icon, uncheck the Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor option, and
then click Apply.
If necessary, press <Fn><F8> to bring the screen image back to the computer display.
Swapping Primary and Secondary Displays
To swap your primary and secondary display designations (for example, to use your external monitor as
your primary display after docking):
1 Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
2 Under Pick a category, click Appearance and Themes.
3 Under Pick a task..., click the area you want to change, or under or pick a Control Panel icon, click
Display.
4 Click the Settings tab→ Advanced→ Displays tab.
See the documentation that came with your video card for additional information.
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Setting Up and Using Networks
Setting up a computer network provides connectivity between your computer and the Internet, another
computer, or a network. For example, with a network set up in a home or small office you can print to a
shared printer, access drives and files on another computer, browse other networks, or access the Internet.
You can set up a local area network (LAN) using a network or broadband modem cable, or set up a
wireless LAN (WLAN).
The Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems provide wizards to help guide you through the
process of networking computers. For more information about Networking, access the Help and Support
Center (click Start→ Help and Support).
Connecting a Network or Broadband Modem Cable
Before you connect your computer to a network, the computer must have a network adapter installed
and a network cable connected to it.
1 Connect the network cable to the network adapter connector on the back of your computer.
NOTE: Insert the cable connector until it clicks into place, and then gently pull the cable to ensure that it is
securely attached.
2 Connect the other end of the network cable to a network connection device or a network wall
connector.
NOTE: Do not use a network cable with a telephone wall connector.
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Setting Up a Network in the Microsoft®
Windows®
XP Operating
System
1 Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→ Communications→ Network Setup Wizard→ Next→
Checklist for creating a network.
NOTE: Selecting the connection method labeled This computer connects directly to the Internet enables the
integrated firewall provided with Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).
2 Complete the checklist.
3 Return to the Network Setup Wizard and follow the instructions in the wizard.
Setting Up a Network in the Microsoft Windows Vista®
Operating
System
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button, , and click Connect To→ Set up a connection or network.
2 Select an option under Choose a connection option.
3 Click Next, and then follow the instructions in the wizard.
Wireless Local Area Network
A wireless local area network (WLAN) is a series of interconnected computers that communicate with
each other over the air waves rather than through a network cable connected to each computer. In a
WLAN, a radio communications device called an access point or wireless router connects network
computers and provides Internet, or network, access. The access point or wireless router and the wireless
network card in the computer communicate by broadcasting data from their antennas over the air waves.
What You Need to Establish a WLAN Connection
Before you can set up a WLAN, you need:
• High-speed (broadband) Internet access (such as cable or DSL)
• A broadband modem that is connected and working
• A wireless router or access point
• A wireless network card for each computer that you want to connect to your WLAN
• A network cable with a network (RJ-45) connector
Checking Your Wireless Network Card
Depending on what you selected when you purchased your computer, the computer has a variety of
configurations. To confirm that your computer has a wireless network card and to determine the type of
card, use one of the following:
• The Start button and the Connect To option
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• The order confirmation for your computer
Start Button and Connect To Option
In Microsoft Windows XP, click Start→ Connect To→ Show all connections.
In Microsoft Windows Vista, click Start→ Connect To→ View network computers and devices.
If Wireless Network Connection does not appear under LAN or High-Speed Internet, you may not have
a wireless network card.
If Wireless Network Connection appears, you have a wireless network card. To view detailed information
about the wireless network card:
1 Right-click Wireless Network Connection.
2 Click Properties.
The Wireless Network Connection Properties window appears. The wireless network card’s name and
model number are listed on the General tab.
NOTE: If your computer is set to the Classic Start menu option, you can view network connections by clicking
the Start→ Settings→ Network Connections. If Wireless Network Connection does not appear, you may not
have a wireless network card.
The Order Confirmation for Your Computer
The order confirmation that you received when you ordered your computer lists the hardware and
software that shipped with your computer.
Setting Up a New WLAN Using a Wireless Router and a Broadband Modem
1 Contact your Internet service provider (ISP) to obtain specific information about the connection
requirements for your broadband modem.
2 Ensure that you have wired Internet access through your broadband modem before you attempt to set
up a wireless Internet connection (see "Connecting a Network or Broadband Modem Cable" on
page 49).
3 Install any software required for your wireless router. Your wireless router may have been shipped with
an installation media. Installation media usually contain installation and troubleshooting information.
Install the required software according to the instructions provided by the router manufacturer.
4 Shut down your computer and any other wireless-enabled computers in the vicinity through the Start
or menu.
5 Disconnect your broadband modem power cable from the electrical outlet.
6 Disconnect the network cable from the computer and the modem.
7 Disconnect the AC adapter cable from your wireless router to ensure that there is no power connected
to the router.
NOTE: Wait for a minimum of 5 minutes after disconnecting your broadband modem before you continue with the
network setup.

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