Dell Latitude D630 manual

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  • Brand: Dell
  • Product: Laptop
  • Model/name: Latitude 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,
Wi-Fi Catcher, and Client Manager are trademarks of Dell Inc.; Core, Active Management Technology,
Centrino, and Intel are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation; Microsoft, Outlook, Windows,
Windows Vista are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United
States and/or other countries; 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.
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 PP24L
May 2008 P/N HN566 Rev. A03
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Contents
1 Finding Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
2 About Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Front View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Left Side View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Right Side View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Back View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Bottom View. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
3 Transferring Information to a New Computer. . . . . 35
Microsoft® Windows® XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard With the
Operating System Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard Without the
Operating System Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Microsoft Windows Vista® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Easy Transfer Cable for Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
4 Using a Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Battery Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Checking the Battery Charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Microsoft®
Windows®
Power Meter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Charge Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
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Low-Battery Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Conserving Battery Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Power Management Modes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Standby and Sleep Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Hibernate Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Configuring Power Management Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Accessing Power Options Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Charging the Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Replacing the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Storing a Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Battery Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
5 Using the Keyboard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Numeric Keypad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Key Combinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
System Functions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Display Functions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Power Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Microsoft® Windows® Logo Key Functions . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Touch Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Customizing the Touch Pad and Track Stick . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Changing the Track Stick Cap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
6 Using the Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Adjusting Brightness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Using the Ambient Light Sensor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
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Switching the Video Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Setting Display Resolution and Refresh Rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Dual Independent Display Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Swapping Primary and Secondary Displays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
7 Setting Up and Using Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Connecting a Network or Broadband Modem Cable. . . . . . . . . . 61
Setting Up a Network in the Microsoft®
Windows®
XP
Operating System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Setting Up a Network in the Microsoft Windows Vista®
Operating System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Wireless Local Area Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
What You Need to Establish a WLAN Connection. . . . . . . . . 63
Checking Your Wireless Network Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Setting Up a New WLAN Using a
Wireless Router and a Broadband Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Connecting to a WLAN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Mobile Broadband (or Wireless Wide Area Network). . . . . . . . . 68
What You Need to Establish a
Mobile Broadband Network Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Checking Your Dell Mobile Broadband Card. . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Connecting to a Mobile Broadband Network . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Enabling/Disabling the Dell™ Mobile Broadband Card . . . . . . 70
Managing Your Network Settings Through the
Dell QuickSet Location Profiler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Dell Wi-Fi Catcher™ Network Locator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Microsoft®
Windows®
Firewall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
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8 Using Multimedia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Playing Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Copying Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
How to Copy Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Using Blank Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Helpful Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Adjusting the Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Adjusting the Picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Microsoft® Windows® XP Operating System. . . . . . . . . . . 79
Microsoft Windows Vista® Operating System . . . . . . . . . . 79
9 Using Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Card Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
PC Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
ExpressCards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Smart Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Card Blanks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Extended Cards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Installing a PC Card or ExpressCard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
PC Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
ExpressCards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Removing a Card or Blank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
10 Securing Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Security Cable Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Smart Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
About Smart Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Installing a Smart Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
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About Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Using a Primary (or System) Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Using an Administrator Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Using a Hard Drive Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Trusted Platform Module (TPM). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Enabling the TPM Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Security Management Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Activating the Security Management Software . . . . . . . . . . 92
Using the Security Management Software . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Computer Tracking Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
If Your Computer Is Lost or Stolen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Cleaning Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Computer, Keyboard, and Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Touch Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Floppy Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
CDs and DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
11 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Diagnostic Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Diagnostic Light Codes During POST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Dell™ Technical Update Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Dell Diagnostics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
When to Use the Dell Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Starting the Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive. . . . . . . 102
Starting the Dell Diagnostics from the
Drivers and Utilities Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Dell Diagnostics Main Menu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Dell Support Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Accessing the Dell Support Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
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Clicking the Dell Support Icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Double-Clicking the Dell Support Icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Drive Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Media drive problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
If you cannot eject the CD, CD-RW, DVD, or DVD+RW drive tray 107
If you hear an unfamiliar scraping or grinding sound . . . . . . 108
Hard drive problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
IEEE 1394 Device Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Keyboard Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
External Keyboard problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Unexpected characters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Lockups and Software Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
The computer does not start up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
The computer stops responding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
A program stops responding or crashes repeatedly . . . . . . 117
A program is designed for an earlier
Microsoft®
Windows®
operating system . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
A solid blue screen appears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Other software problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Memory Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Network Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Mobile Broadband (Wireless Wide Area Network) . . . . . . . 120
PC Card Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Power Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Ensuring Sufficient Power for Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . 123
Docking Power Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
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Printer Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
Scanner Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
Sound and Speaker Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
No sound from integrated speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
No sound from external speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
No sound from headphones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
Touch Pad or Mouse Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
Video and Display Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
If the display is blank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
If the display is difficult to read . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
If only part of the display is readable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
12 Intel®
Active Management Technology . . . . . . . 131
13 System Setup Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Viewing the System Setup Screens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
System Setup Screens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Commonly Used Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Changing the Boot Sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Changing Printer Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Changing COM Ports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
14 Reinstalling Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
What Is a Driver?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Identifying Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
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Using the Hardware Troubleshooter Tool. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Microsoft Windows XP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Microsoft Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Restoring Your Operating System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Using Microsoft®
Windows®
System Restore. . . . . . . . . . 145
Using the Operating System Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
15 Adding and Replacing Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Before You Begin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Recommended Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Turning Off Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Before Working Inside Your Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
Hinge Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Keyboard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Internal Card With Bluetooth® Wireless Technology . . . . . . . . 154
Coin-Cell Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Mobile Broadband Card. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Media Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Removing Media Bay Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
FCM (Flash Cache Module) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
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16 Dell™ QuickSet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
17 Traveling With Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Identifying Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Packing the Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Travel Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Traveling by Air. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
18 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
19 Getting Help. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Obtaining Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Technical Support and Customer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
DellConnect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Online Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
AutoTech Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Automated Order-Status Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Problems With Your Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Product Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Before You Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Contacting Dell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
20 Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
FCC Notice (U.S. Only). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
FCC Class B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
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Macrovision Product Notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
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Finding Information 13
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
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14 Finding Information
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 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 140) or to run the Dell Diagnostics
(see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 101).
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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Finding Information 15
• 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
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here
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16 Finding Information
• 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.
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here
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Finding Information 17
• 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.
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here
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18 Finding Information
• 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 XP
• 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.
• 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 177.
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here
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• 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 147).
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.
• Intel®
Active Management Technology
(iAMT) features and management
Systems Management Administrator’s
Guide
NOTE: iAMT is available for Dell™
Latitude™ D630c computers with iAMT
capability only.
To view the Systems Management
Administrator’s Guide, go to
support.dell.com.
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here
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About Your Computer
Front View
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22 About Your Computer
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 touch pad buttons/track stick
buttons
9 track stick 10 keyboard status lights
11 volume control buttons 12 ambient light sensor
13 mute button
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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.
DISPLAY — For more information about your display, see "Using the Display" on
page 55.
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 49.
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 26 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:
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 92.
AMBIENT LIGHT SENSOR — Detects available environmental light and automatically
increases or decreases the display backlighting to compensate for low-light and high-
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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light environments. Press the <Fn> and left-arrow keys to enable or disable the sensor
("Using the Ambient Light Sensor" on page 55).
NOTE: The ambient light sensor is disabled when your computer is connected to
AC power.
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 85).
1 security cable slot 2 air vents
3 audio connectors (2) 4 smart card slot (with blank)
5 1394 connector 6 wireless switch
7 Wi-Fi Catcher™ light 8 PC Card slot
9 hard drive
1 2 3 6
5 7 8
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AUDIO CONNECTORS
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 81.
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 71).
Attach headphones or speakers to the connector.
Attach a microphone to the connector.
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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
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 81).
NOTE: Your computer does not have an ExpressCard slot. To use an ExpressCard,
use an adapter for the PC Card slot.
HARD DRIVE — Stores software and data.
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 71)
4 Wi-Fi Catcher light
1 2 3 4
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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 73).
DEVICE LATCH RELEASE — Press the latch release to eject any device installed in the
media bay.
USB CONNECTORS
Back View
1 optical drive in media bay 2 media-bay device latch release
3 USB connectors (2)
Connect USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, or printer.
1 2 3
1 2 6
3 4 7
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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.
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.
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
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.
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MODEM CONNECTOR (RJ-11)
USB CONNECTORS
SERIAL CONNECTOR
VIDEO CONNECTOR
AC ADAPTER CONNECTOR
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 13).
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.
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Bottom View
BATTERY CHARGE GAUGE/HEALTH GAUGE — Provides information on the battery
charge (see "Checking the Battery Charge" on page 42).
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 41).
BATTERY-BAY LATCH RELEASES — Releases the battery (see "Replacing the Battery"
on page 47 for instructions).
1 battery charge gauge/health gauge 2 battery
3 battery-bay latch releases (2) 4 device locking screw (if present)
5 memory module cover 6 docking-device connector
7 air vents 8 hard drive
9 device locking screw
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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 157)
AIR VENTS — The computer uses an internal fan to create airflow through the fan
air vents, which prevents the computer from overheating.
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Transferring Information to a New
Computer
You can use your operating system wizards to help you transfer files and other
data from one computer another. For instructions, see the following section that
corresponds to the operating system your computer is running.
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 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, serial connection,
or on removable media such as a writable CD.
NOTE: You can transfer information from the old computer to the new 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.
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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:
1 Start the 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 old computer:
1 On the old 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.
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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 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 new computer with Windows XP and perform
the following steps:
1 Click Start→ 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.
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 old computer.
To copy data from the old computer:
1 On the old computer, insert the wizard disk.
2 Click the Start→ Run.
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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 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 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.
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Microsoft Windows Vista®
Easy Transfer Cable for Windows Vista
1 Insert the Easy Transfer Cable for Windows Vista Application Software
media into the computer you are transferring data from.
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 you are transferring data from, follow the on-screen
instructions to select the settings and files you want to transfer.
6 You will come to a screen that indicates 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.
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9 Select Yes.
The computer reboots and the transfer is complete.
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Using a Battery 41
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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 46).
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.
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• 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 46 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 before you insert the battery into the
computer. You can also set power management options to alert you when the
battery charge is low.
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.
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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).
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 43 for more
information about the battery operating time.
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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 46 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 45.
• 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 46 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.
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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>.
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 84), 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.
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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 122.
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.
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2 Ensure that the computer is turned off.
3 Slide the two 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.
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 47) before you use
it.
Battery Errors
To address error codes generated by the battery, refer to "Error Messages" on
page 110.
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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
System Functions
Battery
Display Functions
Power Management
<Ctrl><Shift><Esc> Opens the Task Manager window.
<Fn><F3> Displays the Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter (see "Dell™
QuickSet Battery Meter" on page 42).
<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 46).
<Fn><F1> Puts the computer into hibernate mode. Dell
QuickSet is required (see "Dell™ QuickSet"
on page 177).
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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
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.

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