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  • Brand: Dell
  • Product: Laptop
  • Model/name: Vostro 1500
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English, Dutch

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w w w. d e l l . c o m | s u p p o r t . d e l l . c o m
Dell™ Vostro™ 1500 Owner’s Manual
Model PP22L
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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.
____________________
Information in this document is subject to change without notice.
© 2007 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly
forbidden.
Trademarks used in this text: Dell, the DELL logo, Vostro, Wi-Fi Catcher, and Dell MediaDirect are
trademarks of Dell Inc.; Intel is a registered trademark and Core is a trademark of Intel Corporation;
Microsoft, Windows, Outlook, Windows XP and Windows Vista are either trademarks or registered
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; ENERGY STAR
is a registeredtrademarkof the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency.Asan 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 PP22L
November 2007 P/N TT979 Rev. A02
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Contents
1 Finding Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
2 About Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Determining Your Computer’s Configuration . . . . . . 21
Front View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Left Side View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Right Side View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Back View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Bottom View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
3 Setting Up Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Connecting to the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Setting Up Your Internet Connection . . . . . . . . 38
Transferring Information to a New Computer . . . . . 39
Microsoft Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Microsoft Windows Vista™ . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Setting Up a Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Printer Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Connecting a USB Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Power Protection Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
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Surge Protectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Line Conditioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Uninterruptible Power Supplies . . . . . . . . . . 46
4 Using the Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Adjusting Brightness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Using a Projector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Making Images and Text Look Bigger or Sharper . . . 47
Microsoft®
Windows®
XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Windows Vista™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Using Both a Monitor and Your Computer Display . . . 49
Microsoft Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Setting Display Resolution and Refresh Rate . . . . . . 50
Microsoft Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
5 Using the Keyboard and Touch Pad . . . . 53
Numeric Keypad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Key Combinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
System Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Display Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Power Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Microsoft®
Windows®
Logo Key Functions . . . . 55
Dell™ QuickSet Key Combinations . . . . . . . . . 55
Adjusting Keyboard Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
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Touch Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Customizing the Touch Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
6 Using a Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Battery Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Checking the Battery Charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Microsoft®
Windows®
Battery Meter . . . . . . . 61
Charge Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Low-Battery Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Conserving Battery Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Power Management Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Standby and Sleep Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Hibernate Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Configuring Power Management Settings . . . . . . . 64
Accessing Power Options Properties . . . . . . . 64
Charging the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Replacing the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Storing a Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
7 Using Multimedia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Playing Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Playing Media Using Dell Travel Remote . . . . . . . . 69
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6 Contents
Copying CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) Media . . . 70
How to Copy a CD, DVD, or BD . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Using Blank CD, DVD, and BD Media . . . . . . . 71
Helpful Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Adjusting the Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Adjusting the Picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Using Dell MediaDirect™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Connecting Your Computer to a TV or
Audio Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
S-Video and Standard Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
S-Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio . . . . . . . . . 78
Composite Video and Standard Audio . . . . . . . 80
Composite Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio . . . . 82
Component Video and Standard Audio . . . . . . 84
Component Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio . . . . 87
Enabling the Display Settings for a TV . . . . . . . 90
8 Using ExpressCards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
ExpressCard Blanks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Installing an ExpressCard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Removing an ExpressCard or Blank . . . . . . . . . . . 93
9 Using the Memory Card Reader . . . . . . . 95
Memory Card Blanks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Installing a Memory Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Removing a Memory Card or Blank . . . . . . . . . . . 96
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10 Setting Up and Using Networks . . . . . . . 97
Connecting a Network or Broadband
Modem Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Setting Up a Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Wireless Local Area Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
What You Need to Establish a WLAN
Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Checking Your Wireless Network Card . . . . . . 99
Setting Up a New WLAN Using a Wireless
Router and a Broadband Modem . . . . . . . . . 100
Connecting to a WLAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Mobile Broadband (or Wireless Wide
Area Network) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
What You Need to Establish a Mobile
Broadband Network Connection . . . . . . . . . 104
Checking Your Dell Mobile Broadband Card . . . . 105
Connecting to a Mobile Broadband Network . . . 105
Enabling/Disabling the Dell Mobile
Broadband Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Dell Wi-Fi Catcher™ Network Locator . . . . . . . . . 107
11 Securing Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Security Cable Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
If Your Computer Is Lost or Stolen . . . . . . . . . . . 110
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12 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Dell Technical Update Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Dell Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Dell Support Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Dell Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Dell PC TuneUp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Dell PC Checkup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Dell Network Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
DellConnect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Drive Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Optical drive problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Hard drive problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems . . . . . . . . . 123
Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
ExpressCard Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
IEEE 1394 Device Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Keyboard Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
External Keyboard problems . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Unexpected characters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Lockups and Software Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
The computer does not start . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
The computer stops responding . . . . . . . . . . 133
A program stops responding or crashes
repeatedly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
A program is designed for an earlier
Microsoft® Windows® operating system . . . . . 134
A solid blue screen appears . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
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Dell MediaDirect problems . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Other software problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Memory Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Network Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Mobile Broadband (Wireless Wide Area
Network [WWAN]) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Power Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Printer Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Scanner Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Sound and Speaker Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
No sound from integrated speakers . . . . . . . . 141
No sound from external speakers . . . . . . . . . 141
No sound from headphones . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Remote Control Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Touch Pad or Mouse Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Video and Display Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
If the display is blank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
If the display is difficult to read . . . . . . . . . . 144
If only part of the display is readable . . . . . . . 145
Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
What Is a Driver? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Identifying Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 146
Troubleshooting Software and Hardware
Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
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10 Contents
Restoring your Microsoft Windows
Operating System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
Restoring Windows Vista® . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
Restoring Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
13 Adding and Replacing Parts . . . . . . . . . 161
Before You Begin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Recommended Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Turning Off Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Before Working Inside Your Computer . . . . . . . 162
Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Removing the Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Replacing the Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Returning a Hard Drive to Dell . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Optical Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Removing the Optical Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Hinge Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Removing the Hinge Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Replacing the Hinge Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Removing the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Replacing the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Removing the DIMM A Memory Module . . . . . . 172
Replacing the DIMM A Memory Module . . . . . 173
Removing the DIMM B Memory Module . . . . . . 175
Replacing the DIMM B Memory Module . . . . . 176
Subscriber Identity Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
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Wireless Mini-Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Removing a WLAN Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Replacing a WLAN Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Removing a Mobile Broadband or
WWAN Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Replacing a WWAN Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Removing a WPAN Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Replacing a WPAN Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Flash Cache Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Removing the FCM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Replacing the FCM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Internal Card With Bluetooth®
Wireless
Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Removing the Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Coin-Cell Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Removing the Coin-Cell Battery . . . . . . . . . . 190
14 Dell™ QuickSet Features . . . . . . . . . . . 193
15 Traveling With Your Computer . . . . . . . 195
Identifying Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Packing the Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Travel Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Traveling by Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
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12 Contents
16 Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Obtaining Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Technical Support and Customer Service . . . . . 198
DellConnect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Online Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
AutoTech Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Automated Order-Status Service . . . . . . . . . 199
Problems With Your Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Product Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit . . . . . 200
Before You Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Contacting Dell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
17 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
18 Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Using the System Setup Program . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Viewing the System Setup Screen . . . . . . . . . 216
System Setup Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
Commonly Used Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
Cleaning Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Computer, Keyboard, and Display . . . . . . . . . 218
Touch Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
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Dell Technical Support Policy (U.S. Only) . . . . . . . 220
Definition of "Dell-Installed" Software and
Peripherals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Definition of "Third-Party" Software and
Peripherals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
FCC Notice (U.S. Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
FCC Class B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Macrovision Product Notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
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Finding Information 15
1
Finding Information
NOTE: Some features may be optional and may not ship with your computer. Some
features 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
• Device documentation
• Notebook System Software (NSS)
Drivers and Utilities Media
Documentation and drivers are already
installed on your computer. You can use
the Drivers and Utilities media to
reinstall drivers (see "Reinstalling Drivers
and Utilities" on page 146) or run the
Dell Support 3 utility (see "Dell Support"
on page 118).
Readme files may be included on your
Drivers and Utilities 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.
• Warranty information
• Terms and Conditions (U.S. only)
• Safety instructions
• Regulatory information
• Ergonomics information
• End User License Agreement
Dell™ Product Information Guide
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16 Finding Information
• How to set up my computer Setup Diagram
• How to remove and replace parts
• Specifications
• How to configure system settings
• How to troubleshoot and solve
problems
Microsoft Windows XP and Windows
Vista™ Help and Support Center
1 Click Start→ Help and Support→
Dell User and System Guides→
System Guides.
2 Click the User’s Guide for your
computer.
• Service Tag and Express Service Code
• Microsoft®
Windows®
Product Key
Service Tag and Microsoft Windows
Product Key
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 "security
portal," which looks like a missing portion
of the label, to discourage removal of the
label.
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here
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Finding Information 17
• Solutions — Troubleshooting hints and
tips, articles from technicians, online
courses, and frequently asked questions
• Community — Online discussion with
other Dell customers
• Upgrades — Upgrade information for
components, such as the memory, hard
drive, and operating system
• Customer Care — Contact
information, service call and order
status, and warranty and repair
information
• Service and support — Service call
status, support history, service contract,
and online discussions with 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 on
your computer, you should also reinstall
the NSS utility. NSS automatically
detects your computer and operating
system, and installs the updates
appropriate for your configuration,
providing critical updates for your
operating system and support for Dell
3.5-inch USB floppy drives, Intel®
processors, optical drives, and USB
devices. NSS is necessary for correct
operation of your Dell computer.
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
country/region, and then click Drivers
& Downloads.
2 Enter your Service Tag or product
model, and then click Go.
3 Select your operating system and
language, and then click Find
Downloads, or under Downloads
Search, 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
• How to use Microsoft Windows XP or
Windows Vista™
• How to work with programs and files
• How to personalize my desktop
Windows Help and Support
Microsoft Windows XP:
1 Click the Start button and click Help
and Support.
2 Either select one of the topics listed, or
type a word or phrase that describes
your problem into the Search box, click
the arrow icon, and then click the topic
that describes your problem.
3 Follow the instructions on the screen.
Microsoft Windows Vista:
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button
, and then click Help and Support.
2 In Search Help, type a word or phrase
that describes your problem, and then
press <Enter> or click the magnifying
glass.
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 Dell QuickSet icon in the Windows
notification area.
For more information on Dell QuickSet,
see "Dell™ QuickSet Features" on
page 193.
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here
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Finding Information 19
• How to reinstall my operating system Operating System Media
The operating system is already installed
on your computer. To reinstall your
operating system, use one of the
following methods:
• Microsoft Windows System Restore —
Microsoft Windows System Restore
returns your computer to an earlier
operating state without affecting data
files.
• Dell PC Restore — Dell PC Restore
returns your computer to its original
operating state. Dell PC Restore may
not ship with your computer.
• Operating System Installation Media —
If you received operating system media
with your computer, you can use it to
restore your operating system.
For more information, see "Restoring
your Microsoft Windows Operating
System" on page 150.
After you reinstall your operating system,
use the 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 operating system
installation media varies according to the
operating system you ordered.
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here
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20 Finding Information
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About Your Computer 21
2
About Your Computer
Determining Your Computer’s Configuration
Based on selections that you made when purchasing your computer, your
computer has one of several different video controller configurations. To
determine your computer’s video controller configuration:
1 Access the Microsoft®
Windows®
Help and Support Center. For
instructions, see "Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista™ Help and
Support Center" on page 16.
2 Under Pick a Task, click Use Tools to view your computer information
and diagnose problems.
3 Under My Computer Information, select Hardware.
From the My Computer Information - Hardware screen, you can view the
type of video controller installed in your computer, as well as the other
hardware components.
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22 About Your Computer
Front View
1 camera indicator (optional) 2 camera (optional)
3 display latch 4 display
5 power button 6 keyboard
7 device status lights 8 touch pad
9 consumer IR sensor 10 media control buttons
11 touch pad buttons 12 Dell™ MediaDirect™ button
13 keyboard status lights 14 digital array microphones
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About Your Computer 23
CAMERA INDICATOR — Indicates that the camera is on. Based on configuration
selections you made when ordering your computer, your computer may not include a
camera.
CAMERA — Built-in camera for video capture, conferencing, and chat. Based on
configuration selections you made when ordering your computer, your computer may
not include a camera.
DISPLAY LATCH — Keeps the display closed.
DISPLAY — For more information about your display, see "Using the Display" on
page 47.
POWER BUTTON — Press the power button to turn on the computer or exit a power
management mode (see "Power Management Modes" on page 63).
NOTICE: To avoid losing data, turn off your computer by performing a Microsoft®
Windows®
operating system shutdown rather than by pressing the power button.
If the computer stops responding, press and hold the power button until the
computer turns off completely (may take several seconds).
KEYBOARD — For more information about the keyboard, see "Using the Keyboard and
Touch Pad" on page 53.
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DEVICE STATUS LIGHTS
The blue lights located to the right of the keyboard indicate the following:
Power light – Turns on when you turn on the computer, and blinks when
the computer is in a power management mode.
Hard-drive activity light – 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.
Battery status light – Turns on steadily or blinks to indicate battery charge
status.
WiFi status light – Turns on when wireless networking is enabled. To
enable or disable wireless networking, use the wireless switch (see "wireless
switch" on page 27).
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If the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, the light operates as follows:
– Solid blue: The battery is charging.
– Flashing blue: The battery is almost fully charged.
– Off: The battery is adequately charged.
If the computer is running on a battery, the light operates as follows:
– Off: The battery is adequately charged (or the computer is turned off).
– Flashing amber: The battery charge is low.
– Solid amber: The battery charge is critically low.
TOUCH PAD — Provides the functionality of a mouse (see "Touch Pad" on page 55).
TOUCH PAD BUTTONS — Use these buttons much like the buttons on a mouse when
you use the touch pad to move the cursor on the display (see "Touch Pad" on page 55).
MEDIA CONTROL BUTTONS — Control CD, DVD, and Media Player playback.
Bluetooth® status light – Turns on when an internal card with Bluetooth
wireless technology is enabled.
NOTE: The internal card with Bluetooth wireless technology is an optional
feature. The light turns on only if you ordered the card with your
computer. For more information, see the documentation that came with your
card.
To turn off only the Bluetooth wireless technology functionality, right-click
the icon in the notification area, and then click Disable Bluetooth
Radio.
To quickly enable or disable all wireless devices, use the wireless switch
(see "wireless switch" on page 27).
Mute the sound. Play the previous track.
Turn the volume down. Play the next track.
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DELL™ MEDIADIRECT™ BUTTON — Press the Dell MediaDirect button to launch
Dell MediaDirect (see "Using Dell MediaDirect™" on page 74).
KEYBOARD STATUS LIGHTS
The blue lights located above the keyboard indicate the following:
DIGITAL ARRAY MICROPHONES — Built-in microphone for conferencing and chat.
Turn the volume up. Stop.
Play or pause.
Turns on when the numeric keypad is enabled.
Turns on when the uppercase letter (caps lock) function is enabled.
Turns on when the scroll lock function is enabled.
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Left Side View
SECURITY CABLE SLOT — Lets you attach a commercially available antitheft device
to the computer (see "Security Cable Lock" on page 109).
WIRELESS SWITCH — When enabled through Dell QuickSet, this switch can scan for
a wireless local area network (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 107).
1 security cable slot 2 wireless switch
3 Dell Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator
light
4 air vents
5 audio connectors 6 ExpressCard slot
1 2 5 6
3 4
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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.
AIR VENTS — The computer uses an internal fan to create airflow through the vents,
which prevents the computer from overheating. The computer turns the fan on when
the computer gets hot. Fan noise is normal and does not indicate a problem with the
fan or the computer.
1 off Disables wireless devices.
2 on Enables wireless devices.
3 momentary Scans for WLAN networks (see "Dell Wi-Fi
Catcher™ Network Locator" on page 107).
4 Dell Wi-Fi Catcher Network
Locator light
• Flashing green: Searching for networks
• Solid green: Strong network found
• Solid yellow: Weak network found
• Flashing yellow: Error
• Off: No signal found
NOTE: The Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator light
appears only when the computer is turned off and
the wireless switch is configured in the system
setup program (BIOS) to control WiFi network
connections.
1 2 3 4
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AUDIO CONNECTORS
EXPRESSCARD SLOT — Supports one ExpressCard. The computer ships with a
plastic blank installed in the slot. For more information, see "Using ExpressCards" on
page 91.
Attach headphones to the connector.
Attach a microphone to the connector.
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Right Side View
OPTICAL DRIVE — For more information about the optical drive, see "Using
Multimedia" on page 67.
EJECT BUTTON — Press the eject button to open the optical drive.
8-IN-1 MEMORY CARD READER — Provides a fast and convenient way to view and
share digital photos, music, and videos stored on a memory card. The computer ships
with a plastic blank installed in the slot. The 8-in-1 memory card reader reads the
following digital memory cards:
• Secure Digital (SD) memory card
• SDIO card
• MultiMediaCard (MMC)
• Memory Stick
• Memory Stick PRO
• xD-Picture Card
• Hi Speed-SD
• Hi Density-SD
IEEE 1394 CONNECTOR — Connects devices supporting IEEE 1394 high-speed
transfer rates, such as some digital video cameras.
1 battery status light 2 hard-drive activity light
3 power light 4 optical drive
5 eject button 6 8-in-1 memory card reader
7 IEEE 1394 connector 8 video connector (VGA)
9 network connector (RJ-45) 10 USB connectors (2)
4 6 7 9 10
8
5
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VIDEO CONNECTOR
NETWORK CONNECTOR (RJ-45)
USB CONNECTORS
Back View
Connects video devices, such as a monitor.
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 USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, or
printer.
1 S-video TV-out connector 2 USB connectors (2)
3 AC adapter connector 4 battery
5 modem connector (RJ-11)
1 2 3 5
4
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S-VIDEO TV-OUT CONNECTOR
USB CONNECTORS
AC ADAPTER CONNECTOR — Attaches an AC adapter to the computer. The AC
adapter converts AC power to the DC power required by the computer. You can
connect the AC adapter with your computer turned on or off.
NOTE: If your computer has the discrete video configuration, you must use the
90 W AC adapter that is shipped with your computer. Using the incorrect AC
adapter will prevent optimal system performance and produce a BIOS warning.
NOTE: Ensure the power cord is firmly attached to the AC adapter. A green LED
light on the AC adapter indicates a proper connection.
Connects your computer to a TV. Also connects digital
audio-capable devices using the TV/digital audio
adapter cable.
Connect USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, or
printer.
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CAUTION: The AC adapter works with electrical outlets worldwide. However,
power connectors and power strips vary among countries. Using an incompatible
cable or improperly connecting the cable to the power strip or electrical outlet
may cause fire or equipment damage.
NOTICE: When you disconnect the AC adapter cable from the computer, grasp the
connector, not the cable itself, and pull firmly, but gently to help prevent damage to
the cable.
MODEM CONNECTOR (RJ-11)
Connect the telephone line to the modem connector.
For information on using the modem, see the online
modem documentation supplied with your computer.
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Bottom View
LEFT SPEAKER — To adjust the volume of the integrated speaker, press the volume
control buttons or the mute button.
MEMORY MODULE/COIN-CELL BATTERY COVER — Covers the DIMM B memory
module and the coin-cell battery. For additional information, see "Adding and
Replacing Parts" on page 161.
1 left speaker 2 memory module/coin-cell battery
cover
3 consumer IR sensor 4 right speaker
5 wireless Mini-Card cover 6 battery
7 battery charge/health gauge 8 battery release latches (2)
9 fan 10 hard drive
2 3 4
10
7
1
6
8
9
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CONSUMER IR SENSOR — Receives the signal from the Dell travel remote controller
for basic multimedia navigation control.
RIGHT SPEAKER — To adjust the volume of the integrated speaker, press the volume
control buttons or the mute button.
WIRELESS MINI-CARD COVER — Covers wireless Mini-Cards (WLAN, WWAN, or
WPAN), or a Flash Cache Module (FCM) (see "Wireless Mini-Cards" on page 179
and "Flash Cache Module" on page 187).
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 59).
BATTERY CHARGE/HEALTH GAUGE — Provides information on the battery charge (see
"Checking the Battery Charge" on page 60).
BATTERY RELEASE LATCHES — Releases the battery (see "Replacing the Battery" on
page 65 for instructions).
FAN — The computer uses a fan to create airflow through the vents, which prevents
the computer from overheating. The computer turns the fan on when the computer
gets hot. Fan noise is normal and does not indicate a problem with the fan or the
computer.
HARD DRIVE — Stores software and data.
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Setting Up Your Computer
Connecting to the Internet
NOTE: ISPs and ISP offerings vary by country.
To connect to the Internet, you need a modem or network connection and an
Internet service provider (ISP). Your ISP will offer one or more of the
following Internet connection options:
• DSL connections that provide high-speed Internet access through your
existing telephone line or cellular telephone service. With a DSL
connection, you can access the Internet and use your telephone on the
same line simultaneously.
• Cable modem connections that provide high-speed Internet access
through your local cable TV line.
• Satellite modem connections that provide high-speed Internet access
through a satellite television system.
• Dial-up connections that provide Internet access through a telephone line.
Dial-up connections are considerably slower than DSL, cable, and satellite
modem connections.
• Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) or Mobile Broadband technology
provides a connection to the Internet using cellular technology at
broadband rates.
• Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) connections use high-frequency
radio waves to communicate. Typically, a wireless router is connected to
the broadband cable or DSL modem that broadcasts the Internet signal to
your computer.
If you are using a dial-up connection, connect a telephone line to the modem
connector on your computer and to the telephone wall connector before you
set up your Internet connection. If you are using a DSL, cable, or satellite
modem connection, contact your ISP or cellular telephone service for setup
instructions.
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Setting Up Your Internet Connection
To set up an Internet connection with a provided ISP desktop shortcut:
1 Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.
2 Double-click the ISP icon on the Microsoft®
Windows®
desktop.
3 Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
If you do not have an ISP icon on your desktop or if you want to set up an
Internet connection with a different ISP
, perform the steps in the following
section that corresponds to the operating system your computer is using.
NOTE: If you are having problems connecting to the Internet, see "E-Mail, Modem,
and Internet Problems" on page 123. If you cannot connect to the Internet but have
successfully connected in the past, the ISP might have a service outage. Contact
your ISP to check the service status, or try connecting again later.
Windows XP®
1 Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.
2 Click Start→ Internet Explorer.
The New Connection Wizard appears.
3 Click Connect to the Internet.
4 In the next window, click the appropriate option:
• If you do not have an ISP and want to select one, click Choose from a
list of Internet service providers (ISPs).
• If you have already obtained setup information from your ISP but you
did not receive a setup CD, click Set up my connection manually.
• If you have a CD, click Use the CD I got from an ISP
.
5 Click Next.
If you selected Set up my connection manually, continue to step 6.
Otherwise, follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
NOTE: If you do not know which type of connection to select, contact your ISP.
6 Click the appropriate option under How do you want to connect to the
Internet?, and then click Next.
7 Use the setup information provided by your ISP to complete the setup.
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Windows Vista®
NOTE: Have your ISP information ready. If you do not have an ISP, the Connect to
the Internet wizard can help you get one.
1 Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs.
2 Click the Windows Vista Start button , and click Control Panel
3 Under Network and Internet, click Connect to the Internet.
The Connect to the Internet window appears.
4 Click either Broadband (PPPoE) or Dial-up, depending on how you want
to connect:
• Choose Broadband if you will use a DSL, satellite modem, cable TV
modem, or Bluetooth wireless technology connection.
• Chose Dial-up if you will use a dial-up modem or ISDN.
NOTE: If you do not know which type of connection to select, click Help me choose
or contact your ISP. Follow the instructions on the screen and use the setup
information provided by your ISP to complete the setup.
Transferring Information to a New Computer
You can use your operating system "wizards" to help you transfer files and
other data from one computer to another—for example, from an old
computer to a new computer. For instructions, see the following section that
corresponds to the operating system that 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 or serial
connection, or you can store it on removable media, such as a writable CD,
for transfer to the new computer.
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NOTE: You can transfer information from an old computer to a 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 Article #305621, titled How to Set Up a Direct Cable
Connection Between Two Computers in Windows XP. This information may not be
available in certain 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 certain computers.
To prepare a new computer for the file transfer:
1 Open the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard: 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.
4 On the Do you have a Windows XP CD? screen, click I will use the wizard
from the Windows XP CD→ 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→ Next.
4 On the Which computer is this? screen, click Old Computer→ Next.
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5 On the Select a transfer method screen, click the transfer method you
prefer.
6 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.
7 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 Open the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard: 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.
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.
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6 When the disk creation completes and the Now go to your old
computer message appears, do not click Next.
7 Go to the old computer.
To copy data from the old computer:
1 On the old computer, insert the wizard disk.
2 Click 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 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 #154781 (What Are The Different Methods To Transfer Files From My Old
Computer To My New Dell™ Computer Using the Microsoft®
Windows®
XP
Operating System?).
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NOTE: Access to the Dell™ Knowledge Base document may not be available in
certain 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.
Follow the instructions provided on the screen by the Windows Easy Transfer
wizard.
Setting Up a Printer
NOTICE: Complete the operating system setup before you connect a printer to the
computer.
See the documentation that came with the printer for setup information,
including how to:
• Obtain and install updated drivers.
• Connect the printer to the computer.
• Load paper and install the toner or ink cartridge.
For technical assistance, refer to the printer owner's manual or contact the
printer manufacturer.
Printer Cable
Your printer connects to your computer with a USB cable. Your printer may
not come with a printer cable, so if you purchase a cable separately, ensure
that it is compatible with your printer and computer. If you purchased a
printer cable at the same time you purchased your computer, the cable may
arrive in the computer’s shipping box.
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Connecting a USB Printer
NOTE: You can connect USB devices while the computer is turned on.
1 Complete the operating system setup if you have not already done so.
2 Attach the USB printer cable to the USB connectors on the computer and
the printer. The USB connectors fit only one way.
3 Turn on the printer, and then turn on the computer.
If the Add New Hardware Wizard window appears, click Cancel.
4 Depending on your computer’s operating system, a printer wizard may be
available to help you install the printer driver:
If your computer is running the Microsoft®
Windows®
XP operating system
and the Add New Hardware Wizard window appears, click Cancel.
1 USB connector on computer 2 USB connector on printer
3 USB printer cable
3
2
1
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If your computer is running the Windows Vista™ operating system, click the
Windows Vista Start button , and click Network→ Add a printer to
start the Add Printer Wizard.Click Add a printer to start the Add Printer
Wizard.
NOTE: To install the printer driver, see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on
page 146 and the documentation that came with your printer.
5 Click Add a local printer or Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer.
6 Follow the instructions in the Add Printer Wizard.
Power Protection Devices
Several devices are available to protect against power fluctuations and
failures:
• Surge protectors
• Line conditioners
• Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)
Surge Protectors
Surge protectors and power strips equipped with surge protection help
prevent damage to your computer from voltage spikes that can occur during
electrical storms or after power interruptions. Some surge protector
manufacturers include warranty coverage for certain types of damage.
Carefully read the device warranty when choosing a surge protector. A device
with a higher joule rating offers more protection. Compare joule ratings to
determine the relative effectiveness of different devices.
NOTICE: Most surge protectors do not protect against power fluctuations or
power interruptions caused by nearby lightning strikes. When lightning occurs in
your area, disconnect the telephone line from the telephone wall connector and
disconnect your computer from the electrical outlet.
Many surge protectors have a telephone jack for modem protection. See the
surge protector documentation for modem connection instructions.
NOTICE: Not all surge protectors offer network adapter protection. Disconnect the
network cable from the network wall connector during electrical storms.
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Line Conditioners
NOTICE: Line conditioners do not protect against power interruptions.
Line conditioners are designed to maintain AC voltage at a fairly constant
level.
Uninterruptible Power Supplies
NOTICE: Loss of power while data is being saved to the hard drive may result in
data loss or file damage.
NOTE: To ensure maximum battery operating time, connect only your computer to
a UPS. Connect other devices, such as a printer, to a separate power strip that
provides surge protection.
A UPS protects against power fluctuations and interruptions. UPS devices
contain a battery that provides temporary power to connected devices when
AC power is interrupted. The battery charges while AC power is available. See
the UPS manufacturer documentation for information on battery operating
time and to ensure that the device is approved by Underwriters Laboratories
(UL).
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Using the Display
Adjusting Brightness
When a Dell™ computer is running on battery power, you can conserve power
by setting the display brightness to the lowest comfortable level.
• 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).
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.
Using a Projector
When you start the computer with an external device attached (such as an
external monitor or projector) 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.
Making Images and Text Look Bigger or Sharper
NOTE: If you change the display resolution from the current settings, the image
may appear blurry or text may be hard to read if you change the resolution to one
not supported by your computer and display. Before you change any of the display
settings, make a note of the current settings so you can change back to the
previous settings if you need to.
You can enhance the legibility of text and change the appearance of images
on the screen by adjusting display resolution. As you increase resolution,
items appear smaller on the screen. In contrast, lower resolution causes text
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and images to appear larger and can benefit people with vision impairments.
To display a program at a specific resolution, both the video card and the
display must support the program, and the necessary video drivers must be
installed.
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.
To set the display resolution and refresh rate for your display, perform the
steps in the following section that corresponds to the operating system your
computer is using.
Microsoft®
Windows®
XP
1 Click Start→ Settings→ 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.
Windows Vista™
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button , and click Control Panel.
2 Under Appearance and Personalization, click Adjust screen resolution.
3 In the Display Settings window, under Resolution, slide the slide bar to
the left or right to decrease/increase the screen resolution.
4 Click How do I get the best display? for further instructions.
If the video resolution setting is higher than that supported by the display, the
computer enters pan mode. In pan mode, the entire video image cannot be
displayed at one time, and the taskbar that usually appears at the bottom of
the desktop may no longer be visible. To view the parts of the video image
that are not visible, you can use the touch pad or track stick to move (or pan)
the image up, down, left, and right.
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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.
Using Both a Monitor and Your Computer Display
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.
To use extended desktop mode, perform the steps in the following section
that corresponds to the operating system your computer is using.
Microsoft Windows XP
1 Connect the external monitor, TV, or projector to the computer.
2 Click Start→ Settings→ Control Panel.
3 Under Pick a category, click Appearance and Themes.
4 Under Pick a task..., click the area you want to change, or under or pick a
Control Panel icon, click Display.
5 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.
6 Click the monitor 2 icon, click the Extend my Windows desktop... check
box, and then click Apply.
7 Change Screen Area to the appropriate sizes for both displays and click
Apply.
8 If prompted to restart the computer, click Apply the new color setting
without restarting and click OK.
9 If prompted, click OK to resize your desktop.
10 If prompted, click Yes to keep the settings.
11 Click OK to close the Display Properties window.
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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.
Windows Vista
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button , and click Control Panel.
2 Under Appearance and Personalization, click Adjust screen resolution.
3 In the Display Settings window, click the monitor 2 icon, click the Extend
the desktop onto this monitor check box, and then click Apply.
4 Click OK to close the Display Settings window.
To disable extended desktop mode:
1 In the Display Settings window, click the Settings tab.
2 Click the monitor 2 icon, uncheck the Extend the desktop onto this
monitor option, and then click Apply.
Setting Display Resolution and Refresh Rate
NOTE: If you change the display resolution from the current settings, the image
may appear blurry or text may be hard to read if you change the resolution to one
not supported by your computer and display. Before you change any of the display
settings, make a note of the current settings so you can change back to the
previous settings if needed.
You can enhance the legibility of text and change the appearance of images
on the screen by adjusting display resolution. As you increase resolution,
items appear smaller on the screen. In contrast, lower resolution causes text
and images to appear larger and can benefit people with vision impairments.
To display a program at a specific resolution, both the video card and the
display must support the program, and the necessary video drivers must be
installed.
NOTE: Use only the Dell-installed video drivers, which are designed to offer the
best performance with your Dell-installed operating system.
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If you choose a resolution or color palette that is higher than the display
supports, the settings adjust automatically to the closest supported values.
To set the display resolution and refresh rate for your display, perform the
steps in the following section that corresponds to the operating system your
computer is using.
Microsoft Windows XP
1 Click Start→ Settings→ 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.
Windows Vista
1 Click the Windows Vista Start button and click Control Panel.
2 Under Appearance and Personalization, click Adjust screen resolution.
3 In the Display Settings window, under Resolution, move the slide bar to
the left or right to decrease or increase the screen resolution.
NOTE: For additional instructions, click How do I get the best display?

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