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Dell™ Inspiron™ 4100
A Tour of Your Computer
Using the Dell™ Diagnostics
System Setup Program
Ports and Connector Pin-Outs
Removing and Replacing Parts
Hints, Notices, and Cautions
HINT: A HINT 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 potenti
Back to Contents Page Using the Dell™ Diagnostics Dell™ Inspiron™ 4100 When to Use the Dell Diagnostics Features of the Dell Diagnostics Starting the Dell Diagnostics Advanced Testing Confirming the System Configuration Information When to Use the Dell Diagnostics Whenever a major component or device in your computer does not function properly, you may have a component failure. If you are experiencing a problem with your computer, Dell recommends that you perform the chec
9. When you have completed running diagnostics, remove the Drivers and Utilities CD. 10. When the computer restarts, press as soon as the Dell logo screen appears, and before the Microsoft Windows logo screen appears. 11. In the system setup program, press until you locate the page with the Boot menu. 12. Reset the boot sequence so that the device noted in step 6 boots first. 13. Press to exit the system setup program and restart Microsoft Windows. 14. Remove the CD
Help Description Category Menu Provides descriptions of the main menu screen area, the device groups, and the different diagnostic menus and commands and instructions on how to use them. Keys Explains the functions of all the keystrokes that can be used in the Dell Diagnostics. Device Describes the test group that is presently highlighted in the Device Groups list on the main menu screen. It also provides reasoning for using group some tests. Device Describes the function and purpose of
Back to Contents Page Ports and Connector Pin-Outs Dell™ Inspiron™ 4100 Port Locations Serial Connector Parallel Connector Docking Connector PS/2 Connector USB Connector Video Connector S-Video TV-Out Connector Port Locations 1 air intake 6 PS/2 connector 2 serial connector 7 USB connector 3 parallel connector 8 video connector 4 docking connector 9 AC adapter connector 5 air vent Serial Connector Use the 9-pin serial connector to attach a serial
Parallel Connector Use the 25-hole parallel connector to attach a parallel device to the computer. The parallel connector is used primarily for printers. The parallel connector transmits data in parallel format, where 8 data bits (one byte) are sent simultaneously over eight separate lines. The parallel connector can also be configured for compatibility with the PS/2 standard. Support for the EPP feature improves network adapter performance (adapters connect to the computer's parallel connec
6 PD4 56 USB_VD1- 106 DOCK_SD/MODE 156 SAD2 7 PD5 57 GND 107 D_IRTX 157 SAD3 8 PD6 58 USB_VD2+ 108 D_IRRX 158 SAD4 9 PD7 59 USB_VD2- 109 GND 159 SAD5 10 GND 60 DOCKOC1# 110 SPIRQB# 160 SAD6 11 DOC_SPKR 61 RUN_ON# 111 SPIRQC# 161 GND 12 DOCK_MIC 62 GND 112 DAT_DDC2 162 SAD7 13 DOCK_LINE 63 NC 113 CLK_DDC2 163 SAD8 14 DOCK_CDROM 64 DOCK_SCLK 114 SPAR 164 SC/BE0# 15 GND 65 DOCK_LRCK 115 SPME# 165 SAD9 16 M_SEN# 66 DOCK_MCLK 116 GND 166 SAD10 17 POWER_SW# 67 GND 117 SSERR# 167 SAD11 18 Q
Pin Signal I/O Definition 1 EXK_MSDATA I/O External keyboard/keypad/mouse data 2 KBD_DATA I Keyboard data 3 GND N/A Signal ground 4 EXK_MSPWR N/A External keyboard/keypad/mouse supply voltage 5 EXK_MSCLK I/O External keyboard/keypad/mouse clock 6 KBD_CLK I Keyboard clock Shell N/A N/A Chassis ground USB Connector Use the USB connector to attach one or more USB devices, such as a mouse, to the computer. USB is a peripheral standard that enables automatic detection of USB-compliant
1 RED O Red video 2 GREEN O Green video 3 BLUE O Blue video 4 DDC2_MONID2 I Monitor detect ID2 5 GND N/A Signal ground 6 GND N/A Signal ground 7 GND N/A Signal ground 8 GND N/A Signal ground 9 CRTVCC O 5-V power source for CRT 10 GND N/A Signal ground 11 M-SEN# I Digital monitor sense/monitor detect ID1 12 DDC_DATA I Monitor detect serial data 13 HSYNC O Horizontal synchronization 14 VSYNC O Vertical synchronization 15 DDC_CLK 1 Monitor Detect serial clock Shell N/A N/A Frame grou
Back to Contents Page Conserving Power Dell™ Inspiron™ 4100 Conservation Tips Power Conservation Modes Power Options Properties Conservation Tips l You automatically conserve battery power each time you attach your computer to an electrical outlet. When the AC adapter is attached, the battery is charged while the computer uses AC power. Your battery's life expectancy is largely determined by the number of times it is charged, so use an AC power source to run the computer if on
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel. 2. Click the Power Options icon. Power Schemes Tab The Power schemes pull-down menu displays the selected preset power scheme: l Portable/Laptop (default) l Home/Office l Always On l Presentation (Windows XP and Windows 2000 only) l Minimal Power Management (Windows XP and Windows 2000 only) l Max Battery (Windows XP and Windows 2000 only) HINT: Dell recommends that you continue to use the P
Power Meter Tab The Power Meter tab displays the current power source and amount of battery charge remaining. Advanced Tab The Advanced tab allows you to: l Set icon and standby password options. l Program the following functions: ¡ Activate standby mode. ¡ Activate hibernate mode. ¡ Shut down Windows and turn off the computer. ¡ No action (None).
HINT: If you are going to connect your computer to a docking device, click None when you program the display-close option. This setting ensures that your computer does not enter standby mode or hibernate mode when you close (lower) the display. To program these functions, click an option from the corresponding pull-down menu, and then click OK. Hibernate Tab The Hibernate tab lets you enable hibernate mode by clicking the Enable hibernate support check box. HINT: Windows XP autom
To change the Intel SpeedStep options, click the Advanced button and then click one of the following options. HINT: If you disable Intel SpeedStep, the processor operates at its minimum speed. l Disable Intel SpeedStep technology control. l Remove flag icon. l Disable audio notification when performance changes. Click Apply to accept any changes, and then click OK to close the Intel SpeedStep technology window. Back to Contents Page
Back to Contents Page Removing and Replacing Parts Dell™ Inspiron™ 4100 Preparing to Work Inside the Computer Keyboard Assembly Recommended Tools Display Assembly Screw Identification Display Latch System Components Hinge Covers Palm Rest Inserts Palm Rest Display Cover Microprocessor Thermal Cooling Assembly Hard Drive Assembly Microprocessor Module Adding a Daughter Card Modem Flashing the BIOS Module Bay Devices Reserve Battery Memory Module
1 back 2 right 3 front 4 left Screw Identification When you are removing and replacing components, photocopy the placemat as a tool to lay out and keep track of the screws. The placemat provides the number of screws and their sizes. NOTICE: When reinstalling a screw, you must use a screw of the correct diameter and length. Make sure that the screw is properly aligned with its corresponding hole, and avoid over tightening. Hard Drive Door: Keyboard to Bottom Case: (1 each) (
(5 each) (4 each) Palm Rest to Hybrid Cooling Fan: Bottom Case: (2 each) (1 each) (5 each) (3 each) System Board to Bottom Case: Modem to System Board: (10 each) (2 each) Display Latch: (2 each) (2 each) System Components Exploded View NOTICE: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. NOTICE: Unless otherwise noted, eac
1 top cover display assembly 9 bottom case assembly 2 center control cover 10 memory module cover 3 thermal cooling assembly 11 module bay device 4 hybrid cooling fan 12 main battery 5 microprocessor module 13 hard drive 6 system board 14 left speaker/antenna assembly 7 right speaker/antenna assembly 15 palm rest assembly 8 fan guard 16 keyboard Palm Rest Inserts 1. Save and close any open files, exit any open programs, and shut down the computer. 2. If the computer is connecte
8. To replace the palm rests, insert the tabs on the inside edge of the palm rest into the slots on the computer. Then press along the outside edges of the palm rest until it snaps into place. Repeat the process on each side. Display Cover 1. Slide your index fingers under the straight edge of the display cover until the cover pops out. 2. Slide the display cover towards the back of the computer. 3. Use your fingers to release the cover completely, and remove it. 4
1 bottom of computer 2 M3 x 5-mm screw 3 hard drive door 4. Lift up the hard drive door until you hear a click. 5. Slide the hard drive out of the computer. Replacing the Hard Drive NOTICE: Use firm and even pressure to slide the hard drive into place. If you force the hard drive into place using excessive force, you may damage the connector. 1. Lift up the hard drive door until you hear a click. Push the hard drive into the drive bay until it is fully seated in the bay.