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New Page 1 Dell™ Inspiron™ 4100 A Tour of Your Computer Conserving Power System Specifications Solving Problems 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
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A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 Back to Contents Page A Tour of Your Computer Dell™ Inspiron™ 4100 Front View Left Side View Right Side View Back View Bottom View Front View CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air vents. Doing so can damage the computer or cause a fire. file:///I|/SERVICE%20MANUALS/DELL%20MANUALS/LA...d%20ok/Inspiron/4100/4100_SERVICE_MAN/tour.htm (1 of 16)6/21/2004 1:02:12 AM
A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 1 display latch 8 display latch button 2 display 9 battery bay 3 keyboard status lights 10 touch pad/track stick buttons 4 microphone 11 keyboard 5 device status lights 12 track stick 6 touch pad 13 power button 7 module bay 14 AccessDirect button file:///I|/SERVICE%20MANUALS/DELL%20MANUALS/LA...d%20ok/Inspiron/4100/4100_SERVICE_MAN/tour.htm (2 of 16)6/21/2004 1:02:12 AM
A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 Display Latch This latch keeps the display closed. Display The computer has a color LCD. Keyboard Status Lights The green lights located above the keyboard indicate the following: Keyboard Status Lights 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 file:///I|/SERVICE%20MANUALS/DELL%20MANUALS/LA...d%20ok/Inspiron/4100/4100_SERVICE_MAN/tour.
A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 Microphone Record audio with the internal microphone. Device Status Lights ● The light turns on when the computer is turned on. ● The light turns on when the computer reads or writes data. ● The light turns on steadily or blinks when the computer is in a power management mode. It also blinks to indicate battery charge status. If the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, the light operates as follows: ❍ Flashing green:
A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 ❍ Solid orange: The battery charge is critically low. NOTICE: To avoid data loss, never turn off the computer while the light is flashing. Touch Pad Use the touch pad and touch pad buttons as you would use a mouse. Module Bay You can install devices such as a CD drive, a DVD drive, a CD-RW drive, a second hard drive, a second battery, or a Dell TravelLite™ travel module in the module bay. For more information, see "About the Module Bay" in t
A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 HINT: To turn off your computer, perform a Windows shutdown. If the computer stops responding, press and hold the power button until the computer turns off completely (which may take several seconds). Dell™ AccessDirect™ Button This button allows you to launch a frequently used program, such as your default Internet browser. Left Side View 1 PC Card slot 3 security cable slot file:///I|/SERVICE%20MANUALS/DELL%20MANUALS/LA...d%20ok/Inspiron/4100/4
A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 2 hard drive 4 speaker (one of two) PC Card Slot The PC Card slot has two connectors that support various types of PC Cards (also referred to as PCMCIA cards), including modems and network adapters. Hard Drive The hard drive reads and writes data on a hard disk. Security Cable Slot This slot allows you to attach a commercially available antitheft device to the computer. Instructions for installing antitheft devices are usually included with the
A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 Right Side View CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air vents. Doing so can damage the computer or cause a fire. 1 speaker (one of two) 5 network connector 2 infrared sensor 6 S-video TV-out connector 3 audio connectors 7 air vent 4 modem connector Infrared Sensor file:///I|/SERVICE%20MANUALS/DELL%20MANUALS/LA...d%20ok/Inspiron/4100/4100_SERVICE_MAN/tour.htm (8 of 16)6/21/2004 1:02:12 AM
A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 The infrared sensor lets you transfer files from your computer to another infrared-compatible device without using cable connections. Audio Connectors Attach headphones or speakers to the connector. Attach a microphone to the connector. file:///I|/SERVICE%20MANUALS/DELL%20MANUALS/LA...d%20ok/Inspiron/4100/4100_SERVICE_MAN/tour.htm (9 of 16)6/21/2004 1:02:12 AM
A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 Modem Connector To use your computer's internal modem, connect the telephone cable to the modem connector. For information on using the modem, see the online modem documentation supplied with your computer. Network Connector To use your computer's integrated network adapter, use this connector to connect the computer to a network. NOTICE: The network connector is slightly larger than the modem connector. Do not plug a telephone cable into the
A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 Air Vent HINT: The computer turns on the fans only when the computer gets hot. They may run most of the time or very seldom, depending on your use of the computer. Because the fans spin at a high rate of speed, they may make a noise. This noise is normal and does not indicate a problem with the fans or the computer. The computer uses an internal fan to create airflow through the vents, which prevents the computer from overheating. CAUTION: Do
A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 1 air intake 6 PS/2 connector 2 serial connector 7 USB connector 3 parallel connector 8 video monitor connector 4 docking connector 9 AC adapter connector 5 air vent Serial Connector Use this connector to attach serial devices, such as a mouse or a handheld device. Parallel Connector Use this connector to attach a parallel device, such as a printer. You can also attach a floppy drive to this connector with the optional parallel connector ca
A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 Use this connector to attach the optional docking device, also called an advanced port replicator (APR). A docking device, or APR, allows you to easily use external devices with your computer, such as an external keyboard, mouse, or monitor. See the documentation that came with your docking device for additional information. PS/2 Connector HINT: You can use the integrated keyboard and an external keyboard at the same time. When you attach a key
A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 AC Adapter Connector This connector attaches an AC adapter to the computer. The AC adapter converts AC power to the DC power required by the computer. You can connect the AC adapter with your computer turned either on or off. 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 electri
A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 1 air intake 4 memory module and Mini PCI card 2 module release latch 5 battery release latch 3 docking device latch Module Release Latch Press the latch to remove a device in the module bay. Docking Device Latch This latch connects the computer to an optional docking device. Memory Module and Mini PCI Card For instructions on removing and installing memory modules and the optional Mini PCI card, see "Replacing Parts" in the Solutions Guide.
A Tour of Your Computer: Dell Inspiron 4100 Battery Release Latch Press the latch to remove a battery from the battery bay. Back to Contents Page file:///I|/SERVICE%20MANUALS/DELL%20MANUALS/LA...d%20ok/Inspiron/4100/4100_SERVICE_MAN/tour.htm (16 of 16)6/21/2004 1:02:12 AM
Conserving Power: Dell Inspiron 4100 Back to Contents Page Conserving Power Dell™ Inspiron™ 4100 Conservation Tips Power Conservation Modes Power Options Properties Conservation Tips ● 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 powe