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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. ____________________ Info
Contents Finding Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Setting Up Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 About Your Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Front View. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Left Side View. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Right Side View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Finding Information NOTE: Some features or media may be optional and may not ship with your computer. Some features or media may not be available in certain countries. NOTE: Additional information may ship with your computer. What Are You Looking For? Find It Here A diagnostic program for my computer Drivers and Utilities CD (also known as ResourceCD) Drivers for my computer NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities CD may be optional and may not ship with your computer. My computer documentatio
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here ® ® Service Tag and Express Service Code Service Tag and Microsoft Windows License Microsoft Windows License Label These labels are located on the bottom of your computer. Use the Service Tag to identify your computer when you use support.dell.com or contact technical support. Enter the Express Service Code to direct your call when contacting technical support. Solutions — Troubleshooting hints and tips; articles Dell Support Website — suppo
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here How to reinstall my operating system Operating System CD NOTE: The Operating System CD 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 CD. After you reinstall your operating system, use the Drivers and Utilities CD (ResourceCD) to reinstall drivers for the devices that came with your computer. Your operating system product
3 Connect the AC adapter to the AC adapter connector on the computer and to the electrical outlet. 4 Open the computer display and press the power button to turn on the computer (see "Front View" on page 9). NOTE: It is recommended that you turn on and shut down your computer at least once before you install any cards or connect the computer to a docking device or other external device, such as a printer. 8 Quick Reference Guide
About Your Computer Front View 1 2 3 4 10 5 9 6 8 7 1 display latch release 2 display latches (2) 3 display 4 power button 5 device status lights 6 touch pad 7 speakers (2) 8 touch pad buttons 9 keyboard 10 keyboard and wireless status lights Quick Reference Guide 9
Left Side View 124 3 1 air vent 2 security cable slot 3 optical drive bay 4 optical-drive-tray eject button Right Side View 1 2 34 5 1 hard drive 2 ExpressCard slot 3 3-in-1 media memory card reader 4 audio connectors (2) 5 USB connectors (2) Back View 1 2 3 4 5 1 AC adapter connector 2 network connector (RJ-45) 3 modem connector (RJ-11) 4 USB connectors (2) 5 video connector 10 Quick Reference Guide
Bottom View 1 2 3 4 5 7 6 1 battery charge gauge 2 optical-drive locking screw 3 battery-bay latch release 4 battery 5 hard drive 6 modem/memory module cover 7 fan 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 in
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. Battery operating time varies depending on operating conditions. Operating time is significantly reduced when you perform operations incl
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 "c
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 more information about resolving problems with a battery, see your User’s Guide. Replacing the Battery CAUTION: Before performing these procedures, turn off the computer, disconnect the AC adapter
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 13) before you use it. Troubleshooting Lockups and Software Problems CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. The computer does not start up ENSURE THAT THE AC ADAPTER IS
A solid blue screen appears TURN THE COMPUTER OFF — If you are unable to get a response by pressing a key on your keyboard or moving your mouse, press and hold the power button for at least 8 to 10 seconds until the computer turns off. Then restart your computer. Other software problems CHECK THE SOFTWARE DOCUMENTATION OR CONTACT THE SOFTWARE MANUFACTURER FOR TROUBLESHOOTING INFORMATION — Ensure that the program is compatible with the operating system installed on your computer. Ensure th
Starting the Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive The Dell Diagnostics is located on a hidden diagnostic utility partition on your hard drive. NOTE: If your computer cannot display a screen image, contact Dell for technical assistance. 1 Turn on (or restart) your computer. 2 If the computer is connected to a docking device (docked), undock it. See the documentation that came with your docking device for instructions. 3 Connect the computer to an electrical outlet. 4 Run the Dell Diagnostics:
3 When the boot device list appears, highlight IDE CD-ROM Device CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive and press
Tab Function Results Displays the results of the test and any error conditions encountered. Errors Displays error conditions encountered, error codes, and the problem description. Help Describes the test and may indicate requirements for running the test. Configuration Displays your hardware configuration for the selected device. The Dell Diagnostics obtains configuration information for all devices from system setup, memory, and various internal tests, and it displays the information in t
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