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Dell Precision™ M70 Mobile
Quick Reference Guide
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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. Abbreviations and Acronyms For a complete list of abbreviations and acronyms, see the User’s Guide (depending on your operating system, double-click the User’s Guid
Contents Finding Information for Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Setting Up Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 About Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Front View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Left View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Right View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Back View . . . . . . . . . . . .
Finding Information for Your Computer NOTE: Some features may not be available for your computer or 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 the ResourceCD) Drivers for my computer Documentation and drivers are already My computer documentation installed on your computer when shipped from Dell. You can use the CD to reinstall My
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here How to remove and replace parts Dell Precision™ M70 User’s Guide ® ® Specifications Microsoft Windows XP Help and Support Center How to configure system settings 1 Click the Start button and click Help and Support. How to troubleshoot and solve problems 2 Click User and System Guides and click User Guides. Solutions — Troubleshooting hints and tips, Dell Support Website — support.dell.com articles from technicians, online courses, NOTE: Select yo
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here How to reinstall my operating system Operating System CD The operating system is already installed on your computer. To reinstall your operating system, use the Operating System CD. See your Dell Precision User’s Guide for instructions. After you reinstall your operating system, use the Drivers and Utilities CD to reinstall drivers for the devices that came with your computer. The operating system product key is located on your computer. NOTE: The c
NOTE: Do not connect the computer to the docking device until the computer has been turned on and shut down at least once. 8 Quick Reference Guide www.dell.com | support.dell.com
4 Open the computer display and press the power button to turn on the computer. power button About Your Computer See your online User’s Guide for detailed information about your computer. Depending on your operating system, double-click the User’s Guide icon on your desktop, or click the Start button, click Help and Support Center, and then click User and system guides. The following items address some of the more commonly asked questions about the computer. Modem and network adapter: The c
Module bay devices: For information on the module bay and the devices it supports, see "Using the Module Bay" in your online User’s Guide. Docking devices: Your computer supports the Dell D/Dock Expansion Station and the Dell D/Port Advanced Port Replicator. NOTE: Docking devices may not be available in all countries. For information on your optional docking device, see the documentation that accompanied the device. For information on obtaining optimal performance when using a docking d
Left View security processor- hard drive smart card slot PC Card slot cable slot fan air vent Right View video-fan USB 2.0 module bay audio connectors (2) air vent connectors (2) Quick Reference Guide 11
Back View 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. NOTICE: To avoid damaging the computer, wait 5 seconds after you turn off the computer before you disconnect an external device. S-video TV-out connector USB 2.0 connectors (2) serial connector modem connector (RJ-11) network
Bottom View battery battery-bay latch release Mini PCI card/modem/DIMM module cover processor-fan air vent docking device slot video-fan air vent Using a Battery Battery Performance CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the Product Information Guide. 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 op
Operating time is significantly reduced when you perform operations including, but not limited to, the following: Using CD, DVD, or other optical drives Using wireless communications devices, PC Cards, or USB devices Using high-brightness display settings, 3D screen savers, or other power-intensive programs such as 3D games Running the computer in maximum performance mode NOTE: It is recommended that you connect your computer to an electrical outlet when writing to a CD or DVD. You c
The following icons appear in the Battery Meter window: The computer or docking device is running on battery power. The battery is discharging or idle. The computer or docking device is connected to an electrical outlet and running on AC power. The battery is charging. The computer or docking device is connected to an electrical outlet and running on AC power. The battery is discharging, idle, or charging. For more information about QuickSet, right-click the icon in the taskbar, a
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. You can also turn the computer off and install a second battery in the module bay. If the battery runs completely out of power, hibernate mode begins automatically. A low-battery warning occurs when the battery charge is approximately 90 percent depleted. The computer beeps once, indicating that minimal battery operating t
Installing a Battery Ensure that the computer is turned off. Slide the battery into the bay until the latch release clicks. For information about installing the optional second battery, see your User’s Guide. 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 before you use it. Solving Problems Notebook System Software (NSS) If you reinstall the
NOTE: NSS is critical for the correct operation of USB devices, including the Dell D/Bay, D/Dock, D/Port, and D/View devices. 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 FIRMLY CONNECTED TO THE COMPUTER AND TO THE ELECTRICAL OUTLET The computer stops responding NOTICE: You might lose data if you are unable to perfor
A program is designed for an earlier Windows operating system IF YOU ARE USING WINDOWS XP, RUN THE PROGRAM COMPATIBILITY WIZARD — The Program Compatibility Wizard configures a program so it runs in an environment similar to non- Windows XP operating system environments. 1 Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Accessories, and then click Program Compatibility Wizard. 2 In the welcome screen, click Next. 3 Follow the instructions on the screen. A solid blue screen appears TURN THE COMPUT
SCAN THE COMPUTER FOR SPYWARE — If you are experiencing slow computer performance, you frequently receive pop-up advertisements, or you are having problems connecting to the Internet, your computer might be infected with spyware. Use an anti-virus program that includes anti-spyware protection (your program may require an upgrade) to scan the computer and remove spyware. For more information, go to support.dell.com and search for the keyword spyware. RUN THE DELL DIAGNOSTICS — If all tests ru