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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 Glossary in your User’s Guide. ® ® If you purchased a Dell™ n Series computer, any
Contents Finding Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Setting Up Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 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 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 — support.dell.com from
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here Software upgrades and troubleshooting hints — Dell Support Utility Frequently asked questions, hot topics, and general The Dell Support Utility is an automated upgrade and health of your computing environment notification system installed on your computer. This support provides real-time health scans of your computing environment, software updates, and relevant self-support information. Access the Dell Support Utility from the icon in the taskbar. F
Setting Up Your Computer CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. 1 Unpack the accessories box. 2 Set aside the contents of the accessories box, which you will need to complete the setup of your computer. The accessories box also contains user documentation and any software or additional hardware (such as PC Cards, drives, or batteries) that you have ordered. 3 Connect the AC adapter to the AC adapter co
About Your Computer Front View 1 2 3 4 13 5 12 11 6 10 9 7 8 1 display latches (2) 6 touch pad 11 keyboard 2 display latch release 7 media control buttons 12 media button 3 display 8 speakers (2) 13 keyboard and wireless status lights 4 power button 9 touch pad buttons 5 device status lights 10 touch-pad scroll zone Quick Reference Guide 9
Left Side View 1 23 4 5 1 security cable slot 3 USB connectors (2) 5 optical-drive-tray eject button 2 air vent 4 optical drive Right Side View 1 2 3456 7 1 smart card slot 4 IEEE 1394 connector 7 air vent 2 hard drive 5 5-in-1 media memory card reader 3 ExpressCard slot 6 audio connectors (2) 10 Quick Reference Guide
Back View 1 23 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 air vent 5 USB connectors (2) 9 AC adapter connector 2 S-video TV-out connector 6 USB connectors (2) 10 air vent 3 network (RJ-45) connector 7 Digital-Video Interface (DVI) connector 4 modem (RJ-11) connector 8 video (VGA) connector Quick Reference Guide 11
Bottom View 12 3 4 5 12 6 11 7 10 9 8 1 subwoofer 5 cover for optional internal 9 docking-device connector ® card with Bluetooth wireless technology 2 battery charge/health 6 hard drive 10 memory module cover gauge 3 battery-bay latch release 7 air vent 11 air vent 4 battery 8 Mini-Card/modem cover 12 optical-drive security screw 12 Quick Reference Guide
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 battery installed at all times. One battery is supplied as standard equipment in the battery bay. NOTE: Because the battery may not be fully charged, use the AC adapter to conn
Checking the Battery Charge The Dell QuickSet Battery Meter, the Microsoft Windows Power Meter window and icon, the battery charge gauge and health gauge, and the low-battery warning provide information on the battery charge. NOTE: Dell QuickSet may not be available on your computer. Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter If Dell QuickSet is installed, press
Check the Battery Health NOTE: You can check battery health either by using the charge gauge on the battery as described below, or by using the Battery Meter in Dell QuickSet. For information about QuickSet, right-click the icon in the taskbar, and click Help. To check the battery health using the charge gauge, press and hold the status button on the battery charge gauge for at least 3 seconds. If no lights appear, the battery is in good condition, and more than 80 percent of its original
Charging the Battery NOTE: With Dell™ ExpressCharge™, when the computer is turned off, the AC adapter charges a completely discharged battery to 80 percent in about 1 hour and to 100 percent in approximately 2 hours. Charge time is longer with the computer turned on. You can leave the battery in the computer for as long as you like. The battery’s internal circuitry prevents the battery from overcharging. When you connect the computer to an electrical outlet or install a battery while the com
1 2 1 battery-bay latch release 2 battery To replace the battery, follow the removal procedure in reverse order. 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. See "Charging the Battery" on page 16. Troubleshooting Lockups and Software Problems CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the saf
A program stops responding or crashes repeatedly NOTE: Software usually includes installation instructions in its documentation or on a floppy disk or CD. END THE PROGRAM — 1 Press
BACK UP YOUR FILES IMMEDIATELY USE A VIRUS-SCANNING PROGRAM TO CHECK THE HARD DRIVE, FLOPPY DISKS, OR CDS SAVE AND CLOSE ANY OPEN FILES OR PROGRAMS AND SHUT DOWN YOUR COMPUTER THROUGH THE Start MENU 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
Starting the Dell Diagnostics From the Drivers and Utilities CD 1 Insert the Drivers and Utilities CD. 2 Shut down and restart the computer. When the DELL logo appears, press