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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. ____________________ Information in this document is subject to change without notice. © 2007 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any manner whatsoever
Contents Finding Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Setting Up Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 About Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Front View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Left Side View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Right Side View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Back View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Bottom View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Using a Battery . . . . .
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 Media Drivers for my computer NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities media may be optional and may not ship with your My device documentation computer. Notebook System So
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here Warranty information Dell™ Product Information Guide Terms and Conditions (U.S. only) Safety instructions Regulatory information Ergonomics information End User License Agreement Service Tag and Express Service Code Service Tag and Microsoft Windows ® ® Product Key Microsoft Windows Product Key These labels are located on your computer. Use the Service Tag to identify your computer when you use support.dell.com or contact support. En
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here How to remove and replace parts Dell Precision™ User’s Guide Specifications Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista™ Help and Support Center How to configure system settings 1 Click Start→ Help and Support→ Dell How to troubleshoot and solve problems User and System Guides→ System Guides. 2 Click the User’s Guide for your computer. Solutions — Troubleshooting hints and Dell Support Website — support.dell.com tips, articles from technicians, on
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here Notebook System Software (NSS) — If To download Notebook System Software: you reinstall the operating system for 1 Go to support.dell.com, select your your computer, you should also reinstall country/region, and then click Drivers & the NSS utility. NSS automatically Downloads. detects your computer and operating 2 Click Select a Model or Enter a Tag, system and installs the updates make the appropriate selections or enter appropriate for your co
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here How to reinstall my operating system Operating System Media NOTE: The Operating System media 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 media (see "Restoring Your Operating System" in your User’s Guide). After you reinstall your operating system, use the Drivers and Utilities media to reinstall drivers for the devices
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 c
About Your Computer Front View 1 2 3 4 14 5 13 6 12 7 11 10 8 9 1 display latches (2) 2 display latch release button 3display 4power button 5 device status lights 6 biometric reader (optional) 7 touch pad 8 media control buttons 9 speakers (2) 10 touch pad buttons 11 touch pad scroll zone 12 keyboard 13 QuickSet/battery conservation button 14 keyboard and wireless status lights Quick Reference Guide 11
Left Side View 1 23 4 5 1 security cable slot 2 air vent 3 USB connectors (2) 4 optical drive 5 optical-drive-tray eject button Right Side View 1 2 3456 7 1 smart card slot 2 hard drive 3 ExpressCard slot 4 IEEE 1394 connector 5 5-in-1 media memory card reader 6 audio connectors (2) 7 air vent 12 Quick Reference Guide
Back View 1 23 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 air vent 2 S-video TV-out connector 3 network (RJ-45) connector 4 modem (RJ-11) connector 5 USB connectors (2) 6 USB connectors (2) 7 Digital Video Interface (DVI) connector 8 video (VGA) connector 9 AC adapter connector 10 air vent Quick Reference Guide 13
Bottom View 12 3 4 5 12 6 11 7 10 9 8 1 battery charge/health gauge 2 battery release latch 3 battery 4 strike zone 5 cover for optional internal card with 6 hard drive ® Bluetooth wireless technology 7 air vent 8 mini card/modem cover 9 docking device connector 10 memory module cover 11 air vent 12 optical drive security screw 14 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 main 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
CAUTION: Do not dispose of batteries with household waste. When your battery no longer holds a charge, call your local waste disposal or environmental agency for advice on disposing of a lithium-ion battery (see "Battery Disposal" in the Product Information Guide). CAUTION: Misuse of the battery may increase the risk of fire or chemical burn. Do not puncture, incinerate, or disassemble the battery, and do not expose the battery to temperatures above 65°C (149°F). Keep the battery away fro
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; consequently, a battery can show a status
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. If the battery runs completely out of power, hibernate mode begins automatically. A pop-up window warns you when the battery charge is approximately 90 percent depleted. If two batteries are installed, the low-battery warning means that the combined charge of both batteries is approximately 90 percent depleted. The comput
Charging the Battery When you connect the computer to an electrical outlet or install a battery while the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, the computer checks the battery charge and temperature. If necessary, the AC adapter then charges the battery and maintains the battery charge. NOTE: With Dell ExpressCharge™, when the computer is turned off, the AC adapter charges a completely discharged battery to 80 percent in approximately one hour and to 100 percent in approximately t
To remove the battery: 1 If the computer is connected to a docking device (docked), undock it. See the documentation that came with your docking device for instructions. 2 Ensure that the computer is turned off or suspended in a power management mode. 3 Slide the battery release latch on the bottom of the computer, and then remove the battery from the bay. 1 2 1 battery release latch 2 battery Storing a Battery Remove the battery when you store your computer for an extended period of time. A