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Dell Precision™ M2300
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. If you purchased a Dell™ n Series computer, any references in this document to ® ® Microsoft Windows operating systems are not applicable. ____________________ In
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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 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 S
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here How to set up my computer In this document Basic troubleshooting information NOTE: This document is available as a PDF How to run the Dell™ Diagnostics at support.dell.com. How to open my computer 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
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here Solutions — Troubleshooting hints and Dell Support Website — support.dell.com tips, articles from technicians, and NOTE: Select your region or business online courses, frequently asked segment to view the appropriate support questions site. Community — Online discussion with other Dell customers Upgrades — Upgrade information for components, such as memory, the hard drive, and the operating system Customer Care — Contact information, service
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here Software upgrades and troubleshooting Dell Support Utility hints — Frequently asked questions, The Dell Support Utility is an automated hot topics, and general health of your upgrade and notification system installed computing environment 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
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 "Reinstalling Windows" in your User’s Guide). After you reinstall your operating system, use the optional Drivers and Utilities media to reinstall drivers for the devices t
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 NOTE: The appearance of your computer may vary slightly from the model shown in this document. Front View 1 2 3 13 12 4 11 10 5 9 8 7 6 1 display latch 2 display 3 power button 4 device status lights 5 keyboard 6 touch pad 7 fingerprint reader 8 touch pad buttons/track 9 track stick (optional) stick buttons 10 keyboard status lights 11 volume control buttons 12 ambient light sensor 13 mute button Quick Reference Guide 11
Left Side View 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 security cable slot 2 air vents 3 audio connectors (2) 4 smart card slot 5 1394 connector 6 wireless switch 7 Wi-Fi Catcher™ light 8 PC Card slot (with blank) 9 hard drive Right Side View 1 2 3 1 optical drive in media bay 2 media-bay device latch 3 USB connectors (2) release 12 Quick Reference Guide
Back View 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 network 2 modem connector 3USB 4 serial connector (RJ-45) (RJ-11) connectors (2) connector 5 video connector 6 AC adapter 7 air vents connector Bottom View 9 1 2 8 3 7 4 6 5 1 battery charge 2 battery 3 battery-bay latch gauge/health gauge releases (2) 4 device locking screw 5 memory module cover 6 docking-device (if present) connector 7 air vents 8 hard drive 9 hard drive screws (2) Quick Reference Guide 13
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
Operating time is significantly reduced when you perform operations including, but not limited to, the following: Using optical drives. Using wireless communications devices, PC Cards, Express Cards, media memory cards, or USB devices. Using high-brightness display settings, 3D screen savers, or other power- intensive programs such as complex 3D graphics applications. Running the computer in maximum performance mode. See "Configuring Power Management Settings" in your Hardware Owner’s
Dell™ QuickSet Battery Meter If Dell QuickSet is installed, press
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 charge capacity remains. Each light represents incremental degradation. If five lights appear, less than 60 percent of the charge capacity remains, and you should consider replacing the battery. See "Specifications" in your User’s Guide for more information abo
Removing the Battery CAUTION: Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or explosion. Replace the battery only with a compatible battery purchased from Dell. The battery is designed to work with your Dell™ computer. Do not use a battery from other computers with your computer. CAUTION: Before performing these procedures, turn off the computer, disconnect the AC adapter from the electrical outlet and the computer, disconnect the modem from the wall connector and computer
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 17) before use. 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 FIRML
® ® A program is designed for an earlier Microsoft Windows operating system RUN THE PROGRAM COMPATIBILITY WIZARD — The Program Compatibility Wizard configures a program so that it runs in an environment similar to non- Windows operating system environments. Windows XP 1 Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→ Program Compatibility Wizard→ Next. 2 Follow the instructions on the screen. Windows Vista 1 Click Start→ Control Panel→ Control Panel Home→ Programs and click Use an older program with