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ALIENWARE M17x MOBILE MANUAL
Notes, Cautions, and Warnings NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer. CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of data and tells you how to avoid the problem. WARNING: A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death. The contents herein are subject to change without notice. © 2009 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction of these materials in any manner whatsoever witho
CHAPTER 4: USING YOUR NOTEBOOK .................................. 24 CONTENTS Alienware Command Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 . Stealth Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 . INTRODUCTION........................................................ 5 Using Removable Media and Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 . CHAPTER 1: SETTING UP Y
APPENDIX A: GENERAL AND ELECTRICAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ......... 58 APPENDIX B: DETAILED SAFETY, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND REGULATORY INFORMATION..................................... 60 APPENDIX C: WARRANTY AND SUPPORT INFORMATION ................. 74 APPENDIX D: DELL SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT.................... 88 APPENDIX E: CONTACTING ALIENWARE ................................. 90 APPENDIX F: IMPORTANT INFORMATION.................................91 04 / 04
INTRODUCTION Dear Valued Alienware Customer, Welcome to the Alienware family. We are thrilled to include you among the growing number of savvy high-performance mobile users. The Alienware technicians who have crafted your machine have made certain that your high-performance mobile is properly optimized and performs to its fullest potential. We build machines with one single unwavering purpose: Build It As If It Were Your Own. The technicians will not rest until your new machine meets or ex
CHAPTER 1: SETTING UP YOUR NOTEBOOK Before Setting Up Your Notebook ® Congratulations on the purchase of your Alienware M17x! Please read all safety and setup instructions before plugging in your new notebook. Begin by carefully opening the box and removing all components that were shipped to you. Before setting up your notebook or components, be sure to inspect all items for any physical damage that may have occurred during shipment. Be sure to report any damaged items to customer service
CHAPTER 1: SETTING UP YOUR NOTEBOOK Product Documentation and Media Setting Up Your Alienware Mobile ® The documentation that ships with your Alienware mobile is designed to provide STEP 1. Connect the AC Adapter to the Back of Your Notebook answers to many of the questions that may arise as you explore your new notebook’s capabilities. You may refer to the documentation for technical information or general use as needed to answer questions in the future, or aid you in finding answers and
CHAPTER 1: SETTING UP YOUR NOTEBOOK ® STEP 2. Press the Power Button STEP 3. Windows Vista Setup CAUTION: Do not interrupt the operating system’s setup process. Doing so may render your notebook unusable. If you selected Windows Vista operating system while ordering, your notebook is preconfigured with Windows Vista. To set up Windows Vista for the first time, follow the instructions on the screen. These steps are mandatory and may take up to 15 minutes to complete. The screens will take yo
CHAPTER 2: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NOTEBOOK This chapter provides information about your new notebook to familiarize you with its various features and get you up and running quickly. CHAPTER 2: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NOTEBOOK CHAPTER 2: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NOTEBOOK 09 / 09
CHAPTER 2: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NOTEBOOK Examining Your Notebook Before you start using your notebook, you need to get acquainted with your notebook’s main features and interfaces: 1 2 3 4 5 1 left digital array microphone 7 touch capacitive strip 2 webcam activity indicator 8 right side of the notebook 3 webcam 9 front of the notebook 4 right digital array microphone 10 palm rest 5 edge-to-edge LCD with 11 left side of the notebook 12 integrated webcam and digital 11 array microphone 10 6 b
CHAPTER 2: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NOTEBOOK Front View Features Back View Features 1 2 3 1 1 left speaker 3 right speaker 1 AC adapter connector 2 consumer IR underneath 011 / 011
CHAPTER 2: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NOTEBOOK Left View Features Right View Features 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 kensington lock 5 RJ45 LAN connector 1 ExpressCard slot 5 front speakers (left and right) Audio Out connector/headphone 2 VGA connector 6 USB connectors (2) jack (Green) 3 HDMI-Out connector 7 USB/eSATA combo connector with 2 optical drive 6 center speaker and subwoofer USB PowerShare feature Audio Out connector/headphone 4 DisplayPort connector 8 IEEE 1394A connector jack (Ora
CHAPTER 2: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NOTEBOOK Top View Features Bottom View Features 1 7 2 6 1 5 2 4 3 3 4 1 power button 5 keyboard 1 compartment door 3 battery meter 2 touch controls (9) 6 status LEDs (3) 2 battery latch 4 battery pack 3 touch pad buttons on rocker (2) 7 hinge cover 4 touch pad 013 / 013
CHAPTER 2: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NOTEBOOK Status LEDs Power Button The three status LEDs are located at the top-left side of the keyboard. For the exact This button is programmable by the user. For details on how to program this button, location, please refer to the “Top View Features” diagram on page 13. please refer to Power Options in the Control Panel of Microsoft Windows operating system. Scroll Lock LED The Power Button is located in the center of the hinge cover. For the exact location,
CHAPTER 2: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NOTEBOOK Touch Controls Function Keys The touch controls are located near the top of the keyboard. For the exact location, NOTE: Depending on the configuration of the notebook you have purchased, refer to the “Top View Features” diagram on page 13. To activate, gently touch the some of the function keys may have no function. desired control. The control will illuminate temporarily to confirm your selection. The
CHAPTER 2: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NOTEBOOK F5 – Decrease Display Brightness F9 – Webcam on/off Press
CHAPTER 2: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NOTEBOOK Follow the steps below to remove the battery pack. Battery Pack 1. Shut down the notebook. Your notebook is equipped with a high-energy rechargeable lithium ion (Li-ion) 2. Flip the notebook upside down. battery pack. Battery life will vary depending on the notebook configuration, notebook model, applications installed, power management settings of the 3. Push the battery latch to the unlock position as shown. notebook, and notebook features used by t
CHAPTER 2: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NOTEBOOK Q: I did not use my spare battery for a few days. Even though it was fully Battery Maintenance recharged, there wasn’t as much power left as a newly charged one. Why? To maintain the battery pack’s maximum capacity, you should occasionally let the A: The batteries will self-discharge (1% per day for Li-ion) when they are not being notebook deplete its battery power completely before recharging. recharged. To make sure a battery pack is fully charged,
CHAPTER 2: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NOTEBOOK Reducing Power Consumption Power Management Although your notebook (together with the operating system) is capable of power conservation, there are measures you can take to reduce the power consumption: Understanding Power Consumption • Use the AC power whenever possible. In order to fully utilize the power of your battery packs, it would be a good idea for • Lower the intensity of the LCD backlight. A very bright screen translates to you to spend som
CHAPTER 3: CONNECTING DEVICES This section provides information about connecting optional devices to your notebook to enhance your audio, visual, and digital experience. CHAPTER 3: CONNECTING DEVICES CHAPTER 3: CONNECTING DEVICES 020 / 020