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™ INSPIRON SETUP GUIDE Models DCSLE and DCSLF
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. ® ® If you purchased a Dell™ n Series computer, any references in this document to Microsoft Windows operating systems are not applicable. __________________ Infor
Contents ™ Setting Up Your Inspiron Desktop ...... 5 Solving Problems.................... 23 Before Setting Up Your Computer .........5 Network Problems.....................23 Extend the Rear Stabilizing Feet...........6 Power Problems.......................25 Connect the Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Memory Problems .....................26 Connect the Keyboard and Mouse.........9 Lockups and Software Problems .........27 Connect the Network Cable (Optional) ....10 Using S
Contents Getting Help ........................ 42 Technical Support and Customer Service ..............................43 ™ DellConnect .........................43 Online Services .......................44 Automated Order-Status Service.........45 Product Information....................45 Returning Items for Repair Under Warranty or for Credit..................46 Before You Call........................47 Contacting Dell........................48 Finding More Information and Resources....
INSPIRON ™ Setting Up Your Inspiron Desktop This section provides information about setting Before Setting Up Your Computer up your Inspiron 535s/537s/545s/546s desktop When positioning your computer, ensure that and connecting peripherals. you allow easy access to a power source, WARNING: Before you begin any of the adequate ventilation, and a level surface to procedures in this section, read the place your computer. safety information that shipped with Restricting airflow around your
Setting Up Your Inspiron™ Desktop Extend the Rear Stabilizing Feet With the computer sitting in an upright position, carefully lift the rear of the computer, and rotate the stabilizing feet outwards. The extended feet ensure maximum system stability. 6
Setting Up Your Inspiron™ Desktop • The HDMI connector is a high-performance Connect the Display digital connector that carries both video and Your computer has an integrated VGA video audio signals for displays such as TVs and connector. You can use this connector to monitors with integrated speakers. connect to the display. • The VGA connector carries only video NOTE: A DVI or HDMI connector may signals for displays such as monitors and be available on your computer if you projecto
Setting Up Your Inspiron™ Desktop Connect Using the HDMI Connector Connect Using the DVI Connector If your display has a DVI connector, use a DVI If your display has a VGA connector, use a VGA cable (with white connectors at both ends) with cable (with blue connectors at both ends) with a an HDMI-to-DVI adapter. DVI-to-VGA adapter. NOTE: You can purchase an HDMI-to-DVI NOTE: You can purchase a DVI-to-VGA adapter from the Dell website at adapter from the Dell website at www.dell.com. www
Setting Up Your Inspiron™ Desktop Connect the Keyboard and Mouse Use the USB connectors on the back panel of the computer to connect a USB keyboard and mouse. NOTE: The exact location of connectors may be different than what is shown. 9
Setting Up Your Inspiron™ Desktop A network connection is not required to Connect the Network Cable complete your computer setup, but if you have (Optional) an existing network or Internet connection NOTE: The exact location of connectors that uses a cable connection (such as a may be different than what is shown. home cable modem or Ethernet jack), you can connect it now. Use only an Ethernet cable (RJ45 connector). Do not plug a telephone cable (RJ11 connector) into the network conne
Setting Up Your Inspiron™ Desktop Connect the Power Cables to Your Press the Power Button on Your Display and Computer Computer and Display 11
Setting Up Your Inspiron™ Desktop ® Windows Vista Setup Connect to the Internet (Optional) To set up Windows Vista for the first time, follow NOTE: ISPs and ISP offerings vary by the instructions on the screen. These steps are country. mandatory and may take up to 15 minutes to To connect to the Internet, you need an external complete. The screens will take you through modem or network connection and an Internet several procedures including accepting license service provider (ISP). Your I
Setting Up Your Inspiron™ Desktop • Dial-up connections that provide Internet Setting Up a Wired Internet Connection access through a telephone line. Dial-up If you are using a dial-up connection, connect connections are considerably slower the telephone line to the external USB modem than DSL and cable (or satellite) modem (optional) and to the telephone wall jack before connections. Your computer does not have you set up your Internet connection. If you an integrated modem. An optiona
Setting Up Your Inspiron™ Desktop Setting Up Your Internet Connection 1. Save and close any open files, and exit any open programs. To set up an Internet connection with a provided ISP desktop shortcut: 2. Click Start → Control Panel. 1. Save and close any open files, and exit any 3. Under Network and Internet, click Connect open programs. to the Internet. ® 2. Double-click the ISP icon on the Microsoft The Connect to the Internet window appears. ® Windows desktop. 4. Click either Broadband
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™ Using Your Inspiron Desktop Your computer has indicators and buttons Front View Features that provide information and enable you to perform common tasks. The connectors on 9 1 your computer provide the option of attaching additional devices. 2 8 3 4 5 7 6 16 INSPIRON
Using Your Inspiron™ Desktop 1 FlexBay drive eject button — Press to 5 Headphone connector — Connects open the FlexBay drive panel. to headphones. 2 FlexBay drive panel — Supports a Media NOTE: To connect to a powered Card Reader or an additional hard drive. speaker or sound system, use the audio out connector on the back of 3 Power button — Turns the your computer. computer on or off when pressed. The light in the center of this button indicates 6 Hard drive activity light — The
Using Your Inspiron™ Desktop Back View Features 1 Power connector — For power cable connection. Appearance may vary. 2 Voltage selector switch — For selecting the voltage rating. 3 Power supply diagnostic light — Indicates power availability for power supply. 5 • Green light — Power is available for the power supply. • No light — Power is not available for the power supply or the power supply is not working. NOTE: The power supply diagnostic light may not be available on some 4 models.